Part I: FRENCH ELEGANCE | Homemade Valentine’s Day Inspiration + Free Printable Suite by Couture Events {Gift tags, love flags, place cards, love poems, blank menus…}

Have I told you, Valentine,

That I’m all wrapped up in you?

My feelings for you bring to me

A joy I never knew.

You light up everything for me;

In my heart you shine;

Illuminating my whole life,

My darling Valentine.

When I saw this gorgeous bundle of Valentine’s Day inspiration pop into my inbox a little over a week ago, it literally stopped me in my tracks.  No, seriously.  No.  SERIOUSLY.  We were on our way out the door when Krystel of Couture Events submitted this shoot.  I asked the honey to “gimme a few minutes please” and proceeded to click on a few of the images just to get a taste of a little bit more pretty before we left.  No biggie.  It’s how I do.  Anyway, I looked at a few of these shots and I pretty much immediately wrote her back.  This is kind of unprecedented around holiday time.  We receive so many AMAZEBALLS submissions (thank you to everyone out there who’s submitted, by the way!) that, typically, it takes some time, and a little debating amongst each other, to nail down which shoots to feature.  But it took approximately a handful of minutes to know that we were going to bring this double feature (yup, there’s a Part II!) to your collective faces.  And mind you it was Saturday, I was half-way out the door on my way to shoot paper dresses at Anthro, and this got me to stop moving and write an email.  That’s quite an impact.  I mean, I was on my way to ANTHRO, you guys.  ANTHRO!

You understand.

And don’t even get me started on the free printables you’re about to see.  Speechless.  Here’s a taste, and it has a little something to do with that poem you just read up top…

Le sigh.

Now, here’s the full scoop on what’s going on today, from Krystel!

Couture Events partnered with Nic. Roc. Designs to put this Valentine’s vision together.  We wanted to create inspiration for engaged couples and newly weds so that they could create a perfect day or night at home for their lover instead of spending oodles on one Valentine’s Day date!

The concept for part one of this shoot is a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner for two.  Creating a sultry and elegant ambiance with candles, feathers, and lace.  Soft pastel pinks and creams.  Vintage frames used as bases for the centerpieces.  An incredible dessert table made up entirely of decedent desserts you can find at your local grocery store.  This is the perfect way to spend your Valentine’s at home with your love!

Nic. Roc. Designs made all of the stationery/paper elements, and she has created templates exclusively for this shoot.  If you’d like to print your own, a link will be provided for you at the base of this post.  You can print off the exact stationery pieces she created for this shoot and place them on your own table at home!

Rae Flore created DIY arrangements with step by step instructions and photos so you can create them at home as well.  Visit her site for more on that!

Handmade Aprons and Headbands are the perfect way to prepare your Valentine’s Day meal in style!  Willow Tree Designs custom designs aprons and headbands according to your personal preference.

That was yet another hint (clearly I can’t control myself) at what printable goodness awaits you…  Ok, back to the images!

See that menu she’s holding?  Here’s what it’ll look like when you print it up for yourself!

That was another sneak peek. :)  And I gotta say, it feels good.

Pssst… here’s a look at that precious place card again… because I love it so much…

Aren’t they just DARLING?!?!



RULES FOR FREE PRINTABLES (unfortunately, strict rules of use have become a necessity):

If you are interested in sharing this freebie with your readers, please direct them to this post.  Thank you for understanding and complying.  All freebies available on The Knotty Bride are created for personal use only.  Commercial use is prohibited.  What this means: you can freely use this and all printables shared on this site in any way, as long as 1) it is not meant to generate profit, and 2) the file is not used for any business purposes or branding.  Redistribution of/alterations to the actual file are strictly prohibited.

Now, one more look at that dessert buffet, because OHMYGODIAMINLOVEWITHIT.

Captivating Boudoir by Acres of Hope Photography is a member of Vendor Love, The Knotty Bride’s Preferred Vendor Guide.  To view this listing, click here.

Coordination: Couture Events / Photography: Acres of Hope Photography / Stationery: Nic. Roc. Designs / Florist: Rae Florae / Handmade Aprons and Headbands: Willow Tree Designs / Heart Necklace: Mimi & Lu / Cookie Truffles: Cookie Chew / Linens: A Perfect Table / Model: Owner of Willow Tree Designs, Jenna Stillman

Thanks to Couture Events and everyone else involved in this absolutely lovely and highly inspirational shoot!  Beyond gorgeous!

xoxo!  – Alison

Label(s): {DIY + Freebies}, {Free Printables}, {Holiday}

Love all of this...


  1. Chris on February 9, 2011

    It just keeps getting better and better! Where do I start? The dessert buffet, the cute as can be apron, the table settings, and most of all the PRINTABLES. Love it all!

  2. jennifer on February 9, 2011

    Love these! They are my wedding colors!

  3. Jayna on February 9, 2011



  4. Acres of Hope Photography on February 9, 2011

    What a great shoot that Krystel designed! It was so fun to photograph all the lovely details. I am even more in love with Part II of this inspiration… so stay tuned! :)

  5. postcards and pretties on February 9, 2011

    the large pink plumes, the printables, the desserts…ah i can’t handle all the cuteness!! love it!!

  6. Alessandra on February 9, 2011

    I’m a sucker for printable and these are the prettiest I think I’ve ever seen.
    Definitely saving these for more than just v-day!

  7. Kristin @ BonaFideBride on February 9, 2011

    Best. Post. Ever. For realz.

  8. Lauren Elise on February 9, 2011

    This post is filled with pink goodness! Such a fun shoot with adorable, French details

  9. Amanda on February 9, 2011

    The photo shoot came out amazing. I love your designs Nichole!

  10. Karen Sankes-Ritland on February 9, 2011

    I love love love everything!! I really enjoyed working with all these ladies for my wedding. I recommend them to anyone!

  11. Krystel {Couture Events} on February 9, 2011

    Beautiful, Elegant, & Stunning! We are so excited to be featured on The Knotty Bride today! Thanks again! We love the dessert buffet too! YUM!!!!

  12. Shavon Lindley on February 9, 2011

    Absolutely stunning! Makes me want to quit working right now and start working on a Valentine’s fantasy. Who says the man has to be in charge of the date? I am going to do this the right way and show him how it is done. Ha!

  13. Jamie (Jamie Bearg Photography) on February 9, 2011

    Nicole you did an amazing job! I LOVE everything about what you designed…the colors, spacing, fonts, wording….I could go on and on! Great work and I can wait to see more!

  14. Emily on February 9, 2011

    SO LOVELY!! Thank you for the printables!!

  15. Veronica on February 9, 2011

    Absolutely breathtaking! I adore the colors and the French feel! So classy, and so romantic. I can’t wait to use some of these printables! <3

  16. Vanessa on February 9, 2011

    Love the whole concept. Thanks so much for sharing the printables! Awesome–love it!

  17. Nichole (Nic.Roc. Designs) on February 9, 2011

    I am truly excited that we are featured on The Knotty Bride! What more can a girl as for? I was so honored to work with a great group of gals!! Everything looks awesome! I can’t wait to see more!!!

  18. Erin on February 9, 2011

    Such a beautiful collection for Valentine’s Day! So inspired and so in love with it all! Especially the printables!

  19. jacin {lovely little details} on February 9, 2011

    gorgeous girl, gorgeous setting, gorgeous colors. LOVE it all

    (and PS – need that apron!!!)

  20. julie@la petite fourmi on February 9, 2011

    J’adore!! Et toutes ces petites choses en Français ;))

  21. Lena on February 9, 2011

    How absolutely GORGEOUS! I’m in Francophile heaven!

  22. Michal @ Navy + Lavender on February 9, 2011

    Absolutely the sweetest suite I’ve ever seen! I just decided to stay in this V-day and show off these printables! Thank you for sharing them!!

  23. Kerry on February 9, 2011

    Absolutely Gorgeous!!! Great job styling & LOVE the vintage glam.

    Thanks for sharing!

  24. Heidi Dial on February 9, 2011

    Not surprised. Nichole is an incredibly talented designer. She has an exceptionaly unique eye and a style like no other. I hired her to design my wedding invitations for last October and I still have friends that compliment them to this day;)

  25. Nicole Rawlins on February 9, 2011

    Amazing ladies!!!! Every thing looks so beautiful!!! Congrats on your feature! Thank you for sharing your creativity!!!! :) Your ideas are always above and beyond!

  26. Emma on February 9, 2011

    Pretty, pretty printables! LOVE the candy buffet. There is so much pink oozing from this DIY and I adore it all!

  27. Rachelle {wiley valentine} on February 9, 2011

    LOVE this! so adorable, love all the details!

  28. Iain on February 9, 2011

    This is totally awesome! Off to get some printer ink!

  29. Diana on February 9, 2011

    She is just too adorable! I love her headband and apron!

  30. Bernadette on February 9, 2011

    Everything looks sooo gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous!!

  31. Lauren on February 9, 2011

    These are my wedding colors, and the place cards are PERFECT for my reception! Yay! Thank you!!!

  32. Jenni on February 9, 2011

    Oh I adore everything about this, but my favorite part is the pink feathers! so chic and swoon-worthy. And not to mention, the matching hostess attire. Can not wait for part II!

  33. Peggy on February 10, 2011

    So FUN, love the creativity and DIY inspiration!

  34. Megan-FashionableBride on February 10, 2011

    these are all adorable! love the creativity. the place cards are too cute! thanks for sharing <3

  35. Valerie on February 10, 2011

    I love this!! So creative!!

  36. Liz Chou on February 10, 2011

    Absolutely beautiful! thank you for the tags!! I’m definitely using the place cards for my own wedding coming up! Love!

  37. MELISSA TOURNEY on February 10, 2011

    Really cool style.. great ideas!

  38. Karina on February 10, 2011

    Love! Love! Love! Such a beautiful shoot! I absolutely adore the DIY Love Flags and the pink feather touches. So Cute!!!

  39. Becca on February 10, 2011

    oh my goodness…. i absolutely ADORE the aprons!! everything pulls together so nicely, beautiful arrangements :)

  40. Astrid Mueller on February 11, 2011

    Darling they are! The glass with gold details is so elegant – I love gold and pink, so sweet and luxurious!

  41. Krystel {Couture Events} on February 11, 2011

    Hey Alison, We absolutely adore Part I! Are you going to post Part II before Valentines day?

  42. Erica Berry on February 11, 2011

    I love the girly, vintage feel of this shoot. Everything gits together so well. LOVE IT!

  43. Erica Berry on February 11, 2011

    I meant to say that everything FITS together so well :)

  44. Danielle on February 12, 2011

    I love Willow Tree Designs! The headband and the apron are beautifully handmade and perfect for Valentine’s Day : ) And I also love the pink roses and French placecards..very flirty and elegant!

  45. Big D on February 16, 2011

    Nichole of Nic.Roc. Designs destroys the competition!!!

  46. Alyssa on September 30, 2012

    Loving these printables! The link to download them is not working, however. Do you have a corrected link or file for the buffet cards? Thank you! Gorgeous post!

  47. amanda on November 20, 2012

    Loving these print outs! Amazing idea Couture Event, gives me some inspiration for future valentines days with the hubby!

  48. Emily Herbig on November 26, 2012

    Nic.Roc did AMAZING paper designs for Couture Events Valentines Day shoot! Such a cute idea Couture Events <3

  49. Alyssia on May 15, 2013

    I love the menus and placecard! It is perfect for my wedding. However I cannot download it. Can you send it to my email perhaps?

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  51. Trina on January 3, 2014

    Are these available for personal use? Thanks, T

  52. Rebecca on February 28, 2014

    Hi I love these designs but the printable link doesn’t work! Please could you email across? They are perfect for my wedding xxx

  53. Shireen on July 8, 2014


    I would love to print these designs for my wedding but it doesn’t seem to work. Can you email it directly?

  54. Melissa on October 11, 2014

    Hi! love love love! I would like to download the menus and place cards for my daughter’s french inspired sweet 16, but it’s not available. Can you please email me the files? they are perfect thanks!

  55. Angeles on February 9, 2015

    Hi, i downloaded the printables, but i try to add the menu for the dinner with my bf, and i can not writte down. Could you help me?


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