I spent over a year with Emily and Steven planning their wedding and through that process got to know how strong their love is. And that love was clearly shared by everyone that came to support them. Their May 1st wedding will forever be one of my favorite weddings. It was an intimate celebration filled with 40 of their closest friends and relatives.
The couple knew they wanted to get married on Maryland’s Eastern shore, so we looked for wedding venues in that area. In the end they decided on Kent Manor Inn as the perfect backdrop for their celebration. When it came to choosing the rest of the vendors, we couldn’t have chosen a better team of wedding vendors. I had worked with some of these vendors in the past and knew how amazing their work is, and I knew they would have the right chemistry with the couple.
Their wedding floral design was by Alicia Jayne. Throughout the day I heard guests commenting on how beautiful the floral arrangements were. Beautiful sounds from Antares Musician flowed through the day. Instead of a traditional wedding cake, the couple decided on a dessert table filled with tasty treats from Main Ingredient Catering.
One of my favorite parts about their wedding was how personalized each and every detail was. These two world travelers got creative with the table numbering and named each table after a place they have visited together along with a photo they took in that city. And can we talk about their wedding photos! What’s a beautiful wedding without the photos to show for it? Amanda Adams Photography did such an awesome job capturing the details of Emily and Steven’s wedding.
Happy Anniversary Emily and Steven! Cheers to many years of love and happiness.
A few weeks ago I had the chance to attend Intrigued Experience. Intrigued Experience is a meeting of floral designers and other creatives infused with floral design, styling and the business side of weddings. It brought together some of the top wedding industry pros for 3 days filled with fun, learning, good food, and most of all being a part of a thriving community of creatives. I can’t even begin to express just how awesome it was. In light of all what I learned, I’ve been inspired to share my take on what are the top 5 floral trends this year.
When it comes to your wedding centerpieces it’s all about making a statement, the bigger the better. Extra large floral arrangements for your tables or for the ceremony are in! Check out the one below from Beth O’Reiley of Mayesh wholesale during Intrigued Experience. Photo by Tracy Hart.
Just in case you haven’t heard…greenery is all the buzz this year. Pantone selected greenery as color of the year for 2017. There are so many fun ways to incorporate it as part of your wedding, regardless of your wedding theme or budget. It can be used to make a statement, or minimally to enhance other decor. Below we used greenery on the lanterns for one of our weddings.
Now you may think tropical arrangements are only for weddings in tropical destinations. Ditch that thinking, and bring the tropics to your wedding whether indoor or outdoor. Ask your floral designer to incorporate a few tropical flowers in your bouquet or tropical leaves in your centerpiece for wow factor. Tropical arrangement I made at Intrigued Experience.
When it comes to bouquets this year the bigger the better. Hand-tied organic bouquets are what most brides are calling for. Think of it as walking in a beautiful garden and gathering several different flowers and plants. Of course, a much prettier form of that is what your florist will provide. Below is a bouquet I made at Intrigued Experience. Photo by Manda Weaver.
Just like how fashion trends from the past return decades later, floral trends seem to make a come back. The dramatic cascading bouquets from the 80s have been sneaking up on us the past couple of years but is really big again this year. Imaging a slightly scaled version of Princess Diana’s gorgeous bouquet from her 1981 wedding. Below is our bride rocking one of my favorite bouquets. Photo by Ken Pak.
If you’re following me on Instagram then you’ve probably seen my posts about the Intrigued Experience. I absolutely cannot wait for February 26-28 2017! For those that may not be familiar with it, the Intrigued Experience is a hands on conference infused with floral design, styling, and business education led by some of the best in the wedding industry. I had a chance to take 2days with Intrigue workshop this past year and it was such an incredible experience. So when I learned about the Intrigued Experience it was a no brainer that I wanted to be part of it. I’m particularly thrilled about being a part of the marketing team and getting the inside scoop on all the fun surprises ahead of the conference.
The line up of speakers was just announced and I can’t wait to meet some of these designers, planners, and other creatives I’ve admired for so long. Of course I can’t say enough about the conference without talking about the genius behind it, Sarah Campbell of Intrigue Design and Decor. Sarah is not only one of the best floral designers I know, she’s also a wonderful teacher and someone who genuinely cares about growing an exceptional community of designers.
Ticket sales will open to the public next week on March 16th but as part of the marketing team I have early access tickets. We anticipate the conference selling out once ticket sales are open, so if you want to get yours before the rush contact me. You don’t want to miss this EPIC event! Here are a few pictures from this year’s conference.
With the new year comes new things and I thought it was time to update the website and my personal pictures on the site. I decided that instead of a regular studio photo shoot I I’ll do something else that allows you to see what we do on a day to day basis, the design process, and how we prep for events. Everything from the linen selection to the type of flowers, vases, charger plates, and lighting is so crucial in the design process. Our bride and groom only see the after product of our work, but I thought it will be fun to show some behind the scenes of designing a wedding.
So I contacted my friend Elvn27Images, and without explaining too much to him, he knew exactly which direction I wanted to go (that’s what happens when you work with creatives). The shoot focused on just how I prep for events, but keep in mind it’s usually a team effort. I’m so happy about how the photos turned out and excited to share them with you. Here are a few shots from my “behind the scenes” of a wedding planner and floral designer session.
It has been one heck of a year! 2015 was our busiest wedding season yet. From bridal shows to styled shoots, professional development classes and several weddings and events. I have learned so much more in this ever evolving industry and made some wonderful industry friends. And the best part was getting to work with some really amazing couples. Of course I couldn’t have done it all without a lot of prayers and my awesome team. I feel so blessed to have a team I can really count on. Here’s a quick look at a few highlights from the year.