2017 Holiday Wreath Workshops

I had the privilege of gathering two groups of ladies into my shop to build wreaths the week after Thanksgiving. I rounded up tons of greenery - evergreens, magnolia leaves, eucalyptus - and mixed it with pods, berries, and other textures to give them a variety of materials to choose from. We listened to Christmas records, drank hot apple cider, and it was all so festive! Every single wreath took on a different personality, and it was fun to watch everyone dive in. 

I cannot thank these ladies enough for joining me! Loved seeing some familiar faces and meeting all of the new ones.  Also, a big thank you to my assistant Michaela and to the super talented Robyn Skinner (www.robynskinnerphoto.com) for taking these amazing photos for us. Hoping I'll get to crank a few more workshops out in 2018! 

Lisa + Philip

Well, it's been a while! Fall wedding season was absolutely jam PACKED. I feel like I am just now catching my breath. But, man, I couldn't have dreamed that I would be doing this many beautiful weddings this year. 

I met Lisa and her mom in 2016, and I hadn't even officially introduced my business to the world yet when they booked me. I will forever be grateful to these early couples who took a chance on me. They could've just as easily gone to someone who has been in business for much longer, and I so appreciate their trust! They were just the sweetest family ever, and I know I say that a lot but it's true. I don't know where these dream brides find me. I have yet to experience a bridezilla...there's always next year though, hah!

Lisa had the most unique vision for her wedding....jewel tones, lots of greenery, and potted herb centerpieces. I think it turned out beautifully! She also had some super special touches, like having her bridesmaids create their own bouquets. We got together the day before the wedding and had a little bouquet lesson, and they all did such a great job. She had a killer team of vendors, and it's always nice working with vendor friends. And also a big thanks to my floral sister, Tatiana, for partnering with me on this one. Full list of vendors below, along with some of my favorite shots. It was so hard to narrow down...they are just the cutest couple. Enjoy! And congrats to Lisa and Philip!

Photographer: W&E Photographie
Event Planner: Kathleen Bernal Events
Venue: Creekside Plantation
Invitations: Ledgewood Stationary
Catering: Ashley's Creative Catering
Dress: La Raine Bridal
Band: Utopia
Hair: Joy Williams of Mirror Image Salon
Makeup: Leslie Ware MUA
Wedding Cake: Mason Dixon Bakery
Ceremony Musician: Larry Mount

Mauve & Berry Inspiration

So excited to finally post a full set of photos from this shoot back in August. A super talented group of vendors came together to create this mauve and berry-toned fall wedding inspiration at Sacred Stone. If you haven't been to Sacred Stone yet you are missing out. It is absolutely beautiful, especially at sunset! I created a floral "nest" for the ceremony site and one of my favorite bouquets to date. The details in this shoot are to die for! And this fall color palette is getting me pumped for some of my upcoming weddings (wish I could have a redo on my wedding flowers--it would for sure be these colors!)

Thanks to all of the amazing vendors for contributing their talents. The full list is below, followed by a few of my favorite photos. Enjoy!

Photographer: Ais Portraits
Styling: Kathleen Bernal Events
Venue: Sacred Stone

Paper: Sealed Shop
Rentals: Mullins / Props & Palettes
Dress: White Dresses Huntsville
Hair & Makeup: Oh Darling Hair and Makeup
Wedding Cake: Hamley Bake Shoppe
                       

Spring Centerpiece Workshop

Earlier this month I hosted my first workshop. To say I was nervous is an understatement (hello public speaking anxiety!), but it was such a wonderful night. I am so grateful to all of the ladies who joined me, to the Lumberyard for hosting me, to my lovely assistant Becky, to my wonderful sister Katie of Linen & Leaf (www.linenandleaf.com) for making the place cards, and to the incredibly talented Abbie Bolton (www.abbieboltonphoto.com) for taking the photos. We used mostly seasonal ingredients and I guided my attendees through every step of creating a garden-style arrangement. They created some beautiful work, and it was so much fun to watch everyone dive right in and create something so reflective of their style and personalities.

Prepping for the workshop was a process. It forced me to take a step back and evaluate my design process, which I sorely needed. I can get stuck in design ruts, so figuring out the best way to explain my theories and processes to people who may know little to nothing about flower arranging was a perfect way for me to do some self reflection. I touched on shape, color palette, foraging, and flower types, then we went through every step of building the arrangement together. It was so much fun and I hope to host several more within the next year! Here's a few of my favorite photos from the class. Thanks again for such a fun night, ladies!

Arlee + Scott

I had the honor of doing flowers for Arlee and Scott's Mooresville wedding this spring. It was such a love-filled day, and an absolute family affair. Arlee's dad refinished the most beautiful old church pews for her ceremony and her mother's restaurant, The Freight House (in downtown Hartselle) catered.

There is nothing like a May wedding for a florist. I had such an amazing lineup of in-season flowers! We went for classic neutrals and earth tones, and I went wild creating a color palette of white, cream, taupe, and blush. I used garden roses, peonies, lisianthus, delphinium, hellebores, and spirea, and left the greenery natural, accenting with bay leaf, blackberry branches, and variegated tree ivy. We kept the bouquets simple to let her gorgeous dress and bridesmaids shine. 

Arlee put together a dream team of vendors, including her dress from Finery, videography from White Rabbit Studios, and photography by Sleepy Fox Photography (full list of vendors below). Thanks so much for your trust and kind heart, Arlee. You were my dream bride! And all of the kudos to my rockstar team for helping me pull this one off. Here are some of my favorite highlights.

Venue: Lyla’s Pecan Grove and Dance Hall
Backup Venue: Mooresville Brick Church
Catering: The Freight House Restaurant and Catering
Invitations: The Paper Chase
Photographer: SleepyFox Photography
Videographer: White Rabbit Studios
Dress: Finery
Hair and Makeup: Hali Gurley
Band: The Stephen McCullough Band
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids Birmingham
Tuxedoes: Mr. Burch Trussville
Wedding Cake: Rosena Chunn
Grooms Cakes: The Freight House
Violinist: Winslow Davis
Live Artists: Aynslee Moon
Chair Rental: Mullins Rentals