Last year, I was so honored and excited to design the flowers for Katelyn James Photography’s workshop styled shoot in Richmond, alongside some of my favorite wedding vendors!! I love the way this rust, blush and cream fall wedding inspiration came together for the workshop- I was so excited about the “flower towers” we used for the ceremony space, and the beautiful tablescape full of lots of gorgeous fall blooms!! For flowers, we used a variety of locally grown dahlias, garden roses, rust amaranthus, and ranunculus, as well as a variety of greens! The silk ribbons and silk table runner were also hand-dyed (by me), and it was fun coming up with the perfect shade of rust (I especially love the way the runner is styled on this table!) Being able to design flowers for shoots for my photographer friends workshops is always so fun, because the styled shoots always have such a great purpose behind them- teaching other wedding photographers how to take better photos and how to hone in on their photography skills! They are also full of beautiful details, and I am always blown away by the thoughtfulness and talent of each of the participants and the photography workshop attendees too! Kat, of Dear Sweetheart Events did such an amazing job planning the shoot, and the other vendors we collaborated with were all incredible!! Katelyn of course did an incredible job capturing all the details and teaching all of her lovely attendees, and I had the absolute best time hanging out with them for the day! I could go on and on about how the entire day was a dream, but I know you want to see the photos now, so enjoy!! Scroll to the bottom to see all the participating vendors!Read More
I am SO excited to share a recap of the November Business and Floral Design workshop! We welcomed the workshop attendees into our home and studio for an entire day full of learning, laughter and the beginning of new friendships, and we all had an amazing time together! The attendees came from all over the East Coast- including flying in from Boston and New Hampshire, and then driving from Maryland and Virginia, and it was so fun being together and getting to know everyone!
We started off the day with coffee/tea and breakfast and then dove straight into the content- where I taught about the client experience, marketing, and the booking process. We talked about finding ideal clients, how to market your business in a smart way (mainly using social media marketing and cultivating vendor relationships), and how to book brides in a simple and straightforward way that doesn’t involve dozens of emails, time spent tweaking proposals and research! Those topics took us all the way up to lunch, where then we ate some delicious chili and snacks, (thanks Jason and Janna!) and then we jumped into the bouquet design!Read More
Jane and Red enjoyed a beautiful July wedding day filled with sunshine and a mountain breeze, in Lexington, Virginia, at one of my favorite venues, Big Spring Farm! Big Spring is such a lovely spot for a summer wedding, with mountain views, water views, and a gorgeous natural barn for the reception! Red and Jane's classic dusty blush and white color palette, paired with greenery was the perfect color scheme for their summertime wedding (it's forever a favorite of mine!), and I loved how our Gardenia silk ribbons popped off the different styles of bridesmaid dresses! To bring their floral design vision to life, we used lots of garden roses, ranunculus, cafe au lait dahlias, astilbe, stock and and lots of greens- everything smelled SO good!! Their wedding day was photographed by Alisandra Photography, who did such a wonderful job, and we loved working alongside Kat, and her amazing team at Dear Sweetheart Events, and Big Spring Farm as well! Jane and Red are such a sweet, down-to-earth couple, and it was such a joy and honor to be a part of their wedding day, and celebrate them! We have even had the opportunity to hang out with Jane and Red after the wedding day too- my absolute favorite is when my clients turn into our friends- so fun! :) Scroll to the end of this post for a list of all the vendors who brought Jane and Red's wedding day to life, and enjoy scrolling through their wedding photos!Read More
Ali and Nathan had a beautiful June wedding day filled with sunshine at Upper Shirley Vineyards, in Charles City, Virginia. Upper Shirley is such a beautiful venue, with a ceremony space overlooking the water, a lovely outdoor patio space for cocktail hour, and a stunning, elegant indoor space! This unique wedding color palette is definitely a new favorite of mine!! Shades of purple, mauve, lilac, lavender and pops of dark wine paired with greenery, were the colors as a nod to JMU, where Ali and Nathan met and where their love story began. I especially loved that since I am a JMU alum too (Go Dukes!!) To bring their vision to life, we used lots of garden roses, ranunculus, lilac, sweet peas, stock and more- everything smelled SO good!! Ali's wedding dress was absolutely beautiful, with such a classic and elegant style, and it looked so lovely paired with the wisteria colored bridesmaid dresses- so pretty!! To pull the wisteria shade into Ali's look, we tied off her bouquet in our mauve-lavender toned "Secret Garden" silk ribbon, and it was a perfect match to the bridesmaid dresses. Their wedding day was photographed by Fowler Studios, who did such a wonderful job, and we loved working with the amazing team at Shelby White Events, and Upper Shirley Vineyards as well! These two are just the sweetest, and it was such a joy and honor to be a part of their wedding day! Scroll to the end of this post for a list of all the vendors who brought Ali and Nathan's wedding day to life- and enjoy! :)Read More
Brett and Brooke enjoyed the perfect June weather for their lovely wedding day at the Independence Golf Club, near Richmond, Virginia! Independence is such a beautiful venue, and golf course was such a beautiful and pristine location for the outdoor ceremony! Brooke and Brett were such a special couple for me to work with, since they are dear friends as well as clients! Brett went to college with my husband Jason, and even were roommates for a year, so it was an honor to be asked to be a part of their wedding by designing their flowers! These two are the definition of joyful- they exude happiness and love, and they are the type of people that you just always want to be around because hanging out with them lights you up! Their love for each other is so evident, and it was such a honor to witness them commit their lives to continue loving and serving each other! Their wedding vision was "bringing the outside in", and they wanted their guests to feel like they were dancing the night away under the stars outside, and we brought that to life in the reception space with whimsical greenery chandeliers and hanging glass terrariums and candles! With their wedding being in June, we used lots of peonies in the arrangements, as well as garden roses, ranunculus and eucalyptus greens! Brooke's and the bridesmaids bouquets were all filled with these blooms and they all smelled SO good! Brooke's wedding dress was absolutely beautiful, with the most exquisite lace detailing, and she paired it with a beautiful long veil, which was complimented by the light sky blue bridesmaid dresses- so pretty!! Their wedding day was photographed by Anna Kardos Photography, who did such a wonderful job, and we loved working with the amazing team at the Independence Golf Club for their wedding as well! Scroll to the end of this post for a list of all the vendors who brought Brooke and Brett's wedding day to life- and enjoy! :)Read More
Alexandra and Hayden had the most beautiful and joyous wedding day at Westover Plantation, in Charles City, Virginia. The plantation is situated right on the water, and thy have the most beautiful grounds and gardens you can walk through, and a lovely horse stable, right near where the sailcloth tent was situated. The very first time I talked to Ali, I knew we would have an amazing time working together- she and Luciana, with Luxe and Luna Event Design, had dreamed up a mauve and dusty rose wedding design, with lots of thoughtful and unique details. With their wedding being at the end of March, there were SO many gorgeous early springtime blooms available, including hellebore, garden roses, lisianthus, lilac, sweet pea, and more!Read More