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Brides & Blooms: A new blog series with Willow & Stone Photography!

February 28, 2014
industrial tin vases with pink and white ombre floral

The seed was planted last summer. I was smack dab in the middle of wedding season and I got an inquiry from a completely new to me photographer who wanted to do a stylized shoot. I knew from the moment we chatted over email that Samantha at Willow & Stone Photography was someone special. From her love of all things vintage to her attention to detail that rivals mine, she thoroughly impressed me. I watched her kick butt on her first stylized shoot (it was a smashing success – we’ll share those images soon. I promise). I watched her do an impressive re-branding of her business. And most importantly, I watched a fellow hard working woman pour her heart and soul into growing a business because she believes in her amazing clients and true love. I can relate. And let me tell you, that seed blossomed into a beautiful thing.

And here we are today. Starting a really cool new blog series – Brides & Blooms! Look for some gorgeous inspiration the last Friday of each month in 2014. We’ll be covering a range of topics from trends to table settings, bouquets to boutonnieres, flowers to favors, and lots of fun things in between – all including gorgeous blooms from yours truly, and stunning photos from Willow & Stone.

So let’s get this thing started, shall we?

We’re kicking the series off with this fun modern + industrial tablescape. Anyone who knows me knows I have a passion for all things vintage + rustic. This table design was a nice change of pace. I went with a mix of my favorite go-to flowers – garden roses, ranunculus, double tulips, agapanthus, nerine, standard tulips, anemone, waxflower, eriostemen and jasmine vine – but gave it a modern twist with a bold color palette of white + pink ombre.

pink and white ombre flowers

The industrial zinc containers contrasted nicely with the aged hardwood table. A single nerine blossom and a fuchsia napkin added a pop of color at each place setting.

plate with pink napkin and pink flower accentOh, and I finally get to showcase our gorgeous collection of mid-century modern silver ombre glass votive holders! We rent these lovelies and they really dress up a table. And because we were incorporating them, I felt obligated to use our personal flatware for the shoot. Matthew and I use this awesome Mar Crest atomic flatware (Citation pattern) on a daily basis. We love it so much.

retro vintage candle holders silver ombre marcrest atomic flatware settingLet us know what you think  – join the conversations on our facebook pages: Alluring Blooms and Willow & Stone

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Leftovers

August 15, 2013
wild whimsical centerpiece in bright colors on old chipped paint chair

I haven’t been feeling well this week. Last night I was on the couch watching TV, puppy at my feet, and I quickly put together a little flower crown for a dear friend for a photo shoot today (those pics to come soon). After I was done I took it out to the cooler and there, staring straight at me, were vase after vase of pretty little blooms that hadn’t been good enough for my last 3 weeks brides, but were too pretty for the compost pile. So, even though these leftover flowers were old and previously rejected, I took all those little bits and pieces and arranged them in one of my Grandma Mary Ellen’s old pressed glass dessert cups. So, here it is, in all its glory. Rejects. Still beautiful. Frail in their old age. Maybe they’ll last a day, maybe two or three. Who knows. That’s part of the beauty of flowers – so fleeting.

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Looking for a Good Home…

July 15, 2013
gold roses and bronze amaranthus with scented geranium

Over the past two weeks we’ve been participating in a flower movement that’s sweeping the globe… The Lonely Bouquet

The Lonely Bouquet is the brainchild of Emily from Fleuropean. She picks garden flowers/forages from nature, arranges the flowers in a recycled glass jar, attaches a “take me” tag, and leaves them around for unexpecting passersby. This year she designated June 30th as (inter)National Lonely Bouquet Day so others around the globe could partake in the fun.

So, when the Chapel Designers heard about Emily’s mission via Botanical Brouhaha we immediately jumped onboard! Check out the end of this post for links to the other Chapel Designers journeys with The Lonely Bouquet.

seasonal flowers lonely bouquet free flowersAll of the images in this blog post are bouquets I left around southern Wisconsin to brighten someones day. We left flowers on a bench on Main Street in Pardeeville, on a pile of softener salt at a gas station in Westport and a recycling container on the capitol square in Madison. The printed tags read “Take Me! Adopt me, please! I’m all alone and looking for a new home… perhaps I can live with you or a loved one?”

During this whole process I realized a few things. First, it was absolutely astounding to me the number of people who walked right past a gorgeous bouquet of flowers and didn’t even notice! It made me realize that far too often we’re absorbed in our own world and don’t take time to appreciate the beauty around us. Second, it shocked me how many people who DID notice it, took the time to read the tag, then didn’t take it home! One lady even snapped a photo then walked away! I was talking to a friend about it. Her thought was that people are just skeptical of all things “free”. The idea that people think that way made me more sad than people not even noticing.

Every bouquet we left out eventually did find a home. The little “Take Me” tag also says “Tell our flower friends where we ended up!” along with The Lonely Bouquet facebook page and our email address. We heard back from two people who adopted our bouquets.

Chrissy let us know that she found the bouquet below and gave it a good home (with an adorable pup!).

Sandra (pictured below) was nice enough to foster this bouquet for a bit until she passed it on to a server at The Old Fashioned, downtown Madison. Another person spreading the love! That’s the spirit!

This was such a rewarding experience. I encourage you to try it!

And, as promised, go check out what some of the other Chapel Designers did with their Lonely Bouquets!

Posh Floral Designs

Exquisite Designs

Alicia Jayne Florals

Stacy K Floral

Celebration Florals

Urban Petals

Colonial House

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Succulent Love

May 19, 2013
succulent bouquet and kate spade mrandmrs purse

Wedding season is upon us. I couldn’t be happier that succulents are still one of this seasons favorites. I think they’re so gorgeous. Hailey’s bridesmaids bouquet above is a glorious example (photo by Kate Romenesko Photography). They are the perfect addition to a rustic wedding day. Are they a bit pricey? Yes. A little extra work with all the wiring? Yes. Worth every penny? YOU BET! Succulents add such a great texture and color to floral arrangements. And as a tiny accent in boutonnieres? So very sweet!

spray rose and succulent boutonnieresucculent and spray rose boutonniereNot only are succulents great in bouquets and bouts, but they make a great jewelry as well. The handmade ring below features tiny succulents glued on an aged brass band. This ring was created as part of a succulent flower bar for a happy hour party! We provided all the supplies and helped guests make their own succulent ring to take home. It was a smashing success.

succulent jewelry handmade ringI’m looking forward to seeing what this wedding season has in store for more fun succulent floral arrangements!