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.
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.
Oh, 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.
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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.
I’ve got a gorgeous wedding to share with you this evening! I’ve been holding onto these photos from Rob & Sam of Dutcher Photography for a couple months now. Back in August we had the pleasure of working at a B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. new venue only 8 miles from our design studio. Gary & Renee Whirry are the owners of The Barn at Harvest Moon Pond. It’s a stunning barn with a gorgeous pond and willows perfect for outdoor ceremonies. And Gary & Renee are so accommodating!
Kylie & Paul chose this pretty new venue for their wedding. It was the perfect setting for their rustic fete. When I first met with Kylie, I was so impressed with her keen sense of style, her attention to detail and her DIY nature. I knew this wedding was going to be beautiful! From the gorgeous skeleton key embellished escort cards, to the hand embroidered ring bearers pillow, to the special message to the groom on the back of his tie – this wedding oozed charm.
This has got to be one of my favorite pre-wedding shots – no first look here! Oh, the anticipation! Holding the hand of the one you love knowing that in moments you’ll be walking down the aisle – such a lovely moment.
See, I told you – beautiful spot for an outdoor ceremony.
Kylie carried a romantic white, ivory and blush bouquet that accented her lace gown beautifully. I loved the maids stone colored dresses with cowboy boots.
A personalized message embroidered on the back of the grooms tie is such a sweet touch.
We filled dozens and dozens of aqua mason jars with very simple rustic floral to decorate the reception area. Burlap runners, potted herbs and hand painted table numbers added the perfect finishing touch.
And last, but not least, the cake! A tower of vintage wood crates from A La Crate Vintage Rentals made a beautiful foundation. And the adorable bird cake toppers? Hand made by the brides mom! Add a bunch of rustic floral in aqua mason jars and you’ve got a breathtaking cake display. Oh, and don’t miss the super sweet hand stamped cake forks from Lisa Leonard.
There you have it. Congratulations Kylie & Paul. We had so much fun working on your wedding. And a huge thank you to Rob & Sam for the gorgeous photos!
Last week was a good week. Not only did we get to work on flowers for TWO special brides, but I also got some amazing photos of Travis & Katie’s Memorial Day weekend wedding from Lauren at Lauren Wakefield Photography!!!! Lauren is incredibly talented and her blog is fantastic. Be sure to check out her work.
Shall we get to the photos?
Katie & Travis were married in the small Village of Arlington, WI at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.
The groom wore a simple mini calla and spray rose boutonniere. I love the classic clean lines of this bout.
This has got to be one of the best first kiss shots we’ve seen yet! Look at their smiles shining through!
Katie carried a mix of roses and mini callas in muted shades and her maids carried simple hand tied mixed flower bouquets in lavender and ivory. I really love the way light colored bouquets contrast with dark maids dresses.
This was our first time providing floral at Kestrel Ridge in Columbus, WI. We really enjoyed the dark woodwork and gorgeous sage color throughout the venue. It’s a beautiful place to hold a reception.
Katie & Travis, it was my pleasure to create the floral for your wedding. Best wishes to a beautiful couple, inside and out!