Rustic Elegance

I remember the day Julie and Tom called me…in a panic…’Our wedding is Thanksgiving Weekend and no one will take our wedding…AND I want an all fabric bouquet and no one will make one for me” …. I calmed her down and told her she didn’t need to look any further and all those “no’s” were leading her right to me!  From there is was so obvious we were meant to plan her wedding flowers together…an instant connection.  We were able to create a color story that was so unique and perfect for a late fall, rustic wedding.  And her bouquet? Giexsell, my lead designer, and I hand made most of those flowers….5 hours later, isn’t it awesome?  Have a look at Julie and Tom’s very personal, unique, Rustic ~ Elegant wedding!

But before we look at the beautiful photos, I have to talk about these AMAZING vendors!  Eric and his wife Corey are not only the sweetest people they are so very talented!  he loves to get detail shots, as you’ll soon see.

Erica??? Her cakes are award winning.  You need to be following her on Instagram or take one of her classes!

Venue: Pavilion on Crystal Lake
Photographer: Eric Brushett
Cake: Erica O’Brien Cake Design












C’mon!  Look at this detail!!!!!!

And just because we LOVE this bouquet…


New Haven Lawn Club Tasting

As the preferred florist for New Haven Lawn Club, I was honored to be invited by Christine and John to take part in their tasting day for 14 of their more recent couples.  It was a great day spent with all the couples, their families,  and other great featured vendors.

Every table was designed according to each couple’s style and color theme.  It was a challenge to design 14 different table centerpieces that were all so different.  The lighting really made the centerpieces come alive!

This is just a teaser!  I really want to wait for the professional pics that were taken by the amazing Aurora Photography!  Thank you Aurora, Cate, and Morgen!  What a bunch of down to earth, great gals!


Aurora posted some teaser shots for me that you can view on her facebook gallery.

Remember to click on pics below for a larger view.

Jewel tones with mercury glass accents

Purple orchids

Purple Phaleonopsis Orchids with Black accents

Winter Centerpiece in Tall silver candelabra

Black and white wedding with RED accents!

Yup, I used lemons and grass!!!!

Vintage Candelabra

Elegant fall wedding centerpiece

Orange and Hot pink


Green and white connecting centerpiece with black feather accents

Fire and Ice Party

I’m not the kind of person to throw a party for myself, but, I did! ….and boy was it a great time!

My friend Erica, the owner of Ambiance {chic} Wedding Designs(it was really her idea!), and I thought it would be fun to celebrate the fact that one of our weddings we designed together was featured in Martha Stewart Wedding Magazine.  We had also just revamped our websites and wanted to show them off!

In the wedding industry you work with so many vendors every weekend, but it’s always just business.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve worked with the same photographer, but we’ve never spoken to each other about anything other than the wedding we had been working on together.  So we thought it would be a great idea to invite all the people we love to work with within the wedding industry as well as family and friends.

We had a wonderful turnout!  Even though the loft was filled with photographers, coordinators, videographers, florists, bakers, etc  There wasn’t much wedding talk.  It was such a great night to just get to know these people I’ve known for years…if you get my drift. Networking usually is so boring, but we made it fun!

Erica took care of the designing the email invite, linens, lighting, the music, etc While, I had a blast designing the centerpieces.  Remember the winter party was called “Fire and Ice”.  So the “fire”part of our vision was to use a lot of candles, but we wanted to be creative about it.  Some candles were floating in water with ice chips at the bottom of the candle holder, while I rolled other glass candle holders in actual sugar so they would have a frosted look. We even embellished plain glass hanging candle holders by adorning them with chandelier crystals and hung them from silver wire.

I love the look of various size and shaped glass vases and candle holders….but then love to mix up floating candles, floating flowers, and single flowers in the vases.  I like doing this because it keeps people looking all night!

For the “Ice” feel, we used accents of fake snow( which I learned is very versatile!), chandelier crystals, crystal garlands, iced birch branches, and my favorite accent…a rhinestone in the center of a rose.  We only used white hydrangea and roses so that all the other accents could really shine through!

We use two different height centerpieces, again, it keeps the eye moving around the room and I couldn’t decide on which centerpiece to design…so I used them both!  That was the fun part about designing for my own party…I could REALLY do whatever I wanted!

I won’t bore you with anymore details……let the pictures finish the story….Enjoy!

Winter Wonderland Wedding

Winter Wedding Wonderland

Wedding Winter centerpiece

Sugared Winter Candles

Winter Wedding

My Winter Shop Window

One thing I love about having a storefront is that I get to decorate my front window!  It’s something I always loved to do and would volunteer for that task at every flower shop I ever worked at.  My secret goal is to one day design a window for Macy’s.  Wouldn’t that be so cool?

Anyway, this winter was so busy for me that I didn’t have much time allotted for my window, so I went simple.  Sometimes simple is best.  It took me maybe 2 hours, at the most. Everything I used I already had at the shop.  I had an idea of how I wanted it to look, wintery, not holiday-ish!  I designed the main centerpiece and explained my vision to my best assistant ever, Sarah, and she amazed me!  She knew exactly what I had envisioned……such a reversal since I am always the one to figure out the visions!  She did such a great job and even added her own little touches.  I’m in love with it so much, I’m keeping it up until the end of February…no need to rush it!

Having a winter wedding??? We have lots of ideas!!  Tall vases filled with fake snow and birch branches can be used as  centerpieces or to flank your ceremony aisle, or even just to fill a corner within your venue.  They can be rented for a nominal fee.

Storefront Window for the Winter

My shop's winter window

Winter display for weddings

Winter Window Display