I have gotten sadly behind on posting our floral work, so far behind in fact that I haven't even shared anything from our 2013 season. This is especially shameful because I feel it was one of our best seasons ever as far as our work, and design goes. However have no fear, these images are just a taste, I'll be sharing full posts of each event hopefully in the next few months before our 2014 season starts :)
This post has been a bear to put together. First there was a matter of collecting images, some of which I am still missing from certain weddings, then narrowing down said images, followed by editing and collaging, and deciding what to say about all the wonderful events and clients we've worked with in 2013. Phew! There was just too much flower goodness to put into one post, so here's part I (and I'm going in alphabetical order so I don't forget anyone).
2013 was our very first year to work at Lone Summit Ranch, and we had more than one event there. They have such a beautiful outdoor space, with extensive grounds for taking lots of lovely pictures. This is where Amanda and Gary decided to get married. I absolutely loved working with Amanda, and her parents were awesome too! Don't you just love the different shades of bridesmaids dresses, with pops of turquoise as an accent running throughout the event. So perfect for a summertime wedding. (Top photo by Main Street Studios, bottom photo by emmy-ray).
If I could pick one word to describe Ashley, it would be bubbly. Her personality is so sweet, and I think it shows in all the pictures from her and Duane's wedding day. Overall their day was very classic. Wine colored floor length bridesmaids dresses, and she carried a beautiful white bouquet. However they definitely injected some elements of fun into their event, such as a wreath of flowers for their corgi Rooster, a sprinkle send off from the ceremony, and brunch for dinner. Plus it didn't hurt that when she went into the President Ballroom for the first time she was over the top excited, even twirled around because she loved it all so much. I wish all brides would express as much enthusiasm, it definitely made my day!
2013 was definitely the year of the blush and coral wedding, and Audrey and Daniel's event utilized this trend in such a lovely way. Spring is the perfect time of year if you love coral because those coral charm peonies are to die for, and readily available. There were so many details that went into creating their lovely event, I cannot wait to share it all in their extended blog post. (image bouquet and bout/corsage image by emmy-ray, bridal image by Becca Spears).
So I always hate to play favorites, but if I had to choose just one single wedding of 2013 it might have to be Brooke and Thomas. I think it's for a few reasons. One, they're an awesome couple. Brooke is so creative in her own right and understood that giving us freedom to work, would yield the best possible results. Two her vision for their day was beautiful, and three it included so many floral details that we loved creating. There were flowers everywhere! This was also the first year we've worked at The Hawthorne House in Parkville, another beautiful venue we'll be heading back to for 2014. (Image above by Becca Spears, below by emmy-ray).
The bouquet above was a last minute job for a client. Her mom called me just a few days before the wedding and asked if I could create this bouquet for her daughter, and I said sure. It was a little outside what we usually do, with pearls, and rhinestones added in with the flowers, but I definitely had fun putting it together. (image by emmy-ray)
I had the priveledge in 2013 of working with several of my very good friends and family for their special days. One of these was Chelsea and Elliott. I won't get too mushy just yet, I'll save it for their extended post, but I've known Elliott since I was 15 years old, and he's such an important friend to me. Chelsea is amazing and I couldn't be happier that they are married (plus my handsome husband was in their wedding party). We always try to create our very best work for our clients, but of course when it's for friends and family we give 1,000,000% of our energy to making it amazing! (images by Brooke Vandever Weddings).
When working with flowers we always try to select the very best quality blooms for our clients, but sometimes nature's like "Hey, here's some really amazing stuff for you to use." Thanks nature, you are awesome! That was the case with Ellie and Jeff's wedding. The garden roses, clematis, cafe au lait dahlias, blushing bride, I could go on and on, all of it came in perfectly. Ellie also worked so hard on all the details for their event. She collected tons of glassware before we ever met, created her own table numbers, and their guest book was...wait for it... a ping pong table. Very cool indeed! 2013 was also the year of the Tuscan Style head table. These extra wide set-ups leave a lot of room for decor, and we created many runners filled with flowers and greens like the one above. (images by Sharaya Mauck Photography)
I went to high school with Fiona, and it always makes me extra happy when I get to work with former classmates on their special days. She and her husband Brian kept things simple with personals, and cake flowers. When we first met Fiona mentioned that she loved poppies, and their early spring wedding happened to be the perfect time of year for these delicate, gorgeous blooms. I think the colors just pop next to the emerald green bridemaids dresses. (images above and below left by emmy-ray).
Heather and Nick's color palette could best be described as candy pastel. We used pinks, blushes, peaches, ivories, lavenders, and mint greens. I'm a huge fan of light grey suits, and the bright pink of the bridesmaids dresses were the perfect match with the bouquets. Heather was another bride who did lots of DIY projects and work to make their day special, providing me with all the containers and bird cages for their centerpieces. (image above by Studio Chyree, below by emmy-ray)
Last, but definitely not least for Part I is Jessica and Nathan, our second Lone Summit Ranch wedding. They were so easy to work with, and I loved that Nathan was so involved in the whole process, something that we don't always see with grooms. Jessica fell in love with Kelli and Nathan's wedding, so we used it as our jumping off point for her event. Decorating the gazebo for their outdoor ceremony was my favorite part of setting up, I love creating gorgeous backdrops for a couples vows. Plus I got to work with one of my absolute favorite photographers (and friends) Jana. (photos by Jana Marie Photography)
That's it for Part I. Stay tuned, because on Wednesday I'm going to be sharing Part II, which will be packed full of just as much florally goodness.
xo ~ Emily