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I keep asking myself why it's taken me such a long time to write this post. I keep putting it off, and finding reasons not to do it. I guess the easiest answer would be that by putting it into words, it's all very real. 2015 was our last year doing wedding florals. There, I said it. Trust me, I am at peace with the decision, it was a long time coming. However it's hard to put the past 8 years into words. Doing wedding florals has brought me so much happiness and joy, some of the most stressful moments of my life, and really "tested my metal" so to speak.
My heart is so grateful for all the amazing couples who put their faith in us to make their day beautiful, to all the amazing vendors we've worked with over the years. To my mom who has been my design assistant and right hand woman from the beginning. To my husband who put up with the mess in our house, the crazy schedule, and hauling countless boxes. To my family who were there to lend extra hands whenever they were needed. To all of you I say thank you a million times over. Now here are a few of my favorite images from each of the weddings we did this year.
Our very first event of 2015 was a January winter wedding. At our initial consultation Sarah said "I really don't like flowers that much". She was in love with the idea of lush greens, dusty miller, and succulents. We added in a few blooms though in shades of white and soft blue for just a little bit of romance, while sticking to a wintery palette. Such a great way to start off the year.
Another beautiful winter event for Nicole and Jon. We got the chance to work with Weddings by Hannah, one of our favorite coordinators here in KC. Nicole wanted a classic white wedding, with touches of sparkle and silver, and lots and lots of candlelight.
This past year we were lucky enough once again to be a part of the weddings of some very special people, including the marriage of Jamie and Chad. Jamie's been a good friend since college (we met in our first art class freshmen year), and I was so honored when she asked me to do her florals. Their event was intimate, classic, and modern. For her bouquet I really went over the top and filled it with beautiful blooms in hues of blush, peach, and ivory. Their super long banquet tables were some of my favorites that we've ever decorated, with gold sequin runners and tons of flowers and candles. Photos by the talented Rita of Heirloom Photo Company.
Two more dear people in my life, Emma and Mitch. Mitch is my cousin, and Emma is my brother's friend since kindergarten. They met at his college graduation party. Their wedding colors were much like Jamie and Chad's. Blush, ivory, but with touches of black. I knew this would be our last year of weddings so I kind of went over the top with every single bouquet I made. Emma's was gorgeous (if I do say so myself). We just loved being part of your day guys! Photos by Jason Domingues Photography
We did a lot of beautiful, really classic weddings this year, and Cara and Todd's wedding was no exception. I went to high school with Cara and was so happy to be part of her day. Cara wanted a white palette, but she was a big fan of texture including silver brunia, and dusty miller. I loved their ceremony set up, which included the birch arch from Ultrapom, with white draperies, and lots and lots of beautiful lush greens and white florals. Cara and Todd, you were an absolute joy to work with. Photos by DiMartino Photography
This is Ali and Ricardo. I did Ali's sister florals many years ago, and it was awesome to be able to work with this family again on another beautiful event. Ali loved the relaxed wild look of wild flowers, and wanted a colorful palette of yellow and purple. Can you tell that I was loving clematis this year? I used it in almost every bouquet so far! Photos by the talented Lindsay Pierce Photography.
Dang it was hot this summer, but you couldn't tell by looking at Lisa and Todd's gorgeous day. Their event definitely stayed on trend with the blush and ivory, but Lisa wanted to add touches of gold, and coral too. Coral charm peonies did the trick as they always do. It didn't hurt that the wedding party basically looks like a bunch of models. Am I right? Thank you Lisa and Todd, we loved working with you! Photos by Catherine Rhodes Photography.
Maggie and Billy's florals were really fun to create. I absolutely love the blush and ivory trend, but I'm a huge fan of color, the more the better. Maggie wanted a beautiful, bright color palette, with lots of texture. However we still wanted to include romantic blooms, and the orange ranunculus and coral garden roses definitely fit the bill. We got to work on this one with the lovely Weddings by Hannah again too. She's always a favorite. Photos by Atley Marks Photography.
Emily and Michael were another couple whose family I had the pleasure of working with twice. I did Emily's sister's wedding a few years ago too. The two couldn't have been more different, but both were so beautiful. Emily's bouquet was a mix of wildflowers, sunflowers, garden roses, and dahlias. We kept the bridesmaids bouquets super simple, but I think they turned out really sweet and pretty too. Just a lovely event for a wonderful family. Thanks again you guys for having us! Photos by RPM Photography.
Abby is another former high school classmate, and her wedding party was full of other ladies that I just adore! She and Adam chose to get married at the Weston Red Barn Farm in their new barn, such a perfect choice for a beautiful fall day. First let me say Abby's dress is SO gorgeous. I love the classic styling, and that back is everything. Good choice Abby. She wanted her bouquet to be super textural, wild, and organic in hues of burgundy, plum, orange, and pops of yellow. Fall, without being too traditional. I think we nailed it for her. Thank you guys for having us! Photos by Wildflower Wedding Photography.
Which brings us to our last wedding of the year, and it couldn't have been a more perfect one to end on. Hannah and Andrew's day was so beautiful. Hannah has been an awesome friend to me in the wedding industry. She has referred me tons of clients, and is always great to work with. She works hard for her clients and is loyal to her vendors. It's a huge honor when one of the best in the biz asks you to do her wedding flowers. Unfortunately this is the only picture I had of her wedding so far, but it's just too gorgeous of an event not to be included. More photos to come soon!
Thank you again a million times over guys, I can't say it enough.
xo - Emily