Oranges of Late Summer

I was inspired by the mint and citrus colors of one of my favorite tea tins to create this little late summer vignette in honor of the bold oranges that show up at the end of August. Tea tins and lithographs may come in and out of fashion, but I continue to love them and enjoy grouping collected pieces together for tiny vignettes of color play. I was completely in awe of the fact that I let the early summer blue and purple hydrangea flowers remain and ‘antique’ on the plants and by August the clusters turned a color identical to the mint green of the tin. Hope this combination puts the same smile on your face as it did ours that day.

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Flowers include: Local Orange Trumpet, Chamomile, Pilgrim David Autsin Garden Roses, Hydrangea, and Echinacea Cones, and California Dahlias, Strawflower,  and Eucalyptus.

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Sweet Violet Magazine Cover

Last Summer we worked on a concept shoot around the idea of having one’s closes friends join in a sample party at a bridal boutique. With cake, champagne, flowers, and of course dresses, everyone in a bride’s inner circle could participate in the experience. The results were so beautiful and the color yellow could not have been more perfect. When creating editorials, we have to look ahead past the current colors everyone is mooning over since the publications typically take a year to occur. Yellow hit the spot and was a sunny change that looked absolutely perfect on the cover of Sweet Voilet Magazine’s current issue. There is such a reward in having people respond to the ideas that take so much energy and effort to bring from a concept to reality. The team really pulled it together for a light and airy pairing with a few whimsical elements just for fun. Beautiful dresses and hair and makeup took the center stage as the sun filled boutique provided the perfect venue for a little bridal soiree.

Photography: Annabella Charles

Boutique and Dresses: Maggie Louise Bridal

Prop Styling: Everbloom Designs

Cake: The Flour Garden

Rentals: Prop Cellar Vintage

Hair: Melissa Brandon

Makeup: Gia Marina

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Spring Sampling

Maggie Louise bridal boutique in Memphis, TN hosted a designer trunk show for a rising star designer named Olia Zavozina. Social Graces invited us to come create a high end sampling of floral designs for all of the brides eagerly awaiting to try on the dresses. We adorned the store with a little bit of everything from large urns filled with Olive branch to precious boutonnieres to touch. The wooden table and rentals from Mahaffey and Prop Cellar were decorated with all of our favorite offerings such as hand poured candles and spring fruit. The favorites were the enormous Japanese ranunculus that stole the spotlight in every arrangement and even took center stage on the feminine and demure cake design by our favorite Laura Jackson of The Flour Garden. The day was a huge success for brides who purchased designer gowns and got to have private consultations with the same woman who created them, who also happens to dress celebrities for the red carpet!

Between the first sign of Spring dogwood flowers, happy brides holding bouquets and posing for photos with family, and champagne popping there were nothing but moments of joy shared all around the room.

Luminous Photography as always from Anabella Charles

Gowns: Olia Zavozina

Boutique: Maggie Louise

Coordination and Design: Social Graces

Cake: The Flour Garden

Stationary: Emily McCarthy

Rentals: Mahaffey Tent and Party

Yellow Table, China, Crystal, and Flatware: Prop Cellar Vintage Rentals

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50 Years of Love and Devotion

When your daughter is one of the most talented cake designers in town and you are celebrating your golden anniversary, there is no doubt it will be the best tasting event of all! Laura Jackson of The Flour Garden Memphis invited all of us to work with her on this intimate project and make a memorable occasion for her parents. It was just that. I honestly can say that when Pat and Bud cut the extraordinary (and delicious) five tiered anniversary cake that their daughter created, it made me feel as though I was there the first time 50 years before –  and it appeared as if they did as well. What a magic day for the family. Purple is Pat’s favorite color and she is an avid gardener with an entire moss lawn: not a blade of grass! We created floral designs inspired by her lifetime of passion for art, flowers, and family and it was not hard to do considering the Lilac, Helleborus, Frittilaria, and tree blossoms were all in full Spring bloom! The photos and personal items incorporated into the design made us all feel like a part of the past and present love they share. I met two very precious  friends and look forward to working and attending their next anniversary party.  Congratulations to one of the sweetest couples that is 50 years strong and counting!

Cake and all Edibles: The Flour Garden

Photography: Annabella Charles Photography

Styling: Everbloom Designs

Coordination: Social Graces, LLC

Calligraphy & Signage: Natalie Chang

Vases and Gold Tableware and Accessories: Posh Design Group

Linens: LaTavola

Rentals: Mahaffey Tent

Buffet/Vintage Rentals: Propcellar Vintage Rentals

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Chlorophyll

The green chemical responsible for the absorption of light by plants is called chlorophyll and those tender leafy greens are precious and rare right now in the middle of winter. With a few herbs and flowers purchased here and there, this was a nice reminder that no season is eternal and that Spring will be here before long.

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Plum Nectar

One never knows exactly when an idea will come to fruition when they first have it pop into their mind. Such is the case for this very rich and delicious color scheme. The theme overall was inspired by a painting I kept showing and texting Annabella and Kristin. Each of us pulled out of the painting what we saw individually, which was different times three. The interesting thing is when we show up together, whether after months of planning or 2 days, we don’t know what that final product will be for sure. That said, it’s usually exactly what we visualize or in this case, even better. Glamour and Grace was just like their namesake and graciously helped us show these inspirational photos to the world. Thank you! I must add that one of the phone calls made was to Laura of The Flour Garden and she got no more than a photo of a cake stand and a pen. Of course after designing with my first “naked” cake I had to try a slice. Then another. And one more for the road!

Flowers: Dahlias, Ranunculus, Spray Garden Rose, Elderberry, Crabapple, Bougainvillea, Blushing Bride Protea, & Olive Branch

Photography: Annabella Charles Photography

Styling: Everbloom Designs

Cake: The Flour Garden

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A Little Bubbly {Pink Champagne}

Annabella Charles gets a lot of credit on my blog for a reason. She works hard and practices with me constantly to get the right look for both clients and editorial customers alike. I love to showcase what we do in the hopes of inspiring whomever may come across this blog. I love to look at pretty things. I love to make them, (and just my luck Annabella loves to photograph them!) I am truly proud to work, more often than not, with some very select people (including Kristin) whom I consider a gift to know. It makes light of the darkest times and when we are creating it feels like it’s not even work (except for the exhaustion that cannot be avoided when giving your all and staying up late). Our muse this time was garden roses … and a little bubbly. So cheers to friendship and to finding your circle, your collective or your closest friends. The people who understand you and your talents (whatever they may be) unlike anyone else; your people. Cheers to the best of best friends, and to family who support the wild artists and their eccentric tendencies. The world needs all kinds of ideas,  color, and beauty –  just as it needs the raw numbers, facts and the pragmatic and sobering truths. This is the great balance that keeps us all in love and living life and helping others and dreaming.

Cheers!

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Spring {a time to grow}

For all of us who love that first spotted daffodil in the field or the blossoming trees that seem to pop overnight, Spring is here! It is the rebirth of not only the fresh leaves of the trees and Wisteria vines along the roads, but a chance to start over in our hearts. To love what we have growing in front of us, to have goals for our gardens as well as our lives. The amazing thing about plants  is that they teach us the true meaning of an investment and we must take that example by planting what we want to see in the future and understanding that only hard work makes a  truly bountiful harvest {and not overnight!}. There will be ups and downs, storms and locusts, sweet rain and drought, but in the end if we work with great care, no matter what happens, we learned to be a better, more patient person who is invested in the present and still believes in the blessings that lie ahead in the future.

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Beauty in Botany {Magnolia Rouge Feature}

            Magnolia Rouge published its second edition under the new name and the magazine is a treasure trove of real weddings, style, and more! Kate (the director) was able to use two seperate photo shoots from our group in the magazine and we thought we would share the lovely botanical beauty here on the blog. It’s an ode to the lithograph and fern lovers alike and includes a bunch of fresh Helleborus mixed with lively little puffs of Acacia and four different types of ferns to name just a few floral ingredients. With stylist Kristin Wolter from Everbloom Designs and Annabella of Annabella Charles Photography, we mapped out the details of a decorated repast of salads, spritzers, and sweets that include edible pansies.

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Flowerwheel App

To show you how useful Flowerwheel App for iTunes is, we are going post actual screen shots of the flowers (from our phone) for today’s featured Style Me Pretty photo shoot that are from the app, then saved as favorites, and emailed.  We created this app because there was nothing like it yet available and as a floral design company we needed a portable flower guide with true color photos and information that could be shared, used, and even seen by clients on their own search for the perfect event flowers.

Here are some stunning photos from the Parisian-Inrpired Photo Shoot that is on Style Me Pretty Today

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And here are the Flowerwheel Screen Shots to form the recipe and then a look at how one could save and email the thumbnail photos with the app:

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A Beautiful Day! {Style Me Pretty Feature}

It is truly a beautiful day to share some photos we have had to keep to ourselves for some time. That’s the way it works in the publication and editorial business, you must be months ahead of the season and then wait to see your product in its rightful place. We have been thrice featured on Style Me Pretty and this one is just lovely all over. The team deserves full credit, for no one does much alone in the industry, so be sure and look at their sites too for more photographs and their version of the day.
Our story is easy to tell. We had an extremely accommodating venue, great coordination, the perfect stylist, an unparalleled photographer, incredible: cake, flowers, linens, rentals, and a lovely model wearing gorgeous dresses. The shoot was actually in the Winter and it was not easy. I believe the high that day was 40 degrees, not to spoil the magic though, because inside the conservatory it was a perfect temperature. I may even consider one for a future function. What a great idea of having green plants and great weather (indoors) all year round with glass walls and natural lighting!

There will likely be a few more future posts but for now we are overjoyed to be on a wedding style blog like Style Me Pretty and to finally share it with you.

Have a wonderful day!

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 Vendors

Annabella Charles Photography

Social Graces Events

Everbloom Designs

Dresses provided by : Maggie Louise

Hair and Make up : Tricia Coble

Venue : The Conservatory

Stationary : Natalie Chang

Model : Rebecca with MACS AMAX

Vintage Rentals : Propcellar

Headpieces and belt : Hushed Commotion

Cake : The Flour Garden

Caterer : The Conservatory

Lighting : Bright Event Productions

 

 

Autumn Arrangement

While it may be Spring here in the Northern Hemisphere,  Autumn is coming to the Southern Hemisphere.

This is an arrangement for all of our readers down South. {Photograph by Annabella Charles Photography}

Recipe:

Banksia, Magnolia Grandiflora Fruit, David Austin Juliet Garden Rose, Echinacea (Coneflower) in Orange,

Acorn on the Branch, , Crabapple on the Branch, Bougainvillea, Dahlia, Tulip, and Waxflower.autumnpost

We Love: Dogwood {a flowering tree}

Flowering Dogwood trees are truly magnificent. We love them so much they are a part of the Haute Horticulture logo.

There exist a few common varieties that all put on a spectacular flower show in the Spring. The white, pink, and red varieties are all a member of the flowering North American Dogwood group Cornus Florida and each has the distinct four rounded bracts (what people commonly see as flower petals). The group of Asian Dogwoods has pointed bracts and blooms only creamy white flowers a little later in the Spring. These Kousa Dogwoods (Cornus Kousa) are often referred to as Japanese, Korean, or Chinese Dogwood Trees. Most of these tree variteites, and many others are available through the Arbor Day Foundation for a very fair price to plant in your own yard, which is exactly what we plan to do this Spring.

Last year we got together with Annabella Charles Photography, Everbloom Designs, with dresses from Barefoot Bride (worn by model Alicia) and Linens from Studio 1524.  We created a lovely inspiration photo session paying homage to the Dogwood. We waited until the branches were perfectly in bloom and assembled a team of quite a few behind the scenes favors in the form of: the location (a private residence), monogramming (K. Young), cake making,  and lovely paper goods by the talented Natalie Chang. We fused style elements that could be incorporated into a garden party or wedding complete with hair accessories by Kristin of Everbloom Designs. The result was just as we had hoped and even made a prompt appearance in The Wedding Chicks Blog. Now a year later, we yearn to work with those branches again and hope they make their debut soon!

Photography: Annabella Charles

Fabric Flowers and Styling : Everbloom Designs

Ring pillows/ hair and Mua : Tasha Rick

Cake and Petite fours : Cindy DeBoard

Stationary and Calligraphy : Natalie Chang

linens : Studio1524

Dresses provided by : The Barefoot Bride

Model : Alicia Nash with ETA

 

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The Cheery Cherries {Using Fruit in Bouquets}

1cherry 2cherry 3cherry 4cherry There is nothing more delicious than using berries and various edible fruits in bouquets, but what is truly safe and what is fantasy? We have worked a great deal with fruits and unusual bouquet content recent years and here is the true advice we have to give customers and aspiring floral designers alike. When it comes to bridal bouquets these are our 7 best tips to avoid complications and gain peace of mind:

1) If you are using real fruit with clear juices make sure it is under-ripe and very hard.

2) If you wire fruits that are larger and heavier the test is simple, if you hold the wire only and the fruit does not stand erect, the gague is not heavy enough or the fruit needs more wires through it. You can also combine wooden picks but make sure the fruit is anchored with some wire or the fruit may fall off the pick alone when the bouquet is held upside down (which does happen).

3) If you use real fruits it is safest to nest them into the flowers so that they are not on the outside of the bouquet where they can get bruised or start to weep.

4) Never use real fruits with extremely dark juices. It may look appealing in magazines (yes we have published a few ourselves) but the secret is that there are some very convincing faux fruits and veggies out there,  and no floral designer or bride should have to worry about this when there are lightweight fauxs that can be tucked (wired) into the bouquet. Make sure the client understands that these concerns are for clothing safety and the reason a real plum is probably not ideal for a bouquet; give them the truth about the risks of real fruits and vegetables and they will respect you for thinking ahead.

5) Peppers and fruits like Mangos can be very irritating to skin and eyes if the oils come off onto the designer’s hands or onto the client’s hands. The best thing to do is use faux or very small ornamentals that are grown specifically for arrangements. It may seem tempting to use that cute little jalapeno pepper from the garden, but it could potentially get an irritant all over everything that it touches.

6) Be smart, if you aren’t going to be there to watch over the bouquet for the entire ceremony and reception and all photographs, then our best advice is play it safe rather than risk disaster. There are so many usable low risk berries and ornamentals to use and the options are getting better each year with the demand. If you must go outside the box, practice and see how well the fruit holds up outside the cooler and in a bouquet for a day.

7) Be creative! If the customer needs a certain color or look, there are probably alternatives that can be used instead. For example, Hypericum berries look a lot like little strawberries when used with strawberry foliage and not bunched together.

All photos by Annabella Charles Photography

Photo Shoot seen in Mag Rouge

Magnolia Rouge: A Styled Shoot {Jan 2013 Issue}

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We have been honored to be included in nearly every issue of Mag Rouge and now Magnolia Rouge Magazine. This is from the January 2013 issue. The use of antique golds, flatware, and vintage wallpaper mixed with the flowers, succulents, and berries to form a tapestry of textures and pastels. Styled by Kristin Wolter of Everbloom Designs and photographed by Annabella Charles.

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Pastel Seaside Inspired Bouquet

This cheerful pastel bouquet is so soft and lovely in velvety mints, peaches, and buttery yellows. We found it in our archives and decided  to share. The  By the Sea theme was part of a bouquet photo shoot collaboration with Annabella Charles Photography, Everbloom Designs, and Natalie Chang.seabouquet1 seabouquet2