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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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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Valentine Inspiration {Hearts of Gold}

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A small token of love this Valentine’s Day. This vignette was simply to share the short and beautiful life of these divine, almost other worldly garden roses we had to work with as well as some very pretty finds from an antique store that belong to the photographer Annabella. The rest is what others see in it, whether that is just something pretty to scroll through or  little gems that stand out as inspiration, or really anything. We give our own meaning to objects when we see them as symbols; in this case symbols of affection, sweetness, romance, and softness. This doesn’t mean that one must own or recieve all of the gilded hearts and fluffy roses in the world to have a proper Valentine’s experience, but instead that whatever we do for others, (any tokens, actions, or words that have meaning) will be the best received when given with love.

Magnolia Rouge  kindly featured this today along with a bonus tutorial to learn more about how to create the candles or the sugared garden rose petals in the photographs.

 

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