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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Magnolia Rouge {The Romance Issue} Blush meets Blue

The new Romance Issue of Magnolia Rouge is out and as full of gorgeousness as ever! Issue 4 is live and all the digital issues are here in one lovely place. Kate Holland is the creative force behind this New Zealand treasure and we have been working with her for over two years now. It is hard to believe that our Memphis team has been inspiring international brides for so long and we are always honored to see what she does with our work. This color scheme sings with the beautiful blue privet berries that mixed with the blushing dahlias and earthy greens and enhanced with all of the lovely lace and vintage props and rentals styled and photographed together. The mismatched china really helped to play up the palate and unify the theme.

It’s good for blue hue loving brides to be to know that there are quite a few amazing naturally occurring blues in nature, such as the navy center of an anemone or the dusty shade of a blue thistle, that not only are available at different time of the year but can truly compliment the rest of the colors in a combination such as this.

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Photography: Annabella Charles

Styling: Everbloom Designs

Furniture, Silver, and China Props: Prop Cellar

Cakes and Cookies: The Flour Garden

Stationery: Natalie Change Designs

 

 

 

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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Roses from the Garden {Milk Glass and Heirlooms}

We have had a bountiful year here in the south so far. Our garden seems to agree. Here are some hand picked lovelies in my milk glass collection. It was a little bit of fun with photographer Annabella Brandon and stylist Kristin Wolter-Canfield to break up the long week (and an excuse to see Annabella’s handsome newborn son).

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Garden Basket

What a beautiful time of year. Here is a photo that sums up the wonder of having a basket full of

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Photo: Annabella Charles Photography

Romantic Garden Rose Bouquet

Simple bouquet recipes can be just as effective as varieties. This romantic rose bouquet was primarily garden roses and spray garden roses in a bundle surrounded by Magnolia leaves (which have a velvety tobacco colored underside).

The handle was wrapped in silk ribbon and styled by Kristin at Everbloom Designs. Lovely photographs by Annabella Charles Photography.

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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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