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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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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The Flowerwild Workshop {Part 2}

See that golden hue
Burning in the west
My dreams are with that color
My dreams are the sun

…My dreams are with the sun

-Dawn Michelle

1A Workshop created and directed by: Kate Holt of Flowerwild

Photography: Jose Villa

Featured in: Style Me Pretty

Hair and Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup

Paper Goods and Calligraphy: Feast

Props: Found Vintage Rentals

Location: Mayacamas Ranch, Calistoga, California

Model: Barbara of Scout Model & Talent

Bouquets: 17 Talented Designers including Haute Horticulture {Karin}

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Additional Information:

photographer: Jose Villa Flowers: Rachel Bowes of Finch and Thistle Events | flowers: Angie Tomey of Little Boy Flowers | flowers: Pearl & Godiva | flowers: Anne Bowen Dabney of Charleston Stems | flowers: Amy Reed | flowers: Shilhi Seibel of Passion Roots | flowers: madalyn covey | flowers: Ashlyn Gibben Hobbs of Stratford Events | flowers: Mandy Grace | flowers: Sarah Neal of L&S Design co. | flowers: Jahana Bilal of White Squid | flowers: Shannon Mahoney of Thistle and Honey Floral | flowers: Karin Woodward of Haute Horticulture | flowers: McKenzie Powell Designs | flowers: katie wachowiak of Reinhardt Blooms | hair and makeup: TEAM Hair & Makeup | calligraphy: feast calligraphy | creative direction and design: kate holt – flowerwild | model: scout model and talent | prop rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | venue: mayacamas ranch | wardrobe: bhldn

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

 

 

 

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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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

freshly picked botanicals. Oh the possibilities!basket

Photo: Annabella Charles Photography

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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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

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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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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