darling dogwood details

Monday, March 21st, 2016

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image #1 cake by maggie austin, photographed by abby jiu for maria & josh’s wedding; #2 wreath via once wed; #3 cookies for megan + will’s wedding photographed by katie stoops; #4 maids with dogwood bouquets photographed by landon jacob via southern weddings magazine; #5 dogwood arrangement photographed by landon jacob via southern weddings

the belly button trick

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

colorful fun wedding bouquet

One of the questions I’m asked most during rehearsals or just before ceremonies by a bride or maid who wants to make sure she’s getting it just right is, “how should I hold my bouquet?”. Just remember the belly button rule: hold your bouquet lower than you think it should be — usually at or around your belly button. Bouquets look best carried lower than you think they should be!

photo by Jodi Miller Photography; bouquet designed by Courtney Spencer of Merriment Events

Bouquets inspired by southern states we call home…

Friday, December 20th, 2013

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southern wedding bouquets

southern wedding bouquet inspiration

It was such a pleasure to work on this story last spring with Patricia Lyons and Janie Medley for Southern Weddings Magazine’s current issue. We were tasked with bringing the personality and charm of six southern states to life in bouquets. For instance, while Tennessee was a bit wild and folk-inspired, in homage to its country music roots, Florida centered on warm, citrus tropical inspired elements. Pick up the latest issue to see the full story!

floral design by Janie Medley // photography by Patricia Lyons // styling by Courtney Spencer of Merriment Events

Flowers for Ave 42’s holiday pop-up style studio

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

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I was delighted to put together some pretty flowers in blush and gray tones for Ave 42 Design’s pop up shop at short pump mall. Ave 42’s pop up style studio, offering blow-outs, up-dos and makeup, will be in its temporary location, in between nordstrom and south moon under, through the holidays, where you can get ready to “party pretty!”

Bright, colorful and fun flowers to start the holiday week…

Monday, July 1st, 2013

bright, fun, colorful flowers

I put the bouquet above together for a client’s mother for mother’s day. Nearly all of the blooms were sourced from local gardens, which makes the arrangement all that much more special, I think. And, with the leftovers, I put a little something together for myself…

bright colorful fun flowers

a family affair

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

purple wedding inspiration

I recently had the honor to design my sister-in-law’s wedding. It was such a joy to source so many locally-grown flowers and to work with such a pretty color palette. Nicole and Monty were married at home on a beautiful day in May, among an intimate group of family members. They exchanged vows in a service officiated by my mother-in-law, Monty’s mother, in their backyard. Afterward, we enjoyed a buffet of sweets — blackberry-vanilla cupcakes, lavender macarons, lavender and white cookies (a play on the classic black and white cookie), mini coconut cream pies and chocolate truffles topped with sugared pansies. Special thanks to Eleise Theuer for sharing these lovely photographs with us!

purple wedding inspiration

purple wedding inspiration

purple wedding inspiration

purple wedding inspiration

purple wedding inspiration

artful wedding

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

pink orange wedding inspiration

orange-pink wedding inspiration

I had the pleasure of working with Janie Medley on her table for Artful Wedding, Richmond Bride’s annual event at VMFA, where Abby Larson of Style Me Pretty spoke this year. To read about all of the details, click over to Style Me Pretty LivingPhotography by Jodi Miller

 

some recent work…

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

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“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!'”  ~Robin Williams

{bouquets by me!; photos by katie stoops)

spring flowers

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

spring flowers inspiration

Just a peek of an arrangement I put together yesterday using camellia, quince, pear tree blossoms, daffodils and bells of ireland — many of the flowers were gathered from our yard. This is my favorite time of year, when the quince, daffodils and camellias are in bloom and the buds on the spring trees are beginning to open!

flowers under glass

Friday, March 9th, 2012

modern floral design inspiration

Although the designs by Raf Simons were the reason for the show, of course, and they were glorious and ladylike, I can’t stop staring at the flowers designed by Mark Colle, an Anthwerp-based florist, for the Fall 2012 Jil Sander collection. Encased in lucite boxes, Colle’s arrangements feel like modern day Dutch still lifes. Couldn’t you imagine these on display at a museum wedding?

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images via Paperdoll, Style, Vogue and AnOther