What happens to your flowers after your wedding

Friday, October 21st, 2016

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Without fail, in the two weeks leading up to a wedding, the question will be asked: what will happen to my flowers after my wedding? Surely they won’t all go to waste? Before you ponder the idea of asking a few friends to deconstruct those arrangements and deliver to your parent’s home tout de suite, take a breath. Often the vases are rental, meaning that arrangements will have to be deconstructed on site and loaded into buckets of water so the floral designer can collect her containers. It’s a big job and one that friends and family might not be able to easily take on at the end of the evening. As an alternative:

-You can offer “to go bags”  to guests and encourage them to pluck a few blooms on their way out. I love these from For Your Party. If you’re not interested in ordering custom printed bags, you can easily find clear cellophane candy bags at most any craft store. Display those with some pretty ribbon, and you’re all set!

-You can hire a company to donate your flowers after your event. Grace in Bloom in Richmond is dedicated to just that. Conceived by two friends, Brittany Heare, who also works with Merriment, and Brittany Mantiply, Grace in Bloom delivers “gently used wedding flowers” to nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the Richmond area. Brittany will work closely with you, your planner and your floral designer to develop a schedule and plan for collection. We love Grace in Bloom because it is such a win/win!





photo katie stoops

bouquet design by merriment

branching out

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

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Love the big impact of these stunning leafy greens!


1 – the nouveau romatics; 2 – frank alexander nyc; 3 – natalie bowen; 4 & 5 – R. Jack Balthazar Wedding via martha stewart weddings


darling dogwood details

Monday, March 21st, 2016



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

southern wedding bouquet inspiration

southern floral inspiration

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)