Texan Retirement Party

Ruby was the perfect spot for this party Thursday night, for a Texan who's retiring. They chose a rustic, yet refined Western theme. 
The flowers I went with were Cherry Brandy roses (pink AND orange - my favorite), blue thistle for the Western vibe, green ball dianthus, pincushion protea for the cactus element, and yarrow in the large entryway arrangement and billy balls for the table centerpieces.

I loved the table set-up. Farmhouse, exposed wood, burlap runner, fun napkins. And the flowers in the cowboy boots was a special way to tie in the Texas connection.

 Here are some up-closes of the boots. The protea were the perfect touch to these arrangements. 

The food tables had vase arrangements. A view from the top:

Style Shoot, Belle Meade Plantation

I was able to be part of a style shoot done at Belle Meade Plantation on 8/20/13.
Wedding Planner/Stylist: Emily Kennedy, Kennedy Occasions
Photographer: Sarah, The Collection

We went with a classic gold and white/ivory pallette on a king's table in the stable area. It was really beautiful!

Dark Purple and White

Last November my little brother got married and I had the privilege of doing the flowers for his wedding. His wife picked a palette of purples and white. She carried Picasso callas ringed with dark purple callas.

My brother wore a single Picasso calla accented with lily grass.

The mothers wore corsages of callas and dendrobium orchids.

All the other flowers were whites and purples.

The pew markers.
Entryway arrangement.

On the staircase leading up to the ceremony area.

And I have to brag, a little. My daughter got to be the flower girl, and my son the ring bearer. My daughter was old enough to have an orchid halo to wear. My son, however, was a very naughty 20-month old at the time, and I didn't even bother trying to keep a boutonniere on him. We got him down the aisle by bribing him with Skittles - he had a mouth FULL of Skittles by the time he got to the altar area, and was drooling rainbow-colored drool. It was awesome.

The photographer took this fantastic shot of my little girl. Just had to share.

Nashville Venue Crawl, 8/4/13

Sunday I got to participate as a vendor for the Nashville Venue Crawl at Ruby. It was so much fun to be a part of this and work with such great people!

A compilation of all the bouquets for the showcase:
The men didn't get left out, either. Boutonnieres to compliment each bouquet and style.

Each table had a theme and definite style. "Butter My Biscuit" - vintage farm feel. Daisies in the bride's bouquet, baby's breath centerpiece.

"Eat Your Veggies" - vintage-eclectic. I loved the veggies as decor, and set the bouquet in a terracotta pot for the tablescape.

"Ruby: black, white & read all over" - vintage-industrial. See above for the fun red carnation bouquet and boutonniere for this one. Tightly packed carnations as a kissing ball, or in this case a bouquet, is such a fun look with all their frilly petals looking like one giant flower instead of traditional carnations.

"Sparkle, Sparkle" - trendy and modern, clean. I had a hard time photographing this one, but the colors were blush, gold and navy. The bouquet was full of blush-colored roses with a few rhinestone accents for that extra sparkle look.

"Olive you!" - Earthy, natural, but refined. This was the most simple table, but really looks great. I tied olive tree foliage on the bride and groom's chairs, and the bouquet was a simple and sweet collection of white lisianthus and blush spray roses, accented with a little olive foliage.  

This was my favorite table: "Orange you glad you came." Orange and turquoise, sophisticated but not stuffy. Oranges, peaches and creams accented with soft green succulents in the bouquet.