Laura has spent the better part of a year trying to tell me that as soon as I visited I wouldn't want to leave. To which, I'd promptly say, "Yeah OK, not gonna happen". Well it turns out the stranger sitting next to me on the flight over and Laura were right.
Sarah and Dennis celebrated their wedding on her parent's south Florida farm and the day couldn't have been more magical. Sarah wanted to incorporate a wild flower aesthetic in her wedding day florals, which allowed us to source a variety of small dainty blooms and vines in an array of colors including marigold, pink and shades of purple.
There's just something magical about Kai Kai Farm. Every time I drive out there I can breathe easier and feel immediately refreshed. The expansive farm provided the perfect natural backdrop for Josh and Nathalia's wedding day.
Allyson + Justin’s generosity and genuine excitement over the entire day, and their love for one another will always be a little moment that I treasure. These photographs feel like a breath of fresh air, just like the love they share for one another and shared with their closest friends and family that day.
My friendship with Laura started when my family moved back to Florida and I was plopped in a tight knit class of 36 kids who had already known each other for 4 years. I was the new girl and a quiet slightly uncomfortable 7 year old. I'm not entirely sure when Laura and I became inseparable but it happened pretty quickly and I just knew she was going to be my best friend to the end.
Cal and Steph's wedding marks the 4th time I've been able to design with and for friends and I'm so in love with how everything came together. Cal and Steph wanted something elegant while also being boldly tropical. Their ocean side reception was a little tropical oasis for the evening and the room was quickly filled with plenty of laughs and an electrifying dance party.
Dom and Peter compliment each other perfectly. He's witty, caring, and genuinely interested in what's happening around him. She's compassionate, a total weirdo, and a force to be reckoned with. They have a deep love that I always hoped would find her, and I know they have a whole lifetime of laughs and real talks about love ahead of them.
Courtney and Drew wanted to welcome guests into an ethereal waterfront estate wedding. We filled their tables with lush greenery garlands with touches of white blooms incorporated throughout. Courtney's bouquet was a dreamy neutral collection of dainty hellebores, fluffy peonies, plush scabiosa, and champagne roses. Everything felt elegant and delicate, bringing the garden inside and setting the tone for a romantic wedding among the stars.
Stephanie and Jason are one of those couples who make you believe in true, deep, never-ending soulmate love. When she would talk about him in our meetings her face illuminated. She loved the details, and wanted her wedding to be beautiful and different - but at the end of the day all she cared about was the fact she got to say, "I do", to a guy she was head over heels in love with.
Sometimes I don't know what I did before I fell into this community of creatives. As I'm sitting here typing and backspacing, its pretty clear how difficult it is to put these moments into words. We each bring something different to the table (literally and figuratively), and it is always such a shock and a joy to see how we can all create something beautiful together.
This year will go down as the year of the garland. With so many of our brides asking for the lush greenery look, it left me racking my brain trying to come up with alternative ways to evoke that lush simple tablescape, while staying true to each bride's individual style.
Frankie + GA are each other's greatest adventure and for their wedding day they invited their favorite people to share in that adventure. Every single moment of their wedding weekend was intimate from the tiny airplane ride over to the island, to the morning after when most wedding guests spent their last few island time moments soaking in the salty ocean and huddled around the bar ordering mojitos and Bahamian beer.
When Jenna first met with us she wanted half of her tables to feature garlands. It took a little convincing, but we were able to create overhead garlands which created a more impactful garland alternative and still left the overall design feeling lush and organic.
Creating with friends in mind is always a refreshing way to spend a Sunday. When Francesca of Coco Prop Shop started planning her wedding and pulling personalized details in, she knew she wanted to support local whenever possible. To showcase the personal details Francesca and Naomi so carefully pulled together, we spent a Sunday brunching, laughing, and cocktail-ing.
As a South Florida native, you may think that I would have grown tired of bright colors, bold patterns, and tropical details by now. To that I say, nope! There is something timeless and endlessly charming about Palm Beach. The Colony Hotel located on Palm Beach Island showcases all of it's whimsy and elegance in the perfect way.
I'll never forget setting up the day of Ana and Jack's wedding. I was sitting in the middle of the grassy lawn, applying aisle markers to their ceremony chairs, soaking in some sun rays and watching as her wedding team buzzed about setting up detail after detail. It was a day full of sweet little moments, team work, and gorgeous views that all ended with a beautiful and intimate party complete with Stella's in the bride and groom's hands on the dance floor.
Petals + Paint holds a really special place in my heart. It's one of those things that can't happen without a few stars aligning and they have somehow managed to align over and over again. I can't imagine a better way to spend my wedding-free weekends, and I'm always so blown away by the incredible women who come out to enjoy a day of creating with me and Grace.
When you grow up in a small town, and then continue to live and work right down the street from that small town you're bound to eventually run into someone from high school - maybe even do the florals for their wedding. After a few emails back and forth, Danae and I eventually made the connection that we attended Atlantic High School together a few years back, which made designing for her and Ricky just that much more special and memorable.
Blanca and Ryan's wedding day was filled with so much dreamy romance. Social House was completely transformed from a coworking space to an elegant and whimsical reception for their closest friends and family. Blanca and Ryan wanted to keep things intimate and simple. We scattered small blush and white arrangements down two long rows of tables, created a whimsical vine wall behind their sweetheart table, and cafe lights were strung turning an inside space into a garden cafe.
In a world of white and blush weddings, these little editorial shoots give the creative soul a nice refresh. Blue flowers don't have to be cheesy and unnatural feeling, deep shades of mustard can be feminine and fresh, and the beach can be the most beautiful backdrop. I'm so in love with how all of these colors and textures play together.
Danielle wanted her wedding to feel organic and natural with moments of rich, deep blues incorporated throughout. We named their wedding's design "Untethered Romance" which allowed us to bring in lush and overgrown details, while still maintaining an elegant tone.
When I first met with Mollie we connected immediately. She was looking for a month of coordinator and even though I was starting to focus more on floral design, I just knew I had to work with Mollie and go on that wedding day journey with her. I'm so thankful for Mollie and her family. They truly trusted us, and treated us like a part of their family from day one.
Amy and Alan are a dreamy power couple. They have a joy about them that immediately makes you feel like a long time friend. When designing for Amy and Alan I wanted to make sure that joy was depicted through playful colors and springtime blooms. Amy was not afraid to incorporate bright bursts of color, which made it easy for us to dive into a color palette full of corals, yellows, pinks, and blues.
Spring flowers have gained a bit of a bad reputation among brides looking for an edgier look. For this editorial shoot with Lovely Bride and Jeruv Garcia we were able to create a more textural bouquet that didn't feel too frilly or fluffy.
Pulling up to the sweetest farm and unloading buckets of flowers and branches into a breezy screened in pavilion is not the worst way to spend a Saturday. It is an uncharacteristically cool Florida afternoon, with no sign of storm clouds. For the next couple of hours we are able to design on a seculded farm not too far from home.
During one of our meetings, when trying to decide on the direction to take for their ceremony decor, Valerie came right out and said, "I want Lilly's Jungle". Of course by Lilly she meant Lilly Pulitzer, and that told me all I needed to know. I wanted to pull those words into not just her ceremony decor, but into her entire wedding design. I wanted to make sure we played with color in a bold way, that we showcased a variety of greens that felt timeless and a bit Floridian, and I wanted to make sure the flowers leant themselves to playful movement and plenty of whimsy.
Spending a day on Kai Kai Farm in preparation for the first Farm Suppers event was one of those moments that will forever stick with me. The day was spent designing and furnishing the farm alongside some of my favorite people and the evening concluded with delicious farm inspired treats. A day spent on the farm elbow deep in flowers fed my soul, and the evening spent sipping wine and diving into a delicious and gorgeous supper fed those tired feet and happy heart.
Ashleigh and Ben traveled to the states from Australia to tie the knot. Ashleigh loved the natural beauty of the oceanside estate, but was also drawn to a neutral and romantic garden style. Romantic, loose and overgrown garden details provided a perfect marriage of seaside + garden. Which, if you ask me, really is the best of both worlds.
Marianne and Ted's guests walked into Social House that night expecting to spend the evening celebrating an engagement, but instead they were all lucky enough to be a part of a gorgeous wedding.
There's something so sentimental and classic about a beach wedding, and this shoot was no exception. We wanted the florals to be loose and romantic while still speaking to the natural beauty of the ocean and it's surroundings. Every creative involved truly embraced the vision and brought so many beautiful moments to the day.