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.
The first time Melissa and I met we grabbed a cup of tea and I still remember sitting there and feeling like we had been friends for ages. She's just my kind of girl. We talked about how she met her boyfriend Chris, which was quickly followed up with, "we're not getting engaged anytime soon". Low and behold about two months later I get a text and it's a picture of her finger with a new shiny sapphire and diamond accessory. Chris clearly had other plans.
Designing for our clients is always an adventure and a rewarding journey. But designing for a family member, for your sister, that is about as rewarding as it gets. Carey asked for fall inspired colors that were refined and brought the surrounding gardens into their historic colonial venue at the Williamsburg Inn.
We stumbled upon our house while driving around Lake Worth. We saw an open house sign and went for it. Next thing I knew, we were home owners and I couldn't wait to fill this 1950's gem with unique midcentury modern pieces. After 2 years our home finally feels like a reflection of our style and we were fortunate enough to have Lauren Louise Photography snap a few shots while she was in town.
With the holiday season upon us, we thought it was the perfect time to launch our online shop! We're now offering easy to order seasonal arrangements in three different sizes. All will be handmade by the Port + Palm Co. design team and will be available for pickup at our Lake Worth studio.
Jen and Rob were that reminder that this is what I love to do. Pinning Rob's boutonnière on, seeing Jen's face light up when she held her bouquet, and having them notice the little details that made their wedding day florals uniquely them. Those moments are everything.
When I first spoke with Amy about her wedding day vision we clicked. She was a bold, elegant, and design-focused bride who lived in California and was coming home to Florida to celebrate with her closest friends and family. Amy and I share a deep love for flowers and together we pulled an eclectic mix of bright and moody blooms to accent her wedding day.
Let me tell you, Mollie, Brett, and Camille have been nothing but incredible and so when they asked me to provide floral details and vintage rentals for Mollie's upcoming bridal shower I was thrilled! Mollie's shower was hosted at Social House, our home away from home, and it was like two families I love coming together for a holiday, or dare I say - like a wedding.
So often I hear from a friend, a recently married couple, or an engaged couple that flowers are not/were not the priority in their budget because flowers are just so expensive. These are the floral design details I feel make the most impact and will make your budget happy.
The biggest smile spread across my face when I read Susan's inquiry. She was a destination bride looking for a fun way to spend time with her bridesmaids before her wedding day. With a budding passion for floral design and a desire to learn, Susan was looking for someone to teach her wedding party how to make their own bridesmaid bouquets that would be used the following day in her wedding.
Ally's vision for her wedding day florals was something elegant and organic. She allowed me to run freely with the design right down to her ribbon. It was such a joy to work with Ally and her bouquet will go down as one of my favorites!
Social House's Summer Sessions will continue on Saturday, July 30th, with a hands-on, laid-back morning designed to spark your creativity. Port + Palm Co. will show you the basics of selecting seasonal blooms, prepping and design principals to follow when arranging, all while leading you through the creation of your own mini masterpiece.
To say our copper arch is our favorite rental item is actually pretty accurate. Take a peek at the weddings and events this metallic beauty has popped up at this past year!
We absolutely adored working with Jennifer and Beau. They were a couple with incredible taste - I mean hello, they selected The Flagler Museum as their wedding venue - and they were both filled with so much love for each other as well as their family and friends. Here are just a few of the moments we loved from their big day!
Filling Social House with lush blooms and trailing greens is definitely a rewarding way to spend any day. This time it was all for a sweet baby shower celebration.