Tuesday, July 1, 2014

DIY Flower Crown

Hello, friends! I'm fresh off my latest (and last) wedding with the Austin studio I've worked with the past year. It's been quite an adventure, but I'm ready to pause and reflect on my next steps in my creative career. Balancing two jobs in a new city has been quite the challenge, but I'm reminded of all the beautiful things I've accomplished this year. 

Speaking of beautiful, I'm frequently left with some pretty leftovers that didn't quite make it into bride's bouquets. What's a girl to do? Well, these particular blooms were screaming for second life as a beautiful summer flower crown. I've seen these beauties quite often this summer at festivals, and figured it's time I gave one a shot (even if it was just for me). I was inspired by this pretty tutorial at Green Wedding Shoes, so this is my take on it. 

Some of the flowers and forage I used: blue thistle, spray roses, astilbe, lisianthus, blushing bride, and some greenery from my garden. You'll also need floral wire, pretty ribbon, shears and wire cutters. I also ended up using a different higher gauge wire (below) for a bit more stability. 

Cut your stems with about 2 inches (see the blue thistle).

I measured the wire to fit the crown of my head and floral taped a foot of ribbon to each end and tape the length of wire. 

From there, gather the different types of florals and greens into clusters. (These would also make fabulous boutonnieres!) 

Make about a dozen of these clusters and begin to overlap them, taping them to the wire as you go. At the end, tape in a bit of greenery in the opposite direction to finish the look.

I had to be my own model today, but it was fun to make a little something pretty just for me. I predict a lot of pretty photo shoots in my future! Thinking of teaching a class on making these, because they are so so easy and simply stunning.

 Would it be weird if I wore these everywhere? :)

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Romantic Garden Wedding | Austin Wedding

Hello, friends!

I'm so excited to by far, my favorite wedding I've designed to date. This was one of those that I obsessed over every detail for months, so I'm so happy that every little piece of this wedding came together beautifully.

The beautiful bride picked this stunning palette of peaches and cream with an Italian garden twist. The end result made for these stunning photographs!


Venue: Chappel Lodge | Coordination: Clearly Classy Events
Floral: Myself, designed for Sweet Magnolia Floral Studio

Monday, April 28, 2014

For Mom | Great Gifts for Mother's Day from Uncommon Goods

Being far from home has mom on my mind.

Over the weekend, my mom and I were reminiscing about the old days and how much more I appreciate her unconditional love and support now that I'm a adult. It's amazing the perspective that comes with age! Any lady that can put up with my stubborn "suburban rebel without a cause" phase deserves years and years of making it up to her, so I figured I would start with some thoughtful gifts.

Find unique gifts for mom here from Uncommon Goods, a fabulous site I'm partnering with today. I especially love this site because they support small businesses and artists when possible. Here are some of my favorites from their collection:

So, the thought of my mom recollecting and journaling about her life for not only me, but my kids to reminisce on later, makes me so happy That's why I loved the  "My Life Story So Far" Journal
and "Treasured Passages- A letter book between a mother and her daughter." I could just imagine her filling up these pages with her handwriting and telling long forgotten memories. I've been really into letters lately...the simplicity and nostalgia of seeing actual handwriting (a lost art these days) and taking the time to write a heartfelt message to a loved one.

I also loved this DIY Bath Salts Kit. I'm always trying to get my mom to relax, so this would be a fun little afternoon project to encourage her!

Here is another sentimental gift for mom: The Family Cookbook, a custom cookbook complete with plenty of room for notes and stories. (This would also be a great wedding gift complete with a few family favorites!)
And for all the times we're munching on snacks and laughing about life, this Ampersand Cheese and Crackers Serving Board is just adorable. 

Though I won't be with mom this holiday, I'm sure a sentimental gift like these will make her smile. Find more Mother's Day gifts at Uncommon Goods. What are you planning for mom this year?

*This is a sponsored post, but all opinions and recommendations are my own.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

A Hill Country Wedding at Camp Lucy in Dripping Springs, Texas

Have I mentioned how much I love living in the Texas Hill Country? Sunday drives become inspiring and magical excursions among wildflowers and rolling hillsides. The grazing deer and the little patches of bluebonnets among cactus in our front yard...swoon!

I recently designed florals for what I think is one of the most beautiful venues in the Texas Hill Country--Camp Lucy in Dripping Springs, Texas. Among the majestic oaks of Hill Country sits the most elegant yet rustic setting, and a simply stunning event space. I was so happy to do these florals in a soft and subtle blush palette for one of the sweetest and happiest brides I have. Seeing the smile and glow of a happy bride is a great feeling, and I'm glad I could deliver at this lovely place!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Pretty in Peach | Mint and Peach Wedding in Austin

Hello friend!

I'm finally coming up for air after a long and exciting Spring full of events. A handful of weddings, a farm-to-table dinner, wine walk, and lots of other fun. It's hard work, but its definitely a labor of love.

Speaking of LOVE, I recently had the privilege of designing some sweet florals for a darling bride at Chateau Bellevue in Austin, Texas. She had a lovely color scheme of mint, peach and gold, and vintage flare to boot. She had great taste, and I adored every detail of her big day. Here are some of the pieces I got to contribute to her lovely event.

The bridal bouquet dresses up the sparkly and soft cake table.

A just-picked garden-inspired centerpiece in a pretty DIY compote.

The beautiful bride and her maid of honor. Love this simple and soft look!

Loved the natural, free-form and just-picked look she chose, as well as the gold accents. Super romantic!

I'll be catching up posting some of my recent work soon. I've missed the blogging world, and excited to do more soon!