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Inspiration : Roaring 20s

How fun it was to work with so many lovely ladies in such a glamourous setting! … Sequins, confetti, champagne, oh my!

CREDITS :: PHOTOGRAPHER, CONCEPT, CALLIGRAPHY: Spindle Photography | VENUE : Private Home, Mountain Brook, AL | EVENT DESIGNER : Mariée Ami | WARDROBE/PHOTO STYLING: Kathleen Cook of Mariée Ami | MAKEUP, MODEL : Mary Jane McAllister | HAIR : Mallory Anderton of Oak Street Hair Group | CAKE : Laura Self Burton of Uprising Cakes | CATERER – Savoie Catering | FLOWERS : Katie McDaniel of Cloth of Gold Flowers | BRIDE’S GOWN, HEADBAND, JEWELRY : Jenny Packham from Carriage House Weddings, Homewood, AL | BRIDESMAIDS Dresses : Bella Bridesmaid | GROOM’S ATTIRE : tails & shoes from Mr. Burch Formal Wear  | STATIONERY : Mary V. Baugh of Mariée Ami | LETTERPRESS : Four Hats Press | BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO: Kinora Films | PLACE SETTINGS : Table Matters

May 20, 2013 - 11:01 pm

Kelly Cummings (Spindle Photography) - You did such an amazing job on the flowers, Katie! I couldn’t have dreamed up anything better and I ADORED the ribbon, too! Thank you!!

Italian Inspiration

Featured on Once Wed

Credits:: Photography: Rylee Hitchner  | Design and Styling: Ginny Au  | Flowers Amy Osaba // Paper and Calligraphy Meagan Tidwell  | Food Styling: Caitlin Van Horn  | Table Garland, Olive Branch Arrangement & Wreaths  Cloth of Gold | Hair Styling  Joanna Ballentine  | Makeup  Molly Stilley  | Cakes Dreamcakes Bakery // China, Linens and Flatware | At Home Furnishings  | Brides Dress  Lanvin | Brides Shoes Chloe Ballet Flats  | Engagement Ring & Earrings  BHLDN Bridesmaids Dresses  Bella Bridesmaids | Chairs Market 46

DIY Wreath… Just in time for the holidays!

Below is a DIY photographed by Rylee Hitchner. You can also view it at Once Wed! So you can easily adapt this in order to make a more holiday inspired creation. Have fun!

Tools and Materials
Floral Wire
Wire Cutters/Clippers
Water Hats
30 greenery clippings as well as textural sprigs and even flowers. Evergreen plants work well. I chose silver berry, silver dollar eucalyptus, and fruiting olive branches. For textural accents, I added butterfly bush buds and dusty miller. I also used white lisianthis as blooms.
Step 1. Choose three sprigs (6-8 inches each) and layer them together. Tie wire around the stems. Repeat to make at least ten bunches. Make more for a larger wreath.
Step 2. Layer one bunch on top of another. The tips of the stems should be overlapped halfway up the stems of the bottom bunch. Attach with wire. Continue layering bunches over each other until the garland is your desired length.
Step 3. Form the garland into a circle and layer the last bunch onto the first. Tie with wire. If you want a perfectly circular wreathe, you can attach the circle on top of a wire form (found at floral supply or hobby stores). I prefer not to use a form in favor of a more organic shape.
Step 4. Once your wreath is securely wired together, add textural sprigs randomly throughout, attached with wire as well. Lastly, put water in water hats and insert blooms. Wire the water hats into the greenery so that the flowers are dispersed around the wreathe. Voila! Step back and admire!

Other ideas for greenery (you may have it all on your yard!): Rosemary, Camellia branches, Boxwood, Cedar, Cotinus, Holly

Textures to try: Bittersweet, Cotton, Scabiosa pods, Lotus pods, Bunny tail grass
Send pictures of your own version!
October 25, 2012 - 2:03 am

Kerry - What a beautiful and useful tutorial! Can’t wait to give it a try!

November 16, 2012 - 5:48 pm

Godspower - Woot, I will creatinly put this to good use!

The Guts & The Glory

I regreat that I have not posted in a while, but I have several posts coming up that I am really excited about (teaser: my little sis is a model in one of them!). So check back soon! This past weekend, I got to do flowers for a very close college friend of mine. I do not yet have pictures from the wedding, but I have some pictures below that display the messy, crazy process that wedding weekend’s inevitably are. Though, it looks like chaos in the workroom, there is a method and organization in every step.   I first arm myself with my most trusted weaponry–powerfully sharp clippers and rolls of strong wire and, oh yeah, pearl tipped pins. Then I start with the smallest element– the bouts, then on to bouquets and finally arrangements. By the end, flower guts are covering the floor so that you cannot see an inch of it and the finished pieces are safely displayed above the wreckage. What a sense of accomplishment! Needless to say, I slept in until 11:30 today. Oh and thanks to my photographer for that great arm picture. You’ll see.


October 7, 2012 - 3:23 pm

Alexa Johnson - GORGEOUS!!! That ribbon looks amazing. Everything is just so romantic. Lovely, lovely, lovely.