Category Archives: Flowers

Apr 25, 2018

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Everyone has heard the old adage, April showers bring May flowers (although I’m sure no bride is hoping for those april showers on her big day), so for today’s prettiness, we’re sharing some of our favorite Spring themed floral arrangements. For us, texture is everything and of course we love to design everything based on our client’s personalities, so here is how we do it! photos by Corbin Gurkin

For our bride with a pastel color palette and French influenced design, so many varieties and shades were combined for that picked out of the garden feel- especially with the French lavender. The centerpieces were an extension of the bridal bouquets, and varied from table to table… And of course, atop pale green toile linens.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Of course, spring is also the time of year when some of the sweetest blooms come in different shades- so the option of pastel or punchy is often available.  Fresh fronds from maidenhair and umbrella ferns are delicate fillers (that don’t really seem like fillers).

photo by Corbin Gurkin

If you are using a year round hearty flower like orchids or roses, pair them with seasonal blooms like lilacs and in fresh colors for a springtime update. 

photos by Corbin Gurkin 

photo by Gayle Brooker

Of course, sometimes the wedding colors themselves take centerstage, and white flowers are what are needed most.  The way white peonies and tulips open up in our spring time temperatures make them stars even in white. And, pairing them with lush greens brighten them up and offer definition… Happy Spring!

4.25.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Apr 25, 2018

Today, we are digging back into the archives for springtime wedding with the pops of color we need right now. There are so many details from this wedding atop Gorham’s Bluff in Alabama, it’s hard to narrow them down. This sweet shindig has all the trademarks of a perfect Southern affair- seersucker, nods to favorite college football teams, cocktails (many many cocktails), bows, outfit changes (the bride had 3 dresses!) and lots and lots of flowers, all done in the chicest way of course.  Liz Banfield shot this wedding weekend for us and Lettered Olive is responsible for all of the printed items.

The printed materials all featured a sweet floral pattern countered by a seersucker pattern that we wanted included because of it’s prominence in the upcoming wedding design.  The guests were welcomed with individual picnic baskets full of custom packaged goodies.

A palette of ombre punchy colors were balanced with varigated flowers were wrapped with seersucker fabric.  The bride carried a bouquet with a bit more of a bridal feel, creams and whites with faint hints of pink.

The wedding ceremony was held in the property’s outdoor amphitheater overlooking the lake and valley.

Immediately following the ceremony, guests enjoyed an al fresco cocktail hour on the grand lawn overlooking the valley… We passed “Tigertinis” a nod to the couple’s Auburn University alma mater, along with other noshes.

Guests enjoyed dinner in a grand tent swathed in fabric and lush carpeting. Giant lampshades were fashioned from seersucker fabric, as were table linens. The place settings featured die cut floral letterpressed menu cards with grey leaves hand lettered as place cards.

An 8 tired cake with a hand painted floral design by Jay Qualls  was a centerpiece of the tent. We made a custom linen perfect for this bride featuring ruffled flowers made out of taffeta.  After dinner, guests enjoyed dancing in the late hours in a glowing lounge tent. One of my favorite elements of this tent started as a problem we encountered during set up. A tent was growing in the footprint of the tenting, and obviously we couldn’t tear it down! So, we cut the flooring and it appeared as if a tree was just growing right in the tent. Hang some lanterns from it, and it’s a pretty design element we didn’t even plan for!

The bride and groom are avid college football fans, so we had guests wave pompoms at the send off.  The bride departed wearing her mother’s wedding gown- a cotton eyelet dress with bell sleeves- so fab!

4.25.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Apr 25, 2018

photo by Liz Banfield

For this celebration of Spring time post, we are sharing a little pretty. We always do so much to design a ceremony, or a dinner table, or reception lounge, etc. but what about the first impression moments?  The gates of the churches, or reception venues, the homes were the weddings were being held- we can’t forget those! So, here are some of the things we like to do to adorn those spots also.

photo by Squire Fox

One of our first design elements were to hang lovely window planters full of live blooming plants, maybe accented with some hearty flowers. But lush, wild, and thoughtful nonetheless…

photos by Corbin Gurkin and Liz Banfield

Of course, wreaths are such a part of the long standing tradition of weddings, and we still love doing wreaths…We find ourselves doing a lot of progressive parties, where guests have to move from spot to spot, and what’s prettier eye candy than a full flower wreath? Perfect on gates, church gates or doors, entrances at homes etc.

photos by Corbin Gurkin

Of course, in true Soiree style, you know that it doesn’t have to be just flowers… Greenery has it’s place and position as well… For the first photo, not only does a greenery swag fill in the gates, but full greenery wreaths were perfection as well. Paired with fabric for an elevated look or flowers for a sweet touch, the gates greet the guests with style.
photo by Corbin Gurkin

Our idea of a special touch that we can’t do without!

4.25.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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