There is something about the Stone Tower Winery that makes you feel transported to another country. For the sake of this shoot, I'd say Spanish wine country. Collaborating with fellow Washington D.C. and Virginia wedding professionals is one of the most fun parts of this work. Creating just for the sake of creating. Together we created this gorgeous Spanish themed wedding inspiration that was colorful, fun and full of laid-back romance.
For our part of the shoot, we created bouquets and centerpieces. The colors we a vibrant blend of Spring/Summer hues in pink, orange, blue ad green. We used garden roses, thistle, tulips, delphinium, and dahlias. We wanted a structured, yet freeform feel, which we were able to accomplish with the flower and greenery choices. The greenery gave it a whimsical, natural feel. While the flowers were sophisticated and refined. The floral choices are quite upscale- while the colors lend a more relaxed vibe. Which is exactly how we feel about the venue!
Photography: @jalapenophotography | Styling & Design: @designedperfectlyevents | Venue: @stonetowerwinery | Floral Design & Chargers: @natureofdesign | Video: @chednunezproductions | Makeup: @tmakartistry | Hair Style: @kristenmariedesign | Calligraphy & Painted Tiles: @kristenmariedesign | Tuxedo: @theblacktux | Dress: @soliloquybridal | Spanish Inspired Cake & Churrors: @sweetsby_e | Plates & Napkins: @dcreventrentals | Vintage Rentals: @whitegloverentals | Table runner & Painting: @bybrittanybranson | Welcome Gifts: @thewelcomingdistrict | Custom Veil: @aleksakarina | Signature Cocktails: @cateringbyuptown1 | Custom Tile Cookies: @prettylittlesugarcookies
It's time for you to select the person who will make your wedding look and feel fabulous! It's a huge decision! We know that it seem overwhelming and exciting all at the same time. So here's 5 tips for selecting just the right person!
Do your research! Okay, so this may seem like a no-brainer, but longevity & experience in the wedding industry matters. Florals are one of the most important design elements for many couples, and not selecting the right person for the job can be disastrous. So, do your research! Check reviews, look over the paperwork, ensure that your selection is licensed and insured.
Set a realistic budget! Then be willing to adjust it. We may sound like a broken record here, but flexibility in your budget is necessary. If you have your heart set on a particular bouquet, centerpiece, aisle arrangement or other floral element, you may have to adjust your original budget. Flowers are usually more expensive that you anticipate- and if your design is complex or labor intensive, the budget has to reflect that. Hanging 3,000 florals from the ceiling above your head table? Yep, expensive (but you probably knew that). Having an extra large bouquet created with greenery and garden roses? Yep, that's expensive too. Which might be surprising. We don't mean to scare you. We just want you to be as prepared for your quote as possible!
Consider your season! Flowers often cost more than you think, especially when you're requesting florals that aren't in the correct season. Think, peonies in July or Dahlias in February. However, there are "look-similar-enough" alternatives to almost every flower! Professional florists are part miracle workers, so if you selected someone who knows there stuff and that you trust, we're still able to create beautiful arrangements that work for the seasonality (and location) of your big day! On a related note, book your florists too soon could mean that your original quote changes due to market availability and conditions. The ideal timeframe is eight months out.
Flexibility is key! As stated above, sometimes the Pinterest vision you have for the big day has to be modified a touch. And sometimes you think you want one thing, but realize that it won't fit with the venue. Think big picture and "feeling" - be flexible with the rest!
Work with an event coordinator! They can help you prioritize your wishes for the wedding day and then allot your budget accordingly. Also, they will alleviate SO much of the stress associated with the wedding. Working with a planner doesn't mean you have to "give up" the planning of your wedding day. It means you have a go-to person to help you with it all. As you get closer to the day, you'll need her (or him)!
If you've selected someone with these 5 things in mind, you'll likely love every second of your design process!
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We're so excited to announce our amazing new website and blog!
We've updated you with our most amazing images
and events. We hope you enjoy browsing through the
galleries of designs we've created over the years!
One of the most amazing new additions to our brand is a true embracing of flowers as art. I have always designed floral work with an artists eye. Looking at line, shape, and form. This new approach allows me to show you just a taste of the creations I have
conceived over the years and continue to create today.
I'm so glad you're here!
I look forward to connecting with you!
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We're still swooning over these images from last winter's dreamy wedding with the SWEETEST of couples at Carnegie Institute for Science in DC with the lovely Geomyra Lewis !
A huge thank you to Freed Photography for these awesome shots!
Congratulations Karley & Kyle !
Featuring some of our favorite floral moments from this past year....
Favorite Bride & Groom moment
Brian & Liz - Photo byKrisina Sherk Photography
Favorite Ceremonies ...
Indoor Ceremony: Audrey & Chris at the Andrew Mellon Building
To give Chris & Audrey a more intimate ceremony feel in such a large magnificent space, we created a smaller space with a long billowing white draped aisle for Audrey, thanks to Fabrication events. Keeping it simple, we flanked the aisle-way with lush elevated designs atop shiny gold 32" urns.
Outdoor Ceremony: Christina & Justin at Springfield Manor
We loved Christina & Justin's decision to fore-go the traditional spot at Springfield for their ceremony and have it by the GORGEOUS fountain overlooking the mountains. This is a setting we'll never forget. The hand painted signs by the groom himself were the perfect touch.
Tai & Calvin at Carnegie Institute - photographed by Documentary Associates
Planned by Howerton+Wooten Events
A head table of cherry blossoms, lush blush and white arrangements, floating candles and cupcake stands loaded with votives & surrounded by flowers...need we say more?
Favorite Wedding Video
Karley & Kyle: Wedding Highlight Video
Best Bridal Bouquets
Fall toned bouquet from beautiful bride Keira- Photograph byJoe Foley Photography
Best Bridal Parties
Lauren & her lovely blushing ladies
Jen & her bridesmaids in blue - photographed byHamilton Photography
Photographed by Michael Bennett Kress Photography
Favorite His & Hers....
Marlayna & Adam - photographed by Katie Nesbitt Photography
Jen & Blake - photographed by Hamilton Photography
BEST Styled Shoot
To end our summer we put together one of the craziest days we've had in a long time with Michael Bennett Kress Photography, Bowen Films, Marcela Urioste, Beauty N' the Bride, and more incredible vendors at the beautiful Rockland Estates in Hagerstown, MD. We created three different editorial styles: eclectic bridal succulent themed shoot, a west coast bohemian inspired bride & groom shoot, and a funky vintage maryland theme shoot filled with black-eyed-susans and lace. The goal was to think outside the box and create some completely unconventional looks. This is definitely in the books as our 2015 pride and joy project!
Bring on 2016!