Tutorial Tuesday // Mother’s Day DIY Floral Arrangement

Happy Monday and Mother’s Day Week (we get a week, right?)! This year’s Mother’s Day is a very special one for me because it’s my first one as a mom! My sweet Hunter boy is almost 11 months old and he makes me feel like the luckiest mom out there! Even though I’m ready to be spoiled rotten by my sweet husband and precious baby, I still can’t forget to show some love to my own mama, we’ll just have to share the day. I’m making this super simple and earthy floral arrangement for my mom and I know she is just going to love it!

We featured it in our newsletter last week and since it’s just so fun and easy to make, I figured I’d share it with y’all today too! BTW, are you receiving our newsletters? If not, sign up at the bottom of our homepage and get ready-we only send 1 a month but they are filled with lots of floral love! You don’t want to miss out!

This is my first DIY so I’m starting out with this super cute and inexpensive (Under $30) arrangement, it will live in your mama’s garden all season long.

Just follow these simple steps below for a fun and beautiful arrangement your mama will love:

 

Supplies: scissors, ribbon, moss, basket or pot of your choice (not pictured: soil, and garden shovel)

Flowers!!!

Pick 3-5 flowers and plants.  I chose 4 from my local nursery- BRUMLEY GARDENS check it out if you are in  East Dallas ☺

1. Caladium- fun and funky foliage
2. Purple Petunia- love the vibrant blooms
3. Easter Bonnet- smells amazing
4. White Zinnia- Hardy through the whole summer


 

Step 1. Arrange the flowers and plants into your container to your liking (make sure your container is water tight- this basket has a liner)

Step 2. Add soil all around the plants and cover with moss

Step 3.  Add a bow or any custom embellishments that your mama will love! 

Step 4. Give it to your mama and tell her how much you love and appreciate her!

Extra tip: Once your mom is done enjoying the arrangement she can take the flowers and repot them in her garden to last all season.

Cacti Brunch Wedding Fiesta // MyWedding.com

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Obviously we all love celebrating this holiday with tacos, margaritas and mariachi bands. But when I think of Cinco de Mayo I think of cacti, bright colored blooms and vibrant textiles, I can’t help it- it’s the way my floral brain works.

The photo shoot I’m featuring today is an oldie but a goodie! We shot this last spring for MyWedding.com magazine and that bouquet will always be one of my absolute favs! We got to create this amazing cacti brunch wedding with some of my fav gals in the biz. Working with Charla Storey Photography is always a good time and she seriously knows how to capture the beauty of an event. Not to mention, I am obsessed with the way that Jen Rios styled this brunch, so in love with that ceremony background! I also just LOVE the idea of a brunch wedding and how adorable are those pancake stacks?

Although this is more of a boho chic vibe, the cacti and colors always reminds me of Mexico. So, today we’re celebrating this glorious holiday by sharing this beauty of a brunch wedding fiesta with you! How are you celebrating today?

 

 

 

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Photography: Charla Storey Photography Coordination/Styling: Jen Rios Weddings Calligraphy: Cleggraphy Designs Beauty: Beauty & the Blush Artistry Dress: a&bé bridal shop dallas Cakes: Jar Cakery

Do’s and Don’ts of Wedding Planning // WeddingWire Timeline

 

It’s a glorious day and our most favorite time of year! It’s officially wedding season, it’s time for flowy bridal gowns, colorful flowers, stunning bridal parties and glowing brides and grooms! We love to feature all the gorgeous weddings we get to do on our blog but what we often forget to talk about is the not so glamorous, often stressful side of weddings—-the planning!

The first question we often get from our brides and grooms is, “is it too early/late for me to be booking my florist?” We get it, it’s confusing! Should you have the venue before you have the photographer? Should I book the band before I’ve found my dress? Yall, WeddingWire has created the most helpful vendor booking timeline ever to help answer all these questions! This little guide is so helpful, we thought we’d share it with everyone along with a list of some wedding planning do’s and don’ts, and planning advice from your florist.

 

DO’s:

-DO make sure your wedding captures you and your fiancee’s style.
-DO keep on top of your timeline so you’re not stressed out at the last minute
-DO speak up! If you don’t like a flower your florist is suggesting, let them know! They want you to have your perfect day.
-DO make a Pinterest board with all your favorite wedding images so you can share your vision with your vendors.
-DO your research! If you love Peonies but you’re getting married in September, they won’t be in season!
-DO remember to listen to your groom’s opinion, they can start to feel left out sometimes in the wedding planning.
-DO have fun with it and enjoy this time!

 

DONT’s:

-DON’T let anyone talk you into anything you don’t want, this is your special day-make it exactly what you want
-DON’T go over your budget
-DON’T get stuck in the details, remember to see the big picture
-DON’T lose sight of what this is all about, marrying your best friend!
-DON’T be afraid to delegate responsibility, you can’t do it all!
-DON’T forget to stay healthy and take care of your physical, emotional and spiritual self during your engagement, wedding planning can be stressful and being the best version of yourself can help alleviate any bridezilla moments
-DON’T arrange your own flowers, or bake your own cake, leave it up to the professionals so you can enjoy your special day

Booking a florist or floral designer: Advice from Raquel Harris of R Love Floral.  

Booking a florist and the correct florist for you is a very crucial step in making sure your style and wedding decor is cohesive to your wedding design.  It’s important to decide if you will book a florist or floral designer.  A florist is usually someone who has a store front and specializes in daily deliveries. A floral designer is someone who usually has a private studio and specializes in weddings and events.  Booking a florist allows you to walk in to the flower shop and see fresh flowers and designs you may want to incorporate but they may not have the experience with weddings and events that a floral designer does.  A floral designer usually does not have a floral shop but a private studio instead that you can come to get ideas, look at vases and typically they have more experience in weddings and events.

It’s important when you book a florist or floral designer you look at their work and portfolio ahead of time on their website, Instagram and Facebook.  Does their style look like something similar to what you are trying to achieve at your wedding?  It’s important to meet with at least two different florists to get different ideas of pricing, and to see which one you really relate to and get along with.  Make sure you feel that you connect with all of your vendors and can be open and honest with them.  It’s crucial to making your event perfect and what you envision.

Before you meet with your florist or floral designer it’s important to know the following information so they can give you an accurate estimate of cost and also show you ideas of styles and weddings they have done.  Know what your overall wedding colors or style will be.  Are you doing a spring wedding with a natural style, a colorful summer bohemian wedding, a white winter classic and traditional style wedding?  Have a good solid idea of how many bridesmaids, groomsmen, parents and grandparents you will have.  How many guests will you have or estimated total number of guest tables?  Do you want decor both at the ceremony and reception? What is your ideal floral budget?  Make sure to bring inspiration photos to your consultation or send to your florist ahead of time.  Pinterest, magazines, Facebook, and wedding blogs are all great places to start and getting inspiration for your wedding style and design.

Once you meet with your florist make sure to be open and honest with your budget and what you are trying to achieve with your overall floral design.  If the florist suggests ideas you don’t love be open and communicate with what you do like and do not like. I personally really appreciate when brides are open and honest with their likes and dislikes, and then they let me be creative in designing.  Trust your vendors, that’s why you pay the price for good professionals, allow them to be creative and do their best work for you.

Are you having trouble finding vendors?  Referrals are always great, ask your friends, co-workers of family members who they used for their weddings.  Search on google or Instagram for your local photographers, florists, or bakers and look through their portfolios and reviews.  Typically your venue also has a vendor list of preferred and recommended vendors they trust and love.  Last but not least hire a planner and use their referrals!

Don’t forget to save and print this wonderful timeline on booking your vendors from WeddingWire. Even if you’re at the start of the planning process and are looking to book your venue, they’ve got you covered! Check out these beautiful locations in cities like Dallas, New York, and Chicago for inspiration!


 This bad boy is helpful! Make sure to print it off or favorite this page so you can refer to it in your planning and keep yourself on track! Happy planning and let the wedding season begin!

XOXO,

Raquel

Romantic Barn Wedding // The Milestone Aubrey // Courtney + Travis

I love myself a good barn wedding, so I am beyond excited to share Courtney and Travis’ wedding with y’all today!

I met Courtney back in 2011 when we did her twin sister’s wedding flowers at the Wild Wood Inn.  So I was honored and excited to reconnect with Courtney and her family to do the flowers for her winter wedding at The Milestone Aubrey Mansion.

Courtney wanted a romantic, natural, and rustic feel to her wedding, and the venue they chose couldn’t be more perfect for that.  The Milestone in Aubrey is one of my all time favorite venues.  The outside was recently painted all white and new windows were installed inside the barn, it couldn’t look more gorgeous.  We were so excited to be working on one of the first weddings after their renovation.

It was a rainy wedding day that shined bright with a stunning bride, beautiful flowers, dancing and a whole lot of love!  Dyan Kethley did such an incredible job photographing this beautiful couple and their very special day.

We just love watching our brides and grooms become parents and we couldn’t be more excited for this sweet couple to welcome their first baby soon!

 

 

Vendors:

Venue: Mile stone Aubrey

Photography: Dyan Kethley

Makeup: Millonaire Brides Club

Hair: The Luxxe Look

Dress: Stardust Brides

Friday Favorite // Floral Crowns

 


Flower crowns have been worn for centuries and have been an important part of floral and fashion history.  It all started when Julius Cesar made the laurel leaf crown famous, then back in medieval times floral crowns were worn to celebrate May Day, cut to Shakespeare’s Ophelia, who adorned the crown and flowers in her hair. Freida Kahlo popularized them in Mexico by always rocking one and in Polynesia, they are given as gifts to friends and family. Beyonce donned some in 2016 and since we all bow down to Queen Bey, we’re still very much on the floral crown train.

Your super boho, music festival loving college roommate may have thought she started the floral crown wedding trend back in 2012, but she was most definitely not the first! Queen Victoria, during the Victorian era, wore one to wed Prince Albert in 1840 making them very popular in Europe and thus beginning the wedding trend.

It’s obvious why we all love floral crowns, they are a symbol of love, and celebration all over the world and definitely the best accessory a girl can have. We still love a wedding day floral crown moment, whether it’s on the bride, her bridesmaids or even the flower girl!

Charla Storey Photography

Rachel Elaine Photography

Charla Storey Photography

Does a boho floral crown clash with your traditional country club wedding vibe?  Ditch it on wedding day and try one for your bridal portraits!

Charla Storey Photography

Stephanie Rose Photography

Host a Champagne and Crowns class for your gal pals and sport them at your bachelorette party.

Or gift one to your bestie (and her baby) for her bridal or baby shower .

Nicole Berrett Photography

Who doesn’t want to look extra beautiful with a floral crown for your maternity shoot?

Kristen Dee Photography

Pups can be floral too, why not give them a beautiful fresh collar?

Kristen Dee Photography

Kristen Dee Photography

The opportunities are endless and don’t have to be just for wedding day..or snapchat filters ;p

Are you on the floral crown train now? Say hello if you’re interested in hosting your very own Champagne and Crowns class for you and your flower friends at the location of your choosing!

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