September Texas Wedding

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We loaded up at 5 am in a pitch-black, muggy Louisiana September morning in a borrowed pickup. We couldn't have possibly fit one more stem in that truck - but I am so grateful that I got the chance to bring the blooms for Kendra and Ryan's Texas wedding.  AND I am so glad I got to work with the incredible Micahla of Micahla Vaughn Photograpy- even if I did have to drive to Texas to make it happen!  It was the week of Hurricane Harvey and gasoline was scarce -  I'll never forget stopping at a gas station about halfway there to fill not one, but three little red gas cans...just in case.  It was like the apocalypse out there.

Our GPS took us for quite a loop - a good 30 minutes out of our way - but the drive through the Texas pasture helped calm my nerves a little bit.  Chandler's Gardens was such a gorgeous venue! With their acres and acres of rose gardens and beautiful Tuscan style ceremony site, we were in heaven! The stunning floral arch came together effortlessly - and by effortlessly I mean I stepped on a thorn while foraging in the nearby woods for cedar and was bleeding the rest of the day. That thing went straight through my Birkenstocks! But it was worth it to have some cedar to tie in the delicate florals with the surrounding wooded area. And no one was the wiser. Until just now. When I told everyone and they all became the wiser. Gotta stop doing that......

Kendra had a romantic and garden-inspired style, which complimented the venue perfectly. I was absolutely over the moon when she asked me to create a cascade-style bouquet, which totally set the tone for the whole day. It was dramatic and unqiue.  The moody burgundy peonies and hanging red amaranths were softened up with delicate, fragrant garden roses. And guys, that thing was heavy.  Props to Kendra for toting it around all day.  

To Kendra and Ryan, I wish you happiness upon happiness in your new adventure in Michigan! Thank you having me on your absolutely perfect day - and don't forget to come "Down South" and visit us! 

Tune in next time for more harrowing tales of near death from floral design! 

"Morning After Brunch" Shoot at Sainte Terre

We met over a "guacamole show" at Ki Mexico.  Hillary had been planning this for months.  Three different photo shoots, three different teams, one rather awesome location.  We exchanged the normal hugs and pleasantries.  She added me to the private Pinterest board.  We scrolled through the inspiration.  We discussed color pallettes.  She told me which other vendors would be involved.  Then , as our time together was coming to an end, Hillary uttered those sweet , soft words.... "I want you to get creative on this".  At that point...it was ON.  

    Welcome to the Morning After Party! The idea for this shoot was to create inspiration for a fun, relaxing, brunch for your closest buds on the day after the wedding. 

    Welcome to the Morning After Party! The idea for this shoot was to create inspiration for a fun, relaxing, brunch for your closest buds on the day after the wedding. 

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    Sort of obsessed with this cigar bar idea.  What a fun time for the boys!

    Sort of obsessed with this cigar bar idea.  What a fun time for the boys!

    And for the ladies - a fun flower crown station with "leftover blooms" from the wedding reception. 

    And for the ladies - a fun flower crown station with "leftover blooms" from the wedding reception. 

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    Juuuuuuuicy Florals - i loved working with these bold colors 

    Juuuuuuuicy Florals - i loved working with these bold colors 

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    Brunch babes 

    Brunch babes 

    How about those "Pink Floyd" roses ? so gorgeous 

    How about those "Pink Floyd" roses ? so gorgeous 

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    woah - crazy eyes 

    woah - crazy eyes 

    That's a wrap ! 

    That's a wrap ! 

    Personally, I do my very best work when I know that I have creative reign.  But hear me out. It's not because I want to be in control.  Nor do I need to feel in charge. It's because when someone tells me, "Girl I totally trust you. Do your thing!", it gives me confidence.  My inner voice - the one that says, "This is too out there....No one is going to like this" - that nagging jerk becomes quiet. When a client (or in this case, a fellow creative) trusts me , I can really let loose. And that , my friends, is when the magic happens.  I get out of my head and the fog clears. My hands start working WITH my brain instead of against it.  The colors and textures just come together effortlessly.

    The cool thing is, all the other *ah-mazing* vendors got to do THEIR thing too.  And the result was just so special.  When the big day came, I woke up early and made that peaceful drive out to Sainte Terre.  As soon as I walked up to the shoot site, I could feel the positivity permeating through the air. I think we all just felt so honored to be there amongst other creatives, encouraging one another and being proud of what we had accomplished together.  

    I hope you enjoy this shoot as much as we enjoyed putting it together. It truly was a day to remember!