Cinco de Mayo never looked so good as when Corinne and David tied the knot last spring! From the handmade rustic metal escort card frames to the gorgeous pops of color in all of the flower arrangements, this one will take your breath away (and not just because of the Texas sun). These two love birds, with the help of Paige Chenault Events and some extraordinary details, brought old world Spanish style to a private family ranch outside Mineral Wells. Perez Photography captured every moment of the weekend, including the awe-inspiring views. Along with BBJ Linens, Stageworks (who created a custom stage and backdrop!), Celebration Rentals, Absolute Entertainment, Bonnell’s Catering, Creme de la Creme Bakery, and a host of other vendors, this was certainly one for the record books. That is, the record book of undeniably fantastic weddings! (and check out the feature on D Weddings that tells how the couple and their family brought a San Miguel de Allende style wedding home to Texas)
All Photos Courtesy of Perez Photograpy Copyright © 2013 © 2011 Perez Photography. All rights reserved.
These pictures have been a long time coming, but they are sooooo worth the wait! Carrie and Ryan were married at the Marty Leonard Community Chapel followed by a traditional and all-out-gorgeous reception at the City Club Fort Worth. Carrie was set on “chasing [her] Style Me Pretty… dream” with the soft style and color palette. And guess what? The wedding was featured! Photographed by helmutwalker photography and planned by the lovely ladies at Sweet Pea Events, this wedding is certainly a must-see. Congrats to Carrie and Ryan! (And check out the Lynn Films highlight reel here- swoon!).
Now go have a truly love filled day!
Flower girls are so precious, and they deserve precious accessories! These tiny accessories provide a big range of creativity and specialization for us- think wearing, carrying, and overall dazzling your guests. Whether the little ladies have wands, floral halos, or baskets (just to name a few), we can customize them to any style or color (and sparkly BLING! too!).
In this post, Amanda is creating a flower girl basket accented with dusty miller and silver and pink ribbons. Dusty miller , or “dusty” as we call it in the biz (we’re on a first name basis; you should probably be jealous), is a velvety soft leaf that helps tie in silver and gray colors. The ceremony and reception were at the Fort Worth Zoo (pics and post soon!) with the bride’s colors focusing on soft pinks, whites, and soft grays.
Enjoy the inspiration!
step one: Starting with a basic SMALL white handled basket, Amanda gathered enough dusty leaves to cover the bottom portion. She laid out a pattern to determine how many leaves she would need and the best way to arrange them. Once they are attached, it is very difficult to move them, so having a game plan ahead of time saves frustration in the long run.
step two: Amanda applies floral glue to the back side of each leaf and attaches it to the outside of the basket (in the pattern she determined earlier). This glue is magic stuff! It is very strong, holds together a variety of items, and is delicate enough not to burn or warp the flowers. It goes a long way and dries fairly quickly too. Magic, I tell you! (I am completely ignoring the fact that any mess MAY have been made…)
step three: The handle needed a little more pizazz, so Amanda selected a thin silver satin ribbon to wrap the handle of this basket. The silver complements the wedding color palette and looks great with the streamers and ribbons (last step). She chose a side and hot glued the beginning end of the ribbon the inside of the basket. This will be hidden once it is full of petals. She then carefully wrapped all the way to the other end of the handle, cut the ribbon, and hot glued it to the inside of the basket as well.
step four: A wider piece of of the silver satin ribbon was attached to the top edge of the basket to soften the edges and provide a pretty trim piece. To hide the end of the ribbon, Amanda folded over the edge to create a seam and glued it directly under the handle. Here, it will be disguised by a bow and ribbon streamers.
step five: Amanda cut lengths of ivory, pink, and silver ribbons in varying widths. She tied these to each side of the handle to create streamers. Finally, a wider silver bow was tied to each side for a finishing touch.
Voila! An adorable piece for a sweet little girl!
Photo Courtesy of Andrea Polito Photography
And because I can’t resist… Here is one of the cheek-pinchworthy ringbearer and his floral pillow…
Photo Courtesy of Andrea Polito Photography
Oh. My. Gosh! Y’all! We are so delightfully excited to let you know that Tuesday night, Branching Out Floral and Event Design was honored to be nominated by the American Association of Certified Wedding Planers as a favorite florist 2013. Not only that, we won!
We are exceedingly humbled to be placed in the same category as Garden Gate, Bellaflora, and The Wildflower. And so grateful for the win. There is extraordinary talent amongst all of these designing teams, who create gorgeous work. Congrats to them on their nomination.
AACWP picked some great companies to nominate, and in turn, honor with a win. Congratulations and continued success to all the winners! Check them out below:
Bakery: Fancy Cakes by Lauren
Invitations: Chips and Salsa Designs
Transportation Company: Premier Transportation
Videographer: Hakim Sons Films
Minister: Marty Younkin, Loves Notes Weddings
Lighting: Absolute Entertainment
Hair/Make-Up: Elan Make-Up Studio
Bridal Salon: StarDust Celebrations
Ceremony Venue: Perkins Chapel
Reception Venue: The Adolphus
Rentals: Ducky Bob’s Event Specialist
Caterer: Food Glorious Food
Each vendor was also featured in D Magazine Bridal Buzz. (Oh, who did those flowers on the cover pic? *cough* Branching Out *cough*).
Thanks EVERYONE for your support, encouragement, and love. We truly couldn’t do this without the awesome vendors around us and our AMAZING clients!
On a dreary and FOGGY day like today, what is a better pick-me-up than bright florals from a brunch wedding?!?
We had the absolute pleasure of designing the flowers for Catherine and Ben’s big day! Working with the endlessly talented Paige Chenault of Paige Chenault Events, Catherine and Ben were married in a ceremony at Highland Park Presbyterian, then celebrated in an elegant, fun, and fresh brunch reception at The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. How adorable!
Enjoy these gorgeous photos from Erin Woolsey of EE Photography!
Now, if that doesn’t make you smile, I don’t know what will!
Happy Wednesday, y’all! I’ve got a really cool company for you to check out: Planning for Dudes.
(And I don’t promote a whole lot of things,so you know this has to be stellar).
But before I tell you what a truly awesome concept this is (with a great group of people running it), I have to tell you some engagement stories.
A few years ago, I made friends with a beautiful, intelligent, and extremely talented designer. Not too long into our friendship, she told me how she and her (ex) boyfriend had been going through a rocky patch, when they decided to head to Starbucks. Barely into their coffee, he dropped to his knee, handed her a ring, and asked her to marry him. When she bent down to whisper in his ear, “Maybe we should talk about this somewhere else,” he jumped to his feet, raised her arm in the air, and yelled to the gathering crowd, “SHE SAID YES!” …They ended their relationship fairly soon thereafter.
Last year, we took some friends of ours to lunch in Galveston. On the way home, the male half of the couple turned to his girlfriend, opened a blue ring box, and said “How ’bout it?” (Better than his planned Jack-in-the-Box fast food proposal…) They are still engaged and madly in love, but she teases him endlessly for being so ill prepared and decidedly un-romantic.
Photo of Courtney’s ring, courtesy of my awesome iPhone (sarcasm.)
So, how do these stories tie into Planing for Dudes? Well, Kelly Simants, of Sweet Pea Events fame, has put together an awesome team to help guys plan marriage proposals. You know, so they make their other halves feel like the million bucks they are worth. And don’t embarrass them. And don’t wake their ladies up with a late-night, half-hearted proposal after their favorite teams win a football game (that is a whole other story…). I’m sure Kelly and her team are going to make so many guys and gals happy! After all, their tag line is “We plan, She brags, You win.”
They offer a few different packages with all sorts of customization, from getting the groom-to-be in contact with the right people to choreographing every move during the actual proposal. Basically, they take a lot of stress out of the whole process. Go check out their website. Then send the link to your sons, your brothers, your cousins, your uncles, their friends, your friends, your co-workers, and every guy you meet on the street. Because you just might change their lives. (Plus, they might get to work with us, and how cool would that be?)
Planning for Dudes is hosting their launch party next Wednesday- complete with video games, beer, and bacon. You can RSVP here. Also, check out their feature on D Bridal Buzz this week. (You can thank me for sharing later. I accept cookie bouquets and Tiff’s Treats!)
Have a great week, and seriously, go learn about this company!