I love using live plants for events, especially in winter months. Up here in New England, the weather and stark skyline can make winter seem endless. Using living foliage for decor lets people break up that white and gray monotony by bringing home a little green into their home. Plus, it adds a great nondenominational element of cheer to your holiday decorations if you stick to a classic green and white palette. Here are some photos from a holiday party I did for a company based out of Norwalk, CT at the Inn at Longshore. Oh, and don't forget the donut station!
I am so excited to share with you some photos from our wedding from this past June. We had an amazing team who helped to take over for me so I could actually experience my day and be a bride - something everyone from my mom to my groom was concerned about. I spent a good long time before the wedding defending my decision to do my own flowers and in the end I had an amazing team of helpers tearing thorns off of roses and carrying flower buckets around for me.
Everyone from Maggie at Slainte Events to Patti at A Thyme To Cook embraced that I wanted a hands-on approach to planning as a fellow wedding professional but also listened to pleas from my family that I was forbidden to pick up, fix, or futz with anything as soon as I put my wedding dress on. Of course, my shiny floral spray was on the truck while I did my bouquet so there is that one photo of me spraying it in my wedding dress, much to everyone's dismay....
Here's a couple of photos courtesy of Cole + Kiera, my spectacular wedding photographers.
VENDORS: Photography: Cole + Kiera Photography / Videography: Mario Paniagua / Catering: A Thyme to Cook / Floral & Event Design: First Blush Event and Floral Design / Day-of Coordination: Slainte Event Planning / Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm by Hailey Paige / Groom's Tux: Bonobos / Hair & Makeup: Beauty Entourage / Papergoods (menu, programs, placecards): First Blush Event and Floral Design / Invitations: Minted.com / Donuts: Dixie Donuts / Wedding Cake: Sugar Bakery / Wedding Venue: Eolia - The Mansion at Harkness Memorial State Park
My bridal shower was this past April at the Ethan Allen Hotel. I did the flowers (of course) and my mom made the runners from this great fabric I found by Nicole Miller for Joann Fabric. You can see how great the texture is under the centerpieces. For the flowers, I used a selection of novelty dutch tulips from Holland in tea pots sourced from thrift stores all over Connecticut for this event. Nothing matched and everything was very eclectic, but the fabulous tulips pulled everything together.
Each guest was given a teacup, also collected from across the state. Imagine the lives these teacups had lead before being filled with some of Dan and my favorite hot beverage items! We had a bag of Japanese green tea or sencha (Harney and Sons has a green option in an easy tea bag), some cuban coffee (Cafe Bustelo, to be exact), a little vial of sugar, and Bonne Maman Mini Honey Jars.
I wore a crop-top from Forever 21 with this amazing tulle skirt and these truly fabulous heels by Jessica Simpson. Here's a shot of me wearing my extremely fluffy bows and ribbon hat made my by sister and cousin.