Exquisite Weddings Spring Launch Party

In the beginning of May, Exquisite Weddings Magazine held their annual Launch Party for brides and vendors to come together, show their work and connect in a fun atmosphere. This lavish event is filled with yummy appetizers, treats and beverages alongside great vendors showcasing some of their unique work. It was such an honor to be part of such a great production. {Stay tune for the next post, the fashion show!} Our great friends Chris and Jordan of NEXT TO ME STUDIOS took some amazing shots of our display, we hope you find inspiration for your next event!

Brides who visited our booth received a keepsake, hand crafted boutonniere with a coupon for 15% off your next event. I hope you got one!

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Carrie,of Phoebe Street Creative  provided us with her amazing paper goods, designed especially for this event. We highly recommend her for any occasion!

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The sweet and lovely gal at Lauren Sharon Vintage Shop Rentals provided some of her awesome finds to help amp up our display. She has a wide variety of furniture, props, vintage bottles (you name it!) to help expand your theme throughout your next event! Check our Lauren’s awesome collection on her website!

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Our floral arch was displayed on a pallet wall Marisa built and stained herself (that little carpenter!) and can be used at either a ceremony site, sweetheart table or cake display backdrop.

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Our theme flowers used consisted of: white hydrangea, roses, kale, air plants, phalaenopsis orchids, pin cushions, rosemary, hyacinth, and silver dollar eucalyptus. Scattered throughout our display were bud vases filled with these simple blooms.

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We had a great time at the Spring Launch party and I hope you enjoyed looking through all our hard work!

Thank you so much to everyone who helped make our display the beautiful creation it was!

We couldn’t have done it without you!!

Fall in Love!!

With the weather finally cooling down around here its beginning to feel like Fall!! I absolutely love this time of year!! The leaves are changing, it’s getting cold and I can finally wear my Ugg boots, scarfs and jackets! Hot cocoa by the fireplace here I come….well soon enough. This time of year also gets super busy wedding wise, which is why I havent had time to blog! I’m forcing myself to sit down and take a breath to tell all you lovelies out there about a super fun and creative event my sister and I recently got to be a part of! 🙂

Pottery Barn was having their Friends and Family event and asked for two floral centerpieces; one Fall themed and the other Winter. Now, I love the holidays, don’t get me wrong, but my sister Marisa…LIVES for the holidays!  She is SO incredibly crafty and has been bugging me about what we’re going to do for the holidays flower wise since, I’d say,  the middle of summer, at least! Haha! Nothing wrong with that! 😉

Oh, ok, so back to Pottery Barn…. with this opportunity to do absolutely whatever I wanted (which really doesn’t ever happen) I wanted to do something GOOOOD, and BIG, and holiday ishh with an elegant touch to it. I didn’t want to stick a turkey in the middle of a bunch of orange hoopla and call it done.  So, after looking thru a bunch of different materials for inspiration, it was time to put our plan into action and go pickin ( literally I mean pickin!).

I already had these GIANT crates that I wanted to use, so we were going to have to definitely downsize it…

So Marisa and her husband went to work sanding and resizing it.

Once we had the box ready, we were able to put our blend of cream, sand, pale orange and brown flowers together. I went picking, literally (see I told you!), through my friends neighborhood and found some foliage like magnolia leaves, dusty miller, sycamore leaves and other goodies to add that special FALL touch!!

And thanks to the lovely and TALENTED Megan Young of Megan Young Graphic Design & Photography, we were able to turn this into a mini photo shoot!

I’d like to take this opportunity to say that this could very well have been a  country inspired, vintage/rustic Fall wedding. So after making this lovely beast of mine, I got crazy and made a bridal bouquet to match!

Megan is so good with what she does and I highly recommend her for any or all your photographic needs! Check her out at www.megan-y.com for more information and samples of her work! I can not wait to collaborate with her again!

Short Stems, Tall Order!!

Centerpieces: if they aren’t tall, their considered short.  I’ve already posted about the Big Guys (https://sevenstemsblog.com/2012/03/27/the-big-guys/) so now I’m going to mention the short guys. They are definitely easier to make and  economically friendly. If you are on a budget, or want to add a variety to your reception with a combo of half tall, half short I’d definitely recommend doing some of short arrangement. Another bonus to them is they are out of  eye sight, which is nice for your guests so they don’t have to talk over flowers to someone on the other side of their table. Because small arrangements are easier to transport they can also be a great  souvenir for your guest to take home (unless you rented the containers/vases and need to return them to your florist, in that case please remind your guest not to take them!).  Over the 9 years of doing weddings, I’ve definitively seen some unique and different centerpieces, below are just a few of the ones I’d like to share with you!

This head table was one of my favorites because it incorporated long wooden boxes with some manzanita trees in between.

Silver Urns in my opinion are very romantic! There was no variation in size for this particular wedding, but these urns made a big impact with their simplicity and beauty.

This may not seem like your typical short arrangement, but compared to the other centerpieces (which you can see in my blog about the big guys) they were. I love how each vase is filled with one type of flower, complimenting each other and definitely making a huge impact.

A very tropical wedding used short arrangements not only for their centerpieces, but also for the bar decor adding a little bit of beauty to an already gorgeous setting.

I love wood boxes! They add so much natural beauty, especially if your vibe is very earthy. Succulents are also one of my favorites and I just drooled over this entire wedding!

Adding props is also very easy to do when you have short centerpieces! These lanterns were very cool and looked great with their candles lit at night! (Tip: Short arrangement’s don’t even necessarily have to be in a container, these were made on bamboo plates!)

For smaller wedding parties, short centerpieces just make more sense. To spice up these arrangements, a river rock runner and clusters of floating candles were added. Such a great idea!!

More wood boxes, but this time much shorter to allow better flower coverage. They also have space for candles to add more of a romantic feel.

I absolutely LOVE this color combo!! It is just so happy and really made a big impact with the different sizes and adding the floating candles.