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“I’ve always loved the rustic, slightly worn style of Canvas

and that element of an artisanal hand. It’s so inherently chic.”

-Jason Wu

The natural beauty of many parts of the country, especially here in Arizona, is very inspirational to engaged couples. Often, they use the adjective “rustic” to describe their wedding style. There are many interpretations of what that adjective embodies. The style board below gives a fresh approach to styling rustic wedding ideas. It combines natural elements with refined, to create a comfortable atmosphere. From start to finish it is simple, elegant, natural. Each element carefully curated to not look or feel overdone. The color scheme subdued and soft to flow with the luscious colors of nature. Earthy tones work best. Dusty Greens and Rich Browns play off of the scenery and work with it to create harmony.  The ceremony is set with beautiful fruitwood, Tuscan cafe chairs under an old and twisted tree. The bride takes her steps down the aisle in a flowing lace, Rue de Seine gown, clutching her fresh and natural bouquet in greens, succulents, and cream Patience Garden Roses. Her hair and make up kept refined and minimal. The reception is well appointed with wood tables, woven chargers and dining ware from Casa de Perrin. The floral tablescapes are comprised of soft greenery or clustered succulents. Soft ivory candles in simple glass hurricanes create ambient lighting for the delicious meal. Elegant flatware and crystal goblets create a unique juxtaposition, of rustic and refined. They will surely enhance the dining experience as well. The goal is to create an artisanal beauty that will transcend the ages.

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credits from top left to bottom right: brushfire photography, rue de seine bridal, joseba sandoval, 1st & 2nd bottom photos: casa de perrin,

florals by joy thigpen/photo rylee hitcher

 

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“Well, then what’s to be the reason for becoming man and wife?
Is it Love that brings you here or Love that brings you life?
Or if loving is the answer, then who’s the giving for?
Do you believe in something that you’ve never seen before?
Oh there’s Love, oh there’s Love.”-
WEDDING SONG (THERE IS LOVE) – PETER, PAUL & MARY

In a recent conversation with my very musically talented uncle about creativity, he mentioned that in some families, including ours, that creativity is inherent and each member has something that they call their own creative outlet. Music is a huge part of my family. My grandmother taught piano and voice lessons for most of her life, she sang “Ave Maria” at many wedding ceremonies. My grandfather had a Polka/Big Band Orchestra and got many a wedding reception rockin’.  My mom, occasionally, was a “wedding singer” when I was a kid. My favorite song she sang was the beautiful folk song,  “Wedding Song”(There is Love). I grew up listening to my dad play his gorgeous rendition of “Clair de Lune” on the piano. Both of these songs, so traditional, were played in my wedding to honor those fond memories. Although, I may think my car singing is concert worthy (my family would beg to differ), I am by no means a musician. I respect the time, skill, and dedication that it takes to master an instrument or one’s own voice. When I was choosing songs to be played at my wedding, I became extremely emotional. So many songs described exactly how I felt about my love for my husband and I would be moved to sappy tears.

Live music at weddings is not very common anymore, and in my opinion, it’s the best. A solo guitarist, a harpist, string quartet, or a live band are all perfect for wedding day entertainment. There is something so timeless about live musicians sharing their craft for a special celebration.

Music really inspires my designs. My design days, I listen to countless playlists that I’ve created. I love singer/songwriter music that is full of heart and poetry. I can’t even describe how meditative it is to listen to music and create with florals. It has become something I long for. Those moments where I am creating with nature’s most amazing medium and hearing others express themselves through song. It’s truly magical.

(c) National Trust, Benthall Hall; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

paintings by Jacques Linard

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” Like a river flows, so surely to the sea, Darling, so it goes,

some things are meant to be”- Elvis

Alexandria and Kurt’s wedding was such a joy to be a part of. It is featured in the new issue of Smitten Magazine, out today. I adored Alex’s style. When she described her vision for the day, she had me at “Romantic”. Her color palette of soft blushes and grays were perfect for the Lake House at the Windmill Winery in Florence, AZ. I loved creating the soft bouquets for her and her bridal party, as well as the pretty greenery garland on the birch pole Arbor that we created for the pier at the Lake House. It all was captured beautifully by Brushfire Photography. Check out Smitten Magazine for tons of beautiful wedding inspiration and the full feature. Enjoy!

 

alex and moh

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“Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

blush bridal bouquet by sarah

My favorite part of my career is creating a connection and a relationship with my couples. I am so honored and grateful to be a part of the team of people that work together to make their vision a reality. It’s not the florals themselves that mean so much to them, it’s that they knew they could trust I would put my heart into their design and make it uniquely their own. My goal is that my brides see their bridal bouquet and all of their florals and know that they were designed with lots of love and hope, well wishes that they may have a prosperous and beautiful marriage.  It never fails, I am humbled and covered in goosebumps when I get to see the bride, stunning in her gown, walk down the aisle clutching the creation made for her. My heart beams for her. She’s taking her walk to commit and promise her future to her best friend and she’s carrying only the best, fresh & fragrant blooms picked and arranged just for her. When else, in your life, is there an occasion that is acceptable to carry a huge bouquet of gorgeous florals around? For a groom to pin a little flower or sprig on his lapel?  A wedding is that amazing event, filled with laughter, hugs, kisses, tears, dancing, smiles..what a way to honor such a day!

Florals provide that “ray of beauty” that make the day all the more gorgeous.

photo by christianne taylor

 

 

 

 

 

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“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way

-things I had no words for.”-

Georgia O’Keeffe

protea color pallette

One of the first items on a bride’s task list is to determine her color scheme. Colors in wedding design should be carefully thought out and purchasing decisions should be on hold until the colors are chosen. The most important thing to remember when choosing a wedding palette is: What colors make you happy? What colors do you surround yourself with daily? What colors really convey your personality? They affect many factors in styling your day, from your invitation suite to your table settings.

These are also a few questions that one should ask when choosing the colors for their wedding:

Will the colors look good in photos?
Often, very bold colors do not translate well in photos if they are not toned down with more muted, or neutral colors. The eye has a natural need to rest.

Will they look dated in a few years?
Check out wedding photos from the 1970’s, those were some scary color choices and always will be. Don’t date your wedding with really trendy colors.

Are they complimentary on the color wheel?
Some colors really do not go well together. If they hurt your eyes a little than they shouldn’t be used for your wedding.

Here are common color choice mistakes:

A monochromatic color scheme is usually very attractive, just make sure it doesn’t come across as dull. Sometimes just a shade or two lighter or darker can make all the difference. Also, trying to color match your flowers to your colors is a no-no. For example, there are really no “turquoise” flowers that exist in nature and a great florist will not be tempted to tint any to match. Florals are a beautiful way to create contrast and interest to your wedding, they should not be the same color as everything else.

Feeling that you have to choose colors for the season that you’re getting married in. Those rules have gone out the door. Fall is my favorite time of year, but I prefer unexpected combos like those in this post. Deep Reds, Soft Greens, Steel Blue, and Blush Pink & Peach create a rich, classic and workable color palette.

Don’t overdo metallics. I love a little Tarnished Silver or Muted Gold incorporated in, however too much can look garish.

Using very bright colors should be done with restraint. If you want a Bright Orange or Hot Pink incorporated, maybe add some in the florals, the bridesmaid shoes, or table runners. Not the entire bridal party, full table linens or sashes on every chair. Too much of the bright color can become overwhelming fast.

It’s really important to give your wedding pros, a swatch or paint chip of your colors. For come reason the color “teal” means a variety of colors to people. Make sure you convey your version of them to your florist, coordinator, or stylist.

Lastly…

Trust the wedding pros that you’ve hired for your special day. They have created and seen many beautifully produced weddings, also some that are unforgettable, but not in a good way. Don’t be afraid to ask for their honest opinion. They may have that one piece of valuable advice that will make your wedding day stunning and timeless.

protea bouts 2

protea centerpiece

photos- brushfire photography     bouquet ribbon-frou frou chic

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