Friday, March 30, 2012

Wedding Sneak Peeks!

We thought we would end this weekend with a bang and share photos from BOTH of our weddings last weekend! There is nothing we love more than sneak peeks of wedding pictures from photographers, but in such a timely manner, we LOVE!

The first wedding below is the wedding of Elizabeth and Chris at The Don CeSar in their Grand Ballroom. The entire wedding was constructed of ivory calla lilies, hot pink mokara orchids and hot pink blooming branches. This was a unique combination, but gave a beautiful, almost art decor look (when paired with the other design elements) that we couldn't help but love! Elizabeth selected such a fabulous roster of vendors, with Jackie Ross of Table 6 Productions leading the group! Thank you Elizabeth and Chris for allowing us to be a part of your special day!

Thank you to Stephen Dohring for sharing these images!

This next wedding is the wedding of Melissa and Sterling that took place at The Tampa Yacht and Country Club. We had so much fun designing this event. We created a unique layout for the club, and since the club is made up of multiple rooms, we transitioned the colors of the linens and flowers from room to room, starting with purple, then moving into lavender followed by Charcoal in the tent. We were thrilled to be a part of this wedding and provided not only the floral, but all linens, chairs, lounge furniture, draping and uplighting! We hope you enjoy!


Another special thank you to Aaron Lockwood for these amazing photos!

We hope you have a fabulous Friday! Thanks for reading and we hope you enjoyed these two beautiful weddings, for these amazing couples!


Monday, March 26, 2012

The Skinny on Blooming Branches

If you love flowering branches just as much as we do, this is definitely a blog post to check out. Below are descriptions on the varieties of flowering branches as well as their availability.

CHERRY BLOSSOM BRANCHES are beautiful and are in season, January-April. They range from 2-5ft. in length.

QUINCE BRANCHES are a more structured approach to the blooming branches, and are in season, January-February. They are the perfect addition to any arrangement or simply just on their own.

FORSYTHIA is a beautiful flowering branch, only available in yellow and in February-March. These branches in their brilliant color can create such a stunning focal point. These branches are also available in a variety of lengths.

There are several more varieties available, however we've just listed our favorites above. So the rule to follow if you are a lover of the flowering branches, it's best to have an event January-April in order to have them available. Nowadays with technology their availability can span a little longer than the months above however can't always be guaranteed. In the fall months, we have the availability of bittersweet and other fun berry varieties that are a fall look on the flowering branch.

A fun fact to know is that when we use flowering branches for events, we actually get them into the studio a full 2 WEEKS prior to the event day. Flower branches require a lot of time to open as well as require a specific type of processing and condition to get them in perfect form.

Xo - Zoë

Monday, March 19, 2012

Tampa Bay Times Feature!

A month back we partnered with Ryan Joseph of R.Joseph Photographics to produce a photo shoot with the intentions of the photos being used for our new website (still a work in progress and we can't wait to share!).

The location selected was the gorgeous, Lange Farm in Dade City, FL. The missing piece needed was models to help complete all of the photo shoot elements. This past Sunday, we were featured in an article for the Tampa Bay Times with the unique story of how the photo shoot came together and how a random idea turned into one of the most perfect days!

This is the story, of how our website photo shoot turned into one of the most important days of my dear friend's lives. We hope you enjoy and can't wait for you to see the final product on our website.

Click HERE to read the story!

XO - Zoë

Friday, March 16, 2012

A Little Friday Advice!

TGIF! As the week comes to end and Brides and clients everywhere get prepared to embark on the biggest day of their lives (or just have a fabulous celebration), it's important to remember, this is suppose to be a fun day and regardless, everything will come together.

Planning a party or a wedding can bring a tsunami of emotions filled with stress, family drama, or all of the above. You've planned for hours, days, weeks and sometimes years. But the best piece of advice we can give is to hire professionals that give you piece of mind. Vendors that allow you to feel, that at the end of the day, they have your best intentions in mind and are going to take care of you.

We always tell any client, with a Saturday event, make sure you have ALL of your ducks in a row no later than the Wednesday before. That will allow you the rest of the week to simply enjoy yourself.

So today, have a glass of champagne and relax. Enjoy yourself and family and friends that might be in town to celebrate your spectacular occasion. And if you have a moment that causes stress, take a deep breath and remind yourself, it's all going to work out in the end!

Xo - Zoë

P.S. Fun fact, the second picture is of our very own Jess Stephens on her wedding day! :) Courtesy of Sargeant Studios.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wedding Sneak Peek! Dawn and Gavin!

It's a given we love weddings, but weddings that are unique and filled with details that are personal to the couple, we love them even more!

The January wedding of Dawn and Gavin at The House of Blues in Orlando, FL was such a fun and detailed wedding - the venue itself was such a unique twist on a traditional wedding location.

Dawn and Gavin embraced the venue and incorporated it throughout their entire wedding. From custom save the date posters inspired music concert posters to their ceremony programs that hung from lanyards inspired by back stage passes.

The venue itself was a myriad full of bright and beautiful colors. As a result, we made sure to bring that in through the floral. We used a combination of hot pink, bright orange, yellow and chartreuse greens, including gerber a daisies, alstromeria, billy balls, etc. The one request was to create some impact throughout the venue and to give them more bang for their buck, we created floral spheres on glass elevations of all baby's breath. As we typically are not spokespeople for baby's breath, in this instance, it was a perfect fit with the other elements we had taking place.

We are OBSESSED with the picture of Dawn's bouquet! Isn't it gorgeous? Sorry, yes that was us tooting our own horn. ;) We used such a bright color palete throughout, we brought touches of color into Dawn's bouquet. We used, ivory hydrangeas, dusty miller, orange roses, yellow billy balls, white hyacinth, and white tulips.

We hope you enjoy these images shared by the fabulous Jason Mize of J. Mize Photography. He captured their day and details perfectly! Thank you Jason for sharing such beautiful images. Click HERE to see more!

And of course, how could an event take place without the direction of an amazing planner? Mrs. Anna Richardson of Lucia Paul Design was in charge of the coordination and design of Dawn and Gavin's wedding and we don't think this event could have been more fun and perfect!

Happy Wednesday!

xo- Zoë

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Inspiration

With St. Patrick's Day upon us, (yes it is somehow almost the middle of March) we thought it might be fun to share a little green inspiration. In our eyes, the only thing that we feel is acceptable to be dyed green on St. Patrick's Day is Beer and the Savannah River. But unfortunately, grocery stores alike feel it necessary to dye flowers! For those of you that know us well, dyed flowers is one thing we stand completely firm on and do not allow our clients to do.

With that being said, we thought we'd share some natural, beautiful green flowers, followed by what the fake ones look like, so when you're shopping for your St. Patrick's Day party decor, you don't get fooled by the dyed ones! 

These fun, NATURAL green flowers above would be perfect for any St. Patty's Fete and include (from top to bottom, left to right), green artichokes, bells of Ireland, fuji mums, cymbidium orchids, hydrangeas,  trachelium, hypericum berries, lady slipper orchids, dendrobium orchids, green eyed roses and super green orchids.

And then of course, below are the green dyed flowers that we highly recommend you stay far, far away from!

Lastly, some St. Patty's party and home decor inspiration that will make you green with envy! 

Xo - Zoë

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Our New Home

Hi Friends,

Yes I've been blogging MIA again, my apologies! Today I wanted to share just a snippet of images of our new studio! To see the rest of it, you just have to come to it in person. ;)

We're very excited about our new space, the extra square footage was needed for years, so it's wonderful to finally have it and be here.

Future and current clients and planners, you'll notice when your consultation appointment is confirmed by Jess, she is directing you to the orange door and asking that you ring the door bell. Since our new studio is larger, it takes us just a couple of minutes to get to the client side.

So what's next? We are currently in the process of updating our website - it's going to be a complete redesign with the addition of Botanica's luxury event brand, Ian Prosser Productions. You'll see new photos, new text sections and the website overall will just be that much more awesome! So stay tuned!

We'll follow up next week with more posts and promise to stick to the three day a week minimum. :)

A HUGE thank you to Amy Pezzicara of Pezz Photo for these and many other, beautiful images.

Happy Thursday!