Monday, July 30, 2012

Samantha and Thomas' Gasparilla Inn Wedding

This past Spring we were fortunate enough to have so many fabulous weddings. As much as we love weddings in the Tampa Bay area, we also LOVE weddings down in Boca Grande and this past Spring, was FILLED with them!

We had such a wonderful time being apart of Samantha and Thomas' big day! We enjoyed the planning process and of course loved seeing all of the elements brought together. We're romantics at heart and loved this dreamy affair complete with all of the amazing details!  From the soft pink, champagne, ivory and pale yellow color scheme, to the bridal party attire, we couldn't help but love it all and hope you do too!

Thank you Samantha and Thomas for allowing us to be a part of your big day!

Enjoy the pics! Images courtesy of Binaryflips Photography

XO- Zoë

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Mixed Prints - What Do You Think?

Mixed Prints. I was inspired by this new fashion trend, and after finding some inspiration via blogs and fashion magazines, I was still torn on this new concept. But after successfully attempting this new look this week myself (or so I was told I was successful) it's starting to grow on me. I really think the originator of this idea is on to something.

Now before you start mixing plaid and polka dots, there are a couple rules to keep in mind to guide you into a trendy risk taker rather than most wanted on Fashion Police.

Sarah Beth, the blogista behind the Style Philosopher has some great insight on this trend and I couldn't help but gain a wealth of knowledge from her post regarding the mixed prints. Check the post out HERE!

Here are the key mixed print rules that you should NEVER leave home without:

1. When mixing prints, you need to pick a dominant and less dominant pattern. This always comes in handy with men when mixing dress shirts and ties. This week, I picked a wide pin stripe pant, mixed with a small detailed polka dot pattern. Today, I'm sporting a large floral print dress, mixed with coordinating seersucker-esque jacket. So a no-no would be mixing a polka dot dress with a equally detailed striped jacket, etc. So just think, one pattern needs to be larger and the other one small.

2. Also, keep in mind the color palette, as mentioned in Sarah's blog sticking with a simple or coordinating color palette will also help make the look work better.

I fell in love with some images from her website and just had to share. Even though we are discussing fashion, I think this trend would be translated perfectly in home decor, and yes, even in weddings! We always love to use a variety of table linens with different textures and patterns that coordinate, but perhaps we might start seeing this trend also brought through in paper goods, bridesmaids dresses, groomsmen attire and beyond! Who knows, but in the meantime, I'm lovin' it!

What do you think about this new trend?!


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Kind Words from a Past Mother of the Bride!

Last week we had the pleasure of being a part of the Sisterhen Family wedding at the Dali Museum of Art in St. Petersburg, FL.

We loved their simple and understated look - we thought the flowers selected created a beautiful design throughout the room that was then accentuated by amber uplighting. In this design we used a combination of antique green hydrangeas, calla lilies, green fuji mums, champagne sahara roses and assorted foliages.

We couldn't help but share this wonderful email we received today from the Mother of the Bride:

Zoe, I want to tell you how pleased we were with the flowers for Katie’s wedding.  The bouquets and boutonnieres were beautiful and the table arrangements were gorgeous!  I got so many compliments on the flowers.  Several people wanted to know what the roses (the champagne or Sahara roses) were called.  The lighting really added to the atmosphere.  I would highly recommend Botanica for both design and service.  Thank you again!

Christa Sisterhen

Thank you Christa and Katie for allowing Botanica to be a part of your special day!

XO- Zoë

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

What We're Up To!

This weekend our entire crew will be down in Miami for the AIFD National Symposium. What is AIFD and the National Symposium? AIFD is the American Institute of Floral Design, the Symposium is a gathering of the leading floral designers in the world. From hot floral design, to new trends, through education and events, it's truly an inspirational and innovative experience!

Ian is honored to be one of this year's presenters, partnering with Grace Ormonde of Wedding Style Magazine to present, "Les Saisons des fleur de Mariage"(The Seasons of Wedding Flowers).

Their Floral Fashion show will feature couture wedding gowns from local Miami based leading Bridal Boutique, Chic Parisien. Presented will be Grace's iconic Fantasy Tables, over 90 fashionable bridal bouquets and chic floral hats. Parisian inspired, the show will marry high fashion and world renowned floral designs.

We will be live tweeting from the event and hope you can join us Monday, starting at 11am as we share photos from backstage and during the show!

We can't wait to share and showcase this spectacular event!

XO - Zoë

Photos Courtesy of - Last picture featured is an image from a fantasy table design by Ian and featured in a recent issue of Wedding Style Magazine.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Wedding Sneak Peek {Lindsay and Eric}!

We love the bright summer color scheme of Lindsay and Eric's May Clearwater Hyatt Wedding! From their ceremony on the Sky Terrace through the Ballroom reception, to even the men's ties, the color was brought through in every way possible! The hot pink and chartreuse green color scheme is perfect for summer!

Lindsay loved pink and bling - and what girl doesn't?! For Lindsay's wedding we provided not only all of the floral, but also the table linens, napkins, chargers and chivari chairs.

We used antique and lime green hydrangeas, peonies, roses, garden roses, pink ranunculus, pink beronia and lilies throughout her floral designs.

Shortly after the wedding, we received this sweet email:

I just wanted to take a few minutes and thank all of you at Botanica for bringing our vision to life! Everything was so beautiful, I could not have pictured it any other way. I absolutely loved the reception centerpieces and bouquets! Our wedding would not have been the same without you! Thank you all for your hard work and dedication in making our day perfect! I can't wait to see pictures of everything! You guys are awesome!!

It was so perfect! I wish I could have thanked everyone in person! 

- Eric and Lindsay Bridges :)

Thank YOU Lindsay and Eric for being such an amazing couple to work with and for allowing us to be a part of your big day! We wish you a lifetime filled with happiness!

These beautiful images are courtesy of Kellie Day Photography.

XO- Zoë

Monday, July 2, 2012

The Grand Hyatt Chef's Table

This past May we had the pleasure of partnering with The Grand Hyatt of Tampa Bay to design their Chef's Table Event. At this event they showcased their beautiful hotel to the top wedding planners from Tampa Bay and Orlando.

It was a delightful day and we thoroughly enjoyed seeing all of the beautiful venues and locations that the hotel has to offer. The day started with a tour of their new wedding meeting space that was design and decorated by our very own, Ian Prosser. 

The tour continued to their ballrooms, out through their nature preserve and to their intimate wedding ceremony gazebo.

We ended the day with a delicious meal at their onsite restaurant, Oystercatchers. The meal was incredible, but more than anything, we loved chatting with some of our favorite wedding planners! For the design of this room, we embraced the burnt orange and mahogany color of the restaurant's chairs and paired them with a bright chartreuse green patterned linen. We incorporated monobotanical designs and wheat grass, including flowers in burnt orange housed in mahogany containers.

A special thank you to Josh Walther of Inspire Entertainment and Busted Blues for providing the wonderful entertainment! And of course, Weber Photography for these beautiful images!

XO- Zoë