This early spring wedding is one I’ll never forget. My lovely bride, Camille and I spent many hours coming up with these bohemian-whimsical designs. You guys, she is as kind and sweet as she is beautiful. Truly an honor to work with her! I knew I was the florist for her when she emphasized “fluffy”, “big”, “greenery” and “texture”. All some of my favorite words to be inspired by!
She really loved the idea of a big bridal bouquet with lots of interesting aspects to it. And did I mention, "big"?! The men wore peachy boutonnières. Bridesmaids carried king protea surrounded by soft greenery and wildflowers. And ribbon from Tono and Co. always makes me do a happy dance!
Their wedding reception took place at The Newton White Mansion in Mitchellville, MD. The day was crisp and cool and spring was just starting to show herself off. It was a dream! All of these lovely images were captured by The Copper Creative base in Salt Lake City, Utah! They were so fun and took the loveliest of images! Scroll to enjoy!
It was such an honor to collaborate on this spring style shoot with so many talented creatives. The flowers were elegant, romantic, soft, and inspired by the gardens surrounding us. Take a look at the feature on The White Wren!
photographer: Jordan & Alaina Photography / venue: Oatlands Historic House and Gardens / stylist & planner: Jordan & Alaina Photography / floral designer: Amy Lauren Floral Design / dress: Gossamer / cake designer: Amy Lauren Floral Design / makeup artist: Makeup by Zoe / hair stylist: Love Letters by Kayla / rentals: Something Vintage Rentals / headpiece & veil: Alice & Mae / ribbons & linens: Torn & Tied / model: Maggie Tehan represented by BMG New York / calligraphy & paper goods: Every Little Letter / ring: Susie Saltzman / candles: Creative Candles / shoes: BCBG Max Azria / film lab: The FIND Lab
So often I have brides…and grooms, ask for help selecting colors for their wedding flowers! There are so many gorgeous floral colors to choose from. Hopefully these tips help!
Winter. The anticipation of Spring.
The desire for warmth. Please please please. Give us warmth! I’m reminded today that without winter, lilacs and cherry blossoms wouldn’t smell as sweet. They wouldn’t be as special. So Spring, wherever you are: No need to hurry. But, know that we miss you when you’re gone and anticipate the sweet gift of new life and new blooms just around the corner. Until then, you can find us in our slippers with a big glass of red…watching an entire Netflix Series.
You probably don’t know what I did before I became a florist! I was a social worker in DC. I worked directly with families transitioning out of homelessness. I absolutely loved my job. It molded me and formed me in to the woman I am today. I can’t even begin to tell you all the things I learned and am better for. I found ways here and there to release my creative spirit. I designed flowers for events and friends on the side. Then, once I decided to quit my job as a social worker to be home with my baby, I found such joy in the opportunity to create freely again. So, I launched Amy Lauren Floral Design and the rest is history! (Talk about a drastic career change) Although, not as different as you might think.
My clients in both fields just want to be heard. They want someone to hear their vision and help them get there. They want freedom to choose. They want a voice. They want to be delighted and joyful. I love helping people feel joy! I can’t get enough of it.
Friend, I challenge you today…find joy in something. Anything.
A cup of coffee by a warm window.
Holding hands with your love.
The perfect aroma of a garden rose.
Whatever it is, soak it up. Life is good.
I can’t explain it. I might even be a little bit crazy. But each and every time I see a perfectly plump white hydrangea, I’m transported back to my wedding day.
So simple. So soft. Smelling delicious.
A thousand tiny blooms all hugging each other in one giant cluster. Gathered together by one stem. United.
Brides, grooms, whoever you may be, I encourage you to select AT LEAST ONE (or more) really wonderful flowers that you know you’ll never forget. They’ll always be a reminder of something special. They’ll always take you back to a time and place. It’s like experiencing that day over and over again.
Today. The last day of September. October begins tomorrow.
With it comes cool weather, flannel, snuggles on the couch, football announcers chattering in the background, chili simmering on the stove. Pumpkin everything. Fuzzy socks. Crisp air. Leaves falling in your hair.
Kids in costumes. Candy corn. A giant mug of tea.
Oh, fall. I didn't know I missed you so.
Friends, enjoy this time of seasons shifting. There is something refreshing about change. Breathe it in. Savor it. Do something that fills you today.
"you can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." -C.S. Lewis