Sugar-Skull from Light to Dark, an Art Photography Story

19 May

There’s something so compelling and brilliant about a photograph that captures a moment in time, a transformation, a change, a new light, a new life. The Sugar-Skull photography project designed by Anna Bruce Photography in collaboration with Face by SAM makeup artistry  is so dynamic and truly soul stirring, it invites the audience to be part of this amazing transformation.  I was beyond excited when Anna invited me to participate. The idea of creating a floral art piece for such an amazing story in photograph was invigorating.  See for yourself the images that take you in the journey from ethereal light to the darker side.

Sugar Skull Light


Sugar Skull Dark Side


Photography, Concept and Styling: Anna Bruce Photography
Hair and makeup: Faces by SAM Makeup Artistry
Model:  Maya Moore’s Modeling Page
Floral Headpieces and bouquet: EightTreeStreet



Love is Brewing: Urban Chic Coffee Themed Wedding Inspiration

19 May
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Entitled “Urban Chic Coffee Wedding” this shoot is inspired by the idea that many of us fall in love over a cup of coffee, that our first dates today are mostly at our local coffee shop, chatting for hours as we get to know each other and fall in love. We love the intimate setting of coffee houses and the colorful mix of vintage, modern and urban of so many of our neighborhood coffee shops.
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The color palette is not your traditional coffee shoot colors but a spring combination of grey, pinks, terracotta, and peach with hints of copper. You’ll see this palette reflected in the decor and the florals, which include lovely “coffee break” roses in that dark terracotta color.View More: venue is Cervantes Coffee, a contemporary coffee house and roaster. Located in an industrial complex, the venue features exactly the combination of details the shoot included, contemporary chic designs, with hints of rustic and organic, along with rough industrial edgy details. This you’ll see in the details of the shoot. And the coffee shop is amazing, just the perfect setting, and I must add the most amazing coffee. View More: dessert bar was fashioned as a perfect complement to a steamy cup of coffee with coffee cake, doughnuts, chocolate covered espressos beans, tasty pastries and cupcakes topped with a coffee bean. The tablescape and the coffee bar were a mix of urban DIY with tables made of repurposed pallets, vintage coffee pots and decor, and burlap accents.
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We love. love the details in the stationery designed by Moments of Happiness Designs and Novelties, the menus have a lovely dot with copper brown which matches the grey, so gorgeous!  The place cards had a touch of modern that fit within our urban chic design.  View More:
View More: lovely set of engraved silver spoons by Milk and Honey Industries, a perfect gift for the wedding couple.
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View More: More: all DIYers, we designed a super easy component: the “Mr.s and Mrs” cup set, using a couple of cups we found at a local home goods shop, chalkboard stick ups, and chalkboard paint pen.View More: More: More:
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Thanks so much to our photographer, Megan Chase Photography and our partners in the shoot
Flowers and Planning:  EightTreeStreet


Other Participating Vendors:

1. Spoons: Milk and Honey Luxuries 

2. Hand-stamped coffee theme hanging tags: Charonel Designs

3. Printable “Love is Brewing” sign: Borden Specifics

Models: Anna Joy Lees, Rebecca  and Jesse Baskin

Modern Winter Winery Wedding in Blue, Orange and Red with Citrus

16 May

Last Fall, I approached Voila Events to collaborate on a shoot I was planning. I love the theme of mixing the old with the new, and I was beyond obsessed and inspired about the print on the bow tie I had seen on Etsy — a modern plaid in shades of orange and blue. We reached out to an amazing group of wedding vendors. The idea was to provide within a winery setting an inspiration for engaged couples that went beyond the rustic, that included fun details and modern touches within a vibrant palette.Styled wedding shoot at Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg, VA

The palette of royal blue, deep oranges and shiny reds, was beautiful in a setting that is rustic and organic.  It’s a unique way to decorate for a winter wedding and move away from traditional palettes of light blues and whites.

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One of the details of this wedding that I adore and think it’s so amazingly unique is the stationery design, and along with it the opportunity to incorporate technology in the wedding.  Yes, we have grown used to the #hashtags and the opportunity to instagram our weddings, but  do you know you can use technology within other areas of the wedding. Social Tables was inspiring in producing a table seating chart that allows you to see the flow of the reception room, what a great concept.  With the program, you can see the layout of the room and each table and guest.

We were also able to include a menu card with the choices of desserts in the dessert bar created by Sweet Pearlz Cheesecakes on a tablet, that way guests can see the menu options available.  Can you imagine downloading the menu unto your wedding website, or if you are including a family dessert you love or recipe including that as well. Fabulous!

Styled wedding shoot at Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg, VA

Styled wedding shoot at Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg, VAStyled wedding shoot at Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg, VA

The tablescape included a floral garland made of tulips and citrus fruit with oranges, tangerines and kumquats. We love the details in the suede buckle napkin rings and the tile menus designed by Simply Designed, with a runner of that beautiful print.

Styled wedding shoot at Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg, VA

Styled wedding shoot at Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg, VAStyled wedding shoot at Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg, VA

Stoney Tower Winery has the perfect setting for this shoot, and I love their tasting room and all the beautiful amenities it offers couples planning a wedding. Styled wedding shoot at Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg, VAStyled wedding shoot at Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg, VAStyled wedding shoot at Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg, VAThe bride’s hair and makeup was done by the incredible Carolyn Thombs of Carolyn Thombs Makeup Artistry and Consulting, with the most beautiful and vivid colors.

Styled wedding shoot at Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg, VA

Styled wedding shoot at Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg, VA

Styled wedding shoot at Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg, VA

Thanks so much to our amazing photographer for capturing these beautiful images: Rachael Foster Photography

Thanks also to the other fabulous

Wedding Vendors that participated:

Planner: Voila Events
Concept and Flowers: EightTreeStreet

Table Seating Chart:  Social Tables

Makeup and hair design: Carolyn Thombs Makeup Artistry and Consulting
catering: Amphora Catering
Jewelry: Stella & Dot
Sweets & Dessert Table : Sweet Pearlz Cheesecakes
Stationery: Simply Designed venue: Stone Tower Winery

Flowers, Flowers and more Flowers

15 May

We are so excited to be blogging again this year, we took a year off to guest blog for one of the local DC-base sites, what a fun time. But now, we are back to our exciting blog, with new ideas for wedding decor, flowers for all occasions and a look at interior design trends and home decor. DIY floral notes and recipes will follow soon, inspired by the idea of using containers we already have around the house and all the beautiful flowers blooming in our garden.

Yesterday, we started by highlighting some great wedding inspiration from shoots we have participated in, there’s so much talent in our wedding industry and couples are always looking for ideas to help them personalize their big day. Up this week is a Rembrandt inspired winery wedding you are going to love. Wedding Fridays,  our series of with interviews and inspiration boards comes back soon, stay tuned!

Happy Thursday!

Peonies and Roses, Photo Sam Stoud Photography

Peonies and Roses, Photo Sam Stoud Photography

Urban Wedding Inspiration in Shades of Pink

15 May

DSC_5454Washington DC is such an amazing city for weddings, the architecture, decor and vibe of the city is so energetic. We designed this fun styled shoot in collaboration with MeShenee Photography to celebrate the modern aspect of the city. We were so lucky to be hosted by Tabula Rasa with it’s modern sustainable white interiors and beautiful facade.

The shoot incorporates some very creative DIYs, like the repurposed necklace fashioned as a hair accessory, great way to incorporate vintage pieces into your wedding day. The sweets table was a delectable in all pinks, including glazed glittery apples, mini cakes and donuts.  And the signage is so simple to make:  use polka dot paper with self-adhesive letters in a silver mirror finish.

The designer gown by Solitary Pearl is a gorgeous design in all lace with a cross back, all handmade to order. Designer Christen Schneider truly has a passion for her designs, we love incorporating her fair trade sourced materials that matched our organic flowers.

The stationery was designed by our friend Rachelle of Moments of Happiness Designs and Novelties in Atlanta, she has an incredible eye for creating the most beautiful wedding stationery with quality papers and details.





Participating Vendors

Photographer:  MeShenee Photography | Floral Designer: EightTreeStreet | Makeup Artist: G.L.A.M Girlz | Linens and Coverings: LinenTablecloth | Bakery: Meli and Kanela | Invitation Designer: Moments of Happiness Designs and Novelties, Inc. | Jewelry: Peace Love Bling | Dress Designer: Solitary Pearl | Hair Stylist: Styled By Genese| Venue: Tabula Rasa

2014 trends.

14 May

2014 Wedding Flower Trend Predictions

Congratulations to all the newly engaged couples and those ready for 2014 weddings!  What a fantastic year we had in 2013 for wedding flowers,and what we see in 2014 is fantastic!  I’ve been following some trends and also looking at what florists, designers, bloggers and publications predict will still be a floral delight in the new year and what new developments are happening.  Some of these you’ll see in New Haven Living, Bridal Guide, and Loverly, with bloggers stating that more elegant  Old World inspired lush florals will be a hit this year,  Shabby Chic and Rustic have giving way to a  more cosmopolitan look and urban designs including more glass, fiber arts, artisan looks  and themes inspired by each couple’s home and lifestyle.  Amongst the top flower picks  for the year are the tulip, the  garden rose and the multi-petaled tree peony .

Color.  Let’s start with color. Last year we saw a delightful palette of blushes and lots of white and cream. These year, color is the word, tons of different colors together in a vibrant combination of flowers to make the bouquet really stand out.  Some predict that we’ll see color integrated as a combination of flowers, or a one flower theme bouquet in rich and vibrant colors.


Photo Honey Heart Photography

Floral Crowns, Headpieces and Wreaths: Headpieces made of fresh flowers, crowns and wreaths continue to make a statement. We’ve seen some combined with veils and they surely will continue this year, proving a very romantic look to brides.


Dramatic and Asymmetric Bridal Bouquets: This is a look we love, a dramatic look of cascading bouquets and bouquets that look freshly picked from the fields. This casual look and more dramatic approach to flowers bring excitement to wedding flowers.


Stylish Wedding Centerpieces and Elegant Weddings: As burlap and mason jars continue to reign in weddings with lots of warm and DIY designs, a new trend of elegance and style is taking over. These beautiful designs include mixed and matched centerpieces that offer a stylish visual and flow to the reception space.  Centerpieces also have taken the free form approach for this year, and designers are creating visual stimulating florals and table arrangement with a modern look.


Photo Astrid Photography


Photography: First and Orange Photography // Coordination/Design: Crown Weddings // Floral Design: Jennifer Cole Florals

Modern Look in Bouts:  This I’ve seen a lot lately, requests for more masculine, streamline designs for the boys.  Boutonnieres that are not as full of flowers, but rely more on designs with leaves, small flowers, greenery and berries, for a more personal look.


Photo Rachel Lowe Photography

Greenery: garlands, all greenery decor, branches and leaves add a very organic look to your wedding and the look will continue in the new year. You can accent the head table with a beautiful garland, include on in your altar decor, incorporate boxwood wreaths in ceremony decor –  delightful as small aisle decorations.  This is a beautiful and inexpensive look that brings the outdoors in.

Photo Scott Michael Fraser

Photo Scott Michael Fraser

Photo Credits from top to bottom:  colorful flower bouquet, Wedding Chicks ; wedding head crowns via Green Wedding Shoes; dramatic cascading bouquets in Botanical Brouhaha and Larissa Cleveland Photography in Style Me Pretty; wedding table decor in United With Love, table centerpieces Belle The Magazine; boutonniere Capitol Romance; table garland centerpiece from 100layercake.

Summer Floral Inspiration Shoot in Blue and Green

25 Jun

Happy Spring!  Last year, we designed a summer floral wedding in collaboration with some amazing vendors. Our shoot was inspired  by a color combination – shades of Green and Blue.  We combined both a Rustic and a Vintage look and included beautiful stationery designs by Wedding Girl on Etsy, one of  our favorite stationery designers.   The wedding dress provided by Marie Crawford Bridal had a unique color in a deep off white finish with intricate details and beading, just gorgeous!

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Photo EightTreeStreet

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Love this Forget-Me-Not and Lilly of the Valley design by Wedding Girl

Love this Forget-Me-Not and Lilly of the Valley design by Wedding Girl


You can use a wreath as a escort card centerpiece, escort cards by Wedding Girl


We love the details in this dress by Marie Crawford’s Bridal, hair by Salon Ayanna in DC

Photo courtesy of PSquare Studios

Grooms boutonniere features Nigella flowers for a fun rustic look.

Thanks so much to all the wonderful vendors that participated and made this shoot so wonderful.

The photographs of the shoot are provided by PSquare Studios.

Participating Vendors

Photographer:  PSquare Studios

Styling and Flowers:  EightTreeStreet

Stationery Designs:  Wedding Girl

Wedding Gown:  Marie Crawford’s Bridal

Hair Styles:  Salon Ayanna

Venue:  Riverside on the Potomac


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