Tuesday, August 30, 2011

August Wine Dinner

With the end of August in sight the vibrant fall colors are in full swing. Every store is now sporting fall decor {and some even have Christmas... yikes!} but at the shop we can't get enough of the rich colors of fall.
The decor for this wine diner at The Club at Carlton Woods was truly beautiful. With rich colors as a base and pops of bright green and indigo purples the flowers jumped off the table and you couldn't help but admire how beautiful they were.
The 3 different shades of roses, mango calla lilies, indigo anemones, green hanging amarathus, miniature green hydrangea and real green grapes the textures were inviting and fun; setting the stage for a perfect dinner party!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Champagne in June

 With a timeless soft white, fresh green and champagne color scheme this wedding was truly stunning. The rehearsal dinner was Friday night at the bride's home. We used a cluster of bud vases each filled with either an anthirium, rose, or rannuncula and accents of grass on half the tables and on the head table, while the other tables held a low, full and luscious arrangement with a mix of hydrangea, roses, bells of ireland, lisianthus, and green hypericum.
 Isn't she a beautiful bride! I surely think so, but I am slightly biased, seeing as how we are related! Her bouquet was a fragrant mix of peonies, freesia, lisianthus, rannunculus, and roses wrapped in a white satin ribbon with pearl details. Her bridesmaids bouquets had a similar feel with a touch of green but adding bells of ireland, lisianthus and green hypericum berries.
 At her reception we used the clustered bud vases from the night before on the cocktail tables outside, decorated the cake with a mix of the blooms used throughout the wedding and had 2 spectacular arrangements with submerged roses on her sign in table and buffet table.
For her centerpieces we used a combination of the low arrangements from the night before and tall arrangements in glass cylinders filled with blooming white gladiolas. We also used rose petals and votive candles on all the tables to add that extra hint of romance. It was a beautiful 2 day celebration for an absolutely fabulous couple!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Vibrant Hues of Summer

The contrast you can achieve with hot colors is always eye catching and tends to leave a lasting impact!
This summer bride had her ceremony at the lovely chapel at Ashelynn Manor. The rich wood floors were the perfect backdrop for vibrant rose petals and full altar arrangements.
Her reception decor included pomanders hanging from shepherd hooks on either side of her cake table, a trio of vases with gerbera daisies, hydrangea, and orchids on the tables and candle light. Overall the vibrant colors were the perfect way to make a statement that was welcoming for all her guests!

Monday, August 15, 2011

St. Anthony of Padua and The Club at Carlton Woods

July was a month filled with all sort of gorgeous flowers. One of our favorites was a wedding at St. Anthony of Padua, with the reception at The Club at Carlton Woods.
All the florals for the ceremony were made in a traditional very full style in all gorgeous whites.
The sanctuary looked amazing with extra large altar arrangements and a garland of flowers and greenery to dress up the kneeling bench on the altar.
At The Club at Carlton Woods the flowers were kept simple by using a mix of whites, greens, and a pop of blue.
There were lots of accent pieces with tall vases, floating candles, rose petals and floating hydrangea in glass bowls; which really transformed the club house into a very personal venue.
On the patio we dressed up all the tables with potted white phaleanopsis orchid plants. It was a breathtaking display of blooms and you couldn't help but sit and admire the gorgeous flowers!
In the entry and in the main dining room we strung a garland of greenery from the chandeliers and decorated the mantle with flickering candles. The entire scene created quite the impact for all the guests as they walked into the reception.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

TSFA Convention 2011... part 3

One of the best parts about convention is all the designers and shows that you get to see. It's the one time during the year where you can surround yourself with the most brilliant minds in the industry; getting one on one attention and being able to ask questions and learn new techniques.
They also hold a special lunch on Sunday to present all the awards from the previous year, announce the new board of directors and announce the winner of the Texas Cup Competition. This last year our very own Amy Neugebauer received a scholarship from the Texas Floral Endowment.
These are some of the designs from the various classes throughout the weekend.

Friday, August 5, 2011

TSFA Convention 2011... part 2

On Friday night a bunch of the designers from the shop took a special trip down to an event supply company in Houston and each had the opportunity to use anything in the warehouse to create a themed tablescape.
The designs were used for the 20th anniversary dinner on Saturday Night for the Texas Floral Endowment Association; which provides a number of various scholarships to florists nation wide.
Some of the themes for the tables were: Texas, Mexico, England, Japan, India, Bali, Holland, France, Italy, Africa and Morocco.
Mary designed the Bali table which was chosen for the VIP's of the night.
Each designer got to pick out the linens, table accessories, flowers, containers, napkin decor, chair cushions and sashes.
It was fun to see all the different styles of arrangements, and the designers interpretation of the country through their use of colors and various flower choices.
The warehouse had an amazing variety of decor options. It was every decorators dream!

Our ladies had a fabulous time learning new tricks and working with different props. One of the best parts about convention is all the exposure to styles and ideas that you may not experience on an everyday basis. Stay tuned for more convention fun!

Monday, August 1, 2011

TSFA Convention 2011... part 1

July is convention month for the Texas State Florists Association, and this year it was held in our backyard at The Marriott Hotel on the waterway. Mary was in charge of all the volunteers and hands on classes, and was elected Retail Director for the 2011-2012 year! Because she gets so involved we all had the opportunity to participate in the classes and design work for the show. The next few posts will be a recap of some of the beautiful arrangements that were at the convention, many of which our very own designers created!

These two gorgeous arrangements (made by us!) were framing the entrance to the trade show. On Saturday Morning there was a ribbon cutting ceremony (which was really a ribbon made with flowers and a garland of greens) and the ribbon tied to the bamboo in these beauties!
We also did that arrangements for the Botanica booth, the Flower shop network booth and in other areas of the show.
Doesn't the arrangement of hydrangea remind you of a cloud? I just wanted to lay my head on it!
How about 200 extremely long stemmed roses for next valentines? Sign me up! Stay tuned for lots more pictures from our fabulous convention weekend!