Thursday, January 29, 2009

Solutions, Fashion Show

Abbey was asked to take part in the fashion show, which she was happy to do. Here she is, not looking anything like herself. The ladies at Graceful Strands gave Abbey an updo, and a little makeup was applied. She prance around the rest of the day, with her hair up, wearing sparkly shoes Aunt Susie had sent from Japan.

A big thanks goes out to Lauren. She was chosen to walk with Abbey on the catwalk. Here they are hanging out before the show started. So cute, blowing kisses at the camera.

Some of the Solutions models used our bouquets during the fashion show. Abbey is posing, with the one she carried. It is made of Roses and Hypericum, with some liriope loops.

Tali, thanks for letting Abbey take part in the Fashion show. She wouldn't take her hair down, until she show everyone at school, the next day. Too funny, since we can hardly get her to leave her hair in a ponytail for gymnastics class.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Solutions, Arrangements

Trying to doing something fun, I took Bells of Ireland, and gathered them at the top, to look like a cage. Inside the cage I placed purple Carnations and Orange roses.
This was the show stopper. An exotic, contemporary arrangement, using Bells of Ireland, Dendrobium Orchids, Roses, Hypericum, Curly Willow & Monstera leaves. The arrangement sat on top of a glass cylinder, which had two light disks shinning on the flowers in the cylinder. This would be great to use on a buffet table, somewhere you need a focal point. If you took off the top arrangement & light disk, it would make a great centerpiece.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Solutions Show - Bouquets

This bouquet is made of Cymbidium Orchids, mini Calla Lily, Roses, Liriope Grass & Monstera leaves. It has a tropical feel. The leaves going to one side creates a mini cascade.
Holiday made this bouquet of Gerbera Daisy, Asiatic Lily, Veronica, Hypericum, Sinenis, Lisianthus, Mums, and Roses.Pin Cushion Protea, Static, Roses, Hypericum & dark purple carnations were used to create this bouquet.

Who says 13 is an unlucky number?

For Natasha it is a very lucky number. It is the number of dozens of roses that met Natasha at home. Terry surprised Natasha with 13 dozen arranged roses. One dozen for each of the years they have been married. I took this picture of the roses before they left the store. Here is to many more years of happiness. Congratulations. You picked a great date to get married (the same as mine.)

Monday, January 26, 2009

Betsy & Terry, 7 years later

Okay, so this is kind of dorky, but it is my 7th Anniversary today. I thought I'd share a few pictures with you from that day. It is hard to believe it has been 7 years, Terry says it seems more like 37 years. To me is seems just like yesterday. It was cold and rainy, which made for fabulous pictures. Here is the bridal party. If you ask Abbey where she was, when mommy & daddy got married, she said she was Emily & Paul's house. However, Emily & Paul are the last two on the right hand side of this picture. Isn't it great the way kids think.
Our ceremony was at The Wedding Oak at Kanapaha Botanical Garden. To create an focal point we had two columns, with a floral arch. My cousin Nicholas climbed in the tree and hung white icicle lights.
We took a few (read as.....4 hours of pictures before the ceremony), so that when the ceremony was over we walked out of the gardens at the same time as our guests. As the guests headed to the reception, the bridal party headed to The Swamp, where we had some special guests waiting for us.
We spent about 45 minutes taking picture with Albert & Alberta, and then they headed to the reception with us. When they were supposed to announce Mr. & Mrs. Gardner, instead the DJ announced Mr. & Mrs. Gator, and Albert & Alberta walked out. It was a surprise for our guests. What a wonderful day. A big thank you goes out to our family & friends for sharing the special day with us.
A big thanks also goes out the the Powers and their team (read as.....many photographers) who helped capture our day. There is nothing like having a real pro behind the lens.

Ceremony: Kanapaha Botanical Garden
Reception: Gainesville Woman's Club
Photographer: Powers Photography
Florist: Us
Caterer: Lee Wright (a friend, who is a Chef)
Cake: Albertson's (Terry's favorite, but it has to have whipped icing)
Planner: Me, Myself & I (wish I had know some planners back then)

Solutions Bridal Expo

Here is an over view of our booth. Over the next few days I will focus on the bouquets & arrangements we made. For me the fun part of a wedding show, is that I get to be creative. I love working with my brides and helping them creating their visions. Sometimes it is good to have creative freedom, by having creative freedom, I can gives brides ideas that they have not seen before. Lime green, purple & orange were the colors I picked.

I would like to thank Solutions Bridal & A'vie for putting on a fabulous show, and all the brides that stopped by the booth. It was great getting to talk to everyone.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Armida & Eric

Armida & Eric choose a chili, but gorgeous January day for their wedding at The Baughman Center. Periwinkle blue, silver & white were the colors of the day. As there aren't many (read as...any) true periwinkle blue flowers, we used white flowers, and Celebrations Catering provided periwinkle linens. Here is a view of their sweetheart table, with a low & linear piece. We used Hydrangea, Roses, Dendrobium Orchids, Ginestra, and a touch of blue Delphinium.
For the coffee table we provided a tall arrangement, which featured Bells of Ireland, Roses, Stock, Dendrobium Orchids, Hydrangea, and silver ting-ting. Ting-ting is curly sticks, which are found in many colors, and covered in glitter.
On the food tables we placed large glass cylinders with Dendrobium Orchids and ting-ting.
Ceremony: Baughman Center
Reception: Museum of Natural History
Photographer: Jimmy Ho
Florist: Us
Caterer: Celebrations
Cake: Ms. Debbie
Planner: Avie (Day of)

Friday, January 23, 2009

Wedding Envelopes, where do you put them?

Ever wanted to know if there was something unusual you could put those envelopes you receive at your wedding in? We have all seen the small white birdcages (which we do rent), but have you ever seen a a birdcage like this? This birdcage, stand 5'6" tall, and can be decorated to match your color theme. Here Abbey, is trying to open the door, but it has been wired shut, so that once the envelopes have been slid in, it takes a big effort to get the envelopes out. This along with a few other items can be rented from us, for your special event.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

41st Gainesville Wedding Expo

I wanted to thank Leah at Celebrations Catering for this picture of our booth at The 41st Gainesville Wedding Expo, January 11th, put on by Jay's Bridal & Special Occasions. I took my camera, but forgot to take any pictures of the arrangements I created. Thanks, Leah. I chose Green, Fuchsia & Burgundy as my colors. Next to me is a picture screen that we rent for events. It hold 4 - 8 X 10 photos, that looks great with engagement, family wedding pictures, or memorial pictures.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Amy & Shane's, pt. 2

The box of corsages waiting to be pinned on. We did a mix of colors and flowers to match the theme of the day. Spray roses, solidago and wax flowers finished off with a fuchsia bow.

A great view of their cake. The ladies from Icing on the Cake, did a great job of adding flowers to the cake. A bridesmaid's bouquet lays on the table, as a great floral accent.

I took this picture of Betty (a bridesmaid) holding her bouquet. Notice how the bouquet has fuchsia flowers in it, that compliments the dress, but still stands out, by having a mix of colors.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Amy & Shane

Amy, just provided me with gorgeous pictures from her October wedding to Shane. Amy came to me with a color scheme, and let me pick the flowers. Fuchsia, orange, yellow, red, with a touch of lime green. Here is a great shot during the ceremony, which features floral arrangements sitting on columns(rented from us).
Here is an up close of the bouquets. The Bride's bouquet was made of roses, spray roses & mini calla lily. The bridesmaid's bouquets were made of similar colors, but different flowers.
A great shot of having the boutonniere pinned on.
Ceremony: Sweetwater Branch Inn
Reception: Sweetwater Branch Inn
Photographer: Andrew Berrington
Florist: Us
Caterer: Sweetwater Branch Inn
Cake: Icing on the Cake

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Jennifer & Michael pt. 2

Here are some great reception shots by Jason Angelini. For a special touch at the reception, we added daisy flowers to each napkin.

The cake by Cakes by Jenny, looked great with the floral accents we provided.
A close up on the cake flowers.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Jennifer & Michael

Thought I'd share with you some amazing photos provided by Jason Angelini of a wedding in September. It seems more like it was just yesterday, instead of a few months ago. The bride's bouquet is made of hydrangea, green hypericum, thistle, rose, seeded eucalyptus, and billy balls.

The Groom's Father grows Bonsai, which were used as part of the centerpieces. Here the Bride's bouquet rests on the Sweetheart table.

I think this is a great way to showcase the rings, sittin gon top of Billy Balls.

Ceremony: Baughman Center
Reception: Thomas Center
Photographer: Jason Angelini
Florist: Us
Caterer: Terra Nova
Cake: Cakes By Jenny
Planner: A'vie