Kristen and Matt's Personal Alms Park Wedding

I adore weddings with lots of special little details that reflect the couple. And Kristen and Matt's wedding was one of the most personal and beautiful weddings I've had the honor of working. These two sprinkled such fantastic little pieces throughout the day, making it truly unique and special to their and their ceremony alone.

This wedding was so much fun to design for because I was able to really experiment with foliage. Greenery is a hot trend right now and I love it! It doesn't work for all settings, but it was perfect for an outdoor ceremony and reception at Alms Park. If you're in Cincinnati and haven't been to Alms yet, get there! This park has some of the best views of the river and is gorgeous when all of the trees and plants are fully green - just as it was for Matt and Kristen.

For Kristen's bouquet, I was able to incorporate a lot of different types of greens - a couple varieties of eucalyptus, camellia, dusty miller, olive, and ruscus. We accented the green bouquet with pops of white florals from dahlias, ranunculus, veronica, lisianthus, and scabiosa.

One of my favorite elements that we incorporated was wrapping both the bouquet and Matt's boutonniere in copper wire. Copper was used in several design pieces throughout the day - the invitations, Matt's tie clip, the paint color on the seating chart, and the table numbers.

And I feel so lucky once again to work with an amazing photographer. Ashley Wittmer Photography took the most beautiful photos and really captured the day. Sometimes it's sad to set up the flowers and leave, but once I looked through these photos I really felt like I took part in the joy of the whole day! Ashley has more fantastic photos of the wedding on her blog.

What a special day! 

Coleen and Kris' Luxe Summer Wedding

Coleen and Kris' wedding last August was the perfect mix of romance, luxury, and fun. I had such a great time planning the florals along with Heidi from 44th and Luxe Events (that's a little nod to her in the blog title ;)). Coleen and Kris' ceremony was held at Alms Park in Columbia Tusculum and the reception was at The Renaissance Hotel downtown.

I really loved designing for this wedding because there were so many fun elements. From aisle petals to hanging flower balls, this wedding had it all. I also really enjoyed being able to design in several locations. The ceremony was held at Alms Park along with a cocktail hour and then the reception was at The Renaissance Hotel.

For florals, we went with lush white, ivory and blush blooms. Lots of roses - garden, standard, and spray along with big, happy hydrangeas. For interest, we added curly willow to some of the pieces. I loved how timeless everything looked. 

And seriously, it's hard for anything to not look amazing when the couple is as good looking as Coleen and Kris.

In addition to wedding florals, I designed a couple arrangements for Coleen's home earlier in the week. Coleen wanted fresh flowers the week of the wedding to welcome all of her out of town guests. Where the wedding florals were classic white and blush, the flowers for her home were bright and bold tropicals! I loved the idea of using florals as a welcome piece throughout the week.

These two were a dream couple - fun, in love and open to creative designs!

Photography by Creatively Captured

Romantic Quicksand Rose Bouquet - Bouquet Breakdown

Another week, another edition of bouquet breakdown!

Today I'm featuring one of my favorite bridal bouquets, Maria's! I loved (and still love) this romantic and soft bouquet from last May's wedding. I was especially honored when Maria chose to have her bouquet framed after the big day.

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The focal flower in Maria's bouquet is one of my favorite roses, the quicksand rose. Quicksand is such a beautiful and interesting rose. The petals open up so wide that its size can compete with larger garden roses. Quicksand roses come in the most delicious neutral color. Within a bunch of quicksand roses, some of the stems can pull more cream while others can be more blush heavy. This non-uniformity can help the rose work across all sorts of different color palettes. I'm often recommending this rose to brides because it's so versatile.

For supporting blooms, we pulled in a lot of white and green tones from the long-stemmed delphinium, ruffly ranunculus, fluffy Queen Anne's lace, and pops of lisianthus. The thistle was a fun accent to pull in some darker tones with the blue.

The bouquet was finished off with small touches of greenery that complemented the bridesmaid bouquets. We used silver dollar eucalyptus, Italian ruscus, and olive branch.

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I loved this sweet bouquet because to me it feels timeless, but with a bit of added whimsy from the interesting ingredients.

Photos by the amazing Kelli Lynn Photography