The Cottage

On our property we have a small building that was once the caretaker’s house. We were told that John Wise (photo below) worked on Homeland Farm as the caretaker and gardener for 55 years and this was where he lived.

Since we moved to this historic property in November 2006 we had been using this small building primarily for storage. Ok, basically we just kept piling stuff in there until we had a big mess! So, I finally decided we needed to make better use of this awesome space and utilize it to display our containers, vases, columns, etc. that are available to rent for weddings and events. I wanted to be able to take brides and other clients out there to show them what we have in stock. We set a goal of “getting it ready” by the Engagement Party/Summer Social.

We did it, but we cut it close. We had an electrician come and and get everything up to code and added new outlets and a couple new light fixtures. Thankfully, this was really the only expense we incurred with this little “fixer upper” project. Several hours on a couple different days were spent cleaning out, sweeping, wiping down the cabinets, and cleaning the windows. Voila! It was ready. Of course, it’s pretty rustic and not perfect but that’s what makes it so charming! I mean we didn’t have do any painting and there is shiplap!! It was kind of eye opening to see all of the inventory we actually have and it’s nice for it to all be organized in one space. Can’t wait for you to see it!

 

 

 

 

 

What is my design style?

Good question! I’m glad you asked!

I would say “my style” is my interpretation of the Bride’s vision and a reflection of her unique style and taste. Many floral designers strive to perfect their “signature style” and there is nothing wrong with that, it’s just not for me. Being limited to my “own” style is like being an actor that plays the same type of role in every film or tv show they do.  Boring!! Haha

I much prefer for someone to look at my portfolio of work and imagine the type of bride that carried each bouquet. I find my inspiration direct from the Bride herself and let the creativity flow from there. It is the Bride’s day, not mine and my job is to guide and suggest flowers and colors based on her preferences and my expertise.

Many brides tell me they don’t know much about flowers and that’s okay! I do! 🙂 I can draw inspiration from the Bride’s pinterest board, her wedding dress, the bridesmaids dresses, the wedding colors as well as her personality when I meet with her.

Great information from a fellow florist!

Wedding Style

Take it from a florist, picking out the perfect flowers is almost as hard as finding the perfect husband.  Almost.  Here are some Do’s and Don’t’s to make it easier for you and a lot less stressful:

DO     Go with your gut.  Above all else, budget, location, everything…chose a florist that you get along with and your gut tells you is the right one.  This process is so visual, and usually those visions are in your head (or ours).  That “vibe” must be present so the idea is communicated correctly and your vision becomes a reality.

DON’T     Hide your budget.  The sky is the limit when it comes to flowers, and a great florist can create amazing florals for any budget.  Be honest and upfront about your budget.

DO     Arrive to your consultation on time and prepared.  That means, come armed with a picture of your gown, a picture of…

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We won WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards 2013!

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This means we are in the top 5% of Wedding Pros nationwide! The WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ recognizes the top local wedding professionals from the WeddingWire Network that demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. We were selected based on the positive experiences expressed by past clients on WeddingWire, the world’s largest wedding review site with over one million reviews.

The WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with us. Thank you! We love our Brides!

 

Color

I LOVE color! It’s my favorite design element! I love working with Brides and taking their wedding color scheme and using it throughout the floral decor.  The concentration of color really pops in the photos too! I feel that it is important to keep the color scheme in bouquets and arrangements to 3 colors or less.

Here are a few of my favorite color schemes from some of our recent weddings!

These bouquets were all made by me and photos taken by me with my cell phone camera, obviously! 🙂

1) Shades of Purple  – Roses, stock, lisisanthus and carnations

2) Shades of Pink – Garden roses, gerbera daisies and dahlias

3) Hot Pink and Orange , accented with lime green – Roses, lilies and hypericum berries

4) Red roses  – This is an example of a bouquet using one type of flower in one color.

5) Classic all White – Hydrangeas, Roses and Calla lilies

Dee and Wesley

We are coming up on Dee and Wesley’s 1 year wedding anniversary and we thought we would share a few of the floral details and pics with you! Their wedding was on May 7th, which happened to be Mother’s Day weekend and the ceremony and reception were held at The River Road and Jasmine Houses & Gardens. A beautiful venue located near the Lake Murray Dam in Irmo. Dee chose a color scheme of purple, lavender and white for her bouquet, the ceremony decorations and the cake flowers. The corsages and boutonnieres were made with ivory roses. Their photographer was Renee Ittner McManus. A big thank you to Shirley and Frani for delivering and setting up the flowers on the day of the wedding. They made a great team!

We have made many arrangements over the years for the Hazelrigg family and we were so pleased to be a part of Dee and Wesley’s special day! We received this sweet email from the Bride after the wedding. ~ “Thanks so much.  The flowers were beautiful, we couldn’t have been happier with them, and our day was perfect.”

We’ve included a few pics taken by Renee, to see others that we took click here.