It is our last recipe Friday of the year! We love recipe days, who doesn’t?! The ins-n-outs of flowers, the bloom varieties, and the extreme beauty that flowers create! To finish the year off with a bang Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand flowers is showing off a big beautiful arrangement in one of her signature urns! She joins us to show how she created this beautiful winter like piece without feeling too holiday! Thanks to Lindsey Orton Photography for keeping us visual in the recipe department all year long!
This winter arrangement feels just like Utah does to me right now. Its winter, but it hasn’t quite fully transformed from fall yet. Deep reds are the frequent choice for winter blooms because they feel rich and cozy. These huge peonies (grown in the southern hemisphere this time of year) are hard to say no to! I mixed in lots of smaller textural flowers and berries and nude colored roses to lighten up the arrangement a bit. That way it feels seasonally appropriate for right now, because it seems like fall has been sticking around for a while! Mixing the nude and more pink-toned flowers also make this arrangement not feel so Holiday, and that is important to many December brides. You can do winter without making it feel like Christmas!
Becky Ravenberg Reed from Ravenberg Photography did a wonderful job with this beautiful couple and this beautiful wedding. We are in love with their color scheme and every detail. A special feature at the reception was discovering Megan had a killer voice. One of the most important events of her wedding day was being able to sing to Allen as he played the ukulele. It touched the whole crowd and brought them to tears!
The lovely photographer, Cassandra, from Cassandra Farley Photography styled this gorgeous Tuscany inspired shoot. “Months back I had the amazing opportunity to put together this styled shoot, with so many wonderful and amazing vendors! Shaelie Knutson and Jake Harris modeled. You would never believe it, but these two are actually JUST best friends, not an actual couple. They are so cute together!
After starting out the day at 3 AM and getting stuck in some serious mud, the day was not ruined! The glorious dress came from Claire Pettibone , from the Still Life collection. The talented, Kelli Miller Beauty, did Shaelie’s hair, makeup, and lash extensions. Sydnee Mecham with Salty Paper Details did these breathtaking paper details of the menus, name tags, and table numbers, and ROOTS put together the wonderful flowers. The very sweet and talent Rue De Lis made this sophisticated cake! We love the gold leaf details. And last, but not least, Main Street Antiques lent out the most perfect navy blue and gold plates.”
Today’s engagement feature comes with quite the cute story!
Katelyn Payne met the love of her life in 6th grade. Derek played baseball on the high school team, but as a sophomore and her brother’s best friend he could not get enough of her strawberry blonde hair, recently-placed braces, and incredible blue eyes. She loved every single high-school thing about him, and their almost life-long crush grew into the sweetest, fun love that anyone could hope for. They are the most fun, giggly couple, and their sparkly love for one another (and incredible shoes) made it the most perfect winter engagement.
Pantone recently released their 2015 colors and Marsala is making a huge splash in the wedding industry world, we are excited to see this deep rich tone in some lush bouquets and beautiful centerpieces in the year to come! So today we thought we would bring you some Marsala floral inspiration!
Pantone describes this particular color as “naturally robust and earthy wine red”, it reminds us of the natural earth as well and the red elements she procures in rich soil and dried spices. There will be so many places to implement this color into what is bound to be a year full of contrast and rich red hues!
This gorgeous bouquet by Academy Florists represents the color Marsala so perfectly in the use of these red charm peonies, kangaroo paw, hanging amaranthus, and a gorgeous ribbons. Photo by Lani Elias.
Or this stunner created by Moon Canyon Design and photographed by Jose Villa. This one brings the dark rich mini callas right back in style!
Our favorite “Marsala” bloom options: Peony, Amaryllis, Dahlia, Rose, Ranuc, Calla! Happy Friday! Have a great December weekend!
We love the idea of couples capturing their one year anniversary with a sort of second engagement session. That is what Saunder and Jalynn did when they enlisted Deone Thornton Photography to take pictures of them one year after their wedding! We think an anniversary session would even make for a great Christmas gift!
This magical wedding is one of our favorites. This sweet couple had surprise snow day wedding and we love how they embraced it. There is something so romantic and magical about kissing in the snow and we adore how Travis J Photography captured these moments. This elegant and classy wedding is so charming and beautiful.
Jessica and Jordan have been dating for a long time, way back in high school and even before then: they are high school sweethearts. Cassandra did an amazing job capturing the two, “I loved getting the opportunity to do their formals, and hearing all about them and their story. We had a fun twist with the shoot though, Jessica told me that she would be wearing her mothers old wedding dress for the shoot, and turn it into a more vintage shoot. I was excited, especially because they even brought flowers with them for the shoot! My favorite question I asked them when shoot was, ‘what do you guys do for fun?’ they both looked at each other and said ‘we go on fun adventurous dates a lot.’”
They are a sweet couple and it is so apparent how much they love each other.
did an amazing job capturing the two, “I loved getting the opportunity to do their formals, and hearing all about them and their story. We had a fun twist with the shoot though, Jessica told me that she would be wearing her mothers old wedding dress for the shoot, and turn it into a more vintage shoot. I was excited, especially because they even brought flowers with them for the shoot! My favorite question I asked them when shoot was, ‘what do you guys do for fun?’ they both looked at each other and said ‘we go on fun adventurous dates a lot.’”
They are a sweet couple and it is so apparent how much they love each other.
Jana is from New York and loves the city. She wanted her engagement session with Matt to reflect that and her love for vintage. You can’t go wrong wearing a little black dress and pearls! Their black-tie look tied everything together for a classy, vintage feel in downtown Provo, Utah. Not to mention the beautiful photographs by Emily Susan Photography! To make the session extra special, they took their engagements outside of the Historic Provo Library, where Jana and Matt will be holding their wedding reception in January.
Recently Provo hosted another successful fashion week and it included a look at several designers emerging onto the bridal scene here in Utah. Hannah Taylor Photography graciously shared with us images of one such designers debut gown! Chantel Lauren is a new designer local to Utah, we have featured a few of her gowns here on the blog and know the year to come will bring many more, she is incredibly talented. While she has been sewing her whole life, her bridal collection just recently debuted. This particular gown is the “laurel” and was the premier gown in her recent fashion week debut. This gown boasts a classic A-line shape with a pleated skirt and a slightly modern design. Jumbo polka dots take this dress from ordinary to custom fun, made of light weight champagne silk its a beauty. Chantel’s entire bridal collection can be found exclusively at Alta Moda Bridal.