Flower Friday: It’s All In The Vessel

Today we digging into our archives for a second look at one of our favorite flower Friday posts from 2011. It was all about the vessel, you know …. where the goods, oh I mean flowers, are housed!

We know that DIY feel is very appealing to lots of you ladies out there, a crafty project is fun and rewarding, thrifty or not! So today we thought we would showcase some options in way of re-purposed or up-cycled items to create darling and fun vessels for your floral needs. After all when it comes to flowers they are all in the vessel!


There is still some sturdy useful packaging around on several products like soup and formula cans, and a plethora of liquid products in bottles that have crafty potential. we have come across a good amount of well done “up-cycling” thanks to sites like pinterest. We found this more than lovely array of small floral arrangements in re-purposed soup cans! We know that there are some of us out there that like paper about as much as some women like shoes! But what to do with that pretty paper?? Well here is yet another useful and creative option.


Some re-purposed vessels require no manipulation other then the housing of some water and blooms, like these test tubes from a science lab. A beautiful example of utilizing something personalized for your blooms. There are certainly many items that could house a bloom or two that have seemingly nothing to do with flowers but something to do with you personally as a couple! Apple votives for a teacher, boot vases for avid hikers are both examples of this concept. The idea is to think creatively and outside of the box.

Painted bottles are all the rage when it comes to manipulating and utilizing what is around the house. Be it gold to fancy something up, white to mimic milk glass, or a bright fun color to bring in a challenging tone in your color scheme. Either way this simplistic method can create lovely vessels that in turn create a lovely ensemble.


Manipulating your own vessels is a creative way to be involved and hands on when it comes to your wedding design and it allows you to really customize your look. It obviously aesthetically appeals to a more DIY bride but can be upgraded when clever thought is conducted. Many florists are happy to work with a vessel provided by a client and like to work with elements that are not in their usual inventory, they are also a great resource for a creative mind to help you come up with some clever vessel ideas.

Image credits: Kojo Designs . Martha Stewart . World in a Paper Cup . Apartment Therapy


Rustic Groomal Session {Brandon & Lacey}

Brandon & Lacey spent a few years of their love in Hawaii so Lacey decided to have her gorgeous lace dress designed by a Hawaii-based designer. We love the details on the back of the dress and the beautiful beading. Also, how gorgeous is the flower backdrop by Floral Designs by Erin. All of these pictures were perfectly captured by Loblee Photography!


Blake & Laura: Snowbasin I do

Blake & Laura chose Utah and our mountains for their destination wedding, they hail from Florida and Texas and most of their guests traveled in from afar to our beautiful mountains to celebrate with them!  We love the first look moment, and so did Blake & Laura, it was their favorite moment of the day! Their photographer, Brian Smyer, uniquely created a situation that felt natural and was intimate but still allowed family and friends to look on. Staged overlooking the view outside of Snowbasin’s Needle Lodge, family member watched from inside the lodge through the windows so that Blake & Laura could have some privacy and it resulted in such a genuine moment, it felt natural and did not isolate any of their support system, clever capture Brian! Thanks for sharing!


State Fair Formals

We love a bride that can march to the beat of her own drum–the bride that dares to do something a little different!

This carnival themed formal session shot by Keala Jarvis incorporated rich colors for the floral scheme (Julia Smith) and pops of gold and blue in the tablescape details (styled by Rachel Ellen Events). The cake was fun and unique, topped with gold carnival animals and cotton candy (Cassidy Budge). The bride work a stunning champagne colored dress with hair and makeup inspired by Water for Elephants. The paper suite fit the romantic yet fun vibe perfectly. Overall, this shoot captured the romance between two crazy fun hearts.


























Snow Basin Fall Engagements

There’s nothing that says fall quite like flannel shirts and beanies! We love these cute and fun-loving stylized engagements photographed by Ashleigh Brown Photography! Lots of couples really dress it up for their engagement sessions, we love how these two are dressed super casual! Looking at these pictures makes us want to put on our hiking boots and go out for a camp fire!


Fashion Friday: Winter Bridal Trends With The Brides Shop

Today for fashion Friday Alex at The Brides Shop is joining us with a darling look at why they love the colder seasons at their shop and some very bridal winter looks & trends!


Can we, here at The Brides’ Shop, let you in on a little secret of ours?
Fall and Winter are our favorite Seasons for Weddings.
If you are one of those Brides who are getting Married during this time of year and are wondering what’s Trending in the world of Bridal Fashion, here are a two tips.
1.  A hot Trend that has been on all of the Runways for 2015 are long sleeves. Whether you need sleeves or not, this style is a sure fire way to have that High Fashion look this season.
Every Designer that we have met with recently has at least one gown in their 2015 Collection that has longs sleeves.
It will give you that perfect Fall/Winter look and keep you warm in the process.
What’s not to love?
2. Still wanting that strapless gown, but don’t want to look out of place or freeze to death?
Well beautiful Brides, this is when it’s time to accessorize.
Nothing says glamour like a “fur” stole and it will keep you nice and toasty.
If you’re not loving the fur look, another beautiful way to stay warm is a caplet, especially when
it’s made out of a beautiful vintage lace pattern.
We love accessories because you can wear them for the Ceremony and remove them for the Reception for two completely different looks without having to buy two completely different gowns.
Do you want to know what’s really great about the Bridal Fashion Industry?
Really anything goes, so to be true to you and your style and you will look stunning no matter what you wear.
 Just make sure to stay warm by cozying up to your special someone.

Diamond in the Rough Inspiration Shoot

What do you get when you mix a mediteranean style, a desert location, and a stunning bride and groom? Well you get this beautiful shoot photographed by Emilie Ann Photography! We love the rich colors that were used for this shoot. We also adore the bride’s Jenny Packham dress from Alta Moda Bridal! Overall, we love the exotic feel of this shoot while still bringing in a touch of fall color!


Kelley & Ryan: Wedding At Tuscany

Not many restaurants can truthfully put on an elegant wedding, we have a few beautiful locations here that serve up both a dining experience and a wedding experience, Tuscany falls into that category. We love it’s almost hidden and secret location and garden atmosphere! It was a perfect choice for Kelley & Ryan’s intimate summer wedding. Our favorite details ….. Kelley walking down the aisle with both her parents at her side, how she wore her grandmothers jewelry and shoes, and the sheer look of happiness on her face at her reception! Congrats Kelley & Ryan! Thanks to Tiffany Anderson Photography for sharing this darling Tuscany garden wedding with us!


Bohemian Bridals {Evelyn}

We love seeing bride’s personalities really shine through in their formal shoots; whether that be through the dress, the location, the hair, the flowers, or hairpieces, we love the way a bride defines themselves through different personal touches. The dreamiest bridal session came our way so we just had to share! Thanks to Alixann, from A Fresh Range, Evelyn’s boho bride vibe was beautifully captured. We are swooning over her amazing hairpiece by the lovely Lacielle Rosell and flowers from Lafete. We definitely get a taste of Evelyn’s personality in this shoot… and we love it!



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Mountain Engagements {Nick & Jenn}

Sometimes relationships are just meant to be! When you meet in the mountains doing something you love, it can’t be anything but fate! That’s exactly how this cute couple met. We absolutely adore their engagement session photographed by Jalene Taylor of J. Taylor Photography. We love how they mixed it up from formal to casual. Jalene did a great job of helping their personalities shine through in the images. Here is Jenn’s version of their love story!
The mountains brought Nick and me together, literally. We met skiing with friends, said hello, and enjoyed an amazing powder day together. I blame the fact that I was wearing goggles for the reason he didn’t get my number right then and there! Later that year, he tagged along with friends on my boat. We once again shared another awesome day boating up in the mountains! We haven’t spent one day apart since that boating trip. Nick quickly became the happiest and best part of my life. Our love for the mountains turned into love for each other. We grew close sharing the many activities we love to do together; ski, bike, boat, and spend time in the outdoors. We wanted our photos to reflect our personalities and our love of the outdoors. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to have found someone who loves me, life, and love so much.