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LIV by design – Good Life Table Launch Party

Through my connections with the International Special Event Society, I had the opportunity to meet a talented up and coming Wedding and Event Planner Olivia Sharratt. She moved here to Austin from the LosAngelos market and brings with her fresh ideas and innovative design elements.  When she asked me if I wanted to be a part in helping her showcase one of those elements at her “Good Life Tables Launch Party” I was thrilled.

Olivia, together with her Dad, have created a line of rental furniture called “The Good Life”  Banquet style tables, benches and chairs are sure to be the talk of events in the near future.  Available exclusively through Premier Party Rental.

Just like me to post my favorite.  I can not decide if I like this one for any particular reason, or if it is because all of the elements just play so well together.  The color of the stain on the table and bench all the way down to the little tiny succulent place card holders.  It’s just perfect.  The center design for this table was composed of a succulent garden in the center with little satellite pots that were planted with different varieties and finished off with luscious green moss.

Lisa Hause with Studio 563 captured this amazing shot of the center design.  Olivia’s vision included paper flowers that she created herself.  I just love how creative people can be!

My second favorite table was the Old Mexico theme.  I am in love with the brilliant colors and vintage containers that “Liv” chose for this table.  The multicolored Pop bottles were the perfect accent. 

Here is a cute shot of Liv with her son at the party!  Congrats Liv and Thank you for asking me to be a part of it!

Until next time!


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Recent Open House Participation

Delores Crum of Premier Party Central asked us to create a signature piece for the Grand Re-Opening of the newly remodeled north location showroom.  We work with Dee, Kristi, and Diane very often so there was no way we could turn them down!  Here is a few shots of our inspiration and arrangement.

Ivory David Austin Garden Roses and lavender "Blue Curiosa" Roses were the focal flowers

Yellow daffodil were the perfect accents

Drama was created using very tall Forsithia branches

I really enjoyed my time there meeting other professionals and Brides.  Congratulations Dee!

One World Theatre

The second event that we participated in making a success was the April Design trends meeting at One World Theatre.  There were four seasons featured on the Good Life Tables offered by Liv by Design’s owner Olivia Sharrat, but this one was our favorite.

This design was created to be a playfull addition to a summer table.  With a foundation of sea foam blue linen, the choices for flowers needed to pop against the background.  We chose enormous Sunflowers, bright orange Dahlia, hypericum berreis, Gerbera Daisies, Rannuncullus and Tulips to create this trio.

Until next time

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Inspirations of the Seasons

I was recently asked by Deidre Brown of Detailed Weddings and Events to create floral decor for her two seasoned tables at the Diamond Domain Bridal Soirre.

Our “Winter” table was titled “Love Sparkles” and featured a white Manzanita tree adorned with dozens of icy crystal drops, white Dendrobium Orchids, and a hidden friend.

Wintery crystal tree

Dozens of icy crystals were hung from the branches

We surrounded the tree with clusters of pave arrangements which included white hydrangea, white David Austin Garden Roses, winter berries, rannuncullus and Dusty Miller.

The Winter Table

Fluffy wintery arrangements for a chilly vibe.

Deidre finished the table with wine corks for favors on the plates, place card holders and tons of bling accents.

A Winter Wonderland

Finished Design for Winter

My favorite was Fall!   Leonitas Roses, antique green Hydrangea, Iced Tea Spray Roses and Hypericum Berries made this arrangement very elegant.

Fall inspired arrangement

Baroque Fall table setting

While I was designing the center design and placing things on our design table it felt as if there was something missing… some sort of added drama.  I stopped and remembered a cluster of chandelier forms that we purchased in Orlando, and that inspired a floral chandelier we were to hang from the ceiling of the tent.

Floral foundation for the "lantern chandelier"

Floral foundation for the Lantern Chandelier

The finished table design was stunning.

Finished Fall Table

Finished Fall Table Design

Linens, tables, chairs, and table settings were all provided by Premier Party Central.  When a vision is shared with a planner, and that planner has the right connections in place, the result is flawless.

Until next time,

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Chinese Flower Meanings

Chinese wedding flower traditions

Chinese weddings involve many symbolic acts, decorations and events, revolved from years of ancient Chinese culture, that all combine to create a beautiful wedding day experience for any bride and groom involved in planning either a more traditional Chinese wedding ceremony or a modern day Chinese wedding celebration.

Following the traditions of ancient culture, Chinese weddings involve numerous symbolic preparations and rituals that are evident even in modern day Chinese wedding ceremonies and celebrations.

"Chinese inspired Bridal Bouquet"

A gorgeous cluster of pink and red Peonies, Phaleanopsis Orchids, Garden Roses and Beargrass

In Chinese traditions, flower and floral arrangements are symbols of happiness, joy , life and fertility, which are all desired attributes in a Chinese wedding and marriage.  The symbolism of red in Chinese culture is powerful, joyous and deep, so adding as many red flowers to the floral decorations of a Chines wedding is important.  The only white-colored flowers that are accepted for use in Chinese wedding bouquets are white roses, so long as they are tied together with red or other colored ribbons or silks.  Any other types of white flower are considered symbols of death, so white flowers other than roses must not be used.  Other popular flowers include; peonies, which are symbols of renewed life; lotuses, which are symbols of the four virtues in the Buddhist religion.  Such virtues being  scent, purity, softness and loveliness; daffodils, which symbolize change an renewed life  and orchids, which are the most popular flowers used in Chinese wedding bouquets and other decorations, as they are the symbols of love and fertility.

Remembering departed ancestors and respecting the elders and family members of the bride and groom are essential elements in a Chinese wedding ceremony. More importantly, Chinese weddings are a bigger symbolism of the joining of the two families, rather than the joining of bride and groom alone. To honor this, most Chinese weddings feature a table or an altar decorated with white flowers to symbolize the passing of departed ancestors. In the alternative, two altars can be placed in front of the bride and groom, and following the exchanging of their vows, the couple kneels at these two altars to join them together. After this display of union, family members of the newly joined couple may kneel along with the bride and groom as a symbol of a larger unity and joining of the two families.

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“The Perfect Pear”

Rebeccca and Jason were wed at a family friends Victorian style cottage.  The level of detail they poured into their wedding day makes it my all time favorite.  Everything from the invitations down to the wrap on the handle of her bouquet were coordinated and evoked the fresh, fun vibe of the blissful couple.  I do not usually post photos from an event that do not showcase the florals, however this wedding was so full of detail it is worth the extra work to include more than just the products I provided!  Special thank you to AJH Photography.

Pears were everywhere!  It was a constant reminder that Rebecca and Jason are the "Perfect Pear"

The Perfect Pear

Vineyard tables adorned with  clusters of several floral and candle displays

Garden Rose centerpeices traveled down each table

Chair markers, pennants and milk glass tied the theme with perfection

Integrating custom elements of note cards, pennants and the like were flawless

David Austin Garden Roses, mixed with viburnum and hypericum were all drawn up with a mint green grosgrain ribbon

Rebecca's bouquet

Pink Hair decorations

I loved the detailed hair peices! How unique!

So fun and sassy!

Rebecca and her Bridesmaids look like they were having so much fun!

Standing Tall

These gentlemen really played the part in support of their friends!

Jason looks ready

Where is my Bride?

Groom wears a pink Hat

How many men do we know that would enjoy wearing a bright pink fedorah?

They are One!

Now they are Man and Wife!

"I Do"

"The Kiss'


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Fall Inspired Bouquet Fashion

Being that it is Thursday and I am sitting here blogging probably means that I have a pretty low key week ahead of me.  A nice break to start the crazy fall season off with I might add.  Our neighborhood is hosting its annual October “Fly In” Picnic, and I have been busy making cookies and preparing for the festivities that brings.   I really need to try some of the photos techniques that my friend Randy talks about and see how the pictures come out.

On another note, flowers for the fall are starting to emerge in the nurseries, and the weather has turned crisp and delightful.  I am thoroughly enjoying all of the tiny yellow clover that are blooming in our yard.  Some say it is a weed, but the gorgeous yellow blanket is soft and the birds really seem to be enjoying them.

It is true that using floral that is blooming in the fall is a great way to keep the cost of your wedding flowers under control, but have you thought of other ways to incorporate elements of the fall in your arrangements that are not floral? Elements such as acorns, dried pepperberries, chinese lanterns and bark covered branches are just a few. Using assorted greenery that is abundant in the fall is a sure fire way to evoke the feel of fall and control you overall cost.  This dainty teardrop bouquet consists of some bridal favotires like mini calla lilies and Cymbidium Orchids, along with seasonal Hypericum berries, pepper berry, dahlia and greenery.


Mini Calla Cymbidium ORchids, hanging amaranthus and assorted fall greenery Bridal Bouquet

Mini Calla Cymbidium ORchids, hanging amaranthus and assorted fall greenery Bridal Bouquet

It is possible to stick with a white toned bouqeut and still evoke the essence of fall.  The bouquet pictured below conisits of white Dahlia, Freesia, Lissianthus, green Hypericum Berries, Brunia Berries, spiraled Fiddle head fern, Pheasant feathers and accents of Lambs Ear and Pittosporum.   Wrap the handle with a coordinating color to accent your wedding, and you are traditional and seasonal at the same time.

White Bridal Bouquet Fall

All white Bridal Bouquet with fall accents

One of my favorite techniques this year is the incorporation of feathers in bouquets.  This last bouquet using succulent dark brown Cymbidium Orchids and velvet red Freedom Roses as a focal, and accents on the details create the festive fall vibe.Wrap the handle with baroque ribbon and adorn with gold toned beads and an heirloom brooch to finish off the  look.

Cymbidium Orchids Red Roses and feathers

Cymbidium Orchid Red Roses and Feather Bridal Bouquet

It is time for me to get out to the studio, and see what work needs to be done to prepare for the weddings this weekend.  Until next time, enjoy this crisp weather and happy planning!


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Petal Talk Flower Trends for 2011

Wedding flower color trends for 2011 are primarily going to be earthy tones with accents of contrasting embellishments.   Shades of champagne, blush, apricot, and butter-cream will intertwine for romantic-vintage style wedding.  Natural embellishments such as champagne ostrich feather or white stones create an earthy appeal to the decor.  By adding simple adornments of antique lace sashes around the vases, or wrapping the bouquet with an elegant brocade ribbon will add the finishing touch for a vintage look.

Cream Roses, spray roses, ostrich feather and a brocade wrapped handle make for a very vintage looking bridal bouquet.

Vintage Bridal Bouquet

Another rising beautiful color palette is celadon, lilac, and slate.  Flowers that are naturally celadon are chestnuts, hydrangeas, lady’s mantle, lady slipper orchids, roses, hypericum berries and greenery to name a few.  Lilac is a soft purple tone that gives earthiness and color to the designs.  Creating softness against the lighter celadon blooms.  Slate adornments that create a misty look are incorporated for a refreshing feel.

Celadon and lilac bridesmaids bouquet

Celadon and lilac bridesmaids bouquet

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