Katie and Ryan's Romantic Black and White Wedding

Katie and Ryan's wedding is giving me all the classic, formal, and elegant feels today. These two lovebirds were married over Thanksgiving weekend surrounded by hundreds of guests and an amazing bridal party. The ceremony took place at St. Xavier downtown and the reception was held at The Grand in Covington.

Christen of Everleigh Photography took the most absolutely amazing photos. I had the hardest time narrowing down to my favorites for this post. There's a special place in my heart for photographers who take details shots. :)

I love the classic look of the men in black tuxes and the bridesmaids in the long black gowns. And don't even get me started on Katie; doesn't she look like a supermodel! Her dress was absolutely perfect for her and her big day.

To complement the formality of the long gowns and tuxes, we designed lush white bouquets with blush and silver accents and small touches of greenery. I loved working with the White O'Hara garden roses in particular because they have the most lovely scent. And I was really excited to catch the beginning of winter peony season and add a few white blooms to Katie's bouquet.

I had so much fun working with Ryan and Katie on their wedding and helping their floral vision come to life. They are so much fun and I was so happy to be apart of their big day.

Colorful Fall Bouquet - Bouquet Breakdown

This post-holiday season is an exciting time. Sure, it's cold and it feels like a miracle when the sun does come out, but it's also a great time to sit down with a warm cup of coffee and make plans for the new year.

Another reason why I love this time of year? It's engagement season! Engagement season means fewer weddings, but more floral consultations. It's common throughout my consultations to meet with brides who are new to flowers. This is totally normal! I'll never expect a bride to know a rose variety or the difference between scabiosa and ranunculus. Most of the flower varieties that I work with aren't readily available at the grocery store and they aren't something you'd see every day.

To help spread a little bit of floral knowledge I thought it would be fun to break down the ingredients in some of my favorite bouquets. These breakdowns are a neat way to possibly learn new florals and foliage, but to also see how certain elements can be combined to create different styles and designs.

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This fall wedding bouquet is rose heavy, but also has pops of other supporting flowers throughout the bouquet. Initially, I wouldn't equate the brighter spray roses with a fall bouquet, but the darker eucalyptus foliage and golden football mum help pull in autumnal color tones. The snapdragon is a nice line flower that keeps the bouquet from being too one-dimensional and the veronica adds a nice touch of whimsy. I'm a big fan of Juliet garden roses and love how the peach rose works against the lighter alstromeria.

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I'm planning to make the bouquet breakdown a recurring feature. I hope it's helpful for learning more about wedding flowers and foliage.

Sam and Gabe's Bright and Colorful Wedding at The Center

Seeing as it's currently gloomy and cold outside (thanks, January!), I'm throwing it back to last June with Sam and Gabe's wedding. This bright and cheery wedding can warm up any chilly winter day.

The florals for this wedding were a personal favorite for me last year, because COLOR! I love using bright and vibrant color while designing and was so happy when Sam and Gabe wanted to incoporate lots of pink, peach, orange, purple, and green. Roses were the focal flower for the wedding and we also added in some local sweet peas (thanks, Mockingbird Flower Farm!) and locally grown clematis courtesy of my dad's garden. The mint greenery also came from the area; Nellie from That Girl's Flowers provided the most beautiful (and best smelling!) mint. One of my favorite floral touches was adding gardenia blooms to the cake. We added the gardenia to honor Sam's grandmother; it was one of her favorite flowers.

The weather was amazing and I'm loving how these vivid bouquets pop in the pictures around Smale Park in Cincinnati. Leah Barry Photography knocked it out of the park with these photos. Doesn't everyone look incredible? I love being able to work with such talented photographers in Cincinnati.

The reception was at The Center in downtown Cincinnati. All of the cheerful decor and florals looked perfect in the venue. It was one of those weddings where you could totally see Sam and Gabe's personality reflected throughout the day. Little personal touches are my favorites and really help the day feel more special.

It was such a pleasure working on this sweet wedding. I'm so happy and excited for these two!