classic southern bouquets

There is a lot to be said for what’s happening in the latest floral trends- very loose, very boho, tons of texture, so hand-gathered it looks (deceivingly) like anyone can do it. I’m all for drinking that inspo in on Instagram, but in real time design, we’re sticking to the classics. There is nothing more lovely than hand-tied Southern blooms, and what makes our brides’ bouquets so memorable is precisely that you can’t describe them as “roundy moundy” or “super loose” – just somewhere in between . . . truly natural and totally timeless. Here are a few of our favorites!

white and green bouquet, Tec Petaja photography

{tec petaja}

white pink green Southern bouquets

{harwell photography/a bryan photo}

white and green Southern bouquets

{a bryan photo/tec petaja}white pale pink green bouquet Christian Oth

{christian oth}

focal frills

Every wedding should have a few frills- lily-gilding moments that are phenomenal, focal, memorable, and “just because”. Most often, I find myself designing from the ground up in a vast and empty tent in the middle of nowhere- the ideal blank slate. One of the most powerful ways to draw guests into an inviting atmosphere is to design with the axial view in mind- a visual “wow” moment that doubles as a conversational ice breaker. Wherever you roam- town or country, domestic or abroad- keep your eye peeled for a crumbling verdigris facade, a lush trellis, a copper-covered cupola . . . then let those memories influence the design of your big day.

greenery band backdrop

{tec petaja}

trellis band backdrop

{tec petaja}

jay z band backdrop{christian oth}

attire for wee ones

I’ve been thinking about Lylian since I stumbled across their precious boutique on a recent weekend in New Orleans. I snapped a few pix and immediately told my friend Charlotte about this hidden gem, since she adores all fine Southern children’s clothiers like moi. She’s been scooping up little ensembles recently, and I realized how much I needed to share this with y’all. Our clients ask us all the time about attire- especially how to dress wee ones for a wedding. I could bore you to tears on the finer points of button-ons and knee socks, so simply take inspiration from below!

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The Knot Spring 2015 – featured!

We are über proud to see our dear friends Maris + Andrew featured in this latest issue, Spring 2015, of The Knot, out on stands today! The Kastanoses’ April affair was captured by our buddy Bryan of A Bryan Photo at Lowndes Grove, one of the most exquisite properties in Charleston. As usual, Blossoms Events amped up the beauty with a beautiful floral ceremony arbor, stunning centerpieces, soft tent curtains, and more. Fish nailed the food and the guests had a ball dancing to Big Swing + the Ballroom Blasters, but the very best part was getting to know the Emanuel + Kastanos families . . . the dearest. Enjoy!

the knot spring 2015 cover

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The Knot Spring 2015 Maris + Andrew by Calder ClarkThe Knot Spring 2015 Maris + Andrew by Calder Clark