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Brittany and Hank's Wedding

We were a part of such a fun, beautiful wedding at the Farm at South Mountain last fall. Our bride, Brittany, wanted the flowers to look like they had just been picked from the field. We loved how she incorporated peaches as centerpieces as well as flowers. For her place cards, we placed different flowers on each card to symbolize which entree each guest had chosen. It ended up looking so pretty and  was a fun unexpected detail. Happy Anniversary Brittany and Hank!

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Happy New Year! (a little late...)

Hello Lovelies! Wow! Is it just me or did 2014 fly by in a flash?! And I have a feeling that 2015 going to be the same. I thought today I would sit down and take time to reflect over last year and then write out some goals thrown in with a few hopes and dreams.

2014 was such a learning/stretching year for me (sometimes painfully). First, I did the Bridal Expo in downtown Phoenix a couple of times and met a few amazing brides from it. I started doing more styled shoots with some amazing photographers and stylists. And I attended the Enjoy Events Workshop in Santa Barbara in the spring where I learned some good wedding business and styling tidbits I needed to know. I met some wonderful women there too that I really am fortunate to have in my life! I think last spring was when I said "I need to put my business/myself out there!". I couldn't just be a wallflower and expect people to know that I designed flowers and that they should work with me. And I have been doing this long enough to know that if I didn't kick it into high gear my business would just become another sad statistic. It was scary, but aren't all good things when you take that first leap of faith?

The rest of the year has blown by - I have worked with some of the best Brides here in Arizona! And I have made friends with so many great vendors as well. My family and I moved into a new neighborhood in the fall and the kids are in a school they love. 

And now 2015 is upon us, we are in the middle of January already! So looking ahead, everyone says that when you write down your goals and send it out into the blogosphere you are more likely to try to attain them. Maybe. I think it gives you some motivation anyways. First up - I tend to be a little bit of a workaholic so I have learned I need to schedule my personal time better. I think that is a problem a lot of business owners have. It is hard to put down the phone, set down the computer, not take on one more shoot or job. But, I need to be there (really BE THERE) for my family when we have family time. And maybe that is just scheduling time on the calendar and making sure I unplug, even if it is just for a couple of hours. And my husband and I are still throwing around the idea of adding to our little family. So. Yeah. We'll see.

Next, I always want to grow and learn more about my craft and my business. This year I am going to take a couple of small local classes but I am also going to the Flowerwild Worshop this February. I have pretty much told anyone that would listen about Kate Holt and her workshops. I have admired her from afar for years and I am finally taking a HUGE leap to invest in my business and me. 

Last year my goal was to do 20 events and I did it! I am happy with what we did and the amount of events we were able to accomplish. And I am so thankful for my little team! I couldn't do this without them. This year I am really not sure I want to put a number on it. More than anything I want to work with clients and vendors that I love and that love my work; artistically I would like to design beautiful, organic fine art weddings and events. My hope for this year is that my little business continues to grow and and refine itself. 

So, if you have read down to the end I am impressed! I am looking forward to what 2015 holds and sharing it with you all.  Cheers! XO

Photography Credit: Melissa Jill

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Southwest Love at the Hermosa Inn

Sooooooo. Looks like I haven't blogged in FOREVER! But do I ever have a good one for you today! This lovely bride and dapper groom have style for days... And they really wanted to highlight the beauty of the southwest so beautifully displayed at the Hermosa Inn. We incorporated peach and orange tones with some fun textures like Pin Cushions, Ranunculus, Succulents, and Cone flowers. They also wanted to add a personal touch by using Pheasant feathers in the florals which were given by the groom's family.  It was so lovely and unique. 

Their amazing photos were taken by the talented Charity Maurer Photography. I am so happy and blessed to be able to collaborate with her. You can see more of her gorgeous work here.  Congratulations to Cal and Blaise! I am so happy for you both.

Photography: Charity Maurer Photography  I  Venue: Hermosa Inn  I  Dress:  BHLDN  I  Bridal Headpiece: Mignonne Handmade  I  Bridesmaid Dresses: Anthropologie  I  Florals: Carte Blanche Design  

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Summertime Wedding in the Desert

This summertime bride is stunning! Gorgeous, tall, with amazing red hair! And she is a sweetheart on top. She gave me the freedom on creative direction for the florals - we just had to keep within the budget and color palette. I love it when brides trust me with the design. I believe that when a bride trusts the designer and their style to do their job, it frees up the process and ends with a better result. (now I will get off my soapbox :)  

Lexi Moody Photography captured such amazing photos! The palette was a mix of mint, coral and peach. So fresh and fun! Perfect for a early summer wedding. We used a combination of Coral and Sarah Bernhart Peonies, Alstromeria, Spray Roses, Stock, and Peach Gladiolus. Congratulations L + B! Much Love! See more of their beautiful pictures here

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Love in a Pecan Grove

This couple on the blog today was so fun to work with! They both have exceptional taste and style. They fused together both traditional and modern aspects for their wedding. And most importantly they were so gracious and kind to everyone. If  I could sum up their attitudes it was - Grateful... to their families, to their guests, and to each other. Their love and pure happiness was evident in the gorgeous photos by Andrew Jade Photography at the beautiful serene Venue at the Grove.

The bride's bouquet was a beautiful mix of white hydrangeas, garden roses, and peonies. The bridesmaids held simple but stunning posy bouquets made up from Juliet Garden Roses and Maiden Hair. See more of their beautiful photos here. So happy for you both K + J! Blessing to you and your marriage. 

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50th Anniversary Celebration

This was a special day to celebrate my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary. We wanted to do a fun semi-casual dinner that brought together friends and family to celebrate their huge milestone. My mother loves red flowers, her favorite flower is the carnation (which is a lovely flower but such an underdog - I blame the 80's). I used a combination two different types of dark red roses and carnations to bring together rich textures which complemented the Spanish style of the venue. The venue was a private estate in Paradise Valley, one of the oldest historic adobe buildings in the area. And the sweetest owners are wonderful friends of my parents.  I was fortunate to have Matt Le Photography shoot some beautiful photos of the party. After we celebrated that night our family took an epic family vacation together. Such good memories made! Love my family.

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Smokin' Hot Love at the Ice House

One of my sweeeeeeeetest brides was married to her love this spring at the Ice House in downtown Phoenix. Every time we emailed she would sign "Excited Bride", and she was! Her attitude was so vivacious and genuine and totally infectious. You can see the sparkle in her eyes in the beautiful photos captured by D.Lillian Photography.  I feel really blessed being a small part of their special day. Congratulations D & B. I am so happy for you! Take a look at more of their gorgeous wedding here.

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Sweet Love at Shenandoah Mill

This sweet wedding took place at the beautiful Shenandoah Mill. I loved working with such a sweet bride and mom duo. They were such a blessing to me! The wedding was elegantly rustic, perfect for the venue. The bride was glowing and her groom was clearly smitten :) The bride incorporated lovely white garden roses, ranunculus, babies breath, dusty miller, and a cranberry sprig accent for her bouquet. A garden rose was used for a lovely, simple hair piece. The wedding was captured beautifully by Matt Le Photography. You can see more of their sweet wedding here.  


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Refreshed, Renewed

Photo Credit: Daniel Kim Photography

This year has definitely been a year of change. I have been challenged in many personal and professional ways over the last few months. In April I took a trip to Santa Barbara to attend a creatives business workshop put on by the fab team Enjoy Events and Shotgun Floral Studio (enjoyeventscoworkshops). This workshop was for people who were in the early stages of their business and were just getting things worked out. And to a certain extent that was totally me! I had done a lot of the "legal" stuff and had a website/Facebook/Instagram/twitter accounts with some events under my belt. But I didn't have a very cohesive brand. I think it is still very much a work in progress - I don't know if I will ever stop updating and pushing forward but I think I am headed in the right direction. I felt a refresh for my brand was a good way to focus on my aesthetic and what I want to put out to the world.  

This spring I met and collaborated with Ayo Skeete on a couple of photo shoots she designed and produced. (side note: They are AMAZING, can't wait to share the last one we worked on) I was fortunate to have her design a beautiful website and branding for me. She is an amazing graphic artist and stylist, check out her gorgeous work here

Like I said before, this year has brought many changes (and change can be hard) but I am really glad that I am growing as a business owner and artist throughout this process. And I have met some of the most wonderful peers, mentors, and clients along the way! Can't wait to see what the rest of the year brings. 

Much Love,

Randi

 

 

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Beautiful Desert Spring Wedding

Ahhhhhhh, I heart this couple! They are both some of the most creative people I have met. Jonathan is an amazing ink illustrator  and Millie creates beautiful content their beautiful tumblr (see it here). Check out their Instagram feed sometime too, it is beautiful (@critcher). Needless to say, before I met them I was kind of nervous. Would I be able to see their vision through? Would I create florals that fit into their style and niche? But I shouldn’t have been nervous. They were so kind hearted and sweet and loved the florals. Their flowers were soft and romantic with Juliet Garden Roses, a few succulents, peach stock, and ranunculus.

J and M’s wedding took place at a local desert park, in the heart of Phoenix. Their color palette was perfectly suited for the desert atmosphere. The photographers at Stoffer Photography came all the way out from Chicago and captured their day beautifully. You can see more of their beautiful wedding here.  Their wedding celebrated the beauty of the outdoors.  I surprised M with a flower crown that she wore during the ceremony. After the wedding they moved back to the Chicago area. I am looking forward to see where their creative movements take them!


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