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Peonies…. “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways”. I love thee in a centerpiece, I love thee in a bouquet, I love thee in any arrangement….

Peonies are my favorite bloom. They are lush and full….. by every account stunning!


So if I am talking about flowers and all things pretty, then why is this under a “Practical” post, you ask… Well, for all you upcoming fall brides, Peonies are a spring bloom. Insert a very sad face here! When and if your florist can source peonies in the fall they are expensive and much smaller. But, hope is not lost…  The David Austin Rose has a similar fullness and is just as gorgeous. Check out more David Austin Roses on my Pinterest Wedding Flower Board.


Kristin & Leslie’s engagement shoot, captured by  Twah Dougherty of Style Art Life, is featured on one of my favorite fab wedding blogs, Grey Likes Wedding. I have truly enjoyed working with Kirstin and Leslie on their upcoming wedding this summer. Kristin and Leslie’s wedding, or “best day ever” as she likes to call it, is sure to be one for the books…. or blogs I should say. This lady’s vision is EPIC!!!  The bride’s swoon~worthy story is below…..K+L

Leslie and I met when he was actually my intern at Ken Sunshine’s PR firm (Sunshine Sachs). We had a great relationship at the time and I remember the exact moment and place where I thought to myself that I was going to date this guy. As fast as that thought came it faded and shortly after, I moved on to another job. It wasn’t until a year later that we reconnected when we randomly ran into each other. At our first date, Leslie told me about a surf trip to Costa Rica that he and his best friend would be taking in two weeks and said I should come. I’m sure he was very surprised when I called him the next morning and asked him if he was serious because I had already found my flights. I may have crashed the boys’ trip but we all had an awesome time. When we got back Leslie and I started officially dating and the rest is history.

Our engagement happened five years later. One day we decided to take a last minute trip to Thailand and in two months, we were on a plane headed halfway around the world. Our trip was so spontaneous that I was booking some of our hotel rooms from the airport. So I never imagined that Leslie had another plan. We took a boat excursion to the area that inspired the movie “The Beach”. We spent the day hiking, snorkeling, and swimming. It was magical. The last part of our trip was kayaking. We kayaked to a deserted beach. There was not a person in sight. When Leslie got down on one knee I couldn’t believe it. My first response was “Are you kidding?!” He wasn’t kidding and we can’t wait for the rest of our new adventure to begin……


As a wedding planner and stylist, the most important tool I use when planning a wedding is a style board! I create a custom style board for all my clients with the Full Planning Package. Clients can email me images from various sites and image searches. After discussing themes, colors, mood, formality, wish lists, dislikes, flowers, attire, menu, desserts, favors, signature cocktails, photo booths, decor, etc., I designed a style board bringing all the ideas/concepts together in a cohesive image. The first style board below was created during the early stages of planning, and the second board are photos of Angela & Marvin’s Wedding.

Another perk of a style board is communicating your vision to vendors. My friends at Bella Flowers were able to create the ceremony arbor and centerpieces exactly as my clients wanted with little guidance, other than their style board. The “petal drop” they installed on the arbor worked perfectly! Many thanks, Bella!

The grey linen and gold accents changed little from the planning stage to the actual wedding. We did decide to go with brighter pink flowers than originally planned. The bride knew she wanted something a bit “more” than the standard escort cards. She originally contemplated a large mirror, but went with adorable little boxes instead. The dessert/favor table with pink cake pops on a shimmering gold tablecloth translated beautifully from the planning stage.

A+M Style BoardA+M~ Real Wedding

This photograph is swoon-worthy! I show this image to all my clients with outdoor ceremonies. An arbor, as a ceremony focal point, is never a bad idea!

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Here is the arbor image that inspire A & M’s arbor….



and the image that inspired their petal drop….

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My friends at Bella Flower  hung a sheer fabric filled with fresh petals along the top horizontal post of the arbor, during their “first kiss”, the maid of honor and best man released the strings attached to each of the side posts and the petalsfloated down! Amazing!!!