Flowers Cost Money
February 13, 2019
Let’s be real – I love talking money! You may interpret that as “I love making money” or “I love to take your money” (haha!) but the honest truth is I’m actually saying “I love to talk money and figure out how I can best serve YOU.”
So here is the basic fact: FLOWERS COST MONEY.
Flowers cost me money. Some flowers cost A LOT more money compared to others, and some are extremely reasonable. But not only do the actual flower stems cost money; the supplies, design expertise, planning, labor, time, ribbons, vessels, workers, and possibly 100 other miscellaneous expenses cost money.
When a client comes to me and says, “I have a budget of $2,000 and we are expecting 300 guests.” And then proceeds to show me photos of tall, large and full floral centerpieces in the reception venue, with garlands on every table, and a party of 10 bridesmaids, I have to be real with her. “Girlie, your bridal party flowers alone will take up at least 50% of your budget. Those gorgeous centerpiece photos are showcasing a floral budget of $8,000+.” So to best serve my client, I have to talk budget, be creative, and use my floral expertise to educate the client and also inspire them on what we CAN do. There are options — LOTS of options, so let’s talk about YOU and figure out what your specific needs are. We can make your wedding amazing and absolutely beautiful, but first, we have to talk about money to know where to start. I’m a professional florist, but I also consider myself a professional math cruncher, because let’s be real – there’s a lot of math that goes into this so let’s make this whole wedding floral thing work for you!
Photography: Jordan Brittley
Bouquet Breakdown: Elegant + Colorful Springfield Wedding
May 7, 2016
I am over the moon excited to be featured on Style Me Pretty with this romantic, timeless and absolutely stunning bridal bouquet from Jaelyn’s wedding! It was a joy to design and I have to say that the photograph, captured wonderfully by Jordan Brittley, just made this bouquet look it’s absolute best!!
Elegant + Colorful Springfield Wedding
- 5 stems of Red “Matador” Garden Roses
- 7 stems of “Quicksand” Roses
- 3 stems of Red Ranunculus
- 7 stems of White Stock
- 6 stems of Deep Red Hypericum Berries
- 3 stems of White Veronica
- 4 stems of Italian Ruscus
- 5 stems of Silver Dollar Eucalyptus
From He Loves Me Flowers… My personal floral design philosophy is that every single flower arranged in a bouquet should have a purpose. Each floral ingredient should either “shine”, compliment, fill, add texture or add movement. All the elements should blend together harmoniously, creating a floral masterpiece, while at the same time accentuating the bride’s personality and the overall wedding celebration.
When creating the wedding floral vision, I always ask the bride the color scheme, the style and the overall atmosphere for her wedding. As the floral designer, my goal is to create florals that fit, compliment and bring out the best in the overall event and individual person. About 90% of the time a bride doesn’t know what kind of flowers she wants (and she should not have to!) so that’s where I come in. Based on the season of her wedding, her colors, style, atmosphere, etc. I suggest floral options that I feel would be a good fit for her personality and wedding. Based on my suggestions and her feedback, I figure out what she loves! So together we come up with a beautiful mix of custom florals.
Jaelyn’s vision for her wedding was a perfect blend of elegance, romance, and class. Her colors were crimson red and champagne with touches of white and fresh foliage. I knew she loved greenery and loose, natural, flowing bouquets with texture. For starters, we chose garden roses and ranunculus (they are one of the secrets to making a bouquet look romantically spectacular!!) and I also wanted to incorporate the quicksand roses to tie in her champagne color. I accomplished the various texture elements by adding in stock, berries, veronica and two different kinds of foliage. The texture gives a bouquet personality and genuine uniqueness, while the organic foliage gives the bouquet movement and refreshment. The beautiful thing about Jaelyn and her family was that they trusted me completely. They gave me the keys to creative freedom which I know from experience makes all the difference and as a result, culminated in a stunning, timeless bouquet!
Meticulous Designers: Every Flower Cared For
April 25, 2016
For the events that we have the joy and honor of being a part of, we take great care and pride in each arrangement and flower. As meticulous designers, we make sure every blossom is just right — the balance and textures are blended perfectly — and that overall, your florals are outstanding.
Photos by Love, The Nelsons taken at the Trouvaille Workshop hosted by Hey Gorgeous Events
Modern Copper and Fuchsia Wedding Inspiration
February 11, 2016
A wintry Valentine’s day theme, this rich and romantic color scheme features copper tones with warm berry toned pinks and fuchsia. From Abby Mitchell Events, the planning and designing team, “Our inspiration truly came from the color palette. We wanted it to feel current but traditional, minimalistic but glamorous and just overall very pretty and feminine.”
For the florals, I was very strategic in choosing items that were romantic, elegant and timeless, but with fun and unexpected elements. The floral selection ranged from garden roses, ranunculus, stock, dianthus, berries and lots of rich green foliage. The organic style gave it that fun, relaxed twist. As seen on The Perfect Palette!
Kudos to the vendor team!
Photography: Kellie Michelle Photography // Planning/Design: Abby Mitchell Events // Venue: The Old Glass Place // Floral Design: He Loves Me Flowers // Rentals: Eventful Rental, Ellee’s Rental Boutique, SB Bon // Linens: Elegant Touch Linens // Cake: Charity Fent Cake Design // Makeup & Hair: Honey and Hive Salon // Bridal Gown: Ella Weiss Wedding Design
Icy Winter Blues: A Styled Bridal Session
January 28, 2016
From the team, “The inspiration for this styled shoot came from a desire to provide inspiration for winter brides who were in search of a fresh, lighthearted twist on your typical winter wedding.”
For the florals, we strategically picked fluffy white stock, blush-tinted peonies, along with navy blue privet berries, grey dusty miller and silver brunia berries to accomplish the frosted, blue-toned feel. We wrapped the stems in a silvery, grey ribbon while keeping the style of the bouquet very organic and natural to compliment the romantic and airy feeling of this stunning winter editorial.
Photography, Stationary, Venue and Makeup by Shea Brianne
Florals by He Loves Me Flowers
Hair Styling by Diamonds and Do’s
Fur Stole and Earrings by Forever 21
Dress by Allison Parris
Macarons by Elle’s Patisserie
As seen on The Perfect Palette.
Snowy Winter Engagement
January 5, 2015
Ever thought of incorporating a bouquet into your engagement sessions??! Well, you should because it’s absolutely lovely! The gracious Jordan Brittley surprised this adorable couple with one of our original bouquets for this snowy engagement session. As seen on Wedding Sparrow.
Photos by Jordan Brittley. Bouquet by He Loves Me Flowers.
“Floret + Wax” Summer Editorial | Inspiration
November 22, 2014
This summer project “Floret + Wax” was inspired from the Ozark boulders surrounding our quaint city. For so many weddings and events, we use the similar flowers and varieties, so with this project, I wanted to incorporate all the unique, funky, and abstract flowers and use them all together. My color palette was burnt orange, rich dark plum, and shades of green. I created two very unique bouquets; one tall and thick, the other being wide and organic. Along with those, I designed an abstract floral crown, floral necklace (my favorite!), and floral ankle bracelets. Thanks to Michael Dameron for coming alongside my with this project and for these incredible images!