DIY Fresh Floral Centerpiece Class
March 22, 2017
What better way to celebrate the new spring season than by creating a gorgeous centerpiece for all the blooming spring florals?!
I am so excited to announce that I’m teaming up with lifestyle blogger, Ana Pierce and Sangha Studio, and will be teaching a hands-on floral workshop on Saturday, April 15. You’ll leave with a show-stopping centerpiece for your Easter buffet, and learn a few tools of the trade to use for your next floral arrangement, as well.
Tickets to the event will be $50 per person, which include a wide array of flowers (my favs!) such as roses, tulips, ranunculus, sweet peas and alstromeria. You’ll leave with your own centerpiece; all you need to bring is a pair of scissors or shears! Please register by April 4th to ensure your spot. Light snacks will be provided by host Alex Maurer of Sangha Studio.
For more information and to reserve your ticket, visit the Event Page.
All photography by Jordan Brittley.
Behind the Bouquet: Jordan Brittley Rebrand
July 27, 2016
My beautiful and sweet friend Jordan Brittley has been working hard these last few months on rebranding her photography business! I am so excited for her and so admire her heart behind all that she does and the great ways she shows genuine care and love for her clients! As she has been in the process of this rebrand, she asked me to make a bouquet as a part of her launch! It was a joy to be a part of this exciting new project and create a bouquet just for HER. I hope you enjoy the photos and the Q&A between Jordan and myself. Oh and stop by her new site and give her some love…she’s got it going on over there!
All images by Jordan Brittley. Brand Design by Creme Brands. Floral Design by He Loves Me Flowers.
Jordan: What were you listening to or doing while you created the bouquet?
Charity: I was listening to instrumental acoustic guitar music from Pandora. (One of my favorite musicians is Tommy Emmanuel.) It’s upbeat enough to not put me to sleep but peaceful enough to not make me feel rushed or anxious. Honestly, It is refreshment to my soul! I have found that music with lyrics can be distracting while I design so instrumental music is the perfect compliment to a creative, artistic environment. It draws me into my creative, happy-place zone and causes me to feel free and unhindered while I create, which was especially important for this bouquet, because the main request that Jordan gave me was for the bouquet to feel “wild and free”. In order to accomplish that goal, I had to feel and be in an environment that was unhindered and undistracted.
Jordan: What words would you use to describe the brand bouquet you created for me? What details of the bouquet would make you describe it that way?
Charity: The words I would use to describe your bouquet would be….wild. free. beautiful. unhindered. organic. joy-filled. cheerful. natural. I used quite a lot of foliage which created nice movement for your bouquet. The foliage also acts as a structure, or base, for the flowers. Then I incorporated classic blooms like peonies and stock which made the bouquet very feminine and beautiful. Then I added in flowers like ranunculus and scabiosa which have a lovely whimsical and freely flowing touch. I also used berries, fresh lavender and hanging amaranthus for additional organic texture, color, and unhindered movement. It’s honestly one of my favorite bouquets to date!!
Jordan: What’s your favorite style of floral design? What makes you love that style so much?
Charity: I really love the natural, organic floral design style. I love it because it’s always a little challenging to create bouquets this way. They are more difficult than the all-round structured bouquets, and I like a good challenge. I also enjoy designing natural/organic bouquets because I feel that there is more creative freedom and discretion that is given to me as the designer and where there is freedom then there is beauty. It’s rewarding!
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
We’re Hosting a Workshop: Oh For Fun!
March 9, 2016
I am so excited to announce that my dear friend Jordan Brittley and I are hosting a workshop this spring for the ladies in Springfield, MO! This is going to be an inspiring, joy-filled, educational and encouraging time surrounded by fresh blooms, lovely people, donuts and OJ! Our hearts are to share some basic knowledge and practical skills about floral design and phone photography that you will be able to apply and use in your everyday life! I personally feel that every woman should have a basic understanding on how to put flowers together to create a lovely centerpiece, so I’m very excited to share a little bit of what I know with you at the event! Tickets go on sale THIS Friday! There are only 15 available so if you’d like to be the first to have access to the tickets click here.
Friday can’t come soon enough, but in the meantime, we have a teaser freebee that we’re giving away called “How to Make Your Very Own Floral Crown”. I’m giving away my secrets on how I create floral crowns and it will only be available for a limited time so get it while you can! I can’t wait to see you at the workshop!
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
Winter Love Editorial
March 10, 2015
We had the joy of collaborating with Jordan Brittley and Alli Pool on this lovely, warm and rich editorial project. From the cinnamon cider to winter berries and faux fur, this inspirational shoot is full of love, light and beauty. Featuring the mother of the bride, the cutest copper details and of course, custom florals containing peonies, ranunculi, O’Hare garden roses, fresh asparagus and blackberries. Yes, blackberries! As seen on Style Me Pretty.
Photography: Jordan Brittley / Planning: Alli Pool from Social Graces / Floral Design: He Loves Me Flowers / Cake: Dough a Dear Bakery / Invitation & Menu: Paperworld / Dress & Tux: Ella Weiss / Makeup Artist: Airbrush by Andy / Hair Design: Shannon Calvin