By Season

The Delight of Coral and White: A Downtown Wedding

May 14th, 2014

julielivingstonphotography-3736 copySome weddings are too good not to share twice, and this lovely celebration is one of them. Just look at that coral color above —accented by the most charming wooden table number ever— we know you’d sit right down! From our beautiful bride to the final detail of the pale pink monogrammed menu board, this wedding was bursting with color and style. Our beautiful bride, Laura, delivered detail with a gush-worthy punch. Taking the soft, feminine elements of romantic coral and white blooms and accessorizing them with modernly natural textures of wood and burlap. The outcome was as breathtaking and as timeless as our bride and groom were themselves. What really caught our eye? It was Laura’s effortless chic style. That show-stopping hem of her dress was as ruffled as our beloved blooms and the “Mr. & Mrs.” chairs were simply sublime. Blissful. 

DESIGNER’S TIP: A “Pop” of color goes a long way. Look carefully at the picture below, Laura gifted her bridesmaids with turquoise earrings. This is a great example, as is our incorporation of coral in the flowers, that a punch of color can still be subtle for a softer appeal. It’s in how you choose to use the color that will decipher its varying degree of soft  to bold. Enjoy. julielivingstonphotography-4369 copy julielivingstonphotography-4396 copy - Copy julielivingstonphotography-3839 copy julielivingstonphotography-4433 copy - Copyjulielivingstonphotography-3726 copy julielivingstonphotography-3721 copy julielivingstonphotography-3714 copy julielivingstonphotography-4093 copy julielivingstonphotography-3810 copyjulielivingstonphotography-3855 copyjulielivingstonphotography-3715 copyjulielivingstonphotography-3742 copyTALENTED VENDOR ACCOLADES: Photography: Julie Livingston Photography, Event Coordination: Social Butterfly, Venue: 128 South

Crisp & Classic: Navy, Yellow, and White

April 30th, 2014

Brick Landing wedding photos Ocean Isle NCWe fell hard for this May wedding delight! There’s something so appealing about the delightful combination of yellow, navy and white. This color combo is hands down timeless, and consistently delivers a refreshing pop of color that leaves guests smiling. I mean, who doesn’t love a classic stripe on a ribbon accented with a little sparkle? With the bride’s vision of romantic and classic, the bouquet was designed in a clean palette of white and texture galore-incorporating large, lush flowers such as peonies, mums, hydrangea and ranunculus. Yellow was the reigning accent color for the wedding party’s boutonnieres and bouquets. But can you guess what left us smiling from ear to ear? The deliverance of detail of course. Understated, outdoors elegance was the aesthetic for our wood and hydrangea chuppah, as was the groomsmen’s nautical shoe choice and groom’s tie; it perfectly tied the look together!  Did we mention how utterly sweet those flower girls looked in their halos of yellow flowers…love this.

DESIGNER’S TIP: Never forget the little things. Our savvy bride understood that the wedding party’s attire was the perfect accent to classically pull together her overlook look. This is a great tip in how coordinating your wedding party can be just as aesthetically pleasing as setting a great table. Brick Landing wedding photos Ocean Isle NCBrick Landing wedding photos Ocean Isle NCBrick Landing wedding photos Ocean Isle NCBrick Landing wedding photos Ocean Isle NCBrick Landing wedding photos Ocean Isle NCBrick Landing wedding photos Ocean Isle NCBrick Landing wedding photos Ocean Isle NCBrick Landing wedding photos Ocean Isle NC

TALENTED VENDOR ACCOLADES: KMI Photography, Venue: Brick Landing Plantation

Sherbet & Sparkle- A Figure 8 Island Wedding

February 5th, 2014

I_0367Don’t you just love a little sparkle in your life? Our ultra-glam bride, Corina, shone bright for her wondrous spring wedding at Figure 8 Island Yacht Club. The bride is a friend of ours, so it’s no wonder we were a bit weepy as this handsome couple exchanged vows. Corina’s vision of a sherbet color story and a clean, romantic aesthetic was a delight  as we selected all of our favorite peach and cream roses we could get our hands on. The bride’s color choice of “faded sherbet” allowed the flowers to pop against her bridesmaids’ coral peach dresses and the bride’s miles of glamorous tulle. Corina and Gordan’s wedding was that perfect mix of romance and sophistication. What was our favorite part? The petal peach wrap adorning a little sparkle. Everything looks better with a little sparkle!

DESIGNER’S TIP: Mixing a subtle, but similar, palette adds an element of depth so each blended color can perfectly ‘pop’. When you incorporate in a variety of complementing colors, all your details shine bright! Corina’s bouquet was a variety sherbet hues which allowed all her stunning details to stand out—such as the bouquet’s ribbon wrap and that drool worthy jewelry. Oh my, oh my!LindseyLindseyLindsey LindseyLindsey Lindsey Lindsey LindseyLindseyI_0353I_0343VENDOR ACCOLADES: Photography: Millie Holloman Photography, Venue: Figure 8 Island Yacht Club

Vibrant & Tropical: A Waterfront Wedding

December 4th, 2013

kourtney and jay-012Who needs to travel to the Caribbean for a wedding when you live in Wilmington?! Our September bride’s vivid blooms and picturesque waterfront wedding reminded us of a beach getaway somewhere warm and tropical. With an overall look of beach chic, and texture galore, our design team couldn’t help but smile from ear to ear as each lush and colorful bloom was cheerfully fastened into this design. Just look at that arbor! Filled to the brim with hydrangea, roses, orchids, and lilies, it was the perfect backdrop for this adorable couple’s nuptials. Kourtney and Jay’s sunset color palette was a magnificent choice amongst the blue hues of the intracoastal waterway. What was our favorite part? Hmm…it’s a toss-up between those swoon-worthy orange dahlias’ in Kourtney’s bouquet and this lovely couple’s infectious smiles. It’s a definite tie (wink). No matter what, we knew this wedding was perfect to brighten up your day! Enjoy.kourtney and jay-205kourtney and jay-023kourtney and jay-144kourtney and jay-044 kourtney and jay-015 kourtney and jay-010 kourtney and jay-001VENDOR ACCOLADES: Photography: Jennifer Priddy Photography, Wedding Coordination: A Shindig Southern Events

The Classic Hues Of White & Blue

October 23rd, 2013

Wilmington NC wedding photosClassic never goes out of style. N-e-v-e-r. Especially when a beautiful bride chooses an assortment of lush, fragrant white peonies, ranunculus and freesia, all accented delicately with a touch of green and bit of blue. Our lovely bride, Sarah, wanted a traditional, classic design to complement the couple’s style and the timeless appeal of the Landfall Country Club. The bridesmaids’ delicate blue dresses were a great inspiration for a romantic design of garden fresh, bountiful blossoms. Voluminous peonies were the perfect flower for this enchanting wedding. Sarah’s classic style was representative across the (party) board, from her beautiful dress and pearls to that jaw dropping china blue cake. This summer wedding was simply delightful. What did we notice most? The church doors and that elegant cake of course. You know we’re all about the details, and dressing the doors in classic, lush hydrangea wreaths was the best “Welcome” around. And that cake, where do we begin? Tall, china blue, scrolled filigree…stupendous!Wilmington NC wedding photos Wilmington NC wedding photosWilmington NC wedding photosWilmington NC wedding photosWilmington NC wedding photosWilmington NC wedding photosWilmington NC wedding photosWilmington NC wedding photosWilmington NC wedding photosTALENTED VENDOR ACCOLADES: Photography: KMI Photography, Venue:Landfall Country Club

Fall in love with all the shades of Purple.

September 4th, 2013

Knoll Wedding012Psst…there’s a new color in town, trending all over the magazines and our brides’ Fall 2013 palettes, the varying shades of purple.  We’re transforming the light & airy shades of stock, scabiosa (a delicate, tissue paper like bloom) to the deep, uber-chic hues of bold plums of dahlias, orchids and anemones into clap-worthy delights. This season calls for a mixed array of textures, varying shades, and a plethora of sophistication in bloom form. Purple has always exuded femininity, not to mention it looks fabulous in my dream Kate Spade Beau bag (yes, I added a pic below) or a deco violet scroll wallpaper, it’s simply divine. No wonder our brides are swooning over this palette.  LOVE. LOVE. DESIGN.

DESIGNER’S TIP: Look towards interior design and you’ll find your wedding inspiration. We believe in “the vision” and looking at an overall color scheme in a room is a whole bunch of (fabulous) inspiration to transform into a palette, an inspiration and a look.

Knoll Wedding033 Modern Simplicity: Timeless can come in many forms. Keeping to a single bloom and/or placing it in an unexpected way, creates refined elegance. ed06fb89cb199154b5ab929494b3c13b pinterest.comBold Hues & Texture Galore: Look at those flowers above! You have all this gorgeousness mixed in deep shades that range from a true purple all the way to a cognac plum. Luxe, luscious, and utterly surprising. Cassell Blog002Gwyn and Mike-1 Wildly Romantic: Loose, lovely arrangements are the perfect look for incorporating an outdoorsy, wild flower look in subtle pops of purple softened by a mix of greens and pale shades of white. 321LMGILBANE campbell2012_222Classic elegance: Oh, how we love when blooms simply show themselves off. Tall groupings of tulips, draping over glass set the stage for understated elegance. As does a selective “pop” of purple nestled within the delicate texture of peonies. Simply, delightful. katespadeDrool Worthy Accessories: Ahem, please meet Kate Spade’s Beau bag…and it may not be a flower, but I could sure design a killer party around this lil’inspiration.

PHOTO CREDIT: 1.) & 2).: KMI photography, 3.) Pinterest, 4.) Social Butterfly Events, 5.) KMI, 6.) Eric Boneske,  7. & 8.) Millie Holloman Photography, 9.) Kate Spade

Southern Wedding Romance: Soft Pinks & Crisp Whites

June 12th, 2013

0261_Meagan_and_Matt_Theo_Milo_Photo“Simply lovely,” This was our motto about Meagan and Matt’s May Wilmington wedding. We just adored how this pretty bride’s design was tied into all the tiny details from the pale pink & sage paper accents, to the natural table numbers and birch containers, to that dreamy chiffon dress.  With Meagan’s floral design adjectives of ‘southern, natural and romantic,’ we had a blast creatively incorporating baby’s breath into bridesmaids’ bouquets, infusing Spanish moss for a bit of the south and playing with an array of the soft hues and lush textures of the gush-worthy peony and cabbage rose. This Wilmington wedding provided a perfect example of how breathtaking can also be sweet and natural…Oh, this truly was a simply lovely wedding. ** Designer’s Tip: Never shy away from the unexpected! The subtle use of succulents in this floral design added the perfect complement to the natural wooden details and the delight of the unexpected.  0061_Meagan_and_Matt_Theo_Milo_Photo0245_Meagan_and_Matt_Theo_Milo_Photo0542_Meagan_and_Matt_Theo_Milo_Photo0060_Meagan_and_Matt_Theo_Milo_Photo0513_Meagan_and_Matt_Theo_Milo_Photo0503_Meagan_and_Matt_Theo_Milo_Photo0525_Meagan_and_Matt_Theo_Milo_Photo0543_Meagan_and_Matt_Theo_Milo_Photo0498_Meagan_and_Matt_Theo_Milo_PhotoVENDOR ACCOLADES: Photo Credit: Theo Milo Photography, Planner: Social Butterfly Events, Venues: ceremony at Airlie Gardens and reception at 128 South 

Color Story: Blissful Yellow

May 15th, 2013

0052We are so digging yellow…why yellow?…because it simply makes you happy. This cheerful hue adds that perfect “pop” of color to every occasion.  So, after a recent spring wedding- chalk full of sunshine yellow details- we knew it was time to shine some light on this great color and present a color story all about the sublime bliss of incorporating this festive color . Doesn’t it just make you smile?!

Yellow’s Color Story: Whether it be the main design inspiration or that perfect little pop of color in the details, this bold choice always adds the element of fun to a party. Blissful yellow was the main guest at Jessica & Brandon’s lovely spring wedding…even the sun came out to play. 00530036What’s the best thing about picking a color story? Remembering that your choice color comes in many, many great shades to choose from. We’re drooling over this trending Ombre style cake ranging from a soft shade of white to a buttery yellow hue. It’s so pretty, we wouldn’t even be tempted to eat it (maybe).  stylemepretty.comDon’t you just love when you get an “eye full” of the unexpected? Whether it be the bride & groom or one very sharp-looking wedding party, we’re giddy over adding a touch of playful flair to a bold statement color like yellow. Divine. Divine. Divine. e624eb3898906df3adb77682364f8d28brides.comIt’s all in the (yellow) details. Infusing your color story into the first elements your guests sees is just plain old fun, from the invitations to the wedding signs, creating a cohesive look is simply sublime.claremontcollection.combrooke4

…Oh pretty yellow, you’re so not mellow.

Photo Credits– Top, Bride&Groom, Bridesmaid: Baca Photography, Wilmington, Cake:Style Me Pretty, Billy Ball Boutonniere: Style Me Pretty, Dress:, Invitation: Claremont Collection, Signage and Boutonniere: Fiore

Fiore’s Ideas for a Blooming Mother’s Day

May 8th, 2013

blog3Calling all mamas...Mother’s day is this weekend and we love celebrating mom! So as a mom, I knew it was the perfect time to share some simple, stylish ideas that my fellow mothers would appreciate. See the bouquet above? It’s what I call ‘Pink Peonie Perfection’, this flower is stunning, strong and enchanting. So, it is no wonder why I feel it is a direct reflection of moms everywhere. Peonies are delicate but never frail, they compliment any fellow flower but can also stand stunning alone, and they are utterly endearing. Check out these ideas below and become inspired, there’s something for everyone…and remember, we’re always here to help. Enjoy!

1.) Simple & Sweet: Never negate how far a bit of color and pretty paper can take you, a simple bloom wrapped easily in a band of colorful, patterned paper makes for the most delightful presentation. decor8blog2.) Why, hello gorgeous. This astounding amount of tulips (just a few bushels), set in one color palette and a galvanized water bucket, makes anyone mom wish to stay home and host all day long!3a129da23a7a8bdc594be9aa0e93dc5d3.)Cheerfully Dressed: Let mom wake up to color and whimsy with a band of ribbons cascading down a door. This is a great project for the pint size crew! And a fabulous surprise for mom. a9e0f2b656196b300d6c9e47a8c916644.) Garden Chic: Texture and abundance is key here, we love this birch vase (we use them a lot) full of all the wonder of a garden. And green thumb mama would swoon over this. poppytalk5.) A Card As Big As Mom’s Heart: So simple and enadearing! Take any color poster board, string (or ribbon) and let the kiddos have at it. Homemade can still come out chic if the design has structure. c15735fa37edd93e5e6a16caf2111a646.) Cones + Carnations = Charm: Yes, we said it…carnations. This flowers doesn’t get much love, but as designers we know that a bushel of this very textured flower is brilliant for adding a bit of easy charm to decorative accents. These easy-to-make paper cones are a perfect example of thinking outside the box. appetitespoiler.blogspot7.) Lastly… Nothing is a better treat than a Tussie Mussie (petite bouquet) of brilliant blooms for mom. How special would it be for her to receive a mini version of this bouquet we made below?fioreThere’s still time to create something special for mom, hopefully these ideas will inspire you a bit. We’re busy on the design floor building, creating and constructing some mighty pretty arrangement all in the name of (Mom) love if you need some help!

Happiest Mother’s Day wishes to all the lovely moms everywhere.

Credit: Main: Fiore, 1.) via Decor8blog 2.) via Etsy 3.) via Pinterest 4.) via Poppytalk 5.) via Martha Stewart 6.) via Appetitespoiler.blogspot 7.) Fiore

Delightful Details: Green & White Flowers

April 25th, 2013

Rhame_Clewis_ReeseMooreWeddings_a7176_0_lowInspired by our recent feature on the adorable blog “Every Last Detail” (and standing knee-deep in clouds of white hydrangea and bright green floral galore) this week’s post is all about this popular color combo’s ability to perk up every lovely detail. There is no doubt, nature’s green and white hues put a smile on every guests’ face...time after time.

1.) Nothing dresses a door better than an abundant hydrangea wreath. Charm….Charm…Charming!

I_0400 2.) Ooooh, this lovely mix of orchids, freesia, cabbage roses, calla lilies and spray roses, accented by tiny pops of green, is the perfect presentation of divine elegance.Knoll Wedding0053.) “Mums” the word on modern meets striking. I_03774.) Charm and contrast are at the forefront of this farm fresh design as bells, stock, ranunculus and hydrangea compliment the outdoorsy texture of pine and burlap.Rhame_Clewis_ReeseMooreWeddings_d2022_0_low5.) It doesn’t get sweeter than this, green orchids truly do create the most charming halo for little flower girls. I_06956.) Who says wreaths on cars (or golf carts) are only for Christmas? We absolutely adore this over sized, very fun detail.I_06837.) Never negate the timeless appeal of big blooms, abundance is never out of fashion when it comes to flowers (wink). I_06847.) This bouquet is a vision of timeless texture, perfectly fastened with a hint of tradition. Rhame_Clewis_ReeseMooreWeddings_d2461_0_low9.) Let’s not forget how appealing a well dressed groom can look dressed sharply in a charming array of spring flowers.

045410.) Magnolia leafs are the perfect border to any door wreath, exuding sophistication and a boat load of southern charm. Oh, the appeal of white and green…It truly is one heck of a cheerful combo!Hardin_217 copysm

VENDOR ACCOLADES: Photo Credits Above: top: Reese Moore Weddings, 1.) Millie Holloman Photography, 2.) KMI Photography, 3.)Millie Holloman 4.) Reese Moore 5.,6.& 7.) Millie Holloman 8.)Reese Moore 9.)Bella Rose Photography 10.)Meredith Purdue

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