Brooke & Thompson — Raleigh, NC

Sometimes you meet with a bride and you realize you want to be their florist and their best friend. Brooke was one of those brides—down-to-earth, organized with impeccable taste. I may have been just as excited for the wedding as she and Thompson were. I mean, she wanted a floral color palette with color (you have no idea how rare that is). And their choice to get married at Thompson's family home was so perfect. I loved everything about their day and I love when I see these two wonderful people around town. 

Photography: Hartman Outdoor Photography | Planning: Jessica Tilton of Chad Biggs Event Planning and Design | Reception Venue: Vita Vite | Calligraphy: Handmade Letters

Moody Floral Elopement

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So excited to be featured on Joy Wed today along with the best crew of creatives. This Moody photoshoot was done back in October when local Dahlias and Lisianthus were still available. I remember Amanda and Brent showing me the dress they wanted to use from bhldn and I knew I had to get my hands on some matching Dahlias. Big thank you to one of my favorite local growers, Happy as a Cone Flower Farm, for the lovely blooms. 

Styling: Amanda Blair by Design | Photography Liveview Studios | Furniture: Greenhouse Picker Sisters | Makeup: Michelle Clark | Dress & jewelry: bhldn | Stationary: Silver Fox Calligraphy | Cake: Sugar Euphoria | Models: Taylor & Andrew Lovette

Floral Arranging 101 Workshop

Last month we hosted our first Floral Arranging 101 workshop. I was a bit nervous about how this class would go down—would I have enough materials? would it be too complicated? how do I simplify my process so I can easily communicate the steps to an entire class? After much (over)thinking, I decided I would boil it down to covering these three principles of design—color, balance, and movement. After a brief presentation, I walked the class through two different arrangements and how I used the principles to create my floral designs.

The ladies were then free to make their own arrangement and holy smokes did they make the most stunning pieces. Each composition was so unique and truly expressive of its maker's personality. I loved watching everyone think through the perfect placement for each stem and then watching their face light up once they found it. 

As the last of the ladies left the shop, a couple walked in and said everyone leaving had the biggest smiles on their faces. So, I guess it was a successful workshop.

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All photos by the lovely Claire Craven

Stylded Shoot — Pneuma

This lovely shoot with Liveview Studios and Amanda Blair By Design is featured today on Boudoir Collective

Photography: Live View Studios | Venue: Mims House | Food & Food Design: Belles Catering |  
Design & Styling: Amanda Blair by Design | Furniture: Greenhouse Picker Sisters | Hair & Makeup: Kristin Rivera  | Lingerie: Gap, Free People  | Ring: Kenda Kist | Film Lab: The FIND Lab  | Model: Jill Knapp

Midtown Magazine Feature

The shop was recently featured in Midtown Magazine's January/February Issue. I spilled my guts about flowers and my love of creating temporary beauty (something I never got to enjoy in my graphic design career). If you're interested in hearing a bit more of my story, please read the entire article here. Big thanks to Jenni Hart for the lovely write-up.

“It’s beautiful while it lasts, and that’s enough.”

All photos by Joe Reale

Holiday Wreath Workshop

I love hosting workshops. Not only do I get to share a skill with eager flower friends, but I also get to be pleasantly surprised when they stun me with their creativity. This last wreath workshop we held was no different. It literally looked like a tornado came through after it was over, but everyone's wreaths turned out just right. We all left with sappy hands and a splinter or two, but it was a perfectly festive two hours. Thank you to all the lovely ladies who came out to make a mess with us. Special thank you to Radian Photography for the wonderful photos.

All photos by Radian Photography

Sydney + Aaron – Raleigh NC

Graphic designers—they're my people. I'm a graphic designer, so is my husband, so are some of my closest friends. When I first met with Sydney to discuss her wedding and she mentioned she was a designer, that's when I knew I had to work with her. I think I'm drawn to the designers ability to think through all the details and communicate a feeling effortlessly through aesthetics and storytelling. This was definitely the case with Sydney and Aaron's wedding. Sydney brought every aspect of her day to life with a simple elegance that I was more than grateful to be a part of. These photos from Ashley Huma of Photography Anthology capture the spirit perfectly.

Photography: Ashley Huma of Photography Anthology | Wedding Co-ordination: Erica Greenwood of Folie a Deux Events  | Venue: Bridge Club 

Cassie & Ryan — Wake Forest, NC

I got to be honest, I could not wait to work on this wedding. The colors, the location, the vibe, the bride and her family—all of it. Amanda Honeycutt from Amanda Blair by Design had such an amazing vision, and seeing it all come together at The Sutherland in Wake Forest was so rewarding. These photos from Jordan Maunder Photography captured everything so perfectly, from the smallest design details to the overwhelming emotions on the bride and groom's face. I'm in love with it all. 

All photos were taken by Jordan Maunder Photography. Big thanks to my girl gang, Hannah Ross, Deana Nyguen and Mary Ann Bitter for their help!