Learning from a master...

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Learning from a master...

Amy Osaba is a master of the floral arts, but she began her career as a ballet dancer. This past summer I spent two days in her floral studio in Atlanta learning from a pro as she demonstrated what makes her designs so magical. Appropriately enough, my biggest takeaway was learning to let flowers dance—to use their natural shape and allow them to give arrangements movement.

Amy was so gracious with her knowledge and she has a fabulous team who helped to pull every last detail together so all went smooth as silk. The entire experience was a game changer for me—more about that in the weeks to come—but for now enjoy these photos of my creations taken by Sawyer Baird. (Hair and makeup by Claudia Mejerle Rogers and dress from The Sentimentalist.) And to see the entire story of the workshop, head on over to The Bridal Theory who featured even more images on their blog today.



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Lisa and Randy

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Lisa and Randy

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We had the pleasure in May of working on one of my all-time favorite weddings. Not only were Lisa and Randy a dream couple, they brought along a dream team of family and friends as well. Randy's sister, Katie Decker Hyatt of Signora e Mare, styled the day. Katie's friend, Sara, founder of Wedding Sparrow, travelled from England to help coordinate the details. And to top it off, Ryan Ray, mentioned in my last post, was there with his lovely wife, Cary, to photograph it all. The wedding was featured recently on Wedding Sparrow, so more images can be seen here.

The ceremony was held at the family ranch outside Comfort, Texas, where guests walked through hundreds of paper cranes hanging from trees down to the riverfront where an old tree served as the focal point.

The design was carefully coordinated by Katie down to the tiniest details.

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And the results were magical. Here are Sara and Katie about to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Best wishes to Lisa and Randy and thank you for letting us be a part of your day!

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Top Notch Photographers

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Top Notch Photographers

Q Weddings

Q Weddings

Having a top notch photographer for your wedding is key in my book and Martha Stewart Weddings has compiled a list to make the job a bit easier. The list is divided by region and I was thrilled to see that we have had the privilege of working with all four of the photographers in the Southwest. As floral designers, we are extremely grateful for photographers who capture our fleeting work—so my hat's off to this crew!

First on the list is one of my all time favs, Suzi Q Varin of Q Weddings. She photographed the first of my work to be published back in the early days of Sprout. Not only is she incredibly talented, she's just so darn fun too! I know I've said it before, but check out her blog for a daily dose of her talent.

Next up is Ryan Ray, who captured the beauty of one of our early summer weddings—of which we will have more to show soon. Ryan travelled with his wife, Cary, to be a part of this wedding in Comfort, Texas, styled by Katie Decker Hyatt (sister of the groom) and coordinated by Katie's friend, Sara, who is the founder of Wedding Sparrow—needless to say, a dream team.

Ryan Ray 

Ryan Ray 

Another dream team was having Taylor Lord shoot this spring wedding at Becker Vineyards along with the talents of Mayhar Design. I hope to have more of this one to show soon as well. Taylor also photographed this Metallic Desert styled shoot at Enchanted Rock.

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Taylor Lord

And last, but certainly not least, is the husband and wife team of The Nichols who captured the essence of the Hill Country with this wedding from last fall.

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The Nichols

Something to note—each of these photographers works primarily with film—another reason they're tops!

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Autumnal Color

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Autumnal Color

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Who says autumn has to be dark and dramatic—I came across this bouquet last fall and fell in love with the color palette. It could actually work any time of year, but adding in the fall elements of leaves and berries puts it over the top for me.

Photo credits (clockwise from top left): boutonnieres by Flowerwild, photography by Jose Villa, bouquet by Joy Thigpen for oncewed, wall of vases from Terrain, photograph of fall leaves by rinne allen, champagne flutes photographed by Danielle Poffenbarger via 100 Layer Cake, stacks of fabric found via Crush cul de Sac.

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