I had one open weekend last November with no weddings or events scheduled and I was kind of looking forward to a little breather after having such a full plate all fall. Then I received an email from Brittany and I'm so glad I did! Brittany and Daniel were planning their DC wedding from the Midwest and she had planned to DIY the flowers until the last minute when she contacted me. We chatted via FaceTime and less than 3 weeks later we met in person on her wedding day. Her vision for the flowers was romantic and a little wild, elegant but unkempt. The palette was plum and gold. The final look was amazing especially with the gorgeous venue, the attention to detail from their planner and the photos are to die for!
Here's a little info on the flowers: We used lots of texture (which I love)! The colors were white, dusty antique lavender, plum, and purple with silvery grey foliage and accents of gold. We used white peonies, white anemones and white lisianthus, muted lavender "Halloween" roses and astrantia, dark plum ranunculus and scabiosa. For the foliage we used dusty miller and seeded and willow eucalyptus. The bridal bouquet was the star of the show and the bridesmaids carried much smaller versions that really popped against their plum dresses. Each boutonniere featured a different flower from the bridal bouquet adding a touch of whimsy. And the centerpieces were low and lush arrangements in matte gold glass. The king's table with adorned with a garland of gorgeous foliage and purple berries and accented with taper candles and all the bridesmaid's bouquets. It was such a dreamy wedding and an unforgettable whirlwind floral experience! I'm crossing my fingers for more events like this in 2015 :) Enjoy the pictures by Shandi Wallace...
Flowers: Uncloudy Studio
Photography: Shandi Wallace Photography
Event Planning: The Plannery - Katie Wannen
Caterer: Spilled Milk Catering
I loved loved LOVED working with Bettina and Laura! It really doesn't get much better than that. Seriously. Bettina and I just clicked when we met last summer. Her vision was right in line with my aesthetic and I didn't want to wait until October to see it all come to life! But I really got excited for this wedding when I met Laura during a venue visit. I could feel the love so strongly between these two that I was inspired to do my very best to create the perfect flowers for their wedding. The look was organic, lush, seasonal and textural. The color palette was blush, burgundy, plum and gold. We used deep red peonies, antique hydrangea, peach garden roses, pink ranunculus, red dahlias, hanging amaranthus, blush anemones, blushing bride protea and seeded eucalyptus with accents of gold. The bouquet was wild and lush and Bettina told me she took it with her on their honeymoon :) Each boutonniere was different from the next as were all of the centerpieces. The ceremony took place outside on a gorgeous fall day at the DC War Memorial and the intimate reception was held at Poste Moderne Brasserie adjacent to the Hotel Monaco in downtown DC. The centerpieces were designed in beautiful ombre vases with gold table numbers (provided by the bride). I'm kind of sad that it's over...
Okay, enough gushing. Happy married life you two xoxo! Enjoy a few photos from Nick Stone Photography (and a few from yours truly)!
Flowers: Uncloudy Studio
Venue: Poste Moderne Brasserie
Photography: Nick Stone Photography
Event Planning: Lovebus Events and Design
I've said it before and now I'm saying it again: I have the best clients! When Sam and I met we immediately clicked and I knew we would have a great time working together. Her vision was "I really like orange and gold" and "rich, old people's stuff" and from that we created elegant personal flowers and eclectic table centerpieces that combined flowers in warm tones of orange, red, gold and green in gold mercury glass vessels of varying sizes and shapes along with vintage books, birds and library cards as table numbers. Sam's bouquet was designed using orange "Sunset" garden roses and her bridesmaid carried golden orange dahlias against a gorgeous navy dress. The boutonnieres were a mix of roses, dahlias and mokara orchids - each one different from the next - and the three little flower girls looked adorable with their floral crowns and nosegays. The ceremony flowers were designed in tall gold vases with orange snapdragons, garden roses, orchids, dahlias and wax flower and they were repurposed for the reception.
It was such a pleasure to be a part of this fall wedding in Washington, DC! Please enjoy the photos from Michael Bonfigli Photography.
Flowers: Uncloudy Studio
Venue: Carnegie Library
Photography: Michael Bonfigli Photography
Event Planner: Troyal Events
I feel very to lucky to have been a part of Adrianne and Danny's October wedding which took place her parents beautiful back yard in Bethesda. They are such a warm and sweet couple and were an absolute pleasure to work with! The bride was in love with hydrangea, dusty miller and mint so that was focus for the personal flowers. Adrianne carried a lush bouquet of blue hydrangea and silvery dusty miller with a touch of mint. The bridesmaids wore navy blue and held simple bouquets of dusty miller and mint which popped perfectly against their dresses. The ceremony took place under a chuppah constructed of birch poles and branches draped in an elegant foliage garland. We added a lot more color to the reception but placing natural wood boxes on the tables filled with a seasonal mix of dahlias, celosia, sunflowers, salvia, hydrangea, billy balls, dusty miller, amaranthus and herbs. The cocktail and buffet tables were accented with smaller wood boxes of potted herbs like mint, parsley, lemongrass and thyme.
In early October, I had the pleasure of designing the flowers for Laura and Ryan's wedding in Virginia. Laura is sweet and creative and a dream to work with and we captured her style with romantic flowers and a soft color palette. We styled the flowers around a navy, blush, white and green color story with fluffy high-petal count flowers, on-trend succulents and textural foliage. The flowers used to create this look included: white hydrangea, peach garden roses, pale lavender dahlias, pink astilbe, blush mini calla lilies, echeveria and seeded eucalyptus. Enjoy!
Flowers: Uncloudy Studio
Venue: River Creek Country Club
Photography: Bonnie Sen Creative Photography
It was my absolute pleasure to design the wedding flowers for Amy and Curtis' wedding in September at DAR in Washington, DC!Read More
As I gear up for the fabulous frenzy of fall weddings, I'm looking back at some of my past favorites. This week I'm taking a stroll down memory lane with Melissa and Mike and their gorgeous October indoor/outdoor wedding at 2941 Restaurant in Falls Church.
The ceremony was held outside on the beautiful terrace under a handmade chuppah of birch and curly willow accented with fresh bittersweet vines. The bride and groom wanted a "farmer's market" flower feel with all seasonal flowers in vibrant colors to pop against the black bridesmaid's dresses and touch of purple was added to match their purple shoes! The bride and her bridesmaids all carried hand-tied bouquets with sunflowers, orange roses, dahlias, celosia and zinnias with a touch of statice and ageratum. The men all wore slightly different boutonnieres and instead of corsages, the Mother's carried single sunflowers wrapped in eggplant ribbon.
The indoor reception carried over the same color palette and flower choices but also incorporated fresh fruits and vegetables and a "Moroccan" feel with lanterns, candles and framed table numbers. The centerpieces were each unique and included pomegranates, artichokes, protea, oranges and bittersweet.
The bride and groom were an absolute joy to work with and their floral vision allowed me to create a beautiful seasonal wedding that I still love to share!
Enjoy the photos from me and Evan Rowland Photography.
These cooler temperatures and the end of summer (sigh) approaching have me thinking ahead to fall and thinking back to one of my favorite brides ever!
I had the pleasure, a few years ago, of working with the lovely Stephanie Lew Block on her October wedding in Washington, DC. She was an absolute dream and we were fast friends even keeping touch to the present day. You can read her testimonial here.
Her color palette was rich autumn tones of red, orange, deep burgundy, yellow and a pop of bright green. Her flowers included mini calla lilies, hypericum berries, mini gerbera daisies, spray roses and roses.
Enjoy the flashback and her beautiful photos from Renee Michele Photography.
I love love love it when a client says "you have creative license" and that's exactly what was expressed to me when Uncloudy Studio worked with Miss Fete and Bloompop Weddings to do this editorial wedding on Hains Point in Washington, DC. The theme was unconventional, non-traditional with bold, rich colors. Most of the flowers were local like dahlias, cottage yarrow, ageratum, scabiosa, millet, straw flower, celosia, amaranthus and peonies. Others were not like protea, air plants and ostrich feathers. I had so much fun!
Here are a few of my personal photos. Professional photos coming soon so stayed tuned for a look at the whole wedding...
Happy Friday xo!
Not all of us are planners. Some of us like to fly by the seat of our pants. Go with the flow. Roll with the punches. Or get married or plan an event in less than a month. Scary or exciting? Depends on how you look at it. With the right attitude and the right people to assist you then definitely the latter.
I love a good challenge and the spirit that goes along with planning a spur of the moment party or a "Hey! Let's get married next month!" wedding! Uncloudy Studio can design and deliver beautiful bouquets, arrangements, centerpieces, boutonnieres and corsages, you name it, in the Washington, DC metro area with less than 2 weeks notice!
So here's what you do:
- Just go to my contact page, fill out and submit the form.
- I will contact you in 24 hours or less. We will either schedule a time to meet in person to discuss details or the whole process can take place by phone or email.
- After we get your flower plan in place I will email you an invoice which you can pay with check by mail (if we have 2 or more weeks advance notice of the event date) or by credit card.
- Once payment is made you will receive a receipt by email and piece of mind that your flowers are in good hands even with short notice - see, easy!
And here are few things to keep in mind when requesting flowers for a quick turnaround wedding or special event:
- Having a color palette is great! If you love all things purple including your flowers then be sure to mention that. If you're not a fan of red and would be really bummed to have red flowers in your centerpieces then mention that too!
- Not having a color palette isn't problem. "Colorful" is also a color and makes flower selection a breeze!
- Be flexible with the flower choices. Some flowers just aren't available in every season and some flowers just aren't available on short notice so if you're last minute party planning be aware that substitutions may need to be made in the flower department. And that can really be fun too!
- Make a list. Take a moment to think about your event. Is this a wedding? How many bouquets will you need? Boutonnieres? Centerpieces? Is this a dinner party? How many tables will there be? Come up with a good idea of your flower needs and rest will be discussed when we chat.
- Budget. This is important. When time is of the essence you'll want to have a good idea of how much money you have to spend on floral decor and delivery. This also helps me steer you in the right direction. For example: Only have $50 to spend on each centerpiece? No problem but that means we won't be using orchids in three foot tall vases...
- And finally, the delivery details. Know the date, time and location for delivery of your flowers and if you won't be the one accepting the delivery have a specific person in charge of that responsibility to handle that final detail for you.
Now what are you waiting for?! Let's get busy :)
Here's how Bloompop describes their mission: "Bloompop Weddings features the unique, artisan designs of the absolute best local florists. Our florists are highly experienced, professional, creative, and extremely talented artisans. Our Wedding florists typically don't sell their wedding services online, but they've created exclusive packages for Bloompop in a range of styles and color palettes. We're confident you'll be able to find florals to compliment your unique wedding's style and budget!"
They've created a simple and affordable way to select flowers for your wedding including bridal and bridesmaid's bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages plus centerpieces and cocktail table arrangements just by choosing a color palette and adding the items to your cart.
You can check out my shop page or browse the selections: Breathtaking Blue (blue with a hint of white and silvery/grey), Coral Charm (coral, peach and pink), Radiant Orchids (purple and silvery/grey), Simple Sophistication (white and green), Natural Tropics (a colorful mix including red, orange, yellow, green and succulents) and Classic Romance (classic roses in any color palette). And if you have any color selections you'd like to see available please let me know!
Happy Wedding Planning! xoxo
Today I'm taking a trip down memory lane to an elegant and intimate wedding at the Arts Club of Washington in Washington, DC. The subtle color palette was light blue, green and white. The flowers used to create the soft and subdued bouquets were: blue hydrangea, white mini callas lilies, white and green roses, star of Bethlehem, green hypericum, dusty miller and fresh rosemary (for remembrance). The boutonnieres were white mini calla lilies with a touch of hydrangea and rosemary plus a bloom of star of Bethlehem. The corsages were bracelets of flowers incorporating hybrid delphinium, white spray roses, green hypericum berries and hints of rosemary. The setting for the ceremony was outdoors with white seating and two large floral arrangements in urns to accentuate the altar area. The floral displays included large calla lilies, bells of Ireland, hybrid delphinium, white oriental lilies, blue hydrangea, white snapdragons, roses and green mini coin.
(photos by Kenneth Staab Photography)Read More
As engagement season comes to a close and wedding and event season start to ramp up it's time to pick a florist (me!) for your special day. This can seem overwhelming and intimidating but it shouldn't be, it should be fun. My goal for a consultation is to have the client walk away saying "that was easy!" Below are a few tips to help you prepare for our first floral meeting:
- Pick a color palette. This can be determined by the bridesmaid’s dresses. If so, bring a swatch of fabric with you.
- Determine your style. For example, are you looking for modern, structured flowers with clean lines? Maybe soft, feminine and romantic is more your style. Or do you picture wildflowers with an organic, bohemian flair?
- Know your numbers. How many are in the wedding party? How many guests and/or tables will there be?
- Establish a budget. This may seem intimidating but it helps me steer you in the right direction when choosing types of flowers, styles of arrangements and amount of floral decor. As a general rule the flower budget is 10% of your total wedding/event budget.
- Don’t stress your flower knowledge. You don’t need to know every flower name and when it’s available, that’s what I’m for! Just know what you like (and don’t like) and based on your color palette, style and budget we can determine the right flowers for your event.
- Do your research. Gather inspiration and make a Pinterest board. Print pictures that you see online, tear pages from magazines, take pictures and bring it all with you. You are also encouraged to send me links beforehand so I can be better prepared for our consultation.
- Expect to spend approximately one hour (more or less given the size of the event) for your initial free consultation.
Now head over to my contact page and schedule a consultation. The fall season is booking up fast so don't hesitate. I can't wait to meet you! xo
I had so much fun choosing the photos for my website mostly because I got to take a trip down memory lane with each one. I keep finding new photos and remembering past clients so over the next few months I'm going to share some of my favorites with you.
In April of 2012 I had the pleasure of working with the lovely Susannah Dyer for her wedding at St. Peter's on Capitol Hill and Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill. She was a pleasure to work with because she had ideas of what she wanted her flowers to look like and smell like :) but mainly because she trusted my vision and let me run with it.
Red roses were the highlight of the bridal party flowers with a hint of genestra to add fragrance. The reception was a sweet palette of red roses, pink tulips and pink peonies, purple hyacinth and purple hydrangea along with genestra and cherry blossoms and fragrance, fragrance, fragrance!
Enjoy the photos by the talented Heather Elizabeth Photography!