Monthly Archives: August 2009

Stargazers for Someone Special

So…a number of years ago we had to replace the air conditioning unit in our home. While the A/C tech was here working, he noticed my flower studio. After talking for a while he asked if he could order flowers for his wife. He requested ‘Stargazer’ lilies…


Over the years we’ve kept in touch with one another through flower deliveries and A/C repair visits. In an effort to rekindle the friendship, our compressor died this week. When you live in Texas and it’s 102 degrees outside, an A/C man becomes a treasured friend! Great to see you again, Clint…

(white hydrangeas, ‘Stargazer’ lilies and ‘Lovely Lydia’ spray roses in a pressed tin planter)


Meet Julia Bailey

I’m so excited about featuring the photography of Julia Bailey today! Julia is a photographer from New Orleans and I was fortunate enough to work on a wedding that she photographed here in Texas. Annie, the bride, was so giddy when she spoke of Julia during our flower consultation that I knew I had to check out her website as soon as our consult was over. I was mesmerized by Julia’s website. Even the music playing in the background sent me into an artistic hypnosis!

Before I share this wedding with you,  take a  look at Julia’s website here. Prepare to be BLOWN AWAY!


Annie chose a color palette of Cherry Blossom and Fig for her spring wedding.


Light pink peonies and immature green hydrangeas were hand-tied with ‘Fig’ double-faced satin Midori ribbon for the bridal bouquet.

I_0920 Bridesmaids carried ‘Esperance’ roses, pink ranunculus and tiny lime hydrangeas wrapped with ‘Fig’ ribbon with pink jeweled accents.

I_0157 The younger flower girls carried pomanders of Kermit mums studded with pink and green beads. A loop of ‘Cherry Blossom’ Midori ribbon formed the handle.

I_0177 The oldest flower girl carried this floral box filled with Kermit mums, poppy pods, pink ranunculus, lisianthus buds and bupleurum with a beaded handle.

I_0455 The church was decorated with trees of crystals constructed by the family…beautiful!


I_0436 Monochromatic clusters of pink flowers were tied on pew ends with ‘Cherry Blossom’ ribbon.


Clusters of crystal candlesticks topped with ‘Majolika’ spray roses, green hypericum berries and bupleurum served as reception centerpieces.



I love the way Julia captured this centerpiece of ‘Esperance’ roses, green spider mums, ‘Super Green’ roses, bupleurum, ‘Majolika’ spray roses, pink peonies, green hypericum berries, pink lisianthus and Queen Anne’s Lace.



Some centerpieces at the reception incorporated branches of crystals…continuing the theme started at the ceremony.


I_0738 The reception was held at Downtown 202 which also happens to be one of my favorite venues. Tall ceilings, brick walls, concrete floors and gorgeous chandeliers…and this perfect night sky looking out on downtown.


Special thanks to Emily and Jenny for their work on this wedding. You two made my life so much easier and this reception would not have been the same without your design work. I’m blessed by your friendship!

Thanks, also, to Janice and Kelli for their help on this wedding. You made me laugh and enjoy the moment while working at the church! Miss you…

And to Julia: Thanks for your generosity…I’m so thrilled to get the chance to post some of your photos. You have inspired me with your kindness and unbelievable artistic talent. As my teenager would say, “You Rock”! 


I_0158… the reason I love weddings…

Ariella Chezar – Inspired by Nature

If you love nature and art, you must check out Ariella Chezar. Her floral designs are a perfect marriage of the two.

23bbARIELLA One of my all time favorites…nerines and a full blown peony.


26_1bARIELLA Making an arrangement look this natural and uncontrived is actually very difficult. I can envision that vine just busting loose during the reception and slapping a guest in the face! Those are the kinds of things floral designers are always thinking about…or having bad dreams about…


28bARIELLA Scented geranium leaves, berries and garden roses…so romantic.


33bARIELLA So interesting and beautiful. Are those peas hanging down? You could actually snack on this bouquet!


35bARIELLA The colors here remind me of summer and sorbet…

For more of Ariella’s breathtaking designs, check out her website.