Traveling Florist: Laura & Steven’s Santa Fe Wedding

Have you ever felt like you were are a different path than everyone else? Do you live your life within what is considered “normal,” or do you march to the beat of your own drum? Laura and Steven definitely thrive in the unconventional. Their Santa Fe wedding epitomized how unique they are, and I loved it!

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.”

~ Robert Frost

Many brides and grooms go the traditional route when planning their wedding, which is perfectly fine. However, wouldn’t you rather make your special day reflect who you are as a couple? Well, Laura and Steven’s wedding oozed their personalities from the Santa Fe location to the design of their invitations which were designed by the bride and groom. The bride drew the floral design that was screen printed onto the welcome bags. These two are definitely talented. A destination wedding was an ideal way to celebrate their love.

Santa Fe Wedding

Photo: Joni Bilderback Photography

WEDDING FESTIVITIES

Laura and Steven had an intimate wedding with their closest family and friends in the Land of Enchantment, otherwise known as Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Upon the guests’ arrival at the picturesque Inn of the Turquoise Bear, they were greeted with a welcome package including a beautiful Native American blanket. Laura and Steven are equally artistic, and the history of the Inn embraced their love of the literary world. The Inn used to be home of Witter Bynner whose guests included Robert Frost, Georgia O’Keefe, and Rita Hayworth, just to name a few.

The weekend began with drinks and s’mores around a fire under a starlit sky. Each morning, everyone gathered for a family style breakfast (and delicious smoothies) in the main house. The day was spent in downtown Santa Fe with shopping in the market, viewing the miraculous staircase at the Loretta chapel, a trolley tour, and a rooftop lunch with margaritas.

WEDDING CEREMONY

The pueblo style of the historic Inn of the Turquoise Bear was the perfect backdrop for the intimate ceremony of Laura and Steven’s wedding.

“’cause you are the only song I want to hear,

a melody softly soaring through the atmosphere…”

Laura stunned in a flowy, vintage inspired Watters Wtoo gown from BHLDN. Her bouquet was full of vibrant orange roses, pale pink spray roses, sprigs of lavender, hydrangea, and a touch of silver dollar eucalyptus. Wrapped around the base of her bouquet was a family heirloom necklace. Steven looked handsome in a navy suit with a fun bow tie. The boutonnieres were crisp white lisianthus with a sprig of lavender and a touch of greenery. The wedding aisle was lined with fragrant pots of lavender, and the bride and groom stood on a Southwestern rug for the ceremony.

Santa Fe Wedding

Photo: Joni Bilderback Photography

Santa Fe Wedding

Photo: Joni Bilderback Photography

Joni Bilderback Photography captured the love shared by all that day. Joni is a traveling photographer on a journey to photograph a destination wedding in all 50 states. To see the locations that she has explored so far, click here. Joni wrote a wonderful blog post about Laura and Steven’s big day that you can read here. Just so my future brides and grooms know, Joni has not been to the tristate area yet. Hint, hint. Wink, wink.

Santa Fe Wedding

Photo: Joni Bilderback Photography

Santa Fe Wedding

Photo: Joni Bilderback Photography

WEDDING RECEPTION

After the cocktail hour at the Inn of the Turquoise Bear, the wedding guests strolled down the street in Santa Fe to Rio Charma Steakhouse for the reception. The patio was aglow with a roaring fire and candlelight. The tablescapes exuded the vintage charm that the couple strived to achieve with an assortment of gorgeous pillars and vases full of beautiful white flowers and greenery. Each table setting had a gold charger, menu, and a sprig of lavender. The cake from Chocolate Maven was incredible. Sweet and simple in style, but beyond delicious in flavor.

Laura and Steven along with all of their loved ones danced the night away under the starlit sky of the Land of Enchantment. Their wedding weekend showcased their personalities to perfection and made all of the guests see who they truly were.

Since their wedding, Laura and Steven have both pursued their creative passions. Steven started a blog called The Nut Free Vegan, and Laura started a blog chronicling her journey as she completes her father’s bucket list at My Father’s List. They have also enjoyed travelling together as they explore new places as husband and wife.

I really enjoyed being a part of their celebration. I wish them a lifetime of happiness together. For more information on Floral Designs by Jessi, please contact me.

VENDOR LOVE:  Photographer:  Joni Bilderback Photography | Flowers:  Floral Designs by Jessi | Ceremony:  Inn of the Turquoise Bear | Reception:  Rio Chama Steakhouse | Dress:  Watters Wtoo from BHLDN | Cake:  Chocolate Maven | Hair & Makeup:  Genica Lee | DJ:  Bryan Mayhall | Officiant:  Dan Clark

Mainline Wedding Florist: Flower Crown Workshop

In honor of Mother’s Day this past Sunday, I co-hosted a Mother/Daughter Flower Crown Workshop with Kylene Cleaver of Leave It To Me Photography at the Bizzy Mamas’ studio space, The Hive, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. Do you like to play with flowers? It’s my favorite thing to do! Peonies, roses, mums, ranunculus, oh my gorgeousness!!!

Mother/Daughter Flower Crown Workshop

Photo: Leave It To Me Photography

I hope that everyone had a great time celebrating all of the moms in their lives. I spent my weekend with my family including my grandmothers and mother. This was my first year celebrating Mother’s Day as a mom myself. It was a very special one for me.

I really also enjoyed spending time with all of these ladies at our floral crown workshop while celebrating their mother/daughter relationships. It doesn’t matter what age you are, flower crowns are fun for everyone!

After a demonstration on how to create a flower crown, the mothers and daughters began to create their own masterpieces with a little help from me. Then they got a chance to model their creations in a mini photo shoot with Kylene of Leave It To Me Photography. So much fun!

Floral Crown Workshop

Photo: Leave It To Me Photography

I love getting the chance to share my knowledge about designing flowers. What’s better than a workshop?! I am excited about the future of Floral Designs by Jessi. As my business keeps growing, we will be adding more workshops while still focusing on weddings and events. If you have any suggestions on workshops that you would be interested in attending, please leave me a reply. In the meantime, stay tuned for future workshop dates.

Floral Crown Workshop

Photo: Leave It To Me Photography

Floral Crown Workshop

Photo: Leave It To Me Photography

I think that everyone did a great job creating gorgeous floral crowns and showcasing their modeling skills for Kylene of Leave It To Me Photography. I love how each crown is unique and beautiful. I believe that wearing a big pretty flower crown makes every girl feel like a princess.

Happy Mother’s Day! I especially want to wish my partner in crime, Kylene, a happy Mother’s Day. She is an awesome mom!

Leave It To Me Photography

Photo: Leave It To Me Photography

If you would like more information on upcoming workshops or weddings, please check out of Events & Workshops page. Also, if you would like to host a private workshop or would like information on weddings, please contact Floral Designs by Jessi. Have a great day everyone!

 

 

New Jersey Wedding Florist: Impromptu Photo Shoot with Laura in NYC

Recently, my husband and I visited his sister and her fiancé in New York City.  With all of the gorgeous flowers for sale on the sidewalks, I just had to buy some and make a bouquet.

Photo: Floral Designs by Jessi

Photo: Floral Designs by Jessi

We stopped at The Trailer Park Lounge for drinks and food.  What better place to create the bouquet?!  People probably thought that I was crazy.  I love the vibrant colors of the ranunculus, mums, and freesia.  I am so happy that Laura agreed to model for me.  We had a great time finding random places in NYC to take pictures.  Plus, Scott is a great assistant, especially when he demonstrates how to pose!  LOL  Unfortunately, he will not allow me to pot the pictures of him.

Photo: Floral Designs by Jessi

Photo: Floral Designs by Jessi

After spending at beautiful day in New York City, we went to a cherry blossom festival in New Jersey outside of Montclair.  So, this turned into a two-day shoot!  Hope you enjoyed these pictures as much as me!

Photo: Floral Designs by Jessi

Photo: Floral Designs by Jessi

Photo: Floral Designs by Jessi

Photo: Floral Designs by Jessi

I hope that these pictures inspire you for your wedding day.  Contact me today to schedule your own bridal consultation.

Delaware Floral Designer: Winterthur Point-to-Point

The first Sunday of every May brings the feel of Springtime and the steeplechase races at Winterthur Point-to-Point.  My husband and I have been able to attend this event numerous times, and we always have a great time.  Can you ask for a more gorgeous day to spend outside?!

After the Kentucky Derby yesterday, it is nice to see everyone dressed up today for the races in Delaware.  Who doesn’t love the over-the-top fashion?!

Photo: Floral Designs by Jessi

Photo: Floral Designs by Jessi

My new obsession has been designing and creating these derby inspired hats.  I made this floral fascinator for Christina to wear to Point-to-Point.  Doesn’t she look beautiful?!

Photo: Floral Designs by Jessi

Photo: Floral Designs by Jessi

I loved making this out of monestra leaves, aspidistra, Dendrobium orchids, and freesia.  This hat will definitely stand out in the crowd!!!

Photo: Floral Designs by Jessi

Photo: Floral Designs by Jessi

I am now taking orders for floral hats and jewelry designed and created out of fresh flowers and greens with your personal vision in mind.  All eyes will be on you in one of these creations!!!

Photo: Floral Designs by Jessi

Photo: Floral Designs by Jessi

Contact me today to place your order.  Call me at (302) 691-5525 or email me at FloralDesignsbyJessi@yahoo.com.  For more information, check out my Horse Races & Events page.  I look forward to working with you.

Photo: Floral Designs by Jessi

Photo: Floral Designs by Jessi

Delaware Wedding Florist: Alyssa & Ian’s Engagement Shoot

Alyssa and Ian are about the cutest couple I have ever seen.  Megan of Honey Bee Photography captured their love in their magical engagement shoot at the enchanting Gibraltar Gardens in Wilmington, Delaware last fall.

Alyssa and Ian got engaged at Disneyland in California.  How awesome is that?!  I absolutely love the touch of Disney with the carved Mickey pumpkin they used in their engagement photos.  They wanted to have their pictures taken in a beautiful garden that was kind of reminiscent of Beauty and the Beast.  I think that Gibraltar Gardens was the perfect site!

I loved designing and creating a whimsical floral crown for Alyssa with grapevine, ranunculus, and succulents.  I think that it looked gorgeous on Alyssa!

Photo: Honey Bee Photography

Photo: Honey Bee Photography

I had a great time collaborating with Megan of Honey Bee Photography for this engagement photo shoot.  She is great to work with.  She is a talented, natural light photographer who specializes in engagement pictures, family pictures, and portraits.  She definitely captured the love shared by this amazing couple!

Contact me today to schedule your floral design consultation.  I would love to work with you on your engagement photos and wedding!

VENDOR LOVE:  Venue:  Gibraltar Gardens | Photography:  Honey Bee Photography | Flowers:  Floral Designs by Jessi