Speakeasy Soiree

I remember someone once telling me that Jan/Feb/Mar are the slow months for us in this wedding industry "biz."  Frankly, I don't know what happened but that has not been the case in any way, shape or form.  Of course I'm not complaining at all.  But I am taking this morning to catch up on all my estimates and proposals with a mug of coffee  They gave me a beautiful iridescent, opal looking glass from which I have been channeling ethereal descriptions of gorgeous bouquets and table settings.  Much like these designs we created for this past Tuesday's Speakeasy Soiree.

Thank you, Suzy from Lily Red Studio for capturing these gorgeous images!  Suzy also created all the paper items for the event which were gorgeous!  She's working on some signage for us at the shop and I can't wait!

I forced myself to drink an extra Manhatten or glass of red wine here and there to provide the "vases" for the ostrich feathers & ranunculus.  Let me tell you, that's pure dedication.


Joan from Five Grain Events coordinated this fabulous industry meet up and as always it was incredible.  Networking can be a little difficult (especially when you have wallflower tendencies like myself), but she just makes it so easy!  Jordon's Food of Distinction provided delicious snacks for us to taste as we drank our mint juleps & bee's knees from vintage tea cups.

Amid all the running around the past week between the mock ups and meetings and emails and phone calls and designing, three house guests came to Mason de la Fleur.  One of Davey's closest friends from college and his fiance!  Engaged for just one week!  Of course the excitement was even more grand upon hearing and sharing their amazing news and I had to bite my tongue over and over to not overwhelm Chrissy with ideas (a curse of working in this industry.., too much info to share!).  What a wonderful week of catching up and simply spending time together.  Eating too much, walking around neighborhoods, scrabble games and more.  Isn't this what friendship is all about?


Anne, Davey's sister also came to visit.  Time spent with her is never long enough and I continually hint that she needs to move to Chicago where we will open all of our paper and crafty stores, plan weddings, sew dresses and go antiquing.  Oh, the plans we have!!!  Yesterday was spent all day rummaging through antique malls and finishing with a drink in a little cafe before our amazing dinner at Lula Cafe.  I was having so much fun I forgot to take a single photo, but luckily Suzy captured this one of all of us.  I think it's going to be a favorite of mine.

Now, back to the world of weddings.  Thank you all for your patience as I relaxed in Florida and hosted some love and friendship at home.  I'm WAY behind with everything, but am catching up.  We have an exciting wedding this weekend, a clothing swap on Sunday (4-7pm at Fleur!) lots of proposals & estimates to write and some outstanding weather today!  Hope you're all enjoying a wonderful St Patrick's Day!!


Five Years and Counting

The most wonderful part of my job is that I am surrounded by people in love.  And occasionally it's just just newlyweds.  My friend Jessie recently asked my help to stylize a photo shoot celebrating her and her husband's five year anniversary.

Naturally I was beyond honored by their request and was so excited to once again work alongside Jaclyn Simpson and Jennifer Kathryn.  In addition, special custom designed paper treats were included from Suzy the talented designer at Lily Red Design.

The details were quite endless.  Jessie and Eric read their original vows to one another, while standing under a canopy of lace, string, twine and ribbon (Eric proposed with a piece of string) and atop a beautiful Persian rug.., a wedding gift.  They brought a basket of items representing time during the past five years including their wedding album.   There was a picnic.  Trees represented wood, the traditional wedding gift of five years.

Jessie held a bouquet including thistle, one of Eric's favorites, tucked among oak leaf hydrangea, acorns and billy balls.

Rosemary was included and the ribbon treatment was finished with twine.

Jessie and Eric were married on a cotton plantation, under a pecan tree.  Naturally, some cotton in his boutonniere was necessary.

Eric and Jessie are two people I met via the wedding industry.  We've become good friends, and I always look so forward to spending time with them.  Their joy for one another and delight in simplicity is inspiring.  Their hard work and devotion towards one another and their dear friends and family around them is outstanding.  And their sense of humor and love for life is infectious.

I was moved when asked to be a part of this afternoon.

Thank you, Eric and Jessie, and congratulations on five beautiful years, and here is to many, many more.


Finally a post or three!

It's been a minute since I've had the time to sit down and collect my thoughts.  August began as the slowest month and quickly turned into one of the busiest.  Part of this was my time in Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana & Wisconsin.  Part of that was holidays at lakes & camping, the other half just plain work.  Luckily for me, work is really quite fun and the range is open.  For example, once again I was honored to work on a beautiful photography collaboration with the two wonderfully talented Jaclyn Simpson & Jenn Kathryn.  This time around we worked with Jessie and her husband Eric on their five year (!!!) wedding anniversary shoot.

Suzy from Lily Red Design created beautiful paper pieces, including a lunch menu for Jessie & Eric's picnic and a reprint of their original vows.  There will absolutely be more photos, but in the meantime I snapped a few of the amazing couple.  However.., really can't wait to see what Jaclyn & Jenn show!

Their love for each other is kind of addicting.

You really have no idea how hard it was for them because of all the mosquitos.  No kidding.

But between all this travel, we've still been working on weddings and deliveries and staying quite busy.  Aside from lots of new items in the storefront (lots of goodies to purchase, such as Saipua Soaps, vintage glassware, scented candles...), we've just been having so much fun.  In fact, this might be the most fun I've personally ever had in August!

Wildflower bouquets and centerpieces seem to be the hit of the season, and here are a few, in blue, that Caleb created.

It's refreshing to see this palette in mid-summer.  Not to say I'm not in love with glowing yellows, peach, mustards, pinks and other summer colors.., it's just a nice mix into the overall season.

And I am completely in love with Caleb's color descriptions of sperm whale and desert.  They make me want to travel, look at picture books, sit in the park and sketch and move to an island to fish.  He is a painter, and an amazing one at that.