ALICE IN WONDERLAND BRIDAL SHOWER

Whimsical blush and mauve floral centerpiece, Alice in Wonderland theme
 
It’s always such an honor when other vendors hire me to create something beautiful for their special occasion, and working with Courtney of Cecile’s Paper Co. to bring some flower magic to her sophisticated Alice in Wonderland Bridal Shower was a true joy.

She gave me a color palette, let me peep her gorgeous invitation suite (just wait until you see it!) and told me to do my thing. Her colors? And I quote, ” mauve, greys, silver, and faintttt blush.”

Challenge accepted.

While I often work with bold palettes, my personal style definitely leans towards more subdued shades + bold/interesting textures and accents. And I’m pretty obsessed with mauve these days. Her only request was that we avoid Dusty Miller, despite the fact that it did lend itself well to this color palette. Fine by me, it’s never been a fave. See ya Dusty.
 
Alice in Wonderland Quote and Bridal Shower Guest of Honor fascinator
 
Let’s talk for a minute about how smart/effective Courtney’s communication style + level of involvement in the design was though, because I think it’s an important aspect of getting truly spectacular results from the vendors you work with to bring your wedding or event vision to life. I believe in picking artists & vendors whose work and style you really admire, giving some parameters, and then trusting them to do their thing. I know that this is how I create the work I’m most pleased with for my own clients, and I’ve also had great success when hiring other artists/makers/vendors in both the film and now event industry with this hand on/hands off method.

Bonus: Less stress for you! You don’t need to learn every flower, become a letter press master, or stress out over the timing of your event particulars if you hire the right people, and let them do their job.

Also, her fascinator!

Okay, okay… early morning musings and advice aside, are you ready to see some more gorgeous photos by the fabulous Jessica Rieke Photography?

 
Fresh cake flowers in shades of blush, mauve,and lavender
 
I love love love decorating cakes! It used to make me nervous when I first started designing, but now I think it’s so fun. Especially when I have some gorgeous Grace Rose Farm roses to play with.
 
Blush, mauve, and burgundy wedding centerpiece
 
I created focal centerpieces in antique silver compotes featuring Earl Grey and Quicksand Roses, Garden Roses, Lavender Spray Roses, Mauve/Antique Lisanthus, Scabiosa, Chocolate Queen Ann’s Lace, and lots of Oregano. Yep, oregano.
 
alice in wonderland book & floral flatlay
 
Jessica used the flowers in her gorgeous flat lays, which is such a nice way to add dimension, keep it cohesive and tie everything together!
 
sophisticated blush and mauve floral arrangement
 

 
Tea pot centerpiece, tea pot of flowers
 
I also did a few vintage tea pots and tea cups of flowers to add a little whimsy and tie into the tea party theme.
 
Mauve, blush, lavender, and burgundy centerpiece
 
Those cobra lilies though!
 

 
Working at The Peninsula Beverly Hills was a delight- the Magnolia room is the perfect size + blank slate for a bridal or baby shower, and the staff was SO dang nice! They even brought us water when we arrived and were setting up, which is so appreciated after hauling flowers around.
 
beautiful wedding envelope with calligraphy, vintage stamps, and fresh oregano
 
This is basically envelope perfection- I’m a total sucker for vintage stamps. And that ribbon!
 
Girl holding Lily
 
The gorgeous guest of honor.
 
Alice in Wonderland invitation suite and flower flatlay
 
Holy flat lay! Look at all those crazy gorgeous details! Thank you so much Courtney, for trusting me to bring your vision to life and big congrats on your fast-approaching wedding! xo
 
Venue: The Peninsula Beverly Hills / Photography: Jessica Rieke Photography / Paper Goods: Cecile’s Paper Co. /
Floral Design: Winston & Main



DRINKING WITH CHICKENS

Backyard chickens frolicking in lush floral table garland
 
This is the strike crew of my dreams y’all. It might also be IS the booze + lovely lady + flower + chicken-filled party of my dreams. For sure. I first discovered Kate and her amazing blog/Instagram, Drinking with Chickens, last year when I wrote this article on Apartment Therapy.
 
We started chatting on IG and godblesstheinternet here I am creating some flower magic in her backyard a year later. She also took that amazing photo up there.
 
Gorgeous cottage garden paths lined with purple flowers
 
Kate’s garden is ridiculous. Like fairy-tale levels of perfection #gardengoals ridiculous. And I was so lucky she agreed that I could bring along my pal Victoria Gold Photography to snag some fancy florist shots. AKA, the kind, at big events, I’m usually too sweaty/busy to ever take, let alone look at, or post again.
 
florist apron with japanese snips, pink spray roses, and fried egg peonies
 
Just hanging with my snips and some big ol’ fried egg peonies in the garden. Like ya do.
 
Winston and Main's Tabitha Abercrombie holding a polish chicken wearing a flower necklace
 
Victoria took a bunch of florist glamour shots of me in the garden, and we did things like torture poor Pip with a flower corsage necklace. He loved it. Obviously.
 
Winston & Main's Tabitha Abercrombie putting the finishing touches on a lush floral garland for a garden party
 
So calm. So not sweaty. Just jeuging up a flower-filled table in the garden, like ya do.
 
Winston & Main "Adorn Yourself" acrylic sign and modern brass wrist corsages
 
We’ve been making these modern brass wrist corsages for our wedding clients for a while now, and just love them! See also: we love making acrylic signs! And…No more 80’s prom arms, I mean, unless you’re having an 80’s prom wedding in which case- call me! πŸ™‚
 
Modern Floral Jewelry, fresh flowers on brass cuffs for a modern wedding corsage
 
I just love love love these little pieces of floral jewelry, because each one is totally unique. It was really fun to watch guests select the one that spoke to them.
 
Did I mention that I LOVE attending parties that I’ve floralized? I am consistently humbled + awed by the effect beautiful flowers have on people and feel so lucky when I get to see my #flowermagic in action.
 
A colorful and bohemian garden party, afternoon tea, or wedding tablescape
 
Are you ready for flower porn on a whole different scale though?
 
tablescape with overflowing garland and colorful chairs for garden party
 
And a different angle. That garland though. She’s extra.
Iphone pic by yours truly.
 
a birds-eye-view of a lush floral table garland and beautiful mini-cupcakes
 
Especiallye extra at this angle.
Photo + Gorgeous lil’ cupcakes by my pal Kristin over at Dine X Design!
 
Fun fact: Kristin and I met at Alt Summit waaaaaay back in 2012 and reconnected at this lil’ shindig! Again, godblesstheinternet!
 
A birds-eye-view of a lush early summer floral garland on a table set for afternoon tea.
 
More. More. More.
 
backyard chickens in lush floral garland
 
More chickens. More flowers.
 
Drinking with Chickens party goers at lush tea party holding chickens
 
More hot ladies with lap chickens.
 
Party goers with cocktails and chickens at Drinking with Chickens Boozy Tea Party
 
Koval bottles with flower adornments
 
Leave no surface or booze bottle unflowered. That’s what we say. After all, Kate’s blog is called Drinking with Chickens. And Koval did put the “booze” in the Boozy Garden Tea Party. And it was delicious!
 
bright peony filled table garland tea party or wedding
 
Okay, maybe just one more tablescape. Is it weird that I wanna climb on that table and roll around in the flowers?
 
Winston & Main's Tabitha Abercrombie in the garden with her hand-painted "mother of chickens" tote
 
Well, maybe I’m just a little weird. πŸ™‚
 

Amazing Collaborators + Contributors:
Hosts: Wandering Whiskey Society and Drinking with Chickens / Booze: Koval Distillery / Cookies + Cookie Decorating Sesh: Compact Cookies / Cocktails: Bit by a Fox / Cupcakes: Dine X Design / Scones: Nosh With Tash / All photography, except
where otherwise credited: Victoria Gold Photography / Floral Design: Winston & Main



MAGIC MILK BATH

Gorgeous milk bath photography with a blush, lavender, and purple palette.
 
Leftover event flowers + a gorgeous mama-to-be?
Obviously it’s #milkbathmonday.
 
Unicorn mama-to-be in a black clawfoot bath tub surrounded by white subway tile.
 
Not gonna lie, I’m super happy that this is my bathroom.
No guarantees I EVER look this glamorous during bath time though.

But for a total DIY project, aka we could stand in the dirt under our house and *maybe* had to shower in our backyard for 3 months… I LOVE it!
 
Purple ranunculus, peach roses, and italian ruscus milk bath photography
 
Flowers floating in milky water. Who knew?
Pinterest knew.
 
Maternity milk bath featuring lavender and pink flowers.
 
Unicorn locks, a flower crown, and a flower filled bath tub!
 
Lavender flowers floating in a milky bath.
 
More flowers.
 
Lavender locks and a blush and lavender flower crown.
 
When your flower crown matches your hair.
 
Fabulous flowers floating in a milk bath.
 
Preggo belly in a milky bath surrounded by blush and lavender flowers.
 
That belly.
Those flowers.
 
Relaxing floral bath by Winston & Main
 
Fun fact: Monday is “officially” my day off.
I strive to look/feel this relaxed on a monday,
but i often end up working.

On the other hand, I’m pretty dang happy I didn’t take the day off.
 
Better together- a purple japanese ranunculus and a peachy rose.
 
You gotta be flexible with yourself to make magic.
 
 
Photography: Julie Shuford Photography / Concept, Floral Design + Styling: Winston & Main / Model: Ravayna