DUTCH MASTERS FLORAL INSPIRATION

Lush bridal bouquet full of peonies, dahlias, and organic greenery.
 
Holy Bouquet Batman!
I owe you all a serious apology for sitting on this one for so dang long!

My lush, romantic, and textural florals really bloom against the industrial backdrop of The Garage Burbank, and Victoria’s photos are always some of my favorite.
 
Beautiful head tablescape with lush and romantic jewel tones and lots of candlelight.
 
This gorgeous shoot was designed by my pal Jason Lloyd. I love love love how he hand-dyed the gauzy table runner. Swoon!
 
Lush and organic jewel-toned centerpiece in white ceramic compote.
 
Now let’s talk about this queen.

She’s large and most definitely in charge, not to mention full of gorgeous premium wedding blooms!

This luxury centerpiece features peonies, dahlias, ranunculus, romantic antike garden roses, astilbe, and some of the best scabiosa I’ve ever got my little florist’s paws on.
 
Sophisticated wedding portrait- cute couple sitting on rustic chairs.
 
Decadent wedding spread including lush floral arrangement and delicious donuts.
 
Dutch Masters + donuts FTW.
 
Joyful first dance + cute wedding photography ideas.
 
Love his smile, that bowtie, and that bout!
Boutonnieres are always one of my favorite details because each one is a tiny piece of art.
 
Beautiful and romantic jewel toned bouquet with blue accents
 
Sorry, this seat’s taken.
 
Unique acrylic invitations styled with scabiosa flower
 
Cecile’s Paper Co. strikes again with this fabulous acrylic invitation suite.

See more of Courtney’s beautiful work on her own wedding shower paper goods with floral design by yours truly right here.
 
Romantic first dance at The Garage, Burbank.
 
Romantic and Moody tablescape featuring a lush centerpiece of peonies, dahlias, and ranunculus, lots of candles, and beautiful cocktails.
 
Sophisticated Bride and Groom Portraits.
 
Lush floral design and beautiful craft cocktails for your wedding.
 
Wanna see even more gorgeous french wedding inspiration?
Dutch Masters with Donuts? Suuuuuuper lush luxury blooms?

There’s more to see in our porfolio.
Check out our feature over on Cake and Lace Blog!
 
 
Venue: The Garage / Photography: Victoria Gold Photography / Event Design: By Jason Lloyd / Florals: Winston & Main / Invitations & Menu: Cecile’s Paper Co. / Table Top Rentals: diy La Bride / Dress: Kirsten Paige / Accessories: The Blushing Bird / Cocktails: Calicraft Cocktails / Hair & Makeup: Create Facee / Desserts: California Donuts, ‘Lette Macarons / Models: Holly & Martin



COLORFUL FLORAL INSTALLATION

Tabitha Abercrombie of Winston & Main sits in front of her colorful floral installation for Don Julio Tequila.
 
Oh hi there.
I’m just taking a little sit down here among the flowers.
SO many flowers.
ALL the flowers.
 
Bright floral blanket spills out of vintage blue chevy for Don Julio Tequila activation.
 
See what I mean?
 
Tabitha Abercrombie of Winston & Main poses with her floral installation for Don Julio Tequila
 
This would be a good time to mention that when we arrived, the truck was parked against an ugly black privacy screen. My heart died a little to think of ALL THAT FLOWER MAGIC wasted on an ugly backdrop.

Have we talked about my LOVE for photography? I thought so.
 
Tabitha Abercrombie of Winston & Main poses with a dinner plate dahlia and a backdrop of colorful flowers!
 
We confirmed that the truck was not moving, got 75% through the install, and the event organizers decided the truck had to move.
 
Womp. Womp.
 
Colorful flower installation on the vintage blue Don Julio Tequila truck
 
It was 9:30am and 99 billion degrees at this point, but I didn’t even care once I saw where we were moving!

It was like the sky opened and flower-lovin-angels burst into song. (snap by me)
 
Vintage blue Chevy Don Julio Tequila truck filled with flowers by Winston & Main
 
The flower explosion + vintage Chevy make my heart so happy.
Also, this is how I like to imagine my life looks at all times! πŸ™‚
 
Tabitha Abercrombie of Winston & Main busy installing flowers on the Don Julio Tequila truck.
 
Why I really do yoga.
Werkin those flowers.
 
Floral installation and license plate flowers on the Don Julio Tequila truck.
 
Details. Details. Details.
Of course I had to put a flower on the license plate.
 
Tabitha Abercrombie of Winston & Main snaps a pic of her colorful floral installation for Don Julio Tequila
 
Another reason I do yoga.
Or…a natural born camper.
You decide. πŸ™‚
 
Colorful blanket of flowers spilling out of the Don Julio Tequila truck.
 
Tabitha Abercrombie of Winston & Main + the Don Julio Tequila truck.
 
Thanks for reading y’all!
 
 
Event: Alt 98.7 Summer Camp at The Queen Mary for Don Julio Tequila / Photography: Altar Image Photography / Floral Design + Styling: Winston & Main



DESIGN YOUR PERFECT WEDDING DAY

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Did you catch our Cosmic Bloom Desert Wildflower Elopement Shoot earlier this week? It’s a dreamy one. You can check out our feature over on Green Wedding Shoes (eeeeek!) and peep a bunch more photos here and here.

Then come back so we can chat a little about the process of going from threemillionamazingideas, to concrete designs, to a magical day, to final photos, mkay?
My coffee and I will be right here waiting…

My Design Process in a Nutshell

This is the process I use to turn my clients (and my own) sometimes disparate ideas and inspirations, into complete, cohesive, and beautifully realized designs + events. So whether you’re a newly engaged couple, a fellow wedding professional, or a DIY Wedding Warrior, this will work for you too. Try it out and let me know what you think!

1. Ask the Question

 
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How do you want your event to feel?

 

Ask yourself this question first. Write down your answer and refer to it often.
Trust me on this one, your answer will inform the rest of your decisions.

Great events tell great stories. Great stories give you all the feels.
The question is definitely NOT about how you want your event to look.

I wanted our shoot to feel like a sun-drenched bohemian adventure,
full of magic, color and whimsy.

 

2. Be A Greedy Squirrel

 
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Pinterest. The Library. Museums. Magazines. A dog walk. A good book.
 
Inspiration is everywhere, so gather it all up like the greedy little squirrel you are.
Pin it all. Jot it down. If it gives you the feels, gobble it up. For now. Don’t bother to edit.

BUT

Set a Time Limit.
aka. Once your mouth is full you have to stop. (is this analogy still working?)

*If you’ve just gotten engaged, maybe it’s a month to soak up all the inspiration and champagne.
*If it’s a party in a couple months, maybe you give yourself a week.
*If it’s a styled shoot in a week or two, maybe you give yourself a day, or even just a couple of hours.

My squirrel phase looked a bit like this:

NPR won’t shut up about this desert super bloom – maybe it’s worth the drive to see – maybe if we drive all the way out there we should do a desert photo shoot – the desert got me thinking about gram parsons – gram parsons got me thinking about 70’s vibes – my father-in-law has a badass 70’s corvette – so maybe a desert elopement with that car – damn Ravayna’s hair would match all those purple desert flowers – oh! wouldn’t a first dance with a portable record player be sweet – hey! I have a portable record player…

And so on…

And of course the whole time what I’m actually doing is pinning/making lists of anything and everything that feels sun-drenched, bohemian, magical, whimsical, colorful, or adventurous.
 

3. Obey the Rule of Three

 
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Look over all that beautiful inspiration (more like random pins and chicken scratch at this point) and pick out three things you gravitate towards over and over. A certain color. A pattern. A type of flower. Do you only pin brides in short lace dresses? (asking for a friend)

Pay attention to your own ideas.
And pick your three elements.

This is where the magic happens: the three elements you chose, that gave you all the feels, are unique to you. (or your couple, if you’re a designer/planner) and they’ll help you tell your personal + original story.

The Rule of Three is simple: primarily focus on and repeat these three elements throughout your design.

My three for our shoot were purple sunsets, eclectic props, and 70’s rock ‘n’ roll.
 

4. Make your Mood Board

 
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Bouquet/Hair/Wildflowers/Couple/Corvette/Tabletop/Cake/Records
 
Your mood board is an immediate visual answer to the the question.
It gives you all the feels and contain your palette and three elements.
And nothing else.

Now is the time to say goodbye to all those other good ideas,
and the 14 other weddings that could have been.

Make a mixtape, pack your snacks, and get ready to hit the road,
because you, my friend, have made your very own roadmap.
 

5. List out your projects

 
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What key projects do you want or need to make your wedding/party/photoshoot work?

A variety of simple & impactful projects is best.
You don’t need ALL THE THINGS. I promise.

For our elopement adventure I chose:
A Bouquet & Boutonniere
A Cake & Cocktail
A Sweetheart Table
A Custom Jacket with Gram Parsons Lyric
Musical Props- A Record Player & Guitar
“We Eloped” Records

Sure, we could have done more, more, more, but it wasn’t necessary tell our story.
Remember the bare minimum, done beautifully, is often best.
 

6. Be a Ruthless Editor

 
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Again, inspiration is everywhere.

BUT if you’re past your time limit AND you’ve made a mood board you love, well then, it’s time for a little tough love my friend.

Is that amazingnewidea one of your 3 design elements? Does it 100% fit on your board?
If not, it doesn’t matter how cool it is, let it go.

I think we’ll stop here, and talk more tips for picking your projects, turning your lists and inspirations into tangible designs, and styling your day in the next post. I hope you find this series helpful, and would love to address your specific needs & questions. Or do you have a different design process that works for you? If so, I’d love to hear about it. Leave a comment below, over on Instagram, or shoot me an email.

Or maybe you’re a newly engaged couple who thinks this is all swell, but just want to hire me to do it for you. Check out the services I offer right here.
 
Venue: Anza Borrego Desert State Park / Event & Floral Design + Planning: Winston & Main / Photography: Julie Shuford Photography / Dress + Accessories: The Blushing Bird / Cake: Mwokaji Cakery / Embroidery: Ink & Thread LA / Models: Ravayna & David Coe