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SECRET GARDEN PARTY

Our lives are a series of moments both big and small, and we believe that those moments are certainly worth celebrating. When our client reached out to us with a desire to celebrate a monumental birthday with an intimate dinner party we FELL IN LOVE with the idea! This client is a talented local florist so we knew we wanted to blow her away with the floral arrangements. She had a few requests, but she really just wanted to show up and enjoy a beautiful night with good food, great friends, and a gorgeous atmosphere. Done, done, and DONE! 

Our lives are a series of moments both big and small, and we believe that those moments are certainly worth celebrating. When our client reached out to us with a desire to celebrate a monumental birthday with an intimate dinner party we FELL IN LOVE with the idea! This client is a talented local florist so we knew we wanted to blow her away with the floral arrangements. She had a few requests, but she really just wanted to show up and enjoy a beautiful night with good food, great friends, and a gorgeous atmosphere. Done, done, and DONE!

 

 

 

One request that we were happy to fulfill was sourcing this beautiful buttercream creation by the talented Sarah of Begell Bakes. I gave her a color palette and an inspiration picture and then let her run wild with the design! We have worked together before, so I knew I could trust her to create something beautiful and she did not disappoint with this playful, palette knife floral design. 

The place settings were a mix of old & new. We started with a blue terrazzo melamine plate to bring in a bright pop of color and layered it with a delicate heirloom white china plate rimmed with silver floral details. We experimented with natural dyes to create the soft blush napkins by using avocado skins and seeds with a hand-dying technique to invoke an earthy blush tone. The napkins were loosely gathered with a weathered, gold metal flower ring. We kept the silverware and glassware simple to keep the focus on the playful, bright details of the table.

THE 
TABLE

The table was an intricate part of the design. We wanted it to stand out in simplistic beauty, grounding the bright and colorful peices. If im being totally honest, we weren't sure we were going to be able to pull of this part of the design due to some huge hiccups, but after many hours of sleep lost and many hours of labor, this beauty was brought to life. Im so grateful for my husband, who made my table dreams come true and helped to bring the vision full circle. We paired our rustic, solid wood table with sleek and modern, acrylic ghost chairs souced from Mager Designs. They were the perfect balance for this tablescape and created a coheisive design helped to showcase every element of the garden. Our aim was to create impact peices and pockets of beauty in between each element, allowing your eye to bounce from thing to thing, soaking in the individual beauty of each element while also drawing your eye further into the whole design.

THE FLOWERS

We knew we wanted to knock the flowers out of the park. I mean, how many times will you get the honor and opportunity to completely surprise a florist with floral arrangements? 

We wanted to create a large impact centerpiece, then let the rest of the arrangements on the table be a simple continuation of color that carried your eyes around the garden. The garden fence was covered in various vines and wildflowers already which is what inspired the secret garden and lended to the transformative feel when you stepped through the garden gate. We carefully weeded and trimmed in order to make it inhabitable for our guests, while still feeling completely naturally secluded. We then added a backdrop installation with the most perfectly rusted hanging containers. We adorned the containers with a mixture of garden flowers, roses, and greenery making them feel full and lushish, with trailing pieces coming out of every side. The star of the show in the arrangements were the gorgeous dahlias from Three Silos Farm, a local flower farm that specializes in show stopping dahlias and other garden beauties. Three Silos Farm is nothing short of amazing and the owner, Jody, is incredibly dedicated to producing the best blooms she can to spread joy and smiles to all that have the priveledge of seeing her flowers. The beautiful and bright spray roses, garden roses, and ranunculus where sourced from our local wholesaler DFW of Toledo, who were tremedously helpful in helping us source the best flowers while staying within budget! All the arrangements were unique and incredibly fun to create. We used a mixed of bright colors and lots of texture to create lots of depth to each of the pieces. We took a little bit of a gamble stepping away from our clients traditional color palate, but we think the risk was well worth it.

THE
FOOD

We greeted out guests with an assortment of cheese and crackers and a few cold drinks before seating them in the garden. Then we moved into a plated course meal with a menu stuffed mushrooms, seasoned veggie kabobs over a bed of mediterranean couscous, ham, cheese, and spinach wonton cups, and jumbo chicken stuffed shells in a white wine & marina sauce. With each course we delivered to the table, we brought two questions submitted by the guests beforehand to bring about fun, lively conversations and opportunites to share wonderful memories.

ALL THE BEAUTIFUL IMAGES WERE CAPTURED BY THE AMAZINGLY TALENTED CAITLIN BREANN PHOTOGRAPHY.

This night was packed with beautifully intimate and intentional moments. Each detail is incredibly important to us because it's incredibly important to your story. We take what some may consider ordinary details and use those details to create an extraordinary narrative. 

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