One cold January day in 2013 I met with bride to be Amanda at a Starbucks. Amanda was a referral from my girlfriend Leslie . From that first meeting with Amanda, I knew that we would have an awesome working relationship. Sometimes you just click with someone! Amanda had a very clear vision for her wedding: romantic, lots of petals, soft, pastels. Then she showed me some inspiration photos which just happened to be from one of my floral idols, Floret Cadet, and the rest of the design plan fell into place easily.

Photo courtesy of Francis Joseph photography.

Photo courtesy of Francis Joseph photography.

Amanda’s bouquet was gorgeous and oh so feminine. We used Juliet garden roses, my beloved Lizzy carnations, pink and white spray roses, white fringe tulips that were absolutely to die for, pink Libretto tulips, sweet avalanche and vendela roses, and pink peonies. It was romantic, petal-y perfection.

Photo courtesy of Francis Joseph photography.

Photo courtesy of Francis Joseph photography.

For Amanda’s bridesmaids we used similar flowers and colors as the bridal bouquet: sweet avalanche and vendela roses, Lizzy carnations, pink and white spray roses, Libretto tulips, and white rice flower. The bridesmaid bouquets complimented the girls’ pale pink gowns.

Photo courtesy of Francis Joseph photography.

Photo courtesy of Francis Joseph photography.

Bobby and all his groomsmen (and his and Amanda’s dads!) all play guitar. Amanda and Bobby came up with the idea to use amp knobs on the boutonnieres. I loved the idea and loved the final product.

Photo courtesy of Francis Joseph photography.

Photo courtesy of Francis Joseph photography.

Photo courtesy of Francis Joseph photography.

Photo courtesy of Francis Joseph photography.

Amanda and Bobby held their wedding and reception at Abel’s on the Lake in the private upstairs party room which is an awesome room with a view of Lake Austin. The Able’s staff was really nice to work with. On the day of their wedding, it was a warm day in February and we got to open the big glass garage doors and have an open air wedding! Amanda and Bobby selected Francis Joseph photography for their photos and I have to say, I’m a new big fan of his work!

Photo courtesy of Francis Joseph photography.

Photo courtesy of Francis Joseph photography.

Photo courtesy of Francis Joseph photography.

Photo courtesy of Francis Joseph photography.

Amanda is a DIYer. She worked so incredibly hard in the year preceding their wedding to make so many gorgeous and unique items. Amanda wanted a big folding chalkboard to display at their wedding, so she MADE one! And then hand lettered on their new monogram and wedding day announcement.

Photo courtesy of Francis Joseph photography.

Photo courtesy of Francis Joseph photography.

Amanda collected signs, framed typography, and even pillows that read “Mr. & Mrs.” that we displayed at their reception.

Photo courtesy of Francis Joseph photography.

Photo courtesy of Francis Joseph photography.

She also made every table number sign. The effect was gorgeous and personal. As Amanda didn’t have an official wedding planner or coordinator outside of the onsite coordinator at Able’s, she asked me to be her day-of wedding design coordinator. This is a service that I’m happy to provide for brides. It make sense for me to be involved with the whole wedding and reception design so that the effect is exactly what the bride wants.

Photo courtesy of Francis Joseph photography.

Photo courtesy of Francis Joseph photography.

Photo courtesy of Francis Joseph photography.

Photo courtesy of Francis Joseph photography.

After the ceremony was concluded, the Able’s staff and I flipped the ceremony room for the reception while the guests enjoyed cocktails and snacks downstairs in another private room. We selected two styles of table centerpieces for the dinner tables- one tall with pink and white hydrangea, ivory and light pink roses, and rice flower, and one shorter centerpiece with mixed floral in the wedding colors. There were candles everywhere! There were also several cocktail tables where we used smaller mixed florals.

Photo courtesy of Francis Joseph photography.

Photo courtesy of Francis Joseph photography.

Photo courtesy of Francis Joseph photography.

Photo courtesy of Francis Joseph photography.

Photo courtesy of Francis Joseph photography.

Photo courtesy of Francis Joseph photography.

Photo courtesy of Francis Joseph photography.

Photo courtesy of Francis Joseph photography.

Photo courtesy of Francis Joseph photography.

Photo courtesy of Francis Joseph photography.

Photo courtesy of Francis Joseph photography.

Photo courtesy of Francis Joseph photography.

Thanks again, Amanda, for being so much fun to work with! Your wedding was the perfect way to start out 2014!

Photo courtesy of Francis Joseph photography.

Photo courtesy of Francis Joseph photography.

XOXO
Katie