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  • April15th

    I’ve been so spoiled lately with photogs blogging https://pocketoption.uk images super quickly. I’m excited about seeing more from this sweet spring wedding. Adrienne & Raoul are both in the military which meant they planned everything from out of town and with a LOT on their plates. They had a clear vision of what they wanted and hired a top notch vendor team to help them pull the big pieces together so they could focus on the little details that made everything over the top special and personal. These sneak peek photos are courtesy of Amanda Donaho Photography.

  • April5th

    Michelle & Shaun planned their wedding from out of town and were one of those few couples I didn’t get to actually meet until the day of the wedding. Planning from out of town can be tricky, but with the help of the internet, lots of phone calls and a little trust the end result can be just lovely.

    Michelle had her heart set on an aqua & red color scheme for her wedding and infused this detail just about everywhere you could. From the lighting, linens, favors, cake, flowers, dresses, stationery, etc. everything tied together beautifully.

    Since there are no “aqua” flowers, we focused on the red tones for the http://pocketoption.uk flowers. Michelle’s bouquet is a mix of red roses, tulips, carnations, orchids and hypericum berries. The bridesmaids and centerpieces focused on the bold pop of red using roses and carnations.

    Thanks to Nathan Peel Photography for sharing these images.

  • February27th

    Christy is one of those amazing people who is just as nice as she is pretty. Honestly, she seriously smiles this big all the time!! It was an absolute pleasure working with her.

    Christy’s taste is classic and sophisticated with approachable style. She chose a crisp red to accent her black and white wedding. She wanted to incorporate a wintery feel without being overly “theme-y”. I typically snub a red/white bouquet because I think the contrast can be too harsh and lacking a certain sophistication. This bouquet made a believer out of me that the colors can play nicely together. The key, I believe, is lots of interesting textures and mixing the shades of red to soften the look.

    Christy’s bouquets include a mix of ranunculus, anemones, roses, lisianthus, ornithagalum, leucadendron, dusty miller, hypericum berries and seeded eucalyptus.

    Photography by Mark Garber

  • February2nd

    I thought it might be good to do a quick recap of some of the different bridal bouquets from 2009/2010 before getting into big full wedding posts. It’s a nasty winter day here in Cincinnati and I needed a little color to lift the mood. So lets start with some sunny yellow!

    Kristi & Kevin’s August 2009 wedding was a happy mix of bold yellow and black. Her bouquet is a clutch of crystal blush mini-callas with a collar of yellow pocketoption.uk double freesia. Photo from StephCarson Photography  

    For Summer and Jack’s April 2010 wedding we went for classic spring flowers to tie in her trendy gray and yellow color palette.  Summer’s bouquet is a mix of hydrangea, Sahara roses, tulips and freesia.  Her bridesmaids carried simple groupings of bright yellow tulips.  Photo from Sherri Barber Photography

    Jenny and Steve were married on Mother’s Day Weekend in 2010.  Her bouquet was super soft and fluffy and smelled divine.  It’s made of hydrangea, roses, freesia, stock, calla lilies, hypericum berries and iris blooms.  I snagged this photo from her sister-in-law’s facebook page.  Thanks, Becky! :)

    Emily and Bryan were married in July 2010.  Look for a future post with details of their book-themed wedding.  For now, a look at her bouqet made of dahlias, china mums, roses and millet.  Photo from Steve Lyons


    Lauren and Grant were also married July 2010.  They really wanted a more earthy, eclectic vibe and highlighted the craspedia flowers throughout their wedding.  Her bouquet is a richly textured mix of craspedia, snapdragons, roses, freesia, solidago, rosemary and scented geranium bound with burlap.  Photo from Rocket Tree

    Megan and Matthew’s September 2010 wedding was held at a local art museum.  Everything about her wedding had a mix of contemporary edge with organic textures.  Her bridal bouquet was all white, but her bridesmaids carried richly textured bouquets of craspedia, mini-roses, cushion mums, succulents, brunia and dusty miller.  Photo from White Photography

    And lastly, a past bride asked for my help putting together a polished but DIY-able design for for Four Seasons Tent Rental’s booth at a bridal show.  The bouquet is hydrangea, garden roses, iris and freesia.  The centerpieces are clusters of roses, lilies and fuji mums with small yellow button mums placed at each guest napkin.  These photos were also snagged from facebook!

  • January29th

    I’m not dead. It could easily be said that’s a reference to the 12+ months I’ve taken off from blogging, or the fact that I worked so many crazy hours in 2010 that my family may have forgotten who I am. Nope. That’s a cry out to myself that I’m still in here…. me - Katie.

    I don’t know that it’s possible to sum up the entire year and all that’s happened without utterly boring you to death. Perhaps in quick summation I can tell you that I designed some of the largest and most creative weddings and events yet. I brought in new hands to help with designing and in July said goodbye to the privilege of working with my dear friend Anne every week as she returned to finishing her degree (go girl!!).  I moved the design studio out of my tiny basement to an amazing studio space. My preferred local wholesaler closed their doors abruptly and in the process I was forced to quickly learn some major lessons in sourcing and pricing great product. I’ve learned what sheer exhaustion feels like having to break down an event until 4:30 in the morning. I’ve learned the importance of a working GPS system. I’ve learned to always double check that the bride hasn’t changed the ceremony to an hour earlier since the last time we spoke. I’ve learned to strongly encourage a bride to avoid tall centerpieces when the dining tables are on an uneven lawn. I’ve learned that I’m really terrible at keeping up with email in the middle of wedding season. I’ve learned that I have a lot to learn when it comes to letting go and not trying to control every little thing. I’ve learned that when the power is out in a venue with no windows, my cell phone makes a great flashlight to setup by. I’ve learned the importance of water-proof shoes when setting up in a torrential rain. I’ve learned the importance of managing client expectations of exactly what they are (and are not) getting for their money. I’ve learned the importance of really loving this job… because when the novelty wears off, it takes a lot of passion and determination to work so hard and stay committed to doing the very best job I can for my clients and myself.

    2010 was a year of LOTS of growing pains and great successes. But most importantly it was a year of learning the value of me and what I bring to the table. I realized that I had gotten lost in trying to be everything to everyone… bidding to win the job not to be the right designer for the job. A little bit of the soul of what made my business special was suffering. Any florist in the city can sell you flowers and plop them in a vase. The value of what I offer is my time, my creativity and my desire to truly use my talents to love all over my client’s wedding day. If I lose sight of that, I need to close the doors and go back to my 9-5 job. Not only do my clients deserve my best, I deserve my best. So expect great things from me. I do.

    2011 will be a year of taking back the reigns on this machine. I will be taking fewer weddings to allow for more time with each client and more balance in my personal life. I will be charging a reasonable rate for my products and services without apologizing for it. I will be giving this business it’s voice back by continuing to blog not only the work I’m producing but offering my insights on the industry and sharing creative ideas for taking a design from concept to completion. I will be seeking out education and mentoring from talented designers both locally and from around the country. And I will find some cuter clothes and shoes to work in, damn it!

    Those of you who found me and followed me in 2007/2008 will recognize the old Katie. Those of you who know me from 2009/2010… you’ll like this Katie much better. I’m not dead. In fact, I’m better than ever. I am refocused, re-energized and renewed in my naive belief that I can do and have whatever I want out of myself. I want this business to work and I want to be a great designer. This time, I actually know what I’m getting into!!

    And because we all know blog posts without photos are boring… here’s a lovely bouquet I put together for my friend Tine Hofmann. .