March weddings can be a risk, but when the weather is right, it’s so right. The crisp winter air’s presence is still felt but the warmth from the spring sun is just beginning to bring out new life in the trees, shrubs, and grass.
Rachel’s wedding captured the spring feel and her simple but refined taste perfectly. A new element emerging in popularity for wedding floral is “greenery”. We are finding more and more of our brides are requesting a wide variety of greenery in their floral arrangements over lots of blooms. With Rachel, we incorporated asparagus fern, salal, and pittosporum with dots of pink waxflower, antike roses, and double edged tulips. Mercury glass votives and tapered candle holders were nestled in between the leaves to add romantic candlelight. To balance the heavy greenery look, the other half of the table centerpieces were wood logs bursting with white hydrangea, pink spray roses, and even more tulips. On their sweetheart table, they upgraded our standard setup to a 12 foot greenery garland with roses, ranunculus, waxflower, and candles worked throughout.
We loved the way this look came together, and we can’t wait for our next “greenery” wedding. Maybe fall time . . . with pumpkins! Fantastic!
Centerpiece floral and ceremony décor floral: Cross Creek Ranch
Bouquets: Lizzie Bee’s Flower Shoppe
Photographer: Jamie Huffman Photography
Cake: Delicious Cakes
DJ: Chris Brown
Videographer: 4 Point Productions
When a bride truly embraces the season, the wedding can become truly magical, and that’s exactly how we would describe Jensen’s Christmas themed wedding, magical. The colors and feel centered around white, silver and gold, with a subtle touch of red here and there, and various types of greenery including seasonal Christmas greens. It truly was a winter wonderland.
In addition to embracing our own standard holiday decorations, she added 3 additional decorated Christmas trees and a holiday garland to add an extra pop of extravagance to our wood burning fireplace, which served as the backdrop for their ceremony. She also asked for our rustic lanterns to be placed along the ceremony aisle and include a simple red rose mixed with evergreen branches. We added the wired greenery runners on either side to complete this rustic winter wedding look.
Her centerpiece request was something tall and dramatic. She chose our tall cylinder vases but wanted to incorporate something with a little more pop. So she brought us some spectacular vases of her own, and for a simple increase in cost (due to an increase in the floral amount needed), we happily obliged her in this request. Though simple floral was requested, the look was no less stunning. Vases overflowing with white hydrangea, ball cypress greens, seeded eucalyptus, dusty miller, and curly willow. They were placed on a gathered piece of organza fabric brought by the bride and our votive candle. Jensen really used the most of our included décor, and added just the right amount of her vision, to make her own unique look come to life.
Finally, I loved how her photographer captured the true size and scope of the ranch. We have often heard when people come to tour that the facility is actually much bigger than it looks. These photos really show the shape of the log cabin and some beautiful outside shots in the crisp clear December evening.
Centerpiece Floral: Cross Creek Ranch
Photographer: Sesha Smith Convey Studios
After our annual open house in January, our fabulous preferred photographer vendor, Jamie Blackerby with Jamie Huffman Photography, asked us if Cross Creek Ranch were open to hosting, and us to styling, a styled shoot. We were immediately excited and nervous. A styled shoot is always an over-the-top showcase of design, trends, and concept that somehow, forms a cohesive viewpoint. Sometimes, it’s easy to take a bride’s vision and turn it into reality, but when there is no structure, visions and ideas can run wild. The challenge with this shoot was boiling down all the wonderful, but slightly ADD thoughts, running through our head, as our brain child grew and morphed into an attainable goal.
Focusing on our own talents, helped us to reign in our thoughts and concentrate on the task at hand. As talks and meetings progressed, the style, theme and feel started to take shape. Pink and peach are always popular colors for weddings, so we decided to center around these colors, but the more prominent aspect we wanted to achieve was an earthy, bohemian, natural feel with a pop of decadence. After all this is a “wedding”.
We at CCR decided the best angle would be to show what we do for our clients. One of our first thoughts was to have an antique furniture piece overflowing with sweet treats and floral. Collectively with our vendors, we helped style a sweet dessert display, with expertly hand crafted (and might I say delicious) desserts, generously donated by our cake vendor C. Marie’s Sweets. The “naked cake” was the star of the display, which we added pops of floral and berry accents to complete the design. We placed our white shutters, with greenery strung across wispy and freeform, and an off center floral accent, behind the vanity. To complete the feel, we placed lush and drippy green hanging amaranthus and kahala roses in the drawers not occupied with pies, tarts, mini angel food cakes, and delicate macaroon cookies.
A new trend we have seen is the “cheese cake” shown, which represents a new twist on an appetizer cheese display. Artisan cheese is delicately stacked on top of each other, with pears, berries, dried apricots, assorted nuts, and honey offered to help bring out the savory but sweet undertones cheese can possess. The “cake” is placed on this gorgeous mauve pink lace linen that just screams lavish wine country. This linen can be ordered from our linen vendor, along with other fantastic pieces, and the “cheese cake” service can be ordered through Cross Creek Ranch and styled for your event as well.
The bride and groom tablescape we constructed for this, allowed us to bring in a few more trends that we are loving right now. Lush greenery has been requested more than once this 2016 wedding season, so we decided to take it up a notch, because again, that is what you do with styled shoots. After placing the 14 foot greenery garland down the middle of the table, hanging down off the sides and pooling on the flagstone, we filled it in the vases overflowing with peonies, roses, stock, and my personal favorite, mauve scabiosa, gold candelabras (which can be rented from Love, Lace, and Vintage) and lotus pods sprayed in various metallic shades, including rose gold and copper. The final touch was the cedar board, suspended above the table, dripping with Italian ruscus, plumosa, green amaranthus, and a vintage brass chandelier with amber light bulbs. We fell in love with this look so much that we now are offering the cedar plank placed above your cake table, decorated how you prefer or we design for you, and it is beautiful. The chairs our couple sat in, are also offered by our linen service and can be rented if desired.
Finally, there was another fantastic (and new vendor to the CCR family) who really helped transform this project into the jaw dropper it became. From the get go, Jamie and us both wanted to pull in Jessica Roan from Love, Lace, and Vintage. Her prop rentals, florals, and styling talents are visionary. Here at the ranch, we do florals, but we do not do the wedding party floral, so we definitely wanted to show off her talents in that area. Her beautiful bouquets are nothing short of stunning. My personal favorite was the peach example, which included peach ranunculus, Juliet garden roses, and white lilac. She also has these whimsical antique milk jugs, so we asked her to showcase her arrangement talents, by doing the ceremony decoration floral in them. The other item we knew we wanted was a boat shot. Jessica happily, obliged us in constructing a cascading floral look complete with silver dollar eucalyptus, roses, larkspur, hypericum berry, and willow eucalyptus.
This day wouldn’t have been possible without the initial vision and hard work of Jamie Blackerby, but also the “behind the scenes” people. We want to give a big thank you to Men’s Warehouse, Wylie Bridal Shoppe, and Angie Williams Hair and Makeup. Also THANK YOU THANK YOU to our fantastic models Molly, Brian, and Katie. You guys nailed it!
Venue, florals & linens provided by Cross Creek Ranch Instagram: crosscreekranchtx http://www.crosscreekranchtx.com
Florals, Furniture rental, personal flowers provided by Love Lace Vintage Charm Instagram: lovelaceandvintagecharm http://lovelaceandvintagecharm.com/
Cake and Desserts provided by C Marie’s Sweets Bakery http://www.cmariesweets.com/
Signs, Calligraphy, Menu provided by : MP Paperie Instagram: mppaperie
Dresses & Accessories provided by Bridal Shoppe Wylie http://www.wyliebridal.com/ Instagram: bridashoppewylie
Hair & Makeup provided by Angie Williams @ AW Wedding Hair Instagram: awweddinghair Website: http://www.awweddinghair.com/
Suit Provided by Men’s Warehouse #1261 http://www.menswarehouse.com Denton, TX
Cheesecake provided by Central Market H-E-B Central Market Store #546
When we sat down with Maria to plan her spring wedding, we instantly knew, this would be a unique wedding. Maybe it was the vintage teacups she pulled out of her bag and asked us to work with, or maybe it was the tiny garden gnome statues she asked to be worked into the décor. After assessing her unique and inspiring personal touches, our next thought was this wedding was leaning toward an “anthropology” feel and we were so excited to go down a new path. We pitched a couple new décor options to Maria and luckily she saw where we wanted to go and immediately jumped on! Now our centerpiece logs have now become a hug favorite, but this was their debut moment, and I must admit, I love it when they are so earthy and bohemian with pops of color. The signature floral in the logs was purple kale nestled in between blue thistle, lotus pods, verigated pittosporum, and moon lagoon eucalyptus. We also loved pulling in the birdcages, also their first use, for a fresh spring feel. We filled the birdcages with vintage teacups, from the bride’s grandmother, which were overflowing with purple lisianthus, queen anne’s lace, white wax flower, seeded eucalyptus, and ranunculus in white, pink, orange and yellow. To tie in the look, we placed floral on the top of the birdcage and surrounded it with wood votive candles, milk and mercury glass, and tufts of reindeer moss. It was warm, it was unique; it was perfect anthropology.
Wedding Party Florist: Dirt
Photography: Emily Davis Photography
Centerpieces: Cross Creek Ranch
Shannon’s wedding was hands down, one of the most beautiful weddings we have ever had the privilege of assisting on. The combination of romantic blush toned floral in the hobnail milk glass, mason jar, and mercury glass centerpieces, and our most favorite accent, the wooden signs lining the bride’s walk to her groom; which perfectly punctuated 1 Corinthians 13, “Love is patient and kind”, this couple really captured an intimate, romantic, and an entirely accurate meaning to pledging your commitment to someone. While every guest felt included, the stirring feeling of almost secretly watching this happy couple exchange vows, words, and love, so truthfully and devotedly was radiated throughout their ceremony. The white hobnail and clear Mason jar containers, filled with blush roses, pink stock, white hypericum berry, dusty miller, and baby’s breath, alternated each other and the wooden scripture signs as they were nestled into lush rose petals in various shades of pink. The bride added our “arbor floral” package to have three floral blocks to help finish framing her ceremony. The final touch was a cross with floral, purchased through her florist. For the reception, signs she had made were hung on our striking rock fireplace, while their head table was placed just in front. It was a magical wedding and one we think fondly of for many years.
Centerpiece and Ceremony Floral: Cross Creek Ranch
Bridal Party Floral and Cross Floral: Market Street in Allen
Photography: Jamie Huffman Photography
Cakes: Say it with Sugar