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Entry arch covered in flowers, with coral charm peonies, garden roses, roses, ranunculus, spirea, black berries and smilax. Keely Thorne Event Planning, River Oaks Country Club, Maxit Flower Design

Entry arch covered in flowers, with coral charm peonies, garden roses, roses, ranunculus, spirea, black berries and smilax. Keely Thorne Event Planning, River Oaks Country Club, Maxit Flower Design

Something super odd about myself I must confess. I look back at the work we do and love it more once I have had some time to review. I just looked back on a wedding we did a year ago and I absolutely love it. On the day I thought we produced good work, but I could not get out of my head about a couple things I though we could do better.

As a creative entrepreneur I have to say that I am incredibly hard on myself. I love what I do, but there isn’t a time I don’t think we could have done it better. Not that everyone didn’t do an amazing job and that the client wasn’t super happy. (And that is what is most important!) But that I can improve.

One random thing I got hung up on was during set up was that I didn’t plan for the floral chandeliers needing to fit through the door. Sounds so absurd, but you guys…. they wouldn’t fit through ANY of the front doors. We had to truck them through the whole entire back end of the country club, roughly two city blocks. Ok, maybe just one, but when you have 4 floral chandeliers it started to feel like a stinking marathon.

Compote arrangement of lush, premium flowers. White ceramic container with coral charm peonies, garden roses, roses, ranunculus, spirea, black berries and smilax. Keely Thorne Event Planning, River Oaks Country Club, Maxit Flower Design

Compote arrangement of lush, premium flowers. White ceramic container with coral charm peonies, garden roses, roses, ranunculus, spirea, black berries and smilax. Keely Thorne Event Planning, River Oaks Country Club, Maxit Flower Design

That happened Friday as we got access a day early. From that moment forward I could not get that out of my head. I began to have a pity party in my head and it would not go away. I lost sleep, and set up on Saturday feeling like I let my team down.

A year later I have perspective, learned lessons, and can totally appreciate the hard work and pieces of flower art we created for our amazing clients.

I never received professional pics, so please excuse the lack of quality. But sometimes we have to still share what we’ve created no matter the quality of images, right? Otherwise how is everyone going to see what we can make happen for you on your special day? Can I get an Amen?!

Hanging floral chandelier  with coral charm peonies, garden roses, roses, ranunculus, spirea, black berries and smilax.  Keely Thorne Event Planning, River Oaks Country Club, Maxit Flower Design

Hanging floral chandelier with coral charm peonies, garden roses, roses, ranunculus, spirea, black berries and smilax. Keely Thorne Event Planning, River Oaks Country Club, Maxit Flower Design

Small vases with taper candles.  With coral charm peonies, garden roses, roses, ranunculus, spirea, black berries and smilax. Keely Thorne Event Planning, River Oaks Country Club, Maxit Flower Design

Small vases with taper candles. With coral charm peonies, garden roses, roses, ranunculus, spirea, black berries and smilax. Keely Thorne Event Planning, River Oaks Country Club, Maxit Flower Design

Garden compote with coral charm peonies, garden roses, roses, ranunculus, spirea, black berries and smilax. Keely Thorne Event Planning, River Oaks Country Club, Maxit Flower Design

Garden compote with coral charm peonies, garden roses, roses, ranunculus, spirea, black berries and smilax. Keely Thorne Event Planning, River Oaks Country Club, Maxit Flower Design

Cross alter with coral charm peonies, garden roses, roses, ranunculus, spirea, black berries and smilax. Aisle covered in blooms. Keely Thorne Event Planning, River Oaks Country Club, Maxit Flower Design

Cross alter with coral charm peonies, garden roses, roses, ranunculus, spirea, black berries and smilax. Aisle covered in blooms. Keely Thorne Event Planning, River Oaks Country Club, Maxit Flower Design

Cross alter with coral charm peonies, garden roses, roses, ranunculus, spirea, black berries and smilax. Keely Thorne Event Planning, River Oaks Country Club, Maxit Flower Design

Cross alter with coral charm peonies, garden roses, roses, ranunculus, spirea, black berries and smilax. Keely Thorne Event Planning, River Oaks Country Club, Maxit Flower Design

Room shot of Mollie & Alejandro’s wedding.  We combined tall arrangements, low garden style compotes, with hanging floral chandeliers.   Keely Thorne Event Planning, River Oaks Country Club, Maxit Flower Design

Room shot of Mollie & Alejandro’s wedding. We combined tall arrangements, low garden style compotes, with hanging floral chandeliers. Keely Thorne Event Planning, River Oaks Country Club, Maxit Flower Design

we aren't the right fit for everyone, but i hope we are the right fit for you

It is such an easy statement to say and I wholeheartedly believe that, we aren’t the right fit for everyone. But the day in and day out of that statement is so much harder than I thought it would be. After I meet with you, I literally started envisioning us creating the flowers for your special day. I day dreamed of the flowers, the textures, the new vases we would source. The excitement to tell my employees that we would be working at the venue you booked, with your photographer, with your family.

My passion is what built this business.

There were no previous owners, current owners who assist, parents money, partners, investors etc. JUST ME.

Yes of course I have some of the most amazing employees that have ever existed. But I still answer every email, every inquiry with the same passion and excitement that I did this first day I started this. And I have been compelled to let everyone know.

I want you to know that your event means so much to me. It means you saw our hard work, all the years, all the passion filled moments. You took the time to reach out and explore the possibility of working together, and that makes my heart explode with joy.

And for that, I thank you.

I wish we were perfect for everyone, that I could drive to your venue that is an hour away, book your Christmas event, or take on another event on an already booked date. But we decided to make this a place of long term passion. Where we create from a place of deep love and understanding of the art of flowers and event design. Of 13 years of perfecting, learning and understanding what elements create a perfect event and to 13 more. We only take on what we are 100% sure we can do, and do correctly.

Thank you for challenging us and making us the designers we are today. Here’s to a fun 2019 season.

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I have always had a passion for photography but finding a place for it to grow has always been a bit tricky.  Maxit has always took the forefront of our time and development.  Now that our team has grown and many responsibilities that were mine have been delegated I have turned my attention to photography.  

The tricky thing about photography is that you need a subject but the best thing about this problem is that I have the easiest solution.  Flowers.  Having our passions meet has been one of the most fruitful moments. Taking control of how our original art form is seen by the world through photography has been so rewarding.

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We have been at the mercy of how others see our work.  And let's be honest we don't all see art the same.  Something that might be amazing to you, is a complete turn off to many others.  Our flowers are not always photographed at events and when they do get photographed the ever so sneaky salt and pepper shaker want in on the image. There is no possible way to get the photographer of every event and explain to them the best angle.  Because, yes, every arrangement has a best angle.

All that being said, we found a need to photograph our own work. To take the reigns and show off our work through our eyes.  Here's a sampling of what we came up with:

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Our goal is to continue elevating our work and showcasing what we do best as artist.  I hope that I continue to grow and am able to show different elements of our work through photography.  Wish me luck

creating just to create

There are very few moments we can create for fun.  But when we do, it's hands down becomes my favorite day of the week.  Yesterday was one of those days. I got a chance to hang out with Lauren (our JR. Designer) and Erin (our Summer Intern), play music, share stories, laugh and create. I am determined to do this more often, I've noticed that we get to experiment, we get to explore designs and then I get a chance to take pics.  Which has slowly become my mistress.

If flowers only knew that they are becoming a very close tie to my joy of photography, they would get really jealous :-) Here are some goodies that we created...

Compote arrangement in cement container with tons of greenery.

Compote arrangement in cement container with tons of greenery.

Summer flower arrangement in cement container.
Compote arrangement featuring roses and berries. Maxit Flower Design in Houston Texas

where do I even begin

What a whirl wind of events this Spring time has brought me. And we made it out alive!! And to think, this past weekend was my first weekend off since January! Yes!!! It's true.  At times I thought I might loose my mind and at other times I thought I was a worrier princess.  :-)  But when it all slowed down and really got a chance to reflect, all I thought was WOW! what an amazing life I have.  

I have an amazing career, clients, friends, vendors and new employee that joined me for the ride. I am one lucky lady.  And will gladly say that 'lucky' only because I have worked my tail off to make it all happen.   SO I know I have been so far behind, but there is so much to catch you up on.  

First, let me show you this beauty.  Deim & Gary were one of the kindest, trusting couples I had.  Their willingness to allow me to work my magic was a welcome change. (Ladies/Gentleman, my number one piece of advice to any one getting married or throwing an event: HERE IT IS: choose a vendor you love, and let them do what they love.  I promise it pays off.) Here is what we created for this sweet, beautiful, kind couple.  

All captured by the amazing Sarah McKenzie of Sarah McKenzie Photography

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sometimes I have to slow down

With the pile of emails just building up and making me insanely anxious, I have to take a moment and enjoy these images.  This bride was one of those brides that every designer dreams of! She had a vision, but made sure I knew that she trusted me to make everything look amazing.  Something about people trusting your designs that makes you truly produce your best work.  

When there aren't the limits of 'this Pinterest pic' or 'I must have this flower', I believe that the client then gets an artist's work.  They will get the designer that is excited about creating the arrangements, not the designer anxious to make sure everything is exactly where they expect it to be.  But everything is exactly where it should be.  There is actually a difference.  And that difference is seen in this wedding.  

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Maxit Flower Design, The Grove Houston, Houston Wedding Florist
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allie & adam

After several days of rain, Houston skies opened up and gave us one of the most gorgeous days we have had this year.  And it couldn't have happened at a better moment that to make this day just perfect for the sweetest of couples! 

Allie has been the sweetest bride to work with and has truly trusted that our design capabilities would come together with her vision to create something she would love.  Her heart was full of love and her mother was exactly the same.  Super gracious, polite, trusting and truly a gem of a client.  They are dream clients and I could't have been more excited to have been chosen as their flower designer!

We are super thrilled to share some of the first pictures released by their photographer.  She and her hubby look like they could explode in hearts and sunshine.  We loved worked with them and only hope that they will have yearly anniversary parties that we can be a part of.

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The Grove Houston, Agape Photography, Houston Wedding Florist, Maxit Flower Design
The Grove Houston, Agape Photography, Houston Wedding Florist, Maxit Flower Design


at home wedding

This weekend we got spoiled with two adorable at home weddings. These intimate affairs are some of my favorites.  The comfort of the bride and the family help create some of the most adorable images. To decorate someone's private home is such a privilege.  To be invited in to someone's private space, and to be trusted with their home is one of my favorite parts of the job.

No two people live the same, but everyone who invites me in seems to have one thing in common.  Their love for flowers is always noticeable, they always have some of the most gorgeous gardens.  I even had the fortune of having a client ask me to create arrangements from their garden!! As you can tell by those exclamation marks, it's one of my all time favorite things to do.  Using what you've worked so hard on to grow and then allow me to create an arrangement from those gorgeous blooms... ahhh... sheer bliss.

Any who... these are some pics from this past weekend.  Enjoy!

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one wedding two installations

Yesterday we were lucky enough to be able to install two different small installations for one of our amazing 2015 brides.  I love installing flower arrangements! This gives us the opportunity to bring flowers to a venue and create the arrangement right on sight.  When enough time for setup is offered, I prefer going this route.

Of course we can not possibly create everything on site, but the photos bellow will show you two simple installations that I thought were very appropriate for the occasion.  The first one was a long garland.  I knew that the table size was still being decided and therefor I did not want to create something before hand and create something that was too big or too small for the table.  My intuition served me well.  The tables that were originally set did not work with the linens and needed to be switched  a couple hours before our event.  

And the last image was something a little less tricky but the vases were provided by the venue and they did not permit water to be added.  So the flowers needed to sit in water as long as possible until the event.  Everything worked out perfectly... take a look at what we created! 

through their eyes

I got a little surprise posted on our Facebook page the other day. Kayla an awesome past bride of ours sent me this pic.  It's clearly not a professional one, but someone that was just admiring our work.  Which I have to admit I might love it that much more because someone wasn't paid to take it, but someone was just caught in the moment of enjoying  the flower and felt so inspired to capture them.  And after all... isn't that moment what it is ALL about? 

Thank you Kayla for taking a little time out of your day to share this with us.  


vendors are the key

Several weeks ago I got invited to attend an event where Mindy Weiss, event planner to the stars, would be speaking.  I truly enjoyed her and thought her experience and expertise was amazing to listen to and soak in.  One of the more important moments was when I heard her say adamantly that her vendors are her secret to success.  She has built bonds with them because of their quality of work, communication and capabilities to create unbelievable events.

Today we highlight one of those vendors that always makes that happen.  Christina at Pomp and Circumstance has shown a level of expertise that I have not seen too often.  She communicates more efficiently and consistently than anyone else I know.  She truly loves what she does and it shows.  She puts her client first, at all cost.  But never forgets and values her vendors and it shows. 

Event planners can't design your flowers, can't DJ, can't cook the food your guests will eat but what they can do is hear all of the client's desires and curate an event with the best vendors to make all that happen.  And then happen in a manner that would amaze.

Photographs by Marco Wang

the flower workshop

Here's the one I created ya'll! This one was the guiding light for our 17 attendees and it must have worked because they rocked it.  I had such a blast teaching a little of what is my life's passion and I loved every second of it.  We are definitely in the works for our next one and will make sure all of you Houston folks will get a chance to come play with flowers! 

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Jared Smith Photography | Sugar & Cloth Studios