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Place setting detail with calligraphy bride name card.  Photographed by Kate Elizabeth.  Styled by Shannon Ducker Events.

Place setting detail with calligraphy bride name card. Photographed by Kate Elizabeth. Styled by Shannon Ducker Events.

We have grown up hearing the saying that goes… “you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”. This might or might not be true in your life, but in mine I have found it to be mostly true.

We are not immune to this concept in business. To have business owners that build you up, exceed more, challenge you to do more, might be the best thing we can do. We also have to edit the people we keep close. Making sure that the people are striving for more and are not settling in their style, aesthetic, customer service, reputation, and kindness.

You have seen people get in a rut in life, but I have also seen that in business. Spending time with women owned businesses that are growing and achieving great things is electrifying. It is necessary for my soul and my sanity. We need each other and this past week has solidified that for me.

I have been surrounded with event planners that challenge me, build me up, cheer me on and keep me going. Hearing their worries and lifting them up has made the struggles we deal with easier and more palpable. We need each other, and to deny that is to deny yourself one of the more essential parts of business ownership… one another. You need your community of like-minded strong willed humans. And for that I am thankful.

Table scape with white and blush garden style arrangement by Maxit Flower Design. Photographed by Kate Elizabeth. Styled by Shannon Ducker

Table scape with white and blush garden style arrangement by Maxit Flower Design. Photographed by Kate Elizabeth. Styled by Shannon Ducker

Here are some amazing images from one of those ladies that I hold close. She is rocking it you guys. Nothing is stopping her from achieving her goals and she sets them lofty and big. This year Kate Elizabeth photography started her own photography workshop and I am sincerely cheering her on. This is not a small feet as such projects can feel daunting with our everyday work load.

She mastered it and completely exceeded my expectation on design and aesthetics. Go check out more information on her new formed instagram page HERE.

Tree installation and aisle flowers by Maxit Flower Design. Photographed by Kate Elizabeth. Styled by Shannon Ducker

Tree installation and aisle flowers by Maxit Flower Design. Photographed by Kate Elizabeth. Styled by Shannon Ducker

Bridal bouquet with blush and white flowers in a garden style by Maxit Flower Design. Photographed by Kate Elizabeth. Styled by Shannon Ducker

Bridal bouquet with blush and white flowers in a garden style by Maxit Flower Design. Photographed by Kate Elizabeth. Styled by Shannon Ducker

garden & gun: a long lasting relationship

Several years ago Garden & Gun reached out to do a feature on us. We were over the moon that this amazing, Southern magazine would highlight us. I have known about their work and could not believe they knew who we were. They represent the Southern person. Highlighting both masculine and feminine hobbies, this magazine has a little bit for everyone and that is what I loved the most.

Since this feature, that happened several years back, we have maintained a relationship with them. They have reached out for arrangements and as you will see bellow a fun event where we collaborated to make a special evening.

Garden & Gun just recently also launched an event series that host Southern styled events in locations through out the South. Several months ago they chose Houston to highlight some chefs as Houston is known for their amazing food! We are so luck y to be surrounded by some of the most talented chefs in the States.

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We used this super traditional and timeless cement colored garden urn for this bar arrangement to create hight and allow the colors to speak for themselves. Garden & Gun asked for a bright Fall color palette and we delivered. These tones are bright and cheerful, yet keeping the Fall palette in mind.

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We used dahlias, lisianthus, garden roses, eucalyptus and fall leaves to make an painterly, artistic arrangements.

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Adding the pop of blue was the perfect touch to keep that masculine feel that is so well known from Garden & Gun. It was the perfect contrasting tone and believe it really added so much interest. Taper candles has recently made a come back and we love it. This detail is so classic.

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talent is talent

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When I get word that Hannah Mason is coming to photograph our flowers, my flowers even get excited. This kind, generous, sweet photographer blows me away with her talent.  There are many photographers out there that do a great job and that I love dearly. But Hannah, tells a story.  

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You can literally see her thinking and brainstorming about the details, pulling all elements of the wedding to photograph.  She understands the concept behind styling the wedding in a manner that catches ALL the details.  Because if you don't already know... those details are all well thought out.  Someone had to chose those details, think through them and put them all together.

The wedding collaboratively is made from all of those tiny decisions that made one evening so memorable.  To think that a photographer wouldn't give every one of those elements their own time, is a shame.  It's not validating that each step meant something to our clients. Each item was chosen with thought, and it was part of the process they took into hosting an event for their loved ones.

I get so passionate about this subject as I am in meeting after meeting with my clients and see how much this all means to them.  I see how much they enjoy it and how they speak of specific people and times in their life that make them ponder these decisions.  It might seem like just a candle, an invitation, boutonniere, the beading on a the dress, that flowing hanging ribbon, or a simple centerpiece.  But to them it was a well thought out detail that they took the time to think through and choose the perfect one for them and their loved ones.

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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

less is more

Blush, white and green are the star colors in this bridal bouquet. 

Blush, white and green are the star colors in this bridal bouquet. 

You guys!!! We FINALLY wrapped up our Spring 2017 wedding season.  It was 4 months of working every single day to make our clients dreams come true. It was some of the most challenging and fun months we've had in a long time.  I learned some valuable things, maybe the most valuable being that less is more.  

We created the largest event we've ever produced with only 4 people.  And only two of those people designing the flowers.  Just little ol' me and Lauren.  I would have never believed you if you had told me that this was possible.  I had completely underestimated myself and my abilities to learn from last year's mistakes.  Grab a good team and make magic happen!  

LESS IS MORE
Organic loose arrangement featuring anemones by Maxit Flower Design.