end of summer soiree [house of harper]

It's time for back to school already?!

Man, summer sure flew by!  

Summer goes by faster and faster each year! Though the summer temperatures are here to stay a bit longer, August means school is back in session and the official summer break comes to a close. We swap sunscreen for notebooks and pool floats for backpacks! 

 When Caroline from House of Harper reached out about an End of Summer Soiree, complete with margaritas, we were so excited to participate! As a supermom blogger to two boys, Caroline chose to celebrate the end of summer with a bright and colorful bar cart, complete with a big pink balloon! Caroline has flawless taste and we have previously worked with her for her 4th of July celebration which you can check out here!  

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Caroline's vision included transporting her guests to the plush and tropical landscape of Acapulco so we went bright and colorful with a variety of pink blooms and tropical leaves.  We also crafted the arrangements in gold geometric vases to add a pop of glamour to the evening! 

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Caroline invited her dear friend, Nancy of Natalie Gene Creative to bring The Original Margarita recipe to life on one of the large Monstera leaves. Nancy's calligraphy style meshed perfectly with the playful vibe in honor of a wonderful summer!  

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For the dinner, we created a garland of Monstera with accenting pink blooms including the always-fun light pink Anthurium! Nancy also provided invitations printed on clear acrylic to further elevate the pink, gold and greenery place settings. 

Don't those margarita's look refreshing? After a sweltering summer there really is no better way to cool off than with great company and a perfectly crafted drink in hand! However, no soirees are complete without florals influencing the atmosphere!

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Aille from Snapshots by Aille Petrovic captured Caroline's soiree perfectly! With the vibrant colors and fun setting, you can practically feel the Acapulco breeze wafting through Caroline's backyard!

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The end of summer is always bittersweet. But sure is a lot more sweeter when ending it in such a fabulous way! We wish each of you a productive school year, whether you are in school, have littles in school, or are out of school but constantly learning! Cheers!

hailey + miles [briscoe manor]

We have had a non-stop spring and summer in the studio and are finally getting the chance to share all of the goodness that we've worked on! Be on the lookout for all the beautiful images in the near future! 

Hailey and Miles chose a beautiful October evening to stand before their family and friends to commit their hearts to each other.  Mustard Seed Photography captured all of the best moments from the joyous day that took place at Briscoe Manor in Katy. 

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The mix of white florals and greenery always steals our hearts and was the perfect choice for this beautiful day at Briscoe Manor.  The ivory, white and touches of greenery accented the sophistication of the day. The Bride even took it a step further and donned a floral crown made with the same mix of roses, hydrangea and greenery as her luscious bouquet.  

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Hailey's bridesmaids donned a mix of blush and rose gold dresses so we added touches of pink to their bouquets! We added touches of Camellia Greenery to their bouquets as well as similar ribbon to the brides. The bridesmaids' joy for Hailey's big day was palpable and the laughs where often and big all throughout the day.  

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For the heartfelt ceremony, we chose to accent the stone-walled alter with organic hanging similax. Tiny touches of white and ivory flowers  were sprinkled throughout. We knew that the greenery would make a sublte yet impactful accent to the room and, as as we've said before, a little greenery can go a long way! The focus of this day was the union between these two souls and Briscoe Manor's chapel makes that such an easy thing to accomplish.  

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Hailey and Miles glowed with joy during their photo session after the ceremony. Now as husband and wife, the two could not keep their eyes off of each other. The Groom's boutonniere was simple and featured spray roses with accenting greenery. It looked as if it was plucked straight from the Bride's bouquet! 

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When a couple is so full of love and joy as this one was, you want the florals and atmosphere of the day to reflect the beauty of love back on the couple. A couple ways in which we do this is:

  • Keep florals neutral and light - the Bride and Groom should be the visual focus of the space.
  • Make arrangements luscious and elegant - the florals are the whipped cream to the day and should promote the sweetness and playfulness to the celebration. 
  • Add warmth to the space with the use of candles - warmth and love go hand in hand so use the amber glow of a flame to reflect the love in the room.
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The reception area was focused on the happy couple and added warmth with a variety of candles and shades of rose gold, ivory, blush, and touches of greenery. A 40 foot garland dropped the head table with luscious hydrangeas and greenery 

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The simple elegance of the venue was a big inspiration for the floral design. Guest tables were a mix of small arrangements and loose greenery with candles. The mix of arrangements allowed for ample conversation between guests who gushed about the lovely bride and groom and the wonderful time they were having!

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Hailey and Miles chose to accent their cake with white florals and accenting greenery and their new monogram. 

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After an evening of celebrating, Hailey and Miles embarked on their new life as a married couple under a shower of petals. We wish the couple many years of happiness and love! Cheers to a beautiful day and a beautiful couple!

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fourth of july house party [house of harper]

Happy Independence Day, y'all!

(We know, we are totally fashionably late.) 

We have spent some time out of the office to celebrate the holiday and refresh with family and friends. While the tiny break was much needed, it is always so nice to get back into the office and back into the swing of things. It's even nicer when there is a gorgeous photo shoot sitting in your inbox upon arrival!

 To say that we get to work with some of the best creatives in Houston is an understatement. We are truly so lucky when it comes to collaborations, that we sometimes have to pinch ourselves. This latest shoot is part of a dinner party series by House of Harper.  Caroline (the creator) is an entertainer extraordinaire, fashion virtuoso and a supermom blogger of two boys. 

house of harper dinner party with florals by maxit flower design

When Caroline reached out to us to work on this 4th of July inspired event, we immediately started dreaming of an all white floral spread. Keeping all of the flowers the same shade makes such a surprising impact and veers away from the traditional blue and red overload. The massive arrangement that was the centerpiece of the dinner table, featured some of our favorite blooms:

  • garden roses
  • spray roses
  • ranunculus
  • viburnum
  • peonies
  • seasonal greenery
table from house of harper florals by maxit flower design

We also provided small cocktail arrangements to adorn the adorable drink station. We fell in love with these small woven basket containers and just had to incorporate them somewhere. A backyard dinner party was the perfect setting. We kept the theme of all white florals for one of them and then filled the other with a heaping amount of viburnum. 

drink station with cocktail arrangement by maxit flower design in houston texas
drink station with cocktail arrangements by maxit flower design in houston texas

Besides working with Caroline and House of Harper, we also got to brush creative shoulders with our long time calligraphy guru friend, Meg Grant. Our flowers got to provide a stunning backdrop for her gorgeous hand lettering. Meg provided menus, place cards and drink containers for the soiree.  

Although we didn't get to enjoy the fare, we can't get over how beautiful all of the catering was. Huge thanks to Smart In The Kitchen for making us crave watermelon all over again. We can't wait until its our turn to taste test these amazing treats. 

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food by smart in the kitchen houston texas

The sweet lady behind Kate Robinson Photography provided us with all of these gorgeous detailed images. We must say, she sure does know how to make all of our hard work look good- especially in this summer heat!! Make sure you check out more of her work here. 

We hope all of you enjoyed your holiday with family and friends. We are so lucky to be able to celebrate our freedom! Cheers!

romantic and rustic [editorial]

This summer has been coasting by so quickly, can y'all believe it is almost July?! (Us either.) I guess in between weddings, photo shoots and events, we have lost track of time AND blog posts. 

Although we have been MIA for a little while, we have the perfect treat to share with y'all as our big debut back to the blog world. This gorgeous dusty blue inspired editorial at The Vine featured on Inspired by This  a little while back has got to be one of the most romantic ones we've created thus far. The rustic details companied by organic free-flowing flowers simply gives us all the feels.

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Working with Smith House Photography & Plan our Day we really got to bring in the idea of a rather masculine color palette becoming something feminine and delicate. Some of our favorite florals used for this shoot were:

  • Garden Roses
  • Spray Roses
  • Freesia
  • Eucalyptus
  • Amaranthus

The bridal bouquet was large and lush to compliment the massive fireplace arrangement. Because the venue is so simple and raw, we wanted an element of grandeur and boldness. 

large bridal bouquet with white flowers by maxit flower design in houston texas

However, we didn't want the look to feel too heavy,  so we created an organic greenery runner along the tablescape. Gorgeous place settings and flatware by A Finer Event paired with decor from The Borrowed Flea made our rather simple runner truly POP. The "Expo" linen from House of Hough is definitely one of our new favorite, BTW. 

Touches of greenery and white adorned the wine barrels and a smaller arrangement similar to the fireplace beauty sat next to the cake, created by Cakes by Gina. A single anemone was placed on the sugary, marbled cake. 

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wine  barrels with greenery by maxit flower design in houston texas
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marbled cake with flower arrangement by maxit flower design in houston texas

Some of our favorite details of this editorial include the "blue suede shoes" by Steve Madden, the low-back bridal gown from Unbridaled, the collaborative paper products by Camel & Birdie and Lynsey Creative, the watercolor crest by Jamie Lewis Artistry and amazing glam by Misty Rockwell....seriously, that hair style is killer. 

HUGE special Thank-You to our models for the afternoon, Sarah & Caleb. Not to brag, but this stunning engaged couple are KIND OF a big deal....Sarah just so happens to be Ms Texas United States 2015 while Caleb is an outfielder for the Syracuse Chiefs minor-league baseball team. [You can check out their schedule here.] Can you say power couple?!

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couple kissing after wedding florals by maxit flower design in houston texas
couple after wedding florals by maxit flower design in houston texas
couple after wedding florals by maxit flower design in houston texas

mallory + jacob [beckendorff farms]

It's always a happy day when Mustard Seed Photography sends tons of pretty images right to your inbox. This time, it is Mallory & Jake. The amazingly sweet and joyous newlyweds were married at Beckendorff Farms in Katy this past March. Their wedding style was organic, airy and sophisticated. Event Planning by Christina from Pomp & Circumstance.

Mallory requested a loose, garden style, semi-oversized bridal bouquet. Her bouquet featured blooms of garden roses, ranunculus, freesia and peonies in ivory & white tones.  

ivory bridal bouquet by maxit flower design in houston texas

We used roses, spray roses and eucalyptus to create bridesmaids bouquets that perfectly complimented Mallory's stunner. 

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Jake and his groomsmen arrived donned in tan suits, the perfect color for spring. They wore neutral ties and rocked simple boutonnieres. Our signature Maxit boutonnieres featured a large white ranunculus, white spray roses and accenting greenery. 

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The mini's looked like dolls in their greenery crowns & miniature boutonnieres. [Do y'all see that precious stank face the ring bearer was giving us?!] 

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ring bearer with mini boutonniere by maxit flower design in houston texas
flower girls and ring bearer florals by maxit flower design in houston texas

The ceremony reflected the style of the wedding in every sense of the word. The florals were kept minimal and organic to showcase the act of marriage. Guests were greeted by a hand lettered 'welcome' sign featuring light greenery. Aisles of white garden chairs were spruced up with groupings of greenery. The arch was asymmetrically dressed in smilax. 

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Although we loved the simplicity of the ceremony, we were excited to add some florals and character to the reception space. The guests were instructed on where to sit by a large wooden seating chart featuring small buds. A small compote arrangement was nestled between heirloom photos of the family at previous weddings. The two bars were draped with greenery and garland. 

We broke up the gorgeous large barn space by adding different layers of florals on tables. We used small, low compote arrangements on the linen draped rounds. The arrangements featured:

  • Hydrangea
  • Roses
  • Spray Roses
  • Veronica
  • Ranunculus 
  • Eucalyptus 
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round tables with compote arrangement by maxit flower design

Wooden farm tables with and without linen were dressed with greenery garland and simple white candles. 

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farm table with greenery garland by maxit flower design in houston texas

The head table was a nod off of the guest tables. It was adorned with greenery garland with loose floral blooms throughout. We added height and variation by using pillar candles and votives. The bride & groom chairs wore asymmetrical garlands on the back. 

head table farm wedding florals by maxit flower design in houston texas

One of our secret pleasures about any wedding is the cake. It's always fun to gauge the couple's personality on what they chose for flavor and design. While we didn't get to try Mallory & Jake's cake, we did get to decorate it (and the cake table) with some of our florals and garland. 

white wedding cake with blush florals and greenery by maxit flower design in houston texas
wedding cake with florals by maxit flower design houston texas

While we promise to never play favorites, Mallory & Jacob- your big day was one for the books. We are so grateful for amazing clients like you. Thank you for believing us and joining our Maxit Family! Here's to the newlyweds! Cheers!

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dried floral wreath | creative clients

Just a heads-up: This blog post is going to be a little out of the ordinary from what you are used to seeing. And we love it. 

Our bride, Jessica, sent us this amazing email with 'after' photos of her bridal bouquet. She worked some magic and turned her stunning bouquet into a gorgeous DIY dried floral wreath. We love when brides have a creative bone and recycle flowers so beautifully. Check out the instructions below:

dried flower wreath featuring flowers by maxit flower design in houston, texas

We were dying to know how to create such a gorgeous piece, so we reached out to Jessica and here is what she had to say:

We took apart the bouquets and arrangements and individually clothes pinned them upside down on a drying rack. It was a little tedious but worth it. I kept it in my laundry room which was dark, for a couple weeks until they all got pretty crispy.
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dried flowers laid out on a table
I started with a grapevine wreath; that we got at Walmart for $5 and then started glueing. Starting with big leaves and moving to smaller leaves then finishing with eucalyptus. I then began making little flower “story” bundles and arranging them to be glued as well.
process of making a dried floral wreath

The DIY is pretty simple, but should you need more instructions, we found a decent tutorial here. We want to thank Jessica for sharing this gorgeous piece with us and for getting our creative juices flowing! We can't wait to get her wedding photos back and show you what the 'before' looked like! 

dried floral wreath using flowers by maxit flower design
close up of dried floral wreath using flowers by maxit flower design

laura + connor [chandelier grove]

This past week has been an insane blur for us. The studio "crew" has been in and out of the office and our fearless leader, Maria just returned from a trip to Seattle. Although it is always admittedly hard to get back into the swing of things, finding this couple in our inbox sure did make it easier.

Laura and Connor recently tied the knot at Chandelier Grove in Tomball, TX. We absolutely love this venue, not only because we are a preferred vendor there, but because it is so comfortable and inviting. Some of our smoothest event days begin and end at Chandelier Grove. 

bride and groom at chandelier grove flowers by maxit flower design

On to showcase this gorgeous couple and their big day- Laura and Connor are newlyweds straight out of a magazine and their day was nothing short of that. They chose a neutral color palette of ivory, blush, small touches of steel blue and tons of greenery. 

The blushing bride looked sophisticated and fresh in her fitted lace gown with sheer straps. She carried a fresh organic bouquet featuring blooms and stems of:

  • Roses
  • Peonies
  • Spray Roses
  • Veronica
  • Freesia
  • Jasmine
  • Eucalyptus
  • Berries

Her bridesmaids draped in blush held bouquets similar in style to Laura's with additional touches of blush. We achieved this look by adding snapdragon and various blush toned roses. Laura's mother held a small posey bouquet while walking down the aisle that perfectly complimented her blue gown. 

mother and bride with flowers from maxit flower design in houston texas

Connor and his crew looked incredibly dapper in classic black tuxedos. [swoon...we love the classics.] They each donned a traditional boutonniere featuring a ranunculus, spray rose and accenting greenery. The ring bearers even joined in and wore mini bouts with spray roses. House members wore Maxit's signature corsages. 

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best man in black tux with white boutonniere by maxit flower design in houston texas
groomsmen in black tuxes with boutonniere by maxit flower design in houston texas

The couple's ceremony was dreamy and fresh. We decked out the altar with a large overflowing installation featuring:

  • Roses
  • Hydrangea
  • Freesia
  • Spray Roses
  • Pieris
  • Jasmine
  • Snapdragon
  • Snowberries
  • Smilax
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lemon Leaf 

Using the same florals we created compote arrangements for the end of the aisles in large compote containers. The arrangements were then set on wooden pedestals. 

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aisle installation by maxit flower design in houston texas
altar installation by maxit flower design in houston texas
kissing after the ceremony flowers by maxit flower design in houston texas

After the loved filled ceremony, guests were welcomed into the reception space with a hand lettered sign. They were escorted by a large wooden seating chart donned with a hand tied garland. The sign in table showcased a gorgeous compote arrangement. 

welcome sign with garland by maxit flower design
escort table with garland by maxit flower design
sign in table by maxit flower design in houston texas

The reception space created a warm and homey environment with the mix and match tables and chairs. The head table had a large, lush garland cascading over both sides. We used hydrangea in the garland to create the volume and accented it with roses, spray roses and greenery. The guest tables consisted of medium compote arrangements, tall centerpieces and recycled bridesmaid bouquets. [A great way to stay economical!]

large lush garland for head table by maxit flower design in houston texas

Their traditional white cake was accented with greenery, touches of pink and ivory and blush roses. 

white cake with roses and greenery by maxit flower design in houston texas
white wedding cake with greenery and blush roses by maxit flower design

Our newlyweds ended the night with an exit filled with rose petals floating around them. They took off in a vintage Porsche donned with a garland of greenery and roses. The perfect ending to the perfect night. 

We want to wish Laura and Connor an extremely long and happy marriage. We loved getting to work with y'all and your families. Special shoutout to all of the vendors involved with creating this amazing day:

Hannah Mayson Photography - Photography

Maxit Flower Design- Florals

J. Lowe Events - Planning

Butter Artistry- Hair & Make- Up

BHLDN- Dress

Chandelier Grove- Venue

backyard bbq [private residence]

Let's start by saying : We love Courtney and her company, Little Coterie. Like serious girl-crush status. They create gorgeous, unique and luxurious events for their clients. 

We have gotten the opportunity to work with LC many, many times and each times gets better. This event was a "backyard bbq" like we have never seen before. (I mean, look at this venue.) The classic red & white checkered cloths and corn-on-the cob was transformed into an elegant soiree while keeping touches of tradition.

The flowers we created in tones of peach, green, ivory and pinks featured:

  • Spray Roses 
  • Ranunculus
  • Eucalyptus
  • Peonies
  • Lilies
outside bar at bbq florals by maxit flower design in houston texas
peach floral arrangement by maxit flower design in houston texas

Small julep arrangements were placed in vintage cans. The larger arrangements were placed in gold compote containers and grey cement containers. 

Like most events with LC, we only provided the florals...however, here are some of our favorite details from the night. 

houston home for backyard bbq florals by maxit flower design

We may be tooting our own horn here, but Maxit Flower Design & Little Coterie are a match made in design heaven! We loved getting to create something summery and sweet for this luxe event.

HUGE SHOUTOUT to Awake Photography for the gorgeous detailed photos. (Paige, you always kill the photography game!)

Thank you a hundred times over for trusting us, Courtney. We can't wait until the next one! XOXO

aztec summer showroom [ BTS sneak peek]

Yesterday we got to spend a few hours hanging with some of our favorite vendors. We all got to collaborate and create something beautiful for Aztec Events & Tents 's  summer showroom open house. 

We produced 4 centerpieces for a variety of tablescapes. We have to be patient and wait for professional photos but for now, here is a sneak peek at SOME of our work. 

picnic style table with lemon arrangement from maxit flower design

This picnic inspired table featured red & white checkered cloth, classic white square plates and textured flatware. We wanted to brighten up the table with yellow and green florals. We also used some lemons to bring in freshness. 

orange green and pink arrangement by maxit flower design in houston texas

This "Garden Glam" table (by our naming) was full of texture and pattern. The orange linen is brightened up by sage green napkins, gold rimmed plates and our bright florals. We used spray roses, peonies and ranunculus to bring this garden scene to life. 

green table scape with purple flower arrangement from maxit flower design in houston texas

The last sneak peek highlights this "Green with Envy" table created by Aztec. The organic feel of the tableware is complimented with our tropical inspired arrangement. We used tones that reminded us of an island sunset - magentas, peach, bright pink and plum.

Keep in mind, theese are BTS photos that don't quite show all of the details. We just couldn't wait to share with y'all! Keep an eye out for the full feature including all of the floral details soon! 

dolly pearl styled sessions | editorial

A few weeks ago we got the opportunity to create super modern, luxe and organic bouquets for an upscale dress designer, Dolly Pearl. Vi, the owner, reached out to us with the most amazing mood board and of course we fell in love. It's so nice to step out of the box and create with people who have unique visions. Oh, and in case being an incredibly fashion forward designer wasn't enough, Vi is also the photographer of this shoot. (You can check out her photography here. )

The sessions were broken down into two parts.

Part one: let's get lost

The bouquet we created to accentuate the gorgeous white off-the-shoulder gown featured:

  • Garden Roses in peach and blush 
  • Various Eucalyptus species
  • White Berries
  • Spray Roses
  • Seasonal Greenery
large organic bouquet by maxit flower design houston, tx
large organic garden bouquet by maxit flower design houston, tx
large bouquet by maxit flower design houston, tx
dollypearl style session with bouquet by maxit flower design in houston, tx

Part two: luxe love

The second gown in the style session was a long, sophisticated, sleek fit with an attached cape. We created an organic bouquet that featured:

  • Viburnum 
  • Seasonal Greenery
large greenery bouquet created by maxit flower design in houston, tx
flowy white gown with large organic greenery bouquet by maxit flower design in houston, tx

These simple shoots are the epitome of beauty and sophistication. We highly recommend that you look into Dolly Pearl's custom gowns for any special event. Bonus- everything she does is made-to-order....talk about fitting like a glove! We can't wait to work with Dolly Pearl again soon on our Maxit Studio Styles session....keep an eye out to see more of her gorgeous work!

windswept by the sea | editorial

It's always a great Wednesday when you receive gorgeous images in your inbox. While it doesn't help our constant craving for some vitamin SEA, this stunning beach shoot really brightens up this gloomy Houston day. 

Alli Bixler of Bixler Events contacted us a few months ago with this coastal palette of tan, pale blue, and ivory. We immediately got on board and created a centerpiece and bouquet. Both arrangements featured:

  • Garden Roses
  • Tulips
  • Scabiosa
  • Eucalyptus
  • Berries
  • Alstroemeria
  • Seasonal Greenery
beach bouquet by maxit flower design
beachy centerpiece on the beach by maxit flower design
From Alli- "Movement and textures that mimicked the elements of the coast were a focal point for design, like the gauze table runner, raw silk ribbon, and whitewashed wooden chairs. The whole look was tied together with the small details, such as the oyster shell saltcellars and handmade paper goods."

The cake by Edible Designs by Jessie was adorned with the same flowers featured in the centerpiece and bouquet. 

white cake with flowers by maxit flower design

Even though we didn't get to dig our toes in the sand, we were still honored to be a part of this seaside shoot. The vendors included were:

Photography: Koby Brown Photography | Styling and Design: Alli Bixler of Bixler Events | Floral Design: Maxit Flower Design | Hair and Makeup: Blushworthy | Model: Allison Kennedy | Cake: Edible Designs by Jessie | Invitation Suite: Tone & State | Bridal Gown: Charlie Brear | Gown Boutique: Unbridaled Houston | Rentals: EB Inc Events and Swift & Company | Film Scans: Richard Photo Lab

You can check out the full editorial here.  Special thank you to Bajan Wed for featuring us!

design demonstrations [teaching is my passion]

For the last several months I have had the awesome fortune of having my lovely office manager assist me with posting blogs.  She has been rocking it so much that I have been getting a little bit rusty and thought I would have my first attempt in months.  So here we go..

In the last several months we've had the pleasure of being asked to do a couple demonstrations for the local florist community.  And not only was I honored to be asked, the best part was the people I met through it all. Mayesh has been the new kid in town this year and with a large mountain to climb.  But they accomplished something I think many of us didn't think would be possible.  They created a little space for themselves in a highly competitive market.  And even better than making their space, they came in with amazing product and a warehouse full of creative, knowledgeable people.  

And of course, when they called and requested I come to do a little demonstration for their Open House/ Customer Appreciation, I said Yes! But when they told me that I would have my pick of Japanese product, I said HELL YES!! And don't think for a second I was excited to speak in front of a crowd... but I put my big girl pants on and handled business.

Let me tell you that I am fully aware at how ridiculous I look in these images as I am mid sentence, I had to post them non the less.

In this particular demonstration I focused on creating a garden arrangement, one in which could be relatable and yet able to show some tricks that others might find interesting.  Variety and texture is crucial to making this work.  And of course lets not forget to continuing varying heights of the flowers so that depth and structure can be created.

As if that wasn't the highlight of my year, the ladies of Westside Flower Exchange came a calling.  Since I first walked into that warehouse, I knew I would immediately love these ladies.  They are full of personality, and have a love affair with flowers that I immediately related to. The knowledge they hold and the insane variety of premium blooms, always keep me close.  

They were celebrating their 20th year in service, and I had no clue till the day of... I was the one designer in Houston they requested.  WHAT??? Little ol Maria Maxit of Maxit Flower Design was the designer they thought of when thinking of the one designer in 20 years of service they would like to come help celebrate their big day. 

What an honor.  They too gave me my pic at product, as they were some of the first in town to bring in peonies... you know I was immediately dying. You walk in their cooler and your heart just starts racing.  That cooler is jam packed full of the most dream worthy flowers that exist. And with hearts in my eyes, I was given direction to pick out "what ever I wish".  

Let me stop here by saying... THIS. IS. A. DREAM.

I think I fainted and went to heaven.  My go at the cooler, to pick anything I want?!!! Oh holly flowers.  I have to admit that I died of sheer joy and kinda blanked out. When I came to... people were starting to fill the room and the demonstration had to start.  Cue 'go blank again', as it's always nerve wrecking to talk in front of people.  

I went into this demonstration with the idea that I would create  a large scale arrangement.  One that would be placed at the altar or a focal point of a space.  Concentrating on having attendees see the structure of the base and how the beginnings of flower arranging starts.  With details as when to place certain flowers and why particular flowers are used when.   Did you know that the order you place flowers dramatically changes the shape of a flower arrangement?

Special thanks to all the wholesalers in Houston that have supported my journey in the crazy flower industry, I could never do it with out you! 

matt's 41st [private residence]

A few weeks ago, we were contacted by Courtney of Little Coterie to be involved with Matt's 40-ish birthday party. We instantly fell in love with Courtney's sweet soul and just HAD to say yes. We are so glad we did. While we only provided the florals, every design aspect came together seamlessly. Check out this ultra-chic birthday party below:

The arrangements that we provided were super modern and masculine. They featured:

  • White & Plum Ranunculus
  • Artichokes
  • White Roses
  • Greenery
  • Succulents
  • Tropical Leaves
  • Mini Dark Calla Lilies 
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Courtney absolutely B L E W this Birthday party out of the water. Even though we simply provided the flowers, this is one of our favorite non-wedding events to share. Intimate, chic, low-key gatherings are something special. Some of our favorite details are:

Thank you again to Courtney & Little Coterie...we can't wait to work with y'all more! Special thank you to Lawrence Knox Photography for these gorgeous images. Lastly, Happy Birthday Matt! (Yes, we are incredibly jealous of you & your shindig.)

callie + steven [briscoe manor]

Y'all, I will never understand how we get so lucky with our clients. They are always so trusting, kind and just plain H A P P Y.                     [Knocks on wood.] 

Callie & Steven are no exception when it comes to rockstar clients. These newlyweds were an absolute dream to work with. We're so excited to have photos from their big day to share with you, courtesy of Luke and Cat. Besides practically being the most amazing models (part in thanks to Hey Lovely), you can really see the love and joy in their hearts when you see them. If you know us, you know that is one of our absolute favorite things!

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Callie & Steven got hitched at Briscoe Manor in Richmond, TX in January of this year. We couldn't have asked for better weather. The ceremony was held in the Briscoe Chapel, cocktail hour was in Amy's Courtyard and the reception was in the gorgeous Crofton Ballroom. 

For their special day, Callie held a bright and bold garden bouquet filled with:

  • Rose
  • Spray Rose
  • Ranunculus
  • Scabiosa
  • Veronica
  • Tulips
  • Berries
  • Freesia
  • Anemone
  • Eucalyptus 

Steven donned a simple boutonniere made with a ranunculus. 

The bridal party followed suit with bright florals, similar to the bride's but smaller in size. The groomsmen also wore boutonnières made of ranunculus.

The ceremony was simple and focused on their act of exchanging vows. They didn't want too many distractions, so we kept it dainty and minimal. We added greenery garland on the pews and the table hosting the unity candle. 

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Cocktail hour was held in the courtyard. Our greenery garland dressed up the wooden bar and seating chart. Small single bud arrangements sat on the bar high tables covered in a sultry steel blue velvet linen. The day of coordination & lounge areas were executed by Pomp & Circumstance.

The reception was one of our favorite parts of the day. We had special wood blocks handmade for their head table to arrange with small compote mixes and candles to create a "garland" that was unexpected. Single stems of tulips were placed at each setting. 

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Guest tables were draped with a white linen. We mixed medium compote style arrangements with groupings of the blocks to create varying heights throughout the room. 

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Wrapping up- Can we just take a minute to talk about this cake by Cakes by Gina?! The 5-tier cake had some major style going on. Marbled buttercream, gold leaf and a sash of flowers truly made this guy a show-stopper. We can only imagine how good this tasted....

We were so honored to be a part of this unexpectedly bright winter wedding. Callie & Steven, we wish you many many years of wedded bliss! Thank you for trusting us and our vision for your wedding. XOXO

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maxit studio styles- february session

This is probably going to be one of the most fun blog series for us to write. Simply because it is all about our "baby"- Maxit Studio Styles! We literally feel like a dad with his wallet full of his family's photos. 

We created the idea of giving back to the creative community using our studio space and access to flowers. One of the biggest challenges for small businesses is getting your name out there. Correct?  So how do we accomplish that?! That got us thinking-

Social Media is our biggest (& cheapest) friend these days. However, showcasing your work, style and vision can be hard when you run out of images from your portfolio- honestly, you can only show off a wedding or event so much before it goes stale. Styling kits can cost tons of money. (Ribbon and vintage scissors aren't cheap, y'all!) Flowers are great for styling, but a lot of "non-flower experts" have trouble making things look just right. iPhone photos aren't always ideal or cooperative. Styled shoots are SO. MUCH. WORK. and so crazy expensive now. So how can we get those perfectly styled images, but also have our stamp of creativity on them?

Then it came to us. Pool all of our creative friends and work together! Genius. Maxit Studio Styles was born.  The idea is simple:

  • reach out to the local creatives.
  • create a spreadsheet (or 6) and organize creatives by skill.
  • spend time researching vendors and decide who vibes the best.
  • move some things around in your calendar and get the sessions scheduled.
  • create a mood board for each session.
  • connect creatives together and release mood board.
  • brainstorm as a group.
  • its finally session day- style, style, style.
  • uplift each other.
  • get images back.
  • spam the heck out of them. uplift each other some more. 

So, it really isn't that simple, but SO worth it. So, without further adieu, We would like to share our very first Maxit Studio Styles Session with you! 

The Dream Team

Rocio Carlon Studios- Photographer Extraordinaire: Rocio came with her camera and totally killed the entire shoot. She worked her hiney off making sure each picture had perfect lighting, composition and depth. She was on and off that step ladder ALL day. When we received these images in our inbox- we about died. Rocio, you did even better than we could have imagined! 

Fresh strawberries with floral tea. 

Fresh strawberries with floral tea. 

Aces of Taste- Foodies : Abigail and Julie showed up to the session to represent AOT. Little did these ladies know, they would end up being models, too! A & J, your food styling was on point and y'all totally took the record for most styled images created in such a short amount of time! We can't wait to attend one of your pop-up events soon.  **Bonus- Abigail also owns her own cotton candy business! WHAT?! Thank you to Lush Puff for providing yummy, on site, cotton candy for our shoot! 

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Tripp Films- Videographer of our dreams: Nikki not only shot an amazing BTS video, she also brought a ton of gorgeous and unique styling props. And we mean a ton. She brought a totally different aspect to our shoot that we simply loved. Her love for her work truly shines through her work. We just love when we can tell you adore your job. Her BTS video will be shared soon!

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Wink by Erica-  our Sweets Soul Sister: Erica couldn't meet up with us, due to an event, but graciously sent gorgeous macaroons our way! Y'all, if we didn't absolutely need these little heaven cookies for our images, they would have been devoured in a heart beat. The smell coming from the little container was simply D I V I N E.  Erica literally took our idea of the "perfect" macaroon and ran with it. We can't wait to work with her again! 

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This is probably the longest blog post ever, so we will keep the end short & sweet. We couldn't have asked for a better group of ladies to test out our very first Maxit Studio Styles session on. We have 2017 planned out for the most part, but we are already looking forward to next year and adding new participants. Stay tuned for updates after each session. 

katherine & jonathan [tiny boxwood's]

Simple. Sweet. Intimate. Those are some of our favorite weddings. We love to do grandiose installations, but these sweet newlyweds really wanted their love to be the focus of the day. 

Katherine and Jonathan were married last fall at Tiny Boxwood's in Houston, TX. Their color inspiration for the day was white, ivory and peach with touches of greenery. The perfect palette for their garden venue. 

The bride and groom kept their personal flowers simple. Katherine carried a tight bouquet featuring hydrangea and roses. Jonathan donned a boutonniere showcasing a white ranunculus. 

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Their ceremony was dressed with lanterns and accenting florals. We loved the natural beauty of Tiny's lawn and decided that just a touch of decor was needed. Thankfully, both Katherine and her Mom run the Longoria Collection*, so it was crazy simple to discuss aesthetic and design direction with them.

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The reception was just as dainty and pretty as the ceremony. We covered some tables with greenery garlands and set small garden mixes on the others. Keeping the charm of Tiny's- we didn't do a whole lot to the reception space. We even used Tiny's signature napkins in the design. 

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The classic white cake was spruced up with a greenery garland at the base.  Amongst all of the simple florals, a small detail that we loved was the boxwood letter "H" for the entrance to the garden. Creating a keepsake for the couple to take home is one of our favorite things. 

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Katherine and Jonathan kept their special day timeless. We were so happy to get to work with such an amazing couple and their parents. Cheers to the newlyweds!

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j'adore events open house [station 3]

Coming off a high from a huge, GORGEOUS event we produced, we had the privilege of working alongside our friends and their new venture, J'Adore Events at their open house. 

The event was held at Station 3; an old historic fire station and featured vendors from all over the Houston area. (Side note: I guarantee these said vendors think we are crazy. We had so much fun laughing at ourselves during set up, I'm surprised they didn't say something to us. More to that story below.)

We were specifically tasked with creating a space filled with florals that presented "Boho Chic" to all of the guests. We designed a statement piece featuring tons of greenery and flowers. It created the illusion of flowers floating gracefully above guests head. We purposely wanted the installation to be insanely full and extravagant. Some of the flowers we used were:

  • Viburnum
  • Garden Roses
  • Orange Roses
  • Magenta Ranunculus
  • Coral Peonies
  • White Hydrangea
  • Orange Tulips
  • White & Blush Spray Roses
Floating flowers installation created by Maxit Flower Design in Houston, TX. 

Floating flowers installation created by Maxit Flower Design in Houston, TX. 

Some of the details of our little corner of boho paradise featured things like loose blooms at each place setting, a floral wrap around the cake, a bouquet wrapped in butcher paper, chair garland for the Newlyweds and a flower crown for the gorgeous dress mannequin. We absolutely love to work that creative muscle and produce things just for the fun of it! ( While we love our clients vision, sometimes its nice to have complete creative freedom.) 

Real life advice: NEVER WEAR JEANS TO WORK. Unfortunately, Maria had to learn this lesson the hard way.....We knew there would be a ton of people setting up for the open house, so we planned ahead and packed our carts in case we couldn't get a close parking spot. Thank goodness we did, because we ended up probably 2 blocks from the venue. So, were loading up the carts and making trips with the flowers. Again, the venue was PACKED with people working hard, so instead of clogging up the space we left our carts outside and unloaded them from the sidewalk. Well, apparently when we were inside one of our carts decided to escape down the sidewalk and into the street. (LUCKILY, there were no vehicles driving at the time.) In the midst of panic and uncontrollable laughter, Maria rushed into the street to grab the half full cart- consequently, tearing her pants during the rescue. Sacrifices, amiright? This of course caused even more belly laughing and ripping. To make a long story short, the rest of set-up was quite an awkward comedic show. From that day forward: new company policy is no jeans allowed at set-up! Always remember the great Blowout of 2017.

Anyways, on top of getting to play with J'Adore and the blowout, we got to create a beautiful arrangement for Cotton Weddings' booth in the vendor lounge. Michelle reached out to us and asked for something "simple, organic and white & greenery". (Pretty much our signature brand, score!) We also hooked them up with some smilax to dress up their signage...like literally left them a bale of smilax. (Ha!)  Check out how they styled our flowers:

** All images are courtesy of Cotton Weddings. **

katie + brendan [the bell tower]

“Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.”-Oliver Wendell Holmes

Those words couldn't ring truer when we talk about Katie & Brendan. Yes, the bride looked stunning. Yes, the decor was on point. Yes, the flowers were amazing. But honestly, our favorite part about this wedding was the pure JOY that is written all over the faces of the newlyweds and their families. Every time you catch a glimpse of one of them or see a picture, their happiness just radiates. (And isn't that why we are all in this business?)

Katie and Brendan got married last fall at Memorial Drive- United Methodist Church here in Houston. They took a sweet moment to read each other their vows at a first look before the ceremony. We love the idea of keeping something so intimate between yourselves. 

Brendan wore a simple boutonniere of ranunculus and greenery for the big day. Katie held a garden style bouquet made of:

  • Garden Roses
  • Peonies
  • Ranunculus
  • Spray Roses
  • Greenery
Brendan smiling ear to ear waiting on his bride. 

Brendan smiling ear to ear waiting on his bride. 

Katie with her garden style bouquet. 

Katie with her garden style bouquet. 

The wedding party looked nothing short of sharp for their sweet friends big day. The bridesmaids wore long grey dresses that really made their white and blush bouquets pop. The bouquets were made of:

  • Anemones
  • Brunnia Berries
  • Spray Roses
  • Garden Roses

The groomsmen donned grey suits that complimented Brendan's and boutineeres made of white spray roses. 

After their meaningful ceremony, guests enjoyed the reception at The Bell Tower on 34th. During the patio cocktail hour, family and friends enjoyed a cigar and whiskey bar. Maxit provided small arrangements to make the otherwise masculine activity more feminine and wedding-like. We had so much fun taking the decor ideas of Weddings by Jessee and mixing our florals with them to create this beautiful event.

Small arrangements placed at cigar bar. 

Small arrangements placed at cigar bar. 

Olive oil favors were set our for guests to take home at the end of the night. We placed arrangements and greenery around the display to bring more attention to the table. 

Olive Oil wedding favors for guests. 

Olive Oil wedding favors for guests. 

The reception space was a pleasant mix of nudes, blush, natural wood and ivory. The muted natural tones really made the room feel warm and comforting. The head table was draped with a garland made of greenery and spray roses. Guest tables were a mix of garlands, small arrangements and loose florals with candles. Small nooks were filled with greenery and loose stems while pillars held loose arrangements. Every little detail was executed so well, thanks to the creative team of Jessica Jessee and Maxit Flower Design. 

Head table at the Bell Tower with greenery and rose garland. 

Head table at the Bell Tower with greenery and rose garland. 

The all white wedding cake was enhanced with a touch of greenery and loose blooms. The bride and groom had an entire dessert table filled with sweets and flowers. 

The night (and this blog post) ended on a sweet note with a get-away car dressed to impress. The vintage Rolls Royce was made even more beautiful with a wreath and a classic "Just Married" banner attached to the back.  As we reminisce on Katie & Brendan's wedding day, we simply wish nothing but for all brides to feel the way Katie did. We know so many years of happiness are in front of the newlyweds!

*You can find EVEN MORE beautiful images from this day on our gallery page soon! A special thank you to Cotton Weddings for filling our inbox with all of these pictures. 

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surprise birthday weekend [dos brisas resort]

I love birthdays so much. It is probably my most favorite "holiday" to celebrate. (Do we call it a holiday, special occasion maybe?!) So when we were approached by Coterie Spark to produce an entire weekend of flowers and event design for a special surprise birthday, we about died of excitement! 

Before we jump into the gorgeous pictures and details of the weekend, we have got to give it up to the birthday girl's husband. He planned & executed this lavish surprise for his wife's 40th birthday. A weekend at a 5-star resort, surrounded by love, family & gorgeous flowers has got to be the best way to celebrate. Cheers to you, sir! 


The stay at Dos Brisas in Washington, Texas started off with a welcome rodeo in the arena. Guests were entertained by rodeo clowns, mutton bustin', real cowboys and animals of all kinds.  The family was welcomed by a gorgeous hand-lettered wooden sign {adorned with our greenery} by Southern Script Designs. Jennifer rocked it out and got us all of the signage in just a few short days. You'll notice some of her work later on in the post! (Dinner & Brunch)

Shortly after the rodeo, the adult guest were whisped off to our favorite part of the event. We transformed the equestrian stables into an intimate dining experience for them. We draped a custom wood table by Spell Events in flowers and fresh fruits. We sourced a gorgeous flowing runner and got custom linen napkins brought in from Hibiscus Linens. We really wanted each guest to feel special, so we cut fresh figs and placed them at each setting. The welcome sign was draped with smilax and roses to mirror the stables. 

Some of the key components we used to create this look were:

  • "Corazon" Roses
  • "Darcy" Garden Roses
  • "Hot & Pink Majolika" Spray Roses
  • "Peach" Ranunculi
  • Black Berries
  • Pomegranates
  • Figs
  • Crab Apples
  • Pears
  • Bay Laurel
  • Smilax

While guests enjoyed their dinner, Maxit's team headed back home to Houston to create more arrangements for the following morning.

When they awoke, the whole family enjoyed a brunch on the lawn. They got to reminisce about the weekend, chat about the memories they made and enjoy the foggy morning. Maxit used "Looped" linens from La Tavola, found here to make the arrangements POP with the scenery. 

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We really wanted the arrangements to create the mellow and happy mood. We filled the casual terra-cotta pots with:

  • Spray Roses
  • Ranunculi
  • Roses
  • Greenery

We absolutely loved creating this entire experience for this family. We really got to flex our creative bone and dive head first into event design. We hope Jennifer had the best birthday possible!  Photography by Karen Sashar

backyard boho bash [meg grant.co]

Happy Half priced V-day candy Day!! (aka-Possibly our favorite day of the year.)

We hoped you were showered with love and chocolates by your boo yesterday. While we stayed away from the sweets, we did get an amazing gift of photos from a recent dinner party hosted by Meg of Meg Grant.Co. Meg creates all things pretty; calligraphy, stationary design, styling- you name it! You can check out her Instagram feed in the link above. (We promise you won't be disappointed.)

When Meg approached us about creating florals for her backyard event, we jumped on it. Her inspiration was bohemian, bright, fresh and welcoming. How could we pass that up? We immediately started brainstorming flowers and fruits, our final list consisted of:

  • king protea
  • quicksand roses
  • garden roses
  • spray roses
  • ranunculus
  • anemones
  • dahlias
  • kiwi branches
  • pampas grass
  • kiwi fruit
  • star fruit
  • cactus fruit (talk about beauty being on the inside!)

While we love to look at photos of our flowers, it's SO cool to see them in action. We are loving how our arrangements made a seemingly casual ground level table really pop with sophistication. And I mean, the gorgeous place settings and cafe lights helped a little. 

Backyard Bohemian Dinner party with lawn-level table and fluffy pillows. Flowers by Maxit Flower Design in Houston, Texas. 

Backyard Bohemian Dinner party with lawn-level table and fluffy pillows. Flowers by Maxit Flower Design in Houston, Texas. 

Floral arrangements featuring fresh fruit. Vintage and modern plates created a playful twist on the table setting.

Floral arrangements featuring fresh fruit. Vintage and modern plates created a playful twist on the table setting.

Boss-lady Meg is a genius with the details. This copper menu she created along with the copper bar accents were stunning. She also made the acrylic place cards and invitations herself. Can you believe she imagined and produced all of this?! (We can't help but praise fellow females who make dreams become reality- from small dinner parties to large businesses!)

Again, we are so thankful to have been a part of this gorgeous intimate backyard dinner party. We hope that this inspires you to create something beautiful in your own life. Huge shout out to Meg for trusting us with your event! We have some future plans with Meg and can't wait to show you what we are working on. (Second shout out to Ashleigh Amoroso Photography for these gorgeous images.)

 

Oh, hey- she also made it onto the Camille Styles Blog! WHAT?! You can check out the entire post and get details from the evening here.