a little something on the brighter side

Brides tend to shy away from color, and we completely understand why they lean towards that direction.  Quite frankly, we love muted tones.  But!!! We love color too. And a couple weeks ago we got to pair up with the talented team from Little Coterie to create a colorful, fun filled fiesta.

This cheerful wedding was what our portfolio needed to get the Summer months started.  Lots of peonies, ranunculus, and garden roses were in their high end sophisticated mix.  And let's not forget those gorgeous details that the owner of Little Coterie, Courtney, does not shy away from.  Turquoise printed escort cards to gorgeous bride and groom signs to make everything feel thought of and well put together.

These gorgeous images taken by our friend Paige at Awake Photography.

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maxit studio styles

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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

styling your home

We might possibly be surrounded by some of the most creative, talented, ambitious women in the world. They are hustlers, go getters, ones that never stop creating and being motivated.  This week we got a chance to collaborate with some of the best. Marie Flanigan from Marie Flanigan Interiors, Caroline Harper of House of Harper and Mostess Box.  

We are got together to create some promotional material, as there was a looming storm that didn't allow us to shoot outside. We made lemonade people.  The reality is that the storm didn't even come till the next day, because that is what happens in reality.  You plan, plan, plan and it never quite goes the way you think.  Fast forward to today and boom.  The most gorgeous day you have ever seen and the party once again is on and moving forward.

We can't to see how it all comes together, but in the meanwhile we will show you the goodies from last week.  As any chance we get to show off our work through a professional lens is a good day.

Here's to many more collaborations with Houston's creatives and gorgeous days like today that will allow our flowers to shine.

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As I develop my home garden I had the chance to use some of the goodies I have been growing.  Because I am not 100% what works with the soil and amount of sunshine we get at the new house, I have been limiting the items to mostly greens.  The highly textural items that make the difference and leave the flower growing to the professional.  At least for now.  Can you spot the home grown blooms? 

We added our caladiums to this mix for a highly textured accent.  And my gosh, what about those amazing ranunculus, flown in from Japan! Yes, Japan.  They were just as amazing, if not more, in person.

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Signing off with a too be continued.  As there will be many more of these collaborations as you can never have enough!

gearing up for summer

As the winter days wrapped up a couple days ago our mind starts venturing on to the sweet summer days ahead.  Where all the outside gatherings begin and the wine just seems to taste that much better.

The queen of backyard soirees is non other than Courtney Paddock of Little Coterie.  We meet her last year as she requested florals for one of her summer shindigs and we immediately feel in love. She has an eye of attention and keen sense to what makes a party fun, interactive and memorable.

Houston weather gets hot then it becomes fire.  No joke.  And Courtney focuses on how to keep gets refreshed and cooled down during those firey nights. Keeping snacks light while focusing on a variety of different drinks hoping to make everyone happy.   Thank you Courtney, you are a fav that's for sure.

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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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spontaneous is still our favorite

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When working with other small businesses and creatives, spontaneous events are not only the easiest but necessary.  When one of our all time favorite photographers reached out for a couple quick items to promote their new clothing line, Saltflat, we were excited to dive right in to make something to help highlight their new items. 

We love our fellow business creatives and creating for them makes our hearts sing with joy.  We know the struggle and the hard work in maintaining your own small business and helping them along the way might be one of the more important things we do.

To combine another amazing element to the mix, the model Kailey is also part owner of Saltflat and is rocking other businesses as well.  You guys she is a girl boss if I ever saw one. And to make it even better, she is the kindest, sweetest lady you could ever meet.

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So did you notice that gorgeous make up and hair, well that is my girl Kailey rocking it. Let me tell you, she just started her own company helping other women with their hair and make up too... you have to check her out Etoilly Artistry

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Not impressed yet, go check her and her sister out at their blog called Double Shot of Sass. Now do you see what I meant?  She is on fire and love how she follows her passion no matter where she goes, the hustle is real.

And let's not forget how brilliant Ling Wang is.... she surrounds herself with the hardest working visionaries of Houston and couldn't be more proud to be in her inner circle of friends that help each other along the way.  Thank you friends, can't wait to create more spontaneous shoots with you.  They are clearly becoming my favorite! XOXO Maria Maxit

kate + john [river oaks country club]

As we prepare for another wedding at the River Oaks Country Club, we can't help but share Kate and John's wedding at South Main Baptist Church and the River Oaks Country Club from last June. Photos courtesy of the insanely talented Dana Fernandez Photography. Planning by Sparkle & Shine Events.

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Kate's details for her big day perfectly set the tone for how the day would magically unfold. With gorgeous shoes from Jimmy Choo and earrings and a headpiece from Maria Elena Headpieces. The always lovely ring box from The Mrs. Box adds the perfect touch, complete with the Bride's new last initial. We believe that capturing these details are pivotal and Dana always does a wonderful job utilizing loose florals to elevate the photos. Like the gorgeous capture of the couple's wedding invitation from Bering's!

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When it came to the River Oaks Country Club, we know that less is more. We utilized one of our large white urns for the entry space featuring pale bush peonies, escimo and quicksand roses, and lots of greenery! We then created similar arrangements for the head table. Rentals for the day were provided by Aztec Events & Tents.

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Blue berry branches, our favorite mauve, quicksand roses and peonies were found throughout the rest of the room in our compote arrangements. Additional reception vendors include the wedding cake and groom's cake from Who Made the Cake!, entertainment by Chinatown, and both a silhouette artist, Silhouettes by Cindi, and live painter, Blaire Brown Art!

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For Kate's bouquet we wanted to enhance the beauty of her Oscar de la Renta gown from Joan Pillow Bridal Makeup by utilizing Bowl of Cream peonies and white Ohara roses. These lovely floral varieties always delight and we love to use them! For the Bridesmaids, we accented their grey Jenny Yoo dresses with shades of pale blush and nude. Hair and Makeup were provided by Hey Lovely Makeup.

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When it comes to our Maxit grooms, we love utilizing a fluffy and cheery ranunculus boutonniere. Something with character and texture to enhance his Ralph Lauren suit. For the rest of his guys we utilize spray roses to elevate them for the special occasion. 

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We also love when our Maxit couples chose to exit their reception to a rose petal toss! It is a classic touch that can be captured so perfectly! When else would you have the excuse to throw a handful of rose petals? We loved enhancing Kate and John's lovely day and are very excited to be back at the River Oaks Country club for another round soon! Cheers! XOXO.

kim + ross [four seasons]

We started off our 2018 wedding season with a great one that just landed in our inbox from Dana Fernandez Photography. Kim and Ross chose Mallory Ferreira with Two Be Wed to plan the perfect day for them, complete with ceremony at St. John Vianney Catholic Church and reception at downtown Houston's Four Seasons Hotel. We absolutely love when Dana shoots one of our clients as we know we are going to  get these amazingly styled detail shots.

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The elegant invitations were designed by Nine Zero Nine and no wedding styling would be complete without The Mrs Box and some bling.

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Kim was a dream to design a bouquet for! We crafted a large and playful garden style bouquet complete with lush roses, Veronica, Lisianthus, and freesia. The bouquet went wonderfully with her Galia Lahav gown from Ivory Bridal Atelier and altered by Lauras Couture & Alterations. And though you can't see it, Kim's Christian Louboutin shoes echoed the elegant whimsy in her bouquet.

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The groom and his men donned our signature Maxit boutonnieres and the snazziest bowties from Balani Custom Clothiers for the affair.

Whereas for Kim's ladies we accented their sophisticated Katie May dresses from Bella Bridesmaids with additional shades of blush and mauve. Makeup and Hair for the day was provided by Misty Rockwell Makeup.

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Those smiles reflect everything! Once Kim and Ross said "I Do" they stopped for a couple fun group shots before heading over to Four Seasons for their party.

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Such joy!

Our personal favorite part of decorating the reception space at the Four Seasons was these sweetheart table chairs! The perfect amount of hand-tied garland with roses to create a romantic garden-eque feeling. 

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We kept the floral colors at the Four Seasons simple with mostly shades of white and ivory and pops of blush with lots of greenery. The couple enjoyed their cake by Who Made The Cake and entertainment from In10City. Additional rentals & Decor from What's The Occasion and exit transportation by Heritage Carriage Company.

We wish Kim and Ross many years of joy and happiness and couldn't be more thankful to have started what's going to be a fabulous year of wedding florals with their big day. Cheers, XOXO!

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teresa + nicolas [station 3]

We are in the midst of this spring wedding season but still have some amazing weddings to share with you from this past fall/winter! Like this gorgeous Station 3 wedding captured by Claire McAdams Photography!

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We love when photographers utilize the best blooms for detail shots like this! So soft and romantic with a good dose of bling shine! We also love the space at Station 3 and were beyond excited to craft Teresa and Nicolas' big day which incorporated many French touches as a nod to Nicolas' heritage! 

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For the seated dinner, we crafted playful arrangements and lush garlands with romantic blush, mauve and white blooms. We also sprinted a hearty dose of candles throughout to help encourage the room's warm glow.  

Teresa also shared with us the intimate images that she took with Nicolas prior to walking down the isle on their big day with a very lovely guest star! And for a bride with such classic taste, we crafted a beautiful garden style bouquet with a loose mix featuring cappuccino roses, quicksand roses, viburnum berries, jasmine, and a handful of other lovely floral varieties. 

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Thank you for sharing these wonderful images with us Teresa! For our readers, you can also check out their wedding video here for even more fun from their big day! XOXO

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We absolutely love when our brides share their wedding videos with us! Since our job involves getting in and out before the event starts and then showing up once the guests have left, we only get to imagine the fun and magic of each night. But with amazing videos like this one by Claire McAdams Photography we get to see the magic first hand! 

Can you believe Teresa entered on Station 3's fire pole?! We were so delighted!! And Plush Party Band sure knows how to get the crowd dancing!  

We anxiously anticipate the images from this wonderful night arriving in our inbox for us to further share with you! And ff you are considering utilizing a videographer for your big day, be sure to check out our previous post on the Top 3 Reasons You Need a Videographer. Cheers! XOXO

bold dinner party with house of harper

It is still dinner party season and we love this bold tablescape Caroline from House of Harper put together! So if you are worrying how to entertain in the next week - keep scrolling for a couple tips and inspiration! Photographed by Kate Robinson with florals by Maxit Flower Design and calligraphy by Nancy B Creative.

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This arrangement shape really is one of our favorites to create! It packs such a punch and will be sure to wow your guests! With a large focal point like this one, you really want to go with a simple pacesetting with clean lines for the rest of your table decor.

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We also love how Caroline pulls the gold from the room to echo on the table with the flatware and candlesticks! So studying the space you will be entertaining in is key! You want it to look like you style this room like this every day (in a perfect world right?!) Let your wall decor or chandler set the underlying color scheme. 

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Then after placing your focal point, in this case the centerpiece, slowly pull color and detail from there. The light purple wine glasses and sweet little figs on each napkin echo the tones of the candlesticks and play off the deep shades in the arrangement. 

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And then once dinner is done - reuse the decor! We love how Caroline placed the arrangement in her front entryway so that her guests could again enjoy it once the table had been cleared! Be sure to  check out Caroline's full post here! And we hope that each of you have a wonderful holiday season! Cheers! Xoxo 

top 5 lessons from 2017

Hard to believe it is 2018 now! Where did 2017 go? At Maxit Flower Design, we fully believe that setting goals and looking forward involves a reflection on what happened over the last 365. After thought and discussion, these are the top 5 lessons that we learned in 2017.

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Lesson Number 1:  It takes the right combination of people to make magic. Every year we get to meet so many new vendors that quickly become friends and are always joyed to collaborate with them. Whether it be for weddings, intimate parties, or just a cup of coffee and discussion, these people fill our studio and life to support us, dream with us, and work alongside us to create some of the most wonderful times! One of these regular collaborators is the wonderful Courtney from Little Coterie who styled this shoot. (Photography by Three Smudges Photography, Linens by Lettrefina, Food by Casually Gourmet, Signage by Slinging Inks, Florals by Maxit Flower Design) 

Lesson Number 2: You never stop learning. We were very fortunate to welcome Kiana Underwood of Tulipina Design and her team into our studio for a week of production which of course came with the gracious opportunity to learn and pick her brain on all things flowers! It was truly one of those experiences  from 2017 that we cherish. And sometimes its great to take a break from doing all of the creative direction to sweep up and clean buckets for someone else! 

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Lesson Number 3: Finding your 'Number 2' is important. In 2017, Maria teamed up with Amy McGee of Botanical Brouhaha to create the Botanical Brouhaha podcast. (Insert shameless plug where we recommend you go download and listen to all the episodes here!) In the creation and continuous development of the podcast, Maria serves as Amy's support and sounding board. Spending time in the shoes of a 'number 2' has provided her with insight and lessons that she can take back to utilize in her own business. 

Lesson Number 4: Crafting systems for growth in business is pivotal. 2017 brought a new office manager to the Maxit Flower Design team, our own 'number 2' if you will. We will officially introduce Ashley here on the blog soon, but the last few months we have been honing in on and developing the systems needed to get to our 'next level'. She provides not only a sounding board but can focus solely on things like our booking process and the 'paperwork side' to our weddings, scheduling, and managing day to day tasks in our studio which allows for Maria to spend more time crafting and dreaming up amazing new things.

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Lesson Number 5: There is no special sauce. The ups and downs that inevitably occur during the course of 365 days really reminded us that the 'secret to success' truly is made of tenacity, grit, and a lot of hard work. There is no instant solution and growth takes time. For us it has been 8 years of sweat and passion to bring Maxit Flower Design to this point in time.

This point in time in which many things are coming together to create an amazing place to jump (with our collective team feet) into this amazingness that we know 2018 will be. As long as we keep that tenacity and grit and acceptance of hard work posted on the wall to push us on!
 

What lessons did you learn in 2017? We hope that some of our lessons resonate with you at this start of a new year and are so beyond excited to get to work on our big ideas and goals! Cheers to 2018! May it bring you all the  joy and success that you desire! XOXO

5 reasons we do styled shoots

A Styled Shoot. If you are not in the wedding industry you may wonder what is a styled shoot? Or why wedding vendors can get so excited over creating one for themselves? In short, a styled shoot is the creation of a setting that can be captured photographically and used to display work though various ways. It is typically not a real wedding or event. But it is just as magical!

Over the last 8 years of Maxit Flower Design, we have had the opportunity to work alongside some amazing Houston wedding vendors on various styled shoots. In 2017 we participated in two full scale shoots that were truly once in a lifetime experiences! 

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In our studio we chose to participate in styled shoots for a chance to develop and capture the following 5 things that we find to be the most important aspects of styled shoots:

1) Set The Tone For Our Brand.  Your first impression is of utmost importance. What did you think when you saw the first image of Maxit Flower Design? Whether it be on this website or on a social media platform, you get one shot to make a first impression and set the tone. We want the tone that you interpret to be one that is in line with the heart of our company and brand. By styling a styled shoot, we get to ensure that the aesthetic is perfect for us as a brand. 

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2) Develop New Design Trends and Possibilities. At Maxit Flower Design, we are always looking to try something new. Looking to develop new tricks to keep up our sleeves and impress our clients with and styled shoots are the perfect 'test run' for these ideas! What is the perfect length of ribbon on a bouquet? What aspects of working with blackberries should we know prior to putting them on a table for a client? Did this experiment work out wonderfully? Or like a scientist, do we need to go back to the drawing board to craft another hypothesis?

3) Showcase Our Work in New Spaces. We cannot guarantee that we book a client who adores the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston the way that we do so getting the amazing opportunity to develop a styled shoot there is the next best thing! Then we get to work there! And capture these amazing images so that our next client, who maybe never thought of utilizing a museum as a venue, would be able to picture what her wonderful day could look like! 

4) Work With New Vendors and Building Relationships. Hands down the best part (besides creating romance from scratch!) is working alongside some amazing hearts that get obsessed about details as much as I do! We have various weddings throughout the year and love getting to see our friends working in their respective businesses but that is work. We are providing the best for our client and it is not a place for chats and hugs. However styled shoots, were we are the clients, we get to talk shop and laugh while we try out those hypothesis we've had! And then the next wedding where a certain element is needed, we know the right person to bring in to the mix so that our clients experience the best possible day.

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5) Enjoy Creative Freedom. Styled shoots are not all play. They are just as much work as any wedding or event except that styled shoots are up to us. We get to experiment. Play with color or texture. Test out materials or that crazy idea we have that could look so very cool! And developing styled shoots is something that you have to work on. Some shoots come easier than others but here at Maxit Flower Design, we truly love tackling the challenges that come with the never ending drive to try something new and different for our brides. 

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The biggest of all thanks to the following vendors for making these beautiful images possible:

We will post more about this shoot soon so be sure to check back for all the gorgeousness! Cheers! XOXO

madeline + cameron [couples session]

After wedding sessions and anniversary sessions really do not get enough credit! While we normally work with brides leading up to their big day, it is always a treat when we get to work with married couples to help create another magical day for them! It is one of the truest forms of 'treat yourself' that we really love! Madeline and Cameron booked the amazing Mustard Seed Photography to capture a some sweet moments between the couple at Hughes Manor and we were thrilled to create this garden-style, all white bouquet for Madeline.

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These photos are the perfect example that one stunning bouquet can truly elevate your photographs! How florals help to create a romantic and sophisticated aesthetic to any occasion! How the playful nature of white veronica casts a lighthearted spin on a rose bouquet. And of course we always love adding delicate silk ribbon to our bouquets to produce an ethereal feeling.  

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At Maxit Flower Design, we pride ourselves with crafting every floral design with thought and intention. We study shape and color, movement and texture combinations that work together simultaneously to convey the perfect feeling. Our designs are unique and mini works of art and we would love to create something meaningful and beautiful for you. XOXO

holiday table styling tips with L. Avenue

Yes I know that Thanksgiving already came and went! We ate the turkey and we shopped a little bit too much! But setting your Thanksgiving table can also be a test run for setting your Christmas table! 

Last month we were delighted to parter with Lyndsey Zorich of L. Avenue for some holiday table styling! Below you will find a couple floral styling tips to make table styling a breeze for you this season. 

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Holiday Table Styling Tip No. 1 - Do not feel like you are 'stuck' using the typical holiday colors! Thanksgiving decor typically comes in shades of orange, maroon, brown. Christmas decor typically comes in either red, green or white. But you are not forced to use these colors! Especially when it comes to floral! Think outside the box. For this arrangement we did utilize fall foliage but we also added dusty rose blooms to break up the color. 

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Holiday Table Styling Tip No. 2 - Decide early on what your focal point will be. In this case, the florals were the focal point and the remaining items accented the arrangement instead of distracting or blocking the view. Lyndsey's use of clear candle sticks is the perfect example! You do not want competing visuals when the focus should be on those around the table, the conversation, and the food! 

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Holiday Table Styling Tip No. 3 - Consider the views from each seat! Again, Lyndesy's use of the clear candle sticks allowed for her end-table guests to still view the floral arrangement and the guest at the other end of the table! We do not style our tables to seclude guests from each other! The holidays are about coming together and enjoying company and your table styling should reflect just that!

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For further details and shoppable links, you can check out Lyndesy's blog post here. Thank you Lyndsey for a wonderful styling session! XOXO

top 3 reasons you need a videographer

Your big day. You spend months, possibly years planning for it. It's perfect. From the details of your dress, to his tie, to the perfect music and the romantic florals. You are committing yourself to your favorite person in the world. In front of the rest of your favorite friends and family. You soak up every single moment as the day progresses...and yet it goes by in such a flash! 

Photographers have the amazing ability to capture the joyous day for brides and grooms to decorate their homes with and fondly remember their day. They are definitely worth investing in.

And then we have videographers! Something that used to be a grainy-VHS-version of your Aunt's wedding where you were once a flower girl has evolved into a cinematic encapsulation of your big day! Complete with the sounds and goosebumps that made your day so perfect. 

So what three reasons are there that you should include hiring a videographer for your wedding?

  1. It documents the love, vows, and joy-filled moments between your and your significant other in a beautifully cut and edited way. Plus it captures the great dance moves of your crazy Uncle Bob for all eternity!
  2. You can share the link with all your friends and family! That way those that were unable to make it can still experience the wonderful day you committed to your favorite person. Plus your children will be able to experience the day - even if they don't arrive for years afterwards!
  3. You can relive the entire day whenever you please! Every anniversary? Every Friday night? It is yours to watch and reminisce whenever your heart desires!

Convinced yet? Just check out this video below! Created by Brittan Pittman of our lovely couple Julie & Josh from their Chandelier Grove wedding! Cue the goosebumps and teary eyes right?! 

So now you are convinced! A videographer is definitely something worth working into your plan for the happiest day of your life.

And on the above wedding - We absolutely loved crafting the florals for Julie & Josh's big day! The decor we placed on the ceremony arch has been one of our most requested items to date! You can find more beautiful details from their day in photographic form on our Portfolio here! Cheers! XOXO

jennifer + doug [ashton gardens west]

Jennifer and Doug were married on a perfect day in September at Ashton Gardens West. We thoroughly enjoyed planning the florals for their day alongside their planner, Beth from Keely Thorne Events, and we are excited to share with you today the amazing images captured by The Cotton Collective!

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Hanging silk ribbon is one of our favorite details in creating bridal bouquets a. It's such a little detail that truly complements the romance of any wedding day. We are working on a fun little project that will allow you to see a lot more of our silk ribbon fun very soon! 

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Also can we talk about the simplicity and gorgeousness that is all white floral with greenery against classic black suits and soft blush dresses? We love how these colors will stand the test of time and ever-changing bridal styles. And the classic dip-kiss shot...how amazing are these as well?!

Jennifer and Doug's joy on their big day was just as large as the gorgeous Ohara and Escimo roses that filled Jennifer's bouquet. And Cotton Collective can always play with magic to capture the best sun-filled images!

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To accent the heartfelt ceremony, we covered the altar cross with lots of greenery and lush blooms. We also utilized our large white urns and wonderful white pillars to place two grand arrangements at the entrance to the isle. 

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We continued the lush blooms and greenery into the reception entrance with varying gold mercury bud vases and garland. The garden feel that started with the bouquets, was carried into the ceremony with the cross and urn arrangements, straight through the reception entrance and became a full garden experience in the ballroom!

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For the head table, we created one of our favorite table garlands with the wonderful draping of the lush greenery and blooms onto the floor. Also we got to utilize our new taper candle hurricanes which are very quickly becoming a studio favorite! We continued the garden feel by draping the spit staircase in greenery, blooms and pillar candles. 

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And then the cake! We absolutely love taking the best blooms and tiny little buds to create a wonderful floral sash! Sometimes we allow the cake artist to place the blooms that we chose but in this case, we exercised our creativity and were quite happy with the results! 

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We loved transforming Ashton Gardens West into the perfect garden reception for Jennifer and Doug. We wish them all the best in their lives and marriage! Cheers! XOXO

shopping party [magpies gifts]

We partnered up with Courtney and her company, Little Coterie yet again for a fun shopping party at Magpies Gifts in Bellaire! We are seriously loving each and every event that Courtney produces for Little Coterie. Each one is full of so many details, and we LOVE details! Keep scrolling for more details and photos by Lawrence Knox.  

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We opted for a large fun arrangement full of some of our favorite blooms - in amazing colors! We wanted to bring the best garden inside to Magpie's space where its nice and air-conditioned! Plus why not have one last hurrah with summer colors before the fall air arrived in Houston?

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As the seasons shift though, we are still obsessed with garden urns! They are just so versatile and raise the level of every single bloom we add to the arrangements in them! 

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This party was a bright and early one so that moms could drop off their kiddos at school and come enjoy some shopping, bites, and coffee! All the custom paper products were created by HH Design House, including these cheeky napkins, donut boxes, and straw flags! Mom's deserve to celebrate themselves! 

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Magpie's shop was a vision of its own! Just look at those tassels hanging around the cash register! You know you'll have a wonderful time coming here to pick out the perfect gift for a teacher, friend, kid, or even yourself! The party and morning was just as bright and festive as the florals we crafted! 

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Thank you again for another fabulous event Courtney! We are so excited to keep crafting these fun and adventurous floral creations for you! And to our readers, be sure to check back for some of the other fun events Maxit + Little Coterie have partnered up for! Cheers! Xoxo.

continued learning

Investing in your own education might be the most important thing you can do for your business.  I think all of us small business owners know this but seriously, when do we have the time.  Miraculously the time, the money and the perfect workshop aligned. And you know I jumped on this as quickly as possible.

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So off I was to Seattle to visit one of my all time favorite designers, Steve Moore of Sinclair and Moore.  He was hosting an Event Design workshop at a time where I was about to launch this service for my clients, and thought this has to be a sign.  Chris, my fiance, was itching to see his friend that happened to live in Seattle so we booked it and don't regret it.

As I anticipated what the week would bring, I never imagined what would actually occur.  I think we all believe that others have an answer that we are longing to hear and know all about.  That someone else's path is easier because they found the secret sauce.  Wouldn't that be nice?  In reality I discovered that he works is ass off and he deserves all the success he has and will continue to have... I could stop there because honestly that's 90% of it.  But I broke down the top 5 things I learned at The Sinclair and Moore Workshop for fun, but also to look back and have a place to remember these moments.

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1) Kill them with kindness.  I am a firm believer in kindness leading the path to success.  It was so relieving to see that he is determined to do the same.  He and his wife and the kindest souls.

2) Pay attention to the details.  He runs a small boutique service that is dominated by the attention to detail.  When I get a little lazy and think someone won't notice I think of Steve.  Because from what we all love about his aesthetic... it truly is all in the details.

3) Your team matters.  Steve surrounds himself with likeminded ambitious people.  That are driven, kind, pay attention to detail and have his vision at the forefront of all things they do.  It's so obvious and addicting.

4) Stay driven.  Even if it makes his vendor uncomfortable, he demands excellency.  He humbly discusses requesting tasks done over, and over again to nauseam, to make sure the vision is accomplished. I have to imagine it drives people crazy, but I know why... the perfection matters.  And let's all admit that it makes a difference.

5) Mistakes happen.  Let's get super real, everyone loves seeing someone else deal with difficult times.  Not because you want to watch the train wreck, but because it allows someone to be relatable. Be flexible and allow option B to run as smoothly as option A.  

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Thanks Steve, for your humility, honesty and drive.  You have taught me so much and giving me many things to ponder, discuss and continue to learn.  

maram + adam [crystal ballroom]

Every once in a while, a wedding comes along where the portraits of the Bride and Groom and wedding party are so great that an entire blog post dedicated to just those shots are needed...and Maram and Adam's wedding shot by Candice Adelle Photography at the Crystal Ballroom is one of those weddings!  Keep scrolling for all the wonderful images! 

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For the florals we designed, we utilized anemone, dahlias, roses, peonies, and dusty miller. We kept the florals in light and romantic tones of white and light blush. The balconies and the Crystal Ballroom really are a superb place to shoot so we wanted to make sure that all the florals accented the bright, airiness of the space!

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And can you get enough of Adam's reaction during the first look?! Moments like these make our job so fulfilling! The couple exudes joy and love! Combined with the gorgeous images I could just live in this feeling all day!

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For Maram's bridesmaids we crafted similar bouquets in dusty pink and cream to pop against their navy dresses. We also love how the blue in the few anemone throughout the bouquets pop!

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We also love keeping our Maxit grooms dashing with simple boutonnieres. These gentlemen shared a bond with Adam that included military service and we love that they incorporated their bond into the big day with their backpacks!

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While choosing photos to share with you, I was so impressed by how Maram and Adam's personalities shined through every single shot. As I scrolled, I felt they were with me in the room, laughing and being silly. Their bridal party encouraged the joy in the day as you can see below! 

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We wish Maram and Adam the best! Thank you for trusting us to help your day be perfectly romantic and heartfelt! Cheers! XOXO