Posts Tagged ‘floral’

Flowers by Sebesta Design

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

These photos are coutesy of Sebesta Design, which is an EXCELLENT and highly recommended event design company serving mid-Michigan. I can’t even thank her (Corinne) enough for the wonderful work that she did. Read the review.

I am a little bit OCD and particular when it comes to art and design… so before ever meeting with her or any other decor vendor, I created these excel spreadsheets of everything I wanted. Every little detail.

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She did an EXCELLENT job bring it all together. I will be writing a review soon!

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Pictures from Corinne:

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All The Floral

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Flowers weren’t the main focus of our décor. It was actually lighting, but the flowers did bring a little something extra.

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Bouquet Toss

Friday, October 9th, 2009

All of the single ladies were called to the floor. Beyonce’s "Single Ladies" played. We actually had a pretty big turnout on the floor. I didn’t think we’d have participants. Our groomsman’s girlfriend ended up catching it!

All images were taken by Mitch Ranger.

Bouquet Toss

Bouquet Toss

Bouquet Toss

Bouquet Toss

Bouquet Toss

Bouquet Toss

Bouquet Toss

Calling single men

Bridal Party Pictures

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Our bridal party was awesome. They put up with wearing the traditional outfits, which, I’m sure was fun for the guys. Everyone wore traditional Vietnamese Ao Dai for the tea ceremonies and then changed into chocolate tuxes and cocktail dresses for the reception. (The girls all chose their knee-length dresses in shades from purple to pink.)

On top of that, each groomemen’s boutonniére matched each girl’s respective dress (it’s hard to see here). The girls all picked their own silver shoes and the guys rocked out in white shoes. Props included sunglasses (mainly aviators), fans, and a couple bouquets. It took forever for everyone to get dressed so I made a quick decision to be the only person changing at the reception. Because of the slow dressers, we also had limited time for group photos in downtown Lansing.

These photos were taken by Mitch Ranger.

In the traditional attire…

DonThao's bridal party

DonThao's bridal party

DonThao's bridal party

DonThao's bridal party

DonThao's bridal party

DonThao's bridal party

Us

He bought argyle socks for the guys to wear with their chocolate tuxes, but they also wore them for the traditional dresses.

Boys in their argyle socks

Boys

We told him we wanted shots that didn’t make sense – urban setting with graffiti and trash. I LOVED the location that Mitch chose!

The Men

This photo is badass… I love how he included the wiring above. There is a lot more to look at than just the typical guys staggered in a photo)

The Groom and his Men

The Ladies

(I absolutely loved how the girls’ dress colors ended up in the pictures.)

The Bride and her Ladies

The Bride and her Ladies

The Bride and her Ladies

The Group

The Group

The Group

The Group

The Group

The Group

The Group

I love them! Mitch did a wonderful job.

Guest Table Décor

Monday, August 17th, 2009

The head table was set up differently from the guest tables. Guest tables were void of yellow except for the yellow origami lilies. They also featured three different types of centerpieces: a tall, medium, and low. All centerpieces were designed with an Asian Zen theme.

Any images without an asterisk (*) were not taken by a professional. All others were taken by Mitch Ranger. Décor was set up by the Radisson staff and led by Corinne from Sebesta Design.

Each table featured a photo table number of us.

DIY Table numbers

DIY Table numbers

Guests sat on silver chivari chairs with lavender, satin seat cushions.

DIY Table numbers[*]

The favors were small light yellow boxes that had Ferrero Rocher and Andes Mints in them. Each setting had our diy menu inserted into a folded napkin that had an origami lily tucked inside. Don’t ask why the coffee cups are on the table. We asked for them not to be on the table since we didn’t want it to be crowded. Oh well.

Menu setting with origami and favor

Menu setting with origami and favor[*]

Menu setting with origami and favor

The tall centerpieces

The tall arrangement consisted of a tall square glass vase filled with frosted acrylic glass in the base. Tall curly willow branches sprayed out of the vase and was embellished with a combination of purple, hot pink, and lavender orchid blossoms out of the vase and twisting up the branches.

Tall reception centerpiece

Tall reception centerpiece

Medium centerpieces

Assymetrial and clean, the medium centerpieces featured a dendrobium orchid bloom sitting on top of white LED lit frosted acrylic glass. Hot pink wire was also wrapped loosely around a medium height square container. These were a hit since four of them went missing by the end of the night!

Medium Centerpiece[*]

Medium Centerpiece

Medium Centerpiece[*]

Low Centerpieces

These featured floating candles in a low, square container. Mokara orchids also floated.

Low Centerpiece[*]

Low Centerpiece[*]

DIY | Bouquet Preservation

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

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I’ve been doing this for as long as I can remember. Whenever any woman in my family wanted to save flowers that were given to us as gifts (we’re rather sentimental), we wait until the flowers are a little past full bloom and preserve them.

DIY wedding bouquet preservation

How did we do that?

Tools:

  • Cheap hair spray
  • Rubberband
  • A place to hang bouquet such that it won’t have to sit against anything
  • Vase

It’s easy! Enjoy the bouquet for a bit first. Let all of the flowers bloom and just when you think it might START to die, tie a rubberband around the bouquet "handle". (Don’t hang it like in the picture yet)

DIY wedding bouquet preservation

Grab a can of hair spray and get outside or to a well ventilated area and spray the bouquet upside down and rightside up (make sure to be as thorough as possible).

Then, find a place to hang the bouquet upside down.

DIY wedding bouquet preservation

Wait until the bouquet is SUPER dried. THEN, you can remove it from hanging and enjoy your preserved beauty!

DIY wedding bouquet preservation

DIY wedding bouquet preservation

It’s not the most PERFECT preservation, but it beats paying $200. The hair spray allows the dried flowers to stay brighter than they would if they dried naturally and also helps the petals keep their shape. I also pulled out some stems first to press for our scrapbook.

DIY in Action

Here is the bouquet on the wedding day.

DIY wedding bouquet preservation

…and here it is sitting on our coffee table.

DIY wedding bouquet preservation

DIY wedding bouquet preservation

I did the same to his bouttoniere. Pics coming soon.

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DIY | Boutonnières

Friday, June 19th, 2009

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Tools:

  • Faux flowers
  • Floral tape
  • Hot glue
  • Colored wire / other embellishments
  • Ribbon
  • Boutonniere pin

I am make just a few faux boutonnieres for my family upon the request of my mom whose favorite color is purple too. I just finished one with a plum-colored orchid.

These are so easy to make that I wish I had time to make many more. I found my main flower, added some other little flowers and tied them together with some floral tape. Then I added leaves and some more floral tape.

I wrapped pink wire around the bout and also secured that with floral tape. Finall, I grabbed some ribbon and wrapped it in an "X" pattern around the stem.

DIY wedding Boutonnieres

DIY wedding Boutonnieres

I plan on make more – all unique.

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Event Design

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

We just booked our event designer last week after interviewing six vendors! This process started back in June, so I am relieved we finally chose the person getting into the nitty gritty with us that day. They all submitted some detailed, some not-so-detailed proposals and the winning bid was based on how much in sync she was with our ideas.

Basically, I have a vision in my head and she is going to help me set it all up on that day since the ceremonies start so early. It would be impossible for us to set up that ballroom the morning of the reception.

So back to our wonderful designer. I have high expectations. It takes a LOT for me to get excited about someone, but she organized her proposal the exact same way I set up my evaluation Excel spreadsheet–don’t ask, it’s crazy. She also was great for bouncing off ideas and I would say that her creativity and history of designing huge high-profile events didn’t hurt the evaluation! We had one vendor who tried to push a “factory-packaged-wedding” on me. Seriously. Do I look like I want a wedding that you have already done in the past? We met with another who’s lack of enthusiasm put me to sleep. They all had their own style, but in the end, I went with the vendor that met MY STYLE.

Now… time for all the little detail planning that you probably won’t ever notice, but I will so I’m planning it anyway!

Lights, Camera, Action

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Lights… almost there.

Camera… booked.

Action… less than one year!!!

Now that we can FINALLY say JUNE when people inquire about the big day, it’s kind of… scary. For some reason, my mind has distorted the time and I feel like I have less time to plan for this. The family engagement party has passed–now we are referring to the future in-laws technically as in-laws.

I’ve ordered my gown, designer initials M.S. Maggie? Melissa? Who knows! It’s a surprise! I have met with five event designers to transform the place… but I won’t get proposals for another week or so. Let’s say I’ll have that decision by the end of the month! All the designers have totally different ideas and working personalities, so this may be difficult, but I think I know who it will be. The wedding is definitely personifying itself more now that I have the mental images in my head.

It’s nice to have all this time to plan. The problem is I get more and more ideas and then it gets bigger and bigger. He has done a FANTASTIC job of helping and throwing out really great ideas too… I’m so proud *tear*. I bet the anticipation is killing you, lol, ok ok so it’s just really killing me!

P.S. The girls have also been given their dress assignments, so let the shopping begin!

Bride’s Bouquet Inspiration

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

I want something funky and my favorite flowers are Orchids of every kind. They are so exotic-looking. So I want to start the bouquet with a basic bunch of purple/fuchsia orchids, similar to this:

Base orchid bouquet

…but that doesn’t quite hit the funky feel, so I envision a mixture of those orchids with brown phesant feathers!

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It’s… so me.