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Dec 19

Happy Holidays from Our Home To Yours!

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Happy Friday everyone! I’m signing off until the final week of December so I can be present with my family and enjoy the holiday season. For the next week and a half, you’ll be able to find Andrew and I snuggled up on the couch with Zoe watching holiday movie reruns, eating Christmas cookies and being thankful for all of the blessings in our lives. Whatever you celebrate this time of year, and whatever season of life you’re in, I wish you all peace, cheer and joy! My final post of 2014 will be my farewell to the year so check back after Christmas!

Bradley James Photography took our cherished Christmas card family photo this year :) Xoxo

Dec 17

Sara + Austin {HGE Wedding with Love, The Nelsons}

I hope you’re all sitting down for this blog post, my friends. Because it’s a complete visual overload of gorgeous details, sweet Southern traditions and some of the most beautiful photographs I’ve been lucky enough to add into my portfolio thus far in my career. But first a little back story. And stick with me because it’s good.

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Back in 2011 I received an email from one sweet Southern belle who was not yet engaged but interested in working with me to plan her wedding when the time came. I questioned her seriousness and found it a bit odd to be reaching out to a planner pre-engagement, but I loved this girl’s tenacity and sense of humor so we kept in touch for an entire year. In late 2012 when finally her beau popped the question and the duo became officially engaged, our working relationship became official and with that, Sara and I started to not only plan and design her perfect wedding day, but we built a really special bond and friendship with one another. We fell in stride so effortlessly and time after time again I was reminded why I do what I do. As a gal who has lived in as many places as I can count on almost both hands, Sara had her pick of planners and designers nationwide. And to know she picked me to help serve her and Austin; well it’s incredibly humbling and brings me tremendous joy.

Sara and Austin were married on September 20th, 2014 exactly three years from the original date that Sara first emailed me. Set against the magical backdrop of Vista West Ranch y’all, in the heart of Dripping Springs, Texas and decked out from ceremony to send off in Kate Spade girliness and a whole load of sparkle, this wedding even exceeded my expectations once the final taillight was lit and the final dahlia placed into that beauty of an arch. The whole day, actually the whole three-year journey with Sara and Austin, was the stuff dreams are made of and well, I just have to say thank you. To Sara and Austin. Thank you for letting me be a tiny part of the bigger picture which is now happily ever after for you two as a family.

The beautiful photographs were taken by our dear friends Shay and Drew of Love, The Nelsons. Simply put; they are one of a kind. Enjoy some of my absolute favorites from this special celebration! Oh! And you may have caught this wedding over on Southern Weddings where it was featured in November. It was very exciting to see such this wedding grace the pages of a publication both the bride and I so admire. Check it out here.

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Sara’s weakness is anything Kate Spade (my kind of girl) so naturally she wore these glittered peep toes.

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The florals! For a wedding with 80 people there were a TON of florals. I loved every second of it.

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Sara’s bridal bouquet took me a good two hours to make. Andrew was on hand with me that night working on some smaller arrangements while I tried to make it perfect and I was on a mission to do just that. To name a few blooms used: peach, blush, and magenta garden roses, white, blush and orange ranunculus, varieties of dahlias, pink veronica, white lysmachia, orange parrot tulips, pink spray roses, boxwood greens and my favorite, jasmine vine. It was all wrapped up with of course, a black and white striped grosgrain bow. I wish I could show you the video I took of Sara seeing her bouquet for the first time. It’s a mood lifter on bad days :)

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Did I mention the beautiful bride has really beautiful friends too?

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Remember how I mentioned a lot of my couple’s have bulldogs? Here’s Rumpy the ring bearer :)

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The portraits Shay and Drew captured are seriously stunning. It was hard to pick my faves for this post.

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And my favorite from the entire day is this:

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You can read more about Sara and Austin’s love story, their engagement, advice on wedding planning and many of the decisions behind their big day, over here. Just five seconds into reading Sara’s words and you’ll see why both I and her husband Austin love her so. And a big thank you to all of the amazing vendors who made this event possible. Planning and designing weddings cross country can be a bit tricky but time and time again I’m blown away by kind and gracious colleague and vendors. To happily ever after and beyond :)

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Photography: Love, The Nelsons / Planning, florals and design: Hey Gorgeous Events / Venue: Vista West Ranch / Wedding cake: Classic Cakes by Lori / Caterer: PoK-e-Jo’s / Rentals: Premiere Events, Loot Vintage Rentals, Whim Event Rentals / DJ: Complete / Paper Products: Lemon + Lavender / Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy / Bride’s Gown: ‘Sorento’ by Ines Di Santo / Bride’s Veil: Sara Gabriel / Bride’s Sash: Venust Bridal Design / Bride’s Bracelet and Shoes: Kate Spade /Bride’s Garter: Fallen Star Couture / Bride’s Earrings: Nicole Miller via Rent the Runway / Hair Stylist: Mindy Fuller / Makeup Artist: Makenzi Lane / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: LulaKate / Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse / Bridesmaids’ Monogrammed Shirts: Crystal Faye / Bouquet Ribbons: Oatmeal Lace Design / Linens: La Tavola Linen/ Flower Girl Tutu: Tutu Girl / Dog’s Bow Tie: Mia’s Closet / Wedding Cake: Classic Cakes by Lori

Dec 15

Kristina + Josh {E-Session Part Two by Marissa Maharaj}

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Happy Monday, friends! As promised, I present to you the sweet Kristina and Josh for part two of their Seattle summertime engagement session. Captured to perfection by Marissa Maharaj, these photos show how sweet and truly in love these high school sweethearts are. I just wrapped up the couple’s design and floral proposal and I must say, March is going to be really really lovely. You can catch part one of the session over here. Enjoy!

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Kristina’s wedding day bouquet (and the hand tied bouquets her eight gal deep bridal party will carry) will be a bit softer in saturation and color tone but will be just as textural and lush as the one I made her for the session. Think lots of garden roses, hell hellebores peonies if I can snag some early season varieties. Those deep crimson late summer dahlias certainly stole the show though. Why can’t dahlias be available year round?

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Kristina and Josh, the countdown is on, lovebirds. Let’s get you two married! Have a lovely day, friends!

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Photography: Marissa Maharaj / Florals and Styling: Hey Gorgeous Events /  Black tulle dress: Free People / Hair and makeup: Erin Skipley / Pink scarf: Anthropologie

Dec 9

Kristina + Josh {E-Session Part One by Marissa Maharaj}

In March I get the very exciting honor of travelling to Seattle, Washington to be a part of Kristina and Josh’s big day. About a year ago I received the email from a newly engaged Kristina asking me if I was free to plan and able to travel out west for their wedding. After a quick and very excited YES! and a few phone calls back and forth it was official. And let me say this; this wedding is going to be downright beautiful and so truly meaningful. This past summer I flew out to Seattle for a few days to get some wedding prep done like a venue visit, a cake tasting, and the most fun of all, I was able to style the couple’s engagement sessions and create a bouquet mock up for the very beautiful bride to be. It was all just a little teaser of what’s to come next year.

Today is Kristina’s birthday and I wanted to share some of my favorite photographs from the couple’s session in honor of her. Kristina and Josh are high school sweethearts and I cannot wait to watch them become husband and wife on March 7th. I’ll be breaking their engagement session into two posts because there are truly so many amazing moments captured by the one and only Marissa Maharaj. Happy Birthday, Kristina! The best is yet to come and I hope you get to celebrate this special day with your soon to be hubby :)

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We started the session out in Kristina’s sweet little apartment, where Josh will be moving into once they are married. Her decor is a little Anthropologie meets West Elm and I must say she is a girl after my own heart. There are so many sweet touches in her place but my favorite was a printed out piece of paper in her room with the words along the lines of,”Verses to Pray for Your Husband Over.” Kristina and Josh have a faith based relationship and really respect one another. You can see it in their mannerisms with one another too.

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And this is Henry the couple’s bulldog! Henry will serve as the couple’s ring bearer at the main event. From what Kristina has told me, Henry even has a bow tie to wear down the aisle. Sara and Austin from my recent Texas wedding also had a bulldog ring bearer! I think I have a very specific type of client don’t you think? :)

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Kristina’s ring is absolutely stunning. I love how it’s the focus in this black and white image.

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Coming up later this week you’ll see the photos of the couple at a local park and with some pretty HGE blooms!

Happy Tuesday, friends xoxo

Dec 8

A Handcrafted Holiday Pop Up!

Happy December, friends.

I’m so excited to finally be a part of an incredible pop up shop this season and with some of my favorite people too! I’ll be selling Hey Gorgeous florals at Sweet Heather Anne’s on December 20th where you can also snag the best homemade desserts and cheese boxes from Central Provisions. It’s going to be a wonderful Saturday to stop by and scoop up everything you need for a merry and bright (and delicious!) holiday weekend. I know I’ll be bringing some sweet treats home with me from Heather and a cheese box or two from the Central Provisions team! As for the floral end of things, here’s what will be up for preorder grabs from yours truly.

Big Bunch of Cheer // $95.00

Perfect for: your holiday buffet sideboard, favorite mother in law,  foyer entry table,  fireplace mantle

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Little Cup of Joy // $52.00

Perfect for: a coffee table, your holiday bar cart,  favorite neighbor, a small coffee table

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Pre orders will be accepted through to the 15th of December and may be sent to hello@heygorg.com. Payment can be made ahead of time via Paypal or at the bakery that day by check or credit card. Your arrangements will be available for pick up that Saturday at Sweet Heather Anne’s between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm. There may also be a few fun smaller floral and foliage goodies available that day for walk in customers (or for smaller budgets too!) so don’t fret if you miss the pre order deadline! But the fun doesn’t stop there!

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The gals at Sweet Heather Anne will be selling beautifully decorated holiday cakes (guys, these cakes are the prettiest, just click here to check them out along with further details on pricing and flavors). Also available for preorder are mixed macaron and cookie boxes. I’ve personally had the pleasure of receiving one of these cookie boxes for the past few years now, and I must say it’s always a highlight of my holiday. The chocolate shortbread lasts about 10 seconds in our home and will be a guaranteed Christmas Eve dessert at Chez Bosse!

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Be sure to send your pre orders in by December 17th to info@sweetheatheranne.com

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And finally, Central Provisions will be accepting pre orders for their really awesome holiday cheese boxes by December 13th. At just $40.00 a box they are jam packed with hand-selected domestic cheese and salamis, sweet jams, tangy mostardas, walnuts in honey, and tasting notes and pairing recommendations (to name a few of the many drool-worthy inclusions). Pre orders for cheese boxes may be sent to centralprovisions@gmail.com and you can pick up your orders at the bakery between 10:00 am and 2:30 pm on December 20th along with all of the other goodies for sale. Read more about the boxes here if a little cheese sounds like your jam.

We hope to see you there to scoop up some amazing treats, gorgeous florals and one of a kind edibles for your friends and family this holiday season. Sweet Heather Anne is located in downtown Ann Arbor on 920 North Main Street. I can’t wait to see some of you there and trust it will be a very festive and fun day for all.

Have a beautiful Monday my friends!

Floral photos: Bradley James Photography /Desserts: Abby Rose Photo / Cheese: Central Provisions