Summer Tablescape

Summer is almost here! I love creating tablescapes for any type of occasion! It doesn't have to be complicated. I can create something beautiful with items that are special to you or items you already have in your home. 

Last year, I had the opportunity to create a gorgeous tablescape using items from my backyard as well as flowers found in Colorado gardens for Colorado Collective. Mary Andrews helped me plan the table setting with dishes from her grandmother and linens she had in her collection.  She also allowed us to use a gorgeous model home at The Farm from Keller Homes.

These gorgeous pictures are from the talented Becky Kyle with Good Photo

Using fruit and vegetables in your floral design is a great way to create interest and color! 

Using fruit and vegetables in your floral design is a great way to create interest and color! 

I used apple branches with apples attached, blooming oregano, boxwood, geranium, and lavender from my yard. I also picked up zinnias, allium, artichokes, roses, scabiosa (pin cushion), chocolate queen anne's lace, and japonica from the wholesaler. All of these flowers can be grown in Colorado though. I also placed figs, blackberries, rutabaga and a tropical fruit throughout the tablescape for color contrast and texture. Terrariums were added as well.  

Backyard Garden Party // Colorado Styling

I have been so anxious for warm weather. I've lived in Colorado my entire life, but the cold always seems to hang on too long for me. I'm ready to start my vegetable garden and am longing to see beautiful spring flowers, green grass, and blooming branches. 

To inspire you for the warmer days ahead, I put together a gorgeous table setting and tablescape for your next outdoor get-together. I wanted to create a soft, spring feel with coral, green, and touches of pink. I love mixing wood and metal so I incorporated the copper charger, gold flatware and glass with the cherry wood table. 

If you have a special dinner party or just want to get friends together, I would love to come help you design the table of your dreams. Great friends, fabulous food and drinks with gorgeous flowers should definitely be on the calendar this summer! 

Photography: Katherine Ridgely

Table : Rustic Trades Colorado

Table Setting : Anthropologie, Target,  Pier 1 Imports, World Market

Calligraphy: Caitlin Jane Calligraphy

Colorado Elopement

One of the highlights to my year was being a part of this amazing elopement. I loved all of the fabulous vendors I worked with and Candace and Blaine were so sweet! 

We started the morning hiking in the dark, pulling flowers in a wagon up the mountain, and getting to enjoy an amazing sunrise! It was such a gorgeous day filled with laughter and love. 

I loved that they gave me such freedom in the floral design. The colors were a soft, fall palette. Thank you for including me in the special moments of your day. 

Photographer: Best Photography

Planner: Sarah Viera Events and Design

Videographer: Seth Dunlap

Caterer: Cravings

Dress: BHLDN

 

Anthropologie Elopement // The Painted Mines

Goodness, I should blog more often! I'll try to be better! Allison and I have tried to put together a styled shoot for years...I'm not exaggerating, years!! We finally got the opportunity to do it this fall at the Painted Mines. I love how it turned out! Fall in Colorado is the best! 

We were so excited when Anthropologie agreed to work with us!  Allison and I LOVE all things Anthro and absolutely loved working and getting to know Sarah! She's amazing and knows her stuff! Our models were not only gorgeous, but hilarious and I'm so thankful to have worked with them. Kelli did such an amazing job on Lydia's hair and the table made by Brittny, with Cacti & Mint Vintage, was perfect!  

 

Photography: Allison Easterling

Models : Lydia and Kevin

Bride's Attire and Jewelry : Anthropologie

Table Settings: Anthropologie

Floral : Amber Mustain Floral Design

Hair and Makeup: Kelli -KIS Hair and Makeup

Table: Brittny-Cacti and Mint Vintage

Urban Friendsgiving Styled Shoot

Gather, a word that filled my mind this year as I thought about the holidays. In that word, Carly and I were able to create a beautiful, non-traditional "Friendsgiving" dinner focused on gathering. Our friends hold a special place in our hearts and should be a part of our holidays. Our color palette was warm and inviting, but not your traditional fall colors. I loved using the butternut squash as a container and black accents gave it a clean urban feel. Carly and I are thankful for the wonderful vendors that brought their talents to help us. Cravings Catering created a delicious menu (Cherry, Pecan Quinoa and cornish hens-Ah-mazing!) and Event Rents provided such pretty rentals-the muted gold flatware was gorgeous! 

Carly captured the details and evening beautifully! I couldn't have done this without her.  I loved spending the evening with these fabulous people! 

Enjoy!


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Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. 

(Romans 12:12) 

Sometimes our hopes and dreams don't come to pass when we think, and our hearts grow weary. We cry out to God for answers and we receive silence. We knew we wanted several children and after being able to get pregnant quickly with our first daughter, we didn't think we'd have trouble when we decided to have another one. It turned out that wasn't the case. When our daughter was 3, we started trying again. After about a year, we found out we were pregnant. We were so excited! Our excitement soon became heartbreak when we lost the sweet baby at 8 weeks. My heart was broken. Many people tried to be helpful and encouraging in things they would say, but my heart couldn't process it. I was broken-sad, disappointed, angry! I felt that because many people didn't know I was pregnant, I had to just "get over it". I had a business to run, a family to take care of, I didn't feel like I had time to mourn my loss. It was not a healthy way to deal with my loss. 

For several years we looked for answers of why we couldn't get pregnant. Nothing medically ever panned out. We were healthy and no one could find anything wrong. After 7 years of "trying", we decided to be thankful for our beautiful daughter and enjoy our life as 3. Surprise-September 21, I found out I was pregnant! We were excited, but also cautious because of losing our baby earlier. Thankfully our sweet boy came to us on May 16th after 19 hours of labor. His journey has tested our faith from conception, to a touch-and-go labor, to two weeks in the NICU, and then the diagnosis of being profoundly deaf in his left ear. God is good in all situations, and we are so thankful for our sweet boy. We wouldn't change our journey because it has shaped us into who we are. 

I'm so very grateful for my dear friend and amazingly talented photographer-Carly Mitchell, for capturing the beginning of Colten's life! These memories are something I will cherish forever. Thank you! I love you tons!

From the Garden Design Class

Oh, my goodness!! I had so much fun teaching these sweet ladies about designing flowers. We focused on flowers that they could find in their gardens. I gave them some information about each flower and then we dug into the basics of design-proper processing, how to cut the stems properly (only one casualty for the evening), color schemes, and lines of design. Everyone did a fabulous job!! I can't wait until the next class in November!

The flowers we used were Montbresia pods, Amaranthus, Nandina, Allium, Asiatic Lilies, Silver Dollar Eucalyptus, Oregano, Alstroemeria, and Marigolds. I was hoping to have more out of my garden to bring, but all I had enough of was oregano. It was still a lovely accent. The asiatic and alstroemeria lilies were grown locally in Fort Collins. I love buying local when I can.