Adding Texture to your Event Design!

Whether it’s a wedding or a social celebration, the best events are really all about tantalizing the five senses. From the setting to the cocktails, you’ve thought of every last detail to make this event incredible, kudos to you! So you’ve hit sight, sound, taste and smell, but did you remember to include touch? If not, we’ve got you covered! From our super soft velvet-inspired Velluto collection to an array of voluminous ruffles and waves, there’s a linen out there for you. Here are three of our favorite ways to have your guests getting touchy-feely at the party…

Amp up the volume with our Blush Tulle Wave, our slightly softer take on our traditional Ruffle linen. The tulle fabric gives you all the perks of texture while adding a romantic feel to your tablescape. Petal Productions paired it with a beautiful arrangement of roses topped with antler adornment. The combination makes for a perfect balance of modern and whimsy!

If you’re looking for lasercut, our Rose Iris overlay from the Preston Bailey Collection is the perfect piece. The floral motif shines in its leather-look fabric with just the right amount of gloss. Smells Like Peonies Events paired it with an assortment of antique brass candleholders that cascaded down the table like a runner. And to keep the look minimal they used clear Kartell-inspired ghost chairs paired with textured pillows, to make guests feel extra comfortable at their seat.

And for the ultimate favorite feeling, let’s get the Velluto! Our softest style yet, it’s a velvet-inspired fabric that’ll have your guests running their hands over the tablecloth all night long. Heather Benge Events styled the Blush Velluto with our Snow Elizabeth Lace napkins just right for an outdoor soiree. We love how the florals played with monochromatic hues to really pop against the linen. *Swoon*

Whether you’re looking for volume in the way of ruffles and tulle, or something that will add a tactile element while laying flat, such as leather and velvet, there’s a linen out there to bring that fifth sense to the party. Your guests will be getting touchy-feely before they even realize it!

Vendors//

Blush Tulle Wave | Photographer Katie Lopez Photography | Florals Petal Productions |

Rose Iris | Photographer Brianna Wilbur | Venue Brookgreen Gardens | Planner Smells Like Peonies Events | Florals Charleston Flower Market | Gown Alyssa Kristin | Jewelry Lindsay Marie Design | Ring Trumpet & Horn | Ring Box Mrs. Box | Calligraphy + Invitation Dovehouse Handmade | Shoes BHLDN | Desserts + Cake Pink Pineapple European Bakery | Event Rentals Event Works | Hair & Makeup Silvia Salon & Spa 

Blush Velluto | Photographer Si Creative Photography | Host Styled Shoots Across America | Planning & Design Heather Benge Events | Assistant Coordinating Katie Frost Weddings | Venue The White Sparrow | Stationery Brown Fox Creative | Florals Details Dallas | Intrique Designs | Flower Shack Blooms | Sweet Southern Charm | Thorne & Thistle | Rentals Big D Party Rentals | Vintage Furniture & Rentals Love Birds Vintage  | Gold Dust Vintage | Cakes Iced N Frosted  | Treehouse Cakes | Wooden & Acrylic Signs Blissfully Inspired | Veils Kathryn Ann Bridal | Floral Lollipops Flour & Fig

A Bright Spring Wedding in Northern Florida

You all know how much we LOVE South Florida…just last month we gushed over Key Largo and this beautiful event. But don’t get us wrong, we’re all about the north end of the state too. So let’s take a trip up to the state capital, Tallahassee, where Intrigue Teaches stopped off for a workshop and styled shoot earlier this year. Get ready for some majorly pretty inspiration…

We’re not exactly sure what to make of the Goodwood Museum and Gardens in Tallahasee, Florida except that it is stunning. From the beautiful grounds, lush with canopied trees, to the romantically rundown greenhouse, it’s the secret garden of our dreams. All that is before we even look at the house which counts not only the museum but also a covered porch that’s just the spot to enjoy an afternoon sunset.

Speaking of the porch, enjoy ourselves we did! Heather Benge Events, for Styled Shoots Across America, set up the sweetest table under the porch for newlyweds and friends to celebrate. The tabletop was set with our Yellow Papel Chino, a linen-inspired printed tablecloth that’s just perfect for the spring. Intrigue Designs paired it with a gorgeous arrangement of flowers in shades of white, yellow and just a hint of blush roses, really bringing to life a seasonal palette. We love how the colored glass rentals from John Gandy Events tied in with the florals making it all about the small details on this tabletop.

Lucky for us, Polished Arrow Photography captured every sweet moment for us to enjoy. From portraits in beautiful pink vintage chairs to more intimate moments shared under a delicate veil from Absolute Haven Bridal, this couple has us wanting to say “I Do” in North Florida!

Photographer Polished Arrow | Host Styled Shoots Across America | Planning & Design Heather Benge Events | Coordination & Decor Love Birds Vintage | Venue Goodwood Museum & Gardens | Flowers Intrigue Teaches | Hair & Makeup Belles Femmes Artistry | Stationary Blush and Blue Designs | Gown Absolute Haven Bridal  | Cake Designers The Starfish Cottage | Rentals & Decor John Gandy Events | Linens Nuage Designs | Ribbon Lion Ribbon | Models – Bride & Groom Jessica Woodall & Husband

Outdoor Wedding Inspiration in Key Largo, Florida

If there’s one thing that can convince us to hit the road for a destination event, it’s sunny South Florida. From an elegant wedding at The Palms hotel to a perfect outdoor brunch at the W Hotel South Beach, there are a million reasons to head to the sunshine state for a celebration. Lucky for us, we’re adding one more amazing reason to travel south, thanks to this fun party from J GROUP Events.

Welcome to Playa Largo Resort, the Pearl of the Florida Keys. Nestled in Key Largo, it’s the perfect place to getaway from it all while still being a quick drive from Miami. Their expansive outdoor space sets a blank canvas for a party to come to life. Best of all, with the water right at your side, it’s the perfect place to catch the sunset (or the sunrise!).

For this party, J GROUP Events set the tables with linen-like fabrics in neutral colors accented by bright orange and crisp green centerpieces. We love how they combined our Ivory Laurel linens, a tone on tone embroidered style, with our Ivory Metallic Burlap linens, a linen-inspired fabric with metallic threading throughout. And those centerpieces? They feel so right for Florida! Arrangements of oranges potted in stoneware that mimicked the Ivory Laurel pattern were mixed in with smaller, delicate arrangements of lovely green and white flowers. A lovely mix that added a fresh feel to the night!

We’re so glad to have seen this stunning open air soiree, Goksun Photography captured all the details and the sunset so we didn’t have to miss a beat! If you loved this design and are feeling in the mood for more Floridian inspiration, check out this chic Miami soiree with a tropical twist, also from J GROUP Events!

Design, planning, and decor J GROUP EVENTSVenue Playa Largo | Photographer is Goksun Photography

Party on with Brunch!

The couple said “I Do,” (you wept with joy) then came dinner and obviously dessert, champagne and hours of dancing the night away. What a party! But does it have to end? We think not! Keep the spirit alive with one final celebration, the morning after brunch. Regardless of your wedding style, we think bringing in some color to brighten up your morning is key. Scroll through to see three looks we’re loving for a wedding brunch…

For the couple with modern style, we love our Ocean Watercolor Brush linen. It’s stripe pattern gives that nice uniform look while the soft edges, inspired by watercolor designs, are nice and calming. Cool shades of blue and green pair nicely with crisp whites and clear glass decor. We’re also absolutely in love with our Soho Chairs to give the look a sleek edge.

If they got married in a barn, opt for delicate prints like our Royal Delft. The blue paisley pattern calls back to the French countryside in a color palette reminiscent of toile. Pair it with our White Phoenix chair which nicely imitates the sweeping curves of the print. And for that just right pop of color, we love a touch of bright fuchsia flowers!

When the wedding reminded you of Morocco, go for our Cobalt Marrakesh. The ikat-inspired print comes in a bright blue that’ll take you back to the Blue City. Keep things boho-chic with our Natural Wood Verona Chair, our elevated take on a classic style. Bring in vintage glassware with beautiful designs and pair with even more shades of cobalt blue, we guarantee guests will feel transported!

If brunching even more often is your goal, check out our guide to dining al fresco. It’s a perfect primer for enjoying the outdoors this spring!

Flowers Always FlowersPhotography Matt Horton Photography

A Miami Wedding at The Palms from Masi Events

For Miami couples, it’s all about that beachside mentality. Places like Fisher Island and the W Hotel South Beach come to mind alongside another one of our loved spots, The Palms Hotel and Spa. Its convenient location off of Collins Ave makes it easy to get to and its enviable location right on the sand makes it just the place to be. This gorgeous real wedding from Masi Events will have you booking your stay in 3,2,1…

Just setting foot in the outdoor ceremony space was enough for us to say “I do!” Walking through delicately hung drapes down a petal-strewn aisle, the bride and groom said their vows at the most picture-perfect white gazebo. Add to that beautiful organic floral decor and set it against palm trees swaying in the wind and we can see why anyone would want to get married here.

From the ceremony, guests headed poolside for cocktails to kick off the celebration. From catching the breeze at a high top to taking a seat under the oversized tiki-hut, everyone was getting in the mood under twinkling string lights.

Once it was time for the reception, everyone made their way to a covered outdoor space where the tables dressed in shimmering shades of silver. Guests found their seats at our Silver Metallic Forest and Silver Emma linens while the newlyweds took their seat at a sweetheart table donning our Moonlight Magnolia. 

Lovely floral arrangements in assorted heights from Julia Rohde Designs adorned the tables with an incredible floral runner saved for the bride and groom’s table. We love how the palette of fresh greens and crisp whites gave the space a modern and inviting feel.

The look and feel of this celebration was just right for an intimate wedding in Miami! Lucky for us, Katie Lopez Photography was there to capture every sweet detail. Anyone else feeling inspired to book a trip to South Beach?

Planning and coordination Masi EventsFlorals Julia Rohde DesignsPhotography Katie Lopez PhotographyFilm Hope Media | Venue The Palms Hotel & Spa

A Valentine’s Day Celebration with Friends

With just a week to go we’re looking for gifts and making reservations for Valentine’s Day. And while we love celebrating with our significant others (remember last year’s inspiration?), we’re also thinking Valentine’s Day is for more than just lovers! So this year how about adding in a time to celebrate with friends?

We fell head over heels for this brunch from The Creative’s Loft and think it’s just the way to celebrate the love of friendship! Scroll through to see all the yummy details…

First things first, the spread! With catering from The Blue Table and Thierry Isambert, the snacks were endless. Delicious cheese boards were set next to beautifully topped toast points and decorated with deep purple grapes and shot glasses of butternut soup. Plus the most adorable individual dessert cake from Earth and Sugar, just delicious!

Before sitting down to eat, how about a place to lounge? The Creatives Loft created a space just made for relaxing! Boho-inspired rentals from Unearthed Vintage set the mood with overlapping vintage rugs, leather poufs and the coziest arm chairs ever. A perfect place to have your mimosas!

We love the tablescape! An elegantly simple look, using our Rose Velluto, was set with blush hues accented by deep reds, lush greens and an accent of driftwood. Bringing in just the right touch of luxe, were tabletop rentals from Pialisa. Their assortment of blush and gold plates with gold flatware played so nicely with our Blush Ditsy Napkins and Poetic Blossom Napkins. Anchoring the table with a welcoming feel were our Sienna Chairs, a table set with love indeed.

We think you should bring in the love on Valentine’s Day as much as possible, with your significant others, your family and your friends. Spread the love!

Event planner The Creative’s LoftPhotographer Alisa FerrisVideographer MWL Films | Florals Primrose Florals | Stationery Papel & Co.Dessert Earth and Sugar | Furniture Rentals Unearthed Vintage and Nuage DesignsTabletop Rentals PialisaLinen rentals Nuage DesignsCatering The Blue Table + Thierry Isambert

A Tented Wedding Celebration in Cape Cod

While we may have been dreaming of a white Christmas just a few weeks ago, we’re always in the mood for a Cape Cod celebration to warm us up (at least in spirit). Add to that a Luke Wilson Events wedding, and let’s cue this lovely celebration at Chatham Bars Inn just in time to bring in some heat.

Kicking off the festivities was an outdoor cocktail party with a traditional maritime feel. Our Honeydew Palomino and Whisper Green Tuscany linens brought in some cool green neutrals to mix in with white lounge seating and blue and white striped couches. All the colors played so well to bring in that crisp nautical feel!

When we got to the reception, we were welcomed into a gorgeous setting tented by Sperry Tents. A neutral palette was set for the day with tables dressed in our Flax Metallic Burlap linens and runners alongside Ivory Western linens, all seated with wood cross back chairs. 

Just the perfect pop of color was brought in on the tabletop with delicate florals in bright coral and with fuchsia orchids cascading onto the table. We love how the napkin tied in to the design, playing off the floral palette with just the perfect gold detail cinching it together.

As guests got ready to dance the evening away, our Fire Metropolitan and Beige Chained linens were scattered around for cocktails and lounge seating lined the dance floor, decorated with our Raspberry Oxford, Orange Barboza, and Natural Western pillows.

As we took in the cool Cape Cod breeze and partied under the canopied tent, Brian Leahy Photography captured each detail and every laugh of the weekend. Cape Cod, with your sandy dunes and soft seas, we can’t wait to see you again!

Photography  Brian Leahy Photography | Planning and Design Luke Wilson Events | Venue Chatham Bars Inn | Stationery Magnificent Milestones | Band Night Shift Entertainment | Lighting Ormonde Productions | Rentals True North, Be Our Guest | Tenting Sperry Tents | Videography Hart to Hart Media | Hair and Make Up Dianna Quagenti

Our Top Event Instagram Posts of 2017

Here we are, at the beginning of a brand new year! We loved saying goodbye to 2017 with a black-and-gold sequin celebration and are excited to get right down to business in 2018. But, before we jump ahead full speed, we thought we might reflect back on what you really liked on our Instagram last year to see how we can use that to drive new designs. After all, you did like us 247,257 times and that makes us feel pretty great!

So, what were your favorite Instagram shots of 2017? Let’s explore some of the top liked posts and see how we can use your feedback to drive our new collections in 2018.

And, if you want to share some great ideas with us, we’re always looking for your input as we design our new styles. Drop us a line in the comments below or shoot us a note here!

Photo: Manda Weaver

The most liked image from 2017 was this one featuring our Tangerine Zoie linen at the Intrigued Experience. The bright orange hues in this paired so nicely with vibrant purple blooms, we were absolutely in love too! And of course the table arrangement was something fun to look at too. In 2018 we’re thinking pairing bold colors together is set for a comeback!

Photo: Villa Treville

This stunning table set on the Amalfi Coast was a real stunner! A dream brought to life by Marcy Blum and her incredible team. Our Gold Damask Organza Overlay added just the right touch of gold to this one. Maybe 2018 will be the year of more is more?

Photo: Perez Weddings

How about this for an all white wedding? This Diamond Affairs soiree nailed that look. Even though everything was dressed in white, our Preston Bailey Collection Off White Shimmer overlay added that touch of sparkle to make the tables twinkle. We’re definitely all in on that classic all white wedding palette.

Photo: White-Klump Photography

Remember when we said we were going all in on bold colors? Well, looks like you are too because this was in our top ten for 2017. We’ve always been fans of combining orange and hot pink but this Table 10 Event Design party really takes the cake! So let’s keep on bringing in the bright colors in 2018, in particular we’re thinking orange and yellow for the year.

Photo: Cadence and Eli Photography

This color palette is just divine. From the creative mind of Rocket Science Events comes this beautifully romantic design (from a photoshoot lovingly dubbed #IndustrialBacon no less). We’re all about how the pink and red color palette was grounded by our Black Leather Dot Linen. For 2018 we’re thinking texture – lots of it in all different forms.A Do yourself a favor and scroll through all the images here to really fall in love!

Photo: Floral and Bloom Designs

We can’t get this head table out of our minds and apparently neither could you. And really who could blame you when Floral and Bloom Designs transformed the room with this amazing hanging installation? We love how it floated right over our Sultry Beige Anita runner, elongating the table even more. Runners definitely have their perfect place in our hearts for 2018!

Photo: Carrie Patterson Photography

Anna Lucia Events absolutely blew this one out of the water (pun intended!). If we could we’d take all of our dinners at this incredible table, set right on the beautiful coast of Naples, FL. We’re completely obsessed with the monochromatic nude color palette, pairing our Blush Plaster linen with our Maison Dining Chairs. We’re guessing these pretty shades of neutral are sticking around in 2018!

Rounding out your favorites of 2017 was this sneak peek shot into our 2017 collection! We love giving you a look behind our design process so in 2018 we’d love to hear what you want to see. Make sure to stay tuned on Instagram and drop us your comments!

Vendors Click on each image to see all creative partner details!

A Bright Blue and White Winter Wedding in North Carolina

Blue and White is a quintessential wedding color palette, and one that we’ll never tire of! Whether you’re
going light blue, like this shoot here, or adding in some vibrant reds, like this real wedding, it’s all good in our book. So, when Hart and Co. Events came to us with this navy blue wedding inspiration photoshoot, we were beside ourselves. Scroll through to see it come together beautifully…

Henry Connor Bost House & Farm, in North Carolina, was the most gorgeous location for this shoot. With the feelings of fall in the air and the foliage turning all around, it just feels magical! Moving between the house and the grounds for a small ceremony was the loveliest way to say “I Do!

What about the reception? Well, a pretty intimate table set for 4 found its place under warm streams of
sunshine at just the right moment. Set against our Navy Western linen, blue & white Chinoiserie plates, from Old South Vintage Rentals, popped to life with small gold ornate plated, from VTG VLT, to complement them.

And in the center of the table, a primary-colored arrangement of flowers from Nectar gave the tablescape that bright pop of color. We love how taper candles, in blue and white, ran down the center in varied heights, like a runner.

Of course it wouldn’t be a celebrating without the bubbly! A rustic bar sat on the porch of the house
decorated with spirits and delicious fruit to accompany. Just the place to dine al fresco, which we love to do ourselves! Cheers to that!

Photographer Josh Deaton | Venue Henry Connor Bost House & Farm | Design & Styling Hart & Co. Events | Vintage Rentals Old South Vintage Rentals | Tux The Black Tux | Gown Ladies of Lineage | Ring Custom Jewelry Lab | Linens Nuage Designs | Glassware, Flatware, Small Gold plates VTG CLT | Cake Suaréz Bakery | Hair Lindsay Pizzuti / Mirror Bomb | Makeup Layne Barter | Florals Nectar | Stationery Elisabeth Rose | Ribbon Silk & Willow

 

 

 

How to Use Bold Colors at your Holiday Party!

It’s true, we really do love fifty shades of neutral when it comes to weddings and events but our real guilty
little pleasure is seeing parties that have gone all out on brilliant, bold colors! Don’t get us wrong; neutrals will always be our first love but what if we dared play with some bright color palettes?

In your wildest dreams would you combine hot pink and vivid orange? What about a cheerful yellow with chartreuse shades of green? Don’t be shy, great things can happen when bright colors combine! Just scroll through to see more….

How about this – is it not the most incredible combination of bright pink and orange that you’ve ever seen?The details, all the way down to our Floral Monet napkin, bring this look together in a mutli-colored array of perfection. The Petal Productions team in Miami, FL, really set the bar high with this one!

Our Lipstick Velluto linen set the base for his sleek “runner” centerpiece arrangement made up of geometric vases holding flowers in clear tubes, giving it the illusion of floating! We love how the linear pattern imitates the intricate woven backdrop too.

Just add clear Mirage chairs and ta-da – a modern dream come true! This design will liven up your next
corporate holiday party or double as a chic bat mitzvah look!

If you’re looking for a more gentle transition to bright colors, how about mixing dainty yellow with shades of Greenery, Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year?

This setting, using our Grass Velluto linen, just nails that contemporary vibe! Petal Productions brought to
life a bold colored design offset with shiny optic white accents.

The contrast of dainty yellow flower against their sharp white box vases works surprisingly well, especially when paired with those unique geometric horse statues in the style of Jonathan Adler. And of course, white acrylic Mirage chairs are the perfect touch for guest seating.

Our favorite thing about this setting is how seamlessly it blends into Miami’s lush tropical paradise –
camouflaging right in for a dreamy outdoor wedding reception or a company retreat party! With so many colors and endless combinations, we think bright colors are a safe bet! And just for good measure, here’s one more time where bright colors made the party. Give it a try and let us know how it goes, we bet you’ll love it too!

Photography Katie Lopez PhotographyFlorals Petal Productions | Chargers, Linens, Chairs and Napkins Nuage | Stationery Emme Events

A Black and Purple Decor Palette to Inspire your Modern Wedding!

Do you feel that crisp in the air? We’re finally settling into fall in full swing and we couldn’t be more excited! With the changing temps come a change in event styles and color palettes – think: hue inspiration like Marsala – and Swoon Soiree captured that perfectly in this recent styled shoot!

Designing with a bold black and purple color palette in mind, Swoon Soiree put together this elegant shoot in inspire modern receptions all season long! Combining our Black Leather Rosette and Black Leather Dot linens as the base of two tablescapes, they brought in texturized seasonal fabrics to give the design that extra “oomph!”

We love how mirrored chargers and purple napkins brightened up the tablecloths, giving them a
distinguished look. Flowers, from The Flower Guy Bron, were blooming in shades of violet and plum with accents of sage and white to ground the design.

And wow, that cake! Commonwealth Cake Company really – well – took the cake on this one, their black, white and purple three-tiered masterpiece had an angular shape decorated with a baroque motif to imitate our Preston Bailey Collection White Iris.

Between the leather, the lace and the stunning color combination, we’re all in on this one for fall and winter weddings this year!

Planner / Stylist Swoon Soiree | Head Photographer SBM Portraits | 2nd Photographer New
Mindset Photography | Florals The Flower Guy Bron | Venue Upper Shirley Vineyards | Props / Lighting Mosaic Catering and Events | Jewelry Diamonds Direct | Makeup Regan Wolfrey | Hair Markia Robinson | Invitation Suite Secret Diary | Cake Commonwealth Cake Company | Live Singer Jocelyn Oldham | DJ Missing Music | Videographer William Renner | Linens Nuage Designs | Calligraphy Capital Calligraphy | Bridal Gown, Veil, Headpiece Urban Set Bride | Tuxedo Celebrity Bridal and Formals | Female Model Shanel Ashley | Male Model Devin Groves

Destination Weddings on the Emerald Coast with Incredible Designers Florals by the Sea

If you haven’t spent time in Florida’s Emerald Coast, you are missing out! From its turquoise waters to its sugar fine sand, the panhandle’s Gulf Coast beaches are really a sight to be seen. It’s not wonder that so many couples across the country choose this location as the backdrop for their “I Do’s,” (just see here and here if you don’t believe us). With paradise on our minds, we sat down with the incredible team behind Florals by the Sea, a wedding & event design firm local to the area, to chat about their inspiration and what it’s like to plan weddings in bliss. Read all about it…

Nuage Designs: Tell us your story. What is Florals by the Sea?
Florals by the Sea: Florals by the Sea is a full scale wedding & event design company that specializes in floral artistry and couture rental décor along the beautiful Emerald Coast. What makes our particular
company special is the fact that we are actually comprised of three individually talented designers, making us one of the largest design companies in the panhandle. From a professional standpoint, this allows for our company to expand the number of weddings we can execute each weekend, averaging 150 – 200 events annually. Most importantly, it gives us a huge advantage to the collaboration process of each and every event. While each designer is individually assigned to their clients, we also have the luxury of bouncing ideas off of each other behind the scenes, for we all have our own personal style and taste – which always trickles into each others inspiration one way or the other.

ND: Your designs always feel so fresh and unique, where does this inspiration come from?
FBTS: Again, having three designers definitely contributes to that, but personally speaking, it always starts with the client. As always, they’ve likely done their research and have a few design components of their own in regards to color palettes and style – but the fun part is taking their vision to the next level, for there are so many elements that go into the entire design process that most don’t even consider before walking through our doors. The inspiration really comes from everywhere, depending on what’s important to the client; anything from a floral swatch of a bridesmaid dress to the iridescence of an oyster shell to the label on a favorite bottle of rosé. We see it all! And that is where you guys come in. I always tell my clients to “never underestimate the power of a fabulous linen, for this is one of the greatest ways to make an individual statement, which is truly something everybody craves.”

ND: How does your setting in the Gulf Coast play into your weddings?
FBTS: Considering we have one of the most beautiful beaches in the nation, (if not the world) – it doesn’t come at surprise that people want the Gulf Coast to be the heart of their special day. That being said, a majority of our clientele is destination, which means tons of planning and communication via long distance. Most have been visiting since they were children, while others did a quick Google search, found a picture of a pretty beach and said, “Let’s go!” Regardless, it’s that ultimate view of crystal clear emerald waters and white sugar sands that wins them over every time. While we get clients from all over – a majority of them seem to come from the surrounding southern states, in which the Emerald Coast has been a part of their family for decades, before it was a booming wedding industry.

ND: How is the collaboration process with your clients? Where does the basis for their wedding begin?
FBTS: Because a majority of our clients are destination, upon booking, we always try to schedule an in-person consultation at some point in the planning process, for our meetings are actually quite interactive and fun. (Plus, it’s always a bonus if you get to personally meet your clients’ personality, which isn’t always the case with destination.) We pull all their inspiration up on the big screen, have all swatches and samples pulled and ready to display, and really just go where the meeting takes us. I can usually tell within the first five minutes which direction I need to gear the meeting towards. Some clients LOVE discussing every little detail, while others would rather trust the professionals to make the decisions for them, for it can get overwhelming if “decision making” isn’t your forte. After the initial consultation and design proposal, communication with the client practically stays in full swing up until the day of the event, for this is what we like to call “the perfecting period” in which we ensure every “t” is crossed as every “i” is dotted. Do brides change their minds? Of course they do. Does budget play a realistic role? Of course it does. But this is all part of the collaboration process from beginning to end. Not one detail is overlooked on our end, for we believe that proper preparation is key to a successful event.

ND: Do you ever find it difficult to push clients towards what they might see as an “edgy” design?
It’s as if you took the words right out of my mouth. While all girls love the idea of an “edgy” design concept, it’s rare that you actually cross paths with a client that is brave enough to go for it, and when they do – ultimate excitement. As designers, we are constantly looking for something new, something bold, something edgy – the next best thing – but it’s very important to remember, that while this may be our 500th+ wedding, this is still the clients first, so we have to be mindful of that. But insider note, all things aside, as simple the concept may be, I always try and find a place to put a little “edge” in there
somewhere and it usually ends up being one of their most memorable details.

ND: We know you are big on making sure everything is literally perfect at each event – why is that?
FBTS: Simply stated, Sally (the owner) has always said from day one – “In this industry, you do not get a “do-over”, therefore each event must be executed at 110% each time, every time.” It’s that extra attention to detail that truly brings us to the next level.

ND: What are some of your trademark styles?
FBTS: Oh, where do we begin? Of course we love fresh flowers and custom installations, for we are constantly drafting out new ideas to create unique, never-before- seen, design elements. We actually custom build quite a bit of pieces throughout each season to accommodate our crazy ideas. However, we also take serious pride in our signature lounge collections – for we LOVE incorporating decorative furniture and accessories into the mix. Just like a custom lighting and/or floral installation, unique pieces (including specialty linens!) are what truly make an event remarkable and memorable.

ND: What is your advice to couples coming to you with a “trendy” design in mind?
FBTS: Remember the key word timeless, for it should be in the back of your mind at all times. You want to be able to look back at your special day 10, 20, even 30+ years from now and still see all the beauty and love that was put into it. Event design is just like fashion – constantly evolving, eventually repeating – so if you even think for a second that something feels “trendy” then you’re likely not going to be wild about it later on down the road. It needs to feel substantial and whole.

ND: What is your favorite thing about designing weddings?
FBTS: The best, most rewarding part of our job is always the clients first reaction upon seeing their special day come to life. It’s right there in that moment that all the hard work, late nights, and time invested become 100% totally worth it. The feeling is indescribable, but also an instant reminder of why it is we do what we do.

ND: What trends do you see for the spring wedding season?
FBTS: I’m really hoping to see more depth and contrast come back into play. Especially being where we are – a lot of people crave that light, bright, clean feel, which will always be beautiful, but I’m starting to get the itch for some wild colors, textures and patterns. Something a little more dimensional.

And what more can we say other than “I Do!” to Florida’s Emerald Coast!

Photographer Credits Olimb Photography | Rae Leytham Photography Lacher’s Lens Photography | Paul Johnson PhotographyCaleb Shane Photography | Shannon Griffin Photography | Dear Wesleyann