Monday, February 3, 2020

Flowers for the Spencer / Stanley Wedding

2020 has got off to a busy start! 
We were honored to get to make flowers for Madison and John's recent wedding. 

The Spencer / Stanley Wedding was held at Dove Hollow Estates in White Oak. Madison's colors were white, black, silver, and burgundy. 

Whenever Madison sent me pictures of arch ideas, she always said "but more flowers on the arch." This arch was big and we made sure it was full of flowers! 



wedding arch with fresh flowers
 The view from the second story...
The bridesmaids carried bouquets of burgundy roses and callas.

 The front entrance of the elegant barn.
entry way flowers

 Hydrangeas and iced branches comprised the entryway arrangement, where guest would sign in.
wedding entry table
 Sharlette helped me with the on location work at Dove Hollow.

 The bridal bouquet was a cascade style arrangement with white roses, callas, and orchids. (Can't wait to see a picture of the bride carrying the bouquet, since I didn't get a great pic of it.)
 Always have my scissors nearby! The arch was huge at about ten high, so we climbed up and down the ladder a lot.



A couple of years ago, I give a presentation at a 4-H meeting. At the meeting, I officially met Mrs. Fite (although I had known of her for many years.) We talked and she ask for a business card. Later on, we discussed sewing machines, since she wanted to get one for her granddaughter. A few months later, she called me about flowers for her son's funeral. She had specific ideas and flowers she wanted to use and I was able to make the flowers for them. 

Last week, I got a call that she had died and left instructions for her family to call me and I would take care of it. They didn't tell me any colors, just that they needed a casket spray and an easel with ribbons on it (that was the only details that they give me.) That level of trust and respect for my work is truly humbling. I later talked to her sister on the phone and she said Mrs. Fite always talked about my work. 

I knew she had picked out a pink or red dress to be buried in, so I decided to go with a mixture of red roses, stargazer lilies, along with pink and purple mixed flowers. 

mixed flower casket spray
 Last week, I also wrote a blog post about living in small town America. The word "Community" was on my mind a lot last week. It was a community service type event where I met Mrs. Fite. It was a lady in our community that recommended me to the Spencer family, when they were wedding planning. It took a community of friends for me to pull off everything in three days (we also had the Mineola Antique Fair happening at the same time.) The best selling shirt at the fair was the "Rural Route" - it's a t shirt design inspired by our life and work in the rural community and apparently it resonates with many of you as well. 


My business depends on your referrals and an online community of support and shares. I am extremely grateful for all of you that are a part of our community! 

Here's to a great start of 2020! Looking forward to helping all of you in the coming year! 



Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The Hawthorne Wedding

A few pictures from the Hawthorne Wedding! It was a beautiful afternoon for an outdoor wedding and I couldn't help taking pictures beforehand as the horses grazed in the background! 






 Is she not the most precious thing ever?!? That look of awe in her face is priceless!





Congratulations to the Hawthorne's! Wishing you many years of happiness and love! 

Bride and Groom


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Kayla and Andy's Wedding

A girl dreams about her wedding, often before she ever has a serious boyfriend. It's just what we do! I've known Kayla for over 15 years and she's long said I would make the flowers for her wedding, when the big day finally arrived. She chose  "Timeless Elegance" as her wedding theme.

Kayla and Andy were married this weekend at El Cerrito Lodge and we were there to create the florals for their wedding! Casey Douglas Photography was wonderful to work with at this beautiful venue. I can't wait to see all the pictures their team took at the wedding. Here's a sneak peek she posted on Facebook this week!


El Cerrito is a rustic lodge on a hill top, surrounded by fields of hay, cattle, and deer.

Upon entering the lodge, there were several tables with pictures and we created a case with Kayla's favorite flowers - roses, daisies, and hydrangeas. 
This was the toss bouquet that was also used in the entryway.

 Their colors were burgundy, blush and white and Kayla loved the organic style that is so popular now, with an assortment of different types of greenery, berries, and foliage. This was her bridal bouquet.

This was one of the bridesmaid bouquets.
 Outside we designed an arch with the same types of flowers.
 Wine barrels flanked each side of the aisle, with a mound of flowers a top each barrel.
 This is the back side of the lodge, from where we were working on the arch.

 Back inside for the reception, each table had a centerpiece with assorted flowers in silver mirrored glass style vases.
 Fun tid bit - I met the Hays family through Jeff. Anna Jo (Kayla's mom) and Neil were married two months before Jeff and I. We borrowed their wooden spools, tablecloths, and some decor from their wedding for our own wedding! Their wedding cake was good and we hired "Betty Crocker" to make our cake, while we were at their reception (I honestly don't remember her name and that is what everybody was calling the lady, as she made her first cakes for our weddings!)
Speaking of cake - this beautiful one was made by Ladyfingers in Gilmer. On her Facebook page, she describes this as "Sicilian Wedding Cake with Orange Marmalade and Cream Cheese Buttercream."

We had not discussed a cake topper and right before the cake was delivered, Anna Jo ask if I could make a topper. I had just enough flowers left to create this piece for the top! I made the bridal bouquet to fit in the vase and it was displayed on the cake table throughout the reception. 
There was the most spectacular sunset as the families were taking wedding pictures and guest mingled about!

Congratulations Kayla and Andy! Wishing you many years of love and happiness together! Thank you for letting me help create your dream wedding!
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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Hannah and Collin's Wedding Flowers

Today I had the privilege of designing flowers for Hannah and Colin's wedding. Their colors were pale pink, cream, and white. This arch is one of my favorites to ever design! Hannah had an idea in mind and we created it in her colors and flowers. I absolutely love the cascading flowers! 

cascading wedding arch flowers
The arch had pink and cream roses, alstromerias, white cushions, the prettiest hanging green amaranthus I've ever used, along with assorted greenery and babies breath. 
GypsyFarmGirl wedding flowers
We decorated the chairs on the aisle with babies breath and tulle, with the parent rows getting a little extra touch.
The bridal bouquet
GypsyFarmGirl fresh flower wedding bouquet
Bridesmaid bouquet
Janice East Designs
Toss bouquet
The wedding and reception was held at Lantana Road Activity Center just outside of Gilmer. It was a beautiful location to have the wedding outdoors and the reception inside. 


Janice East Designs / GypsyFarmGirl
The bridal bouquet on the bride and groom's table.
bridal bouquet displayed on the bride and groom's table
A special thanks to Angea for coming out and helping me decorate the arch and chairs! We had to wait on a rain shower to start the outside decorating. Our feet and jeans were wet and our hair was sweaty from the humidity. We had a fun time working together and embraced the #hotmess we were and got a picture in front of our creation! The rain held off for the wedding and they had a fabulous lightening show to the west, as more thunderstorms approached the area. I always heard that "if it rains on your wedding day, you'll be rich."

wedding arbor flowers in pink and white

Congratulations to Hannah and Collin! Wishing you many years of love and happiness together! Thank you for allowing us to have a part of your wedding!