Nautical Charts Inspire a Classic Maryland Wedding

Nautical Charts Inspire a Classic Maryland Wedding

  I have so many words for this wedding. Yet, as I sit here and tap the letters into the keypad I can’t seem to find the perfect words.  The beauty of these designs are beyond the words I am seeing to describe them. So, instead of filling the page with a series of “flowery” text I am just going to show you.  As you look at these images keep in mind that the couple and I met only once and the inspiration given was broad.  The couple wanted the wedding to appear as though it had been inspired by vintage nautical charts while still being classic.  This was a challenge that I met with excitement and  enthusiasm.           Photo: www.kristaajones.com Planning: www.karirider.com Florist: www.intrigue-designs.com   Even the snacks were... read more
Romantic Maryland Barn Wedding designed by Wedding Planner Sara Reynolds

Romantic Maryland Barn Wedding designed by Wedding Planner Sara Reynolds

There is so much beauty in the mix of rustic barn charm and the elegance of soft Garden Roses, Ranunculus and robust summer blooms.  This is a delicate balance that is best achieved in the hands of a savvy wedding planner such as Sara Reynolds. She took the environment and enhanced it with this selection of beautiful blooms and accent decor. Although, this wedding was our first together I am already dreaming of our next wedding collaboration.  I feel that I do my best when paired with a wedding planner like Sara. Text text text text text text text Venue: Private Planner: Sara Reynolds Photography: Brittany Thomas Photography Florals: Intrigue Design and Decor Cake: Kupcakes & Co.  Rentals: Go Event... read more

Today is Thursday…

Today, is Thursday and it is wedding season. Across the globe wedding florists much like me are up before the sun crests to relax and gather their thoughts before heading to their workshops, studios and design floors where they will settle in for a day of floral production. Today they will chop thousands of stems and design hundreds of arrangements before packing them neatly for travel and stashing them in their coolers assuring that each piece arrives on wedding day in perfect condition. They will sweep floors, scrub buckets and twirl through more ribbon than one can fathom. All of this hardwork is done with just a few short breaks and long tedious  hours. The designers that are strong enough to make it through epic design days like today are truly committed to their craft. They live to design and today’s schedule is seen as a wonderful challenge rather than a daunting task. These individuals are truly remarkable and I am honored to be part of this passionate group of flower loving people. Here’s to my flower friends. “May your day be full of flowering beauty and your hearts be full of excitement” Photography by: www.photosbysarahbeth.com taken during an Intrigue... read more
Pretty Peony in the Peach Orchard

Pretty Peony in the Peach Orchard

I love the warmth and charm of a wedding on a warm summer day.  This collaboration with Kari Rider Events on Maryland’s Eastern Shore has just the charm I dream of with peaches plucked fresh from the orchard and casual details nestled neatly beneath the trees.    Peonies are the perfect leading bloom for a summer wedding and with the amazing blooms coming from our Alaskan farm friends we are able to have these robust blooms well into July and August giving us what feels like year round access to these decadent blossoms that have become the most requested flower for weddings and romantic events.     Photography: Laura’s Focus Photography Design & Styling:Kari Rider Events Venue: Blades Orchard Florist: Intrigue Design & Décor Rentals: DC Rental Farm Table: Vintage Affairs Vintage Sofa & Cake Table: XOXO Vintage Models: Olivia Reed & Patrick Bryant Bridal Gowns: Amsale and Christos via Garnish Boutique Groom’s Attire: Capital Custom Clothiers Hair and Makeup: Alison Harper & Company Invitation and Stationery: Cara Smith Designs Cake & Tarts: Bay Country Bakery Jewelry: Kyle Edward Fine... read more

Pricing & Budgeting for wedding florists

Let’s talk pricing this evening. Pricing has been a consistent challenge for both brides and grooms looking to hire a wedding florist and has equally been a challenge for designers looking to set a fair price. First, let’s touch on the couple that is planning a wedding. Remember this is most likely the largest floral purchase you have ever made and it is normal not to know exactly what to expect. It is normal to not know how much of your overall wedding budget to allot to get the look you want. It is also normal to think that going about shopping for a florist is similar to shopping for other wedding professionals. This could not be further from truth. A wedding florist is an artist and hiring the right designer for your wedding is more like commissioning a painting. My friend at Amy Nicole Floral  said it best when she said “As with art not all floral work is created equal. You can give the exact same ingredients to 5 different floral designers and all finished products will all be very different. You are not just paying for ingredients placed in a vase but for the florists unique approach, vision, technique, design, etc. The way a florist preps a vase matters, the selection of materials matters, how much greenery matters, the way its artfully created matters, it is all a custom, unique creation which is what each florist is truly charging for.” This means that attempting to meet with florist after florist to compare pricing is frustrating and often feels like a waste of time. There are no guidelines to... read more