Monday, January 15, 2018

New Fabric Wedding Bouquets and Video Options!

It's a new year and with that comes many new engagement rings and wedding planning. Fun and happy times and I'm excited to help all of you that are planning your dream wedding!

One of the first orders for the year included a new color combination and I'm loving it! Blush pink, sage green, grey, and cream colored burlap roses, an assortment of lace in white, blush and ivory, along with silk heather, and dangling foliage. Sara contacted me through Instagram and we were able to discuss her wedding through direct messages. Her color request is soft, pastel, and so pretty together! Due to her Scottish family ties, she ask if some Heather could be included in the bridal bouquet and I was able to find some for her!

I was curious and had to google to find out the Heather / Scotland ties. I found this story, along with some other info about the flower at this website.
'although it is the symbol of my sorrow, may the white heather bring good fortune to all who find it.'
Even today, white Heather is considered to be lucky, especially for brides, and adding a spray of it to your bouquet, on table decorations and so on is popular.

I was able to send her short videos showing her completed bouquets. This was a new way for me to show more details and connect with the bride-to-be.

I sent progress pictures, before adding the Heather and dangling foliage to the bridal bouquet, to make sure all the colors were like she wanted.
pastel burlap and lace bridal bouquet

burlap boutonniere

rustic burlap bridesmaid flowers

Once she approved of the design on the bridesmaid bouquets and boutonnieres, I completed the remaining items and sent another short video of everything completed, for approval, before shipping. 

With the fabric bouquets that are made to order, you have final approval, before shipping. This way, you know exactly what you are getting. If any changes need to be made, they can be made for you without having return postage, etc. Happy brides make me happy and honestly there have been only a few times that someone has requested a change. 

Through my etsy shop, I can only send picture messages, although if any bride's would like to see videos and connect through Instagram or Facebook, please let me know and I'll be happy to send you  a video.

I'm looking forward to helping all of you who are wedding planning this year! Please let me know how I can help you!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Space Saving Tips in a Small Kitchen

There's no denying we live in a small house. Jeff is all the time talking about building us a tiny house and I reply "we already have that." Granted ours is bigger than a tiny house, but it's still a small home compared to so many. Counter and cabinet space is limited, so what's a girl to do? 

I was looking for a place to store my pie saver  - you know the vintage Tupperware pie holders. It would not fit in any of my narrow cabinet doors. I also had a few enamel dish pans needing a place to stay. So, I hung them on the wall! 

While this may look like decor to some, its functional for me. A smaller dish pan and the pie saver are nested within the bigger dish pan and all hung on the wall together!  Space saving and wall decor in one! Win-Win! 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Kayla and Andy's Wedding - Timeless Elegance

The wedding of Kayla and Andy was held in September at the El Cerrito Lodge and had a Timeless Elegance theme to it. I've known Kayla for many years and she always said I would design her wedding flowers! Kayla's favorite flowers are daisies and hydrangeas and she chose burgundy, blush, and cream colors for her wedding bouquets.
The bridal bouquet featured hydrangeas, roses, dahlias, daisies, berries, pods and assorted greenery styled with an organic, natural, hand picked look.
bridal bouquet by Janice East
The bridesmaids carried similar versions of the bridal bouquet.
burgundy, blush, and cream wedding bouquets

Mr. and Mrs. Tefteller
wedding arch
The ceremony was held outdoors, while the reception held both inside the lodge and outside. The rustic lodge sits in the middle of a large hay field and the hill top view provided amazing views and we enjoyed a gorgeous sunset during the reception. 
Wedding Flowers

Florals by Janice East Designs / GypsyFarmGirl
The cake! 

The bridal bouquet was made so that it would fit in a pretty vase and could be displayed on the bridal table during the reception.
Cake topper with fresh flowers

Side story here - I had been working on location that day. While I was cleaning up my mess, I was ask to create a cake topper. I had a few extra supplies in the truck and found a clear plastic cup to hold the floral foam and flowers. I cut the cup down small and had just enough extra flowers to make the topper. A few minutes later, the cake arrived, and they were worried the topper was too heavy to go on top of the cake. They said, "if we can find some straws in the kitchen, that would help support it..." There wasn't any straws in the building. Quick thinking reminded me of my stash of straws in my truck! I carry my tumbler everywhere I go and when I stop in town to get a Sonic tea, I pour it into my own cup and don't use their straws, therefore, I had some in the truck, to save the cake! 

wedding centerpieces

The centerpieces for the reception were made in an assortment of mercury glass style vases (a friend of the bride took clear vases and gave them a mercury glass appearance.) The centerpieces featured burgundy red daisies, safari sunset, roses, hydrangeas, and assorted greenery.

Wedding reception flowers

timeless elegance wedding

Wedding reception

The sparkler send off - Congratulations to Kayla and Andy! Wishing you many years of love and happiness together! Thank you for letting me be a part of your very special day!

*All pictures in this post were used with permission from the bride and taken by Casey Douglas Photography.