Here’s what you missed!

This past Sunday I participated in the “Sealed With A Kiss” Bridal Expo at the Hilton Garden Inn on Solomons Island, Maryland.   This was my first time as a vendor at this expo and it did not disappoint!  The show was very well organized and spacious and the
I Do Wedding Connection staff that runs the show are a class act!  I spoke with some great brides, grooms and their families and friends. One bride even said “just talking with you about flowers has me really excited about my wedding”  How sweet is that?!!

I decided to go over the top with my table scape at the show. It’s a bridal SHOW so it needs to be SHOWY right?  My design centered around a nautical theme.  Southern Maryland is home to numerous wedding venues with water views along with the Patuxent Naval Air Station.  I thought a nautical “tie the knot” theme was appropriate.  My centerpiece container was a shallow glass cylinder wrapped entirely in 5/8″ roping. The arrangement was overflowing with luscious blooms of peach campanella roses, white agapanthus, orange dahlias, orange and white spray roses, blue delphinium, white lysimachia, eucalyptus, asclepias, freesia, queen anne’s lace, dusty miller and thistle. This design was just perfection!

View More: http://birdsofafeatherphotos.pass.us/swak-2013Photography Credit: Birds of a Feather Photography

You can’t go to a bridal show without a bridal bouquet so I made a complimenting bouquet in soft peaches with hints of blue to compliment the centerpiece and the table linen.  I added streaming ribbons in peach, orange, navy and bright orange lace from my spring trip to M&J Trim.

BouquetPhotography Credit: Birds of a Feather Photography

My friend Johnna from Twila & Co. designed some FABULOUS stationary items to add to the table scape.  I provided Johanna with the color board for the table along with an image of the table linen and she designed the menu, place cards, invitations, timeline, etc. to match.  I was so impressed with the designs she came up with. Incorporating the nautical flags on the menu was perfect!

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Photography Credit: Birds of a Feather Photography

_MG_3124One of my favorites elements at the show had to be the beautiful solid wood shelving display that my husband built for me.  He brought my vision to life using hard wood flooring and wood stain.  That sucker is super heavy but it is impressive and it showcases the canvases of my work beautifully.  The dimensions of the display fit perfectly in the truck for transportation and the legs on the back are easily removable and adjustable.  Do I have the best flower husband or what?

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Photography Credit:  Birds of a Feather Photography

Bridal shows also offer the opportunity to network and get to know other vendors in the area.  I loved getting to chat with Kristie Simpson and Jodi Hunt from Today’s Bride
in California, Maryland.  Their boutique has been serving Southern Maryland brides for more than 20 years.  I look forward to seeing them at future events in the area and possibly working with some of their brides!
View More: http://birdsofafeatherphotos.pass.us/swak-2013Photography Credit:  Birds of a Feather Photography

My photographer friends Maggie and Betty from Birds of a Feather Photography were also in attendance at the expo.  These ladies are impressive… They shot a wedding in West Virginia the night before and made it to Solomons Island, Maryland on Sunday, looking bright and cheery and ready to go!  They generously shared their images with me for this blog post.  I wonder if they saw me struggling to get the apperature and ISO settings right on my camera while frantically snapping photos of my table?  Yes folks, this is why you HIRE a professional photographer for your wedding. They KNOW what they are doing!!   Their set-up at the expo was adorable. I am loving their little white table!  Be sure to check out their stunning new website when you have a chance and if you’re in need of a dynamic wedding photography duo get in touch with them soon. They are almost completely booked for 2014!

BOAF TablePhotography Credit:  Birds of a Feather Photography

It was a pleasure meeting so many great Southern Maryland brides at the Bridal Expo.  I hope to hear from you to discuss your wedding flowers in the very near future. I am now booking 2014 weddings!

-AJ
 

Workshop with Holly Chapple Flowers & Don’s Dahlias

This post is long overdue and I cannot pass up an opportunity to share some beautiful blooms with you.  A few weeks ago I spent an evening in the flower gardens of two very famous green thumbs in Loudon County, Virginia.  Holly Chapple and Don Dramstad (a.k.a. Don the Dahlia Man) invited a group of us to tour their gardens and design with their luscious blooms.  Holly Chapple tends to say “Meet Me …..”  and I always jump at the opportunity.   She posted a workshop event on the blog, The Full Bouquet, entitled “Meet Me In The Garden“.  I love any chance to work and study with Holly and the added bonus of getting to meet the famous “Don the Dahlia Man” and use his beautiful dahlias in an arrangement made it even sweeter.  If you’re interested in future workshops at Holly’s studio hop over to Holly’s website for more information here.

We began the evening at Don’s property just outside of Leesburg, Virginia.  He has a beautiful piece of property where he grows more than 200 varieties of dahlias.  He also has peonies and I spotted a few hydrangea bushes as well.  The dahlias are his pride and joy and you can tell by the amount of work he puts into caring for his flowers.  He is a true expert on cultivating these amazing blooms and serves as the Vice President of the National Capital Dahlia Society.  Don sells his beautiful dahlias at the Leesburg farmers market from May to October.  Check out his website to learn more.  Here are some images from strolling through the dahlia garden.

Don's Dahlias Collage

We left Don’s and travelled down the road to Holly’s studio where we went on a tour of her multiple gardens. Holly has flowers all over her property and there is constantly something blooming.  She has various types of foliage and berries, fruit trees, multiple colors of hydrangeas and HUGE limelight shrubs.  There are tiny pops of color from gomphrenia and craspedia to super tall copper amaranthus. Color, Color EVERYWHERE!
Holly's Garden Collage

Holly’s studio had buckets and vases full of beautiful dahlias straight from Don’s garden along with an array of luscious blooms from her gardens. This workshop was small and intimate which I think is ideal for learning and getting hands on help from the instructor.  A few of us had floral design experience while others were there just for pleasure.  I think there are always opportunities to learn and grow and sharpen your skills no matter how much you think you already know.  Holly has such a great eye for color combinations and creating movement through an arrangement.  I love watching her design and learning how she incorporates various types of foliage and textures in with the flowers.

Workshop Collage

Here are our finished designs from the workshop. They were all stunning designs and I’m bummed that I didn’t get a photo of one design that incorporated Holly’s beautiful copper amaranthus :(

Student Collage

Holly generously gave me some blooms from her garden to take home to play with after the workshop and here is what I created. Don’s cafe au lait dahlia steals the show! Cafe au lait bouquet

And of course I had to put my centerpiece from the workshop up on the wood pile for a photograph.  My backyard wood pile is my ‘go to’ backdrop for capturing images of my designs!

Dahlia centerpiece

Thank you to Holly and Don for inviting us to your gardens. Your hard work and love for what you do truly shows.  Holly, your cup runneth over in so many ways.  It runneth over with children, with flowers, with friends and with your generosity and desire to teach others your art.  If only I didn’t live so far away I would runneth over there to work and design with you more often!

-AJ

Sealed With A Kiss

Alicia Jayne Florals will be joining some of Southern Maryland’s top vendors at the “Sealed With A Kiss”  bridal expo this coming Sunday, August 25th at the Hilton Garden Inn on Solomons Island.  Admittance is free and there are some great prizes to be given away!

Seeled With A KissYou’ve heard the phrase “stop and smell the roses” right? Well, you will definitely want to stop by my booth and smell the gorgeous roses in my floral designs. If you’re lucky, you may even have one to take home!  Come see me at the bridal expo and let’s talk flowers!

See you on Sunday!

-AJ