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Intrigue Tour Annapolis

Happy Tuesday! If you love flowers and gorgeous styling, then today's recap is for you. Special thanks to Photos by Sarah Beth for all the beautiful pictures shared today. Naturally, as a wedding and event planner I'm drawn to beautiful floral arrangements, and I'm so inspired by great floral designers like Sarah Campbell of Intrigue Designs based in Annapolis, Maryland. Over the past year I've taken some time to learn the basics of floral design, and I have developed such a love for it!

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I had the pleasure of attending the Annapolis Intrigue Tour workshop, hosted by Intrigue Designs. This awesome workshop did not disappoint; Sarah shared a wealth of great design tips and encouraged the group as we made such beautiful arrangements. I so enjoyed creating both a bouquet and boutonniere, and the finale styled photoshoot was the icing on the cake. It was such a fun, inspiring and educational afternoon, and I loved making new industry friends!

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I'm even more thrilled to attend the Intrigued Experience conference, also hosted by Intrigue Designs in February! This unique 3 day floral conference will be infused with floral design, styling and business education, guided by the leaders of the wedding industry.  To say I'm excited, is an understatement...let the countdown begin!  To learn more about this conference and to register, check out their website here and tell them Sensational Soirees sent you!

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I'm still swooning over all this gorgeousness captured by Photos by Sarah Beth! Special thanks to Nathalie of Intrigue Designs for being such a gracious model with our bouquets, and to Sarah Campbell for generously sharing her expertise and educating others. Tell me what you think about my start in floral design in the discussion section of this post. Who knows, Sensational Soirees may just add floral design to our design and styling services in a year or so...stay tuned!

Sensationally yours,

Shalyce

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Marsala, Pantone's 2015 Color of the Year

Happy Wedding Wednesday! For the first Wednesday of a brand new year, we are excited to share some wedding inspiration. Engagement season is in full swing, so brides be sure to stay tuned to the blog, as we'll be sharing more wedding content and tips in the weeks and months ahead. Pantone announced the 2015 color of the year, marsala, in early December, and we are in love with this rich and robust red tone! As you know, we absolutely love Pinterest, and our clients know first hand how much we enjoy creating inspiration boards. So we've taken to Pinterest and pinned our little hearts away to provide you with some marsala wedding inspiration. Visit our marsala board here and take a peek at some of the eye candy below!

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Photo Credits (left to right from top): Color of the Year 2015 - Pantone | Bouquet - Munaluchi Bride, Photographer Judah Avenue | Invitation - Intimate Weddings | Cake - Love and Lavender | Groom - Woman Getting Married | Tablescape - Southern Weddings | Centerpieces - Elizabeth Anne Designs | Tablescape - Munaluchi Bride, Photographer Judah Avenue

Tell us what you think about marsala in the discussion section of this post.

Newly engaged? Congratulations! Contact us today at info@sensationalsoirees.com to hear about our current wedding planning specials and to schedule your complimentary consultation. We welcome the opportunity to help make your wedding simply sensational!

Sensationally yours,

Shalyce

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Interview with Highway to Hill Flowers

Happy Tuesday! Today, we are especially happy to share our recent interview with Highway to Hill Flowers, as a part of our May Flowers blog theme. I've seen Highway to Hill's expertise and beautiful arrangements first-hand, as I’ve had the pleasure of attending a floral arranging class instructed by Jennifer Oliver, the owner of this Washington, D.C. floral design studio. If you are in the market for flowers for your wedding, events or special occasions, read on to view our interview and a few photos of Highway to Hill Flowers work below: hwy2hill_1

Sensational Soirees: What attracted you to the floral industry? Highway to Hill Flowers: I have a background in fine arts, and I’ve always loved working with flowers. I’ve worked in Graphic Design for many years, but missed the hands-on connection that I found in art, and flowers has helped create a bridge between art and design.

Sensational Soirees: How and when did you start Highway to Hill Flowers? Highway to Hill Flowers: I started Highway to Hill Flowers about five years ago, doing wedding flowers for friends. I was fortunate to have a number of (very trusting!) friends who allowed me to work on flowers for their event. It means so much to be part of a couple’s special day, and even more so when you know them as friends first!

Sensational Soirees: What sets you apart from other florists in the Washington, D.C. area? Highway to Hill Flowers: I think my background in art and design informs my approach to flowers. Beyond providing a foundation in composition and color, this training emphasizes the benefits of a structured creative process.

Sensational Soirees: How would you describe your signature style? Highway to Hill Flowers: Lush, romantic and very garden-inspired. I love working with Roses, Peonies, soft silvery-greens and anything with great texture.

Sensational Soirees: Where do you get inspiration for your floral designs? Highway to Hill Flowers: I really enjoy working closely with clients to create pieces that speak to them and to the vision for their event—so a lot of direction starts with that conversation. Beyond that, I think the flowers also help dictate how the arrangements should feel, and I’m usually drawn to the types of colors and textures that work well with garden-inspired designs.

Sensational Soirees: What are your favorite flowers to work with? Highway to Hill Flowers: I love Roses, Peonies, Stock, Hydrangea and lots of greenery. In the summer, Dahlias and Garden Roses are so much fun to work with, and the Fall brings some great color and foliage options.

Sensational Soirees: Do you primarily provide flowers for weddings? Highway to Hill Flowers: We mostly do weddings and events, but I also love to work with local businesses on weekly deliveries. We’ve really enjoyed working with businesses on the Hill like Biker Barre, Elle Lash Bar and Skin Beauty Lounge, and it’s so nice to get feedback from the owners and patrons about our flowers.

Sensational Soirees: What should a client know before meeting with you? Highway to Hill Flowers: I love when our clients bring ideas and inspiration to meetings (pictures, boards, colors, etc), but I’m also happy to help brainstorm ideas based on some of the other details of the event. I realize not everyone thinks about flowers all of the time, and I try to help ease some of the pressure of making these decisions. There are so many options for event flowers, but I think it’s most important for our clients to choose something that really speaks to them.

Sensational Soirees: How can DIY brides and floral design novices find out about your classes? Highway to Hill Flowers: We post our classes on our web store (shop.hwy2hill.com), and advertise through Facebook and Twitter.

Sensational Soirees: What floral trends do you predict for this summer? Highway to Hill Flowers: I think we’ll continue to see a lot of natural, garden-inspired work this Summer. Plenty of Roses, Dahlias and greens—maybe mixed with things like fruit and unusual containers.

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We hope you have enjoyed today's floral feature. To see more of Highway to Hill's work, visit their website and connect with them on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. They can be contacted for floral consultations via email at howdy@hwy2hill.com.

Sensationally yours,

Shalyce

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Bridal Bouquets

It's Wedding Wednesday, and all month long we're talking "May Flowers"! Today, we're sharing bridal bouquet inspiration for all the blushing brides. Whether your style is traditional, vintage, modern, or unique,  your bouquet should reflect that style and compliment your wedding dress and color palette. Check out some gorgeous bouquets we found on The Knot and Style Me Pretty. bouquet

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We hope you were inspired by these beautiful bridal bouquets. Feel free to share your thoughts in the discussion section below.

Sensationally yours,

Shalyce

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May Flowers!

Now that the April Showers have come and gone, it's time to welcome the May Flowers! This month on our blog, we will feature floral trends, inspirations, invitations and much more, so tune in to get the 411 on all things flowers for your upcoming events. On a personal note, today I'm celebrating the anniversary of the day I became a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. On a recent visit to the party store, I found the perfect treats to share with my linesisters at our anniversary lunch last Saturday. Not only did I create my little gifts in our sorority colors, but they also resembled flowers, as I adorned them with mini tissue poms. If you are hosting a floral inspired party, bridesmaids brunch or ladies soiree, these gifts that I like to call "candy flowers" would make the perfect party favors.

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How do you like these "candy flowers"? Let us know in the discussion section below. Feel free to contact us for custom candy flowers and all your party favor needs at sensationalsoirees@ymail.com or drop us a note here.

Sensationally yours,

Shalyce

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