Broaches were added to the Brides bouquet, which consisted of white roses and posey calla lilies. The attendants carried dahlias, stock, and roses.
Hydrangeas in green and white, spray roses, roses, green hypericum berry, and dusty miller.
The Bride carried dahlias, roses, freesia, spray roses, seeded eucalyptus and wheat.
Sharing a few of our past favorites……
One of my all time favorite flowers is the yellow stock. This bouquet includes gerbera daisies, stock, freesia, and yellow roses. In the back you will see the hint of blue added with hydrangeas and delphinium. Photo by Sheila White - She Designs Photography.
Green, white, and ivory blend using freesia, spray roses, roses, orchids, lily grasses.
Colorful peaches, corals, yellows and pinks, LOVE. Dahlias, garden roses, standard roses, and spray roses.
Unique color combination using green kermit pomps, blue hydrangeas, waxflower, white stephanotis, green dendrobium orchids, and a rust mini gerbera daisy. Photography by Sheila White - She Designs Photography.
A very traditional all red rose bridal bouquet. Her attendants each carried a mass of all white gerbera daisies, white iris, oriental lilies, posey calla lilies, and cymbidium orchids. Photography by Sheila White She Designs Photography.
Colorful selection of gerbera daisies, carnations, spider mums, and dendrobium orchids. The bride carried a combination of all of the flower choices. Photography by Sheila White - She Designs Photography.
Yellow oriental lilies, white roses, white stephanotis, and a hint of waxflower. Lisa Walker - Lisa Walker Photography.
Beautiful green cymbidium orchids, hot chocolate calla lilies, white roses, green hanging amaranthas, green dendrobium orchids. You don’t see the binding in this photo, which was the lace from the mother of the brides wedding gown. Photography by Bill and Shannen Deckard
I am partial to fall weddings…I do LOVE every season, and each season brings a unique element of color, floral varieties, flavors, and even unique fragrances. Fall weddings do steal my heart, and this one did! It was late October, and we were a bit concerned about the weather. It was a cool day, but a few heaters provided by the venue, and we had a “toasty” and comfortable setting. It was a beautiful, sunny fall day.
This special couple were married in Las Vegas early October surrounded by family and friends that made the trip to Vegas. Viva Las Vegas! They had a fun and fabulous wedding in Vegas, as they shared a video of their wedding ceremony with their guest at their Brown County Reception.
Their wedding reception took place at a new venue for Beautiful Weddings, The Heritage House. Cathy Junken was such a great host and took good care of us. The newly wed couple stayed the night prior to their reception at the lovely homestead on the property. Kelly from Les Champs arrived early morning to assist with make up and hair. As it was Halloween, Kelly arrived in her Halloween “costume”. I wish we had a photo to share. Lisa Walker with Lisa Walker Photography was there to capture every moment. Lemley’s catering provided a wonderful meal, which included a delicious fall soup shooter, hot chocolate, and of course their famous S’mores bar. Deanna with Sugar Daddies Cake and Catering was their baker. Cupcake flavors included carrot cake, chocolate, red velvet, and vanilla. The flavors were indicated by the leaf pattern on the cake. I must say, not everyone knows their leaf patterns! The Brides cousin Dylan and brother Jesse provided DJ service. I confess, I am always nervous when family is handling the music. Dylan and Jesse did a wonderful job!! Jesse also gave a warm and heartfelt toast. Why do the toast always get to me… I believe I get to know the couple during the planning process, but something is always revealed during the toast.
The pattern on the cake included willow branches, which was carried out in the decor on the table. The cupcake flavors were indicated by the leaf patterns on the cupcakes. Beautiful work, Sugar Daddy’s.
Kat, my team member lit the numerous candles around the barn. The candle holders were provided by the venue and the bride supplied the candles, so I am not sure of the numbers…but Kat was lighting candles for a very LONG time.
Another photo of the cake table…why not, who doesn’t like cake?
The fall flowers included sunflowers, berries, roses, mums, freesia, dahlias, dendrobium orchids, and wheat. The table numbers were created by the groom.
Beautiful venue…beautiful couple.
The perfect photo prop, a swing…on the property.
Love this photo!
A couple of well placed topiaries near the dance floor.
Happy Couple, lovely day. Our tagline is, “We create an atmosphere where joy is possible”. There was joy on this day.
Kudos to Lisa Walker for the beautiful photos, she and her team captured the essence and beauty of the day.
Coordinating and Florals
Hair and Make Up
Well here it is, just in time for the week end. Your week end project! I have been painting these bowls for 20 years now! A process I learned at an American Institute of Floral Designers conference. Hands down, one of the best seminars I have ever attended. I have created these bowls for weddings, special events, crafts for my kids, and special gifts for fall seasonal gifts and holiday gifts.
Supply List: 1. A clear glass bubble bowl. My demonstration subject is a 6” bowl. I often use 8” bowls. Your choice! For cost, I would begin with the 6” bowl. 2. You choose your paint colors. I suggest a base color of ivory or white. Three additional colors of choice to begin, however, you can use more color. Often, more color, or using metallic colors, such as bronze or copper gives it depth. Go light to dark paint. I almost always use a finish of gold followed by black. I use Master Craft paint which is a florist choice. You can purchase at Michaels. 3. Optional hair dryer.
Step one: Begin with a clean bubble bowl.
Add a quarter of an inch of water.
Begin with your lightest color. For me this is usually white or ivory. Spray your first choice of paint on top of the water. Begin to roll the bowl and the water towards the top of the bowl. As you slowly roll the water to the top, you continue to add paint. As you reach the top of the bowl, dump the water.
I leave the bowl upside down for 5 to 10 minutes to drain. I then leave the bowl right side up to dry. Now this is where the hair dryer can come into place. When we are painting a large number of bowls for an event, we will, weather permitting, leave the bowls in the sun to dry. However, if we are in a hurry, or painting a large number with limited time, we will use a hair dryer to dry the paint. Keep in mind, the bowls will get rather warm from the hair dryer. Let the bowl cool before beginning the next step. Also, it is very important that the paint is completely DRY before moving forward.
Step two: Choose your next color of paint and repeat. Place a quarter of an inch of water in the bowl, paint, and roll. It is important that you begin with the lightest colors and progress to your darker colors. Dry.
Step three: Layer another color, and so forth. I have done multiple colors which gives it depth. The metallics, especially bronze and copper add depth. I have also used just a few colors, for instance the white, silver, and gold.
Preparing for your final steps: The last two colors, 99% of the time are gold and black. These last two coats, however, I do not use water. Be sure before these last two steps, each layer is completely dry. I paint a solid layer of gold, and once very dry, followed by black. You will always be surprised by these last two steps and how the color and depth of the bowl changes, often dramatically!!!!
Viola….even if you mess up…they turn out beautiful. Really!
Warning, because of the paint, these bowls cannot hold water. I will share with you in the next DIY project how I use these bowls with fresh flowers. Of course, they are perfect to use with dried and silk flowers. You do need to be careful when using silk stems, not to scratch the paint. If you do scratch the paint, touch up with the final coat of black paint.
It is fun to experiment with the colors. Yes,I have painted a few bowls that did not turn out as planned. Each and every bowl is unique. I personally love the bowls with depth in color, fall colors, reds and burgundies, and all with the metallics added, bronze, gold, and silver. You will find some colors are dominant, such as the reds.
Happy painting, and yes kids also love this project.
Feel free to email with questions! email@example.com
Please come back soon! We will be sharing DIY projects, design projects, and basic skills on our blog.
Our first Design project, just in time for Christmas. We will share our beautiful painted bubble bowls. I learned this skill several years ago at an AIFD seminar in Chicago. Since that time, I have painted hundreds of bowls for Weddings, Events, and personal gifts. I even used this project with my kids when they were young. You can’t go wrong with these bowls, and each one is unique and beautiful.
Also to follow:
How many flowers does it take to make a pomander ball?
Flowers and VEGGIES….we love to work with both. We will show you the steps to make this floral display.
Easy floral accents.
Napkin treatments, and more…..stay tuned and visit often.
Our wedding season is slowing down and we move into the holiday and party season, as well as the planning season for our 2013 and 2014 Bridal Couples.
We will begin to interview for our 2013 Internships early March, 2013.
For several years Beautiful Weddings has had an intern from the IU School of Tourism and Management during the late spring/summer season. Our relationship with our interns has been very positive. We will continue to offer one internship per summer for an IU student.
We have had many inquiries from those wanting to learn more in floral design and wedding design. We will offer floral design internships beginning May 2013.
If you are interested in our internship opportunities, please email resume to:
Katherine Steinmetz and Jessica Allman, 2011 and 2012 interns. They continue to work for us part time on events!
A photo from one of our classes last spring!
We are getting many inquiries regarding our floral design classes.
Our Wedding Season this year has been huge and extended into the late fall. Due to such a busy schedule, we are limited in our class offering.
Sunday December 2, 2012 we will host a 3 hour class at our Studio on Lake Lemon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. It will include hands on projects.
Our class will begin with basic care and handling of working with fresh flowers. We will share a handful of designs and decor ideas that you can do yourself at home. You will then have the opportunity to create, make and take two projects.
The first a Holiday centerpiece using fresh holiday greens, flowers, candle, and trim.
The second hands on project will be the painting of our famous “Painted Bubble Bowls” and the creation of an artificial arrangement in the bubble bowl. These would make lovely holiday gifts. (You will need to bring a hair dryer with you for this project).
Total Cost $100.00
This will be a FUN packed afternoon. Sign up and payment is required by November 25th.
Email at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have been so very fortunate to have had the BEST interns! Meet Jessica…
These are NOT professional photos. I am sharing photos that Jessica shared on her Facebook site from a handful of our events this summer. What I love about these photos…the team pictures….although NOT everyone is shown here. We are missing Kandy! Jessica is sharing the work in progress…and I also see SMILES as they are working! We had such a great summer season. I do wish Jess had pictures of my team trying to find our way around the Indianapolis Central Library! Too many elevators and codes….but an awesome wedding and always fun with my team.
Yes, we did have a wedding day with rain this summer!
Our team drying the chairs, with the assistance of the IMU staff, thankfully!
Jessica, proud of her work. She can make an awesome pomander.
We all loved this wedding!
At the time of this photo, he was my future son in law!
This is a Blu Boy Cake!
We are missing Kandy…and and me!
We gave Jessica a lot of responsibility with this wedding and she did an amazing job, as we knew she would.
We had a bit of Dr. Suess influence at this wedding and we loved it. It was very whimsical.
IMU Sweet Shop and The Tudor Room.
Busy, in the studio.
Jessica, We gave her lot’s of experience this summer setting up this arbor, preparing her for this one…
Oh yeah….Jessica (this year’s intern), Kat (last year’s intern), Kat’s fiance, Tanner, with the additional help of Kandy and Elyse made this happen. Beautiful!
Sycamore Farm Garden for a special Rehearsal Dinner.
Cathy and Kat…last year’s intern.
Kat….hard at work
Brandy, Kandy, and Kathy hard at work!
Another pomander created by Jessica.
These are photos shared by Jessica. Thankfully, she is coming back. Jessica is getting settled into her last semester at Indiana University. She will be working with us this fall assisting with our busy fall wedding season. I can’t wait to have her back with us, and I know her future is bright!
Congratulations Kelsey and Kyle and thank you for sharing your photos. On many occasions we are a couples florist “only”, rather than both coordinator and florist. In this case, we really do depend on our couples to share their professional photos with us. We are so glad Kelsey shared these photos!
Kelsey was a beautiful bride!
Photography by Emily Weis Photography
The Beautiful Cake by Indiana Memorial Union
Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Newnum
Yes, we had a rain delay, but it did not spoil the beautiful ceremony in the garden. We also want to share their introduction, which we loved! As this was the Friday of the opening ceremonies for the Olympics in London, and Julia’s family lives in England, they entered the room waving US and British flags while the opening ceremony song played in the background. As the happy couple were introduced, they carried their own Olympic Torch.
Kyle and Julia, what a fabulous wedding, thank you for allowing us to be a part of your special day!
Wedding Coordinator and Florist
Ceremony Venue and Reception
Indiana Memorial Union - Tree Suite Secret Garden
The Tudor Room
Baker and Caterer
Rehearsal Dinner Venue