Kristin and Justin’s Magical September Wedding at Sycamore Farm
Bloomington. We LOVED this wedding, as much as we Love this
gal….she is the daughter of BEST friends, which makes the planning
triple the fun!
Florals and Coordination - Beautiful Weddings and Design Studio
Venue - Sycamore Farm Bloomington
Catering - KRC Catering
Photography - Deckard Photography
Videography - RayMax Productions
DJ - Scott Shrader
Baker and Dessert Bar - Sugar Daddy’s Cakes and Catering
Rentals - Perfect Party
Officiant - Maddox Entertainment
Make up - Mardon Salon
Rehearsal Dinner Venue - Cedar Creek Winery
Kat and Tanner! Katherine was my intern a few years back, and has continued to work with Beautiful Weddings part time. Tanner has also worked on several weddings with us, so it was with great pleasure to be a part of their wedding day. Tanner was as involved in the planning as Katherine….or perhaps more so! What a beautiful Bride and Groom they were. Congratulations to two of my favorite people.
Flowers and Coordination - Cathy Teeters Beautiful Weddings
Venue - Bloomington Convention Center
Photographer - Deckard Photography
DJ - Ski Anderson
Baker - Sugar Daddy’s
Lighting - Markey’s
Linen/Chair Covers - Chair Dressing LLC
Beginning this post with a FUN picture, as this couple was the MOST fun ever. Maddie and Nick, both always had fun in the planning, they planned as a team, and never seemed to stress. I have known the family for many years and it was such a pleasure to be a part of their wedding team. Did I mention Nick’s mother was a Teeters….from TN. We are sure there is a family connection.
Awesome professionals on our Wedding Team.
Wedding Coordinator and Florist - Cathy Teeters Beautiful Weddings and Design Studio
Ceremony Venue - First United Methodist Church
Reception Venue - IMU Alumni Hall (awesome team led by Bari Kuhlman)
Photography - Deckard Photography
DJ - The Dance Machine, Brett Anderson
Video - Eyenamics
Chair Rentals - Perfect Party
Transportation - Classic Touch Limo
Lighting - Big Picture Productions, Mike Schwandt
Hair and Make Up - Mardon Salon
Baker - IMU
Our New Years Resolution is to get caught up on the Blog! Long time coming….
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! firstname.lastname@example.org
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!