The amazing team at Amy Osaba Events never ceases to amaze us. Their work is incredible, and they give so generously to those lucky enough to attend their workshops. This year was no exception.
“Each year, when we plan our workshop, we focus on creating a unique and special experience for our attendees. We not only want to teach them our bouquet, arrangement, and large-scale installation technique, but also want to reward and inspire them. We want to create an environment in which they can relax and let their artistic nature thrive. Luckily, we’re welcomed into Dunaway Gardens each year to roam their enchanting gardens to gather inspiration before we curate a fairy tale dinner for our attendees under the stars. We hope that each person who comes to the AO Flower workshop leaves with more vision, drive, and a new sense of community that they didn’t have before. We love these women with our whole hearts and are so proud of everything they created with us!”
How many times have we all heard the phrase, “location, location, location?” When planning their engagement photos with photographer Ozzy Garcia, Alex and Johanna knew that they both a mid-century and botanical setting, so they chose The Standard Hotel in South Beach, Miami Beach. The location definitely doesn’t disappoint, and it’s amazing how well a great setting pulls together something simple like an engagement shoot. We can’t get enough of the incredible varieties of palm trees and other assorted fauna, and combined with the couple’s chic attire? Engagement photo perfection.
We know that many of our readers are craving a return to simplicity, but when it comes to wedding planning or anniversary photo sessions, simplicity can be hard to achieve for reasons that are so plain: it’s so simple! Allowing designs, clients and authentic moments to thrive in a simplistic environment was at heart for this lifestyle portrait session. Natural every day wear and hair was styled to keep the natural element and the Brooklyn brownstone home was the perfect backdrop for this clean and effortless lifestyle session.
You may have seen this wedding featured on Once Wed before. If you joined us for our free wedding planning + design webinar last night, you would have heard the bride, Rylee Hitchner, describe how much she loved the experience of creating her wedding.
In case you missed it we’re sharing her words with you again today in the hope they inspire you in your wedding planning journey.
Andrew and I met when we were 14 and 17 and five years later we got engaged on the hammock in my parents backyard. 8 months after, we married in that same spot.
The fall before the wedding, my mom & I found a delicate silky soft piece of lace we knew would be a great inspiration for my wedding dress.
Joy Thigpen then sat me down for a creative session & blew my mind as she gracefully & magically pulled my desires for the dress & the wedding out of my heart and put them onto paper. During the session, I remember saying to Joy, “I think I want the wedding to feel like this scene in my head: A group of family & friends attending a baptism at a fountain in an Italian city & then together celebrating the baptism over dinner at a family’s small garden in the village.”
It sounded weird saying it out loud, but that vision embodied the refreshing, life-filled, warm, intimate celebration I imagined our wedding to be.
I always dreamed of getting married in my parents backyard & I feel so blessed that everyone gave so much to make that happen.
My Italian grandmother and aunt made the delicious feast, while Caitlin made the perfect little panna cottas for dessert. My sister and I made the hypertufa pots for each table and Katie potted beautiful, unruly arrangements in them- which I proudly still nurture & keep today!
The candles were a therapeutic project my sister and I took on; making them tall, thin, and perfectly imperfect. And my dad, who gave the most of all, built our long wooden dinner tables and hand laid century-old bricks for a patio for us to eat on – both of these tasks being completely new to him.
The week before the wedding, by dad also surprised me with something so special to me. The ceremony structure that surrounded us as we said our vows was made by my him with branches from a tree which used to hold our childhood tire swing before it fell the month before our wedding. Fittingly, we call this tree ‘the giving tree’ now.
I’m so thankful for this celebration we have of beauty, love, and family. I’m grateful for the beautiful process of planning for a wedding & every conversation leading up to it. Our hearts are so full.