DIY Over The Top Wreaths! As seen on #GoodDayDC @Fox5dc

Just like you, my holiday season has been busy! Lots of parties to design fresh flowers for, and homes to decorate:) So far my December favorite has been making what I call the “Over The Top Wreath.”

 This is a close up of the wreath I made for  @blonde_inthedistrict  that started this seasons trend!

This is a close up of the wreath I made for @blonde_inthedistrict that started this seasons trend!


This is a wreath where you put everything you can find on it, glue it down and call it a day. If you want a little more instruction on how to do just that, keep on reading.

Step 1: Gather all your materials. You will need a wreath form (can be fresh or faux), scissors, fabric scissors, wire, a glue gun, extra glue sticks and lots of baubles!



 Step 2: Glue in your biggest ornaments first

Step 2: Glue in your biggest ornaments first

Step 3: If you have any beaded garland or tinsel wind it in around your big ornaments.

Step 4: Now it’s time to add in the fun and special ornaments. I always try to choose ones that match the personality of the recipient. Dani (@blonde_inthedistrict ) is super fun and definitely royal! PS A wreath is a great place to use any broken ornaments that you have been saving and just can’t stand to throw away!

Step 5: Now is the time to add in any “picked” decorations. Hint- If you cut them into pieces you can get a lot more out of them.

 Step 6: Put it on a door and Enjoy!

Step 6: Put it on a door and Enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial! Here are a few more Over The Top designs from this season.

 This is my front door wreath made from broken ornaments that inspired December 11th Over The Top Segment on Fox 5 - Good Day DC with  @producer_stewart  and  @hollylivefox5   For more on that check  out my Insta Stories !

This is my front door wreath made from broken ornaments that inspired December 11th Over The Top Segment on Fox 5 - Good Day DC with @producer_stewart and @hollylivefox5

For more on that check out my Insta Stories!

Two More of my favorites! The light pink one was for Julie of @strawberrymilkevents - @Studiomilk_ holiday decor and the other for @lucysyarnpocket.

DIY Cranberries for your Holiday Table

As a floral designer, the holidays are busy, busy, busy! So it may or may not surprise you that sometimes I opt for a non floral centerpiece. If you find yourself short on time, or maybe not in the mood to spend $$$ on decor, try this easy DIY cranberry craft to decorate your mantle, table, or even power room.

 All photos by  SKC Photography

All photos by SKC Photography

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Step 1: Gather.

1 Candle

1 Vase or clear bowl

Cranberries

Holiday Greens

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Step 2: Fill

Pour cranberries about 1/4 into your container.

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Step 3: Layer

When you have a base of cranberries, place in your candle and some holiday greens. Continue to pour the cranberries all around the candle.

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Step 4: Enjoy!

Light your candle and call it a day!

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Place just a single vase or groupings of different sizes and quantities, The bright red berries give instant impact!

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Children’s National Hospital and Light Up The Season on December 16, 2018 at The Four Seasons Hotel, Washington

The holidays are fast approaching and I wanted to take a minute to shine a light on a cause near and dear to my heart. It’s called Light Up the Season and it benefits Children’s National Hospital. The event (formerly known as The Georgetown Jingle) raises money to support the Hospital and is held every year at The Four Seasons Hotel. Each year, 12-15 of Washington’s top interior designers and florists are invited to decorate a tree or holiday item, like a wreath, menorah or mantle piece, that is then auctioned off at a fun family-friendly afternoon event (buy tickets here). Last summer, I was excited and honored to receive an email from the event’s organizers asking me to participate for the second year in a row.

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The process works like this: Every designer is partnered with a Children’s National Hospital patient and together the patient “artist” and designer work to come up with a fantasy holiday theme. This summer, I had the pleasure of meeting a sweet young lady named Annabelle.

As I talked to Annabelle about what she would like to see on her tree, she drew the small picture below. Her favorite color is blue, her sister’s favorite color is lavender, and, of course, mine is purple. Naturally, we were already in harmony!

Annabelle very much liked the idea of woodland animals and an enchanted snowy forest. We also agreed there should be some bells on the tree as a nod to her name. After combining Annabelle’s ideas and my vision, I decided the theme of our tree would be “Over The River and Through The Woods.”

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The next step was to begin the work of decorating a tree. In recent years, I have found myself missing the camaraderie and aesthetic kismet that comes from working with a large group of volunteer designers. Heavily influenced by my time in the White House Floral Shop under Former Chief Florist Laura Dowling, I wanted to recreate this experience and feeling. So I reached out to all my creative friends and asked them to help me #craftforacause. The response was incredible; I am so warmed by the generous people in my creative community!

I hosted the first #craftforacause party at my home in mid September. As the saying goes, “many hands make light work” and the attendees produced dozens of floral hoop wreaths made out of yarn and felt. Thanks to Anne Kelley, Carleigh Smith, Emily Alyssa, Jasmine Ellesse, Maria Kessel and Vicky Choy for kicking off #craftforacause!

 Photo by Marie Windsor Photography

Photo by Marie Windsor Photography

The second #craftforacause party was held on a beautiful late September day at Periwinkle, a lovely clothing boutique in Old Town, Alexandria. Marie Windsor Photography joined us and took lots of detailed photos. Pamela Vetrini of Cheats and Meeses brought us a delicious cheese board extravaganza to fuel our designs. The designers for our second party included Elizabeth from Periwinkle, Kelley Cannon, Janice Carnevale, Lindsay Kidwell, Jasmine Ellesse and Nicole Nespor. It was fun to see how unique everyone’s designs were and how different they were from the first party.

There was one more #craftforacause party this weekend and I can’t wait to show you those designs too!

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The finishing touch on my tree comes from Accent Decor who generously donated dozens of beautiful glass and felt ornaments. These handcrafted ornaments are just what I needed to complete the tree’s wintery woodlands theme. While it is not guaranteed that Annabelle can attend the event, I sure hope she can because I think she will love what we have created.

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Thank you to everyone who came out to #craftforacause. And thanks in advance to those will help set-up and decorate the tree in preparation for the big event on December 16. I’ll make sure to share pictures of the finished product once it is complete!

Happy First Anniversary Megan and Coult! October in the Gardens at Historic Meridian House

Last October, I had the pleasure of designing for a special couple who were married at the historic Meridian House designed by architect John Russell Pope. This weekend is Megan and Coult’s first anniversary and I wanted to take a moment to celebrate them. Looking back through the photos by Djenno Bacvic, it’s hard to find a frame where they aren’t smiling or laughing — and not just little smiles, we’re talking big smiles that go ear to ear.

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Megan and Coult’s outdoor ceremony was full of white and peach flowers, including an all white chuppah accented with greenery.

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What an entrance! The gardens at Meridian House are in bloom from April to October and provide the perfect setting for a wedding. Maria Canellis, Director of Events, is an expert at making private events and weddings magical.

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There’s that big smile again.

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Wedding Planner Molly Radigan was hard at work on all the details behind the scenes.

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I like this bird’s eye view of the party in the linden grove. Catering by Natalie Walker, Event Coordinator for Well Dunn Catering.

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Sparklers and one more big smile for the road.

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Happy memories of a happy couple. Congratulations on your first anniversary!

Washington Wedding with Japanese Design at the Ritz-Carlton

This past Labor Day weekend, I had the pleasure of designing for an artistic couple who blended culture and color to create a wedding masterpiece. Bride Karina and Groom Ibrahim were absolutely stunning in every way and their attention to detail added an extra level of beauty to the day. I had a chance to flex my artistic muscle by designing one-of-a-kind boutonnieres and corsages accented with hand-made Japanese Mizuhiki knots; creating a floral arch complete with origami paper cranes and flowers; and hand-painting berries peacock blue for a unique bridal bouquet. Photographer Violet Short did an expert job of capturing all the details and created so many beautiful images it was hard to choose a sample to share with all of you. Thanks to Wedding Coordinator Lynn Nelson of Bridal Silhouette who strung together all the details of the day with ease.

The lovely Karina.

Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.

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The dapper Ibrahim.

Mizuhiki is an ancient Japanese art form and traditional decoration for weddings symbolizing affection, warmth and togetherness.

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Late summer light made for perfect Georgetown portraits.

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Karina’s dress, designed by Made With Love, fit like a glove. Her bouquet featured Garden Roses, Cally Lillies, Orchids, hand-painted berries and greenery.

It was all about the details for this Ritz-Carlton wedding ceremony and reception - a romantic floral arch, intricate origami paper cranes and flowers, submerged flowers inside vases with floating candles and a peacock blue cake.

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Best wishes Karina and Ibrahim for a beautiful life together.

Fall Wedding Fashion and Wedding Gowns at The Bridal Room

Last week, I had the opportunity to design for a fall photo session at The Bridal Room - a premier bridal boutique located in McLean, Virginia. The Bridal Room’s owner, Heba Adat, pulled an A-Team together to showcase her best gowns and accessories for fall. With the help of Meg Lucks of Luck & Love Photography and Krystal from Bridal Beauty Associates, we transformed two beautiful models into fall brides.

 The Bridal Room’s owner, Heba Adat. Heba began dreaming of owning her own bridal boutique as a little girl watching her aunt design gowns at home.

The Bridal Room’s owner, Heba Adat. Heba began dreaming of owning her own bridal boutique as a little girl watching her aunt design gowns at home.

 The lovely  Kayla Poawui  and  Julianna Carfaro  modeling fall gowns and flowers.

The lovely Kayla Poawui and Julianna Carfaro modeling fall gowns and flowers.

 Garden Roses for days accented with Phalaenopsis.

Garden Roses for days accented with Phalaenopsis.

 Lavender and violet flowers in every hue paired with greenery making the perfect transition to fall.

Lavender and violet flowers in every hue paired with greenery making the perfect transition to fall.

 Heba and her talented Senior Consultant Monique

Heba and her talented Senior Consultant Monique

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SESMA Dog Dayz of Summer at The Anderson House catered by Susan Gage and Photographed by Luck and Love Photography

We might be in the Dog Days of Fall, but that doesn’t mean I can’t reminisce about this summer’s doggy happy hour SESMA party organized by Glenn Hennessey and Joanie Rylander at The Anderson House!

Thank goodness someone hired Megan from Luck & Love Photography or all this fun might have been forgotten. (All the photos are taken by Luck & Love Photography.

 Glenn and Husband Steve with their two treasured pooches!

Glenn and Husband Steve with their two treasured pooches!

The best part about the party was that everyone brought their dogs, and a local rescue, Lucky Dog, even brought some of their adorable adoptables.

LOL, I have to say it is kind of true - the pets matched their owners.

When there was a quick worry that the dogs would not be allowed on the grass, Sugar Plum Tents stepped in to not only provide a tent entrance, but a fence as well!

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You might have already seen this tipsy puppy I created for the event, but here he is again in all his mossy glory.

Susan Gage Caterers knocked it out of the park with all of their on theme drinks and nibbles, not to mention my favorite - the avocado bar. Ann Ashley really knows what she is doing!

 In case you didn’t know where you were going, UniqueDC came up with this Napolianic Hound portrait.

In case you didn’t know where you were going, UniqueDC came up with this Napolianic Hound portrait.

Last but not least our people party guests with their pets, Alison Golt, Katie Ryan, and RJ Whyte

Thank you again to Glenn and Joanie, it really was a blast!

Happy First Anniversary Sarah and Keith!

Slainte! Cheers to Sarah and Keith who are celebrating their first wedding anniversary this weekend.  The photos of their classic Old Town, Alexandria wedding are so beautiful and full of happiness that I thought they deserved another look.

 Sarah+Keith on the grounds of historic   Christ Church   in Old Town, Alexandria.  The church opened its doors to parishioners in 1773 - including the future president George Washington - just before the start of the American Revolution.

Sarah+Keith on the grounds of historic Christ Church in Old Town, Alexandria.  The church opened its doors to parishioners in 1773 - including the future president George Washington - just before the start of the American Revolution.

 Sarah's airy bouquet in greens and whites was a perfect match to Keith's tartan kilt.  The bouquet included white roses and orchids, blooming clematis vine and greenery.

Sarah's airy bouquet in greens and whites was a perfect match to Keith's tartan kilt.  The bouquet included white roses and orchids, blooming clematis vine and greenery.

 All smiles behind the scenes with the talented Sara Pete of   Sincerely Pete Events  . Sara and her team have more than 16 years of experience planning weddings and more.

All smiles behind the scenes with the talented Sara Pete of Sincerely Pete Events. Sara and her team have more than 16 years of experience planning weddings and more.

 The charming wee lad and lassie.

The charming wee lad and lassie.

 Elegant bride and groom cakes accented with fresh flowers by   Morgan Phillips Cakes  .

Elegant bride and groom cakes accented with fresh flowers by Morgan Phillips Cakes.

 Another shot of the groom's cake adorned with fresh Scottish Thistle and tartan ribbon.

Another shot of the groom's cake adorned with fresh Scottish Thistle and tartan ribbon.

 More classic greens and whites for the table arrangements.  

More classic greens and whites for the table arrangements.  

 Not just any wedding invitation - custom artwork and a pop of color on these unique invitations by  Artisan Matchmaker .

Not just any wedding invitation - custom artwork and a pop of color on these unique invitations by Artisan Matchmaker.

 Love this shot of Sarah+Keith celebrating at   Eammon's   in Old Town.

Love this shot of Sarah+Keith celebrating at Eammon's in Old Town.

Happy First Anniversary and Cheers! 

A Look Back at Summer - June Wedding at 101 Constitution

Ever heard the quote, “August is the Sunday of summer” ?

Well, it’s Labor Day weekend and here we are.  Welcome to September.

On that note, let’s take a look back at a summer wedding I designed for in June. With the help of Janice Carnevale from Bellwether Events, Bride and Groom Kearney and Brent planned a very D.C. wedding with their rooftop ceremony at 101 Constitution (oh the views!) followed by dinner downstairs at Charlie Palmer’s.   Here’s a closer look at Kearney and Brent’s special day.  I’m missing summer already! 

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Engagement Bouquet for Luck & Love Photography in Annapolis

The wedding engagement. Such a sweet and romantic time that can be fleeting once planning and preparations for the big day get underway. I love how photographer Meg Lucks of Luck & Love Photography captured this special season for a bride and groom-to-be in Annapolis, Maryland.  And I am honored that the bouquet I designed is featured in their engagement photos.

 The bouquet. Phalaenopsis in pale pink and white, Delphinium, Thistle, Pennycress, Eucalyptus and local greenery.  

The bouquet. Phalaenopsis in pale pink and white, Delphinium, Thistle, Pennycress, Eucalyptus and local greenery.  

 The bride-to-be.  

The bride-to-be.  

 The happy couple along the waterfront in Annapolis. A sneak peak before their walk down the aisle. 

The happy couple along the waterfront in Annapolis. A sneak peak before their walk down the aisle. 

 Beautiful lighting captured at the  United States Naval Academy .

Beautiful lighting captured at the United States Naval Academy.

 A close-up of the bouquet's colors and textures.

A close-up of the bouquet's colors and textures.

 A sweet photo on its own but the bouquet adds a little something extra.

A sweet photo on its own but the bouquet adds a little something extra.

 The lovely Wisteria mural on the corner of  East  and  Fleet Street  s  in downtown Annapolis.    

The lovely Wisteria mural on the corner of East and Fleet Streets in downtown Annapolis.    

Interested in adding flowers to your engagement photos?  Contact me! I'd love to work with you.

Flower Consultations and Frequently asked Wedding Flower Questions

Do you remember in class when the teacher said "there is no such thing as a stupid question" and "if you are wondering that then chances are so are your classmates?"  Well, the same applies when it comes to wedding flowers.  I have so many brides emailing and calling wondering what the next steps are, apologizing for their lack of knowledge and feeling completely overwhelmed.

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Washington, D.C. Wedding Style: What Do Boutonnieres and Corsages Look Like?

I have so many photos of bouquets, but when it comes to boutonnieres and corsages I actually have very few images.  So here are a few I have pulled together. Some taken by professionals and some just taken by me! Enjoy and feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

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The Flowers of the First Lady's Luncheon 2018, Presented by the Congressional Club and Certified American Grown

Impressed would be an understatement! For the last several days, I have had the honor of being a volunteer freelance designer for the First Lady's Luncheon - an event that hosts the First Lady, Congressional spouses and family members and a few other privileged guests.

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My Time Freelancing at the White House with Laura Dowling

In Washington, there is no greater honor than having an opportunity to design for the White House (regardless of who is president or what political party you belong to).  Pretty much since its formation under the Kennedy Administration, the White House flower shop has had a closed door policy with only a few people ever getting a glimpse of its inner workings.  

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What You Should Know about Planning a Cherry Blossom Wedding!

As a florist living in the D.C. area, I am no stranger to the request for a Cherry Blossom wedding.  I get it; they are beautiful, romantic and iconic, but I would also be lying if I said I didn't cringe every time those two little words are uttered.  

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When Should I Book My Florist?

I know the temptation to rush out and choose every vendor for your day is real.  Instead, consider relaxing just a beat and make a few key decisions first.

1. Do you need full wedding coordination or just month-of or day-of?

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