Photographer: Jaimie Skriba Photography
Venue: MillCreek Barns
Event Planner: Jess Smith Weddings
Florist: The Sodus Blossom
Lauren's style was so detailed and consist throughout the whole décor. She wanted wild and free florals for her bouquet and very natural looking floral crowns. Yes, crownS. She not only had a dress change but also a floral crown change. Fabulous! The Arch was packed full of greens with small pops of white florals. Along the sides of where the ceremony took place, I had large fern plants staggered at different levels atop of logs. The reception took a lifetime to complete, but was worth every sec. Lauren provided hundreds of different sized bottles in where we place greenery along the middle of the harvest tables. Each table had 30 bottles and it look fantastic!
I wouldn't have changed one thing bout this wedding.
It was beautiful, full of greens, relaxed and was so much fun to do!
What a whirlwind of crazy things that have happened in the past year! Each day I have to pinch myself that The Sodus Blossom is now more than a dream, but a reality that I am living each day!
Here are some of the things that have me like "OMG!"...
1. Being featured FOUR times in WeddingDay Magazine. First, on their blog (below), then they featured a wedding (which I did in my FIRST year) HERE. THEN the magazine asked my opinion on 2016 floral trends in their printed editorial and lastly, our amazing styled shoot was featured a few weeks ago on their online edition HERE! Amazing!
2. The Style shoot of my dreams! If I could work everyday with GIVING TREE PHOTOGRAPHY & LAUREN ELIZABETH EVENTS I would! We rocked this styled shoot and it made the next amazing things happen....
3. Being featured on Hayley Paige's (The Dress Designer) Instagram and THEN having her comment on the photo! We are talking about a Goddess in the Wedding World. Also this photo has gone completely viral! Reposted all over so many times it's insane!
4. The style shoot was also featured on one of the biggest wedding blogs out there, Ruffled! This should be #1 but I am trying to keep things in order or occurrence. This is so unreal and exciting, still I have no words.
5. And last, but oh so not least. In 2016 I doubled the amount of weddings from last year! #Growth!
I got the privelesge of working with so many brides and wonderful families and friends, I am beyond grateful! Here's to 2017 and many more beautiful weddings and brides!
I already published this wedding on my website, but I wanted to blog about it as well so I could share about all the amazing details that went into this killer wedding!
First of all, I have to talk about the bride! I have had amazing brides these last two years, but Stacia takes the cake! Not only was she easy to work with and gave me a ton of creative liberty, she was also so personable! She shared with me like we had been friends for years and made my job even better than it already is! Thank you Stacia for being so great and setting the bar high for brides to come hehe.
Q: How did you come up with the floral design for your wedding?
A: I knew I wanted the flowers to have deep/rich tones, but I also wanted the loose/bohemian feel. The one floral piece that I really wanted to include was the Amaranthus. These flowers have a lot of visual interest and capture that loose and bohemian feel. The rest I left up to you (The Sodus Blossom), and you did not disappoint!
Q: Where is this amazing greenhouse?
A: We did all of our portraits, bridal party, and family photos at a private residence in South Haven. The greenhouse is attached to their home.
Q: Where did you get that dress?
A: Becker’s Bridal.
Q: Is there a story behind the sewing table?
A: The sewing table belonged to my grandmother. We found it cleaning out her garage and I knew at once what I wanted to use it for.
Q: Tell me about these amazing doors and windows for the ceremony site?
A: I wanted to be married outside, but church and faith is also something very important to Bryce and I. Our goal was to make our outdoor ceremony space have the feeling of a church. The doors and the windows were the main pieces of this. My dad and I took a day to visit vintage shops and found 3 doors (2 for the ceremony and one for the reception. My dad then made the frame out of recycled barn wood. The barn wood was given to us from a man who’s barn had collapsed.
Q: How long did it take to collect all the centerpiece items? Where did you search for them?
A: I collected the centerpiece items over the course of a year. They came from local antique shops, goodwill, and my grandmother. I would stop in whenever I had extra time or passed by a shop. I never looked for anything in particular, would just get something if I found something I liked.
Q: Where did you get the idea for the head table wall and who made it?
A: A tent wedding was never something I dreamed of, but it gave me the opportunity to be a little more creative. I thought the wall would be a great focal point for the bridal party in the tent and would help create the atmosphere we were looking for. My dad made it out of the same barn recycled wood that the doors were made from. My dad had the great idea of the sliding doors after I suggested the “Bodtke” cutout (I stenciled it, my dad cut it, and I stained it).
"I would like to share a little advice- Hire vendors that you can trust and that reflect a style that you love. Give them your vision and then give them the creative freedom to run with it. You hired them for a reason; they are good at what they do. They have a passion for their job so let them have the freedom to do what they are good at and they will not disappoint." -Staci Peterson
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I'm Kelsey Lee, a 24 year old Michigander, business owner, and lover of all things floral. The Sodus Blossom is my floral design co. that I have started from the ground up. Please feel free to leave a comment & follow along as The Sodus Blossom blooms and grows into something wonderful!