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While I do consider myself an expert in the world of floral design, I admit that I am not as skilled at selecting calendar dates that work for the masses! The floral workshop I had planned for September 3rd (aka Labor Day weekend) at O’More looks to not be a good weekend for many of you so I have decided it best to postpone and reschedule for a better time. SINCEREST apologies to many of you for the inconvenience. Once I set a more suitable date for the workshop (most likely early 2017 after this baby is born and settled in to the air-breathing world) I will give you all PLENTY of heads up  time for planning.

Again, so sorry for the inconvenience but I look forward to seeing many of you in early 2017! Stay tuned!
XOXO

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Hi there, friends! After nearly 10 years in the profession of designing flowers, I am so excited to announce that I will be teaching an intensive floral workshop on September 3rd hosted by O’More College of Design! Whether you’re looking to start your own floral design business or you’re just an enthusiast, this class will be thorough and informative. I’m more excited than ever to share some of what I have learned in my years of experience.

During our time together, we will focus heavily on bouquet and centerpiece construction techniques, along with some of my design philosophies. You can expect to leave the workshop with a better knowledge of how to thoughtfully compose your arrangements and maximize their longevity. I will also explain my process of selecting flowers, colors and textures, and how to bring them together in an artful way.

We will have a large variety of premium, fresh (in-season) flowers to work with and you will take home all of your creations, plus the tools and containers that I will provide. My favorite photographer, Stephen Jerkins, will be on hand to photograph your work.

The day will include a light breakfast and a tasty lunch, as well as design supplies and of course, lovely flowers. I intend to inspire and be inspired!

Space is limited to provide an intimate setting for more one on one time with the attendees.

Feel free to email with any questions – I’d love to chat! amanda@amandajerkinsdesign.com.

I look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

Two of my fave venues in town, Scarritt Bennett and Houston Station were lovely backdrops for this sweet couple’s wedding day festivities. So much color and texture for this August wedding : Juliet roses, the most perfect ranunculus, protea, leucadendron, and berries were a few of the many elements I got to play – I mean work – with (wink).

 

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Lovely photos by Alyssa Joy Photography 

Planning by Stunning Events

Hi there friends, are you here to see pretty flowers and a beautiful bride? Well, you are in luck!

This fun, low stress event was at two of my favorite Nashville venues : Scarritt Bennett (the ceremony) and The Country Music Hall of Fame (the reception). What’s that in the bouquets you ask? Oh you know… some of my faves like ranunculus, garden roses, astilble and heather, among others. Doesn’t she look like Belle from Beauty and the Beast? Lucky for her the groom looked like Gaston.

 

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Planning by Kelly Dellinger Events 

 

Photos by Nashville Photography Group 

Hey y’all! My New Year’s Resolution in 2015 was to not blog all year and I’m happy to report: I KEPT MY RESOLUTION!! I’m kidding… what a terrible goal that would be.

I wasn’t blogging, but I WAS working all 2015. Let’s review some of my work from 2015, starting with this beautiful wedding at The Wren’s Nest. It was lovely in every aspect from the bride and the weather to the photographer and the moss covered stones that line the path to the ceremony site. I could go on and on.

Featured in these bouquets are some of my favorites : protea, scabiosa (gross name, beautiful flower), Juliet roses, lavender and more!

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Don’t be jealous of my hair. It took many seconds to get it in that messy, loose, low pony.

 

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Lovely photos by M. Newsom Photography

Planning by Modern Vintage Events

 

Growing up in West Monroe, Louisiana has had its benefits… one of which has been growing up with the now-famous Robertson/Howard families. Our families go back many years, but I’ll not bore you with the details other than a couple of random facts: 1. My grandfather gave Phil Robertson his very first job in the 1960′s as a football coach at the school where he (my grandfather) was principal and 2. My mom made a super cool tapestry vest (similar to the one here ~ how about that… they are cool again) for me to give to Korie in the early 90s as a thank you gift for letting me carpool with her to school for the year (I, a 7th grader, Korie a senior).

A few months ago, Korie’s younger sister Ashley called me to ask if I would be interested/available to design and flower a vow renewal for Uncle Si and his wife Christine of 43 years. Yes and yes! And it was a total dream job in that they basically gave me a budget and a color scheme and let me do what I do. While the event itself was not a surprise to Christine, the details were. The only notes I got were that A. she likes purple and green and B. she wanted everything to be pretty (i.e. not a redneck party). I can do pretty ~ though I would love to try ‘redneck party’ sometime.

One element I had fun choosing were the tablecloths, from my favorite linen rental company La Tavola in California. They were so beautiful that I wanted to cut a hole of the the middle and add it to my skirt wardrobe (the hole would have to have been huge though as I was 36ish weeks pregnant at the time).

Other elements I added to the mix: mismatched vintage china, deer antlers and of course lovely flowers. I love how it all came together and we were fortunate enough to have some of the work published in an Us Weekly magazine, as well as their special Duck Dynasty edition. Finally I’m allowed to show off some of the other photos, taken by the talented and bearded Stephen Jerkins.

A big thanks to all the vendors involved especially Event Rental, who provided the lovely tent and other rentals.

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I would also like to mention that this event was extra fun for me because all 3 of my sisters were there to let me boss them around. Thanks sisters!

Never did I ever imagine there would be a scenario where I would post a picture of Kim and Kanye on my website, but here we are…

I had the distinct pleasure of designing and flowering the vow renewal of Si and Christine Robertson. I’m not mentioned by name, but my flowers are front and center. Many more photos to follow, but until then – here’s the feature in Us Weekly.

Love, Kimye and Amanda

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I love rugs, people! And lamps and pillows and chairs… but those are for another day. Today is Rug Day. Google it. Just kidding – it’s only Rug Day here on this blog.

I recently ordered a rug online without having seen it in person – a first for me – and it turned out wonderfully. The site: rugsusa.com. I’ve perused rugsusa.com before but felt a little overwhelmed by the massive amount of rug options. This time, I had to persevere because I was looking for a rug for my dear little first born’s ‘big boy room’ (he’s getting booted out of the nursery upon the arrival of baby boy #2). Rather than search by style or color, I decided to start with the clearance section and just see what was being gotten rid of. Well, I never made it out of the clearance section because there were tons of amazing options. And the prices!! In the end, I made off with a 100% wool rug in a 5×8 for $86!! That’s like Target/Walmart cheap but better because it’s actually wool. And did I mention the shipping is FREE?? Well it is.

I can’t recommend this place highly enough. Better believe I’ll be back for more.

Here are some of my favorites straight from my pal The Clearance Section of rugsusa.com:
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Which one is your fave?

I’ve decided it’s time for another designer crush!

I have two design blogs that I check every day, without fail. The first I recently wrote about here and the second is Jenny Komenda of Little Green Notebook. A mom, designer, fashion inspiration and DIY-er like you’ve never seen – she is the total package, people (Well, in the design sense… I have no idea what she’s like in person.)!

Never one to take herself too seriously – a rare commodity in the blogosphere – Jenny just gets things done. She is a complete breath of fresh air. Always striving to find affordable options for herself and her clients’ home, she never sacrifices style. And I especially appreciate her highly informative tutorials on how she DIY’s pretty much everything in her house. Some of the projects are way too ambitious for me to tackle, but I still love knowing that if I ever wanted to I could install a herringbone patterned wood floor. Follow this gal – she’s inspiring!

Here are some of I consider to be her greatest hits:

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Photos from Jenny’s lovely website.