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Happy 1 year Anniversary to my baby brother-in-law and sister-in-law! I’m so glad you guys chose each other! Here are a few more highlights from their lovely wedding at the Memphis Botanic Gardens.

All photos by Aaron Snow Photography

Aren’t they the cutest! Love her hair- still my favorite bridal hair style yet.

Jamie, my now sis-in-law, booked her wedding last year at the lovely Memphis Botanic Gardens, with the ceremony to be held in the minimalistic lobby with its beautiful glass doors and windows. As gorgeous as the space was, a plan was needed to make it “wedding-ready”. She asked me to design the ceremony (and I was honored), so I sketched up an idea (see below) and Jamie loved it! .

I used two sizes of classic white and ivory tissue puffs, intermingled with paper lanterns, hung by fishing line. Added to the mix were two of my large stemmed glass containers with curly willow arrangements to frame the bride and groom.

Above photo by Stephen Jerkins

Above two photos by Aaron Snow

It does exist! And it’s perfect… just as I expected. Two of my favorite things – Anthropologie and weddings are combined to create the most lovely and completely beautiful bridal brand B H L D N. First came the site, then came the store in Houston, TX with one on the way in Chicago (opening on Valentine’s Day).

Lucky for me, we headed to TX to visit family and I snuck away for a bit to see the store for myself. I am here to tell you, it did not disappoint. The best way to describe it would be ‘beauty overload’. From the layout of the store to the incredible light fixtures to the shoes to the gowns themselves, it was all perfection.

Here are a few (ok- a ton) of photos I took during my visit.

I couldn’t leave the store without buying a little something! The perfect little book found me in the decorations room,  A Flower Wedding by Walter Crane.

In honor of the new year and finding out that the new addition to the family will be a boy, we decided to paint… our own bedroom. Selfish huh? Sorry baby, I’ll get around to the nursery at some point. Though the act of painting is no fun, the end result is so satisfying. (That is also what I am told about working out but I wouldn’t know from firsthand experience.)

Here’s to a new year!

Photo by Stephen Jerkins

High-fives around the Jerkins household… not only was AJD featured on Style Me Pretty today, but so was Stephen Jerkins Photography! What an honor. The featured wedding was a lovely event we did together in Florence, AL at the bride’s family farm. Peruse the original post, but also be sure to not miss the gallery images (they tucked all of our favorites there).

P.S. Thanks to Kelsey and Nick (aka the bride and groom) for being so awesome!

Images by Stephen Jerkins Photography

Although we were in the greatest city on Earth for some pleasure, we were mostly there for business.

Sallie and Clark’s wedding was on Saturday, Oct. 1st in Stamford, CT – just a 45 minute car ride from the Empire State Building. Stephen and I headed up on Friday with a car full of beautiful flowers. The wedding was outdoors, on the grounds of the pretty little church where the bride and groom attend.

Sallie is wonderfully laid-back and gave me completely control over choosing colors for the wedding as well as the flowers themselves. All she knew was that she wanted it to be an “autumn wedding”. Although I love fall weddings, my desire was to do something different from the traditional gold+orange+brown that is usually done. I went with an array of colors with a couple of key jewel-toned pieces to anchor the concept. Her bouquet was a mix of calla lilies, roses, eucalyptus, spray roses and leaves.

For the centerpieces, I used an assortment of natural baskets and milk glass as containers. Not a single centerpiece was alike, which I think added interest to the reception. The day was wonderful and I am so thankful that both Stephen and I got to be a part of it!

Images by Stephen Jerkins

One of the most exciting aspects of working Sallie and Clark’s New York (okay, technically Connecticut) wedding was the fact that I had a chance to shop for flowers at the best flower market in the country. A whole city block, in fact. Fortunately, I have a handy knowledge of the market thanks to my former job as a store designer at the Crate&Barrel on Madison Ave – the job that, in fact, taught me most of what I know about flowers. Our store was the flagship store, so we had a rather generous weekly floral budget. Every Thursday I would meet another store designer at the market and we would gather all the flowers we could cram into a cab and head back uptown to the store, spending the rest of the workday creating the displays throughout the store. Although the faces where not the same this trip to the market, the sights, flowers, bustle and slight hint of burning trash were all as lovely as I remembered.

Here I am at one of the many floral supply shops on 28th St. looking determined to conquer the store. I did.

One of my favorite flower suppliers! Associated Cut Flower Co.

Me and my some of my purchases.

Transporting some of the flowers (Stephen is carrying some too)  to our home base in Harlem via the subway.

Photos by Stephen Jerkins

In addition to the flower market, I hiked over to Mood fabrics. In part, the errand was to see the sometimes-backdrop of one of my favorite shows, Project Runway. But mostly, I was there to do some work. The ribbon selection is mind-numbing and while shopping for ribbon for Sallie’s bouquet, I took advantage of the trip to load up on materials for several upcoming brides back home. It was such a treat to see the space I’ve seen only on TV for so many years… it’s like seeing the Plinko board from the Price Is Right in person, but more exciting. I will say that while the fabric supply is nearly endless, the store felt smaller than it looks on the show. No Tim Gunn, but the visit WAS capped by meeting a celebrity – Swatch the dog. He was just as nice in person as you would think. And well groomed.

Nothing more inspiring than a trip to NY!

New York, New York! My favorite city in the world with my favorite person in the world, husband Stephen! I started planning the trip the moment my former NYC roommate Sallie called with the news that she was tying the knot. Much to our delight, she wanted to hire me to design the flowers and Stephen to photograph the wedding. (He’s crazy talented if I do say so myself!)

The wedding was in Connecticut, so we booked flights to arrive a few days before the wedding so we’d have time to eat and shop our way through my old stomping grounds. While we’re on the subject, may I recommend a few staples in my NYC diet? Supper, Caraccas, Shake Shack and Lombardi’s

Here are some images of our adventures.

(above: Fashion District, Lombardi’s, Shake Shack, and the Conservatory Garden in Central Park)

(above: Stephen and Zeke, stoop sale in Brooklyn, ABC Carpet and Home, Levi and his guitar )

Nightly slumber parties with our dear family friends the Isbells and their 3 adorable boys in Harlem was certainly a highlight.

Stephen did a couple of family photo shoots of some our favorite New Yorkers (the Isbells and the Pauls) on The High Line. If you are in the city- plan an afternoon visit. That place is awesome.

Here are our friends, the Cones, in Brooklyn on a stoop that is not theirs.

Image by Stephen Jerkins.

Oh yeah, and on this trip we found out we are having a baby! Trust me when I say you’ll be hearing more about this newsflash very soon.

All in all, it was a work-filled but fun-filled homecoming tour.

The uber-talented Jennifer Hamilton of Mr. & Mrs. Events contacted me about designing the florals for a styled photo shoot at the historic Carnton Plantation in Franklin, and it was an easy ‘yes’.

Basic ideas were in place, but after some further brainstorming, Jennifer and I had fleshed out the rest of the details… ‘Details’ is Jennifer’s middle name – I’ve seen a copy of the birth certificate, which is to say that she’s REALLY good at what she does.

The concept of the setting was a play on a country song called ‘Honey Bee’ by Blake Shelton and portrays a couple’s engagement. The purpose of the shoot was A. to show that Mr.&Mrs. Events knows their stuff and B. to provide inspiration to brides with Internet access and proper Google searching abilities. With the black and white striped tablecloth contrasted by gold flatware and gold chargers, I finally had an opportunity to use some interesting brass containers I had been collecting. As for the flower arrangements, you’ll see that I chose jewel-toned blooms mixed with some soft pastels – a color combo which I felt provided a season-unspecific look. I truly love the outcome and can’t wait for another styled shoot with Jennifer. Here’s to hoping for some Pinterest love!

P.S. This shoot was featured on Ruffled Blog… click here for the post.

Special thanks to Josh Gull for capturing all of these images.

I was so excited for two reasons when my friend and former co-worker Talia got engaged: 1. She was deliriously happy to be marrying her beau of a few years and 2. she wanted me to design the florals for their big day. Talia is a gorgeous girl with great taste and it certainly didn’t hurt that she had a stunning gown by Vera Wang for David’s Bridal. As expected folks, Vera has done it again.

Talia’s color palate was pink lemonade and yellow, so I made her bouquet a mix of yellow and soft pink garden roses with white accents, plus tea and hosta leaves. To date, her pink garden roses are the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. The bridesmaids’ bouquets had free spirit roses, spray roses, along with tea and hosta leaves. Being the crafty lady she is, Talia made rectangular flowers boxes out of old wood for the centerpiece containers, growing grass in the boxes herself. I simply added pink, ivory and yellow gerber daisies to complete the look.

It was a gorgeous wedding at the Governor’s Club in Brentwood, TN and Talia was so much fun to work with… I could not be happier with the outcome!

Images by Henderson Photography & Design