Congratulations! You’re Engaged, Now What…? – Magical Monday

As we continue our series for the recently engaged, we are now about 5-7 months away from saying “I do!”

With the wheels of wedding planning picking up their speed, it is now the most beautiful time in the process to select your florist!

Florals by House of Flowers. Photography by Shelli Renee.

Florals by House of Flowers. Photography by Shelli Renee.

In order to make this process a little bit easier for you, we have compiled a list of key facts and tips in order to aid your way through.

First things first, as we have mentioned with just about every vendor selection…. BUDGET! Know what you are willing to invest in your wedding day for each category, and make sure those budgets add up in line with your ultimate wedding day investment. This should be one of your very first starting points when meeting with potential florists. You don’t want to waste any of their time, or your own time, with unrealistic possibilities.

Focus on what will work for you!

Next up, have an idea of what you are interested in! If you walk in with just a budget in mind, but lack any sort of direction towards your wedding day vision- you are going to be pulling a wild card when you meet with florists. Now, we aren’t saying that the florist will not work with you, but we are saying you may find it a bit more challenging in taking this route, versus showing your vendor what you have interest in.

Providing them with a vision, or storyboard, gives them the leeway to adjust and personalize your desires in ways you hadn’t even imagined!

According to WeddingWire, couples should use their bouquet (if applicable) for a reference point in their floral decisions, as your bouquet is the statement floral piece!

Florals by House of Flowers. Photography by Shelli Renee.

Bouquet by House of Flowers. Photography by Shelli Renee.

Bouquet by Make It Happen Events. Photography by April & Co.

Bouquet by Make It Happen Events. Photography by April & Co.

There are a few common faux paus in modern age when it comes to wedding day florals. 

The first we can thank Pinterest as clients try to have their inspiration replicated- this leads to immediate disappointment when it doesn’t go as planned. We want to avoid this through you having an open mind! Be open to new colors, floral types, and of course, new styles! Think of everything included in your big day, and how the florals will fit in.

Fairy Godmother couple Brett & Whitney Bouquet by Cherry Blossom Bouquets. Photography by Jonah & Lindsay Long.

Bouquet by Cherry Blossom Bouquets. Photography by Jonah & Lindsay Long.

Think of choosing florals as trying on a bunch of dresses (which we are sure you have already done!), there may be a style of flower that you haven’t seen yet. Let your florist use their knowledge and experience to help guide you through this process, after all, they are to be your trusted professional!

If you would love some fairy magic for your magical day, contact Fairy Godmother and let the Fairies help you!

Middle Earth-Inspired Wedding – Fairy Godmother Friday

Have Fairies, will travel!

This past Fall, Fairy Godmother had the opportunity to go to Sequoia National Park for a wedding at the Wuksachi Lodge.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

The best part? The wedding was inspired by the Lord of the Rings trilogy. This was a wedding that Erin & Shelby’s guests would soon not forget!

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

This magical day was perfectly photographed by Christina Hopper of CJ Hopper Photography.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Flowers by House of Flowers. Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Guests arrived dressed in their most appropriate middle earth attire, cloaks and gowns abound!

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

The day would not have been complete without their officiant dressing in wizard drab, Pastor Rich was more than excited to do so.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

The Fairies weren’t the only things that took a roadtrip… The gorgeous bouquet was from Downtown Bakersfield created by the one and only House of Flowers!

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Florals by House of Flowers. Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Erin and Shelby exchanged vows in the presence of their closest family and friends on a wooden bridge amidst the tall Sequoias and outdoor splendor.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

The middle earth decor at the reception site was compiled of centerpieces referencing the couple’s favorite scenes from Lord of the Rings, elfish candle wraps by Matinae Design Studio, and elements of the wilderness.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

The wedding cake was all but average, a three tier elfish hideaway the couple were able to cut right in with their swords of choice.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Cake by Goodies Cookies. Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Cake by Goodies Cookies. Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

A lantern lit exit was the grand finale for this magical day, Erin and Shelby were off to celebrate a new life together!

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

 See their full feature in Offbeat Bride, here!

Magical Monday- Fairies Landed in Visalia

Hello All,

This past Saturday the Fairies had the pleasure of planning and designing Patricia’s 80th birthday in Visalia.
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(Poster designed by Matinae Design Studio)

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(Before the fairies worked their magic)

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(Almost finished. Just before the final touches and guest arrival.)

Her son Chris contacted and hired us all the way from Virginia! We collaborated with Chris, his wife Jennifer and his sister Leslie who lives in Texas.

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Even planning by phone and email we were able to create a party crafted around Patricia’s loves and travels. All while allowing her family and friends to arrive and attend stress free.

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(Cake By Heavenly Sweet Confections by C&D)IMG_0101 IMG_0129

(Flower arrangements by Peter Perkens Flowers)

Patricia arrived at The Vintage Press expecting a family dinner and was surprised with 70+ guests. The emotions and memories that arose were priceless.

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(Theresa Wooner Photography doing what she does best)

Hope you enjoyed soaring down our memory lane of this past Saturday. Contact us today so we can create the perfect backdrop for memories at your next event.