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Future of Luxury and Eclectic Floral Design

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Antonio Bond is the creative force behind Transplants Floral Design.
he is the resident florist at Hotel Saint Cecilia and the curator of several creative floral pieces for many different types of events. He is a native south Austenite. He finds inspiration in natural elements and loves the patina of age in found objects. He attributes his diverse aesthetic to the variation of the Texas landscape.

 

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When asked what he sees for the future of luxury and eclectic floral design he had this to say…

“I think that people are ready for flowers to be more than just decor, I think people want to interact and engage with the arrangements, experience them as art. I want people to have a relationship with the arrangement at their table, see it as something unique. I want my pieces to add to the magic of the day. More and more people seem to be moving toward an eclectic, bohemian, familial vibe in weddings these days. The stiff, formal weddings are less popular, which is perfect for me because it allows me to have more freedom in my work. “

What is your creative process when working with a new couple?

“I enjoy incorporating objects that add feeling to each piece; I often ask couples to provide sentimental objects or try to feature items that mirror the couple’s personality. I also infuse all my arrangements with a personal touch and attention to detail that maximize the emotional experience. I have my hands in every piece at some point in it’s production. I want every aspect of the day be moving, be special….that personal attention brings warmth and dimension. “

How you draw inspiration from the location?

“My relationship with St. Cecilia has been an amazing opportunity. St Cecilia has allowed me to push the boundaries with my work, they have given me space to evolve and grow creatively. The look they have cultivated is so thoughtful and attractive. Whenever I do designs for them, I try to be mindful of respecting that aesthetic and designing something that works in partnership with that. I love working at outdoor venues. I like to make things how I imagine they would grow in the wild. I love the shadows produced by each design and how lighting plays off each arrangement. I love texture and dimension.

What’s in your future? The future of Transplants?

“I hope to continue to push the boundaries, as much as my clients will let me. I want to keep trying to create originality. I am a wedding florist by trade, but I would love to see my designs on stages, incorporated in fashion, on moving bodies….I’m always looking for opportunities to try new things.”

 

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Loot’s Wedding Trends for Fall 2014

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Many thanks to our friends at Méldeen for asking us to share our findings on the wedding trends we’re seeing for fall 2014. We would love to not only hear back from you on any others we might have not mentioned, but which are your favorites!

 

BACK TO NATURE

We are seeing a movement toward nature in simple modern forms. Beach inspired furniture and decor are making waves on the event scene. Think rattan, neutral earthy colors, woven stools and baskets, dried coral, puka shell chandeliers, driftwood and giant clam shell planters. Foraged plants and branches with lush, leafy greens are extremely popular as well and are popping up everywhere from tabletop and cakes to arbors and ceremony aisles.

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Clockwise from left: Wild Poppy Goods, thestylefiles.com, The Travelling Band

 

ETHNIC INFLUENCES

A huge trend for Fall is luxe bohemian.  We are able to achieve this classic free-spirited look is through lots of texture and layering of ethnic prints and textiles. Turkish rugs and pillows, African printed fabrics, Moroccan styled furniture and colorful Indian kantha have proven to be a great way to warm up any space all while providing the perfect touch of eclectic elegance.

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INDIGO

Indigo has been hot for some time now, but there is no sign of it dying down anytime soon. We are seeing a plethora of shibori dyed textiles and vintage batik indigo textiles throughout the event scene. We love the bold earthiness this color provides and how well it lends itself to the lush greenery/nature trend.

IndigoClockwise from top left: Gucio Photography, intimateweddings.com, shopterrain.com, Gucio Photography, designlovefest.com

 

METALLICS

This trend is also here to stay for a while. We have seen it evolve from silver to gold to brass and now to copper. We also expect to see more of a mash-up of all these different metallics together this Fall. Don’t be afraid to mix and match!

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Clockwise from top left: Jose Villa, 91Magazine.com, localmilk.com, Jessica Cooper Photography, Brides Magazine, stylemepretty.com

 

BLACK AND WHITE

Simple, modern, bold and edgy all at the same time. We love how an elegant black/white stripe can work well with mixed patterns and bright colors, or just stand alone to create an equally dramatic scene. Adding the lushness of bold greenery creates classic beauty. The versatility of the black and white pairing lends itself to wonderful possibilities.

black+whiteClockwise from top left: Jose Villa, mossday.com, Clean Plate Pictures, intimateweddings.com, bohoweddings.com

 

Thanks again, Meldeen, for allowing us to share our thoughts and we are looking forward to seeing some awesome gatherings including these trends this Fall! Cheers!

The Beauty & Benefit to a Small Wedding

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Many couples find celebrating with their nearest and dearest with a divine meal, and a quaint celebration is the best way to revel in their wedding day without feeling the stress of a large gathering – Because Going small has it’s perks!   One of our favorite spaces in Austin is the Hotel St. Cecillia. The moment you walk on their grounds, the smell of incense and the soft sounds of a record player are a welcoming and warm. The large oak trees make you feel right at home.   Although we would like to keep this location our own personal secret, it sure can’t be hidden!   We have asked the special Events coordinator, Emily WaldmaNn to share what she feels is the beauty & benefits  of a small event.

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An “intimate” wedding can mean anything from 6 guests, to 60, depending on a variety of factors, especially if both the bride and groom come from large families. Planning a wedding is such an exciting time, and it can feel like you want to include the world (and their plus one) in the festivities, however I am a huge advocate for small weddings.

When the guest count is smaller, you have more time to focus on individualizing the experience for each special person who makes the cut with an invite. You are also less likely to offend those who you may not want to invite—a distant cousin is less likely to take it personally if your guest list is limited to 20, whereas if you invite 200, they may feel snubbed. This leaves more space in budget to focus on the quality of the experience, whether that is an amazing personalized menu created specifically for your guests, beautiful floral arrangements with garden roses abounding, or your favorite band playing acoustically for your first dance as man and wife. Whatever makes you two click as a couple, you have more room to focus on conveying that to your guests.

There will no doubt be amazing food, beautiful flowers and décor, and entertainment abounding, but I always try and remind clients of who the two most important invitees are: The Bride and Groom (and the photographer to capture it all). As guest counts swell, weddings can start to feel more like a production, and less like a celebration of love. Ultimately the day is about you two, and everything else is meant to enhance that special connection.

Because Austin is the live music capital of the world, I liken the experience to a show: of course it’s amazing to see your favorite act at ACL Main Stage with a screaming crowd and pyrotechnics, but years from now, it’s seeing them play an unexpected secret show up close and personal at the Continental Club that will still have you talking.

When you plan a wedding, you are creating an experience for your guests. From invitation to thank you cards, you are making a statement as a couple for what you value and what represents you.

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* PHOTOS SOURCED FROM Hotel St. Cecillia
* WRITTEN BY EMILY WALDMANN

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The Value of Calligraphy

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This week, we are thrilled to have a guest post from one of our treasured summer interns. She has blossomed into an amazing designer, landed an amazing job post-college, and is an amazing budding calligrapher. We wanted to share her insight on Calligraphy, and its value to wedding invites. Follow her scribbles on instagram! Love and miss you Erin!
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Up until very recently, I only had the foggiest idea as to what calligraphy actually was. However, thanks to life altering sites like Pinterest and Instagram, I discovered modern calligraphy and hand lettering and was immediately hooked. I happily embarked on a new obsession/hobby with no looking back.

Now when I think of calligraphy, the first word that comes to mind is “human.” We live in such a digital world, where everything is cookie cutter and mass produced. Personal communication and handwritten notes are a thing of the past, and it’s rare to come across something as intimate as a handwritten note. Calligraphy is an art form with roots that spans centuries of personal communication, and I love being a small part of keeping it alive.

Far from being limited to stodgy old documents and certificates, calligraphy is incredibly versatile and there are endless variations and possibilities! One can distinctly set a particular mood or create a desired style using just a few carefully placed lines. The personality of a bride and the essence her special day can shine through this beautiful art form, whether vintage or romantic, classic or modern. With a trained hand, the shapes of the letters themselves come together to tell a story just as clear as the words they form.

Weddings are fundamentally about people, two people making a lifelong commitment to each other. This is why calligraphy is the perfect medium for communicating in a heartfelt and personal way, the joyful celebration of a new future of two individuals, built on beautiful traditions of the past.

XO,
Erin

Flash Tattoos

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The second we saw these beauties around Austin we knew they were going to be a huge hit not only for our personal accessories, but for wedding day jewelry, bachelorette weekends, and just plain fun for date night!   We have asked them to share some of their favorites, and how you can incorporate them everyday of the year!

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Flash TattoosPerhaps you’ve seen Flash Tattoos – the original innovative jewelry inspired metallic temporary tattoos – on your fave fashionistas this summer at the beach, pool, parties, festivals, or anywhere you and your skin might be seen having fun. Well, we have one more occasion that is perfect for getting Flashy: bachelorette parties! If you’re looking to add a dash of Flash for a Bachelorette party, here are a few of our favorite styles that are perfect for celebrating a bride’s upcoming nuptials with!

If you’re celebrating with a girl’s night out on the town…check out Nikki, a sexy mix of edgy designs that will shine on the dance floor. Channel Rihanna and show your wild side with theChild of Wild pack, full of cool boho designs that will look amazing peeking out from crop tops and sassy dresses.

If you’re celebrating with a relaxing spa session…go for a classic style like LenaChloe, orJosephine. These elegant and sophisticated styles are perfect for rest, relaxation, lounging around the spa, and getting pampered like a princess.

If you’re celebrating with poolside with drinks and girl talk…you’ll love the tropical-inspired collections by Goldfish Kiss blogger Rebekah Steen. The beachy designs in the Goldfish Kissand Goldfish Kiss H20 packs are made for salt-water loving gals. Plus, those friendship bracelets in the H20 set are perfect to share with your bride-to-be BFF.

If you’re celebrating with a luxurious weekend girls getaway…you’ll adore the SheebaniZahra and Sofia collections. They’re just the right mix of free-spirited designs and blingy baubles to embody a jet-set lifestyle. They are stylin’ with anything from a bikini to a little black dress. Not to mention they would be fab for the honeymoon too!

What We’re Into

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Calligraphy with a modern twist, monochromatic sophistication
Found on: Etsy
Design: Lavendar Calligraphy


Handmade meets luxury, textural elements
Found on: 100 Layer Cake
Design: Bliss and Bone


One-of-a-kind elements
Found on: Martha Stewart’s Bride Guide
Design: Slideshow Press


Free standing reserved signage
Found on: 100 Layer Cake
Design: Jessica Hische
Photography: Kristen Marie


Laser-cut day-of details
Found on: Grey Likes Weddings
Design: Serendipity Beyond Design
Photography: Jillian Mitchell


Blind embossing and tone-on-tone designs
Found on: Martha Stewart Weddings
Design: Alee and Press

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