Christmas Mantle

Happy Monday! Can you believe Christmas is 7 days away?! I’m freaking out– I haven’t bought the first gift. As a designer sometimes we are SO busy helping others that time just flies right on by. Although I did catch enough of a break to spruce up our office a bit for the holidays.

These gray and white gingham pillows where were it all started. I never go into Kirklands and just happened to visit their new location in our town, once I was in there I fell in love. They’re the perfect mix of Evan and Company and comfort. BTW, those pillows are on sale for $13.99 this week.

The mantel is the focal point of our office space. My desk sits in front of it and clients face it each time they come in. As always I wanted to create something that was brand cohesive and fun so I pulled together shades of gray, white and silver. Of course it had to match our pillows too.

A mixture of silver ribbon, taper and pillar candles, wrapped gift boxes and silver ball ornaments made up this years holiday mantle. These are mostly things I had around the office from years of christmas decor and collecting.

My tree is an artificial 6ft slim fraser fur that I actually picked up from Wal-mart about 3 years ago. I know, don’t judge me. But it was cheap and I was desperate and Wal-Mart was right there. I think my favorite addition are the white planter boxes we acquired from an event this past November. Doesn’t it make the perfect “tree skit/ stand”?!?

The tree has a about 4 rolls of ribbon on it,  an assortment of ornaments and picks. Each year I collect more and more stuff. The ornaments were purchased from Hobby Lobby a several years ago and the ribbon and picks are from a local floral outlet.

It’s certainly makes me smile each time I walk into work. What do you think? Have you thought of some ways to incorporate some over these ideas into your home of office decor next year?

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to come back later this afternoon for a Christmas Tradition that we skipped last year, but   you’ll want to be a part of this year.

Oh and for those of you that are curious I linked some of my office furnishings here. They’re on sale this week too: Desk  Office Chair | Arm Chairs 

The Real EGC

I never imagined that people would be saying, “Evan G. Cooper planned my wedding”.   It was always a dream to that I never thought would become a reality.  I had high hopes back then though,  I even printed my own business card in 2006. #embarassing

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A lot of you may know me personally, but most of you don’t. I blog very little but I really am trying to make more of a conscious effort to blog more. I felt that it was LONG overdue for an introduction and more of a back story about me and how I got to where I am today….

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I was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama. Baptist Hospital,  Room 223 to be exact. Ok! Ok! That’s not the room number! I’ve lived here my entire life and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. As a kid I can remember mom working in a flower shop “flowers etc.” to be exact, with Mrs. Tina and Mrs. Cindy, running around like crazy, planning church events.  She was constantly moving furniture or painting around the house. She’s one of the most creative and artistic people I know. My sister majored in art and is crazy talented with a paint brush, and Dad is a true  handyman. Creativity comes natural or at least I think it does.

In 2006 my parents bought me a camera. I still have no idea why, but I remember seeing this shiny camera sitting on the shelf at Wal-Mart (because Target wasn’t around at the time. Who shops at Walmart these days?) and I had to have it. For some odd reason, the thought of taking pictures and capturing special moments fascinated me. In 2009 I met the sweetest dark headed photographer, Kim Box. Long story short, I started working at Kim Box Photography in August of 2009. While there I did everything from order appointments, packing orders, “receptionist” to shooting weddings on the weekends. Through my 3 years shooting weddings I had and “AH HA” moment one day: the wedding photographer is only as good as the Wedding Planner or floral designer. If it weren’t for those individuals, the brains behind creating the concept for the day, the photographer wouldn’t have prettying things to photograph.

That’s when it all began.  I started offering to decorate and design my friend’s and family’s parties and events.  My church always had exciting celebrations that needed decorating, and I was always first in line to help.  My sister, Morgan, got married in in 2013 and it was my first ever wedding to plan start to finish.

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I had a BLAST planning Morgan’s wedding.  It really is one of my favorite’s of all the weddings I have done (not that I’m biased or anything).  From there, business skyrocketed.  I got calls left and right, and before I knew it, I was a full fledged business owner, managing multiple weddings at a time, creating floral designs, and gaining incredible relationships with vendors around town.

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2014-11-09_0064 2015-07-14_0004 Today, We have done over 50 weddings and I am so incredibly amazed.  If someone had asked me what I would be doing 5 years ago, I never would’ve imagined this.  God has blessed me and my business.  He has given me an amazingly supportive family, church fellowship, and co-workers, who all make my business what it is today.

View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/evans50 View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/evans50 If I could tell you one piece of advice it would be this: take a chance at doing what you love, you may find out you’re actually good at it, you may get to live your life doing what you love doing.  Follow your passions and don’t be afraid of the journey it takes to get you where you want to be.  Hard work and a love for what you’re doing will take you further than you could ever imagine.  God is constantly next to you, guiding your heart and directing you where you need to be.  We live in a country full of dreamers and freedom to follow those dreams. So be a dreamer, be a do-er, be what you’ve always wanted to be.

 

Photo Credits: Aubrie Moates | Nick Drollette | Josh Moates | Kim Box

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We’ll Miss You Sharon

Sharon, Oh Sharon. What are we going to do without you!?

Yup folks, you heard right. She’s leaving. Well, she’s actually officially gone. She celebrated our 50th wedding with us this past weekend and went out with a bang. She will never forget her last wedding at Evan and Company, it was 100 degrees, literally.  2015-06-14_0008 My name may be on the t-shirts and van, but it’s gals like Sharon that really make Evan and Company a success. Sharon has been with me since day one. From photo shoots, weddings and everything in between I don’t know what I would’ve done these last 2 years without her. 2015-06-14_0002 Sharon and her husband are moving back “home” to Headland, Alabama. Both of their Mothers are facing some health setbacks and they mutually felt it was time for them to be closer. I tried to talk her oldest daughter into having a kiddo so they would be more inclined to stay in Montgomery. It didn’t work.  2015-06-14_0005 2015-06-14_0004 Shar-bear (that’s what we call her around the office. You can thank Chandler for that one!) has truly been like a 2nd Mom to not only me, but everyone on our team. Though we don’t always listen, it doesn’t stop Momma Sharon. Her brain is packed with cheesy jokes, heartfelt words and a wealth of wisdom.  2015-06-14_0003 We’ve shared lots of memories with Sharon but one of my most favorite moments…. 2015-06-14_0009 Our team photo shoot with Aubrie. It’s not everyday a gal gets professional hair and makeup. You should’ve have seen her getting all glammed up, you would’ve thought she was going to prom. 2015-06-14_0007

I never imagined that I would cross paths with an individual like Sharon, but I’m certainly glad they did.

Thank you for everything you do in helping me fulfill my dreams in life. I couldn’t do what I do without strong team players like you. You inspire me to keep going, push me to be creative and yell at me when I book 3 weddings in 1 weekend but I wouldn’t change it one bit. You will be missed tremendously but of course not forgotten. Answer your phone when I call to talk. 😉

Love You!

Why Do Wedding Flowers Cost So Much?

The most common question I get is: “Why Do Weddings cost so much?”. There are certainly a lot of factors that play into the cost of a wedding. Though I’ve never been married, I remember my parents asking the exact question when my sister got married. There are lots of things that are needed to make a wedding happen. Linens, catering, rentals and flowers, just to name a few.

As a floral designer first, wedding planner second, we work with budgets of all types.  Most know, some don’t, but I worked with Kim Box Photography for 4 years before I ventured out into the wedding world on my own. I saw low budget weddings and over the top, extravagant weddings too. Shooting different types of weddings made me realize that yes, having a fantastic photographer was great, but have pretty details, flowers and design plan was even better. It gives the photographer a cohesive story to tell.

Flowers are one my favorite design elements of a wedding. They add so much life, color and texture to a bride and grooms special day. Though they are beautiful, they can also come with a pretty price tag. After meeting with a potential client last week(who asked many of questions regarding floral costs), I felt it was very important to educate brides to be on why wedding florals cost what they do.

This past weekend we were able to be a part of a very special wedding for Taylor and Adam. While prepping flowers, I told my team to stop what they were doing. I went and grabbed my camera. I wanted to document the process it takes to get to the end result.

Though a wedding is only one day for 12 hours, our works starts days in advance. Thursday, we started prepping flowers. First, clean buckets. TONS of them. Every wedding and/ or event that involves flowers starts with a full day of processing. 2015-03-30_0004 Every flower that comes through our studio is wrapped and packaged individually. We spend more time undoing rubber bands and cutting off plastic wrap than we do prepping.  2015-03-30_0002 2015-03-30_0006 Don’t those ranunculus make you happy? They’re one of my all-time FAVORITE flowers. 2015-03-30_0008 You probably thought I was joking, but every hydrangea comes individually wrapped, and tubed. It takes hours to process and unpack each box of blooms.  2015-03-30_0003 Rubbermaid’s aren’t just for Christmas garlands and baby clothes.  2015-03-30_0012 We stripped, de-thorn and process every bloom. Wether it’s thousands of roses, hundreds of hydrangeas or bundles of greenery nothing goes untouched.  2015-03-30_0005 2015-03-30_0007 Oh and somewhere in the midst of processing flowers, we manage to find time to prep our containers too.  2015-03-30_0013 Once all the flowers have been processed and the containers have been prepped, let the designing begin. We start every arrangement with greening. Sharon is the greening queen. After it’s been greened it’s past off to receive the pretties.  2015-03-30_0011 Table arrangements, bouquets and hard work. After we finish a full day of flowering, it’s time to load the van and head out. There is only one rule when packing the van: pack until you can’t pack any more.  2015-03-30_0009 My intentions behind this post were to give you a more behind the scenes look at what exactly goes into prepping flowers for a wedding. Most people think a wedding planner snaps their fingers and POOF, everything is in place. That’s certainly not the case. We spend between and 8 and 12 hours on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday prepping flowers and most Saturdays come in around 16 hour days. It’s not just the day of. It’s the months of planning, days before and even the Monday and Tuesdays after the event spent unpacking vans, cleaning out buckets and returning table linens. It’s not the cost of the flowers, it’s the labor and time invested into each bouquet and arrangement you are untimely paying for.

We can’t wait to see the beautiful images Kim Box Photography captured from Taylor and Adam’s special day. Stay tuned to see what all these gorgeous blooms were turned into.