Surprise Gatsby 40th Birthday

It’s every girls dream to have a FABULOUS over the top birthday party, right? What about a FABULOUS Great Gatsby themed 40th? Well, we did just that for one of our most FAVORITE clients.

I remember Mrs. Toni (the birthday gals Mom) calling like it was yesterday… She said, “Let the Planning Begin”. I called my sweet friend Meghan at the Renaissance Hotel and Spa downtown Montgomery and immediately sat up a meeting. 2015-11-10_0016 The entry to the ballroom was draped with sheer white voile and flanked with geometric pedestals and lush florals. As guest entered they were greeted by our “Gatsby Girls” and a glass of champagne. SIDE NOTE: Isn’t that sequin table linen AMAZING?  2015-11-10_0017 Gatsby Girls on slits? I KNOW, we thought of EVERYTHING. I love thinking of special unique touches that take an event to the next level. Not to mention, people are still talking about the “Gatsby stilt walkers from Julie’s Party”. 2015-11-10_0026 2015-11-10_0022 As you entered the ballroom, we spared no detail. From lounge area seating, gorgeous table centerpieces to a 60 foot balloon wall complete with over 1,000 gold balloons. Don’t tell anyone but we weren’t allowed to have balloons. We had to call in a few favors.  2015-11-10_0018 Those GORGEOUS table linens are from Nuage Designs. They have an entire “art deco” collection that was a match made in linen heaven for our event.  2015-11-10_0023 2015-11-10_0029 2015-11-10_0020 One of my personal FAVORITE details was the “Sweets Bar”. Cake Pops, Petite Fours, Sugar Cookies and French Macaroons were a HUGE hit with party guest. I might have been seen her most of the night. 2015-11-10_0019 Speaking of sweets… Ligers Bakery knocked it out of the park with Julie’s cake. Feathers and Strawberry for the win.  2015-11-10_0028 Now that all the details are set & ready to go and guests were in place….. it was time to reveal the surprise. (Do I get an award for “Best Photobomb”? I laugh every time I look at this picture. What kind of face am I making?) 2015-11-10_0024 The only requirement for the party: Super T. The band played at Julie’s wedding and I now know why they had to booked them again. They were FANTASTIC and certainly now how to get the party started.  2015-11-13_0001 2015-11-10_0027 Of course the Birthday Girl needed an official photo with the Gatsby Girls.  2015-11-13_0003 Julie is beyond blessed to have such amazing family and friends that celebrated with her.  2015-11-10_0025 2015-11-10_0030 It was the party of the year.. Well besides the #BigTopBirthdayBash. (which is coming soon, BTW) Thanks Sanders Family for allowing Evan and Company to be a part of so many special events in your life. WE LOVE Y’ALL!  2015-11-10_0031 Event Planning/ Floral Design: Evan G. Cooper, Evan and Company | Lighting: Encore Productions | Venue: Renaissance Hotel and Spa | Catering: Renaissance Hotel and Spa | Cake: Ligers Bakery | Sugar Cookies: Simply Sugared | Entertainment: Super T & DJ at Large | Photo Booth: Face Time Photo Booth | Gatsby Girls: Glitterbug the Clown | Linens: Nuage Designs | Drapery: American Rental and Tent | Balloons: The Balloon Lady | Sofa Towers: Brendle Rentals  Photography: Steve Wells Photography 

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.

 

Then There Was Paint

This past weekend felt like a dream. I was on cloud 9.  Finally, I can see the office starting to take shape. It’s such a rewarding feeling. Remember my post from last week? The “Before”? Well, It’s looking a little different now…. 2014-11-09_0067 After a loss of sleep, a couple of aspirin and multiple trips to the Benjamin Moore store, we finally decided on a color. I will be the first to admit, I wasn’t a fan of the wall color at first. I called Brian in a panic the other day after we “tested” the paint on the wall. Once it dried I was sold. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! High Five, B!  2014-11-09_0068 Can you guess what we chose? If you guessed Equestrian Gray, HIVE FIVE! You win a cookie!  2014-11-09_0069  I thought picking out paint colors was tough, but a floor?!? That’s on another level. Thankfully We agreed on the winning floor  AND it was the cheapest option. I’m not mad about that!  2014-11-09_0071 Remember the mantle we picked up the other day?! It will live on this wall. It also got a facelift. Any guesses? 2014-11-09_0070 Square Footage Measurements: Check  By the way, that’s not my chicken scratch.  2014-11-09_0072 Stripes? No Stripes? It required a meeting of the minds. But of course, we chose stripes. Who wouldn’t have? That mantle is going to look INSANE against them. 2014-11-09_0073 We moved some furniture around, hung a light fixture and BOOM! It looks like a different space. I’m obsessed. Of course it looks much different now since these photos were taken over the weekend, but We CAN’T WAIT for you guys to see the new space. 2014-11-09_0074 Of course we’ll be posting updates through out the process of #EGCrenovates but to see it for yourself make sure your present at our 2014 Holiday Open House. You aren’t going to want to miss it. Live Music, Yummy Treats and Swags. MARK YOUR CALENDARS. If you do plan on coming head on over to our Facebook Event Page and click “Going”. See ya there!  2014-11-11_0002