We gave a sneak peak to this beautiful wedding a few weeks ago and here we are giving another teaser before we share some more photos from Juliet Elizabeth Photography . If you haven’t picked up the recent Weddings Unveiled Magazine, drop what you are doing and rush over to grab a copy. This wedding in Charleston was nothing less than magical. Emily was such a beautiful bride inside and out and happened to get married on possibly the most gorgeous fall day Charleston had this year. For those of you who cant get the magazine fast enough, take a look at these tear sheets and get excited for more to follow in the next few days.
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It was an absolute joy working with Stephanie, Will & their families! Envisioning the weekend with Stephanie was so fun. She allowed so much creativity and artistic freedom in the overall aesthetic of the event. Stephanie & Will did an incredible job showing their mostly out of town guest list the Atlanta sites and sounds. We started off Friday night at Octane Coffee in Grant Park for the rehearsal dinner. We used bright colors to bring pops of color to the industrial feel of the place. A show stopper was the hanging 30 foot garland from the ceiling… Not a good time to realize you are afraid of heights! Saturday was held at The Waheh House. Its a new and upcoming venue with 3 levels of raw and contemporary space. And the skyline…. breathtaking. We love soft whites & ivories for wedding day florals with pops of rich colors.. and hanging organic garland from the ceiling brought in the feeling of being outdoors perfectly. Our last stop for Sunday brunch was at The Telephone Factory Lofts. Incredible exposed brick and concrete floors paired perfectly with the vintage furniture provided by Blue Eyed Yonder. We finished the weekend playing with Fall leaves & moody flowers … one of our favorite finales!
Working with Gabi & Rhiannon from The Sentamentalist was such a joy! Not only are they two hard working ladies but I am so lucky to call them friends! They rocked this event and had all the nuts & bolts running smoothly! Drew and the team from Goodwin Events went above and beyond carrying thousands of pounds of flooring to the second story terrace and their lighting installation was of course stunning!
A HUGE thank you to Danielle Kane, Lauren Kolesar, Ashley Buzzy, Jenn Gietzen, Chris Russell, and Kelly Cadet-Lyons for all of the amazing help!
Please enjoy some of our behind the scene Instagram photos that are then followed by some “real” photos from Leah and Mark & Co!
Photos from Leah and Mark & Co.
Fall weddings are in full swing for the AO team. We kicked off October with 6 events in one weekend! Amy, Mary, Rebekah, and Leroy made their way up to Charleston for a gorgeous outdoor wedding. Ginny Branch (our dear friend and talented stylist) was so gracious to share her extraordinary styling for the Charleston wedding as well!
Shanna and Meredith kept the fort down in Atlanta with two events on Friday, two events on Saturday and one on Sunday. Needless to say it was a busy busy weekend in the AO studio. Craziness aside, it was a lovely weekend across the board. Multiple types of installations were made like a 10 foot long lush floral garland that hung from ceiling to the floor.
We are so eager to share the professional photos but here are some iphone pictures to pass the time. Enjoy!
Also, special thanks to some additional helpers that weekend: Chris Russell, Danielle Kane, Laura, Kel Cadet Lyons, and Ashley Buzzy!!!
Today is a special post :: my cousin Ali’s wedding. If you remember, we also did my cousin Leslie’s wedding last summer in Illinois! Around here it’s a family affair. We just love what we do and it’s such a blessing to be able to share our talents with the people we love. Ali + Jason got married at Variety Works in Madison, where my aunt and uncle live. It was a picture perfect day, and I was lucky enough to not only share it with my family, but also some of my favorite people :: my good friend Maria did all of the flowers! Oh my gosh, would you look at those poppies?! These are the flowers brides can sometimes only dream about. And the gorgeous cherry blossom Maria foraged right out of their backyard. Heidi was yet again the family photographer. So thankful she has almost become part of our family! This will be the third wedding photographed by Our Labor of Love, and we’re also lucky enough for Heidi to capture our sweet little Henry’s growing. Mike Zarin kept the dance floor packed, and guests dined on the always yummy food by Sun in My Belly. A true labor of love through and through, I was so happy to be a part of it. Hope you enjoy!
Stephanie + Mike had a colorful, gorgeous Cinco de Mayo wedding at Puritan Mill. We love getting to work with so much color and fun details. What a treat! Stephanie had gotten all different patterns of colorful napkins from Anthropologie – all of which laid atop a stunning sequined chevron runner stretching down the head table! We designed and built a fabric chandelier which glowed through the evening. For this wedding we were lucky enough not only to become friends with Stephanie but also her mom Barbara – you two were just so sweet and awesome to work with.
Be sure to see their lovely wedding featured on Style Me Pretty for even more photos! Thanks Stephanie + Mike for letting us be a part of your big day!
Thought it would be nice to start the weekend off with an extra dose of pretty [long overdo!]. Maggie + Greg (the couple behind the yummy Westside Creamery!) got married at the gorgeous Fairweather Farms in Monroe, Georgia. Maggie had such a lovely vision for her wedding from the start, and was very involved in the process (she designed her invitations and lots of other fun paper details!). We got to do more than real flowers for her wedding – we made lots and lots of large paper flowers to install crawling up the ceremony tree. Then of course lots of other pretty, real flowers all around. Heidi captured every detail beautifully, and Danielle of Simply Charming Socials coordinated it all together. This was one of those weddings where you want to do it over and over again – not only because you love the couple, but because you love all of the other vendors involved. Hair and makeup by the one and only Raney O’Keefe, catering by 5 & 10, furniture rentals from Four Inch Fold, The Packway Handle Band serenading the night away.
And did we mention that this wedding is featured in the current Martha Stewart Weddings? To say we were excited is a huuuuuge understatement! (see below to view the article) Thank you so much Maggie + Greg for letting us be a part of your big day!
Congratulations Maggie + Greg! Be sure to pick up the current Martha Stewart Weddings to see them in print!
We have long awaited sharing Anne + Mike’s gorgeous, gorgeous wedding at the Atlanta Freight Depot. Anne is one of Amy’s dearest friends, so today’s post comes from Amy herself ::
Anne is one of my sweetest, dearest friends. I admire her for so many things: her loyalty, her love of God, and her wisdom, among many others. She is one of those people that will be in your life forever and you just know it. I simply adore her. I used to teach her ballet when she was in the 8th grade, so to be a part of her wedding was a complete honor for me. To watch her carefully wait for the man she was supposed to marry and then to meet Mr. Mike – well, it was like my own child was getting married. Mike is such a wonderful man for my sweet Anne, and I am forever grateful for their friendship. This was an absolute labor of love for Erica and I. Erica designed the fabulous invitation suite and did all the letterpress herself. Gorgeousness. This was also my first time working with the talented Tec Petaja. He truly is amazing. Just look at these images… Congratulations Anne + Mike! We love you!
To see more images from this gorgeous wedding, visit the feature on 100 Layer Cake!
photographer: Tec Petaja // floral + decor: us! // venue: The Georgia Railroad Freight Depot // paper goods: Erica Loesing // band: Platinum through East Coast Entertainment // rentals: TLC rents // catering: City of Refuge 180 degree Kitchen // cake: Tammy Aldridge // cake decor: Erica Loesing // bride’s dress: Kelly’s Closet // groom’s suit: Hugo Boss // hair: Max at Dragonfly Salon // makeup: Dawn at Makeup Couture
We are so excited to finally share Casey + Paul’s gorgeous wedding at the Stables at Lake Martin. We couldn’t have been more thrilled with every little detail of this wedding, all captured by the amazing Simply Bloom. We’re always so excited to work with them, obviously! These images are just stunning.
The Stables at Russell Crossroads are the most beautiful horse stables you’ve ever laid eyes on. So gorgeous. Exposed wood all around, world class horses, and a major attention to detail down to every last window latch. On this night in particular it looked simply magical :: a mix of rustic and elegant, a touch of glitter, and sparkling candlelight all around. We created a fabric chandelier to hang in the center of the space that glowed as everyone danced and enjoyed the evening. Casey’s dad made all of the farm tables by hand using wood from her grandfather’s barn.
A special thanks to Ms. Linda, who was so kind, helpful, and forgiving. She let us work through the night hanging all 750 feet (!!) of muslin fringe down the length of the stables (and getting lots of threads all over the floor). And kept us laughing as we then took it all back down again. Also a huge thanks to all of our helping hands who made all of that fringe possible! Don’t know what we would have done without all of you! Lastly, a special thanks to the Stelling family for letting us make a weekend out of it staying at their lake house. AND Ginny for coming along to help us out. Wow, we’re pretty lucky.
Now for the gorgeous images! Beginning with a sweet painting (one in a series) Paul created to propose to his love ::Congratulations Casey + Paul! Thank you so much for letting us be a part of your beautiful day!
We’re so excited to have this wedding featured on 100 Layer Cake! Head on over to check out more of their wedding.
flowers + design + coordinating :: us! // photography :: Simply Bloom // photobooth :: SmileBooth // invitation printer :: Lion in the Sun // ceremony venue :: Children’s Chapel at Children’s Harbour // reception venue :: The Stables at Russell Crossroads // caterer :: SpringHouse // cake :: Olexa’s // ceremony dress :: Monique Lhuillier “Bellflower” Mark Ingram // reception dress :: Sarah Seven “Golden Lights” // shoes :: Kate Spade “Charm” in platinum // jewelry :: Debra Moreland is Paris // groom’s suit :: Alan David Custom // bridal party dresses :: Vera Wang White Collection (Dress in charcoal and horsehair sash in ebony) // fashion stylist :: Heather Levine // makeup :: Rawwbeauty // band :: Act of Congress
Happy New Year y’all! We are overwhelmingly excited to welcome you to our new website and blog! This past year was filled to the brim with pinch-me moments and an overall sense of newness and adventure.
We embarked on a new chapter by moving into a new studio space at the Goat Farm, our little rustic-industrial slice of heaven hidden in West Midtown. Yes, there are goats (and chickens, and roosters, and a big fat turkey). And yes there is a farm! And we’re pretty lucky gals to share the space with stylist-extraordinaire Ginny Branch. And obviously we got a new [digital] space as well – welcome!
We hosted our inaugural flower workshop (see more of the photos here!) and spent the day with an incredible group of women, a collection of new faces and familiar favorites. (Stay tuned – we are in the planning phases and will be announcing our next workshop soon!)
We worked on some, quite frankly, gorgeous weddings, and made so many new friends along the way. We are so lucky to work with brides with some impeccable visions. Take a look through our galleries to see some of our favorites, and we promise there are lots of blog posts to come!
We celebrated checking off a big item on our bucket list… and were humbled by the opportunity.
We collaborated with terrifically talented folks in our industry. Visit our new links page to take a look at some of the people we truly love.
We laughed at our hiccups along the way. We took risks and lived to tell the tales (which we will definitely share over coffee and something sweet).
We owe a huge, huge thank you to the lovely Meagan Gibson, who worked tirelessly with us to create our new home here on the interweb. Thank you for giving us what we have been waiting for for ohhh so long. And even our logo got a little facelift!
2011 was a very good year and we are already high-fiving each other with what is in store for 2012… Check back in with us, we will be sharing some of our favorite weddings from 2011 (seriously, there are a lot)! Until then, we hope you like the new site! And we hope to cross paths with you in 2012.
Sometimes it’s hard to believe we’ve been doing this for so many years! Have you been following the blog for a while? Or if you’re new to the blog, welcome! We’ve pulled together some images to give you a fresh look on what we have been up to. Or please feel free to explore our archives for full features on all of the images below. Here’s a peek into who we are…
Amy Osaba event.floral.design was launched in 2002 and quickly became recognized as one of the leading event design firms in the Southeast.
Amy’s theatrical background has undoubtedly influenced her signature style, intuitively using a variety of textures and co-mingling fruits, vegetables, antique vessels and textiles to create unique and yet timeless works of art.
While our emphasis is on designing lush, free, handpicked florals, we are a full event design studio and delight in bringing our client’s entire vision to life. From designing your entire invitation suite, to selecting the perfect linens to creating the right atmosphere through lighting, no detail is forgotten. In fact, our entire team has extensive experience planning, designing, and executing events from start to finish.
Our work has been featured in print in The Atlantan Brides, Atlanta Weddings, Southern Weddings, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, and Occasions, as well as online at 100 Layer Cake, Green Wedding Shoes, Once Wed, Weddings Unveiled, and Style Me Pretty, just to name a few. What means the most, however, are the sweet words of thanks we get from our clients:
“Thank you for making my daughter’s wedding special, beautiful, and most memorable. You are true professionals.”
“From day one, you have always been so excited for my big day, which seems crazy considering how many brides you work with throughout the year. Thank you for always making me feel special. You are the best!!”
“I am so glad that I left everything in your hands because I could never have made anything so beautiful. There are truly no words to describe how I felt when I saw everything…all I can say is thank you.”
Plain and simple: we love what we do! There are also some really exciting things coming up which you’ll hear all about in upcoming posts. We look forward to crossing paths with you…
When Max at Sun in My Belly asked me to put together a creative installation for the cafe’s summer season, I jumped at the opportunity. My team and I got busy creating large paper flowers (each individually hand-painted by Erica) and fringe – lots and lots of fringe! Not only did it create a bright and happy atmosphere for the summer months, but also provided the perfect backdrop for the NotWedding “rehearsal dinner,” which was recently featured on Occasions Magazine’s blog. And today (!) on Green Wedding Shoes!
For those of you that aren’t familiar with the NotWedding, it is an awesome alternative to a bridal show, because it is just like attending a real wedding, with loads of inspiration and top-notch vendors bringing their A-game. The rehearsal dinner was a mixer and planning session for all the vendors involved, and everyone left super excited for the main event!
Over the next few months, make sure you stop by for breakfast or lunch at Sun in My Belly and check out the installation, and of course, make your plans to attend the NotWedding on July 21st. (By the way, did you check out the adorable engagement shoot??) See you there!
Andrea & Thad are the most adorable couple, and I had soooooo much fun bringing their vision to life at one of my favorite venues. I knew as soon as we started talking about hanging floral installations, combined with the crafting genius of Ashley Meaders, that this was going to be one awesome wedding! Many thanks to Our Labor of Love for capturing all the details so beautifully, and to Bold American for providing the catering. Even the Smilebooth was there! Seriously, I am so honored to be able to work with these amazing vendors.