Holy cow, where do I start? Last summer I found myself thinking about my business and where I wanted it to go. I wanted to give back to the community that I love, and knowing that I wanted to focus on elopements and intimate weddings, The Ultimate Elopement Giveaway was born.
We received SO MANY entries to this giveaway. Amazing couples that wanted to elope for both financial reasons and because they didn't want the "big show" of a larger traditional wedding. Couples that loved each other so much and shared their love stories with us. But there was one entry that left me feeling like they had taken a page out of my own hypothetical diary and delivered directly to my inbox, and that entry was for Erin and Nick.
Surprise! The Ultimate Elopement Giveaway was just the beginning. A few of you may have seen the sneak peek on instagram last month, but it's not just a dream anymore. Friends, I am thrilled to announce the launch of our new sister company: The Elopement Co. Starting in 2017, we will be offering fully customizable elopement packages through The Collective. You may be thinking, "Whoa whoa whoa.... what about all the pretty weddings you have booked?! What about the big family wedding I want you to design for me?!" Don't worry, Linnaea Floral & Event Design is not going anywhere. I still love big family weddings and will be accepting a limited number of them each year. The Collective is here to cater to those couples that still want a gorgeous wedding, just not the huge guest list. Let me explain a little more through my words on The Collective's website:
"After designing for my company, Linnaea Floral & Event Design, since 2010, I've come to realize that while I love big gorgeous weddings and all the pretty details that go along with them, small is where my heart is.
Growing up in a small town in Northern Michigan, I cherished the privacy that our home in the woods provided and spent a lot of time playing outside with my sisters and a few close friends. We didn't focus on material things and didn't live a luxurious life, but one that was rooted in family and friendship and independence. I think because of this, weddings that are big, over the top productions were never in my comfort zone.
I value the privacy that elopements hold. I value intentional, meaningful, heartfelt vows, pretty bouquets, getting dressed up for special occasions, and celebratory champagne. I believe that weddings are for two people in love and their closest humans (and sometimes fur babies), not a show of wealth, success, or grandeur.
Because of all this, it's been on my heart to create a company that caters to elopements and tiny weddings for couples that still want all those good bits: getting all dressed up, carrying a gorgeous bridal bouquet, saying your vows in an amazing location, and capturing all the beautiful memories in an uninterrupted and honest way. Our clients want an intimate, intentional, meaningful, and curated experience for their wedding day, and that's what we provide!"
I've always loved small, meaningful events especially intimate weddings and elopements, It's been on my heart for a while to do some sort of giveaway, whether it was a bridal bouquet or percentage off an event. But recently it dawned on me... why stop there? Why not give a wedding away? No, I'm not talking an invite the whole neighborhood blow-out bash. I'm talking a tiny, bespoke, curated JUST FOR YOU, styled elopement for one very lucky couple.
Together with a group of incredible vendors, I'm looking for an absolutely amazing couple that is MADLY in love who want to spend forever together and don't want the whole shebang. Maybe they can't afford to get married right now. Maybe they don't have a lot of time due to deployment or terminal illness. Maybe they went the courthouse route the first time and would really love a beautiful re-do. Maybe that couple is you? Whatever the reason is, my hope is that we'll find them and be able to make their wedding day more amazing than they could have dreamed!
What's included? Oh boy, just buckle up...
This past July I had the pleasure of designing a gorgeous wedding for the sweetest couple. Amanda and Joe were all set to get hitched in my hometown of Manistee, MI and found me through instagram (it really works) because I had tagged a previous wedding up there! Manistee is a cute little vacation town right on Lake Michigan, known for it's charter fishing, National Forest, and mostly (unfortunately) the casino. Joe's family owns a beautiful historic brick home in town that his great-great Grandfather built in the 1880s. Amanda and Joe started there relationship there 8 years ago and knew it was the right place to agree on forever as well.
Welcome back to my third and final (for now) installation of My Pinterest Project. I've been focusing on the most requested floral decor items for weddings, starting with bridal bouquets and flower crowns, then ceremony decor, and now centerpieces! I chose 30 popular images from Pinterest that were along the lines of the style I would create for my brides, and asked family, friends, and even past and future clients to to guess how much those dreamy floral creations would actually cost in real life and have listed the results as well as a little background info on why these gorgeous arrangements might cost what they do.
Wedding centerpieces. Often one of the first details a bride-to-be focuses on is how the wedding will "look." Colors, flowers, guest table centerpieces... whether you decide on a classically elegant affair or a rustic barn wedding, brides often focus on the look she wants for her wedding, and then figures out the rest of the details from that.
I often ask my floral and design clients how they want their wedding to feel. Whether the answer is cozy and family centered, fun, or elegant, it all circles back to the design of the guest tables as the focus. There are a lot of things to consider when choosing your guest table centerpieces: size of the tables, color palette, vessel choice, flower choices, number of guest tables to decorate, and above all: cost. So how much do those pretty little (or large) floral arrangements on Pinterest really run? Well, let's find out...