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22 june, 2019

styled shoot


Earlier this month, our team got the chance to work with some amazing vendors during a styled shoot on the shores of Lake Michigan. We were so lucky to have gorgeous weather for this shoot on an early Monday morning at the beach. I’m talking sunny skies, barely any wind, and not too warm! We could not have asked for better weather.

Alaina, on our team, worked so hard planning and executing the design of the tablescape, location, vendors, and even the hand calligraphy on the menu cards placed on the tables. This was a chance to design something really fun and feminine for this group of gals!

We worked with Lindsey from Windflower Design Co., and we were all amazed at her ability to create unique and complimentary floral arrangements so effortlessly. Leading up to the shoot, Alaina and Lindsey had talked about using black smoke glass, as it was a design element that Lindsey been really wanting to incorporate into her designs, and let me tell you… it was GORGEOUS. The smoke glass paired with pink elements and bohemian floral and grasses really pushed the design even further. When it came to inspiration, Alaina wanted to stick with neutral and airy elements while adding touches of black and pink for the perfect beach reception that was girly, modern, and a touch bohemian.

Photographing this gorgeous day was the talented Kellie Hetler. She not only perfectly captured the table and ceremony site, but she also took some great photos of our entire team that day! We cannot thank her enough for being there to capture everything coming together, as well as the beautiful end product.

Kelly also really wanted this to be a learning experience for all the new members of the team! When it came to floral design, Lindsey was amazing with explaining how her design process typically goes, but she was also very open to all of our opinions and answered our questions with the most thoughtful responses. Her knowledge of floral is astounding in all the best ways. Lindsey is passionate about what she does, and you can easily see that passion when she’s working and teaching. We learned about floral placement based on sightlines, how to style and place unique floral pieces, and how to perfectly marry a floral arrangement with texture, color, and height. Balance. Floral is all about balance without being symmetrical. She showed us combinations that some of us never would have thought to put together. More than just the creative side of floral, Lindsey touched on making a clients’ vision a reality while remaining mindful of budget and seasonal availability of certain flowers or greens.


Photography: Kellie Hetler

Floral: Windflower Designs Co

Linens: Special Occasions West

Design & Coordination: All Buttoned Up Events




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