April 24, 2013
I have been waiting forever to post these images! Meagan and Collin got married on Meagan's family property in Canton, MS. It was such a perfect setting for a beautiful Southern wedding. Adam + Alli did an amazing job capturing the day that Shanna Lumpkin and her team orchestrated. We were thrilled to be a part of it! Enjoy!
Elevated centerpieces were composed of white hydrangea + pieris buds + snowberry + amnesia roses + white stock + sahara roses.
We accented each table with vintage mirrored trays + cut glass + mercury glass + succulents.
Meagan's bouquet was composed of white garden roses + camellia foliage.
We wrapped it in lace and completed it with family heirlooms for a personal touch.
Boutonnieres of fern curls + peiris buds + silver brunia + velvet leaves wrapped in lace
Pretty trio of cakes the Cake Diva accented with our fresh flowers
The Happy Bride and Groom!
Event Planning: Shanna Lumpkin Events
Photography: Adam + Alli
Lighting: Davaine Lighting
Draping: Event Drapery
Caterer: Pretty Presentations
Rentals: Mississippi Tent
Cake: The Cake Diva
Videographer: Brock Gomez
Ice Sculptures: Ice Dragon
Invitations + Printwork: Shanna Lumpkin Events
February 14, 2013Season and Jimmy got married last July in the backyard of Jimmy's parents' home in Barrington, IL. I went to high school with both of them and we ended up re-connecting during a visit to my hometown and an intense game of bowling with a group of old friends. Season and I got to talking and she mentioned how much she loved my work and really wished I could do her wedding flowers. With me being seven hundred miles away in Jackson, MS... Season didn't even consider TULIP as an option for her wedding. I of course jumped at the chance to bring my florals back to Chicago and I told Season I would LOVE to make the trip to do her flowers. With several long distance meetings we made this thing happen!
December 01, 2012I can’t believe it has taken me nine months to blog this amazing trip. I guess with a little guy at home, two dogs, a husband, and a booming business time gets away from you. I am quickly approaching my next trip to NYC with this amazing group of designers and I can't wait.
These four days were packed full of so many unforgettable experiences. Here are a few of many highlights from the trip....
A tour of Martha Stewarts studio was at the top of my list. Her prop room is insane! I could have sent hours in there. I really wish I broke the rules and took a few pictures.
Floral class at New York Flower School with Ariella Chezar...... a designer I have adored for years.
Cocktail party and floral demonstration at Matthew Robinson’s beautiful studio located in Chelsea. Matthew is so down to earth and such a great host. He is also crazy talented.
A heart felt, VERY real conversation with designer extraordinaire David Beam. He is so awesome! Looking forward to designing with him in March, thanks to Holly.
A full day of open conversation and education with designer Tara Guerard of Soiree.
A beautiful lunch at La Grenouille, a French Bistro known for their beautiful fresh flowers.
Touring the floral markets and supply wholesalers on 28th street. Blocks and blocks of AMAZING finds. This was especially a treat since we have nothing like this in Jackson. Makes me miss living in a big city.
I have at least a dozen more that I could name, but I need to save some room for pictures. Enjoy!
A special thanks to Holly Chapple for all of your hard work putting this together! I can't wait for March 2013!! XOXO
July 23, 2012
Oh my goodness, oh my goodness, oh my goodness!! I cannot believe our little man is already a year old. This past year has gone by so fast. It seems like just yesterday I was in the middle of wedding season nine months pregnant. I never thought I would get through that season let alone my first year as a new Mother.
Frank has brought so much into our lives. Sleepless nights, thousands of dirty diapers, a messy house, baby contraptions that clash with our design style, toys everywhere, tears, non-stop pumping, and frustration to name a few. But more than anything he has brought us joy, laughter, smiles, happiness and a kind love that we have never felt before. I will gladly take all of the difficult things that go along with being a parent. This past year has been the hardest one of my life (more so than I expected… props to parents everywhere!), but it has also been the best and the most rewarding. I can’t imagine a life without our little monster.
So… to celebrate Frank’s very first year of life, Marty and I decided to throw him a party! And of course it had to be the best party, complete with fun patterns, cool colors, three cakes (yes, three!), a Frank Bar, balloons, and a few flowers of course.
When coming up with a concept for the party I knew I wanted to incorporate the cute little bow tie he wore in his very first photo shoot. He always looked dapper in it and I knew he would be wearing it on his birthday. I also wanted to incorporate patterns and textiles since they are an important element to my design style. I found some great patterns in our chosen color palette that we used to make table runners, backdrops, and pillows to place around the house. Beverly also re-created the patterns to use as the envelope liner for our invites along with all of the print work. She also designed a “Frank Logo” that was used throughout the party on things such as the to-go cake boxes, the CD covers, invitations, and the goodie bags. We decided to throw some balloons and cute monsters in there for fun! For the flowers, I really wanted to keep it minimal. White gerberas with a black center were placed in green and blue bottle throughout the house.
A special Thank you to our talented friends Adam and Allison Hudson for capturing our special day! We are so grateful to have had you guys there. Here a few of our favorite pictures from the day:
Below are a few more fun details from the day:
Party fun: The Frank Quiz. We left “Frank Facts” (clues) throughout the house so guests could find answers to their “Frank Quiz”. The winner got a vase filled with pretty flowers.
Party Food: The Frank Bar. Guest chose between Frank Franks (beef), Bird Franks (chicken), and Spicy Franks (Andouille) and topped them with their favorite toppings.
Adult Party Favor: Frank’s Favorite Tunes. A CD complied of music that we all listened throughout the year. It included the song that played as he was delivered. I cry every time I hear it!
Kids Party Favor: Goodie Bags. The bags included bubbles, crayons, monster stickers, goofy sunglasses, and candy.
Little Monster Workshop: Beverly drew and printed out monsters that the kids colored at the “Little Monster Workshop”. We now have the pictures displayed in his playroom.
Cake: Maria’s cakes are always so amazing. They taste as good as they look, and they always look so good! I asked her to keep the design minimal and I requested a bowtie on top of the main cake. They looked so perfect displayed on a few of my white cake stands. With three cakes, we obviously had leftovers so we sent them home in boxes accented with Frank’s adorable logo.
Styling + Planning: TULIP
Stationary + Print work: Beverly Hayman of TULIP
Photography: Adam + Alli
Cakes: The Cake Diva
Calligraphy: Southern Sprout (Bonnie Dickerson)
July 02, 2012
Happy 4th of July to all of our wonderful friends, vendors, and clients. Here is a little red, white, and blue goodness for the holiday.
A couple weeks ago we styled and designed flowers for the awesomely-cute couple, Anna and Michael, at the Mississippi Craft Center. From the invitations to the candy bar, we did it all! She was such a laid back, fun bride. I absolutely adored working with her. And of course our images from the day are AMAZING! Thank you so much Adam + Alli.... we love you! By the way..... how perfect was that red door for the pics? Amazing right?
Venue: Mississippi Craft Center
Floral + Styling: TULIP
Invitations + Signage: TULIP
Rentals: Mississippi Tent
Linens: Pretty Presentations
Custom Table Overlays: TULIP
Lighting: Davaine Lighting
Cake: The Cake Diva
Photography: Adam + Alli Photography
June 29, 2012
So when Adam and Alli from Adam + Alli Photography approached us with a favor, we knew we couldn't turn it down. Very good friends of the photographers were planning a DIY wedding and had been growing their own flowers for it. Since the weather in Mississippi is, well um, unpredictable (to put it kindly), the flowers didn't quite make it. When we were asked how we could help, Lesley decided we would sell them the flowers at cost and show them how to make the bouquets and boutonnieres.
Erin, with the help of family and friends, learned how to do her own wedding flowers at TULIP's studio. With the exception of the bridal bouquet (designed by Lesley), the girls made everything else with some guidance along the way. They were such a precious bunch of ladies, who were so grateful for the opportunity. The flowers were perfect for Erin and her simple, but thoughtful, wedding and TULIP was honored to be a part of it.
June 22, 2012I’m going to keep this post short and simple since it really is all about the beautiful images right? Anyway…. Ashley was such a fun, cute bride to work with. She is a photographer (check her work out at hellobeautifulphotography.com) and she also has an adorable Etsy shop called Peach Linen. She is obviously creative and has good taste. She is also beyond beautiful… a very photogenic lady!
May 11, 2012This wedding was so much fun. Chris and Rachel were the most laid back couple--EVER. With a last minute ceremony location change due to the rain, the couple had both the ceremony and the reception in the same spot. Not even once did Chris and Rachel sweat the decision, they just wanted to get married and have fun doing it. Here are a few images I took the day of the wedding of all our fun flowers we were able to use. Stay tuned for more details of Chris and Rachel's wedding!-Beverly
May 01, 2012
When Hunter and Brittany of Three Nails Photography approached us in the Fall to be a part of an inspiration shoot, we absolutely did not hesitate! After working with them on THIS WEDDING, we knew that it was quite an honor to be involved. Not only was Three Nails Photography taking photos the day of the shoot, they were conducting a photography workshop for photographers nation wide--read about it here!
Enjoy our flowers and "live table scape" (as we like to call it) in this whimsical, Bohemian shoot! Thanks Brittany and Hunter for letting us be a part of such a beautiful shoot!
See the shoot featured on Green Wedding Shoes, one of our favorite wedding blogs!
Photo Styling: Three Nails
Dress: Miss Tashina
Cake: Lisa Massingill
Hair & Makeup: Total Changes Salon
Bridesmaid Dress: Mod Cloth
Venue: Dixie Cotton Gin
Invitations: Vintage Invites
April 26, 2012
March 21, 2012
While in New York last week on a trip with the Chapel Designers (the most amazing group of women...I will blog more about them later!), I took a class with one of my floral crushes, Ariella Chezar. It was a class focusing on hand tied wedding bouquets. Her style is very rooted in nature, romantic, loose, and all about color balance and texture. I am in love with the bouquet that I created in her class. Oh, how I miss it so! I started with a base of velvety dusty miller and pink wax flower and then I added majolica spray roses, quick sand roses (a beige rose with a lavender undertone that opens beautifully and is super pretty!) lavender parrot tulips, white ranunculus, lavender ranunculus, white anemones, and amazing bi-color pink carnations. I completed the look with passion flower vine and jasmine vine woven into the bouquet as well as trailing to create a loose, natural look. This bouquet smelled so unbelievably wonderful!!
March 08, 2012
Spring is in the air and it's definitely in the flower markets. This is my favorite time of year for flowers. With so many luscious, fragrant blooms available how could it not be? We whipped up this fresh, spring infused floral piece for a lucky birthday girl today. This arrangement is composed of creamy white hydrangea, lavender hyacinth (this smells SO good by the way!), white tulips, mini green hydrangea, Sarah B. peonies.
Like what you see? Visit our website or call TULIP and place an order. You deserve a little bit of Spring happy in your house too!
Favorite Spring blooms: sweet pea + anemones+ quince + hyacinth + poppies + astilbe + daffodils + parrot tulips +pieris japonica + muscari + ranunculus + narcissus + peonies (the best ones come later in Spring!) Favorite Spring Colors: lavender + blush pink + chartreuse green + cornflower blue + white + peach + yellow Happy Spring everyone!
Photos taken in-house by Beverly.
February 21, 2012
I can't believe I forgot to post these pictures. This was a wedding we did back in the Fall. Lesley usually likes me to bring my camera along to capture a few of our details that may be overlooked by wedding photographers. If you are a vendor of any sort, you know exactly where I am coming from. We spend hours and hours preparing and creating for a wedding, and sometimes we just don't have the photos to show for it. We understand flowers are not THE most important thing going on that day, but we are very proud of what we do, and we love having the photos to show for it. Here are a few shots I took of a wedding that was held at Luckett Lodge in Brandon, MS. We had a lot of fun with textures and modern containers to balance out the rustic venue in which they were placed. I especially love the last photo where we did groupings of different flowers in their individual containers. Enjoy! -Beverly
February 15, 2012
Have you ever wondered how floral designers get their hands on such beautiful flowers?? Well, the answer is actually simple! We go to market. I decided I wanted our readers to have an inside scoop on what a flower market looks like for us in Jackson, MS. This particular day I brought my camera along to capture a few shots. It's actually quite fun, and the employees are super nice. Enjoy! -Beverly
January 23, 2012
Believe it or not, the one thing I miss most about my shop in Chicago is Valentine’s Day. Other designers may say I’m crazy, but I’m for real. It is, hands down, the most exciting holiday of the year! This is the day where there would be a line out the shop, phone ringing off the hook, 14 hour work days, and laughter for hours while cleaning a couple thousand roses. For me, this holiday is always such a rush! I absolutely love the madness that comes along with being a flower boutique owner and Valentine’s Day. Even though I no longer have an everyday retail shop (weddings are our focus here at TULIP), I try to do a little bit on Valentine’s Day each year. This year I am excited to say we are launching our brand new ecommerce site! This is a place where Jackson peeps can come to our site, view our Valentine’s Day collection, pick out what they like, place and order online, and we will deliver it to that special someone on Valentine’s Day. Super easy right? These arrangements are not your typical, boring dozen roses with all that crazy, icky greenery and filler. These arrangements were actually designed to impress and make your lady (or man) swoon over you. These are delicious treats made with love for your love.
Our shop will be up and running and we will be ready to take orders starting February 1st. If you are a lady reading this post, do yourself a favor and send your man a little hint, hint.
Here's a sneak peak of our offerings this year……
Photography was done in-house by Beverly.
January 04, 2012
So…… I’m pretty sure I say this a lot, but I absolutely adored working with this couple! Leslie and Jason are the kind of couple that florists and stylists dream of working with--a laid back bride with style and an architect groom who was willing to let go of visual details and completely trust us. Lesley and Jason basically handed TULIP the wedding and gave us complete creative control. In meeting with the couple it was pretty clear that Jason was drawn towards a more modern aesthetic, but he also wanted some character, and Leslie envisioned a more whimsical, DIY feel to the day. In one of the meetings they mentioned they wanted to incorporate a bike into the wedding somehow, so we did just that. We started with a bike and a color palette, and the wedding evolved from there! I worked with Mary Margaret Harper on designing an invitation that really set the tone for the entire day. To incorporate a modern, graphic element that would satisfy the groom’s style, we chose to bring a modern chevron print through textiles and print work. In the end, I was thrilled with the outcome. All of the elements and different design styles came together perfectly. I like to call it Modern Whimsy!
Beverly, my partner in crime at TULIP, designed and executed an amazing backdrop for the cake table and groom’s pie table. Here's a little blurb from Bev on her crafty project:
From the get-go Lesley gave me full, creative freedom with the backdrops and made it very clear that this was MY project. Being my first project with TULIP, naturally I was a little hesitant. I kept feeling the urge to run every little detail by Lesley for her approval. After doing a sketch of each backdrop showcasing a very clear idea of what I wanted to build, I was able to move forward quickly. From the sketch process, I went out to purchase and gather materials. The Bride's cake table backdrop was completed in no time. Consisting of the perfect branch, string, ribbon, and dyed coffee filters, the backdrop was a perfect combination of whimsy and crafty. The Groom's pie table backdrop--on the other hand--was a little more difficult to complete. I created a frame of gathered sticks on a fabric-covered piece of plywood. I then printed multiple designs on paper to create the folded starbursts. I know that sounds simple, but THE FOLDING OF PAPER TOOK FOREVER! Lastly, I embellished the final product with lace-sewn pennant flags. Overall, I think we were all happy with the outcome!
Flowers, Styling + some Printwork: TULIP
Photography: b. mo foto
Lighting: Davaine Lighting
Printwork: Mary Margaret Harper
Rentals: Mississippi Tent and Party Rental
Cake: Icing on the Cake
Venue: The Cedars
December 29, 2011
I met Mary Margaret a couple years ago when she inquired about working for TULIP. Although we were not hiring at the time, we stayed in touch and ended up working on some really fun invitation/print work projects together. She is such a talented designer, and I absolutely adore her work. So...When she called to tell me she was engaged and wanted TULIP to do her flowers and collaborate on styling, I was obviously thrilled! I had SO much fun working on this wedding with her. The day was filled with elements of paper, wood, lace, muslin, burlap, succulents, garden roses, and mercury glass. An organic palette of green and ivory was accented with coral for a splash of color. It was the perfect combination of DIY details, organic accents, and a touch of romance.
Rachel Brooks did such an amazing job capturing the love that day…and the details too!
December 20, 2011
About a month ago, a few of us creatives in the wedding industry decided we wanted to do an inspiration shoot that was not your "traditional southern wedding." In the South, it can be extremely easy for WEDDING AFTER WEDDING to be the SAME OLE SAME OLE. Here at TULIP, we are always searching to push the envelope in every aspect of event styling--from flowers, to linens, to print work, to dessert tables, to backdrops--you name it! We love when we get that creative bride that just rolls with the punches and gives us total, creative freedom. So here's a shoot we pulled together to show all our southern lovelies what we have up our sleeves! Enjoy our Mid-Century, Modern wedding:
A special thanks to all the vendors that made this fun little shoot possible.
Flowers + Event Styling: TULIP
Wedding Accessories: MOLLYGEEdesigns
Photography: b. mo foto
Dresses: A Southern Affair
Hair + Make-Up: Nathan's Salon
December 05, 2011
November 28, 2011
I am so excited to share this baby shower, as it was very near and dear to my heart. My wonderful, gorgeous, incredibly smart sister-in-law is having a baby, and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I am so excited that Frank is going to have a cousin so close in age. We will have so much fun raising our babies together. Bring on the play dates, sleepovers, and all of the craziness that comes along with it!
When Nan told us she was pregnant, my mind immediately went into baby shower brainstorming mode. I wanted her to have the best baby shower! She was so amazing and supportive during my pregnancy and I wanted to do something extra special for her. My inspiration for the shower came from the adorable white ceramic table numbers that I found at BHLDN. The second I saw those I knew I wanted to incorporate the ABC, 123 theme. I was unsure of the color palette at first. I didn’t want to go the traditional pink route, but once Nan showed me some of the items that she picked out for her nursery the pink ended up being perfect! Adding the gray accent made it a more modern palette. The inspiration behind the bird accent was from some amazing nursery wall paper and a throw pillow from Dwell Studio. I worked with a good friend and invitation designer,Mary Margaret Mink, to design the shower invites which incorporated our colors and all of our décor elements. They really set the tone for the party. All of the additional print work and textiles were done in-house by my amazing assistant/designer Beverly. Everything came together so perfect! I couldn’t have been happier with the outcome, and I’m pretty sure Nan dug it too!
I have to say thank you to all of the other hostesses for letting me take the shower and run with it. They gave me complete creative control, and they were there to help with whatever I needed. Thank you ladies for putting up with my craziness!
Flowers + Styling: TULIP
Print Work: TULIP
Invitations: Mary Margaret Mink
Photography: b. mo foto
Cake: Icing on the Cake
Location: Frascogna House
November 04, 2011
Guys…… If you really want to win a gal over, do what this guy did. A few weeks ago, a client called upon us to plan and execute what he called, “the most romantic birthday dinner ever" for his wife of five years. So, we did just that. He had a few requests for us--he did not want it to be in a restaurant, he wanted music, lots of chocolate, and peonies (her favorite flower).
So this is how it all unfolded. We sent the lucky lady a beautiful arrangement with a love letter asking her to be ready at a specific time for a birthday dinner at a secret location. After picking up the couple, the limo pulls up to the Cedars to find the walkway romantically lit consisting of votives and lanterns leading up to the enormous magnolia tree where their dinner awaited them. As they walked into the "room" of the magnolia tree, she is greeted by family photographs of her, her husband, and their two precious little boys hanging on the trunk of the tree and sitting on an antique desk amongst her favorite flowers, dreamy candlelight, and one deliciously beautiful cake. The tears begin to flow. Music is playing. Love is definitely in the air.
As Patrick plays their favorite songs, Andy, with Bravo, serves them the most amazing 4 course meal beneath the candlelight. Reminiscing, dancing, visiting with parents that dropped by to share a couple hugs and "hellos," it is so obvious the night was indeed perfect. Words cannot explain how honored we were to be a part it.
Location: The magnolia tree at The Cedars
Music: Patrick Harkins of Fondren Guitars
Flowers and Styling: TULIP
Cake: Crazy Cat Bakery
November 02, 2011
Getting personal is not something that typically happens when I blog, but I’m going to go for it to kick off my newly updated blog and website. Our site is not completely ready yet (I have been a little pre-occupied), but I have been SO anxious to get back in the blogging game and I just can’t wait any longer! Plus, Beverly, my new right hand gal, has encouraged me to get a little bit more personal and I totally trust her advice. Don’t worry….. we’ll get to her in another post!
So, without further a due…….
I have had the most amazing 2011! Besides growing my business (almost
25% since last year!), Marty and I have also been growing our family. We
welcomed our first born son, Frank Edward Frascogna, to our family on
June 10th, 2011. He arrived exactly two weeks after Tulip finished its
spring wedding season. I never thought I was going to survive that one!
Working in 100 degree heat at 9 months pregnant was no picnic, but I got
through it and now we have the most amazing little creature on the
planet. I am actually getting choked up as I am writing this. Tears flow
pretty easy since becoming a Mom…. I think it’s a hormone thing. Being a
Mom and a business owner has been harder than I ever imagined, but I am
hanging in there. Besides….. I figure if I can make it through an
un-medicated, natural childbirth I can do anything! Now that was
definitely the hardest thing I have ever done. I don’t really know how I
survived that one, but I will say that the support of Marty and my
doula Carol Anne (my angel) had something to do with that. I am pretty
sure I asked for drugs several time, but they kept reminding me of our
plan and the gift that I would be receiving for all of my hard work. I
am so thankful for them. The day Frank was born was truly the most
unbelievable day of my life. All of the hard work throughout pregnancy
and labor was so worth it!
As I write this post, my little man is snuggled up in his crib with his butt up in the air and his little hands resting on each side of his chubby cheeks. I can’t wait to wake up to his smiley little face in the morning.
(All photography by: Beth Morgan)
I hope you enjoyed reading this very personal post! Please continue to check our blog often for new weddings and events, current events, studio updates, blurbs from Bev, and of course.....updates on Frank!
Oh, and one more thing….. Thank you to my amazing husband, family, and staff for making it possible to be a mommy and a business owner. I could never do this without your support!
September 18, 2011
Here's just a sneak peak of the wedding we did last weekend!