Mikenzie Ryan Photography » Luxury and destination wedding photographer

Planning a wedding can be fun, stressful, exciting, and expensive, all at the same time! Wedding vendors don’t want it to be this way, it’s just a new experience for most brides-to-be, and unknown territory! Each aspect of a wedding is different, and your experience will range tremendously when working with florists, planners and DJ’s. Grey to Blue is excited to start a new series that will hopefully help guide couples through the process with more knowledge about what they want, how each vendor works and, fingers crossed, help relieve the stress and overspending that comes with wedding planning!

First up on our list is florists! Luckily, we’ve brought in one of our favorite wedding florists to help answer some of the most frequently asked questions and give you some confidence for when you tackle this aspect of your planning!

Everyone, welcome Kayli, owner and creative mastermind behind The Bloom Bar in San Marcos, Texas!

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Hi there, I’m Kayli! I’m so excited to share some of my tips for choosing the right florals for your wedding.

I might be a bit biased, but I feel like fresh flowers really make a wedding so special. There is nothing like the sweet smells and lush texture they add to your big day, and they really have a wow factor with your guests. But just because flowers are lush and luxurious, it doesn’t mean they have to break the bank! One of my favorite things to do is guide my clients to find their wedding style in florals and make wise decisions when it comes to their décor. Here are a few of my top tips and frequently asked questions:

Where to splurge and where to save?!

My number one suggestion is to invest in your bridal bouquet. It will most likely be your most photographed piece, so save your most expensive flowers for this beauty. For example, pricier blooms like peonies or anemones can get expensive when used in all centerpieces and arch installations, but a few pops of these stunners in your bridal bouquet is perfect. It is your day after all. ☺ I also suggest having at least one “showstopper” bouquet—whether that’s a gorgeous and artful sign-in arrangement or a stunning arch installation. Going heavier on greenery is super hot right now, so find ways to incorporate multiple textures and colors of greenery will make a big impact at a budget-conscious price. I always suggest saving in the centerpiece department—Having 2-3 options of centerpieces helps to give you some florals through centerpieces, but you can also saving by using lanterns or candles with lots of greenery. Again—I’m always conscious of what is going to be photographed the most, and every centerpiece certainly won’t be.

Choose by color palette, not stem by stem.

One of my favorite ways to design is to work directly with my growers to curate a gorgeous collection of blooms for my brides. The growers know exactly what is looking its best day-to-day, so when brides give me the flexibility and freedom to design by style and color palette vs. choosing each individual stem, the results are usually so much better. My growers always surprise me with unique blooms and textures, and when I can use my best judgement to style the stems for my brides it’s the best! Being super particular about certain flowers (especially when they are out of season) puts us in a tough spot sometimes—we of course want to honor your wishes, but have to make a judgement call if the blooms are looking less than their very best. This is an important conversation to have with your florist—and why choosing one who aligns with your style is so important.

A note about vases and vessels:

Ask your florist upfront if they have vintage vessels or vases to rent. So many brides feel the pressure to collect tons of vases (which is cool if that’s your thing!) If you do decide to use your own vases, be sure to either communicate their size to your florist or give them the vases at least a month in advance. The openings or vases vary so greatly, so it’s important for us to know exactly how many blooms to order for the vase size. The pros of having your own vases is that you get to keep them at the end of the night or give them out to guests, but sometimes its easier and more affordable to use the florists inventory.

And there you have it! Choosing flowers should be a fun and inspiring experience. Just stay true to yourself and your personal style, and have an open line of communication with your florist along the way!

Xoxo

Kayli

 

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I mentioned a while back that I was working on making a list of all the things to do/really appreciate before  Atlas enters this world. I got such great feedback and so many wonderful ideas from moms and I have been putting this list into action ever since! Atlas is already our greatest gift, but I know life as we know it will be turned upside down once she arrives. So, until that day comes, I am no longer taking advantage of mornings without any type of alarm, random Netflix binges, reading novels by the chapter, quiet morning walks or spontaneous date nights! Tim and I are taking full advantage of enjoying our marriage, each other’s company and our daily routines.

1. Read two novels
2. Take a road trip
3. Babymoon!
4. Change our last name
5. Clean out my closet
6. Move office into extra room and start the nursery!
7. Sand and stain coffee table
8. Paint printer table
9. Play new version of Catan
10. Get new curtains for our bedroom
11. Spa day with Brandie!
12. See a movie in theaters
13. Take Obi to a new park
14. Take a spontaneous date night/day
15. Go see a concert!
16. Go on a date with myself
17. Try a new workout class
18. Stop dreading meal planning and enjoy the time I get to prep my weeks worth of healthy food!

As humans, we have a hard time living in the present and not being anxious for what is too come. I am hoping this list helps me appreciate where I am at, while looking forward to what is coming in the next months!

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Photographing other photographers is my happy place. They know what they want, appreciate your work and are a breeze to photograph! Brandie, owner of Bourbon Oak Tree, isn’t just another photographer, but also my best friend and partner in crime. As you can tell from the photos below, she’s fun, quirky, goofy, kind and has the best grasp on who she is and wants to be in life. Which, to me, is one of the most admirable qualities you can find in someone. I won’t go on any longer with my girl crush, but if you are ever in the Dallas area, hit this girl up. You’ll be investing in an amazing friendship!

 

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What is better than asking your girlfriend to marry you? Having a professional photographer document it and have her friends and family there to see it all! Honestly, I can’t think of anything better!

Will and Becca kindly accepted my request when I asked them to model at my workshop back in July, but shortly after I got a very sneaky message from Will asking if he could pop the question to Becca after the shoot was over. Ummm who would say no to this?!?!
After our secret meet up to plan out all the details, I was so excited to see Becca FINALLY get to say ‘yes’ to the man of her dreams. Becca is not only a talented wedding photographer that used to work for Grey to Blue, but also a dear friend of mine that I adore.

Blindsided, Becca (of course) said yes and was warmly greeted by her family immediately following the proposal. Such a beautiful couple that I cannot wait to see get married next year!

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Baby Update! 

Guys, technology is amazing. At just 11.5 weeks we were able to find out we are having a little girl! Is that not insane?! Atlas will be joining us on March 4, 2017 and it just doesn’t feel real.

The last three months have been a whirlwind of emotions, hormones and sickness! First off, thank you all so much for the love, support, encouragement and advice you have graciously gifted us with since our announcement. It’s been a rough couple of months as I learn to slow down and truly listen to my body. The first thing I learned is ‘morning sickness’ is not a ‘morning’ sickness. It’s an all day, random, constant battle between not being hungry but forcing yourself to eat for the baby, and being so hungry the nausea has taken over. Not to mention the never ending pull to my bed for a ‘quick’ little cat nap.

I have had to learn how to slow down the daily grind, eat more often, and the hardest part, learn to let go of the guilt. Grey to Blue has been a constant hustle for me, so when I had to take a full week off just to stay healthy, I started to feel guilty for being lazy or weak. When really, I didn’t have a choice. This baby needed me to slow down, and instead of trying to keep up, I sent out an email keeping all my clients up to date, laid back down, and ate some more cheetos. It’s been a frustrating process trying to find who and what I need to be for this little orange taking over my life, but I couldn’t be happier <3

But there is always good news! In the last two weeks I have started to really feel like myself again! I am sooooo ready to enjoy the idea of being pregnant without puking 20 seconds later, and get back to eating my normal foods, working out, and functioning like a normal human! Not going to lie though, I am definitely still taking advantage of the naps 🙂

In light of my mood boost and being 1/3 of the way through pregnancy, I am gathering all my mama’s and their advice and putting together my Before Baby Bucket list! Stay tuned for what Tim and I are trying to knock off the list before Atlas makes her debut and other baby updates!

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