This last weekend I made it out to Denver to visit my parents for a quick weekend trip. Saturday morning they picked me up from the airport and we headed straight for the mountains. There isn't much prettier on a sunny day in May than the mountains after a spring of rain. As usual, both my dad & I took lots of pictures. This time, though, we were on the lookout for wildflowers. Here are the ones we found along the path by Loveland pass, along the sidewalk in Breckenridge and along I-70 & hwy 6 going through the mountains back and forth to Denver. I am not an expert and have tried looking them all up to find their names. I found a few of them, but if any of you know the names of the other ones, help me out. I couldn't find names for all of them. They are truly the icing on the cake when it comes to the beauty of the mountain trails.
boulder raspberry flower
hollygrape plant (leaves look like holly leaves)
??? these look like wild chives to me ???
these white flower were so tiny I almost missed them altogether
by Jenny Is spring here in Minnesota ever going to grace us with some sunshine & warm(er) weather? I check the 5 day forecast on my phone about 7 times a day, just crossing my fingers that the rain drops will be replaced by a sunshine! It will get here one of these days; I have hope!! Kicking off our spring weddings, we had a lovely one last Saturday at the Van Dusen Mansion in Minneapolis. Such a gorgeous venue! I had been looking forward to this wedding for quite a while! The bride's color palette was white, blush, pink & GOLD! Nothing brightens up cloudy days better than those colors.
We wanted to share the inspiration board we put together at the beginning of the planning stages as well as some of our favorite iphone pictures of the flowers. What are your favorite spring colors?
those two warm days we had this cold winter? Luckily one of those days
was during our “We Heart It” open house! It was an evening full of inspiration!
Our vision was to create a fun night for vendors, brides-to-be, and anyone who
enjoys parties to have delicious food, drinks and experience something new to get a fresh idea for their own event.
partnered with Diane, of The Vintage Type rentals, and were lucky enough to
use her lovely rentals throughout the entire showroom. Located in downtown
St. Paul, it was the perfect place to provide inspiration. Thank you Diane!
Chowgirls provided the delicious food that people couldn’t get enough
of, especially the Arugula wrapped in Prosciutto and savory coconut curry macadamia nuts!
Kelly’s husband Matt was able to create the stunning pallet wall
backdrop for the bar where our friend Marco of Bittercube poured amazing custom
cocktails specially created for the evening. The floral garland was made by Jen
and added the pop our bar needed!
from HLP photography spent the evening capturing all of the little details in
her talented way.
and place cards on our harvest and sweetheart tables were created by Rock Paper
Scissor and they completed our tablescape perfectly, thanks Kate!
Dier’s handcrafted wooden signs & cake toppers could be seen throughout the
space, and we were only able to showcase a handful of what they do!
true showstopper was Acowsay Designs’ Slow Motion Video booth! Something
different than your traditional photo booth…this is a little more involved for
the guests…and a lot of fun to be a part of. Check out the finished
You to all of the vendors who participated and made our evening shine and to
all who came out experience it. We truly appreciate you coming! We hope
to do it again soon!
Exciting news everyone!! We're throwing an awesome open house showcase for you all! Diane, owner of The Vintage Type rentals is working with us and the party will be held at her wonderful warehouse space in St. Paul, with all her amazing rentals as the backdrop. Many other great vendors are involved and we're working on bringing even more on board!
So, if you're looking for a fresh vision for your upcoming event or wedding come see what can be created using resources from the talented and successful vendors who are out there! Mingle with the best of the best and view the newest and most creative wedding trends, everything "we heart"! Food and tasty libations will be served all evening! We can’t wait to see you there!
WHEN? February 18, 2014 from 6-9PM
WHERE? The Vintage Type warehouse showroom (106 W. Water Street, St. Paul, MN 55107). Building says FARWELL, OZMUN, KIRK & CO, 2 WAREHOUSE 2 - Someone will let you in the locked main entrance, then up to 5th floor!
Today is such an exciting day, and a long time in the
making! Time sure flies when you are
having fun, re-designing websites & adding business partners to the
mix. Today Maven is happy to announce a
new face…well she’s not technically new…you might recognize her from this shoot & her wedding…but she is now
officially a MAVEN!!
Kelly Bollis and I have joined forces to create and execute
all your celebratory needs. Having her
join means I get to concentrate a little more on my true love of flowers, while
she takes the reigns on her expertise of vendor curating & event execution.
Check out our new website; Kelly did an amazing job on the re-design!! We have
also started a new Pinterestpage – follow us for party inspiration! We will be continuing to update and post
to twitter and facebook and both have an
instragram account, Mavenevents & Mavenfloral, so be sure to follow both of us to see what we’re working on.
To help with the re-launch, our lovely friend &
photographer, Heidi from HLPPhoto, met us at the Minneapolis Sculpture Gardens. For two people that
definitely are more comfortable being behind the scenes and arranging
everything, it was a lesson in how much work it is to get your photos taken. A special thanks to Maureen for doing our hair & make-up!
We have shared a few of our favorite pictures from Heidi, be sure
to explore our new website to see if you can spot them being used and check out Heidi’s blog
for lots of great photography.
We look forward to what the future holds for MAVEN! We have
lots of exciting projects in the works!
Last weekend I was able to take this wonderful class called Blogshop. Bri of Designlovefest & Angela of angela & ithyle photography teach this amazing class to take people that have never used photoshop to being able to easily navigate the program and take your blog to the next level. I've always wanted to go, but it wasn't until this February that they made their way to Minneapolis! Boy, was I excited....and I learned so much! And you'll be seeing more posts now because I HAVE to practice everything I learned!! Here's some instagrams of the weekend. Thanks Kate for signing up with me...it was great to go with a friend and have someone to remind me tricks when I forget! and thanks to all the blogshop sponsors for the amazing goodie bag!
A few weeks ago now one of my bestest of friends had her first baby. She is the most beautiful, full- head-of-hair, gorgeous baby!! Getting to hold this little pumpkin I remembered I hadn't posted any pictures of the shower we had thrown for her mom a few months back.
There are so many cute baby showers ideas, sometimes it is hard to decide what to do, but I had seen these homemade clouds from a few different blogs and I really wanted to build the party around these! So a dream/cloud theme was born. My invitation queen Kate of Paper Rock Scissor did the adorable invitations that compliment everything so nicely! And thanks to Heidi of Heidi Lynn Photography for taking these pictures!
the doily wrap and scallop edge on the address wrap helped introduce the clouds
wild rice soup, bread & fresh salad was on the menu
of course we needed some actual clouds in the room. thanks pinterest for all the how-to's!!
all the desserts had some "cloud" quality to them
etsy is so great for finding those finishing touches like these cloud straw decorations...
aren't those baby cups the cutest!!!
my first go at royal icing on sugar cookies. I definitely want to make these again!
overall these were some of my favorite flowers I have worked with...the peonies, cotton and astilbe all went so well with the clouds
we requested guests bring books instead of a card. Everyone was a fan, especially the pretty mama who has a good start on baby's library now!