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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Staying Inspired

(Photography by: Jill Doty) 

A common question that a lot of us get in the creative industry is, "How do you stay inspired?" It is so easy for us to get stuck in ruts where our work becomes dull and honestly loses our interest. To have creative businesses, it must be fueled by a creative life. So, while we do not claim to have all the answers to this question and we do still find ourselves in this dry place every now + then, we have found a few things that keep us inspired that we wanted to share!

A misconception that we hear of often is to be inspired for floral design, we should study flowers or visit a flower farm to 'fall in love again' with their beauty again. Maybe for you as an abstract painter, someone told you that you should study other abstract paintings. Maybe you are a musician and you were told sitting in symphonies because that would be your best teaching. This simply is not true. As creatives we find, see, hear, smell and feel art all around us.  One of our favorite things to study at Bloomin' is line composition. The lines and angles of a floral design are so incredibly important. For this we study art, we see the way things grow naturally in the wild, we see lines and shapes all around us. For a musician, you might study music by stepping outside and hearing the wind blow around you. For an abstract painter, you might study feelings and the way emotions can be evoked in humans.

A woman that we highly regard in the creative industry, Joy Thigpen, once said that staying inspired can look like eating pre-packaged food versus whole foods. The pre-packaged foods being magazines, Pinterest, the Internet and whole foods being people, traveling, and nature. Both are necessary and offer great benefits, but just as our bodies gain much more benefit from eating whole foods, so our brains gain the same in creativity.

Another simple technique we (try) to practice is planning creative days. This is fun to do with friends, but it is also fun to do on your own. If you have time to do this once a week, you are doing something right, but for most of us this usually happens once a month or once a quarter. This is something that restores your soul. It can be a trip somewhere, a hike, a cocktail class, or an art museum visit. The options are endless on this earth for having a creative day. We would love to hear your feedback of what you have done th left you inspired. I think we can all share in this together and it might kickstart some ideas for others!

Our last tip is to keep things simple. A lot of times we find when we become overwhelmed which leads to burn out which leads to lack of inspiration and wanting to quit (haha), it is because we have overcommitted ourselves. By keeping things simple we are able have to create space around us to think and have time to plan those creative days. Sometimes staying inspired as a creative is not just so our business can benefit from it, it is so our well being as a creative can flourish. Our creative businesses would not exist if us a creative did not exist.

Friday, September 2, 2016


(Photography by: Paige Molina)

We know that Thanksgiving is still a few months away, but we just really like being thankful around here and this week, we are most thankful for YOU. Most weeks it is normal for us to receive a review or two in our inbox from previous clients and of course we respond with an email of personal thanks to them directly. However, we wanted to extend that publicly here as well. There is always time to be thankful and we have found that having a heart of gratitude invites more to be thankful for. None of us would be successful in this industry if it did not start with the friends and family supporting us, the vendors investing in friendship, the early clients who took a chance on us and the now clients who let us make their wedding days beautiful. Thank you all for your kindness in letting us into some of the most personal places of your lives and for sharing your love with us. We would cease to exist if it was not for you and for you we say thank you today. A day like any other, but a day that can be different in time because the state of our heart is set on gratitude. Let that change your heart today too by letting someone know why you are thankful for them! So from our team to you & yours, THANK YOU, thank you for making our job fun and our hearts full!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Style Me Pretty Feature

(Photography by: Alea Moore)
(Planning & Styling by: Burke Design + Planning)

Summer is still in full swing over here with this beautiful shoot that was featured today on Style Me Pretty Living, with our very own, Maeghan Cranford, creating this bright floral design! As featured in the article, "A Summer Sendoff is a bright, bold and vivacious style shoot designed to embody the celebration of the end of summer. Taking place appropriately poolside, this party celebrates beating the heat with a crisp cocktail, your go-to pal and an outfit that matches your mood!" There are a few weeks left of summer, so be sure to gather some inspiration from this shoot to throw your own summer sendoff the perfect way!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Joe + Lori

(Photography by: Paperlily)

Joe + Lori chose stunning summer flowers to match an elegant venue such as Chateau Elan. We loved the colors of the bridesmaid’s dresses & the hues of pink that complimented them so well. This May wedding was nothing short of soft and simple. We can feel the lightness and joy through their gorgeous photos.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

John + Amy


 (Photography by: Jill Doty)
(Planning by: Bash Atlanta)

Our spring and summer was filled with weddings at unique places with John & Amy’s maybe being one of the most unique at the Fernbank. This wedding was also not short of color as you can tell from the photos. We used a foundation of white with hues of blues and pinks. The soft blue in the napkins at each place setting really softened the bright pops that we used in the centerpieces. Another favorite of ours, is using mixed metals in votives as well as different vessel types throughout the reception tables. This was a fun one to work that allows us to expand out of solely using neutrals.