A Discussion of Details
Early March was the perfect time for Ashley and Derek’s St. Pete Beach wedding at the iconic Don Cesar Hotel, and our Tailored Twig design team could not have been happier to be part of their special wedding day.
The couple, transplants from Ohio, invited their family and friends to a enjoy some warmer Tampa Bay weather with a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony on the sands of the Gulf of Mexico.
Ashley looked stunning in a floral patterned sheer lace sheath wedding gown and chapel length veil draped to cover her shoulders. Ashley carried a hand tailored bridal bouquet in shades of white and green which included Duchess peonies, garden roses, Queen Anne’s lace, white campanula, snapdragons, wax flower, seeded eucalyptus and white and black Marianne Anemone.
The bride’s beautiful bouquet was a stark contrast to her bridal party in their dusty rose gowns carrying handtied bouquets of lush greenery, green thistle and accented with soft pink King protea.
The couple’s traditional Jewish wedding ceremony was held under a chuppah constructed with tall textured ceramic vessels filled with towering bamboo and a canopy of flowing white satin. The bases of the vessels were adorned with quicksand roses and vendela roses, greenery and soft hanging green amaranthus to frame the entrance to the chuppah.
The couple’s wedding reception in the Don Cesar’s newly renovated ballroom included an eclectic mix of tablescapes.
Long rectangular guest tables were designed with tall contemporary gold tone metallic risers which held full lush clusters of greenery and studded with soft pink and white flowers accented with pink ice protea at the base.
Other tables alternated with unique textured organic vessels and more traditional footed compotes overflowing with anemone, snapdragons, seeded eucalyptus, ruscus, pink and white roses, ranunculus and protea.
A few soft white ranunculus, pink roses, wax flower and a statue of the couple’s fur baby Winnie complimented their two-tiered naked wedding cake.
This wedding design in soft pink and white with unique textural elements was the perfect creations for the historic pink Don Cesar and the eclectic blending of a traditional Jewish wedding and a contemporary couple.
Congratulations Ashley and Derek!
Our Tailored Twig website and blog showcases our inspiration, design creations and the weddings and events we are honored to be part of, but we wanted to take some time to introduce you to some of our fantastic design team.
First up, and not at all excited to be in the spot light is our incredible Tailored Twig Lead Designer Daniel Gonzalez. We had a little fun talking about things beyond floral design and creation.
Have a Little Fun
Daniel is from Camagüey, Cuba about halfway between Havana and Santiago de Cuba. It was no surprise that when we asked him about his favorite beer, wine or cocktail that he responded “Mojitos! Preferably, with Cuban rum.”
Daniel is a foody, when we asked what his last meal would be he joked “Sushi, Mexican, Italian and Indian.”
One of our favorite things about Daniel is that he’s not afraid to dance. Daniel’s favorite type of music is ‘Girl Talk” a DJ mashup on Pandora that Daniel always has playing in the Tailored Twig studio.
On A Serious Side
Daniel owns a two year old Pitbull named Duke that he rescued when his homeless owner died of an overdose. They are quite the pair.
Tailored Twig owner, Darin Bahl said the one thing about Daniel that makes him smile is his ability to come up with a solution to basically any challenge, “it makes my heart smile.” Daniel’s favorite phase is “make it work.”
Daniel began his career in floral design seven years ago and has been working with our Tailored Twig design team for two years. His talent is so impressive, one minute he is pulling out a vessel for an arrangement and then look up again to see a gorgeous arrangement, sometimes more than one.
His creative talents extend beyond floral design; there are pieces of his artwork hanging in our studio.
Daniel says his favorite part of his job is conceptualizing and ultimately building things we’ve never seen or done before. And he does it so well.
Beyond his artistic talents and being an incredible floral designer, Daniel is a wonderful friend. He is a great listener and gives great advice and has a great laugh, whichever you might need.
We are overjoyed to have Daniel as our Tailored Twig Lead Designer, be sure to say HI to him the next time you are in our studio, you will be glad you did!
One of the things that sets our Tailored Twig design team apart is our process for working with our clients. Sketching out details of design elements for a wedding or event can truly show a client the vision we have discussed in living color.
We thought that sharing some of the inspiration sketches and the completed floral creation would be a wonderful way to share how a vision comes to life.
For our first feature we chose Maria and Charles’ Sarasota holiday wedding at Ca d’Zan, the beautiful historic mansion at The Ringling.
Their breathtaking outdoor holiday wedding ceremony on the steps of the Ringling Mansion was framed with magnificent stone and tile details, an oversized door in wood and wrought iron and some holiday décor with greenery, and twinkling lights.
The color story for their wedding was a bright, beautiful red. Maria, coming from Columbia was looking for something as bold and fiery as her personality.
The original design sketch was comprised of three tall gold pedestal vessels, alternating sides up the aisle as you approached the stairs where Maria and Charles would exchange their wedding vows.
The vessels increased in size beginning with a 38” tall urn, and progressing to 50” and finally 60” tall as you approached the wedding altar.
Each of the three vessels were overflowing with an oversized asymmetrical floral creation containing brilliant red anthurium, several dozen red roses, dark ruby red scabiosa
and magnificent dark burgundy cymbidium orchids.
The altar pieces were a pair of towering 78” vessels with red statement pieces matching the three pieces leading up the aisle, one on each side of the bride and groom.
We would say that the magnificent final floral creation was spot on, creating the perfect backdrop of the Maria and Charles’ luxurious Sarasota outdoor wedding ceremony.
Be sure to look for more Tailored Twig “From Inspiration to Creation” blog posts in the months to come!
For more breathtaking images from Maria and Charles’ Ringling wedding visit the blog post at Jennifer Matteo Event Planning.
Floral Creations: Tailored Twig
Event Planning: Jennifer Matteo Event Planning
Bartending and Catering: Modern Events
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Ca d'Zan at The Ringling
Hair and Makeup: Brides by Kelly Anne
Invitations and Stationery: Write-on Sarasota
Music - Ceremony/Cocktail/Reception: Breezin Entertainment
Officiant: Sunrise Sunset Weddings, Patricia Larose
Photographer: Katelyn Prisco Photography
Rentals / Decor: So Staged
Rentals / Glassware and Flatware: US Tent Rental
Rentals / Linen: Nuage Designs
Rentals / Tables and Chairs: Palacios Events
Signage: Signs In One Day
Wedding Cake: Cakes by Ron
Wedding Gown: Calvet Couture Sarasota
Videographer: Jessica Overholt Videography
Our Tailored Twig team loves being part of the Tampa Bay area wedding community. There are so many amazing wedding professionals as well as opportunities for networking and education.
Our Tailored Twig design team was invited to showcase our work at last month’s Association of Bridal Consultants Central Florida West Local Networking Group event.
The Association of Bridal Consultants hosts networking and educational events for the wedding community on a monthly basis across the Tampa Bay area with a focus on education.
The March meeting was held here in downtown Tampa at the brand new Julian B Lane Riverfront Park, an incredible special event space with nearly 3,000 square feet of space located on the west bank of the Hillsborough River.
The event space features floor to ceiling windows that open into a covered terrace with outstanding views of downtown Tampa. The space melds polished concrete floors, textured wooden walls and exposed beams into a unique industrial space.
Our team played off that vibe by combining rustic wooden farmhouse tables, silver industrial metal chairs with textured glass charger plates and luxurious linens in a spring color story.
We began the design concept by placing a large bright yellow and green floral chandelier in the center of the space and then placed similarly styled smaller floral chandeliers over the wooden farmhouse tables.
These long tables were layered with brightly colored table runners, round metallic vessels overflowing with flowers that continued the spring color story in shades of yellow and green with interesting blooms and interesting textures.
Our creations included butterscotch and caramel antique roses, yellow parrot tulips, blooming forsythia branches, and wolly bush with its soft texture. Mixing in metallic tone votive candles in a variety of sizes and a soft velvet napkin in a contrasting color topped with a super green ranunculus added more interest to the tablescape.
The round guest tables were draped with soft velvety linen and dressed with tall centerpieces atop bronze metallic risers. Using the same unique floral specimens as the low arrangements, these tall arrangements added in wax flower, fritillaria, green kangaroo paws, hybrid poppies, calathea, fern fronds, thistle, orchids and brunia albiflora creating more dimension and interest.
This was a wonderful opportunity to showcase our work in one of Tampa’s newest event spaces to a community of our fellow wedding professionals. It was also gave us the chance for our team to mix and mingle and make some new friends.