A Discussion of Details
Trying to interview our Tailored Twig design team for our team profiles has its challenges, they typically do not like to be put on the spot taking about their life outside of work.
Fortunately, we gave our Studio Administrator, Mary, plenty of notice and asked lots of questions about her life here in the Tampa area.
This week Mary is celebrating her one-year anniversary with our Tailored Twig family, so we thought it was time to introduce you to the voice on the other end of the phone.
A transplant from Rockaway Beach, New York; a little surfer town written about by The Ramones. Coming from the north east, it’s not a surprise that while Mary loves the new-life feeling of spring and feeling like a kid during the summer, she also loves the change of seasons that come with fall and winter.
Mary’s background in interior design brings so much to the team, with her understanding of space and event flow. She is super organized and her personality fits in perfectly with our design team.
She’s not so secretly obsessed with our studio's Austin Powers pinball machine with a high score of 144,602,280 and she just might be a little bit competitive.
We love that she is Wentworth’s biggest fan, and spoils him rotten. At home, she has a crested gecko named Boz Scaggs and two rescue kitties, Amelia Earhart and Nellie Bly; who live up to their strong female namesakes.
Eclectic is the perfect term to describe Mary. From Django to Dave Matthews Band, antiquing to thrift stores, ice hockey to yoga; she enjoys New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Russian River Pinots, as well as craft beers and gin.
When asked what her last meal on earth would be, she answered in her usual fashion that she would pick four items off the menu and ask the server to surprise her with one of them.
Living here nearly seven years, Mary has taken well to Florida life. She makes time to explore Florida’s history and natural beauty, making it to one new place every weekend. She will usually look for places to swim, dive, dip her toes in the water and she even tried cave diving this year.
Another aspect of Mary’s life is her desire to give back. Both of her cats are rescues, she regularly participates in beach cleanups and is part of several nature conservancy organizations and donates blood as often as they will let her.
When asked the favorite part of her job, Mary answered:
Hands down – seeing all of the photos from our clients after their special events. I get to witness everything that happens behind the scenes – from first interactions with newly engaged couples, to the conceptualization process and the painstaking logistics, to the final result and big smiles that come along with it.
As you can see Mary is the perfect fit for our Tailored Twig design team!
Our Tailored Twig creative design team loved working with a talented group of wedding professionals to create this intimate at-home wedding in Osprey, just outside of Sarasota.
The outdoor wedding ceremony took place under a sprawling tree in the side yard of the couple’s home.
The bride carried a loose, organic, flowing bouquet of Marianne anemone, white astilbe, soft white tea roses, green thistle, white snowberries, and full luxurious Duchess peonies, creating incredible texture.
Following the wedding ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails, and butler passed hors d’ oeuvres on the pool deck.
A lounge area was created with stunning royal blue velvet sofas accented with neutral-toned accent pillows and vintage chairs. Modern glass and gold coffee tables were dressed with arrangements of textured greenery, white roses, and soft blue delphinium, which popped against the blue backdrop.
The patio dining space was set with long wooden rustic tables set under a canopy of shimmering lights.
Place settings of uniquely shaped, vintage-inspired, cream-colored china with delicate gold bands were layered with soft floral pattern napkins, custom menus, and place cards.
The tables were lined with a combination of low, flowing arrangements in unique vessels ranging from rustic materials to delicate Venetian glass. The vessels overflowed with antique hydrangea, white campanula, dark blue delphinium, cream roses, and baby blue nigella.
Taller modern glass vessels with floating candles, a gold-toned birdcage with pillar candles, and elegant vintage glass votives completed this eclectic look.
After a welcome by the couple and a blessing, the wedding guests enjoyed an amazing five-course gourmet dinner while being serenaded by soft guitar music.
Following a fantastic dinner, the friends and family danced the night away, and the evening concluded with the bride and groom cutting this striking two-tiered wedding cake.
The bottom tier was a beautiful pale blush color, and the top layer was an elegant black tier with hand-detailed gold scrolling. The blending of Duchess peonies and Marianne anemone, along with a delicate gold riser and vintage-inspired linen, created a beautiful backdrop for an understated wedding cake.
Beautiful floral and decorative accents can transform an intimate, at-home wedding into a memorable occasion.
Our Tailored Twig design team looks forward to working with you to create the wedding of your dreams.
Thank you to the incredible team of wedding professionals who made this beautiful Sarasota area wedding complete.
Floral Design: Tailored Twig
Wedding Planning: Jennifer Matteo Event Planning
Wedding Photographer: Arianna J Photography
Wedding Film: A Peachy Life Productions
Transportation: SRQ Services Transportation
Catering: Modern Events
Lighting: Palacio’s Events
Entertainment: Breezin Entertainment
Rentals: Treasury Rentals
Rentals: US Tent Rental
Rentals: Nuage Designs
Rentals: BBJ Linen
Wedding Cake: Cakes by Ron
Guest Accommodations: Bentley’s Boutique Hotel
One of our Tailored Twig design team's favorite elements of a wedding is the bridal bouquet.
These unique, textured, hand-tailored creations are a personalized accessory for the bride-to-be and a compliment to her wedding gown. But the bridal bouquet also sets the tone and often the color story for the rest of the wedding décor.
Everything Old Is New
In ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt brides frequently carried bouquets that included stalks of grain, flowering branches, fresh herbs, and native flowers.
These abundant, textural bouquets were fragrant, and each item honored a specific deity, typically for warding off evil spirits, invoking fertility, and the unbreakable bonds of marriage.
During the Victorian era, people became obsessed with the language of flowers. Each floral specimen had a specific meaning and symbolism.
Bridal bouquets, while communicating a specific meaning, were often small, compact, and uniformly shaped.
Fashion and fortune in the early 20th century and royal weddings after World War II brought about more luxurious styles of bridal bouquets, as well as flowers for the bridal party, boutonnieres, ceremony and reception décor.
Today’s modern bridal bouquets tell a story, incorporating each bride’s unique personality and also of the events to come.
Bridal bouquets are not only a luxurious statement piece that accessorizes the bride’s ensemble, but they tell a story.
Maria’s fiery personality and Colombian heritage inspired a brilliant red wedding color story and this magnificent cascading bridal bouquet.
The décor for this Sarasota wedding at The Ringling’s Ca d’Zan took its inspiration from the bouquets red Colombian roses, deep burgundy amaranthus, glossy red anthurium, and black scabiosa
The elegant Mediterranean Revival of The Villa Casa Casuarina, also known as the Versace Mansion, and its hand-painted murals lent themselves to a more reserved, yet elegant, floral creation.
The bride’s sheaf bouquet in neutral tones was filled with textural elements that included miniature pineapples for a whimsical touch. This was the perfect styling for her soft natural makeup and hairstyling, as well as her light flowing Grecian style gown.
Rustic Yet Romantic
Tampa’s historic Rialto Theatre, with its distressed rustic features and exposed brick, set the backdrop for Chelsea and Matt’s wedding.
Chelsea carried a rustic bouquet of lush greens, seeded eucalyptus, burgundy tipped king protea, pink waxflower, and burgundy roses and dahlias. The hand-tailored creation combined a romantic color palette and rustic texture.
The modern elements of the Art Ovation Hotel in Sarasota gave our Tailored Twig design team the perfect opportunity for creations with boldness, color, and personality.
The bride’s bouquet incorporated bold, vibrant colors with huge full campanula garden roses, blue thistle, astrantia, and brilliant, uniquely shaped gloriosa lilies. Tulip magnolia branches extended from this hand-tailored creation to add dimension and interest.
Romance Meets Industrial
Lauren and Grymes’ Tampa wedding allowed our creative team the opportunity to blend the romantic detailing of the couple’s Sacred Heart Catholic Church wedding ceremony with the more industrial textures of their Armature Works reception venue.
Lauren carried a stunning, one-of-a-kind, bridal bouquet that incorporated King Protea, cymbidium orchids, black scabiosa, white anemones with dark centers, Quicksand and Heart roses with seeded eucalyptus, hanging green amaranthus and privet berry.
The elegant combination of botanicals played with color and texture, the perfect accessory to her stunning gown with long sleeves of embroidered lace.
What will your bridal bouquet say about you and your wedding?
Our Tailored Twig design team looks forward to the opportunity to create a spectacular, custom-designed creation to reflect your personality and style.
If you have not been to our Tailored Twig design studio in Tampa you are missing out on a lot. Our design studio is just like our Tailored Twig creations; edgy, intentional, and everything tells a story.
Back in early March, our Tailored Twig team brought in a new addition to our family. Wentworth, our mascot in training and one of the best-behaved pups in the floral business.
When Wentworth arrived in our Tampa design studio, he had huge paws, big floppy ears, and soft squishy skin. He was super curious, loved to play, and run around the studio and warehouse.
Gone But Not Forgotten
Wentworth follows in the footsteps of our original mascot, Winthrop, who we lost back in February. He was the inspiration for our Tailored Twig logo and taught our team a lot about love and life.
He showed us how to be better humans. He was always true to his nature. He loved all beings, if they were aggressive or annoying, he quietly walked away.
Wentworth, who is also a German Shorthaired Pointer, has been growing by the minute.
He loves to hang out with his big brother Buster, who spends most of the day sleeping, but loves to cuddle.
Wentworth’s ongoing training has included teaching him to answer telephone calls, which always adds a sense of calm to everyone he speaks with.
Cuddle time with the boys is the perfect way for our Tailored Twig team to take a little break. Just like every vessel we use and every floral creation we hand tailor, these boys are unique and different.
Now, if we could just teach Wentworth to chase down ping pong balls!
We know that Wentworth had huge shoes to fill as our Tailored Twig studio mascot, but he’s doing an incredible job, and still just a pup.
Stop by our Tampa floral design studio sometime, if you want to come play with Wentworth.
He has a lot of energy to burn off!