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{ Field Trip Friday } Ace Cuervo Photography

#FieldTripFriday is back y’all and today I’m talking to Ace Cuervo, wedding photographer extraordinaire. Since I’m still newish to Team Fleuriste, this series has been the perfect way of meeting other vendors in the event business. With Ace, he and I have met several times but haven’t had the chance to talk at length. { he’s usually shooting the bridal party while Team Fleuriste is setting up for the wedding } After today, I can totally see why brides feel so comfortable trusting their memories to Ace…we talked for almost 45 minutes and now I’m pretty sure we’re BFF!

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Luckily for all future brides, Ace may be based in Tulsa but travels anywhere he can for a wedding. I imagine he has shot in some grand locations but as he says, he likes to “bloom where you’re planted” so regardless of location, his goal is to find the beauty where he is. I’m sure its easy to fall into a repetitive trend, taking the same photos over and over but luckily Ace focuses on making sure each wedding is unique to the couple and never replicates the same images.

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As a first-generation immigrant, photography wasn’t a dream Ace had as a child but it quickly became a passion later in life. He received his business degree but decided pursing an MBA wasn’t in the cards. For years he worked at the Tulsa World as a photojournalist and gradually started shooting weddings on the side. { In fact, his first bride had to persuade him to take her pictures…she deserves a prize for getting him started in the business! } Eventually weddings called to him more than newspapers so nine years ago, Ace Cuervo Photography officially launched and he started the journey in self-employment!

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Speaking of self-employment, Ace is loving life as his own boss and setting his own hours. His favorite thing to do when he isn’t working is to relax with his family. { his wife of 12 years and two kids, 5 & 7 } Talented in not only photography, Ace also loves to work with metal and tinker around the house. When I started to hear about his love of vacations and his favorite island off of Cancun, I had to shut the conversation down. { I mean, if you aren’t going to take me there, why talk about it? AmIRight? }

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My favorite question to ask in this series? “Is there a drama or diva moment that you can share?” Once again, I was totally let down and not given the inside scoop { I suppose this helps get repeat business… } but Ace did share that when weather doesn’t cooperate, potential melt-downs could ensue so he’s become a pro at shooting around the crazy Oklahoma weather. As he says, “we can’t always have the beautiful sunsets so lets use what we have around us.” A break in the rain can turn into a mantel-worthy portrait or lightening and drama in the sky can create the perfect backdrop for a bride and groom!

Thanks to my new BFF…I mean Ace…for taking us behind-the-scenes of Ace Cuervo Photography! Have a great weekend!

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Once Upon A Time…

…there was a teenage girl who dreamed about her wedding. Today’s bride, Nishay, planned her ‘Happily Ever After’ when she was only 15 years old and brought the proof { what we’ll now refer to as THE binder } to our first consultation. This fairytale wedding included not only one modern princess and her prince charming, but also our favorites: lush flowers and dreamy details.

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Nishay’s passion for posh blooms was evident by the large section of THE binder devoted just to flowers. All of spring’s best were needed to create this storybook wedding. { peonies, sweat pea, hydrangea, garden roses and ranunculus…just to name a few } Based on Nishay’s reaction upon entering the ballroom, #TeamFleuriste nailed it!

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Romantic floral designs spilling from silver vessels in shades of blush, ivory and champagne accented the room. Cascading flowers topped the delicious five-tiered ivory cake while the sweetest floral crown topped the head of one very special flower girl! { Perhaps Nishay will pass on her love of weddings and we’ll see her flower girl toting her own wedding binder one day? }

Happily Ever After has never looked so happy. Congratulations Nishay & Anthony! To see more of their dream wedding, view the full gallery on our website.

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photos courtesy of Candi Coffman all rights reserved

video courtesy of Pen Weddings

wedding planner The Bride

rentals Marianne’s Rentals   ice sculpture Ideas In Ice   cake Amy Cakes

makeup  Chelsey Ann

 ceremony venue Crossings Community Church   reception entertainment Gaillardia Country Club

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{ Feature Friday } Sal!

Today’s feature is The Man.The Myth.The Legend…Sal! There is no better time to start writing from my point of view than the present { Hi, my name is Laura and I write these blogs } and I can’t wait for you to meet my Sal Pal. Back in October when I started working with the team, I quickly dubbed Mr. Salvatore Bovino “Sal Pal” because one, I love a cheesy rhyme and two, it is so true. Once you meet Sal, you get a Pal for life! { But seriously, meet him once and he’ll remember you forever }

A notorious joke teller, this cheerful man is behind the wheel for The Fleuriste driving our van and helping us with any number of odd jobs around the store. He knows every back road in town, the dirt on every family you’ve ever heard of, still uses a flip phone and has a heart of gold! If you really want to get to know Sal, you’ll have to catch him at happy hour. { he prefers Skyy } Otherwise, for the immediate inquiring minds, I’ve asked all of the hard questions below.

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How long have you been at The Fleuriste? Just a little over five years

What is your favorite part of your job? I love working with the other members of the team. I also love to deliver flowers to the ladies who are home and see their smiling faces!

What does a typical work day look like? When I first get to work, I’ll see what we have on the calendar for the day and get my instructions. Each day is different, which keeps it interesting for me. { Side note: I love sending Sal on errands for us. He is Team Fleuriste’s best PR because he knows everyone in town! }

What’s your favorite flower? Godetia

What’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t working? I like to mingle! { Side note: This was seriously his answer and all I got out of him! }

Where did you work before The Fleuriste? Right before coming to The Fleuriste, I worked at Michael’s Florist for eight years to the day. Before that, I was retired but before that, I was in the restaurant business. My late wife and I owned Sissy’s Tea and Luncheon Room in the First National Center. She wouldn’t let me in the kitchen so I worked the front of the restaurant while she was in the back!

Do you have a { clean and short } joke you can share with us? That’s too hard. I don’t have many of those and can’t remember any right now. { Side note: this is the honest truth. Sal’s jokes need adult supervision }

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{ Field Trip Friday } OKC Golf & Country Club

Fridays are for fun and what’s a part of Team Fleuriste’s fun? Field Trips! We love an excuse to get away from our desks { especially before a long weekend! } so today we’re getting out of the office and talking to Tracy Johnson, Event Director, at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club.

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For the past three years, Tracy has been responsible for overseeing all events at the club including everything from the annual member Christmas party to managing outside vendors during weddings. We can certainly say from experience, Tracy and her team make sure each event is executed perfectly!

Speaking of managing vendors, Team Fleuriste knows that we are Tracy’s favorite { obviously… } but when asked if she could agree with that statement, she diplomatically responded that her motto is “we are all a team so each vendor that comes in is treated like a part of the OKCGCC team to create the perfect event. I am truly enjoying developing friendships with the vendors here in OKC.” We suppose this response makes her job easier when she works with other vendors but we’ll always know the truth!

It goes without saying that planning events is a busy and stressful job. If you’ve ever planned a meeting or a party { or even just tried to get your friends to agree on a date for a lunch }, you know how crazy it can get so we had to know how Tracy does it every day. Her response? “I tell anyone thinking about event planning that you will either love it or hate it, there is no in-between.  If you love it you are crazy (and I love it so I am crazy) but it’s very rewarding.  No matter the event, and we do everything from business meetings to weddings, I want every detail to be perfect and each member and guest to have a great time.  I am so blessed to have an amazing staff here at the club that understands our vision and works to produce it every day.” Well…we love the floral event business so maybe we’re crazy too? No comment.

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All of the events hosted at the club are great but one of our favorite times to be there? Christmas! Have you ever seen their 30 foot tree? It is spectacular! Team Fleuriste found out that OKCGCC has a farmer in Colorado who they use specifically for their Christmas trees. The pre-selected tree arrives at 6:30 a.m., the Sunday after the Beaux Arts Ball, and the next two days are spent decorating it. If you haven’t seen this gorgeous sight for yourself, make it a priority this December!

Thank you Tracy and the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club for letting Team Fleuriste show you off today. We’re eagerly awaiting the end of the day so we can finish the week like Tracy does…by kicking off the heels and having a glass of wine. Cheers!

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{ Team Fleuriste Loves } Table Numbers

Happy #WeddingWednesday! We’re celebrating today by showing off some of our favorite ideas for table numbers. From DIY to purchased, organic to glam, and everything in between, the options for this small but mighty detail are endless.

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Acrylic, glittered and polka-dotted are all favorites from Team Fleuriste events!

Marble Table Number

We can’t claim this marble table number but we definitely wish we could. { Let us know if we can do this for you! }

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Gold and navy are always a classic combo as seen at table number five. Table number eight shows that organic is great { we love a cheesy rhyme } and how pretty is the watercolor calligraphy at table number one? Thanks to Pinterest, the ideas are endless!

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{ Field Trip Friday } Judy Lehmbeck

Today we are back with another great industry partner in our Field Trip Friday blog series! We love showing off the people who work behind the scenes to make fabulous events possible and no one is more behind the scenes than today’s guest, planner-extraordinaire, Judy Lehmbeck. Since Fridays are a very busy day in the planner world, we took her out earlier in the week and helped her unwind in her most favorite way: having someone else wait on her while she eats dinner and has a drink!

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Judy’s 25 years of party planning experience could certainly write a book of it’s own.  We’re sure all the special requests, memorable moments and of course, diva episodes would fill the pages with laughter and intrigue. Judy is never one to kiss and tell; however, there was a particularly memorable moment she loved sharing. In New York a few years back, Judy planned a wedding at the Waldorf-Astoria {what a dream!}. The legendary Harlem Gospel Choir serenaded the wedding guests from the ceremony to the reception. {Swoon!}

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Did you know that Judy is a shoe aficionado? It never fails, when you see her, you have to find out where she got her shoes! Her go-to favorites are usually Stuart Weitzman but her latest and greatest find {and what she was wearing when we got together} is Marion Parke’s Bernadette. We hear these great little strappy numbers can be found at Oklahoma City’s very own Ballet’s.

In her “spare” time, Judy loves to travel. She has a long list of locations she has visited and several that she counts as favorites but as she says, “each time I leave a country, it becomes my new favorite.” The South of France currently holds the top spot on her favorite’s list {and left us dreaming of mediterranean sunsets!}.

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Judy’s client list is to-die for and perhaps that’s why we feel so lucky to work with her. Her well-rooted relationships seem to make the planning process a breeze. She continues to wow us with her creativity, drive and passion for the client!

A great big hug and kiss to Judy for sharing her time with us! We’ve gotta go now…we’re off to watch Judy’s new favorite show, “The Catch.” See you next time, friends.

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{ Team Fleuriste Loves } Kate Spade

Team Fleuriste has a lot of favorites that inspire us and we love to share them with you! In today’s edition, we’re talking all about Kate Spade. The colorful and playful designs of this lifestyle brand are always on-point. Have you seen the new home decor line? Total perfection! They also have an incredible selection of items that are the perfect gifts to give and/or receive! { Sometimes you need to give yourself a gift, too }


Our love for the brand and our love for parties collided when we worked with Whitney Fusion on a party at V2 at Vast! The theme was Kate Spade so we had a blast creating the perfect floral designs for this stunning evening. Every detail was thought out, like the gold dots on the backs of the acrylic chairs and polka-dot wrapped green napkins! You’ll definitely want to see the full gallery of photos by clicking { HERE }.

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photos courtesy of Aaron Snow Photography all rights reserved

event design Whitney Fusion

venue V2 at Vast   lighting & A/V Innovative Event Solutions

rentals Marianne’s Rentals   band Justin Young Band

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{ Team Fleuriste Loves } Brit+Co

Today we’re talking about one of Team Fleuriste’s favorite websites: Brit+Co! Are you as hooked as we are? If you haven’t heard about it, make sure you carve out at least an hour for your first visit. Once you fall down the rabbit hole, you’ll have a tough time coming out! Our Event Manager, Ashley, got us all obsessed and now there’s no turning back from our daily oohing and ahhing. Check out some of our favorites below…

Brit+Co DIY

Looking to spice up your wedding? Brit+Co has a ton of DIY projects to help customize your day! We love this shoe hack to bring in a little something blue. Also something needed for your wedding day? Emergency supplies! Be sure to check out their list of must-haves.

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We love a good party and Brit+Co has plenty of great inspiration for tips, tricks and favors. These awesome DIY Confetti Trays would be a great hostess gift or party favor! { Confetti, glitter…we could go on and on about how fabulous details like these are… } What goes with the perfect party? The perfect cocktail, of course. Check out their whole section dedicated to great ones!

Brit+Co DIY

Something else we love is online shopping – you won’t want to miss Brit+Co Shop! We love their kits for making really cool products at home. Some of our favorites include these agate coasters which are perfect for our champagne…we mean water…each day! We also love jewelry and himmeli – this kit combines them both.

We could ramble for hours about our favorites but we’ll let you find yours first. Comment below and let us know what you’re currently loving! It could be featured in a future blog post.

{ the fine print…this post was in no way sponsored by Brit+Co but we wouldn’t be mad if they wanted to partner on a really cool project… }