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Vendor Spotlight On: Sayles Livingston Design

Sayles Livingston Design provides advice, vegetation and accompanying décor/staging for any size event from elaborate destination-wedding to informal seminar to cutting-edge product launch. They go anywhere; work with any budget; and, in the process, and do their best to properly steward the environment that supports our work. Their services include frank, detailed consultations as well as full onsite installations.

How did your business come to be?

Sayles is a graduate of Brown University where she studied Horticulture and the Creative Arts. She then went on to receive a master’s degree in Plant Sciences from the University of Rhode Island where her understanding of local sourcing and sustainability grew. This unique combination of artist and trained horticulturalist is special, and it’s what makes Sayles’s designs so impressive (and so relevant) to those of you looking to make a big splash with the least environmental impact.

Sayles Livingston Design began as a garden and cut flower business but has grown into a leading, and much lauded, event and floral design business. Her distinctive creations have been featured in over 30 national magazines and films, and she has won numerous awards, over many years, for her enchanting displays.

Are you a full-service design resource?

Though we specialize in floral design, my team can help you plan your entire event from linen choices to lighting design to the use of other props, furniture, plant material…you name it! We have a wide selection of items available for rent. But, if we don’t have something you need, we will find it for you!

Do you travel anywhere?

Yes. Truly.

How do you choose your flowers? Do you buy your flowers locally?

I personally select all the flowers that my team uses, paying special attention to quality while constantly searching for unusual varieties and colors.

We support local growers by using seasonal flowers and plants whenever possible. Some clients want locally-sourced flowers, and we can certainly make this happen, while others care more about globally-available varieties (e.g. peonies, hydrangea, roses, orchids, etc.), and we can make this happen too!

How does Sayles Livingston Design approach the environmental impacts of the event industry?

Our biggest challenges are energy efficiency, waste minimization, water consumption, procurement of products from like-minded eco-aware companies and communication with other vendors and clients. At Sayles Livingston Design, we are extremely mindful of the potential environmental impacts from our business and are constantly endeavoring to make changes and improvements.

 

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Vendor Spotlight On: Sayles Livingston Design

Sayles Livingston Design provides advice, vegetation and accompanying décor/staging for any size event from elaborate destination-wedding to informal seminar to cutting-edge product launch. They go anywhere; work with any budget; and, in the process, and do their best to properly steward the environment that supports our work. Their services include frank, detailed consultations as well […]

Vendor Spotlight On: Poppy Floral

This week’s Vendor Spotlight is on Poppy Floral! Stay tuned for Wednesday’s blog post featuring her stunning work.

1. How did your business come to be? 

Poppy Floral came from my passion for design and being able to work with my hands. After spending several years in Interior Architecture, a good friend of mine asked if I could do her wedding flowers as a favor. She was on a budget, and trusted my ability to bring her vision together seamlessly. After I made my very first bouquet for her, I was hooked! Poppy Floral was born, and I was eventually able to take the business full time and make floral dreams come true all year!

2. What are the services you offer?

Our services really vary by client. Some brides only need a few bouquets that they can pick-up at our studio located directly on site at the New England Flower Exchange, while others need our full service design staff to set-up large installations of flowers for a glamorous wedding decked out in florals! We create each package to be totally custom, and even offer DIY centerpiece kits that offer our high-end look on a budget.

3. Where are you located and how far will you travel to provide your service?

We’re located directly on site at the New England Flower Exchange in Chelsea. We love being able to walk right out our studio door and onto the market floor, giving us access to best and most beautiful flowers from around the world. We’re happy to travel all throughout New England to make floral magic. (Minimums do apply for weddings farther outside the Boston metro area).

4. How far in advance do you recommend clients to book?   

For popular dates such as May through June, and August through October, we recommend couples book 12 months in advance, but we’re typically able to accommodate wedding requests 6-9 months out as well.

5. What is one piece of advice you always give to brides?

For flowers, my best piece of advice for brides is to give your florist a general color palette and style you like (even if it’s a general word, like ‘romantic’, ‘classic’, or ‘rustic’) and let them create something truly unique and seasonal. Flowers can change not only be season, but sometimes even week to week! Being flexible and open to let your florist design to what’s the best in season will give you a better value, and a better final product for the big day.

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Vendor Spotlight On: Poppy Floral

This week’s Vendor Spotlight is on Poppy Floral! Stay tuned for Wednesday’s blog post featuring her stunning work. 1. How did your business come to be?  Poppy Floral came from my passion for design and being able to work with my hands. After spending several years in Interior Architecture, a good friend of mine asked […]

greenlion design – Vendor Spotlight

Kim Lamothe of greenlion  design is a self-taught master forager. There is no telling how far she will go to find the perfect bloom for a bouquet or arrangement. Christopher is the mastermind on the operational side of the business. He takes care of installations and custom projects. Based in Newport, RI this design duo has changed the way brides think about bouquets.

1. Tell us how greenlion design came to be.

Greenlion design started in 2005 as a small space garden and container design company. Over the years greenlion evolved into offering floral designs for weddings and events.

2. What is your floral design style?

Our floral design style is a natural garden inspired style. Flowers and plants have beautiful free-form , rambling shapes in gardens and landscapes, and being inspired by that is the style of arrangements we like to create.

3. Do you have a favorite bloom that you always use in your designs?

Very hard to name favorites as we are inspired and love all plants and flowers, I am partial to sweet peas though. Love their tendrils, long vines, and delicately scented blooms. And Christopher loves Geraniums.

4. What key advice do you always give to clients?

Start with seasonal local blooms, to be sure to compliment the environment and season.  Helps for you floral designs to soften and compliment a space rather than feel forced into it.

Photography by Erin McGinn

Photography by Erin McGinn

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greenlion design – Vendor Spotlight

Kim Lamothe of greenlion  design is a self-taught master forager. There is no telling how far she will go to find the perfect bloom for a bouquet or arrangement. Christopher is the mastermind on the operational side of the business. He takes care of installations and custom projects. Based in Newport, RI this design duo […]

Winter Whites – Hallmarks for the Season

Crisp winter whites evoke intrigue when paired with cozy furs, rich flora, and a dash of shine!

1. Pops of yellow add warmth to this winter bouquet designed by Marc Hall Design. Photographed by Corinna Raznikov.

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2.  This sophisticated invitation suite is fit for any kind of event! Designed by Papers and photographed by Molly Lo Photography.

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3. Icy white tulle embroidered with silver flowers is layered over opalescent sequins for a modern take on a classic silhouette by Liancarlo. Available at A Little Something White.

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4. Traditional all-white wedding cake gets the floral treatment by Something Different Cake Couture. Photographed by Allegro Photography.

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5. The soft hues of this winter bouquet by Flowers by Semia blend seamlessly with a tulle gown and fur stole. Photographed by Melissa Stimpson Photography.

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6. Cozy up in this all white event lounge complete with gold sequin pillows and fur ottomans by Reserve Modern Event Rental. Photographed by Lea St. Germain Photography.

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7. Pure white gown is accessorized beautifully with a fur stole and an all-white bouquet designed by Lilacs. Event Planning by Elegant Engagements at Wequassett Resort and Golf Club. Photographed by Joe Mikos Photography.

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Winter Whites – Hallmarks for the Season

Crisp winter whites evoke intrigue when paired with cozy furs, rich flora, and a dash of shine! 1. Pops of yellow add warmth to this winter bouquet designed by Marc Hall Design. Photographed by Corinna Raznikov. 2.  This sophisticated invitation suite is fit for any kind of event! Designed by Papers and photographed by Molly […]

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