Last year at about this time exactly there was a battle going on in my head…to keep going with Quintessential or to let it fizzle out and stick with my day job. I had worked myself too hard, tapped out my creative juices and was just plain burned out from events. I was struggling to find the answer and really couldn’t decide what direction would be best for me.

Marisa contacted me in late October and asked for a meeting to discuss flowers while she was in town for a quick weekend trip and I agreed to meet she and her mother. I can honestly say that it was probably the last thing I wanted to do, I just wasn’t feeling it. I did it anyway and am I ever glad I did! Marisa had a vision and it was inspiring. I left that meeting filled with excitement and all sorts of ideas and was back in the game. It was almost as though I needed to hear her ideas and to see that glow that comes from brides to be as they describe the wedding day of their dreams to know what my decision should be with Quintessential.

Marisa wanted a truly Shabby Chic wedding. Romantic, vintage, rustic, Colorado and unique! She collected all sorts of vintage jars, tea cups and containers, hand made her invitations, made her veil, and even the napkins and favor bags for each guest. Even the bridesmaid dresses were hand picked to match the overall look. Every detail was personalized, down to screen printed logos on napkins and placecards. She had a vision and she brought it to life.

I was lucky enough to do the flowers for she and Chris’ wedding and to act as the Day of Coordinator. It was truly a beautiful day, filled with love and laughter and great music! Marisa and Chris, congratulations, you two were truly a blessing to work with in more ways than you’ll ever know!

Debi and Amanda from Kokoro Photography provided the stunning pictures below.

The ladies were beautified by Samantha at Lady Charm Artistry.

Marisa’s bouquet was made up of peach Juliet garden roses, scabiosa pods, spider mums, mauve dahlias, thistle, lisianthus and lots of textural greenery.


Each bridesmaid bouquet was created using a different flower including spider mums, stock, spray roses, lisianthus and dahlias with accents of thistle, seeded eucalyptus and scabiosa pods.

Marisa made her birdcage veil!

Gemma from Bella Stella Bakery had the most amazing dessert spread ever. Pie pops, cake bites, chocolate covered strawberries…each was so good! Marisa and her mother handmade all of the dessert plates with old china and candle sticks.

Congratulations again Marisa and Chris!



Venue & Catering: Lower Lake Ranch

Makeup & Hair: Lady Charm Artistry

Photography: Kokoro Photography

DJ: Standing Room Only

Cake & Dessert Bites: Bella Stella Bakery

Flowers: Quintessential

Day of Coordination: Quintessential

Bagpiper: Scott Beach