We love a summer colorway. And we loved having the opportunity to design this summer feel in our warehouse for another one of our favorite couples, Alli & Micah. Special thanks to Jordan Washer Photography for capturing these super sweet moments. Here's to summer lovin' this winter!
As most of you know I finished treatment for breast cancer this year and I’m happy to say I’m NED (which means No Evidence of Disease). That’s not to say that I don’t face daily challenges and that my life has been inalterably changed, some bad but mostly good. I look at things so differently now, I revel in the small things and yet oddly I don’t sweat the small stuff. Throughout the last 17 months, I have been forever changed by the amount of love and support I have been shown by my family, my work family, my industry warriors and my couples. I wanted to take this chance to thank all of you, because really… I couldn’t have done it without you!!!!! So here’s to an amazing 2018 and a year filled with beauty, joy, peace and lots of kisses!
Here's to some of my creative people!
Akila & Trevor quickly became one of our favorite couples we've had the pleasure of working with this year. We absolutely adore them, and the love they share. And because of the sweetness that surrounds them, Parie was able to create a wedding just as sweet. This blog post is in photo-overload, thanks to our dear friends at Cinderella Photography. It was so hard to pick our favorites, so we are adding a ton! Also, don't forget that you can check out more under our Real Weddings tab.
There's something about the cold winter air that makes us feel fancy. So here's a look at one of our more elegant weddings we put together at our venue, The Bowery Warehouse. Katy & Johnpaul are a couple we will forever adore and it was such a pleasure to create this stunning scape for them. And as always, a special thanks to a couple of our favorite gals at Adair Photography for these gorgeous shots!
"The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry"- Robert Burns ...but can lead to absolute magic
Greenery bouquet featuring Grevillea, Jasmine, Seeded Eucalyptus, Elkhorn Moss, and assorted Chilean ferns designed by Parie Designs
Beautiful Photography by David Williams Photography
So much of what happens here only happens because of these five creative and hard working souls. We are in the business of making your dreams come to life, and we take it pretty seriously here at Parie Designs. Between imagining up the big ideas, coordinating events, managing, creating and filling in all of those categories with memorable details, our crew is dedicated to your vision and making it a reality. So without further ado, we want you to get to know each member of our team a little better..
Parie Donaldson / CEO + Visionary
Does she even need an introduction? Parie is the brain and heart behind Parie Designs, and she absolutely loves what she does. She puts 150% into whatever it is she is doing, and works hard to give her brides exactly what they've envisioned for their wedding day. She is an incredible teacher to us here at The Bowery & Parie Designs , a listening ear, a killer chick-boss and an obvious force to be reckoned with. This place wouldn't exist without her, and we're so grateful.
Mark Sellers / Operations Manager + Comedic Relief
Mark has an incredible history in the creative arts, and has over twenty five years of experience in the entertainment & production industry. A lot of that time was spent in L.A., and traveling the world! He has a knack for business organization and does a good job of keeping us on track and in line! When he isn't working, he's usually busy cooking up something delicious or exploring the hidden gems of Amarillo.
Jami Joiner / Coordination Assistant + Day Maker
Jami lives for making bride's dreams come true. From coordinating and planning to finding the right fit of endless vendors, she's your girl. In her spare time (yes, believe it or not), she is raising her hopes-to-be-robot-builder son and spending time with her sweet love, Ryan. And when she can squeeze it in, she enjoys reading and writing poems and music.
Mallory Henderson / Designer + Dreamer
Mallory is crazy about all things creative. From floral design to photography, she loves playing a role in most any creative process and is thrilled to be a part of the Parie Designs team. When she's not spending her days elbow deep in floral arrangements and big ideas, she's likely outside exploring somewhere with her husband and shop dog, Dobson. She is also the founder of The Unedited Movement and Owner of Mallory Morgan Creative.
Being stationed in Texas, our summers are H-O-T. And what better way to cool down a summer party with some fun, off-beat popsicles? We recently hosted a farm to table dinner in Parie's backyard, and one of our FAVORITE details turned out to be the yummy, peach-bourbon popsicles she made! They served as a perfect treat at the end of our meal, and it felt like such a new and fun way to incorporate dessert + refreshments into our dinner.
Here's a simple, tasty recipe for you to try at your own (adult) garden party (or just because..)!
3 cups peaches (any kind you prefer) / we recommend processing in a food processor for a more even finished look, but you could definitely just slice them or chop them in bigger pieces as well!
1/4 cup Bourbon Whiskey - cheers!
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/4 cup Peach Honey (or just good, old-fashioned honey)
Mix ingredients together
Pour into plastic popsicle mold
Let sit in freezer for 5-6 hours
Here's to beating the heat, y'all!
So, let's talk about beef jerky. I know, you're thinking what the heck does beef jerky have to do with a wedding? and flowers? and love?
WELL>>>> absolutely everything if your bride and her family are the proud owners of No Man's Land Beef Jerky!
If you live in the south, chances are one of the major food groups for you is beef jerky, so you know what I mean. So you can imagine our delight when the Gardner's loaded us up on this amazing food group.
Jerky aside, we loved, loved this family!
We are simulatneously sad and excited to say that one of our dearest team members is leaving us this week. Alex has grown as a person and as a designer in the 3 years she spent under my wing and we, as a team, couldn't be more proud of her. We are thrilled to see what her future holds as a floral designer as she moves on and wish her nothing but happiness. She requested to say a few words upon her leaving and I gladly obliged:
Hi I’m Alex! I’ve been with Parie Designs since May of 2013, which really seems like 10 years to me. Working for Parie has been one of the best opportunities of my life. I was a young lady, with zero floral experience when I first met Parie. But I had the drive and the want to do something bigger and better for a future career. Parie took a leap of faith I think, when she hired me. She and Kim Wood (Kim was around my first year) taught me everything I know in wedding and floral industry. Parie has been much more than a boss, she is a teacher, a mentor, and a friend.
I moved back home from Austin, Texas in 2012 and landed one of the best jobs Amarillo has to offer. I have completely fallen in love with floral design because of it, and I am so lucky to have found my niche in this world. I have a taste for all things textured and funky, for all things monochromatic, and for any kind of greenery! I really think of everything I make as an art piece. It has its own mood or story, depending on the occasion. I also enjoy every other facet of weddings and events, and everything behind the scenes. From setting up the thousands of tables and chairs, to trying to figure out “How in the heck are we going to hang this thing?”, to placing the most beautiful linens and table settings; to “How in the heck are we moving a whole business across town in 8 days?”, but we did! I feel like I’ve seen it all, but I know I haven’t. Not even.
I have loved working for Parie Designs for the last three years, and have loved being back home in Amarillo. However, I am ready to embark on a whole new adventure. I never saw myself making a permanent home in Amarillo, I’ve always dreamed bigger and farther than home. Most recently I’ve fallen in love with the mountains. I’ve made some wonderful trips to New Mexico, and then Colorado. The day I drove from Denver up to Estes Park and back around the mountain range was the day I knew I belonged in Colorado. That was it, I knew that’s where the next move would be. So I’m happy to announce I will be leaving Parie Designs in April of 2016. I’m a bit nervous, I’m also a little sad to leave my home, my work, and my friends and family. But I’m more excited to start on a new journey in my life, and in my career. I’m still going to pursue floral design in Denver, and am very excited to join the floral community there.
Its bittersweet to say the least. I’m leaving the best team I’ve ever known. ☺
Feel free to leave well wishes for Alex by commenting on the post! She would love to hear from you guys!
Twenty-four years ago I lived in Seattle, Wash., the Pacific Northwest, where it rains nearly every day. There’s non-stop, perfect weather for all kinds of gorgeousness in the way of petals and greenery. Local growers bring their flowers to the wholesale floral market
and Pike Place Market
daily. Then there are the glorious tulip fields of northern Washington
fresh moss and ferns from the Olympic Peninsula
and the most exquisite alstromeria I have ever seen – all of this was available not far from where I lived and worked.
But alas, here I am in the Texas Panhandle, where in any given year we may experience a drought or find ourselves rain-drenched. Our local farms stick to wheat, corn, milo and cotton – all of these are certainly important. But I can’t quite make an entire bouquet out of milo, can I? (For the right Texas gal, it’s surely possible.)
So I have this crazy idea … I desperately long for those days when I grew and foraged for my own flowers, (OK, I might have taken – without permission – those blackberry branches on Possession Lane in Seattle, but seriously, they needed pruning!). I also shopped from local growers for the blooms I used in my designs.
As an entrepreneur keeping things local is so important to me. And then there’s the issue of living responsibly, using homegrown flora that is native to the area where you live. While this isn’t quite mainstream in the Texas Panhandle, I’ve always been one to blaze new trails (and besides mainstream can be so boring.)
There’s a wonderful enterprise that’s begun in America called the Slow Flower Movement that really resonates with me. (maybe insert logo of American Grown) You can also read more about Debra Prinzing and her efforts to create awareness around the American Grown Flower movement. She’s a powerful force and one to watch.
So I want to join this movement. Baby steps, right? I’ve started a small garden in our backyard, but truth be told:
It’s extremely difficult to manage the garden, my business, family and all my lovely brides, and
There is simply no way we can harvest enough for all my brides out of one small garden.
So finally I get to the idea …
I’ve driven the streets of Amarillo over the past 24 years, admiring the splendid gardens around our charming “yellow city” and maybe – just maybe – you are one of those gardeners who has an abundance of beautiful florals you would love to see used in a local bride’s bouquet, floral crown or centerpiece.
Who wants to be part of the #yellowcityslowflowers movement?
Obviously, I’d walk away with copious amount of local blooms, but what’s in it for you?
How about fresh flowers to brighten up your home during the bleak winter months? This type of credit system for our local growers is one option we have considered in the early planning stages. We're open to others as our movement takes shape!
Message us on our Parie Designs Facebook page or via our ParieDesigns Instagram account if you are interested in being a local flower farmer!
We would love to tour your gardens and let you join us in our quest to source locally, responsibly and organically. Don’t think your gardens are up to par? We love all kinds of flowers, herbs, vines, branches and what we like to call “roadsidia.”
So come on! Contact us and we will send you more information on how you can get involved in covering Amarillo with locally grown flora!
I have lots of fun ideas concerning locally grown flowers and food, so stay tuned!
Designing an arrangement gives me a feeling of accomplishment, and a lot of comfort. I’m Alex, and I’ve been falling in love with flowers for 3 years at Parie Designs.
Some things are made mindlessly, and I step back and think “woah, that’s amazing, how did I just come up with that?" And others are made with such intent and emotion. I really put myself in my design. I work through a lot of personal feelings making beautiful things for others. It’s like therapy for me, a place to release what’s going on in my head and heart (the good and the bad).
But there’s also the mechanics of making arrangements. That can be the tricky part from time to time. Producing depth, color palates, angles, and choosing the flowers that work best for the style or container. The flowers tend to decide for you where they are going in the mix. Based off of their shape, or the direction their stem wants to go, and the size of the bloom. It tells me, as the designer, what to do.
With this arrangement, I based the design off of what we have fresh in our cooler this week. Lots of sweet ranunculus, roses, pieris japonica, sweet pea. And my favorite, the greenery; jasmine, elkhorn moss, and baby eucalyptus. I’m feeling the spring fever this week, and I’m ready for warm weather and wedding florals! I wanted to make an arrangement with mostly greenery and a touch of floral. (Greenery has become such an obsession of mine over the last few years.) However, true to what I said about the flowers deciding for you, so does the arrangement. It doesn’t always end up the way you planned, but it's usually for the better. I went with a mostly monochromatic color palate: pinks and creamy whites, with a touch of peachy yellows.
How cute are these 2?!?! We met Shelbie last fall in immediately fell in love with her smile and exuberant personality. This Colorado couple chose the Texas Panhandle as the setting for the March 12th wedding. It will be held at River Falls Bed and Breakfast We're thrilled to design their "Colorado-meets-Texas" styled wedding. I thought we would share part of our process in designing a wedding by showing you her Pinterest Board curated by the designers here at Parie Designs.
It's that time of year...the time for romance, love notes and appreciation for your loved one. This year I am really feeling the love. Richard and I are about to celebrate our 3rd year of blissful marriage next month and we were just recently asked to participate in sharing our love story with the local college TV station. I don't think our story is unusual per se, but I do agree that fate exists. Richard and I met in college, like a lot of couples. We dated for a brief stint and eventually went our separate ways. I moved to the sleepless city of Seattle to follow a dance career and Richard ended up in Dallas to forgo his accounting dreams. We both married and started our own families. We kept in touch, but very sporadically. And after years of what had become our daily lives, and always wondering about the "what-if", fate entered our world. I wasn't too keen on getting involved in a relationship, having two teenagers and a blooming business that I'm passionate about. But that all changed on February 13th, 2013 when Richard called to order a Valentine arrangement for his mother. Thus began (again) our love story. In the spirit of love, why don't you call and order your Valentine arrangement? THEN tell us your love story in the comments section below. We will select one story, at random. And if your story gets selected, we will share your story with our friends and followers, AND you'll receive a beautiful Valentine floral arrangement valued at $150.
Little Tidbit: The necklace in the photo was Richard's wedding gift to me. It was a fortune he recieved in his fortune cookie the week before he called to order his mother's Valentine arrangement. :)
Seldom does a client give us so much creative room to play, but that's exactly what Katherine & Ryan did! Along with her mother and stepfather, Debbie & Jack, this wedding was a dream to create. Katherine's grandfather's backyard was the setting for this beautiful wedding and we couldn't have been more thrilled to work in such a lush oasis in the Texas Panhandle. The gardens were designed by the bride's late Grandmother, what a loving tribute to her. The day was a perfect early fall day in the Texas Panhandle, complete with a hint of weather.
Flowers by Parie Designs
Photography by Stefan Cinderella Photography
Linens by BBJ Linen
Tent by Dallas Party Tent & Event
Tableware by Posh Couture Rentals
Crystal Chiavari Chairs by Amarillo Classic Events
Transportation by Sky Limousine
Music by Amarillo Crystal Quartet
Catering by Perryton Country Club
Cater Service by Parties Plus
We were super excited to host our first wedding in our Amarillo warehouse this past weekend for mulitple reasons... One: It was our first wedding of the year and, well, that's what we live for! Two: We were able to project the vibe of the production at The Bowery and work out any kinks thrown our way. Three: The couple, Tanyon (@tanyonsannallison) and Elissa are so adorable and such an easy-going pair. And ulitimately made the process a fairly smooth one. We cannot wait to share the georgeous photos of the ceremony & reception shot by the lovely @baharehritter! But in the meantime, here are a few before shots taken by our sweet & talented friend Kaili Herr @journeytofindme
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