The beautiful Sunset Trails Stables located in Lee’s Summit, Missouri is a local gem. This picturesque Midwest stable offers boarding, lessons, trail rides, birthday parties and more. Miss Maggie Everson, daughter of the owners of the family-operated stable, stands proud as our bridal model. Everson was honored to win and serve as Miss Missouri Rodeo 2014.The amazing red wood barns were the inspiration for this patriotic themed picnic and wedding reception. Hand-made paper pinwheels, painted tin cans hung from the trees, and ice tea with fresh berries is light and refreshing on this summer day. Beautiful horses dot the beautiful landscape as Maggie and her friends enjoy a bit of shade under the trees. Andrea K. Grist – http://www.andreakgristfloralart.com Images courtesy of http://www.freelandphotography.com Thank you to our amazing contributors.
I recently had the opportunity to be part of a design team that traveled to Nantucket, Massachusetts to help design florals for some beautiful weddings. Dawn and Julie, along with the staff at Soiree Floral welcomed us with open arms and I had an amazing week with a group of wonderfully talented people.
This was an area of the country I had not been to so I took the opportunity in the mornings to walk around and capture some of the unique details that make Nantucket so quaint.
Thank you also to the Chapel Designers who have welcomed me into their design family. You are an amazing group!
Andrea K. Grist
I recently had the opportunity to join a beautiful group of international floral designers in New York City. Often times we can all get stuck in the rut of day to day and for me the chance to gather with the Chapel Designers and bounce around creative ideas and business was a blessing.
I have come back to the Midwest with my spirit and passion renewed and I am happy to announce that I am the first Chapel Designer in the state of Missouri. Thank you to all of my new flower friends, you all are truly shining lights!
Andrea K. Grist
We absolutely had a ball working with Nate and Erin. What an adorable couple and so full of personality! They chose some great bright pinks and fuchsia colors, along with gold touches. They made some great table numbers, as well as a monogram for their ceremony that blended really well with all the floral.
I was actually a bit worried about the weather for a bit but the cold and ice stayed away so they could do some beautiful outdoor photos. As if right on cue, big bold snowflakes lightly fell into the night while friends and family danced the night away.
Andrea K. Grist Floral Designs
Images courtesy of http://www.romanticreelsmedia.com
Well you know I love all things floral, but did you know that I am a bit of a history buff as well. I love exploring my own hometown and finding little gems with touches of a time gone by. The beautiful Vaile Mansion is one such place. This lovely Victorian home is one of Independence, Missouri’s most valued treasures and every year it transforms for the Christmas season. Tours are offered of the 31 elegant rooms with marble fireplaces and crystal chandeliers decorated with elves, pixies, snowmen, and fairies in a magical setting.
Andrea K. Grist
“Built by Colonel and Mrs. Harvey Vaile in 1881. The 31 room mansion includes 9 marble fireplaces, spectacular painted ceilings, flushing toilets, a built-in 6,000 gallon water tank, and a 48,000 gallon wine cellar. This mansion is one of the best examples of Second Empire style architecture in the United States.”
– Courtesy of http://www.vailemansion.org
We are so excited that the wedding of Jimmy and Britney Jones is featured in the Winter 2014 issue of EA Bride Magazine. We truly enjoyed being part of their wedding. Britney is a wedding planner and is quite possibly the most organized bride I have ever seen! Her personal touches came together flawlessly and with the backdrop of the beautiful Elms Resort and Spa their wedding was amazing, right down to the hand-rolled cigars.
Please enjoy images captured by Jana Marie Photography. Below is also the link to the current issue. A complete list of wedding professionals is on page 65.
Andrea K. Grist
There is something about the changing of the seasons that I find inspiring. Oddly though, I also find they bring on moments of personal reflection. Fall in particular steers me this way. Endless walks, hiking new trails, and finding beauty in my surroundings helps me clear my mind and focus.
Below are some of my favorite images of the season. Several were taken at Sunset Trails, where my children ride horses. After numerous drop offs and pick ups I found some time to just explore.
The rest were taken in southern Missouri. Enjoy!
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
― Rachel Carson, Silent Spring