Visiting an American Castle

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.
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“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.”
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Champagne and Chiffon- An Elms Affair

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
http://www.andreakgristfloralart.com
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Inspired by Our Outdoor Surroundings

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

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Seaside Splendor in the Midwest

Did you know there is a place right here in Missouri that can give you the look and feel of being on the coast at your favorite seaside eatery? Marina Grog and Galley at Lake Lotawana boasts of world class cuisine and a scenic atmosphere year round at the water’s edge.

Our feature below includes beautiful nautical inspiration, with the backdrop of Marina Grog and Galley. Rich reds, blues, and yellows are featured, along with design elements on the cake that are inspired by a day at the ocean.

Flowers included beautiful local dahlias, calla lilies, roses, snapdragons, delphinium, and touches of roping. We worked with a great team of wedding professionals. All of them are listed below. Images courtesy of Freeland Photography. I thank them all for helping me create this beautiful feature,they each added amazing touches and details. Thank you.
Andrea K. Grist
http://www.andreakgristfloralart.com

Wedding professionals we had the opportunity to work with included… http://www.abovebeyondweddings.com, http://www.benviedsalon.com(Lisa Wallace-Hair, Kathy Phelps-Makeup), http://www.bakedexpressions.com, http://www.freelandphotography.com, http://www.thegartermaker.net, http://www.laurascouture.com, http://www.marinagrogandgalley.com, http://www.measetique.com

Models- Tiffany Marie Buckley, Thomas Hauk

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Classic white at the Weston Red Barn Farm

We were thrilled when Vintage KC Magazine chose to feature the wedding of Kelly and Michael. Their outdoor wedding at the Weston Red Barn Farm was so pretty.Their sense of style and the elegant touches they included turned out amazing.

Below are more amazing images from the wedding. Thank you to Freeland Photography for sharing, and thank you to Erin Shipps with Vintage KC Magazine for managing me!

http://issuu.com/vintagekc/docs/0302_vintagekc_fall_2014/0 Take a moment to check out the fall issue by following the link. It is a great issue. Check out pages 30-34 for our feature.

Andrea K. Grist
http://www.andreakgristfloralart.com

Wedding professionals we had the opportunity to work with included… http://www.freelandphotography.com, http://www.cafeeuropa.com, http://www.elegantdesignevents.com, http://www.gowngallery.com, http://www.thelocalpig.com, http://www.portfondakc.com, http://www.westonredbarnfarm.com

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Urban Buds- Missouri grown cut flowers

On a recent trip to the St.Louis area I had the pleasure of stopping by Urban Buds, a flower farm located in the middle of the city. With the push to buy locally, why not your cut flowers too?? There are many small farms that have dedicated themselves to providing cut flowers to their neighborhood niche and they are thriving.

Local farmers markets as well as event floral artists like myself are enjoying great partnerships and providing our clients with some of the freshest and beautiful flowers around . I enjoy knowing where our floral product comes from, and feel great when we support our local growers and farms.

We visited early in the season and Mimo (Co-owner of Urban Buds:City Grown Flowers) welcomed us and gave us a tour of both their indoor greenhouse and outdoor flower beds. Please enjoy images of their beautifully grown Missouri cut flowers.

Andrea K. Grist
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Check them out http://www.facebook.com/urbanbuds
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Tessa and Zach- The Knot MO/KS Fall/Winter 2014 feature

It is always fun to see one our couples in print. The lovely wedding of Tessa and Zach is featured in
The Knot MO/KS Fall/Winter 2014 issue. For the floral Tessa chose classic designs with gold accents. Flowers included beautiful white roses, soft green hydrangea, hypericum berries, stock, and ranunculus.

The beautiful Country Club Christian Church in Kansas City, MO hosted the ceremony, while the Little Theater in Kansas City, MO hosted the reception. The art deco styling of the Little Theater was a perfect match for their classic decor.

I love the images they chose for the magazine, but there are so many more to share. Please enjoy additional images of this lovely wedding courtesy of http://www.freelandphotography.com

Andrea K. Grist
http://www.andreakgristfloralart.com
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Wedding professionals we had the opportunity to work with included… http://www.freelandphotography.com, http://www.bakedexpressions.com, http://www.pushproductionskc.com, http://www.visitkc.com/convention-center/weddings-special-events/little-theatre-weddings/index.aspx, http://www.remixdjs.com/, http://www.cccckc.org