You know those times when you connect or re-connect with someone from “a while back” and it turns out that it is so “meant to be”. Well, our participation at the annual Southern Blog Society Conference in Atlanta (aka #SBScon) was exactly that. We got the opportunity to create the perfect southern center piece.
While in the process of creating Flower Child Weddings I reached out to a high school friend whose amazing blog, My Style Vita, I’d been following for some time. Although I hadn’t spoken to Jessica in almost 10 years and really we were “friends of friends” who went to a Britney Spears concert together in 11th grade (and had a kick ass time might I add), I really admired the work she had put into creating her own business with My Style Vita. Even more than that, I knew that My Style Vita was a true expression of what Jess was really passionate about. Check it out!
Both girls, very well known and respected bloggers in their communities, co-created Southern Blog Society as a community for the top bloggers in the southeast region of the USA. How cool is that?! And #SBScon is their annual conference.
I was thrilled and replied with a big huge, “YES!” when Jess asked me to be a sponsor and design table tops for their luncheon at South City Kitchen in midtown Atlanta. I asked Jess some general necessary detail questions (like how many tables, seats, etc…), but for the most part she was trusting of what we at Flower Child Weddings would put together.
It was time to create!
My girl Laurel and I knew we wanted the center pieces to exude a southern vibe, but with our own little FCW twist! We started with a slice of white oak as the base of each center piece. Having a dad with some mad chainsaw skills comes in handy here. I let these pieces dry out months ago waiting for the perfect time to use them!
We layered an old doily on each piece to soften it up a bit. You’ll see the feather come into play as well. We love mixing both feminine and masculine details.
We went with the classic Ball vintage blue mason which just screams all things southern.
We paired the jar with a scattering of random smaller glass bottles/jars from our personal collection. SIDE NOTE: These bottles (not including the Ball blue masons) were all dug out of a discovered bottle graveyard on my parents property. These bottles were up to 75 years old.
We made sure that at least one vintage Coca-Cola bottle was on each table. After-all they were in Atlanta!
Jessica and Cathy had the fabulous idea to do the seating arrangements by flower. So each of the 3 long rectangle tables had different flowers. We choose to use white roses, white hydrangeas, and white daisies with touches of baby’s breath.
We arranged the seating chart table in the same style of course and added 2 layers of burlap runners, one with a blue chevron print and one solid teal. Here you can also see a silver tray we provided topped with the FCW feather – a signature “stamp” of ours.
I handmade 7 signs made from old barn wood that read #SBScon for each table so that all the girls knew exactly how to keep up with the event on the web. The wood was from my family barn and is easily 75+ years old.
SIDE NOTE: Stay tuned for a DIY blog on how to make these signs! All in all we are proud as heck to have been even a small part of an event celebrating not only southern woman, but celebrating all woman living out their passions professionally. Way to go Jessica, Cathy, and all the wonderful ladies that are members of Southern Blog Society! Thanks for having us on board! We hope to work with y’all again soon! #girlpower
Thank you so much for the beautiful headpieces by ASOS. You know we love a good FLOWER CROWN!
PHOTOGRAPHY: Rebekah Carson Photography