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Now Booking–Fall Photo sessions!

Category: Misc. | August 31st, 2015

PottingerPhotoFallPortraitBaby-18_thumbWe are now booking fall dates for family photo sessions and engagements! If you have been waiting to schedule your session be sure to call 513-484-9709 today. Our available times are booking very quickly even into November!

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An interview with Cady from Floral V Designs

Category: Misc. | August 21st, 2015

PottingerPhotoDaytonArtInstitutewedding-3Earlier this year we were lucky to work with Cady Vance from Floral V Designs for Amanda and Eric’s wedding. I loved how she really captured the Bride’s vision. The colors and greenery picked worked so well to compliment the beautiful Dayton Art Institute. Cady is super talented and so sweet to work with so I hope we are able to work with her again soon.

When did you first realize you wanted to work with weddings?
I started working with weddings when I was 16 years old at a local florist. I was horrible at any smaller arrangement, so they put me on weddings and funerals – things that have bigger and more intricate arrangements. Needless to say, I preferred creating wedding flowers.

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What is your training or background?
I have a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Wright State University, but I’m self-taught in floral work. I have been fine-tuning and perfecting my craft for over half my life.

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How long have you been in business? Where are you located?
Personally, I have been creating wedding flowers for about fifteen years now. Floral V Designs was created three years ago and we have been thriving every since. Our brand new shop just opened in downtown Bellbrook and we are very excited about the bigger space!

Why did you start your business?
The timing couldn’t have been more perfect. I was an independent contractor for another florist when I had my first child. It was very difficult managing working for a company and being a mom. I decided that if I were going to be a busy working mom then I would rather work for myself and own my business. This change gave me more freedom to spend time with my family.

What is your favorite part of a wedding?
My absolute favorite part of every wedding is presenting the bride with her bouquet before she walks down the aisle. It is such a special moment! A close second is showing the bride a sneak peek of the reception before all of the guests. I love being able to see their dream weddings come alive before their very eyes!

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Where do you go for inspiration?
I love looking on Facebook and Pinterest at different florists all over the country and the world. There are so many great ideas and companies out there to learn from and to be inspired by!

What are your favorite upcoming trends?
We have been seeing more and more gorgeous garden gathered bouquets. This is definitely my new favorite. They are imperfectly perfect – and much harder to put together than they look!
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What is one thing you wish brides knew while planning a wedding?
One thing that would be really helpful for brides to know is their budget. If the bride knows her budget then she knows what she can and cannot afford. Being able to communicate this to any vendor helps the vendor pick the best ideas and creations for their client while still giving them the wedding of their dreams.

Anything else you want to share with us?
Flowers are important to some brides and not so much to others. Floral V Designs loves to work with each and every bride in order to create the flowers for her special day.

Be sure to check out more of their work on their website at www.floralvdesigns.com. Or stop in to their new location in Bellbrook.
Floral V Designs
24 South Main Street
Bellbrook, Ohio 45305

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PottingerPhotoThePhoenixdowntownCincinnatiwedding-00Congratulations to Michelle and Greg on their first anniversary! There were so many great parts of this wedding day to remember. The vintage car driven by her dad was so much fun to ride in on the way to do portraits with the couple. And it was the perfect prop for fun photos. The Phoenix looked incredible all set up for their reception. And there was also the jazz band, The Hot Magnolias that Michelle’s brother plays in – perfect for getting the party started! What an incredibly wonderful wedding day! Michelle and Greg we wish you two all the very best! To see more of their wedding photos, be sure to check out their full blog post and coffee table album. PottingerPhotoThePhoenixdowntownCincinnatiwedding-17 PottingerPhotoThePhoenixdowntownCincinnatiwedding-21 PottingerPhotoThePhoenixdowntownCincinnatiwedding-22 PottingerPhotoThePhoenixdowntownCincinnatiwedding-28PottingerPhotoThePhoenixdowntownCincinnatiwedding-32 PottingerPhotoThePhoenixdowntownCincinnatiwedding-35PottingerPhotoThePhoenixdowntownCincinnatiwedding-30PottingerPhotoThePhoenixdowntownCincinnatiwedding-27 PottingerPhotoThePhoenixdowntownCincinnatiwedding-38


DSC_8153We were recently given this giant basket. It is so big it barely fit in the backseat of my car. Since it isn’t Easter I thought we could have a little fun with this as inspiration. What would you do with this basket? How would you use it for a family session? Would you put your dog dressed up as a superhero in it? Would you turn it over and cover it with a sheet and make a play fort? Give me your best out of the box and around the basket idea! One family will win a portrait session at a Cincinnati park (up to 5 people) in September. And don’t worry – you only have to use this prop for one of your photos! Leave a comment on our blog or Facebook page with your idea to be entered to win. Be sure to leave your comment today since this contest ends August 14th at noon!


Favorites: A new book by Sasha Souza!

Category: Favorites | August 10th, 2015

PottingerPhotoSashaSouzaBook-2When I look for inspiration I head to a favorite bookstore or museum. Everywhere you turn there is something taking you away to another country. From the lily pond gardens in a Monet painting in France to the guidebooks with exotic birds of paradise – I love getting lost browsing. Recently I had a chance to meet Sasha Souza at a local wedding event. She was a wonderful speaker and even took the time to answer many questions from the audience. Her recent book Signature Sasha: Weddings and Celebrations to Inspire is a perfect read for any bride. She gives tips on how to D.Y.O. – Design Your Own – which is more about making it unique to the couple than a simple diy. There are also great full color examples of some of her recent events and 30 color palettes to swoon over! The reading is light and fun and the photos are incredible. I would highly recommend this to any couple who want to personalize their event. I know I can’t wait to use some of her fun party ideas for inspiration for my next social event!

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