Bloom and Grow-A Graduation Celebration

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Several years ago, I met Lauran Irion; a wide-eyed, super talented young girl, wise beyond her years. I had the privilege of coaching her for a huge vocal audition for Cirque du Soleil. They were only seeing 3 girls in the whole country and Lauran was one of them. Fast forward a few years and Lauran moved out to LA to pursue a career in music and television. She has earned roles on numerous TV shows, most notably as the daughter on ABC’s ‘GCB’. She has also released a great album. I truly believe she is on her way to becoming a household name. Watching Lauran bloom and grow both professionally and personally has been such a joy!

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She had been studying hard, maintaining Principal’s List, all while pursuing her career so her family wanted her to have the same kind of party she would have had if she had graduated from a conventional school. So, when I got the opportunity to design and style a ‘graduation celebration’ for Lauran, I was honored.  Along with everyone else who knows and loves her, I have watched her ‘bloom and grow’ over the years so I presented this theme to Lauran and her mom and they loved it! She is very earth conscious, a vegetarian and loves simple beautiful things in her own boho chic way. They wanted something very small, intimate and fairly simple. And the whole family participated in making the day special for Lauran by cooking, crafting and helping with the party. This made the party so much more personal.

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We had live wreaths at the front entrance, which were made with moss and succulents. The big wow factor was the paper flower design on the dessert table. The flowers were lovingly made by Lauran’s brother and his girlfriend. Some of these were made with paper bags and moss, some with tissue paper and some with cupcake liners, all inspired by DIY tutorials online. The dessert table had organic and vegan desserts, the appetizers were all vegetarian and made by Lauran and her mom. The favors were orchids and herbs that doubled as part of the tablescapes for the party. Guests wrote ‘words of wisdom’ on a green leaf tag and hung it on the avocado tree that will soon be planted in Lauran’s parents’ backyard to remember this special occasion.

Special thanks to Kevin Garrison for capturing the details so beautifully!

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We also served refreshing Cucumber Mint water in mason jars, adorned with birch straws with  ‘bloom and grow’ straw flags. Market lights and floating candles in the pool added to the ambience as the evening grew dark. It was a beautiful and memorable evening!

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To see more details from this party, click here.

To learn more about Lauran and hear her great music, go to imdb and iTunes

Vendors:

Design/Styling: One Stone Events
Photography: Kevin Garrison Photography
Graphic Designs: Renee Nicole {Design + Photography}
Cake: Dream Cakes
Cake Pops: earth and sugar
Chocolate Covered Oreos: Sweeties By Kim
Macarons: Le Macaron
Food: Lauran and Davonne Irion
DIY Paper Flowers: Jacqueline Amick and Jonathan Irion
flowers inspired by these tutorials:
http://manouvellemode.com/2012/02/24/oversized-rustic-paper-flower-tutorial/
http://www.designsponge.com/2012/02/diy-project-giant-paper-flowers-from-ruche.html
http://www.shoplemondrop.com/2012/05/10/cupcake-liner-flower-tutorial/
vintage floral tablecloth: etsy
kraft food boats and bamboo cutlery: Garnish
birch straws: Anthropologie

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bloom and Grow Graduation Celebration

 

Photography by Kevin Garrison Photography