Ashlee & Tanner Hill

Ashlee & Tanner Hill
October 21st, 2017
Gruene, Texas


VenueThe Chandelier Of GrueneNew Braunfels, Texas
Photographer & All Photo CreditsBrooke Taelor Photography
Cakes: Serendipty Cakes - New Braunfels
Florals: Reiley and Rose

I wish there were enough words to describe the love Ashlee & Tanner have for each other, and the love I have for their wedding.

HOLY SMOKES, GUYS.

This wedding still today gives me butterflies. From Ashlee's incredible taste in style and color - to the small intimate details that showed just how special their love really is, this is easily one of my favorite weddings. I mean - these two just make marriage look good, and easy and wonderful. Check these incredible pictures by Brooke Taelor Photography out! 

 

 

 

Stacy & Branden Mulholland

Stacy & Branden Mulholland
August 5th, 2017
New Braunfels, Texas


Venue: The Allen FarmhausNew Braunfels, Texas
Photographer & All Photo CreditsEffJay Photography
Bridal Portrait Photographer: Ashley Medrano Photography (Ashley just so happened to be Stacy's matron of honor)
Florals: Reiley and Rose

Sometimes we find ourselves in a rut of doing the same styled weddings OVER. AND. OVER. AGAIN. Same color palettes, same flowers and over-all, same exact look. It's inevitable. Pinterest tells brides what colors they should use and what flowers they should incorporate - trust me - we've seen the exact same Pinterest inspiration picture 20 times and we'll probably see it another 20 before the year is over. Sometimes it's a blessing - sometimes it's a curse. Ordering flowers tends to get easier every single time because we know the exact varieties and exact stems to go with. We get to push our creative limits to see how we can make the same exact flowers and designs - something new and different from the wedding before. We always love a good design challenge. But at the same time - it's a struggle. We struggle to not cave and use the same design we used the week before. We struggle to search for new and different blooms because - well, if it's not broke - don't fix it, right?

Stacy and Branden's wedding was the breath of fresh air we needed amongst the monotony of our summer weddings. 

A little back story - Branden and I both grew up in Seguin and went to Elementary school together. I can remember all of my girl friends always wanting to go down to the Little League Baseball fields because Branden was playing on the Rangers, let me tell you - he was quite the ladies man. Time passed on and I was a Sophomore in college when I met Stacy. She had started dating one of my good guy friends, Dean, and it was so nice to have another girl around the boys house. Stacy and I became good friends through our time hanging out with the boys. Long story short - Stacy and Dean broke up, and all of a sudden - Stacy was dating none-other than my elementary school friend, Branden. Talk about a small world.

Stacy knew right away she wanted their wedding to be very different - after being to many weddings herself, she wanted their wedding to be unique and different from all the others they had been to. And different is what we did. Stacy had the idea to have a Fiesta Themed wedding - she had me hooked from then on. Bright florals, margaritas and taco bars - Stacy thought through every last detail to make their wedding the perfect Farmhaus Fiesta. And that it was! 

Lauren & Gabe Lacanlale

Lauren & Gabe Lacanlale
April 29th, 2017
College Station, Texas

Ceremony: St. Mary's Catholic Church - College Station, Texas
Venue: Cavalry CourtCollege Station, Texas
Photographer & All Photo Credits: Ashlen Sydney Photography
Wedding Coordinator: Amy - All Things Planned
Florals: Reiley and Rose

Growing up, I've been surrounded by fabulous examples of God filled love and marriage. I really have been incredibly lucky to be surrounded by such wonderful examples of what love should look like and how it should feel. These are things I often think about as the years tick on and love and marriage become a more serious idea in the back of my mind. Working with so many couples I hear tons of beautiful love stories and over the years I've learned that really - I just love, love. I love seeing people in love, I love being surrounded by people in love. That's what makes this job so, so rewarding. 

While Lauren and I both attended Texas A&M (whoop!), I didn't meet Lauren until after graduating and moving away from College Station. Lauren worked with one of my most favorite girls in the world, Miss Emily Smith,  and when Lauren was looking for a florist for her wedding, Emily assured her she HAD to come to Reiley and Rose - and I thank God every day for guiding Lauren to me! The first time Lauren and I met up in College Station I knew I wanted this wedding SO badly. Within the first 30 minutes of talking with Lauren I knew this was the type of wedding Reiley and Rose was created for. As we starting talking, it was immediately so easy to see the love Lauren had for her Lord, and her fiancé, Gabe. She told me of how they had met at St. Mary's while attending school, and how coming back to be married there was so important to them both. 

Throughout the whole planning process, Lauren was such a joy to work with - even when we had to completely change venues halfway through planning. She knew God had a plan for her and Gabe, and she was so open and willing to accept whatever he threw at them. Her presence and being through the whole process made me want to be a better person - those are the kind of people you want to surround yourself with. 

Come wedding day - It was a hot and humid day in College Station, it even poured for a while. Most people would have complained about the weather, but not Lauren. Nothing could cloud the love these two have for each other and the Lord. 

While we were busy setting up lanterns in the front of the church, my girls and I had the chance to witness Lauren and Gabe do a behind the door "first look." Talk about a tear-jerker. I pray that every girl finds a God filled love like Lauren & Gabe have - they really are such a beautiful example of love.

To Lauren & Gabe - I pray the Lord covers you both in his love today and everyday and that you both continue to grow in love and happiness for many, many wonderful years. I am so glad to know you. Thank you for letting me be apart of the best day of your life! 

 

Erin & Cameron Archer

Erin & Cameron Archer
March 4th, 2017
Spring Branch, Texas

Venue: Hidden Falls - Spring Branch, Texas
Photographer and all photo credits: T Walker Photography - Taylor Gevelinger
Florals: Reiley + Rose
DJ: DJ Jessie with Professional Entertainment Services
Day of Coordinator: Krista with A Signature Event
Hair: Jana Kay


In college "The Boy's House," was typically a great place you could find me in the evenings or on the weekends if I wasn't at home. "The Boys" is what we call our best group of guy friends. They've been best friends since diapers, and where one is, you're sure to find all the others. College came around, and almost all of the boys decided to head to A&M, so of course living together was no question. Kyle, Kyle, Dean, James and of course, even Colby Boy, have been some of the best friends a girl could ask for. I know my dad always felt a little better about me being 2 1/2 hours away in College Station because if something went wrong, the boys could certainly try to help me. I also have the boys to thank for several of my very best friendships, and my friendship with Erin is one of them.

I remember the very first time I met both Erin and Cameron at the boys house. We had gone over to their house to hangout and two new faces were sitting on the couch - but I knew I recognized the girl from somewhere. I happened to be wearing a Seguin Volleyball shirt, which immediately caught Erin's attention. After talking back and forth for a while, we figured out that we both had played softball for our high schools, which played each other every single year. The rest of the night we spent chatting and getting to know each other, and I knew right then Erin was a girl I would be friends with forever.

3 years later and Erin is still one of my best girls and we still get together with the boys as often as we can. When Cameron bit the bullet and proposed to Erin, I started a wedding count down that day. I knew this would be the wedding of the year, and I couldn't wait for it. As the months passed by we joked about me being their "flowergirl" (I was all for doing their flowers AND throwing petals down the aisle...). Then the big surprise came - Erin asked me to stand by her side on her wedding day! I was so honored and so excited to be a part of their big day - but I was also nervous as it would be my first wedding doing the flowers AND being a bridesmaid. But Erin wasn't nervous and knew she had to have Reiley and Rose flowers at her wedding. 

Erin and Cameron's wedding was a dream - even despite the awful weather that made us move the ceremony inside. The whole day Erin was as calm as can be and everything turned out as perfect as ever. The Hidden Falls staff and Erin's coordinator, Krista, made the last minute changes seamless and as stress free as possible - not only from a vendors prospective, but from a bride's as well. Erin had a group of fabulous vendors - from Jana who, as always, made every single girl look as beautiful as ever, to Taylor who captured the most breathtaking photos and details of the wedding, to DJ Jessie who knew exactly how to keep the party going all night long. Every detail was perfect, and I'm so glad I was able to not only play a part in designing the florals, but to also stand next to my best friends as they said I do! 

Erin and Cam - here's to forever! Gig'em and Va Spurs Va! 

 

The inside story of Reiley + Rose

In the past six months that I've embarked on this journey of entrepreneurship and launching Reiley + Rose, I can't even begin to count how many times someone has asked me "How did you come up with the name?", "Where is your studio?" "What's the story behind everything?" and many other intriguing questions about R+R. I love that other people (besides me, and my family) are interested in this little piece of heaven I've created. So I've decided to spend a little time and tell you all about it.

 

We'll go back about a year ago - I was working in a retail floral shop learning the ins and outs of wedding work and designs, but I was feeling stuck. I wanted bigger and better and I wanted to devote 100% of my time to weddings and events. This was something I learned very quickly - my passion in floral design lies in creative wedding and event designs. Ask me what my favorite design to create is and 9 times out of 10 it's going to be a hand-tied bridal bouquet. I love the creative challenge and passion it brings me. Knowing this, I found that where I was, was not where I was meant to flourish. I struggled with this for a really long time. Not even a year out of college, how could I leave my first job? There was no way I was financially, or even for that matter, mentally, prepared to open my own business (hello, 5 year goal - see my Senior Seminar paper). I've said it once, and I'll say it a million more, the path we live every day is destined by a wonderful and powerful God. He knew the plans he had for me, I only needed to trust in him. 

I remember scrolling through Pinterest late one night and the picture above stopped me dead scroll. Powerful, and so true. 

In August of 2016, I left my job. I walked to my car that afternoon and drove straight to my best friends house for a weekend fishing at the beach. Nothing cures a confused mind or a broken heart like salty wind in your hair and a weekend on a boat. When I got home that Sunday, I knew what I was going to do. I might have been young and I might not have been as prepared as I would have wanted to be,  but I could do it. I knew I could. I was destined for this, and God was calling me to it - somehow, someway I'd figure it out. I always do.

Months before this turn of events, I had promised my best friend I would make her bouquet for her bridal portraits and I was destined to still make that happen. I started brainstorming how I could make it work.... Where would I keep the flowers? Where would I work? We ALL know Debra would kill me if I cut and arranged flowers on the kitchen island... and that's when it hit me. My grandmother, Rosemary, has a building off the side of her house that she once used for her catering business. The building had a big walk in cooler and would be perfect for me to store a few flowers in for the week. My grandmother had used the building mainly for storage at this point. It was filled with boxes and boxes of old kitchen utensils and supplies, and childhood memories of all 4 Reiley Boys were stacked high in cardboard boxes. There was no air condition in the building while I worked in the Texas 90 degree heat... and I was certain there was probably some type of animal that was going to come out at any moment. But it worked, and that's all I needed that week. 

I let that day spent in the building working with flowers sit on my heart for a few weeks, and I knew this was where God was leading me. The next day, I drove to my grandmothers house, sat around her kitchen table eating her famous cookies, and asked her if I could turn the building into a studio and a home for my new business. The smile on her face was enough of an answer for me. She was proud and she was honored, and I was ecstatic. 

I had a wedding coming up that October - I had exactly 3 weeks to get the building "wedding ready" and I couldn't mess around. My Nanny and I spent nearly a week and over 10 trips to Goodwill cleaning out the building and sorting through her storage. We laughed, we listened to classic country and a few times we almost cried. That week has been one of my favorite times spent with my grandmother. The stories and wisdom she shared with me as we fumbled through things; I'll cherish those days forever. That's when it hit me. I knew exactly what I wanted to name my new business.

Reiley and Rose.

Reiley for obvious reasons, my last name. But it also intails so much more. My being, my identity, but most importantly, my family - the heart and soul that keeps me going. One day I may lose that part of my name, but now I'll forever have it in a business. Then comes Rose; of course it seems obvious to use a flower in the name of a wedding floral business, and while yes, that does help the name, it's real meaning comes from Rosemary. The matriarch of the Reiley family, the strongest woman I know and easily the most loving and caring. That's what I wanted my business to be about: strength, love and care. Everything that my grandmother embodies, I wanted to reflex in my business. 

And there began Reiley and Rose.

This past weekend, we completed our 10th wedding in the studio and wow, have we come a long way. We have about 20 more weddings slated for 2017. We still have a ways to go, and it's a constant work in progress; but it's home and it's our happy place.

 

 

Zach & Samantha Hodges

Zach & Samantha Hodges
October 22, 2016 - Faith Lutheran Church
Seguin, Texas

VenueLost Mission - Spring Branch, Texas
Photographer and all photo creditsAkil Bennett Portrait Photography - Houston
Personal FloralsReiley and Rose
Reception Florals: A Day to Remember Event Planning - Houston

Growing up, Samantha was always the girl I constantly looked up to. Smart, beautiful, funny and a smile and laugh that can brighten any mood, Samantha had it all - in fact, she still does. Not only does Samantha have this radiating personality, her parents do too - being around Samantha and The Andrews is always filled with tons of love and laughter. In elementary school Samantha and I were often times mistaken for each other, and being called Samantha's twin was the biggest compliment 3rd grade Megan could have ever received. I can't think of a woman more deserving of a wonderful, Godly love, than Samantha. I'm so happy that Zach came into Samantha's life at just the right time and has made her the happiest girl in the world (as if she wasn't already). 

It's hard to put into words exactly how honored and touched I am to have had the opportunity to be apart of Zach and Samantha's big day not only as a guest, but as her floral designer for her personal flowers as well. 

Samantha, Zach - Mike, Candi - and even the Kusak Clan; your love and support not only now in my business, but throughout my whole life means the world to me, and I love you all so very much! 

Brooke & Brandon Hochgraber

Brooke & Brandon Hochgraber
November 26th, 2016 - Beneath the Oaks
Midfield, Texas

Venue: Beneath the Oaks
Photographer and all photo credits: Jon Eilts Photography
FloralsReiley and Rose

One of the things people told me over and over again when I started my business was that my friends and family would be my biggest supporters, as well as my best (and cheapest) advertisement. Over the past 5 months I've certainly seen this 10 fold. I always love to ask my clients how they heard about Reiley and Rose and what brought them to us. So many times my clients have been sent by friends and family, and I couldn't be more thankful. Brooke was one of my first brides that I didn't know personally before doing her wedding. In September of 2016, my best friend, Dottie, got married and I had the wonderful privilege of being Dottie's maid of honor. Dottie's bridal party was filled with some of the most incredible, intelligent and beautiful girls in all of Texas. One of those girls happened to be Holly.

Holly and I both attended Texas A&M with Dottie, and with both of us being in the College of Ag, I often saw Holly in passing hanging around Kleburg. Too many times to count out at the Tap or Northgate, we'd run into Holly and always have the best time. From the very first day we "formally" met, Holly was the sweetest little thing. Fast forward a year to planning Dottie's wedding, I got to know Holly better, and grew to love her and her wonderful personality even more. Come wedding weekend, I knew I had gained a life long friend in Holly. 

A few months after Dottie's wedding, I received a message from Brooke, Holly's little sister. Brooke was elbows deep in planning her wedding and was in need of help with flowers.... and quickly! Of course, Dottie & Holly had convinced her she HAD to call me. Brooke was getting married in Midfield, Texas at Beneath the Oaks, which happens to be about two hours away from the studio. As I told Brooke, Reiley + Rose will go anywhere - and with that, Brooke's wedding was on our books. HOLY COW. I was so excited! I say this time and time again, but doing flowers for people and families you know and love is part of what makes this job so rewarding. I might not have known Brooke well at all, but the fact that she was Holly's sister made me instantly love her.

Our planning time was limited, but Brooke was so organized and knew exactly what she wanted. While 95% of our planning was done over the phone and email, Brooke was such a joy to work with. She was always so light hearted, easy going and laughing; but this came as no surprise - she's Holly's sister. I met Brooke in person just a few weeks before her wedding, and meeting her made me even more excited for her and Brandon's big day. I loved seeing her eyes light up as she talked about Brandon. I didn't meet Brandon until the day of the wedding, but I felt as if I had known him and the love he had for Brooke for weeks.

From her navy and white nautical theme, to the incredible venue, Brooke & Brandon's wedding is one I'll look back to for years. I'll let these pictures speak for themselves.

Brooke & Brandon - thank you for letting me play such a special part in your big day. I pray your love for each other continues to flourish and shine just as it did this day. Here's to many, many years of love and happiness.

xoxo - Megan

Katelin & Dave Vieira

Katelin & Dave Vieira
October 22nd, 2016 - St. Patrick's Cathedral & Burleson Yard Beer Garden
San Antonio, Texas

There's a few things I love, and I mean really, really love:
1. Aggies
2. Biergardens
3. Brunch

Katelin, a fellow Aggie, (whoop!), was referred to me by a mutual friend, and within the first 10 minutes of talking with her about the dream and vision she had for her wedding, I knew this was a wedding I HAD to have. I'm all about new and different ideas, and going out of the norm. Everything about Katelin & Dave's wedding was just that. 

They started with a Catholic Mass, at 10:30 in the morning, then headed to the Burleson Yard Beer Garden, where their reception was held. I know what you're thinking; Mass not at 2 o'clock? And a reception at a beer garden? You read that right, and it was absolutely perfect. From the brunch themed meal they served, to the fun-carefree atmosphere of the beer garden, this one takes the cake for the most unique wedding of 2016.  

When it came to Katelin's vision for her flowers - it paired perfectly with her venue. Everything was very loose, airy and whimsical. Katelin wanted everything to look as if we had hand picked wild flowers off the side of the road, as well as cool textures of berries and fruits. And of course, we had to have touches of maroon.

I'm so happy to have played a part in Katelin and Dave's big day, and wish them many, many years of love and happiness! 

Venue: Burleson Yard Beer Garden
Photographer: Whitewood Photography

All photos are copyright to Whitewood Photography out of San Antonio, Texas.
Check Sarah out on Facebook, her work is incredible! 

Heather & Casey Scurlock

Heather & Casey Scurlock
October 8th, 2016 - The Springs Venue
New Braunfels, Texas

The majority of my memories of Heather and Casey are centered around Texas A&M and College Station. From tailgates, to house parties, and long nights at Northgate - we spent a lot of our time celebrating barely passing tests, or the Aggie's latest win.

After Casey proposed, and the time came for Heather to pick her florist for the wedding, I was thrilled when she called me. I love any and all weddings I do, but when you get the opportunity to do a wedding for someone you know and love, it makes the experience that much sweeter. 

Heather was a saint through the whole entire process. Midway through planning her wedding, I opened Reiley + Rose and brought Heather along with me. Most Bride's probably would have freaked out on me, but Heather handled it with such grace and was so supportive through the whole entire process. Three short weeks after opening Reiley + Rose, Heather and Casey got married and I couldn't have asked for a more perfect first wedding for Reiley and Rose.

October 8th, 2016 - the first weekend of October and the first cool front of the year. You couldn't ask for a more perfect day. 

Venue: The Springs Event Venue - New Braunfels, Texas
Photographer and all Photo Credits: Limelight Photography - San Antonio, Texas
Coordinator: Gloria Schroeder - Your Day Your Way Event Planning