Growing Our Family, and Helping Others in Need

Ever write a blog post and realize that a month later you never hit the “publish” button?  Yes, this post is a bit overdue.  We officially launched this news exactly one month ago through social media.  Unfortunately the day after our website went live my beloved grandmother was admitted to the hospital where we said goodbye just over a week ago.  We’ll discuss that further in a later post.  In the past month we have received an unbelievable amount of support and interest in our new venture, and we are so blessed and excited to have so many great new brides with unique visions for their big day.

No, we’re not having another baby baby, but we do have a new little bundle of joy to present to the world . This has been a difficult process and after almost ten months of planning, late nights, heartburn, and long naps in the middle of the day to catch up on our rest she’s finally here! I proudly present to you Vera Green’s little sister Vivi Gray Design.  Vivi Gray Design will focus on event and floral design, as well as crafting and custom fabrication services that utilize eco-friendly sources and materials.  Our flowers will remain to be locally sourced, organic, or at the very least Fair Trade certified.  For the last five years we have created stunning wedding florals under the Vera Green brand.  This has allowed us to develop methods that are not only better for the earth, but also more cost effective and proven to maintain a longer shelf life for our blooms.  As a matter of fact, in our studios there is only one block of Oasis foam, and we use that to show our brides what we don’t do!

Before you go getting all worked up, Vera Green Productions isn’t going ANYWHERE! But we will no longer be offering event and floral design under that brand, but instead focusing the attention of Vera Green Productions on planning the stunning eco weddings that have made us famous.   As a matter of fact our Vera Green associates are working hard on some really exciting projects that we can’t wait to share.  Stay tuned for those exciting announcements :)

Hydrangea and Billy Balls

And with this announcement we are excited to present our fan base with a special offer that will also support a good cause.  Safe Haven of Tarrant County is a women’s crisis center that is dedicated to reducing domestic violence and providing women in dangerous situations a place for refuge.  Unfortunately their shelters are full and their resources are limited.  So in an effort to educate the public and assist the organization with raising funds to provide their crowded shelters with adequate supplies we will be donating 50% of proceeds from special occasion flowers to the Safe Haven organization through the end of August.  In addition to monetary donations we will be adopting these shelters for the remainder of 2012, and will donate arrangements made from left over wedding and event flowers to the shelter to bring a little beauty to these women’s lives during troubled times.  If you would like to help, but don’t necessarily have any special occasion flowers to send then we have a special edition hydrangea arrangement in a repurposed chalkboard vase (shown above) that can be purchased for $25 and sent to an anonymous domestic violence victim at one of the Safe Haven shelters, and 100% of the proceeds of the sales for this specific arrangement will be donated to the organization as well, indefinitely!

Again, we are so excited about this announcement and all of the great things to come!


His Voice Global Fundraiser

I have spent the past several weeks helping my good friend Kari Seher from Kari Crowe photography put together a fundraiser, and it’s happening tonight!

Kari followed a group from Village Church in Dallas to Yei in southern Sudan to document a mission that they were hosting with the His Voice Global charity. Kari was so impressed with the work they are doing over there that she wants to spread the word and help th on their way to build a fourth orphanage in the region. Which is the whole point of tonight.

We will be featuring a screening of the documentary film “The New Sudan” which tells the story of His Voice Global and their mission. Vernon Berger will also be there to discuss his journey in detail. And last but not least, we are hosting a silent auction that will feature several awesome items including sports tickets, autographed sports memorabillia, Taylor made golf bag and round of golf, artwork, Eco-fabulous jewelry from Priolo and co., and Fort Worth ballet tickets just to name a few! We would love to see you there, all proceeds obviously go to benefit the mission of His Voice Global.

The event starts at 6:30 tonight at Hickory Street Annex in Dallas. Come and bring your friends!