The Ellis family traces its history of working with plants to the late 1800s, when they operated a pottery-manufacturing company in Texas. Current-generation family members build from their familial expertise at all five of their store locations, spread between Louisiana and Texas. Twice a year, the Ellises travel overseas to identify upcoming horticulture trends decided by UN meetings in The Hague. This has expanded their decorative focus to include all aspects of home décor to complement greenhouses filled with tropical blooms and locally grown shrubbery. Clocks, lamps, and vases score homeowners extra credit in interior-design classes, and fountains and outdoor furniture make gardens hospitable for warm weather. For those who want to get ahead on holiday decorating, they offer an extensive selection of seasonal decor and accents year round. The Ellises encourage creativity with hands-on classes in subjects such as making centerpieces, weaving wreaths, and tying ribbon into perfect bows.
Unique Art-Photography’s team of shutterbugs has been capturing one-of-a-kind moments for the past 13 years. They work on-location, manipulating natural light and using the great outdoors’ endless array of backdrops as the ideal setting for photo sessions. Those photo sessions include portraits for families, couples, kids, and individuals. The skilled camera jockeys also cover bridal and engagement shoots, as well as the prom.
At Platinum Portrait Studios, photographers create images that can be viewed instantly. They snap portraits of families, children, and distinguished military personnel, producing prints in color, black and white, and sepia. Before glamour-shot sessions, makeup artists boost natural beauty with deftly applied cosmetics.
Everything that needs to be said about The Victorian House is in its name. The home exudes the elegance of the bygone era, with its steeple-roof chapel, historic architecture, and expansive lawns. It's frequently the host of weddings both simple and extravagant; besides the chapel, there's a vast reception room for post-ceremony parties, and an outdoor gazebo features prominently in many of the wedding parties' pictures. Private dressing cottages hide the bride from the groom as they prepare for the ceremony; the bride donning her dress, the groom fixing his tie, and the priest preparing his t-shirt launcher. The chapel, where most ceremonies take place, boasts three large arched windows behind the altar where light filters into the room, and large candelabras fill the area with dim, intimate light.