Megan and Garrett

13 Jan View More: http://alihormann.pass.us/althauser-design

Summer in the Pacific Northwest is often on the cooler side and when we do get really nice weather we lap it up like a thirsty dog!  However, the summer of 2015 was something to behold – warmer than normal temperatures and, if I recall, only one day of rain the entire summer.  While it was enjoyable it did make some challenges for wedding florists.  In some cases product was hard to locate because warm weather made the flowers bloom earlier than normal or it was too hot for some flowers and the season was cut short.  I know myself there were events where I worried the flowers would wilt before the wedding even began, but I was lucky enough to not have this happen!

Megan and Garrett’s wedding was held at the Woodinville Lavender Farm on a warm day in July.  Lavender held special meaning for Megan and  she wanted to incorporate it in her arrangements as much as possible.  Unfortunately, most of the lavender was already drying up and I was having a difficult time locating any.  Luckily at the last minute I was able raid my neighbor’s lavender bush since it still had just enough good blooms available.

Megan also loved maidenhair fern which we incorporated into her bouquet and all of the arrangements wherever we could.   We chose to keep the table arrangements simple using a variety of bud vases filled with small clusters of flowers or single blooms.  Megan rented vintage china and the plates were placed on the table when the guests arrived so there was not a lot of need for a ton of floral.

All of the photography was provided by the very talented Ali Horman of Ali Horman Photography.  I love how she captured all of the details of Megan and Garrett’s special day.  Thank you Ali!

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Thank you Megan and Garret for allowing me to be part of your special day.  Thank you Ali Horman for the beautiful photographs.

Photography:  Ali Horman Photography

Venue:  Woodinville Lavender Farm

Coordination:  Kelly Stevenson

Catering:  Twelve Baskets Catering

 

 

Lisa and Matt

7 Jan View More: http://rickplusanna.pass.us/lisalovesmatt

I first met Lisa and Matt at last spring while they were in town meeting with their wedding planners, the lovely ladies from Maris Events.  Lisa and Matt are from the east coast and were planning their June destination wedding at Alderbrook Resort and Spa.  I knew immediately this was a couple I wanted to work with – they were so sweet and such a delight to work with.

If you have never had the chance to go to Alderbrook Resort and Spa, make sure you get there at some point.  It is a lovely setting and your blood pressure is sure to go down a few notches just being in the quiet, wooded setting while enjoying the Hood Canal water view.

I loved Lisa and Matt’s bold use of color – red’s, yellows and green’s.  Roses, orchids, hydrangeas and succulents were featured in the arrangements.  Lisa carried a bouquet filled with hydrangeas, roses, orchids and freesia.  Table arrangements had floating candles in simple pillar vases with large clusters of flowers and succulents surrounded by glassy baby votives.

I created a large arbor arrangement that was transferred to the head table after the ceremony was over so they could continue to enjoy it.  Of course, I had my right hand man/best friend (my husband) helping me out (see bottom picture).  That man always amazes me with his willingness to help out when needed!  Of course, I usually have to buy him a nice beer or whiskey and occasionally a meal, but it is well worth it.

Alissa Lawton of Maris Events created all of the paper products used on the tables.  There is no shortage of talent in my dear friend Alissa and it is always a pleasure working with her and her assistant Elle.

Let’s not forget the talented team of Rick + Anna Photography who provided the images below.  They continue to capture memorable moments and are always a fun couple to have on the team.   One of the requests Lisa and Matt made was to have photos of them with their vendors so I was lucky enough to get a photo of me with them – which almost never happens so this is a special treasure!

Working in this industry you get to work with a lot of vendors and often you make lifetime friendships and partnerships that work really well.  We call ourselves “The A-Team” and everyone from the wedding planner to the DJ worked so well together that the event came together without a hitch!

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Thank you Lisa and Matt for allowing me to be part of your special day.

Venue:  Alderbrook Resort and Spa

Coordination: Maris Events

Photography: Rick + Anna Photography

DJ:  Cory Kolillis – Soundefx

 

Liz and Trevor

21 Dec View More: http://rickplusanna.pass.us/lizlovestrevor

Well, here it is December and I realize just how far behind I am on all my blogging (and Christmas).  What a crazy year it has been!  I somehow or other managed to create 29 weddings this year and a bulk of them were in the month of August.  Needless to say, I may need to hire someone for 2016 just to keep up with all the blogging, paperwork and deliveries as one person can not do it alone anymore!  Thanks to all my wonderful family and friends who helped out – I could not have done it without you!

That being said, I am going to try to finally catch up and start posting some of the weddings I did this year.  However, I can’t wait to post about this wedding as it was one of the most anticipated and special weddings of the year – our daughter, Liz and her fiancé Trevor were married on November 14th!  Almost a year of anticipation and preparations went into this event and everyone contributed.  My husband created the water-color images used on the invitations as well as the frames on the tables and arbor behind the sweetheart table.  I made the bridal veil, flower girl dresses, bathrobes for the bridesmaids and lots of signage!  Our daughter, Rachel, helped with the design and assembly of the invitations and programs.  We also had a special afternoon of assembling party favors with Trevor’s mother, sister and niece.

Oh, and the desserts!  Liz made the adorable cake topper for the wedding cake which a family friend baked and decorated.  Liz and I worked on pie crusts for weeks.  Trevor and his mother, Ruth, prepared the fillings for the pies and baked dozens and dozens of cookies the day before the wedding.  Grandma Lillie and Aunt Kathleen made cookies as well and Grandma Claremay made her famous flat apple pie.  Anyone with a sweet tooth was in heaven!

Everyone of the couples I work with hold a very special place in my heart and I just love each and every client I have worked with, but of course this one was extra special in so many ways.  To start with, she is of course our beautiful, wonderful daughter who just happened to marry a really great guy (also known as Mr. Wonderful around here).  When you create the flowers for your daughters wedding they have to be the best you have ever done and then some – so the pressure was on.   Being Mother-of-the-Bride also added a  little more pressure as there were many things to do and places to be.  However, with the help of my very good friend, Nan, and my sister-in-law, Tana, once I created the mock-up of the centerpieces they took off and finished them for me so I could spend time with Liz and be there for all the festivities.  Even at last minute our friend, Carina, came over and finished the garlands the day of the wedding so we could all get ready.   Of course, I can not thank the wonderful Alissa Lawton of Maris Events enough for going above and beyond the call of duty to make sure everything went smoothly the day of the wedding.  She also created the thank you notes for each guest and the table numbers!  With the help of her assistant Ellie they did all of the very detailed set-up for the wedding and reception so I could be mother of the bride.  Words can not quite express my gratitude to everyone who helped out for this event.

Liz and Trevor chose a color pallet of peach, mint green, blush, gold and silver with the feel of a Pacific Northwest winter wonderland.   Peonies, garden roses, lisianthus, ranunculus, and snowberries filled her lush bouquet.  An added touch of hand made charms with pictures of their parents wedding day were attached with ribbon and strands of miniature pearls I saved from my wedding bouquet.  The wedding was held at the beautiful Church at Fauntleroy in West Seattle and the reception was across the street at the Hall at Fauntleroy.

Although it was hard to choose the best photographs to show (because there are so many) hopefully you can get an idea of what a lovely day it was.  As always, Rick+Anna Photography did an amazing job capturing all of the details and special moments of the day.  Although it poured rain all day the team really caught some great shots.  I especially love the shot of the maid-of-honor (and sister), Rachel, escorting her sister to the first look in the pouring rain.  Liz almost fell so Rachel insisted she take off her shoes to walk in the pouring rain to see her groom!  Needless to say, she made it safely.

Enjoy!

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Many thanks to all the wonderful people who helped make this wedding day so special for all of us, including the following amazing vendors:

In the Desert

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Wow, what a crazy summer it has been!  I have been so busy, I have not had time to post any of events for some time and thought now the busy wedding season is over, I could finally catch up on some much overdue blogging.

Back in January I attended a web-site design class and had the honor of meeting two fabulous photographers – Nicole Conner of Nicole Conner Photography and Miguel Cornelio of Momentus Images.  When I found out they were both from Wenatchee, Washington – the town I lived in during my teen years, I had to introduce myself.  Turns out Miguel lives not too far from where I now live!  When they reached out and asked me to provide florals for a photo shoot they were planning in May, of course I happily obliged.  These two are amazing photographers and it was such a pleasure working with them. They gave me the freedom to create with a soft color pallet being my only guideline.  Of course, I had to add a little pop of color into the mix!  May is such an amazing time for flowers with peonies and double tulips in abundance – you just can’t go wrong.  Sadly, I could not be there for the shoot, but I just love how the pictures turned out.

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As with any photo shoot – it really takes a village to pull it all together.  These amazing vendors really brought it all together.

Photography – Nicole Conner Photography

Photography – Momentus Images

Photography – Simple Light Photography

Venue – Cave B Estate and Winery

Gowns – Princess Bride Couture

Hair – Laura Anaya from Platinum Studios

Make-up – Gaylinet Roberts

Tablescape Design – HRJ Events

Cake – Cupcake Blues

Balloons – Merriment Party Goods

Thank you Nicole and Miguel for including me in this event!

Love at the Winery

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Now that the crazy wedding rush of summer is over, I finally get a chance to share some of the many wonderful weddings I worked on this spring and summer.

On a beautiful sunny day in May Amy and Rodney were married at DeLille Cellars Chateau in Woodinville Washington.  DeLille Cellars is a venue filled with rustic charm influenced by French architecture.  The ten acre estate has beautiful gardens, ponds and alpacas peering over the fence nearby.

I loved working with Amy and Rodney creating their dream wedding.  Did I mention the most they had the most adorable ring-bearers ever?

Thank you Brittany of Blue Rose Photography for the beautiful pictures below.

 

 

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Wishing Amy and Rodney the very best today and always!

Other Vendors:

Kaspars Catering

BAKED custom cakes

DJ Marc from Integral DJ’s

 

 

 

Farm Wedding

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The Star Valley Farm is a private 5-star facility specializing in dressage training and instruction located in Longbranch, WA on the beautiful Key Peninsula – just minutes southwest of Gig Harbor.  It also happened to be the venue for Amy and Nick’s wedding back in May.

When I first visited the farm, there was a lot of work that needed to be done in the areas Amy and Nick chose to have their ceremony, but with the help of their wedding party and some dedicated friends, they created a lovely setting for the big day.

In addition to getting the farm ready for the big day, the groom also built the boxes used for the centerpieces as well as some tack boxes for the bridesmaids, all who are equestrian enthusiasts.  Who doesn’t appreciate a groom that is handy and willing to build things for his bride?

Peonies, poppy pods, succulents, roses, stock and football mums in shades of white, peach and blush were used in creating the bouquets and centerpieces.  The ceremony was performed under two very large oak trees from which we hung wreaths decorated with clusters of flowers in varying sizes while guests sat on bales of hay.

Below are some of the pictures taken by the very talented BreeAnna Lasher of ElevenEleven Films.

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Thank you Amy and Nick for allowing me to be part of your very special day.

 

Coral Wedding

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Two years ago I was lucky enough to work with this fantastic couple on their wedding.  I knew the minute I met Melissa that this was going to be a fun project!  Her color pallet of coral, mint and navy with lots of details was a refreshing change from all the purple I did that year.

The wedding was held at Blessed Sacrament Church with the Reception following at the Museum of History and Industry on South Lake Union.  If you haven’t ever been to the Museum of History and Industry, it is a very enjoyable place to tour and see some of Seattle’s history as well as a great venue to for a reception!

The bride and bridesmaids all got ready at Melissa and Chris’s home on Queen Ann and we decorated it with a beautiful garland around the front door and master bedroom window.  Although I was extremely nervous hanging on to my husband while he hung out of the third floor window, it all came together in the end (whew!)

The bride carried a large bouquet of dahlias, garden roses, roses, hypericum berries and spider mums and for fun – a touch of feathers!  On their first date the groom brought Melissa some spider mums so she wanted to incorporate them into the bouquet as a sweet reminder of that special day.

The tables were decorated with navy chevron table runners and Melissa’s collection of vintage jadeite glassware.  Vintage styled postcards acted as table numbers and mint green suitcases held a large colorful floral arrangements.

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Thank you Melissa and Chris for having me be part of your special day!

Photography: Photo Elan – www.photoelan.com
Planner: Manette Gracie – www.manettegracie.com
Venue:  Museum of History and Industry – www.mohi.org
Catering:  Lisa Dupar Catering – www.duparandcompany.com
Hair and Make-up:  Duque Salon – www.duquesalon.com
DJ:  DJ Otto – www.ottoolson.com
Transportation:  Butler Transportation –www.butlerseattle.com
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