Turquoise and Pink

17 Feb View More: http://katelynjames.pass.us/zach-and-britta-wedding

Sometimes when I meet with a bride at our initial consultation, she has tons of ideas and isn’t sure how to make them all work.  This bride, however, was one who pulled out all the stops when it came to details big and small and making it all come together.  Turquoise tennis shoes, a turquoise truck, custom mailbox, hand made signage, a swing made special for the bride and groom, custom forks for the cake, sparklers, and even a turquoise typewriter!  She really made her color pallet of pink and turquoise come together using a variety of elements.  I can’t even begin to list all the details, but you can see some of them below.

Britta and Zach were married on a warm sunny day in September at the beautiful Twin Willow Gardens in Snohomish.  The venue is absolutely lovely, complete with a forest glen for the ceremony, ponds, and gardens throughout.  Their photographer described the venue as “Little Narnia”, and I couldn’t agree more.

Speaking of photography, these stunning photos were taken by the extremely talented and amazing Katleyn James  from Virginia.  I love all the details she took the time to capture.  Check out her blog to see more of Britta and Zach’s wedding – http://katelynjamesblog.com/seattle-wedding-photographer-rustic-outdoor-wedding-venue/.

 

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Oh what fun it was to decorate the iron arbor.  I always love doing large ceremony pieces, and this was no exception – I could have worked all day!  Hydrangeas, snapdragons, dahlias, roses and greenery galore!  Could it be in a prettier setting than this forest glen?

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The brides bouquet was a combination of garden, standard and spray roses in shades of white, pale pink and bright pink paired with locally grown pink and white dahlias.  To complete the look, lace from the brides mother’s wedding gown was used to wrap the bouquet and charms of grandparents were attached with a satin ribbon.  The final detail was a vintage broach of her grandmothers.  It comes as no surprise that the bride wore turquoise shoes when she walked down the aisle and changed into turquoise Converse tennis shoes just for dancing!

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To add a little variety, a pop of bright green was added to the centerpieces which were placed upon vintage holders.

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The beautiful cake, made by Creme de la Creme Bakery had more than three dozen pale pink roses and of course, custom forks!

 

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Who wouldn’t love a getaway truck, especially if it was a bright turquoise blue one decorated with pink and turquoise tin cans!   Oh and the sparklers I mentioned earlier…

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As always, I provided a complimentary bottle of champagne for the bride and groom to enjoy.  What a pleasure it was working with this couple.  Thank you Britta and Zach and thank you Katelyn James for the stunning photography!

Coral, Navy and Yellow

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Spring and all the lovely colors of spring – how I swoon!  For some it is the soft pastels, pinks, lavenders, pale yellows and soft greens.  For others it is the brighter colors, coral, bright yellow, shades of orange and cheerful spring greens.

I love the color coral.  One of my favorite colors to wear, and if I could, I would paint at least one room in my house this cheerful color (but I would probably be vetoed by my husband).  Although some think this color is primarily a summer color, what a better way to bring cheer to spring than by adding this lovely shade to any floral design?

Officially spring starts at the end of March, but to me prime spring season is May – the beginning of peony season!  I don’t know a bride who can’t appreciate the beauty of peonies.  With their full, lush, rounded blooms, no other flower quite represent romance more!  And don’t you know it, peonies come in a stunning shade of coral!   With their bright petals and fluffy yellow center, what more could you ask for?

Carolyn’s color pallet of coral and navy was the perfect setting for me to use the “Coral Charm” peony.  Pops of yellow, green and cream enhanced the beauty of the coral charm peonies.

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I always enjoy it when a bride brings a unique container to use for creating a flower arrangement in.  In this case, a vintage shoe shine box was used for a large arrangement and placed on the guest book table.

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The ceremony and reception were held at Melrose Market Studios, an urban event space on the west edge of Capitol Hill in Seattle.  Located in a refurbished historic 1927 building that boasts exposed red brick walls, huge Douglas fir beams, high ceilings, and polished concrete floors.  I created a large floral garland to enhance the ceremony area – there’s nothing more charming than a garland to add a touch of whimsy to an ordinary brick wall!

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The bride decorated vases in various shapes and sizes with touches of gold paint and twine which were used to hold small clusters of flowers for the centerpieces.  It is amazing how much impact small arrangements can have on a table and when you add votive candles you just can’t go wrong.

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Thank you Angela and Evan Photography for the beautiful images.

 

Meagan and Jeremy

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Meagan and Jeremy were married on a hot August day at the beautiful Sanders Estates in Auburn, Washington.  Meagan chose a color pallet of yellow and gray for her wedding, but wanted to add some more color to the floral arrangements.  Together we chose to add pops of bright pink and orange to make the floral arrangements a little more unique.

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Sanders Estates is a beautiful 35 acre which includes a private lake and beautiful gardens.  The ceremony was held in the garden complete with an arbor covered in wisteria vines.  Glass globes filled with small floral clusters were hung from the arbor at varying heights to create a the alter decor.

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The groom spent many hours cutting the tops and bottoms off wine bottles which we used for the centerpiece arrangements.  The arrangements were set on clusters of moss to add additional color to the table.

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I have known Meagan since she was on the high school swim team with my daughter and it was such a pleasure working with her and Jeremy on their special day.

Photography by Luna Bella Photography.

Jess & Joel

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I am so far behind on my blogging, I don’t know where to start!  With all the recent engagements and wedding season fast approaching, I figured I might as well go back to early summer!

Jess and Joel are good friends of my daughter and her fiancé and I was honored to create the floral for their special day.  The wedding was held at the beautiful Roche Harbor Resort in the San Juan Islands.  If you ever get the chance, this is a place worth visiting!

Jess chose a soft pallet of blush and cream with touches of lavender.  Since it was early June we were fortunate to have local peonies in shades of white and blush.  Curly willow twigs, scabosia pods, ferns and succulents added texture and I was able to get beautiful lisianthus in the perfect shade of lavender which gave her bouquet just the right pop of color.  Small succulents and dusty miller were used to create the grooms and groomsmen’s boutonniers.  Vintage bottles in varying sizes were on glass mirrors for the centerpieces.

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Thank you Jess and Joel for selecting me to be part of your special day.  Photography provided by Clinton James Photography.

 

Ekaterina and Ben

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Working in the wedding industry, I am often surprised how easily it is to fall into the current trend someone may have seen on Pinterest or the current bridal magazine.  I love it when a bride branches out of the trends and follows her own style choosing her colors and flowers that fit her personality.  When I met Ekaterina to discuss her flowers, I was excited that she would be using a color palette of orange and peach.  I love working with orange because it is such a happy color and there is such a large variety of flowers to choose from as well as a large variation of hues ranging from soft peach to vibrant orange.

The wedding was held at Lake Wilderness Lodge back in June.  A unique venue run by the City of Maple Valley with a quiet lake and surrounded by a peaceful forest.  The bride carried a large cascading bouquet of  roses, orchids, calla lilies, hydrangea and alstroemeria with a single wax ginger in the very center.

 

 

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Small clusters of flowers were placed in vases and hung from shepherds hooks leading down the aisle.  The arrangements were later transferred to the tables and used as centerpieces.

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Thank you Jinda Photography for these beautiful photos.

 

Hot Pink and Navy

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Back in June I had the pleasure of working with Martina and Dan on their wedding.   I loved their color pallette of bright pink, navy and gray.   The peonies were in full bloom and I was able to get some stunning pink and blush peonies.  In addition to peonies the brides bouquet contained garden roses, snapdragon and Phalaenopsis orchids which I wrapped using soft white ribbon and a rosary provided by the bride.

The wedding was held at Immaculate Conception Church on Capitol with the reception following at the Four Seasons in downtown Seattle overlooking Puget Sound.

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Centerpieces were made using lanterns provided by the bride and groom.

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I couldn’t help but share this photo of the couple by the infinity pool with the ferris wheel in the background.

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All of these beautiful photos were taken by one of my favorite photography teams – Rick Plus Anna – who are shown below.  Thank you Rick and Anna!

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Vintage Photo Shoot

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Back in May my friend Ashley of Berryessa Photography  asked me to provide some floral for a vintage wedding styled shoot she organized at Twin Willow Gardens in Snohomish.  Since it was in May, I had plenty of beautiful floral to choose from, including of course lovely Peonies and Amaryllis.  Soft muted tones of peach, coral and white were used to create the bouquets, floral crown and centerpieces.  Vintage lace was used to wrap the bouquet as well as hang down the back of the floral crown.

A table was set using vintage place settings  provided by Lisa of Vintage Dish Company.  The day started out a beautiful sunny day, but shortly after setting up, a huge rain storm came through and doused us all.    As always Ashley captured some amazing photos.

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