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11 Mar

A Princess Brides is wonderful full service bridal salon located in the Country Village shopping center in Bothell, Washington.   Last Tuesday they contacted me and asked if I would participate in their  annual Vendor Showcase by providing flowers and a couple of bouquets.   The showcase was Saturday!

One of the advantages of not having a lot of time to  plan an event, no matter how large or small, is there isn’t a lot of time to over think what you are going to do.  You have to go to the market and hope there is something suitable to work with given your guidelines – which in this case – were blush and pink and trust your skills.

Luck was on my side when I came across the beautiful blush colored roses “Amelia” as well as a champagne colored rose “quicksand”.  I may have normally passed these roses up because alone they aren’t stunning, but when I paired them together with beautiful pink garden roses, soft cream roses, white lisianthus, silver brunia berries, seeded eucalyptus and dusty miller foliage.  To be honest, I was a little worried that what I had chosen wasn’t going to make a great impression and it took a couple of tries to get it right, but when the bouquet and floral arrangement were completed, I couldn’t have been  happier.  This color combination would be perfect for a vintage wedding.



In addition to unique roses, I tried something different with the ribbon.  I went through my ribbon collection and found some lovely hand dyed pink silk, blush organza, champagne, silver and soft white pleated ribbons draping them from a rhinestone brooch.



Close up of ribbons and brooch



I love the softness of the hand dyed silk combined with the texture of the white pleated ribbon.  Next time I do this, however, I think I will make the draping a little longer, but overall I think it was unique and a nice change from the standard wrappings on bouquets.

For the centerpieces I added white hydrangea and spiral eucalyptus to the arrangement and placed it on a tall vase with hanging crystals.  I couldn’t believe how well the arrangement looked on the blush linens and the aqua drapery behind the table.  Considering I hadn’t seen it before my arrival, I was very pleased as to how well it all came together.


For the second bouquet I kept it simple with white roses, white lisianthus and silver brunia berries.  Of course I had to add a little something extra, so I added rhinestone pins on the ribbon wrapped stems.



I wish I could have seen the brides faces as they tried on gowns and held the bouquets.  I hope all who attended the Vendor Showcase had a great time.


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