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In the Desert

27 Oct

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!

Coral Wedding

10 Jun

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

Roche Harbor Wedding

9 Apr

I have to tell you, Melinda and Casey have been one of my all time favorite couples to work with.  Not only are they two of the nicest people you will ever meet, but there is something about the love they share for each other that just radiates.  Their wedding was held last September at the beautiful Roche Harbor Resort in the San Juan Islands.  With outdoor weddings, you never know how the weather will be here in the Pacific Northwest, but we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day of warm temperatures and sunshine.

Casey is a fabulous chef and for the rehearsal dinner he and his fellow associates put together one of the most amazing rehearsal dinners I have ever had.  If you ever need a caterer, check out his web-site at www.barnandfield.com, he creates really amazing food.  The dinner was held at the beach adjacent to the resort followed by a beautiful sunset.  Guests enjoyed roasting marshmallows and making ‘smores by the campfire.  It was a great way to set the mood for the wedding the next day.

Melinda had a lot of ideas for the overall feel of the wedding design, yet was open to any suggestions I made.  She also allowed a lot of creative freedom when it came to designing their wedding and all the little details, the result being one of my favorite weddings.

The bridesmaids wore slate grey dresses complimented by flowers in shades of blush, pink, coral and white used to create the bouquets.  Did I mention they had the most adorable ring bearer ever (who just happens to be our great nephew)?  He surprised everyone by walking very carefully down the aisle with a ring box designed just for Melinda and Casey.

For ceremony decor, we rented a birch arbor and glass globes from Vintage Ambiance.  The globes were filled with simple clusters of flowers and hung from the arbor.  With the backdrop of the harbor and the approaching dusk, it set the stage for a beautiful ceremony.   Posters made by Citalia Creative greeted guests at the entrance as well as the reception area.  My husband and I also made directional signs leading to the ceremony.  Photographs are taken by the fabulous team of Rick + Anna Photography and, as always, they captured the day perfectly.

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The reception area was decorated with blush colored linens rented from BBJ Linens, with floral centerpieces in mercury glass vases and tall trumpet vases placed on wood discs with touches of moss at the base and surrounded by a variety of mercury glass votives.  Sequined blush colored linens were used for the sweetheart and cake tables.

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In honor of Casey’s chef background, guests were all given vials of Himilayian Pink Salt, Black Hawaiian Salt and Kosher Salt in a packet with a sprig of fresh rosemary attached to each package.

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We rented a crystal chandelier from Vintage Ambiance and hung it from the beams in the dining area.  Seeing that the chandelier would get lost if we didn’t decorate it a little, I created a garland of greens, flowers and curly willow to accent the beams.  The standard white folding chairs provided by the resort really didn’t work with the overall look and feel we were trying to achieve, so vintage farm style chairs were rented from Orcas Events.

The large fireplace was a perfect spot to place a collection of mercury glass votives and candle holders as well as rustic lanterns and floating candles which were placed on wood discs with touches of moss at the base.  All the sparking candlelight added a very romantic touch to the room.

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What a better way to end the evening than a glow stick send off followed by a ride in a golf cart decorated just for them.

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Thank you Melinda and Casey for allowing me to be part of your very special day.  Many thanks to Rick plus Anna Photography for the stunning photographs.

Coral, Navy and Yellow

2 Feb

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.

 

Vintage Photo Shoot

12 Aug

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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Kelsey & Dusti

22 May

There have only been a few times when I feel a little intimidated by clients, but this particular job was one of them.  One of the brides mothers is a florist and she grew up around floral all of her life and had a very definite vision of what she wanted when it came to their flowers.   The bride’s vision was eclectic and rustic and they had been collecting items and crafting elements for some time.   When I opened up the many boxes of vases and props they wanted me to use for the centerpieces I wasn’t quite sure where to start.  I knew a lot of time had been spent decorating table numbers and gathering all the pieces so it was up to me to make it all come together.  I spent the next few days spreading it all out in my living room creating “clusters” to create each centerpieces.  In the end it all came together and the brides were ecstatic!   Never before have I received a review the very next day praising my efforts!

The brides bouquets were another challenge since I didn’t want one bride to outshine the other.  I also like to have one common element to bring them both together and one of the flowers I had ordered didn’t come in as I had requested!  In the end it all worked out, as it always does – but it is hard to mess up too bad when mother nature provides us with such beautiful flowers to begin with.

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The ceremony and reception was held at the Edgewater Hotel on the Seattle Waterfront.  Two large urns filled with a large colorful arrangement and blooming curly willow branches flanked both sides of the alter area, which happened to look out at the beautiful Puget Sound.  Even when it started pouring rain, you couldn’t help but admire the lovely backdrop.  They even had large gold vinyl letters placed on the window which added another personalized element to their ceremony.

 

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The eclectic collection of centerpieces including birdhouses, bird cages, birds nests, perfume bottles, fairy doors, and vases of every kind!

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It was such an honor to be part of this wedding.  Such a fun couple to work with!  Photography by Jenny GG Photography – thank you Jenny for your wonderful photography!

 

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