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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, 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.


Hot Pink and Navy

7 Oct

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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Yellow, Navy and Gray

16 Jun

I love yellow, it’s such a happy color.  I don’t think I am alone when I think of sunshine when I see yellow.  Seattle can use a lot more yellow (sunshine) during the winter months, but back in April we had a delightful streak of beautiful spring weather.   Sara and Alain travelled from London for their wedding and upon arriving were greeted with the beautiful spring weather Seattle occasionally gets blessed with.  Of course as I write this, I have on a sweater and blanket on my lap because it is freezing cold!

The wedding was held at the Canal in Ballard overlooking the Ballard Locks.  Saras bouquet consisted of soft yellow roses, white peonies, anenomes, white roses, soft cream roses, white lisianthus, seeded eucalyptus, and of course yellow crespedia (also known as billy balls).  Bridesmaids carried smaller bouquets of yellow roses, soft cream roses, white lisianthus, crespedia and succulents.  Groomsmen wore simple corsages of yellow crespedia.

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We chose to do simple centerpieces of single bud arrangements in vintage styled bottles as well as small clusters under glass cloche domes.

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The photography was done by the creative duo of Rick plus Anna.  Thank you Rick and Anna for capturing this wedding beautifully.



Yellow and Gray

8 Jan

Here it is January and I am finally blogging about a wedding from August!  Where does the time go?

I Carrie and Joey last spring and besides the fact that I thought they would be a really fun couple to work with (I was right) her colors were yellow and gray, one of my favorite combinations and one I had yet to do so I was really excited!

The brides bouquet was created using succulents, air plants, dusty miller, yellow roses,  yellow freesia, white hydrangea, and of course crespedia (billy balls).  The bride  provided me with a piece of trim and button from her grandmothers gown but because it was so narrow, I couldn’t use it to wrap the bouquet with but I was able to create a ribbon rose using the button for the center.   I loved incorporating something extra special in her bouquet.

The grooms corsage was a small yellow rose, succulent and seeded eucalyptus.






The ceremony was held in the beautiful garden at the Hall at Fauntleroy.  It was a lovely day and I was able to use the new arbor to hang some of globes filled with a small collection of flowers.  In addition, I created an arrangement to be placed on each side of the bride and groom incorporating one of the brides favorite flowers, snapdragons.




I used the cloche domes again to create smaller arrangements for half of the tables.  The remaining tables had large arrangements of dahlias, hydrangea, roses, air plants, dusty miller.


The beautiful photography was provided by Jenny GG.  Thank you Jenny!

Mothers Day Wedding

5 Jul

The other day, I received these lovely images of Ed and Salomes wedding from Michelle at Letter M Photography and can’t wait to share them with you.  Ed and Salome were married on Mothers Day at the landmark Edgewater Hotel on the waterfront in Downtown Seattle.   The Edgewater hotel was built in 1962 for the Worlds Fair and has been host to famous guests such as the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Kiss and the Village People.  Some facts which I recently discovered that I thought were worthy of sharing!

Their soft color pallet of  mint, ivory, blush, touches of pink and small pops of raspberry was based around vintage navigation maps they had salvaged.

The brides bouquet consisted of peonies in shades of blush and white, pale pink garden roses, white tulips, scabosia pods, fern curl, dusty miller, succulents and  pops of beautiful locally grown raspberry colored ranunculus.



The groom wore a simple corsage of a mini succulent, blush peony buds, dusty miller and fern tips.


The vintage map theme was brought in by creating table names of local Seattle neighborhoods.  I found some rustic looking containers for the centerpieces which were created using succulents, hydrangeas, garden roses, dusty miller, scabosia pods, tulips and fern curl.


The all white dessert buffet was created by  dianne’s delights and was filled with pie pops, cake pops, raspberry tarts, vanilla bean macaroons and a small cake for the bride and groom.  It was a feast for the eyes (and the tastebuds).  Dianne does a lovely job and her desserts are out of this world.



Once again the wonderful ladies from Maris Events coordinated and brought it all together.  As always, it was a pleasure working with them and I look forward to working with them again soon.  Thank you also Michelle from Letter M Photography for all these wonderful images.

Tangerine and Gray

6 Mar

Just before Christmas I received an e-mail from a bride who was in a little bit of a panic.  She hadn’t received any correspondence from the florist she previously booked for her wedding.  I worked with her fiance’s sister  on her wedding last summer, so she called me in hopes I might be available – which luck would have it – I was.  Considering the short time frame we had to work in, I found her to be relaxed and very enjoyable to work with.  She told me her vision, colors and the hopes of creating a romantic feel.   I was very excited to hear her colors were tangerine and gray, with touches of peach.

Imagine the lovely peach garden rose “Juliet” combined with the feisty orange “Voodoo” rose, white roses, orange rannuculus, orange tulips, bright orange dahlias, dusty miller and touches of eucalyptus.  I loved how the colors popped and what a bright bit of cheer on a rather foggy day.  The best reward of all was the excitement on her face when I handed her the bridal bouquet – her reaction was pure joy and happiness.  I wish I could have bottled it up!




Above photograph provided by Jane G Photogaphy

The wedding was held at the Kilworth Memorial Chapel on the University of Puget Sound campus.  What a lovely chapel!  The reception followed at the Historic 1625 building in Tacoma – a newly remodeled historical building with exposed wood barrel-vaulted ceilings and warm brick walls and lots of open space.

The bride collected vases from thrift and antique stores which included milk glass vases and silver pots in varying sizes.    One of the most unique things I found was a “twin” tulip which I made sure to show off its uniqueness in a single bloom vase.



I really enjoyed working with this bride, she was fun and energetic and full of enthusiasm.  I also loved working with the bright colors combined with the softer grays.  Since this wedding was in January it was so refreshing to work with the bright colors.  Of course, if truth be told, I am a sucker for orange – it’s such a happy color.

What color makes you happy?

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