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Megan and Garrett

13 Jan

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




Jess & Joel

5 Jan

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.




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


Peach and Plum

26 Jun

I have known Hana for quite a long time as she is a regular client of mine through her work.  So I was especially honored to be the one she chose to do her florals for her recent wedding.  Since the work we do together usually requires using purple flowers, I was a little surprised that she chose to go with a purple color pallet!  The best thing about working with Hana is that she is flexible and open to new ideas.  So when I suggested using a pale pallet of peach, blush and ivory to coordinate with her plum colored linens and bridesmaids dresses, she was open to the idea and gave me a lot of creative freedom.

The combination of soft colored flowers really complimented the brides beautiful dress.  By adding lavender colored roses to the bridesmaids bouquets it helped tie in the purple to coordinate with their dresses.

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Hana wanted to have just a touch of vintage, but still compliment her modern style invitations.  I found the perfect mercury glass pedestal vases to use for the round tables and clusters of smaller mercury glass vases were used for the long tables.  Grapes were added to the larger arrangements adding the pop of purple to the arrangements.  Of course, you can never get too many candles, so I brought almost my entire supply, even creating a backdrop for the sweetheart table with varying sizes of pillar candles.

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The delicious food was prepared by the wonderful team of Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes Catering and Events.

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A special note of thanks to Raquel of Raquel Leal Photography for producing these beautiful photos in record time!





Ski Resort Wedding

25 Feb

Back in early November I had the honor of creating the wedding florals for Ashley and Scotty at Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort in Idaho.  I have only done two destination weddings, and although this one was only five hours away, I learned more about preparing for destination weddings, specifically bringing the right clothes!  Next time I do a destination wedding at a ski resort, I will make note of packing snow boots!

The groom made a beautiful arch for the ceremony as well as a lovely bench and table.  Guests wrote meaningful messages on the table, creating a unique keepsake to last a lifetime for the bride and groom.  We were able to turn a ski resort cafeteria into a romantic candle lit room complete with a lantern chandelier!  



A unique color pallet of dusty lavender, blush, peach, and white created a soft vintage look.  For the brides bouquet I made soldered charms which had pictures of family members who had passed away and attached them to the bouquet.  The groom wore a corsage made with succulents, yellow hypericum berries, millet and smoke bush.

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Lanterns placed on moss and surrounded by small clusters of flowers and moss were placed on wood discs provided by the groom.   The bridesmaids placed their bouquets in wood vases after the ceremony.




One of the most surprising things about this wedding was that more than a month after, the couple did a second photo session with their photographer and the bride saved her original bouquet.   Although a little dry, it really didn’t look too bad considering.  This is one of the photos taken during the second photo shoot.  Although this is something I wouldn’t recommend, I am still surprised that it didn’t look as bad as I would have expected.


It was a great day to celebrate and I thank Ashley and Scotty for letting me be a part of it.   Photography provided by Joshua Veldstra Photography as well as my friend Allison McClure.

Michelle and Matt

21 Oct

It seems like forever since I last made an entry on my blog.  I’ve really come to admire those who are able to do it daily, or even weekly.  I  started out thinking I would do it every Monday but now find that is practically impossible for me.    I am finding that one of the hardest parts about doing a blog is having photos that are the quality you want to showcase your work.  Unfortunately for me, I haven’t had the time to better my photography skills or tackle Photoshop.    Thank goodness I can rely on the professionals like Dana Pleasant to provide me with the beautiful photographs that follow.  Thank you Dana!

Michelle and Matt were married at the Hall at Fauntleroy August 25th.  When I met Michelle and Matt for the first time, she wasn’t quite sure what direction she wanted to go in when with her floral arrangements.  I took her to the wholesale market and walked her through several options.  She started by choosing what she liked in her color pallet and floral preferences.   We began to work with her selections adding to it and sometimes eliminating things that weren’t working.   What she ended up choosing was a beautiful combination of colors and textures creating a unique bouquet filled with red, lavender and white roses, “Picasso” and “Schwartz” calla lilies, dahlias, succulents, blackberries, fern curl, ornamental kale, eucalyptus, and ferns.

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Bridesmaids carried smaller versions of the brides bouquet without the Picasso calla lilies and white roses.

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The groom wore a single stem “Picasso” calla lily with touches of eucalyptus and blackberries.

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The garden at the Hall at Fauntleroy is a beautiful area surrounded by tall trees and natural garden elements.  Recently they built a beautiful new arbor which, although it doesn’t need much, allows for floral and event designers a nice tool to add a little extra to the ceremony area.  Using purple ribbon, I hung vases filled with clusters of flowers from the arbor to give their ceremony area a little extra added color.   I tied the same style of arrangement from shepherds hooks leading down the aisle.  After the ceremony these arrangements were moved into the reception area and placed on wood discs covered with moss and used as centerpieces.  The remaining tables had clusters of vintage style bottles with simple arrangements placed on wood discs as well.  Matt is an arborist and he cut the wood discs which made the centerpieces even more special.

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It just goes to show you that you don’t have to do huge floral arrangements to have a nice impact.  Sometimes it’s the little details that make the arrangements work, like the touches of moss and various sizes of bottles used.  Nature provides us a beautiful floral bounty in August, but I think what made these arrangements so unique was the use of the unique textures such as the succulents, blackberries and eucalyptus.


9 Mar

Lavender is one of those colors that sometimes makes me think of little old ladies and lace.  I don’t know why, maybe because I had an aunt who’s house was painted lavender and everything inside was purple.  Whatever the reason, it is one of those colors that, in my opinion, needs a bright color partner to not look “old”.

I was lucky enough to find some beautiful dark purple “Schwartz” calla lilies and fern curl, that when paired with the bright spring green of viburnum and orchids really gives the lavender “cool water” roses a little more pizzaz.



I love the added dimension and playfulness fern curl adds to every arrangement.  Although they are delicate and can break easily, they are an elements that adds that extra touch of uniqueness to florals.



In addition to the fern curl and purple calla lilies, the purple artichoke adds yet another dimension to the arrangements.  I couldn’t pass up the dusty miller to put around the edges of the arrangement to tie it all together.

Now, don’t get me wrong, lavender isn’t a bad color and often works well with vintage florals.  I think the trick is always what you pair it with.  Lavender can be a chameleon color in that it will take on a different dimension depending on what is next to it.

According to the research I did on the color lavender, it has several meanings; love at first sight, enchantment and deep love as well as feminine beauty which represent grace, elegance and refinement.  However, apparently if you give the gift of a lavender plant or flower it means distrust.  See what I mean about a chameleon – even its definition varies!


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