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Lisa and Matt

7 Jan

I first met Lisa and Matt at last spring while they were in town meeting with their wedding planners, the lovely ladies from Maris Events.  Lisa and Matt are from the east coast and were planning their June destination wedding at Alderbrook Resort and Spa.  I knew immediately this was a couple I wanted to work with – they were so sweet and such a delight to work with.

If you have never had the chance to go to Alderbrook Resort and Spa, make sure you get there at some point.  It is a lovely setting and your blood pressure is sure to go down a few notches just being in the quiet, wooded setting while enjoying the Hood Canal water view.

I loved Lisa and Matt’s bold use of color – red’s, yellows and green’s.  Roses, orchids, hydrangeas and succulents were featured in the arrangements.  Lisa carried a bouquet filled with hydrangeas, roses, orchids and freesia.  Table arrangements had floating candles in simple pillar vases with large clusters of flowers and succulents surrounded by glassy baby votives.

I created a large arbor arrangement that was transferred to the head table after the ceremony was over so they could continue to enjoy it.  Of course, I had my right hand man/best friend (my husband) helping me out (see bottom picture).  That man always amazes me with his willingness to help out when needed!  Of course, I usually have to buy him a nice beer or whiskey and occasionally a meal, but it is well worth it.

Alissa Lawton of Maris Events created all of the paper products used on the tables.  There is no shortage of talent in my dear friend Alissa and it is always a pleasure working with her and her assistant Elle.

Let’s not forget the talented team of Rick + Anna Photography who provided the images below.  They continue to capture memorable moments and are always a fun couple to have on the team.   One of the requests Lisa and Matt made was to have photos of them with their vendors so I was lucky enough to get a photo of me with them – which almost never happens so this is a special treasure!

Working in this industry you get to work with a lot of vendors and often you make lifetime friendships and partnerships that work really well.  We call ourselves “The A-Team” and everyone from the wedding planner to the DJ worked so well together that the event came together without a hitch!

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Thank you Lisa and Matt for allowing me to be part of your special day.

Venue:  Alderbrook Resort and Spa

Coordination: Maris Events

Photography: Rick + Anna Photography

DJ:  Cory Kolillis – Soundefx




12 May

With the approach of Memorial Day and camping season starting up, I thought this would be a great time to post about the “glamping” photo shoot I participated in back in May of 2013.   Coordinated by the fabulous ladies at Maris Events and amazing photography team of Rick+Anna Photography we were given complete freedom to run with our ideas to assist in creating the perfect “glamping” themed wedding.

I loaded up the van with just about every prop I could imagine – including a steamer trunk, all the vintage suitcases I owned as well as buckets full of colorful flowers and headed to the beautiful Natures Connection Place in Arlington, Washington.  It was a gorgeous day and we immediately started setting up the area to be a picture perfect setting for the bride and groom.

With all the greenery surrounding the area, we decided to use bright reds, oranges and pops of yellow with touches of gold to add a little bit of glamor to the outdoors.  A candelabra created using wood branches sprayed gold added a touch of elegance to the hand made wood table provided by Elpis and Wood.    Yummy desserts created by Dianne’s Delights were almost too much for us to resist during shooting, but we did our best!  That’s not to say, however, that they didn’t get eaten – we saved that for later.  The talented husband and wife team of Citlali Creativo created all the great stationery products including save the date, invitations, candle wraps, programs and even cake pop flags!

I had such fun working with so many talented and delightful vendors.  Maybe this will inspire everyone to go camping – even me!

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Photography: R+A Photography
Planner: Maris Events
Stationery: Citlali Creativo
Bakery: Dianne’s Delights
Jewelry: Greenlake Jewelry Works
Wood Furniture: Elpis and Wood
Gown: Wai Ching
Venue: Nature’s Connection
Make-up: Luxe Salon
Furniture and Props: Mad Props (from Off White Beauty)
Hair: Venia Beauty-
Men’s attire: Mens Warehouse
Videographer: Chamonix Thurston Rattue
Cocktails: Cocktails and Lifestyle
Yurt: Rainier Yurts

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.


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!


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.


Thank you Angela and Evan Photography for the beautiful images.


Meagan and Jeremy

28 Jan

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.

Ekaterina and Ben

21 Oct

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.



Thank you Jinda Photography for these beautiful photos.


True Love

14 Aug

I am always honored to be chosen to create floral arrangements for any wedding.  I love seeing young couples looking at their future ahead and helping plan their special day.   Everything about young love is refreshing, how they look into each others eyes, communicate and still have the newness of expressing how they feel about things, yet still respecting the others feelings.

I was especially honored to have been chosen for this wedding.  Although this is not young love, it certainly is true love.  This couple has been together for 20 years!  Unfortunately, ridiculous laws  excluded them from sharing the union of marriage together.  Luckily in November, voters in Washington state  approved same sex marriage and they immediately started planning their long overdue wedding.   I really enjoyed working with Robyn and Noreen, helping them choose their flowers and create bouquets that fit both of their personalities.  The refreshing colors of orange, green, white and yellow were added additional cheerfulness on a beautiful spring day.



Calla lilies, white peonies, dendrobium orchids, “Butterscotch” roses, “circus” roses, fern curl, maidenhair fern and dagger fern all wrapped in a soft champagne colored ribbon.



Men wore corsages of mango calla lilies.








Alter arrangements were large clusters of orange roses, yellow roses, white hydrangea, green hydrangea, ferns and curly willow.



Two types of centerpieces added variety to the room, yet were cohesive in design.

Thank you Robyn and Noreen.  I was honored to be part of your very special day.

Peach, Orange and Blue

29 Apr

Every wedding I have the pleasure of working on challenges me in many ways.  For this particular wedding, my challenge was that I hadn’t actually met the bride until two days before the wedding.  Usually I spend several hours meeting and discussing a brides floral needs with them to really get a clear understanding of what they want.  When working with Nicole, our communication was all done via e-mail since she was located  on the east coast.    Although she sent me several pictures  of what she liked,  each had a slightly different look, colors, and feel to them so I wasn’t quite sure exactly what to create.  The few guidelines she had were the touches of peach, orange and blue and  she wanted a “picked fresh from the garden” feel to her bouquet.

Given what information I had, I ordered the flowers and trusted my instincts.  Luckily the day I finally did meet her, I had just arrived back from the wholesale market and had all the flowers in my car.  I was able to do a quick mock-up of everything and she loved it all!   The brides bouquet was made using pale blue delphiniums, a “topsy turvy” succulent, grape hyacinth (Muscari), white hellebores, peach Juliette garden roses, white anenome, white peonies, orange parrot tulips, maidenhair fern, and eucalyptus.




Bridesmaids carried smaller bouquets created using grape hyacinth, orange parrot tulips, blue delphinium, white rannuculus, orange rannuculus,  white hellebores, maidenhair fern and eucalyptus all tied with a royal blue ribbon.




The reception was held at the LeMay car museum in Spanaway, Washington.  Shiny vintage cars of all makes and models surrounded the ceremony area.  Since the bride was working with the theme of travel, she used vintage maps as well as suitcases to carry out the theme.  The alter area was created using stacks of suitcases with large floral arrangements made in hat boxes and a small suitcase.  Delphinium, lilies, hydrangeas, Juliette garden roses, peonies, hanging amaranthus, and curly willow carried out the peach and blue color scheme.




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The delphiniums were one of those shades of blue that you rarely find in flowers and  it was a nice compliment to the softer blues.  I loved being able to create something in a suitcase,  it is something I have wanted to do for some time.   It really is fun to think outside of the box – or in the box – or using a box – whichever you prefer!

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