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Liz and Trevor

21 Dec

Well, here it is December and I realize just how far behind I am on all my blogging (and Christmas).  What a crazy year it has been!  I somehow or other managed to create 29 weddings this year and a bulk of them were in the month of August.  Needless to say, I may need to hire someone for 2016 just to keep up with all the blogging, paperwork and deliveries as one person can not do it alone anymore!  Thanks to all my wonderful family and friends who helped out – I could not have done it without you!

That being said, I am going to try to finally catch up and start posting some of the weddings I did this year.  However, I can’t wait to post about this wedding as it was one of the most anticipated and special weddings of the year – our daughter, Liz and her fiancé Trevor were married on November 14th!  Almost a year of anticipation and preparations went into this event and everyone contributed.  My husband created the water-color images used on the invitations as well as the frames on the tables and arbor behind the sweetheart table.  I made the bridal veil, flower girl dresses, bathrobes for the bridesmaids and lots of signage!  Our daughter, Rachel, helped with the design and assembly of the invitations and programs.  We also had a special afternoon of assembling party favors with Trevor’s mother, sister and niece.

Oh, and the desserts!  Liz made the adorable cake topper for the wedding cake which a family friend baked and decorated.  Liz and I worked on pie crusts for weeks.  Trevor and his mother, Ruth, prepared the fillings for the pies and baked dozens and dozens of cookies the day before the wedding.  Grandma Lillie and Aunt Kathleen made cookies as well and Grandma Claremay made her famous flat apple pie.  Anyone with a sweet tooth was in heaven!

Everyone of the couples I work with hold a very special place in my heart and I just love each and every client I have worked with, but of course this one was extra special in so many ways.  To start with, she is of course our beautiful, wonderful daughter who just happened to marry a really great guy (also known as Mr. Wonderful around here).  When you create the flowers for your daughters wedding they have to be the best you have ever done and then some – so the pressure was on.   Being Mother-of-the-Bride also added a  little more pressure as there were many things to do and places to be.  However, with the help of my very good friend, Nan, and my sister-in-law, Tana, once I created the mock-up of the centerpieces they took off and finished them for me so I could spend time with Liz and be there for all the festivities.  Even at last minute our friend, Carina, came over and finished the garlands the day of the wedding so we could all get ready.   Of course, I can not thank the wonderful Alissa Lawton of Maris Events enough for going above and beyond the call of duty to make sure everything went smoothly the day of the wedding.  She also created the thank you notes for each guest and the table numbers!  With the help of her assistant Ellie they did all of the very detailed set-up for the wedding and reception so I could be mother of the bride.  Words can not quite express my gratitude to everyone who helped out for this event.

Liz and Trevor chose a color pallet of peach, mint green, blush, gold and silver with the feel of a Pacific Northwest winter wonderland.   Peonies, garden roses, lisianthus, ranunculus, and snowberries filled her lush bouquet.  An added touch of hand made charms with pictures of their parents wedding day were attached with ribbon and strands of miniature pearls I saved from my wedding bouquet.  The wedding was held at the beautiful Church at Fauntleroy in West Seattle and the reception was across the street at the Hall at Fauntleroy.

Although it was hard to choose the best photographs to show (because there are so many) hopefully you can get an idea of what a lovely day it was.  As always, Rick+Anna Photography did an amazing job capturing all of the details and special moments of the day.  Although it poured rain all day the team really caught some great shots.  I especially love the shot of the maid-of-honor (and sister), Rachel, escorting her sister to the first look in the pouring rain.  Liz almost fell so Rachel insisted she take off her shoes to walk in the pouring rain to see her groom!  Needless to say, she made it safely.

Enjoy!

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Many thanks to all the wonderful people who helped make this wedding day so special for all of us, including the following amazing vendors:

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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!

Farm Wedding

14 Jul

The Star Valley Farm is a private 5-star facility specializing in dressage training and instruction located in Longbranch, WA on the beautiful Key Peninsula – just minutes southwest of Gig Harbor.  It also happened to be the venue for Amy and Nick’s wedding back in May.

When I first visited the farm, there was a lot of work that needed to be done in the areas Amy and Nick chose to have their ceremony, but with the help of their wedding party and some dedicated friends, they created a lovely setting for the big day.

In addition to getting the farm ready for the big day, the groom also built the boxes used for the centerpieces as well as some tack boxes for the bridesmaids, all who are equestrian enthusiasts.  Who doesn’t appreciate a groom that is handy and willing to build things for his bride?

Peonies, poppy pods, succulents, roses, stock and football mums in shades of white, peach and blush were used in creating the bouquets and centerpieces.  The ceremony was performed under two very large oak trees from which we hung wreaths decorated with clusters of flowers in varying sizes while guests sat on bales of hay.

Below are some of the pictures taken by the very talented BreeAnna Lasher of ElevenEleven Films.

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Thank you Amy and Nick for allowing me to be part of your very special day.

 

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.

 

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.

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

 

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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