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1 Oct

I am so excited to share the professional photographers images of this wedding.   James Moes is an incredibly talented photographer who I was lucky enough to have photograph this wedding.  He captured all the floral and design work in ways I never could have and I am grateful to have these wonderful photographs.

John is our nephew and Risa is his wonderful bride.  I was honored they chose me to be their florist and event coordinator for the day.  You would think it is easy to do a wedding for a family member, but it can be more stressful because you want to make sure everything goes perfectly since they are your family members.

Risa was a joy to work with.  She was relaxed and had a clear vision of what she wanted, yet allowed me creative freedom to create her vision.  She never micro-managed and was open to my advice and suggestions.  For the some of the centerpieces she collected glass vases in unique sizes and shapes then spray painted them creating some mercury glass looking vases as well as pastel turquoise and milk glass.  We clustered vases according to size and color then created arrangements using the variety of flowers Risa had chosen.   There were roses, anemone, hydrangea, stock, blackberries, scabosia pods, dusty miller and succulents.  The remaining centerpieces were small arrangements placed on a silver charger with moss and succulents placed under a glass cloche dome.  Several mercury glass votives surrounded the arrangement.

The brides bouquet is where I spend a lot of my creative energy.  For Risa’s bouquet I used a large selection of flowers and textures including roses, anemone, stock, calla lilies, lisianthus, garden roses, succulents, scabosia pods, dusty miller, eucalyptus and blackberries in soft shades of peach, lavender, green, aqua, cream, dusty mauve.

Bridesmaids carried smaller versions of the brides bouquet minus the calla lilies and garden roses.

The groom and groomsmen wore corsages of small succulents, scabosia pods and blackberries.  The brides family spent a lot of time gathering and taking care of the many succulents we used for the festivities.

What a beautiful wedding party!

What fun it was to create the headpiece and banner for the flower girl.  I used small succulents and spray roses to create her headpiece and in the back had a variety of ribbons including hand dyed silk, organza and satin ribbons in shades of pink, cream and coral.  She carried a banner saying “Uncle John here comes your bride”

Risa gave me creative freedom to fill in all the small details she wanted, but didn’t really have the time to do.  My daughter created the signs directing guests where the festivities were.  It was an unusually hot day in Seattle so I pulled out the paper parasols for guests to shade themselves from the sun.  We also printed the programs to be two sided documents that acted as fans to keep the guests cool and entertained by printing mad-libs on the reverse side.

It is hard to say what I like creating more, the brides bouquet, the bridesmaids bouquets or the alter piece.  I always find a challenge creating something large, yet not too large to distract from the bride and groom.  Since the wedding was on a large lawn area with a beautiful view of the water, I didn’t want to distract too much from the view, yet still highlight the bride and groom.  I did so by placing two large arrangements on podiums and adding a few more elements such as large green Canadian hydrangea, large succulents and fern curl.  We later moved the pieces to the entrance to the reception.

One of the final touches we did at the night before.  Risa really wanted a guest book, but with so many options, wasn’t sure what she wanted to do.  I asked her what her first choice would be and she liked the idea of the fingerprint guest book.  My husband painted the tree complete with love birds on a swing.  Guests were given a choice of various green inks which to put their fingerprint on the tree.

Another last minute detail was the vintage suitcase for the guests to place cards in.

Every wedding is a wonderful day that I have the honor in being a part of.  This was one of my favorite weddings, partially because it was a family member getting married, but also because of the trust Risa and John placed in me by giving me creative license to create the wedding of their dreams.  Thank you Risa and John for allowing me to be a part of your very special day!  Thank you also James Moes for the beautiful photographs.


Purple and Red

21 Aug

It seems that here in the Seattle area, purple has been a popular color for weddings this year.  When I go to the wholesale market to pick up my orders and discuss with other florists what they are doing, they too are doing a lot of purple weddings.  If a bride wants to match her dress to the flowers, this can be a challenge and I might encourage her to highlight the dress with the flowers, instead of trying to match them exactly.  In the pictures below, the bridesmaids were wearing black dresses, so using shades of plum and burgundy worked well.  Dahlias in shades of burgundy and fuchsia, scabosia, “Blue Curiosa” roses, “Amnesia” roses, alstroemeria, kermit poms, and purple and red carnations tied it all together with the brides red and purple color scheme.

For the brides bouquet she opted for red and white.  We found the lovely “Ivanhoe” garden rose – the deep red rose with green center.  My other favorite rose to use is the “Hearts” rose which has a large petal count and if you look closely the center of the rose has the shape of a heart.   Red Mokara orchids, burgundy dahlias, red spray roses, fern curl, white hydrangea and white polo roses completed the bouquet.

Brides Bouquet

The bride also used a collection of vintage glass her grandmother started for her as vases for some of the centerpieces.    The collection consisted of glasses, cups, pedestal bowls, and dessert bowls and were placed in clusters of three and filled with the variety of flowers used in the bouquets.



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