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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

Photo Shoot

26 Feb

Not long ago, I was admiring photos on a wedding blog.   I am one of those people who like to read the comments to see how people react to the pictures.  The one comment that really stuck out to me was the reader who mentioned how she disliked stylized photo shoots and that seeing a “real” wedding was preferable to her.   Although I do understand her comments from the point of view of a prospective bride, for me and I suspect other vendors, they are a really great way to express our creativity with very few, if any, limitations!  I have participated in three photo shoots so far and loved every minute of it.  They are a lot of work – no doubt about it, but when you work with a great group of vendors as I have it makes it all worthwhile.

Recently the amazing team of Rick+Anna Photography and Ashley Berryessa selected senior girls from the local high schools to participate in a photo shoot.  The girls met at the Feather Ballroom in Snohomish where a wonderful dessert buffet was provided for them by Hey-Sweets, Rick and Anna provided goodie bags filled with wonderful surprises,  hair and make-up was done by Urbanista Weddings, Hana Mazur and clothing was stylized by Sara Dylan with clothes provided by JoyWorks, D’Marie Vintage and Jaydens Room.  The morning was spent being pampered having their hair and make-up done and getting to know each other.  They were later surprised by a limo ride which took them to the Snohomish Antique Rose Farm for their photos.

My responsibility in all this was to provide floral crowns and some floral to be placed throughout the photo shoot.  When I arrived at the rose farm I immediately set to work creating the atmosphere for the girls.  The first theme was “Pretty in Pink” .  I gathered tables, chairs, and anything I thought would work from around the barn and started working to create a tea party set-up.  After creating the space for the Pretty in Pink shoot, I moved out to the field to create “Boho Chic”.  Although it was cold, I was so busy moving around, I didn’t notice.  Below are some of the photos, starting with “Pretty in Pink”.

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The girls then changed clothes and went to the Boho Chic space wearing their unique floral crowns.  I mentioned before how much I enjoy doing floral crowns and these were no exception.  I used blackberries, celosia, scabiosa pods, garden roses and succulents attached to curly willow branches forming the crown.  Each of the three crowns were different and it amazed me how they well they fit the personality of each model.

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Rustic brass containers and vintage bottles held arrangements of garden roses, celosia, anenome, blackberries, fern curl, scabiosa pods and ferns.

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I hope the girls had as much fun as I did.  Thank you Rick+Anna Photography and all the wonderful team of vendors who included me in this day.

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.

October Wedding

11 Oct

Sara and Sean were married last October at the Canal in Ballard.  When I first met with Sara we talked about her vintage themed wedding and her love of texture and color.  Sara’s personality really came through with her choices of flowers and textures she chose to use in her floral arrangements.  It was so much fun to create something so unique.

Roses, calla lilies, hydrangea, freesia in shades of white, purple, blue, orange and red combined with the textures of rose hips, thistle, curly willow, grevelia and nine bark were some of the many elements we used to create Sara’s bouquet.

For the bridesmaids we eliminated the calla lilies and added gerbera daisies in a deep orange color.  They certainly made a pop against the bright blue dresses!

Centerpieces were small arrangements of all the brightly colored flowers with the addition of mini pumpkins.

The one thing no florist ever wants to happen actually happened to me at this event!  The large cylinder vases I use for alter arrangements actually broke as I was placing a mini pumpkin in it.  I couldn’t believe it and of course, panic set in.   Lucky for me the bride was flexible and we were able to cover up the hole and large crack using packing tape and the burlap I had packed worked to create a draping effect.  The pumpkins I had planned on putting in the vase were placed at the bottom of the burlap.  Overall it was a unique design and the bride and groom were pleased.   A large cluster of curly willow held hanging votive candle holders.

I loved the color combination and textures used in these arrangements.   Sara and Sean were a great, fun couple to work with.  Thank you Sonja of Simply Sonja for many of these wonderful images.

It’s a Circus!

9 Oct

When I met with Lisa over a year ago, she had the vision of a vintage circus theme for her wedding.  At our first meeting she brought out elephants, tickets, popcorn buckets and a lot of circus trinkets.

The trick to creating such an elaborate theme was to not overwhelm the venue and guests with too much “stuff”.   After many meetings and much discussion we decided to have two types of centerpieces, one that would consist of a collection of vintage glass vases filled with a variety of red, white and gold flowers and the other would be a centerpiece focusing on tickets and the collection of elephants Lisa’s family had been acquiring over time.

Lisa and her family spent quite a bit of time making pinwheels out of vintage papers that would be used in the decor.  Pinwheels were placed throughout the venue – on the tables, picture board, cake table and candy bar.

We also had the pleasure of working with Daniel.   Daniel is an incredibly talented young man who did the photo booth for the evening and provided a lot of signage to be placed throughout the event.  He provided a box full of hats, scarves and signage for guests to hold.

You can’t go wrong with the “Hearts” rose, one of my all time favorites that adds dimension and a beautiful red color.  Lisa’s cascading bouquet consisted of roses, calla lilies, orchids, spray roses, fern curl, white peonies and touches of feathers to the bouquet to match the feathers in Lisa’s dress.  Bridesmaids carried small bouquets of the “Hearts” rose and red spray roses.

We opted to place two large arrangements at the end of the aisle instead of having an “alter” arrangement.

Instead of having a traditional cake cutting ceremony Lisa and Garret had a small cake which was wheeled out on a tea decorated for the occasion.   Lisa found a small hat which she asked me to embellish for using on the top of the cake.  In my studio I found some “Love” tickets that I placed on the hat with a pearl pin, red silk ribbon and small black feather.    A black candelabra, black feather boa, collection of candlesticks, pinwheels and a special bottle of champagne completed the table decorations.

The Vintage Circus theme Lisa chose for her wedding was so much fun to work with.   It was a delight working with Lisa and her family to pull it all together and make it the wedding she had dreamed of.

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