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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!



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.

Vintage Wedding

10 Aug

I am always honored to be asked to help out family members with their weddings.   Everyone has their own style and color preferences and it is my job to make sure it all comes together.  Risa has excellent taste and wanted to bring in the touch of vintage I really enjoy working with.  I loved her choice of colors and textures – touches of pink, peach, cream, sage green.  Textures included blackberries, scabosia pods, fern curl, and succulents.

Risa went to thrift shops and picked up vases then spray painted them with paint to look like milk glass, mercury glass, or green milk glass.  Clusters of the vases were placed on several of the dining tables.  Some of the tables had glass cloche domes with a small arrangement in the center and succulents surrounding the vase.  Hopefully the photographer was able to get photos of the centerpieces since I ran out of time and was unable to get any photos.

I can’t wait to get the remaining pictures from the professional photography, but until then – here is the bridal bouquet, bridesmaids bouquets and alter pieces.

Bridal Bouquet

The bridal bouquet had succulents, blackberries, Dusty Miller, garden roses, calla lilies, anemone, wax flower, lisianthius, stock, fern curl, and much more was used to create this bouquet full of soft color and texture.  I wish you could see the other succulent used, it was a large frilly succulent that looked similar to a football mum.

Bridesmaids bouquet

Alter arrangements


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