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Megan and Garrett

13 Jan

Summer in the Pacific Northwest is often on the cooler side and when we do get really nice weather we lap it up like a thirsty dog!  However, the summer of 2015 was something to behold – warmer than normal temperatures and, if I recall, only one day of rain the entire summer.  While it was enjoyable it did make some challenges for wedding florists.  In some cases product was hard to locate because warm weather made the flowers bloom earlier than normal or it was too hot for some flowers and the season was cut short.  I know myself there were events where I worried the flowers would wilt before the wedding even began, but I was lucky enough to not have this happen!

Megan and Garrett’s wedding was held at the Woodinville Lavender Farm on a warm day in July.  Lavender held special meaning for Megan and  she wanted to incorporate it in her arrangements as much as possible.  Unfortunately, most of the lavender was already drying up and I was having a difficult time locating any.  Luckily at the last minute I was able raid my neighbor’s lavender bush since it still had just enough good blooms available.

Megan also loved maidenhair fern which we incorporated into her bouquet and all of the arrangements wherever we could.   We chose to keep the table arrangements simple using a variety of bud vases filled with small clusters of flowers or single blooms.  Megan rented vintage china and the plates were placed on the table when the guests arrived so there was not a lot of need for a ton of floral.

All of the photography was provided by the very talented Ali Horman of Ali Horman Photography.  I love how she captured all of the details of Megan and Garrett’s special day.  Thank you Ali!

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Thank you Megan and Garret for allowing me to be part of your special day.  Thank you Ali Horman for the beautiful photographs.

Photography:  Ali Horman Photography

Venue:  Woodinville Lavender Farm

Coordination:  Kelly Stevenson

Catering:  Twelve Baskets Catering




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!


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

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.




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


Ski Resort Wedding

25 Feb

Back in early November I had the honor of creating the wedding florals for Ashley and Scotty at Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort in Idaho.  I have only done two destination weddings, and although this one was only five hours away, I learned more about preparing for destination weddings, specifically bringing the right clothes!  Next time I do a destination wedding at a ski resort, I will make note of packing snow boots!

The groom made a beautiful arch for the ceremony as well as a lovely bench and table.  Guests wrote meaningful messages on the table, creating a unique keepsake to last a lifetime for the bride and groom.  We were able to turn a ski resort cafeteria into a romantic candle lit room complete with a lantern chandelier!  



A unique color pallet of dusty lavender, blush, peach, and white created a soft vintage look.  For the brides bouquet I made soldered charms which had pictures of family members who had passed away and attached them to the bouquet.  The groom wore a corsage made with succulents, yellow hypericum berries, millet and smoke bush.

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Lanterns placed on moss and surrounded by small clusters of flowers and moss were placed on wood discs provided by the groom.   The bridesmaids placed their bouquets in wood vases after the ceremony.




One of the most surprising things about this wedding was that more than a month after, the couple did a second photo session with their photographer and the bride saved her original bouquet.   Although a little dry, it really didn’t look too bad considering.  This is one of the photos taken during the second photo shoot.  Although this is something I wouldn’t recommend, I am still surprised that it didn’t look as bad as I would have expected.


It was a great day to celebrate and I thank Ashley and Scotty for letting me be a part of it.   Photography provided by Joshua Veldstra Photography as well as my friend Allison McClure.

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.

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.

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