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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



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.


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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:

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

Snowy Glam

17 Mar

When we scheduled the following “Snowy Glam” photo shoot, visions of a winter wonderland with lots of snow were dancing in our heads.  Unfortunately, mother nature did not cooperate with us, instead sending us  rain, wind and icy cold temperatures.    Nonetheless, it was a wonderful time working with some  amazing vendors.   Rick+Anna Photography and Ashley Berryessa were the photographers for the day and although they had to drive some distance to find the snow, neither rain, wind or sleet, or the bitter cold stopped them from getting some amazing photographs.   A big shout out to the models who braved the elements.

Hair and make-up was done by the talented Hannah Bush from Urbanista Weddings.  It was my first time working with Hannah and I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed it.  I loved the dramatic look of the hair and make-up on our beautiful model.   So many great vendors participated in this event  – the gold gown – The Dress Theory, pink tulle skirt and flower girl dress – Little Dreamers Tutus, Ivory Tulle Skirt, Pink Veil and gold lace cuff – Whitney Crimefighter,  crown – Blanca Martinez, fur stole – White Stole.  Doesn’t it make you feel like you have entered Narnia for a moment?

The table was set with swoon worthy sweet treats  – golden glittery candy apples and pink cake provided by Stone Layne Baked Specialties, yummy glittery (and gluten free) cakes provided by Honey Crumb Cake Studio.  Vintage dishes from Vintage Dish Company.

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It just goes to show that winter doesn’t have to be gray and dull, but bright and elegant as well.  This photo shoot was also published in Storyboard Wedding and you can see more here –


11 Mar

A Princess Brides is wonderful full service bridal salon located in the Country Village shopping center in Bothell, Washington.   Last Tuesday they contacted me and asked if I would participate in their  annual Vendor Showcase by providing flowers and a couple of bouquets.   The showcase was Saturday!

One of the advantages of not having a lot of time to  plan an event, no matter how large or small, is there isn’t a lot of time to over think what you are going to do.  You have to go to the market and hope there is something suitable to work with given your guidelines – which in this case – were blush and pink and trust your skills.

Luck was on my side when I came across the beautiful blush colored roses “Amelia” as well as a champagne colored rose “quicksand”.  I may have normally passed these roses up because alone they aren’t stunning, but when I paired them together with beautiful pink garden roses, soft cream roses, white lisianthus, silver brunia berries, seeded eucalyptus and dusty miller foliage.  To be honest, I was a little worried that what I had chosen wasn’t going to make a great impression and it took a couple of tries to get it right, but when the bouquet and floral arrangement were completed, I couldn’t have been  happier.  This color combination would be perfect for a vintage wedding.



In addition to unique roses, I tried something different with the ribbon.  I went through my ribbon collection and found some lovely hand dyed pink silk, blush organza, champagne, silver and soft white pleated ribbons draping them from a rhinestone brooch.



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I love the softness of the hand dyed silk combined with the texture of the white pleated ribbon.  Next time I do this, however, I think I will make the draping a little longer, but overall I think it was unique and a nice change from the standard wrappings on bouquets.

For the centerpieces I added white hydrangea and spiral eucalyptus to the arrangement and placed it on a tall vase with hanging crystals.  I couldn’t believe how well the arrangement looked on the blush linens and the aqua drapery behind the table.  Considering I hadn’t seen it before my arrival, I was very pleased as to how well it all came together.


For the second bouquet I kept it simple with white roses, white lisianthus and silver brunia berries.  Of course I had to add a little something extra, so I added rhinestone pins on the ribbon wrapped stems.



I wish I could have seen the brides faces as they tried on gowns and held the bouquets.  I hope all who attended the Vendor Showcase had a great time.


Vendor Relations

23 Jan

I am very pleased to announce that I have just received the “Best of the Knot – 2013” vendor award!  This honor is given to vendors who receive at least a four star rating by their clients as well as a minimum amount of reviews.  I have been so blessed to have received such kind reviews by my wonderful clients.  I have to say, I am pretty excited to have the new badge on the blog, web-site and facebook – but I am also looking forward to receiving the plaque for my office and decal for my car!

This leads me also to talk about the importance of vendor relationships, because the reality is I couldn’t have done it without all the wonderful vendors who have supported me from the beginning.  Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes Catering and Events, have been one of my first and very important vendors who sent so many referrals my way as well as used my services to design the booth for the Seattle Wedding Show, provide flowers for open houses, hired me to decorate the Hall at Fauntleroy during the holidays and many other tasks that involve creativity and design.  I also worked for them several years as a lead server where I learned valuable insight into the orchestration of receptions and events, which has been very helpful when working with clients.  I am so grateful to know the owners David Haggerty and David Meckstroth, the sales and office staff Kristin, Brittany, Reed, Carol, Karna, and all of the employees at Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes.  Hopefully everyone knows how very much I appreciate their support and help.


When I first started this business, I have to be honest,  I was a little intimidated by other florists – feeling perhaps my work wasn’t quite as good as theirs or I didn’t have the knowledge they had.   What I have learned since is what a supportive community it can be.  Often when I visit the flower market I have wonderful conversations with other vendors, sharing things I have learned as well as receiving tips and ideas from them.  I am not hesitant to recommend another florists if I am unable to do a job for any reason.

I can’t tell you how important the relationship between myself and photographers can be.  It would be inappropriate for me to say around to get photographs of the wedding party with their flowers, and although I try to take photos beforehand,  I do not have the photography skills to do the flowers and arrangements justice that is seen through the eyes of a professional (although this is a skill I hope to learn sometime soon).   The photographs in this post were taken at the Seattle Wedding Show by Alante Photography, and show an entirely different perspective than I was able to catch with the photographs I shared earlier.


What I can tell you is that I am a proud member of an amazingly talented group of artists which include  caterers, DJ’s, photographers, florists, wedding planners and so much more.    Each and every one bringing their own talents to help create the perfect wedding or event for their clients.    Many of these vendors have become my friends as well as co-workers.  Working together is crucial to making sure each and every event goes smoothly.


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