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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

 

 

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Love at the Winery

11 Sep

Now that the crazy wedding rush of summer is over, I finally get a chance to share some of the many wonderful weddings I worked on this spring and summer.

On a beautiful sunny day in May Amy and Rodney were married at DeLille Cellars Chateau in Woodinville Washington.  DeLille Cellars is a venue filled with rustic charm influenced by French architecture.  The ten acre estate has beautiful gardens, ponds and alpacas peering over the fence nearby.

I loved working with Amy and Rodney creating their dream wedding.  Did I mention the most they had the most adorable ring-bearers ever?

Thank you Brittany of Blue Rose Photography for the beautiful pictures below.

 

 

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Wishing Amy and Rodney the very best today and always!

Other Vendors:

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DJ Marc from Integral DJ’s

 

 

 

Roche Harbor Wedding

9 Apr

I have to tell you, Melinda and Casey have been one of my all time favorite couples to work with.  Not only are they two of the nicest people you will ever meet, but there is something about the love they share for each other that just radiates.  Their wedding was held last September at the beautiful Roche Harbor Resort in the San Juan Islands.  With outdoor weddings, you never know how the weather will be here in the Pacific Northwest, but we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day of warm temperatures and sunshine.

Casey is a fabulous chef and for the rehearsal dinner he and his fellow associates put together one of the most amazing rehearsal dinners I have ever had.  If you ever need a caterer, check out his web-site at www.barnandfield.com, he creates really amazing food.  The dinner was held at the beach adjacent to the resort followed by a beautiful sunset.  Guests enjoyed roasting marshmallows and making ‘smores by the campfire.  It was a great way to set the mood for the wedding the next day.

Melinda had a lot of ideas for the overall feel of the wedding design, yet was open to any suggestions I made.  She also allowed a lot of creative freedom when it came to designing their wedding and all the little details, the result being one of my favorite weddings.

The bridesmaids wore slate grey dresses complimented by flowers in shades of blush, pink, coral and white used to create the bouquets.  Did I mention they had the most adorable ring bearer ever (who just happens to be our great nephew)?  He surprised everyone by walking very carefully down the aisle with a ring box designed just for Melinda and Casey.

For ceremony decor, we rented a birch arbor and glass globes from Vintage Ambiance.  The globes were filled with simple clusters of flowers and hung from the arbor.  With the backdrop of the harbor and the approaching dusk, it set the stage for a beautiful ceremony.   Posters made by Citalia Creative greeted guests at the entrance as well as the reception area.  My husband and I also made directional signs leading to the ceremony.  Photographs are taken by the fabulous team of Rick + Anna Photography and, as always, they captured the day perfectly.

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The reception area was decorated with blush colored linens rented from BBJ Linens, with floral centerpieces in mercury glass vases and tall trumpet vases placed on wood discs with touches of moss at the base and surrounded by a variety of mercury glass votives.  Sequined blush colored linens were used for the sweetheart and cake tables.

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In honor of Casey’s chef background, guests were all given vials of Himilayian Pink Salt, Black Hawaiian Salt and Kosher Salt in a packet with a sprig of fresh rosemary attached to each package.

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We rented a crystal chandelier from Vintage Ambiance and hung it from the beams in the dining area.  Seeing that the chandelier would get lost if we didn’t decorate it a little, I created a garland of greens, flowers and curly willow to accent the beams.  The standard white folding chairs provided by the resort really didn’t work with the overall look and feel we were trying to achieve, so vintage farm style chairs were rented from Orcas Events.

The large fireplace was a perfect spot to place a collection of mercury glass votives and candle holders as well as rustic lanterns and floating candles which were placed on wood discs with touches of moss at the base.  All the sparking candlelight added a very romantic touch to the room.

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What a better way to end the evening than a glow stick send off followed by a ride in a golf cart decorated just for them.

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Thank you Melinda and Casey for allowing me to be part of your very special day.  Many thanks to Rick plus Anna Photography for the stunning photographs.

Turquoise and Pink

17 Feb

Sometimes when I meet with a bride at our initial consultation, she has tons of ideas and isn’t sure how to make them all work.  This bride, however, was one who pulled out all the stops when it came to details big and small and making it all come together.  Turquoise tennis shoes, a turquoise truck, custom mailbox, hand made signage, a swing made special for the bride and groom, custom forks for the cake, sparklers, and even a turquoise typewriter!  She really made her color pallet of pink and turquoise come together using a variety of elements.  I can’t even begin to list all the details, but you can see some of them below.

Britta and Zach were married on a warm sunny day in September at the beautiful Twin Willow Gardens in Snohomish.  The venue is absolutely lovely, complete with a forest glen for the ceremony, ponds, and gardens throughout.  Their photographer described the venue as “Little Narnia”, and I couldn’t agree more.

Speaking of photography, these stunning photos were taken by the extremely talented and amazing Katleyn James  from Virginia.  I love all the details she took the time to capture.  Check out her blog to see more of Britta and Zach’s wedding – http://katelynjamesblog.com/seattle-wedding-photographer-rustic-outdoor-wedding-venue/.

 

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Oh what fun it was to decorate the iron arbor.  I always love doing large ceremony pieces, and this was no exception – I could have worked all day!  Hydrangeas, snapdragons, dahlias, roses and greenery galore!  Could it be in a prettier setting than this forest glen?

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The brides bouquet was a combination of garden, standard and spray roses in shades of white, pale pink and bright pink paired with locally grown pink and white dahlias.  To complete the look, lace from the brides mother’s wedding gown was used to wrap the bouquet and charms of grandparents were attached with a satin ribbon.  The final detail was a vintage broach of her grandmothers.  It comes as no surprise that the bride wore turquoise shoes when she walked down the aisle and changed into turquoise Converse tennis shoes just for dancing!

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To add a little variety, a pop of bright green was added to the centerpieces which were placed upon vintage holders.

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The beautiful cake, made by Creme de la Creme Bakery had more than three dozen pale pink roses and of course, custom forks!

 

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Who wouldn’t love a getaway truck, especially if it was a bright turquoise blue one decorated with pink and turquoise tin cans!   Oh and the sparklers I mentioned earlier…

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As always, I provided a complimentary bottle of champagne for the bride and groom to enjoy.  What a pleasure it was working with this couple.  Thank you Britta and Zach and thank you Katelyn James for the stunning photography!

Vintage Photo Shoot

12 Aug

Back in May my friend Ashley of Berryessa Photography  asked me to provide some floral for a vintage wedding styled shoot she organized at Twin Willow Gardens in Snohomish.  Since it was in May, I had plenty of beautiful floral to choose from, including of course lovely Peonies and Amaryllis.  Soft muted tones of peach, coral and white were used to create the bouquets, floral crown and centerpieces.  Vintage lace was used to wrap the bouquet as well as hang down the back of the floral crown.

A table was set using vintage place settings  provided by Lisa of Vintage Dish Company.  The day started out a beautiful sunny day, but shortly after setting up, a huge rain storm came through and doused us all.    As always Ashley captured some amazing photos.

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Peach and Plum

26 Jun

I have known Hana for quite a long time as she is a regular client of mine through her work.  So I was especially honored to be the one she chose to do her florals for her recent wedding.  Since the work we do together usually requires using purple flowers, I was a little surprised that she chose to go with a purple color pallet!  The best thing about working with Hana is that she is flexible and open to new ideas.  So when I suggested using a pale pallet of peach, blush and ivory to coordinate with her plum colored linens and bridesmaids dresses, she was open to the idea and gave me a lot of creative freedom.

The combination of soft colored flowers really complimented the brides beautiful dress.  By adding lavender colored roses to the bridesmaids bouquets it helped tie in the purple to coordinate with their dresses.

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Hana wanted to have just a touch of vintage, but still compliment her modern style invitations.  I found the perfect mercury glass pedestal vases to use for the round tables and clusters of smaller mercury glass vases were used for the long tables.  Grapes were added to the larger arrangements adding the pop of purple to the arrangements.  Of course, you can never get too many candles, so I brought almost my entire supply, even creating a backdrop for the sweetheart table with varying sizes of pillar candles.

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The delicious food was prepared by the wonderful team of Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes Catering and Events.

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A special note of thanks to Raquel of Raquel Leal Photography for producing these beautiful photos in record time!

 

 

 

 

My Creative Wonderland

22 Jun

It is hard to believe that years ago I used to use the dining room table to sew on.  This created many problems, projects were never completed, the mess, and the hassle just to name a few.  Lucky for me, my fabulous husband has allowed me to have the space to create that many only dream of.  He is always willing to make a new table, add more shelves, and do minor additions when the ideas pop into my head.  I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to have a handyman who enjoys creating as much as I do and is always willing to humor me by making what I need.  Secretly I think he enjoys it as much as I do.

I have two reactions when people see my space.  One is something similar to overwhelmed (I totally understand it).  One guest actually said it was too overwhelming and she had to leave because it made her dizzy.  But most people really appreciate it and compare it to walking into a candy store. those are my creative friends.  But even those who aren’t creative, I would say a majority of my guest appreciate all the possibilities that await.  My one request is that no one judges me.  I have many interests, sewing, card making, soldering, and all sorts of  crafts and as you can see I have many things.

This room is my sacred space where I relax after the busy wedding season and need to rejuvenate my creative soul.   I surround myself with photos, art work from when my children were little, memories of my past, the quilt on my sewing chair was mine when I was a baby.  I am surrounded by the constant reminder of  Christmas with my ever growing collection of vintage Christmas ornaments.  It is also painted my favorite color – red.  I have thought about repainting, but then look at everything that has to be moved, and I rethink the idea!

A collection of glitter in various bottles and salt shakers sits upon a index card file filled with all types of eclectic findings.  Old vintage jewelry waiting for just he right project awaits in apothecary jars and a gum ball machine I found at the Goodwill.  Stacks upon stacks of paper is held in an old music holder salvaged from a school.  I created a unique chandelier by spray painting an ugly 70’s light fixture and attaching charms, more vintage christmas ornaments, and crystals.   Projects waiting to be finished are held in the rolling cart I found at Ikea.  Unfortunately, there are many more projects awaiting to be finished and stored in the closet which you can’t see.  The question is, can a creative persons projects ever really done?  I would like to meet them if that person exists.

I hope you enjoy my looking at creative space it as much as I enjoy having it.

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And just outside of the studio, another piece that my husband created for me.  A fold down cutting table with built in shelves for storing my paint supply.  He told me this is the prototype and each time he thinks of something better, I get the new prototype.  I love that man!  This photo was taken by me, so forgive the quality, but I wanted you to see it.  The other photos were taken by my fiend Ashley Berryessa, a great and upcoming photographer.  Thank you Ashley for the great photos of my creative wonderland.

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