Welcome 2013!

4 Jan

Happy New Year!   Over the holiday season many young couples announced their engagements to their friends and family and are now looking at attending one of the many bridal shows happening throughout early spring.  My daughter had eight of her friends announce their engagement at Christmas!

Maris Events is participating in the Northwest Bridal Show at Tulalip Resort and Casino this weekend and asked me to prepare some floral arrangements for their “Burlap and Lace” themed booth.  Long time friends Meredith and Alissa are Maris Events, a wonderful team of event coordinators located in the Seattle area who I had the pleasure of working with for the Wedding Preview Event  in October.

Ballet slipper pink, pale gold, white, cream, gray and pops of soft green were the colors I was asked to work with and, as luck would have it, they had a terrific selection at the wholesale market when I went in.  I was very pleased to see the beautiful garden rose “Caramel Antique” when I arrived.  I love this garden rose because of its pale gold color and it is a nice change from the brighter yellows.  As well as the Caramel Antique rose, I used “Geraldine” a lovely pink rose with a high bloom count and ruffled edges that have a very slight touch of pale green.   I frequently use succulents since they often provide the perfect color which may be difficult to find in flowers.  Succulents come in a wide range of shapes and sizes and textures, some almost velvet like in texture – spindly, twisty, small, large, green, blue, gray, green with plum colored edges and much more.   One of these days I will create a bouquet entirely of succulents!

I was also lucky to find the Berzilla berries, a wonderful touch of gray that is usually found in the late fall, early winter.    Berzilla berries are now being seen at the market in apple green and much smaller so I very pleased to find them.  As well as the Berzilla berries, Dusty Miller around the base also added a nice touch of gray.

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“Caramel Antique”

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“Geraldine”

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Here’s hoping your new year is filled with much joy and happiness.  I, for one, can’t wait for the fun to begin!

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