Molly and John

 

 

Sodo Park once again, with the amazing Holly-Kate (see hollykateandcompany.com) and this time Laurel McConnell Photography (mcconnellphoto.com) Check this out! It’s one for the history books. LOVE it!

Starting with the perfect aisle. Thick rose petals with interpersed clusters of willow logs and mason jars with dahlias and candles.

Starting with the perfect aisle. Thick rose petals with interpersed clusters of willow logs and mason jars with dahlias and candles.

The arch was accented with willow branches, fresh tree branches, larkspur and hanging mason jars. Simple and perfect. Love those single dahlias on the wood too!

The arch was accented with willow branches, fresh tree branches, larkspur and hanging mason jars. Simple and perfect. Love those single dahlias on the wood too!

Oh, and did I mention this is a purple wedding?
Oh, and did I mention this is a purple wedding?

Rosemary, hypericum and lavender boutonnieres.

Rosemary, hypericum, purple sage and lavender boutonnieres.120707_0254

I know you've been impatient for this bouquet shot, here it is! So many flowers, so little space!

I know you’ve been impatient for this bouquet shot, here it is! So many flowers, so little space!

 

I love the details. I found this vintage lovebird pin on etsy and added it as a surprise for Molly's bouquet to have something old and borrowed!

I love the details. I found this vintage lovebird pin on etsy and added it as a surprise for Molly’s bouquet to have something old and borrowed!

I love these weird artsy far-away shots.

I love these weird artsy far-away shots.

Totally forgot to mention the dahlias and lisianthus!

Totally forgot to mention the dahlias and lisianthus!

Here comes the bride!

Here comes the bride!

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Always need a money shot, this one's the kiss!

Always need a money shot, this one’s the kiss!

This wedding featured 3 styles of centerpieces, this first of which had three wooden boxes overflowing with flowers.

This wedding featured 3 styles of centerpieces, this first of which had three wooden boxes overflowing with flowers.

A shot of the bigger picture, same centerpiece style.

A shot of the bigger picture, same centerpiece style.

The second style used a mercury glass vase with vintage sundae glasses filled with mums and candlesticks.

The second style used a mercury glass vase with vintage sundae glasses filled with mums and candlesticks.

Closer up...the flowers used are the same throughout the wedding.

Closer up…the flowers used are the same throughout the wedding.

The final centerpiece was a wood slice with a vintage blue ball jar of flowers.

The final centerpiece was a wood slice with a vintage blue ball jar of flowers.

The head table, overflowing with dahlias and bottles and jars of flowers.

The head table, overflowing with dahlias and bottles and jars of flowers.

Side view of the head table.

Side view of the head table.

Cake table! There are those cute lovebirds!

Cake table! There are those cute lovebirds!

Cocktail tables had small boxes of flowers and glassy baby candle holders.

Cocktail tables had small boxes of flowers and glassy baby candle holders.

Next to the place card holders...

Next to the place card holders…

Molly and John rented a schoolbus for their guests to ride to and from the venue. So sweet! What a perfect event!

Molly and John rented a schoolbus for their guests to ride to and from the venue. So sweet! What a perfect event!

 


Kylee and Steven

Last April was amazing, not only because of the crazy weather, but also for the fact that one day in particular was gorgeous. It just so happened to be the day of Kylee and Steven’s huge, crazy, amazing, fun and beautiful wedding. Photos were perfectly done by the Corliss’s, please see their link below as well for more photos beyond the flowers.

http://corlissblog.com/kylee-and-stevens-wedding-day/

Always have to start with that money shot of the bouquet! Perfect!

Always have to start with that money shot of the bouquet! Perfect!

I loved incorporating brooches with the fresh flowers. So glad they decided not to do a full-on brooch bouquet!

I loved incorporating brooches with the fresh flowers. So glad they decided not to do a full-on brooch bouquet!

Simple boutonnieres looked elegant but still manly, made from white bouvardia and ruscus.

Simple boutonnieres looked elegant but still manly, made from white bouvardia and ruscus.

My husband built these gorgeous boxes and we weathered them with vinegar and steel wool!My husband built these gorgeous boxes and we weathered them with vinegar and steel wool!

The aisle was lined with boxes overflowing with amaranthus, roses, queen anne's lace and stock. Beautiful!

The aisle was lined with boxes overflowing with amaranthus, roses, queen anne’s lace and stock. Beautiful!

The inside of the aisle was lined with a thick, full runner of fresh garland interspersed with bright white ranunculus.

The inside of the aisle was lined with a thick, full runner of fresh garland interspersed with bright white ranunculus.

The altar was framed with more custom boxes, balanced with mason jars of ranunculus, roses and lisianthus, and maidenhair ferns.

The altar was framed with more custom boxes, balanced with mason jars of ranunculus, roses and lisianthus, and maidenhair ferns.

The hall was packed with people! Simple yet full  vase arrangements added height, framing the couple and the altar area.

The hall was packed with people! Simple yet full vase arrangements added height, framing the couple and the altar area.

Mr. and Mrs.! Finally! Check out that garland and how those flowers pop!

Mr. and Mrs.! Finally! Check out that garland and how those flowers pop!

On to the reception!

On to the reception!

There were 34 guest tables at the reception, making it the largest I have ever done!

There were 34 guest tables at the reception, making it the largest I have ever done!

Mason jars filled with queen anne's lace, roses, lisianthus, stock and ranunculus.

Mason jars filled with queen anne’s lace, roses, lisianthus, stock and ranunculus.

Each table had one jar of flowers, diy silver mercury glass votives, vintage bud vase of queen anne's lace and a bottle with a single lisianthus atop vintage books.
Each table had one jar of flowers, diy silver mercury glass votives, vintage bud vase of queen anne’s lace and a bottle with a single lisianthus atop vintage books.

The head table, with wooden boxes overflowing with white flowers.
The head table, with wooden boxes overflowing with white flowers.

Close up view of these gorgeous flowers.
Close up view of these gorgeous flowers. Yes, that is jasmine vine!

Bridesmaids carried bouquets of white peonies while the flower girl had a pomander of white spray roses.
Bridesmaids carried bouquets of white peonies while the flower girl had a pomander of white spray roses.

Kelley Farm at night.

Kelley Farm at night.

I love having something old, something new - borrowed, and blue! Here we see a special locket with Kylee's grandmother and a new keepsake charm I made to commemorate the day.

I love having something old, something new – borrowed, and blue! Here we see a special locket with Kylee’s grandmother and a new keepsake charm I made to commemorate the day.

One final look at the most beautiful bouquet! Peonies, bouvardia and roses. Perfect!

One final look at the most beautiful bouquet!                                                                 Peonies, bouvardia, ranunculus and roses. Perfect!


Jamie and Tim

Jamie and Tim’s wedding was my first at the amazing Sodo Park venue, as well as my first official event with the amazing Holly-Kate Foss, amazing event coordinator extraodinaire with Holly-Kate and Company. Photos were done by One Love Photo – Enjoy!

One of the best wedding photos I have ever had!

One of the best wedding photos I have ever had!

Bridal party outside the venue.

Bridal party outside the venue.

Love the halos, made from alstroemeria, mums, bouvardia and hypericum berries.

Love the halos, made from alstroemeria, mums, bouvardia and hypericum berries.

It doesn't get much cuter than this!

It doesn’t get much cuter than this!

The grand entrance...and the amazing ceilings Sodo is known for.

The grand entrance…and the amazing ceilings Sodo is known for.

Beautiful orange roses, berries, and garland combined with gorgeous fabric bring this arch to life.

Beautiful orange roses, berries, and garland combined with gorgeous fabric bring this arch to life.

Bridesmaids carried bouquets of roses, ruscus, bouvardia, hypericum berries and alstroemeria.

Bridesmaids carried bouquets of roses, ruscus, bouvardia, hypericum berries,          mums and alstroemeria.

 

I love cake flowers! The orange on the chocolate is perfect.

I love cake flowers! The orange on the chocolate is perfect.

 

Jamie's bouquet also included kangaroo paw and mini calla lilies.

Jamie’s bouquet also included kangaroo paw and mini calla lilies.

 

One last amazing pic. Congratulations! One of my favorite weddings. Ever.

One last amazing pic. Congratulations! One of my favorite weddings. Ever.

 


Sara and Brian

It’s not too often that you get a chance to do flowers for the daughter of one of your mentors, especially when he’s the one that officiated your wedding! We love the Edwards family and it was such a privilege and a joy to take part in this amazing day! Photos by Benj Haisch.

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Sarah’s bouquet was all about the bling! There were crystals and jewels hand-wired in throughout the bouquet.

Flowers included sweet peas, lisianthus, hydrangea and bupleurum.

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The girls’ bouquets included green kermit poms as well as lavender sweet peas, and light green hydrangea, which really popped against their purple dresses.

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Purple and green were the colors of the day – love those cool colors!

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Sisters and friends, Sarah and Jess,  you guys are awesome! Love you all!


Vee and Daniel



Vee and Daniel got married on a beautiful, but windy day in September at the Puyallup Park Pavillion. Thanks to Sarah Fuccillo Photography for the amazing pictures, and for recommending me to work with them. What an awesome couple!

Flowers were David Austin roses (substituted beautifully for the desired peonies, whose season is so wistfully short), white cymbidium orchids, white escimo (small) roses and large avalanche white roses, wrapped in white satin.

The girls had gorgeous dresses by Amsale, complimented perfectly with the small hand-tied bouquets of apricot cymbidiums, hot pink roses, apricot roses and cherry brandy roses.

The aisle featured custom-made (by my hubby) bamboo chair displays. the chairs were flat-backed plastic, and there was no feasib;e way to attach anything, so we just built our  own. We tied apricot orchids and variegated ti leaves in the center of each grouping of 3 tiered bamboo poles, all bound together with natural bindwire.

on to the cake, almost always my favorite part!


Breanne and Kenny

5.21.11…

Does anyone remember that Saturday last May when the world was supposed to end?  Well, for my childhood best friend Breanne, a new chapter of her life began with her man Kenny as they exchanged vows and rings at Central Lutheran Church in Tacoma.

Bre’s bouquet flowers were truly spring flowers: ranunculus, dusty miller, bouvardia, and some year-round favorites of escimo roses, kermit poms, rosemary, green hypericum and gardenia foliage.

Pearlized beargrass captivated everyone with an informal yet elegant accessory, included in all the arrangements.

Wedding colors were cool and modern black, green and white, but the flower varieties and overall style left us with a retro, romantic feeling. Think 1950’s, cool cats and all that. The bride and groom both wore Chuck Taylor’s during the ceremony, showing their go-with-the-flow nature follows them wherever they are.

The reception was at the Fabulous 50’s hall just minutes away from the church where they exchanged vows. The tables were decorated with the flowers from the pew ends (stock, alstromeria, roses, etc) or these amazing creations I concocted in my brain. You take a simple cylinder vase, elevate the inside base with foam and cardboard, wrap base and top with black satin ribbon, fill with pearl beads to cover the cardboard, insert LED candle so the swirling pearlized beargrass doesn’t catch on fire. Awesome. Pearl beads were used everywhere as confetti, and the arrangements also had scattered votive candles and green and white mums for finishing touch. Perfect. I just wish I had a straight-on shot so you could see what they look like at sitting level. So cool.

The wraps on the bouquets were chantilly lace, also fitting with the retro theme. Bre’s was black lace on white satin, and her sister Shannon’s maid of honor bouquet was white lace over black satin, to coordinate with her black dress. I love this photo below, as it shows the simplicity of her dress and the beautiful detail on the fingertip length veil, as well as how the pearls in the bouquet accent it all.

I was privileged to get to design some cool bouquets for Bre, which was nice since when we were in Elementary school I accidentally hit her in the face with a bat while taking practice swings in my front yard…

I don’t have any shots of the maid of honor bouquet up close, but you do see it in the background of this photo, and it included mini green hydrangea as well as the other flowers. All in all, everything went pretty well for the day the world was supposedly ending…photos by Marcie Coe.

Thanks Bre, for allowing me to take part in your special day! And, I welcome you to join my special club, as I say congratulations on (almost, still due) having your first baby boy before your first anniversary. Everyone should do that.


Lindsey and Mike

Finally we can take a break from the purple to reminisce about the days of aqua blue…I love that color for bridesmaids’ dresses! Lindsey and Mike were married back in August of 2009, and the flowers were gorgeous!

One of my favorite flowers is stephanotis, small, white, star-shaped and fragrant…perfect for weddings! Although it has sort of tapered off in popularity lately but is always a great choice for bouquets. It’s versatile since it’s white, and I love to put different colored pins or jewels in the centers.

Lindsey’s bouquet (and the bridesmaid’s bouquets) featured white roses, alstromeria, mini-green hydrangea, white mums, stephanotis, variegated pittosporum and beargrass.

The groom wore a bright white suit and tie with and aqua-colored shirt, tying everything together.

Had to highlight a picture with my old friend Kim who gave Lindsey the referral – thanks again, Kim!

(Plus, she looks so darn cute in that dress!)

This shot is a little grassy, but it shows those cool aqua pins in the stephanotis. I also put pins in some of the white mums to add more color and pizazz. (Can I still say pizazz? Does that make me old?)

Of course, the grand finale is the cake. Yes, I love putting flowers on cakes. It is my favorite thing to do next to making the bouquets.

Please click on these shots to see them in their full grandeur!

Thanks to Lindsey for emailing me these photos almost 2 years after the fact so that I could include them in the blog!

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