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collision of seasons

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

When it’s the middle of April and you need to make the flowers ‘seasonal’ for an editorial shoot coming out in the fall issue. It’s the best kind of problem to have if you decide the term can be used loosely and proceed to throw in dogwood, fritillaria, clematis, bleeding heart, the spring kitchen sink… Nothing was really off-limits as long as I could strike somewhat of an autumn palette. I only wish I could have all of this when it actually is November. Which gets me thinking. How about it brides? Let’s do more April weddings. I’d help you make them so pretty.

(I snapped these photos in April even though they don’t really like when you do that at shoots.)


Back in May…

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

We created 64 feet of bold, colorful florals in a color palette that mimicked the blown glass installation overhead. Ghost chairs and a seafoam colored linen helped mirror the environment and sky beyond, and the combination of flowers tied everything together so well. It’s a bit of a treat for us Washingtonian florists to get our hands on kumquats on the branch, and I was quite happy it all worked out for this special dinner. While I don’t think I’ll ever tire of white cattleya orchids, this time I was particularly blown away by how perfect and robust our ranunculus were–and in that palette! Admittedly, not a typical one for us, but no artist likes to get too stuck in their ways and on this grey fall day especially, I’ll gladly reminisce.


A fall feature on Martha Stewart Weddings

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Heather and Dave’s wedding is featured over on Martha Stewart Weddings: The Bride’s Guide, so pop on over and take a look. More photos of their romantic day coming soon on our website.


McKenzie & James

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

I so loved getting to work with color for McKenzie & James’s wedding.* The bride picked this lovely palette, and I couldn’t have been more pleased. With Novelty Hill Winery as our backdrop, my goal was to soften the space and give it a feminine + a slightly rustic touch, as requested by McKenzie, but tie in the beautiful modern lines of the environment. I think we achieved a nice balance of both. (Note: First piece of advice I offer my clients, please please don’t fight your venue’s aesthetic. Just choose a great venue from the get-go and make my job all the more enjoyable.)

*My name is McKenzie. My husband’s is James. We had the same photographer, the wonderful Michele M. Waite , also capture our wedding. So cute.


Matt & Melinda at Sodo Park

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Matt and Melinda are kind and thoughtful and totally in love. He sang to her as she walked down the aisle and was so genuine and in-the-moment that I may have gotten a little choked up. And… I met them in-person for the first time on their wedding day, so apparently I’m a softie. The designing happened via email and phone calls and started with Melinda’s request for blush florals and hints of silver. We have quite the collection of vintage silver and added in some antiqued mirrored trays, tall candelabras and the nude sequined linens to kick it up a notch. It was June, so I snatched up garden roses, foxglove, clematis, mock-orange, and the most beautiful branches of dogwood I’ve ever seen in my own two hands, and we ended up with this…

Photography by the lovely Michele M. Waite.


B + A | Willie Green’s Organic Farm Wedding

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

I had the pleasure of working with Alan & Becca for over a year to design their recent wedding. Originally planned for November in a modern venue in Seattle (think concrete and steel), you can see we ended up with quite a different look in quite a different environment. I’m glad they listened to their instincts and opted to plan a day that truly reflected their relationship and styles. Our inspiration and mood boards did a 180 in the process and we ended up at Willie Green’s Organic Farm on a sunny day in June–a perfect backdrop for their “Northwest farm meets French Country” design. Becca made all of the beautiful jams (Rhubarb Rosewater & Cardamom!), and I did what I do and heaped fresh fruit all over the place.

Becca trusted me. And I cannot tell you how much a designer appreciates a client that offers such trust. I of course love the flowers, but every detail helps to complete the look. We brought together hand-dyed muslin ribbon, simple kraft paper menus and signage, gorgeous linens from La Tavola, baskets, props and candlelight to create an evening that felt organic yet elegant.


lately on instagram

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

The blog gets a bit quiet when wedding season strikes, but don’t let the silence fool you. We’ve been working hard around here (and also taking breaks to enjoy summer too). It’s good this year, a better balance somehow. Not fewer weddings but maybe better systems? More efficient. Or maybe it’s just not September yet, and in a few months I’ll be singing a different tune. In any case, I’m enjoying the work and variety that each event brings. Sequins blush table linens one weekend to country blues the next. This weekend we’ll be working mainly with greens and whites, relying heavily on shape and texture for interest. Amidst the whirl of activity, I try to whip out the trusty iPhone now and then to document a bit of it all, posting to Instagram for those interested. If you are, I’m


tree peonies

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

I was curled in a blanket on the couch after a string of back-to-back events when I got a call from the event planner we had the pleasure of working with all week. She had just left the restaurant after making sure the small group of guests were settled and welcomed to dinner, their last evening in Seattle. “McKenzie. The women are losing their minds!!” Apparently one guest commented that she was so glad there wasn’t a seating arrangement that evening… and then sat right in front of one of the larger arrangements.

I get it. And I’m so glad tree peonies do that to other people too.

a quick peek…

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

I cannot wait to show more images from this beautiful fall wedding. Belathee Photography wows again. For now… How absolutely precious is that sweet flower girl?

Valentine’s at Anthropologie

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

We spent our Valentine’s at Anthropologie. My gift from James was to hang out with me for the day. You know, wake up at 5, help me set up, keep me company, make pastry/coffee runs, chit-chat with customers, enjoy his day off… Ha! We were so busy, we managed to sneak in one of those caffeine runs and then proceeded to go all day on a single ham and cheese croissant and latte. Needless to say, when we were pitching water out of the 30+ cylinder vases into the alley drain at 8:30 that night, I was more than ready for food and a few ibuprofens. And yes, it was a long day, but a good day. We sent so many happy people home with beautiful flowers. And The Whale Wins would be our Valentine treat at the end of it all…

That is, until we pulled out of the alley, stopped at the first intersection downtown and saw a homeless man walk into the crosswalk, slam his fist on the hood of our car with all his might, and proceed to shout profanities; none of this directed at us, of course, but at the young man that had also walked into the crosswalk swinging his skateboard at the other man’s head. Aww love…

Needless to say, we didn’t make it to our planned destination. After assessing the 6″ dent on the hood, we decided to file a report with our insurance company and head home. A quick bite and a bottle of wine at the nearby pizza joint would have to suffice, and did only after I arrived three minutes past when they stopped seating, gave the poor waiter a completely defeated look and politely (ahem, begged) “Please?” He consulted the kitchen and allowed us to take a table in the corner if we didn’t mind them cleaning up around us. You just gotta laugh. And James, toasting to V-Day and us and life, reminded me yet again how lucky I am. I love him.

Thank you, Julie Harmsen Photography for snapping these lovely shots!


A couple of the bouquets I snapped from instagram: