January 29th, 2013
Floral tidbits of 2012 in no particular order; a single photo (or sometimes two) of some of our projects. Certainly not all-inclusive, but a decent snapshot of our year. After this quick review, I’m all the more eager to update our portfolio with the pros’ photos, but I will make no promises of doing that in a week’s time. This is suppose to be the slow season when you get your personal life back, and yet I’m already too excited about 2013 weddings to not spend my downtime whipping up inspiration boards and working through proposals. It’s really a sickness, always one for the next thing…
And a few of the other things that made 2012 so good. Because flowers aren’t all that I love.
January 14th, 2013
For your Monday lunchtime blog browsing… Saturated corals, oranges, reds, and pinks! During my first meeting with The Rainier Club to discuss the design of their booth, I walked through the club with my iPhone snapping away at furniture and pieces I knew I wanted to pull for the 15′x10′ area we had to bedazzle for the show. Their team chose the words “elegance, sophistication, quality”. I agreed whole-heartedly and added “old-world but fresh“. The show takes place every year in early January and by the time all of our living room floors are covered in dead pine needles, we’re usually ready for an aesthetic change. Robin’s egg blue and coral were the base of our palette, but I couldn’t wait to add the punch with some luscious florals and just a few modern accents. And poppies?! Is there even a cheerier flower?
Thank you to The Rainier Club for being so great to work with and so appreciative, for trusting me completely, and for giving me free rein with their space. All in all, a successful collaboration!
January 8th, 2013
My bestie Lauren (embarrassing that I just used the B word) sent off a quick email today, requesting a “Year in Review” post.
Of course! Now why didn’t I think of that?! (Again, embarassing, but true.) 2012 rolled right into 2013 and I didn’t really take time to pause or reflect, so while I sit here with a few minutes before a meeting, I start opening old photo folders. And stumble upon this warm little gem from our trip to Denmark this past June. It doesn’t matter that there’s a wind warning in effect until midnight here in Seattle and it’s grey grey grey… I can feel the sunshine. And it makes me all the more eager to look back and appreciate what we managed (and got to) squeeze into 365 days. There will be a lot of flower photos coming your way for this “Year in Review” just as soon as I can choose some favorites. (But please don’t hold your breath; it’s the Seattle Wedding Show this weekend, and I’m sure the Rainier Club would like me to finish designing their booth.)
Don’t you just want to crawl right into that photo and lie quietly in the grass?
December 30th, 2012
Last night we completed our final wedding of 2012. A rewarding and full year of new relationships, projects, challenges, successes, and lots of pretty flowers. Getting our hands on gorgeous blooms during the winter months, however, proved to be a bit frustrating. Amaryllis, bless that flower, is of course a bright spot during these gray days. But still, I must forage. Because both types of spray roses I ordered simply didn’t arrive. Spray roses. And even the greenery coming into the market these days doesn’t exactly look fantastic. It’s amazing what bushes and plants catch my eye during months when gardens are brown and hibernating. I see things in a whole new light. Take, for instance, Christmas afternoon when I’m out for a walk and spot my parents’ six hanging baskets out by the compost with… what’s that? Healthy and clean dusty miller only slightly covered with a light dusting of snow?!? Quick! Grab the clippers, shake off the pretty white flakes, SAVE THAT PRECIOUS COMMODITY! We’ve definitely had to put in a few additional hours of hunting, trouble-shooting, and driving to over-priced but convenient nurseries to cut up plants. But I will say, we don’t stop until we’re satisfied. Even in the winter. And we’ve had some lovely winter weddings. Last night’s was the last of 2012, and I managed to snap a few photos of the bouquet and ceremony alter. Once things were all in place, we threw on our fancy shoes (florist’s work shoes cannot be fancy) and headed to La Spiga for some fresh pasta and good wine. 2012 was a hoot. 2013 is looking even better.
December 19th, 2012
Taking some time off to enjoy the holidays. Lots of joy to you and yours!
December 3rd, 2012
My sister Stacey is really one of the kindest people I know. She’s loving and patient and level-headed and fun and organized beyond belief, a bit of a clean freak. (We love her for it.) And she married Jacob, a dandy chap, who might come across as quiet but can bust a dance move like nobody’s business if you get him in the right mood. There is documentation for this. Together they make a great team. I was glad to have a hand in their wedding and thankful for all the family members that became my personal staff for the weekend. Spray painting, planting, washing, hauling, adjusting, adjusting again… just one more inch to the left, wait maybe back just a tiny bit. Oh my gosh, I’m sure that’s fine. Okay, no actually it’s not, keep going. Chloe (the beagle and one of the flower’girls’) trotted perfectly out of the house, across the field, and down the aisle, no leash–quite a site. Now that’s true love. It sprinkled a little before the ceremony and a little after, but held off just until we were all comfortably under the tent. And that last black and white? Who doesn’t love a good kissing-in-the-rain pic? Chantal Andrea captured their lovely day.
November 21st, 2012
The car is packed. Loaded with wreath-making goodies; watercolor paints, brushes and paper; a couple 8 ft. pieces of trim; a pair of estate sale frames; a cooler of pomegranate salad fixings; an urn or two; magazines and books, and the few essential articles of clothing I’ll need to relax by the fire and bust open my bag (ahem, car) of projects. I think I’m ready for this holiday to begin. Happy Thanksgiving!
Photos by Bryce Covey
November 15th, 2012
It feels appropriate to the season yet crisp, no? I like that the white keeps it fresh (not that I don’t love a full-on brown, rust, and copper palette). Speaking of… It’s almost Thanksgiving! Are you ready? Don’t worry if you’re not. (Easy for me to say; I’m not hosting.) I remember two years ago it snowed over the long weekend and we built a snowman, sipped on something strong, and smoked cigars outside all bundled up. I didn’t work at all, even kept my computer closed. Hung out with the family, read, ate, and slept. It was so nice. Two years ago my winter months were quiet and I had lots of time to do projects or nothing at all. Things have changed, and I’ll likely spend part of my Thanksgiving break prepping vases and votives for the following weekend’s wedding. It’s worth it; she’s a great bride. I’m looking forward to her wedding and to finally working with the other half of one of my favorite photography duos (think Seattle to NYC). But I’ll be sure to carve out some time for nothing. Sometimes you have to do nothing just to stay sane. And then, when I stop and do nothing, I go crazy. That’s life. Gotta keep on, keepin’ on. I don’t stay still for long.
November 14th, 2012
June! It’s one of those months that I have to be booked every single weekend. Have to be. Because local peonies are in season, and I need an excuse to buy that fluffy-petaled flower as much as possible. If I don’t, they’ll fill every corner of my home but leave me penniless. Ranunculus, poppies, and spirea too. No summer vacations for this little lady because it’s June and therefore wedding mania! Mania in a wonderful way. (Maybe talk to me again when I’m in the middle of my delightful mania.) Anyway guess what, I only have one weekend left in June, so who wants it?! (Note: Please don’t hire me unless you want to work in at least a few peonies.) Kidding! (Not really.) I have all sorts of inspiration boards and color palettes that are dying to be released from the confines of my computer files. Trust me! Trust me! You’ll be so happy you did. See? I’m a good saleswoman.
In celebration of ‘June in November’ (similar to Christmas in July, but not really that similar), I think I’ll post a wedding from this past June that also took place at Sodo Park. The arbor with all the fresh green and fluffy peonies was my favorite part. It only took 3 1/2 hours to install thanks to the many tiny plastic water tubes I used that had to be carefully tucked, tweaked, and hidden. Pat on the back for my environmentally conscious and neck-kinking efforts. It’s not always possible, I know… I should feel guilty, but I try my best.
And now, I will leave you with some photos… of peonies. And the beautiful Ashley and Cheyne, taken by the lovely Sally of Sea Studio who is a complete gem.