Whidbey Island Wedding Flowers

January 20th, 2014

I just came across these flowery photos I snapped at a Whidbey Island wedding last August and thought I’d share on the blog. Sometimes I look back through old photos to see what was in season during a particular week to help plan for a future event; right now it’s September 20th. (My husband says I plan too far out. He’s talking about life of course and not flowers.) But humor me. What are your favorite September flowers? (Dahlias are of course on the list.) I find it sort of therapeutic to dream about such things when it’s still January and not dahlia season…

McKenzie Powell :: Floral & Event Design

McKenzie Powell :: Floral & Event Design

McKenzie Powell :: Floral & Event Design

McKenzie Powell :: Floral & Event Design

A colorful Indian American Wedding

January 17th, 2014

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve likely already seen these zingy florals and our gorgeous bride Monica. But wow–when I downloaded the photos from my camera last night, I actually had to desaturate them a bit. The color was electric. Just what I needed on this dreary January day. Of course I wish I could have waited until the tables were in position and the chairs were set before whipping out the camera, but the light doesn’t hang around for florists attempting to be photographers. So you make do.

McKenzie Powell :: Floral & Event Design

McKenzie Powell :: Floral & Event Design

McKenzie Powell :: Floral & Event Design

McKenzie Powell :: Floral & Event Design

McKenzie Powell :: Floral & Event Design

a winter wedding

December 9th, 2013

This romantic winter wedding captured beautifully by Belathee Photography was featured in Seattle Metropolitan Bride & Groom a while back and got a quick Instagram mention but never its proper due. So let me share a few here now. (More from this wedding on our website.)

I hope you’re all having a good December!

McKenzie Powell :: Floral & Event Design,  Belathee Photography

collision of seasons

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…

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

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.

 

Cara’s Bouquet

September 30th, 2013

Textural, muted, and fragrant for a wedding on the waterfront…

McKenzie & James

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.

 

au revoir summer days

September 23rd, 2013

This past weekend I didn’t have a wedding. And wow it was nice. The weather has shifted and already I’m hearing the first moans and groans about the rain, but I can’t truly commiserate because I just keep thinking about all that there is to look forward to… soups-sweaters-books-candles-baking-scarves-fires-boots-chai, and I’m ready. I know it will take just a few free weekends and a few months of grey to have me longing for the flowers again, but for now I’m loving these soggy days and the slower pace that comes hand-in-hand.

Get back to me in February or March when all I want is a bucket of freshly picked stems to play with. Everything in the arrangement below is from the garden. Foxglove, roses, (‘Sally Holmes’ and ‘Koko Loco’), windflower, goat’s beard, vinca, artemesia, quickfire hydrangea…

Matt & Melinda at Sodo Park

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.