It’s all about the magnolias these days.
Ellie & Quang’s wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty this week with gorgeous photography by Bryce Covey. This was definitely one of my favorites from 2013… From our first meeting, I knew I’d enjoy working with Ellie. She had great taste but was laid back and seemed to completely trust me.
She understood the beauty of simplicity, and I was excited to carry that theme throughout their wedding day. Mixing clean with rustic, touches of romance with nature, we were able to achieve a beautiful balance. Together we worked through table and chair selections, calligraphy styles and paper pieces, room layout, favor ideas… After she mentioned possibly wanting a tea station for guests, I jumped on the idea and started brainstorming. (What results as something so simple often takes many hours of sketching, planning, adding and taking away to settle on the final product.) Keeping with a minimal yet romantic aesthetic, I designed a display that greeted guests as they entered the room, bursting with blush pink foxglove and displaying beautiful loose leaf teas in simple glass jars. Muslin bags with custom tags allowed guests to scoop up their favorite flavors to take home as the favor.
Staying true to the overall design plan, we forwent typical centerpieces and instead created continuous garland-esque designs down all of the wooden tables out of interesting berries and greenery. Mixed in were English garden roses and lots of candlelight. I quite like the result.
Thank you, Ellie, for giving me freedom to create and think outside the box a bit. You were so wonderful to work with.
I store my photos on an external hard-drive and am pretty terrible about sorting through them. Very few get deleted, and now I have too many and the task is overwhelming. This morning I was making an attempt to organize and came across this from last August. I remember now while looking through the photos that I had just a few leftovers from a wedding (the Queen Anne’s Lace and Physocarpus), but everything else came from the garden. Those are the days I’m ready for. Dirt under your fingernails, sun on your back, creating just for yourself. A photo like this is a small treasure on a damp, grey day like today.
We lost our last bit of February light before I had a chance to grab my camera, but I sort of like the moody feel of these few photos I was able to capture. I had never worked with the photographer before, but she was shooting away, so I’m hoping I’ll have better professional shots to share with you later.
A single frame by Bryce Covey of a bouquet from last fall. I’m getting really excited for all the bouquets we’ll get to create this year. I don’t have a favorite color palette as each season brings its own exciting flowers and ingredients and with each bouquet I think, “But really this one might be my new favorite…” Sometimes wild and cascading, other times simple and small; I think I just fall in love with the flowers I’ve been waiting 12 months to work with again.
The ladies of Belathee Photography are masters of their craft and incredibly talented artists. Whenever I receive photos from a project we’ve worked on together, I’m always blown away. I study their work, try to soak it in, and I still don’t know how they do it. This small sample collage is just the tip of the iceberg of what’s to come from Amy & Justin’s beautiful Corson Building wedding. I can’t wait to share more.
Aww blush, the ever popular bridal color… Although I occasionally complain about it (and I suppose I’m admitting I do), it really is so pretty. And when paired with interesting accents, can make even more of an impact. Set against a dark background (like this rich smokey blue velvet), the soft palette draws you in, while the contrast adds a layer of sophistication. I can handle blush done this way. Yes, and other ways too. But especially this way.
And since we’re in a blushing mood, how about a sweet floral hair wreath? Featured in the latest issue of Seattle Metropolitan Bride & Groom… Click here to see.
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…
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.