March 13th, 2013
A couple beautiful photos by Buffy Dekmar of a rich woodsy bouquet we created in January. I like that even with so much bold color it still feels earthy.
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?
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:
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.