Saturday, December 12, 2009

Chase and Ashley's Peachy Wedding Day!

FINALLY pictures of the best wedding yet, my brothers! He and his cute wife Ashley tied the knot two weeks before my sister left on her mission so it was a very busy, fun, exciting times for many reasons. We had so many reasons to celebrate. We gained a family member and sent one out on loan for a year and half. There are so many delightful pictures to share, so here are a few to start. Watch for more posts as there are more pictures to come!

Ashley picked beautiful colors and flowers for me to work. It was a treat to smell garden roses the whole time I designed! Its easy to work when you have a fabulous color palette to work with. The best part about her flowers is she picked flowers that COMPLIMENT HER SKIN TONE which makes each photo so beautiful. Its always smart to think about the tones of the flowers you pick and how they will look against your skin. It makes a huge difference! I hope you enjoy them as much as I DO!
They are wonderful photos taken by Lindsey Stewart at GREEN APPLE PHOTOGRAPHY
she was so cute and fun to work with. Be Sure to check her out!

Pomander Balls lined the walkway to the reception.

Sign in Table

David Austin Garden Rose Bridal Bouquet


Friday, December 4, 2009

Trend Spotting: Are "Balloon" and "Babys Breath" still a wedding no-no?

Its true that trends fade fast and die hard but they always tend to come back with a new twist. Although they are blacklisted for a time they resurface with a vibrant new energy that creates a frenzied buzz that starts to appear in almost every wedding as people too scurry to try to be the first with a new idea. Or, in this case, an old idea revisited. The trick to bringing back what used to be a trend faux pas is to update the idea or trend with a fresh new take, tweeking it to fit modern times and to not use too many and once. Add a fun trend or two among other classics to ballance your overall wedding look.

seem to be once again "on the rise" but they are bigger, brighter and cleaner this time around. NO balloon archways made from multicolor, pattern printed, irridescent balloons. Just big round, simple but dramatic balloons.







and PLEASE never


Baby's Breath...
 is another term that was a once naughty word when it came to my flower vocabulary. Now I am wondering if it is time to reconsider my snobbish stance on the use of babys breath. I think these bouquets are simple, sweet and very pretty. What a great way to create a romantic, vintage feel. I like the simple, airy feeling of these pretty arrangements. I think they key here is using  Baby's Breath alone to create the airy, soft look. Using it with other flowers such a roses creates an old school- out of style-outdated look that brings chills to my spine. chills equivelent to the kind I get when I see a bridal bouquet made of silk baby blue, yellow and brown flowers or wedding guests in jeans. Here are a few ideas of the new way to use the once out-lawed Baby's Breath

but please dont revisit the infamous updo+Baby's Breath combo

lets leave that to photoalbumns from the late 80's and early 90's

more sampling of trendy eye candy

Monday, November 9, 2009

OC Tanner Grand Opening

Much has taken place since the last time I blogged. Life has finally slowed enough that I have a moment to catch up on the events of the last month or so. I recently had an amazing oppotunity to do the flowers for the Grand Opening of O.C. Tanner. The building they renovated is amazing and I was thrilled and terrified to take on such an important job. The theme was Vivaldi's Four Seasons which gave me the freedom to work with many colors and flowers. Each floor of the old Hansen Planetarium became a different season and the outdoor space behind the building became a winter wonderland.

New O.C. Tanner Building
First Floor: FALL

Second floor: Summer

The Wall Blooms in the Historic Lobby

This project was so fun to see come to life. After planning for months and coming up with different ideas on how to make it come together we finally were able to put our ideas to the test. The guys worked very hard carting very heavy water logged floral foam up two floors. We built the structure and waterproofed the best we could as to not damage the HAND EMBROIDERED carpet. We held everything together with chicken wire and then we began filling in with flowers. It was very hard work and I couldn't have done any of it without my AMAZING team of helpers. They were an incredible help and they kept me sane and calm. They were so great during many stressful time crunches, long hours and very demanding physical labor.

Beginning to fill in with flowers and moss. The wall is supported by a custom built container that was painted and silver leafed to compliment the colors of the building.

Finished product.. hundreds of flowers later

Third Floor: Spring

WINTER on the Patio

These are just some of the amazing photos that I received from the event. Laci from Laci Davis Photography was nice enough to fit me in on short notice. She took incredible photos and she was a delight to work with. I was very thankful that she was able to use her talent to capture the flowers in a way that I would never be able to do. She has amazing photos and christmas card ideas on her website Check her out she is wonderful!

When this job was over I have never been so exhausted. It felt so good to haveFINALLY completed such hard work, on a time crunch, with little rest. Thank you to my awesome team that helped me pull this off. I could have never accomplished this without your help. Mike,Teresa, Jen, Margarita,  Ben, Paul, Chase, Ashley, Alyson and Heather thank you for putting aside all that you had going on to spend time processing roses, carrying heavy containers, and going without breaks and sleep for many days. You guys are incredible!