All posts tagged: bridal bouquet

a gorgeous garden affair

  Last Saturday, I spent the loveliest afternoon helping set up a wedding at Mackay Gardens. The sweet bride was Sara, who I’ve had the pleasure of knowing since our days of conjugating verbs and reciting the translation of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” in Mrs. E’s latin class {more than 10 years ago, whew!!}. No detail was left untended in this garden soiree. Sara wore her mom’s wedding gown (which she had altered to fit her classic, impeccable style) and her bridesmaids donned JCrew dresses with gold glitter peep-toe pumps. I designed her bridal bouquet with creamy Vendela roses, waxflower, and seeded eucalyptus, and used a variety of bright spring blooms casually arranged in vintage bottles and jars for her outdoor reception. I also designed the swag above the altar on site — a new feather the hat of my event design repertoire! For most of the weddings I design, I deliver the flowers and scoot long before the bride even arrives to the venue. This time, the family let me hang around for the afternoon …

goin’ to the chapel

One of my favorite parts of my job is discovering all of the churches, halls, and venues scattered around our small hometown. Just when I think I’ve seen them all, a bride introduces me to a new hidden gem. Last weekend, Jen and Jon said “I do,” at Homeland Methodist Church, a historic chapel built in 1887 that just oozes character and charm. Hardwood floors, arched stained glass windows, simple wood pews, and beautiful natural light. When C and I delivered the flowers Saturday morning, I spent a little extra time snapping [too many] photos. Jen’s colors were pink, ivory, and gray. I used Sweet Akito pink roses and mini calla lilies in her bouquet, with seeded eucalyptus and dusty miller. The girls’ bouquets had the same pink roses, mixed with ivory roses, lisianthis, and blue thistle. I made pink pomanders (or “kissing balls”) to hang on every other pew down the aisle. It took over 450 pink carnations to make eight of those babies! On days like that one, when the work is done …

behind the scenes: the “glamelia” bridal bouquet

I’m so thankful that I run a business in the age of the Internet. You see, every now and then, a client calls with a special order and I don’t even know how to begin to make it happen for them. But I must make. it. happen. If I don’t, someone else will, right? {Sometimes this gets me in trouble, and I bite off a little more than I can chew.} But I love a good design challenge. C and I call them, “cake boss orders.” Because if Buddy can build a life-sized replica of his wife out of buttercream and modeling chocolate, I can make a guitar out of styrofoam and chrysanthemums — which I did once! Case in point: When a sweet bride, Niki, stopped in the shop before Valentine’s Day and showed me a picture of a bridal bouquet that looked like a giant rose, I was determined to give it to her (without the slightest clue of how I was going to do it). I gave Niki my most confident smile and said, “I can totally …

my first wedding!

I’ve worked on a lot of weddings in my time at the flower shop, but usually in a supervisory role. I consult with all the brides, come up with the vision for the designs, and work with my designers to bring that vision to life. But up until recently, I didn’t actively participate in the actual design work for weddings… I wanted to get as much practice as I could in other types of arrangements before I tackled designing for the biggest day of someone’s life. {No pressure, right?!} I’ve spent countless hours perusing Pinterest for bridal inspiration and poring over wedding blogs to see what’s new and fabulous (100 Layer Cake and Grey Likes Weddings are two of my favorites). And in the last couple of months, I’ve really found my groove!  Last week, with my top designer as back-up in case my attempts went horribly awry, I took on my first wedding start-to-finish; from bouquets to boutonnieres, centerpieces to chair decorations, and everything in between. I’m so proud of how everything turned out, …