I really enjoyed working with this palette of berry tones and blue. But I didn’t love that the lighting was poor and I could only get a few decent shots to try and show you how juicy it all looked in person.
I can’t believe how much color has made its way through our studio this year. It’s been fun and refreshing and makes me appreciate a wider variety of palettes. Lately, since I’ve been able to do a bit of it all, I’m not burnt out on any of it (which hasn’t always been the case in years past). And maybe I just haven’t done this long enough, but the list of color combinations and styles I’d still like to capture goes on and on. When I’m able to add in the other elements as well (candles, textiles, china, paper, food…), the possibilities increase tenfold. I still feel inspired creating a single arrangement, but bringing together all of the pieces is what I love most. It goes without saying that the same arrangement set against rich velvet creates a really different look and feel when placed on soft airy chiffon. This topic of ‘design beyond flowers’ seems to surface quickly when what I started out to accomplish was a quick blog post of colorful photos, but I suppose it’s because many people still don’t know that in additional to florals, we work closely with many of our clients on the overall design of their event.
Actually, for the wedding below, I worked with the planner (Alex from Taylor’d Events by Jennifer who was wonderful) and never even met the clients. A definite first for us, but I heard that they were thrilled with the results, thank goodness. I enjoyed this one because Alex filled me in on the clients’ personalities and style (the groom’s an artist and the bride would be wearing a red tulle skirt and sequined shoes) and then told me to run with it. With a funky, industrial, slightly rustic art gallery as our backdrop, I wanted to create something eclectic and fun, yet tasteful. A bold stripe for the linens + ghost chairs, rattan chargers, art supplies clustered on the table for guests to get creative, and vibrant jewel-toned flowers for the finishing touch. Plus, this wedding had five food trucks parked right outside the main doors, so all in all, I’d call it a success.
Single petaled peonies in any color, really. Irresistible. And when they’re locally grown and flawless such as these beauties, it makes my job seem a bit more like play. (Extremely exhausting but beautiful, satisfying play.) And actually, now looking back through these photos from a recent wedding, I realize that not just the peonies, but every single stem used came from a local garden–farms in Bellingham, Ferndale, Mount Vernon, Chehalis, Stanwood and Seattle–all ending up on The Corson’s Building‘s tables. Amazing food, romantic interiors, local flowers, flickering candlelight… It really doesn’t get much better.
By the time February rolls around, I’m already anxiously awaiting the arrival of spring, checking the gardens for any sign of life. So I was excited about the design we came up with for Zora & Jerome’s ‘winter’ wedding at Sodo Park, aiming to find that middle ground between the two seasons. A touch of the dark and romantic offset by the light and fresh. Ornate + rustic + clean + simple + lush + vintage + timeless… blended all together and not too much of any of it. After painting the overall picture during our first meeting together, Zora just let me run with it. I’m sure it’s always a little hard for a bride to picture what I’m talking about and ‘inspiration photos’ only go so far. But no matter what I suggested… from water-colored elements to lace runners to antiqued blue urns, she trusted that I’d pull it all together. So thank you, Zora. You were so great to work with.
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.