Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Victoria Bridal Fair

For all you brides going to this weekend's Victoria Bridal Fair, here is a little floral inspiration.....

Classic red roses combined with vibrant green moss. Bold, classy and west coast all at the same time!

This would be a great scheme for a winter or Valentine's wedding. Change up the color of the rose and it would work anytime of year!

For an interesting twist, add in some air plants. Not only does it add something unique but it is a great choice for the Eco Bride, as you can keep the plants after the wedding!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Flower girl purse

It is that time of year when summer brides everywhere are in full planning and research mode. And each bride has many decisions to be made. Venue, guest list, colors, flowers, dress, food, favors, entertainment .... the list seems to never end. With so many big decisions to be made the little stuff can often get shoved to the sidelines. But often, it's the small details people remember. One of those memorable details can be what the adorable flower girl was carrying! Traditionally flower girls have worn crowns of flowers and carried small bouquets. But the imagination is really the only limit here. Floral wands are especially cute for little girls in the wedding party, but older girls deserve something unique also!

This past September I made a flower purse for a 10 year old flower girl. I covered it in yellow and green kermit mums and finished it with some nice striped grosgrain ribbon. Sort of Kate Spade meets Carrie Bradshaw! This could be made half the size and used for a smaller child also. And of course customized to the season. Just imagine some velvet ribbon or fur trim for a winter wedding!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Cream Roses with Dusty Miller

Last year I admired many floral bouquets online which used 'dusty miller', but it is something that I rarely see for purchase. I then started noticing it growing in various yards around the city. I then started getting urges to take my scissors out on dark evenings and snip from over grown plants in my neighborhood. BUT, don't worry I didn't do any trespassing. I just bought a couple plants at the garden center and planted them in pots around my yard. Problem solved. They didn't get as big as I'd hoped but maybe next year. I was able to snip a few pieces here and there and enjoy them in the house for Christmas. I just love the color of the silver leaves and not to mention the velvety feel. And paired with cream, a perfect combo I'd say.

My plan for the spring and summer is to plant as many flowers as I can in pots on my deck and over at my in-laws house (my mother-in-law has a few raised beds I can use). Usually when I purchase flowers for a job, I have two options. Local flowers (which mostly seem to be grown on the mainland) and imports (Columbia, Costa Rica etc.). But I would love to be able to offer my clients garden flowers someday for those who are more concerned about pesticides etc. My latest blog obsession and inspiration is http://floretflowers.blogspot.com/ Check it out if you want to see the life of an organic flower farmer outside of Seattle! Are you concerned with where your flowers come from and how they are grown?