Sunday, December 28, 2008

Winter Wedding

Wedding Date: December 20, 2008

I love Winter weddings. Since we don't have much of a Winter here in Arizona, it's my chance to make believe and include snowy white blooms and Winter flowers such as amaryllis.

The bride's color scheme, varying shades of white, ivory, and cream, gave me the chance to play with snow, regardless of the weather. :)

My favorite features were the bouquets and the cool, zero gravity garland which lined her aisle.

Bride's Bouquet

Maid of Honor Bouquet

Entry Arrangements



Bright Fall Wedding

Date: November 29th, 2008
Venue: The Renaissance Hotel in Glendale

This was a really big wedding for me and I loved the way it turned out. There was however one little challenge; the carpet.

The Reinassance Hotel in Glendale is a gorgeous, glitzy hotel near Cardinal's stadium. It has gorgeous modern touches throughout. The carpet, however is very colorful. You can see the carpet in one of the pictures below. The bride wanted fall colors but didn't want to clash against that carpet. We used every color we could from the rug and we got a rich, colorful fall palette which accentuated and blended with the decor.

The Bride's Bouquet

Bride's Maid and Flower Girl Bouquets

Low Centerpieces

Tall Centerpieces



Fun Pumpkin Centerpieces

The Saturday after Thanksgiving was a busy one for me.

I had two large weddings on the opposite ends of town but we got it done and I wanted to showcase the cute, fall centerpieces we used to decorate the downtown Phoenix Radisson.

We carved the miniature pumpkins into tealights and used a grapevine wreath accented by red oak leaves and miniature roses for color and something bold for the center of the table.

Head Table

The Guest Tables

The Beautiful Peacock Wedding

Wedding Date: November 22, 2008
Location: Corona Ranch

I waited all year for Kirstin and Micah's wedding. The couple wanted something fun, different and flowers to tie into their peacock color scheme and theme.

I think the flowers turned out awesome (if I do say so myself :) ) and the pictures don't do them justice! 

We used green roses, hydrangea, blue delphinium and green hyperiecum berries for the bouquets. The centerpieces ranged in height and mixed green carnations, green hyrangea and blue Veronica. The tall centerpieces were topped with manzanita branches and trailing flowers.

Here's a small sampling of the flowers.

Bride's Bouquet

Low centerpiece

Tall Centerpiece

Gazebo Flowers

Irish Eyes are Smiling

Wedding Date: November 8, 2008

The bride wanted to showcase her Irish heritgage with flowers matching the Irish flag: green, white and orange.

We accomplished this green roses, orange freesia, orange gerbera daisies, green Yoko Ono mums, white bouvardia, and of course Bells of Ireland as tall greenery!

I love tying special touches into my design, be it a keepsake, an antique ribbon, or a bride's culture and nationality!

The Bouquets

The Ceremony Altar Pieces

Pretty In Pink

Wedding Date: November 8, 2008
Venue: The Wright House; Provencal

I love the Provencal! Of course I love the Wright House in general but this was a gorgeous wedding which used the venue to its full potential!

The bride used several shades of soft pink and the flowers ran the gammit from expensive to inexpensive. The result was full, soft, romantic touches throughout the venue. Since it was getting chilly out, some of the vegetation was loosing its luster. I popped some inexpensive pink carnations in the topiary trees flanking the buffet room. The result: blooming bushes on a budget. :)

The Bouquets

The Maid of Honor

The Bride and Her Mom

The Gazebo and Ceremony Area

"Blooming" Topiaries (See Description Above)


Hot Pink and Green

Wedding Date: November 6, 2008
Location: Inspirador, Downtown Chandler

I had the pleasure of working with Inspirador at the beginning of November. What a cool venue! I loved the outdoor patio setting and the indoor ceremony space was right up my alley.

If you want a funky, different sort of venue for a smaller wedding. This is the place.

Check it out:

But enough about them! :)

This was a very small order, bride's bouquet, groom's boutonniere, and parents' flowers. I love small, intimate weddings so I was happy to create this pink and green combination. The curly fiddlhead fern added a touch of chocolate. 

The Bride's Bouquet

The Groom's Boutonniere

The Mothers' Corsages

Historic Wickenburg

Wickenburg is the "Dude Ranch Capital of the World." It's a scenic little town, perfect for out-of-town guests looking to experience the Wild West!

On October 25, I drove to Wickenburg early in the morning and delivered a gorgeous mix of rich, fall flowers. It was a gorgeous private residence rented for the ocassion and the bright rich colors really threw a spark against the desert backdrop.

The Bouquets

The Bride's Bouquet

All the Flowers

Simple Centerpieces

The Day of the Gerbera Daisy!

I've had a crazy 2008 wedding season. Hence the lack of posts! I decided it was time to do some serious updating.

On October 11, I had the pleaure of working with daisy-crazy brides! Each had a different feel.

The first was a wedding at the Millenium resort. The fruity punchy color scheme was carried throughout the bouquets, centerpieces, cake, arch, you name it, I put gerberas on it! Each centerpiece was decorated with aluminum wire in one of three colors: red, magenta or orange to match the color scheme.

The Bouquets

The Arch

Chair Accents



My second wedding of the day took place at Shenandoah Mill. This time red gerbera daisies added a splash of color to the rustic pergola.

The Bouquets

The Pergola


Sunday, November 16, 2008

Falling in Love

Wedding Date: October 18, 2008
Venue: Gold Canyon Golf Club
Theme: Fall colors, rustic, desert touches

I loved this wedding for a number of reasons. To start, I found gigantic succulents which worked well with the bride's Arizona-themed wedding (for favors, they gave out small, planted cactus!). I also used hanging succulents in the chair accents, a new one for me.

I also loved the rich color scheme. The red sunflowers popped against the sage succulents and overall it was a great combination of fall flowers in a beautiful setting.

The bouquets consisted of red sunflowers, deep red dahlias, terracotta and leondias roses, succulents and rustic greenery. The bride's bouquet was accented by chocolate fiddlehead fern shoots.

I was able to use tiny succulents for the boutonniere and corsage work.

The Boutonnieres 

The Corsages

A guest book table treated the guest to "wishing rocks." Each guest signed a wish on a river rock using a paint pen and dropped it in the bowl. I thought this was a stupendous idea and worked so great with the whole theme.

We added some color with a tall arrangement featuring succulents, red sunflowers, dahlias and roses. This sat atop a vase lined with moss and another large succulent.

The ceremony site was nestled at the base of the Superstitions and was gorgeous! We accented her aisles with a small bouquet of red sunflowers, dahlias, succulents and cymbidium orchids. There were trailing succulents to add more desert flair.

Plus, succulents are sustainable and can be re-planted after the wedding!

Plum Perfect

Wedding Date: October 18, 2008
Venue: Red Mountain Ranch
Theme: Plum and Green, Natural and Rustic.

I love purple and green together. I myself used lavender and sage in my wedding five years ago. Purple has always been my favorite. I love working with and I love the modern combination of deep plum and chartreuse green!

The bride wanted a natural, rustic feel to her bouquets. She loved the idea of using succulents (and to those familiar with my work, so do I! :) ) and even made some of her own candle holders using mason jars and green split peas.

I used sage green hydrangea as a base and added touches of bright green with cymbidium orchids. As an accent she also used deep wine. I used dahlias for this. For her plum we used deep purple calla lilies.

Each bouquet was accented by a variety of lavender and sage succulents.

Close-Up of the Bride's Bouquet

Each bouquet was accented by a variety of lavender and sage succulents. The bridesmaids carried small, modern bouquets of purple calla lilies, green dendrobium orchids, a succulent and cymbidium orchids. Each bouquet also had a small touch of birch for texture.

The Bridesmaid Bouquets

The overall effect was a mix of modern and traditional. A great mix between the greens and plums.

The Bouquets

To match the rustic desert theme we used birch branches in tall, footed vases and attached hanging votives.
The Birch Centerpieces

The overall effect was light, natural, and stunning when used on 20 tables.