Floral Crowns for a Woodland Wedding Wonderland

I have eight nieces, and so naturally, they call on me when a wedding date is set in stone.  Four down, four to go!  Maddie made her plans to be married in Yakima, Washington in late April.  A beautiful six hour drive up the Columbia Gorge, then turning inland for some awesome, breathtaking scenery of rolling hills and many windmills.   Sometimes it’s more enjoyable to attend a wedding than to be transporting and keeping cool a load of flowers (along with three kids and luggage) and so I suggested to Maddie that she work with a local florist in Yakima and promised her my feelings would NOT be hurt!  After 16 years in the floral business, I was looking forward to showing up and enjoying the day and not “working.”

BUT…a few weeks before the wedding, she called me and just felt that floral crowns were absolutely necessary and she asked if mom would be willing to design them and if I’d be willing to transport them.  This was a little easier of a task to tackle (as far as the transport) but mom will be the first to let you know that they are no small feat to design.  VERY intricate, tedious and time consuming work.  But hopefully from the pictures, you can see that they were very worth it the effort.  As the bride said in her timely thank you note, “they were the icing on the cake.”  And I agree!

Custom designed and sized, they were designed with roses, ranunculus, privet berries on a base of seeded eucalyptus, these crowns lended that final touch to the mossy, woodland wedding theme.

Floral crowns, along with garlands, are being requested by our brides over and over this season.  Stepping away from the traditional veil and going with something a little more earthy is definitely what they are asking for.  We are happy to oblige, as who can argue with more flowers?  More flowers and greenery is ALWAYS the right choice!

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Mountaintop Anniversary

I couldn’t help but smile at those two darling dogs, and the shoot wasn’t even all about them!!!! Courtney, of Courtney Ess Photography, asked me to help her with floral pieces for an anniversary shoot taking place in a local mountaintop location. What a perfect, perfect day of weather it turned out to be for an anniversary shoot of a wedding we designed the florals for several years ago.  Courtney wanted to have a bouquet, dog collars and a couple other pieces she could use as backdrops.


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At first I was thinking of ordering flowers in from my wholesalers, but then walked outside the other evening in our yard and gardens, and it hit me: I can use “stuff” from here!!!! Why not? It’s in the mountains, the Northwest, outdoors—we all have the finest to choose from right out our door, right here in Tillamook, Oregon. These are the greens and flowers people from everywhere else, yearn for!!! I started looking around and the Oregon Grape, vine maple, huckleberry and blooming thimble-berry with its delicate white flowers-would work perfectly as a backdrop to a few flowers. The sword fern and deer fern, with its curly que tops give another whimsical look and texture. I wondered though if it would all hold and not wilt once picked since some of the greens are so newly emerging from this LONG winter. I tested it overnight, and had only one issue. This may seem really weird to most, but there were some huge Man-in the Ground vines (a pungent weed that takes over large areas in a rain forest)BUT, it would make a cool viney looking thing draping from a bouquet with it’s feather feelers and little white stephonotis-looking flowers—or so I thought! I was secretly thinking how funny this would be to make it into a bridal publication with this big ‘ol weed! But, it wilted overnight so I knew it wasn’t going to work. I found some other grass, as well as the smaller deer fern and hoped Kathryn didn’t have allergies. Blooming profusely right now flower-wise were little lavender bachelor buttons and lupine. We have all shades, and while it probably isn’t the variety found in the mountain, I decided it was close enough and would give the bouquet a different structure and some color. Usually our foxgloves are blooming by now, but only the white ones were budded and looking photo-worthy so I picked a big bunch of those for a vase arrangement along with the vine maple as filler.

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I thought about walking up the hill to see if I might be able to find some bleeding hearts or other flower—even down by the creek—they grow under the shade there, but we have a resident bear—a huge bear making himself comfortable in our field, so didn’t feel like seeing him face to face and nixed that idea.

Courtney’s only request was to have roses or dahlias, but the dahlias were two inches out of the ground, so I ordered in one bunch of a white garden roses to give the bouquet a more wedding/anniversary feel. Other than the roses and the seeded eucalyptus on the dog collars, it was a foraged floral shoot! And I loved the process and the end results too!!!! And those two darling dogs looking all anniversary-like.


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