Oregon Coast Forest Boho Wedding – Oregon Coast Florist

Summer 2014 was a wedding season heavily dominated by babies breath and peach and coral flowers. So when Stephanie asked us to design her wedding flowers with a different approach, more of a Boho flavor–bold color and even beyond that, unique designs–we were eagerly anticipating the opportunity to bring Stephanie’s dream flowers to reality for her. We talked about colors and flowers that she did and didn’t like, dried pods, feathers, curly willow, cotton and other textures that appealed to her as well. Stephanie preferred more of a vertical design for her bridesmaids’ bouquets rather than the round design usually chosen. She also wanted more cascade to her bouquet than usually chosen.



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Unique Bridal Bouquet

After our discussion, we decided what flowers, berries, pods and other textures were in season or on the market at the time, and if they weren’t, what makes a perfect substitution? Stephanie also helped us out by bringing in several pictures of elements from arrangements she liked which often gives us a better idea of what the bride likes…sometimes it isn’t necessarily the entire picture, but just the colors or the flower types while sometimes it’s the feathers used or the touch of curly willow.

Bridesmaid's Bouquets

Finally, Stephanie let me know she trusted me to “go for it” and do my thing….and so I did considering the theme, the dress, the family, the bride, the groom, and all of God’s awesome and amazing abundance of the fall season flowers and textures, the chenille-like drape of amaranthus against the curling velvet, ruffled edge of the cockscomb, the grace of the pheasant feathers, wild and free curly willow, tissue paper thin petals of the compact, cupped ranunculous.  And all the berries to make it all pop:  pepperberries, privit berries and fall’s sweetheart:rosehips…can you ever get enough of such richness? Not me!

Wedding Flower Details

And I loved (LOVED) getting to design the altar arrangements around and in the light green squash.  Doesn’t it just speak of hearts overflowing???  It does to me.  Can’t wait to do something like this again – hopefully SOON!

Altar Flowers

Thank you, Stephanie and Anthony, for the opportunity to capture your love in flowers.

All images captured & provided by:  Imago Dei Photography.  To view Xiomara’s blog post and see all the lovely details of this event, click here.

This wedding was featured as one of Oregon Bride’s “Best Real Weddings of 2014.” See their feature here.

The Trilliums are blooming!

This particular plant was given to me several years ago by a friend.  I planted it on the north side of the house beside a stump, because I knew they preferred shade (even though I realize there isn’t much bright, hot sun in the spring on the Oregon Coast!)  So far this year, my plant has eight to ten blooms, but eventually it will probably have around twenty blooms – at least last year it did.  I love watching it bloom and bloom and bloom.  We are also fortunate to be able to find wild trillium in our Tillamook County forest lands.  My Trillium reminds me that the wild Lamb’s Tongue might be blooming soon, too.



All of this spring blossoming reminds me of a story that my dad told me.  Every spring when Trillium and Lamb’s Tongue bloomed, my Grandpa Jacob would venture up on the hill behind their farmhouse, where the under-brush was cleared and amongst the rotting limbs, logs and sword fern, there was a good sized patch of Lamb’s Tongue and Trillium.  My grandfather would pick a small bouquet and bring it home for my Grandma Wilma to enjoy on her kitchen table.

I’ve always like this story, because it seemed so out of character for my Grandpa Jacob.  One wouldn’t have guessed that he was a romantic at heart.  He was a very hard working & successful farmer with a pretty gruff and hard exterior.  He was direct (no small talk).  But as his granddaughter, I did know another side to his seemingly rough exterior.  He did take the time out of his “sun up to down down” day to “stop and smell the roses.”  He loved nature and appreciated the woods, including it’s wildlife and wild flowers.

What is extra special about this story, is that the blooming season is short and you could easily miss out because it’s still cold and not much else is blooming.  He always took the initiative this time of year to go find the blooms, knowing that my grandma would love them particularly in this dreary, wet season.  He was thinking of what she would love – some wild flowers:  Trillium and Lamb’s Tongue for his one true love!


“Surviving is important, but thriving is elegant.”  ~Maya Angelou

Star Magnolia

Spring seems to sit well with my dancing lady.  How could you not with Star Magnolia as your backdrop?  And the fragrance?  Heavenly.

One would never know what she’s endured this winter by looking at her now – rain, hail, snow, and even wind that flipped her onto the muddy ground at one point.  (ever had one of THOSE days?)  But, it didn’t matter, because she’s not only a survivor – she THRIVES elegantly.



Blooming Branches

Three forsythia shrubs in our yard are work-horses for me this time of year as far as providing height to bouquets and a bright yellow texture for winter/spring arrangements.  Closer to Easter, forsythia can be used to form basket “handles” for basket arrangements.

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Forsythia takes me back to college days, specifically my freshman year at Willamette University in Salem.  I was a fish-out-of-water there, struggling, ill-prepared for the rigor of a private university.  Usually 10 chapters (at least) behind in my reading, papers due, test tomorrow…Yes, your basic freshman nightmare!

Continuing my quest to avoid study, I walked downtown Salem to the local florist and bought a huge bunch (branches were at least 4-5 feet tall) of budded forsythia.  I lugged these back to my dorm room and placed in a bucket of water.  It did wonders for my mental health to bring nature in!  The bright yellow branches bloomed for several weeks in my institutional green cement-walled dorm room.

I don’t even remember the eventual test grade, the reading subject or what my paper was about.  I only remember the forsythia and how it helped me in the winter of 1974, and yes, it is still a favorite of mine!

You can often find a similar bunch of forsythia branches in the front window of my shop this time of year.

You can often find a similar bunch of forsythia branches in the front window of my shop this time of year.

What’s on your table? – Oregon Coast Florist – Flowers for the Home

Everyone needs flowers.  Of course, since I am a flower person, I’ve always believed it, but there are actually studies that prove it to be true!  The studies have actually proven that the presence of flowers improves attitudes and increases productivity, which is a very good thing!  In Style magazine cites a Harvard Medical School study telling readers about the emotional health benefits of flowers: “Surround yourself with flowers. There’s a very compelling reason to have beautiful blooms around at all times….research proves that flowers in the home or workplace creates more enthusiasm around your daily activities.”

Calla lilies don't require any greens or much fuss to arrange.  Simply cut from the bush and place in vase!

Calla lilies don’t require any greens or much fuss to arrange. Simply cut from the bush and place in vase!


Sunflowers are perfect for a Independence Day gathering.  The yellow makes the flags pop!

Sunflowers are perfect for a Independence Day gathering. The yellow makes the flags pop!

I like to keep flowers on the kitchen table, like my grandma always did and my mother still does.  Flowers provide a conversation piece, something to contemplate, something to be enjoyed and even to be amazed at!  For example,  right now even in the wind, rain, hail and snow – in spite of it all – the pretty pink, crepe papery camelias still are brave enough to show their happy faces polka-dotting the shrub as if to say, “you aren’t raining on my parade!”


Dahlias are one of the best things about summer.  Clip them from the stem and enjoy long lasting, bold color.

Dahlias are one of the best things about summer. Clip them from the stem and enjoy long lasting, bold color.


So, what’s on your table?