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Monday, December 28, 2009

best of 2009

As 2009 nears its end, I've had the opportunity to take time to reflect on the past year here at Blossom Sweet. I'll tell you what, it has been stellar! In the past year, business has grown exponentially, and the momentum continues to gain speed. I can't wait to see what 2010 has in store - it is an exciting time!

I can't properly do a 2009 reflection post without thanking the wonderful people I have worked with this year. Thank you to Elizabeth, Stephanie, Yvonne, Whitney, Faith, Annette, Deb, Alexis, Michele, Alan, Tyler, Desi, Karen, Caitlin, Leslie Nelson, Camille, Rachelle, Heidi, Hope, Jessica & Tep, Lindsey, Melissa, Zach, Mickelle, Margaret, Natalia, Elise, Troy & Tracy, Steve & Melanie, Utah Bride Blog, Utah Valley Bride Mag, and last but not least, all of the Blossom Sweet fans and followers. You are wonderful! 2009 simpy could have been the same without you. Thank you, thank you!

In honor of a great year, I've created a slideshow featuring a compilation of some of my 2009 favorites. Enjoy!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

merry {belated} christmas!

I hope you all had a great holiday.
I create a "Names of The Savior" arrangement every year at Christmastime which is the focal piece in my entryway hall. I know that my snapshots aren't the best, but you can at least get the idea.
for more Christmas decor photos, see my personal blog.Watch for more posts & updates soon! And again, MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

darling jessica

My dear, darling, and disgustingly gorgeous friend, Jessica, was married this summer and just sent me over some of her beautiful photos. She and Tep were married in the Bountiful Temple and had their reception at The Point in Salt Lake.


{photography by Retrospect Studios}


First off, I just want to share a couple of photos showcasing how cute the bride and groom are together {you know, seeing as I totally heart them and all}. Jess & Tep:

The bride's bouquet & the groom's bout. Love.

One of my favorite images:


Pre-reception photo shoot with the bride and groom:


Cake table:

Oh, and just for kicks and giggles, I'm going to share this lovely shot once more:
And for your cinematic viewing pleasure, please enjoy the "J & P Preshoot" - Jess and Tep's wedding video shot by the amazingly talented David Perry. Seriously, you're gonna want to see this:

J + P Preshoot from David Perry on Vimeo.

Now wasn't that just stunning? See, I told you.

And finally, the following three photos of the centerpieces were posted back in June and I want to be sure to state that they were taken by yours truly rather than the photographer.

Love you, Jess dear! Thanks again for the fab photos.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

melt my cold cold heart

Heidi and Josh were married Friday morning in the Draper Temple and while it was beautiful, like I said in the previous post, it was absolutely FREEZING!

I have known Heidi for quite sometime; we were mission companions. We were only together for her final six weeks on the mission, but we were instant friends and had so much fun together. I just love her to death. I was able to attend her wedding ceremony at the temple and it was a great day. And she looked beautiful!

It was kind of fun for me to be able to be a guest at the wedding because I got to take a bunch of photos. I posted this photo yesterday to give you a taste of what was to come:And without further ado, here are the rest of my photos. Enjoy!

bride and groom:

bride's bouquet:
groom's bout:

toss/bouquet for second reception in Southern Utah tonight:
Ah, love this photo of Heidi because she looks so happy. It simply melts my heart- my cold cold heart.
Love you, darling. Happy honeymooning.

Friday, December 11, 2009

sneakity peekity

Heidi's wedding was today. Twas freezing. But in a picturesque sort of way.

Sneak peek of her fabulous bouquet:
Loved the flowers, love her.
Watch for more from this blessed event soon!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

soundtrack of the season

Ooh boy, guys. Christmas is in just two short weeks! It comes the same time every year, so why is it that it always seems to sneak up on me?

Well, in honor of the holiday season, I've created a playlist and want to share it with you. It's a great mixture of old classics and new goodies. If nothing else, it's good background music on your computer while working. Simply push "play." Hope you like it!

Friday, December 4, 2009

more money, less problems

I live in Utah Valley, so as can be expected in this area of the world, frugality is preached and frugality is practiced. But, let me put this out there: is choosing to spend the extra dollar always a bad thing? I can attest to the fact that when it comes to wedding flowers, when you hire an event florist you will pay a little more money, and by so doing, you will also experience a lot less problems.

I want to share the experiences of two real brides with you (said brides will remain nameless). These two brides chose to err on the side of penny-pinching when it came to their wedding flowers and what they got was STRESS, STRESS, STRESS! Truly. Read on.Bride #1:
This past August, Bride #1 was married. She had decided in her wedding planning to forgo hiring a professional floral designer and go with the "Costco option" instead, meaning that she would order flowers from Costco, pick them up herself the day prior to her wedding, and then put the arrangements together herself that night. Oh boy, here we go...

So, the morning before her wedding day, Bride #1 goes into Costco to pick up her flowers. But, guess what? Costco doesn't guarantee flower or color options! Did you know that? Sadly, Bride #1 didn't know that. Therefore, although her colors were shades of lavender and chartreuse, the flowers that came in were hot pink.

I got a call from Bride #1 at 4:15 pm the day prior to her wedding. Although I knew nothing of her wedding or flowers, she found my number and called in desperate search of lavender blooms. I had finished a consultation a few minutes before her call, so I was available to assist in her time of need and pick up some purple flowers before the wholesaler closed at 5:00 pm.

She was so grateful and told me that she had spent her entire day going to three Costco stores, as well as to every flower shop she could find, and none of them had the correct hue in stock. Call me crazy, but is that really how you want to spend the day before your wedding? This is just one reason why investing in a professional is worth every penny.

I held a consultation with Bride #2 (along with her mother) for her Spring wedding. She had a beautiful flower vision- excellent color, blossom, and style choice. However, a few weeks after the consult, Bride #2 decided to pocket her allocated floral budget, and go with an option of having her sister-in-law do the wedding flowers instead. Bride #2 said that, "She doesn't know anything about flowers and hasn't ever had any experience with floral design, but she said she would do it for free and I bet she'll do a pretty good job." Hmmm...

Fast forward to the day prior to her wedding. At the time, I was not only a floral designer but an interior designer as well. While I was at work that day, in rushed a frantic, obviously at the end of her rope, stressed to the maximum Mother of the Bride. Let me remind you, this was the very day prior to the upcoming wedding. The mother (who didn't recognize me) with tears in her eyes said to me, "Do you sell ribbon here? I've been to every store in the valley and I can't find any sheer black ribbon. My daughter is getting married tomorrow and I need sheer black ribbon for her bouquet! Please tell me you have some!" I told her that while we did sell a limited selection of ribbon, we did not have any black ribbon at the time. I gave her suggestions of where to find some, but to no avail. Every suggestion came with a response of, "I already tried there." She left with her head hanging down.

Sad day for Bride #2! She learned the hard way that even when "getting flowers for free," there is still a high price to be paid: STRESS. Is it worth amateur design and a wedding filled with unnecessary drama to not spend a buck? You decide.

Do you want to be stressed out the day before your wedding? No? Well, then don't attempt to do your own wedding flowers- don't even think about it.

Remember: a little bit MORE MONEY, a lot LESS PROBLEMS.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

mark + mickelle

Mark and Mickelle were married in June and I received their photos this week. I'm excited to share them with you!
{As you may remember, I posted a few of my snapshots of the event this summer and you can see that post here}

Temple shot:
The bouquet:

Bride & Bridesmaids {heart these photos!}:
Groom & Groomsmen:

The entire bridal party:Sisters:
Bride & Groom- a fitting end to the post:Thanks for the photos!

Friday, November 27, 2009

just as i suspected

Thanks to everyone who voted in the "favorite bouquet" poll. The results are in, and they turned out just exactly as I suspected- good work! I'm looking forward to seeing these bouquets in print in the Bride Magazine that comes out in about a month.

Here are the poll results:

First Place: 19 votes (50%)
champagne indulgence
Second Place: 10 votes (26%)
fresh vibrance
Third Place: 9 votes (23%)
luscious fall Again, thanks for voting! Be sure to watch for a great wedding post very soon- I just received Mickelle's professional wedding photos and they look great! Check out this post from her wedding back in June to revisit my photos from the big day and to get a reminder & general idea of the post to come shortly!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

"my business is to create"

I'm out of town right now and will be for the remainder of the week, but I have a spare moment to post, so I thought I'd go right ahead and do it. :)

Last night I watched one of my all-time favorite movies- "P.S. I Love You." Oh how I love it! I've seen it so many times, but it never gets old. It's that good.During one of my favorite parts of the movie, Hilary Swank's character is describing her love for creativity and art and says, "My business is to create."

A woman after my own heart, I'd say! Not only is my business (literally) to create, but, like it has always said in the "about me" section of this blog, "I find so much joy in creativity, and being in the business of wedding & event floral artistry provides me with a great outlet for my passion to create."

Well, as you know, 'tis the season to be filled with gratitude, and this year I am filled to the brim. I am so grateful for the creative talents which I have been given and for my love of creativity in all its forms. I owe my gratitude to God for giving me this most wonderful gift- the desire to create!

I feel that in the spirit of being reflective & grateful, it is appropriate to share the following clip. It is always available for viewing on the sidebar of my personal blog, and it is something that I love and believe in with all my heart:

I hope that all of you have a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving. I am so grateful for you!

Have a fantastic holiday!

P.S. I Love You.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

vote, s'il vous plait

The 2010 Advertising year is quickly approaching, and I recently completed my ad design for Utah Valley Bride Magazine. I'm excited for the four upcoming 2010 issues, the first of which will debut in six weeks or so. Be sure to check them out when the time comes!

{I'm not going to reveal my actual ad yet...but look forward to it soon!}

I thought I'd at least share the magazine's photos of a few of my bouquets which will be featured in the "flowers" section of the magazine; I am having three bouquets showcased in addition to my full-page ad. Just for fun, I'm curious to see which of the three photos elicits the best response. What better way to do that than with a poll like we had last year?

Please vote for the photo you like best in the poll located in the top left-hand corner of the blog. I already know which bouquet is my favorite- but I can't wait to see what all you darlings think. Merci beaucoup!

#1: fresh vibrance

#2: luscious fall
#3: champagne indulgence

Thursday, November 12, 2009

nuptial nook- gypsophila

As a designer, there is a certain aesthetic I embody. Due to that aesthetic, I have never once used gypsophila (commonly known as baby's breath) in any of my designs- it is just not my cup of tea.

However, I'd be willing to give in and make an exception for the following designs, which, believe it or not, I actually think are quite lovely.

Gypsophila rules of thumb:

  • vast quanities
  • simple arrangements
  • on its own
Centerpieces: although this particular photo isn't geared toward wedding design per se, it showcases the fact that used on it's own and in vast quantities , gypsophila has potential to provide a sort of understated charm. {source: Martha Stewart}Bouquet: Simply, softly, delicately lovely. Of today's featured concepts, this is certainly my personal favorite. {source: Real Simple}
Decor: With blooms this small, it would take rather large quantities to amount any sort of worthwhile statement, but the result is definitely worth it. {source: The Brides Cafe}
{I thought about including a few photos of baby's breath used in the WRONG way in designs (there would be so many to choose from!), but I erred on the side of caution and decided to spare you the intense visual distress} :)

These designs go to show that used in the right way & with the right designer, even the most cliche bloom can become classy and beautiful.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

shake your tail feather

Hope and Trey were married last Thursday, and I figured that with the fact that they are ballroom dance partners along with the fact that the major design element of their wedding was feathers, a title of "shake your tail feather" would be very fitting. :)

This was Hope's bridals bouquet posted awhile back: And here are a couple shots I got of her wedding bouquet from last week (it was unfortunately all I had time to get photos of!). She wanted something asymmetrical & different, with lots of feathers and textural elements:
Loved your spunky style, Hope. And I hope that you loved everything!

Design elements: eggplant callas; thistle; smokebush; lime callas; lily grass; peacock, black, and pheasant feathers; turquoise pin & wire handle treatment; black satin ribbon.

Friday, October 30, 2009

spooky, spooky, take a looky

Happy Halloween, everyone! Hope you have a "spooktacular" holiday.

Photos 1,2,3:

  • 1,3. the pumpkins on my front porch- do you dig the stand the big pumpkin is on? I used a couple of those stands for my flower-pots this Spring/Summer, and once Fall came around I decided to use them for my pumpkins. So cute!
  • 2. I took photo #2 in my own bedroom; I have an orange wall behind my bed! Love it. The arrangement was Ali's giveaway prize- a cute Halloween arrangement. Hope you loved it, Al!
Design Elements: fabric wrapped vase, green wire wrap, black feathers, black curly willow, hydrangea, lily grass, & (oh-so-Halloween-appropriate) SPIDER MUMS!

I'm going to a huge Halloween party tomorrow & I'm really excited about my costume. If it looks cool I'll post some pics next week. :)

Also, Hope and Trey were married yesterday; I didn't have time to get many photos but I did get a couple of the bouquet and I'll tell you what- it was COOL. Very artsy/funky. And feathery! Watch for that post next week as well.

And, last but not least, this photo of Allie's bouquet from her fabulous wedding last year was featured today on Utah Bride Blog in their fall/Halloween floral post. Check out the UBB post here!
Happy Halloween!