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Friday, January 23, 2009

{allie and jeff}

I have known Allie my entire life, and I just love her. She and Jeff were married on November 6, 2008. They are such a cute couple, as you will see from this post.
Are you ready for a photo overload? You can't say I didn't warn you... enjoy!

The girls.
Outside the Timpanogos Temple, aka the location of my wedding someday. Beautiful!Quite possibly my favorite bouquet- I love vibrant colors!

I told you they're a cute couple!
Doesn't Allie just look so happy?
One of my favorite pics.
Jeff's boutonniere.
Close up of the cake @ the reception.
Mother of the bride, Lori. How I love this woman! This shows the true Lori- I swear she is always cracking up!*photography by bryant livingston*

The following are a couple of my own shots from the big day:

The centerpieces.

The cake.Hope you guys loved it!

Friday, January 16, 2009

{you guessed it!}

Good job, ladies! The 'matchy matchy' movie is indeed Return to Me. Ah. I adore this movie. And apparently so do a handful of you!

And let's not forget to include one of Gracie in her flower garden- a woman after my own heart. Love!

Alright alright. Enough with the movie pics. Ya'll probably want to know who won, huh?

And the winner is.........
What are the odds of drawing my only relative who submitted a guess? Well, apparently the odds were pretty good. I suppose to prevent the appearance of bias, I'll draw TWO names instead of just one so that a non-relative will win as well. We're equal opportunity prize givers here at Blossom Sweet. :)

And the second winner is.........
Jen (The Sauls Family)!

Congrats ladies- you will both get a 'sweet surprise'.

Thanks for your votes everyone!

P.S. I'm thinking of starting a series of occasional giveaways on the blog. What do you guys think of the idea?

P.S.S. Feel free to comment even if you don't know me- I'd love to know who's looking! Let's be friends. :)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

{leave your guess for a chance to win!}

Last week we had our second floral design enrichment class. It went well and everyone did a great job! My ward is full of FABULOUS sisters.
I taught how to present flowers as a gift without having to buy a vase. This presentation technique uses wrapping or tissue paper, cellophane, and ribbon. The arrangements are free standing and in water, but no vase is required! So fun.

Thanks to two of the attendees, Tracy and Rashae, for dressing alike- it really adds a lot to the picture. ha ha

"Matchy matchy {stripes} squared!"*

That quote comes from one of my all time FAVORITE movies.
Who knows which movie I'm talking about? Leave your guess in the comments section. I'll wait to publish all the comments until the end of the contest... that way until then you won't be able to see the other guesses!
Whoever guesses correctly will be entered in a drawing for a sweet surprise!

*the actual movie quote is, "Matchy matchy green squared!"

Sunday, January 11, 2009


I have been so anxious to get the pictures from this beautiful bride's November wedding- and I think the time is near! Here's a sneak peak. Watch for the full post soon... I think you will love all the pics!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

{mandatorily reflective- my official new year's post}

Happy New Year everyone! I can't believe it is 2009. The past year feels that it has gone by so fast, but at the same time it felt like it would never end! How is that even possible?

I'm excited for 2009. I went back and read my journal from this time last year, which was about one week before I returned from my mission "in the state of GEORGIA!". This is why I'm grateful for journals- because I had written about a conversation I had with my companion on New Year's Eve that I had completely forgotten about until now. Here's an excerpt from January 1, 2008:

"...Last night neither Sister Stokes or I could fall asleep so we laid
awake talking in our room. She asked me what my 'new year's resolution' was. I thought about it for a minute and then I said, 'Well, in my life so far, 2007 has been the best year overall. My goal is to make 2008 even better'..."

So like I said, I had completely forgotten that I even said that until a couple of weeks ago. And that's pretty sad when you don't even remember your big resolution! I figure that since I forgot about it until 2008 was over, I may as well transfer it to 2009! As far as I know that's kosher. :)

So there you have it.

And so far so good! I had a great birthday last Sunday- my 24th! As I've been saying the last little while knowing that this 'milestone' was coming, "It's the last year one box of candles will be enough!" That's right folks. It happened. I am two dozen.
I have a feeling that my 24th year will be superb. I'm ready to OWN my 24th year! I really do have a feeling that it will be the 'best year of my life so far'.

HAPPY 2009!

Friday, January 2, 2009

{alex and brian}

Alex and Brian were married on December 30th- my final event of 2008. It was a good way to finish out the year! Alex is completely adorable. Even though she was having a winter wedding, she hoped for yellow flowers because they are her absolute favorite. And I was fully supportive of her love of yellow even in December- when it's your wedding you should do what you love!

The remainder of the pics in this post are my own shots. 'Real' photos to come soon! Enjoy!

Lovin' it, lovin' it.
I had to get some shots of the bouquet in the beautiful snow outside my house. Lovely.

I loved the details that made even yellow flowers look 'wintery'. Cedar for the greenery, pine cones throughout the design, chocolate brown branches... what's not to love?

I think it looks very appropriate for a winter wedding. And the icy snow is fitting since Alex and Brian are quite the snow bunnies- they went snowboarding in CO for their honeymoon!

Each centerpiece was a collage of three vases wrapped in ribbon and gold wire, and also featured pine cones all throughout. Good design is in the details, darling.
And p.s., I was digging the 'tent feel' on the ceiling.