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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.


Enjoy!

{photography by Retrospect Studios}

GROOMALS:


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:

RECEPTION:

Pre-reception photo shoot with the bride and groom:

Bridesmaids:

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:
centerpieces:

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.


Bride#2:
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.