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Friday, April 30, 2010

all hail holly

Holly #3 had her bridals taken earlier this week. Actually, she was supposed to have them last week, but remember how we live in Utah and how even though it's almost May, it can be 70+ degrees one day and then raining/snowing/hailing/ugly/cloudy/nasty weather the next day? Hmmm. Well, her first scheduled time was on one of the "next day" type of days we had last week. So, her bridals had to be rescheduled for the following week. Due to the reschedule, luckily I was able to come up with something on last minute's notice that would work for her sitting bouquet. I think it turned out lovely.

I particularly loved the champagne ribbon wrap:the bouquet itself:

colors: delicate pinks, creme, soft lime
flowers used: standard roses, spray roses, viburnum, tulips, israeli ruscus

Watch for Holly + Morgan's couple spotlight soon! They are getting married in less than a month, and just wait 'til you see her wedding bouquet. It's going to be a peony filled masterpiece.

Have a great weekend!
[I know I will]

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

rachel's portrait bouquet

Rachel & Scott had their groomals taken this afternoon, and I snapped a photo of her bouquet prior to pick up. It's quite the lil' lovely.

Hope the pics went well, you two!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

sparse posting: the reason

Hey all, just wanted to apologize for the sparseness of my posting the past couple of weeks! I thought to ease your minds I'd let you in on the reason why. This will be another "getting to know the artist" moment.

I have been putting every spare moment into a project for my grandma, Orvetta Nickle. She will be turning 89 this year, and over the span of her lifetime she has written hundreds of poems and stories. The project I've undertaken is to type all of her writings and create a sort of heirloom book for my grandma and her family. The book is coming along swimmingly, but it is very time consuming! It will be a great thing for my grandmother's posterity which is now over 100 to have access such a collection of her writings.

For both organizational and ease-of-access purposes, I first created a blog where it was easy to divide everything into chapters and organize all the scans of her original handwriting as well as have a section for old photos. Let's just say the thought of making 100+ DVDs with all the digital files was daunting so I decided that a blog was the perfect way to make everything digitally accessible to any of Orvetta's posterity who wanted it.
Anyway, please feel free to take a peek at the project if you so desire. The address is:

Many of her poems give reference to flowers and to beauty in general, and one of my favorite poems is included in that mix. I thought I'd share it here. For all those with daughters, I hope you love it!

by Orvetta Nickle

I think when God formed the rose bud
And filled it with morning's dew,

When He arched the rainbow above me

And touched it with delicate hue,

When He made the freshness of springtime,

The softness of clouds above,

He thought of creating a daughter

To send to a mother to love.

For a daughter's the fragrance of summer,

That lingers the whole year through,

She's the sweetness of cherished moments

The delicate pinks and blues.

She is pure as the clear rippling waters,

The music the soft breezes play.

She borrowed her smile from the angels,

As they kissed her goodbye that day.

For there's a bit of heaven about her,

And heaven shall always be

Close to my heart - to have and to hold -

Because He sent her to me!

I'll be back to posting next week with a spotlight and a couple of portrait bouquets as two of my clients have their bridals next week.

Happy Weekend!
Post to you soon.

Monday, April 19, 2010

rachel + scott

Rachel & Scott are a couple who chose to come to consult together - just the two of them. It was clear to me that they were SO in love! They are simply adorable together.

Their wedding is coming up in a couple weeks, so I thought I'd share their couple spotlight. Thanks R + S!

Rachel + Scott
[photography by Yan Photo]

What is your favorite way to spend time as a couple?

Spending time together with family and friends when we aren't planning for the wedding.

How long did you date before getting engaged?

9 months

How did you meet?

Scott and I met our sophomore year of high school in our Pre-Calculus class. So, in case any of you out there are thinking there isn't a point to math classes....there is :) We started "working on homework" together, became the best of friends, and have loved being around each other ever since!

What has been your favorite date together?

Rachel: My favorite date was our junior year of high school, when Scott took me to Prom. In the morning, all the boys in the group made yummy breakfast for all the girls. Later that evening, we went to this beautiful park across from the Timpanogos Temple, where they had a photographer take fun/cute pictures of all of us. For dinner, the boys reserved the high school seminary building, and decorated it with white christmas lights, white linens, and rose petals....it was beautiful!! They had convinced all the seminary teachers to be our waiters and waitresses for the evening. It was so fun and creative. After dinner, the boys got up and sang "You are My Sunshine," and gave all of us red roses. We finished up the night at the dance over at Thanksgiving Point, and then......I got my first kiss on the cheek from Scott :) awww!!! I was on cloud nine.

Scott: I would have to say that our favorite date together was Prom our junior year. It was a lot of fun and we were with all of our friends in one huge group. That was when I held her hand for the first time on the way home and I kissed her goodnight on the cheek. I was so nervous but it is a night I will never forget.

What is your funniest memory as a couple?
Rachel: One memory I will always laugh about is the night that Scott and I decided to start dating exclusively. I had picked Scott up, we hung out at my house, and later started talking about how much we liked each other and wanted to date. It got to be the middle of the night and I had to get up really early for work the next day. I was so excited about everything (and tired!), I forgot that I had given Scott a ride over to my house. Right before he left, he gave me a bit of a funny look, but I didn't think anything of it. Well, the next morning when I was getting ready for work....it dawned on me. In a panic, I was thinking....how did Scott get home last night??!!! Later, he told me that he had walked home (45 minute walk!) because he felt so bad that he had kept me up late. I was so embarassed!!! But, I realized how sweet Scott was, and how much he was willing to give up his comforts to make me happy :)

The next weekend, we were having Sunday dinner with some of Scott's extended family, and they were asking me where I live. I explained how to get to my house, and without knowing what had happened, one of them asked, "How far of a walk is that?" Scott immediately piped in, "Oh, about 45 minutes!" I don't think I will ever cease to be teased about this one....

Scott: I have to say that Rachel wasn't telling the whole story about making me walk home. She forgot to mention that it happened another two times. I didn't mind though. I just wanted her to get a little extra sleep and not have to take the time to drive me home. Plus I like to think that she is looking out for my physical wellness. Thanks honey.

Friday, April 16, 2010

floral nightmares

Today's post on UBB featured a couple florists' experiences with what we've witnessed others go through that could be considered floral nightmares! I wrote up a few experiences I've seen just in the past two months. Here they are:

Foam Fiasco
Last month I was waiting for one of my friends to come out of the Salt Lake temple on her wedding day. As per usual during the spring months, there were brides here, brides there, BRIDES EVERYWHERE! And as a designer, when I saw the following bride's bouquet, it made my heart hurt. The bouquet in question was composed of white daisies, babies breath, and leather leaf. It was designed using a foam bouquet holder with the flowers sparsely placed - it was clearly not put together by a professional. Every few steps the bride took, one or two daisies would fall out of the foam and onto the ground, and then the mother of the bride would pick up the daisies and go back and try to place it back into the foam holder. What a pain! This foam fiasco was certainly one of the saddest bouquets I have ever seen.

From Hot Pink To Hot Mess
Purple is a gorgeous color, but not when you are expecting hot pink! A friend of a friend was married back in February. Her color scheme was hot-pink, black, and white. On her wedding day, after months and months of planning, her flowers were delivered to the ceremony site. To the bride's surprise, all of her flowers were a deep shade of purple! I am told that said bride subsequently burst into tears upon seeing her flowers arrive, and could not stop crying until just before the ceremony. The deep purple floral designs didn't exactly mesh with the abundance of hot pink decor. From hot pink to hot mess in an instant.

Spring Breaking My Heart
Last Thursday around 9 p.m., I received a phone call from a desperate gal, searching for someone who could create a bouquet for her by the following morning. Why the last minute-ness? Well, upon arriving to pick up her bouquet from her non-professional floral designer's house, she discovered that said florist was not home. And upon further investigation, it was learned that the florist had gone out of town with her family for Spring Break! Yep, she plum forgot about the bouquet she had agreed to create. Unfortunately for this bride (but fortunately for me - gotta love sunshine!), I too had been out of town on vacation over Spring Break, and at such late notice the night before the bouquet was needed, I was unable to assist this frantic bride in her time of need. Although I felt terrible for her situation, this was one ill-fated bride that I could not rescue. A note to her florist: you're Spring Breaking my heart!

It really does pay to hire a professional.
[And that's why I've chosen to label this post under "investment."]

Sunday, April 11, 2010

petal particulars: peony

Hello, lovelies. I'm back! After a hectic, tiring, out-of-this-world-busy March, I decided to be a stowaway for my family's spring break this past week as it was the first week in a LONG time that I wasn't swamped with a huge event. We went down to St. George and had a proverbial blast!

Anyway, I guess it's time to get back to life, back to reality, back to blogging.

I've been meaning to start this new post series for awhile, and what better time to do that than NOW?

Here's the low-down. The new series will be called, "Petal Particulars," and will feature various bloom varieties and give all the stats/details/facts of particular flower species. We'll be discussing size, available colors, seasonality, cost, style, form, texture, etc. etc., and featuring photos for inspiration. It's going to be great - a floral encyclopedia of sorts for blushing brides to be!

We will begin with a flower that is one of my personal favorites (I have many). We're talking about the Peony.

Peony photos:

the bloom:

bouquets (beginning with one of mine):



bridal party:

peony particulars:

colors: white, pink, red, magenta, burgundy, peach
local availability: April-June
size: when fully opened, up to 6-8" across. 1-2' stems
texture: fluffy! great for adding texture. tons of petals, delicate and soft
style: peonies are great for both garden-style and formal events.
cost: high
form: mass flower

photo sources: yours truly, martha stewart weddings, green wedding shoes {love this site!}, the knot, kaboodle, wedding on the brain, event jubilee.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

out of office

I will be out of office until Friday, April 9. Calls & emails will be answered at that time.

Hope you all had a happy Easter!

Wish me luck as I bask in the Southern Utah sun [fingers crossed for good weather].

P.S. Be jealous.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

UV50: an itsy bitsy preview

My camera keeps taking blurry photos! I'm so sad! It has been my trusty friend, but I think its life is coming to a bitter, blurry end. My goal over the next month is to start up with a new camera.

Anyway, that being said, the following photo is blurry. However, I'm still going to share it as a sneak peek of the event for which I designed the other night. The first of 27 table centerpieces:

The event was the UV50 Gala - an annual event which hosts the top 50 companies in UT Valley. Companies are invited based on percentage of growth, revenue, and other qualifications. It's a pretty BIG DEAL, a HUGE PARTY, and a VERY EXCITING event! More details to come soon.

Ah, you should have seen the buffet pieces. Pops of modernity and color with lots of black branches. So cool. Hopefully I'll be able to snag some photos soon! Until then...

flowers used in the centerpieces: equisetum, kale, craspedia, tulips [open by hand], spray roses, kermit pomanders, salal, tropical amazon roses, orange unique roses, stargazer lilies, curly willow [airbrushed to be black].

Thursday, April 1, 2010

april showers...

It's raining today. It snowed yesterday.


That being the case, I decided to choose this particular photo for April's "photo of the month" because it speaks Spring to me.

So here's the deal, Mother Nature: you've been teasing me with glimpses of Spring for the past several weeks. Enough with the false starts! Give me the real deal.

Happy April, everyone!

flowers used: hypericum, spray roses, gerbs, roses {two varieties}, freesia, lisianthus, israeli ruscus.

P.S. I designed for a huge corporate gala of sorts last night, the UV50. Turned out beautifully, will post a couple photos soon!