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Sunday, June 27, 2010

a little lake called powell: out of office

Time for another "getting to know the artist" moment.

But before I get started, let me say that as of early tomorrow morning, I will be out of office and out of reach for the entirety of next week. I will have zero access to email, and very limited access to voicemail. If you do call, please be sure to leave a message otherwise I will have no way of knowing that you were trying to get ahold of me. Just know that I will get back to you by Monday the 6th.

And now, let me give you the WHY as to my absence:

For many, many moons, my family has gone to Lake Powell for a week of beach camping over the week of the 4th of July. Oh! How I love it!

Usually, we go with several other families and create what we affectionately refer to as "Tent City."

Exhibit A:
Last year, our tent city was the most massive yet - we had about 50 people in our camping party! What an absolute blast!

This year, our party is a little smaller - I'm pretty sure that due to some pregnancies, babies, missions, surgeries, etc., that most of our peeps can't come for this year's outing. They will be missed! But, I think it will be super-fun to spend time with just the fam + a couple close friends.

Haven't been to Lake Powell? Really? Sad day for you! It's gorgeous, peaceful, and so much fun - a piece of heaven on earth.

At Powell, there's a lot of this going on:


Tons of this:


And a lot of this:


A pinch of this:


And a smidgen of Classic Powell moments like this:


Looks fun, huh?!

Finally, here are a selection of photos we took during last year's trip - photos that merely scratch the surface of how beautiful Powell really is:


Peace out, Provo.

See you on the 6th.

Friday, June 25, 2010

the art of the bud vase

Have you ever gotten a bouquet of flowers from the supermarket or - gasp - Costco and wanted to take that un-arranged bouquet and take it from nothing special to something spectacular? How do you do it?

we'll call it the art of the bud vase.


I had ten peonies the other day - no greenery, no other flowers - just peonies. I wanted those ten peonies to make a statement, and I wanted each of them to have their individual moments in the sun with room to bloom. So, I decided to break out the bud vases.

Here's the result:


Now, a few days later, each of the peonies have bloomed to full capacity and they look gaga-gorgeous! With just ten simple stems, I was able to create a large, stunning, understated centerpiece which has gracefully added color and fine design to our dining area.

Anyone can buy these particular bud vases at Walmart for under $2 each. This arrangement took ten stems, ten vases. Never know how to make those supermarket bouquets look good? Keep a collection of bud vases on hand and you'll never fail. Just remember the ratio of:

1 vase : 1 bloom

Pretty simple? Pretty simply gorgeous!

Monday, June 21, 2010

lesson 1, lesson 2

Last night was Aaron & Amy's big event - and it went off without a hitch. My oh my was it ever gorgeous! Absolutely stunning - the biggest Blossom Sweet wedding to date (slightly larger than Elizabeth's Park City extravaganza last summer). I learned a couple of things last night, and I'd love to share them with you:

LESSON 1:

As this event was such a huge undertaking, this Blossom Sweet blogger is plum wore out - even a day later. When I returned home at 12:30 am last night from striking (cleaning up) the event, my feet hurt so bad that I could hardly walk!

{Note to self: DON'T WEAR FLATS for a wedding that takes so much time to design, set up, and take down - no matter how much cuter they look than ugly tennis shoes.}

For future reference, let me illustrate this point to make myself remember:

DON'T {even though I love a cute pair of flats!}:

DO {even though I would never wear these . . . just illustrating a point. And let me say the velcro really drives the point home!}:
That was my first lesson I wanted to share with you from last night. Now, on to the second.

LESSON 2:

As my trusty-rusty assistant was helping me clean up, I said to her upon trying to load a large, heavy antique door into the vehicle which was already approaching full capacity (we were not succeeding terribly well at this particular feat), "You know, this is when a husband would really come in handy."

{Note to self: find a husband - one of the strong, brawny variety who likes to lift heavy things - preferably before your next big event. Oh, and who loves you - optional.}
Weddings. The school of florist life.

Good night!

*And might I add, a special THANKS to my assistants Leslie and Melanie for your work which was perfection. Thank you, thank you!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

amy + aaron

Amy and Aaron are getting married this coming Saturday. To say that I am excited for their event would be the understatement of the century. I am beyond ecstatic! I have never been so excited about any design concept - I simply cannot wait! It's going to be faaaabulous.

I met Amy several months ago. I first received an email from her telling me that she had asked her sister-in-law about what vendors she liked and didn't like for her wedding which took place in 2008. When it came to flowers, her sis-in-law said,


"I had [so and so] do the flowers for my wedding, but - had I known about them -
I WISH I would have hired Blossom Sweet."
. . .


Well, what a compliment! Thank you!

Ever since our initial consultation, I feel that Amy and I just hit it off. Stylistically, personality-wise, etc., we are a superb match for this floral endeavor. I've told Amy this before - and I'm truly serious - she is "the client of dreams." It's been an absolute pleasure to work with Amy on this event. I even was able to attend her bridal shower! How great is that? Told you - fantastic client. She meets - and sets - the quota for this blog series labeled under "clientele extraordinaire."

So let's get to the spotlight, shall we? Yes, let's.

Amy + Aaron
[photography by Mallory Wilkes - new site coming soon!]


1. How did you meet?

Aaron and I have had an amazing, unique way about meeting each other. We both took a shot in the dark and joined e-harmony. He had been a member for a few months before I joined. After only 2 weeks of me being a member we were “matched” on August 8th, 2009 and he chose to “communicate” with me. E-harmony is special in that it matched you with people that are compatible on 25 different dimensional areas. We have so many similarities and yet enough differences to keep things interesting. It did not take long for us to realize we were a perfect fit. We talked for about a month before we finally had our first date on September 19th, 2009. Our first date felt like we had known each other for forever and it was plain to see we were going to be a couple from that day on.

Blossom Sweet Note: Amy + Aaron are actually NOT my first clients to have met via the realm of online dating. Seems to be working for quite a few couples!

2. How did he propose?

Aaron is very smart and sneaky! The day he proposed was Wednesday, November 25, 2009. It was the day before Thanksgiving Break and I was at school teaching my little first graders. Aaron called me at lunch to see how my day was going and was asking me if I was going to take my class to the computer lab after lunch. I thought it was strange and wondered why it was so important for him to know. I didn’t think much of it however, being the naive person that I am. I said goodbye to him and rounded up my class to take up to the computer lab. As I was walking down the hall I saw the principal look at me and turn around back towards the office. I thought it was strange, but kept on walking. My class and I were in the computer lab for about 10 minutes when my principal came in filming my class and me. Again I thought it was out of the ordinary but just went with it. A few minutes later the door opened and in walked Aaron holding a beautiful bouquet of pink roses and wearing a big smile on his face. I was in absolute shock and completely caught off guard. He started walking towards me and handed me the roses. Then he got down on one knee and took out a little gray box. He opened it up and said, “Amy will you marry me?” I always thought I would cry when I got engaged, but I was too busy laughing in shock and amazement! I said YES of course and we hugged and my class giggled and applauded for us. My class was so cute about the whole thing and begged us to share a smooch! To this day my class talked about Aaron like he is a celebrity and will always remember the day I became engaged. It was a very creative and plotting way to get engaged. Aaron is very good at keeping me on my toes and surprising me, which I love!

3. Describe your favorite aspects of your relationship?

There are so many “favorites” on this one! We see eye to eye on so many things! We have been pretty relaxed and comfortable with each other since we first started talking. We just love being in each other’s company. We are content just snuggling next to each other and not necessarily doing anything or going anywhere. Our close friends and family say that we act as if we have already been married for years! We are open and honest with each other and have never been afraid to discuss difficult or uncomfortable matters.

4. What is the most romantic date you have been on as a couple?

The two of us would agree that the most romantic date was September 26th, 2009 when we went four wheeling up a huge mountainside. The view was absolutely breathtaking! We were facing each other on the four-wheeler when we reached the top with our helmets on and our hands intertwined. There is something about being in nature and feeling the rush of a rapidly moving four-wheeler under your feet that makes you experience a natural high, add a boy to that and the butterflies start to fly!

5. What is the most fun or original date you have been on as a couple?
For us we would both agree the four wheeling date. It was my first experience on one and it was something Aaron really enjoyed doing. It was fun experiencing one of his passions with him and needless to say I was impressed with how safe he made me feel while still letting me feel “the rush.”

6. When was the moment that you realized you were in love?

It was September 26th, 2009. I actually felt that I loved him before we embarked on our four wheeling adventure. I was afraid of what I was experiencing because it happened fast and hit me quickly! The feeling only intensified over the course of the day and I was relieved when he told me he loved me that same day! We were back from a fun filled day of four wheeling and were just unwinding at the dinner table. We were facing each other and looking into each other’s eyes and Aaron whispered that he loved me. I did not hesitate to tell him I loved him too!

7. What are your favorite qualities about each other?

Aaron: She is kind, caring, loving, clean and organized, always thinking about me, and she has an amazing ability to make me feel like I’m the most important thing that ever happened.

Amy:
He is so selfless; he always has my best interest in mind with a desire to provide for my needs and wants. He constantly does small, thoughtful things that exemplify his love for me. He is a romantic, he is SMART and an amazing problem solver. He is able to think outside the box, which I stand in awe of all the time! He loves me for me and makes me feel like I am the specialist, most beautiful girl in the world! I could go on for days….


8.What has been the best part about engagement? The hardest part?

The best part of our engagement is that it has given us time to really get to know each other on so many different levels. It has also allowed me to get to know his family on deeper levels since I spent most weekends up in Idaho. The hardest part without a doubt was the distance and constant traveling back and forth from Salt Lake to Idaho or from Idaho to Salt Lake every weekend. The whole experience was very exhausting, time consuming, costly, and most importantly heart wrenching to only spend 2 days together before parting for a week at a time.

Thanks so much for agreeing to be spotlighted, A + A! It's been so great to work with you, Amy, and gain not only a client most marvelous, but a new friend as well. See you Saturday - can't wait!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

dahlias schmalias

I just got back from my annual family reunion (so great!) and I'm plum tuckered out, but I promised a post today, so said promised post you will get!

Tyler & Hilda entered the realm of "Mr. & Mrs." a few weeks ago - the day prior to my Californian hiatus to be exact (tear, I miss the sun, tear). I was able to snap a few shots of the bridal party floral which I loved. Enjoy!


There were many, many ceremony pomanders (that I do not have photos of, naturally), but I will just tell you that they were a level of adorable which was to die for. Does that make up for no photos? Okay, good. Just checking. :)

Special thanks to my models, Justin & Caitlyn for posing ever-so-graciously. Pros, I tell ya. Thanks, thanks!

Colors: black, white, & pool (aka a softer version of turquoise)

Flowers used: giant/gorgeous dahlias, peonies, button mums, fringe tulips, queen anne's lace, lisianthus, israeli ruscus, variegated lily grass

Ah, and now I wish I was going to bed. But, alas, I must get ready for an evening up the canyon which will include a bonfire, friends, s'mores, and ghost stories extraordinaire. Oh yeah, and frigid temps, even though it's ... JUNE! Thank you, my dearest Utah. I've got to get my second wind! See you next week!

Friday, June 11, 2010

featured editorial: more money, less problems

We had an editorial featured today on Utah Bride Blog (you may remember it from back in December).


Be sure to check out the feature which includes my article + (as an added bonus!) an additional true experience from Audrey @ Studio Stems. You'll find some funny anecdotes on why hiring a professional florist will save you from sobbing (& spilling!) buckets of tears on your big day. Enjoy!

Tomorrow I will be posting some photos from an event a few weeks back. Be sure to check back!

Monday, June 7, 2010

help needed

*UPDATE: THANKS FOR ALL THE INQUIRIES SO FAR! WE WILL MAKE OUR DECISION AND GET BACK TO YOU BY SATURDAY EVENING.

I am looking for an extra assistant to help me set up an event on Saturday, June 19. There is also a possibility that I may need some extra design help on Friday, June 18th as well. The design work will be done in Provo, and the event is in Pleasant Grove. Email if interested and be sure to include the following info:

Name
Phone
Email
Current City
Experience
Photos of work (or link to a portfolio online if you have one)

Pay will be an hourly wage determined by experience.

Thanks!

And because I can't bring myself to share a post without color, I'll share a photo I found that I love. I am often a fan of simplicity, and this is no exception. Love these vases:

photo found here

Thursday, June 3, 2010

rachel + scott groomals

utah wedding flowers, provo wedding flowers, salt lake wedding flowers
Rachel & Scott were married last month (you may remember this cute couple from their spotlight), and I just received some photos of their groomals session shot in April. How I love these photos! Diana with Yan Photo is so talented and so generous to share her work. Brides to be, I would certainly recommend checking out this photographer for your big day. So without further ado...

Rachel + Scott
photography by the uber-talented Yan Photo

I loved this bouquet - it was so fluffy and soft ... and big for a portrait bouquet! And aren't the photos beautiful? Thanks for being such a fantastic couple to work with, guys! Truly loved being a part of your event.

flowers used: dubium, viburnum, stock, football mums, israeli ruscus

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

i'm back and it's june!

Happy last day of school! Happy Memorial Day! Happy June!

It would appear I missed a lot over the past week. Did you miss me? :)

But, now I'm back to life, reality, and Blossom Sweet blogging. California was absolutely fantastic. It was relaxing, laid back, and not in any way scheduled or structured. My kind of getaway! I usually make my annual pilgrimage to Palm Springs in July, but decided to go a little earlier this year. I loved it - it wasn't too hot yet (I despise being hot, and it was only in the mid 90's the whole trip) and there was a cool breeze every evening which made for an atmosphere condusive to sitting outside on the patio swing. Lovely, lovely.

And now, it's time for June's photo of the month. Since I absolutely love big, healthy dahlias in their peak season, I've decided to feature a photo I took just prior to Liz's bridals session last summer. Her fabulous sitting bouquet:

Flowers used: lisianthus, dahlias, coneflower, millet, china berries, hydrangea.

I had a wedding the day before I left for CA featuring dahlias just like this, so I will be posting a couple of the photos I got from that event in the near future!