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Monday, August 30, 2010

last bouquet of the summer season

Deann's lovely event was Blossom Sweet's last of the official summer season. Everything turned out beautifully!

I managed to get a few photos of the bouquet. Enjoy!


colors: ivory, cream, champagne, delicate pinks, natural greens (the rest of the event also had accents of a beautiful bright purple which really popped).

flowers used in bouquet: peonies, champagne roses (oh-so-lovely), stock, poppy pods, china berries, seeded eucalyptus


Thanks, Deann, for choosing Blossom Sweet! Great working with you!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

end of the summer season

Blossom Sweet has officially finished out our 2010 summer season! What a great season it has been with excellent clients.

Within the next couple of days I will be posting a few snapshots of our final summer bouquet. Check back soon!

Excited for what Fall has in store!

Monday, August 23, 2010

blossom sweet bouts

Let's start this post with some visual inspiration. Here are some of my favorite past Blossom Sweet Bouts. Enjoy!







Now, let's get down to some transcribed inspiration with a recent personal experience along with advice from UBB:

I designed a wedding this past weekend and received a text from the wedding party just prior to the Saturday evening ceremony asking, "Do the boutonnieres and corsages go on the right side or left?" Well, I called them right away and told them that while I didn't know the specific RULE, my opinion based upon:

1. what everyone of my clients had always done, and
2. what I personally believe looks best

was that they should go on the left side.


Later on that evening, I did my semi-regular check of Utah Bride Blog, and found that just one day prior, boutonniere "rules" had been posted! If only I had seen it a few hours earlier, I would have known upon giving my opinion to this wedding party that I was absolutely correct!

I'd like to share Friday's UBB post with you here, entitled "The Bout or The Buttonhole?" posted by Audrey:

"A tradition with strength behind it, perfect for its masculine nature. A wedding tux or even suit seems so unfinished without a bout! A necessary detail!

Although its a simple detail there are many artistic ways to make the bout its own piece of art. The creative use of foliage or manipulation of bloom often turns the bout more sculpture like, and the use of beads, wire, buttons, bling, fabric, and other elements add a personalized style.

A few tips from the trade in choosing the appropriate bout …

1. Consider the color of the tux when considering the tone of the flower – if your going traditional black tux you want to make sure that you go light enough that the bout does its job, or at the very least the foliage design sets it apart from the tux.

2. For the men who are less then thrilled about a flower on their body, use something with a little more organic feel, perhaps just some elegantly designed foliage, a small succulent or herbs rather then flowers. A mini calla lily as well as a bird of paradise are typically seen in their singular format to be fairly masculine.

3. The boutonniere should be worn on the outside of the buttonhole on the left lapel. It is common to secure the bout or buttonhole from the back side of the lapel with a pin, but if you like the look of a pearl or otherwise decorative pin it is not faux paux to pin from the front.

4. Who gets a bout – well rule of thumb, any man dressed in bridal party attire without a doubt but dont forget the officiant and consider the grandfathers also.

So is it a buttonhole or a boutonniere? Boutonniere is the common name used here in the US. Buttonhole is more commonly used in the UK. In the UK florist typically focus the buttonhole on one singular flower, in the US bouts can be more defined as a cluster or detailed singular flower. Either way the terms are pretty interchangeable these days!"

GREAT INFORMATION! THANKS, UBB!

"blossom sweet bouts" photo credits from top to bottom: yours truly, courtney brooke, twila clair, retrospect studios, yan photo

Thursday, August 19, 2010

lowered minimum order, LIMITED TIME ONLY!

Blossom Sweet has temporarily lowered our minimum order to $350, for those brides who don't need a lot of flowers, but want the few things they do get to be stunning.

This is a limited time, temporary offer that won't last forever, so jump on it! Whenever your wedding may be, book while this offer is up and we'll honor it. We'll have this offer listed on the blog sidebar, so as long as you see it there, the offer is still good.

We're doing this because we know there have been many brides who wanted a "Blossom Sweet Bouquet" and perhaps a few other small items, but haven't been in a position to meet the minimum order requirement. So, pass the word along to your friends who fall into that category and we'll hook them up with something fantastic!

Every bride deserves beautiful.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

megan + andrew sneak peek

Megan & Andrew are clients you haven't yet heard about on the blog. They were married on August 7, and the completed floral designs were nothing short of darling.

I took a couple quick photos of the bridesmaids bouquets {there were EIGHT!} just prior to pick up. Adorable!
flowers used: lisianthus (2 varieties), snow on the mountain, salal, astilbe, hanging amaranthus, roses, spray roses

And finally, a couple shots of the bride's bouquet {these photos don't do it justice at all!}
flowers used: peonies, lisianthus, veronica, hanging amaranthus, snow on the mountain, dahlias, lemon leaf

wedding colors: baby pink, ivory, champagne, kelly green

Thanks, M + A! Can't wait to see more photos!

Friday, August 13, 2010

a tuscany fete - yesterday's sneak peak

Tori and Eric were married yesterday, and I'll tell you what, their event was SPEC-TAC-U-LAR. I loved every little detail about it. Tori looked gorgeous in a fantastic gown by the fantastic Alta Moda. The men in the bridal party looked incredible in dove grey suits which looked fantastic with the Blossom Sweet bouts. Tori certainly nailed it on the details, which as a detail-oriented designer I can really appreciate. Everyone and everything looked (for lack of a better word), incredible! I'm so glad Blossom Sweet got to be such a BIG part of their BIG day!

All the designs were rather decadent, and therefore rather time-intensive. Hence . . . I had approximately 3 minutes and 26 seconds to snag a few photos, possibly even less than that. I only got photos of about 10% of the event/my designs [my-oh-my the centerpieces were to die for], so I can only hope that at some point I get more photos. Keep your fingers crossed with me!

THE buffet piece:

ultra huge, ultra bellisimo
hanging amaranthus, pink mink protea, roses (2 varieties), explosion bush, callas white, callas blush-airbrushed, draping pieris buds, lisianthus (2 varities), champagne spray roses, lime cymbidiums, lemon leaf, manzanita branch, hydrangea, jewels jewels jewels!


THE cake:
a creation by Carrie's Cakes, this was my favorite cake of all weddings for which I've designed. I can't recommend Carrie's Cakes highly enough!
hydrangea, callas, hanging amaranthus, juliet garden roses, miranda garden roses, dahlias, handcrafted fabric leaves (created by yours truly)

P.S. The bouquet. Sigh. THE BOUQUET. In my opinion, it was the crowning jewel of all Blossom Sweet bouquets to date, and if I may say, that's saying a lot. It took 3+ hours to create! Like the cake, it also featured lots of handcrafted fabric skeleton leaves in hues blush & champagne (again, handcrafted by yours truly), as well as rhinestones, pearls white, pearls pink, and multiple platinum brooches selected by the bride. Naturally, I have no photo at this point. But trust me, it was lightyears beyond stunning. I looked it up, a lightyear is 5,865,696,000,000 miles. That's what I'm talking about. A definite personal favorite.

Vendors in the photos:
Venue: Tuscany Restaurant of Salt Lake City
Cake: Carrie's Cakes

Happy weekend!

Monday, August 9, 2010

tori + eric

I am so excited for Tori's wedding coming up this week! It is going to be gaga-gorgeous! Oh me oh my I've been in a state of anxious anticipation about this one for awhile now.

This Blossom Sweet bride is beyond adorable. It's been a joy to work with her. Although I've never met Eric, from the looks of the following photos, they are a couple who is clearly in love and happy together.

Tori graciously agreed to be the latest Blossom Sweet spotlight, so without further ado, here goes. Thanks, Tori!

Tori + Eric
photography by Nicole Carman


How did you meet?

Eric and I met on Campus at Weber State University, where we both attend school. Eric always makes me tell the story of how I waited outside of his classroom for over a month in hopes that he would talk to me! Unfortunately, he would walk right past me everyday! A friend finally approached him to tell him that I thought he was a hunk! After becoming embarrassed I no longer waited outside of his classroom but he got my number from a friend and it's all history from there!


Who said "I love you" first?

Eric told me he loved me first! We had been dating for 2 years and he told me on our way home from his family Christmas party. Although I may have wanted to say it first and before then, it was well worth the wait! The timing was perfect!


What has been the most fun date you've been on as a couple?

Our most "fun" date as a couple would have to be our first date! And it is by far the most memorable! Eric picked me up with several of his guy friends, me being the only girl, where they took me out in the middle of no where to participate in what they call "bunny bashing". It sounds very harsh but it wasn't as bad as it sounds! However the outcome was! Bunny bashing consists of hunting jackrabbits, after each person would get their jackrabbit we would put it in the bed of the truck. When driving home, a cop pulled us over because of the blood on the side of the truck from putting the rabbits in the bed. He pulled his gun on us, hand cuffed us, and put us on the side of the road while he searched the car. Since killing jackrabbits isn't illegal, the cop had a laugh and let us go with no harm done. After proving that I could "hang" with the guys, we hang out every day after that!


How did he propose?

Eric proposed in a way that I never will forget! He has a great sense of humor, one of the reasons I love him so much, and I will never forget how he did it! I bought Eric a handgun for Christmas and in May he still hadn't shot it. He planned that we needed to go on a hike for him to test it out. He packed us a lunch and we hiked up a beautiful trail in Ogden. We finally got to a clearing and he took the gun case of of his bag and told me to get it out while he loaded the clip. When I opened the gun case there was a picture of Eric cheesing it! The best part about it was he had cut out one of his front teeth and put the ring up through the back of the paper so it looked like he was wearing a grill! I couldn't hold it back, I started laughing and he looked up to see he had gotten down on one knee! It was so great and everyone gets a kick out of the story!

Friday, August 6, 2010

love it or hate it - it's mine and it's sublime

I had a consultation with an upcoming bride today. As we were looking over potential designs, we happened upon this photo on my website:


Now, before I tell you about this upcoming bride's reaction, let me tell you about some of the reactions I had about this arrangement when I first posted it last year:

"Oh my! The watering can is genius."
"I love the watering can, it's so cute!"
"That photo looks like it came out of a magazine."

In contrast, at today's consult I heard,

"Oh, I definitely DON'T like that. Ew. No."

So, this brings up an interesting point, which is to say that it brings up the fact that each bride is different, and each bride's tastes, style, and preferences are different. And that is okay! My job as a designer would be boring if everyone had a one-track mind in their design concepts. And my purpose as a designer would be unfulfilled if I didn't bring specified aesthetics to specified clients.

I GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT!

Personally, I adored this piece - it's still one of my favorites! I stand by my designs and I stand up for my art, knowing that each design will speak differently to each person.

Love it or hate it, it's mine, and it's sublime.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

my [homemade] peach tree!

I mentioned a few weeks back that I throw an annual summer dutch oven cobbler party. Well, last night was this year's soiree, and it was a hit once again! Such a fun summer tradition I have started. :) The party was adorable (naturally), but one decor item stood out as the focal piece. First, a little back story . . .

While picking up the party food @ Wally World late Monday night, I bought a huge can of peaches - just this one can was big enough for two of the four cobblers. Anyway, on aisle 7 of Walmart my creative juices got flowing and I thought to myself, "this vessel needs to be the base for a peach tree at my partay." And after that, the rest was history!

So here's the result:


Isn't it the cutest? I think the peach tree will be making an annual appearance from here on out! Until then . . .

supplies used: bulk-sized peach can, curly willow sprayed chocolate brown, twine, 8 fresh peaches, lemon leaf, bear grass (and lots of it!), trick dianthus, rudbeckia.

Monday, August 2, 2010

photo of the month: august

Happy August! How did July sneak by so fast?

For this month's photo of the month, I chose one of my favorite photos of this bouquet with model Caitlyn. Gorgeous!


flowers used: jade roses, monkey tail, hypericum berries, premium callas, green cymbidiums

P.S. Marianne & Nic's wedding was Saturday the 31st, and it was stellar. While it wasn't the biggest wedding I've ever designed, it certainly was one of my favorites. Such beauty and uniqueness! Hopefully I get some photos in the future - we'll see. :)