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Monday, February 25, 2013

a stunning bouquet and lush centerpieces

We had a gorgeous wedding a few weeks ago, and some of the designs from that wedding were photographed pre-event for a Utah Bride Blog feature.  The feature was posted last Friday, and we also wanted to share it here on the blog today.

The premise behind these photos is the new "Flower Recipe" series Utah Bride Blog is doing.  Basically, these features break down individual elements of a floral design concept so you can see what goes into it -- the "ingredients" so to speak.  There were many more floral elements the actual wedding that we hope to share with you in the future, but for now enjoy this sneak peek into the general wedding recipe along with our Owner's thoughts behind the fabulous designs which we adore!

photos courtesy of lindsey orton photography

"When I booked this wedding, I was so excited about the designs. The bride came in for our consultation with a soft, feminine palette of blush, champagne, buttercream, gray, and sage. But the groom sent her with a message for me: he was a fan of bold tones. They had two different tastes, but I figured if the two individuals were getting married, why not marry the two palettes? And so we did just that, and may I say it came together perfectly. Here’s how we made it happen:

Soft tones for her: she got antique green hydrangea, camel roses (to die for), juliette garden roses, and stock (an under-appreciated bloom!).

Bold tones for him: he got bikini roses, coffee break roses (a personal favorite), acacia, craspedia, snapdragons, ranunculus, leucadendron, and solidago.

Neutral tones for them: they got queen anne’s lace, lisianthus, artichokes, amaranthus, hypericum, eucalyptus, blackberries, and curly willow.

The bridal bouquet has to be an all-time favorite of ours. I feel like it has a personality of it’s own! While there were accents of bold pops of color, overall the bouquet was a soft and delicate picture of femininity. The hydrangea, lisanthus, and garden roses are soft and ruffly, the stock and standard roses provided the perfect balance of structure, and the acacia and queen anne’s lace added the perfect touch of whimsy. To complete the look we added several filler and accent elements and finished it all off with a gray satin wrap and gold pins.



Of course the groom got his bold boutonniere.  We used a combination of burnt orange ranunculus, acacia, curly willow, blackberries, hypericum, seeded eucalyptus and craspedia.  It sounds like a lot of elements (and it is), but each element is very small so it all worked well for this design.  The boutonniere was finished with a simple gray satin wrap.


Now on to the centerpiece.  Ah, the centerpiece.  The centerpieces at this wedding we to die for!  It was a treat to design them.  The bride rented Alpine Event Rental’s Farmhouse Tables which were the perfect backdrop for some seriously stunning blooms.  We used long rectangular wooden boxes for the containers, and filled them up with blooms from the bride’s bouquet, also introducing additions of artichokes, snapdragons, and solidago.  The centerpieces were lush, the centerpieces were large, the centerpieces were perfect."

 


And finally, here is the breakdown of the recipe's ingredients:

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

funeral arrangements

Did you know that Blossom Sweet offers funeral arrangements?  While this is something we haven't actively promoted in the past, we actually create funeral pieces somewhat often.

For example, below are a couple of photos of a wreath we created this past weekend for a funeral in Salt Lake:

photos courtesy of lindsey orton photography

Flowers used:  dendrobium orchids, acacia (three varieties), lisianthus, ranunculus, roses, genista, hypericum berries, and kiwi vine.

It was so beautiful.  As much as we love designing for weddings, we love designing for funerals as well.  For while a wedding is one of the most important days in a person's life, a funeral is equally an important day in the family and friends of the individual who has passed away.  The tributes on such a day should be beautiful.


As we are not a typical shop, we do have to require a minimum order for funeral arrangements.  Prices are outlined as follows:

Wreaths
Medium: starting at $200
Large (pictured above): starting at $300

Casket pieces
Starting at $400

Funeral sprays
Starting at $175

Focal piece arrangements (in a vase, urn, etc)
Starting at $350

Delivery charges also apply.  Contact Blossom Sweet at 801.669.4646 with questions or to place an order.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

a love story brought to you by yours truly!

Good morning and Happy Valentine's Day!  Is there a better day to share a cute love story of one of our clients?  We submit there is not.  And guess what?  Today you're in for a special treat as this particular spotlight features a "meet cute" brought to you by the Owner of Blossom Sweet herself.  Yes, not only can she make your big day beautiful, but it seems sometimes she can literally make it happen! 

So happy to have been a part of bringing this love to life.  Enjoy the story of Caitlyn + Spencer.

all photos in this post courtesy of justin hackworth photography

How did you meet?  
Well anyone who knows me best knows our reason for meeting was Miss Blossom Sweet herself.  That's right Miss Melissa Nickle found this wonderful man for me!  I told Melissa about a great deal I saw on Travelzoo for a girls getaway.  We headed up to Stein Erikson Lodge in Park City for some much needed R&R!  I was trying the online dating scene per my mom's request to "just give it a shot."  I logged on to show Melissa the boys who were emailing me, and from there Melissa started chatting with people and played around as if she was me!

We had some fun fooling around with Melissa in the driver's seat saying a bunch of funny things and talking to random people.  Then suddenly she came across Spencer.  She knew about this guy from where she grew up.  She said he was a great guy, funny, and in medical school!  I said go ahead talk to him!  After that night of talking to Melissa (who he thought was me!) we ended up exchanging numbers and Skyping every night.  Spencer eventually came to meet me in person in Arizona and the rest is history from there!

What is the most unique thing about your relationship?  
Besides for the unique way we met, when we first met in person we hugged for the first time and we both knew in our hearts that we'd found each other.  I kissed him and then he looked at me and said "We're gonna get married," and I replied, " I know!"  It was the most wonderful and overwhelming and almost scary feeling I'd ever had!  We now both look at each other and are in awe that there truly was someone out there that was a perfect match! We are always saying how blessed we truly are to have found such great love in this life. 

What has been your favorite date together?  

Our first Valentines Date!  I was working in Arizona and Spencer lived in Vegas at the time, so he came into town for the holiday.  We planned to have dinner at home and we both had to dress up.  Spencer cooked away and made my favorite meal: filet mignon with lemon linguine and asparagus and I made chocolate covered strawberries and fresh whipped cream.

I got home from work to hurry and shower, and found that Spencer was already  in his suit looking suave and doing the finishing touches on dinner!  I got to my room and found a love note with a heart-shaped box of See's candy and a dozen roses.  I melted. When I was ready (complete with the earrings he gave me for Christmas), I came downstairs hoping to get the "wow" response... and check!  We had the downstairs to ourselves (with two roommates upstairs by the banister creeping in with lots of whispers and giggles).  We had the music, the lighting, the food, the dessert, while we were both looking our best.  It was perfection!  It was such a romantic night and we were so in love.  This will definitely be a night that we will recreate again!

When did you first realize you were in love?      
She says:   I had gotten really sick and wasn't living near my parents.  Spencer was in town and by the way Spencer took care of me, I just knew that it took a great love for someone to take care of another that way.  I knew I could love this man forever.  He was tender, gentle and caring and stood by my side until I was able to get back to health.     

He says:  We came to Utah for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  Caitlyn had to go back to work and I was staying in Utah.  When I realized Caitlyn was going away the next morning I just died.  I knew it was different than anything I had felt before in my life.  I was helpless.  And Caitlyn now adds her two cents to the story: "That was the first night we said, 'I LOVE YOU!'"

What are your favorite qualities about each other? 
She says: I could go on and on!  But my most favorite is how genuine Spencer is.  He is a completely confident man and has not one ounce of arrogance.  When Spencer came to meet my family for the first time for Christmas they all picked up on this great quality, too.  He's just such a kind and gentle being.  Spencer is also so dedicated and diligent in his church and in his schooling.  He is in his 3rd year of medical school and he loves medicine.  It makes me happy to see his work make him so happy.  Spencer works extremely hard and is dedicated to become a great surgeon to help people get better.  He has such a kind heart and I love him dearly.  I am so happy to be married to such a wonderful man!    

He says: Every last one of them!!!

Where did you go for your honeymoon? 
Spencer surprised me with a cruise to the Western Caribbean! I had yet to be on a cruise! Spencer loves them and I was so excited!

How did he propose?  
I flew in to Vegas pretty much knowing he already had the ring!  I was so nervous.  I even got nervous about us getting married the night he was going to propose.  I was a mess while he was calm and wonderful.  I was being silly and nerves were getting to me.  Needless to say he didn't pop the question like he had planned to that night (not just because of me being silly, but because the weather was bad and ruined his plans).  But the next morning, I was sleeping and Spencer came into my room and got on one knee and yanked my arm to wake me up.  I woke up and was in shock to see the most perfect ring in his hand!  He asked, "Will you marry me?"  I went straight in for a kiss and hugged him so tight.  I came back to look at the ring and he said again more questionably, "Will you marry me?... I finally responded,  "YES of course!"  We then kissed and just enjoyed the moment!  It was such a wonderful feeling having that ring on my finger!  I wouldn't have cared if it was a rubber band.  It truly is just such a great symbol of our love.  

From the first time we met I always knew he would be the one I would marry.  Now being married it's such a special feeling knowing our love has been so strong throughout our whole relationship!  

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And now a few photos from their beautiful wedding at Sleepy Ridge Golf Course, the first photo being of the best buds Melissa (Owner around these parts + Caitlyn's bridesmaid) and Caitlyn (officially a "Mrs." + Spencer's bride)

 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

out of the office + a little something pretty

First things first, we will be out of the office from now until Tuesday the 12th of February.  We will have intermittent access to voicemail if it is urgent, otherwise we will return all calls and emails on the 12th.  Thank you for your patience!

Now, you may agree that we'd be rude if we didn't leave you with something pretty before we left.  Here is one of our lovely 2012 September events.  It was a cute backyard wedding designed with a perfect summer-into-fall vibe.  The bride collected lots of blue + white china in which almost all the designs were displayed.  It was such a beautiful touch!  And without further ado, enjoy the loveliness that was this wedding.  :)

photos courtesy of lindsey shaun photography

Flowers used in the designs: garden roses, roses, tulips, viburnum berries, stock, solidago, ranunculus, spray roses, hanging amaranthus, dahlias, lisianthus, scabiosa pods, craspedia, snapdragons, hydrangea, pepper berry, crabapple branches, and red scabiosa.

Monday, February 4, 2013

giveaway winner + photo of the month

Thanks so much to everyone who entered our giveaways last month.  The celebration of our 5 year anniversary has come to an end, but don't worry... it's always a party at Blossom Sweet. :)

Congratulations to Eric & Noelle who are the winners of  the $50 gift certificate to Texas Roadhouse!  It seems random drawings do our clients right - Noelle happens to be a client of ours from last spring.  Congrats!

And now on to February's photo of the month.  We chose this photo because this is the month filled with love, red, and pink.  There are so many ways girly pinks can go wrong at a wedding, but this bouquet from last summer shows pink done right!  We loved it, and the romantic vibe is perfect for the Valentine's season.




Flowers used in the bouquet:  roses, stock, dusty miller, ranunculus, china berries, silver brunia, lisianthus, spray roses, and hanging amaranthus.  Finished with soft pink ribbon and draping pearls.