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The 2015 Wedding Season Is Officially In Full Swing

Trista and Sam’s Rustic country wedding took place in Ridgefield Washington at Lucy’s Garden.

Lucy’s is nestled in the heart of Ridgefield, Washington on five acres of family owned and operated property that features a large and luscious garden with  a charming water feature and pond, a dazzling landscaped yard and gazebo, and an amazing big red party barn that is the highlight of the event experience.  Lucy’s Garden sets itself apart from most other event facilities because of the vast flexibility the venue has in creating a unique and personal theme for each and every event.

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Trista is an avid quilter so she carried the theme thru in all the décor. Her bridal bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages and centerpieces were a combination of White Peony, Dusty Miller, Purple Matsomoto Asters, Lavender Roses, Blue Belladonna, Thistle, Green Hydrangea, Limonium, Wax Flower and of course Baby’s Breath. All the pieces were wrapped in quilting fabric strips that Trista provided.

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We also used a combination of painted tin cans, beer bottles with chalk writing for the table names and fabric squares to reflect the same home spun charm.

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The day turned out to be an unexpected sunny day and an equally wonderful and unexpected surprise to see this venue for the first time.

Hopefully, not the last…..

Congratulations to Trista & Sam on getting hitched!

How To Select The Right Florist For Your Wedding Day!

Here is an excellant article written by Jamie Watson for Portland Party Bus on selecting the right florist for your wedding day and what you can do to prepare for the process.

Wedding Florist:

There is nothing quite like the perfect floral arrangements to really bloom your wedding into a beautiful occasion. It is not surprising that selecting the arrangements are a crucial part of the planning process, and why it is vital to be thorough in your search and interviewing. Portland is abundant in wonderful florists who are more than capable of crafting the arrangements that will help complete the vision of your dream wedding. Here are some tips to guide you on the path to the right florist.

You may have a preferred local florist which has had your patronage for decades, but you may be surprised to find out that they don’t service or specialize in weddings, and the florist may not have any experience with weddings. It is imperative to hire an experienced florist as it only ensures the simplicity of coordination and the overall quality of your wedding day. It is wise to set up an interview with at least three different florists. Start with the recommendations of your family and friends, and search Google and online wedding directories. Be sure to read through any pricing and general information provided, as well as reviews and bridal testimonials, and scour through any pictures.

Once you have set up interviews with the candidates, you will want to come prepared with questions, fabric samples, and pictures of arrangements you like. It is advisable to start researching wedding flowers, and saving pictures of arrangements you like before you contact any florists. If you have a smart phone, download the Pinterest app, and start a wedding board where you can archive arrangements that dazzle you so you can share the board URL with your florist, cake designer, and so on. The florist should be cooperative, and be receptive to your ideas. You should be able to build a personal connection with this florist. Ask the candidates if they have worked the venues you have booked for the occasion, regardless of their answer they should be willing to visit the site with you. Familiarity helps develop ideas into realities. One thing you will want to do is scope out the shop. If it is a mess, unorganized, or if they flowers are in poor condition, that lack of attention to detail in presentation may reflect in the end product of your arrangements.

At some point, perhaps during the second interviews with each candidate that goes beyond the first stage of interviews, you will want to cover the cost of the package. Ask for a sample invoice. You will want to see what they will charge you for, there’s no need for surprise charges on the day of your wedding when you pay the rest of the balance due. You should compare prices between different candidates, and weigh carefully which one will give you the most for your money. Once you have made your final decision, place a deposit, and write up a contract that outlines every single detail. Once both parties sign, you should have no anxiety about the appearance of your arrangements, because you’ve done your due diligence and found the right florist for you. Don’t forget to smell the roses on the day of your wedding!

Here is a link to the original article: http://www.portlandpartybus.com/portland_wedding_florist.html

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Popular Flowers Are Not Always In Season, But We Have Great Recommendations To Keep The Look

Pinterest is a fantastic tool for anyone planning a wedding and even those just dreaming of one. There are so many ideas from dresses to cakes, locations and themes, diy projects and bespoke. It’s easy for someone to plan their dream wedding, but the site does not always take into account budget, the season, or availability. An outdoor wedding isn’t such a great idea during the rainy season. A long dress with sleeves and layers upon layers of tulle sounds like a good idea in December, but will get very hot in August.

Flowers are particularly tricky because we see these gorgeous images, but we forget how delicate they are and how limited their growing season can be. Peonies are a great example of this. Their large blooms, beautiful colors and vintage look have made them very popular the last few years. Unfortunately, they are a late spring flower available March-June and often unavailable during the popular months of the wedding season. Ranunculus and Anemones share the same fate and are usually gone before the wedding invitations are sent out.

Luckily, that’s where the professionals come in. Florists are familiar with an incredible variety of flowers that are often overlooked, but create the same feel and look as more popular flowers. The rose, for example, usually makes people think of the formal long-stemmed red kind, but most people aren’t familiar with the gorgeous options of garden and spray roses available. Lisianthus is another great substitute for ranunculus and anemones. Don’t overlook the carnation. They have not received much credit lately for their beauty, but were considered historically the flower of love all the way back to Greek and Roman times. Carnations come in an incredible variety of colors and can match any wedding. They can be a beautiful focal point or an excellent supporting flower.

Florists are also able to see what the newest varieties coming to the flower markets are and what is in season. Even more important, when flower supplies are affected by weather disasters, shipping problems, or other issues, we are able to make quick substitutions to ensure your wedding flowers maintain the overall look you planned on.

 Garden Roses, Lisianthus, and Carnation varieties step in during the summer months

Many different varieties of Garden Roses carry similar characteristics to Peonies. If you love the look of peony arrangements, but are getting married in the summer or fall, consider Garden Roses as another option. Aphrodite, Bahur, Charity, Cephus, Marie Terese, Pink Yves, Romantic Antike, and Sweet Rabelais have full blooms, textured petals and similar colors to peonies, but they are hardier and are more readily available.

Ranunculus are only available for a few months in early to mid-spring, but similar looking blooms include Spray Rose Sweet Sensation and Carnation Montezuma.

If you have your heart set on Anemones, but your date set when the weather turns warmer, try Lisianthus or Mini-Carnations which come in a variety of colors.

Whatever your plans are, we are happy to help with those minor hurdles and give suggestions, ideas, and alternatives to make your wedding special.

Personal Touches Make A Wedding Special

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, we’ve been thinking about Emerald Green a lot.  It reminded us of Amy and Adam’s wedding from last summer.  What a fun couple!  We used green hydrangea; orange/coral alstromeria; green cymbidium orchids; white, ivory, and spray roses; and bupleurum.  The bride’s hand-tied bouquet featured charms with photos of her parents and grandparents as well as her mom’s ring, which was a lovely personalized touch.

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Congratulations Allison and Kevin – married at the Ainsworth House in Oregon City

The Ainsworth House in Oregon City is a beautiful setting for weddings. We worked with the bride to select blooms to compliment the history of the Greek Revival home and grounds. Old fashioned touches of dahlias, garden roses, and dusty miller created a soft, romantic bridal bouquet. Bridesmaids carried Tiffany blue hydrangeas which popped against their coral dresses. We used our shephard’s crooks to hang mason jars with alternating dahlias and hydrangeas as row markers for the ceremony. Low centerpeices featured floating dahlias over blue glass marbles.

Thank you to Catherine Conkey at White Rabbit Studioz for sharing these gorgeous photographs with us. She does an incredible job and really captures the magic of the wedding. Check out more of her work at www.whiterabbitstudioz.com.

coral, Tiffany blue hydrangeas wedding at Ainsworth House in Oregon City

Purple, The Color of Royalty, Is Sure to Make You Feel Like The Queen For a Day.

Lavender, Aubergine, Orchid, Byzantine, Fuchsia, Lilac, Violet…  there are some many shades and hues of purple and each of them can evoke a different feeling.  Soft lavenders, lilacs, and wisteria are perfect for vintage themes. Royal purple and eggplant creates drama with their intense colors.  Vibrant Orchid, fuchsia, and grape give modern themes vibrancy and pizazz.

When choosing a secondary color, purples blend well with white, grey and silver.  Green is a fantastic complimentary color.  Think lavender with mint green or deep purple with forest green.  If you want a pop, look at pansies and consider yellow.

Flowers that come in purples include:

  • Roses
  • Calla Lilies
  • Larkspur
  • Lisianthus
  • Ranunculus
  • Snap Dragons
  • Fresia
  • Carnations and Bachelor Buttons
  • Stock
  • Iris
  • Alstroemeria

In this edition’s collage, we’ve pulled different styles and flowers we’ve used for recent weddings.  There are so many options and textures available.

Story boards and wedding photos from Abernethy Center and World Trade Center with purple themes

Alyson and Christopher’s Story Board – Blue and Yellow Wedding

Ever wonder what goes into the planning process and how we create the beautiful looks? Check out a recent story board we created as well as photos from the wedding. Thank you Alyson and Christopher for choosing A Floral Affair. We had so much fun working with you.

Blue and Yellow Wedding

We’re Bringing in the New Year, But Definitely NOT Saying Good Bye to the Old!

This year more than ever vintage, antique, and OLD items are bigger than ever. I’m sure that florists all over are kicking themselves for getting rid of their Milk Glass bud vases and containers that were collecting dust on the shelves. I went on a little shopping trip to get some inspiration for the blog and found so many fun supplies and décor items that we can share with our customers this coming year.

  • Containers, Bottles, and Jars – Distressed painted containers are in and so cute! I love all the colors and shapes they are available in. These will be a great addition to an outdoor wedding or event for that rustic feel. Mason jars and bottles are available in jewel colors offering more choices than just the clear or blue Ball Jars.
  • Ribbons – OMG! Cotton, burlap in all colors, plaids and of course lace, there are so many choices and ways to use them. Incorporated into bouquets, centerpieces, and alter arrangements, the textures create the vintage and outdoor look.
  • Buttons – Buttons are just so cute and add that element of charm to any item.
  • Laces – This year lace is huge… dresses, invitations, cakes, favors, tablescapes, even manicures.
  • BURLAP! – Burlap will be bigger and brighter, now available in wide widths, making it possible to make tablecloths, runners, backdrops, covered pots, vases, candle holders, pillows, frames, and lamp shades. Nothing new would surprise me with this burlap trend.
  • Old Props – Don’t forget our Ceremony Doors for rent….

We are really looking forward to talking with our clients and seeing what they will be doing with all these fun and romantic ideas.

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What You Need To Know When Choosing A Florist

What You Need To Know When Choosing A Wedding Florist

 

Whether you’ve been planning your wedding since you were young or just beginning to flip through magazines for ideas, planning a wedding can become overwhelming without a little preparation.  Flowers help to create the setting through color, texture, and style. Having a good florist to work with can make all the difference not only on your big day, but also during the planning process.  Make sure you are working with someone who understands and listens to you.

So how do you find a florist?  Ask around.  Friends, family, wedding coordinators, reception sites, and churches are excellent resources.  Check out review sites like Wedding Wire.  Don’t just go to the phone book and pick the first one you see.

Before you choose a florist, it is a good idea to do a little homework.  Your florist will need to know:

  • Size – How many guests are you expecting?
  • How many people are in the bridal party? Bridesmaids? Groomsmen? Children?
  • How many family members will need corsages and boutonnieres? Parents?  Grandparents? Stepparents?
  • Budget – While the general rule of thumb for couples is to budget about 3% of their total wedding budget on flowers and décor, every wedding is different.  We have many tricks and suggestions to work within couples budgets.
  • Style – The tradition of scouring Bridal magazines and cutting out photos has taken a huge jump in the social media age.  Brides are using Pinterest and Instagram to save photos.  Most couples start with wedding colors and develop ideas from there.  Wedding and reception locations can also have a big impact on the wedding style.

Then take it to the next level and interview professionals.  On your first meeting, we ask you to bring:

  • Your idea file either hard copy or electronic.  We will work with you to discover common themes, flower preferences, colors, and additional decorations.
  • Color swatches from bridesmaid dresses, invitations, or other color samples.  It is surprising how many variations to a color there is and we want to make sure we are coordinating.
  • A photo of your wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses.  We can suggest complementary styles, size and formality.
  • Photography or brochure from the ceremony and reception sites.  These sites say a lot about the theme and style of a wedding.
  • Our wedding questionnaire which can be found under the wedding tab and filled out on our website or here – Wedding Questionnaire.

During your consultation we will answer all of your floral questions, discuss your wedding day vision, and help you stretch your budget to ensure that you have the flowers you’ve been dreaming about. If you have no idea what flowers you want for your wedding—don’t worry, we can help you with that as well!  Ask questions.  “What flowers will be in season?” “What do you do if the flowers I order are not available the day of our wedding?” “Do you offer other decorations like candles or props?” “What are the payment terms?” Ask to see samples or a portfolio of work.

After your consultation, we will be able to provide you with a personalized floral quote.  When deciding on a florist, make sure you compare styles, prices, and personalities.

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Once you’ve decided on a florist, it’s time to set up a second appointment.  At this appointment we will review and finalize your order.  If you need to adjust your order to fit your budget, add floral pieces, change flowers or colors, this is the time to do it.  Once your wedding has been booked, the florist will ask for a deposit with the balance typically due 2-4 weeks before the wedding.  The contract should include the number, description, and price of each item; the delivery time and place; rental fees for containers and decorations; instructions for pick-up and returning rented items; and any additional fees with a description.

It is a good idea to let us know when the location will be available as soon as possible as well as when items must be picked up by after the ceremony.  You should also give your florist contact information of other wedding vendors and a contact person the day of the wedding.  Contacts that are helpful include your caterer, the bakery if we are putting flowers on your cake, and a bridal coordinator if you have one.  Having a second point person the day of the wedding is key if you do not have a coordinator.  This could be a maid of honor, parent, or other person you are comfortable leaving in charge.  You will be busy getting ready for the big event and will not want to be interrupted with the smaller details like where does the guest book go.  Most of all, it is your day so you should enjoy it!

 

Rustic wedding themes mean different things to different couples

Rustic weddings are a hot trend in the wedding industry and why not?  Whether you’re a couple that is looking for an outdoor wedding or one with a country feel; environmentally conscious or budget conscious; rustic weddings are favorites of both the bride and groom.

Wildflower center piece in mason jar with jute

 

 

 

Eye-catching centerpieces feature colorful wild flowers and greenery in a mason jar; finished with a jute bow. The arrangement sits on a wood trivet to pull together outdoor elements.

 

Rustic distressed white 6-panel door

 

 

Vintage doors with tea rose wreaths in soft pinks and whites create the perfect romantic setting.  Our doors and windows are the perfect backdrop for saying nuptials or to create a photo booth setting.

 

dahlia rose hypericum berry

 

 

 

Vibrant Dahlias and Roses make up this beautiful throw bouquet.  Small jars wrapped with burlap and lace hold small votive candles for accent lighting.

 

 

 

Special touches that say rustic include:

-          Mixing multiple types of flowers particularly old-fashioned varieties like Hydrangea, Sunflowers, Daisies, Sweet Peas, and Dahlias

-          Using old bottles, mason jars, and baskets to display arrangements

-          Accenting with seed pods and dried flora

-          Finishing each piece off with jute, burlap, lace, or twine

Wedding bouquets and bouttoneires

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