Deep Summer at Chambers Bay Golf Club

Everyone in Seattle is WELL aware of the incessant rain we’ve been enduring. It’s the middle of May and things still feel soggy. Imagery is therapy. I’m throwing myself into the blistering heat of August 13, 2016, the day when Kate and Rhett got married at Chambers Bay Golf Club under a sun that knew absolutely nothing of rain.

Ryan Flynn took the juiciest pictures that day, showing off the vibrant orange, coral, pink, and green tones that perfectly reflected the peak of summer. Dahlias and zinnias popped from the centerpieces, while salal garlands made a refreshing green statement on the ceremony aisle. I loved Kate’s idea for simple hanging wreath forms at the altar. With 12 bridesmaids and 12 groomsmen, it didn’t make sense to do anything much larger. Plus, the view…. Pretty hard to compete with that vista!

I couldn’t get enough of the ringbearer’s in their seersucker shorts-suits. We on the setup crew were “glowing” (to use the ladylike term for sweating buckets) while we worked to set everything up. I couldn’t blame those little fellas for shedding a tear or two during the course of the afternoon. (I might have secretly cried while on the ladder, climbing ever closer to the sun.) And on the flip side, how did that enormous wedding party stay so beautiful all day? Kate, especially, was the picture of grace.

Tara Lee of Sugarcomb did a beautiful job of bringing all the elements together and coordinating such a memorable day — and we were happy to be a part of it!

Thinking Outside the Corsage Box

I’ve noticed something over 14 years of designing wedding floral…. When it comes time to talk about corsages, nobody gets very excited. Of course people want to honor their moms, their grandmas, all the special women in their lives. And these women are happy to be honored. But when it comes to wearing a corsage — be it pin-on or wrist — the response is often a little ho-hum. People get all nuts (in a good way) about the various blooms and textures that might make up a man’s boutonniére, but somehow this enthusiasm doesn’t translate to the corsage. Chalk it up to too many proms, too many poorly designed wristlets on pinching elastic bands, but women are ready for a change.

Floral bracelet featuring peach ranunculus and sumac.

So this winter I was beyond psyched to attend a fabulous workshop with Susan McLeary of Passionflower, put on by the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market and beautifully photographed by Cozbi Jean Photography. You might have seen Susan’s gorgeous work on Instagram (@passionflowersue), in her Etsy store, or her amazing floral art in editorial shoots. It was such a treat to have her here in Seattle, sharing her tips, tricks, and passion.

A couple weeks after the workshop, we designed the cuff at right, worn by a model for I Do Sodo 2017. (Thank you to Alante Photography for this lovely image!) In the images below, you’ll see a jewelry suite I created in the workshop, featuring rich burgundy, sage and blush flowers and foliages such as protea, scabiosa, succulents, pieris, and begonia. For contrast, I also created the slightly more traditional cuff of white spray roses. All the jewelry is built on brass bases. That it’s comfortable to wear is a bonus — but the real attraction is just how much it feels like real jewelry. Scroll to the end and you’ll see the bunch of us in our floral splendor! (The workshop took place in the Floressence studio, by the way.)

2017 is all about looking at what we do by rote and seeing how it could be done better. Corsages definitely fall into that category. We’re so excited to offer floral jewelry to our clients — and are so happy to see our clients respond with matched enthusiasm!

 

The Maximum at Magnuson Park Hangar 30

2016 started off with a great big beautiful gold and green bang, with one of the most spectacular weddings we’ve ever been part of. And none of it could have happened without the amazing planning, coordination, and design skills of Alex Chalk of Taylor’d Events. Alex wrangled 20+ vendors, who transformed the 20,000 square foot Magnuson Park Hangar 30 into a gorgeous, glowing reception venue.

Our part, of course, was flowers. And a 24′ hanging branch-vine-candle installation. And six vine-laden arches for the guest to walk through first upon arrival and then from cocktail reception into dinner hour. And gilded tulips and roses, and what seemed like miles of garland, and forests of foliages. And candles. (And lots and lots of extension cords.) Although the scope and scale was massive, the bride’s vision for decor was actually on the understated side — she didn’t want ostentation; she wanted delicate white flowers, branches, and lush greenery in emerald tones. It proved to be a beautiful balance of glamour and naturalism.

I was so happy that Alante Photography was on the scene to capture all the details. One of my alex-chalk-magnuson-park-floressencefavorites is this one of Alex’s expression as she walked into the venue, having been offsite for much of the day while facilitating the ceremony. My thoughts exactly, Alex!

 

A partial list of the fantastic vendor team follows this gallery. Thank you to one and all for helping get this year off to such a remarkable start!

 

Vendor Roll Call:

Design and Coordination: Taylor’d Events

Flowers, etc.: Floressence

Photography: Alante Photography

Lighting and DJ: Austin Beaver (big props to Austin, who coordinated the suspension of everything from the ceiling!!)

Cake: The Sweet Side

Linens:  BBJ Linen

Event Rentals:  CORT

Drape: The Prop Gallery

Catering: Foodz Catering