Megan and Tim – Vibrant Indian Wedding

Megan and Tim’s wedding at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel was so very colorful and joyful and we had such a fun time working on it! Any wedding that has the groom ride in on a white horse we can get behind, we love seeing the ways our couples use traditions around these special occasions! Isn’t that mandap the most beautiful and magical place to have a ceremony under?

The bright fuchsia, orange and purple was such a fun palate to work with, much like Megan and Tim! This couple surprised their guests with an indian dance troupe and a confetti explosion on the dance floor, what a way to end a party!

Fabulous Vendor Team:

Venue: Fairmont Olympic Hotel

Photographer: Alante Photography

Planner: Janel with Occasions LLC

Lighting: Austin Beaver

Lisa & Justin’s romantic Laurel Creek Manor Wedding

Flora Nova Design Seattle Laurel Creek Manor Wedding

Lisa and Justin’s summer wedding at Laurel Creek Manor captured the very best that an outdoor garden event has to offer: warm sunshine, idyllic scenery, a rolling green lawn, and all the cool shade and greenery one’s guests could hope for. Add an icy glass of lemonade or a flute of champagne and it’s a party! 

This happy couple (along with the help of the ever-wonderful Bridget of Perfectly Posh Events) planned a romantic and elegant soiree, with romantic garden blooms and accents of rich gold. The venue’s existing arch was draped in lush greenery and flowers, creating a dramatic backdrop for the ceremony, and echoed in the greenery garlands that graced the back of the guests’ chairs. Under the reception tent, gold chivari chairs with crisp black cushions, gold linens, and lush florals in gold urns created a more formal feel. Another greenery garland framed the couple’s sweetheart table. And the whole romantic affair was captured perfectly by Katie Parra of  Katie Parra Photography.  Salut!


Venue: Laurel Creek Manor

Planner: Bridget with Perfectly Posh Events

Photography: Katie Parra Photography

Rentals: Cort Party Rentals

Linens: BBJ Linens

Cake: Celebrity Cake Studio

Kristin and Matt Luxury Sodo Park Wedding

What a beautiful white wedding we designed for Kristin and Matt last September! Very luxurious in every way, from the crystal vases, to the crystal strands hanging from the flowers and that major WOW of their wedding arch with the lucite pillars, to orchids everywhere and glitter table linens!! A wedding full of some of our favorite things!

The arch we designed really is quite the star. With the top covered in white flowers and dripping with phalaenopsis orchids and bling, the only thing that could upstage it would be our beauty of a bride, Kristin. This is also a great example of how lighting makes all the difference! With just two simple uplights it takes the drama way up. We always encourage brides to think of these details! We hope you enjoy these images taken by the talented Laurel McConnell.

The Fabulous Vendor Team:

Venue: Sodo Park

Photographer: Laurel McConnell

Planner: A Kurant Event

Rentals: Pedersens and BBJ Linen

All About the Centerpiece

Flora Nova Design Seattle Garden SoDo Park Wedding

You might remember our recent blog post series “All About the Bouquet”. Well, today let’s talk a bit about centerpieces! It’s a big subject so we hope to bring a little clarity on the matter. There are so many styles and so many different terms to describe those styles, and of course there is the cost factor. We will try to cover it all in this and in an upcoming blog post, so we hope this is helpful for clients and industry colleagues alike.

Generally we use a few different terms to describe centerpiece styles. Let’s first address terminology we use for those various style centerpieces: what does it all even mean?

Compote Style Centerpiece:

The centerpieces shown in the pictures below are compote style centerpieces. The compote vessel has a build that features a footed base with a stem that leads up to a bowl. The centerpieces designed in a compote tend to be more organic in nature, with a more airy style, with lots of texture and trailing elements. However you see in some of the examples below that a compote can have a more tailored and clean look too.

Composite Style Centerpiece:

Below are some examples of composite style centerpieces. This centerpiece usually consists of a mix of several smaller low arrangements, potted plants, greenery garlands, hurricanes, taper candles and other elements, such as books or lanterns. Those elements are grouped together in the table center to create a table scape or composite centerpiece. We love using the composite centerpiece on long tables, but they can look lovely on round tables too.

Elevated Centerpiece:

Then we have our favorite, the tall or elevated centerpieces. This type of centerpiece is typically the most dramatic way of decorating your table: it is usually propped onto a tall stand or glass vase, well above eye level. Our most common design of elevated centerpieces is the rounded, classic ballroom style: large mounds of floral, often mixed with greenery or featuring lots of trailing orchids. And as you can imagine, this centerpiece style can be tailored and classic in style, or can have a natural organic look: the possibilities are endless.

We have many brides who are worried about the idea that guests across the table wouldn’t be able to see each other, but we do take that into account when we are designing them and by using vases and stands tall enough, they never obstruct the view across the table.

It should be noted that the elevated centerpiece uses quite a bit more floral and greenery than a “low” centerpiece and is therefore your more expensive option. But wow, it sure is a showy, beautiful decor element!

Floral Table Runners:

Another option is having flowers or greenery garlands directly on the table with no vase visible – we call this a floral or greenery table runner. With long tables being so popular right now, this is a very trendy centerpiece style this year. Whether you choose simple greenery with loose blooms tucked in or luxurious orchids, this is a centerpiece style to impress.

Elevated versus Low Centerpieces::

Now let’s discuss how and when to use low, or elevated, or composite style centerpieces. You might prefer a clean look for your reception ballroom and therefore prefer just one centerpiece style for all of the tables. We however recommend having at least two different styles of centerpieces at your event for a few different reasons. The mix of tall and low centerpieces add so much more definition and drama when you walk in an event space, especially if your event is in a large ballroom with a tall ceiling. Most of our clients prefer a mix of elevated and low centerpieces as shown in the pictures below.

What if you have just long tables as part of your reception? Well, you mix it all together and create a lovely table scape. The pictures below are a great example of mixing all these styles on one long table. See how much visual space is taken up with floral? Stunning and way more interesting than either style on it’s own might have been.

OK, we covered our most common centerpiece styles. Of course there are a few other designs, but these are our staples and the pieces we love most and use often. And as you can see from the pictures all of these basic ideas can be adapted to suit your style: from gardeny and loose with lots of greens and textures to modern clean pavé design.

In our next blog post we will touch on cost factors and the reasons why some centerpieces are priced out higher than others. Stay tuned.

Heather & Tommy’s Sweet Garden Wedding at SoDo Park

Flora Nova Design Seattle Garden SoDo Park Wedding

Heather and Tommy’s July wedding at SoDo Park showcased a romantic garden feel in an urban industrial setting. Planner Stephanie Wilson of Every Last Detail coordinated this fun juxtaposition of styles and helped to create a sweet, joyful celebration for this lovely couple that worked really well!  Tasha Owen Photography captured the festivities in these beautifully detailed photographs:

Smilax vines draped the back of the chairs during the ceremony and graced the floral arch as well.  More greenery, flowers, and lanterns placed down the sides of the aisle complimented the sweet garden feel.  For the reception, the floral arch became the backdrop to the sweet heart table and centerpieces in mixed silver mercury glass and gold containers adorned the tables.  A beautiful event for a beautiful couple!


Venue:  SoDo Park

Photography: Tasha Owen Photography

Planner:  Stephanie Wilson – Every Last Detail

Belisa And Andrey – Intimate Summer Wedding

Flora Nova Design Seattle Intimate JM Cellar Summer Colorful Outdoor Wedding

I know we all need some pictures of bright flowers this time of year so I’m excited to show you Belisa and Andrey’s sweet and very colorful wedding last summer! The absolute perfect time to capture the bounty of dahlias, raspberry greens, blue cornflowers, roses, as well as all the delightful weather we have here in the northwest in August. We loved their idea of one long table for all the guests to gather together outdoors in the beautiful garden at JM Cellars! It made for the loveliest intimate wedding party under lights and the stars. The perfect bright happy summer wedding!

Fabulous Vendor List:

Venue: JM Cellars

Photography: Alex Photography

Planner: MG Davis Events

Rentals: Vintage Ambiance

All About the Bouquet (Part III)

Welcome! Class is now back in session. Our topic: the ever-gorgeous and ever-popular bridal bouquet!  Over the last few weeks we’ve looked at different bouquet style and a few of the individual floral elements that can make up a bridal bouquet; today we will discuss some of the factors that go into pricing these beauties.

When pricing a bridal bouquet, we designers may ask ourselves several questions:

  • How difficult or labor intensive is it to make this bouquet? Is this a bouquet I will need to spend all afternoon making? (As a rule of thumb, rounded bouquets come together more easily than asymmetrical bouquets.)
  • Are the flowers I need for this bouquet in season and readily available? Will I need to special order these flowers from growers far, far away and need to factor in shipping costs?
  • What is the wholesale price of the flowers I am using? Are these specialty flowers (orchids, garden roses) that come with a higher price tag? Are there twenty different kinds of flowers that need to be purchased, or just two?

Flora Nova Design Seattle - Bridal Bouquet


At Flora Nova, our bouquets typically range between $200 – $350, and our sweet spot is usually around $255. Let’s take this bouquet (that you may remember from Part II) and break down the cost a bit.  This bouquet is a classic rounded design with some slight trailing elements.  It features spring flowers that were locally grown and readily available mixed together with floral standbys like white hydrangea, seeded eucalyptus, and dusty miller. Specialty flowers like voluptuous garden roses and cheery anemones are used, but only as accents and are placed alongside less costly floral ingredients.  All of these factors combine to create a final price tag of $265.


Other examples of bouquets around our “sweet spot:”


Remember this fluffy green bouquet from last week? This is a perfect example of a bridal bouquet that falls a little lower on the price continuum.  Because of the abundance of greenery and the absence of pricey specialty ingredients, this bouquet comes in at $215.




And what about the other end of the continuum?  You might remember these bouquets from last week as well.  The price for each of these bouquets is edged higher due to the complexity of design, the abundance of specialty flowers, or the sheer number of different floral elements found within the bouquet:

Well class, I hope you’ve enjoyed this course in bouquet-ology.  We’ve swooned, we’ve drooled, and we’ve learned a little something along the way.  Thanks for tagging along!

All About the Bouquet (Part II)

Flora Nova Design Seattle - Bridal Bouquet

Last week we explored some of the words we designers use to describe a wedding bouquet’s style: rounded, free-form, airy, trailing, and so on.  This week we’re going to take a look at one of the other factors that go into making your perfect bouquet: the flowers themselves!Flora Nova Design Seattle - Bridal Bouquet

Bridal bouquets come in all shapes and sizes. Some are composed of many types of flowers mixed together; others are made up of a grouping of only one type of flowers.  Some bouquets showcase flowers grown in a hothouse or halfway around the world; others are a vibrant display of seasonal flowers locally sourced.  In this romantic bridal bouquet, roses are the main attraction; sweet-smelling garden roses, fluffy spray roses, and creamy hybrid tea roses rub elbows with blush ranunculus and black and white anemones to create a classic rounded bouquet.


When it comes to choosing your flowers, roses are a classic choice and available year-round, as are mini calla lilies, and hydrangea. In these rounded bouquets below, you can see that roses and hydrangea are often used in bridal bouquets designed here at Flora Nova, and then partnered with seasonal touches to reflect the individual style and personality of each bride.

Flora Nova Design Seattle - Bridal Bouquet


We designers have a lot of fun playing around with our flowers — mixing seasons and textures and colors together to come up with a bouquet that is unique and eye-catching. For those brides not into the classic rounded bouquet of hydrangea and roses, greenery is often used to create a more free-form organic bouquet. In this bouquet, it is the maidenhair fern that captures the spotlight, and roses only play a supporting role.



Flora Nova Design Seattle - Bridal Bouquet


As you can see, much like in our last post about style, these bouquets started simple but can get much more complex. Seasonal flowers like sweet peas, clematis vine, viburnum, dahlias, and peonies can pack a big visual punch. Phaleanopsis orchids can add a touch of glamour both when mixed into a bouquet or allowed to cascade freely down the front. In the center bouquet above, quince branches are even incorporated to create a truly unique, one-of-a-kind bouquet.


Well, so far in this series we’ve explored different ways you might express yourself in the overall style and shape of your bridal bouquet, and, this week, in the individual floral and textural elements that go into creating your perfect bouquet.  Next time we’ll take a look at bouquet pricing.  You’ve fallen in love with your perfect bouquet, now how will it fit into your wedding budget?

All About the Bouquet (Part I)

Classic. Rounded. Lush. Airy. Trailing. Tear-drop. Free-form.  So many different ways to describe your wedding bouquet!  The trouble is, each of these descriptors mean something different to each of us!  What might be “airy” to one designer might be “rounded” to another.  So, today we are taking a look at some of our favorite bouquets from past weddings and talking a little about what goes into describing your perfect bouquet.

Let’s start with the classic: romantic garden roses, ranunculus, peonies, gardenias–sigh, these are the grande dames of the flower world! Put them all together you have a gorgeous rounded bouquet that conveys romance, elegance, and tradition.

Too simple for you? How about adding a bit of texture?  Perhaps a little greenery or small seasonal flowers…

Still too structured?  Oh, we can get wilder, yes we can. Now we’re getting closer to what we might call “airy,” “tear-drop,” or “trailing.” Lots of textural elements (as you can see, those range from ferns to feathers), something interesting or unexpected (fern curls, amaranthus, succulents, air plants), and definitely some “movement” to the bouquet.  While the more classic, rounded bouquets are designed tightly and precisely, the flowers in these bouquets are allowed a little wiggle room to bounce, flounce, and float down the aisle.

Still too tame for you?  You must be a more “free-form” kind of bride.  Not afraid to break a few floral design rules.  Well, we have bouquets for you, too! *Swoon!* All that texture! All that green!  All that movement! These bouquets have the feel of a freshly picked bunch of wild flowers – yet they are also carefully, passionately crafted works of art.  Showstoppers.

Which one of these bouquets is speaking your language?  Are you classic and traditional? Free-spirited and ready to dance your way down the aisle?  Or are you a showstopper ready to bring in a little drama? We’re ready to help you express yourself on the big day!

Jenny and Paul – Classic Blush Arctic Club Wedding

Flora Nova Design Seattle Blush bridal Bouquet with blushing bride, garden roses, and scabiosa

The very handsome couple Jenny and Paul held their classic blush wedding at the beautiful Arctic Club, it’s always the dream to have your aesthetic and decor match with your venue and this was the perfect pairing! This late spring wedding was filled with one of our favorite flowers that we wait all year for; peonies! Jenny’s classic rounded bouquet was filled with those beauties, as well as scabiosa flowers, and the aptly named and always sweet blushing bride! Beautiful and romantic.

This color palette of blush, dark greens, gold, black and white is crisp, fresh and looks just stunning in all the photos taken by the wonderful Melissa Kilner. Aren’t all the bridal photos perfect? Along with the planning of Megan from Clutch Events who makes every wedding she works on effortless and fun. We sure had a dream team with this one!


Fabulous Vendor Team:

Venue: The Arctic Club

Planner: Clutch Events

Photographer: Melissa Kilner

Rentals: Pedersen’s

Cake: The Sweetside

Makeup Artist: Offwhite Makeup