A Seattle Wedding of Northwest Elegance

Working on Gretchen’s and Bret’s wedding last March was truly a pleasure! Gretchen and her family were such sweethearts to work with – we had so much fun planning for this wedding which I’d like to describe in short as “True Northwest Elegance!”
Gretchen is the sister of Airika Pope, wife of the talented husband and wife team The Popes Photography – you will see below how fabulously talented they truly are!! Thank you so much Airika for trusting me to do your sister’s wedding designs!! 🙂
Gretchen had a vision to incorporate many cool natural Northwest elements into the decor and the bouquets. And you probably know from earlier blog posts that I just love the rich flora the Northwest has to offer: from mosses, ferns, and succulents to lichen branches and local hellebore and tulips. We incorporated it all into lush and yummy designs in deep purples and greens.

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Gretchen’s bouquet was a very natural and organic design featuring succulents, calla lilies, roses, hellebore, lady slipper orchids, ferns and fern curls. A simply stunning combination!! I loved how it turned out!!


The gorgeous bride in her gorgeous dress

Love this picture of the couple under their vintage umbrella!

Details of the ceremony decor: large designs of branches, ferns, hydrangea, cabbage roses were combined with tall hurricanes, river rock, succulents, and mosses.

For the reception guest tables we chose various centerpieces: some tables had gorgeous tall lichen vase designs”blooming” with purple orchids, other tables were adorned with mixed low floral/fern arrangements, and then some other tables featured tall hurricane candles with rock and moss accents.




For the rehearsal dinner the night before we created designs in similar fashion – but added some fun twists. The long guest table was a visual showcase for the richness in Northwest nature.



The fabulous team of vendors:
Ceremony and Reception Venue – Hotel 1000 Seattle
Photography: The Popes in collaboration with Erwin Wijanto Photography
Linens: Pedersen’s Party Rental
Desserts: Trophy Cupcakes
DJ and Lighting: Wavelink Music

Black and White and Red – Always Classy!

All week I’ve been looking forward to blog about this special January wedding – it is the wedding of Amanda and Clark who celebrated their fabulous wedding at Herban Feast’s Sodo Park venue in South Seattle.
So many gorgeous elements and details made this wedding really special: the beautiful couple, Amanda’s impeccable taste, a great venue, specialty linens, the girls’ dresses, beautiful ceremony and reception decor, classy stationary, a luxurious desert buffet – oh, and so much more. Megan with A Kurant Event worked wonders to coordinate and pull all of this together so beautifully.
As soon as I received the photo CD of talented Joey Nicole Photography in the mail this week, I could not wait to share her stunning work with you. As you can see below, I had the hardest time choosing which ones of the many beautiful pictures to use for this post, so I’ll just go ahead and publish almost all I got. 🙂 Here you go …

Amanda’s stunning red bouquet of callas, garden roses and long strands of trailing orchids



The girls were wearing beautiful black & white dresses with lace details – the lace was a theme carried throughout the evening and was repeated in stationary details, the table linens, and on the buffet tables.

The ring bearer boutonniere

The buds of garden roses make a gorgeous boutonniere – this one was for the bride’s dad

The ceremony decor made for a WOW factor – a fully ceiling suspended arbor with trailing orchid garlands, lots of candles down the aisle, Chivari chairs, draping, lighting all made for a gorgeous setting.

More detail shots of the floating arbor – complete with a ‘bridge’ of hydrangea, lots of orchid garlands, crystal strands, and hanging votive candles – quite magical!

Surrounding the floating arbor were tall hurricane candles and a thick bed of rose petals


A fun and elegant detail: the garlands were made of alternating sections of orchid blooms and crystal beads.

Many clusters of hurricane candles lined the ceremony aisle – each hurricane containing a floating candle, and cylinder glass with ribbon and wire accents in the wedding colors.

Gorgeous tall manzanita trees adorned with orchid and crystal garlands flanked the aisle entry.
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After the ceremony the whole ballroom got transformed into a gorgeous reception space with tables decorated with various centerpieces: trees blooming with orchids and adorned with votive candles, clusters of candles on a bed of petals, and mixed red floral vase arrangements were the designs for the guest tables.




For the beautiful sweet heart table we used a different linen and Amanda’s gorgeous bouquet made the center stage.

And lastly, here some details from the yummy desert buffet – the display of cakes and deserts were eye candy too 😉


And here the complete list of fabulous vendors:
Venue – Herban Feast Sodo Park
Coordination and Planning – A Kurant Event
Photography – Joey Nicole
Lighting and DJ – Austin Beaver
Linens – Choice Linens
Deserts – The Radical Cupcake

An Elegant Northwest Wedding

I am still quite excited about the wedding I am blogging about today – I have very fond memories of the bride, the bride’s mom, the groom’s family, a fantastic Northwest setting, and a fabulous set of vendors. It is the wedding of super-sweet Amanda and Justin who got married at Suncadia Resort last August. And … I just love the photographs of their wedding day by one of my Seattle favorites – Stephanie Cristalli.

Since Amanda lived in California at the time, I first met her mom for an initial consultation. Not much was planned at that point, but I understood their general vision, and we had a lot of fun tackling some ideas and design concepts. I loved this project right from the start. And a year and several meetings later, the wedding day turned out to be spectacular!

Their beautiful venue set the underlying tone for the whole wedding day: Suncadia Resort in a gorgeous Northwest setting. We created an event focusing on ferns, garden roses, birch and lichen branches, rocks, mosses, and other lush Northwest greens.

Amanda wanted a not too tailored look for her and her brides maids’ bouquets, so we combined soft pink and peach garden roses, ranunculus, and various ferns for an organic feel and natural look.

For the flower girl and ring bearer we created a basket and pillow completely wrapped in moss and accented with ferns and berries – so precious!

Wow, what a gorgeous setting for Amanda and Justin’s ceremony in a park by a small lake surrounded by tall conifers and mountains in the back ground.

The wooden wedding arch was embellished with simply a few lush clusters of roses, dahlias, hydrangea, ferns, and amaranth.

Aisle entry arrangements like this one – matching the overall design and color scheme – is a great idea to tie together the whole ceremony setting.

For the reception in the Suncadia main ballroom we created a beautifully elegant Northwest atmosphere – each decor element carefully chosen to go with the lush theme. Walnut brown Chiavari chairs, burlap linens, rattan charger plates, tall ‘blooming’ birch trees along the perimeter of the room, and a mix of tall lush floral center pieces, and tall hurricane candles made a perfect match.

It was the lighting installation that added a big wow-factor after sunset. The crew and Suncadia installed up-lighting against the walls and pin-spot lights from the ceiling to illuminate the focal points in the room. Simply gorgeous!!




And here the great team of vendors who made this beautiful wedding happen:
Ceremony and Reception Venue – Suncadia Resort
Wedding Coordinator – Janel Schlitt with Occasions
Photography – Stephanie Cristalli
Chair Rental – Pedersen’s Party Rentals
Burlap Linens – Mosaic Linens
Charger Plates – Choice Linens

Beautiful Vintage Wedding – Kristi and Tim

I loved Kristi right from the start: her simple elegance, her natural beauty and down-to-earth character, her sweetness, and kindness … The day she walked into our studio to tell me more about her wedding plans she did not yet have a clear vision, but together we came up with a decor plan that completely embodied the couple’s style and personality.
Kristi and Tim got married last July at the Villa Academy chapel with the reception following at the Arctic Club Hotel in downtown Seattle. With both venues of a more traditional and vintage style, we wanted the decor to compliment the existing feel and style of those spaces: “simple vintage elegance!”

For Kristi’s bouquet I used romantic ‘old’ vintage flowers: David Austin garden roses, lisianthus, hydrangea, Queen Anne’s lace, Dusty Miller foliage – such a romantic mix!

Kristi liked the idea of using different flowers for each of her 4 brides maids: we incorporated roses in peach, cream, dusty rose, and white lisianthus.

These photos of the ring bearers and the flower girl are just too adorable!

To the pews at the Villa Academy chapel we attached clusters of hydrangea, garden roses, andastilbe – and connected the pews with long panels of cream silk organza. The altar was simply decorated with tall silver candelabras.

For the reception at the beautiful Dome Room at the Arctic Club Hotel each of the 16 guest tables was decorated slightly differently: each in the style of ‘simple elegance’, they featured various vintage vessels, candle holders, silver mint julep cups, and glass vases of different height and shape and each filled with different floral elements. Here we used pinkastilbe in a silver julep cup.

The blend of different old-world flowers and vintage vessels combined with lots of candles made this a very romantic design.

Whiteastilbe in a silver bud vase

The beautiful 4-tiered cake was embellished with lots of roses, hydrangea, Queen Anne’s lace, andranunculus – stunning!

The fabulous team of vendors:
Wedding Ceremony – Villa Academy Chapel
Wedding Reception – Arctic Club Hotel
Wedding Coordinator – Wendi with Ethereal Events
Photography – Azzura Photography
Thank you Ken and Tania for providing these gorgeous images!!

Gorgeous September Wedding

Today I am excited to share the absolutely fabulous photos of Negin and Bashar’s wonderful wedding this past September. The couple did not cut any corners when it came to the floral and decor of their wedding ceremony and reception. The outcome was simply stunning.
Negin wanted to create a luxurious feel for her wedding in the color palette cream, peach, coral, burgundy, and accents of gold. Her favorite flower is the peach calla lily so we incorporated those in many different ways (bouquets, center pieces, the wedding cake).
Jim with j.garner studios did a fantastic job capturing the many beautiful moments of the day – below are just a few samples of his work. I am including a few more images of the couple – these images are my favorite 🙂

For Negin’s bouquet we created a soft textured look with all cream and ivory flowers: callas, roses and garden roses, orchids, ranunculus, gardenias and pearl-centered stephanotis blooms. A few white orchids trailing down the front gave it some light movement.

The ceremony took place at the Holy Names Academy Chapel on Capitol Hill in Seattle. Large altar arrangements featuring hydrangea, soft garden roses, and many long stemmed phaleanopsis orchids were propped onto tall stone pillars.
The aisle featured clusters of flowers of similar style and color.

For the car (a beautiful Bently by British Motor Coach) we created a huge heart of all red roses which was attached to the front – just stunning!

The flower girls and ring bearer all received adoring little floral accents made of delicate spray roses in cream and champagne.

Aren’t those the cutest kids!!

This beatiful ring bearer pillow was created of all spray roses.

The elegant reception took place at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Seattle. Tall center pieces featuring orchids in abundance, anthuriums, roses, hydrangea, calla lilies decorated the guest tables. The inside of the vase contained submerged orchids which were illuminated by an almost invisible up-light.

The tall wedding cake was decorated with hundreds of blooms in shades of peach, coral, light pink, and burgundy.

Thank you j.garner studios for these beautiful images!

Real Wedding – Angie & Jeff

I recently received absolutely fabulous photos from Janet Klinger, who was the photographer for Angie and Jeff’s wedding at the Seattle Harbor Club this past Labor Day weekend.

I liked Angie right from the start – what a sweet, gentle and likeble bride! Planning for her wedding was a pleasure – and I loved her elegant style and the fun color combination!
Angie’s bouquet featured flowers in shades of deep purple, cream with pops of green: lots of white and purple calla lilies, purple roses, lisianthus and orchids, green berzilia and hydrangea were mixed together to create this beautiful bouquet.

The mother of the bride loved her super elegant gold bracelet corsage with a cream cymbidium orchid!

A gorgeous wedding arch served as backdrop during the wedding ceremony: purple and cream roses, hydrangea, stock, and smilax were combined with trailing orchid garlands and trailing amaranthus for a beautifully romantic display.
The Harbor Club ballroom features gorgeous gold ceiling chandeliers and we complemented its style with gold Chivari chairs and gold embroidered table overlays for the guest tables.
Lots of romantic candle light always adds atmosphere!

The cream organza sashes around the chair backs added a soft touch.

Tall center pieces featuring hydrangea, various roses, stock, orchids, and green trailing amaranthus decorated every 3rd table.
The other tables either had low mixed flower arrangements or a shallow bowl with floating candles and orchids.
Gold wire inside the vase with submerged orchids add special interest to any tall vase design.

The fabulous vendor team:
Ceremony and Reception Venue – Seattle Harbor Club
Photographer – Janet Klinger
Chairs and Linen Rentals – Pedersen’s Rentals

Real Wedding – Stacey & Anthony

Last May, Stacey and Anthony celebrated their wedding at the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland – it was a beautiful spring day for a wedding at the shore of Lake Washington.
Stacey chose pink and white for her wedding flowers and wanted us to incorporate feathers in a gentle way throughout the arrangements.
For her wedding ceremony in the tent we attached lush clusters of flowers along the tent ceiling, adorned with lots of trailing wisteria blooms, crystal strands and hanging votives. This beautiful arch remained the focal point during the reception by framing the head table.
Thank you Cory Parris for the beautiful pictures!!










Real Wedding in White and Blue with a Touch of Bling

It’s been forever that I posted anything on the Flora Nova blog – I am so sorry for the delay – t’is the season I guess…
So, today just quickly some pictures I recently received from Olga and Damien’s gorgeous and intimate wedding at Hotel 1000 last month. I had never worked with the photographers from Lucid Captures, but I was stunned at Michael’s beautiful work capturing the beauty and emotions of the day. Thank you Michael – I love these photos!




Lots more pictures are on Michael’s blog – check them out!

Some of the fabulous vendors who contributed to Olga and Damien’s wedding:
Venue: Hotel 1000 in Seattle
Photographer: Michael Movsyesov with Lucid Captures
Linens: AA Party Rentals
DJ and beautiful lighting: Austin Beaver

Amazing Real Wedding

Everything about Nicole and Anthony’s wedding last May at the Four Seasons’ Hotel in Seattle spelled A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! From the wonderful couple, to the elegant ceremony and reception venue, their fabulous style, and a great team of vendors!
There are so many great pictures from Azzura, that I will just go ahead and post almost all I received – enjoy!












And here some of the fabulous vendors who contributed to Nicole and Anthony’s wedding:
Venue: Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle
Coordinators: Merry Beth Turpin with Aisle of View
Photographer: Azzura Photography
Cake: Four Seasons Hotel
Chairs: Pedersen’s Party Rental
Lounge Furniture and Draping: Rented Elegance

Real Wedding – Candace and Don

On a Saturday this past February we had the pleasure working on Candace and Don’s wedding at the Palace Ballroom in downtown Seattle. Their wedding ceremony and reception was a beautifully romantic affair with lots of candle light and a touch of bling.

Candace wanted us to create a bouquet of “richly muted texture” and requested to incorporate her favorite flower – peach colored calla lilies. These beauties were unfortunately not in season, but we were able to get enough stems – specially flown-in from Holland – to use in her bridal bouquet. The combination of peach and mauve colored blooms with a touch of plum complimented her dress perfectly.

For the ceremony we created a gorgeous backdrop of orchid garlands, crystal hanging votive candles, and sparkly crystal candelabras, which were propped onto softly draped pedestals. It couldn’t have been more romantic than that!
The reception tables were draped in gold embroidered overlays and two variations of table center pieces created visual interest. One centerpiece style was lavish and mixed in a footed glass bowl, the other was a composite design using various glass vessels of different style. We used flowers in mainly peach and ivory mixed with just a few pops of light green. Gold Chivari chairs completed the look and added to the elegant and romantic feel of the reception.



Thank you so much, Stephanie Cristalli for sharing these beautiful photos with us!

And here some of the fabulous vendors who contributed to Candace and Don’s wedding:
Venue: Palace Ballroom in Seattle
Coordinators: True Colors Events
Photographer: Stephanie Cristalli
Chair and Linen Rentals: Pedersen’s Party Rental and Choice Linens