Jaclyn & BJ’s Outdoor Summer Wedding

Flora Nova Design Seattle Outdoor Summer Wedding Delille Cellars Purple Blue Flowers

Jaclyn and BJ had a perfect summer day for their beautiful Delille Cellars wedding! It is always fun for us to design a wedding in an unusual color palate,  Jaclyn loves dusky purples, blues, and grey’s, look how beautifully it all turned out. Little details like the use of drift wood and ocean glass for the escort cards and fresh lavender on all the napkins are always a lovely touch.

To top it all off, that glorious clear tent at the top of the hill tucked away in DeLille’s beautiful gardens, where the guests enjoyed dinner and dancing into the night. What a sweet wedding!

Vendor Team:

Venue: DeLille Cellars

Photographer: La Vie Photography

Planner: Holly Kate and Company

Rentals: Cort Party Rental 

Cake: New Renaissance Cakes

Holiday Decor

Flora Nova Design Seattle Winter Holiday Party

Are you ready? The Holidays are going to be here before we know it. It’s that time of year where things start slowing down a bit after a beautiful summer that disappeared way too quickly here at Flora Nova. We had so many lovely weddings we can’t wait to show you and will get back to blogging about all of them very soon! But today, let’s look at some wintery Christmas sparkle and glitter we designed in previous years!! It’s that time of year when companies big and small re contacting us to design parties, dinners, and spaces for the holidays and this post wants to provide some inspirations of various themes and styles.

Thank you, Barbie Hull Photography, for the majority of the images below!

We love the holidays and get excited about them way too early sometimes! As we’re looking through pictures of some of our favorite events, I want to remind you the Flora Nova team can help with your own home decorating, Christmas parties, office decor, or corporate events. We are looking forward to dreaming up and creating more magical winter wonderlands, black and white masquerade balls, santa lands, or anything else you can think up. Give us a theme and we’ll create a memorable event for you or your company.

Perhaps you’d like a little get away from all that glitter and christmas music? How about throwing a tropical themed party? We had so much fun creating this Tropicana party.

Are you inspired? Then give us a call or shoot us an email – we are happy to help!

But in any case, we hope all your holidays are Very Happy this year!

Bindu & Daniel’s Elegant Fairmont Wedding

Drama, glamour, sophistication, romance – this wedding had it all!  For Bindu and Daniel’s May wedding, we were asked by Premini Events to collaborate with an all-star, bi-coastal team of vendors to create this one-of-a-kind, jaw-dropping fusion wedding that we will never forget.

The centerpiece of the event was a 10′ x 10′ custom mirrored mandap built by the team at Evolution Event Rentals, crowned with a lush bridge of white flowers dripping with orchids. Custom mirrored pedestals also lined the catwalk aisle, and custom-built mirrored centerpiece structures adorned with crystals and white roses graced the long dining tables.  And I can’t fail to mention the fabulous team at Crimson Haze Event Lighting, who truly made the whole event come alive. Just wow! Thank you, Jerome Tso for the gorgeous images!

And check out today’s feature on http://www.maharaniweddings.com/ for the beautiful wedding film produced by Pacific Pictures.

[Click on any image above for enlarged view – you don’t want to miss the details]

Vendor Team:

Venue:  Fairmont Olympic Hotel

Planner: Premini Events

Photographer:  Jerome Tso

Rentals: Evolution Event Rentals

Grand Event Rentals,

Noble Rentals

Lighting: Crimson Haze Event Lighting

Makeup: Arianna Scott

YingYing & Miguel’s Elegant Benaroya Wedding

Flora Nova Seattle Benaroya Wedding

What could be more classic than the combination of white, black, and gold?  For their wedding, YingYing and Miguel embraced this classic color combination and the results were stunning.  White orchids, crystals, ostrich feathers, candelabras — we pulled out all the stops.

After a charming ceremony in the lovely Rose Garden at Woodland Park (did you see the doggie ring bearer?!??), the guests headed downtown to Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, home of the Seattle Symphony.  They were greeted at the door with signature cocktails and then seated at decked-out dinner tables topped with gold charger plates, white sequined linens, and lush florals. As the light outside dimmed, the amber uprights and candles created a warm glow that enveloped the party-goers dancing the night away on the white dance floor. An elegant, beautiful night to remember!  And beautifully captured for your viewing pleasure here by Azzura Photography. Enjoy!

 

Vendor List:

Ceremony Location: Rose Garden at Woodland Park

Reception Location: Benaroya Hall

Day-of Coordinator: Sprinkled in Seattle

Photographer: Azzura Photography

Rentals: Pedersen’s Event Rentals and BBJ Linens

Cake: Honey Crumb Cake Studio

Margot & Justin’s Romantic Outdoor Wedding

We loved Margot and Justin’s wedding! Everything from the sweet bride and groom, the location of their ceremony and dinner reception, the color palette, all the many details, the bride’s flawless style … Swoon-worthy all around!

Margot’s bouquet of peach David Austin roses, Cafe au Lait dahlias, ranunculus, chocolate cosmos, lovely blue forget-me-not, mini green hydrangea, and ferns set the tone for this elegant affair at a private residence in Medina. Her lovely bouquet was a perfect translation of their French Country and Modern Northwest Garden inspired theme.

For the backyard ceremony under a clear tent we custom-built a moss covered arbor adorned with colorful garden blooms and Northwest ferns. We lined the aisle with large moss orbs featuring small, a-symmetrical floral clusters.

But our favorite part of the day was the reception: all the amazing details made for a memorable evening. Even an early fall freak storm couldn’t stop guests from dancing the night away. Long tables were lined with taper candles and elegant flowers in white ceramic vessels, a large floral chandelier adorned the area above the dance floor, pool floats and hurricanes lined the surrounding ponds, a nearby willow tree was dripping in light chains … It sure was a favorite of our 2016 weddings.

Check out this wedding on Style Me Pretty – it even made the homepage today.

 

Vendors:

Venue: Private Residence

Planner: Jacky with Event Success

Photography: Katie Parra Photography

Rentals: Cort and La Tavola

Catering: City Catering

 

All About The Centerpiece – Part 2

Hello to Part 2 of our “All About The Centerpiece” blog post (see part 1 here). Sorry for the delay – we announced this post a while ago – but (sigh), it’s that time of year when finding time to do anything is difficult: wedding planning and production is in full swing. But that’s probably the best time to shed some light on cost factors of various centerpiece styles. I hope you’ll find this blog post useful when planning for your special event.

Flora Nova Design Seattle Laurel Creek Manor Wedding

Centerpieces come in all forms, shapes, and sizes. Pricing varies greatly and very much depends on your vision, your style preferences, your flower choices, the table size, and even the size of the ballroom. When designing a centerpiece we take all those factors into consideration: we try to create designs that meet your expectations and style choices AND are of a harmonious size relative to the width/size of the tables and the ceiling height of the ballroom. There is nothing more ‘blah’ than a centerpiece that is too small or too overpowering in it’s surrounding.

Let’s start by addressing cost of a low centerpiece for a regular dinner-sized table. Our low centerpieces are never taller than about 12″ (that’s below eye-level) to not block the view across the table. Here are a few fun examples – all ranging between $105 and $175 – with the sweet spot at right around $125. Floral density, container type, flower choices will all affect the price:

For large rooms with a tall ceiling we LOVE to incorporate at least a few tall/elevated centerpieces: they are visually pleasing and help “bring the ceiling down”. Our tall centerpieces are naturally more expensive: they range between $200 and $550 (and can go up from there). The reason is simply that we have to use a lot more floral to cover all that extra space on the sides and underneath – taller pieces can easily take three or four times as much floral than a low centerpiece. But look at the examples below, these tall designs can add so much Wow and drama to a room:

Note: One way you can recoup some of that extra cost and make your budget stretch is to use those centerpieces during your ceremony as well. Just like in the examples below you use the arrangements along the aisle and then we transfer them to tables afterward. This way you get to enjoy them twice!

Compote designs vary a lot too with $85 being on the basic smaller end, and $250 what you could expect to pay for a bigger arrangement with more floral. Our sweet spot is around $145. Another thing that effects price is greenery: flowers are always more expensive than greens, so if you’re an all-floral and no-greens type, expect to pay a little more for that look.

Composite style is a fun way to fill the space in the middle of the table with lots of different elements. We generally recommend three smaller vases – we call them “buddy” vases – of floral and lots of candles. We price these out per table (all the elements combined) rather than each piece individually. You can expect to pay $75 to $185 per table.

Table runners, either in form of floral or greenery or a mix of the two, can be a beautiful option, especially on long, rectangle banquet tables. Floral and greenery runners can be combined with centerpieces, or buddy/bud vases for a full and luxurious look. Or for a much more affordable option we can place loose greenery across the table with just some blooms tucked in. On the low end we would recommend at least $50 for greenery/blooms. On the high end it can be upwards of $350 for an all-floral look. Or quite a bit more like in the pictures of the head table below with white phaleanopsis! Super lux!

As you can see, there are many decorative options for every budget. We hope you found this article helpful. Let us know in the comments below if you have questions. Happy planning!

Behind the Scenes: The Making of a Wedding

We at Flora Nova Design wanted to share something a little different with you. We love showcasing the gorgeous weddings that we are so honored to be a part of, but we haven’t ever shared what it looks like to build and design. So we decided to have one of our Design Assistants document our creative process! Here is a behind the scenes look of what goes into creating our designs!

Designing a bridal bouquet: Probably our favorite! The prettiest blooms go into the bouquets for the bride and her bride’s maids. In the photos below our designer creates Lauren’s bridal bouquet using a mix of peonies (yes, it was a June wedding), English garden roses, spray roses, scabiosa, rice flower, Dusty Miller, raspberry foliage, and white tweedia. How yummy is that bouquet?!

 

Building a ceremony arch: Lauren and Jake envisioned a lush garden arch for their ceremony. Since they opted for clear lucite ghost chairs, we used our clear lucite pillars and adorned them with long trailing smilax vines and large garden blooms in cream and blush. The outcome was a stunning organic design with a modern touch.

Creating table designs: When you’re planning a wedding, there are so many options for what you can do with the design of reception tables. For this particular wedding, our lovely bride and groom chose to have several longer dinner tables with an array of smaller vases lining the table center. You don’t always need large arrangements to achieve a dramatic look. As you can see in the photos below, we designed using all different shaped low silver mercury vases. Paired with lots of candles this created a stunning table scape!

We hope you liked this behind-the-scenes look of Lauren and Jake’s beautiful June wedding. Let us know if you’d like to see more of these type of blog posts – we would be happy to show you others.

Jennifer & Kevin’s Blush Winery Wedding

Flora Nova Design Seattle JM Cellars Wedding

JM Cellars provided the perfect lush and romantic backdrop for Jennifer and Kevin’s August wedding last season.  It was all about the details for this sweet couple: Jennifer’s bouquet was a feast for the eyes, packed with small textural elements like false spirea, maidenhair fern, nigella pods, scabiosa, sweet spray roses, and festooned with long ribbon streamers. A vintage chandelier from Vintage Ambiance hung with vines illuminated the reception tent, and pink vintage goblets graced the tables. It’s All in the Details oversaw all of these details, and AnaBella Photography provided the beautiful images you can see below. Enjoy!

Vendors:

Venue: JM Cellars

Planner: It’s All in the Details

Photographer: AnaBella Photography

Chandelier Rental: Vintage Ambiance

Makeup: OffWhite Makeup

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!

 Vendors:

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