Cultural Fusion Wedding at the Four Seasons Seattle

I just received yet another set of stunning pictures by John & Joseph Photography who photographed one of our recent weddings – so I needed to share right away.
It was the cultural fusion wedding of Brenna and Kas who tied the knot last April at the swank Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle. Many Indian textures and styles influenced this mostly western-style wedding: from the bright purple Indian bridesmaids’ saris, to the grooms suit, to the rich color-palette of bright purple and orange …, this wedding was fun, rich, and sophisticated in style!

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For Brenna we designed a bouquet in mostly whites with just a few accents of dark purple – picking up the color of the bride’s maids dresses.


For the ceremony we created a backdrop consisting of many different elements – the mix of tall blooming branches, bunches of mostly purple floral, tall white vases, and submerged orchids lend texture, color, and richness. If you are a regular reader of this blog you will know that this grouped style of various decor elements is one of my favorite – so classy!

Lining the aisle were tall glass cylinder vases of mixed floral – bringing in some rich oranges to brighten up the palette.

The focal point of the ceremony were tall willow trees blooming with white and purple orchid blossoms.



The reception guest tables were decorated with different centerpiece designs – like in this example, with a mix of orange and purple flowers mixed with silver foliage …

… or like here, with a modern break-away style design …

… or like here, with a cluster of candles in different sizes – containing floating candles and submerged orchids.
Silver linens and silver Chivari chairs completed the look and gave this wedding reception quite a luxurious flair …
Austin Beaver and his team provided purple wall up-lighting which gave the room an elegant glow after dark, creating a very magical atmosphere.

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We also created a little movie clip of this wedding featuring these and many more photos of this beautiful wedding.
To view this movie, either click on the image below
or visit our
Flora Nova Design Channel on YouTube
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The fabulous set of vendors:
Ceremony and Reception Venue – Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
Photography – John & Joseph Photography
Day-of Coordination – Prive Events
Chair and Linen Rentals – AA Party Rentals
Lighting and DJ – Austin Beaver

A Grand Wedding!

I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since my last blog post – it must be the season… Yes, it’s busy wedding season but I just can not wait to blog about this beautiful wedding we worked on last month and to share the absolutely gorgeous pictures I just received from Stephanie Cristalli.

The lovely couple Gayle and John chose two of the grandest wedding venues in town – for their ceremony St. Mark’s Cathedral and their reception the historic Great Hall at Union Station. I had never worked at Union Station and must say – it is now one of my favorites in town. You will see why below.
I just loved this wedding! Everything from their soft color palette of peaches, creams, and light greens mixed with accents of gold, the bride’s gorgeous dress, the grand atmosphere at Union Station, elegant rentals, … – everything perfectly coordinated by the always fabulous team at True Colors.

As you can see below I had the hardest time limiting the selection of pictures to show here – there are so many beautiful detail shots that I just need to splurge … 😉

Gayle and John started their day at the Fairmont Hotel …

… the weather started out so typical for this summer – a little drizzle – but that just offered the opportunity for a fun shoot in the rain under the umbrella.
Gayle’s bouquet in mostly creams included just a few accents of peach
The magnificent St. Marks’ Cathedral!

For the altar area we designed a grand focal point featuring peonies, calla lilies, trailing amaranthus, and tall eremurus.


The Great Hall at Union Station offers a grandiose space for an elegant reception – tall ceilings, white marble walls, with a touch of historic luxury.

The grand entrance area, draped in ivory sheer (not visible here), included a long escort card table with a rose bud vase for each guest, and a cocktail lounge area featuring white leather sofas, a fun photo booth, and several bars.


The cocktail area was separated from the reception area with a natural “hedge” of tall willow trees blooming with orchids and peonies – a great solution if a large space needs to be divided into two areas.

The reception guest tables were decorated with various centerpiece styles – the focal point being 10 super-tall arrangements featuring mixed floral with beautiful large local peonies, tall willow branches, trailing amaranthus, and tall vases with submerged orchids.



Other tables featured either low mixed designs of hydrangea, roses, peonies, or simply bowls with floating blooms and floating candles.







The fabulous set of vendors:
Overall Planning and Coordination – Travis McBurney with True Colors Events
Photography – Stephanie Cristalli
Ceremony – St. Mark’s Cathedral
Reception – Great Hall at Union Station
Chair, Linens, and Chargers – Pedersen’s Party Rentals
Invitations and Stationary –  Paper Passionista

Gorgeous Winter Wedding at Sodo Park

This wedding was one of my favorite of 2010! Not only because it was a luxurious winter wedding (we can’t get enough of those!), but also the bride and groom gave us a lot of design freedom to come up with a winter wedding of their dreams. And do I LOVE this wedding!
And to top things off this wedding was featured on the ultimate national wedding blog today – Style Me Pretty! Oh, it can’t get much better than that … 🙂
As you can see below, I had the hardest time deciding which pictures to use for this blog post. So I ended up using a LOT! Super talented Airika and Gerald of The Popes | Photographers captured to many beautiful details that it was impossible to limit the selection. By the way, a full set of pictures (over 100 of them with lots more details) can be found on the Style Me Pretty Gallery.
More background information on the sweet wedding couple Sarah and Steve can be found on the Style Me Pretty page – so make sure to check it out. And the long list of vendors contributing to this cool winter wedding is below.




















The list of fabulous vendors contributing to this wedding was long, but besides The Popes I want to emphasize the tireless efforts of Holly Patton with Perfectly Posh Events who worked her magics pulling all these details together. It was such a pleasure working with her!

Also contributing to this wedding shown in the details above were:
Sodo Park and Herban Feast – the fantastic venue and catering company
Tallant House – with a gorgeous cake decorated with sugar snow flakes
AA Party Rentals – providing the chairs, linens, and charger plates
Glassybaby – the colorful glass votives
Austin Beaver – DJ extraordinaire and up-lighting
Prop Gallery West – draping and lounge furniture
Chic Ink – all the beautiful stationary
Bella Umbrella – the vintage umbrellas held by the bride and her bride’s maids
Mary Calhoun – the lovely officiant

Sophisticated Winter Wedding at Canlis

I loved this wedding! Classy in white and green, a contemporary feel, an intimate setting, a wonderful bride, a fabulous venue, …! I could keep going but I guess you get the sense of Megan and Wayne’s wedding at Canlis Restaurant in Seattle last February. Megan was a true pleasure to work with – so easy going, stylish, and fun! Just a wonderful person!
Megan had seen a design on the Flora Nova web site which she fell in love with. But we took that inspiration a step further and created something different, something fun, something very stylish for her wedding day.
The ceremony setup was contemporary, and had a classy and elegant feel. As you might know from previous blog entries, I am a big fan of multiple design elements for a ceremony area: and this time we used tall manzanita branches, mounds of hydrangea on top of tall white glass vases, trailing calla lilies, lots of hurricane and hanging votive candles, and lighting. The up lighting made it a dramatic composition! So striking against the dark evening sky.

For Megan’s bouquet we simply used three elements: cymbidium orchids, roses, and hydrangea in whites and greens.
The branches used for the ceremony “bloomed” with orchid blossoms and were adorned with crystal strands and hanging votive candles.

For the reception we created centerpieces in 2 different styles – one high up and one low – but each of the designs featured looped or trailing long-stemmed calla lilies – Megan’s favorite!



And here a couple more detail shots of the evening. It was an intimate, warm, and wonderful wedding day for just 50 guests.

Thank you Kristen Tourtillotte with Kristen Marie Photography for the beautiful, beautiful images!!

Intimate Edgewater Wedding

I just love, LOVE small, intimate, and luxurious weddings – like this one at the Edgewater Hotel for just eight guests.
Katy and Noah got married this past March in the small chapel of First Baptist Church in Seattle and had a wonderful dinner reception in the beautiful Forest Room at the Edgewater Hotel for just their closest family members. And they sure celebrated in style!
Patti, the bride’s mother living in Florida, contacted me last winter to help me design and decorate her daughters wedding. Patti’s decor inspiration was a purple bouquet she had seen in one of the Flora Nova web galleries – she had fallen in love with it’s colors (plum and green) and it’s style (lush and luxurious). We sure had a fun time coming up with all design elements and what started out as a grand vision, became a wonderful design plan.
Katy and Noah are both members of the military, and a little unexpected moment of surprise happened in February, when Patti called me that their wedding, which originally was scheduled for a date in May, needed to be moved to an earlier date in March, because Katy was redeployed and needed to start her training sooner than expected.
Fortunately the earlier date in March was still available and we switched gears to make it happen. And what a beautiful wedding it turned out to be!

Thank you Carol Harrold for these beautiful images!!
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Katy’s bouquet consisted of calla lilies, orchids, tulips, roses, and green hypericum and berzillia berries


For the bride’s maids bouquets we used more green elements to make them ‘pop’ in front of their purple dresses

The small chapel at the Seattle First Baptist church is a perfect location for a small wedding ceremony like Katy and Noah’s

The pews in the chapel were decorated with tall hurricane candle stands and small bouquets in purple and green

We provided every element for this beautiful long reception table: from the gorgeous floral designs, to table linens, Chivari chairs, gold rimmed charger plates, dinner ware, goblets, napkins and napkin rings, candles, and chair sashes. The combination of purple and gold is timeless and so elegant!
To complete the look, we decorated the area around the fireplace and the window front with floral and candle designs – a nice addition to the overall decor.


The fabulous team of vendors:
Wedding Ceremony – First Baptist Church
Reception Venue – Edgewater HotelPhotography – Carol Harrold
Rentals – Pedersen’s Party Rentals

Stylish Winter Wedding at Canlis Restaurant

Today I am very excited to share pictures of a stylish winter wedding at Canlis Restaurant in Seattle. I recently received these gorgeous images from Laurel McConnell: I was so excited to finally get a chance to work together with this fun and talented Seattle photographer!
Brian and Elen got married at Canlis Restaurant in early January of this year. Canlis is THE Seattle venue for an intimate wedding, offering some of the best food and views the city has to offer.
Elen and Brian envisioned simple elegance for their wedding ceremony and reception and liked clean and modern designs in white and green with accents of silver and black (for those of you who know me, I am of course a big fan of classy, neutral color palettes!). Designing their long reception table was so much fun – but see for yourself – lots of detail shots below:

The Canlis Restaurant Penthouse at night with its fabulous views


For Elen we designed a modern bouquet in white with hydrangea, callas, and phaleanopsis orchids mixed with black and silver foliage


The ceremony featured 2 large trees blooming with orchids, brightly illuminated from below to give them a beautiful glow

We had a lot of fun designing several fun and modern floral pieces for the long reception guest table. Tall glass vases filled with white phaleanopsis orchids created beautiful focal points, mixed with several lower designs – all of a different look and feel – lining the table center creating a luxurious floral table runner.



We added fun and whimsical details into each of the designs, like wire-wrapped vases, wire spheres inside the vases, or small cubes clustered together containing single orchid blooms.





The team of vendors:
Wedding and Reception Venue: Canlis Restaurant in Seattle
Photography: Laurel McConnell Photography

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!!