New Year, New Blog!

April 3, 2012

We hope you’ve enjoyed our occasional sharing here on our blog. We wanted to let you know we’ve moved! You can catch up on all the fun things we’re doing at Alluring Blooms on our new blog:

www.alluringblooms.com/blog

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On Friday after work I stopped at my wholesaler to wander the cooler and see what pretty flowers they had in stock. I found the most beautiful green mini hydrangea and red roses and decided it was time to get into the Christmas spirit at our house!

With flowers in hand I headed home and put this lovely arrangement together. A simple hand tied bouquet of red roses, green mini hydrangea, port orford cedar and the most adorable little pine cone flowers I’ve ever seen. Of course, the wedding florist in me couldn’t just stop there. I also put together a matching head piece and boutonniere. I love the color blocking – grouping flowers of the same color together – to add more visual interest to a bouquet.

I couldn’t be happier that the holiday season is upon us!

Back in July I got to create a beautiful white, pink and yellow bouquet for the lovely Nicole! I also got to create a bunch of other pieces as well – but it’s Nicole’s bouquet that was the stand out of the wedding for me.

Last week I was able to get these photos of Aaron & Nicole’s big day from the very talented Angela at Green Paint Photography (http://greenpaint.smugmug.com) in Madison. Thank you, Angela, for the beautiful photos!

Now let’s get to some more eye candy from Angela!

Don’t you love those shoes?! So pretty!

Aaron and Nicole got married at the beautiful Olbrich Botanical Gardens. It really is a lovely venue for a wedding!

The maids carried mixed flower bouquets in a blend of pink and yellow. Nicole’s bouquet was a combo of white hydrangea, pink stock, alstroemeria and sweet william, and those gorgeous, bold yellow mini callas.

There you have it, a snapshot of Nicole & Aaron’s July wedding.

Aaron & Nicole, I had such a great time creating your wedding flowers. I wish you a blessed marriage and many, many years of happiness. And to Diane, Nicole’s mom, it was a pleasure working with you as well!

To see more of Angela’s work – check out her website above, or her blog: http://revoellutionaj.blogspot.com

Tami & Austin are Married!

September 23, 2011

I am so excited to share some photos with you today from the uber-talented Andrea at Andrea Paradowski Photography (www.andreaparadowski.com) Thank you, Andrea, for the lovely photos of Tami & Austin’s special day!

Back in July we created personal flowers for Tami & Austin’s rustic country wedding. I love the hay backdrop!

The brides bouquet was a mix of pink roses, carnations and alstroemeria with pops of green hypericum berries. What a fun color combo!

The maids carried bouquets in a mix of pink and green.

Congrats Tami & Austin!

Want more? You can see more pictures of Tami & Austin’s rustic country wedding (and more of Andrea’s beautiful photography) on her blog: blog.andreaparadowski.com

A few months ago I had the honor of standing up for -AND- doing the wedding flowers for my amazing friend Stephanie and her handsome husband Chris. This week I was so thrilled to get an email from their very talented photographer, Molly from m three studio. (www.mthreestudio.com) Thank you, Molly, for the beautiful images!

Stephanie and Chris had a gorgeous ceremony and reception at The Heidel House in Green Lake, WI. They were married in an outdoor ceremony right next to the lake.

For the ceremony we went with a very gauzy wedding canopy to filter the sun. The poles were adorned with woodsy greenery and some floral accents.

The aisle was lined with short shepherds hooks and mason jars filled with rustic blooms.

Stephanie wanted a large bouquet filled with wildflowers in shades of yellow, blue and white. I had such a great time making her bouquet. It was filled with white stock, white veronica, yellow ranunculus, yellow billy balls, blue anemone and thistle. I felt soooo lucky to get this blue anemone in at the end of it’s season.

Stephanie’s bouquet was wrapped with navy blue ribbon – and included a special memento to honor her parents who’ve passed – their wedding bands.

The maids carried similar bouquets – lots of stock, anemone, thistle, billy balls, ranunculus – very rustic.

I loved that we all got to pick out our own dress style and shoes! Note to brides: it’s ok to trust your maids to pick out a dress and shoes that are flattering to them as long as its in your color palette. Check out these adorable yellow shoes! And the even more adorable BLUE shoes Stephanie rocked!

I loved the guys bouts! They were so masculine – thistle and billy balls accented with navy wire.

The reception centerpieces were made up of an assortment of mason jars and milk glass filled with rustic blooms.

Stephanie put her heart and soul into tons of personalized details that are not pictured here. They really made the wedding special and memorable. They had the most adorable escort cards I’ve seen – they were these cute tags hanging on a big carved wooden fish! From the ceremony song selection to the candy bar items (gummy sharks – yes, I said gummy sharks) to the lawn games during the cocktail hour to the super fun live music at the reception, their wedding was just a blast.

Stephanie & Chris – thank you for giving me the opportunity to stand with you on such an important day. And thank you for letting me create these floral pieces – it truly was a day I’ll never forget.

Lastly, thank you to my husband, Matthew, and my mom (in-law), Joan – your help with set up while I was off having fun was appreciated more than words can say. You guys are the greatest.

Last weekend was filled with purple flowers here at Alluring Blooms!

We created some beautiful floral pieces for Jeanne & Mitchell’s Friday wedding at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Madison. It was also our first reception at the lovely Edgewater Hotel on Lake Mendota in downtown Madison. Steve, and his staff, were fantastic to work with. Very accommodating & helpful!

Lets get to some pics, shall we?

Here’s a great pic of Jeanne & Mitchell – courtesy of Fred Lutz of Lutz Photography in Ellsworth, WI (www.lutzphoto.org). Aren’t they sweet?

Here’s a close up of the bride’s bouquet – photo also courtesy of Lutz Photography. Thanks for the images, Fred!

It was a round hand tied bouquet made of a mix of roses – big white ‘Polar Star’ roses, roses various shades of purple – ‘Amnesia’, ‘Ocean Song’ and ‘Blue Curiosa’, white ‘Patience’ garden roses, and ‘White Majolica’ and ‘Little Silver’ spray roses. Simple and elegant.

The maids bouquets were a mix of flowers in white and purple. Roses, spray roses, lisianthus, standard size and mini carnations. The purple looked great with the jade green dresses. I really enjoyed making these bouquets. I just love, love LOVE those beautiful grayish purple ‘Amnesia’ roses. I’m obsessed.

For the reception we used two styles of centerpiece to add visual interest. One was a low 10″ lily bowl with floating blooms and floating candle.

The other was a 14″ hurricane vase with floating blooms and floating candle. All the tables were sprinkled with rose petals and lots of votive candles! Gotta love the glow of candlelight.

We also got to make this really cute cake topper. I loved the swirls on this pretty cake – beautifully decorated by Craig’s Cake Shop of Verona.

So there you have it. Jeanne and Mitchell’s sophisticated, elegant wedding. It truly was a pleasure working for you Jeanne & Mitchell. We wish you many, many years of happiness!

Up next, Jamie & Jeff’s yellow rose wedding!

(photos not credited taken by me – you can see why I’m a florist – not a photographer!)

Picked up flowers yesterday for this weekends wedding. Had to share some pics!

We’re using tons of white, yellow and blue blooms.

These white peonies are so ruffly and pretty!

These blue anemone traveled a really long way to be here. We’re so lucky to have them. They are not in season right now typically, but we got lucky! I love the yellow ranunculus too.

We are using the most beautiful garden roses. They are a pretty ivory yellow and they smell like heaven! They are soooooo fragrant. And the white stock pictured below smells great too.

These yellow ranunculus are stunning. The whispy white veronica adds a very wild feel. Love it.

Can’t wait to start turning these blooms into works of art!

Another great weekend for us here at Alluring Blooms!

I got the opportunity to arrange flowers for Sara and Adam’s wedding yesterday. They were married at the BEAUTIFUL Blackhawk Country Club in Madison, Wisconsin.

The bride wanted a slight cascade bouquet, and I was soooo excited for the opportunity! The cascade is not as common as it used to be… but the long, ivy and babies breath cascades of the 80’s are sooooo out! Here’s our take on a modern cascade. A beautiful combo of white dendrobium orchids, lilies, stock, gerberas, LILACS! and anemone with some black bacarra roses and bear grass accents. I loved the fun black flat wire accents worked in!

The maids bouquets were created with the same flowers, only they were round hand tied bouquets.

Here’s a shot of the arrangement I put together for the couple’s sand ceremony.

We had a wonderful time working putting flowers together for this wedding. We hope this fantastic couple had the perfect day!

I’ve been feeling under the weather this week. This cold has got to take a hike because tomorrow my wonderful hubby and I are going to see Les Mis at the Overture Center. I’m soooooo excited! Squeeeee!!!!

When I’m feeling blah flowers always cheer me up. So, today I bring you a cute little centerpiece that really brought a smile to my face.

This centerpiece was made with a stunning mix of greenery accented with some simple white button mums and lavender wax flower. The unique composition of greenery creates great movement. I love how the leaves create little hiding spots to tuck blooms to add visual interest.

Pretty purple posies!

May 9, 2011

Ahhhhhhh, it is FINALLY feeling like spring here in Wisconsin. All I can say is: It’s about time!

Last week we had the pleasure of putting on a floral design workshop for some residents of Hyland Park in Fitchburg. I really enjoy spending time with these ladies and having some fun with flowers! We made some really fun spring bubble bowl arrangements with inexpensive blooms like spray mums, mini carnations and alstroemeria.

After the workshop I had some leftover flowers. What is a floral designer to do? Make a sample bouquet of course!

So here you have it: a bouquet of lavender cushion spray mums, pretty purple alstroemeria, white mini carnations and the most beautiful dark purple tulips. Top it off with some variegated pitt greenery and a pretty purple and fuchsia ribbon…perfection. This adorable bouquet is also friendly on the pocketbook. What a bonus!