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:

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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

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!)

Well, it’s been two weeks since I last had the chance to post. We have been blessed to have a very busy fall wedding season! In the coming weeks I’ll be blogging about our latest weddings: Sam & Juan, Evan & Ashley and Stef & John.

While none of our brides have had a really rustic fall filled theme for their weddings, when designing for the expo display a few weeks back I had to include some really natural fall elements into the designs representing fall.

So here it goes, our designs for the “Fall” display for the VFW Bridal Expo we did in September. We put together two different fall bouquets for the Expo.

A Fall Inspired Beidermeier Bouquet – A bouquet filled with fall elements. Beidermeier bouquets are created using concentric circles… almost a bullseye effect. This bouquet was created using red broom corn in the center. This was surrounded by a ring of sunset safari leucadendron. This beautiful burgundy element adds a wonderful smooth texture. Next is a ring of natural wheat. The wheat adds tons of texture and visual interest. Lastly, a ring of bronze spray mums, a classic fall flower. This hand tied bouquet was finished with a simple, natural raffia wrap.

A Soft Fall Bouquet – This bouquet was created with a mix of red broom corn, burgundy spray mums and pampas grass. The pampas grass adds a very soft feeling to the bouquet. I love the texture and color it has. This bouquet was also tied with a natural raffia wrap minus the wild ends.

There you have it, our two fall inspired bouquets. Up next, Sam and Juan’s red rose filled wedding.

Ok. It’s official, I’m obsessed with white. Maybe it’s visions of Matthew and my upcoming wedding dancing through my head. Maybe it’s all the green rising from the fields has me reminiscing about how they were ┬áblanketed in snow only a few weeks ago. I don’t know. One thing I do know is that these White Majolica spray roses are stunning.

They have such a classic elegant look. The curly willow wound in the bowl adds a beautiful natural element to the design. I really like the added texture from the seeded eucalyptus. This design was so fun to make. Simple, elegant, classic, WHITE!