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.

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It’s been a whirlwind few weeks for us at Alluring Blooms =)

We got married!

It was everything we could have asked for and more. The weekend was colder than cold, but we didn’t let it dampen our spirits. We spent the weekend hanging out with the people we love most. Until we get our pics back from our amazing Aunt Rita, who was generous enough to gift us with taking photos, you’ll have to settle for some grainy cell phone pics snapped by various family members over the weekend.

Here I am hard at work on Friday night putting together the ceremony floral pieces:

And here they are in action:

On Saturday we had a short but sweet late morning ceremony at the Wisconsin State Capitol Building. We wrote the ceremony ourselves and it was very, very meaningful to us.

Here we are right after the ceremony:

After the ceremony we all went for a delish salad and pizza lunch at Francesca’s al Lago. The food was amazing. This picture at Francesca’s right after we were done eating has got to be one of my fav’s. I love how much little girls adore weddings!

Can I just take a moment to say how much I absolutely adored our flowers? They were exactly what I had envisioned. My bouquet was soft, elegant, romantic. I can’t choose a favorite part. The anemone blossoms were stunning. The vintage lace wrapped stems, out of this world beautiful.

The maids bouquets were a little more bold. They were a stunning mix of shades of green. The green ranunculus that came in were so unique! I just loved them. Here’s a shot of the maids bouquets with our rings:

Some people said I was crazy for doing our flowers… but seriously… how could I let someone else take care of my favorite part????

In the coming weeks we’ll be working on completely revamping our website thanks to our sister Amanda Kay! We can’t wait to share the new website with you.

Hello friends, I’m back to discuss the next up in the expo lineup:

Onto the “Summer” look we created for the bridal expo a couple weeks ago. I went with a more modern, sleek look for these designs. While expensive, orchids can make such a huge statement! A single bloom really is enough to draw attention.

The Bouquet: A small hand tied bouquet of green mini cymbidium orchids, green tea roses and bear grass loop sheltering. The stems were wrapped in black organza ribbon and accented with black and green pins. Small in size, big in personality!

The Bout: A green mini cymbid with a bear grass loop accent. Simple, stylish. Love it!

The Corsage: Ok, so I need to be straight with you guys. This is my favorite corsage I’ve made to date. I know I mentioned it in my last post… but I have to say it again: there are SOOOO many great products out there now. Why go with the ordinary elastic wristlet of the 80’s/90’s when you could use one of these beautiful bracelet style wristlets instead? This black metal cuff wristlet is so modern. I just adore it. Accented with black and green ribbon, and a couple green mini cymbidium blooms it truly is a piece of floral jewelry. And another confession: I loved this corsage so much that after our wild wedding/expo day (madness involving an entire evening into morning creating flowers for 2 weddings and an expo, getting 2 hours of sleep, followed by madness delivering flowers for said weddings, and setting up a full expo showcase) I wore it out to dinner. Yes, I’ll admit it, I’m a flower junkie. I couldn’t let this beauty sit in the car. I proudly wore it out to dinner. What is the special occasion, people asked. Oh, no special occasion, this corsage is just GORGEOUS! LOL.

And lastly, The Centerpiece: The centerpiece was a grouping of three cylinders in varying heights. Each cylinder was filled with water, and orchids were suspended in the cylinders anchored to a floating candle on top. Talk about a great way to get the stunning look of beautiful orchids but keep costs down. And again, with our fantastic vase rental program the costs are even lower!

And there you have it. Our modern, sleek summer style. Up next: Fall

Megan and Mitch are Married!

September 25, 2010

A few weeks ago we had the honor of working with Megan and Mitch for their nature inspired wedding. I’m so excited to share the details. I loved the white and green color scheme, and had soooooo much fun with their flowers.

Besides ceremony and personal flowers, we also had the pleasure of doing their reception flowers as well. The reception was held at The Brink Lounge in Madison. It was our first reception at The Brink, and I think it was a huge success. We were really able to transform the space.

Onto the flowers! We created 3 bouquets, 5 bouts and 4 corsages for the wedding. We accented the existing alter plants with some beautiful white spider mums for a nice pop of white against the green foliage. The reception flowers were amazing… more on that in a bit.

The Bride’s Bouquet: A white and green bouquet. We made this bouquet with white gerbera daisies, dahlias, carnations, and spider mums and green roses, button mums, hypericum berries and salal greenery. The stems were wrapped with satin ribbon, then we used fabric from the brides dress to do a ballet stem treatment accented with pearl pins.

The Groom’s Bout: A simple bout made with white button mums accented with greenery and twigs.

The Maid’s Bouquet: Very similar to the brides bouquet, this bouquet was made without the white spider mums but added bear grass accent.

The Groomsman’s Bout: Just like the grooms, but with some green button mums mixed in with the white.

The Dad’s Bout: A green tea rose with a white button mum and basic tape wrapped stem.

The Mom’s Corsage: Just like the dads, but with an ivory bow.

And onto the reception! Like I had mentioned earlier, the reception was held at The Brink Lounge in Madison. Megan had been collecting green glass and milk glass vases for quite some time. We filled this extensive vase collection with greenery accented with some white blossoms. It really turned out beautifully. There were 20 tables in the dining room, and we had enough vases to add some to the lounge for cocktail hour as well. Here are a bunch of pictures of the transformed reception area:

Matthew and I had a fantastic time working for Megan and Mitch. We really loved the natural vibe of their event.