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.


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!

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.

Sam and Juan are Married!

November 7, 2010

Last month we did flowers for a wedding at The Pres House, downtown Madison, WI. The reception was held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Middleton, WI. It was a blast, and I finally have time to show you some pics! Sam and Juan decided on red and ivory roses, and I added seeded eucalyptus as an accent. The pieces were really simple and elegant. We got to create the brides bouquet, the grooms bout, 4 bridesmaids bouquets, 4 groomsmens bouts, bouts and corsages for the parents, alter arrangements, a memorial arrangement, a toss bouquet and an absolutely magnificent cake… the hightlight of the wedding for me!

Onto the pics:

The Bride’s Bouquet: A simple hand tied bouquet in a mix of ivory and red roses collared with seeded eucalyptus. The stems were wrapped in ivory ribbon and accented with red pins.

The Groom’s Boutonniere: An ivory rose boutonniere accented with seeded eucalyptus and a simple tape wrapped stem.

The Bridesmaid’s Bouquets: Hand tied bouquets of red roses collared with seeded eucalyptus. The stems were given the same stem treatment as the brides.

The Groomsmen’s Boutonnieres: A simple red rose bout with a kick! This basic red rose boutonniere with seeded eucalyptus has a tape wrapped stem accented with black bullion wire. This wire adds a nice glimmer. A very inexpensive way to spruce up a bout.

The Toss Bouquet: A simple mixed flower toss bouquet.

And last, but certainly not least, the cake. Sam had given us an inspiration photo of how she wanted her cake to look. It was a lot of fun recreating this beautiful cake. Roses in different shades were placed layer after layer, and the table was covered in ivory and red rose petals.

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

A couple weeks ago Matthew and I displayed at the Madison VFW Post 1318’s first mini bridal expo. We had a really fun time putting together some looks for the event. We broke it down into four seasons and created a look for each season. We gave a sneak peek of the event on our Facebook page, but over the next few days I’ll try to cover all four looks we came up with in detail here.

Tonight I’m highlighting our “Spring” look. The inspiration for this look was the bright, fun colors that come to mind when I think of the snow melting and the flowers that will soon be blooming.

The Bouquet: A bouquet of mixed flowers in bright colors. Orange asiatic lilies, “Orange Queens” alstromeria, hot pink gerberas, hot pink “Super Nova” spray roses, green hypericum berries, bright yellow cushion pomps and tinted yellow wax flower. The stems were wrapped with white satin ribbon and then a hot pink ballet stem treatment was accented with hot pink pins. Fun, trendy, fabulous!

The Boutonniere – a “Super Nova” spray rose, a yellow cushion pomp, a green button pomp and yellow wax flower with a bear grass loop accent and a basic tape wrapped stem.

The Corsage: A bright colorful wrist corsage. There are so many new products out there for bouts and corsages. Why not do something different? These bracelet style wristlets are so much fun. The flowers and accents simply glue onto a removable plastic plate so the bracelets can be worn again and again after your special event. This corsage was made with a hot pink gum drop wristlet, a hot pink “Super Nova” spray rose, a yellow cushion pomp, and yellow wax flower accented with salal greens and an orange ribbon.

So there you have it, our look for spring. Up next… summer!

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.

Kym and Corey are Married!

September 18, 2010

Yesterday was a fantastic evening for us at Alluring Blooms. We had the pleasure of working with Leslie of Blissful Events (http://blissfuleventsllc.com/) for Kym and Corey’s wedding at the beautiful Devil’s Head Resort. A stunning backdrop for a wedding, Devil’s Head Resort is located amid the bluffs in Merrimac, WI.

Before I go any further, I need to give a special thank you to my other, other mother, Joan, for all of her help yesterday. Words cannot express how much I appreciate her time and effort put into making this such a successful event.

Now, back to the wedding. Kym and Corey’s wedding was a beautiful mix of yellow and ivory/white flowers. They stood out beautifully against the aqua blue maids dresses and all of the aqua accents throughout. We were very excited to do Kym and Corey’s flowers. They really went all out… bouquets, bouts, corsages, a stunning arch for the couple to wed under, rose petals and flower cones lined the aisle, and the reception hall filled with both high and low centerpieces and tons of tiny bud vases.

Let’s get to the flowers!!!!

The Bride’s Bouquet – a hand tied bouquet of white dahlias, yellow roses, and white spray roses. The bouquet was created in the Biedermeier style… or concentric rings of flowers. It’s almost a bullseye effect. There white dahlias in the center, they were surrounded by yellow roses, and lastly, a ring of white spray roses surrounded the yellow roses. Hope to have a picture in the coming weeks!

The Maid’s Bouquets – a hand tied bouquet created with a lovely mix of white dahlias, yellow and cream roses and white and yellow spray roses. The stems were wrapped in white satin ribbon and the bride picked a brilliant accent, diamond encrusted pins called “Razzle”. They added an amazing sparkle to the bouquets.

The Groomsman’s Bout – A yellow rose with a simple bear grass loop. Simple with very clean lines.

The lovely couple wed outside under an arch. Kym wanted the arch to be covered in greenery and yellow and white flowers. She really wanted it to look full. We covered the arch in grapevine, then place a garland of greenery and flowers on top. The garland is made of salal leaves, plumosa fern and leatherleaf fern. We filled the garland with hydrangea, yellow roses and white and yellow spray roses. The end result took my breath away. I hope they loved it as much as we enjoyed making it.

And last, but not least, the centerpieces. We created 5 tall and 6 low centerpieces. The tall centerpieces were created in eiffel tower vases. They were filled with hydrangea, roses and carnations. The low centerpieces were hand tied bunches of roses, carnations and spray roses. At the last minute Kym asked us if we could provide flowers to do a bunch of tiny bud vases to be used as favors. I got on the phone and came up with yellow mini carnations and white spray roses. They turned out great.

Here’s a shot of a table with a tall centerpiece:

And a shot of a table with the low centerpiece:

You can see the tiny bud vases in the table shots. While the wedding was taking place, we were in the reception hall filling all these tiny vases.

We had a blast working with Kym and Corey, and look forward to working with Blissful Events again in the future!