Portland Wedding Florist | Pantone Color of the Year 2017

Wedding Florals + Pantone’s Color of the Year 2017

It’s official. “Greenery” is the Pantone Color of the Year for 2017.

No surprise here! Greenery (and greenery ;)) have been trending amongst our brides for the past couple of years. As a wedding florist, I love incorporating greens into  arrangements. It brings a natural, authentic, lush feel to a wedding.

Garlands as table runners during the reception has been popular the past few  years. However, there are many other ways to incorporate greenery. Below are some examples of greenery taking center stage and adding beautiful color and texture to some of our past weddings.

If you are a getting married in Portland or the surrounding areas (travel welcomed), contact us about being your wedding florist! Let’s see how we can incorporate “Greenery” into your wedding florals.

BridalVeilLakesWeddingHops! During late summer and early fall, hops are a beautiful, simple way to achieve a lush look.

OregonWeddingFloristOldSchoolHouseWeddingPortlandWeddingFloristFireplace mantels are begging to be adorned. We love creating an asymmetrical cascade down one side and then incorporating lots of candlelight!PortlandWeddingFloristGreenery backdrops…PortlandWeddingFloristGreenery backdrops are perfect for your ceremony and during the reception can be used behind the head table, the dessert/cake table or even as a photo booth backdrop.BarnKestrelWeddingYou don’t need lots of blooms to get a beautiful bouquet! Greenery comes in many shades and textures too!LeachBotanicalGardenWeddingAt this Leach Botanical Garden wedding, we used candles and vines to create a romantic, whimsical look in this cozy fireside room.MonetVineyardsWeddingPortlandWeddingFloristGreenery on your cake can be uber romantic and so beautiful!ZenithVineyardWeddingOk, so technically this aisle installation was made up of lots and lots of flowers. But, I love the contrast of green and white! It’s like walking through of meadow of wild flowers!VistaHillsWeddingLet’s not forget the details! I love these wreaths adding a little something special to the bride and groom’s chairs during dinner.VistaHillsWeddingSpeaking of details, how gorgeous are these place cards? The calligrapher wrote each guests name on a magnolia leaf.PortlandWeddingFloristLooking for a little something extra for your bridal portraits? This delicate garland is a great alternative to a flower crown.PortlandWeddingFlorist I couldn’t write this post without including at least one image of some garland. I love this lush look for the head table.

Photography by Sweetlife, Maria Lamb, Bryan Rupp, Heather and Jared, Marina Koslow, Bethany Small



Salem Wedding Florist | Zenith Vineyard Wedding

Katie + Seth | Zenith Vineyard Wedding


I’m so excited to share one of my favorite 2016 weddings! Katie + Seth’s Zenith Vineyard wedding was nothing short of a romantic fairytale, not to mention a wedding florists dream!

Zenith is a beautiful venue in Salem, Oregon. The large lawn, open veranda, and breathtaking views makes for a magical setting. From blush bridesmaid’s dresses, to the dreamiest wedding aisle ever, Katie’s vision for her wedding was all about lush florals, soft shades of pink, and romance galore.

It was a privilege to be Katie + Seth’s wedding florist. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your special day. It was so wonderful working with you and your wonderful families.

portlandweddingfloristzenithvineyardweddingportlandweddingfloristzenithvineyardwedding6Katie’s bouquet was beautiful! Peonies, garden roses, and ranunculus…what’s not to love!portlandweddingfloristzenithvineyardwedding15Beautiful bridesmaids! All bouquets were accented with Frou Frou Chic silk ribbonsportlandweddingfloristzenithvineyardwedding10portlandweddingfloristzenithvineyardwedding12portlandweddingflorist2portlandweddingfloristHow dreamy is this aisle?? Made up of lots and lots of larkspur and Queen Anne’s laceportlandweddingfloristzenithvineyardwedding14portlandweddingfloristzenithvineyardwedding5portlandweddingfloristzenithvineyardwedding4The centerpieces featured many of my favorites: quicksand roses, peonies, ranunculus and garden roses.portlandweddingfloristzenithvineyardwedding3portlandweddingfloristzenithvineyardwedding7portlandweddingfloristzenithvineyardwedding8portlandweddingfloristzenithvineyardwedding2Zenith Vineyard has a beautiful lawn for cocktail hour

Photography: Marina Koslow | Venue: Zenith Vineyard | Day of Coordination: Ginger + You Events | Specialty Rentals: Something Borrowed | Catering: Vibrant Table


Portland Wedding Florist

DIY Winter Wreath

If you read my last DIY post, you know that this year I’m decorating with navy, white, gray, and copper. Keeping with this palette, I wanted to make a blue, winter wreath. I love making my own wreath because I want something a little less traditional, and I also like to be able to pick out my own greens and combine a few different textures.

Whatever you choose to include in your wreath, you can follow these simple steps to create something beautiful and unique.

Supplies Needed:

  • Greens– I used 2 eucalyptus varieties, blue ice cedar, and eucalyptus pods for added texture
  • Wreath Form/Ring–I used 14″
  • Wire
  • Clippers


Step 1: Prepare your greens. I love to cut and divide my bunches of greenery into smaller pieces. I also clean off the bottom of the stems so there is less bulk.

Foraging greens from your yard (or maybe your neighbors with permission!) is a great way save on greens. Cedar, pine, and other fir trees are a great place to start. Boxwood, laurels, holly, and evergreen magnolia also look great (and last well) in wreaths.

Other places around town I’ve found to purchase greens are Fred Meyer, Trader Joes, and New Seasons. 


Blue Ice Cedar




Spiral Eucalyptus and eucalyptus pods

Step 2: Take pieces of greenery and create bundles. Attach the bundles to your wreath ring with wire. Pull wire tight so the greens stay in place.

Play with the amount of greens in your bundles. If you like an asymmetric look, use heavier bunches of greens on a 1/3 of your wreath form. Also, if you want to add in woody branches, attach those securely to the form before add your greenery.


Continue Step 2 till you have covered the ring.


Step 3: Add texture. I like to add my texture last since I only wanted it in one section. Add some ribbon and hang indoors or outdoors.


Happy wreath making!

Portland Wedding Florist | Portland Event Design

DIY Felt Christmas Tree Garland

The holiday season is officially here! I love decorating my home for Christmas. The only caveat, is that I don’t like to do the same theme/color palette year to year. This is a nightmare for my financial advisor hubby😉.

This year, I decided to I wanted to decorate with navy, white, gray, and copper. I love this wintery color combo! Unfortunately, I only had a few silver and white decor items from years past. In order to save some money I decided some DIY projects were necessary. In the next several days I will be sharing a few DIY decor projects I am using in my home this Christmas. First up is the DIY felt garland for our Christmas tree.

Supplies Needed:

  • Felt in color(s) of choice. I kept my color scheme neutral (white, oatmeal, and gray)
  • Bind wire or twine
  • Scissors (sharp enough to cut fabric)


Step 1: Cut your felt into 1/2″ x 5″ strips and cut your bind wire to desired length (You may want to cut a few pieces in equal lengths.)


Step 2: Next, tie your strips of felt onto the bind wire.


Step 3: Pull pieces of felt together and turn in different directions to create fullness and dimension. Continue until you have covered the bind wire.


Step 4: Add to your tree!


Check back soon for a DIY winter wreath tutorial.


Hood River Wedding Florist

Caitlin + Sean | Mt. Hood Organic Farms Weddingportlandweddingfloristmthoodorganicfarmswedding2

What a pleasure it was to be a part of Caitlin + Sean’s wedding day. These two got married at a gorgeous venue near Hood River, Oregon, Mt. Hood Organic Farms. This place is stunning! The property itself is over 200 acres, and boasts beautiful gardens, ponds, trails, and of course orchards. To top it off, the view of Mt. Hood is off the charts phenomenal.

Caitlin definitely has a little boho spirit about her. From her floral crown, to her bouquet, she wanted her florals to have a natural, garden-esque feel to them. I loved her color palette of peach, white, and blush.

Congratulations Caitlin and Sean! Thank you for choosing Swoon at your wedding florist!

hoodriverweddingflorist8Beautiful Caitlin wore a crown of ivory spray roses, peach/coral ranunculus, peach hypericum berry and eucalyptus.mthoodorganicfarmsweddingmthoodorganicfarmswedding2hoodriverweddingflorist3portlandweddingforistmthoodorganicfarmswedding3The bridal bouquet featured cafe au lait dahlias, Juliet garden roses, ranunculus, lysmachia and jasmine vinehoodriverweddingflorist5hoodriverweddingfloristmthoodorganicfarmsweddingI love how neutral the bridesmaid’s dresses were. Their bouquets had a pop of chamomile (mini daisies).hoodriverweddingfloristportlandweddingflorist2hoodriverweddingflorist2  A gorgeous reception in the Apple House at Mt. Hood Organic Farms.hoodriverweddingflorist4You really can’t beat that view of Mt. Hood! Absolutely stunning!portlandweddingfloristmthoodorganicfarmsweddinghoodriverweddingfloristmthoodorganicfarmswedding2

Photography: Sara K. Byrne | Venue: Mt. Hood Organic Farms | Floral: Swoon Floral Design

Portland Wedding Florist | Portland Event Design

Giving Thanks | Autumn Wedding Inspiration

Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever! Psalm 107:2

portlandweddingfloristoregoneventdesign3The holiday season always seems to sneak up on me. One day the leaves are just beginning to change. The next, we are half way through November, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner!

Thanksgiving is so meaningful to me. Taking the time to reflect, to be surrounded by loved ones is a slice of heaven for me. As a small business owner, I don’t take for granted that everyday I get to do something I absolutely love. Not only that, but this business also allows me to be a stay-at-home-mom to my daughter. So, to all my past and current brides and clients: THANK YOU!!! from the bottom of my heart. Supporting my small business helps me provide for my family, spend time with my daughter, and allows my work and my passion to be one in the same.

And to my family, friends, and peers; there are not enough words to express my gratitude for your continual support, love and encouragement. It’s this tribe that keeps me going day in and day out.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and that you take time to be with loved ones, to reflect, pray, to give thanks.

Also, thank you Style Me Pretty for featuring this lovely, fall inspired editorial. Check out what they have to say here.portlandweddingfloristoregoneventdesign4portlandweddingflorist3portlandweddingflorist2Pears, persimmon, and chestnutsportlandweddingfloristoregoneventdesign2portlandweddingfloristportlandeventdesign3I love these beeswax candles. They are perfect for any fall table.portlandweddingfloristportlandweddingfloristoregoneventdesignportlandweddingfloristportlandeventdesign2Fall colors are some of my favorites. Mums, roses, oak leaves, pieris, and nandina are some of the flowers and foliage that make up this arrangements.portlandweddingflorist4portlandweddingfloristportlandeventdesign

Photography: Jamie Rae Photo | Design/Styling/Floral: Swoon Floral Design | Rentals: Something Borrowed | Makeup & Hair: Kim King | Gown: Claire La Faye | Jewelry: JES Designs | Cake: Little Red’s Bakeshop

Portland, Oregon Wedding Florist

Bridal Veil Lakes Oregon Wedding | Timberly + Michael


It is always a pleasure working with brides who are over the moon, giddy, and excited about their wedding. Timberly was that bride. From the first time we met to talk about her wedding plans and floral, to the actual wedding day, she was very much looking forward to marrying her best friend. Simply put, she was filled with joy.

Timberly + Michael were married on a hot, Oregon summer day. 100 degrees to be exact. It was a scorcher! These two tied the knot at one of the most beautiful venues in Oregon, Bridal Veil Lakes. Nestled up off the Historic Highway along the Columbia River Gorge, we were able to stay cool(er) shaded by the grand evergreen trees that the venue boasts.

The floral was mostly shades of peach, blush and coral accented plum shades brought in through figs and plums.

For the ceremony we adorned the arbor and aisle with hops vines. It was simple, but created a beautiful lush space. I just adore this look!

portlandweddingfloristportlandweddingflorist4Timberly’s bouquet featured cafe au lait dahlias, peonies (yes, in August!), garden roses, and ranunculus.portlandweddingflorist2portlandweddingflorist6portlandweddingflorist5oregonweddingflorist7One of my favorite ceremony designs to date. Lush hops vines. bridalveillakesweddingoregonbridalveillakesweddingoregon2bridalveillakesweddingoregon3bridalveillakesweddingoregon5oregonweddingfloristbridalveillakesweddingoregon4I love incorporating fruit into arrangements and table design. Not only does it add beautiful color, but it brings in authentic, seasonal texture. oregonweddingflorist4portlandweddingflorist7The centerpieces were arranged in beautiful silver compote bowls. The florals included cafe au lait dahlias, peach garden roses, blackberries, eucalyptus, and delicate yellow scabiosa.oregonweddngflorist3portlandweddingflorist8bridalveillakesweddingoregon6oregonweddingflorist6

Vendors: Photography Maria Lamb | Venue Bridal Veil Lakes | Floral Swoon Floral Design | Coordination J29 Events | Makeup/Hair Jein King | Tabletop Rentals Barclay | Specialty Rentals Something Borrowed Portland | Dessert Papa Haydn