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Portland Oregon Floral Design Workshop

Designing With Spring Blooms Workshop

A few weeks ago, I had a the pleasure of teaching and talking with 30 attendees about flowers and how I approach floral design. Truth be told, I have been wanting to teach a workshop for over a year, but the idea was always put on the back burner. Amber with Something Borrowed approached me about teaching a workshop in their new space Studio 1904, and I knew this was the perfect opportunity.

With all the beautiful photos floating around instagram, Pinterest, and social media, I totally get how intimidating and daunting floral design can be. As a designer who is 100% self taught, and someone who entered into the wedding industry perhaps a little naively, I have felt a need to always be willing share what I know and encourage other designers to do what they love.

To my delight, the attendees were super interactive during my demo; asking questions and sharing experiences. I LOVED being able to share what I have learned over the past five years. Owning and running a floral design business (or any business) is HARD. It’s even harder if you feel like you are all alone with no where to turn.

All that being said, I am excited to start offering more workshops including private group workshops (birthday parties, bridal showers, or just a fun excuse to get your friends together) and 1:1 workshops/mentoring for those starting out in the business or even those who have been in it for awhile, but may be looking to rebrand or attract more of their ideal client. I will also be offering more public workshops throughout the year.

To stay tuned on upcoming workshops, or to learn more about the private group workshops or 1:1 workshops click here.

Lastly, thank you to my dear friend Jake of Sweetlife Photography for these amazing images!

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Mt Tabor Ceremony + The Evergreen Wedding Reception, Portland, Oregon Wedding Florist

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Caitlin + Paul | Mt. Tabor + The Evergreen Wedding

It’s no secret that you are never *truly* safe from the threat of rain when having your wedding in Oregon.

Caitlin and Paul were married last September (my husband and I now share a wedding anniversary with these two!) on a very wet, stormy Portland day. These two live right at the base of Mt. Tabor park and decided that this beautiful wooded area would be the perfect place to say “I do.” Despite the steady rain that day, Caitlin and Paul went forward with their original plans. Their family and friends were all great sports about the weather, and I think the gloomy conditions created some of the most beautiful imagery I’ve ever seen.

The reception was held indoors at a newer venue in Portland, The Evergreen. This space is clean, modern, and hip. It really is a blank canvas, making my job as a wedding florist much more fun!

Caitlin wanted a classic white and green palette and our signature lush, organic style.  I chose to create with many seasonal flowers such as dahlias, snowberry, autumn clematis, ferns, and lysmachia.

Enjoy these beautiful images from Jamie Rae Photo. Scroll to the bottom to see other vendors involved.

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Ok, seriously, how cute is this bride with her sweet pup?!

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Anemone, ranunculus, viburnum berry and rosemary boutonnieres

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I loved Caitlin’s bouquet. A classic palette with Northwest flair. Her bouquet included dahlias, snowberry, garden roses, ranunculus, ferns, anemone, lysmachia, and autumn clematis.

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Portraits in the rain. So romantic!

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Vendors: Ceremony Venue: Mt. Tabor Park | Reception Venue: The Evergreen | Coordination: Whitney Werts Events | Photography: Jamie Rae Photo | Catering: White Pepper | Cake: Farina Bakery

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Something Blue | Wedding Day Details

Ok, we’ve all heard this little rhyme: “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue…”

I remember back to when I was getting married, trying to decide how I would incorporate these items into my wedding. My old was lace from my mother’s veil wrapped around the stems of my bridal bouquet. My new was my dress and my borrowed was a beautiful bracelet my best friend had worn on her wedding day the year before. But, my something blue…this one was a little trickier for me. In fact, as I sit here typing, I can’t even remember what my something blue was!

This beautiful “Something Blue” editorial was a fun challenge. As a wedding florist, I actually rarely use blue in my designs. There aren’t that many natural blue flowers, and it simply isn’t a request I get very often. I’m thrilled with how all the design, details, and floral turned out. Jamie Rae Photo did a beautiful job capturing it all the wedding inspiration.

 

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I chose to combine ivories, whites, and greens with the blue tones. I now love blue delphinium, grape hyacinth, and iris!

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I wanted to keep the rest of the table and decor neutral, so the blue would really pop.

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I love the gold tones in the dress from Shop Gossamer. It really added some warmth to the shoot event with the cool, blue tones.

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Vendors: Photography: Jamie Rae Photo|Design/Styling/Floral: Swoon Floral Design | MUAH: Cassandra Kennedy | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Rentals: Barclay Events | Dress: Shop Gossamer | Veil: Annie Ekstrom Bridal | Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

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Miranda + Drew | Vista Hills Vineyard Wedding

Miranda and Drew were married last summer at one of my favorite venues, Vista Hills in Dundee, Oregon. Vista hills is just a short drive outside Portland. The ceremony area is surrounded by tall, mature deciduous and fir trees. The patio provides the perfect setting for an intimate reception. When Miranda first contact me about being her wedding florist, she told me she wanted the floral to be in sunset hues. With this in mind I created a color palette of peach, coral, blush, and soft golden yellows.

For the ceremony, the couple used one of our reclaimed wood arbors and we decked it out in greens, coral garden roses, peach stock, and white snapdragons. We also our rustic lanterns to mark the start of the aisle. Both these pieces from out inventory, went perfectly with the wooden cross back chairs Miranda rented.

The reception was nestled amongst the grapes vines. We laid lush garlands down the spine of the table and filled them with blush, peach, and coral floral. Adding in the brass candlesticks from Something Borrowed was the perfect finishing touch on the tablescape. Miranda and Drew incorporated so many gorgeous details into there Vista Hills wedding. Enjoy these gorgeous photos from Sweetlife Photography.

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Miranda’s bridal bouquet featured garden roses, ranunculus, dahlias, and greenery

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I loved the mix of soft prints and solid bridesmaids dresses. It created interest without being distracting.

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Our rustic wood lanterns are available in our inventory.

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This arbor was a custom build for Swoon clients!

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Such a beautiful tablescape with lush garlands, brass candlesticks, gold flatware and wood cross back chairs.

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Vendors: Photography: Sweetlife Photography | Venue: Vista Hills | Florals: Swoon Floral Design | Coordination: Your Perfect Bridesmaid | MUAH: Klover | Rentals: Something Borrowed + Party Place | Catering: Reedville | Gown: Ania Bridal | Calligraphy: Hey Halle

 

 

 

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Nature Inspired Wedding Editorial | Deepwood Estate 

Today is an exciting day! This gorgeous wedding editorial has been published in print in Trendy Bride Magazine!

This beautiful shoot was inspired by nature in Oregon. Deepwood Estate, is a beautiful, historic building in Salem, Oregon. The grounds are lush, green, and host many plants native to the state of Oregon including ferns, ivy, hellebore, bleeding heart, and lily of the valley. It was great to see all these plants in their natural setting and thriving last spring.

The florals, stationery, place settings, etc. were all neutral with pops of navy, so the beauty of the venue could really pop. The bouquet and centerpiece featured some of my favorite blooms: garden roses, hellebore, ferns, lily of the valley, and clematis to name a few.

Thank you to all the talented vendors who contributed to this shoot. Pick up your copy of Trendy Bride magazine at Barnes and Noble or online to see the full feature!

Vendors

Photography: Amanda K Photography

Coordination/Styling: Ashley Spence for J29 Events

Florals: Swoon Floral Design

MUAH: Beth Level

Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas (custom)

Calligraphy: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy

Rentals: Rosewood Vintage

Cakes: Dream Cakes

Veils and Table Runner: Annie Ekstrom Bridal

Gowns: Chaviano Couture

Ring: By Angeline

Model: Megan King

Processing: Photovision

Publication: Trendy Bride Magazine

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Amelia + Ed | Wilmes Hop Farms Wedding

Amelia and Ed were married on a beautiful July day at Wilmes Hop Farms in Aurora, Oregon. This beautiful working farm has been around since the 1930’s. The grounds are beautiful and hold mature trees and plantings. The hop trellis’ provided a beautiful backdrop for the ceremony.

The lush, green landscape complimented the dark wood farm tables, and lush jewel toned florals. Amelia’s favorite color is purple, so the florals were all rich shades of berry, plum, purple, and fuchsia. The bridesmaid’s also wore various jewel-toned shades.

This was my first time out at this venue. It was fun leaving Portland for the day and exploring another part of Oregon. Thank you Amelia and Ed for allowing us the pleasure of being your wedding florist.

Vendors:

Photography: Alexandra Grace

Coordination: Vanity Affair

Florals: Swoon Floral Design

Makeup: Kiss and Makeup Artistry

Hair: Swept Away PDX

DJ: DJ Zimmie

Farm Tables: Classic Vintage Rentals

Bar: Merit Badge

Catering: Thrive + Ruby Jewel, Chefstable

Cake: Lux Sucre

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Amelia’s bouquet featured garden roses, dahlias, protea, scabiosa, amaranthus, eucalyptus and ferns.

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Portraits amongst the hops = perfection!

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I loved the jewel toned shades of all the bridesmaid’s dresses!

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I loved the intimate atmosphere of the reception. The jewel tones really popped off of those dark wood tables.

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Beautiful centerpieces with dahlias, garden roses, scabiosa, and greenery in a gold compote bowl.

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Beautiful Bridesmaids

I love receiving photos of brides with their wedding party. There’s just something about being surround by your closest friends that makes your wedding day so much fun! I fondly remember the hours before seeing Kyle on our wedding day, being surrounded by my sisters and closest friends sipping champagne, getting dolled up, laughing, and just being together.

Being a bridesmaid can be a lot of work…and money…and time, but it truly is such an honor! Bride’s choose the people they feel closest to, trust, and who have supported them wholeheartedly for however many years.

No matter how big or how small your wedding party is, I can guarantee those moments are some you will cherish and remember for many, many years.

These photos are some of my favorites from 2016. You can also see my favorite 2016 bridal bouquets here and boutonnieres here.

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Photography by Maria Lamb

Coral, peach, and pink hued bouquets popped against the blush bridesmaid dresses. See more of this Bridal Veil Lakes wedding here.

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Photography by Sara K Byrne

White bridesmaid’s dresses is a trend I love! See more of this fun Mt. Hood Organic Farms wedding here.

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Photography by Alexandra Grace

I love jewel tones! These bold bouquets were definitely a favorite. This Wilmes Hop Farm wedding was a so gorgeous. See more here.

Portland Wedding Florist Coopers Hall Wedding
Photography by Colleen Amelia
Oregon Wedding Florist Vista Hills Wedding
Photography by Sweetlife Photography
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Photography by Sweetlife Photography

Lauren chose to only have her sister as her maid of honor. Both Lauren and her sister were styled to perfection. See more of this Vista Hills wedding here.

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Photography by Jamie Rae Photo
Oregon Wedding Florist Aurora Colony Vineyard Wedding
Photography by Amanda K Photo
Salem Wedding Florist Zenith Vineyard Wedding
Photography by Marina Koslow

Beautiful blush bouquets adorned with Frou Frou Chic ribbon! This Zenith Vineyard wedding was a highlight of 2016. Check out the full gallery here.

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Photography by Bethany Small

I love the ombre effect of these mismatched bridesmaid dresses. See more of this beautiful fall wedding at Leach Botanical Garden here.

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Photography by Bryan Rupp
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Photography by Powers Studio
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Photography by Ben Pigao

Navy dresses and coral charm peonies = showstopper!