Alright! It’s the second week of 2017 and this week I’m sharing my favorite boutonnieres from 2016!
I’ll be honest, there seems to be a lot of pushback from groom’s about wearing boutonnieres. Come on gentlemen, bouts are not lame! You will not have a flashback of getting poked by your prom date, trying to pin a giant rose on your chest, promise!
I love creating unique boutonnieres. For me, it’s all about designing a little something that will compliment your brides bouquet as well as the over all aesthetic of your wedding day. So guys, trust me on this one. I won’t steer you wrong. Take a look at these boutonnieres and get inspired!
Also, if you missed our bridal bouquet roundup, you can see it here.
Considering navy as part of your color palette? These white bouts wrapped in navy ribbon would be the perfect match. See more from this wedding here.
I love the richness of this “black” scabiosa!
You can never go wrong with neutral boutonnieres! If your style is a bit more eclectic, consider different styles of bouts in the same color palette.
I love jewel tones! This wedding was bursting with rich color. See more of it here.
I love the simplicity of this white cymbidium orchid. How great does it look on Grant’s black tux. See more of this gorgeous wedding here.
Hellebore with lily of the valley accent = perfectly spring.
Looking for more floral inspiration or interested in our event design services? Hop on over to our website and visit our galleries and get more info!
Can it be true? 2017 is here! The beginning of a new year is the perfect opportunity to look back and reflect on last year’s wedding season. 2016 was an absolutely wonderful year. We had amazing clients, collaborated with great vendors, and made new friends.
I’m so excited for what 2017 has in store for Swoon. We have expanded our services and will now be offering event design to ensure our couple’s weddings are not only beautiful, but cohesive and unique. I’m looking forward to better serving our wonderful couples and creating gorgeous weddings across the Pacific Northwest!
Over the past several weeks I’ve been sorting through photos from 2016 weddings and falling in love all over again with the beautiful events we executed. Being a Portland wedding florist, I’m grateful to work with the most beautiful blooms, foliage, and textures to create bouquets and arrangements our clients love. During the month of January, I will be sharing my favorites from 2016, starting with bridal bouquets!
I hope these posts throughout the months can spark some inspiration for your own wedding, floral, and decor. If you are still in search of a wedding florist and event designer, please reach out to us! We would love to chat with you.
One of my favorite areas of Oregon is Bend. This editorial shoot with Maria Lamb turned out beautifully and I’m excited to share it will you all in the new year!
This bride is an amazing wardrobe stylist! Get Lauren’s perspective of her wedding day on her blog!
We absolutely loved this Wilmes Hop Farm wedding! See the full gallery here!
Katie and Seth’s Zenith Vineyard wedding was what fairytales are made of! See their full gallery here.
I loved working on this romantic editorial. You can see the full gallery and all the vendors involved here!
You can’t go wrong with a classic white and green bouquet. Check out Caitlin’s quintessential Portland wedding here.
Go big or go home! I loved working this Columbia Gorge editorial shoot this past fall.
This cozy, fall wedding at Leach Botanical Garden was definitely a 2016 favorite. See the full gallery here.
I can’t wait to share more of this stunning editorial in 2017!
This Columbia River Gorge elopement was so stunning! It was an honor to have it featured on Grey Likes Weddings earlier this year.
See more from Miranda + Drew’s Vista Hills wedding here.
One of my best experiences of 2016 was attending one of the Sinclair & Moore Workshops in Seattle. This Black + Brass shoot was definitely a highlight the experience! You can see more of this stunning shoot here.
Where to start with Kathryn and Brandon’s stunning wedding?! There were so many gorgeous and thoughtful details all throughout.
Barn Kestrel, just outside Portland, was a beautiful backdrop for this romantic, garden-esque wedding. This venue’s barn was built in the 1900’s and the property also has a gorgeous Queen Anne Victorian home, as well as one of the oldest Sequoia trees in the state. This place is gorgeous and one of my favorite venues to work at as a wedding florist.
The color palette of blush, marsala, and touches of lavender was perfect for mid September. Dahlias, garden roses, lisianthus, and eucalyptus are abundant this time of year in Oregon and took center stage in most of the arrangements and bouquets.
The arbor was custom made by us and adorned with stock, bay leaf, eucalyptus, and snapdragons.
Kathryn is a fellow floral designer and has become a dear friend over the years, so it was an honor to be a part of her day. In fact, these two are about to welcome a sweet baby boy into the world in just a couple of months!
You can also see this wedding featured on Style Me Pretty here!
I loved the mix of soft and rich colors in Kathryn’s bouquet. Perfect for an early fall wedding.The hues of these bridesmaid’s dresses were stunning. The perfect way to do “mismatch” gowns.
A beautiful garland with pops of floral down the head table makes a beautiful statement.
Those cafe au lait dahlias went perfectly with Kathryn’s color palette.
One of most beautiful sites in Oregon is easily Mt. Hood in the winter. I have many great memories of heading up the mountain and spending the day playing in the snow. Since the mountain is a short drive from Portland, it has become a popular destination for weddings and elopements. As a wedding florist in Portland, I always love an opportunity to work in this majestic area.
When Karra of Karra Leigh Photography approached me about creating a bouquet for this adventurous shoot, I was thrilled. Stephanie wore a beautiful green cocktail dress from the talented Elizabeth Dye. The bouquet of burgundy, peach, hints of blush, and greens were the perfect compliment and the thick blanket of snow was the perfect setting for these two lovebirds.
This bouquet was made of mums, peach garden roses, amaryllis, ranunculus, eucalyptus, and bay leaf.This emerald green dress from Elizabeth Dye is perfect for twirling!“You keep me safe, I’ll keep you wild.”
This October wedding was an absolute stunner! Gorgeous venue, beautiful couple, and a sophisticated color palette equals a dreamy, fall, Pacific Northwest wedding.
Leach Botanical garden is such a gem. White buildings, gorgeous grounds, and a cozy fireside room are just a few of the things this venue has to offer. Elizabeth wanted a neutral color palette with touches of blush. To give a nod to autumn, the floral were shades of ivories and taupes with a touch of golden yellow and a bit of blush.
One of my favorite floral elements of the wedding was in the fireside room. We decked out the fireplace mantel and wood beams with vines and candle light. With lounge furniture from Something Borrowed, it transformed into a beautiful space.
It was a privilege (and so fun!) to be the wedding florist for this Portland wedding.
I loved the different neutral shades the bridesmaids woreThe girls’ bouquets had dahlias, garden roses, scabiosa pods, eucalyptus and ferns.Elizabeth’s bouquet featured cafe au lait dahlias, garden roses, ferns, nine bark, scabiosa pods, and hydrangea.The centerpieces were arranged in our brushed gold compote vases. I love the white snowberry!Vines adorned the beautiful farm tables from Something Borrowed, and each place setting had a fern. Such a cute detail!The fireside room was such a cozy space! Adding greenery and candles to the beams was such a beautiful touch! I just love how this mantel turned out! All the greenery is just stunning!
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.
Hops! During late summer and early fall, hops are a beautiful, simple way to achieve a lush look.
Fireplace mantels are begging to be adorned. We love creating an asymmetrical cascade down one side and then incorporating lots of candlelight!Greenery backdrops…Greenery 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.You don’t need lots of blooms to get a beautiful bouquet! Greenery comes in many shades and textures too!At this Leach Botanical Garden wedding, we used candles and vines to create a romantic, whimsical look in this cozy fireside room.Greenery on your cake can be uber romantic and so beautiful!Ok, 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!Let’s not forget the details! I love these wreaths adding a little something special to the bride and groom’s chairs during dinner.Speaking of details, how gorgeous are these place cards? The calligrapher wrote each guests name on a magnolia leaf.Looking for a little something extra for your bridal portraits? This delicate garland is a great alternative to a flower crown. I couldn’t write this post without including at least one image of some garland. I love this lush look for the head table.
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.
Katie’s bouquet was beautiful! Peonies, garden roses, and ranunculus…what’s not to love!Beautiful bridesmaids! All bouquets were accented with Frou Frou Chic silk ribbonsHow dreamy is this aisle?? Made up of lots and lots of larkspur and Queen Anne’s laceThe centerpieces featured many of my favorites: quicksand roses, peonies, ranunculus and garden roses.Zenith Vineyard has a beautiful lawn for cocktail hour
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.
Greens– I used 2 eucalyptus varieties, blue ice cedar, and eucalyptus pods for added texture
Wreath Form/Ring–I used 14″
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.
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.
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.
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!
Beautiful Caitlin wore a crown of ivory spray roses, peach/coral ranunculus, peach hypericum berry and eucalyptus.The bridal bouquet featured cafe au lait dahlias, Juliet garden roses, ranunculus, lysmachia and jasmine vineI love how neutral the bridesmaid’s dresses were. Their bouquets had a pop of chamomile (mini daisies). A gorgeous reception in the Apple House at Mt. Hood Organic Farms.You really can’t beat that view of Mt. Hood! Absolutely stunning!