Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever! Psalm 107:2
The 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.Pears, persimmon, and chestnutsI love these beeswax candles. They are perfect for any fall table.Fall 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.
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!
Timberly’s bouquet featured cafe au lait dahlias, peonies (yes, in August!), garden roses, and ranunculus.One of my favorite ceremony designs to date. Lush hops vines. I love incorporating fruit into arrangements and table design. Not only does it add beautiful color, but it brings in authentic, seasonal texture. The centerpieces were arranged in beautiful silver compote bowls. The florals included cafe au lait dahlias, peach garden roses, blackberries, eucalyptus, and delicate yellow scabiosa.
Brittany and Rob were married at the stunning Red Ridge Farm in Oregon’s wine country. The property boasts beautiful vineyards, olive groves, and lavender fields; the perfect place for an intimate event!
The bride wanted her floral to reflect the beauty of the area and chose a soft color palette of blue, peach, ivory, and muted greens. These colors were beautiful against Brittany’s gown and the blush bridesmaid’s dresses.
Thank you Brittany and Rob for allowing Swoon to be part of your special day. Enjoy these beautiful images from Sweetlife Photography.
Brittany’s beautiful bouquet featuring cafe au lait dahlias, Juliet garden roses, dusty miller, lysmachia, eucalyptus and more.The bouquets paired perfectly with the blush bridesmaids dresses.We used ranunculus for the groom’s boutonniere, and ivory spray roses for the groomsmen.
One of my favorite parts about being a wedding florist is collaborating with other creatives in the industry and running with inspiration and ideas we have floating around in our heads.
When I was approached by a group of Portland wedding photographers about being part of an elopement shoot in the Columbia River Gorge, I knew this was something I wanted to collaborate on. The gorge is one of my favorite parts of Oregon. I love that it is only a short drive outside of Portland. Government Cove is a beautiful area off the beaten path, with breath taking views of the Columbia River.
I loved the Pacific Northwest feel to this shoot. Warm and inviting, with touches of natural elements.
Thank you to a wonderful team of vendors who put so much time, effort and talent into this elopement. Also, check out the feature on Grey Likes Weddings!
What a breathtaking view of the Columbia River Gorge!
This white bridal bouquet has some of my favorite spring blooms: Ranunculus, hellebore, lilac, and spirea.I love these cement urns we have in our inventory! They are so versatile and work with so many different styles of weddings.To add some interest and color to the centerpiece, we added in jewel tones.
I was honored to be hired as the wedding florist for this amazing Bend event. Megan and Dan were married on a beautiful, late summer day at Black Butte Ranch. The couple vacationed here together while dating, and decided it was the perfect place for them to tie the knot. What better backdrop for your vows than the majestic Cascade Mountain range?
The couple wanted an elegant feel to their wedding, with some rustic elements as a nod to the ranch atmosphere. We used our reclaimed wood arbor for the ceremony and wooden boxes for the centerpieces. Megan is also a nutritionist so we incorporated kale and apples into the bouquets and arrangements. Even the tables “numbers” were names of different apple varieties! Brightly colored garden roses, dahlias, and ranunculus added pops of color to the beautiful draped tent and looked lovely against the blush bridesmaid dresses. I absolutely love incorporating floral elements into other parts of the wedding day. Megan requested garden roses in various shades of coral to decorate her tiered wedding cake. Love how all of these bridesmaids look with their neutral dresses and colorful bouquets. Your bouquet is a great opportunity to add personality and color to your wedding day. We loved creating this wood arbor out of reclaimed wood. It was a beautiful backdrop and could be used in the couples home.
Eryn + Nial were married this past April at The Colony in St. Johns. Eryn chose a color palette of whites/ivory, peach, blush and emerald green. We used some of my favorite blooms- white lilac, Juliet garden roses, and ranunculus. The arrangements and bouquets had an organic, garden style feel, which I love!
The ceremony backdrop was so beautiful and fun to design. It was truly a statement and was even repurposed at a photos booth backdrop after the ceremony.
The reception was stunning with farm tables and wood cross back chairs. We placed jasmine vine and rose blooms down the spine of the table and then lush arrangements in silver pedestal bowls. I loved the contrast of the dark wood with the fresh, light colored flowers.
There were so many beautiful and thoughtful details in this wedding. Thank you Emily G Photography for the beautiful photos!
It’s hard to believe you have been in my life for 1 whole year. I can barely remember life before you. You bring so much joy to my life and I’m so thankful God has chosen me to love you, care for you, teach you, and protect you. Being your mom will always be my greatest joy and the best job I could ever have.
I want to thank you for the many ways you have impacted my life just in your first year of life. Because of you…
I am a better person.
I am challenged every single day.
I’m learning to go through life slower, and soak in the little moments.
I will never take sleep for granted 😉
I have different priorities and goals.
I am quickly learning, I can’t control everything.
I try to pray more and worry less.
I better understand how much my parents, grandparents, and Jesus love me.
I love and respect your dad more than ever.
I am the happiest I’ve ever been.
I am a mom. Something I’ve always wanted to be.
Watching you grow this year has been amazing, eye opening, and made me so so proud! I pray that God will help your dad and I raise you according to His Word and that you will be a strong, confident, God-fearing lady.
Chelsea and Shane were married on a rather blustery November day at one of our favorite urban venues, Coopers Hall in SE Portland. They chose a palette of ivory, blush and navy, with lots of greenery mixed in.
Chelsea’s bouquet featured garden roses, anemone, privet berry, ranunculus, eucalyptus and lisianthus.
The family style dinner reception took place in an intimate space created by stacked wine barrels. For the tables we created garland with pops of ivory and blush roses and scabiosa pods for a little more texture.
It’s hard to believe in less than 24 hours 2015 will be completely behind us. This year has been one for the books both personally and professionally.
Personally, the best moment of 2015 was welcoming our daughter (and future assistant), Eden, into the world in June. My life is forever changed. Being a mom is making me a better person and is changing me for the better. I am grateful that I have the opportunity to be a SAHM while simultaneously following my passion of being a floral designer.
Professionally, this year has been fun, challenging and rewarding. I am so grateful for all my clients and peers that I have had the chance to work with. So much magic was created; so many beautiful events came to fruition. The amount of creativity in this industry constantly blows me away, and I’m thankful to be a small part of it.
2016 is going to bring some exciting changes to Swoon, and I can’t wait to share more down the road!
Enjoy my 15 favorite bouquets of 2015 (in no particular order). Happy New Year!