Monday, August 16, 2010

Maria and Donald's Wedding!

So it bums me out to realize I am now officially a month behind on blogging our weddings! But this one was so lovely, I had to make sure to get these photos up!

Bridal bouquet of antique hydrangea, roses, dendrobium orchids, fern curls, sweet peas, and the star of the show...

Chocolate Cosmos!

Their ceremony was held at one of my favorite churches: Old St. Joe's on the St. Norbert College Campus. This church is stunning in it's simplicity. (And it holds a special spot in my heart as my husby and I got married there!)

Close-up of the altar arrangements in our silver urns.

A wider shot of the church (borrowed from their website) that gives a sense of the beautiful simplicity I mentioned. I also love the fact that the chairs are situated in the round, surrounding the couple rather than looking at their backs while they exchange vows!

On to the reception!

We used the same silver urns to create the tall centerpieces for the guest tables.

And the low centerpieces got extra special, super adorable fern curls hearts! Love those!

Also love the rose shown in the center of this shot-called Amnesia. Such a beautiful smokey lavender-pink tone.

And I saved the dessert for last!

A beautiful cake from Lindsay at the Runaway Spoon! Complete with a fern curl heart and sweet pea cascade!

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Catnip: Still Legal in All 50 States

As I've said before, living in a floral shop has it's perks. One of them being an almost unlimited supply of fresh catnip during the summer months. No, the ladies don't use it in floral arrangements (they complain that it smells skunky, I think it is just beyond the scope of their appreciation). But, one of our local growers (Windswept Acres) happens to grow some of the best nip around. Windswept Wowie, as I have named it. When I see Reed's van pull in the parking lot, I get up to greet him. Honestly. It's that good. And Reed's a pretty nice guy too.

Here I am inspecting my most recent delivery.

I also receive catnip delivered from one of our local wholesalers. One of the delivery drivers happens to have some growing in his garden, so occasionally I receive very special shipments marked just for me!

Thank you Elton!

When those shipments come in, even the box is fun! In truth, with a little (or a lot) of catnip, anything is fun.

And a cardboard box that smells like catnip? Best. Cat. Toy. Ever.

I will now demonstrate the best way to enjoy catnip. I prefer my catnip harvested in bloom-much more intense.

Grasp the flowers buds between your front paws. Having great big fluffy paws helps with this.

And then... lick, lick, lick, sniff, lick, lick, sniff, sniff, lick, lick, lick, lick, sniff, lick, lick, lick, lick...

Repeat until you achieve the desired effect.

This is the desired effect. Good stuff, man.

After a nice buzz, catnip tends to make me a bit sleepy. Here I am, sleeping off my latest trip. With more catnip next to my paw. In case I wake up and need a little fix.

Yes, the ladies have created a little abode for me. It's decor blends opium den chic with a Moroccan/Turkish flair. Perfect for a Turkish Van with a fondness for indulging.

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Kelley's Wedding! (aka Julie's Wedding!)

I realize this title is a wee confusing-but Julie was our intern from Fox Valley Tech over last fall's semester. With her daughter Kelley's wedding around the corner, we spent a good amount of time talking wedding plans as she learned to wire and tape corsages (one of her favorite tasks! Hee Hee!) And while we had the pleasure of really creating Kelley's vision, we just happened to chat with the Mother of the Bride a lot on this one!

The bridesmaids wore clover, almost "kelley" green dresses that were so cute! They had pockets! Cute and functional-you can't carry a purse as a bridesmaid and as a bridesmaid, you need lipstick. I honestly wanted one-in black of course! (Those who know me, know my fondness for wearing black-but the green was lovely!) To see more pics, check out their photographer, Erin Jean's blog. Some amazing pics on there!

Kelley's bridal bouquet of white hydrangea, roses, callas, stock, freesia, hypericum, and orchids. (Say that three times fast.)

Bridesmaid's bouquets of stock, roses, hypericum, callas and orchids (and bear grass loops too!)

Kelley really had a heard time pin-pointing the color scheme she wanted to go with. At one point, purple was being boycotted due to the groom's dislike for the Minnesota Vikings. While I can relate to that, it wouldn't convince me to give up purple! We convinced her to disregard his viewpoint on that! (And I think the end result was worth it!)

Centerpieces of dendrobium orchids, branches with suspended votives and bear grass.

This was the first time we created this look with the bear grass-it was love at first sight for me! I love the added green it provided-so fresh.

The cake adorned with dendrobium orchid blossoms and little twigs of birch. Votives bound with knots of bear grass.

And a very special presentation of the cake knife and server-on a bed of wheat grass bordered by orchids.

Congratulations Kelley and Scott!

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