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Coral Obsession

March 3, 2013
coral ranunculus

Coral flowers, coral ribbons, new coral blazer, coral fingernail polish.

magnolia blossom and coral painted nailsI tried on an adorable coral coat yesterday (which I didn’t get and regretted the moment I was out of town). Coral jeans, coral thank you cards (I just ordered these lovelies below from Etsy).

coral watercolor thank you cardsCoral necklace, coral shoes, did I mention coral flowers? Yeah, I’m obsessed.

white and coral romantic bridal bouquet


XOXO – A Valentine’s Day Pop-Up Shop

January 21, 2013
romantic whimsical centerpiece of ivory and blush

This Valentine’s Day your beloved deserves better than flowers ordered online. Flowers that arrive strapped in a cardboard box with no water and a wrapped up vase. The last thing she should have to do on a day celebrating your love is unpack and arrange wilted flowers herself (see here). Heck, I’ll even go as far as saying your sweetheart deserves better than the standard dozen red roses with leather leaf fern and babies breath everyone and their mother is getting this Valentine’s Day. And don’t get me started on grocery store flowers nestled in the fruit and veggie section. These not-so-lovely bouquets wrapped in cellophane sit out of a cooler next to veggies and fruit that are constantly giving off ethylene gas. Ever wonder why these grocery store flowers don’t seem to last that long? Ethylene gas damages flowers, shortens the vase life and can even prevent blooms from opening.

We’re staging a floral intervention. Step away from the bad flowers. You deserve unique blooms that are artfully arranged in a one of a kind container by a floral designer.

Alluring Blooms and MaryJanes & Galoshes Photography proudly present XOXO – A Valentine’s Pop-Up Shop. This will be a one of a kind Valentine’s Day event you won’t want to miss. We’ll be selling gorgeous blooms and MJ&G will be offering a FREE portrait session sampling. Stop in for an updated facebook profile picture shot by MJ&G. We’ll also be selling adorable Valentine’s Day cards by marzipan inc! We’ll be at 309 DeWitt St, just north of the Corner Pocket, on February 13th & 14th from 9:00am-9:00pm.

Mark your calendar! (knowing us, there will probably be cookies and coffee involved – like you needed something else to sweeten the deal?!)

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Kylie & Paul are Married!

November 20, 2012
romantic wedding portrait outdoors at barn at harvest moon pond

I’ve got a gorgeous wedding to share with you this evening! I’ve been holding onto these photos from Rob & Sam of Dutcher Photography for a couple months now. Back in August we had the pleasure of working at a B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. new venue only 8 miles from our design studio. Gary & Renee Whirry are the owners of The Barn at Harvest Moon Pond. It’s a stunning barn with a gorgeous pond and willows perfect for outdoor ceremonies. And Gary & Renee are so accommodating!

Kylie & Paul chose this pretty new venue for their wedding. It was the perfect setting for their rustic fete. When I first met with Kylie, I was so impressed with her keen sense of style, her attention to detail and her DIY nature. I knew this wedding was going to be beautiful! From the gorgeous skeleton key embellished escort cards, to the hand embroidered ring bearers pillow, to the special message to the groom on the back of his tie – this wedding oozed charm.

escort card display vintage teal blue accentsvintage suitcase card box hand embroidered ring bearer pillowrustic lace wedding dressThis has got to be one of my favorite pre-wedding shots – no first look here! Oh, the anticipation! Holding the hand of the one you love knowing that in moments you’ll be walking down the aisle – such a lovely moment.

outdoor wedding ceremony space at barn at harvest moon pondSee, I told you – beautiful spot for an outdoor ceremony.

bride and grooms first kiss at barn at harvest moon pondKylie carried a romantic white, ivory and blush bouquet that accented her lace gown beautifully. I loved the maids stone colored dresses with cowboy boots.

rustic bridal bouquet in ivory and blushrustic bridesmaids with cowboy bootsA personalized message embroidered on the back of the grooms tie is such a sweet touch.

personalized embroidered tieWe filled dozens and dozens of aqua mason jars with very simple rustic floral to decorate the reception area. Burlap runners, potted herbs and hand painted table numbers added the perfect finishing touch.

mason jar centerpieces vintage teal ball jar centerpieces at barn at harvest moon pond rustic wood table numbers And last, but not least, the cake! A tower of vintage wood crates from A La Crate Vintage Rentals made a beautiful foundation. And the adorable bird cake toppers? Hand made by the brides mom! Add a bunch of rustic floral in aqua mason jars and you’ve got a breathtaking cake display. Oh, and don’t miss the super sweet hand stamped cake forks from Lisa Leonard.

rustic wood crate cake display bird cake topper There you have it. Congratulations Kylie & Paul. We had so much fun working on your wedding. And a huge thank you to Rob & Sam for the gorgeous photos!


Something special for your hair…

September 5, 2012

There’s this group of floral designers called the Chapel Designers. Back in May we did a group post about compotes. It was a big hit. This time around, we’re talking about hair flowers.

Hair flowers don’t get nearly enough press. Seriously. I’m always waxing on about the pretty bouquet I’m making or the gorgeous centerpieces we’re creating. I just don’t get the chance to create lovely accents to adorn the head as often as I’d like. (Hello, I’m talking to you. Yeah, you. The bride who’s looking to rock a gorgeous hair piece like the killer hair comb pictured above (photo by Green Paint Photography) on her big day. Call me!) So, what do you say? Shall we get to some more pretty photos?

This adorable little head band below was made with silk ribbon to easily fit any head size. It was adorned with soft lambs ear, some seeded eucalyptus and a gorgeous ruffly white peony blossom. And oh, those eyes!

flower girl head band with peony bloom

Flower girls + hair flowers = perfect combination. The pretty ranunculus and rose hair comb below is the perfect accent to this precious side sweep.

Photo above courtesy of Sam & Rob at Dutcher Photography

a lush pink ranunculus floral crown

The lush ranunculus crown above (Photo by Laura Zastrow Photography) holds a special place in my heart. These blooms when fully blown are so fragile and delicate. This beauty only lasted a couple glorious hours. But the fleeting beauty makes it all that more special to me.

All hair flowers in this post by Alluring Blooms of course!

Oh, and the fun doesn’t stop there my friends. Be sure to check out the hair pieces created by some of the other talented Chapel Designers:

True Florette

Celebration Florals

Posh Floral Designs

Loda Floral Design

Sweet Pea Floral Design