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Amanda & Thad are Married!

May 15, 2019
Alluring Blooms Madison WI bride holding a winter inspired bouquet on the steps of the state capitol building with veil blowing in the wind

I’m terrible at blogging. There. I said it. Apparently you’re supposed to post more often than once every two+ years? Meh. I’d much rather be designing flowers, ordering fun new seeds, digging in the dirt, playing with the dogs or spending time with Matthew.

But, alas, there are so many gorgeous weddings and events we’ve done, and I really should be sharing them with you all!

I was SO excited to do the flowers for this wedding. First of all, Amanda & Thad were awesome clients. Secondly, it was photographed by the amazingly talented duo Laura & Ben at Laura Zastrow Photography. And finally, Matthew and I were married in January, so I have a soft spot in my heart for winter weddings. This one did not disappoint. I loved all the wild rustic goodies worked into these bouquets. The burgundy dahlias, the white and black anemone, the pinecones. Yum.

red and white winter wedding bouquets by Alluring Blooms Madison Wisconsin

I mean look at these two, aren’t they the cutest?

bride and groom kissing with winter wedding bouquet Madison WI Alluring Blooms Florist

Matthew and I were married inside the Wisconsin State Capitol, so these pictures inside the capitol and outside the Capitol doors really brought me right back to our wedding day.

laughing bride with her bridesmaids Madison WI Edgewater wedding by Alluring Blooms

The reception was held at The Edgewater. It is one of the most beautiful venues in the city. I think this simple rustic cake they chose is just adorable.

rustic wedding cake at The Edgewater Hotel Madison WI

Huge congratulations to Amanda & Thad – your day was absolutely gorgeous! And a giant thank you to Laura and Ben for the beautiful photos.

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Lainie & Mike are Married!

March 3, 2017

Another year (and 4 months, but who’s counting…) has passed and I haven’t blogged. What can I say? Life and flowers get in the way. I’m hoping that 2017 is the year that blogging sticks. I have so many past events I want to share, that I feel like this may finally be the time. Besides, our beautiful new website is motivation! I couldn’t be happier with the bright, crisp, airy feeling of the site now.

So, let’s get to the reason for today’s post, shall we? Today I’m going WAY BACK to May 2013. I know, I know, it was almost four years ago. It’s just too pretty not to share. This was the first wedding I got to work with my wonderfully talented studio-mate Laura on! All photos in this post are courtesy of Laura Zastrow Photography. Thanks for the gorgeous images Laura!

Mike and Lainie were a gem of a couple who married at the Goodman Jewish Community Campus in Verona.

Flower girl baskets are adorable. Sweet little hands holding sweet little blooms. Lainie carried a classic white and blush hand tied bouquet. The month of May means PEONIES and these beauties smelled devine. I love this photo right after their first look. Her excitement over her bouquet radiates through her expression. Mike’s boutonniere was a simple mix of spray roses and succulents with a clean ribbon wrap.

One of the most memorable parts of the day for me was the rain. Determined for an outdoor ceremony, we waited for a break in the showers to appear. It did. But it didn’t last long!

The reception started with a cocktail hour. Linens in the softest sage green to match the maids gowns were the perfect accent to small cocktail arrangements. Our blush pink candle holders added a warm glow.

Flowers for dinner were romantic, rustic yet elegant and polished. I loved the gold candelabras and coral linens used to transform the reception space. Lush, low centerpieces adorned the round tables. Heavy gold footed bowls filled with pastel blooms made a beautiful statement. Long tables had crisp white linens with a combination of tall babies breath centerpieces and small low floral accents.

We weren’t the only ones who thought this day was gorgeous. Wisconsin Bride Magazine featured this stunner in their Spring/Summer print edition. See that feature here!

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Coelle & Chris are Married!

November 1, 2015
bright rustic bridal bouquet at Over the Vines with soft pastel background

I finally got around to organizing my photos. I simply CANNOT believe there are so many real weddings that I never blogged here. Let’s do something to rectify that, ok?

Chris & Coelle were marred over three years ago, but their wedding was one of my absolute favorites of the 2012 wedding season. I’m going to share it with you this evening! With fabulous photos by Andrea Paradowski Photography it’s no surprise this wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty!

Chris & Coelle were married in the fall but I loved that they decided to do bright shades of orange and yellow instead of a more traditional fall palette. This was our first time doing a wedding at O’Brien Barn and it’s truly a lovely venue. I love a rustic Wisconsin barn wedding!

orange ranunculus boutonniere on a gray vest

bright ranunculus wrist corsage orange yellow and white

I love bouts and corsages – they are like tiny little pieces of art. Bright ranunculus pop against the gray neutrals.

rustic babies breath bucket aisle

rustic dessert buffet with bunting at Over the Vines Edgerton WI

girl carrying apple basket with wedding programs

Chris and Coelle put so much effort into the little details. A dessert table adorned with a homemade bunting? An apple basket full of programs? So cute!

bridesmaids with gray dresses and bright orange and yellow bouquets

bride and groom shadows kissing at sunset

A huge congrats to Chris and Coelle, and a big thank you to Andrea Paradowski for sharing such lovely photos with us.

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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!