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Sydney & Mike are Married!

October 9, 2023
bishops bay madison wisconsin wedding couple standing in trees outside

Today was a beautiful, windy fall day and it reminded me so much of this wedding day at Bishops Bay last year. It’s Sydney & Mike’s first anniversary, and what better way for me to document the day than with a blog post?

If I could pick a couple words to describe this day they would be: fun, elegant and beautiful. This lakeside cocktail party was full of so many pretty details, and I’m really excited to share some of them with you. A big thanks to Valerie Halling for perfectly capturing the day and sharing photos with me.

We focused our floral on seasonal blooms and used a mix of cream, blush, raspberry and burgundy to pop against the stunning dusty blue hues incorporated in the wedding party attire and reception napkins.

Centerpieces were created in two different styles to create a bit of visual interest in the tented reception space. I’m a big fan of having different centerpiece styles. It makes the eye travel up and down in a space instead of every table having the same thing. A trio of pillar candles in clear glass vases was accented with loose greens and flowers on half the tables. The other half of the tables featured a footed gold compote bowl overflowing with lush, textural blooms. Gold mercury glass votives were used throughout the space to make the two styles of centerpiece cohesive.

And I’m always a proponent of reusing items to create the most impactful display with items you’ve already paid for. Repurposing the bridal party bouquets down the head table or kings table by chopping them off low and then dropping them into opaque vases gives the illusion of a very lush tablescape without any extra investment.

A huge congratulations again to Sydney & Mike as they celebrate their 1 year anniversary. Thank you for trusting us to create your floral for your special day!

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August 15, 2013
wild whimsical centerpiece in bright colors on old chipped paint chair

I haven’t been feeling well this week. Last night I was on the couch watching TV, puppy at my feet, and I quickly put together a little flower crown for a dear friend for a photo shoot today (those pics to come soon). After I was done I took it out to the cooler and there, staring straight at me, were vase after vase of pretty little blooms that hadn’t been good enough for my last 3 weeks brides, but were too pretty for the compost pile. So, even though these leftover flowers were old and previously rejected, I took all those little bits and pieces and arranged them in one of my Grandma Mary Ellen’s old pressed glass dessert cups. So, here it is, in all its glory. Rejects. Still beautiful. Frail in their old age. Maybe they’ll last a day, maybe two or three. Who knows. That’s part of the beauty of flowers – so fleeting.


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