^ Featured on Green Wedding Shoes ^

A big thank you to Megan McCarter of The Little Branch for alerting me that a wedding I did the flowers for (and that she actually referred to me because of a date change) had been featured on Green Wedding Shoes today.  Very cool for me – this is Floret Cadet’s first time having a wedding featured on one of these blogs that I drooled over when I was planning my own wedding.

And the pro photos by Tyler Branch came out so nicely!  Here’s a little preview of the parts of the feature that are more flower focused – but there are so many other amazing design details coordinated by Sugar & Fluff, be sure to head over to the original post to check it all out!

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mismatched bridesmaids wearing boots

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anemone boutonniere

July 18, 2012 - 8:17 pm

Kelly Sullivan (Botanique) - Congratulations!!! You deserve the feature, those flowers are just beautiful and perfect for the look of the wedding!!!

July 20, 2012 - 5:37 am

Meg - Kate! This about sums it up. Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Little Branch Ombre Design Class

Have some fun pics to share from the Ombre design class at the Little Branch’s brand new studio from last weekend!  The class is part of a monthly series they’re putting on, and they’ve all been great so far.  Also, their studio, which is very convenient to the Downtown Flower Mart, is going to occasionally be for rent to other designers needing space for wedding prep, which I’m really excited about.  It’s a great space!

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And I couldn’t resist posting a shot of their fun vintage bottle collection in its new home!

vintage glass bottle collection

For the design itself, we started by lining up all of our flowers in gradient order.  The hardest thing about this design was doing the math – since you want each color space to be roughly equally sized, I had to really think about whether I was spacing out the arrangement properly.  Annie said that sometimes she starts on each end, and alternates sides until she gets to the middle, rather than going side to side, which seems like a great tip! After you do one of these though, you will have a much easier time with quantities and spacing on the rest!

We didn’t follow a set recipe / stem count for this arrangement, but had a host of ivory to pink to fuchsia toned flowers to choose from.  I used:

Ivory spray roses

Peachy hypericum berries

My beloved Lizzie carnations

3 different shades of pink carnations

Medium pink spray roses

Deep pink sweet peas

Magenta spray roses

Fuchsia coxcomb, and

Deep pink Sweet William

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These arrangements were done in plastic lined foam in paper liner style containers, which I really liked with the Ombre:

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And as always, some redundant shots of my finished arrangement:

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I forget what this stuff (below) is called! It looked almost like Heather but was something different, that none of us had worked with before.  It was awesome texture, but went limp in the foam pretty quickly:

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July 6, 2012 - 7:24 am

Laurie (Fleurie) - Beautiful pictures, beautiful results! The plant in question is Polygonum orientale- I grow it but I have not found the secret to keeping it from wilting, and I’ve been trying for years! Grows like a weed, about 3 1/2′ tall.

July 10, 2012 - 8:27 am

Home and Garden Blogger - Lovely pictures and excellent arrangements. I wish I could grow flowers like that in my garden but the British climate is proving to be a problem unfortunately.

^Ombre dress inspired Garden Rose bouquet^

I love nothing more than a bridal bouquet that truly ties in with a gown- when you think about it, a bridal bouquet is *the* major accessory on display and it’s such a great opportunity to use colors and textures to really complete a whole vision.

This dress / bouquet combo, courtesy of Christine Cater in Carmel By The Sea, CA (p.s., lucky!!!) are such the perfect example.  The water-colored yellow tones in the bride’s gorgeous dress dress are picked up by pale yellow stock, and by a garden rose variety that is new to me and may just by my new favorite – Helios, a bloom that is similar to Carmel Antike but more vibrant, fading from a peachy pink outer to a candlelight colored center.  I can’t wait to get my hands on some of these! The bouquet also contains Ivory standard roses, and David Austin Patience ivory garden roses.  And check out the handle – it’s made from the exact same beading on the bride’s dress, carefully cultivated out of a piece that was removed in alterations.

I think both the bouquet and the dress have a really lovely balance of simplicity and detail – there are only 4 flower types and not a ton of competing textures in the bouquet, which I think is just perfect for that dress.  I have often thought that floral design is as much about knowing what to leave out of a design as it is knowing what to put in.

Anyhow, these photos were shot by Alison Bank’s First Comes Love and I hope you enjoy them as much as I did

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garden rose wedding bouquet carmel by the sea


July 3, 2012 - 11:11 am

Kelly (Botanique) - Oh my, those first two photos are magical. I LOVE that dress. And I totally agree- that bouquet matches the dress perfectly. So pretty!

July 4, 2012 - 12:26 am

Lisa - I just found your blog and beautiful flower creations! So happy I did. Love your work! Will be pinning so much 🙂

July 4, 2012 - 9:34 am

Kate - Thanks so much! I’ve been having fun checking out your site – hy husband and I are *obsessed* with that amazing shaggy black and white spotted dog you’ve photographed- loving your work too and thanks for commenting