Sunday, August 16, 2009

Kathryn is a pearl!

This past week, we also created flowers for a downtown bride. Kathryn decided to get married at the Armory in the Pearl District in Portland, a industrial chic venue perfect for a young bride. Her flowers were reflective of that chic style with anthurium, roses, calla lilies, cymbidum orchids and fern curls.

This young bride decided to have us create a whimsical toss bouquet for her reception of dollar bills and lottery tickets since most of her party was "grown-up and married off already"...isn't that a fun way to honor your guests? I hope nobody lost an eye trying to catch that bouquet!

Karla's Cascade...

It's been a whirlwind of wedding activity this last couple weeks! One of our weddings was a casual simple one for Karla. Although her bouquet was beautifully elaborate! With starfighter lilies, fuschia roses, freesia aspidistra foliage and lily grass, this cascading bouquet is full and wonderful! Erik has never created such a large and fragrant bouquet for a bride! She loved it! SUCCESS!

Cheers to Cindy!

Last week, Julie created a stunning look for Cindy, a beautiful bride that chose the most sensational vibrant summer colors. Cindy left the details to us in creating a beautiful late summer wedding of her dreams. Many of the flowers were grown by the groom's mother which made the wedding ever more special. Sunflowers, dahlias, lilies, crocosmia, roses, callas, berries, and grasses to name a few of the great flowers utilized!

Here a melange of summer flowers nestled into a red tin container, with a heart carved out in the face of a sunflowers. A whimsical detail that fit Cindy's personality perfectly!

Cindy's bouquet of everything wonderful included gloriosa lilies, dahlias, berries, sunflowers, brown gerbera daisies, and rudbeckia pods. STUNNING!

Even the cake had a casual wonderful look about it with petals strewn about the table.

A beautiful arbor of flowers was created of sunflowers, roses, dahlias and much more for the ceremony site.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Best Wishes Brooke and Jeremy!

This last weekend, we had the great opportunity to create beautiful flower for a beautiful bride named Brooke. Her colors were crimson and burnt orange...We used orchids, roses, summer dahlias, lilies, amaranthus, crocosmia, and much more to create this fantastic wedding! From towering flowers on silver candelabras, to dahlias down the head table, this wedding was incredibly opulent!

Brooke's bouquet of rust lilies, and cymbidum orchids was really stunning and dramatic. The girls carried clutch bouquets of cymbidum orchids.

For this outdoor ceremony we created a monogram of rose petals for Jeremy and Brooke. When she walked the aisle, the petals would travel down the aisle beneath her beautiful train.

At the reception, stunning centerpieces atop silver candelabras splashed upward into the vaulted tent!

The head table had vases of dahlias traveling down the table with silver mint julep cups for the girls to place their bouquets in for the evening of remaining festivities.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Aloha to the Hawaiian Festival!

Each year the hawaiian festival is held in Esther Short park. Over 8,000 visitors sway to the rhythm as hula dancers. Portland, Taiko, Native Tribal dancers, and Polynesian singers fill the park with the heartbeat of their cultures. Arts, Crafts, and food vendors round out this two day long outdoor festival which is now considered the third largest annual event at Esther Short Park.

We would like to take the opportunity to extend a very special thank you to Mel and Sari Aho and Aho Construction for their love and support to our company throughout the years. Without their trust and create freedom, we would not be able to create such fun and wonderful designs!

This year we created a giant pineapple of sunflowers that stood 7 feet tall! What a way to welcome in the festival!

Accompanying this wonderful design we created a 9 foot tall tropical structure of bamboo, heliconia, hala foliage and oncidium orchids. It's dynamic presence really finished off the display!

Up close, you can really get a feel for the intersecting lines of foliage and flowers. It's really fun!

As you say in Hawaii...MAHOLA NUI! (Thank you very much!)

Friday, July 17, 2009

The Sky's the Limit!

This past week, Erik Witcraft had the wonderful opportunity to attend the prestigious nationally recognized AIFD (American Institute of Floral Designers) symposium in Kansas City, Missouri. Not only is this a chance to get inspired by some of the world greatest floral designers, but it is also a chance to get certified as a world-wide recognized master of floral design. Erik tested among 120 other applicants from around the world. He will find out if he passed the certification testing within about 4 weeks.

This table design swirls with excitement formed from a curly willow amature. Grasses, reeds, flowers and fruit complete this contemporary centerpiece design.

This pocket square boutonniere is fun and light. Erik created this as one of his five challenges in the AES evaluation process.
Below are just some of the designs that were featured at this year's symposium. From super contemporary designs to lavish overflowing romantic designs, this symposium had it all!
This wall sculpture of ti leaves in mass created a fantastic background for a cascading design of orchids, calla lilies and string of pearls.

This tall design of twigs, bits and bamboo supported roses, orchids, calla lilies and peacock feathers!

This cylindrical design had pretty much all of the callas in Missouri in it! Roses, gloriosa lilies, and anthurium created the vibrant orange stripe through the middle!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Melissa + Marriage

We did a very casual wedding this last weekend for a local bride and groom getting married outside. Melissa's bouquet consisted of peonies, garden roses, dahlias, lavender, lady's mantle, fever few and garden foliage. Beautiful and casual for a perfect late spring bride!