Archives for August 2015

Rustic Chico Hot Springs, MT Wedding

Randee and Kellan were a joy to work with.  Having done most of our communication by phone or e-mail; we finally met on the day of the wedding and what a nice surprise it was!  I had pictured Randee as tall with dark hair and olive skin.  I’m not sure why our brains do that, but she couldn’t have been more opposite – petite with long blond hair.  But they were immediately welcoming and accommodating as we placed the centerpieces and delivered bouquets.  I was so relieved when she loved her bouquet and I knew the colors would be a beautiful compliment to the bridesmaid dresses.  We adorned the pergola with large floral accents and petals were strewn just before the ceremony.   Big thanks to Tracy Moore Photographers for these stunning images and Congratulations to Randee & Kellan!

 

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Garden inspired Montana Mountain Wedding

You know that moment that stops you in your tracks and you realize everyone around you is in awe.  That moment happened at Nicole & Daniel’s wedding at the beautiful Rock Creek Resort in Red Lodge, MT when Kristin Jean Photographer posed these beautiful ladies in a collection of trees near the property.  I looked up after completing the archway to see the beautiful bride with her flower crown and gardeny bouquet; so ethereal as if they were floating in the trees.  Her dress was incredible, with the most delicate floral appliques and sheer overlay.  And the flower girl!  My goodness she was a rockstar – posing for every photo as if she was a professional  It was incredible and I knew the images wouldn’t disappoint.  So much in fact it was hard to choose which ones to use for the blog post!  So a huge Thank you to Kristin Jean for sharing these beautiful shots and a big Congratulations to the Megalos on their summer nuptials!  It was truly a beautiful day.

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Eggplant & blush Montana Mountain Wedding

Danielle & Jordan were married at the Scenic Big Timber Fair Grounds in June.  The bouquets were an absolute joy to make and white peonies for the bridal bouquet were a must!  These soft vintage hues against the plum colored dresses and beautiful landscape made for some beautiful shots from Kelsey Tommerup Photography!  I had such fun working with Danielle and her mom to create a complimenting color palette and stay on budget.  They assembled beautiful centerpieces all their own and Mac’s created two large archway pieces to accent the arch used at her sister’s wedding just weeks before.  Talk about wedding planning summer!  Congratulations to you both and thank you for being such a joy to work with!

 

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The not so pretty side of floral…

July 4th, 2015

There I was driving two hours away with a packed car,  to work from a rented design space in Bozeman, MT.  I was excited to receive a call from my dear friend Julio – fellow floral designer and amazing supporter – who would be helping me with the design and delivery of two large weddings.  We had planned for months, worked out logistics, ordered the perfect flowers and even scheduled some dinner for his July 1st birthday!  But his call was to warn me that flowers were not going to arrive that day due to delays in Memphis.

I knew this would put us behind schedule but not to the degree that it would cause alarm…until about 7pm when I called FedEx to confirm our packages would arrive the following day….and they were not hopeful.  2 days behind they said.  At that moment I went into full on survival mode.  Who can we source from locally?  What floral shops would work with us?  He was a champ, calling all his local sources, farmers and other floral businesses to find who could source our orders.  Yes OUR orders.  Julio not only had a birthday to celebrate, but two weddings with myself and 1 of his own to complete.  It was madness.

We spent hours running all over town to find the perfect blooms to replace what would not arrive in good condition.  It was 10pm on the night of his 30th birthday and we were finally eating dinner.  Thursday came and went and still our packages were not going to arrive.  It was hard not to lose my mind.  Massive orders for two weddings with specialty flowers that we just couldn’t’ replace.  -insert ugly cry face-   But somehow we rallied, we couldn’t wait any longer so we started assembling centerpieces, bouquets and boutonnieres with the supplies we did have.

And then the very tired and clearly frustrated FedEx delivery driver arrived with two large boxes of flowers.  We picked through a steaming box of molding flowers to pick out what we could salvage.  A few blooms but just enough to make the order complete and we were off.  We worked until 1am the Friday before the weddings and up again at 7am to pack and load vehicles for onsite installations and delivery.  It was blistering hot – a balmy 93 degree day in the mountains with relentless horse flies, but again we rallied and made it happen.  And at the end of this epic weekend we returned to the design space, cleaned buckets, mopped the floor and cleaned out the cooler….AND then worked on Julio’s wedding together.

As the insanely beautiful sun set over the mountains the most beautiful colors bounced off the surrounding homes and landscape,  the fireworks started.  Boom Boom.  We couldn’t help but take a minute to watch them in all their glory.  10:15pm on Saturday evening and I was finally done!  My feet felt like they weren’t my own.  So sore I could barely move and then the biggest sense of accomplishment that we had survived!  We had made it past this incredibly stressful weekend without a single client knowing what had happened.  Each one of them incredibly complimentary of our hard work and designs.

It’s these moments that make it all worth the effort and remind me there is a higher power at work.  A beyond huge thank you to Julio & Shane at Kirkham & Co for their amazing support over the weekend and to the one and only Katalin at Katalin Green Flowers for allowing us to rent her beautiful space and help us problem solve.  To her amazing assistant Mindy for coming to our rescue.  I can’t thank you all enough for your incredible support and the friendships I treasure with each of you.

Julio put it best when he said ” It has been an excruciatingly stressful week-weekend. I’m happy that in the end, there’s always a solution!”