Thursday, January 17, 2013

In Review...

Time for a little yearly round-up of some of my favorite images, arrangements and moments from 2012! I know it's a little bit late for this (as most people might do this right at the turn of the new year), but I figure better late than never. Now seems like a good time.

SO! In no particular order, here are some highlights from 2012:
One of my favorite arrangements/photos/flower combinations- just can't beat the Cafe au Lait dahlias, fall foliage, cosmos, and crabapples. This arrangement was also made in my favorite way: Go out to the Cutting Garden on a whim, and go wild! No color palette or flower requirements, just the inspiration of the moment...

Photo by Derrick Ito
THIS MOMENT, at the wedding of my friends Talia and Justin- one of the best things about being a floral designer is getting to be on the inside of so many friend's weddings- I love doing flowers for people I love :)

And on the topic of friends' weddings.....
Photo by Karin Apollonia Muller
This bouquet from another good friend's wedding- Katie and Jeff, one of the most amazing, creative couples I know, married in Big Sur, one of the most beautiful places in the world! This wedding was truly a labor of love- and a lot of help! I got SICK- as sick as I have been in years- feverish, hallucinating... the REAL deal... but I refused to let anyone else touch this bouquet (just had to be the one that made it!) but two of Katie's bridesmaids (who happened to have previous experience working for an event florist!) gave me a BIG hand with everything else.
Here we are (with me in the middle), working away... on a side note, don't you just LOVE our outfits?!? Ha! Though it's hard to tell from this photo, it was so cold there that the owner of the ranch where Katie and Jeff were getting married loaded us up with all her spare sweaters, vests, and jackets. NOT the best photo ever taken of me, that's for sure! Can you tell how sick I am? I can, by that distant, woozy and pale look... yikes! I am really glad that somehow, magically, no one else got sick at this wedding :)
A new logo! I love this logo, designed by yet another good friend, and amazing designer and jeweler, Kim Williamson of Dottyspeck. (I'm noticing a trend here..... FRIENDS were a big part of this year!)

The Cutting Garden.... I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVED The Cutting Garden.

Picking up buckets upon buckets of locally-grown flowers from the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market. I absolutely LOVE that place, and all the farmers who sell their amazing flowers there.

Looking up and seeing this duck walk across a bright white aisle!!!! Believe me, I was NOT so happy about it at the time!!!!! (a more accurate description would be terrified and furious, thinking that this duck was going to poop on that aisle!!!!) But it all turned out just fine, and now it makes me smile thinking back to it :)

This cake, made by none other than Michael at The Troubadour Baker.

This arrangement, sitting on my worktable pre-transport.

This color palette- peach, orange, silver...

Sweet pea vines...

The first bucket of Cerinthe harvested from The Cutting Garden.


This bouquet. And poppies, mock orange, garden roses, clematis, and peonies, every time I got to work with them.

And last, but NOT least, getting engaged to this amazing man!!!!! Eli, the love of my life :)

Whew! There are so many more amazing things that happened this past year- it was full! And just a few weeks into 2013, I am already feeling so many wonderful things in the works for this year. Life is exciting! Happy Late New Year to everyone!!!! Hope your 2013 is magical :)


  1. Congratulations, your work is very inspiring and beautiful. I wish you could be my mentor, just one year into my flower growing and I can relate to your joy!
    Wishing you every success

    1. Thank you Lisa! If only we lived closer... I wish you a joyful and successful year too :)

  2. It all looks so lovely! Best wishes for a great new season!