Color Trends Part 2: Festival

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Festival: bold, bright colors: turkish sea blue, vermillion orange, capris, fresh green, vibrant yellow, ensign blue, shocking pink, lavender international flair (think Dia de los Muertos, Ikat and South West patterns) Bill Schaffer, AIFD, AAF, PFCI says, “This is about … Continue reading

Color Trends for 2016

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So I know we are well under way for 2016 but in case you are still trying to determine what’s hot for color trends this year, we have a 4 part blog that breaks down some general color trends as … Continue reading

Custom & Unique Funeral Flowers

A customer once said to me, “You have such a cool job but doesn’t it make you so sad to have to do funeral flowers?”. Yes. It does make us sad but we also know the importance of the service we provide. Helping a family who just lost a loved one navigate the floral choices to select a style that will reflect their loved one is a big part of what we do. We feel greatly honored to be able to design a living memory to that person and feel blessed to have such a great task entrusted to us.funeral flowers eugene oregon

Flowers have a strong emotional impact on the human experience. For centuries they have been used to convey emotion and play a part in life’s major events. When celebrating a life, flowers are a visual expression of love, sympathy and respect. We are always honored to be trusted with such a pivotal role during a funeral or memorial.

Sympathy flowers or plants are often sent by friends and loved ones to show support and offer condolence. Often, the family selects floral designs for the casket area that reflect their loved one’s favorite color, season or hobby. We believe that funeral flowers should be a reflection of the individual and work to incorporate special items into the floral design whenever requested by the family. A variety of designs below show creative ways to display the interests, passions or life story of one who has passed away.

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One of her final wishes was to have her casket draped in a blanket of flowers

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A buoy remembers a loved one’s love of fishing

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The personal golf clubs were used to make a natural design to be displayed at the service

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Incorporating personal items makes the design so much more meaningful

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A favorite book, cd, magazine or movie can all easily be integrated into a floral design

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For a gardening lover, a bright selection of seasonal flowers created an outdoor feel inside the Hult Center

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A deconstructed Gibson guitar was shipped to us by the family and then the floral easel was built around it

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Loved ones remembered a long-time Ford factory worker with a steering wheel and road map

Get Crafty: Summer Flower Fun

Julianne made a wonderful spring and summer display for our sales floor with tissue paper flowers. They were so easy we thought you might want to try them if you’re looking for a fun, summer project to do for yourself, or with your kids.

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Here’s the step-by-step how-to:

You’ll need scissors; tape; a piece of thin wire; glue (we used hot-glue); and of course, tissue paper in various colors. To do one flower, you’ll only need two sheets of tissue paper in differing colors. The size of our tissue paper is about 23 by 17 inches. You can use paper that’s bigger or smaller, but I put the measurements in here to give you a better idea of what to expect as you go along.

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Step 1 – Folding the Paper: Take your first sheet of paper (the one that will be the petals) and fold it in half lengthwise, and then width-wise, as shown in the pictures below. You’ll have an 11 by 9 inch rectangle.

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Step 2 – Scalloping the Edge: This is how Julianne formed the round shape of the petals. With your scissors you’ll scallop the edge of the paper you just folded on one side only – the long, loose side (don’t cut on the fold.) This is your creative project, so feel free to change up the shape of the petals in any way you like. You can make them sharper, or more angular.

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When you open the sheet of paper, it should look like this:

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Step 3: Making the Flower: In both hands, grab the paper on each side of the un-scalloped edge, and inching your fingers forward,  gather it towards the center of the paper.

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Step 4: Securing the Center: Hold the gathered paper in the center with one hand, and with the other, wrap your wire around the center to secure the gathering effect. Then fold the gathered edges towards each other to form the head of a flower.

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Step 5- Securing the petals: To secure the edges and form a continuous flower head, tape the paper where the folded edges meet. Tape beneath the flower so you don’t see the tape from the top.

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Your flowers, so far, should look like this:

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Step 6- The Center: To do the center of your flowers, grab your next sheet of paper. Fold it length-wise twice (until it is about 4  inches in width.) Then, fold it down the middle width-wise – twice. You’ll have a rectangle about 5 by 6 inches.

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Step 7 – Forming the Center: On the side of your rectangle that is NOT all folded, cut strips down the length of your rectangle, stopping a couple of inches from the bottom. (Don’t worry if you cut the side with the folds. The effect will be a little different, but that’s okay. No flower is exactly alike.)

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It should look like this:

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Step 9 – Putting it all Together: – Glue bottom of center and stick it into the middle of your flower.

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The final Step: Fluff out the petals and the center.

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Care Tips for Your Spring Cut Flowers

After the winter weather, the warm days and clear skies we had this weekend were a tantalizing hint that the cold will be gone for good soon – at least for the season. Sunnier skies, warmer weather and fun, outdoor activities are on our doorstep! I spot my boots on the shoe rack and long to put them away until next winter. Even though the weather hasn’t quite caught up yet (it’s getting there!) spring is here, and so are the happy colors and delightful scents of spring flowers and bulbs.

So, when you come by and pick up a bunch of these bright beauties,  what do you need to know about them to keep them cheering your home longer?

Daffodils: Daffodils arranged in a vase all by themselves make for a cheery, eye-catching design. If, however, you want to arrange a bouquet with daffodils and other flowers, keep this in mind: daffodils secret a sap when their stem is cut. This does the daffodils no harm, but it will cause other flowers in the arrangement to wilt. So here’s what we do when making mixed arrangement of daffodils and other flowers: we cut the daffodils to the height we want them and put them in a separate vase of water for about an hour to allow the sap to drain. Then – without cutting their stems again – we rinse them and add them to our arrangement.

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Hyacinth: With their bright colors and sweet fragrance, hyacinth are very popular. When bringing hyacinth home for a cut-flower arrangement, don’t cut the woody, bottom part of the stem if you don’t have to. This helps the hyacinth draws up water, and it will last longer this way. If you’re working with hyacinth bulbs it’s a good idea to wear gloves. The bulbs are acidic and can cause skin irritation.

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Tulips: Did you know that not only do their petals open and close depending on the temperature in a room, but tulips will continue to grow a few more inches after they’re cut? This movement in the design makes for a wild and alluring arrangement.

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Anemones: When arranging with this beautiful, whimsical flower keep in mind that the petals will open in the light and warmth, so while anemones are pretty hardy, despite their delicate look, keeping them in a cool area in your home will help them last longer. Anemones will also continue to grow after they are cut!

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Nature’s Rainbow Wedding Flowers

Oregon has such natural beauty and it creates a gorgeous, green backdrop for many a wedding. For this reason, and the ongoing trend of wildflower & colorful wedding flowers, many brides are choosing mixed colors for their wedding. This transpires as either color groupings or mixed colors in all the bouquets and arrangements.

These mixed color weddings are best for outdoor weddings since they have a more casual, eclectic feel. The mixed wildflower style pairs well with popular burlap and lace and works for both modern & colorful weddings or a bride who is going for more of a vintage feel.

wedding bouquet with david austin roses, orchids, dahlias, veronica, roses, zinnias

My favorite bouquet from this past wedding season: Juliet David Austin roses, cymbidium orchids, dahlias, zinnias, magenta freesia, Flame mini calla lilies, veronica, cockscomb, dusty miller and maidenhair fern.

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Each centerpiece for this Deep Woods Events wedding in Elmira, OR was slightly different but all were filled with color and placed on mirrored tiles atop teal cloth.

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Seasonal toss bouquet of dahlias, carnations (looks like a peony, huh?), zinnia and veronica

blue, green, yellow and orange wedding bouquetColorful wedding bouquet of blue hydrangea, yellow button chrysanthemums, orange roses, bells of Ireland and green spider mums.

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The bride wanted to tie in the royal blue of the bridesmaids dresses so delphinium accompanied a flurry of other blooms in orange, yellow and a touch of white

yellow bouquet, pink bouquet, purple bouquetMonochromatic bridesmaids bouquets with a mixed color bridal bouquet

locally grown flowers bridal bouquetSeasonal flower choices were included in this summery, wildflower inspired bouquet: sunflowers, “Blah Blah Blah” dahlias, yellow mini callas, craspedia, stock, crocosmia, lavender, rosemary, sedum and local grasses

pergola wedding flowersPergola arrangement at Deep Woods Events. So bright and colorful

woodsy rustic reception flowers5″ x 5″ cubes had mixtures of seasonal flowers

wildflower wedding bouquet with burlap and laceBurlap and lace stem wrap around a rustic chic bouquet

dramatic wedding bouquet in bright colorsMixed color wedding bouquets don’t have to be rustic. This is a much more modern and contemporary look with dramatic flair

Multi Colored Gerbera Daisey wedding bouquetFor the gerbera daisy lover

toss bouquetBright and colorful toss bouquet with LOTS of ribbons

Purple Flowers for Weddings

Purple was traditionally the color of royalty and its rich color is not lost on today’s brides. From pale periwinkle to deep eggplant, purple has a myriad of shades which lend themselves to a variety of looks for your wedding. Since Pantone announced Radiant Orchid as the 2014 Color of the Year, purple will be taking center stage in the upcoming year. Radiant Orchid is a gorgeous medium purple with fuschia and pink undertones it combines will with a variety of colors.

Many brides try to match their flowers exactly to the bridesmaid’s dresses or linen colors but I always recommend a different route. Choosing a mixtures of shades in the color palette will make everything look more luxurious, textured and visible. If the flowers are all exactly the same shade it will look like a big ball of one color without any dimension. Let your florist incorporate varying shades for the most effective use of flowers and a final look that will be much more luxurious and less DIY.

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hydrangea and calla liliesTall centerpiece that is also used at the ceremony

purple and white corsageCorsage with white spray roses, purple stock and periwinkle blue ribbon

purple wedding bouquetPurple bridal bouquet of lavender roses, purple hydrangea, kale, Florigene carnations, alstromeria, statice, stock and lavender

budget wedding bouquetShades of purple carnations with rhinestone jewels

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white and blush wedding bouquetWhite, peach and blush wedding bouquet with bold purple shoes {Photo by Wendy Gregory}

purple wedding detailsDark purple bridesmaids dresses {Photo by Wendy Gregory}

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Photograph by True Essence PhotographyDeep purple lisianthus and veronica {Photo by True Essence Photography}

Wildflower Wedding FlowersPurple & green wildflower bouquet (lisianthus, lavender, purple veronica, bi-color alstromeria, green trick carnations, bells of Ireland, seeded eucalyptus, scabiosa, curly willow & peacock feathers)

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purple wedding ideasChandeliere with purple tulle fabric and hanging hydrangea & crystals {Photo by Jordan Iverson Photography}

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wedding flowers eugeneToss bouquet of dark Florigene carnations, stock, statice, lavender and hosta leaves {Photo by Jordan Iverson Photography}

florist eugene, oregonPurple bridesmaids bouquet

Fun centerpieces of hydrangea, roses, sedum, carnations & stock

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Shades of purple stock, roses, tulips and mini calla lilies

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Beautiful spring wedding bouquet of hydrangea, iris, agapanthus and muscari

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Skinner’s Butte wedding bouquet of dahlias, carnations, hydrangea and roses

Vintage White Chapel Wedding

This was a very special wedding for an absolutely adorable couple who could not be any sweeter. Rachael and Jack have known each other since kindergarten and have been in each others lives ever since, although not as a couple until later in life. Having known someone for such an extended period of time certainly seems like a good foundation for a strong marriage. Thank you to Jay Eads Photography for the beautiful images captured here. To see more images visit Jay’s blog at jayeads.com.

wedding photographer eugeneRomantic vintage wedding in Creswell, OR {Jay Eads Photography}

Rachael wanted a vintage feel for her wedding. They chose the quaint Creswell Presbyterian Church for the ceremony with the reception following at Emerald Valley Country Club in Creswell. Rachael’s dress had custom sleeves added to the already beautiful lace gown and it looked amazing on her petite frame. She gave her bridesmaid free reign to choose their own bridesmaid dress in shades of green which created an eclectic feel. Her nephew ring-bearers even wore little knickers and suspenders! So cute.

lace wedding dressGorgeous lace vintage wedding dress {Jay Eads Photography}

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Don’t they look SO happy? {Jay Eads Photography}

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Exiting the church. Hooray! {Jay Eads Photography}

Rachael knew exactly what she wanted when it came to flowers. She requested a “picked from a field” look that was primarily seasonal greenery and grasses with touches of blooming flowers. In the week leading up to the wedding I spent a lot of time scouring Lane County to find a full assortment of greenery, grasses and herbs to design with. She wanted lavender in the bridesmaid’s bouquets and large arrangements but since the wedding was in August, past lavender season, I babied the lavender plants in our flower fields to make sure I had fresh lavender to use.

purple and green wedding bouquetShades of green bridesmaids dresses with loose, field-inspired bouquets {Jay Eads Photography}

Her inspiration picture for the bridesmaids included crab apples but she wanted something purple. I found these perfect baby crab apples that I tinted purple to create a similar look. For her wedding bouquet, Rachael wanted something the size and style of Kate Middleton’s famous bridal bouquet but with grasses and just touches of delicate white flowers.

petite wedding bouquet green and white bouquetSmall wedding bouquet of seasonal greens and petite white blossoms {Jay Eads Photography}

Shocks of wheat and bundles of lavender (a bridal DIY project) completed the look for the entrance to the church and at the reception. Large, meadow-inspired arrangements were transferred from wicker baskets at the church to wood boxes for buffet table arrangements.

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Bunches of lavender and shocks of wheat at church entrance {Jay Eads Photography}

Some of the other details that made this wedding standout:

  • Bride and groom silhouette images on guest book table, over head table and on ceremony programs

unique vintage wedding detailsHead table with wedding bouquets and DIY silhouette image on fireplace {Jay Eads Photography}

  • Rachael’s grandmother’s dress and antique typewriter on display at the reception with pictures of the weddings of grandparents

reception ideasGrandmother’s wedding dress and pictures made a conversation starter at the entrance to the reception {Jay Eads Photography}

DIY reception ideasFamily photos paired with other antique momentos {Jay Eads Photography}

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{Jay Eads Photography}

  • The vintage burgundy car, owned by Rachael’s father, was the perfect getaway car. Classic and vintage, it couldn’t have been more ideal. (see the first blog picture)

It was such a joy to design the flowers for this wedding for dear friends and turn Rachael’s classic, vintage vision into reality. Congratulations, Rachael and Jackson!emerald valley golf and resort creswell oregon

{Jay Eads Photography}

Yellow Wedding Ideas

Pantone Freesia is part of their Spring Fashion Report for 2014. Shades of yellow have been popular wedding colors and that trend will continue into this summer. Yellow and grey will continue to be seen for modern, chic weddings while the yellow & blue combination is often chosen for quaint, country weddings. For a spring wedding, pair yellow with paler shades of pink, green or lavender for a pastel palette or combine it with other bold colors of tangerine orange, coral or aqua for a bright, cheerful affair.

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Erika Nicole 3Buttercream and bright yellow wedding bouquet with whites and jewels for a rustic chic outdoor wedding {Erika Nicole Photography}

milk glass budvases country weddingMilk glass budvases with babies breath, solid aster and billy balls- other tables held milk glass vases of spray roses, mini gerbera daisies, or freesia. Burlap table runners with table numbers made by the groom. {Erika Nicole Photography}

pomanderCraspedia and burlap flower girl pomander {Erika Nicole Photography}

wedding arch with burlap and flowersHand-made ceremony arch (again made by the groom) with burlap, chandelier and flowers {Erika Nicole Photography}

sunflowers, freesia, roses, billy balls, alstromeria and solid asterWedding Bouquet of sunflowers, craspedia (billy balls), roses, alstromeria, freesia and solid aster

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rustic bridal bouquetWhite, ivory, yellow & green wedding bouquet {Jamie Zanotti Photography}

bridesmaids bouquetYellow and navy blue wedding {Jamie Zanotti Photography}

blue and yellow centerpieceYellow & blue centerpieces {Jamie Zanotti Photography}

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Altar wedding flowersLarge ceremony flower arrangements {Jamie Zanotti Photography}

Daisy pew flowersYellow & white daisy pew decorations {Jamie Zanotti Photography}

tropical hotel flowersTropical arrangements of oncidium orchids, pincushion protea and bromeliad blossoms

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Yellow calla lilies

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Colorful August Wedding

Two weekends ago I had the pleasure of setting up the wedding for Jessica Jones out at Deep Woods Events in Elmira, OR. Even though they lost a few trees during the winter wind storms, Deep Woods is still a woodland delight. Owner, Karol, has created a spectacular setting for a wedding during any season. The outdoor area is landscaped with flowers and they have recently built a large, indoor venue which allows them to host weddings and events any month of the year.

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Rustic and colorful wedding bouquet

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Woodsy wedding venue by Fern Ridge Lake

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Seasonal wedding bouquet with burlap and lace stem wrap

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The delivery van is packed FULL

The inspiration for Jessica’s flowers came from a picture of flowers she picked up at the farmers market. Lots of color was the goal with a natural, casual feel. I wanted to incorporate seasonal blossoms throughout the decor and 75% of the flowers were grown locally. Instead of traditional greenery I used rosemary, grasses, oak and maple branches. Some of the other local flowers included zinnias, dahlias, lavender, and sunflowers.

In order to use time efficiently, I will often design arch pieces ahead of time and attach on site but I felt that I needed to design the entire pergola wedding flowers on site. The beams in the pergola would have been in the way and I wanted the design to appear as one fluid design. The pergola there is quite large (12’7″ wide and about 9′ tall).

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Beginning the work on the pergola flowers

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Adding the teddy bear sunflowers

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The final product

The centerpieces were casual mixtures of the same flowers in large 6x6x6 cubes that Karol at Deep Woods wrapped in burlap and ribbon. These are extremely large openings but the use of large blooms like blue hydrangea, zinnias, sunflowers and dahlias helped create a full look. Each of these sat on a wood stump and the tables were preset with canned jam as wedding favors. So sweet! As I left the venue at 1:00 there was thunder and lightning in the sky and it looked ominous for the 3:30 ceremony but I think the rain held off for the most part.

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Woodsy centerpieces on stump bases

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Dahlias, delphinium, craspedia, hydrangea, zinnia and sunflower

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Inside the reception area at Deep Woods Events

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Sweet jam wedding favors

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Locally grown zinnias and teddy bear sunflowers

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Storm clouds approaching

Thank you Jessica for letting me be a part of your special day! I can’t wait to see the pictures from the Vermont-based Sabin Gratz Photography