Spring Wedding Flowers

Although summer is the height of wedding season, more and more brides are choosing a spring wedding for their nuptials. If you’re wondering which flowers are best for your big day, here are a few suggestions: Ranunculus: These blooms are … Continue reading

Lisa and Mark at Lewis & Clark Catering

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to post about some of our weddings due to issues I was having with our site. Ugh. But now that it is resolved I am back to highlighting some incredible couples and their joyous nuptials!

I was honored to create the floral designs for Lisa and Mark back in March at Lewis and Clark Catering here in Eugene. I get to gab with Lisa every 6-8 weeks since she is my hairstylist so it was fun to hear all about the wedding planning from the time of engagement up until THE DAY. Lisa and Mark are a laid-back and fun couple and wanted their wedding to feel intimate and sophisticated without being too hoighty-toity (is that a real word?) or stuffy.

The day was perfect and it even managed to stay dry which is a small miracle for a March wedding in Eugene, OR. It rains a lot here. The colors were simple with a black and white theme and a punch of turquoise to add a little life. The bride was beautiful, the wedding was sweet and the reception (so I heard) was fun, fun, fun! These gorgeous images were captured by MJ’s Photography here in Eugene- thank you for sharing! If you haven’t met Michelle of MJ’s Photography…she’s awesome. Fun, professional and talented. Now to the wedding!

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Lisa’s bouquet was an array of white garden roses, clematis, ranunculus, sweet peas, jasmine buds, piers japonica and trailing greenery with a sheer, ruffled ribbon.

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chalkboard flower garlandThe lighting fixtures at Lewis and Clark are beautiful and create stunning backdrops

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The groom, Mark, puts the final touches to his attire

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Instead of a traditional arch, Lisa wanted something more elegant and modern to designate the ceremony area. Sleek white pillars held tall flower arrangements of white blooms including snapdragons, hydrangea, trailing clematis and white Tibet roses. Post-ceremony they were transferred indoors to decorate the reception area.

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Each reception centerpiece differed slightly but all were white flowers with either black or white rocks in the bottom or square vases. The couple’s sweetheart table flowers was a trio of vases including the white anemones with black centers that Lisa loved.

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Mark’s niece, a Junior Bridesmaid, gets a little extra love from the bride!

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Still Trending: Vintage Lace & Burlap

As we head into the 2014 wedding season the projected trends are becoming more concrete in terms of colors, themes and details for weddings. Lace and burlap is still extremely popular among brides whose weddings fall into the following categories: vintage, country chic, rustic, barn weddings and romantic but casual outdoor affairs.

Burlap was the #1 stem wrap of choice for all the weddings I did last year. Bridesmaid’s bouquets were wrapped with burlap while most of the bridal bouquets were a combination of burlap and lace treatments. I also incorporated the burlap in corsages and boutonnieres so that the whole look was cohesive. Burlap can be used as table runners, banners or wrapped around vases. Adding lace to any of these adds romance and softens the look instantly.

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Photo courtesy of Erika Nicole Photography

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Photo courtesy of Erika Nicole Photography

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Lace tablecloth with vintage, family-heirloom objects

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Using a satin ribbon with rhinestone gems with a hint of twine keeps this stem wrap from being too “country”

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Babies breath corsage with burlap accents- perfect for petite frames or mom’s who don’t want anything too large

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Yellow rose corsage on banquet tables with burlap runners

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Burlap wedding tables with wood slabs and homemade jam favors

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Wedding arch w/ burlap fabric, chandelier and yellow flower decorations

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Yellow craspedia flower girl pomander {Erika Nicole Photography}

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.

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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

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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

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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

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Multi Colored Gerbera Daisey wedding bouquetFor the gerbera daisy lover

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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  • 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

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Meet the Bloggers

Most blogs are written by a single person but right now we have two bloggers at Dandelions (Toviana and Martha) who keep you informed on what is going on for us. I thought it would be nice to let you know a little bit more about us and our individual interests so you have a better feel for us as you read our posts.

Toviana Jackson

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My husband, Sean, and I take our daughter, Shiloh (and little Colt on the way) on her first train ride

I have been blogging for Dandelions since the inception of our blog in 2007. As the daughter of owner, Shirley Lyons, I have worked at Dandelions in a variety of capacities (I started by sweeping and dusting for a quarter back in the day) and began designing while in high school. I spent a few years out of state in Minnesota and California and came back to the family business in 2005. Soon I married a wonderful man and have two beautiful children: Shiloh, 3 and Colt, 7 months. I currently keep busy as one of the wedding coordinators at Dandelions and handle aspects of our marketing, website, and other miscellaneous projects I can fit in while chasing children.

When not working I spend time keeping Colt from swiping Shiloh’s toys and hiding the children’s socks from our 100 lb lab who likes to eat them. In the few minutes that remain in my day I also enjoy gardening, crafts, trips to the coast and reading a good book before bed. Each day is an adventure and each evening is a victory that I survived the day!!

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Very pregnant with Colt working on photos of arrangement for the shop

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Little Colt spends his days amongst the vases and flowers and entertaining the staff

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My husband, Andrey, and I

While I have been a designer in the flower business for about 10 years, I am new to the Dandelions family. I moved to Eugene from Dallas, TX in September 2012, when I got married,  and a month later, started my first day at Dandelions.

I came into the flower business on a round-about route. I was born and raised in Namibia, Southern Africa, and moved to Texas about 13 years ago. While living there, I took a part-time, very  temporary job (or so I thought at the time) in a little flower shop downtown, fell in love with flowers, and have been in the industry since, working at various shops and learning the ins and outs of the flower business.

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Prepping vases for a corporate Super Bowl tent

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Super Bowl Week 2011 in Texas

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Getting things ready at the warehouse for Super Bowl 2011

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Painting with a Twist outing with Dr. Delphinium 2012

Here at Dandelions, I work on the design team, and a couple of days in the week help Tovi with the marketing and website aspect of the business.

I’m still pretty new to Oregon, so when I’m not at work I spend my free time buried in a book (I’m an avid reader), getting to know my new home town, and exploring the fantastic outdoors that is Oregon.Me

Boys & Girls Club Auction

Last week we were delighted to help out our local Boys & Girls Club with their first annual Be Grate-ful Gala Auction at the Eugene Country Club. The mystical, magical evening included a performance by Ballet Fantastique and we brought our creative mojo to the floral designs. Purple, orange and green flowers were accented with manzanita branches and mosses with hanging crystals. Each table was set with painted pumpkins and a gypsy-style lantern in addition to flowers.

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The Boys & Girls Club is an incredible organization that is dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment for kids in the critical after-school hours. They provide education support, physical education and lots of opportunity for counseling and mentoring. As a working mother myself I know that it can be challenging to find somewhere for the kiddos to go when I need to be at work. Thankfully the 11 month old can still be strapped to my person in a pinch. For parents who have school age kids, though, there are those critical hours of the day after school gets out but before parents are home from work. This is where Boys & Girls Club steps in.

Here in the Eugene/Springfield area, the Boys & Girls Club serves over 900 of our local youth helping them to reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. The facts are tough:

  • 1 out of 5 young people live in poverty
  • 3 out of 10 kids won’t graduate on time
  • 3 out of 10 kids are obese or overweight
  • 3pm – 7pm juvenile crime escalates

For a real difference here in our community the team at the Boys & Girls Club over at Westmoreland truly changes lives. I stopped by there to pick up some items for the event and saw happy, polite kids who clearly flourished in an environment of safety and love.

  • 67% of alumni say the club kept them out of trouble with the law
  • 28% of alumni say they would have dropped out of school if not for the club
  • 57% of alumni say the club saved their life
  • 62% of alumni say the club helped them commit to their education

Want to learn more about the Boys & Girls Club here in Eugene or see how you can help make a difference? Visit their page here or Like them on Facebook!

Charlotte and Thane

Over Labor Day weekend I designed for a wedding that was my favorite this season. This was partly because of the gorgeous mix of colors and flowers but mostly because Charlotte, the bride, was such a doll. I enjoyed working with her and her family on her bridal shower, rehearsal dinner and wedding flowers. Charlotte gave me free range when it came to flower varieties- she just wanted the overall look to be colorful…but muted. I spent many nights lying in bed contemplating the perfect combination to create the color palette. Trying to achieve a feeling that colors had been left out in the sun and faded took some thought. Many flower varieties (especially dahlias and garden roses) vary in color intensity throughout the growing season so I constantly had my eye on what the growers were bringing each week to make sure my selection was correct.

Since the wedding was at Deep Woods, which is a rustic venue, I wanted the flowers to feel at home in that atmosphere. Maidenhair fern, rosemary and sage as greenery brought in the woodsy feel and aspidistra leaves added a more upscale feel to the centerpieces. Charlotte’s bouquet included: “Juliet” David Austen roses, “Flame” mini calla lilies, magenta freesia, purple veronica, magenta carnations, green cymbidium orchids, “Jitterbug” dahlias, “Pooh” dahlias, zinnias, cockscomb and more.

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The reception centerpieces were each slightly different but a fantastic mix of colors and seasonal flower varieties. Charlotte also had bathroom flowers, bar flowers and buffet table flowers. Down the aisle I placed single blossoms of dahlias with colored burlap ribbon twirled inside the hanging vases. Instead of a traditional flower arch that is usually seen on wedding arches or pergolas blossoms of cymbidium orchids, roses and carnations were strung to create flower garlands. This looked great and added to the modern but rustic feel.

A huge THANK YOU to Charlotte for letting me be a part of your big day and Congratulations!

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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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

Pretty Pink Wedding

One of our sweet sales clerks, Sophie, got married to her beau, Todd, this August and the flowers were a perfect reflection of Sophie’s sweet, bubbly personality. They were married at a local church and then the reception was held at Sophie’s parent’s rural country home. Since Sophie is definitely a girlie-girl there were lots of pink touches and plenty of tulle!

Wedding consultant, Julianne, worked with Sophie to turn her fantasy wedding into reality. We ordered in a variety of rose that is actually called “Sophie”… HOW PERFECT! She also used nerine lilies, hydrangea, roses, freesia, cymbidium orchid blossoms and green “Athos” poms. The bridal bouquet was made even more stunning by adding bead details to loops of lily grass. This was reflected in the groom’s boutonniere as well.

Sophie did the reception centerpieces herself using birch branches, the green poms and lighted branches that really showed up once the sun went down. We are so happy for Sophie and Todd and were glad to help one of our own make her dream day come true!