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What has been going on in my little corner of the Sacramento Wedding Flower world

Jul 27, 2011   //   by Shannon   //   Blog  //  2 Comments

What have I been up to- you have to ask?  Hmmmmmm…. let’s see if I can give you a peek into the craziness that I call my life during wedding season.





Raising these two whack-a-doodle nut jobs.

I am so lucky to have good friends that take really amazing pictures.  Thanks to Beth from True Love Photo for putting up with my wee-beasties.

H was told to give E a hug.  What a loving embrace.

I moved into my amazing new office!  1808 Q street Suite C Sacramento, Ca 95811.  I am desperately in  love with the new space but I am also kind of sad to say goodbye to my other office of almost 8 years (love you Lora, Kendra and Doug, Doug and Dara).  I am sharing my new and, did I mention awesome, office with Kate Miller of Kate Miller Events.  The new digs are coming right along with lots of cool decor touches.  Make an appointment and we can have a cappuccino and talk about your wedding flowers.

I am granting my first wish at a Wish Upon a Wedding event.  WUW is an amazing organization and I am so proud to have Flourish be part of a wish granting.

Lots of fabulous press for Flourish, lately.  My brooch and flower bouquet was on the cover of Our Wedding Magazine.

One of my bouquets was on the cover of Mid-town Monthly Magazine

Geode Inspiration shoot featured on Style Me Pretty

Angie and Nate’s wedding on The Knotty Bride

Let them Eat Cake inspiration shoot on Rock n’Roll Bride

I have started writing a monthly blog post about wedding flowers for the website COLOURlovers.

Anything else?  Let’s see- OH YEAH- We have been designing some amazing wedding flowers!

Let’s not be strangers.  M’Kay?

Flower Favies- Tints, Shades and Tones

Jun 27, 2011   //   by Shannon   //   Blog, color theory, Wedding Flowers  //  4 Comments

Perfect summer day here in Sacramento, Ca.  I am sitting on my deck as I type this blog post listening to kids playing in the swimming pool, wind chimes ringing and leaves rustling.  I am taking the time to enjoy this moment of temperate weather and relative peace.  Before I know it I will be knee deep (probably literally) flower clippings and cursing the 100 degree weather.  But right now, this is the perfect summer day.

Time for another installment of Flower Favies!  Today I want to talk about one of my favorite ways to combine colors- by playing with tints, shades and tones of one color.  Sit back, you are about to get schooled.  On color theory, that is.  A tint is made by adding white to a color, a shade is made by adding black to a color, and a tone is made by adding gray to a color.  The fun happens when you combine the colors by using varying tints, shades or tones.

Photo by True Love Photo

This bouquet was designed using tones.  Taking the bright and true red of the anthirium and add a little gray you have the burgundy lip of the lady slipper orchid and the hanging amarathus.

Photo by Christopher Kight Photographers

This bouquet was designed using tints.  Take the bright red/orange of the dahlia and add  white and you get the color of the  Orange Unique roses.  Using the brick colored mums and add a smidge of white and you have the red mokara orchids.

This bouquet was designed using shades.  Taking the mauve colored cymbidium orchids and add some black you will get the deep burgundy dahlias.  Take the light red mokara orchids and add black and you will have the color of the Black Magic roses.

I love color!  When I was a kid I thought the world was black and white before the 1950′s.  Then somewhere around the invention of the color TV the world jumped to Technicolor.  Much like in The Wizard of Oz.  I remember thinking how I would hate living in a black and white world.

Wine and Roses Lodi, Ca- A Decadent Affair

May 5, 2011   //   by Shannon   //   Blog  //  2 Comments

Did you know that most Wedding Professionals consider December-April their “down-time”?  While it is certainly true those months on my calendar are the ones with the least amount of weddings, there is a myriad of other events that keep me busy.  Bridal shows, inspiration shoots, magazine shoots- there is always something going on that requires flowers!  What I love about the aforementioned events is I get to be all crazy up in here and design some fun bridal bouquets and other pieces.  Combinations of blooms and colors that I have been wanting to try out are given their time in the spot light.

These are pictures of the bouquets I designed to display at Wine and Roses Hotel’s Decadent Affair.  It is a wonderful event they host every year so their current wedding couples and future wedding couples can come out, taste the food, tour the property and meet their preferred Wedding Professionals.

Jennifer with The Memory Journalists was kind enough to photograph my bouquets and sent me over these pictures.  Lovely!

Flower Favies- Succulent boutonniere

Mar 28, 2011   //   by Shannon   //   Blog  //  1 Comment


I am going to let you in on a secret- During the summer, Sacramento can get really hot.  I know!  Shocker!  When I am designing flowers for summer weddings here in Northern California I need to make sure they are going to hold up to the rigors of the day.  This is where succulents come into play.  They are super hardy.  I love to use them in boutonnieres and other pieces for the wedding flower decor.  Some of the reasons I heart using succulents in wedding flowers are:

Succulents will hold up to heat and abuse of the wedding day.

They are a stylish alternative to more traditional flower choices.

You can plant the succulents after your wedding and have a lasting reminder of your day.

FUN NOTE:  The boutonniere above features succulents and scented geranium leaves plucked from my own garden.


Sacramento Wedding Flowers- The Citizen Hotel Open House.

Mar 17, 2011   //   by Shannon   //   Blog  //  3 Comments

Ashlee at The Citizen Hotel asked Flourish and Kate Miller Events to team up and style the dessert and sweet heart tables for The Citizen Hotel open house that took place last month.  Sugar and Spice Specialty Desserts provided all of the serious “YUM” action on the dessert table.  Sarah Maren hooked us up with all the pretty pictures.

Kate and I came up with the concept of designing a backdrop for the dessert table utilizing mostly paper decor.  Festooning and tissue paper honey comb decorations made for a fun but still upscale look.  I crafted the circle garlands out of scrap booking paper and wire.

Of course, Luxecuts made an appearance in this super cute sign.  I love the doily lacy look of the sign.





Yellow is so fun and light hearted.  I just love using yellow in wedding flowers.

The sweet heart table featured more paper festooning, flowers and lots of candles.  I want to go to there!

Flower Favies- Sacramento Wedding Flowers

Mar 9, 2011   //   by Shannon   //   Blog  //  No Comments

I read this post by Sean Low on his blog- The Business of being Creative and I couldn’t agree more! I realized I am very guilty of just posting images of weddings and wedding flowers with out much explanation to the process behind the event.  Kinda boring, right?  So I am going to launch a new category on the blog- Flower Favies!

Flower Favies will feature a single design Flourish has done in the past and explain the thought process behind the design, what makes it stand out to me and other interesting info about the Flower Favies pick.

This pretty little vignette was part of a magazine fashion shoot for Our Wedding Magazine.  I love the play of the colors in the design.  The blue birdcage on the blue table against the blue background is so eye catching.   The green hanging amarathus was the prefect accent to set off the shape of the cage and table.  This shoot was also the first time I had used the rose Talea.  It quickly became a favorite rose of mine.  I just love its soft and barely there peachy/pink color tones.

Funny side note- I vividly remember placing the flowers on the table and cage as the stylist for the shoot stood there and watched me.  When I looked up at her I must have had a look on my face that said, “Ummmm… can I help you??”  She immediately started quizzing me about how long it was going to take me to complete the floral design.  I asked her if I was holding up the shot- I had only been working for about 5 minutes at this point, and then informed her I would be done in another 5 minutes.  No- the model was still in hair and make-up the stylist just wanted to make sure I wasn’t going to “…take an hour.”  Oooookaaay….

Photo shoots are always interesting.  They can be fun, inspiring and very stressful.    The day includes hair and make-up people, models, photographer, stylist and other support people all with a job that needs to be done quickly and perfectly before the end of the day.  Generally each person is an Alpha, “A” type of personality.  Put all that together and you have the recipe for some major personality clashes.  Luckily, I have always been able to work with the best of the best in Sacramento.

Photos by True Love Photo

Forest House Lodge Wedding- Northern California Wedding Flowers

Mar 7, 2011   //   by Shannon   //   Blog  //  1 Comment

Tracy and Michael’s wedding took place during a fabulous fall afternoon in Foresthill, Ca.  It was so much fun to work with them to design their wedding flowers.  They had a real love of color and wanted their flowers to reflect that love.  The venue, The Forest House Lodge in ForrestHill, Ca was the perfect natural environment with an intimate feel for Tracy and Michael’s to host their wedding.

Fabulous, as always, images taken by True Love Photo.

Antique and vintage style Sacramento wedding flowers

Feb 7, 2011   //   by Shannon   //   Blog  //  4 Comments

I love all types and styles of floral design.  Modern clean and spare.  Romantic, lush and girly.  Garden- like, unassuming and unstructured.  But the style of floral design closest to my heart is eclectic with an antique feel.  I love to grab flowers that speak to me because of the shape or color and drop them into a collection of containers at hand.  I have been collecting a wide range of bottles, compotes, tea cups, vases and other flower holding containers since the late 1980′s.

This pretty milk glass compote was graced with a Luxecuts Monogram Butterfly. Love Luxecuts!  Please check them out.  What a wonderful way to add a truly handmade and interesting touch to your wedding decor.

Depression glass tea cup holds loose pearls and a votive candle.  The turquoise blue ball jar arrangement is accented with the Leaf Monogram card from Luxecuts.

This Luxecuts monogram card is made of bamboo.  But check out the site to see what other materials they offer.

The perfect bouquet to match the arrangements would have to be this loose collection of red anemones and geranium leaves tied with a gingham ribbon.  So pretty!

What is your favorite style of floral design?

Sacramento Wedding Flowers- Melissa and Danny at The Sacramento Grand Ballroom

Jan 31, 2011   //   by Shannon   //   Blog  //  4 Comments

Melissa and Danny were married this past weekend at Saint Mary’s  Catholic Church and held their reception at the Sacramento Grand Ballroom.  And what an amazing reception it was!  Melissa came to me about 10 months ago on the urging from her Mother and sister and past-bride, Michelle.  I loved working them to plan Melissa and Danny’s wedding. Stylish, lush, unexpected, rich and dramatic are some of the descriptions I could give the decor.

Melissa’s bouquet consisted of Black Bacarra roses, burgundy amaryllis, Schwarzwalder callas and a touch of kangaroo paw all framed by anthurium blooms.

We kept the decor at the church simple.  Just two dramatic altar arrangements and candles lining the aisle.  Mai Chor, my designer extraordinare, designed the show stopping altar arrangements.  They consisted of hydrangeas, Black Bacarra roses, red dogwood branches and black ti leaves.

Melissa chose to decorate her guest tables with three different centerpiece designs.  Above is the tall look featuring roses, hydrangea, carnations, amaryllis and dusty miller.

The next centerpiece was designed with roses, hydrangea, carnations, tulips and dusty miller all displayed in a mirrored box container.

This centerpiece was of mercury glass candle sticks highlighted with deep red amaryllis blooms.

We had some fun with the marble entry table at The Sacramento Grand Ballroom.  The table held a dramatic display of mercury glass globes, votives and candle sticks.  The candle sticks held deep red carnation orbs.  The whole display was highlighted with swirls of red rose petals.

I just love the added touch of the rhinestone “g” in the orb.

Seriously, one of the most jaw dropping cakes I have ever seen with my little peepers.  Shelton’s Cake Design knocked it out of the park with a pristine fondant creation.  Each layer was banded with rhinestone edging (fun note, my son Evan stopped by to see the reception set up.  When he saw the cake he asked if “those are real diamonds”).  Sonny with Exquisite Events and Entertainment put a special spot light on the cake so the rhinestones would dazzle.

I will make sure to post the pictures of the crazy gorgeous wedding party when I get them back form Excite Photography.

Jeanette and Nathan-Sacramento Wedding Flowers

Dec 28, 2010   //   by Shannon   //   Blog  //  6 Comments

I am a card carrying member of the Jeanette fan club.  She was a dream bride and so easy on the eyes too!  Thanks to Allison Stahl- Super cute Sacramento Wedding Photographer for sending me these pictures of Jeanette and Nathan’s wedding flowers.

I label all the Personal flowers so there is no confusion.  I guess the maid-of-honor liked her tag and kept it on her bouquet.

Super sweet flower girl pomander of orchids and roses.

We made flower rings for the wedding day helpers.  So much more fun than a traditional corsage- don’t you think?

Purple and red bridal bouquet?  Yes, and it is such a pretty color combination for wedding flowers.

The altar arrangement was moved to the head table at the reception.  Double the pleasure- double the fun!

Congratulations to Nathan and Jeanette!