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finch and thistle, kubota gardens, jenny jimenez, seattle event designerGenevieve and Derek’s wedding took place at the Kubota Gardens and was followed with a reception at Urban Light Studios. The color palette was grey, sage green, white and a pale peachy-orange and I used fresh artichokes in the arrangements. Derek and Genevieve are both actors in LA and wanted a fun, lively wedding with no formal sit down dinner or stuffy traditions. Genevieve’s mother made her beautiful dress and Derek wore a grey pinstripe suit while the bridesmaids wore long sage colored dresses.

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For the ceremony we created loose bunches of eucalyptus, garden roses and artichokes that we tied to the chairs with twine and lace. The bridal bouquets were organic hand tied bouquets of sage greenery, herbs, garden roses and dahlias bound with taupe silk ribbon.

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We accented the crazy decor inside Urban Light Studios with fresh, airy arrangements in vintage milk glass vessels. Jenny Jimenez took all these gorgeous photos and Megan Keller of A Kurant Event worked with the couple on planning and day-of coordination.

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{Vendors} Floral and Event Design: Finch & Thistle Event Design | Photography: Jenny Jimenez (except the three large centerpiece shots by F&T)| Day-Of Coordination: A Kurant Event | Wedding Venue: Kubota Gardens | Reception: Urban Light Studios | Cake: Tallant House

Just wanted to share a couple of images from Friday’s beautiful wedding at the gorgeous SODO Park. I’m a huge book worm so it was wonderful to work with the bride on a vintage book theme in a tribute to her just-this-minute-earned PhD in English. A

fabulous venue, Angela and Evan behind the cameras and a stunning bride and groom…I can’t wait to share more details with you soon.

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LBoL: New, Edgy, Budget Wedding Photography

Two local photographers I know and admire have set up a new photography business, Lightning Bolts of Love and asked me to help them with flowers for their website shoot. I was thrilled to work with them both on this new venture and am super excited to see a different look and style of photography come to the Northwest. Take a look through the images below and if you are looking for an edgier take on the typical wedding look, give Kip Beelman or Jeramie Shoda a shout via their website:

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Have you seen the newest issues of Seattle Met Bride & Groom and Seattle Bride magazines? We just got a copy of each and were thrilled to see several mentions of our work. Jennifer and Jerry’s August Palace Ballroom wedding is featured in the real weddings section of Seattle Met with lots of space devoted to the design and floral elements and I am also quoted in the Destination Weddings section about my own wedding at Alderbrook Resort.finch and thistle in seattle met bride and groom
As if that wasn’t enough, Seattle Bride features the fabulous apple “tattoo” escort cards from Jamie and Chelsea’s Orcas Island wedding in their local weddings inspiration section.

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Have you seen the new issue of Seattle Metropolitan Bride and Groom? Our bouquet is on the cover!

bouquet on cover of Seattle Met Bride and GroomThe gorgeous image was taken by Ryan McVay of Studio Lucile and you can see other details from the shoot here and here.

I thought things would slow down in the autumn, but it turns out that everything’s still moving full steam ahead in the design studio! So many summer and early fall weddings to share with you over the next few weeks but for many of them, I’m waiting to receive the professional pictures.  Some of those are from Erin and Evan’s beautiful Woodland Park Rose Garden wedding back in September but Erin just sent me a couple of pictures that her guests took and I had to share…

Finch & Thistle Woodland Park Bride and GroomLove that instragram app (almost as much as I love the Cafe au Lait dahias)! I’m dying to show you the ceremony decor – a gazebo dripping with antique hydrangea and garden roses – but for now, here’s one picture that I took of the centerpieces as we set up the reception space at The Canal.

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August is busy

Understatement of the summer, perhaps? So very busy that it’s hard to find time to even look through the latest flower pictures, let alone post them. Here’s a couple from this weekend and I’ll try to get some more up after next weekend’s triple header but it might just have to be September instead. Promise it’ll be worth the wait!

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The dusty looking flowers are scabiosa. I love them. They come in a beautiful range of red, yellow and purple hues from faded to vibrant. And don’t get me started about the clematis. I almost died when I saw the double blossoms at the market. Raspberry colored, ruffled blossoms on vines so dark that they almost look blue. Seriously gorgeous.

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Abbie and Matt’s June wedding at Golden Gardens has to be my favorite wedding to date. Abbie was a dream client – a bride with vision on a mission to craft every element of her big day who loved every idea I dreamed up. I loved the location – Golden Garden’s Bathhouse, I loved the catering plan – Taco truck and Molly Moon’s ice cream, and I loved the high style, low budget vintage travel theme. An all around love-fest. Very fitting seeing as Abbie told me afterwards that someone told her the reception decor could be summed up in one word – “love.”

After months of planning, designing, cutting out tiny felt mustaches (Abbie), and growing (I let my catmint grow rampant in preparation for this wedding), Julie and I arrived to set up around noon and were met with bags and bags of paper pom-poms, paper place mats, shells and vintage bottles. Then I got to roam free, setting up all the prop displays and floral arrangements, hanging ribbon and pom-poms and decorating to my heart’s desire. Did I not say it was a dream wedding?

I really struggled to narrow down the images I wanted to share. I took so many pictures and then I saw the gorgeous images from Nickel Images and just went a bit wild. Definitely check out the Nickels’ blog for more details (a two part post!) of the day and some words from Abbie about her inspiration. There’s a story for every prop display…

{All images courtesy of Nickel Images unless otherwise credited}

The bride and bridesmaids wore silver sparkly Toms!

Photography: Finch & Thistle (except top image)

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A couple of months ago I designed and styled a Royal Wedding inspired shoot for Seattle Met Bride & Groom. You might remember the sneak peek I posted here. My copy just arrived in the mail and it is so fun to see the final product.

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I designed the flowers with a modern princess in mind. Two different bouquets – one more formal in faded pastels and one more loose, organic and playful made up of Amnesia and Quicksand roses, hellebore, anemones, pink jasmine and ranunculus in royal shades of burgundy, purple and faded pink. I wrapped the bridal bouquet with antique seed pearl beading and incorporated vintage silk velvet leaves in the boutonniere.

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I have shared some additional pictures with Notes on a Wedding (the newest Northwest focused wedding blog) so hop on over there to check them out. Also, check back tomorrow for some exclusive behind the scenes shots of how a big fashion shoot comes together…

All pictures courtesy of the brilliant Ryan McVay for Studio Lucile

Last Weekend

It’s getting very busy around here and I’ve been neglecting the blog, but here’s a quick snapshot from last weekend’s wedding. Churches are not always my favorite venues to decorate but there’s no denying how stunning this one is with the sun streaming through those windows…

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