Hello Spring… holy cow where did March go! March was a very busy month for us. My daughter turned 5 last month and oh boy did we celebrate. We started off how we usually do with birthday pancakes, opened presents in the morning and then we went to Discovery Play Town in Maple Valley. If you have little ones this is the coolest place.
Not only did we celebrate my daughter’s birthday I have been really getting into decorating and chalk board art. I have this awesome chalkboard and it has been so fun decorating for the seasons. I also got myself some really pretty customized media stands. I got these made from 2 owls 1 nest and they are my favorite things. You got to spoil yourself sometimes and you all know me and farmhouse furniture. Also there is nothing better than supporting your local businesses.
I really tried hard to stay on a schedule with this blog but man has it been hard. I have some really fun things in store for April including an amazing guest blog post and some more real weddings.
There is something about a first anniversary that is the better than the others. You are happy that you made it to a year, this is the time that you as a couple have really gotten to know each other and have figured out how your marriage will work. There may have been differences that you have worked out, big changes that you guys have done together maybe that means adding new members to your family or bought big things together. There is a lot of laughter and love you as a couple are still in your honeymoon phase and that is a lovely place to be. A first anniversary is when you remember your wedding day, maybe you look through your album or wedding dvd together or eat your wedding cake that you had frozen. I remember my husband and I looked through our whole wedding album like 3 times together.
Stephanie is a photographer who got married last year and asked me if I could be apart of a special first look session with her and her fiance’. They weren’t married yet but she wanted to do her first look on a different day than her wedding day and I was so happy to be apart of it. I got her ready at her grandma’s house, she had a few friends hanging out with her while she got her hair and makeup done. Her and her grandma are the cutest thing. Stephanie’s dress was a vintage long sleeve lace dress that was simply stunning on her, her hair was down and curled and we added red lips. She was the epitome of vintage hollywood glamour.
They had their first look session in a green house and the groom wore a handsome maroon suit that worked perfectly with her dress. Their first look pictures were perfect and the green house setting was just so different and cool.
They finished their pictures at a cute diner in Tacoma called Shake Shake Shake and ate some cheeseburgers and drank milkshakes. What a great way to finish your first looks. To anyone who is stressing about their first look on their wedding day I seriously strongly encourage them to hire their photographer for a few hours a couple days before their wedding and do their first looks then. Happy Anniversary Stephanie!!!!
Getting ready and diner pictures done by Stephanie’s friend Kristen. Editing done by Stephanie Jarstad Photography and Colton McCoy Photo and Video.
First look photos done in the greenhouse were photographed by Fyrelite Photography.
Oh my goodness today I am so excited to feature one of my dear friendor’s on my blog today. Paula is a wonderful florist and owner of Paisley Petals. We will get to see some of her amazing designs and hear a little bit about her business. Now the first time I worked with Paula was when we did a stylized shoot together a few years ago and when I saw her bouquet for the shoot I was blown away. Not only is she one of my favorite florists she is the sweetest person you will ever work with. She creates bouquets that are one of a kind and perfect for each of her brides.
Tell us why you love bring a florist and how you got into the wedding industry?
I have loved flowers for as long as I can remember. There was a climbing rose that grew up the walls of the well house on my grandma’s property- it’s the first flower I can remember that connected with me on kind of a deeper level. I was in the 4th grade when I started cutting flowers from my mom’s garden and making arrangements for my grandma’s. My cousins will tell you that I was always trying to get them to go out in the woods with me and find ferns and flowers to make bouquets with. It was just in my blood from an early age. I worked at a local flower shop in high school and learned some things along the way. In 2000 some college friends asked me to do their wedding flowers, and the rest is history! I’ve been designing wedding flowers for 18 years now, and it’s still my dream job. I adore flowers because they really serve no purpose beyond bringing joy and beauty into the world, and goodness knows we could use as much joy and beauty as we can get these days!
How far in advance does a bride have to book your services and where do you travel?
Most clients book with us about 9 to 12 months in advance. Every year, we get multiple requests for just about every weekend during wedding season, so it’s best to book early if you really love what we do! Once you have a date, a venue, and a general idea of the look and feel you’re trying to create, we can set up a consultation to talk flowers. Most of our weddings are in Washington State and south of Seattle, but we are willing to travel just about anywhere for the right client.
What makes you different than other florists?
Florists are some of my very favorite people! Each florist I have met brings something unique to the table. They are some of the hardest working people out there, and most people have no idea how much hard labor goes in to producing wedding florals. If I’m not available for a particular wedding date, I can almost always point people in the direction of another florist who will be a great fit. I do think I’m unique in the amount of experience I bring to the table. There aren’t many wedding florists (especially those working from a home studio) who have been at it as long as I have-nearly 2 decades! I also have an aesthetic that recognizes the natural joy and beauty that flowers bring to an event. My designs are professional and beautiful, but don’t come off feeling stuffy or overdone.
And it is so true Paula’s floral designs definitely do not come across as stuffy or overdone they are beautiful and will make any bride happy.
Visit Paula’s website here Paisley Petals.
Photography by Kate Price Photography, Benj Haisch Photography, Amy Galbraith Photography and Courtney Bowlden Photography