Sunday, December 12, 2010

2010 Christmas Card

Peppermint Dots Christmas Card
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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Briar Patch Bride

Back in October I had the pleasure of doing a wedding out in Middleburg at the Briar Patch. It was one of my more unique weddings and I really loved how the whole wedding turned out. Please check out Kristen Garners Blog for the entire wedding. But what many brides don't see is what goes on before you are handed the bouquet or see the flowers on the table. When the flowers are delivered all the stems are cut and the flowers are placed in water to rehydrate. We also have to take inventory to make sure all the flowers we ordered arrived and are in good condition. Not often but sometimes they send use the wrong item and it's our job to make sure we catch it in time to have them send a replacement. For this wedding I ordered 6 bunches of orange mokara orchids but only 5 came along with a random "ugly" color which I absolutely could not use, if we catch the mistake within 24 hours we get a refund, if not, it's our loss. Some flowers have to be wired to hold up in the bouquets, these orchids went in the bridal and bridesmaids bouquets. To ensure all table arrangements look the same, an assembly line process is set up. My sister Elise is becoming very skilled at helping. The corsages for this wedding were made of white Dahlias and Red James Storie orchids with a slap bracelet, which has become very popular. I have started labeling the boutonnieres because often times after I pin them all on there are extras that no one knows who they belong to, when they are labeled it's easy to see... the father of the brides still needs his etc. Transportation is always a concern, getting the flowers safely to the event is our top priority. After many ideas we have concluded that stapling the box the vase comes in to a piece of plywood works best for us, it also makes it easy to carry the centerpieces inside, all we have to do is carry the entire board. After we dropped off the flowers my husband, sister and parents all went a mile down the road to Chrysalis winery and relaxed after a weekend of hard work.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Happy Birthday Elise

My sister, Elise is a CPA and when I asked what she will be doing for her Birthday she responded "working late" so I thought it was only appropriate to give her a cupcake with a calculator on it. Elise, I hope you have a wonderful Birthday at work.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Carnation Wedding

Back in May I did an almost all carnation wedding, the bride loved carnations and like most other brides this season she loved the color purple. I did a lot of purple weddings this summer but each one was unique and different, this bride paired purple with ice blue. Unfortunately I never got any professional photos back from this bride so you will all have to suffer through looking at mine.
Bridal Bouquet
I tried to get the bride to include other flowers but she wanted all carnations. I actually really love how it turned out.

Bridesmaids bouquet

My arrangements are the ones on the far left and right, they are completely out of scale for this church and I'm sure people were confused why there were also yellow ones under the altar (one is missing). The ones under the alter were provided by the church and I kept asking the altar attendant who was putting them out, are you sure the bride wants these? and they assured me the bride was ok with it, I hope they were right.

The caters trucks got extremely lost getting to the reception so they had a lot of their wait staff sitting around doing nothing, so my Dad (on the left) asked one if he could help carry in the centerpieces.

I like to place my own centerpieces, that way I can take one last look around and make sure everything looks ok, so I waited for the truck to arrive and the linens to be put on the table. I wish I had a photo with the whole table set, she had pretty silver chargers.

What do you do when your bride asks for a cake topper and you show up and find this? Hmmm... I ended up tearing apart my cake topper and placing flowers on each tier. Only to have the the cake lady (a co-work of the groom who was also a guest) come waltzing in after I was all done. She said, oh I didn't know what to do with the top of the cake so I just threw a bow on it, we can take it off. I was in SHOCK, no we couldn't, I just disassembled my topper and stuck all the flower on the cake. I think I made the flowers a little heavy looking but I wanted to make sure the bride got her money's worth of flowers since she paid for a topper. I kept telling the cake lady, please explain to the bride I didn't want to take the bow off and ruin the cake.

In the car

Table arrangements ready to be put in the car.
My Dad is great at transportation and staples the boxes the vases come in to a board so they don't slide around.
In the cooler: corsage, bouts and the brides bouquet next to a bridesmaids bouquet.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Welcome Virginia Abigail

She's here! She came on July 3rd at 2:49 am, which yes... that means she's more than a month old! She was a big baby at 9lbs 8 oz and with the great support of my coach (my loving husband) we made it through 9 hours of labor with no drugs. Chris and I took 12 weeks of The Bradley Method to prepare for the birth, but no matter how many classes you take, nothing prepares you for that moment when they hand you your baby and your whole world changes. I am loving motherhood and we feel so blessed to have Virginia in our life, some mornings I'll spend the whole morning just snuggling up with her in bed thinking how did I get so lucky to have this little angel in my life.

At 5 days old we got these photos taken by LitteMoonPhotography. It's amazing how much she has changed in the past month, I'll make sure to post more photos later.

Monday, June 28, 2010

40 Weeks

I'm officially due TODAY! We've pretty much finished up everything we need to. We hung these Alphabet cards in her nursery this weekend and all we are waiting for is the bedding to arrive on Wednesday (it was on back order for months).

The mobile is hung.

The mural is done above the changing table.

The Bookshelf is built (I still have a few finishing touches left to put on it).

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

So Grateful

A few weeks ago my friends Ashley and Ranchel threw me a wonderful baby shower, I can not thank them enough for all the effort they put into it, they truly outdid themselves and it exceeded my expectations. . Here are just a few details:

Ashley made the wreath and hanging tissue balls, I thought they were so adorable.

Peonies from a local grower in Great Falls (this was the only thing I did, the girls did all the rest)

Diaper cakes made by Ashley and my sister, Elise, how adorable and useful:)

So creative, sugar and cream in sippy cups with baby spoons!

Most of my guest painted a onesie for Peanut, some were better than others, let's just leave it at that.

After is was all over I got to relax and enjoy some time with my friends, Ranchel and I go way back to middle school and Ashley and Kristen and I met in college through ADPi.

I also want to thank my sister who wrote down all the gifts and helped "hurry" it along since apparently that's the most boring part of a shower and no once wants to sit there for hours.

Good Belly shot, she's a big one!

I also want to Thank everyone who came to the shower and brought a gift for Peanut, Chris and I are so blessed to have such wonderful family and friends and we can't wait introduce Peanut to you all.

One of the most special gifts we recieved was this handmade quilt from Chris' family. Each Whinnie the Pooh character was hand stiched from 4 generations of women in his family. The Pooh Bear was done 10 years ago by his Great Grandmother, it is a tradition in their family that each great-grand-child recieve a blanket for their children, I know Peanut will love hers!