May 20, 2020

An Outdoor Wedding at the Admiral’s House: Ginger and Michael

Outdoor weddings in Seattle are always a risky proposition, but the weather was certainly on this lucky couple’s side! The sun shone down on Ginger and Michael’s sweet outdoor wedding at Seattle’s historic Admiral’s House on the Magnolia Bluff. The couple chose a white and blush color palette for their garden wedding and let us play with all the soft spring texture available in May. Fragrant peonies, garden roses, spirea, sweet peas, phlox, tulips, tweedia, delphinium, hosta, and delicate jasmine vine combined to create soft, romantic, flowing florals that perfectly complimented their surroundings.

A Beautiful Day for a Wedding in the Garden!

Ginger and Michael said their “I Do-s” in front of an iron garden arch draped with greenery, roses, and arching delphinium. The bridesmaids’ blush gowns coordinated beautifully with the soft tones of the florals. After the garden ceremony, the guests dined under a billowy white tent set with long tables, wooden vineyard chairs, and lush low floral. The place settings combined white and delicate gold, a stylish contrast to the deep navy napkins. Trailing greenery climbed the tent legs behind the long head table, adding an interesting focal point for the toasts. A perfect setting for such a lovely occasion!

If you enjoyed this peek at the Admiral’s House, here are two more weddings at this historic Seattle venue!

Kristina and Molly Colorful Admiral’s House Wedding

An Elegant Seattle Outdoor Wedding at the Admiral’s House

Vendor Team

Venue: The Admiral’s House

Floral and Decor: Flora Nova Design

Planning: Clutch Events

Photographer: Katie Parra

Rentals: Cort Party Rental

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May 6, 2020

A White Peony Wedding: Rebecca and David’s Glamorous Wedding at the Bellevue Club

When wedding planner Amber of A Renee Weddings and Events asked us to be a part of Rebecca and David’s June wedding at the Bellevue Club, we jumped at the chance. This couple wanted to create a modern, glamorous black-tie affair with lush mounds of white and blush floral and a show-stopping floral chuppah. We knew that ours was the right team for the job!

An Incredible Ceremony

Rebecca and David’s glamorous ceremony at the Bellevue Club was a feast for the eyes. Creamy sheer draping (by the fabulous team at Prop Gallery Events!) enveloped the ballroom, softly uplit in blush. A towering Dupioni silk chuppah anchored the room, the top covered with a thick blanket of lush roses, peonies, and stock. Down the aisle, tall floral arrangements perched on tapered crystal vases placed atop mirrored pedestals. Groupings of twinkling glass hurricane candles peeked out between the pedestals, their light bouncing off the mirrored surfaces. Finally, a long white canvas aisle runner and rose petals led the way to the front.

An Enchanting Reception

After enjoying cocktails, the guests returned to the draped ballroom to find it transformed for dinner. A custom gobo with the couple’s names and wedding date shown on the dance floor. The tall aisle arrangements now graced several of the round and rectangular dinner tables, surrounded by stemmed floating candles and gold mercury glass votives. A long head table sat in front of the floral chuppah, now restyled into an arch which served as a lovely frame for the couple as they dined. A truly beautiful event for a truly lovely couple. Congratulations Rebecca and David!

Looking for other ways to style a chuppah? If so, check these out:

Elissa and Upshur — Stunning Chihuly Glasshouse Wedding

Kim and Anthony’s Romantic Garden Wedding

Vendor Team

Venue: Bellevue Club

Floral and Decor: Flora Nova Design

Planning: A Renee Weddings and Events

Photographer: Melissa Kilner Photography

Draping: Prop Gallery Events

Rentals: Cort Party Rental

Makeup: Erin Hunt Makeup

Cake: Blue Box Bakery

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April 22, 2020

An Elegant Country Club Wedding: Haley and Brenden at Sand Point Country Club

Haley and Brenden’s May wedding was a soft, romantic spring wedding in white and green. This sweet couple celebrated their ceremony in the beautiful Saint Anne Chapel at Villa Academy before heading over to the Sand Point Country Club for dinner and dancing. Haley wore a classic white wedding gown and carried a gorgeous flowing bouquet of fragrant white peonies, garden roses, and tiny garden spray roses, accented with spiral eucalyptus, italian ruscus, and veronica.

A Romantic Ceremony at Villa Academy

The Saint Anne Chapel at Villa Academy was a perfect backdrop for Haley and Brenden’s romantic ceremony. Guests entered the building through a lush greenery arch studded with roses and delphinium. Inside the chapel, gold urns placed on either side of the altar overflowed with spring flowers: snowball viburnum, showy peonies and roses, delphinium, and spirea. The bridesmaids wore blue, echoing the ethereal blue of the Chapel’s domed ceiling.

Dinner and Dancing at Sand Point Country Club

The dining room of the Sand Point Country Club was the setting for Haley and Brenden’s reception, and the crisp white paneled walls, dark wooden beams, and towering fireplaces served as a beautiful backdrop for the green and white color palette. The fireplace behind the square head table was decorated in a full greenery garland, and the room’s brass chandeliers were draped in greens as well. The mix of round and long rectangular dining tables held a collection of compote arrangements that bloomed in fabulous spring flowers. Gold accents in the chivari chairs, charger plates, and compotes lent a warmth to the room, and a mix of clear glass votive candles twinkled.

For more classic country club weddings, check these out:

Kerry and Joe’s Elegant Country Club Wedding

Sarah and Tobey’s Elegant Winter Wedding

Vendor Team

Ceremony Venue: Villa Academy

Reception Venue: Sand Point Country Club

Floral and Decor: Flora Nova Design

Planning: Perfectly Posh Events

Photographer: Katie Parra

Rentals: Cort Part Rentals

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April 8, 2020

What is the Average Cost of a Flora Nova Bridal Bouquet?

Here at Flora Nova Design the bridal bouquet takes center stage when we design a wedding. We hand select each ingredients at the markets that week. And we use only the best and nicest blooms from each bunch of flowers. The bridal bouquet is a true labor of love – that’s why we want to write a new blog post just about the making of the bouquet and the bridal bouquet cost.

You might remember our 3-part series from a few years ago about the various shapes of a bouquet, the different flowers we typically use in a bouquet, and the 3rd part, the bridal bouquet pricing. Since styles, trends, and pricing have changed since then, we thought it useful to revisit the topic again.

The images above might give you a sense of the various styles and sizes of the bouquets we have recently designed. Styles range from simple and rounded, to wild and elaborate. Therefore the cost for a Flora Nova bridal bouquet starts at about $240 and can go up to around $450.

The Starting Price of the Bouquet

The cost of a bridal bouquet designed by our team of designers at Flora Nova starts at around $245. But the vast majority of our bouquets fall within the range of $255-$300.

Bouquets at the very starting price are typically a little smaller, include basic ingredients like hydrangea, roses, spray roses, maybe some ranunculus or anemones.

They are rounded in shape, which typically are not as labor intensive. Here are a few examples.

Once a bouquet requires more skill and labor and it includes more unique or higher end flowers the price will go up. In the examples below, the structure of the bouquet often includes a special holder (a wired structure), which will affect the price. Or the bouquet includes high-end flowers like peonies, garden roses, garden spray roses, etc.

The High-End Bouquet

Now, the bouquets at the higher end of the spectrum are real pieces of art! These beauties amaze with their sheer size and the amazing floral elements they include. They range in price from $350-$450 and are for the bride wanting to make a true statement. Swoon!

Let us know whether we can help you create the bouquet of your dreams. Whether small and compact, or large and wild – we love designing them all. Call us to schedule your wedding consultation: 206-353-2904!

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March 25, 2020

Barbie and Chris’ Fun Hot Pink and Peach Wedding at Roche Harbor Resort

When our friend Barbie asked us to collaborate on the flowers for her upcoming wedding to long-term beau Chris, we jumped at the chance! We have known Barbie for years as a talented and delightful colleague and wedding photographer extraordinaire. Barbie and Chris’ wedding at Roche Harbor Resort on San Juan Island was a riot of hot pink and peach – as bubbly, fun-loving, and beautiful as our sweet friend herself!

A Trip to the Island with Friends!

Co-designing Barbie and Chris’ hot pink and peach wedding flowers was our uber-talented friend Anne Bradfield, owner and flower lover at Floressence. Anne and Christiane loaded up the cargo van with floral goodies and headed up north to San Juan Island, a breezy ferry trip away from the concrete and noise of the city. Once on island, they were joined by other wedding industry friends: Megan with Clutch Events served as wedding planner and officiant, Katie Parra photographed, and many, many more lent their time and talents to making Barbie and Chris’ day truly memorable. We’ve tried to include a list below, but we apologize if we’ve forgotten anybody!!

A beautiful wedding for a beautiful couple

Spring is a fantastic time for a wedding! Coral charm peonies, fragrant garden roses, a riot of ranunculus, snapdragons, skimmia, icelandic poppies, camelia, tulips, lisianthus, delicate jasmine vines – so many gorgeous spring blooms! Barbie and Chris chose to hold their wedding ceremony out on the Resort’s large patio. A clear tent kept the guests safe from a sprinkling spring rain, and a lush greenery arch studded with peonies and roses served as a beautiful backdrop for the couple’s vows. Dinner was held inside around round tables dressed in blue linens and set with crisp gold and white settings. The bright pink and peach flowers played off the deep blue linens beautifully, and the gold accents and warm wood tones created an overall effect that was inviting and elegant. Congratulations Barbie and Chris!!!

For more fabulous hot pink and peach, check these out:

Lauren and Jake’s Rooftop Wedding

Ali and Arda — Luxury Four Seasons Wedding

And for a peak at Barbie’s fantastic wedding photography, check out Elissa and Upshur — Stunning Chihuly Glasshouse Wedding

Vendor Team

Venue: Roche Harbor Resort

Floral and Decor: Flora Nova Design in collaboration with Floressence

Planning: Clutch Events

Photographer: Katie Parra

Rentals: Cort Party Rentals

Custom Signage: Pomp and Revel

DJ: Bamboo Beats

Cake: Baked

Hair and Makeup: Off White

Photo Booth: 321Foto

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March 11, 2020

A Seattle Tennis Club Wedding – Ali and Charlie

Ali and Charlie’s Seattle Tennis Club wedding was a summer dream in white, green, and pale blue. Set on the shores of Lake Washington, the location could not have been more perfect for this cool, breezy, simply elegant event. Ali loves roses and her bridal bouquet is chock full of crisp white garden roses of all shapes and sizes, and finished off with flowing silk ribbon streamers provided by the bride’s mother Cassy.

A Ceremony by the Lake

Ali and Charlie’s wedding ceremony took place on the lawn down by the lake. A stunning tunnel arch decked out in green Texas smilax, eucalyptus, and clouds of white roses complimented the already gorgeous scenery. Gold urns stood as sentinels at the entrance to the aisle, loaded with lush white floral. Added bonus: check out the size of those amazing white dinnerplate dahlias in those arrangements! Our flower-loving compliments to dahlia grower extraordinaire Jello Mold Farm!