February 26, 2020

A Snowy Winter Wedding Adventure: Nessie and Adam’s Wedding at Novelty Hill

Here at Flora Nova, we love our job! Being a wedding and event florist is just fantastic; not only do we get to design fabulous floral arrangements and create one-of-a-kind jaw-dropping events, we get to work with the sweetest, most wonderful clients! Our winter wedding couple Nessie and Adam were no exception. From their very first consultation, this couple was so easy to work with, so gracious and willing to collaborate on every detail, just lovely. The planning process moved along slowly, the time ticking away until their wedding day — and then the Seattle forecast dropped a big snowy wrench in all our plans! The whole week leading up to this Nessie and Adam’s wedding at Novelty Hill Winery in Woodinville wine country called for snow, snow, and more snow. What were we going to do???

Well, like the true wedding professionals we are, our team rose to the occasion and made sure that Nessie and Adam had the wedding of their dreams, even if we did have to get a little creative. And the team’s hard work paid off! A big thank you to our bride Nessie for the Google review she wrote below:

We hired Flora Nova for our wedding day flowers and decor – the results were gorgeous blooms and working with an incredible team of people who went above and beyond every step of the way.

The team set up our flowers at our Church, tore down, and went straight to our venue to put together a beautiful display that helped turn our wedding into a real-life Pinterest board. Even with the snow storm, they put in time in the days leading up to our wedding day to make sure that all of the decorations could make it to the venue on time.

From meeting with Christiane to designing a wonderfully elegant theme, to working with Becky to set up special candle requests, to the team bracing the snow that hit Seattle out of the blue – our experience was great and our guests had nothing but compliments on the design!

Nessie, December 2019

Do we have chains for this cargo van??

Becky here, Operations Manager for the Flora Nova team. That’s a picture of me above, snow boots and all, carrying one of Nessie and Adam’s huge altar arrangements into the church. The forecast called for snow, and it sure did come true! Seattle was socked in and our steep hills made travel around the city quite tricky. But our team was prepared: a few days before the wedding, between snowstorms, I drove all of Nessie and Adam’s hard goods (all the vases, stemmed votives, mercury glass, tall centerpiece stands, hurricane candles, urns, ladders, tool kits – you name it!), buckets of flowers, and some of the low arrangements (filled with extra water!) out to the hills of wine country just in case! Since we didn’t know just how big a snow storm was coming next, or just how well our team was going to be able to navigate the icy roads, we wanted to make sure that this sweet couple got as close to their dream wedding as they possibly could. Even if our team couldn’t make it to the venue on the wedding day, at least there would still be a beautiful party.

The morning of the wedding dawned and the promised snow covered the city: there was absolutely no way our cargo van was going to make it up those steep snowy hills to deliver this wedding. Well, where there’s a will, there’s a way! I installed chains (well, my husband installed chains) on my four-wheel drive SUV, I picked up Jenny, our Lead Designer, and we headed to the studio in our snow gear to collect the rest of the flowers. With some careful packing, Jenny and I loaded up my SUV with all of the remaining ceremony and reception flowers and we headed to the church. Good thing we had chains! The steep (and unplowed) neighborhood streets were clogged with almost a foot of fresh snow.

After a beautiful ceremony, Jenny and I hurried to collect all of the ceremony arrangements, load them back into the SUV, and drive them out to Novelty Hill Winery, just outside the city. At the winery, Jenny and I once again hurried to finish setting up all of the previously delivered flowers, candles, and decor, adding in the extra arrangements we had packed into the SUV. Inside the reception space, Jenny and I changed out of our snow boots (whew!) and quickly got to work bringing Nessie and Adam’s lovely vision to life.

I’m proud of the way our team worked together to ensure that our clients got the wedding of their dreams — whatever the weather decided to throw their way. And a big thank you, too, to all of the other vendors who worked together on this event and showed great flexibility, generosity, and a great can-do attitude! What’s a little snow compared to hard work, determination, and a whole lot of love?!

If you liked this winter wedding, check out Sarah and Tobey’s Elegant Winter Wedding

Vendor Team

Reception Venue: Novelty Hill

Floral and Decor: Flora Nova Design

Planning: Prive Events

Photographer: Genelyn Jaye

Rentals: Cort Party Rentals

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February 12, 2020

A Cozy Winter Wedding: Lily and Josh

Lily and Josh’s cozy winter wedding at Axis Pioneer Square was a romantic affair filled with soft candlelight, warm rustic brick, and lush, elegant floral. There might have been Seattle rain falling outside, but inside everyone was cozy and warm – and having a wonderful time!

This was a special wedding for the Flora Nova team because Lily is one of our own: she actually assisted us during the 2014 and 2015 wedding seasons. We are honored to have been asked to be part of her special day! And since Lily knew her way around wedding flowers, we made sure to incorporate some of her favorite unique blooms in her designs: empress and mink protea, sweet anemones, showy anthurium, parrot tulips, and lots of roses.

A Cozy Candlelit Ceremony

Lily and Josh loved the huge brick archways at Axis and knew that they just had to celebrate their ceremony under the arch. Our team decorated that 18 foot high arch with a lush bower of greenery that curled upward and inward, accented by armfuls of blush and burgundy roses. At the base, glass hurricane candles flickered, casting their glow on the wood and brick surfaces.

A Romantic Reception

After the ceremony, guests adjourned next door for cocktails while the team transformed the main event space for dinner. The round dining tables, dressed in blush and peach linens, were decorated with a mix of lush gold compote arrangements and soaring tall greenery arrangements in tapered crystal vases. Ceremony hurricanes moved to windowsills, and mercury glass votives of all shapes and sizes lit the tables. The long head table was dressed with more candles, greenery, and roses.

If you liked this cozy winter wedding, why not look at a few more!

Maya and Scott — Winter Elegance at Canvas

Amanda and Matthew — Luxurious Winter Wedding at the Edgewater Hotel

And for another wedding at Axis Pioneer Square, check out Sarah and Nick Organic Summer Wedding

Vendor Team

Venue: Axis Pioneer Square

Floral and Decor: Flora Nova Design

Planning: Jocelyn with The Invisible Hostess

Photographer: Nick Plus Danée

Rentals: BBJ Linens

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January 29, 2020

2020 Wedding Floral Trends – What can we expect in the coming year?

As wedding and event florists, we often get asked to weigh in on the hot floral trends and color palettes we see our clients asking for in the coming season. And, since our average wedding client books our services between 6 and 18 months before their wedding date, we are in an excellent position to dish all the dirt! (Or is it compost??)

So, here it is, our predictions for the popular 2020 Wedding Floral Trends!

Stunning white floral chandelier suspended over the dance floor for this Indian ballroom wedding

Ceiling Installations

First up: ceiling installations or hanging flowers. Oh my goodness, who doesn’t love entering a room and being showered in roses or lush hanging greenery?? 2020 brides love utilizing every inch of their ceremony and reception venues – from the floor all the way up to the ceiling. These hanging installations can incorporate dried leaves and pampas grass, clouds of colored baby’s breath, textured greenery, or a profusion of fresh floral – there are no limits for the 2020 bride.

This trend has been hot for a few years now. Check out our 2018 blog post all about hanging floral installations: Hanging Floral Installations

And this fabulous ballroom wedding reception featuring a 14′ white floral chandelier! Neetha and Binni’s Luxe East Indian Fusion Wedding (also pictured here on the left!)

Below are some more hanging installation projects we created for recent weddings and events – what do you think?

Ceremony Floral Backdrops

Floral arches are an old wedding standby, as traditional and trusty as it gets. And while floral arches certainly aren’t going anywhere, 2020 brides are looking to put a new, fresh spin on this old standard. We are starting to see brides looking to combine draping and floral in dramatic shapes, or hanging individual flower heads from a wooden structure, or even playing around with open mesh walls in which flowers are woven in intricate patterns. Another 2020 favorite is the deconstructed floral arch, where different parts of the floral arch are missing entirely, creating the illusion that the flowers are floating in space.

We are in love with these beautiful examples to the right (designed by Seattle’s own Leah Erickson) and below seen on Ruffled Blog, Mrs To Be, Glaminati, Hey Wedding Lady, and Whimsical Wonderland Weddings.

For more ceremony inspiration, check out our past blog post all about ceremony arches: Ceremony Arches — Styles, Shapes, and Designs

And you can see a fun example of an asymmetrical deconstructed floral arch we designed in this post: Ina and Ned’s Summer Country Club Wedding

wedding reception with overhanging greenery and candles

Lush Greenery

Greenery continues to be a hot trend in 2020. Greenery hangs from chandeliers, climbs tent walls, drapes down the center of long reception tables, and adorns fireplaces and doorways. With our collective love of all things organic, boho, and minimalist, is it any wonder that greenery is so popular? We say bring on the greens, like in this image to the left: we designed this fabulous reception table overhang for one of our recent wedding couples

For more greenery inspiration, check out this post all about the green stuff: Flora Nova Loves Green

And, of course, this wedding was one of our favorites: Greenery Summer Wedding at the Woodmark Hotel

Hot Color Palettes in 2020

The upcoming 2020 colors are a mix of old and new: trusty blush is sticking around for another year, again paired with a deeper color like burgundy, navy, or brown for added drama. Green and white is another color combo that can be relied on to be popular this coming year. A new color palette that our team is over-the-moon excited about this year is yellow and peach. 2020 brides are getting on the yellow train: we are seeing Italian riviera lemon yellow, moody mustard and ochre, and sweet blushing butter yellow and peach. Swoon!!

Want more? Check out the blush and burgundy combo at Dawn and Ben’s Fall Wedding at Roche Harbor Resort.

And for a classic – and still totally popular! – green and white combo, try Marielle and Codey’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Wedding.

At right, a modern color palette of mustard and peach, featured on Style Me Pretty.

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January 15, 2020

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Wedding: Marielle and Casey

Marielle and Casey’s dreamy summer wedding was one of our team’s absolute favorite weddings of 2019. This lovely couple wanted to capture the drama and romance of a Midsummer’s Night Dream with their August wedding, and they certainly did it! They hired us for our Signature Flora Nova package, so we got to design all aspects of this beautiful wedding day. So fun!!

Marielle chose a floral wedding dress and the rest of the wedding party wore a mix of soft blues and sage green. Summery white florals mixed with abundant flowing greenery and accents of grapevine, rich dark wood, and touches of gold throughout the ceremony and reception decor. The wedding was held at The Golf Club at Newcastle, an iconic Seattle venue with a killer view of Lake Washington, the Olympic mountains, and both downtown Bellevue and Seattle.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Wedding Ceremony Under the Tent

Is there anything more summery than a white tent wedding?? Guests entered the marquee through a lush greenery arch and found the interior transformed into an enchanted fairyland (and isn’t that what a midsummer night’s dream wedding is all about?!?). Green smilax vines dripped from the central chandeliers and climbed the draped walls. Gardenia blooms greeted guests as they took their seats on long wooden benches on either side of the long white aisle. And at the front, a towering four-posted arch of grapevine, smilax vines, and white roses created the perfect canopy for the couple’s exchange of vows.

On to the Party!

After a cocktail reception on the sunlit terrace, guests dined in the greenery filled ballroom. Custom built wooden trellises framed each of the long vineyard tables. These were draped with vines and hung with delicate hanging votive candles. Each of the ballroom’s eight chandeliers were also hung with vines, and tall crystal vases filled with greenery created the illusion of indoor trees on the tables. As a special touch, the bride’s family commissioned custom made sliced wooden charger plates embellished with the couple’s monogram – a gift for each guest.

If you enjoyed this lush green summer wedding, check out more:

Vendor Team

Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Golf Club at Newcastle

Event Design and Florals: Flora Nova Design

Wedding Planner: Lindeman Weddings

Photography: Red Box Pictures

Rentals: Cort Party Rentals, BBJ Linens

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January 3, 2020

A Spring Wedding in the Garden Room: Brittany and Justin’s Elegant Fairytale Wedding

Brittany and Justin’s spring wedding in the Garden Room of Seattle’s Fairmont Olympic Hotel was a spring flower lover’s dream.  For their April wedding, this couple chose to incorporate all the best the season has to offer: fragrant hyacinth, hellebores, tulips, flowering dogwood and magnolia, callas, butterfly ranunculus, delicious peonies, foxglove, and more!  

A Sweet Spring Wedding Ceremony for Garden Lovers

For their ceremony in the hotel’s Metropole Room, Brittany and Justin wanted to bring the outdoors in. A large lucite ceremony arch positively bloomed with lush vines, magnolia branches, and spring flowers, creating a dramatic and romantic focal point. At the aisle entrance, two large spring floral arrangements greeted guests as they entered the fully draped room. Glass hurricane candles and twinkling suspended votives added their soft glow to the dazzling crystal chandeliers suspended above the crisp white aisle.