A Wedding for Every Season at the Edgewater Hotel

Celebrations at the Edgewater Hotel are a year-round affair. Rain or shine, the party goes on in the Olympic Ballroom or one of the more intimate private dining rooms. And we are always happy to show up with the flowers!

Peachy Spring

Ranunculus, peonies, anemones, and more Spring favorites showed up for this lovely May wedding. Peach, ivory, and fresh green tones reflected the season and set a cheerful tone.

Autumn Decadence

One of our most favorite weddings ever was an intimate affair in the Edgewater’s private dining room, with only 10 guest in attendance. The moody, rich tones and lots of candlelight set the tone for maximum romance. Many thanks to Meghann Prouse Photography for the beautiful images!

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Summer Love

Fresh, crisp and classic, with summer seaside-vibes of white, green, and hints of blue. This wedding was extra special, as the beautiful bride was none other than the owner of local Blue Box Bakery! Lovely images courtesy of Kristen Marie Parker Photography.

 

Winter Wonderland

With storms outside and everything candelit and warm within, winter is the perfect time to celebrate at the Edgewater. Thank you to Maurice Photo for the images!

Corporate Cocktail Soiree at Dockside at Duke’s

Our rental trees and plants brought the outdoors in to Dockside at Duke’s.

No one wants a cocktail party to feel stuffy — especially when it’s work-related. The always creative and fun-focused Megan Clark from Clutch Events hired us to help bring a feeling of vibrancy to this corporate happy-hour. We brought in a slew of our tropical trees: fiddle leaf figs, fishtail palms, and laurel figs, fleshed them all out with lush ferns around the base. Suddenly what could have felt like a blank room felt like a personalized space that invited you to enjoy it.

Get your hands in the dirt!

People like something to do at a party — and it’s a great way to keep people from doing too much nervous drinking. (Especially crucial at a work function.) For this group, Megan hired us to create a succulent potting station. Super fun for guests to dig into, and a great take-away favor to boot. We were so happy to find these really cute trowels and watering can that suited the whole vibe so well!

Customize the experience.

As a really special way to customize the experience and further enhance the brand, we created a succulent-filled representation of the company’s logo, waiting to greet guests on their way in, and winking goodbye at them on the way out.  These succulent letters ended up serving as decor at the company’s office afterwards — double bonus! Our florals also reflected the company brand, with bright orange and green tones.

Need Trees?

We have so many beauties to choose from, and would love to work with you to figure out the best tree scenario for what you’re trying to achieve. Send us an email at info@floressencedesign.com and we’d love to talk!

Fabulous Vendors!

A party is only the sum of its best parts! We are always delighted to partner with Dockside at Duke’s, Barbie Hull Photography, Clutch Events, La Tavola, Golf to Go, and Yay Parties.

 

Romantic and Intimate Wedding at the Edgewater Hotel

A Small Fall Gathering

Paige and Cesar had only ten guests at their intimate October wedding at the Edgewater Hotel, but they had all the romance and beauty that could fit in their lovely private room. Candles glowed around the altar, while abundant floral framed the sweet couple.

The New Autumn Palette

October does not have to mean orange, red, and gold. Ivory, crimson, and eggplant is a rich, moody approach to the season that doesn’t scream “cornucopia.” These Arsenal urns are some of our most favorites for creating a romantic, flowing look that was perfect for Paige and Cesar’s vibe.

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Gorgeous Gown

Can we talk for a minute about Paige’s AMAZING bridal ensemble? That peekaboo slit in her skirt, paired with the beaded capelet (both from BHLDN), was just too dreamy for words. The silk Vince mock neck top was the perfect accompaniment.

Gorgeous Photos and Great Hospitality

Thank you so much, Meghann Prouse Photography, for sharing your gorgeous images. And thanks as always to the Edgewater Hotel for their consistently lovely hospitality!

Drop us a line! We’d love to hear about your wedding and brainstorm ideas together!

Yearning for Learning: Floral Workshop with Designer Max Gill

It’s Spring in Seattle. Flowers are popping up everywhere. Every morning I check on the sweet green fans unfurling from our vine maple trees that go out as rentals. Wedding season is just about to explode, and I want to be prepared. Paperwork, staffing, inventory — sure. But the real preparation I’m looking for is in the form of inspiration. I want to see people working with flowers in ways that spark my creativity, that teach me new ways of building and designing. Stuff that keeps me fresh as I enter my 15th wedding season.

This yearning for learning happens every Spring. Last year I found inspiration in a daylong workshop taught by Berkeley designer Max Gill, hosted by the Seattle Wholesale Growers’ Market. That guy. Wow. I found a new floral hero that day! Beyond his brilliant approach of relating floral design to theater arts, and his way with color and texture, he is a most generous, kind, and funny teacher. All the things you want in a day of inspiration.

Drawing from a ridiculously abundant selection of locally grown flowers, we spent the morning making a compote arrangement in lovely ceramic vessels. After lunch on the loading dock (how florists do), we each made a bridal bouquet. The greatest gift that day was time. Time to work slowly, to really look at the materials and let the shapes and colors speak to me. That luxury doesn’t come our way during the summer months, but the lessons learned from it do.

I’ll be taking another workshop with Max up at Jello Mold Farm this June (also hosted by the Market). I’m looking forward to another day of artistic recharge and regeneration, and to sharing what I learned. In the meantime, here are my finished products from that lovely day, photographed by Jenn Tai and styled by Gather Design Company.

Other Players:

Hair & Makeup: Yessie Libby

Gown: Alexandra Grecco from The Dress Theory

Bride: @mckenziedrew of Seattle Models Guild

Rentals: Cort Party Rental

Jewelry: Nordstrom

A Uniquely Splendid wedding at Guemes Island Resort

They say that a little rain on your wedding day bodes well for the future. How about a LOT of rain, wild winds, and a ginormous rainbow? Given that these were the exact conditions at Elana’s and Nathan’s uniquely splendid wedding at Guemes Island Resort, I’d say that the couple is set for a fabulously happy life together.

At the end of September 2017, the Floressence crew happily traveled up to Guemes Island for a wedding we had all eagerly anticipated. Design details were dreamed up in part by the super creative bride (who has a thriving career as a performance artist; see Cabin Fever to be inspired by her group’s work) and the always innovative Katie Aweida of Wonderstruck Event Design, and in part by Floressence. We are fueled by creative collaborations, and this was a dream team. When Elana told me that there would be a “surprise” dance performance down the aisle, we all knew we’d have to find a way to spy on it. (Spoiler alert: it was amazing and joyful and beautiful.)

Original plans for the outdoor ceremony were scrapped as wind and rain tore across the charmingly low-key resort, and the ceremony took place in the tent instead. The couple commissioned an architect friend to build their chuppah, which we ornamented with rose canes, apple branches, beautiful fairy roses, and other seasonal blooms climbing up the four legs. I took it as a high compliment that the Father of the Bride really loved it; he said he’s seen a lot of chuppahs in his day, and he loved that this one felt grounded, and tied to the earth.

Overlapping rugs of various colors and sizes gave warmth and interest to the aisle — and made a great backdrop for showers of post-ceremony confetti. All vendor hands were on deck for a massive tent flip from Ceremony to Reception after the vows were exchanged. Sweet centerpieces in stoneware urns, laid on lace table runners, featured seasonal dahlias with ferns, roses, lisianthus, stock, and other favorite elements. Candlelight flickered against the storm outside, and the music and laughter carried on.

As for me and the crew, we parlayed our adventure into a mini-work retreat, celebrating the almost-end of wedding season with dinner out in Anacortes and an overnight stay in town. (Slow motion videos of jumping on the beds might have been made.) At dinner we talked about what makes a wedding romantic. Pretty hard to argue that Elana’s and Nathan’s was indeed just that.

Gorgeous photos from Hannah Arista Photography, with many thanks from us!

Other vendors helped bring this wedding to life:

Catering: Ciao Thyme

Hair and Makeup:  Off-White Makeup and Beauty

Tent and Farm Tables: Pacific Party Canopies

Videography: Cabfare Productions

Band: Holy Pistola

Photo Booth: Hello There You

Stationer/Baker:  Alexandra Beveridge

Floressence is located in Georgetown, the heart of Seattle’s floral district. Owner and Creative Director Anne Bradfield welcomes you to visit the studio and share her enthusiasm for enhancing your event through flowers.