On a gorgeously sunny day last August, my team bustled down to Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup for what would become one of our favorite weddings of the season. With a box truck and a van both loaded to the gills, and a setup crew of eight people, this one was a biggie. If you haven’t been to Rock Creek before, let me tell you, it is splendid. The grounds are vast, the ceremony arbor is about 5 times wider than most, the tent is generous, and the landscaping goes on for what feels like miles. (I made a mental note a few times that day to invest in walkie-talkies for the crew.)
Rebecca Grant of New Creations Weddings enlisted us to design a whole host of fun floral installations, including a floral wall which served as a photo backdrop. We filled it with smilax vine, ruscus foliage, blowsy hybrid tea roses in muted peach and ivory tones, delicate spray roses, hydrangea, and Creola dianthus — all without using floral foam. We also built a custom Frenchie, shabby-chic frame to encase the 5′ x 8′ wall. The pneumatic nail gun saw a lot of action at the studio that week! Seeing the beautiful bride, Joy, standing in front of the wall was the ultimate payoff. She and the flowers were at one!
We also loved working with a new (to us) material in the tall centerpieces. To get the right height and graceful reach to the elevated designs, we ordered rose canes from local grower Janet Foss and Oregon-based Crowley House. (Gotta love those fabulous farmers who just say “yes!”). I love the way they arch out of the arrangements and contrast against the white tent. (These, too, were floral foam free.)
Enjoy The O’Malleys gorgeous photography below…. I know when I’m in need of a dopamine hit, I will still take a peek now and then!