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Fiore Fresco

Fresh notes from Fiore Blossoms on style, weddings, and living beautifully!

Updated: 2018-03-06T00:23:50.639-08:00


Packed up, loaded the moving van, and now residing at...


Our own home! Blogging has been sparse here (to say the least), but it's because I've been hard at work getting a new website up, and moving Fiore Fresco so that it lives right there at home on my own site. No more jumping can just settle in and stay a while. I'll leave this up in case you want to visit old recipes etc.

Hope you make the move with me! I'm thrilled about the new site and excited to be sharing flowers, recipes, and my adventures with boys again.

Real Weddings: Annie + Nicole's Woodmark Hotel Waterfront Wedding


Oh, I seriously love these girls. Annie (maybe a little proudly) stated at her first meeting that she didn't really think she needed flowers, but her planner was insisting on it. By the end of the meeting though, she had a little gleam in her eye. And on her wedding day, I could tell those flowers (and Nicole!) made her heart pound. And after? THE MOST appreciate couple ever. Emails, cards, FB comments, and a huge print they ordered from (incredibly awesome) Gabriel Boone of the bouquet. Not of Annie holding the bouquet. Not the bouquet next to her wedding dress. Not even the bouquet on one of their pretty tables. Just a shot of her bouquet standing all by itself.  The report is that it is hanging proudly in a place of honor in their home, because Annie just couldn't bear to part with it. How's that for not needing flowers?And congrats ladies on your recent LEGAL!!!!! Wedding 2.0!!!! I was honored, thrilled, and humbled to contribute. It's not often I get repeat customers (thank goodness!) but this was for the best reason in the world. xoxo[...]

Urban Unveiled 2012...tonight! Updates, NYC Bridal Market


First, a little note on the Fiore Blossoms website...after a little agonizing, fighting with my webhost, dealing with a new template, and working on Urban Unveiled and packing for NYC, I just decided to LET IT GO. It is out of my control for a week, so it is what it is. And what it is, is a down website. Sorry folks! But it looks like you found me here, and my email is still up and running also. If you need to reach me, please just shoot me an email at Unless you are writing to tell me the website is down.

And Urban! It's tonight! I can hardly wait. I'll of course have pretty flowers at my space in The Founder's Room, and will also have blooms sprinkled throughout the event for some of my colleagues. Check out Gabriel Boone Photography, Michael Bride, Roche Harbor, Swink Style Bar, 321 Foto, and Greenlake Jewelry Works for more flower goodness. It was so fun designing something for each that I thought captured the spirit of their brand.

There was the sweetest Vendor Highlight post on the Urban Website about Fiore Blossoms a few weeks ago.

And...NYC! Bridal Market! Fashion Shows! The Martha Stewart party! Seriously, after a few years of a lot of camping trips with my boys (which are awesome, don't get me wrong), I feel like the luckiest girl on the planet right now. Be sure to follow my adventure on Instagram (I'll be posting photos from both user names fioreblossoms AND junebugweddings).

Urban Unveiled 2012


Ready to party, plan, and get pretty? I hope you saved the date for this coming Thursday, 10.11.12 and the annual, always amazing, Urban Unveiled Event! I'm super thrilled to be part of it again this year. It's is truly the best show I've seen, and it is an honor to be included on this list of the crème de la crème in Seattle.

If you haven't been before, Urban is the chance to put on a party dress, drink champagne, check out the latest in the Seattle wedding world, eat A LOT of delicious food, and view the spectacular Luly Yang Couture Bridal Fashion Show. It is seriously the best time you'll have wedding planning. Be sure to stop by the Founder's Room where I will be hanging out with a lot of gorgeous flowers!

Grey and White SODO Park Wedding from Wallflower Photography


Pretty photos from Wallflower Photography of a November wedding we designed last year. Estrella wanted a northwest/textured look with white, grey, and green and succulent accents. Love the SODO Park setting!

Olympic Victory Bouquets


Gabby Douglas, with her Victory Bouquet and a little jewelryI knew there had to be a story behind the pretty blooms of the Olympic Victory Bouquets. If anyone honors the traditional meanings of flowers, it is the British! Jane Packer Ltd, a London institution, was asked to create the bouquets. From their website:JANE PACKER  are proud to have been selected to design and produce the "Victory Bouquet" for the medal winners at the  London 2012 Olympics. 4,800 floral bouquets will be presented to athletes along with medals during the Victory Ceremonies. The flowers and herbs in the bouquet are British grown and are  made with the help of floristry students across the country.The Victory Bouquet was designed by our creative director, Susan Lapworth, to reflect the energy and vibrancy of the London 2012 Games.The bouquet is sectioned into boldly coloured quadrants to mirror the 2012 logo. These are separated by typical British food ingredients which also provide an eclectic fragrance. All of the components of the bouquet had to be able to be grown in Britain, a key aim for us. We have chosen British grown herbs, lavender, apple mint and rosemary.  These provide an eclectic fragrance which is important to enhance the ‘moment’ of triumph for the athlete without causing an allergic reaction which some heavily scented flowers often do. Along with these herbs, we have included wheat, a source of energy, to reflect the ‘energy lines' of the London 2012 theme that has been an influence throughout the design process.We chose a bright and vibrant colour theme that not only reflects the colours used in the 2012 logo but also throughout the London 2012 games. This vivid combination creates visual impact, which will also enhance the athlete's moment of victory.For more, check out this fun, behind the scenes look at making the bouquets at Writtle College by Flowerona.[...]

Who Needs Perfume? Just Wear A Jasmine Dress!


Can you imagine the fragrance? This gorgeous dress, shown in these even more gorgeous images from Jonas Peterson, is made of jasmine flowers. Jasmine FLOWERS! I have to warn you that after seeing this, I'm no longer content with my wardrobe as is. And if you invite me to your fancy party, I might just arrive wearing a crazy concoction like this. And by crazy, I mean astoundingly awesome.

Real Wedding: Jennifer + Brandon's Romantic Garden Wedding


More today from Jennifer and Brandon's wedding. A little after my self-imposed deadline, but you know what they say. And I'm keeping it brief. By the time you read this, I'll be relaxing, lounging, and wishing for sun on Orcas Island. If you aren't from Washington and you are planning a visit, you can't possible come here and skip the San Juans. If you are from Washington and haven't spent time there, well...the rest of us disown you.Anyway, Jennifer and Brandon's wedding was held at her childhood home "Sunnyside Farm". They were wed with with a traditional hand-fasting ceremony, performed by her mother, that incorporated elements from cultures around the world, as they wanted to speak to the "universal truth of love". Oh, and it was under the magnificent tree where they shared their first kiss. But just take a look. It's all pretty romantic, in my humble opinion.Pretty gorgeous stuff, huh? All of this fantastic pink garden-wedding pretty was created by:Photographer: One Love PhotoEvent Planner: True Color EventsWedding Gown: Luly Yang CoutureFloral Design: Fiore BlossomsLinens: Choice LinensDJ: Austin BeaverVintage Rentals: Fiore BlossomsIce Cream Truck: Molly Moon'sCake Topper: Ann WoodIf you haven't had enough, check out their sweet, poignant wedding video by Cabfare Productions, and  Jennifer and Brandon's feature on Junebug Weddings.[...]

Raf Simon's Flower Maze for Dior Couture


Dior has, of late, been absolutely bewitching me. First, they go and make Marion Cotillard - truly the most beautiful woman in the world - their new girl. That piqued my interest. But with this maze of flower walls that new creative director Raf Simons created...they have BLOWN MY MIND.

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Jennifer and Brandon's Romantic, Rustic Backyard Wedding - Live on Junebug Weddings Today!


Jennifer and Brandon's backyard wedding, filled with vintage touches and the most romantic blooms, was one of my favorites last year! Besides the great team of people I got to work with, J&B were the sweetest couple; Sunnyside Farm was like a mini-escape each time I came out to plan, and their family just welcomed me in.  It was also such a lesson in karma...for this kind, loving pair, the sun fought through the terrible rain that had made for a soggy day, and they were able to have their hand-fasting ceremony that spoke to the "Universal Force of Love" under the tree where they had shared their first kiss. Seriously, I just loved being part of this amazing day!

It's live on Junebug today, and I'll share a few more flower pictures from their off-the-hook beautiful wedding day next week, right here. Have a great weekend!

Real Wedding: Kristie + John


Kristie and John's wedding day at The Willows Lodge in Woodinville, Washington was filled with vibrant color! They chose a striking color palette of navy, chartreuse, and fuchsia with local dahlias, exotic orchids, and a zillion granny smith apples providing the color. Loved working with the sweet couple (how did Chick-fil-A come up at every meeting?) and my favorite guys, Travis and Jesse from True Colors Events (how do we end up laughing so much at every meeting?). Thank you Sarah Rhoads for the pretty photos![...]

Ranunculus and Icelandic Poppies in Bright Coral, Pink and Orange - Amy's Bridal Bouquet


Amy's springtime wedding at Lord Hill Farms in Snohomish was filled with bright shades of pink, orange, and yellow, and romantic blossoms of Juliet garden roses, ranunculus, Iceland poppies, and fragrant hyacinth. I gathered the stems together with a mix of new and vintage silk ribbons in shades of coral. A happy bridal bouquet for a happy wedding day!

Bringing Nature Home by Ngoc Minh Ngo and Nicolette Owens


File this under the "I wish I'd done this..." category! But in truth, I'm so glad that it was Nicolette Owen of Brooklyn's Nicolette Camille and The Little Flower School  who created the stunning arrangements "Bringing Nature Home: Floral Arrangements Inspired by Nature"  book that will be released March 27. Nicolette is CRAZY talented, and has teamed up with fantastic writer and photographer Ngoc Minh Ngo to share her wisdom, talent, ideas, and a whole heapin' pile of eye candy. Deborah Needleman, of Domino fame, wrote the forward--bestowing upon it the highest stamp of approval in the design world. Some of my all-time favorite Nicolette Owen designs:For a little more Nicolette before March 27, check out this sneak peek on Design*Sponge of her darling, flower-filled apartment!Photo Credits: (1) Pink garden roses with white clematis, photo by Jayd Gardina, (6) Pink peony bouquet photo by Susan Stripling via Elizabeth Ann Designs[...]

And the winner is...


Congratulations to our Minted giveaway winner, Melissa! I heard that she is throwing a "Century Party" this year...a celebration of the family farm that was purchased waaaaaaaaayyy back in 1912. What a fantastic idea for a fun summer event! I hope that the darling cards from Minted help make the celebration extra special!

And if you are looking for sweet Easter invitations, check out Minted's Painted Easter Invites. They are so adorable, and I'm proud that they were designed by two Seattleites, Alethea and Ruth. There are a lot of talented, good peeps in our little neck of the woods! I might just have to order some custom stationery in their "Initial Wreath" pattern. It's my absolute fave!

Giveaway! Save-the-dates coming your way!


Yikes! Life has been busy! But as thanks for hangin' with me, I have a great little giveaway this week! Minted is launching tons of beautiful new wedding invitations right now, and they also have fun and unique save the dates. They are celebrating all of their new designs by generously sharing 50 save the dates with a Fiore fresco reader! Take a peek around their site, and leave a short note in the comments section here about which design is your favorite. Leave your comments by Friday at 5 pm, and the winner will be announced next Monday!

May the odds be ever in your favor! (I had to. Because I'm counting the minutes. Literally. Tick Tock.)

Elsewhere in the blogosphere...


A few of my recent faves that I've written over on Junebug:

Edible jewels, for the most glamorous dessert buffet you've ever seen!

This exquisite real wedding at the Art Institute of Chicago has a stunning gown/venue combination. Bride Emily's Marchesa gown was an inspired choice!

Sweet, charming fabric inspiration for wedding invitations, decor, accessories, and even the guys! Isn't that groom in his ascot the handsomest thing you've ever seen?!

Yep! That's the groom on Grandma's ears. And the happy couple perched on her head. Wanna know more? 

I'm having a ball, writing over there. Hope you join me!

Real Weddings: Lyndsey + Robert


Some gorgeous beauties from the LOVELY ladies at Belathee Photography...those girls are generous, kind, and talented! This was a fun one! I fell in love with my new favorite Washington getaway: Cave B Winery. Just check out the views in these! I had fun working with my very favorite guy, Travis McBurney of True Colors Events. And Lyndsey's family? As welcoming and warm as can be. (And yes, that's a custom Luly Yang Lyndsey's rockin'. With beautiful yellow shoes. Perfection!)[...]

Run away with me!


(But don't forget to pack your bouquet!)

A sweet image from sweeter Barbie Hull, of an elopement we did a few weeks ago, coordinated by Megan Keller.  The scent of this bouquet rocked!  The ceremony was at The Herbfarm (followed by the reception there as well...dinner for two!), so the flowers had to smell amazing.  "Patience" and "White Majolica" garden roses with French lavender.  Yum.

A little news, hot off the press!


Bopping in tonight to tell you a little news...are you sitting down for this? As of a little earlier this week, I've joined up with Junebug Weddings as their newest team member! As part of the editorial team, I'll be reporting on wedding ideas, trends, and stories through their award-winning blog, What Junebug Loves.

Fiore Blossoms? I'll still be here, multi-tasking my little heart out.  We have a busy summer booked, and we have PLANS!  Plans that involve peonies, boats, huge mercury glass vases, really sweet brides that are becoming new friends, delicate vintage ribbons, and collaborating with some phenomenal wedding planners. I wouldn't miss any of that for the world!

Fiore fresco will still be around as well. Over at Junebug, I'll get my fancy on with gorgeous real weddings and other work submitted by some of the world's best talent in the wedding industry. Please stop by often and visit!  And here at Fiore fresco, I'll get to post pictures of my macaron attempts, garden, and silly children; shamelessly self-promote with photos of my pretty flowers and decor; and ramble on about my favorite ideas, books, food, etc. like I've always done.

Looking forward to new opportunities, fantastic colleagues, and learning new things. It's going to be bananas!

Beautiful Baubles


I'm head over heels for these little repurposed beauties from Alona Freeman.  Wedding-perfect, but maybe just right for spring too!





Real Weddings: Olivia + Mike (aka Fairy Tale Beginnings)


Posting Mari and Tim's wedding earlier this week reminded me that I had stashed another beauty from Carol Harrold.  Olivia and Mike were married at De Lille Cellars, a gorgeous winery just outside of Seattle (though you'd swear you are in France when you're there).  O and M might have been the most loving, sweet couple I've worked with to date.  Their path to the alter had had a few twists and turns, and they were truly thrilled to be starting the rest of their lives--together. At our first meeting, Olivia hilariously described her style as "Goth Chic". I had a such a good time coming up with flowers that would fit that description.  Dark callas, burgundy cymbidium orchids, scabiosa and love-in-a-mist pods, hypericum berries, and "Black Bacarra" roses comprised her bouquet. De Lille's ceremony area is in a beautiful clearing, surrounded by tall trees and fields of fluffy white sheep.  We left the decor simple, but framed the entrance to the clearing with two huge foresty masses of foliage and burgundy flowers hanging from wrought iron shepherd hooks.  We echoed the design down the aisle with hanging vases of textured arrangements.Fairy Tale Beginnings.  They're real.[...]

Real Weddings: Mari + Tim


I'm so glad to be looking at these pictures today, in the middle of winter.  I don't know if it is Carol Harrold's amazing photography, Inglewood's beautiful grounds, the pretty colors in the summery bouquets, all the lace on my new chuppah, or Mari's gorgeous and infectious smile, but this wedding just feels like SUMMER!  And it is the only thing that feels like summer around here right now, so I'm appreciating it that much more.  Enjoy![...]

Let's catch up a little


For some reason, silos (as in those grain storage devices) are a big joke around my husband's office. I haven't even bothered to ask why, for fear of the long had-to-be-there story that would ensue.  I guess they all forward each other pictures of silos all the time though, and Steve realized I would love one of the most recent ones.  Check this out!   A trio of silos that were turned into a house.  I love a beautiful house, but I really love a quirky beautiful house.In other news, Wuthering Heights.  I somehow missed this in high school and college, so thought I'd give it a try now.  It is SO good.  So fantastically gothic, atmospheric, suspenseful.  You might want to add it to your 2012 reading list if you missed it as well.The other day my fave mascara was sold out, so I took a great big fat risk and tried a new L'oreal one.  Oh, I guess I should back up and state that I had a short fling with falsies--eyelashes that is--this fall, until the Mr. said they creeped him out.  Anyway, this new mascara claims to create falsies out of what you're naturally blessed with.  AND IT DOES.  Works so well, I can't wear it for everyday because of the Mr. problem.  TRY IT.  It's crazy good stuff.Spotted!  A gorgeous and affordable ($49.95!) bridesmaid-perfect dress at H&M.  Comes in bright orange and smoky charcoal gray.And finally, super beautiful photos from Carol Harrold tomorrow, of the summeriest summer wedding ever.[...]



A great video about macaron production at Laduree.  It's in French, but you can totally get the gist of it.  Serious assembly line large-batch macarons going on there, and great fun to see if you are a macaron stalker like me.


And last weekend I made lemon with lemon frosting, and ginger with lemon too.  I'm not doing very well on the whole putting-away-the-mixer-and-getting-back-to-work-thing.



And have I told you before?  The best ones in Seattle (and I've tasted them all--it was a community service thing so that I could recommend the best ones to everyone) are at Honore.