Flowers: Love Notes

Eight local designers show us how florals & paper goods convey the mood of the day | Photographs by Melissa O’hearn

Period Piece

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Inspiration Art nouveau posters of turn-of-the-century beauties in lush floral crowns

Bouquet Flora Nova designer Christiane Zweifler chose local calla lilies and sweet snowball viburnum in shades of cream and swept them up with lots of wild-growing greenery, wisteria, and clematis vines to evoke a classical yet Northwest springtime mood.

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Paper Goods Guests will get a feeling for the day’s lush, antique vibe when they open the save-the-dates from Izzy Girl’s Janet Maples. The escort cards and thank-you notes continue the mood in shades of gold and green.

The Look New York designer Tony Hamawy’s cotton lace gown with scoop back, trumpet skirt, and full train ($3,850; available to order at Belltown Bride) expresses graceful Old World style.


 

Wild at Heart

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Inspiration Farmers markets and a modern take on vintage

Bouquet If only just-picked actually looked this good. Designer Paula Pritchard of Paisley Petals Floral Studio gathered Northwest ranunculus, anemones, sweet peas, peonies, scabiosa, stock, and tiny succulents for this lovely and loose arrangement. The corresponding ribbon-tie wrist corsage is the ultimate on-theme accessory.

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Paper Goods It’s all in the script; Marabou Design’s Brandy Brown has a steady hand with just the right flourish, and the chicly understated chalkboard-like floral motif really seals the deal.

The Look The pearls, crystals, and deep “V” of Temperley’s silk gown ($4,550 at the Dress Theory) are offset by the billowy, easy bodice. Blue topaz and 18K rose gold ring by Pomellato ($2,350) and lemon quartz, diamond, and 18K rose gold earrings ($5,950), Mario’s


 

Paint the Town

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Inspiration Lush, vivid watercolor paintings

Bouquet The riot of local color in Fleurt owner Sam Crowley’s free-spirited arrangement comes from tree peonies, lilacs, poppies, lupine, sweet peas, and ranunculus. The complementary grapevine wreath makes an especially striking backdrop for vows, photographs, and just about anything else.

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Paper Goods Wonderstruck Event Design and Press creative head Katie Aweida crafted a painterly foldout invitation suite with gold accents and watery shades of peach, pink, and red.

The Look The beaded neckline of this Jenny Packham silk chiffon floor-length ($4,800 at the Dress Theory) suggests a certain formality, while the empire silhouette is relaxed and bohemian. Synthetic orange sapphire and 18K rose gold earrings ($1,050), Mario’s


 

Great Outdoors

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Inspiration The juxtaposition of exotic forms and woodland landscapes

Bouquet Christopher Flowers designer Christopher Smith expertly evokes earthy sophistication in this bundle of dramatic irises and orchids with small, dark Muscari and Cerinthe, whispery ferns, and bright green branches of larch, a deciduous conifer. An arrangement like this one—and the accompanying boutonnieres—would work in late spring as well as late summer.

Paper Goods Putting fern prints and soft mint-hued green tones to good use, Brittany O’Brien of Spruce Stationery and Design evoked handsome, restrained elegance, and then wrapped it with a rich brown grosgrain ribbon.


 

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Model: Tracey Thomas / Heffner Management

 

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