Thursday, November 4, 2010

Top 5!

Thanks so much to all of you who voted for Paisley Petals in King 5's annual Best of Western Washington Contest! There were 96 florists nominated, and Paisley Petals got 4th place! Pretty exciting stuff!

Click here to see us on the BOWW website.

Thanks again to all of our clients and friends!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Guess the Price: Round 2

Hey there, faithful blog readers! You should be hearing a lot more from me for awhile, as wedding season is winding down.

A couple of people have asked, so here it is: round 2 of the guess the price game! Here's a re-cap of how it works:

1) I will post a photo of an arrangement out of a magazine
2) You, dear readers, will leave a comment with your guess as to how much that arrangement would cost
3) The first comment to hit the right answer, or to come closest without going over (price is right rules!) in one week wins a prize!

We're sticking with salted caramels from Sweet Necessities as a prize- Yum!

Okay, so we're going bridal for this round. What do you think this funky fall bridal bouquet would cost?

To help you out with your guess, you should know that this bouquet contains: cymbidium orchids, mokara orchids, fern curls, craspedia, montbreitia, pincushion protea and ferns.

Good Luck!

Oh, and the winner from last round was Rebecca Nash-- Most of the guesses came in via Facebook, which is why you don't see her guess in the comments section here. Wish I could figure out how to make the comments show up in both places! Anyway- Congrats Rebecca!!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Vote For Us!

Paisley Petals has been nominated for best flowers in King 5's annual Best of Western Washington contest! Please vote to help make us #1! All you have to do is click on the "vote for us" icon below. You'll be redirected to our voting page-- it will only take a few seconds. Thank you!

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

New Feature/Giveaway

I've been running up against a lot of misconceptions about how much wedding flowers cost these days. Keep in mind that I have been told by clients over and over again that I am underpriced. Still, even I have a hard time fitting everything a bride wants into her budget sometimes. So, just for fun, I've decided to add a new feature to my blog called "Guess The Price!"

Here's how it works:
1) I will post a photo of an arrangement out of a magazine
2) You, dear readers, will leave a comment with your guess as to how much that centerpiece would cost
3) The first comment to hit the right answer, or to come closest without going over (price is right rules!) in one week wins a prize!

Fun, right? OK, so here is your first shot:

This is a centerpiece from Martha Stewart Weddings. It's all carnations. Those who know me know I'm not a huge fan of carnations, except en masse like this. This look has been quite popular the past couple of years. In fact, I just did centerpieces like this for a wedding last weekend!

So, what's your guess for the price of this centerpiece *NOT* including the white container it's in?

This week's Prize: A bag of salted carmel from Sweet Necessities!

Monday, July 19, 2010

The Appendectomy

So, I bet you're curious to know how a wedding florist goes about getting an emergency appendectomy during wedding season. Well, lucky you, I just happen to have a first-hand account of that very scenario!

Wednesday night: Don't sleep all night because you have a strange pain in your stomach. Debate going to the emergency room. Decide they will probably just tell you you have a stomach bug, and it would be a waste of money. Get up and run an inconclusive symptom checker through WebMD. Go back to bed and try to sleep.

Thursday Morning: Finally wake Husband up at 5 & tell him you're not feeling so hot. Convince him to wait for nearest Urgent Care to open at 7 to avoid going to the ER and paying too much money. Load up baby and head to Doctor. Wait. See Nurse. Wait... and wait... See Doctor. Get labs run. Wait. Wonder how Husband is getting along taking care of baby in the lobby. Get inconclusive lab results & instructions to drink nasty orange liquid and have an CT scan in 4 hours. Insist on being sent home while waiting for CT scan.

Thursday Late Morning: Drop baby off at grandparent's house. Send Husband to work. Head out to flower shop and put together bride's bouquet, bridesmaid's bouquets, and samples of boutonnieres, corsages, and centerpieces for assistant to copy.

Thursday Afternoon: Get picked up by brother in law and driven back to Urgent Care. Wait. Have CT scan (weird experience!). Wait. See nurse again. Wait. See Doctor. Find out appendicitis is the culprit and an emergency appendectomy the only cure. Insist on being sent to Enumclaw Regional Hospital to be close at hand should any flower questions arise. Run home one more time to meet assistant and go over everything. Leave baby with Gram. Head to hospital with Husband.

Thursday Evening: Have appendix removed. Wake up in worse pain than before. Have visits from awesome family and friends. Try not to stress to much. Take pain meds. Stay overnight in hospital. Get woken up approximately every 5 minutes to have vitals taken.

Friday Morning: Insist on being sent home as early as possible. Hobble in pain out to flower shop to inspect everything (which looks fabulous, by the way- great work, Kylie) then hobble inside and lay down. Go over delivery details with assistant and mom (thanks again, you two, for your help). Wait anxiously.

Friday Afternoon: Receive positive report and glowing reviews about wedding flowers. Breathe a sigh of relief, say a prayer of thanks, and try not to stress about next weekend's weddings!

As you may have gathered, it's been a little more nuts than usual this wedding season! Although, the same was true last season with the arrival of our sweet baby boy. Here's hoping this doesn't become the norm! A HUGE thank-you to everyone who pitched in, prayed, cooked, babysat, made me an awesome banner that says "boo appendix," brought me coffee, and generally encouraged me through the ridiculousness that was a wedding florist's wedding season appendectomy!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Sierra & Mack

Hi there blog readers! I'm hoping you can help me out with something.

I first met with Sierra back in November. We got her floral vision down on paper and started the ball rolling. Shortly after I sent her contract, Sierra was diagnosed with brain cancer. She has had surgery to remove the tumor, and is currently undergoing chemotherapy and rehabilitation.

Sierra and Mack are still planning their fall wedding. Since Sierra had just started a new nursing job 3 months before her diagnosis, she obviously did not have adequate medical coverage for the care she needs. Add planning and paying for a wedding and, well-- it's a bit overwhelming.

That's where you come in. My cost to do Sierra's wedding flowers as we had originally envisioned them before her cancer diagnosis would be around $1200. I am planning to donate all of the design work, delivery, etc. But I'm hoping you can help me cover the rest of the cost. If you're interested in being a part of helping this amazing couple's wedding dreams come true, please get in touch with me via email at

Sierra and Mack are such an inspiring couple. They are fighting this disease with everything they have. Through it all, they remain positive and it's obvious how deeply they care for each other.

Click Here to read more about Sierra's story and what her wedding photographers are doing to help!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Carnation Urn

Photo by Heather Boren

Photo by Luke Rutan

Want the lush look of ruffled peonies but it's not peony season? Try carnations! This is the one and only way I like carnations-- en masse. They take on a whole new aesthetic when presented this way. I did this centerpiece for the young life event, and also for a wedding 2 Septembers ago. The bride really wanted peonies, but they were just too far out of season locally to be affordable (read: I could have had them flown in from New Zeland, but that would have put her waaaay over budget!) so I went out on a limb and suggested carnations. She was thrilled with the result! (see second photo)Many people turn their noses up at carnations (trust me, I understand!) but they really do look lovely when they are used by themselves in a large arrangement or pomander.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Color Cube

A couple more centerpieces from the Young Life event. These are 2 variations on the same idea--LOTS of color in a cube vase with an interesting accent. The first one has roses(red intuition variety from rio-- take a closer look! One of my favorite roses!), spider mums, hypericum, freesia and anemone. We added black accents with paper, ribbon, and colored wire. This would be a great way to add color to a wedding where the attendants were wearing black (which happens more often than you might think!)

The second arrangement has a lot more orange and no black accents, so the overall look is brighter. It's made up of roses, freesia, asiatic lilies, kermit mums, anemone, and hypericum with lilly grass accents. We also used a piece of scrapbook paper under the vase to make the arrangement stand out more against the white tablecloth. This is one of my favorite inexpensive ideas for table decor. It's a great way to bring in a theme like black & white damask.

Thanks again to Heather Boren for the photos!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Picnic in the Grass

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of donating some centerpieces to the Young Life "Palate of the Plateau" event. I love this event because I'm given total creative freedom. They auction off the centerpieces, so it's good for them to be different to appeal to different tastes. I'm not given a color scheme, style, size, or anything-- I just get to do what I want! It's so great because I get to have the BEST time creating and support an organization I believe in at the same time.

So, I made about 12 centerpieces and was pretty happy with the results. Then I realized that I was about to have another missed opportunity to add to my portfolio. I'm not great at taking pictures, and I don't have a good camera, either. So, anytime I try to take photos of my work, they end up looking lame. So, I called up my new friend Heather Boren with Heather Boren Photography and asked her to do me the HUGE last-minute favor of swinging by the event during set-up to take some photos of my centerpieces. The venue was a high school cafeteria, so needless to say, the conditions for shooting decent photos were not ideal. I just got the photos back from Heather, and I have to say, I am SO impressed with what she managed to do in that big, ugly room! If you or someone you know are getting married, needing senior pictures, or a family photo shoot, PLEASE give Heather a call. You will not be disappointed!

There are so many of these centerpieces, I was tempted to put them all up in one post. But, I decided that since they were all different, it would be fun to blog them one at a time. I had a hard time picking a favorite, so I went with the one that seems to fit the best with today's beautiful, sunny weather. I'm calling it "Picnic in the Grass:"

Photos by Heather Boren Photography

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Discount for Available Dates

Do you know anyone who is getting married this summer? I have a few un-booked dates on my summer calendar and will be offering a 15% discount to a bride referred by someone who reads this blog who books one of my open dates.

Available Dates are:

May 15th
May 22nd
June 12th
July 3rd
August 28th

If you know of anyone getting married on one of those dates, have them contact me (contact info is on my website- and mention this blog post. If they decide to book me for their wedding, they will receive a 15% discount off of their total flower order!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Stop The Madness!!

I'm working on a really fun wedding this weekend with mostly green flowers. While I was out in the shop, I was reminded of one of my least favorite occurances in the floral world: the dyed green carnation. Having just recently celebrated St. Patrick's day, the annoyance is fresh in my mind. So, I took the opportunity to snap a few photos of some of the flowers I'm using for this wedding. None of them have been dyed-- these are naturally-occuring green flowers/berries/foliages etc. So, I ask you:

Why would you want this:

When you could have any of these instead?


There are so many naturally occurring, beautiful green flowers out there. Accept no substitutes!

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Featured Flower Friday: Lisianthus


Lisianthus (or lizzy as it is often called in florist land) is one of my favorite flowers to use in hand-tied bouquets for weddings. It has an almost rose-like look at a nowhere near rose-like cost. I love it's papery ruffled blooms- they add just the right touch of texture. Even the un-opened buds look really sweet in a garden-inspired bouquet.

Lisianthus are available year-round. Single and double forms are available, but I prefer to use the double. The dark purple is one of my favorite varieties- such a rich, royal hue! They have a nice, long vase life of 7-14 days. Their victorian flower meaning is calming and/or faithfulness.

Perhaps the only downside to lisianthus is it's lack of scent, but it has so many other great qualities that it doesn't really matter!

Abby's nature-inspired bouquet from last summer includes white lisianthus... see if you can spot it!

Laura's all-white bouquet also featured lisianthus. This is a totally different style from Abby's bouquet, but the lizzy still works!

Photo by Luke Rutan

Happy Friday everybody-- enjoy your weekend!
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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Fresh Flower Rings!

My little flower rings have been a big hit lately! I made a couple for Heather Boren's girls for the Father/Daughter dance in February. Heather is a super-talented photographer, so she snapped a couple of shots for me (check her out at I'm so happy to finally have some professional quality shots of my flower rings-- the others I have are blurry and just don't do them justice!

These rings are great for bridesmaids to wear at the reception-- they still get to feel special without having to carry their bouquet around all night! They are also fabulous for prom, birthday parties, bachelorette parties, girl's night out, etc. Rings range from $15-$25. Once you have your ring, I can re-do the flower for $5- $10 for future events.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Nicole & Mike

Nicole and Mike were married on September 26th, 2009 at Crystal Mountain Lodge. I had a blast working with Nicole. It's always fun to work with a bride who has her own unique style and isn't afraid of color! We used peacock feathers, callas, lisianthus, spider mums, hypericum berries and cymbidium orchids to put together this look. I love the way it turned out, and I'm still amazed that it went off without a hitch considering my baby boy was just 6 days old at the time!

Congrats Nicole & Mike!


All Photos are by Clane Gessel Photography.

This wedding was also featured as the "Wedding of the Day" on! Check it out:
Nicole and Mike's Wedding - Wedding Style - Real Weddings - Wedding Photos - Whot Got Married - Wedding of the Day - Wedding Themes - Wedding Planning - Wedding Ideas
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