Ally and John’s wedding is one of my favorites from the 2014 wedding season. Not only did we share the same ideas stylistically as well as an appreciation of (or in my case, obsession with) details but they are two of the most gracious, kind people that you will ever meet.READ MORE
Sarah and Spenser were married at the Elysian Ballroom in downtown Portland this past January. Gold, blush and cream were the colors of the day with loads of crystals and candles to provide sparkle and light!
I am so honored and excited to announce that our little company, Blum Design in Flowers was named Best Florist in Portland by Oregon Bride Magazine! Voting took place in two rounds with the first round open to the general public and then the second round by wedding vendors only. This is the fourth time we’ve been awarded Best Florist which I think made it feel even more shocking when our name was announced!
Thank you not only to those who voted for us but to all of our clients, peers, friends and family members who have supported Blum over the last 9 years. The wedding and floral industries can both by highly competitive and so I feel extra lucky to be able to do a job that I love in a city so full of kind, talented, supportive people. THANK YOU!
Congratulations to the other nominees and winners as well! It takes a village to put together a truly beautiful event and it was fun to see so many friends be recognized as well. The winners will be featured in the Autumn/Winter issue of Oregon Bride Magazine. Be sure to pick up a copy!READ MORE
June is one of my favorite times of year! The local, gorgeous floral product is in full swing and we finally get to see all the planning of the winter months come to fruition at our summer weddings! Since July- September is definitely our busiest time of year in the wedding industry I thought that I might post a few last minute tips that I’ve heard are really helpful from past brides and also as your floral vendor. Please feel free to share your own tips and advice as well!
1. Plan ahead. Most of our final payments for wedding flowers are due 2-3 weeks before the wedding. This is so that we have payment at the time of ordering the flowers. I also like to do it this way so that we can finalize details before any last minute nerves or anxiety starts to set in. So, my advice to brides is, try to have everything finalized two weeks before the wedding. Of course there will be things you HAVE to do last minute but that’s why getting those things done early that can be done early is so helpful.
2. Turn off Pinterest. A month before your wedding turn off Pinterest, SMP, Green Wedding Shoes and any of those other social media sites and blogs that you’ve been checking out regularly for the past year! A month before the wedding you should have design and details figured out so it’s not really a useful tool anymore. Similarly, if a certain detail hasn’t seemed important until now… it probably isn’t.
3. Get back to basics. When I was a teenager and I’d have a meltdown I remember my mom would always ask me if I needed to get back to basics. By that, she meant that if my emotions were out of check it probably meant I wasn’t doing one or more of the following… eating well, sleeping well, drinking enough water or getting regular exercise. Obviously those things won’t fix everything but they do fix a lot. To this day, when I’m starting to feel stressed the first thing I do is step back and see if I’m missing any of those pieces. I usually am and fixing it usually helps a lot.
4. Date your fiancee and take a break from wedding planning! I think it gets to be pretty common during wedding planning (and especially in the last month) that all couples do is talk and plan wedding. That’s exhausting! Make sure to take time together to just date, have fun and not be in a logistical work mode. It can be a weekend, it can be going for a hike, or it can be meeting up for a single cup of coffee. It doesn’t matter what it is as long as you’re intentional about not talking only about the wedding and instead just enjoying each other.
5. If you start to get overwhelmed call in the troops… aka, your vendors. Clients call me all the time with questions that may or may not have to do with their flowers but they just need someone to bounce an idea off of. That’s totally fine and what I’m here for! You hired people you trust so now’s a good time to trust them. We want the best for you and that includes walking into your wedding day feeling relaxed and excited.
Congratulations! You’re almost married! We can’t wait to be a party of your celebrations this summer!
Photo by Powers Studio taken at Youngberg HillREAD MORE
Meredith and Kevin were married at the Roloff Farm last September. You may recognize the farm (and the wedding!) as it was featured this winter on the Roloff’s TLC show “Little People Big World.” This wedding was a ton of fun for me as the couple had a lot of great ideas, were very hands on and I got to work with some of my favorite fellow vendors including their wedding planner Mandi from Champagne NW! I know it sounds cheesy but really, the fact that it was on tv was just a bonus for getting to work with such a great team.READ MORE
My first dip into the wild and weird world of reality tv came several years ago when tv producer contacted me about becoming a contestant on Logo’s floral design competition show “The Arrangement.” It was the first season and the show was being pitched as “the Top Chef of floral design.” Several phone and skype interviews later I was offered the opportunity to be on but ultimately chose not to take part because of a.) scheduling conflicts, b.) very unclear parameters of how contestants would be portrayed, and c.) lack of definition regarding the reward money (hey, a girl’s got to get paid!)
My second failed experience with reality tv came when the owners of the now out of operation View Point Inn were filming a test pilot for a show about their venue. Cameras followed the owners, myself and our clients around the venue as we prepped for and executed a wedding. In my opinion the combination of the extremely passionate owners, gorgeous views, weddings, fervent Twilight fans (several famous scenes were filmed at the Inn) and ultimate demise when the historic Inn claimed bankruptcy and ultimately burned down in a devastating fire would have made for some Grade A television.
Our most recent experience with reality tv happened last fall when we were asked to provide flowers for Kevin and Meredith’s wedding at the Roloff Farm. The third time was the charm and the wedding aired on TLC in November! We had such a blast working with the couple, the venue, producers and Mandi from Champagne who coordinated the event and designed many of the decorative aspects! I was also so pleased with how everything came out and also how the network respected the vendors, families and wedding party involved. The day itself was GORGEOUS and having never been to the Roloff’s farm I was totally impressed with all of the details and vistas.
Check out this link for a peek inside their day! I’ll be posting images soon!
Image by Maggie at Honeysuckle Photography
Here are a few shots from a bridal photo shoot I provided a bridal bouquet and boutonniere for down in Salem last Autumn. Thank you so much to Kelly of Kel Ward Photography for asking me to take part, styling the shoot and providing me with these gorgeous images! Be sure to check out her website www.kelwardphotography.com for more info about how she might help you with your upcoming event!READ MORE