Kim and Demetri were married in July at Zenith Vineyard in Salem, Oregon. It was a breathtakingly beautiful summer day full of kind, happy people. The flowers were kept very classic and feminine and featured roses, hydrangea, tulips, dahlias, and ranunculus in shades of soft pink, blush and cream. Congratulations Kim and Demetri! Thank you for letting us take part in your gorgeous day!READ MORE
We’re holding a sock drive now through the end of the year! The goal is to collect 500 pairs of socks by New Years. Socks will be donated to the Portland Rescue Mission located in Old Town. I chose the Portland Rescue Mission because it’s in the neighborhood and provides services to men, women and kids of all ages which means you can donate any kind of socks you want! The one condition I ask is that they be NEW.
There are two ways to donate…
1. You can drop off the new socks at Blum! A basket will be placed in the lobby by my back door for those times when we are out of the studio. The Blum address is 600 NW Naito Parkway Suite B, Portland, OR 97209.
2. You can donate money via our Fundrazr page. All of the money raised here will go directly to socks. A six pack of men’s athletic socks costs around $10.
If you can spread the news I would greatly appreciate it. Hopefully we can grant some warm, clean, much needed comfort to our neighbors this winter!
I love this detail photo by Powers Photography Studio from Christina and Cameron’s wedding at the Ecotrust Building… the flowers, the rings, that DRESS!READ MORE
I can hardly believe it’s already November! One of my favorite things to do when wedding season begins to slow down is finally have a chance to reach out to photographers and relive some of my favorite moments of the year.
Jason and Jason’s wedding (aka Jason *squared*) was one of my favorite of the year. They chose the Yale Union Contemporary building for their event and with the help of Luxe Event Productions turned the very raw space into the setting for an incredibly chic and masculine wedding. Low, clean arrangements of white phaleanopsis orchids were featured as dinner table centerpieces and clear glass orbs filled with white hydrangea and swirled grasses added a very simple, stylish accent to cocktail tables. My favorite floral element was the tall bare root orchid “tree” we created in their lounge. I thought it added the height and drama the space needed while staying within the clean, modern look the guys were going for.READ MORE
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