Skagit Wedding Tour at Beau Lodge

For this years Skagit Wedding Tour, we were part of the team at Beau Lodge. Nestled in the woods and featuring its own pond, this former homestead gave us the inspiration to style a Summer Camp wedding. And with an early June date, we were able to feature locally grown flowers such as peonies, garden roses and poppies.  Thank you to Laura Nichols Photography for capturing the day on film and sharing these images with us.

Wedding flowers by Country Bouquets Floral

Wedding flowers by Country Bouquets Floral

Wedding flowers by Country Bouquets Floral

As I was searching for inspiration, I found some madras fabric in bright pink shades at the fabric store.  It's patchwork style reminded me of quilts you might bring camping to stay warm at night. Turning the fabric into table runners, pillows and part of the tee-pee, everything else fell into place around the colors.

The tee-pee is the piece I was most excited about creating. I thought it would be a fun backdrop for the ceremony, constructed from bamboo, ribbon and fabric. Topping it off with flowers made it perfect. The ceremony site is nestled in the trees, next to the pond.  When viewing the tee-pee across the pond from the lodge, it was a magical sight that drew you in. Cheers Wedding Planning & Design made the strings of hearts, to add an arts and craft feel to the ceremony.

Wedding flowers by Country Bouquets Floral

Wedding flowers by Country Bouquets Floral

Wedding flowers by Country Bouquets Floral

Wedding flowers by Country Bouquets Floral

A second ceremony site was set in the orchard.  An old apple tree served as the backdrop, decorated with glass globes filled with garden roses and peonies.  The completed look was like a beautiful sculpture or art instillation, with the globes gently swaying in the breeze. Under the nearby orchard trees, we set a picnic blanket with pillows and vintage suitcase from Rustic Events Rentals to help set the overall relaxed camping mood.  Throughout the day, I viewed couples taking a moment to sit down and enjoy the shaded spot. The orchard also seems to be the resident cat's most favorite place.

Wedding flowers by Country Bouquets Floral

Wedding flowers by Country Bouquets Floral

Wedding flowers by Country Bouquets Floral

Wedding flowers by Country Bouquets Floral

Wedding flowers by Country Bouquets Floral

Wedding flowers by Country Bouquets Floral

Wedding flowers by Country Bouquets Floral

Wedding flowers by Country Bouquets Floral

The lodge itself is part of an old homestead, converted into a wedding venue.  Set on acreage, it has a bit of everything you might want in a venue: mature landscaping, stream fed pond, orchard, large grassy areas, gardens and forest trails.  An intimate venue, we set the sample reception tables in the main room of the lodge. Doors open up to multiple covered decks, onto which you can expand. The tables were styled with the Summer Camp idea in mind, keeping things simple but beautiful. Haggen Market Street Catering had a chef on site making smores for guests, with different toppings.  A clever idea for a dessert bar, they were so yummy!

Wedding flowers by Country Bouquets Floral

Wedding flowers by Country Bouquets Floral

Wedding flowers by Country Bouquets Floral

Wedding flowers by Country Bouquets Floral

Wedding flowers by Country Bouquets Floral

Wedding flowers by Country Bouquets Floral

Wedding flowers by Country Bouquets Floral

Wedding flowers by Country Bouquets Floral

The team of vendors at this venue was truly some of the best from Skagit Valley. They are all immensely talented and a joy to work with.  We had a great day enjoying the venue and meeting couples as part of the tour.  Vendors included:
Cheers Wedding Planning & Design
Laura Nichols Photography
Rustic Events Rentals
Haggen Market Street Catering

Wedding Art Styled Shoot

Clinton James Photography has been working on a series of bridal and art styled shoots, playing with new ideas and concepts. I had the pleasure of working with him on one session, where flowers were featured.  The concept was to create floral crowns that are more elaborate and fanciful than normal, to push the boundaries a bit and see what happens.  So I made several crowns and even a floral garland, that we could play with. I have to say, I had so much fun working on this project!

The first floral crown is probably my favorite.  The front of the crown is a vintage bracelet of my grandmother, that brought a bohemian feel to the look. Flowers are in shades of cream and white: sweet peas, poppies and azalea. I am a sucker for a veil over a brides face, just beautiful!
Clinton James Photography
Clinton James Photography
Clinton James Photography
Clinton James Photography
Clinton James Photography

Using light pink beauty bush, this crown is airy and loose.  My goal was to let the branches mimic their natural look, draping down over her face.  The look is very soft and lovely.
Clinton James Photography
Clinton James Photography

The concept for the next crown is a woodland sprit.  I found lovely mossy branches in my garden that reminded me of a fanciful royal crown. But I wanted them to be a bit messy and going every which way.  The crown base is made of anemone, ranunculus and dusty miller. The flowers are at the peak of season, so full and lush. They add a grandeur to the crown that I felt was needed. 
Clinton James Photography
Clinton James Photography
Clinton James Photography
Clinton James Photography
Clinton James Photography
Clinton James Photography
Clinton James Photography
Clinton James Photography

Garlands are popular now in weddings, typically draped over tables or chandeliers.  As I made one recently, it reminded me of a feather boa.  So I made one with that idea in mind, the bride draping a garland over her shoulders.  Once on, it actually looked more like a fur stole, very glamorous and roaring 20's. Made mostly of eucalyptus greens, some clematis vines topped the look off nicely.
Clinton James Photography
Clinton James Photography
Clinton James Photography

Finally, I made an impromptu crown of clematis vines.  Very natural looking, the crown is wild in a good way.  The blooms look like stars.
Clinton James Photography
Clinton James Photography

A huge thank you to Clinton of Clinton James Photography for letting me collaborate with him on this styled shoot.  I love working with other creatives! Look for more of his work from this series and his amazing wedding photos on his website and social media.

Favorite Spring Wedding Flowers

For those of you planning a Spring wedding, thought I would share some of my favorite designs from past years.  A little inspiration as we head into the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  Enjoy!

Spring Arrangement by Country Bouquets Floral
I love the bright orange pop of color the icelandic poppies add to this arrangement.  

Spring wedding Bouquet by Country Bouquets Floral

An sometimes overlooked spring flower, this lilac bridal bouquet was not only stunning but it smelled amazing, too!

Wedding flowers by Country Bouquets Floral

Spring wedding flowers by Country Bouquets Floral

These two images were from a spring styled shoot I created florals for.  All flowers used were seasonal and locally grown, many from my own garden.  My favorite part was the hyacinth flower stings hanging from the ceremony altar arrangement.

Spring flower arrangement by Country Bouquets Floral

Created as a lavish centerpiece or altar arrangement, this was completely made with locally grown flowers.

Spring bridal bouquet by Country Bouquets Floral

A bridal bouquet full of fluffy white peonies.  It's no wonder these flowers are so popular!

Spring bridesmaid bouquets by Country Bouquets Floral

Matching in color and style, the bridesmaid bouquets were featured double lilacs, garden roses, peonies and snowball viburnum.

Spring arrangement by Country Bouquets Floral

Though small in size, this tea cup arrangement packed a colorful punch with yellow spring narcissus and forsythia.

Spring wedding bouquet by Country Bouquets Floral

And finally, a bridal bouquet full of garden roses, ranunculus, snowbells, tulips and dusty miller. I love how the snowbells droop our and create movement for the bouquet.




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