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.




SWS Wedding Tour - Country Chic

For the second post of our participation at the Skagit Wedding Society Wedding Tour, we will feature the other wedding look shown at Greenfield Farm and Garden. Featuring bright shades of pink with gold accents, this look is a country chic look that makes me smile.

Bella Vita Creative photo and flowers by Country Bouquets Floral

Bella Vita Creative photo and flowers by Country Bouquets Floral

Flowers by Country Bouquets Floral

Bella Vita Creative photo and flowers by Country Bouquets Floral

Flowers by Country Bouquets Floral

Flowers by Country Bouquets Floral

Flowers by Country Bouquets Floral

The flower I get the most requests for from brides is the peony.  Since the tour was during the peonies short season, I had to feature them!  One of my favorite varieties is the bright Coral Charm peony, which went well with the color palette choice of shades of pink with gold accents.  The venue has a lovely arbor they use as a backdrop for ceremonies, with burlap curtains and vines growing on it.  Focusing on adding color to the aisle, we hung gold vases filled with peonies and gold tinted leaves. The other chairs received ribbon details, which blew beautifully in the wind.

For the reception, the tables were draped in a bright watermelon colored linen, to add color to the large venue room.  Each table was adorned with a collection of vases, some tall and low, in shades of gold and white.  The low vase had a planted sedum. The medium gold vase had peonies. The tall white vase had gorgeous poppies and sweet peas.  Next to peonies, poppies are my favorite.  People had to touch them, not believing they were real! 

Thanks to the lovely Dana Chrysler of Bella Vita Creative for many of these photos. She does such an amazing job, much better than me! And thank you to the other vendors who helped make this wedding look possible: Greenfield Farm and Garden, Pacific Party Canopies and Lola Leigh Events.


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