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Published: Just add blooms

Have you seen the bouquet recipes posted by The Wedding Chicks? Such a fun idea and I was so pleased that one of my 2011 bouquets was chosen for the feature. Take a look here and maybe the peach and yellow flowers will inspire your own Spring wedding or event…

finch & thistle peach and yellow bouquetImage courtesy of Angela and Evan Photography


Published: Hand Picked Vendor The Wedding Chicks

Finch & Thistle is featured on The Wedding Chicks today! Please take a look and leave a comment…

Have you seen the new issue of Seattle Metropolitan Bride and Groom? Our bouquet is on the cover!

bouquet on cover of Seattle Met Bride and GroomThe gorgeous image was taken by Ryan McVay of Studio Lucile and you can see other details from the shoot here and here.

Amy and Matt’s gorgeous Sorrento Hotel wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty today! You may remember my previous post, but be sure and check out the feature for more of Kip Beelman‘s gorgeous images.

seattle wedding flowers

So thrilled to see Abbie and Matt’s gorgeous Golden Gardens wedding featured on Style Me Pretty today! You may remember some of the images by Nickel Images that I shared a few weeks back, but check out the article for even more beautiful photos and all the details from Abbie.

Real Seattle wedding by Finh & Thistle

Published: Not Just Another Guestbook…

Looking for a creative way to remember the big day without using the standard guest book? I recently shared a couple of fun ideas with writer Anna Sachse that were published around the web

4 Unique Guest Book Ideas … No Book Required

July 14, 2011 1:59 pm by Anna Sachse

Friend & Family Recipe Book

For a sweet (or savory) reminder of loved ones, Rachel Bowes, owner of Seattle-based Finch & Thistle Events, suggests including a blank recipe card with your invitation, as well as a note requesting that guests scribble down a favorite recipe (and why it’s meaningful) and bring the card to the wedding. At the reception, set up a table where guests can then affix their card to a classy notebook, and find blank cards if needed.

Guest Book Box

Mette Morgan, co-founder and editor of, suggests decorating a heart-shaped box (with a lid!) and either cutting out or buying a stack of heart-shaped pieces of thin cardboard – at least one per guest. You can then either set up a table or hand out the hearts during dinner. After all the guests write their messages, the hearts are placed in the box, which is then sealed and not to be reopened until your first anniversary.

To see the rest of the ideas, you can check out Anna’s article here.

I am so thrilled to have a shoot I designed and styled featured on my favorite wedding blog, Style Me Pretty, today! Huge thanks are due to Angela and Evan Photography for stunning images, Iwona Konarski for the lovely ombre stationery, Teryl Hawk for gorgeous hair and makeup, Melanie Backschies of Plum Cushion for the beautiful coordinating pillows, Baked for the cute and delicious wedding cake, our models Caleb and Chelsea for braving the cold, and Wine and Roses for allowing us to shoot in their barn.

Finch & Thistle on Style Me PrettyCheck it out here and tell us what you think!


I went to high school in Salt Lake City and am a frequent visitor to the state as my parents still live there. I love Utah – beautiful mountains, red rock, clear blue skies and lots and lots of brides! – so I am thrilled to see my flowers on the cover of the premiere issue of Salt Lake/Park City Bride and Groom!

Finch and Thistle and Salt Lake Bride and GroomI dream of spending the winter months skiing and designing winter weddings in the Salt Lake/Park City area so if you’re looking for an florist and event designer and you like my work, please contact me via the Finch & Thistle website. Let’s talk!

The new magazine hits newsstands on July 5th and in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek on Utah Bride Blog.

So many people and so much preparation goes into putting together an editorial for a magazine like Seattle Met Bride & Groom.  From a design and styling standpoint, there are usually weeks of preparations – sourcing props, planning the design, ordering flowers, putting together the arrangements and lots of running around picking everything up. Then the shoot itself is a hive of activity with editors, art directors, photographers, fashion stylists, and hair and makeup stylists. As promised, here are a few behind-the-scenes images from the latest issue of SMBG…

hair and makeup stylists, photographers and fashion editors at Seattle Met Bride & Groom shoot

Jewelry Closeups…This shoot was my first time styling jewelry and accessories and it was so fun but very twiddly work. It took about an hour to style each scene. Ever wondered how they get the closeup shots of jewelry and details that SMBG is known for?

bridal jewelry and details Prop Styling…I bought or borrowed all the props from vintage stores, friends, Ebay and Etsy. The larger items (tables) and vases were from my personal collections.  I am obsessed with antique dress trimmings and a family friend has a huge collection. I also loved the Charles and Diana souvenir wedding biscuit tin that a friend of my mum’s dug out of storage!

books, teacups and biscuit tinsFlowers...It was the perfect time of year (March) for Spring blooms in royal hues – jasmine, anemones, ranunculus, hellebore, mock orange and Amnesia roses. I got to use all my favorite flowers in this shoot!ranunculus, jasmine and anemone bouquet from cover of Seattle Met Bride & Groom

flower details from Seattle Metropolitan Bride & Groom Royal ShootAnd perhaps my most favorite part…the jewelry and accessories!

jewelry from Seattle Met Royal Shoot Be sure and check out all the hats and details in the Summer/Fall issue of Seattle Met Bride & Groom!

A couple of months ago I designed and styled a Royal Wedding inspired shoot for Seattle Met Bride & Groom. You might remember the sneak peek I posted here. My copy just arrived in the mail and it is so fun to see the final product.

Seattle Metropolitan Bride and Groom Royal Wedding

I designed the flowers with a modern princess in mind. Two different bouquets – one more formal in faded pastels and one more loose, organic and playful made up of Amnesia and Quicksand roses, hellebore, anemones, pink jasmine and ranunculus in royal shades of burgundy, purple and faded pink. I wrapped the bridal bouquet with antique seed pearl beading and incorporated vintage silk velvet leaves in the boutonniere.

Seattle Metropolitan Bride and Groom Royal Wedding

I have shared some additional pictures with Notes on a Wedding (the newest Northwest focused wedding blog) so hop on over there to check them out. Also, check back tomorrow for some exclusive behind the scenes shots of how a big fashion shoot comes together…

All pictures courtesy of the brilliant Ryan McVay for Studio Lucile