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spring weddings

…are my favorite. If I could do my wedding over again I would forgo the (sort of) guaranteed late summer sunshine, pick an indoor venue and have this bridal bouquet…

finch and thistle, stephanie cristalli, seattle wedding floral designerThanks to the lovely Stephanie Cristalli for the sneak peek from today’s shoot. More to come…

new season (almost), new look

The Seattle weather may still be a little dreary but it’s definitely spring in the world of flowers and we’re celebrating the annual arrival of our floral favorites at the flower market with a new look. Over the past few months I have been collaborating with some of my favorite people on new branding, a new website, new business cards and a redesigned office! While you’ll have to wait another month or so to see the new website and images from my oh so glamorous office (think gold, elephant skin grey and blue), I’m super excited to share my gorgeous new business cards.

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Ta da! Designed by my wonderful friend and talented designer Iwona Konarski, they are about as dreamy as can be with pearlescent foil and subtle taupe letterpress. I have been collaborating with Iwona for years and at this point she knows my style inside out. She also designed my logo all those years ago.

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I got to accompany Iwona to Evolution Press in Ballard to watch the printing in action and make the final tweaks to the colors. The foil was printed on one press and then the cards were transferred over to another one for the letterpress. It’s very difficult to capture just how lovely the foil is with my camera but it catches the light and reflects whatever is nearby. The Evolution team did an amazing job. Can’t wait to hear what you think!

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And speaking of spring, here are some flowers I did recently to celebrate the life of my grandmother. She was an accomplished floral designer herself and such an inspiration to me. I miss her every day. Thank you to everyone who posted lovely messages on our Facebook page. Your kind words meant so much. x

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I have known this bride for many years. I used to work with her catering company during my time at the Symphony and I have always admired her success as an entrepreneur and businesswoman. So when she called to tell me she was getting married and wanted me to both plan and design it, I was thrilled. The only downside – she and her fiance wanted to get married within six weeks and on a date when we were already booked.  A few calls were made, a few strings were pulled and the date was changed. The planning began…

The lovely couple’s wedding took place in the garden and inside their Bainbridge Island home. It was a second marriage for both the bride and groom so they wanted a beautiful, sophisticated affair but without a lot of the usual wedding traditions – no cake, no first dance, no speeches. Seattle based wedding photographer Julie Harmsen took all of these beautiful pictures which were featured in the Summer/Fall 2013 issue of Seattle Bride.

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We decided on a Tuscan theme with an olive branch monogram that I worked with Sally Balt at LaHappy to design and I then used fresh olive and Italian herbs in all of the floral arrangements.

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We styled a cigar and whiskey bar as a surprise for the groom and used the home’s existing English pub (!) for one of the two bars. After a traditional Italian meal provided by Gourmondo there was a dessert buffet of cannolis and miniature tiramisu and guests were invited to take home bouquets of flowers in vintage olive oil cans from the Bainbridge Farmers Market.

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Yesterday I shared our super glam, sexy pink, gold and black holiday tabletop but perhaps you prefer the more natural, organic look? Featuring cork placemats and confetti, illustrated black and white plates, metallic linen napkins, mercury glass, metallic twine and spruce, this more rustic but still elegant look should appeal. The best part? All of the pieces are available to purchase right now online and in stores. Look for the source list after the images. Thanks again to La Happy for the stationery and adorable Christmas tree stamped cork confetti and Kate Price for the lovely images. Wishing you peace and joy for the New Year! See you in 2013.

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With New Year’s Eve fast approaching, we decided to put together a little tabletop inspiration shoot for those of you planning to celebrate at home this year. I decided on two different looks – the first, a hollywood glam look in gold, black and pink; the second, a more natural look in cork, spruce and silver. My sweet friend Sally of La Happy created  the paper goods and stunning calligraphy and the lovely Kate Price took these images. Check back tomorrow for the natural tabletop look!

Look 1: Hollywood Glam in Magenta, Gold and Black

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Happy Holidays!

finch.thistle.pink.gold.glam.holiday.tabletop.designsponge{Photography by Kate Price | Calligraphy & Paper Goods by La Happy | Floral and Styling by Finch & Thistle}

P.S. You can see more details from this fun NYE inspiration shoot on The Wedding Chicks blog today!

Abbie and Matt’s June wedding at Golden Gardens has to be my favorite wedding to date. Abbie was a dream client – a bride with vision on a mission to craft every element of her big day who loved every idea I dreamed up. I loved the location – Golden Garden’s Bathhouse, I loved the catering plan – Taco truck and Molly Moon’s ice cream, and I loved the high style, low budget vintage travel theme. An all around love-fest. Very fitting seeing as Abbie told me afterwards that someone told her the reception decor could be summed up in one word – “love.”

After months of planning, designing, cutting out tiny felt mustaches (Abbie), and growing (I let my catmint grow rampant in preparation for this wedding), Julie and I arrived to set up around noon and were met with bags and bags of paper pom-poms, paper place mats, shells and vintage bottles. Then I got to roam free, setting up all the prop displays and floral arrangements, hanging ribbon and pom-poms and decorating to my heart’s desire. Did I not say it was a dream wedding?

I really struggled to narrow down the images I wanted to share. I took so many pictures and then I saw the gorgeous images from Nickel Images and just went a bit wild. Definitely check out the Nickels’ blog for more details (a two part post!) of the day and some words from Abbie about her inspiration. There’s a story for every prop display…

{All images courtesy of Nickel Images unless otherwise credited}

The bride and bridesmaids wore silver sparkly Toms!

Photography: Finch & Thistle (except top image)

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