January 04, 2017

Lawrence and Darrell's Big Gay Wedding

We were thrilled when Lawrence and Darrell asked Fiori Floral Design to do the flowers for their wedding. Lawrence and the owner have been friends for over 20 years and no one was happier that he was marrying the love of his life. 

When the Fiori team met with the couple to discuss their wedding flowers, they did not have specific ideas about what flowers they wanted, but they wanted them to be very personalized to their personality and the reception space. Woodsy and modern were a recurring theme. Perhaps sculptural?  There is a lot of wood and metal at the venue; can you incorporate that? Darrell looked around the studio and pointed out a few flowers that he liked – “I like those orchids but do they come in purple?” 

And that was the amount of instruction that we had. So that is what we started with, purple orchids and both woodsy and modern; very dissimilar ideas.  Industrial and sculptural.  And orchids...

And it all had to work with what was to be a very personalized wedding and reception for two superhero loving geeks that included Lord of the Rings wedding bands, vows that they wrote themselves, multiple food trucks and a charcuterie table, specialty cocktails and beer, a rainbow cake and a Death Star piñata. Challenge accepted. 
The Invitations
The Boutonnieres
Lord of the Rings Inspired Wedding Bands
Darrell's Super Hero Shoes
Waiting in the wings...
Lawrence and Darrell's self-written vows had everyone alternately in stitches...
And had them in tears.
Two grooms are better than one.
For the reception, we created a large, sculptural centerpiece with driftwood for the charcuterie table. We wanted something big and dramatic; a real focal point for the room. We created a base of moss with succulents and ferns and inserted Catteleya and Lady Slipper orchids. Additional succulents draped down the sides of the driftwood.  Staghorn ferns and airplants added additional greenery.  Additional Cattelya and Japhet orchids and whole stems of Phalaenopsis orchids added splashes of color.

Our goal was to create something that guest would talk about.  The result made the grooms cry (in a good way!).
The focal point of the main room.
Another View
Focal sculpture detail

The centerpieces expanded on the theme of the focal sculpture; incorporating Phalaenopsis or Japhet and Catteleya orchids, accented with succulents, and airplants.  Each was set on a square of galvanized metal to add an industrial feeling and then finished with moss and crushed purple glass.

Centerpiece Detail

Signature Cockatils

Cocktail Spices and Beer Sauces allowed for personalization of your beverage

Food trucks offered both savory and sweet meal options

Speeches from friends of the groom's added much levity
The charcuterie table became a dessert table later in the evening

The cake knife is engraved with the names and marriage dates all of the couples who have used it

A Big Gay Wedding needs a rainbow cake!

The Star Wars Death Star piñata
The piñata celebrated the groom's love of all thing geeky and made sure even the youngest guests were included

Venue: WithinSodo 
Wedding Planner: Jenny Harding, New Chapters Weddings and Events 
Photography: Erica Sciarretta with Sorella Photos 
Additional photos are on our website

December 23, 2016

Talea and Eric's Winter Wedding at Alderbrook Resort & Spa

When Talea came to us for help with her upcoming wedding at Alderbook Resort & Spa (one of our favorite venues) she had simple requirements: 1) LOTS of candles, 2) She LOVES flowers and 3) She wanted to create a memorable experience for her guests.  The wedding was to be held outdoors on the tented Checkerboard Terrace with dinner in the ballroom and a casino experience after dinner. We told her that we could handle that and would take care of all of the details, from linen and furniture rentals, to draping and lighting.  

Talea with her bouquet of garden roses and gardenias

Talea and her flower girls twirling their dresses

We suggested that, to enrich the experience for her guests, the evening should be allowed to unfold with secrecy as to what was next.  The weather was perfect for an outdoor wedding, unseasonable warm, crisp and bright.  We defined the ceremony space with two large floral arrangements all in white and two metal trees covered in white dendrobium orchids with hanging votive candles.
Altar florals of hydrangeas, orchid stems and evergreens
Metal trees covered in orchids

Rose petals in whites and creams covered the aisle and over one hundred candles provided a warm glow to the tent.  The bride, escorted by her son, walked down the aisle, passing beneath three white stars that symbolized loved ones who should have been there to share this day; her mother, the groom’s mother and Talea’s grandfather who passed away just weeks before the wedding.  They were watching over all.

Three stars hanging from the chandelier symbolize loved ones who could not be there

I do

Talea and Eric on the dock

After the ceremony, guest progressed to a cocktail hour in the ballroom lobby where they could have their pictures taken in front of a beautiful wooden wall.  We used this time to repurpose the ceremony flowers for use during the reception.

The ballroom was kept closed until the appointed hour for dinner and the bride and groom welcomed their guests in to reveal a beautiful table filled with candlelight and flowers.  The all-white theme continued with vases of varying heights filled with garden roses, tulips, hydrangeas, as well as orbs of button mums and tall phalaenopsis orchid plants.  Candles of different sizes were displayed in a variety of heights to give dimension and visual interest to the table.
All-white flowers in mono-botanical displays decorate the long, communal table for dinner

Table detail

Orchid covered trees from the ceremony were repositioned to provide a backdrop for the cake.  We divided the ballroom with draping that was white on one side and black on the other to prevent light from leaking through.

White wedding cake with gardenia topper
Children enjoyed dinner at their own table with a different menu than the adults.  After dinner, there was an activity table just for them to keep them occupied while the adults celebrated.
The children's activity table
Following toasts and dessert, Eric and Talea parted the draping that had divided the ballroom to reveal what was on the other side: 
Eric reveals the surprise of the evening, a casino on the opposite side of the ballroom!
While the guests were enjoying dinner, we transferred the decor from the cocktail hour to the other half of the ballroom.  We wanted the casino side of the ballroom to have a distinctly different feeling from the rest of the evening so we went with a red and black theme.  We rented black lounge furniture and washed the walls with red lights.  We replaced the clear glass votive holders hanging on the trees during the cocktail reception with red glass holders.  Red roses in black glass cubes rested on black linens on the bistro tables.
Red roses in black glass cubes in the casino

Guests trying their luck at the roulette wheel
While guests were enjoying the evening, the staff at Alderbrook performed a turn down service in their rooms.  They also left a lovely gift from the bride and groom: a Kate Spade candle and a black vase with red roses; to help them remember the evening.

Eric and Talea dancing the night away...
See even more photographs from this incredible evening in our portfolio on our website: Talea & Eric.  A special shout out to April Williams for all of the beautiful photography that you see here.

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December 01, 2016

2017 Floral Design Class Schedule

Improve your floral design skills with our fun classes in pavé floral design. From beginners to experienced floral designers, there is something for everyone in our classes. Learn how to build the foundation for your floral arrangement, to finishing touches as well as tricks of the trade. We teach secrets to making your floral arrangements last longer. At the end of the evening take home a beautiful floral arrangement with a value of $125 that you have created and a gift bag of tools worth $25 to make it even easier create beautiful florals on your own.

Our 3 hour floral design classes are from 6:00 pm to 9:15 pm at our Greenlake studio. Classes are $165.

We can be reached at our studio at 206.329.3944 to register or purchase a gift certificate for a class.

January 26th - Spring Flowers (Tulips)

March 23rd - Spring Flowers (Tulips)

May 18th - Summer Flowers (Peonies)

Additional classes may be added as classes fill up.

Our classes make a great gift.  Private classes are available for groups of six or more. Call or email for more information.

April 22, 2016

Mother's Day 2016

Your mother is a classic, why not treat her to one of ours?  Fiori Floral Design pays tribute to Downton Abbey and PBS's classic Masterpiece series this Mother's Day. 

We will be open on Saturday, May 9th to deliver flowers that express your sweetest sentiment to your mother. In addition to Seattle, our local delivery area extends from Edmonds to Burien and east to Woodinville, Kirkland, Bellevue, Mercer Island and Issaquah.  On Friday, May 8th, we can extend our delivery area from Everett to Tacoma and Olympia and West to Bremerton via courier service.  We can accommodate orders for this extended delivery area that are placed by May 7th. 

The Masterpiece Collection

Our Masterpiece Collection doffs a hat to some of the most popular dramas from Public Television, each of which will have you wanting to ring for Carson.

Downton Abbey
Reminiscent of the days when a true lady would never leave the house without her gloves, our Downton Abbey arrangement is the height of elegance.  Gorgeous Garden Roses are gently nestled into hydrangea, and accented with cymbidium orchids, Queen Anne's Lace, Dusty Miller and succulents.  A pink-hued mercury glass vase provides the perfect finishing touch.  
Downton Abbey - $150 to $200

The Edwardians
Evocative of an English Garden, The Edwardians features Geraldine Roses, Nerine Lilies, hydrangea, Cymbidium orchids and Queen Anne's Lace.  All this gently embraced in a pink Mercury glass vase.
The Edwardians - $75 to $95
The Jewel in the Crown - $47.50
The Jewel in the Crown 
Harkening back to the days of Empire, this beautiful miniature arrangement features Nerine lilies, spray roses, hydrangea and Queen Anne's Lace nestled into a diminutive pink Mercury glass vase.  This item is available for pick-up or as an addition to your order for delivery.

Jane Austen

We salute the Jane Austen series on PBS with an exquisite pair of arrangements named after two of her most loved novels.  Garden Roses subtly flirt with begonias, peach stock and snowball viburnum.  Cascades of tree ivy serve as counterpoint to dramatic dogwood branches.  

Pride & Prejudice - $165 to $225
Sense & Sensibility - $100 to $145
(Quantities of the peach vase are limited.
White vase may be substituted.)

Upstairs Downstairs

Calla lilies provide the drama in our Upstairs Downstairs arrangements.  Stock and succulents serve as thoughtful counterpoint.  Rex begonia leaves and Silver Dollar eucalyptus round out the cast.  Available in pink or purple in coordinating goblet vases.

Upstairs Downstairs, Pink (left), Purple (right) - $95 to $130 
Floral Design Classes
Do you need a gift for a mom who has everything? Consider giving the experience of one of our floral design classes! Our floral design classes are a fun way to learn new skills and tricks of the trade. At the end of the evening, she will get to take home her floral creation (valued at $125) that she has made and a gift bag with all of essential floral tools. Gift certificates are available for our classes which are offered several times a year. Classes are $150.
Additional information on the classes is available in the post below.

Upcoming classes:
May 26th -Peonies
June 16th - Peonies
July 28th - Dahlias

We have a beautiful selection of orchid plants for mom's with a green thumb. Beginning at just $75, they are sure to remind your mother of your love for months to come. 

Fiori Floral Design at Nordstrom
Do you need a last minute gift? Let our talented staff in our boutique inside the Nordstrom flagship store create something for you. The boutique is stocked with a wonderful selection of flowers, wrapped arrangements, vased arrangements and plants for you to choose from. The boutique is open from 9:30 am to 9:00 pm Saturday and 10:00 am until 7:00 pm Sunday. Call them to see what they have in stock or to place an order: 206.628.1910.