December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night...

This photo is from a home that we decorated for a holiday party. The wreath is three feet across and contains nearly 400 carnations! We did an even bigger wreath for the client's gated drive. It was amazing and lasted over two weeks.

December 20, 2007

Best of Citysearch Winner

Fiori Floral Design is honored to have been chosen by the editors of Citysearch as the best florist in Seattle. This is the third time Fiori has been honored by Citysearch. We are very proud to have received this accolade.

December 17, 2007

Daily Candy's Sweetest Things 2007

Fiori Floral Design is pleased to have been nominated by Daily Candy for their Sweetest Things 2007 award. The nomination stems from their July article on our floral design classes. It is an honor to have been chosen from the hundreds of articles the editors have written.

November 30, 2007

An Alderbrook Resort Wedding

Michelle and Michael

Sometimes we are asked to travel to provide the decor for an event or wedding, something we are always happy to do. For this late fall wedding at Alderbrook Resort on Hood Canal, the bride wanted a feeling that was in keeping with classic lodge decor of the setting, but still modern.

This traditional bridal bouquet was a perfect match for the classic lines of her dress. We chose ivory roses and mini callas and studded this with fragrant stephanotis blossoms. We gave the bouquet a cuff of maidenhair fern which has the feeling of grandmother's lace to help the bouquet stand out against her white dress.

We found these wonderful birch bark sleeves to hide the vases for the ceremony florals and added birch branches for drama. The florals incorporate the colors of fall with reds, yellows and oranges, Granny Smith apples, dried lotus pods and maidenhair fern.

The tables continued this feeling with the birch cuffs hiding vases and overflowing with antique hydrangeas, lotus pods, roses and maidenhair fern. The table tops were decorated with rose petals, Granny Smith apples, preserved beech leaves and candles.

The head table received a pair of miniatures of the centerpieces as well as additional tablescaping.

All photos © Joan Arruda Photography

November 15, 2007

A Garden Wedding

For a Seattle bride who was raised in Hawaii and getting married at her home in the Issaquah Highlands outside of Seattle, we wanted to honor her tropical roots, but with a Northwest touch. We outlined the curves of sculpted topiary trees with white dendrobium orchids and green cymbidium orchids. Scattered rose petals on the ground delineated the ceremony space.

Her bridal bouquet continued the tropical theme with cymbdium orchids, fern curls and variegated bear grass.

Guests were greeted at the entrance by this floral sculpture of purple dendrobium orchids, blue hydrangea, green cymbidium orchids, fresh lotus pods, green hanging amaranthus and fatsia leaves. The submerged cymbidum orchids were magnified by the curve of the vase.

We created two sizes of centerpieces for the reception. The first were low florals that echoed the elements in the entry floral. We surrounded them with a collar of wheat grass in a nod to the garden setting.

We wanted the second set of centerpieces to give some drama to the reception tent. They also continued the elements of the entry floral. When there are a lot of tables, we find that a variety of height gives more visual interest to the area and that tall florals can prevent a space with a high ceiling from feeling cavernous. The tall vases are deliberately thin to avoid obscuring sight lines of the guests.

This view of the reception tent shows how all of the elements came together. The backyard setting is given drama by the splash of color. We layered two sheer overlays from Choice Linens over plain white tablecloths to add to the luxurious feel of the centerpieces and hid the tent poles in our own tent pole covers.
In addition to floral elements, Fiori can handle all of the decor needs for any event, including linen, tent, table and chair rentals.

October 30, 2007

Happy Halloween

While many people think of Fiori as the place to order beautiful florals, one of our favorite things to do is holiday decor. Here is a front porch that we decked out for Halloween.
We had a lot of fun stacking pumpkins, skulls and rats for a spooky visual treat in our client's urn.

In the other urn, we planted a sandblasted manzanita branch covered with crows in a vignette reminiscent of the Alfred Hitchcock film "The Birds." Dried plants, moss and lots of spiders complete the eerie theme.

October 29, 2007

Fiori Floral Design Blog is Launched!

Welcome to our blog. We are excited about having this new tool to share photos of our work, news, ideas and tips with you. If there are things you would like to read about, please feel free to email them to us at the link above.