It's no secret that the holidays are my favorite time of year! I love almost any winter outdoor activity as well as cozying up to a fire or wood stove with hot tea and warm slippers. The holidays remind me of the fondest memories of childhood when I still believed in magic and the overwhelmingly happy sense of family and community that seem to be in abundance at this time of year. I love to entertain and find reasons to dress up my table for an intimate meal. I insist on fully embracing traditions (and much to Matt's dismay) I tend to start decorating our home before Thanksgiving arrives. This year it has been so enjoyable to have our studio space that I can liven up with decor and get my festive juices flowing! The season does seem a little bit more ethereal with a little one underfoot. We've just put up our tree and spent many moments exclaiming at the "Christmas!" as our toddler has so aptly named our tree. I hope these photos inspire you to dress up your own home and start celebrating the season and traditions with those you love! Happy Holidays from our family to yours!
Thanksgiving is just two days away, and with that we officially kick off the holiday season. It is no secret that this is my absolute favorite time of year! I love the excuse to gather with friends and family, the cosiness of warm slippers and snuggling on the couch with my family (all inclusive of two beefcake dogs, a toddler and my husband). This year we are hosting Thanksgiving at our house and we spent time this week digging out all of those old family recipes and planning our spread.
I have to admit I do have a slight obsession with Moscow Mules. I think it's the ginger. I LOVE anything with ginger! This year we'll be offering up a Holiday Mule with some fresh citrusy ingredients and of course cranberries. The secret ingredient is the scratch made ginger simple syrup. Very easy and the end result is delicious! Below I'll share my recipe and I would love to hear more about some of your favorite recipes or traditions in the comments! Photos - Erica Rose Photography
6 oz Ginger Beer (I love Reed's Extra Ginger Brew that can be purchased at Fred Meyer)
2 oz Vodka
4 oz Cranberry Juice
Fresh Ginger Simple Syrup to Taste
Garnish with Orange Slices and lime (squeeze some in to taste), Cranberries and Fresh Mint
Ginger Simple Syrup
8 oz Fresh Ginger Root (peeled and sliced)
2 cups Sugar
2 cups Water
Bring water and sugar to a boil over medium high heat heat. Add the ginger and bring mixture to a simmer. Remove from heat and allow to steep for 30-40 minutes. When it's done strain out the ginger and you have your syrup! This should keep for 3-4 weeks in an airtight container.
Last weekend marked the beginning of a new chapter in our lives. We have officially moved into our new studio space and have turned a new leaf! For years we have dreamt of creating a space that can envelop our sense of a welcoming heart and creative minds. A private space where we can meet with clients and have all of those personal conversations that need to happen when planning a wedding. A space that will inspire creativity and passion about each of our events. A space where we can host workshops and share our love for events and design with others. For me, it has always been easy to dream. But boy does it take hard work and sheer determination to build something you can be proud of! There literally has been blood, sweat and tears. And here we are, we're taking a giant leap and not looking back.
Before I wrote this post I was looking at some of our very first blog posts that date all the way back to 2012 and realizing how far we've come and how much we've grown! And the best part of it all is the friends we've made along the way. Whether it's our families, past clients, vendors or colleagues, we have been so blessed in our relationships. Our approach is a bit different being a husband and wife team. When we first started I was scared to tell people that we work together for fear of seeming too "mom and pop." Our family and our values are at the basis of how we run our business and every decision that we make. Little did I know that this would end up being one of our biggest assets. Where one of us lacks, the other fills in. And when we're in the midst of a fast moving event, we offer each other the sense of calm that only the other can. Matt is an incredible artist with his hands, his mind and his ability to wholeheartedly care for each couple and event. I am a dreamer and an organizer by nature with a big heart and I'm a sucker for true love. Being able to combine our talents, coupled with our love for what we do and one another, has helped us get to an amazing place in our lives.
Looking back, it's important for us to remember that success only comes from very hard work, resilience and a belief in oneself. But it's also a result of others who believe in you, support you and cheer you on along the way. So to all of our friends, family, clients and colleagues, thank you for helping us realize a dream! Please come and help us celebrate!
Blomma Designs & Alaska Destination Weddings
Friday December 2nd
5pm - 7pm
419 G. St. Suite 200
Photos - Erica Rose Photography
I'm so happy to finally share this wedding on the blog today! Veranna, Jake and their families let us be a part of their wedding and it was such a wonderful gathering. We spent months planning with the Bride (and her awesome mother) putting a day together that was not only fun, but had elements of glamour and just enough sparkle to make it feel unique and not so typical of what you would expect to see at an outdoor Alaskan wedding. Veranna wanted their wedding to reflect them with the perfect mix of formal elements and the Alaskan landscape as their backdrop.
This day was just as much about fun as it was about pretty. The family reserved the Sunset View Resort for four days and it was fantastic! Both the Bride and Groom have large families and everyone came together to enjoy the outdoors and the joyous occasion of seeing two people they love commit to one another. If I can remember one takeaway from this event, it was the constant laughter and lots of happy kids running around having a blast. It was a treat to combine this setting with a wedding day that was as glamorous as it was beautiful. Rose gold sequined linens, ruffled pink petal linens, a rose' champagne tower, one gorgeous cake and the most beautiful and luscious peonies created an evening that felt like it was plucked right out of a Gatsby garden party. There was not a sole left off of the dance floor by the end of the night and the photo booth was a hit. We absolutely adore you Veranna & Jake (and Betty) and we hope you continue to have many more happy years together! Thank you for letting us be a part of your lives!