Artful Winter Bouquet

We’re just getting back from spending a few weeks traveling in the desert, and it’s so hard to readjust to snow and the low gray clouds hanging overhead. I’m feeling so refreshed as an artist, a business owner, a mother and a friend. It’s funny how travel and time away have that effect on me. My feet are weary and tired, but my soul feels happy and full again.

We’ve been making changes at Blomma Designs and forging into new territory. It’s scary and vulnerable, but there is something so freeing about doing what you feel passionate about and letting those doors swing wide open while others close. We typically take the winter off after the whirlwind of summer, but I had a longing to create with all of the beautiful blankets of snow we’ve had this season. I used a new technique for this bouquet that will continue to be a work in progress. It was challenging, but very worth the effort. My ingredients were fresh, dried, and some in between - as that’s exactly where we are in the seasons. We’re in that funny time of the throes of desolate winter, but things are slowly giving signals that they will come to life soon enough. That was my inspiration for this. We’re caught in that feeling of “half life” in winter when the sun starts rising earlier, it seems like birds are singing again and there’s a promise that our world will open up into spring once again……….

Floral + Design + Styling - Blomma Designs

Photos - Anne Marie Moran Photo

Gown - Willowby Watters c/o Bateau Bridal Boutique

Topper - Miss Stella York

HMUA + Model - Crystal Urban

Sarah and AJ - Elegant Farm Wedding in Alaska

Sarah and AJ’s wedding is high up on our list and quite possibly one of our favorites! These two were married on the Groom’s family farm which made it all the more special. The Bride is originally from Florida and we connected almost instantly via our love of the finer details and the feeling that elegance pairs perfectly with wild Alaska.

We were honored to offer this couple full event design including floral and some very fun installations that hung in their reception barn. There are so many aspects that I loved about this day. The couple’s color palette, the juxtaposition of formal and casual and the deep roots of the farm that made this day so meaningful to their families coming together and celebrating their union. Prior to the wedding we spent a day on the farm cutting down trees that would then become their chuppa. We collected pieces of almost 100 year old wood for their signs. And we probably overstayed our welcome a few times because we just wanted to hang out with the cows in the pasture! We spent hours pining over the right florals and colors and textures that would look perfectly in place on the farm. It was nothing short of a delight.

We hope you’ll enjoy reliving this day through photos as much as we do. To Sarah and AJ - thank you for letting us be such a big part of this day and entrusting us with creating your wedding vision. We wish you many many years of love and adventure together!

Design/Floral/Installations/Decor - Blomma Designs

Photography - That Feeling Co.

HMUA - Hair by Jenn

Modern Industrial + Romantic Spring Wedding

This Spring wedding made all of our heart strings tug just a little bit.  Tanisha and Corey came to us seeking help with the design and florals for their wedding.  Their wedding was small (a total of 38 guests) and it was important to them to focus on the little details and truly give their guests an experience that encompassed love and togetherness.  The Bride gave us complete creative license and trust to create her vision.  We discussed her style preferences and her vision and then ran with it.  Dream come true!

Their wedding took place on a sunny March day in Girdwood.  The private home they chose as their venue had beautiful architecture and details, but a somewhat teeny dining area.  Like, no way were we fitting 38 people for dinner kind of small!  With a little (or a lot) of creativity, we transformed the garage into a dreamy dinner area and chose to capitalize on the beauty of the main living spaces for their ceremony and dancing after dinner.  When I told the Bride that I wanted to transform the garage into their dining space, there was a bit of a long pause and she finally said "Ok, I trust you!"  No pressure.  We used soft white draping and uplighting to soften the space, but purposely left the concrete walls and exposed wood beams as they were to create that wonderful kind of juxtaposition when mixing soft and rough elements.  Matt made two beautiful hanging wood installations that I covered in greenery and florals.  They were hung over the tables as "chandeliers."  Constructing those was like scratching a creative itch that I've had for almost two years and they were SO much fun!  Black and white stationary, gold, copper, creams, brass and the loveliest black taper candles completed the setting.  We were so honored to be a part of this process and it was a treat to work with the modern industrial backdrop.  We wish you all of the best Tanisha and Corey!  Thank you so much for trusting us with this special day!

Design + Florals - Blomma Designs

Photography - Erica Rose Photography

Rentals - Special Events Alaska

Catering - Spoons Catering

Hanging Floral Hoops - A Tutorial With Alaska Knit Nat

Last Saturday we had the chance to get together with a few talented ladies for a fun lesson on how to make these fabulous hanging floral hoops.  Natasha from Alaska Knit Nat taught us all about this fun technique and Anne-Marie Moran was gracious enough to snap photos of the entire experience so that we can share it with all of you!  I love a reason to get together, learn something new and curate new relationships with fellow entrepreneurs.  We spent the afternoon learning all about how to make these sweet and whimsical hanging floral hoops, sipped coffee, did a whole lot of chit chatting and swapped many pieces of creative ideas amongst each other.

So what exactly, you may ask, would one use these fun creations for?  Well, I can think of about 100 uses!  If you are a DIY bride, these would be a fantastic way to dress up your ceremony or reception space.  You can easily hang these from a wedding arch, tent cross wires or gently tack them to a ceiling.  If you are hosting a bridal shower, baby shower or any wedding related gathering, I think these would be a wonderful way to surprise guests with unexpected and simple decor to dress up your home or space!  I know that I'll be hanging my floral hoop in our studio downtown for a few weeks, as the greens will last and I can replace the flowers with fresh if I like to give it a longer life.

For a full list of ingredients and the step-by-step instructions of how to construct your own hanging floral hoop, visit Natasha's blog post here.  Many thanks to Anne-Marie Moran for these lovely photos and spending the afternoon with us playing with flowers!