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

A Siren By The Sea................

We’re starting off 2019 with a few changes over here, and we’re very excited about it. We’re making more room for design and creativity, and these photos seemed fitting to share as we go through our transformation. I love a challenge. Daydreaming happens often for me. Why not dream a little farther and travel outside of your comfort zone? It’s a healthy place to be and to be often. I’d had a vision of a Siren in my head for a long time. Maybe it’s because we spend so much time on these beautiful and rocky oceanside cliffs so often. I can distinctly remember sitting in a high school classroom and wondering what Odysseus heard as the Sirens were calling out to him. Isn’t it funny the things you remember? Turnagain Arm makes my mind wander artistically, no matter how often I’m there.

It’s a fact that nothing turns out exactly as you’d planned, but that’s part of the fun. The best part of this were the lessons I learned through the construction of this headpiece and how it challenged me creatively. It just so happened to be blowing about 40 mph this day, which made it all the more interesting. Somebody asked my why I wanted to do this. My answer was “because.” I hope these are inspiring and make you smile as much as they do me. Here’s to the wild of Alaska, bare feet freezing in the clay and beautiful flowers!

Design, Styling and Florals - Blomma Designs

Photography - Erica Rose Photography

Gown - Sweet Caroline Styles

HMUA - Hair by Jenn

Mani/Pedi - Rosehip Nail Studio

Fine Art and Florals - Seeing Alaska in a Different Light

I'm always striving to challenge myself.  Move out of my comfort zone artistically and take a few risks.  Not only is it good for the soul, it's great for the learning process and keeping my mind fresh and always thinking of new ways to make our clients feel that their wedding is unique.  We teamed up with a group of talented women, and had some fun seeing Alaska in a different way for this shoot.  Our landscapes are magical, but there's also beauty in the rugged and industrial core of Anchorage.  It definitely has a certain grit to it that's almost like a reflection of living here.  It's harsh and wonderful all at the same time. This was all about the details and artistry, and it made my heart so very happy!

Photography - Anne Marie Moran

Florals - Blomma Designs and Bloomsbury Blooms

Gowns - Bateau Bridal Boutique - Truvelle Bridal - Theia Couture

HMUA - Mary Alice from Ebb Flo Hair Boutique

Models - Meghan Kim and Risha Toci

Mural - Justin Parsons

Venue - Blomma Designs Studio and Downtown Anchorage