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Lessons, Goals, and Highlights

In welcoming endings as a time of reflection, I want to take a look back at 2017. What a big year it was! There were so many amazing moments, both personally and professionally (although being a small business owner I don’t really differentiate the two – every experience touches me personally). I worked with absolutely wonderful people, created some very unique designs, learned a ton both as a florist and as an entrepreneur, and got married. My plan is to take all of that and move forward into 2018 with an abundance of gratitude, tools and knowledge to improve, and a greater resolve to better serve. I am so excited for the weddings I have booked in 2018 and can’t wait to see the other wonderful things that manifest during the year.

Lessons

Things I learned and was reminded of in 2017:

  • While I absolutely adore flowers and the ability to dream, design, and create using flowers, it’s the couples that I work with that make being a Wedding Florist truly special. I am so grateful for all of my couples this year – for trusting me with your visions, for all of your hugs, and for those of you that I got to talk with on a deeper, more personal level. It meant the world.
  • I can do more than I ever thought: from successfully designing, installing, and striking during incredibly busy weekends, to overcoming on-the-spot challenges that required resourceful and innovative thinking, to crafting some of my best designs to-date.
  • My husband, when I need him, is the best floral design assistant in the world (but I already knew that).
  • I am not capable of making a skimpy bouquet.
  • Small details are important and can really elevate the look of a design.
  • Floral design is very physical work and I need to be mindful to take better care of my hands. Shea butter was my saving grace.
  • Wedding planning sometimes can be overwhelming and involve many other outside factors and influences. Experiencing being a bride gave me a new level of understanding on weddings.
  • Always, always be thankful.

Goals

Goals for 2018:

  • To provide even better service as a Wedding Florist and to really enhance the overall experience I give to my couples.
  • To use more organic and natural mechanics of floral design. The future of our planet has been weighing heavily on my heart/mind and I have resolved to increase my implementation of more sustainable methods of floral design: sourcing locally when I can, composting and recycling all the by-products that are produced by floral designing, and moving away from synthetic preservatives.
  • Blog on a more consistent and regular basis. There are so many amazing weddings I have yet to feature! I feel embarrassed by how long my blog sat dormant while I stayed busy with all the other aspects of running a business.
  • Celebrate the work and artistry of other wedding vendors.
  • Spend less time on Social Media.
  • Take Love Letters Floral Design to a new level. I am a dreamer, a planner, and a big picture kind of gal and I have a clear vision of what I want Love Letters Design to become. I hope you’ll continue with me on this journey and see this vision manifest itself.

2017 Highlights

Florabundance Inspirational Design Days

2017 started out with the Florabundance Inspirational Design Days Conference in Santa Barbara presented by Florabundance. During this 3-day this National Conference I connected with other Florists from United States/Canada and attended several hands-on workshops where we learned from some of the very best Floral Designers: Amy Osaba, Holly Heider Chappel, Francoise Weeks, Hitomi Gilliam, and Ariella Chezar. The conference was held in the most beautiful of gardens and at each workshop there was always an abundance of flowers to design with. It was floral heaven!

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Pictures courtesy of Taken by Sarah and Winter Creative Co.

Weddings in Colorado

2017 was a big year with weddings for Love Letters Floral Design! I designed and created floral arrangements for so many fabulous couples, worked at numerous venues all across Colorado, and collaborated with some lovely vendors that I am fortunate enough to call friends. To all my couples of 2017 – thank you for trusting me with your wedding flowers. Thank you, especially, for all the smiles, the hugs, the opportunity to create, the feedback and sweet words, and for just being hands-down amazing.

Many of my beautiful couples who tied the knot in 2017

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Photography from Top to Bottom, Left to Right: Lily Rosenthal Photography, Juli Photography, Libbie Holmes Photography, Aaron Saldana, Cedar and Pines Photography, Tony Gallagher Photography, Sarah Hill Photography, Libbie Holmes Photography, Yellow Paddle Photography, Complete Weddings and Events, Stolen Glimpses, Amber L Photography, Jonathan Kohlwey Photography, Kris Farruggia Photography, Rockin Bar M Photography, Megan Simpson Photography, Drake and Co. Photo, Ashley Kidder Photography, Mountain and Mood Photography, Stevie Rhiannaon Photography, Bellagala, Joe and Robin Photography, Daly Proof Photography, Mallory Olenius Photography, Bride’s Niece, Kristopher Lindsay Photography, Gretchen Foster Photography, Chris Loring Photography, and Kathryn Marble Photography.

*A special note to all the wonderful and incredibly talented Photographers – without your generosity in sharing images I would not be able to showcase these beautiful couples and their gorgeous weddings. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Your kindness will not be forgotten.

I also want to give a big THANK YOU to the Wedding Planners who were a significant part of my season this year and who I will always be forever grateful to. Thank you for all of your love and for amazing me with your fabulous coordination/planning/execution skills. You don’t know how impressed I am by what you do. You are all absolutely rock stars: Sara Brown Weddings, Glow Events, Muse Events, Root + Gather, A Touch of Bliss, Organically You Events, Pink Diamond Events, Wendie Bass Weddings, Piece of Cake Weddings and Events, and First Look Events

Holly Grabs The Mike

While I had a wonderful season as a Wedding Florist, the most memorable event of 2017 was my own wedding in July. Having been a part of so many weddings I thought I knew what my big day would be like. After all, I had been in the industry for several years at this point and had talked about weddings with so many people. I didn’t know, though, the full magnitude of what my wedding would feel like. I am 99% positive I can say that July 22, 2017 was the most amazing, fun, and incredible day that I have ever experienced. I have never had an extended time of pure bliss, so much laughter, many, many happy tears, and an overwhelming abundance of love. It was absolutely incredible! Mike and I spent four days in a beautiful mountain house with our closest family members and our oldest friends. During that time there was laughter, adventure, and delicious meals. The day of our wedding was an even grander celebration. And the best part about it all was marrying the most amazing man I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.

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The amazing team of vendors that made our wedding day oh so fun!

Planning: Sara Brown Weddings / Photography: Chris Loring Photography / Venue: Casa Vista Colorado / Catering: GB Culinary / Floral Design: Farmette Flowers / Music: TH Entertainment / Beauty: Katie B Beauty / Arch: Noah’s Ark Woodworking / Suit: Bespoke Edge / Dress: Anabella Poletti Design House

With a heart full of love and gratitude, cheers to 2018!

Throwback Thursday – Jacqueline and Chris, December 2016

I am so excited to share Jacqueline and Chris’ downtown Denver wedding! I am embarrassed to admit that I haven’t blogged in quite some time. And when I say ‘some time’ I mean almost two years…which is really impressive in a sense, but not in a good way. With the all the other tasks of running a floral business, not having quality blog editing software, and with planning my own wedding this past year, I just put blogging to the sidelines…and left it there. But, with the New Year quickly approaching I have made a renewed commitment to once again showcase and highlight the beautiful, gorgeous weddings that I have had the honor of being a part of. My couples and their wedding are just too wonderful not to share. Thus, with no further ado, here is Jacqueline and Chris’ wedding from December of 2016.

Jacqueline and Chris were married last December at the beautiful Oxford Hotel. This lovely downtown Denver wedding was actually a surprise wedding for the groom planned by Jacqueline who had been engaged to Chris for some time. When Jacqueline and Chris initially got engaged and started their wedding planning process things would always come up and derail their attempts to plan their wedding. One day Jacqueline decided that she was going to enlist the help of Susan with Save the Date Events and execute a spectacular wedding in a short turn-around time, all without telling Chris until the night before the wedding. It was a fabulous surprise to say the least!

Jacqueline wanted a Holiday-themed wedding, but she also wanted to include a Tartan/Scottish theme to incorporate some of her and Chris’ heritage. This was achieved through tartan-inspired fabric on the tables and tartan-inspired ribbon on the arch. Her bouquet incorporated lots of texture and was made from red piano garden roses, maroon peonies, white anemones, vendela roses, thistle, black cat scabiosas, hanging pepperberry, winterberry, nagi, noble fir, and mini pines cones. Plus, we incorporated an LED light strand into Jacqueline’s bouquet so it glowed!

Thank you to the talented Sarah Hays Photography for capturing Jacqueline and Chris’ magical Holiday wedding.

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Planner: Save the Date Events

Photographer: Sarah Hays Photography

Venue: The Oxford Hotel

Ceremony Music: Bag Pipers International

Reception Music: A Music Plus

 

Last fall I had the opportunity to work at one of my new favorite venues, with some amazing fellow wedding vendors, and with one of the sweetest couples whom I’ve ever had the honor of designing wedding flowers for. Ashlyn and Corey were married on a gorgeous October day last year at River Bend in Lyons, Colorado. It was a wedding filled with beauty, laughter, singing, and so much love.

Ashlyn’s bridal bouquet was a beautiful and colorful combination of flowers that included Romantic Antike Garden Roses, Peach Aubade Roses, Black Cat Scabiosa, Plum Ranunculus, Billy Balls, Queen Anne’s Lace, Pink Wax Flower, Nigella, Agonis, and Nandina. Corey wore a rustic boutonniere made from Billy Balls, Nigella, Pink Wax Flower, Agonis, and Nandina.

Thank you to Sara of Sara Brown Weddings for coordinating this lovely celebration. Sara is an absolute rock star at wedding planning and a gem to work with! Ashlyn and Corey’s stunning wedding images were captured by the oh-so-talented Chris of Chris Loring Photography, who also deserves a big thank you. Chris’ work never ceases to amaze me and I am eternally grateful to have my floral arrangements photographed by her.

Ashlyn and Corey, it was such a pleasure working with you! Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to be a part of your special day. I can’t tell you how much of an honor it was. Congratulations and all my best!!!

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Venue: River Bend

Planner: Sara Brown Weddings

Photographer: Chris Loring Photography

Hair & Makeup: Alchemy Creative

Bartender: With a Twist

Catering: Basic Kneads

Cake: Shamane’s Bake Shoppe

Band: Wandering Natives

Every love story is beautiful, but sometimes you encounter those love stories that are exceptionally touching. Last summer I designed floral arrangements for Laura and Sue, who were married at the historic Grant Humphries Mansion. Laura and Sue had been together over 22 years, but had not been legally able to marry, that is, until October 7, 2014, when Colorado started issuing same-sex marriage licenses. After 22 years of waiting, Laura and Sue officially tied the knot. And what a gorgeous celebration it was!

Laura and Sue chose a color palette of lavender, purple, white, blue, and green for their florals. Laura carried a beautiful bouquet made from Dolcetto Garden Roses, Lavender Scabiosa, Purple Trachelium, Purple Ranunculus, Lavender Clematis, Monkshood, Succulents, and Seeded Eucalyptus. Sue wore a pin-on corsage made from Lavender Clematis, Purple Ranunculus, Purple Trachelium, Monkshood, and Seeded Eucalyptus.

Thank you to Alison of Alison Rose Photography for the lovely images!

Laura and Sue, I hope this first year of marriage has been amazing. It was such an honor to work with you and to be a part of your wedding. All the happiness to you both!

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Venue: Grant Humphries Mansion

Photographer: Alison Rose Photography

Caterer: Footers Catering

Being in the wedding industry, sometimes you work with couples that you are especially grateful to have crossed paths with. This is how I feel having been a part of Tara and Eric’s big day. What a genuine couple and what an absolutely gorgeous wedding they had! Tara and Eric were married Labor Day Weekend at the beautiful Winding River Ranch up in Grand Lake, Colorado. This was my first time working at Winding River Ranch, and, boy, what a fabulous venue! The views are stunning and Melissa, the owner, is incredibly sweet and accommodating. The staff at Winding River Ranch really go out of their way to make sure everything runs smoothly.

Tara chose the perfect combination of flowers for a rustic end-of-the-summer-season wedding bouquet. Her beautiful bouquet was made with great care out of Chocolate Dahlias, Combo Roses, Miracle Roses, Juliet Garden Roses, Scabiosa Pods, Orange Ranunculus, Queen Anne’s Lace, Blueberry Viburnum, Rosemary, and Seeded Eucalyptus. Eric wore a boutonniere made from a Scabiosa Pod, with a sprig of Seeded Eucalytpus, Rosemary and Blueberry Viburnum.

Thank you to Anna and Aaron of Newell Jones & Jones for the gorgeous images! It was a pleasure working with you!!

Tara and Eric, thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of your special day. It was an honor! Sending you love, warm wishes, and all the best!

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Venue: Winding River Ranch

Photography: Newell Jones & Jones

Catering: Catering by Design

Cake: Gateaux Pastries

Bridal Gown: Little White Dress Bridal Shop

Hair: Blondies The Beauty Shop

Makeup: Makeup by Sameera

Bartending Service: The Ace Bar Bus