Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween

Revisiting some oldies but goodies today for Halloween! I put this shoot together 3 years ago if you believe it! 
With a palate of black, white and gold, I brought new life to a deadly graveyard. A bold striped runner was accented with simple florals and height added from varying candlesticks. This was also the day that I met, what was soon to be a dear friend, Mollie of Polka Dots & Daisies. Who knew we would be now running a design blog together!? If you haven't seen it already be sure to check it out. 

Photography: Camilla Photography
Design and Decor: Branches Event Floral
Invite and Favors: Polka Dots & Daisies
Hair and Makeup: Becky Thorton
Top Hat: Dear Lizzy Boutique

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Fall Wedding Inspiration Shoot- Utah Wedding Florist

As of late, I have strayed away from doing inspiration shoots. They have become a dime a dozen. A tool that was once used to give inspiration and original ideas to brides, has become an overused and overplayed marketing tool. On average, a photoshoot for a florist/event designer costs around $500-$600 in florals and decor. A hefty price to pay for a a few hours, so you can see why I've chosen to be picky with whom I share my talents with.
 Now I love a great inspiration shoot just as much as the next person. It's a way for us artist to construct something from the soul. No restrictions, no boundaries. Plus we get amazing photos out of the deal. 

This past month I was asked by a dear photographer friend Jessica White to participate in an inspiration shoot. I've worked with Jessica before so I knew that being a part of this shoot would be a great opportunity for Branches. Boy was I right! I absolutely LOVED the freedom she gave me and I think that shows through the designs. This shoot was one of my favorites ever! I love fall so naturally I found it near to my heart.

Enjoy the inspiration!

We chose to adorn the arbor with a fresh salal garland and placed large blooms of antique hydrangea, hanging amaranthus and peach spray roses. It added a softness to the piece and the texture it needed.

Our chosen palate was one of peach, wine, raspberry, pear and moss with touches of gold. All yummy fall favorites. 

For the florals, I kept things very textural and bold. I used giant peach amaryllis, pampass grass, tulips, spray roses, raspberry branches, pepperberry, astilbe, antique hydrangea, garden roses, amaranthus and begonia leaf. We accented the table with gilded apples, peaches and fresh pears. MMMM!

We kept the cake fairly simple with a single accent. We then placed a plethora of feathers at the base of the cake which was one of our favorite pieces. 


The arbor and tables are for rent, so if you like this look and live local to the Salt Lake/Provo areas, contact Lisa White at 801-368-5472

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Rant or Rave? Utah Wedding Florist

While browsing Pinterest the other day, I came upon this image featured on a segment from Some of you may remember it from this shoot.
See the feature here

Wedding Bouquet Wrapped with a Glitter Ribbon

First thought that came to mind was WOW! How great is this? My work featured in a VERY reputable wedding blogazine. But just as quickly as I was filled with joy, anger hit me like a ton of bricks. Some of you may be thinking- "Why?"  Well my friends, I had no idea that this feature was even mentioned. Bragging rights are huge for wedding vendors. Being able to show the world that we have accomplished something print worthy is why we work so hard to bring beautiful products. It's the satisfaction of knowing our hard work has paid off!

Lately, I find more and more images of beautiful weddings and stunning bouquets that have no mention of the talent behind them. The photographer is noted, the wedding gown and even the location are noted in the publications. So why not the designer of the florals? Flowers can MAKE or BREAK a wedding. Without the hard work of your local floral designer, the photos that are being plastered over the Internet would lack color, depth and beauty. Now I am not saying that florals make every photo because I am not. Photography is it's own art; an art that I truly respect and admire. All I am saying is that while your photo is beautiful, I would like also like mention for my art as well.

If you are going to use my art as your feature, please give me a heads up so that I am able to share the beauty with my friends and followers, as well as help promote the feature. A win, win for all involved.

Photography: Rebekah Westover
Location: St Regis Park City

Friday, October 25, 2013

Whitney at Louland Falls- Utah Wedding Florist

As wedding season comes to a close, in pours a plethora of beautiful images from our past summer weddings. Today's images are from one of the sweetest, most talented photographers I've yet to encounter; Melissa Oholendt
Our bride Whitney was a delight to work with! Her wedding took place at one of Utah's most beautiful Venues Louland Falls on a perfect summer day. The sun was shining and the birds were a chirping. Literally. SO beautiful!

Whitney's wedding had a feminine rustic vibe which fit the venue perfectly. For her bouquet we constructed a soft and full design of 2 varieties of garden roses, ranunculus, lisianthus, dusty miller, peonies and spray roses.  All was accented with ribbon tails in coordinating colors.

Bridesmaids bouquets were kept simple and soft. We used 3 varieties of carnations in muted shades of pinks and peaches. 

I am a sucker for succulent boutonnieres! We accented the grooms boutonniere with dusty miller and ranunculus for a rustic look.

Big thanks to Melissa for sharing her talent with us!

Photographer: Melissa Oholendt
Ceremony & Reception Location: Louland Falls
Getting Ready Location: Canyons Grand Summit Hotel
Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew
Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Fashion: Jos. A. Bank
Floral: Branches Floral
Invitation Suite:
Wedding Cake: Sugar Kisses
Catering: Cosmopolitan Catering
DJ: Squawkbox Sound
Officiant: Terry Madigan & Diamond Jim Davis
Decorator: Rust & Lace