This weekend TAKES THE CAKE

This weekend TAKES THE CAKE – literally.  Here’s a recap of the loving going on over the weekend:

photo 5So this weekend was kinda special to FULL BLOOM. We not only received the wedding flowers as a donation, but we actually did the floral design for the bouquets that were donated. That’s a total love-love relationship. In case you haven’t heard, FULL BLOOM will be offering floral design for a limited number of events this year. Designing for Janelle was effortless, especially since the bride said – I trust you. Go with it. (yes!)photo 1

It was a late night of prepping & humming Wicked songs throughout the night..

(Wicked on stage + flowers on stage = in the same night.) late night, but worth it. so worth itphoto

Saturday morning I went to the Davenport Hotel to deliver the goods. The man at the door was just so cute! He asked if he could hold something for me? I said, “sure! hold these and smile for picture!”  I couldn’t resist!photo 4

Meet Janelle: the very beautiful bride. loved her instantly, she glows inside and out. I was so happy to be a part of her big day. photo 5photo 1

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I headed out to High Country Orchard that evening to pick up the donation. Have you been there? It’s such a fun venue, and from the looks of the after-party, things were hoppin’.photo 3photo 3

So don’t mind me, I was gathering flowers and snapping pics of all the adorable decorations and then I spotted….the leftover cake.

Yes. yes, I did.

I took a bite. ok, 2 bites. but that’s all, I swear! so yum.

note: the beer, though, was not mine. photo 3photo 4photo 1

Janelle & Shawn: Happy Wedding, Happy Life! Congratulations to you both! Thanks for letting us be a part of your day! photo 4To inquire about floral design services, please go here.

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Janelle + Shawn = Beautiful things happening.WeddingFRAME

I’m thrilled for the weekend, and even more thrilled to be a small part of this beautiful couple’s big day! Part of the excitement happening around here is that FULL BLOOM will be offering floral design for a limited number of events this year. What makes Janelle and Shawn so beautiful is that they wanted to have a donation table available for their guests to make financial donations to support FULL BLOOM. The couple both have experienced loved ones being in assisted living facilities so naturally, ‘we clicked’. Thank you, soon-to-be newly weds! Enjoy the before pics as I get this flower party started.photo 4photo 2photo 3

Debra Prinzing + Alicia Schwede = Fun Flower Filled Weekend

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Dear Seattle, I loved the time I spent with you. Let’s do it again, real soon. Affectionately, S

Here’s some exciting facts happening at FULL BLOOM:

Exciting Fact #1: I spent a fabulous flower filled weekend in Seattle with two of my favorite flower crushes: the talented Alicia Schwede of Flirty Fleurs  & the amazing Debra Prinzing of Slow Flowers. To start the morning we were instructed by Debra Prinzing, Seasonal Spring Floral Design. We talked shop, flowers, flowers and well, flowers. She is a big advocate of American grown cut flowers. I love this about her! I totally agree that we need to support our own American farms and glean from the bounty produced in our own rich soil! This hands on workshop was so fun and informative – we designed centerpieces- using zero floral foam. She had many alternatives to use instead and she even suggested Curly Willow, it’s not only pretty in the water, it also acts as an antiseptic! who knew?  Debra is a delight to be with. I did not want her workshop to end!

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Talented and super brilliant Debra Prinzing. (big crush here)

 

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IMG_1188 Let’s just get married with this bouquet..

The afternoon workshop was taught by Alicia Schwede, The Bridal Bouquet & Pricing Workshop. Alicia gave all her floral secrets away while we learned to make a hand tied bouquet. She is not only absolutely talented, she is such a lovely person to be around! I was smitten with the selection of blooms from Florabundance! When she let us loose to design our own bouquets, I had to really dial in the self control because it was hard not to want all of everything! I created a large bouquet with the seasons favorite gifts including: Coral Charm Peonies and David Austin Garden Roses. (sigh) Loved every minute of the day and I can’t wait to have an opportunity to hang out with these two again! Please enjoy the pics and color of the season.

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alicia + debra = lots of talent right here.

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Beautiful Alicia Schwede – loved spending the day with her.

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Oh, David Austin, you speak my love language with those roses.

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Exciting Fact #2: being featured on Apple Brides. If you aren’t familiar with Apple Brides website, it is THE place to go for all things wedding in the beautiful Northwest. The team at Apple Brides features the areas best wedding vendors + real weddings + lots of inspiration. Go there and check it out. If you follow me on Facebook, you know the lovin’ going on. You can read about FULL BLOOM on Apple Brides here. A huge thank you to AB! I look forward to all you brides and grooms out there reaching out to us and donating throughout the season!featured2014

Exciting Fact #3: I have been working with the very beautiful & talented Caroline Schibel for a new logo and details. I am so excited about this! Caroline is a dream to work with. As soon as print is complete, I’ll give you the full reveal. You’ll love it! Here’s a sneak peek until then: (you’re crushing on it, I know!) think gold glitter, big smiles, a wink and maybe a toe kick or two. That’s how I feel about Caroline’s mad skills.WEB_FullBloom_SYMBOL

The {HOW TO} with FULL BLOOM

fullbloom-62hello all you brides out there! Being in love is the most wonderful feeling in the world! Isn’t it?! Why not share that love with others? Here at FULL BLOOM we have a way for you to do just that!

By donating your wedding flowers to FULL BLOOM, you will help spread that wonderful, blissful, amazing love to others.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:

After you say “I DO!”, FULL BLOOM will gather your wedding flowers and re purpose them into beautiful bedside bouquets for patients in our community. These sweet patients are facing death, terminal illness and other life changing and challenging illnesses. We like to especially focus on those that have very few visitors, or no family near.

Because they should know someone is thinking of them.. and we are.

Check out this dreamy wedding featured on AppleBrides. See that contagious love in Nicole and Tyler’s eyes? It was felt at the bedsides of many patients the day after their wedding.  (a few other things to note: her red lips {gorgeous smile!} & red heels! the groom’s tie.. sigh) yep. beautiful couple. beautiful wedding. beautiful love – shared.

Awesome. isn’t it?

Are you a bride working with a planner, florist, venue or doing it all by your awesome self? No problem! Scheduling a donation with us is so easy! Go here to let us know you’d like to donate. We’ll gather a few details and take care of the rest! That’s how easy it is to RECYCLE THE LOVE.

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What a beautiful way to start a new life together!

happy wedding. happy life.

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All photos by the talented team at Rogue Heart Media

Juliet Garden Roses + Brass Knuckles

I know a beautiful, sweet woman, who is a champ. Last spring she found out she had stage 4 cancer. Her options? Not many. Aggressive chemo therapy. I mean aggressive. It was a long and difficult road. In the midst of her treatment, did I mention she still had to deal with um,… life? Busy mom of 6 kids (5 at home.) Oh, and she cared (still does) for her aging mother who was recovering from a stroke. And runs a business with her husband and … and ….

And so I watched her, in awe… roll with all these punches. She continued this journey with grace and patience. Did she have another choice? Her strong body, became more frail. Her beautiful dark hair, gone. Her energy, zapped. These physical things became evident of her struggle, but her spirit did not fail her. Her spirit became stronger because she was determined. And then the day came when she received happy news. She came out on top.

Yes, she put on brass knuckles and punched her stage 4 cancer in the face.

Christen at Dragon Flower donated a small bucket of flowers from the weekend’s fun at the Spokane Club. The minute I saw them I knew who needed them.

In the midst of this blustery winter, this bit of color breathes life.

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So I designed this arrangement for this sweet woman. Because she is a champ. And I told her she was.

Our mission here at FULL BLOOM is to help improve the mental and emotional wellness of individuals dealing with death, terminal illness, and other life changing illnesses or conditions. We hope to bring emotional relief when we bring flowers. There are many facing life changing illnesses. So many face it alone. While she dealt with this life changing illness, I watched. I waited. I silently took notes at how gracefully she accepted this challenge.

And for now, has a victory over it.

There are many of you that have dealt with similar punches in one way or another. So consider this arrangement for you too. In the midst of our grey winters, we can find color and breathe new life.photo 5

Here’s to brass knuckles- knock ‘em out…

XOXO -

Shawn

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