Karen and Glenn at the W Hotel

No words needed except to say photography by Adam with W. Scott Chester.

Pink garden roses, white vendela roses, white bouvardia, ranunculus.

Stay tuned for more.


Rochelle - Anemones and Pea Hen Feathers

My bride this past weekend was the lovely Rochelle. She envisioned a black and white theme with a touch of christmas for her big day. She had wanted white anemones with the black center for her bridal bouquet. I told her that anemones are a difficult flower to plan for - and that proved to be very true.
First - the flowers usually come from the west coast. However, because it's been so wet this past season, the white anemones were behind schedule and wouldn't be available until late December, early January. So, my wholesaler ordered them from Holland. The shipment arrived in the US early in the week, however it was confiscated by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture because they found a bug. I had to reorder a completely new shipment and they arrived Friday morning. I was happy to see they did have black centers (there's no guarantee on that). However, they were tight as a drum. They really needed about 3 or 4 days to open up. Unfortunatley, I did not have that much time since the wedding was Saturday. So, I was able to include a few in Rochelle's bouquet that had opened, but not as many as she wanted. I've had difficulty with anemones in the past and this little episode pretty much seals the deal that I will not work with that flower ever again.

Now Rochelle also wanted guinea feathers (or pea hen feathers) used throughout her floral decor and she ordered them herself off of ebay. She was quite surprised when they arrived as sort of a "pelt". I was the lucky one who would 'pluck' the feathers from the skin. I will tell you that it was not a pleasant experience to touch the crackly, yet oily skin. The accompanying smell was not enjoyable either! Ah, the glories of floral design!

Feathers with skin.

Feathery side.

Groom's boutonniere - white ranunculus, pea hen feathers, tiny pinecone.


Grandmother's corsage.



Groom's closeup.

Bridal bouquet - white hydrangea, fiddlehead fern, privet berries, white ranunculus.

Bouquets were wrapped with black and white satin ribbon.

You can see one tiny anemone here. When they first arrive, the anemone is closed up tight and is actually a slightly green color. As it opens, it lightens up and becomes more white.

Mother's posies.

Rochelle was married at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer with a reception at The Solarium. Reception flowers were lots of snowball white hydrangeas with iced branches and pussy willow atop a tall ornament-filled cylinder. Low centerpieces held white hydrangeas and white amaryllis with ornament and berry accents. Fresh noble fir wreaths were hung in the windows with fabulous black and white velvet bows that Rochelle tied herself.
A truly elegant and classy affair. Once again, I can't wait to see the professional shots! More wonderful details to come...


Wendy at Villa Christina

I'm reaching back to August here for some shots from Wendy's wedding at Villa Christina. I posted some photos that I took myself earlier, but here are some professional shots from photographer Ernie Russell.

I loved Wendy's headpiece and the dark sash on her gown.

Since it was August, fans were an appropriate favor!

Rings nestled amongst hydrangea and freesia.

Hamming it up...

Those hydrangeas were the biggest blooms I've ever seen! So gorgeous and hardy!

The heart shaped petals down the aisle.

Wendy and her sisters.

The bridal bouquet.


Happy Holidays!

Square boxwood wreath with siberian lilies.

Ivy topiary and white rose "ornaments" and fresh kocharia "garland".

White roses, begonia leaves, eucalyptus pods and cedar.

Gypsophilia and white snowball mums.

Hello! It's been crazy busy here at bloom! We've been working on designs for the Decatur Tour of Homes (see earlier post) and did a lovely wedding for Cassin and KJ at Druid Hills Baptist Church and Callanwolde.
Posted above are some pics of the Tour pieces.
This coming weekend is also jam packed with a rehearsal dinner, a 60th birthday party and a wedding at The Solarium.
Gotta run - lots to do!


Decatur Tour of Homes

bloom is once again a sponsor of The 2009 27th Annual Decatur Holiday Candlelight Tour of Homes. I've seen all the houses on the tour already and they are truly amazing! I am working on some fabulous designs to complement these homes - you really should check it out.

Especially interesting is the home of Mary and Chuck Bosserman. "The home features solar panels, geothermal heat pumps and many other 'green' features that helped the structure earn a Platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating from the U.S. Green Building Council."
So if you are into that kind of thing AND you want to see some gorgeous flower designs - now's your chance! All proceeds benefit the Decatur Youth Fund and the Decatur Preservation Alliance.
The Tour is this Friday and Saturday evenings from 5:30 - 9:30pm. I've got some extra tickets so give me a call (404.664.6138) if you read this in time!


Erica and Chet - more!

Well, I certainly took a little break over the Thanksgiving holiday! A break from blogging, but not from working! bloom has been busy and getting ready for an exciting December. This week especially is crazy - eight designs for the Decatur Tour of Homes and a wedding at Callanwolde.
In the meantime, here are some more excellent photos of Erica and Chet's simple and sweet nuptials at King Plow. Erica's bouquet was all white ranunculus wrapped with a beautiful pale teal ribbon. I love how she hung the paper doves over the ceremony site.
All photos courtesy of Our Labor of Love - who are awesome.