Sunflower Vue

On this first sunny day in many we thought we would add even more sunshine to your day!  Sunflowers at The Vue!  We loved these cheerful choices our bride selected.

The Vue is a wonderfully modern venue with the most amazing views.  The interior is so easy to customize with beautiful flowers.  The crisp interior lines just popped with these flowers. We knew we were in love as soon as we started to place the chair accents.

 Pretty bouquets all in a row!

Beautiful girls...all in a row!

Simply stunning table centerpieces reflect the sunflower theme.

A nice accent piece to welcome guests to a great party!

Candlelight as the sun sets...

Humble thanks to Sara Lil Photo for her generous sharing of her photography talents!

Falling for Fall

Another progressive blog post from the Chapel Designers!  Be sure to scroll all the way to the end of this posting to find some links to our other amazing Chapel Designers!

Ahhhh...the rush of summer weddings is over. The new season is upon us.  Life slows down in the wedding flower world.  The softer colors give way to deep rich hues of a different season.    We love the chance to design with these colors.

A fall lantern, complete with a subtle morning cool fog!

The grape harvest may not have been spectacular in the northwest this fall, but we loved the grapes!

Mango callas, deep red hypericum berries, burnished fern curls provide a perfect fall bridal bouquet!

Deep reds with brown accents!  Perfection!

A summer bride who chose the fall color palette. Amazing!

We loved these bouquets; perfect for any season!  

Let the fun begin!  Just click on the links below to some of Chapel Designer friends to enjoy their amazing work, too!  Be sure to share the fun with your friends!

The Lonely Bouquet

Time for another progressive blog post from the Chapel Designers!

We were very excited to participate in the first International Lonely Bouquet day this past June 30th.  We loved this idea the very first moment we heard of it.  It was hard to wait until the actual day to jump in.  We love sharing our flowers and this was such a nice way to brighten others days.  We enlisted our friend Sara of Sara Lil Photography and out we headed...We might add that this was a very HOT afternoon here in Corvallis, with the temperature approaching 95 as we headed out.  It was hard to decide where to leave our bouquets.  We were happy that our bouquets found some great homes, and Sara managed to get some great photos for us!  

The first bouquet found a perfect home here for a little while. The chalk art says, "Look for something positive in each day even if some days you have to look a little harder. Let the challenges make you stronger."

This lucky waiter at a favorite sidewalk restaurant found this beauty.  It was headed home to his girlfriend!

This sweet bouquet undoubtedly went home with a dog lover!

We had so much fun, and found some more flowers, that one final bouquet went out on Monday.  Here it is below waiting for someone to adopt it.  Our hearts were so happy to receive this email from the lucky recipient. 

"Thank you for the lovely bouquet that went home with my 89 year old mother.  I saw it and the tag at  Wound care clinic.  Mother was very happy to accept it and clutched it happily in her arms for the ride home to her adult foster care in Albany where it is shared with her other housemates. What a generous thing  you have done. Thank you for the gift of flowers to brighten her day." 

 It's why we love what we do!

Now for the fun part!  Click on any of the links below to participate in the progressive blog and see how our fellow floral designers shared the love and power of flowers!

Posh Floral Designs 
Alicia Jayne Florals 

Down the aisle in style!

Time for another journey with the Chapel Designers and their progressive blog posts!  This post is sharing all the wonderful ways our brides make their way to their awaiting grooms.  Enjoy the eye candy!

Speaking of Eye Candy, Paradise Springs has to be one of our favorite venues.  Every way you turn there are amazing sights and views.  This aisle led to the beautiful gazebo. The bride asked for sepentine petals. We LOVE serpentine petals! To make it unique for her, we added in blue delphinium blossoms and purple dendrobiums. Just enough accent to really make this aisle a very special journey for our bride!


The view of the coastal range in the mid-Willamette Valley is something to behold. Here on a warm summer day, overlooking some of the Corvallis Country Club, the aisleway led to a stunning arbor with all white flowers and crystals.  The beginning of this bride's journey was accented with large pieces filled with beautiful white blooms and more crystals in large glass urns.  Amazing with the sun glistening off the crystals.

Suttle Lake is nestled near the crest of the Cascade Range in central Oregon.  This beautiful blue mountain lake was the backdrop for this scrumptious wedding.  Rich, deep, hot pinks were the colors selected by this bride. Add in crystals and lots of flowers and you have one hot, wonderful journey!

And from our friend Lisa Sommer at Petals and Promises, comes this beauty!

Here comes the fun part of the Chapel Designer's Progressive Blog posts...follow the links below for some more great journeys!

Affair with George
Colonial House of Flowers

Chapel Designers present another Progressive Blog: Bouquets!

It's time for another progressive blog!  One of our favorite things.  As many of you know, we belong to an amazing group of designers known as "Chapel Designers".  This group consists of 63 designers from around the world. Our connection began with social media, but that was just the beginning!  63 of the nicest, most generous and sharing designers one could imagine.  We cherish our connection to these special people every day.
Today's progressive post is about bouquets...bridal bouquets...oh, yes!  We love every single bouquet we create.  Each one is so much more than the flowers that go into it.  It is filled with visions and decisions.  Colors and textures.  Shapes and  scents.  So much more.   How to choose which ones to share..
Our first choice is chosen for the richness of colors and textures...captured so amazingly well by Chrissie McDowell Photography.  Who would not be in love with this one?

Our second choice is filled with all sorts of wonderful natural elements.  This bouquet was designed for a bride who was getting married at the amazing Paradise Springs.  This venue is filled with Oregon. From the rich colors of the forest to the warmth of the wooden accents found in the lodge. Fun loving and beautiful describe both this bouquet and this bride! Photographed by Powers Studios.

One last beauty to share!  This one comes from one of our favorite weddings of this past year. One of our favorite experiences is to provide flowers for clients that we have known since they were little. Our final bouquet was soft pastels and compliments our wonderful bride perfectly.  Lush, soft, pastels. Wonderfully captured by Lauren Hurt Photography!

As we continue, we are happy to share some amazing bouquets from our fellow Chapel Designer, Lisa Sommer from Petals and Promises.  Though Lisa lives far from us in Silver Spring Maryland, we are close in our design hearts.  When Lisa worried that she was blogless, we were quick to offer to "adopt" her!  With bouquets like this, we are thrilled to share her work with you on our blog!

Bouquet #1 showcases blue Muscari, blue delphinium, pink genestra and blushing Akito Roses. We think you will swoon over this one!

Bouquet #2...oh my!  Seriously amazing!  Featuring Antique Green Hydrangea, Dill, Mokara Orchids, Viburnum Berry, Burgundy Astilbe, Roses, Burgundy Dahlia and Sea Star Fern. 

Bouquet #3  Another stunner!  The lovely bouquet contains Green Hydrangea, Blue Delphinium, white Dahlias, Scabiosa pods, white Veronica, blue Thistle, green Hypericum, Nigella, Love in the Mist and white Roses.  Such a wonderful combination!

Thank you Lisa, for allowing us to adopt you and share your amazing bouquets with our readers.  They now have a sense of what a progressive blog is and how fun it can be!

Please take some time to click on the links below.  They will lead you to some of the very best designers we have the honor of knowing!  Of course, they are Chapel Designers!

Holly Heider Chapple Flowers LTD:
Goodness-Gracious! Florals:
Courtenay Lambert Florals, Weddings, and Events:
Affair With George:

We hope you LOVED this progressive blog post!  If so, please comment and share. Spread the Chapel Designer's inpiration out there!  One last tidbit...curious about Chapel Designers?

Ribbon Love in New York City

We are counting the days until we arrive in the big city! Last year we had such an amazing time in all of the ribbon and trim shops. It was so difficult to restrain our purchasing. Here are a few of our favorite pictures from last year's eye candy!

We had such a wonderful time last year. This year's line-up may just possibly be even grander!  How can that be?  How can we be so lucky?

Introducing Wheelhouse Event Center, Albany Oregon

Planning a wedding or special event in the future?  We are happy to present the Wheelhouse Event Center in Albany Oregon!  Set to open on April 1st, we think this will be a very popular event location!  Riverfront, gorgeous views, wonderful interior...the possibilities are endless.  Who doesn't love a great view?

We were delighted to receive a call from the event coordinator, Janet Johnson.  We are so happy to connect with someone who is ready to make your event perfect!  We were lucky to get a sneak peek of this space.  Oh, we immediately were taken by the possibilities.  Oh, we would love to help a bride make this the wedding space of her dreams with floral many ideas!
Here are a few more pictures we took of the interior. 

Perhaps, you have just found the perfect space for you upcoming wedding!

Amenities include:
Elevator, catering area, free on site parking, dressing area for bride and groom, room for 290 guests seated, round tables and white chairs.  Many more!

For more information contact event coordinator Janet Johnson for a tour or to discuss current prices.  Email: or phone 541-760-3763.

For the perfect flowers for your wedding, contact us!

Another Chapel Designer's Progressive Blog: This time: Flower Girl Love

As you know, Carol and I are both retired school teachers so of course, little ones are near and dear to our hearts.  Add a sweet little dress, a gorgeous venue, and an adorable little girl and we melt!
We recently provided gorgeous flowers for Amanda and Gil up in the Cascade mountains at Suttle Lake. A wonderful location for a day full of family and celebration.

Many of the guests were in awe of the beauty of the day. I believe the photo below says it all!

The Lodge at Suttle all the log accents!  The beauty of Oregon!

 We would be remiss not to share a photo of our bride Amanda...does gorgeous say it all?

The arch was can see the lake in the background.  Unfortunately, smoke from several forest fires caused the sky and water to be less than their amazing blue, but it was still breathtaking!

Thank you to April Kessler, , for getting these photos to us so quickly before departing on her well-earned vacation!


Compote Envy

The Chapel Designers...who are we...what are we about.  We are about beautiful flowers and designs. Perhaps beyond that we are about camaraderie.  We are about supporting each other in the day to day business of creating no matter where we live.  We are about sharing ideas.  We are about laughing with each other.  We are about caring about each other on a level beyond business associates.  We are almost 40 strong with a love of beautiful things created from nature.

On our recent trip to gather in New York City, many of our group had the opportunity to take a course at Flower School New York;  The Art of the Compote with Areiella Chezar as the instructor.  Ahh...the compote...such a simple vessel. 
Carol and I were instantly drawn to the pieces we saw emerge from this class.  Our group suddenly became compote crazy, at least those who weren't already in that category.  Across the country there was a search on for "compotes"...where, what color, can you paint them, what materials.  We have had a great time watching the designs emerge from this group of Chapel Designers.
Isha Foss, one of our group, came up with the idea of a Blog Blitz...for lack of a better title.  What if each of us created a compote and then posted it on our blog?  What if we each then provided a link to all the other blogs in our blog posting?  Well, you can imagine people jumped at the idea.  An idea is born and embraced.
We had a great time designing in our compotes and are happy to share the results.  As much as we love our compotes...what we really LOVE is being a part of the Chapel Designers!

Here are our compote designs!  We certainly hope that our west coast brides come to embrace this style. We would love to see them featured in some of their weddings!


And now for the Blog Blitz, as promised!  Click on the following links to see some of the other Chapel Designer's compote designs!  Be sure to check back, as more links will be added as they become available!  We love our Chapel Designers!

Ribbon Love

We are so excited to see the return of beautiful ribbons in wedding work!  It seems that the past several years there has been a downtrend in ribbon usage.  We have started seeing some beautiful bridal bouquets in publications and on stellar designer's websites.
We were thrilled to see one of our bride's inspiration photos to be one of Ariella Chezar's amazing bouquets, shown here. Amazing flowers and bouquet, and LOVE the ribbons!
You can imagine how excited we were to actually take a class in NYC from Ariella.  More from that experience later in this post.

Here are some photos of our ribbon escapades on our NYC trip in March.
We started at M & J Trimmings.  We walked into this destination and were overwhelmed with amazing ribbons, trimmings, appliques, brooches and more.  Every direction we turned, it was floor to ceiling eye candy!

A wall of sparkle and bling!
 Our last day in the big city and one last stop. Good that ribbons are easy to pack!
Our next stop was Hyman Hendler and Sons.  This store was absolutely amazing.  Full of vintage ribbons from around the world, in addition to many of their standard ribbons. From their website "Vintage Novelties Ribbon Collection, consist of Jacquards, Brocades, Florals, and Stripes in combinations of Satin and Grosgrain, Satin-Grosgrain-Moiré, Satin and Velvet – stripes and plaids, with plain or scalloped edges."  Oh my!
Gorgeous stripes...I think we had to touch most of these!

Some absolutely luscious shades of double faced satin.  How to even begin to choose?
Then there was the selection of black and white!  Instant love!

Oh...oh....oh...look at these!
And these!
Peggy is going back for this one!
And these, too!

These next few photos are from our fellow Chapel Designer, Liz Rusnac.  Tinsel Trading was the third stop on our adventure.  Once again, amazing trims, ribbons, silk flowers and overall wonderful.  I think we were so overwhelmed our cameras never came out.  Thanks for sharing these photos Liz.  We are glad someone had their wits about them!

Yes, this is an entire wall of silk flowers!

One of the many highlights of our week in NYC was our design class with Ariella Chezar at the Flower School New York!  Are you kidding me?  So wonderful to be in the same studio, let alone design there!

So beautiful!

Carol's Bouquet

Peggy's Bouquet!

As you can see, ribbons are a wonderful addition to a bridal bouquet.  In case we haven't convinced you yet,  here are a few more beautiful bouquets created by Ariella.

Martha Stewart has had a huge impact on wedding trends.  Her latest Weddings magazine cover features a wonderful bouquet with a beautiful ribbon bow!

Ribbon loving brides, we are here and ready for you!

Celebration Florals Heads to NYC!

We recently returned from a wonderful trip to New York City!  How did this come about?  Social Media! We have followed a fellow designer on the east coast for many years.  Last year she asked via Twitter Who wants to come to NYC?  We were a bit slow last year (and had no idea how Twitter worked) and didn't attend. Instead, we followed along on her blog... Not this year!  Oh, what an experience and where to begin?I think a little bit at a time, is best.  There were so many amazing events, I just want to tell about all of them!
We flew to NYC on Saturday in order to be ready for the first event on Sunday night.  We had really no idea what to expect.  We all met up at Matthew Robbins Design Studio.  Our hostess,  Holly Heider Chappel greeted us at the door with a copy of Matthew's newest book.  Stepping over that threshold signaled the beginning of our NYC Chapel Designer's flower adventure!  I am not sure we knew what to expect.  Almost 40 floral designers in the same room at the same time?  AND Matthew Robbins?  Wow...
Matthew and Holly

Flowers!  Oh yummy! Flowers provided by Floribundance!

We all came home with Matthew's newest book Inspired!

Our first evening ended as we made our way back to our hotel in a floral haze!

A Southern touch for Amy and Steve

Our wonderful couple Amy and Steve came to us with an inspiration photo found in a magazine.  Many of our couples do.  They see something about the colors, the style, the feel in a photo.  We love to help develop their dream from there.  When Amy mentioned her southern roots, we knew where we were heading...raw cotton bolls and magnolia...LOVE!
Late January in Oregon can provide some interesting weather. The week prior we had snow and lots of rain. The wedding day though proved to have clear skies, even some blue skies!  BeckenRidge Vineyard was beautiful in it's winter state.  Actually, went perfectly with the day.
We love photographers who capture our work in a way that we just cannot!  How we love the photographs from Angela of Tekoa Rose Photography!  Keep scrolling for more!
We love succulents and managed to get a picture of this from the bride's bouquet.  The white frilly tulips aren't too bad, either!  One of our favorites and not very easy to come by! This bouquet also had air ferns, silver brunia, white wax flower,  dusty miller, seeded eucalyptus and southern magnolia!

Each Maids bouquet was similar to the bride, minus some of the goodies.  We added the raw cotton to their bouquets for some fun accents!
The bride chose pewter, cream and white as her colors. The flower girl orb started with an orb of pewter satin ribbon with the small flower accents. We love how this look worked the pewter into her flowers. Such sweetness! Thanks again Angela for capturing it for us!

Small cocktail bistro tables were accented with black cube vases with pewter accents and a fun assortment for flowers.

Amy and Steve chose a combination of both tall and low centerpieces for their reception. White hydrangeas provided the base for these pieces.  Beautiful seeded eucalyptus, curly willow and southern magnolia finished off the tall pieces.  The low centerpieces included some silver brunia and white waxflower.  Loved the finished look of the room!
We would be remiss in not mentioning our friend Heidi and her wonderful Sweet Dreams Cupcakery! We love our flowers, we also LOVE Heidi and her treats! Oh my...just take a peek..

CONGRATULATIONS to Steve, Amy and Shadow!  We loved getting to know you! Happy married life!
Thank you Angela for sharing some of the images from this great wedding.  If you would like to see more from Amy and Steve's wedding (more flowers!) head to Angela's blog here:

To see more wonderful work from Sweet Dreams Cupcakery head here:

Courtney and Jake are Married!

We so enjoyed working with our first 2012 bride and her mother.  They had a great vision for Courtney and Jake's wedding.  Courtney had a vision of what she wanted her bouquet to look like.  Peonies and garden roses in whites, creams, and peach.  We loved the addition of tropical tuberose.  This bouquet was heavenly scented.  Soft, romantic, and lush.
We loved our first bride of 2012!  We loved that we were able to find her peonies! We think she loved them, too!

LOVE this bouquet!
Courtney's maids bouquets had white Avalanche garden roses, white peonys, tuberose and were collared with baby's breath and galax leaves.

We loved these baby breath poufs that the bride wanted!  This was the largest order of baby's breath that we have ever used at one time!  Fun!  How about a great job by the family to transform the large venue? There were between 700-800 tissue poufs everywhere!
The ability to control lighting was  a bonus.  With the hanging twinkle chandeliers and candlelight, the space became magical!
Up close and personal with poufs!
More poufs!  Loved the family's use of tulle and poufs to divide the space and provide the backdrop for the wedding party table.
Thank you for selecting Celebration Florals!

Britney + Jarred at Diamond Woods Golf Course, Monroe, Oregon

We have learned through the years that many parts of a wedding are under the bride or her family's control.  The decisions they make are the ones they expect to see on their special day.  One aspect that is out of everyone's control is that of the weather.  So, that being said, Britney and Jarred had one of those Oregon rain-touched summer weddings.  Many decisions were reconsidered as the day developed and the weather did not improve. Thankfully, their venue did have many inside options. The bride handled every unexpected turn with grace and understanding.

We share this first picture to prove that even rain can be fun!
AND the best news, the skies cleared for their ceremony!

Britney's bouquet held white hydrangeas, a variety of white roses, white lisianthus and beautiful metalina roses.  The bouquet was collared with one of our favorites: galax leaves.

A family heirloom pearl necklace was used on the bride's bouquet wrap.  This was perfect for these flowers. Even the clasp on this necklace was beautiful.  We love adding sentimental pieces to our bouquets.

Such a beautiful group of women!

We delivered the maid's bouquets in Bllumeboxes with details to match those of the white hydrangea centerpieces.

Simply classic white hydrangeas in black Blumeboxes accented with ivory ribbon and the bride and groom's monograms.  So pretty!

Britney and Jarred, Thank you for selecting Celebration Florals for your wedding.  We loved designing your flowers!  Thank you to Powers Photography for most of the photos used here.

Elizabeth and Nick: An intimate woodland wedding

Elizabeth and Nick came to us with a color palette of soft peach, champagne shades, soft greens, and browns to use in their natural woodsy themed wedding. Oh, how we embraced their vision. We loved the challenge this wedding brought to us!

We used a variety of florals and added fern curls, succulents, honeysuckle vine, an artichoke and even an air fern. We loved this bouquet and thought it was perfect for our bride and groom's vision.

Nick's boutonneire carried the theme even further with succulent, fern curl and some beautiful lichen.

We used an antique doily, provided by the bride as a wrap, adding to the beauty.

We knew we loved this wedding. When the bride sent us these kind words, we knew we had met her expectations! "Thank you both for the GORGEOUS bouquet, boutenieres and corsages. They were all stunning. I LOVE the bouquet, the colors and textures were incredible and really looked beautiful with my dress. I had no idea I would feel so immediately attached to my bouquet. I think for me it was the biggest thing to represent me being a bride!"

Congratulations and thank you for letting us be a part of your special day. And thank you to Silver Spoon Image for capturing these great shots and sharing them with us!

Kelsey and Joe marry along the Willamette River!

Our beautiful bride Kelsey! We were so honored to design the flowers for Kelsey and Joe's summer wedding. Peggy has known Joe's parents for more than 35 years, so this we certainly special for her. The wedding took place at a private residence on the Willamette River.
We are looking forward to receiving the professional photos from At Play Photography!
In the meantime, enjoy!

Classic white rose bouquet. We used three different sizes of white roses to achieve this look. Stunning and beautiful.

Peach, white, and navy were the colors Kelsey and Joe selected. Loved the clean lines of the peach and white roses Kelsey chose for her maids. Bouquets were wrapped with a lighter peach satin. Yummy!

Staying cool in the shade in the late afternoon heat. Who would have thought that the July 4th weekend in Oregon would be HOT!

A special moment as Kelsey's father escorted a radiant bride toward her groom.

A great use for the carnation orbs that lined the aisle. We transfered these to cylinder vases for the head table. Loved the custom designed table runners!

Wedding Weekend at Green Villa Barn!

Our bride requested white on white, feathers, pearls, crystals, and rhinestones...we call that BLING! We think we met her requests. This really was a spectacular custom designed bridal bouquet...just what we LOVE to do! Thanks Hilary and Craig for trusting Celebration Florals.

Great wooden bench just outside the opportunity!

Happy flowers, happy bride! Looking forward to seeing the professional photographs! Congratulations to Hilary and Craig!

We both love how this bouquet turned out. We just know our bride will, too!

Pure lusciousness! Soft, flirty, and sexy all in one! Oh we love this!

Think white on white, feathers, rhinestones, pearls and just over the top beautiful! We can hardly wait to start designing Hilary and Craig's wedding flowers for Saturday! Keep watching for a sneak peek...

Springtime Wedding Corvallis Bezeall Memorial Forest

We always love to see that first look photograph. What a wonderful opportunity to see a couple and their connection. We appreciate how difficult it is for a photographer to capture this moment. Great catch, Trudy Ewing!

Springtime in western Oregon is a beautiful time. Wonderful flowers to choose from. Our bride wanted a woodsy garden look for her celebration. Purple anemones were the perfect accent to the white and spring green. This bouquet was wrapped with some fun dark brown twine. Fun, whimsical, and woodsy! Congratulations Lucy and Joey! We look forward to seeing the professional photographs.

The maid's bouquets were garden inspired spring green and white. A great look for a wedding at Oregon's Beazell Memorial Forest.

The groom's bouttoneire had a sentimental dragonfly in honor of his father. What a wonderful way to honor his memory. We love to add meaning to our pieces for our brides and grooms.

March Weddings in Corvallis, Oregon!

March weddings! We had some lovely weddings in March. Here are some sneak peeks while we wait for the professional photographs. We loved the rich, intense colors our brides chose. Enjoy some eye candy!

Celebration Florals goes to Maui for Scott and Mariah's sunset wedding!

Who wouldn't love the opportunity to travel to Maui? And better yet, who wouldn't love the opportunity to design the wedding florals for such an event? We were honored to be designing the flowers for Scott and Mariah on the beautiful island of Maui!

Not only was this couple hot, so was some of the entertainment! We'll start with the ending, just for fun!

Mariah's bouquet was all white, with a touch of very dark purple...delicious to view, and the scent was even better!

The maid's carried bouquets of white, green, and we added in the faintest amount of purple in the throats of the green dendrobiums.

Maui weather can be most unpredictable...if you aren't liking it at the moment, just wait...a few seconds after the picture was snapped, the girls got some relief as the sun briefly stepped behind a cloud.

A simple treatment for an already gorgeous setting!

Mariah and her parents begin their walk toward Scott...a special moment for everyone.

An honor to be married in the traditional Hawaiian way. We loved the special touch this added.

A special thanks to Stephanie Sheveland Photography for sharing her talents with us...the great photos are credited to her!

Centerpieces were designed to be crisp, sleek and modern!

Candle Hurricanes with white orchid accents provided light as the sun set.

Does it get any more beautiful?
Congratulations Scott and Mariah! Thank you so much for including us in your beautiful Maui Wedding! We loved being a small part to your very special day!

A final image to leave you with!