Posts from the ‘Floral Creations by Melissa’ Category

True Love

Do you remember only a few weeks ago how the weather caught us completely off guard for the beginning of June?  Especially for all of the brides and the grooms that planned their weddings for the wonderful summer sun.

Yes, it rained, and it rained a lot.  But there was never a moment I didn’t see the sun with this amazing couple.  Patty and Pete were married in the beautiful St. Francis in Sacramento and their captivating reception was held at Catta Verdera Country Club.

Needless to say, “Nothing” stopped these two from having a spectacular time celebrating their day.  And the weather agreed.  It only added to the effects that made the experience that much more memorable and perfect for capturing.

What a gorgeous couple on a beautiful day.  A privilege to be part of a true romance that will be a story to write about for years to come.  Congratulations Patty and Pete!

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Lovely Lakeside Engagement

As we spend a great deal of time with our brides and grooms, we are honored to hear about their own personal love stories.  But it even gets better when they take you to the location of their first date!

This is the very bench they sat on their first date.  How cool is that?  But the fun was just getting started.

We always talk about how weddings are Barry and I’s date nights, but I have to say, our engagement sessions are kicking some serious butt lately.  We had an amazing time hanging out with Leslie and Dan.  I love the early time we get to spend with our brides and grooms as they make their journey to their wedding day bliss.  And what an amazing wedding they will have at Catta Verdera Country Club along with some of the best wedding professionals around including Extreme Productions, Divine Desserts , and Floral Creations by Melissa.

Beals Point at Folsom Lake ended up being a terrific location for the session.  The Lake looked amazing with the water levels being so much higher after all of the winter rains.  The surrounding hillsides and landscapes were open and just breathtaking with the white mountain peaks in the back ground.  We even laughed about feeling like we were on Safari or somewhere else exotic since there weren’t any crowds and the scenery was breathtaking.

Thank you Leslie and Dan for a truly wonderful time.  You both are incredible people and make a phenomenal team.  Your wedding day is going to be stunning and remarkable. 

Color Me Pretty

Let’s talk color.  Better yet, let’s talk about flowers.  They seem to be the central theme of color pallets in our wedding designs, so why not start here. Though it isn’t as easy as it seems, is it? 

I am just going to show a good handful of the cards we had on display at the Bridal Showcase on January 10th.  These were hanging on our “Photo Curtain” to give inspiration to so many styles and ideas for weddings that are out there.  Many of you even took some of our samples as reminders.  How easy was that?

How are you selecting your flowers?  Will it be based on your favorite flower type, favorite color, or just something to match the dresses?  A professional florist will be an amazing source of inspiration as well as a design resource.  These ideas are often the center of your overall decor for the entire wedding theme.   Many of the best local florists are the designers for the stunning bouquets I am showing off including: Melissa Forrester with Floral Creations, O’Shays, Blooms by Martha Andrews, and Jackie’s Flowers.

By now you are asking why would I talk about flowers when I am a photographer.  Why should it matter to me anyway?  Well, look who took these images.  More than anything, who will be taking ALL of your images that document the entire wedding experience?  So, my motivation is to help our brides and grooms with some of the toughest decisions they will encounter and get right to the point.  We want your experience to be just perfect. 

Hire a professional florist and hire a florist that comes highly recommended.  The companies I listed above are examples of florists that do outstanding work because I can tell you from experience how their creations {LAST} throughout the day!  Did you know that your flowers could be too old or too “tired” to make it through the ceremony.  Guess what your pictures will look like with a limp bouquet or corsage on Mom.  How about having filler that will disperse all over your gown every time you move.  This can take up so much valuable time from taking pictures if we are continuously cleaning off the debris.  You will end up losing many key images if we are stopping to fix or clean up after your flowers.

An expert florist will be sure to ask you the necessary questions on how to create the unique look and design that will only be yours.  Here are some ideas to help prepare yourself when working with a designer.   Be sure to bring fabric samples from the dresses, pictures, ribbon and even magazine articles for them to go over with you.  Many brides come to us knowing what the main color theme will be for the day, but no idea where to start with the type of flowers they want to use.  Perfect!  Your florist will give you the variety of ideas to get you started including which flowers will hold up best in the time of year you will be having your event.  But they will need you to bring the tools to start with.

Be sure you know how big of a bouquet you want to carry around.  Will you have help carrying it while you are walking or resting? (We love doing that for you! 😉  Will the bouquet cover up too much of the dress and hide the important details?  Don’t be afraid to ask on making these type of decisions.  Test the bouquet samples at the shop.  You will be amazed how heavy a bouquet can be or what type of grip you would prefer to have.  Your bridesmaids may not be able to help hold your flowers if theirs are too big and heavy too.

A last thought, don’t short cut your flowers.  Let them bring a little life to the party and to your pictures.  You will never forget them and either will your pictures!

Please share with us the most stunning color combinations you have seen or would like to have at your wedding.