Month: September, 2010


Photography courtesy of sweet emily @ wink fotos

Prior to kaitie’s gorgeous pink & gray wedding we did this simple yet stunning and profound budget friendly bouquet for her shoot. Its all carnations, 3 tones of them. Made a large & lovely bouquet that was soft, and of course pink. It hardly looks its origins once put together and it serves as proof that carns can and do work for wedding bouquets and are a budget friendly option …

are you interested in a carnation bouquet from studio stems? shoot us an email … give us a call!


amanda june wedding {}

Amanda’s gorgeous wedding took place this last June @ red butte gardens. Her colors clearly included some current trends of yellow, black, gray, and touches of white. But in all my years of being a floral designer this is by far my most favorite yellow bouquet. Its was so strong in color and bold in texture, all for a confident bride who knows what she wants! The event felt fresh with touches of lemons here and there mixed with greens. We did several different centerpieces for Amanda to top her soft gray linens and her bridal party adorned unique bouts and wrist corsages.


Photography: most images studio stems . nate bonney

Janessa {the second time is a charm}

the second time is a charm …  for 2 reasons!

1. my images usually pale in comparison to pro images. I loved this bouquet, super traditional with a unique modern spin and i hardly had time to capture anything on my own, so these images from gallery photography really make the 2nd post on this bouquet worth it! I used studio stems signature black mini callas, black monkey tail, black pearl center stephanotis, green & white hydrangea, and white roses.

2. The second time really was a charm for Janessa. She initially booked me a few years back when she was previously engaged. It doesnt happen often but a few times a year a client or two calls off their wedding. It tugs at my heart & makes me so sad to hear, but also i think its a better call to make prior to actually getting married as opposed to after.  Non the less, hard thing to get over. So when Janessa re connected with me the 2nd time i was thrilled she got over the heartbreak of her 1st engagement and found a better man suited to her more perfectly for the 2nd! I of course was also ecstatic that she still admired my work so much that she came to me first! What a doll to work with!


the color purple in santa fe w/tansy floral design

So you few blog stalkers i actually have may remember when i was OOO pretty consistently over the summer. Going here and there, and everywhere. One of the delightful places i went was … Santa Fe New Mexico to teach a ‘one on one’ floral design workshop to Sunni, the darling owner of Tansy floral design.

This very truly could have been the most rewarding experience i have ever had teaching. Sunni once came to a real weddings workshop with me here in utah (one of my weddings). So this is the second time i have had the privilege of attempting to share some of what i have learned with Sunni. We bonded the first time, but that connection grew stronger the second time (one of sunni’s weddings) and i came home from santa fe with a true sista, not just in floral design but in many other ways.

We worked long and hard hours for what seemed like days with no end. Come to think of it, i hardly slept that weekend so it was just kind of like one really looooong day! We created 21 LARGE centerpieces together along with other decor items and the entire bridal party. Mostly purple flowers as you can see, ranging from lavender to royal and a few whites as well as the ever blending greens. My favorite was the ceremony stanchions that we did on site. Gorgeous!

Sunni’s darling hub was of great support, making us food, giving us hand massages when our fingers locked up. And Sunni’s kids were equally darling. The night of the wedding we spent most of the evening sitting in the wildest Applebees i have ever been in chatting about business. {Between set up and take down you see} When we finally finished up for the night around 1am we came home to sweet notes from Sunni’s hub and kids. I liked mine best it said “Audrey, i like you cause your my moms friend, and thats it.” So charming!

I was really impressed with Sunni’s techniques in both design and production and more then anything we learned together as we talked about how to improve and trouble shoot specific things. I cant imagine doing that big of a wedding on my own so i was glad that Sunni chose that particular event to bring me out to lend a laborious hand!

You can see Sunni’s blog post on the event here and her website here!

As it turns out i thought Santa Fe was darling & quaint. I would love a more romantic visit to this rustic hideaway! Fantastic local for a destination wedding as well!

If your interested in a workshop opportunity please visit my workshop page on my blog just right up there, near the top … or shoot me an email {} either way

collaboration {featured on UTBNG}

you may have already seen these images on UTBNG the lovely Tessa Woolfe recently shared this delightful collaboration. Elizabeth Taylor Frandsen Photography approached me about this, and it was kind of last minute that we all through this together. But when things work out, they work out and as it went for me … smoothly.

I had a few leftovers in the cooler from a week of several events the time. So as you can see a really good use of excess product. I know your gonna ask what “those” flowers are …. the ones in the pale peach tone mono bouquet, cause i have already been asked what they are more then once. They are carnations peeps … yep CARNATIONS! you had no idea of the beauty right? trust me when used properly this really works out. The other mono bouquet is alstromeria & cornflower, and the other is white and sunset roses. simple simple bouquets.

Location: trolley square

Gowns: Allyses Bridal

more info on the shoot at UTBNG

a green giveaway

This bouquet appeal to you? It appeals to me! read my post on today’s flower Friday Utah Bride Blog for more details on how you can win free floral design for your wedding from … yours truly.


Image courtesy: laurel munro blog

alice flowers from a professional perspective

Gorgeous photography courtesy of Jason Mcgrew

a piece of me

We are all attracted to different things. This particular image, grabbed me. took my breath away, for a single moment i had the thought “that is so me” not literally, but so what i would be attracted too! Its so simple and stunning. It came from my alice in wonderland wedding this summer (more pro pics to come) but capture by the talented mr mcgrew! the effects on a simple tea cup bloom really spin this into how i envision the piece but usually cannot capture.

I was having kind of a down night as i prepared to post this wedding. really discourage by some of the politics that are associated with this industry and being credited fairly for my craft.

Jason Mcgrew made my night, though he doesnt know it. he sent these images a while ago but i had not yet had the time to really look at them. until now that is … and this just was what i needed. a little moment in time to remind me of who i am.

a better look {then i once offered you} to come on this stunning . simple . soft event!