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A Boho Elopement Styled Shoot at Trillium Lake on Mount Hood in Oregon

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Prepare yourself for some serious eye candy with this one, friends!  This boho elopement styled shoot at Trillium Lake on Mount Hood was seriously one of the most stunning events I’ve ever been a part of. Trillium Lake is an hour and a half drive from Portland and one of the many lakes on Mount Hood.  There’s a campground and a day use area, which includes a trail around the lake and a boat launch for non-power boats like canoes and kayaks.  We set up on the west side of the lake which was easy to access by road and had the most stunning backdrop of the mountain.  All around us were rich pine forests that made for lovely photo backdrops as well.  Mount Hood hid behind clouds while we were setting up, but perfectly timed her debut as we were starting the shoot.  Every detail of this shoot was so beautiful: the bride looked absolutely gorgeous, the rental decorations including a hexagon arbor were perfect, the cake was adorable, the mountain and lake, my flowers…. I’m still daydreaming over how pretty it all was!!

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The styled shoot was initially envisioned by wedding photographer Rachel Brookstein.  I was so honored to be asked to be a part of it for the flowers!  I recommended she bring Krystle Allen of Krystle Clear Events on as the event coordinator because Krystle is incredible to work with and cohesively ties all the details together that make styled shoots (and of course weddings) run smoothly.  She executed and styled the many details of the shoot with the help of PNW Weddings with Rachael, another wedding planner in the Portland area.  Rachel Brookstein also brought on talented wedding photographer Marcela Pulido as an additional photographer for the shoot.

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Our bride and groom models were Llanee and Andrew, a real couple who happen to be engaged and sadly had to postpone their 2020 wedding due to the covid pandemic.  They were happy to be a part of the shoot and were so great to work with.  Llanee’s makeup was done by Megan Blake Beauty and her hair was done by Coreene Collins.

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Power of Love Rentals provided the wooden hexagon arch that Krystle Allen and I worked together to assemble (its extra fun when you get to use power tools on site!) Power of Love Rentals also provided gorgeous lanterns, geometric gold terrariums in various shapes and sizes, a beautiful large rug that helped us stage the altar, a wooden dessert table, and a white and gold cake platter.  On the hexagon arbor, I designed a boho style floral installation including dried palm fans, dried pampas grass, Italian ruscus, silver dollar eucalyptus, toffee roses, beige carnations, white scabiosa, hypericum berries, and smoke bush.   Diagonal to the installation on top of the arbor, I also designed an additional arrangement on the ground and added pops of flowers and greenery throughout all the lanterns and terrariums.

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Sugarhouse Cake provided a single-tier white wedding cake with gorgeous mountain details on the frosting! The cake sat atop a riser wrapped in gold sheer ribbon and looked beautiful staged on Power of Love Rental’s white and gold cake platter. I designed a floral cake topper with blush garden roses, pale peach hypericum berries, eucalyptus, and white scabiosa flowers.

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Llanee carried a boho style bridal bouquet in a dreamy palette of beige, champagne, cream, mauve, and greenery that included a lot of textures.  I combined a large, white, king protea with beige “toffee” roses, blush cabbage roses, cream colored astilbe, peach hypericum berries, white scabiosas, cream colored dried bunny tails, mauve colored smoke bush, eucalyptus, and maidenhair fern. I designed the bouquet to be large and majestic in presence (like a mountain) and synonymous to boho weddings.

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Provided by Anna’s Bridal, Llanee wore a Willowby by Watters wedding gown called Thistle, which features a Chiara lace bodice in geometric patterns, an elegant ivory tulle skirt with a bronze lining, a V-neck neckline and delicate spaghetti straps.  Llanee also wore a fresh flower crown I designed with eucalyptus, hypericum berries, ranunculus, and smoke bush. She looked like she walked straight out of a fairy tale!

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Besides the Sugarhouse cake, we had an additional dessert featured at our boho elopement styled shoot ~ Sloshy Pops!  These popsicles are handcrafted with real fruit and liquor and made in Portland! They were a delicious and adorable addition to the shoot!  The owner of the company brought the Sloshy Pops cart to Trillium Lake and we all got to try them — they are seriously so good!  I definitely recommend hiring them for your next event, or any of these talented wedding professionals!

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Trillium Lake Elopement

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Follow the vendor team of the Trillium Lake elopement styled shoot on IG:

Photography: Rachel Brookstein and Marcela Pulido

Styling/Planning: Krystle Clear Events

Additional styling: PNW Weddings with Rachael

Floral Design: Flowers by Alana

Rentals: Power of Love Rentals

Wedding Cake: Sugarhouse Cakes

Bridal Shop: Anna’s Bridal

Gown Designer: Willowby by Watters

Hair: Coreene Collins Hair

Makeup: Megan Blake Beauty

Popsicles: Sloshy Pops

 

A Sunflower Wedding at Cooper Spur Mountain Resort on Mount Hood

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It’s summer and I’m reflecting with gratitude on all the beautiful summer weddings I’ve designed flowers for in the past 18 years!  Typically, my summers are booked solid with weekend weddings, sometimes multiple weddings each weekend.  This year’s wedding season is different for all of us during the covid-19 pandemic. Between the small intimate weddings and elopements I’m designing flowers for this summer, I’m taking time to enjoy summer with my family and taking advantage of fun summertime activities I usually miss like berry picking and camping!

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In reminiscing of previous summer weddings, I’m remembering a classic summer wedding I designed last year on Cooper Spur Mountain Resort on Mount Hood, an hour and a half outside of Portland, Oregon. This beautiful summer wedding featured sunflowers, one of the most iconic of summertime flowers.  Sunflowers symbolize adoration, loyalty, longevity, unconditional love, and remind us of bright, warm sunshine, what a perfect theme for summer and fall weddings! Their bright and cheerful nature will bring joy, happiness, and warmth to your love-filled wedding day!

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Cooper Spur Mountain Resort in the Mount Hood National Forest is a charming mountain resort with a rustic lodge, log cabins and condos nestled in the woods, where you and your wedding guests will be surrounded by pine trees, beautiful meadows and epic views of the top of Mount Hood.  Its perfect for a mountain getaway anytime of year, and a wonderful outdoor wedding venue for nature loving couples to tie the knot!  This sunflower wedding at Cooper Spur was photographed by Crystal Genes Photography, a wonderful wedding photographer I’ve had to honor and pleasure to work beside on weddings as well as multiple styled shoot projects for the NW Wedding Underground.  We were recently featured in the Oregonian together for our Wedding on Wheels elopement packages with Oregon Teardrop Rentals!

The bride and bridesmaids of this sunflower mountain resort wedding carried classic, cluster bouquets of sunflowers, babies breath, Solidaster solidago, and Italian ruscus greenery.  Boutonnieres were made with small sunflowers, and Flowers by Alana also designed pale yellow and cream colored silk floral hair pieces and floral crowns for the bride, bridesmaids, and flower girls.

The ceremony was on a grassy lawn outside the lodge, surrounded by forest, and flanked by a beautiful view of the majestic Mount Hood.  Three floral installations with white hydrangea, large sunflowers, yellow roses, Italian ruscus and various types of eucalyptus were designed and installed on a simple wooden arbor structure owned by Cooper Spur Mountain Resort.  Beside the flower girl crowns, the flower girls also carried baskets decorated with sunflowers and yellow solidaster flowers and filled with yellow rose petals.

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After the ceremony, the reception took place within a large white reception tent.  Each guest table was decorated beautifully and simply with classic white chairs, white linens, dark brown napkins, and sunflower centerpieces.  Fishbowl vases containing decorative rock and water floated three large sunflower heads for a clean, simple sunflower centerpiece.

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To see more photographs of this sunflower mountain resort wedding, check out Crysal Gene Photography’s blog post.

VENDORS~

Venue: Cooper Spur Mountain Resort

Photographer: Crystal Genes Photography

DJ: Mr. Elive Productions

Hair + Makeup: Olivia Cooke

Cake: Lori Daily

Flowers: Flowers by Alana

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Are you having a small intimate gathering or eloping in 2020 and in need of a wedding florist?  Or newly engaged and planning a 2021 or 2022 wedding?  Flowers by Alana has availability and would love to do your wedding flowers! Contact us to book a virtual consultation or phone call this week!

 

 

How to be Anti-Racist in the Wedding Industry

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This is an apology letter and my plan to do better as a business owner, a wedding professional, and a white woman.  George Floyd’s senseless death at the hands of four police officers enraged and saddened me.  I was both sad and mad to the fact that another life was taken by a racist system, and equally sad and mad when I began to self-reflect and realize my own part in that racist system.  I am taking a stand now and am embarrassed that this stand wasn’t outspoken years ago.  I am sorry for my years of silence, hidden behind white privilege.  I am doing the work now to dismantle my own white privilege and see where I can do better to be anti-racist, and the many ways I can take action and loudly make known that Black Lives Matter.

At the core of my wedding floral business’ mission has been environmental ethics.  Its been important to me to support local flower growers, purchase eco-friendly, low or no pesticide blooms, and implement sustainable design methods that have a low environmental footprint.  I am realizing that this mission sadly falls short.   I am now developing my company’s mission to include diversity and inclusion, and to be anti-racist at its core.  Over the past few weeks, I have began a journey of self-reflection to see where I can do better and the concrete steps I can take in my wedding business to be anti-racist.

Step 1: Self-reflection and education

I am reading books, watching movies, listening to podcasts, and taking online training to learn the history of racism and see where it shows up in our culture, self-reflect on my own actions and where I could have done better, and learn what steps I can take to dismantle racism and further racial justice.  Click here to see a great starting place for books to read, podcasts to listen to, and movies to watch to dismantle racism. 

Step 2: Diversify my vendor network

Engaged couples often ask for my recommendations for other wedding professionals to hire for their wedding.  I am realizing my current vendor referral list lacks many professionals of color, so I am currently rebuilding my vendor list to be more diverse.  I will put in the effort to connect with more black, indigenous, and people of color in the wedding industry, and I will encourage couples to hire a diverse team of vendors for their wedding day.

Step 3: Representation in photos

This one has been on my mind for weeks. I want to diversify my photos on social media and my website to include more people of color, but I don’t want the action to be perceived as token statements.  I also recognize that I have been a part of many styled shoots where models were not compensated.  Going forward, whenever a person of color models or contributes their creative work, I am going to make sure they are compensated, so that I am not exploiting people of color for my own capital gain.  I have a styled shoot coming up that includes a bi-racial couple and I am asking all vendors to contribute to paying the models for their work.  The photos I use going forward with past styled shoots of people of color, I am reaching out and paying them in reparations, and apologizing that I hadn’t even thought to pay them previously.  This is somewhere that can be radically changed in the industry, as models often aren’t paid in styled shoots, yet there are model calls for same-sex couples or people of color in order to diversify our portfolios and social network photos. We can do better, wedding pros.

Step 4: Diversify my company

Flowers by Alana is primarily a one-woman show, but I have big plans to expand and hire a diverse team in the coming years.  I am committed to including people of color in my team, and creating a safe, equitable space where everyone is treated and paid fairly.  I also am committed to holding equity and diversity trainings for my future team.

Step 5: Support anti-racist companies

These past few weeks have given me the opportunity to look to the companies I directly support with my dollar, and whether they are staying silent or also doing the work to dismantle racism.  I am proud that my neighborhood credit union OnPoint that I use for business banking has made statements standing with the black community.  I have also recently switched to Honeybook for organizing my templates, contracts and invoicing.  I choose them over other organizing systems because they were quick to stand with the black community.  I am also a proud paying member of the MOB Nation, a mom owned business network who have done incredible work at educating their members on dismantling racism, and taking a stand the Black Lives Matter.  Going forward, I will continually research companies I am supporting and choosing anti-racist companies over silent ones.

Step 6: Boycott racist locations

I take a stand and boycott plantations or other historically racist locations for weddings or styled shoots.  I was admittedly ignorant that this was an issue in the wedding industry, but am grateful to become aware.  I have been asked over the years to travel and design wedding flowers in other states and going forward, I will make sure the locations aren’t ones with racist pasts.

Step 7: Donate to the cause to fight for racial justice

I am donating a percentage of my profits this year and going forward to organizations committed to dismantling racism, including the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation and the NAACP.

Step 7:  Support and stand for love in all forms

As a wedding florist, I am honored to be directly a part of the celebration of love between two people.  I am committed to supporting and standing for love in all its forms with absolutely no judgement or prejudice.  I celebrate and embrace interracial couples, couples of color, and same-sex marriages.  Black Lives Matter.  Black Love Matters.  Love is Love.

 

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Are you a wedding professional who has other ideas on how we can dismantle racism in the wedding community? Please leave a comment below!  Are you a BIPOC (black, indigenous, person of color) wedding professional local to the Pacific Northwest who would like to be a part of my wedding vendor referral list?  Let’s be in touch!

 

Wedding on Wheels, an adventure elopement package in the Pacific Northwest

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Are you an outdoors adventure loving couple who dreams of getting married in the woods, a lake, or another favorite nature destination in the beautiful Pacific Northwest?  I’m so thrilled to announce that I’ve partnered with Oregon Teardrop Rentals and some of the best wedding professionals in our region to bring you an all-inclusive elopement package called Wedding on Wheels, complete with wedding flowers, wedding cake, champagne, an on-site photographer, and a Teardrop trailer, all delivered to the outdoor destination site of your choice!

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Wedding on Wheels professional collaborators:

Oregon Teardrop Rentals offers two different Lightweight Aero Teardrop trailers for rent on their own or as a part of the Wedding on Wheels elopement package.  You may choose between a cheerful, bright yellow Teardrop named Margot or a forest green Teardrop named Aspynn.  Both teardrop camper trailers include a galley kitchen with storage and kitchen essentials, Bluetooth stereo, USB ports, an awning for shade, a comfy bed for two, and overhead lights.  Each trailer has additional add-on amenities you can choose as upgrades, and can be delivered to your destination as part of the elopement package, or you can tow it to your elopement adventure.

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Your Wedding on Wheels elopement package includes two different options for on-site elopement photography by Crystal Genes Photography, a talented wedding photographer in the Portland area and the founder of the Northwest Wedding Underground, a collective of the best wedding venues and professional wedding vendors in the Pacific Northwest region.  Options depend on the length of time you wish to have a photographer on-site and the venue distance from Portland.

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Your wedding cake by Cakes by Laura LLC, who specializes in sugar flowers, beautiful decorative designs and incredible flavors, has options of two or three-tiered wedding cakes for your elopement package. Laura hand-made each petal and intricate detail of these sugar flowers on this gorgeous cake, check it out!

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Your floral options with Wedding on Wheels are a basic elopement floral package of your bride bouquet and your groom’s boutonniere, or an upgraded floral package, which includes a bridal bouquet, groom’s boutonniere, one additional vase arrangement, and a garland to decorate the Teardrop trailer.  Additional add-ons may be requested such as a floral crown, additional boutonnieres or corsages for the officiant and any special guests, or other floral additions your unique wedding may require.  When you book your package, you may provide a wedding color palette and an inspiration board or photos you would like me to consider when creating your flowers.  You may also request a consultation with Flowers by Alana at no additional charge.

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Our Wedding on Wheels elopement shoot was recently featured by the OregonianClick here to see the feature!  You may also see more photos from the shoot on Crystal Genes Photography blog post!

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Wedding on Wheels Styled Shoot credits:

Teardrop Trailers: Oregon Teardrop Rentals

Photography: Crystal Genes Photography

Cake: Cakes by Laura, LLC.

Florals: Flowers by Alana

Dress boutique: Anna’s Bridal

Dress Designer: Rita Vinieris

Makeup: Shelby Renee

Models: Shelby Renee and Dylen 

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I look forward to being a part of your Wedding on Wheels adventure elopement!! ~ Alana of          Flowers by Alana

 

 

 

6 Favorite Summer Wedding Bouquets

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Summer is on the horizon during the weirdest year of our lives!  The covid-19 pandemic has certainly changed the summer landscape of many industries, especially weddings! We don’t yet know when we’ll be allowed to gather in groups again for Pacific Northwest weddings, but many couples are still choosing to get married! One thing I’ve noticed as a wedding florist is whether couples get married surrounded by all their loved ones and friends, or they elope just the two of them, a beautiful bridal bouquet is essential to almost every summer wedding.  Let’s look at some of my favorite summer bouquets Flowers by Alana designed over the last few summers to inspire you for your summer wedding.

1.) Lush and Wild Summer Boho Bouquet

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Summer is naturally lush and abundant and this extra large, wild, boho (bohemian)  bridal bouquet mirrors that abundance.  Lush with overflowing eucalyptus greenery in several varieties, strands of wheat, cream colored spray roses, pops of coral roses, and slightly dried pink ice protea, this gorgeous summer bouquet for a styled shoot with talented photographer Natalie Kristeen Photography at Cooper Mountain remains one of my faves from 2018!

2.) Beach Wedding Bouquet in Creams and Pale Greenery

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To date, this may be one of my favorite bride’s bouquets ever, photographed by one of my favorite wedding photographers Rebecca Rizzo Photographics. It has been featured several times on the Oregon Bride Magazine‘s blog as well as their Instagram stories as one of their favorite summer bouquets, too! It was perfect for a beach elopement at Hug Point State Recreation Site near Manzanita, OR.  The soft, pale green color of silver dollar eucalyptus and an extra large Tillandsia xerographica air plant, white hydrangea, a large pale pink king protea, and creamy ivory vendella roses created the perfect soft, beachy palette for a this beach summer wedding bouquet.

3. Summer Sunflower Bride Bouquet

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Few things represent Summer more than warm sunshine and sunflowers!  This classic, round, sunflower bouquet was designed with several large sunflowers, babies breath, yellow Solidaster solidago, eucalyptus, and Italian ruscus greenery for a beautiful Summer wedding at Cooper’s Spur Mountain Resort on Mt. Hood in Oregon, photographed by artistic wedding and portrait photographer Crystal Genes.

4. Romantic and Classic White Wedding Bouquet

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One of the most memorable wedding I designed for last summer was this classic and romantic wedding in lush greenery and creams at Rock Creek Country Club, photographed by the talented wedding photographer Lauren Zavaletta. Click here to see the wedding blog post and see more details from this gorgeous summer wedding! This romantic wedding bouquet contained creamy vendella roses, white ranunculus, white dahlia, and seeded eucalyptus.

5. Romantic Summer Bouquet in Blush and Ivory

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This romantic style summer bridal bouquet in blush Keira by David Austin garden roses, white dahlias and ranunculus, creamy Ivory vendella roses, and lush seeded eucalyptus was perfect for a summer wedding at the Aerie at Eagle’s Landing, photographed by the adventurous team of Between the Pine and coordinated by Portland wedding planner Krystle Clear Events.

6. Summer Wedding Bouquet in Coral, Sage green, and Ivory 

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Bright colors like Coral go great in the summer months, because they remind us of tropical sunsets, popsicles, and fruity drinks of the season.  The Pantone color of the year in 2019 was Living Coral and was incorporated beautiful at this stunning Summer wedding at Jacquot Farm in Brush Prairie, Washington, photographed by Karina Tobin.  This lush wedding bouquet contained ivory Patience by David Austin garden roses, blush ranunculus, pale apricot colored stock flowers, pink astilbe, coral colored Ecoroses, seeded and silver dollar eucalyptus, and Italian ruscus.

Stay healthy and safe, friends!  Contact us if you are considering booking Flowers by Alana for your wedding flowers!  2020 and 2021 dates are filling quickly!