An All Greenery Bridal Bouquet for a Minimalist Urban Wedding

If there is one wedding floral trend that I hope stays forever, or at least a long long time, its the all greenery bridal bouquet.  A bouquet made entirely in greenery aligns perfectly for the nature-loving, forest wedding vibe, but can also make a fun, alternative statement in a minimalist and urban wedding setting!   Today, I am reminiscing on a styled shoot I did last year around Earth Day at Opal 28, one of my favorite urban indoor wedding venues in Portland, Oregon.

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Opal 28 is an intimate gathering space in the heart of NE Portland.  The 2600 square foot wedding and event venue has two charming “great rooms,” a private outdoor patio, a built in OLCC bar, and in-house catering and accommodations.  I love the feel of Opal 28, as it is a perfect blend of vintage meets urban, with concrete walls, exposed brick, and gorgeous natural light beaming through windows covered in sheer drapery.  This Portland wedding venue can accomodate up to 50 guests for an intimate, seated ceremony and sit-down formal reception dinner, up to 85 guests for a standing, outdoor ceremony in the patio, and up to 100 guests for a standing ceremony and cocktail style reception.  Its perfect for your small, intimate weddings and gatherings.  Follow Opal 28 on Instagram here!

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This styled shoot was planned, styled, and coordinated by Danielle Nichole, a wedding and events planner based out of Portland.  I’ve had the pleasure and honor of working on real weddings as well as styled shoots with Danielle and can definitely recommend her as your wedding planner!   Bringing a high level of professionalism, attention to detail, and unlimited creative ideas, hiring Danielle will help make your wedding day stress-free and flawless!  Follow her on Instagram here!

The styled shoot was photographed by the talented wedding and engagement photographer, Joanie Johnson of Eloquent Moments Photography, who also does gorgeous family portraits and event photography outside of weddings.  Her photos are magic!  She captures light beautifully and tells an authentic story the way she captures expressions and emotions of her subjects.  Follow her Instagram here!

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I was excited to design an all greenery bouquet for this styled shoot.  I used a combination of contrasting details among the leaves and greenery stems: dark green and pale grey-green, smooth leaves and textured leaves, large leaves and tiny leaves. The greenery varieties I used in the bridal bouquet were ferns, baby blue eucalyptus, gunni eucalyptus, lily grass, Italian ruscus, various types of silvery Dusty Miller, and a medium size Monstera leaf to draw in and complete the minimalist style of the shoot.


Other florals I designed in the shoot at Opal 28 included floral accents on the cakes, succulents potted in white ceramic pots, sprigs of dogwood and Italian ruscus accenting the golden geometric accents from Koyal Wholesale, and various floral arrangements on the dessert table and reception tablescape.

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Talented Portland based Makeup and Hair artist, Katarina Tiley was also an important contributor of this styled shoot, as both our stunning model bride and as the Makeup and Hair Artist!  Katarina and I have also been a part of multiple real weddings and styled shoots together and I can definitely recommend her if you are looking for a professional makeup and hair artist for your pacific northwest wedding! She specializes in timeless beauty, one that isn’t impacted by new trends, fads or other novelties.  She uses neutral tones that enhance your natural beauty without drawing focus on the wrong areas.  Katarina will also help you find the best tone for your skin in your trial run before your big day, so you’ll have confidence and a beautiful glow as you look gorgeous on your wedding day!  Katarina can also accommodate large bridal parties by bringing a team of other makeup professionals!  Follow her Instagram here!


In this styled shoot, Katarina wore a stunning bridal gown from The White Dress, a bridal boutique in the heart of downtown Portland.  The White Dress has designer bridal gowns for every personality, size, and budget, including several collections from local dress designers.  The gown was from the Wilderly by Allure collection, and was a lacy, vintage meets Bohemian gown with long sleeves, a high neckline, unique and delicate lacy details and textures, and a stunning open back.  Follow the White Dress on Instagram!

This styled shoot incorporated a gorgeous dessert bar complete with multiple talented wedding dessert vendors. We had miniature cakes by Box 42 Bakery, a naked cake by Cake Nouveau, and a beautiful, marbled and tiered wedding cake accented with delicate wafer paper leaves by the talented Sugar House Cake.  The mini cakes by Box 42 Bakery were moist, chocolate cake bites frosted and adorned with sweet tiny floral details and golden sugar crystals.  One of the best part of styled shoots is getting to take home the desserts, and these were all delicious!

Thanks for being a part of my wedding floral journey!  Follow Flowers by Alana on Instagram and follow all the great vendors who collaborated on this styled shoot!  Stay tuned for more blog posts of real weddings and vendor collaborations! And fill out my contact form if you’d like to schedule a Zoom call to discuss your wedding flowers or a collaboration idea!  I love connecting with wedding venue owners, photographers, coordinators, and other wedding professionals!  Typically, I love to meet with couples and collaborators over coffee or wine, but with the current coronavirus pandemic, Zoom calls are my new coffee dates!



A Winery and Vineyard Styled Shoot at the Heisen House Vineyards in Battle Ground, Washington

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Around this time last year, I was honored to be a part of an incredible styled shoot at Heisen House Vineyards, a winery, vineyard, and wedding venue in Battle Ground, Washington, less than an hour drive from Portland, Oregon.  I love styled shoots because you really get the bigger picture of what it takes to put on a wedding and how it really is the collective work of a team.  I also love observing the love and passion each unique wedding professional brings to their business, and a chance to get to know one another personally.  This shoot was especially fun and memorable, because we got to sample delicious Heisen House wine made right at the venue and eat delicious pie from Pacific Pie Co!

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Coordinated and styled by wedding planner, Shannon Huffman of Periwinkle Events NW, this styled shoot will forever be in my memories as one of the most fun and unique styled shoots I’ve ever been a part of.  Shannon brings a high level of enthusiasm, warmth, genuine care, and acute attention to detail to her work as a wedding planner that any couple would be so lucky to have her coordinate their wedding day!  What Shannon brought to this styled shoot was nothing short of extraordinary!  She coordinated this styled shoot with many unique details, put together an incredible team of wedding vendors, and styled several looks throughout the shoot that cohesively created an amazing visual experience at Heisen House VineyardsThe styled shoot was beautifully photographed by the incredibly talented Alyssa McConaughey, a wedding, portrait, and fine art photographer based in Newberg, Oregon.  She beautifully captured the richness of color and all the other incredible details of this winery and vineyard styled shoot.

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The colors in the wedding palette were rich in color and tone, and was the perfect palette for a winery and vineyard setting: marigold yellow and a softer, butter yellow, deep burgundy, and sage green.  Incorporating many different textures throughout the greenery and flowers, the floral style was a blend of romantic, elegant rustic, and boho or bohemian.  Specific flowers that achieved the color palette were burgundy ranunculus, pink ice protea, “Brighton” yellow eco-roses, “High and Yellow Magic” yellow roses, “Buttercup” garden roses, yellow calla lilies, eucalyptus in baby blue, silver dollar, seeded, and gunni, dusty miller and blue cypress.

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The bride (model and actress Kelly Sina) wore a simple and classic gown by Anna’s Bridal. The groom (actor Adam Elliot Davis) wore a suit from Nordstrom Rack.  Hair and Makeup was done by Lash & Lox Special Event Hair and Makeup.  Stationery and signage was done by Everglow Handmade.  Portable luxury restrooms were set up on site by Royal Restrooms.   A delicious dessert bar featuring pies in both full size and mini tartlets was provided by Pacific Pie Co.  For the dessert bar, I installed a floral installation on a backdrop created by ladders.  Designing on-site floral installations are one of my favorite parts to styled shoots and many weddings. 

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The rental items used in the styled shoot came from the coordinator Periwinkle Events NW and The Party Place.  We used a gorgeous custom built wooden table for the tablescape and charcuterie that came from Country Garden Tables, where you can rent your own gorgeous wooden farm-style tables for your wedding!

Little Photo Bus was a fun addition to the styled shoot!  This red, pristine Volkswagon bus lends itself to unique photo opportunities outside the bus, but also has a photobooth inside the bus!  Guests of your wedding can have fun dressing up with props and receiving photo souvenirs to take home and remember your special event!

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I’ll leave you with this wedding video, beautifully created by wedding videographers, Justin and Emily of RoamArrow Wedding Films, who did an excellent job capturing the joyfulness and fun energy of this styled shoot! Thank you to everyone who was involved and a big thank you to Shannon Huffman of Periwinkle Events who invited me to be a part of the vendor team and provide florals for this winery and vineyard styled wedding shoot!


An Indian Wedding in Oregon, a rich celebration of love and cross cultural traditions

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Its no question that weddings signify love and commitment, but weddings can also be the perfect opportunity for a couple to weave together their native, cultural or religious traditions to create a blended, customized experience, and this wedding did just that.  This wedding beautifully incorporated traditional customs and cultural rituals from both the bride’s Indian culture with the groom’s western roots.

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This summer wedding took place at the Redland Family Farm in Oregon City, a family run Christmas tree farm and a wedding and event venue just outside of Portland, Oregon.  The wedding venue can accommodate up to 450 guests and offers several serene settings to stage an outdoor wedding ceremony, plus beautiful indoor options for getting ready, cocktail hour, bar, and reception areas.  One of my favorite details of this great wedding venue is a majestic and enormous oak tree (my name Alana means oak tree and I just love them!)  Under the big oak tree was the perfect choice for this couple’s first look in my opinion!

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In Indian weddings, the vibrancy and decadence is not reserved only for the bride.  James donned a silk sherwani, a traditional Indian shirt for a groom, in bright, vibrant blue.   In Indian weddings, grooms traditionally wear bright colors over the black or white formal attire of western wedding grooms. For an Indian wedding, brides traditionally wear red, a color that symbolizes the rising sun, fertility, and prosperity.  Aru wore an exquisitely embroidered, two piece, red Indian bridal gown that consisted of a crop top, a long skirt, and a sari.   Another Indian bridal custom is to intricately draw on the the bride’s hands and feet with henna in a Mehndi ceremony the day before the wedding, gifting the bride with blessings of health, luck, and joy on her wedding and marriage journey.  Besides henna, Aru also wore several bangles on her wrists, a bridal decorative bindi on her forehead, and other traditional and elaborate bridal jewelry on her ears and neck. She looked absolutely stunning and exquisite, like a royal Indian princess!

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This wedding did bring in some of the American traditional wedding aspects, such as having bridesmaids, groomsmen, and a flower girl, which are not traditionally a part of an Indian wedding.  The bride’s bouquet was a colorful and classic, cluster bouquet made with pale blue hydrangea, pale blue delphinium, soft peach-toned “juliet” garden roses by David Austin, red roses, blush pink ranunculus and a small amount of seeded eucalyptus.  The bridesmaids carried a similar cluster style bouquet in very pale, neutral palette of hydrangea, garden roses, ranunculus, and astilbe.  In developing the floral palettes, the couple asked me to bring in all the colors of the bridal party gowns and suits, which included red, pink, peach, and pale blue.  The couple and I chose flowers together that had many petals and various textures to complement the intricate and extravagant embroidery on the bridal party dresses and suits.

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The wedding ceremony itself took place under a Mandap, a large structure traditionally used in Indian weddings.  This Mandap was adorned with white fabric across the top, and I installed floral clusters to the top and sides of the structure, choosing flowers that match the bridal party florals. Being the florist, I did not attend the wedding and cannot explain the traditional rituals that took place during the actual ceremony, but seeing the photos, I can definitely see that Indian ceremonial customs were woven into the ceremony.

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The reception was held in the wooden, barn-like structure at the venue. Guest tables were a mix of round tables covered in pale blue linen and a long, wooden banquet style head table.  The reception table centerpieces were made with different pastel shades of garden roses, spray roses, pale blue delphinium, and Italian ruscus in beautiful, glass, compote urns, which gave the reception event the feel of luxury and elegance without being too over the top.

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The wedding vendor team of this gorgeous, cross cultural wedding at Redland Family Farm included photos by Photography by Ajay, planning and coordinating by Krystle Clear Events, hair and makeup by Coreene Collins, catering by Pearl Catering, rentals by Bridgewood Events, and florals by yours truly, Flowers by Alana

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I’m so honored and grateful to get to be a part of such a special and unique wedding!  I wish Aru and James a lifetime of love and blessings on their marriage! Thank you for hiring me to be your wedding florist!  Its a pleasure to be a part of your love story by providing gorgeous flowers at your wedding!


Classic and Romantic Wedding at a Portland, Oregon Country Club

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Romantic and classic is a perfect style for an outdoor country club wedding, like Arthur and Rachel’s wedding last summer at the Rock Creek Country Club in Portland, Oregon.  This wedding was beautifully captured by the talented wedding photographer Lauren Zavaletta.  Every stunning detail of this wedding had the timeless style that transcends trends and remains elegant and beautiful.  The soft pale floral palette and the sophisticated and sharply dressed attire of the wedding party were a few of my favorite details of this romantic and classic country club wedding.

Wedding florals are an important aspect in creating the style and theme of any wedding, and the florals of this wedding did just that.  A soft, neutral floral palette of cream, ivory, and white with sage colored greenery set the tone for the classic wedding.  Rich textures of the lush florals and greenery also provided a romantic feel to the wedding day.  The bouquets and most of the floral arrangements throughout the wedding included classic wedding flowers like ivory colored Vendella roses, cream colored dahlias, classic white ranunculus, and white hydrangea.  The bouquets also included seeded and silver dollar eucalyptus that provided a romantic touch in color and texture.  Bridesmaids wore dark slate gray dresses that contrasted perfectly with the white and soft green hues of the bridesmaid bouquets.

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Ceremony decor for this stunning outdoor country club wedding included florals, greenery, and white chiffon drapery designed on the venue’s classic white wooden wedding arbor.  This wedding was the first time I had the opportunity to play with Southern Smilax, a Pinterest – popular greenery among wedding florists!  Southern Smilax looks delicate, but has very hearty, strong elongated vines in various lengths that are perfect addition to wedding arbors and other tall wedding installations!

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Another area of ceremony decor were small bundles of eucalyptus tied to white chairs along the aisle, providing a hint of northwest organic style in just the right amount to keep the ceremony simple and classic.  At the head of the aisle stood two large, black, standing urns with large classic ceremony arrangements in the wedding’s palette of white and trailing greenery, which was the perfect romantic and classic addition to welcome guests and complete the ceremony area.  

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The entrance to the large white reception tent supported a floral and greenery installation of hydrangea, roses, eucalyptus, and did you guess it?! ~ Southern Smilax!  The tent walls were also donned with drapery tied together with ivory colored ribbon and bunches of eucalyptus greenery at every support pole.

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Cocktail tables were arranged on the grass outside the tent and were covered with classic white linens, gathered together below the table to suspend strands of draping silver dollar eucalyptus, adding more of the lush and romantic details congruent to this outdoor Oregon country club wedding.

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Inside the large white tent were more details bringing more of the classic and romantic feel of the wedding.  Gold chairs and gold chargers elegantly decorated classic white table linens at each guest table.  Centerpieces were designed in golden glass floral urns that created a romantic, elegant, and almost vintage look that was perfect for the occasion.  Each centerpiece held a large “cafe au lait” dahlia, with their elegantly pale colored blooms in soft, blush pink and creamy beige, along with stock flowers, roses, and eucalyptus.  The layers of multiple dahlia petals and the lush greenery of the centerpieces gave the reception tables a classic, romantic feel. 

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Other ways the classic and romantic theme was captured beautifully were in the bride and groom’s little details, like her sparkly glitter keds, the touch of lace in her classically sophisticated veil and garter, and his sharp dress shoes, slate grey tie, and simple boutonniere of a single Vendella rose and seeded eucalyptus.  The simple and classic white tiered wedding cake with just the right touch of floral and greenery decor was also a classic and beautifully simple choice!

Congratulations Rachel and Arthur on your marriage and stunning wedding last summer!  Thank you for choosing Flowers by Alana for your wedding florals!  It was an honor to have your trust and an absolute pleasure getting to know you, and working with you to achieve your dream wedding!  


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Rustic rose gold wedding at the Summit Grove Lodge in Ridgefield, Washington

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One of my favorite weddings to design florals for in 2019 was this stunning forest wedding at the Summit Grove Lodge in Ridgefield, Washington.  The color palette was rose gold, mauve, ivory, blush, and sage green, which blended perfectly and elegantly with the rustic wooden lodge beams and lush green forest surroundings of the venue, and the small pieces of metallic rose gold accents throughout the wedding decor was the perfect touch.

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Photographs were taken by the amazingly talented adventure wedding and elopement photographer Baylee Dennis, who did an incredible job capturing everything beautifully.  Follow her instagram and you’ll be swooning for days!

Rosycakes Bakery did a beautiful job with the cake and desserts.  The popular rustic look of the “naked” cake pairs so well with wooden rounds and the other wooden and forested accents of this rustic elegant wedding.  I added minimal sprigs of seeded eucalyptus and italian ruscus to the wedding cake for just the right amount of romantic, rustic and natural charm.  There’s something about naked cakes that I just can’t get enough of, and I’m so glad they are still trending at rustic weddings!

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The rose gold and blush colors of the palette were brought into the bride’s gorgeous bridal bouquet with mauve “cafe latte” garden roses, blush David Austin garden roses called “Keira,”and blush colored ranunculus with pops of white “Bride to Be” dahlias.  The bridesmaid bouquets remained cream, white, and ivory in vendella roses, white stock flowers, and white dahlias.  Lush sage-colored silver dollar and seeded eucalyptus and italian ruscus gave the bridal party florals the lush romantic feel of the wedding’s forest theme.

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The wedding venue Summit Grove Lodge is located in a thick forest not far off of interstate-5 in Ridgefield, Washington.  Five acres of beautiful, tranquil forest surround the stunning wooden lodge and lends itself to gorgeous photographic opportunities in its rustic and scenic beauty.  The outdoor portion of the venue is cleanly landscaped in stone, ferns, manicured lawn, and strongly flanked by a wooden gazebo structure which staged the outdoor wedding perfectly.  I had fun installing a simple greenery installation suspended from the gazebo entrance.

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The wedding stationery was designed and printed by minted for the guest table numbers and the wedding invitations.  The signage was created by Painted Lilium.  I personally LOVE the trend of telling your guests your preference for an unplugged ceremony with a custom wooden sign in gorgeous calligraphy!

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The stunning bridal gown and the bridesmaids dresses were from Allure Bridals, the men’s tuxedos was from The Black Tux, the talented Rachel Petey videographed the event, and hair and make up were done by the talented LUX Artistry Collective, based out of SW Washington.

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I’d like to thank my cousin Elizabeth for referring my wedding flower company to her friends Jessica and Tyler.  I loved connecting with this beautiful couple, learning their love story, and helping them achieve their dream wedding vision with gorgeous flowers!

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Prom Season

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The 2018 Prom Season is in full swing, which means its Corsage time!!  I had fun creating this unique wrist corsage this morning using Cymbidium orchids, Kalanchoe flowers, and Dusty Miller secured on a mauve colored velvet ribbon that feels soooooooooo soft on the wrist!  I like to glue my designs onto soft ribbon opposed to the traditional wiring onto stiff and scratchy elastic wristlets.  Nothing worse than wearing something uncomfortable for hours!  This also allows the size to be more customizable.

Are you a high-schooler (or parent of one!) preparing for Prom this season?  Get in touch with Flowers by Alana to order a Prom corsage or boutonniere!

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Flowers by Alana ~ Portland, OR

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I set the personal business goal of publishing my own website by April, and I’m delighted I met my goal!  Doesn’t it feel good to set quarterly goals and meet them?!

This website is in the very beginning stages.  the portfolio is no where near complete.  I plan to add a section that separates wedding and events by season, and by color palettes.  I’ll be posting blog posts of various weddings and styled shoots I’m a part of, and will include a calendar that shows availability for wedding dates.

If you’ve been following my floral design journey, I want to thank you!!  Thank you for referring me to your sisters and friends!! Thank you for your engagement on my social media pages.  Thank you for ordering flowers!!

Happy Spring!!  Nothing says Spring like FLOWERS!