Sunday, December 21, 2014

Reflections of Turning 29


My birthday was this past Friday (19th) and I turned 29. One more year in my twenties.... Am I freaking out? Am I worried? Am I dreading it? No. I love birthdays! (Especially mine!) I am looking forward to celebrating my big 3-0 with my friends and family.

After this past weekend of celebrations, I realized how happy I am. I have a wonderful, loving, caring, supportive husband. We have so much fun together and he makes me laugh all the time. While being by his side as he tackles getting into the CU Boulder Engineering program and working full time, we have had very little time to enjoy each other and enjoy being newlyweds. Seeing his grades be posted and being so proud of him, we both know we are sacrificing now to build a better future and it will all work out and be worthwhile.

I have wonderful friends, who even though we don't talk a ton or see each other as often as we would like, we are there for each other and have a blast connecting when we do get to spend time together. I appreciate every single one of them and am so happy that I have each one in my life. Some of my friends are also my co-workers. I work with fan-tas-tic people. No lie. It is such a joy to enjoy everyone you work with. Building friendships outside of work has been my key to keeping great, long lasting relationships. Some of my bestest of best friends are people I have met at work.

Now on to my family. Sometimes there are not enough words to express my gratitude, love, and appreciation for my family. My parents are the greatest. They are the ultimate support I can ask for. They have helped mold me into who I am today and have pushed me to grow and express myself in the ways I want to. From "allowing" me to get my first tattoo on my 18th birthday; to helping me after college when I couldn't find a non-retail job; to supporting me in my work adventures to finally lead me to pursuing owning my own flower design business - they have always been a sounding board, a shoulder, and given me assurance among so may other things. My siblings are amazing. This includes my sister-in-law who I have grown very close to and am SO happy to call her my sister. My siblings are so very understanding and have never been judgmental. They always want what is best for me and push me towards my goals and dreams. As we are now starting our own families, I believe we are maturing as siblings and enjoy our time together so much more. Our time together is always loud, laughter-filled, and a complete joy. With now having a nephew, I am reveling in this new kind of love. I am learning as I go and am grateful for my brother and sister-in-law being patient and trusting me with their little bundle. I cannot wait to feel another type of love when I have my own child.... down the road.

Always keep in mind that relationships are what keep life moving and happiness around.

So, bring on 29! 30 doesn't scare me, not with the people I have surrounding me! I look forward to what this next year will bring and can't wait to continue pursing my dreams.

Merry Christmas!


Monday, October 20, 2014

Surprise Party for my Parent's 20th Wedding Anniversary

My siblings and I, (and our spouses), surprised out parents with a party for their 30th Wedding Anniversary at Bonacquisti Wines. It was an intimate and fun night. Lots of laughter, joy, family love and catching up with friends!






















Thursday, October 2, 2014

Well Shoot! I gotta Catch Up!

Sorry for lacking on my posting for this blog! Between two jobs, taking care of my pups, and my brother's new baby boy -  have been busy!

Here's some photos of what I've been up to! Professional pics won't be far behind, I'm sure!

August 31st Wedding
St. Ignatius Church & Mile High Station

Bridal Bouquet
dahlia's, roses, tulips, spray roses, and coxcomb


Centerpiece #1

Pew decor

Altar Piece

Centerpiece #2

Railing Garland

September 28th Wedding
Deer Creek Valley Ranch

Floral Crown for the flower girl

Hops boutonnieres for the men

Sweetheart table arrangement w/ king protea, iris, roses, hellebores,
lavender, spray roses, and mini carnations

Bridal Bouquet - lavender

Arbor decor


roses, delphinium, lavender, hellebores, alstromeria, wax flower,
lisianthus, spray roses, and mini carnations

Chair decor for ceremony

I'm so happy that everything came together so well! Especially when I was so stressed how everyone would like what I created. There's lots more pressure when some one is paying you to make something beautiful or their big day. I'm also so lucky to have friends in the wedding industry that send couples my way and for endorsing my business. I'm very proud of the past 4 months. What an adventure!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Good Ol' Country Wedding

I was so thankful and excited to be a part of Katelynn and Jake's wedding day on June 28th! It started with a drive up to my college town in Greeley, then down to Longmont to a very cute reception barn called D-Barn. Everything turned out great; and I got to stop at my favorite Mexican food restaurant, Palominos, to pick up some blue corn enchiladas.... OMG - it's so good.

Katelynn also sent me this great email:

"Thank you so much for all of the beautiful flowers!!! I loved the bouquets and the centerpieces!! They were all just amazing! Thanks for being professional, timely, and a pleasure to work with! I will most definitely recommend you and your company! "

 Such awesome feedback! Live your Passion!

Here are some photos I took:
Billy Ball Bouts

Bridesmaid's Bouquets: lisanthus, roses, iris, buplurum, ranunculus, 
rice flower, spray roses, and scabiosa blooms

Table Centerpieces - sunflowers, chamomile, buplurum, aster crowns,
lavender, delphinium, and solidago

Monday, June 30, 2014

I was a Model! For myself...

Every business owner needs head shots, so that's what I went to Tega Photography to do! We went down to the Santa Fe Arts District and found some really cool spots. She did an amazing job and I had a ton of fun getting to know her!

Let me know what you think!








Thursday, May 1, 2014

Martha Helped Me Create Bridal Bouquet Art

I didn't think about what I was going to do with my bridal bouquet until a few days after the wedding. I knew I didn't want to hang and dry it, and I didn't want it preserved. I thought, "a picture is good enough." Until my awesome photographer/friend sent me a link on Pinterest to Martha Stewart Weddings. Good ol' Martha, had taken apart a bouquet, dried the flowers and put them in picture frames. (See photo below.) I loved the idea to create art out of my bouquet! Here is the process that I did and how I arranged my bouquet into an artsy display for my wall!

Martha Stewart Weddings

 First, I started out by picking the best looking/freshest flowers from my bouquet. I clipped them and placed them between two pieces of paper towel. I placed them on a table underneath several of my husband's calculus textbooks and our heavy board games. I let them flatten and dry for two weeks.



Next, I found three matching photo frames at the Goodwill, ($3 each! Score!). I picked a color of construction paper that still complimented my wedding colors and bouquet, (blue), and cut it to fit into the photo frame.

Then I arranged the blooms and petals to what I feel looked the best together.

After I liked how I placed everything, I attached the petals and blooms to the construction paper with glue.


Then, I took the piece of glass from the frame and placed it over the "art" and flipped it over back into the frame.


Finally, I found some wall space in our bedroom and hung them up as a trip-tic piece! I think I love it!

This was quick, (well after the two weeks of drying and pressing the flowers), and very easy. I think anyone can complete this project and showcase their bouquet in a new modern way! Thanks Martha!