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” Like a river flows, so surely to the sea, Darling, so it goes,

some things are meant to be”- Elvis

Alexandria and Kurt’s wedding was such a joy to be a part of. It is featured in the new issue of Smitten Magazine, out today. I adored Alex’s style. When she described her vision for the day, she had me at “Romantic”. Her color palette of soft blushes and grays were perfect for the Lake House at the Windmill Winery in Florence, AZ. I loved creating the soft bouquets for her and her bridal party, as well as the pretty greenery garland on the birch pole Arbor that we created for the pier at the Lake House. It all was captured beautifully by Brushfire Photography. Check out Smitten Magazine for tons of beautiful wedding inspiration and the full feature. Enjoy!



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“Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

My favorite part of my career is creating a connection and a relationship with my couples. I am so honored and grateful to be a part of the team of people that work together to make their vision a reality. It’s not the florals themselves that mean so much to them, it’s that they knew they could trust I would put my heart into their design and make it uniquely their own. My goal is that my brides see their bridal bouquet and all of their florals and know that they were designed with lots of love and hope, well wishes that they may have a prosperous and beautiful marriage.  It never fails, I am humbled and covered in goosebumps when I get to see the bride, stunning in her gown, walk down the aisle clutching the creation made for her. My heart beams for her. She’s taking her walk to commit and promise her future to her best friend and she’s carrying only the best, fresh & fragrant blooms picked and arranged just for her. When else, in your life, is there an occasion that is acceptable to carry a huge bouquet of gorgeous florals around? For a groom to pin a little flower or sprig on his lapel?  A wedding is that amazing event, filled with laughter, hugs, kisses, tears, dancing, smiles..what a way to honor such a day!

Florals provide that “ray of beauty” that make the day all the more gorgeous.

photo by christianne taylor






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“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way

-things I had no words for.”-

Georgia O’Keeffe

protea color pallette

One of the first items on a bride’s task list is to determine her color scheme. Colors in wedding design should be carefully thought out and purchasing decisions should be on hold until the colors are chosen. The most important thing to remember when choosing a wedding palette is: What colors make you happy? What colors do you surround yourself with daily? What colors really convey your personality? They affect many factors in styling your day, from your invitation suite to your table settings.

These are also a few questions that one should ask when choosing the colors for their wedding:

Will the colors look good in photos?
Often, very bold colors do not translate well in photos if they are not toned down with more muted, or neutral colors. The eye has a natural need to rest.

Will they look dated in a few years?
Check out wedding photos from the 1970’s, those were some scary color choices and always will be. Don’t date your wedding with really trendy colors.

Are they complimentary on the color wheel?
Some colors really do not go well together. If they hurt your eyes a little than they shouldn’t be used for your wedding.

Here are common color choice mistakes:

A monochromatic color scheme is usually very attractive, just make sure it doesn’t come across as dull. Sometimes just a shade or two lighter or darker can make all the difference. Also, trying to color match your flowers to your colors is a no-no. For example, there are really no “turquoise” flowers that exist in nature and a great florist will not be tempted to tint any to match. Florals are a beautiful way to create contrast and interest to your wedding, they should not be the same color as everything else.

Feeling that you have to choose colors for the season that you’re getting married in. Those rules have gone out the door. Fall is my favorite time of year, but I prefer unexpected combos like those in this post. Deep Reds, Soft Greens, Steel Blue, and Blush Pink & Peach create a rich, classic and workable color palette.

Don’t overdo metallics. I love a little Tarnished Silver or Muted Gold incorporated in, however too much can look garish.

Using very bright colors should be done with restraint. If you want a Bright Orange or Hot Pink incorporated, maybe add some in the florals, the bridesmaid shoes, or table runners. Not the entire bridal party, full table linens or sashes on every chair. Too much of the bright color can become overwhelming fast.

It’s really important to give your wedding pros, a swatch or paint chip of your colors. For come reason the color “teal” means a variety of colors to people. Make sure you convey your version of them to your florist, coordinator, or stylist.


Trust the wedding pros that you’ve hired for your special day. They have created and seen many beautifully produced weddings, also some that are unforgettable, but not in a good way. Don’t be afraid to ask for their honest opinion. They may have that one piece of valuable advice that will make your wedding day stunning and timeless.

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protea centerpiece

photos- brushfire photography     bouquet ribbon-frou frou chic

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“Being bridled, or yielding obediently to restraint,

is necessary for our personal growth & progression” – Faust

Watching something grow is truly fascinating to me. A flower, a child, a sapling tree. The fact that everything is constantly changing and growing is simply thrilling, sometimes a little scary, too. The more years I’m alive I realize how uncomfortable change can be. I am experiencing a personal growth spurt. I have so many amazing, positive things happening in my personal and career life, yet I feel a slight sense of discomfort. Which I know now is necessary to evolve to the next version of myself. Maybe this is how a caterpillar is in it’s cocoon? The cocoon restrains the metamorphosis. Although, there are great changes taking place, it appears that nothing much is going on from the outside. The caterpillar content in it’s bindings for the time being.

My style is evolving, my ideas are different than before, I am utterly filled with inspiration. Yet, I want to restrain all of these ideas a bit, and really take the time to express them in a clear and precise way. Taking the step to fully style weddings is a very natural progression for Sarah’s Garden, all of my past work experience really lends itself to be able to create and consult even more for my couple’s special day to come. I can’t wait to show more brides a unique approach to how their wedding day can look. In design, sometimes when you hold back a bit, the look becomes more beautiful, more exceptional. With floral design, when the designer creates a simple design, but uses the most beautiful blooms, magic is made. There’s no need to manipulate flowers in to a twisted, contorted design using glue, tape and wires. They are so magnificent on their own. Same with wedding styling, uncomplicated and quality pieces are all that are needed to created beauty. No reason to overdo it. Let the simple beauty of a bare wood table, chic place settings, graceful florals, and candlelight work harmoniously together. No need for tons of props and knick knacks. Just clean & natural beauty.

Take note that more of this approach and style to come. I call it natural sophistication. It’s the next big thing for wedding design.

You can see more of it here on my blog, as well as on Weddings Defined,



photos by brushfire photography

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After many months, I am so excited to finally launch the new look of Sarah’s Garden. The decision to rebrand and create a fresh vision was surely needed.  I knew I wanted to convey a look and feel that really represented my passion and love for floral design and styling. I also knew that it was important to keep clean lines and colors to showcase the beautiful film photography of my dear, extremely talented friends at Brushfire Photography. Along with Karen, of Kdp Events, we have collaborated on many weddings and styled photo shoots, but we also have had much discussion about where we would like to see the Arizona wedding industry going in the next few years. We all feel that a wedding is such a major event in our client’s lives, and the day deserves the special touches and creativity of wedding professionals that are extremely passionate about what they do. The aesthetic should be that of fine art, a wedding that is memorable and timeless, not trendy and DIY ridden. Out of these discussions, we have banded together to create Weddings Defined, a blog to educate wedding professionals and engaged couples on what a “fine art wedding” entails. We are starting the discussion on Instagram, you can follow us there. We also are taking submissions to feature fine art weddings in Arizona and possibly beyond. Stay tuned for updates and it’s official launch, we are so thrilled to share it with you!

In addition to creating florals, I have expanded Sarah’s Garden to offer styling and creative direction services to ensure that the look of the wedding is cohesive and pulled together. I love that brides, their families, and friends feel especially creative while wedding planning, but usually they bite off a bit more than they can chew and their DIY projects become a burden. I take out the stress of the decor and overall styling of the event by consulting and creating those special items and touches that my bride is looking for. I can also assist with venue & gown selection, linens & rentals, even helping to select the photographers and aid them in telling the photographic story of the wedding day. Or, of course, only creating florals if all of those things are already taken care of.  I hope you enjoy the new look and you visit the site/blog often!


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