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Olivia and Derek celebrated their January wedding at the Pickering Barn in Issaquah, the perfect setting for the rustic chic wedding they had envisioned. With tons of personal touches and a helpfully DIY-oriented family, they made the space and the day all their own, asking Countryside to step in to take care of personal flowers. We were happy to oblige, pitching in our floral designs for the bouquets and boutonnieres and letting Olivia, Derek, and their creative families run wild with the rest!

The two had dated for 3 ½ years before Derek popped the question, surprising Olivia on her 25th birthday with a romantic proposal under the Evergreen trees and over the river at Tumwater Falls Park after dinner at a favorite wine bar. Their long relationship was marked by lots of ups and downs, including Derek’s deployment to Iraq and some time spent long distance. Their wedding day and ceremony were all the more meaningful because of the experiences Olivia and Derek had shared to get there.

There was so much personality and so many unique details incorporated into the day, it’s hard to list them all. Olivia and Derek originally met over a namesake drink (the Olivia), so they ensured the lemonade and vodka cocktail was on the menu. A relaxed menu from Café Pacific Catering featured favorite dishes and traditional family recipes: gourmet mac ‘n’ cheese and sliders, plus an 18-foot long sweets table filled with “zag” (as in Gonzaga) brownies, marshmallow cookies, and Scandinavian treats such as kransekake, lufse, and krumkake. Olivia’s parents did an amazing job with décor, designing and building everything from a photobooth to decorative letters and a hanging wreath. Not to mention the fact that Olivia and Derek are both huge Seahawks fans, and their wedding day happening to fall on the day of the NFC Championship game that sent the Seahawks to the Superbowl, adding an extra level of fun and excitement to the evening.

Olivia’s color palette fit her rustic chic theme and the winter setting perfectly, with ivory, different hues of blue, and soft touches of pink and gold. The flowers and arrangements for the bouquets were no exception. As Olivia explains, “I loved that I had peonies in my bouquet—for a January wedding! Peonies are my favorite flower and I was beyond ecstatic that Jon was able to include them. I loved everything about the floral design, particularly the antique look of my bouquet. It matched the vibe perfectly, and the gold leaves made it unique and helped the ivory flowers to pop next to my ivory dress.” Olivia has a few pieces of advice for brides who are getting into the planning process. First, nail down your budget, and remember that little things can add up quickly. Second, go with the flow—relax and enjoy the day without getting hung up on tiny details. Third, she and Derek loved that their receiving line allowed them to greet and hug each and every guest. And lastly, be intentional about enjoying the day, and trust your vendors to do what they’re good at!


Additional vendors used for this wedding:

Photography:  Irish Grzanich Photography

Catering:  Café Pacific Catering,

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Here’s a look at one of my favorite booth designs and wedding ideas from the Seattle Wedding Show this year.  Grand Event Rentals worked with Countryside Floral and The Paper Paramour to create this peach chevron creation.  I really love the sparkly linens paired with the wood wrapped centerpieces.  Lots of ideas going on here!  Enjoy 🙂

These images and ideas were also featured on Style Unveiled!

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Kimberlee – so lovely!

November 20, 2013 by

Kimberlee is now  a mother of three!  She has two boys, Hunter, (8) and Logan, (6). Ryan has his seven year old son, Greyson. It was a busy wedding day keeping it all flowing smoothly, but Kimberlee is equal to the task! We enjoyed a beautiful evening at The Golf Club and Newcastle with Erik Franklin taking very good care of us.  If you are admiring her STUNNING bouquet, credit falls to Jon Robert Throne of Countryside Floral and Garden.  He seemed to make it all magical with reds that popped against all the white.  Wishing this wonderful family much joy in the years to come!

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Mr. Adam at Adams DJ Service referred Jody to Countryside Floral and Garden to do her wedding

flowers… and then I referred Melissa back to Adam and then in return he referred

Ann and Eric back to me… but I can’t show you pictures of those wedding because they

haven’t happened yet. It’s Soooo Great to Know other Fabulous Wedding Vendors that

you can trust and depend on.


But The Wedding of Jody and Philip has Happened and Jody Brought me a DVD of

all the photos from the wedding and I talked to Clane Gessel Photography

and he said I could use some…………..  What a Great Photographer!!!  Wow!!!

The first time I have ever seen his work… Pretty Cool!!!!!

Take a Look……………………….

In this picture he Greyed out some of the color…  Amazing…. The pops of Green just

faded away. You will see in the later pictures what I mean. Jody’s Wedding Bouquet

was made of , White Roses (Polo), White Mini callas, Green Hypericum Berries,

Dianthus “Trick” which I call Moss on stick, Blue Hydrangea, Blue Iris, Dusty Miller,

White Phaleanopsis  Orchid, Bling studded Stephanotis, Ivory Ribbon wrap on stems,

Variegated Lily Grass Loops.

Fun Car Photo!!!!!!!!!!!   With My Handmade Bouquet of course!!!

And the Bride and Bridesmaid…………………………To Match of course…..



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I was Soooooo Excited to be working with Anna and Lars….  First of all She was

BEAUTIFUL.. and he was just stunning….  And what was so Fun about this wedding was

the way it came about for us at Countryside Floral and Garden , I Speak or Present at

several Garden clubs a year, Usually around 4 to 6 presentations. I really enjoy

sharing my talents with people and I have become a Pretty Fabulous Speaker. Funny,

knowledgeable, and entertaining.  During these little presentations of course I

mention the shop and what trends brides are into that particular year because we know

it changes for sure!!!   Anna’s Mom was in the Crowd at one of these presentations and

called me the following week and was like “Jon, You have to do my Daughters

Wedding” and of course I was like “Totally!!!”

Sooooooo… I did!!!!   Lets Take a look shall we..

In the Above Picture.. She was carrying her Bouquet with White Hydrangea, Green

hanging Amaranthus, Green Spider Mums, White Freesia, White Mini Calla and Green

Hypericum, Green Cymbidium Orchids with just a touch of Willow Eucalyptus.

So it had a sea feel to it…

I just noticed as I was Putting the picture on the Blog that she is TOTALLY Smashing

His Boutonniere.  LOL!!!!

Here the Bride is with all Her Bridesmaids…   Yes 6!!!  OMG!!!!

The Girls were wearing Navy…. So we Used Blue Hydrangea, Green Spider Mums,

Green Hypericum, Willow Euc and Equisetum Triangles for some funk…..

Love this Flower Girl HeadBand….  I REALLLLLY Hate Halo’s But I Love Headbands…

They just make so much more sense to me and not to mention they actually STAY on!!!

This one is all hand glued… White Orchids, Dusty Miller, Sea Shells and a Touch of Willow Euc.

LOVE THIS!!!!     Great Bout…. Not Flowers… Just foliage and shell…

so Dusty Miller on Willow Euc and Equisetum banded together with a touch of

Oregonia and a shell…..   You wanna talk about Hand Work……   And don’t forget

the sand….Which is Actually Artificial Snow..Shhhhhhh….Don’t Tell anyone!!!!

Great Ceremony Picture!!!!!!!!!!   The Venue has An Amazing Driftwood arch..  We used

half of the centerpieces down the Aisle and then transferred them to the tables….  With some

White Dendrobium florets as the Petal Dripness…

The Other centerpieces that were already placed on the table where Fat Low Cylinders, with

Equisetum twirled around the vase and I believe that we used Bear Grass as well…

White Hydrangea with Dusty Miller and White Dendrobium Florets floating amongst

the Shells…..   Sand air tossed on the Navy Blue linen with some shells added as well….

Loved the Look….. Especially because the wedding was by the sea…

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!  and LOVED The Had Table…  I told her that I wasn’t going to tell her

What I was going to do… She just had to Trust me…    Glass Trumpet vases, with Grass,

Hydrangeas, Queen Anne Lace, Hanging Green Amarathus, Twisted Natural sticks,

Eucalyptus. All or the Girls Bouquets were placed on the tables with additional leaf

wrapped glass cubes of hydrangea with sea shells tucked in…..  and LOTS of Sand and LOTS of

Shells added..  I loved each Place setting having a Sea Urchin,

Green Fuji Mum, and an abalone shell with Hand Written Names on them……






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We were Asked to be a Part of A Grand Affaire Open House…. I just Love Working with

Monica and her Team. And the Food!!!  OMG!!!  Delicious…. She went with Greys and

Oranges!!!  I LOVE that Color Combination!!!!!!!  LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!

We Love Our Circus Roses…  Nice Round Ball of Circus Roses, With Vine Maple

Branches extending out of the top of the design for additional height. We Placed the

ball on top of our Apothecary Cylinder vases that contained Circus rose petals,

a touch of holly for the organicsness and a couple of circus roses… Placed on a

Silver Crushed Fabric…. AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh Yes!!!!  Lovely for that Summer/Fall Bride…  Organic yet Elegant at the same time.

Orange Pincushion Protea, Red “Forever Young” Roses, French Tulips, Scented

Geranium, Sunflowers, Circus roses, Cedar, Deciduous Huck, Green Trachelium and

Touch of Magnolia Foliage, Copper Sheer Ribbon wrap…….  YUM!!!!

And this cute little bobble…  Perfect for your Cocktail Hour on your Cocktail tables!!!

This Cement Based with Wire contraption that holds a Large Test Tube Vial is Really

Cool!!! Anthurium, Circus rose, touch of bling….     Organic Modern Test Tube Vase!!!

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We LOVE Our Deanna….  She Meet the Man of her Dreams after many years….

What is so Cool is that she used to Drive for Countryside Floral and Garden

,Way Back When on Saturdays for some extra Cash…..

She gave me the Rights to just go and Play with

” Casual Tropical Look”… well………..  This is what I came up with…

She is Tall and Lean…………..  So the Drippy cascade Feel was Perfect for her…

The Bouquet Contained White Dendrobium Orchids, White “Polo” Roses, White Goose

neck Loosestrife, White Oriental Lilies, Bells of Ireland, Green Hypericum Berries,

Lily Grass, Jasmine Vine, Selloum Leaf and Monstera Foliage.


In this Picture you can see Really see the Length and Additional wired dendrobium

florets that have been added for movement as well as extending the line of the bokay.

The Boutonniere was made with Dendrobium orchids florets and I tucked in a

little sea shell just for fun…..

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OMG!!!!  So Fun was this Issaquah Wedding.. Cobalt, Yellow, White…. Cobalt, Yellow, White…

The Bride Delightfully Pretty and the Groom so Tall Dark and Handsome….

We were contracted to do the personal flowers and just bundles and bundles of

Daffodils for the event…  The Bride and Family really made the Event a Success by

creating a lot of the Decor themselves.

The Most Fun Part of Creating this event for me was the Toss bokay….. Not only

was it All Yellow Daffodils BUT we made it in a way that when Katie Threw it,

the bokay broke apart into like 30 little bundles….. ie   “Exploding Bokay”

And as I had made individual bundles I attache little tags created by the Bride

which read cute little funny things like…. ” You will you future husband tonight

but he will be really drunk” or ” Your Future Mother-in-Law is at this event” or

” Elvis will marry you in Las Vegas” or “You will name your

first child Sebastian”… I actually can’t remember what they all said but they were

Hysterical…..  Great Fun for us in the afternoon when we needed the Floral Pick-me up

As you can see it was REALLY FUN!!!!




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Justine and I had meet for over a Year……….Emails back and forth and back and

back and forth turned the Wedding into A Fabulous Event!!!!    Details are so

important on the Big Day!!!!

Her Theme colors were red and white… She Loves Roses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Because of the Mass quantity of Roses that she wanted I was able to buy a Case of

Charlotte Roses…..  Delicious!!!


The Mantle at The Mayflower Park Hotel is An Amazing Space….. Great Big Mantle

needs a HUGE Piece for the Perfect Background.

Just remember that you have to move the clock…….

And then you have the Unity arrangement that Justine had provided the Candles

for and I made the Floral piece around the design and then we moved the Design

to the Sweetheart table for the Reception……

And of course you have to have little bobbles for the Bistro Tables…..

Little Cube Vases with small hand tied bundles with green wire and red crystals

in the water….

Here’s to Our First Blog Post….     and with More to come… Hopefully Justine will

send me pics from the Ceremony so I can write some more about the Great Event.




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The Tillandsia (Air Plants) are Making a Crazy Comeback. We

just received a Fabulous Shipment into the Shop at Countryside

and Garden. The Clute Family is Picking up 30 of these babies

on Friday for her Beach Wedding. She’s going to be gluing them

to drift wood for her centerpieces. If I can get a picture then I

will share that with you as well.

This Monster Tillandsia just walked out the door this morning. I will attempt to get some more in for those that are into collecting. Rather Incredible Specimens.

And these Lovelies!!! YUM!!!… We have placed them on Recyled boxes for Display and left them hanging on the Walls. We are getting a shipment in like every 3 weeks and enjoy playing with them in Design, Boutonnieres, Wedding Bokays, and Great for that Grey Atouches that we are so craving now, or just to slap in a Clear Hanger or in our Locally made Ceramics Hangers.

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