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    I'm Lisa, owner and designer here at Bloomsberry Floral. While my background is in graphic design, I fell in love with floral design and have been creating floral arrangements for weddings and events for well over a decade. It has been a great accomplishment to see my work published in Oregon Bride, Portland Bride and Groom, Style Me Pretty, Elizabeth Ann Designs and others. Still today, the thing I enjoy the most is seeing the smiles that flowers bring to people.

    I hope you will stay a while and enjoy the site. Have a look at my current and past blog posts, feel free to browse my portfolio for inspiration, or leave a comment; I would enjoy hearing from you.


Bridal Show 101…Again

Yesterday was the Rocked Bridal show put on by Portland Bride and Groom Magazine. It was a great show and a good turnout, which was super considering there were 2 other bridal shows going on as well.  There were a lot of florist this year. Last year I was in the ballroom, so all the floral decor in the ballroom was done by me. I decided that this year I just wanted to do a table(no booths at this show), less stress and a variable of other reasons is why. Here is where bridal show 101 starts to come into play.  #1.) how do you show who you are and what your about with one 6 foot table? Hard right? Yes it is, but I had a plan and I was going to stick to it. I went for a anthropology-ish vintage vibe. I wanted to keep it simple, but with a touch of rustic fun. Here is how my table ended up.


When I was done setting up my table, I walked around to see what other florist had done with their displays. As I walked around, I thought, yikes, maybe I should have done more? Really gone big. I was second guessing myself based on the other floral displays which were done up big.  I felt lost in the sea of big floral. Bridal show 101 continues.  #2.) Second guessing yourself is ok, everybody does it at some point, if they say they don’t, their lying, not only to you, but to themselves. Even though I was second guessing myself,  I was proud of the work I was displaying and that is the most important thing!


As the show started and progressed I had many, many compliments on my flowers and table display: things like: “Love all the textures”, “Beautiful colors”, “Nice to see a variety”.  Bridal show 101 #3.) I realized “again” that every bride at this show will find the right floral fit for them. Some may not like my style, some may. Fears set aside, I actually enjoyed the rest of the show.

Bridal show 101 #4.) On my way to the show I stopped at the store to pick up water and a snack. I also bought a little notepad, just incase I wanted to jot down things as the show progressed. I really found this to be a good thing. I really used it. I noted things that brides said for future reference, some related to my table and some not, but still felt that there was some kind purpose in writing it down. As I went back thought the note pad later that evening, I saw this…


Yes, I know, I know,  I spelled doubt wrong.  I obviously wrote it down in haste and I might have been thinking about doughnuts, but I honestly don’t even know when I  wrote this down.  But I do know this…What I learned “again” this year is the same stuff I already knew, but maybe, for some reason, this year maybe I finally learned to let all the fear and self doubt go.

 “Fear is nothing more then an obstacle that stands in the way of progress. In overcoming our fears we can move forward, stronger, wiser within ourselves.” – Author Unknown




Building the New Studio!

As promised last week, I’m showing you the new studio being built in action. It was exciting to see it finally come together. The Better Built Barns crew was fast working, but then I would be too if I was working in temps in the teens.  It was super cold the week they came and I felt really bad watching them work in such cold weather. But they claim they are used to it and kept on working. It only took them 1 day to build the structure.

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So there it is! She’s small, but she mine and there is going to be nothing better then stepping out my door to go to work. Now comes the hard part- the finishing work, which I will show you next week! But, as always, I have to share at least one pretty flower photo from last summers weddings, so here it is.

Thank you Aaron Stadt Studio for the beautiful pic. Enjoy your week!



A Very Long Year

I am sad to say that it really has been almost a year since my last post. As the title said, it’s been a long tough year for my family. I’m ready to leave 2013 behind (actually I was ready last march for 2013 to be over) and gear up for a new 2014 and all that it has to offer, for the good.

One good thing 2014 has to offer me is my new studio! This project has been a long time coming and is finally getting DONE!! It is in the final stages of being finished and will be up and running in a couple of weeks, but I wanted to share this process with everybody and how it all came together.


This used to be our sumer pool area. I knew one day it would be where I built the studio, but until that time came, it was a play area when our daughter was little and then became the the family pool area. My daughter is seriously bummed, as are the neighbor kids that the pool area is gone. Because it used to be a play area it has a lot of cedar chips and I really mean a lot. So this lucky gal headed out with her shovel to get to work on moving it.




Now that all the cedar chips have been moved, it’s time to get the ground level and that means gravel. I pretty much decided that I, nor my husband, were up for the task of  shoveling gravel, so we hired a landscaping company to do this and it was 100% worth every penny.


We looked at so many building options and decided not to build from scratch to save time. So we went with a local family owned company called Better Built Barns to build the main structure. I will post photos of them building the main structure next week, but can’t end this post with dirt and gravel, so here is floral pic from one of my weddings this last summer. No one can resist a beautiful bouquet.


Thank you to Aj’s Studio for the beautiful photo. Enjoy your week!



Beautiful Summer Wedding

This beautiful wedding took place out at Youngburg Hill Vineyards. Such a great location with incredible views. When I met Sara for the first time, she was thinking about doing all the flowers herself – she had come to me for only boutonnières at the time. I’m always impressed by brides that  feel like they can take all this on, but as our meeting went on and we talked more I said to Sara lets see what I can quote you for the bridal party flowers and no harm done to at least find out.  About a week before the wedding the bride and her mom contacted me almost in tears for another concern – the brooch bouquet, which is another story for another time, but a frantic bride is not something to mess with.

I ended up doing bridal party, reception flowers and fixing her brooch bouquet for her. I love DIY projects, but there are some that just take more effort, skill and tools and sometimes your really not saving any money. I do have to say  that she had done some amazing DIY projects for the wedding, but she also had a great team of family and friends there helping out, which is also very rare. I also just have to say that Sara looked stunning and on one of the hotest days EVER! Congrats to Sara and Nick and thank you for letting us help create a beautiful day for you.

Top photos – Bloomsberry     Bottom Photos – Cassy Berry Photography


Rehearsal Dinner with a Southern Flair

I was contacted by the mother of the groom to help coordinate the rehearsal dinner. Being from Atlanta, Georgia, they needed help finding a location and all that went with it. They ended up at Urban Studios, who was more then willing to accommodate their southern roots – think sweet tea and  grits bar. The client had the grits shipped from her favorite mill out of Atlanta. They gave away girts as a parting gift to their guests complete with ceramic hearts that were hand made by the grooms mother.  I was asked to do something different for the table centerpieces. The sunny yellow color really poped in the space, plus the use of cotton was fun and also a touch to their southern roots. This was a fun rehearsal event to be a part of – Thank you to the Withrow family for letting us create a beautiful night for you.