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  • Studio Stems

    Custom floral design for weddings & events. Based in Lehi, Utah we service events throughout the entire state and select destinations. We endeavor to meet every floral need a bride might find desire for, and we do this by working with our client to develop ideas and creatively mold the floral outcome of their special event. Open by appointment only please inquire within our contact page.

A Lovely Thyme

Sometimes we are published on other blogs, some really great blogs actually. Sometimes we know …. and well sometimes we do not. But today I wanted to share with you one such publication that occurred last summer, my only regret … not sharing this sooner because this really is a lovely blog. A lovely Thyme is created and edited by a lovely gal named Bette and is dedicated to the art of entertainment and celebration. Bette had some smashing things to say about studio stems, it was immensely flattering then, as it is now! See the post on us here.


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“Happy Friday my lovelies!  Friday means flowers here at A Lovely Thyme, and boy do we have a doosy today.  Audrey O’Brien of Studio Stems has built a gem of a floral design business.  Based in Utah, the studio is classified as “something traditional with a bit of a custom flair… organic, modern, old world, romantic, simple, detailed, themed, or otherwise.”  No matter the style, the flowers and designs coming out of their shop are just plain, jaw to the floor gorgeous.”

Elise’s Sundance feather foliage bouquet

Last November we were able to supply a beautiful bouquet to a truly simple and organic bride saying ‘I do’ in a simple ceremony at Sundance. She did not want any blooms, she wanted foliage in various tones and feathers mixed with some leather accents. What we loved about Elise’s bouquet design was that it really spoke to our process and how custom it truly is, it always is about what befits our clients specifically. without further ado … and thanks to Lindsey Shaun Photography.

Laura & Brandon: Backyard Country Wedding

We have another beautiful summer 2013 wedding to share with you today! Thanks to Jessica White photography. You may have already seen this darling country soiree it was published on Utah Bride Blog back in February and we have a feeling you will be seeing more of it because it simply was so charming. Laura was a very organized bride who knew a great deal about what she found appealing but also about what she had available to spend. What we loved most about her wedding and about working with her is how we worked together as a team to maximize her budget and create the best designs to meet her needs! She knew she couldn’t have every detail she wanted, her budget would not allow, so she was flexible and open to creative solutions which resulted in her getting a beautiful wedding day that came pretty close to her absolute ideal! This wedding serves up some budget inspiration for you brides who don’t have limitless funds to spend! Lets break it down!

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One area where we did not hold back was in Laura’s bouquet. The bridal bouquet is such a key accessory and bridal detail it really should not be skimped on, a bride should go for what she wants in this area making it a top priority in the budget. Laura wanted a colorful bouquet with some contrast and we knew that it needed a soft country charm to it for her backyard country wedding. We used roses, spray roses, ranunculus, dahlias, poppies, berries, seeded euc, and maiden hair fern to accomplish this.

The bridesmaid bouquets had some expensive blooms, but some inexpensive blooms as well and this allowed for us to balance them out and create beautiful bouquets in the style and design that Laura found appealing and keep that cohesiveness flowing from her bouquet to theirs.

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Boutonnieres and corsages are minimal costs on the floral invoice typically and we kept these ones simple and cute with twine cuffing on the stems. The flower girls carried small clusters of chamomile and spray roses, read country and cohesiveness to the style of the other bouquets.

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Down the aisle we used mason jars to house small country arrangements that  mostly consisted of foliage with a a few blooms and filler berry, these jars were later used as part of a centerpiece ensemble for the reception, double the use as to not double the budget.

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We created some boxed full floral arrangements for places of importance and high priority and even some of these doubled as well making them affordable and budget friendly. First they were used at the front of the aisle where the ceremony took place and later in areas where the dinner and reception took place. We filled these rustic wood boxes up with the likes of camponella garden roses and spray roses, stock, berry, astilbe, and foliage.

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One element of this wedding really stuck with us and we hope to see it more in the 2014 wedding season and that was the use of one really long table for the dinner that followed immediately after the ceremony for close family and friends. Such a charming atmosphere that still worked intimately, had a country vibe that was unique to the space and the purpose. Brown Brothers Catering did a great job setting the culinary stage!

Bottles and bud vases of various shapes, sizes, and colors housed just that, a bud or two with a touch of filler here and there. These were placed down the center and entire length of the table every few inches. This filled the space adequately, brought a feminine bridal touch to the table and some beauty of course but without the need for extravagant or full arrangements down the full length of the table and also eliminated the idea of not having floral all the way down by using those blooms in a more condensed version spread apart from each other. This concept created an ideal for Laura without breaking her floral bank. These bottles were then clustered together to create centerpieces for the reception as shown below.

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And here we have a look at the reception and all those doubled up elements, you can see a larger boxed arrangement there in the back on a food serving station, each of the tables housed mason jars from the aisle or a bottle collection from the dinner, all on top of cute barrels topped with burlap linens perfect for the country theme.

So there you have it, small floral budget prioritized and utilized to meet its maximum potential. Thank you Laura and Brandon for letting us be part of your cute country wedding!

Floral: Studio Stems
Photography: Jessica White Photography
Venue: Private Residence, Bountiful, Utah
Catering: Brown Brothers Catering
Rentals: Diamond Rental


Emily & Derek’s Utah wedding At Thanksgiving Point

You might remember this beautiful couple from our post a few weeks before our time off, we boasted their beautiful groomal session and today we are sharing with you their beautiful Thanksgiving Point garden wedding photographed by the talented Jalene Taylor Photography. You could say that Emily favored ranunculus and English garden roses! And she was as sweet, funny, and beautiful as she appears! Thanks Emily for letting us be part of your big day!

Photography: Jalene Taylor
Venue: Thanksgiving Point, Lehi Utah
Cake: One Sweet Slice
Floral: Studio Stems

our most beautiful creation 2014: Jag

It’s early in the year I know, but I am confident that in all my creativity for the coming year no single creation will surpass the beauty of one little human.

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Jag M O’Brien // 2.13.14 // 6lbs 10 oz 19 in

We dont often share personal posts here at Studio Stems but this will be the second one in a row, the last marked our time off and was dedicated to a very sacred experience and this one like the last marks something, but this time our return to the studio and also a very sacred experience. Life is so fragile and miraculous and we have spent the last several weeks celebrating it through pain and joy on both occasions, but we are ready to come back to the studio and get back to the business of being creative.

Many of you have reached out to us and specifically to Neena in support of her and a difficult time, you were heard and appreciated and she felt your love and support, you  have helped our studio heal from our personal loss. Neena is moving on the only way one can, one step at a time. She continues to be a pillar of courage and grace and is excited to come back into some creativity.

Being a mom is my first and foremost endeavor and has allowed me a great deal of joy in my life. The miracle of life is beyond measure and I feel very blessed to have another little man in my life.

Floral work has been a big part of my soul for many many years now and I feel it calling me back. Creativity has a place in my life that is necessary for happiness. I am thrilled to be back in the studio creating for you beautiful 2014 brides! Thanks for your patience and support during our time off.

Thanks to my close friend and talented photographer Lindsey Shaun for giving me these images of a time in my life that is far too fleeting and an incredibly beautiful human being. And last but not least to my beautiful family, you all feed my soul.

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