Filed under: Holidays, Events
When I saw this from A Garden, Inc in Vegas my jaw dropped. I want to end 2012 in a BIG WAY. This is outrageously good. Like, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, good. Like Jurassic Park good.
From Audra, "This autumn vine was one of my most challenging products mainly because of the rigging and the installation. The inspiration was a version of Jack and the Beanstalk with a vine emerging from the gardens and growing upward 110 ft in the air...
...We of course had a fall theme using a pumpkin patch as our source at the ground level gardens. This vine steel work was designed and built by a company who builds spiral staircases and was shipped in pieces for us to assemble in our Atrium at Palazzo Hotel Casino. Before it arrived in Las Vegas the steel spine was shipped to California to a willow grower to be covered in 3 different types of vines and stems.
...After several days of weaving stems for coverage it then got shipped for us to assemble, rig, and hang in the atrium. This rigging and connecting the pieces in mid air took approximately 7 days for completion. After the vine was finally stable we were able to add the finishing touches with glass leaves, bittersweet and pumpkins. It was quite stunning and was complimented with real gourds, millet, mums, potato vines and various live plants in the gardens. Additionally we made a live pumpkin fountain and installed hundreds of cattails."
Filed under: Holidays
I love this tabelscape from Rufus Felix (cool name, huh?) because it incorporates the very trendy wood risers in a very modern way. Per Traci, "The set up was for a party and I wanted to do something that was wintery but simple and sophisticated, something that worked well with the artwork and the colors of the home. I try to enhance the interior design and the space and this worked well."
Traci notes, "The touches of evergreen and wood slices and glass ball ornaments added texture and a seasonal quality, while the vase choice and orchids and tulip anthuriums offer a more contemporary take on Holiday."
I couldn't agree more. I love how simple this is, yet really brings a punch. You can use minimal flowers for a really big impact. I think this is a design lesson we can all be inspired from!
Filed under: Weddings, Events
Christopher Confero is a floral rockstar based in the Southeast and rockin his skills all over the social scene. For the reception below, the couple got married in Fiji and wanted to bring that exotic tropical feel back to the South when they came home for their reception.
"I knew I wanted to use bright colors and different textures in the floral design, but since they were in the pool and not up close for the guests to be able to see them in detail, I chose to use cost effective blooms, such as carnations, in mounds to give a velvety texture and color impact. I also love floating centerpieces in a pool or suspending draping blooms to give other elements of interest versus just having everything on a tabletop", says Christopher.
I love these flowers because so often we see rose petals, or initials, and these mounds really make a statement. How great are the candles and succulents he added in?
Filed under: Weddings
I love being inspired by fashion, and fantastic runways like this always lead to daydreaming of clouds and meadows of flowers, decadence, and creating a heaven-like state on Earth. My good friend Sharmila of Parties & Petals found inspiration in the Chanel pre-Fall 2012 Paris-Bombaby Metiers d'Art show.
The event was part of a 4-day Indian Wedding celebration and this was the reception at the Fairmont Newport Beach. Sharmila says. "What I really liked about it is that my Bride and Groom were willing to do something a little different. Usually, most Indian Clients want red and gold or peacock colors. Pretty, but not the most original. We used blush tones, fruit and crystal, mixed with pearls and metallic accents."
Flowers included: vendela roses, sahara roses, skyline roses, carmel cannella roses, other roses in blush tones, white hydrangea, garden roses, kumquats, pears.
Filed under: Weddings
From Erin, "The inspiration came from the couple themselves. They wanted something modern with bold colors and textures, but clean and simple."
See that cool blue ribbon with flowers. Looks simple, right? Um, no. Here's what she went through to get that baby up in the nick of time.
Photos by Bend the Light
"Kira and Turner's wedding arch... now that one was interesting. I had never been to the venue. It was actually the residence of a local architect and they would rent it out for events. I had seen photos of it, and the way they described it, I thought I would be able to attach the branches to some beams. But it wasn't so.
I wired together dozens of silver mitsumata branches. Mitsumata is a fairly uniform branch, with a long base and 3-4 smaller branches which shoot off at a central location. Once that was done, I cut several strands of cobalt blue ribbon and attached the spider and button mums to create a fun modern pattern. The whole thing was then wired to beams which were 15' above the floor... to get it up there I had to use a ladder which only leaned against the wall, not the self supporting kind-so it was very nerve wrecking but the payoff was big."
I chose this bouquet because it is very hard to make spider mums look cool, especially in a bouquet. They are mixed in with grey berzillia berries (my personal absolute fav), for a chic, modern look. These would make really interesting pomanders too.
Below photos from Aric + Casey Photography
I seriously like the fabric going on here. So many time, the arches the venues provide, or even rentals, are those basic metal ones that sort of look 80s, and there's really not much you can do to make them look element. So, why not cover the entire thing in heavy fabric!
Even though this is in the country, and there's lots of cotton and such, I'm going with more Southwest than rustic on this. Erin said, "Travis is from Lubbock, where cotton is grown for miles around, so they definitely wanted to use the cotton. They even picked most of it themselves and provided it to me!"
A gratuitous dog photo above. How cute is that little guy?! She mentioned about this wedding, that it's become a family affair! She notes, "I ended up being asked to do her sister's wedding six months later, which was a five hour drive away and then six months after that I did one of their second cousin's weddings, which was two hours away and became the family florist:)"
Normally we see pomandor's made of carnations or roses. This is made from dianthus (looks like moss) with succulents and green button mums.
Filed under Editorial
When I saw this, I nearly freaked out. So, so good. I called my brother over, Hey you gotta check this out! It's so... juicy. Then I noticed she used two types of vases making this a modern and unique look. I personally like the clear best, but they are both great. Marci is the head honcho over at Entwined Designs in Southern California. Like me, she worked for a few prominent florists before the bug got her to branch off on her own. Here you'll find Part I of III. Yes, this is a trifecta flower movement from Marci- I just couldn't help it. I like to see a diverse body of work, which she has.
Photos by Cean One
Marci tells me, "The inspiration for this shoot came from the desire to use a color that at the time wasn't being utilized because of the DIY movement. During a stay at a hotel we came across a beautiful Purple Vessel that had long flowing lines within the structure."
Florals used: Dark Purple Hydrangea, Fuschia Mokara orchids and Fuschia Phalaenopsis orchids.
Even though the DIY movement was and is going strong, as it should be, as floral designers I think we yearn for something different or out-of-the-box, you know, challenging. Everything has been pastels, haphazardly thrown together in mason jars. I fell in love with this because it's artistic and has a feeling to it. It's regal, textured, and really quite impressive!