Filed under: Weddings, Events
Instead of chosing one event, I found a plethora of design choices from gothic to traditional on Geranium Lake's broad body of work, which I love the most. It's easy to stick to rustic or romantic, and I think having a distinct style is valuable. I also think it is more impressive when a floral designer has a wide range, like Kim's. Lets find out her inspiration behind some of my favorite designs.
Preppy Goth Table:
- A take on "Twilight meets Ralph Lauren" with deep, red garden roses, low and lush in rustic, re-purposed, barn wood boxes.
- Pheasant feathers and red delicious apples were used to give it a twist.
- The table was styled with antique accents: lace runner, stacks of books, old clock, a mix of silver candle sticks, candelabras, chunky and pillar candles to create an amazing tablescape.
French Pastry Table:
- A gorgeous pastry table for a breakfast wedding, the bride loved Laduree so to accent the various pastries being served, we created croque en bouche's out of sugary pink roses and juicy red strawberries.
Wild Green Bouquet:
- This bouquet is a major play on texture! We used hanging green amaranth to create drape and a little romance, pops of color with peachy dahlias, white garden roses and fressia. To create the wild texture we used native grasses, and berzilliia berries.
Thank you Kim for sharing!
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Filed under: Events
It seems like Macy's have flower shows everywhere! Soulflower (how cute is that name by the way?!) created these florals for the show in San Francisco. I LOVE seeing a sketch before, and then it coming to life. Lets see what Lydia had to say about creating this masterpiece!
Per Lydia, "We recently found inspiration from a South Asia themedevent at Macy's Union Square, San Francisco and our travels to Thailand. We used exotic string-of-bananas succulents, unusual wooden flowers, tropical leaves that we manipulated in various ways and many more lush florals to create a massive floral display in the middle of Macy's...
Filed under: Editorial, Holidays
You know how much I love flowers imitating art-- really, everything is a version of something else, and we're all inspired by other works. I know they do this same thing in San Francisco, and have wanted to participate in a group show like this for some time. Perhaps next year! I'm gearing up to replicate some Warhols next week for an editorial shoot we're doing with a slew of top-notch vendors in LA. I digress...
These images were provides courtesy of the San Diego Museum of Art (they even hold yoga classes in the museum!), and after finally going through them, am once again blown away. This one below is probably my favorite- the lines, the color, the texture, and those twisted leaves are pure perfection.
I also really, really like the above and below. It just looks so similar! You instantly get it. You get the emotion evoked, and the essence of the art.
How cool is this insanely huge centerpiece?!?!
Filed under: Editorial
I have no idea how I originally came across the images, but anything wild, fashion, editorial and bold, I freakin love. It's inspiring, vibrant, original, fun and playful, all at the same time.
These images are by Richard Burbridge repped by Art + Commerce in NYC and was featured in New York Times Women’s Fashion Summer 2011.
Posted under: Weddings
You know when I do a Feature, I normally show 2-5 photos. When I looked through this submission, holy cow, I couldn't help choosing nearly all of them. I love this wedding for the unique creativity in each piece. I love that the tablescape worked, even though the designs were all a bit off kilter. It was creative, well structured, cohesive, and overall really gave the experience the couple wanted to portray. Janet Flowers in Rockville, MD won the we recently won the 2013 Capital Awards for Dining Table from ISES DC (International Special Events Society, DC is the largest chapter.)
Read below to find out the juicy details of this wedding, including 35 revisions to the proposal. 35!!!!! After 3 I'm like, okay we're done here. I also agree with her statement, "As a creative designer it is often insulting when we are asked to copy an exact design especially something published by a magazine." Agreed, Janet!
Janet provides a lot of insight into this wedding, which I find really exciting to hear about. Per Janet, "Our bride’s overall vision of her wedding décor included an upscale lounge,
a forest, and a lot of bling...
...When we met our bride and groom they came to us with a collection of inspirational
collages, none of them establishing a cohesive vision. They assured us
that they had complete and total trust in us; however, they were very
adamant about knowing every detail. In just 160 days, we exchanged 162
emails with the couple, made 35 versions of the proposal, and had countless
phone conversations with them."
Janet continues. "Bling bling and sleek eco chic for this stylish couple who wanted table
deigns like no other in their Indian community. The princess bride got her bling with the ceremony and cocktail reception with a 5 foot custom mirrored tree flowing with Swarovski crystals, candles and loose blooms. The dining reception dazzled guests with 10 foot vine walls filled with flower for the bridal stage, tablescape utilizing uniquely shaped glassware, 12 foot live trees, fairy berries, mum details on the outside of perspective
vases, pomander balls suspended inside glass trumpet vases, paved sculptures with hydrangea, fuji mums and green trick, and dianthus. Custom made moss table numbers, echevera in cake displays, just to name a few. Stylish and unique, just want we wanted, just what the client requested."
"Being of Christian Indian decent she was in no need of a mundap and since
she had attended over 10 weddings in the last year her desire to stray from
the typical Indian bold colors was essential.
Meeting three months before her wedding she was torn between doing a total
bling bling theme or earth tones accented with greens and whites. Our
decision to keep the “Bling” in the cocktail hour and the earth tones for
the reception gave the bride the best of both worlds. With the design
process quickly under way and her living in Miami so much was communicated
through many emails back and forth.
As a creative designer it is often insulting when we are asked to copy an
exact design especially something published by a magazine. Looking at a
design for inspiration is a given, spinning my own twist on it is a
definite. Our goal was to create something unique and different not seen in
the Indian community in the DC/Baltimore Metropolitan area. The detail in
this wedding is incredible and capturing everything in words is next to
impossible. The pictures say a thousand words so be sure to view sketches
Filed Under: Editorial, Events, Weddings
While researching design for an upcoming shoot, I came across Michael Speir's work, and just immediately said yes. To me, there's nothing better than seeing fine art come to life in floral design. It's the closest, best medium to work in, when being inspired by, mimicking or replicating a fine art piece.
A tapestry coming to life. I love how Victorian this looks. Dried flowers would work well here and make for a lasting art piece.
Above - a Warhol inspired portrait for a bat-mitzvah. A rose frame captures the essence of the pop art.
Below- Orchid chandelier I love this because the orchids are horizontal versus the vertical we normally see.
Per Michael, "I was inspired to create a pristine classical setting, richly appointed with lush floral furnishings and living trompe-l'oeil walls. My client really wanted something regal, opulent, and pure."
I first heard about The Bouqs after I saw a photo my friend Stacey of Stacey Lynn Design posted on her Instagram. Or maybe it was Twitter... or Facebook... arggg, she posted it somewhere. I like this business model because it is simple, like In-and-Out.
These flowers were for Jessica Alba's new book. You know how my whole deal is making flowers accessible to the masses, well I think this company really helps facilitate that. Now while these arrangements aren't unusual, I like that all you need is a vase, a pair of scissors, and voila, an elegant arrangement!
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Filed under: Weddings
Wow has it really been two weeks since TPL was updated? I guess between all of our events, book stuff, and tv, time flew! Gearing up tomorrow for a special post about a new way to order flowers. In the meantime, I want to share with you these inspiration photos from a wedding consultation I did years ago. I loved the theme- very modern and calming. The ombre wasn't going to be in the design, but rather the concept. For the ceremony we were doing light blues, and sages followed by a transition of butter yellows and peaches for the reception. This really represents what I would want personally, so when I came across this old folder of photos, I wanted to share my vision with you. Of course, this blog is about other florist's work, so this will be one of the few times I do this.
Photo from Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach. Peaks of light blue stick out. Upgraded chairs makes a difference. You can leave out the aisle flowers for this one.
Lots of blue glass and blue dyed water.
Hanging test tubes or bud vases with a single ranuncula in each.
Blue glass bowls as vases. Lots of airy floating flowers with blue accents. Fresh and clean for a beach wedding.
The after party continues on into the late night.
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I'm working on book stuff this week, and will be on CBS in NYC THIS Wed (3/27) at 8am LIVE for Easter segment for Celebrations.com. Check back on April Fools for new features!
Filed under: Weddings
Sabrina of Blossoms of Elegance submitted some really cool photos, but what really caught my eye was this backdrop. I asked myself, How did she do that? I actually stared at the photo for some time. I like everything about this, especially how delicate it is; very much like a watercolor painting. They nailed it for the space, and I just think this is such a good idea for filling it something grand, but keeping it simple. Lets find out her inspiration.
Per Sabrina, "Every ceremony location that our brides choose, gives us, at Blossoms Of Elegance an opportunity to showcase that location for the magical moment when the couple says, "I do". The large marble niche at The Old Courthouse in Decatur, GA was the perfect background for a romantic garden-branch design with dark-blue delphinium flowers, to give the room some "pop". It softened the defined lines of the marble and created a focal point in the room for the ceremony. It was a challenge designing it on site but well worth the effort and our bride and groom were beyond delighted with the result!
Really pretty bride's bouquet too! It's so soft, and those grey berzelia are my absolute fav to incorporate into designs. The tightness of the bouquet with wildflowers gives this an elegant look. See you can use wildflowers and not have a rustic feel!
Blossoms of Elegance Facebook