A few snippets from the Flowerwild Mayacamas Workshop. What a great couple of days. Kate, Jose and Team Hair & Makeup are such a talented crew, it was a pleasure to work with them and learn from them. No doubt Jose’s photos are going to be jaw-dropping. And Kate not only has a magic (and beautiful!) touch but is also such a kind, genuine, down-to-earth person, and the insight and knowledge she openly shared was invaluable. And to continue the lovefest I’ve started, I’ll just say that the other talented women I got to spend time with were so sweet, fun and supportive that the whole experience was superb.
I made this arrangement yesterday before heading out the door for the lake. Took some photos and left it sitting on the table. I’ll return to slimy water and wilted petals, but I couldn’t bring myself to throw perfectly good leftovers away. (I have time to blog them now because we just made seriously killer nachos and everyone is in a food coma, taking their afternoon siestas.)
But now, cabin life resumes…
Spring brides have it good. Better than they likely even know. Because in March and April tulip magnolia and hellebores collide, and the result is inevitably quite beautiful. Local fritillaria and anemones (thank you, Erin!) are just springing up, pieres still drips from the bushes outside. It’s a good time for flowers and hence, a good time for weddings. We’re prepping for another lovely collision this weekend and you can bet both stars will be in the show.
A couple beautiful photos by Buffy Dekmar of a rich woodsy bouquet we created in January. I like that even with so much bold color it still feels earthy.
I went to a meeting a while back with a group of other floral and event designers and whipped out a pad of paper to jot down notes. It was interesting to bounce around ideas and questions with other industry pros, but rather than scribble away, I mostly listened. In fact, I only had one thing on the piece of paper at the end of the meeting–a source for clematis during these last days of winter. Gold. Forty-eight hours later I was holding a single bunch of the most beautiful ever-so-pale purple clematis, delivered to my door by Bob (another wholesale customer whom I’d never met) but who happened to be at the wholesaler’s when I called and would just so happen to be making his way through my neighborhood that same afternoon. Bob, you’re a gem. You completely made my day.
This beautiful magazine has been sitting on my side table for a month now, and it’s about time I share. A talented team came together to create this editorial shoot for Weddings By Design, and I quite like how it turned out. Be sure to scroll to the bottom for a bit of moody urban drama.
Photographer: Chantal Andrea
Floral & Event Design: McKenzie Powell
Wedding Gown Design & Styling: Rebecca Cairelli
Hair & Makeup: Jenny Bowker
Jewelry: History and Industry by Irene Wood
Cake: New Renaissance Cakes
Table: Whitcomb & Company
Models: Tyson Strotz & Katherine Wimett from SMG
I cannot wait to show more images from this beautiful fall wedding. Belathee Photography wows again. For now… How absolutely precious is that sweet flower girl?
We spent our Valentine’s at Anthropologie. My gift from James was to hang out with me for the day. You know, wake up at 5, help me set up, keep me company, make pastry/coffee runs, chit-chat with customers, enjoy his day off… Ha! We were so busy, we managed to sneak in one of those caffeine runs and then proceeded to go all day on a single ham and cheese croissant and latte. Needless to say, when we were pitching water out of the 30+ cylinder vases into the alley drain at 8:30 that night, I was more than ready for food and a few ibuprofens. And yes, it was a long day, but a good day. We sent so many happy people home with beautiful flowers. And The Whale Wins would be our Valentine treat at the end of it all…
That is, until we pulled out of the alley, stopped at the first intersection downtown and saw a homeless man walk into the crosswalk, slam his fist on the hood of our car, and proceed to shout profanities (that quite frankly didn’t make any sense); none of this directed at us, of course, but at the scraggly-looking young man that had also walked into the crosswalk to swing his skateboard at the other man’s head. Aww love…
Needless to say, we didn’t make it to our planned destination. After assessing the 6″ dent on the hood, we decided to file a report with our insurance company and head home. A quick bite and a bottle of wine at the nearby pizza joint would have to suffice, and did only after I arrived three minutes past when they stopped seating, gave the poor waiter a completely defeated look and politely (ahem, begged) “Please?” He consulted the kitchen and allowed us to take a table in the corner if we didn’t mind them cleaning up around us. You just gotta laugh. And James, toasting to V-Day and us and life, reminded me yet again how lucky I am. I love him.
Thank you, Julie Harmsen Photography for snapping these lovely shots!
A couple of the bouquets I snapped from instagram:
And of all places to pop-up, don’t you think Anthropologie is just the perfect place? I might get lost day-dreaming in their gorgeous creative interiors, so just give me a little nudge if you see my eyes glaze over… I’ll whip up something nice for that special someone in your life and tie it off with pretty ribbon.
Sweet hand-tied bouquets starting at just $25! Or really swoon her/him with a little something something extra.
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This happened in 2012, and somehow I forgot to share it on the blog!! (If you follow some of our happenings on Facebook, you’ve likely already seen it.) But for those who haven’t, my sweet friend Jenn from Scout invited me in on her beautifully designed shoot to handle florals (and all things herby, fresh, and green). Didn’t she knock it out of the park? This may actually be the perfect time of year to share these photos, as we’re likely all quite over the grey and drizzle and quite ready for a little springtime green! Jasmine Star captured these gorgeous shots. And might I just add, what a wonderful day it was, working with this crew. Everyone was seriously delightful. I loved it.
Style Me Pretty featured it back in October. You can see that HERE.
What a good sport! And so cute!
See? Just look at that lineup!
Design & Styling: Jenn from SCOUT
Photography: Jasmine Star
Paper Details: La Happy
Amazing Desserts: Hot Cakes (In Ballard… go! go! go! You will leave so happy.)
Custom Table Linen: Andie Powers of Assemble
Wedding Dress: Martha Webb (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hair + Makeup: Erin Skipley
Models: Amber Anderson & Mr. Handsome himself (Psst…He’s not really a model! Only when I beg him to put on a suit and smile at the camera.)