Oh hi there.
I’m just taking a little sit down here among the flowers.
SO many flowers.
ALL the flowers.
See what I mean?
This would be a good time to mention that when we arrived, the truck was parked against an ugly black privacy screen. My heart died a little to think of ALL THAT FLOWER MAGIC wasted on an ugly backdrop.
Have we talked about my LOVE for photography? I thought so.
We confirmed that the truck was not moving, got 75% through the install, and the event organizers decided the truck had to move.
It was 9:30am and 99 billion degrees at this point, but I didn’t even care once I saw where we were moving!
It was like the sky opened and flower-lovin-angels burst into song. (snap by me)
The flower explosion + vintage Chevy make my heart so happy.
Also, this is how I like to imagine my life looks at all times! 🙂
Why I really do yoga.
Werkin those flowers.
Details. Details. Details.
Of course I had to put a flower on the license plate.
Another reason I do yoga.
Or…a natural born camper.
You decide. 🙂
I am so damn excited to share this styled shoot with y’all and am totally doing a happy dance over here because it’s featured on Green Wedding Shoes today.
Overflowing with lush fall floral inspiration, this was the styled shoot of my dreams. Dream Team. Dream Location. Dream Flowers- fresh, pressed, and dried! And I even got to create an invitation suite!
You know what’s missing though? Floral foam! We created ALL this flower magic without so much as a block of that nasty stuff. Beautiful and (more) sustainable FTW. You can read more about my aspirations to green my lil’ floral biz right here!
Then check out all the moody magic below, captured by the brilliant Evangeline Lane, head over to Green Wedding Shoes to see even more, and hurry back and hire me to make all your fall floral + paper dreams come true. Deal?
We’ll start at the beginning. I love designing paper goods and especially LOVE when they set the tone for your wedding or event from the very beginning.
Here I used pressed flowers on the individual pieces of the suite, and created a custom envelope liner from a photograph of all the flowers that I pressed.
You’ll see these pressed flowers, as well as the dried floral styling elements repeat throughout the event- on the day of paper, in the bouquet, in the centerpieces etc.
I love a strong design/theme and it was such a joy to work with Jessica of Art & Soul Events to bring this vision to life.
Jessica mentioned this wheel barrow in our first conversation, and I immediately knew I wanted to create a floral blanket cascading out of it, before I ever even saw the damn thing. Sometimes ya just know.
This turned out exactly how I pictured it, and would be such a cool way to welcome guests, accent a ceremony area, or create a unique photo backdrop.
See? These cuties knew just what to do.
And then there’s this sweet thing!
How gorgeous is this cake by Nicole Bakes Cakes, featuring a frosting pressed flower motif, accented by real pressed flowers? Swoon.
Also worth noting- I finally got to meet Nicole, have the boomerangs to prove it, and she is the cutest!
And could this cocktail look any more delicious? Gimme!
Pretty much tabletop perfection right here thanks to gorgeous rentals from La Pinata Party Rentals and Jessica’s fab design/styling skills!
Also, we should really talk about Stonewall Ranch– this place is gorgeous and has SO many special + different areas/backdrops/photo ops. Just wait…
I loved designing with blush, peach, berry, burgundy and gold blooms to create these lush floral pieces. My favorite bloom? Probably that foraged + dried + perfectly peachy bouganvillea. Although I’ll never be mad at a Combo rose. (they’re the gold ones)
What’s your fave?
And then, there’s this arch + that view in that light. Magic.
It is worth noting that Jessica cried when she saw it, which is like the highest praise a floral designer can get. Tears, people.
Telling you this makes me blush, but holy hell I loved this thing and I am damn proud of it.
The mechanics are really simple- just chicken wire + water piks, then a base of lemon, ninebark, and maple, followed by loads of roses, garden roses, dahlias, and accent blooms in shades of blush, taupe, peach, berry, burgundy and gold. Favorite arch ever!
A quick costume change and that view?
Yes, that’s the fog rolling in OVER THE WATER. Seriously, Stonewall Ranch, that view is insane!
This is the strike crew of my dreams y’all. It might also be IS the booze + lovely lady + flower + chicken-filled party of my dreams. For sure. I first discovered Kate and her amazing blog/Instagram, Drinking with Chickens, last year when I wrote this article on Apartment Therapy.
We started chatting on IG and godblesstheinternet here I am creating some flower magic in her backyard a year later. She also took that amazing photo up there.
Kate’s garden is ridiculous. Like fairy-tale levels of perfection #gardengoals ridiculous. And I was so lucky she agreed that I could bring along my pal Victoria Gold Photography to snag some fancy florist shots. AKA, the kind, at big events, I’m usually too sweaty/busy to ever take, let alone look at, or post again.
Just hanging with my snips and some big ol’ fried egg peonies in the garden. Like ya do.
Victoria took a bunch of florist glamour shots of me in the garden, and we did things like torture poor Pip with a flower corsage necklace. He loved it. Obviously.
So calm. So not sweaty. Just jeuging up a flower-filled table in the garden, like ya do.
We’ve been making these modern brass wrist corsages for our wedding clients for a while now, and just love them! See also: we love making acrylic signs! And…No more 80’s prom arms, I mean, unless you’re having an 80’s prom wedding in which case- call me! 🙂
I just love love love these little pieces of floral jewelry, because each one is totally unique. It was really fun to watch guests select the one that spoke to them.
Did I mention that I LOVE attending parties that I’ve floralized? I am consistently humbled + awed by the effect beautiful flowers have on people and feel so lucky when I get to see my #flowermagic in action.
Are you ready for flower porn on a whole different scale though?
And a different angle. That garland though. She’s extra.
Iphone pic by yours truly.
Especiallye extra at this angle.
Photo + Gorgeous lil’ cupcakes by my pal Kristin over at Dine X Design!
Fun fact: Kristin and I met at Alt Summit waaaaaay back in 2012 and reconnected at this lil’ shindig! Again, godblesstheinternet!
More. More. More.
More chickens. More flowers.
More hot ladies with lap chickens.
Leave no surface or booze bottle unflowered. That’s what we say. After all, Kate’s blog is called Drinking with Chickens. And Koval did put the “booze” in the Boozy Garden Tea Party. And it was delicious!
Okay, maybe just one more tablescape. Is it weird that I wanna climb on that table and roll around in the flowers?