Winston & Main 2019 Year in Review: Foam Free Floral Installations

Bright and foam free floral clouds of dyed baby's breathe hanging over table of ombre floral arrangements.
 
In 2019 we had the opportunity to design more foam-free installations than ever before, and I really enjoyed figuring out the best mechanics for each project to ensure that they were stable (don’t want our sh*t falling on peoples heads) beautiful, and long-lasting, without a single brick of floral foam.

If you’re not familiar, floral foam is essentially the single use plastic bag of the floral industry AND along with the utter waste inherent in anything you use once and throw away, it breaks down into microplastics and is gonna sit in our oceans and/or landfills for a bazillion years. Oh, and it’s also not the healthiest for florists. Win, win.

You can read a little more here. BUT I’m truly not here to judge- I just wanna do my best to make my business more sustainable with every project and I want to encourage my fellow designers to do the same.

To that end, here are some truly epic installations that I’m damn proud are #nofloralfoam. I’m happy to answer questions/show the mechanics for any of them, so if you’re struggling to reduce the amount of foam your studio uses or need ideas, don’t hesitate to reach out- email me or drop into my DM’s on IG.

Now let’s talk clouds. We created over 20 feet of them for our pal David’s birthday and LOVED how they turned out. We were able to keep ALL of the product (stay tuned, dreaming up something good for it) and we reclaimed the internal structure/mechanics too.

Photo: Julie Shuford Photography / Rentals: La Pinata Party Rentals
 
A brilliant foam-free floral installation climbs up a tree in the center of the reception space.
 
When Holly of Anything But Gray Events asked what I’d like to do in the space (a DTLA bar!) this was my answer.

photo: Aurelia D’Amore Photography planning: Anything But Grey Events
 
Large scale lush, colorful, and foam free floral installation on giant tree.
 
It was clearly a year of epic + colorful trees around here! 🙂

photo: Julie Shuford Photography
 
Piano with lush foam free floral installation spilling onto floor.
 
And pianos. aka. A Piano Moment

photo: Villa Visuals / planning: Anything But Gray Events
 
Large scale foam free neutral centerpiece featuring dried and fresh florals.
 
photo: Julie Shuford Photography / rentals: La Pinata Party Rentals & Collective Rentals
 
Foam free floral installation for Ketel One Botanical.
 
Fresh & fun for our pals at Ketel One Botanical.
 
Lush foam free moon gate arch.
 
An epic + moody moon gate arch in the sky.

photo: Brian Macstay / planning: The Rheefined / rentals: La Pinata Party Rentals
 
Bougainvillea wedding arch (foam free) that looks like it's always been at Houdini Estate.
 
The bougainvillea arch that looks like it grew there (but really was totally bare when we started!)

photo: J Wiley Photography / planning: Thread Events
 
Foam free growing or planted looking aisle flowers featuring myrtle, bells of ireland, queen anne's lace and dahlias.
 
Growing aisle flowers- totally possible without the plastic!

photo: J Wiley Photography / planning: Thread Events

Dutch Masters inspired foam free floral installation detail.
 
A quick iphone snap of a corner of the Chuppah from one of our last few events of the year. This transferred beautifully to the sweetheart table after the ceremony too!

planning: Moxie Bright Events

Light and airy foam free floral arch featuring blush, nude, and neutral flowers, fall leaves, baby's breath, and burgundy dahlias.
 
THE fall + fluff dream arch for these cuties!

photo: Michelle Roller
 
Lush and elegant fall flowers and foliage cascading from a vintage wheelbarrow.
 
And I couldn’t resist a little throwback to 2018. BECAUSE.

photo: Evangeline Lane / planning: Art & Soul Events
 
Fall floral installation, foam free, surrounding elegant outdoor fireplace.
 
And this one too, because COZY.

photo: Heidi Ryder



SNEAK PEEK: A COLORFUL WEDDING AT REDONDO BEACH HISTORIC LIBRARY

Romantic and colorful modern multicultural wedding couple share a sweet first look.
 
Sometimes a photographer sends along a sneak peek SO good, it just needs to be shared.
Immediately.

Thank you Jenny Smith & Co. for these gorgeous photos, I’m so excited to see the rest!
But for now…
 
Beautiful bride and bridesmaids in white, peach, and mint saris carrying bold, colorful, and luxurious blooms.
 
How gorgeous are Sammy and her ladies?

I designed their colorful & luxe bouquets with their peach + mint saris in mind, but this joyful capture exceeds all my expectations!
 
Modern Sri Lankan Bride with colorful, luxury bridal bouquet, beautiful hair flowers, and a gorgeous flowing veil.
 
Sammy’s modern Sri Lankan Bridal ensemble is pretty dang perfect too.

I loved creating a modern take on a traditional headpiece and would encourage all my clients to put MORE flowers in their hair, please and thanks! 😉
 
The cutest couple exit the church after their colorful wedding!
 
This just-married-full-of-joy photo gets me every time.
But especially when my clients are as fabulous as these two!
 
A private lei exchange on the beach featuring beautiful maile stye ti leaf lei and fragrant tuberose lei.
 
I also really love when my couples fill their wedding days with meaningful aspects of their culture + personality.

Carey’s family has a special connection to Hawaii, and so they chose to do a lei exchange on the beach following their ceremony. We even had the tuberose shipped in from Hawaii because that smell just cannot be imitated.
 
The cutest couple share an intimate moment on the beach for a private lei exchange featuring orchids, ti leaf, & tuberose following their wedding ceremony. The bride wears an ornate yet modern take on a Sri Lankan floral headpiece featuring ranunculus, spray roses, and eucalyptus.
 
Huge congratulations Sammy & Carey!
What an honor & a joy it was to fill your wedding day with beautiful blooms!
 
A joyful + just married couple lead a second line to their wedding reception!
 
Oh! And did I mention they had a brass band for their cocktail hour + a second line?
Truly a couple after my own heart.
 
 
All the Magic Makers:
Photography: Jenny Smith & Co. / Planning: Dearest & Darling Event Planning / Videography: The Byrd Sisters / Band: The Mudbug Brass Band / Hair & Makeup: J Jules Beauty / Lighting: Neptune Lighting & Events / Venue: Redondo Beach Historic Library > / Cake: King’s Hawaiian Bakery / Floral Design: Winston & Main



COLORFUL BACKYARD WEDDING INSPIRATION

Joyous bride laughing with beautiful floral headpiece.
 
This shoot came together in less than 24 hours and it was magic through and through.
All the colorful details were beautifully captured by our pal Victoria Gold Photography.
 
Supermarket cake with lots of festive flowers
 
From this super plain supermarket cake gone glam…
 
Brilliantly colorful bouquet featuring peonies, protea and ranunculus
 
To this lush + colorful bridal bouquet, which features peonies, protea, carnations, and ranunculus.

It’s reeeeeeally time to rethink the carnation hatred, mkay?
 

 
A colorful centerpiece and vintage glassware for a garden party
 
The cutest table for two.
 
Colorful bridal bouquet resting on beautiful pink vintage chair.
 
Redefining sitting pretty. 😉
 
Mini pinata with floral crown by Winston & Main.
 
Floral crowns are for everyone.
Seriously, just add flowers. Tiny, adorable flowers.
 
Bright tabletop with cute face vase!
 
Also very into this face vase, ESPECIALLY b/c it comes in 3 different skin tones now.
 
Beautiful bride with colorful floral headpiece and bouquet.
 
All the beauty. All the boug. All the french silk ribbon.
 
Bride at colorful sweetheart table!
 
More sitting pretty.
 
A brightly colored floral garland.
 
Hope you enjoyed this cheery color explosion!
 
Wanna see more?
Check out our feature on Wedding Chicks!
And check out our portfolio!
 
 
Photography: Victoria Gold Photography / Styling & Accessories: The Blushing Bird / Dress: Jann Marie Bridal / Hair & Makeup: Belle by Brielle / Rentals: Fern and Bone / Mixologists: Cali Craft Cocktails / Floral Design + Styling: Winston & Main