Colorful Floral Clouds & Bold Ombre Blooms

Bright and bold dyed babies breath clouds by Winston & Main hang over long table at colorful LA birthday celebration.
 
I’m always so flattered when other vendors or industry peeps hire Winston & Main to bring the blooms ESPECIALLY when they give me the creative freedom to really go for it.

That’s the dream.

So when David of La Pinata Party Rentals reached out about creating something extra special for his *extra special* birthday party this ombre floral fluff dream became reality.

All 21 feet of it. Floral foam free + 100% reclaimed post event too.
 
Yellow and Orange Ombre Floral Designs featuring Dahlias, Butterfly Ranunculus, Bunny Tails and more by Winston & Main.
 
Light it up! I designed the entire table in an ombre, florals + tapers too- moving from yellow to peach to orange to pink to red to blue to purple. SO much fun. SO many tapers.
 
Pink and red floral design ombre featuring double tulips, dahlias, and painted italian ruscus by Winston & Main.
 
The pink & red arrangement may have been my favorite because the double tulips were RIDICULOUS for October.
 
Blue and purple ombre floral design featuring carnations, tulips, strawflowers, dahlias and more dyed and painted flowers by Winston & Main.
 
Although, blue & purple are definitely the winner for being MOST on trend- Pantone named Classic Blue as it’s Color of the Year shortly after this.
 
The guest of honor wears a luxe blue velvet dinner jacket and is standing under 21 feet of bold and colorful floral clouds.
 
Talk about an incredible host- David treated his guests to a welcome bar, an epically colorful + delicious dinner catered by Hungry Bear Catering Co., a Xylophone Band AND a post-dinner surprise arcade reveal. YES, an entire arcade. Host AND birthday goals.

The velvet tux wasn’t a bad touch either.
 
A wildly colorful dinner party with brightly colored ombre candles and florals down the length of the table.
 
Action shot.
 
Blue and purple ombre floral design featuring carnations, tulips, strawflowers, dahlias and more dyed and painted flowers by Winston & Main.
 
This color combo was the most challenging for me, but I was so happy with the way it turned out. Also, #carnationsforever.
 
Dyed & painted babies breath clouds hanging over long tables at intimate & colorful birthday celebration.
 
More fluff. You’re welcome.
 
A long table of guests enjoying a warm, colorful, and festive intimate birthday party.
 
Love to see our flowers getting papped.
 
Bold pink and red floral arrangement featuring double tulips, clover, dahlias, and painted italian ruscus by Winston & Main
 
Class photo time.
 
Bold yellow and orange cocktail arrangement by Winston & Main
 
Ready for her glamour shot.
 
Blue and purple cocktail arrangement featuring carnations, allium, and bunny tail.
 
Head in the clouds.
 
Team Winston & Main installs 21 feet of floral clouds.
 
And an action shot of us making it happen.
Ladders are an indispensable part of great floral design.
 
Hi-five under colorful floral clouds.
 
Hi-fives all around. Showing you this one despite whatever is going on with my face.
 
Bright and foam free floral clouds of dyed baby's breathe hanging over table of ombre floral arrangements.
 
Thanks for capturing these colorful clouds in all their glory Julie Shuford! You the best!
 
A bold, modern, and colorful mood board for your wedding, birthday or celebration featuring bold baby's breath clouds.
 
BOOM!

Here’s little mood board in case you want to use our colorful event as a jumping off point for your own.

Don’t forget to send pics!
 
Venue + Rentals: La Pinata Party Rentals / Rentals: Collective Rentals, Platinum Prop Rentals, Gems Parties Rental / Florals & Design: Winston & Main / Photographer: Julie Shuford Photography / Catering: Hungry Bear Catering Co. / Men’s Styling/Rentals: Eric Acuna for Friar Tux



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



Dried Flowers & Crystal Grid Wedding Inspiration

Ethereal Dry flowers with an elegant neutral tablescape for wedding inspiration.

Look familiar? I LOVED creating this piece so much that I made it the first pic you see when you land on my website.
 
It’s the most soothing and unifying color palette but still has ALL that interest and texture.

Textured natural and dry flower arrangements featuring pampas and sun palms on a farm table.

Full of fresh and dried blooms like Pampas Grass, Baby’s Breath, Quicksand Roses, Vintage Lisianthus and Sun Palms- she’s just the fluff dreams are made of.

Elegant ethereal natural flower arrangement by Winston and Main for wedding inspiration

How gorgeous are those taper candles from Rolling Greens? The colors are just perfection.

A wedding reception table featuring gold flatware, blush tableware, and dried natural flower arrangements

Beautiful paper from Courtney of Cecile’s Paper Co.
 
And a giant thank you to David of La Pinata Party Rentals for ALL the gorgeous rentals AND letting us crash his showroom and make a big ol’ mess on a Monday afternoon.

Pampas arrangements, muted flower colors, neutral table setting, and custom paper menus for wedding inspiration

Julie Shuford captured every single detail perfectly.

Custom paper wedding invitations by Cecile Paper surrounded by Winston and Main flowers

Wedding table flowers featuring sun palms and muted color flowers for natural, ethereal style inspiration

And may I present this photo to all of you who think you hate carnations? I mean c’mon…

Craft cocktail and dessert macaroons garnished with dry buds and flowers for ethereal wedding inspiration
Just put a flower on/in it already.

Rose quarts & crystal inspired flower mandala for whimsical wedding decor

And let me just put it out there- I wanna make more more more crystal grids with flowers.
BIG ones.
 
Maybe you’d like to stand in the middle of one and make some magic?
Just throwing it out there.

Rose Quartz & ethereal style dry flower arrangements for wedding inspirationNeutral color dry flowers and textured arrangement for wedding inspiration

Not your grandma’s tulip.
Although I love her too.

Ethereal bohemian table arrangement featuring natural tones and dry flowers.

 

Fun fact: This piece was originally created for Alli’s fab bridal shower thrown by my pal Kate of Drinking with Chickens AND was featured in the June 2019 issue of Country Living Magazine!

You can check out its first incarnation over on Kate’s blog complete with cocktail recipes AND chickens!

Magic Makers:

Venue + Rentals: La Pinata Party Rentals / Rentals: Collective Rentals / Florals & Design: Winston & Main / Photographer: Julie Shuford Photography / Paper Goods: Cecile’s Paper Co.