Such an honor getting to create florals for Karlie, Josh and all of their friends in Wyoming last month! Creating this floating install over the dance floor was my favorite part, and loved how it came together. Tumbleweeds for installation mechanics forever and always. Planning by the incomparable Stefanie Cove and Co.
Couldn’t have loved this wedding more with Lynden Lane in Joshua Tree last October. The rich vibrant and velvety reds against the dry and muted desert landscape was a dream palette. Utilizing the unique landscape and sculptures on the property to make a unique entrance installation was a fun added element.
Design & Planning: @lyndenlane
Floral Design: @tingefloral
Furniture Rentals: @foundrentals
Tabletop Rentals: @theark @theonicollection
String Quartet: @orchidquartet
Tanggu Drummers: @Scarlett_entertainment
Calligraphy & Escort: @heididavidsondesign
Program Suite: designer @timothypetersen
Brides Dresses: @umawangoofficial. @h.a via @1stdibs
Grooms Suit: @tomford
Loved working with Firefly again on this wedding for the kindest couple, Ellen and John.
Planning and Design: Firefly Events
Photography: Carrie Patterson
Looking at these photos are a bit bittersweet, as I was going through something emotionally and physically difficult at the time. I wrote a post about it on Instagram that I didn’t intend to share with the world, but with the many hands that came together to make this workshop so wonderful I felt the transparency was fair. Three days before the workshop at my routine 16 week pregnancy check up, they were unable to detect a heartbeat. With this being my second miscarriage in less than seven months, I was uncertain that I was going to be able to get through a workshop in my emotional state.
I was wrong, because thankfully I have some great, talented friends who stepped in to help support in every way they possibly could, and it was such an added bonus for us all to have so many talented designers included. Really was a beautiful display of how great the floral community is, and I’ll never forget that.
This group of students was so talented, so wonderful and gracious. We dove into the best spring blooms to create centerpieces and bouquets, and a beautiful white spring foam-less arch.
Special thanks to Max Gill, Sarah Winward and Jenn Sanchez for supporting, teaching and assisting.
Photography: Jacquelyn Hayward
Assistants: Pamelyn Covey, Amber Reverie Design, Sara Drussel
Venue: The Washington Schoolhouse
Paper Goods: Jenny Sanders
Plates: CM Ceramics
Linens La Tavola
Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic
Hair: Steven Robertson
Makeup: Leslie Lind
Dress: The Dress Theory Nashville
Just some pretty iPhone shots by my pal Jenn Sanchez, who is the world’s greatest best friend and should probably take up stand up comedy, but she’s kind of too good at her day job to explore other career paths. Maybe someday though.
So excited to finally announce Color Theory Spring 2019 tickets are now available. To learn more about what’s included and who will be involved in the workshop, head over to my classes page! Hope to see you there!
Photo by Tess Comrie
Aaahhhh Anguilla. What an insane experience this was that ended beautifully. This was a unique job where I was hired to execute the design not worry about the logistics of getting flowers onto the island. It can be really difficult figuring out the right channels to get florals through customs. While I did make all of the flower selections, I was not in charge of sourcing the florals themselves, and was a lucky enough to work with a company based on Anguilla that went to that trouble for us.
I wish I could recount all of the things that pushed us into plan B’s, but the most jarring was the 75 boxes of southern smilax that were ordered too early and all rotted and died long before we had a chance to use it. Imagine 75 boxes of southern smilax! I Just kept picturing a jetliner carrying only smilax. For all the trouble of getting that much greenery to an island only to have it not live, was hard to swallow. Thankfully this was not my doing, but was still up to me to figure out a solution.
Anguilla is not a lush island by any stretch so our options for a replacement were slim. We had to cover an entire hanging installation that was 60’ X 4’ with a greenery that was lightweight enough that it wouldn’t need a water source. Not an easy feat. Leave it to me to find the most prickly, thorny, foliage I possibly could as a replacement. Even people on the island watching us wrangle this stuff were watching in awe, no one dares touch this stuff! While we definitely were scratched and bleeding mildly, we made it work. Visually I liked it so much better than the smilax despite how challenging it was to work with.
We also needed the smilax to cover a giant trellis for the ceremony that was once covered in stephanotis vine before the hurricane. Sadly the plants were torn to bits and we needed it lush again. Thankfully we found something that worked well enough to get the coverage we needed, and we made do. Truly a testament to me that everything ALWAYS works out, especially when you have wonderful teams of people helping support.
So many other things I could mention! Having to drive on the other side of the road, rotting smilax juice, one box of flowers getting stuck somewhere and a chartered plane going to get it! That lily of the valley was REALLY expensive after that trip.
Couldn’t have been such a great experience were it not for Stef and her team of incredible people that at every turn were there providing extra hands to help us facilitate plan B’s. Truly, NEELY if you ever read this, you are an absolute angel and one day let’s go back to Anguilla and eat Queso at Picante and laugh/cry about this. (Picante is this little Mexican restaurant on Anguilla and I swear to you it is the BEST Mexican food on the earth.)
I’ve never been so anxious while simultaneously having the best time on a job before. As I sit here I can recount so many funny/tragic scenarios, but really I just want to tell you all about the enchiladas at Picante. I won’t, but if you ever find yourself on Anguilla, take my word for it.
This wedding was featured on Brides and you can read all about it here.
Planning/Design (the best team I’ve ever seen) Stefanie Cove and Co.