Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category

One Year Ago…

Friday, May 1st, 2015

I created this arrangement as part of a project with SPU’s Response Magazine, and as I was combing through old photos this morning, it dawned on me that I designed this exactly one year from today. We were just turning in the paperwork to make our first home-purchase official, and I clipped the bleeding heart, cherry blossoms, and rhododendron from our new yard on one of our visits. It was actually taken in a dark corner of our old apartment bedroom with boxes piled all around, and it makes me miss the drama of that rich wall color. Our new house is all white and very bright, which most days I love. But then I see a photo like this and want to make an impulse run to Benjamin Moore.

(Also, I’d now like to clip the two tulips out of the back because they feel a little too planned and predictable. Ah well, c’est la vie…)
McKenzie Powell Floral & Event Design Red Spring


Winter Wedding

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

A bit of winter wedding glam for you on this chilly Thursday morning. Photos by the wonderful Ryan Flynn. Sideboard table and ceramic vases from Vintage Ambiance.

McKenzie Powell Floral & Event Design | Ryan Flynn Photography









McKenzie Powell Floral & Event Design | Ryan Flynn Photography


Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

It’s all about the magnolias these days.

McKenzie Powell Floral & Event Design - magnolias

McKenzie Powell Floral & Event Design - magnolias

Featured on Style Me Pretty…

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Ellie & Quang’s wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty this week with gorgeous photography by Bryce Covey. This was definitely one of my favorites from 2013… From our first meeting, I knew I’d enjoy working with Ellie. She had great taste but was laid back and seemed to completely trust me.

She understood the beauty of simplicity, and I was excited to carry that theme throughout their wedding day. Mixing clean with rustic, touches of romance with nature, we were able to achieve a beautiful balance. Together we worked through table and chair selections, calligraphy styles and paper pieces, room layout, favor ideas… After she mentioned possibly wanting a tea station for guests, I jumped on the idea and started brainstorming. (What results as something so simple often takes many hours of sketching, planning, adding and taking away to settle on the final product.) Keeping with a minimal yet romantic aesthetic, I designed a display that greeted guests as they entered the room, bursting with blush pink foxglove and displaying beautiful loose leaf teas in simple glass jars. Muslin bags with custom tags allowed guests to scoop up their favorite flavors to take home as the favor.

Staying true to the overall design plan, we forwent typical centerpieces and instead created continuous garland-esque designs down all of the wooden tables out of interesting berries and greenery. Mixed in were English garden roses and lots of candlelight. I quite like the result.

Thank you, Ellie, for giving me freedom to create and think outside the box a bit. You were so wonderful to work with.

{Also, that dress. And braid! With a Jenny Packham dress from our local Seattle shop The Dress Theory, Erin Skipley on hair and makeup, and Bryce behind the lens, this bride was in good hands.}

McKenzie Powell Floral & Event Design  |  Bryce Covey Photography


Found Treasure

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

I store my photos on an external hard-drive and am pretty terrible about sorting through them. Very few get deleted, and now I have too many and the task is overwhelming. This morning I was making an attempt to organize and came across this from last August. I remember now while looking through the photos that I had just a few leftovers from a wedding (the Queen Anne’s Lace and Physocarpus), but everything else came from the garden. Those are the days I’m ready for. Dirt under your fingernails, sun on your back, creating just for yourself. A photo like this is a small treasure on a damp, grey day like today.

McKenzie Powell Floral & Event Design


Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Snippets from Instagram. Find more here.

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A few from last weekend…

Friday, February 28th, 2014

We lost our last bit of February light before I had a chance to grab my camera, but I sort of like the moody feel of these few photos I was able to capture. I had never worked with the photographer before, but she was shooting away, so I’m hoping I’ll have better professional shots to share with you later.

Seattle Wedding | McKenzie Powell Floral & Event Design

Seattle Wedding | McKenzie Powell Floral & Event Design

Seattle Wedding | McKenzie Powell Floral & Event Design


Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

A single frame by Bryce Covey of a bouquet from last fall. I’m getting really excited for all the bouquets we’ll get to create this year. I don’t have a favorite color palette as each season brings its own exciting flowers and ingredients and with each bouquet I think, “But really this one might be my new favorite…” Sometimes wild and cascading, other times simple and small; I think I just fall in love with the flowers I’ve been waiting 12 months to work with again.

McKenzie Powell Bouquet

Amy & Justin: Sneak Peek

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

The ladies of Belathee Photography are masters of their craft and incredibly talented artists. Whenever I receive photos from a project we’ve worked on together, I’m always blown away. I study their work, try to soak it in, and I still don’t know how they do it. This small sample collage is just the tip of the iceberg of what’s to come from Amy & Justin’s beautiful Corson Building wedding. I can’t wait to share more.McKenzie Powell Floral & Event Design  |  Belathee PhotographyMcKenzie Powell Floral & Event Design  |  Belathee Photography

Blush Bridal Bouquet

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Aww blush, the ever popular bridal color… Although I occasionally complain about it  (and I suppose I’m admitting I do), it really is so pretty. And when paired with interesting accents, can make even more of an impact. Set against a dark background (like this rich smokey blue velvet), the soft palette draws you in, while the contrast adds a layer of sophistication. I can handle blush done this way. Yes, and other ways too. But especially this way.

McKenzie Powell Floral & Event Design - Blush Bouquet

And since we’re in a blushing mood, how about a sweet floral hair wreath? Featured in the latest issue of Seattle Metropolitan Bride & Groom… Click here to see.