Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category

au revoir summer days

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

This past weekend I didn’t have a wedding. And wow it was nice. The weather has shifted and already I’m hearing the first moans and groans about the rain, but I can’t truly commiserate because I just keep thinking about all that there is to look forward to… soups-sweaters-books-candles-baking-scarves-fires-boots-chai, and I’m ready. I know it will take just a few free weekends and a few months of grey to have me longing for the flowers again, but for now I’m loving these soggy days and the slower pace that comes hand-in-hand.

Get back to me in February or March when all I want is a bucket of freshly picked stems to play with. Everything in the arrangement below is from the garden. Foxglove, roses, (‘Sally Holmes’ and ‘Koko Loco’), windflower, goat’s beard, vinca, artemesia, quickfire hydrangea…

dark & light

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Even though this soft color palette is a common one in the bridal world (and dare I say at times gets a little predictable), I like the way a dark background immediately kicks it up a notch, adds a nice dose of drama. And this ingredient list, it’s a good one, including some of my favorites that keep things interesting. Sure there’s the ever dependable white majolica spray roses and garden roses but then we mix in foxglove, clematis, elderberries, sweet peas, a mystery berry that my mom foraged on her way over from eastern Washington because it just looked like something I would get excited about*, and a few perfect vines of honeysuckle that filled my entire studio with its sweet scent. Up here in the beautiful PNW, we are spoiled with incredible product, and I hope I don’t take it for granted.

*Megan, I know!! (Insert sheepish eye aversion.) And it’s even worse/better when you have others foraging for you! I liked your post. You spoke true words.

three cheers for dads

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Because when you show up at their house with yet another load of¬†plants (that you’d grow yourself if you had the space), they just smile and say, “Pick a spot. I’ll go get the shovel.” And that’s how you end up with these incredible white peonies that the bees fight over.


inspiration: pale lilac & white

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

This palette feels so peaceful. Fresh and summery and calm. I had to do an impromptu photoshoot with these leftovers because that creamy dogwood is too good to go to waste. And because styling flowers under a giant willow tree in this gorgeous sunny weather is part of the job, and someone’s got to do it.


foxglove from the garden

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Despite a couple of drizzly days, I spent the majority of the long weekend outside in the garden. A bit of planting, deadheading, but mostly I picked and played.



Flowerwild Mayacamas Workshop

Friday, April 26th, 2013

A few snippets from the Flowerwild Mayacamas Workshop. What a great couple of days. Kate, Jose and Team Hair & Makeup are such a talented crew, it was a pleasure to work with them and learn from them. No doubt Jose’s photos are going to be jaw-dropping. And Kate not only has a magic (and beautiful!) touch but is also such a kind, genuine, down-to-earth person, and the insight and knowledge she openly shared was invaluable. And to continue the lovefest I’ve started, I’ll just say that the other talented women I got to spend time with were so sweet, fun and supportive that the whole experience was superb.

flowers back home

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

I made this arrangement yesterday before heading out the door for the lake. Took some photos and left it sitting on the table. I’ll return to slimy water and wilted petals, but I couldn’t bring myself to throw perfectly good leftovers away. (I have time to blog them now because we just made seriously killer nachos and everyone is in a food coma, taking their afternoon siestas.)

But now, cabin life resumes…

rich woodsy bouquet

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

A couple beautiful photos by Buffy Dekmar of a rich woodsy bouquet we created in January. I like that even with so much bold color it still feels earthy.



Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

I went to a meeting a while back with a group of other floral and event designers and whipped out a pad of paper to jot down notes. It was interesting to bounce around ideas and questions with other industry pros, but rather than scribble away, I mostly listened. In fact, I only had one thing on the piece of paper at the end of the meeting–a source for clematis during these last days of winter. Gold. Forty-eight hours later I was holding a single bunch of the most beautiful ever-so-pale purple clematis, delivered to my door by Bob (another wholesale customer whom I’d never met) but who happened to be at the wholesaler’s when I called and would just so happen to be making his way through my neighborhood that same afternoon. Bob, you’re a gem. You completely made my day.

Weddings By Design Magazine

Monday, February 25th, 2013

This beautiful magazine has been sitting on my side table for a month now, and it’s about time I share. A talented team came together to create this editorial shoot for Weddings By Design, and I quite like how it turned out. Be sure to scroll to the bottom for a bit of moody urban drama.

Photographer: Chantal Andrea
Floral & Event Design: McKenzie Powell
Wedding Gown Design & Styling: Rebecca Cairelli
Hair & Makeup: Jenny Bowker
Jewelry: History and Industry by Irene Wood
Cake: New Renaissance Cakes
Table: Whitcomb & Company
Models: Tyson Strotz & Katherine Wimett from SMG