December 3rd, 2013
When it’s the middle of April and you need to make the flowers ‘seasonal’ for an editorial shoot coming out in the fall issue. It’s the best kind of problem to have if you decide the term can be used loosely and proceed to throw in dogwood, fritillaria, clematis, bleeding heart, the spring kitchen sink… Nothing was really off-limits as long as I could strike somewhat of an autumn palette. I only wish I could have all of this when it actually is November. Which gets me thinking. How about it brides? Let’s do more April weddings. I’d help you make them so pretty.
(I snapped these photos in April even though they don’t really like when you do that at shoots.)
November 17th, 2013
We created 64 feet of bold, colorful florals in a color palette that mimicked the blown glass installation overhead. Ghost chairs and a seafoam colored linen helped mirror the environment and sky beyond, and the combination of flowers tied everything together so well. It’s a bit of a treat for us Washingtonian florists to get our hands on kumquats on the branch, and I was quite happy it all worked out for this special dinner. While I don’t think I’ll ever tire of white cattleya orchids, this time I was particularly blown away by how perfect and robust our ranunculus were–and in that palette! Admittedly, not a typical one for us, but no artist likes to get too stuck in their ways and on this grey fall day especially, I’ll gladly reminisce.
November 7th, 2013
Heather and Dave’s wedding is featured over on Martha Stewart Weddings: The Bride’s Guide, so pop on over and take a look. More photos of their romantic day coming soon on our website.
September 30th, 2013
Textural, muted, and fragrant for a wedding on the waterfront…
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…
August 14th, 2013
Matt and Melinda are kind and thoughtful and totally in love. He sang to her as she walked down the aisle and was so genuine and in-the-moment that I may have gotten a little choked up. And… I met them in-person for the first time on their wedding day, so apparently I’m a softie. The designing happened via email and phone calls and started with Melinda’s request for blush florals and hints of silver. We have quite the collection of vintage silver and added in some antiqued mirrored trays, tall candelabras and the nude sequined linens to kick it up a notch. It was June, so I snatched up garden roses, foxglove, clematis, mock-orange, and the most beautiful branches of dogwood I’ve ever seen in my own two hands, and we ended up with this…
Photography by the lovely Michele M. Waite.
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.
July 7th, 2013
The blog gets a bit quiet when wedding season strikes, but don’t let the silence fool you. We’ve been working hard around here (and also taking breaks to enjoy summer too). It’s good this year, a better balance somehow. Not fewer weddings but maybe better systems? More efficient. Or maybe it’s just not September yet, and in a few months I’ll be singing a different tune. In any case, I’m enjoying the work and variety that each event brings. Sequins blush table linens one weekend to country blues the next. This weekend we’ll be working mainly with greens and whites, relying heavily on shape and texture for interest. Amidst the whirl of activity, I try to whip out the trusty iPhone now and then to document a bit of it all, posting to Instagram for those interested. If you are, I’m http://instagram.com/mckenzie_powell.