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

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

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.

Whidbey Island Wedding Flowers

January 20th, 2014

I just came across these flowery photos I snapped at a Whidbey Island wedding last August and thought I’d share on the blog. Sometimes I look back through old photos to see what was in season during a particular week to help plan for a future event; right now it’s September 20th. (My husband says I plan too far out. He’s talking about life of course and not flowers.) But humor me. What are your favorite September flowers? (Dahlias are of course on the list.) I find it sort of therapeutic to dream about such things when it’s still January and not dahlia season…

McKenzie Powell :: Floral & Event Design

McKenzie Powell :: Floral & Event Design

McKenzie Powell :: Floral & Event Design

McKenzie Powell :: Floral & Event Design

A colorful Indian American Wedding

January 17th, 2014

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve likely already seen these zingy florals and our gorgeous bride Monica. But wow–when I downloaded the photos from my camera last night, I actually had to desaturate them a bit. The color was electric. Just what I needed on this dreary January day. Of course I wish I could have waited until the tables were in position and the chairs were set before whipping out the camera, but the light doesn’t hang around for florists attempting to be photographers. So you make do.

McKenzie Powell :: Floral & Event Design

McKenzie Powell :: Floral & Event Design

McKenzie Powell :: Floral & Event Design

McKenzie Powell :: Floral & Event Design

McKenzie Powell :: Floral & Event Design

a winter wedding

December 9th, 2013

This romantic winter wedding captured beautifully by Belathee Photography was featured in Seattle Metropolitan Bride & Groom a while back and got a quick Instagram mention but never its proper due. So let me share a few here now. (More from this wedding on our website.)

I hope you’re all having a good December!

McKenzie Powell :: Floral & Event Design,  Belathee Photography

collision of seasons

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.)


Back in May…

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.


A fall feature on Martha Stewart Weddings

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.


Cara’s Bouquet

September 30th, 2013

Textural, muted, and fragrant for a wedding on the waterfront…