dark & light

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.

lately on instagram

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.


three cheers for dads

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

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.


l + p

June 3rd, 2013

My sweet friends Lindsay and Pat got married in April, and you know… It’s always a little rough when you have to throw on a dress and heels right when your feet and back are ready for a hot bath, but ‘friend weddings’ are the best. And I was so glad we were able to contribute. It’s a great party. And everyone you like is there! Plus, her mom cried when she peeked through the drapes and saw the reception all set up and sparkling. Victory. And if the bride likes it too, that’s just more icing on the wedding cake. (Kidding.) I’m so happy for you L & P! You make a good pair. Photos by Chantal Andrea Photography.

foxglove from the garden

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.



petite shop at anthropologie

May 28th, 2013

The downtown Seattle Anthropologie now carries petites! Which has got to be really fun news for some people… probably cute folks like Joy Deangdeelert Cho, well-known from her blog Oh Joy! who just so happened to be the star of the evening at the Petite Shop’s grand opening. Champagne, sweet treats from Hot Cakes, and our flowers were there too.

I snapped a few shots in prettier light before I loaded them up to go…


tree peonies

May 23rd, 2013

I was curled in a blanket on the couch after a string of back-to-back events when I got a call from the event planner we had the pleasure of working with all week. She had just left the restaurant after making sure the small group of guests were settled and welcomed to dinner, their last evening in Seattle. ”McKenzie. The women are losing their minds!!” Apparently one guest commented that she was so glad there wasn’t a seating arrangement that evening… and then sat right in front of one of the larger arrangements.

I get it. And I’m so glad tree peonies do that to other people too.

Flowerwild Mayacamas Workshop

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

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…