December 31, 2009

fresh wedding professional images

Mollie at Bloom Photography and Bonnie, her second shooter that day, did a spectacular job on the professional images for Becky and Mike's wedding. Make sure to check out their work on their blogs for Bloom, and The Incredibly True Adventures of Lazy Girl.

December 13, 2009

fresh yellow, white and green wedding

It is no understatement to say that this is my favorite bouquet ever. Lady slipper orchids, yellow and white ranunculus, craspedia, geranium, dusty miller, yellowy-orange pincushions, white sweet peas, fun whispy foliage and ferns from Australia, and peacock feathers.

And the maids bouquets...

This also may be my favorite corsage ever, with smilax curls, ranunculus, and craspedia.

The bride collected vintage milk glass containers and I filled them with yellow and white flowers, moss and succulents. So pretty. She also made the most amazing collection of tissue paper poufs to hang in the reception area at The Crossings. Too bad the weather was cold and wet, it would have been great to have this outside on the beautiful deck overlooking the Hill Country.

December 7, 2009

jewel-toned wedding

Get ready for lots of hot pink, red and purple... What a fun and over-the-top wedding with Baronesse garden roses, purple vanda orchids, Black Magic roses, purple anemones, pomegranates and red pears, angel moss and lots of other vines and accents. Thanks to my great team of assistants, and to Brooke Rogers at Ruby Rogers Studios who put it all together.

November 18, 2009

what a fun day

Thanks to everyone who came out and participated in the demonstration today. I met a lot of interesting and friendly folks!

I used found logs (from my parent's wood pile - thanks!) as a base to create an alternative to a traditional Christmas tree. I applied cages of floral foam to them and layered on the plants and flowers. The mosses, bird nests and wasp nests added an extra-naturalistic vibe.

November 17, 2009

e.a.s.t. 2009 program: wednesday at 1pm

Hey! Stop on by my East Austin Studio Tour Program this Wednesday the 18th at 1pm where I will be creating a living sculpture with locally grown succulents and plants, sustainably grown flowers, and hand-gathered mosses and bird nests.

I'll do an hour-long, free demonstration outside Studio 512, an architecture studio at 1902 E. 11th St., which is also showing the pastel work of Christopher Alan Cody Blair during the weekends of the EAST.

Eat lunch at Primizie, grab a coffee at Progress, and then come be inspired!

You can find more details at the EAST website under programs. Click on Using Local Ingredients to Create Floral Art.

November 15, 2009

hope farmer's market

I had so much fun today setting up at the HOPE Farmer's Market at E. 5th and Waller. The turnout was good, and I sold a couple of arrangements! I really like all the other vendors, and I'll be buying some yummy fresh ingredients and prepared food next week.

November 14, 2009

i'm goin' east

I'll be selling some fun little arrangements at the HOPE Farmer's Market tomorrow. Recycled canning jars filled with locally grown succulents and geranium, sustainably grown tulips, and hand-gathered moss from the Southeast US. Come out and see me from 11-3. There are tons of great vendors with produce, meat, plants and crafty goods. Stop by just to see the smoothies whirred up by human bike-power!

Wonderful poster by Kevin Munoz.

November 7, 2009

yummy white and butter yellow

A very lovely white and butter yellow wedding, with pool blue ribbon. Can you tell I loved the cake?

I can't wait to see how the images of this hanging votive and orchid piece turn out after the sun went down. I hope it made the whole room all glowy and romantic.

October 17, 2009

floratherapie: flower classes

I'm thrilled to announce that Carie Lawrence, Lynne Maphies and I will be teaching a flower class this holiday season! For developing details check out the floratherapie blog, or email me at brooke(at)

Sunday, November 15th (additional class in December will be announced soon)
1:00 - 4:30 pm
Zilker Botanical Garden
$250, includes all flowers and oodles of tea and scones

This class will focus on creating lush arrangements with seasonal cut flowers and foliage. Students will learn about the history of floral design, color theory, and construction techniques and will create arrangements to take home from beautiful seasonal plants and flowers.

We had a hoot walking through the Zilker Botanical Gardens in our boots, talking about what to include in our class. We can't wait to see you there!

purple and green bouquet

I put together a sweet little bouquet for a portrait session out of purple hydrangea, dark purple callas, green cymbidiums, curly willow whips, scabiosa pods and galax.

Stay tuned for a post coming soon about flower classes! I was so inspired by Sarah and Nicolette's class in Brooklyn that it seemed impossible to resist doing one in Austin.

October 10, 2009

orange dahlias made the day

As you might have surmised, I love orange, so this wedding was right up my alley. The orange ball dahlias mixed very well with ranunculus, orchids, Bells of Ireland and blue thistle. Unconventional but beautiful! I'll have to post the professional images soon. I can't wait to see the bride with her bouquet of hydrangea, thistle, dahlias and orchids.