May 30, 2011

modern chuppah and cake

Blooming succulents on the cake, with coral cockscomb... my fav.

And hubby setting up the chuppah. Turned out great in the end, but the wind almost blew the fabric and flowers right off of it! And the petals on the aisle? Forget it! We had to have guests toss them at the bride's feet as she walked down the aisle, and they sailed right over the balcony down to the people eating outside at the cafe below. Gotta love nature, she always throws in something unexpected...
Who wouldn't love this man?!? He created this amazing modern structure from scratch, in a week, welding and doing all the woodwork. He also pretty much set it up by himself, and broke it down a few hours after that. Just one of the many reasons I heart him.

May 28, 2011

pretty and edgy

A sneak peek of a bouquet for a very sweet bride that loves lots of diverse elements. I love it when clients want something interesting. We custom-built a huge, very modern chuppah with raw wood and steel... can't wait to show you images of it set up at The W Hotel.

May 10, 2011

coleus and coral

Coral peonies, coleus, parrot tulips, and Soloman's Seal. Have you smelled Soloman's Seal? I remember it from years past, the heady sweet scent that can fill a room.

May 9, 2011

cascading bouquet of pitchers

I just love unexpected things. Like serracena-all dark veins and macabre connotations. Spectacular with yellow mokara orchids, honeymoon frilly tulips, jasmine vine, and green amaranthus. I wonder how it looked flying through the air at the bouquet toss? I wonder what the catcher thought about the papery, nodding serracena? I wonder what the meaning of this bouquet is, in the language of flowers?

May 8, 2011

happy mother's day

I have the sweetest mother - really, I know what you're thinking, that it's Mother's Day and all. But people tell me this about my mother all the time... strangers, good friends, pretty much everyone that knows her.

I'd like to add some things to the list, because really, she's so much more complex than that. She's also the most selfless and giving person I've ever met. Who else would bottle feed a baby sheep, Jose, when it's mother-already burdened with 2 babies-rejected it right after birth? And let it sleep in her bed. Or bath a tiny chick and then blow dry it, and notice how much it really loved being blown dry. Or take care of my Alzheimer's-riddled grandmother for more than 10 years, every day, every night, almost every hour.

What if I also told you that she maintains an architectural design business, and drafts, by hand, many amazing and gorgeous homes, each perfectly suited to the client? Or that she deals with my crusty Dad (sorry Dad), keeps a beautiful home, cooks like noone else, and is an expert on alternative medicine? I can only hope that one day I am as strong, patient, kind and loving as my Mom.

I love you so much, Mom, and I wish I could be there... and I hope you don't have to do any chicken tidy-up, or sheep wrangling today.

May 1, 2011

spring bouquet with lady slippers

A little sneak peek of a bouquet with white peonies, lady slipper orchids, cockscomb, ranunculus, muscari, hydrangea, awesome stripey succulents, geranium and maidenhair fern foliage. I can't wait to see the images Suzi Q got of the morning Hindu ceremony/reception (everyone in saris-how beautiful!) and the evening ceremony and reception at The Wildflower Center. Mary at The Simplifiers and all the super nice folks at Word of Mouth Catering did a spectacular job.