When I first met Torrie she told me exactly what she wanted: gold and burgundy flowers in a garden-inspired bouquet. And that was it! Honestly, her words, "I trust you," were the highest complement for me as a wedding floral designer and what every florist dreams of hearing.
It's also not very often that I get to meet the groom, but Landon was such a nice, genuine guy, it was really fun for me to see them together. You can tell they are just completely in love! By the way, his boutonniere is tied with leather cord, and I am so smitten with how it turned out! Perfectly masculine, not at all "prom"-y, just the right amount of texture.
(Let's get more pictures of the groom holding the bouquet! So cute! )
Thank you, Torrie and Landon, for trusting me with your wedding flowers and being the bright couple that you are. It was such a pleasure to work with you!
This week Pantone announced it's Color of the Year 2019, which always brings a level of anticipation and excitement. As a designer, it's fun for me to see where color trends are going, especially in the florist industry. While I don't think "blush and bashful" (Steel Magnolias reference, anyone?) is going anywhere in the wedding industry, hopefully the 2019 Color of the Year, Living Coral, will make it's appearance next year!
I thought it would be fun to show some of my favorite flowers for anyone that is looking to incorporate this happy, vibrant coral tone in their wedding!
Coral Charm Peony
This is the absolute first flower that I thought of after seeing the new Color of the Year. Peonies are absolutely lovely: they are the big and fluffy stars of the wedding bouquet, if you should choose to have them. Coral Charm Peonies change color as they bloom, so their coral-ness can either be really bold or really light.
Shimma shimma. The shimmer rose is so unique and versatile. The outer petals are a perfect blush, while the inner petals give off a peachy-coral vibe. This flower is perfect for the bride who wants mostly blush wedding flowers, but can't resist that punchy coral!
I realize this isn't the most professional of blogger photos, but these poppies were to die for, and they were grown by my friend Shanti over at Whipstone Farm. I used them for my friend's baby shower, and they come in the most perfect coral, along with lots of other happy hues!
How do you feel about incorporating Living Coral in your wedding? As always, fill out the Contact Page if you want to start planning for your 2019 wedding flowers!
You guys! Thanksgiving is next week! Last year, I sold table centerpieces to make your table pop, but this year I thought I would inspire you to make your own Thanksgiving flower centerpiece! Yes, you!
The above arrangement I designed using almost completely foraged items from around my yard and neighborhood, and a few dried things I had lying around.
The dried lotus pods were from last year, but you can always use pine cones or even supplement with a few flowers from the grocery store. And the dried orange slices are perfect for tying napkins together, or stringing together to make a fall garland (I also use them at Christmas time too! So festive!). But can you believe most of this is desert foliage? I focused on finding beautiful textures and embraced the desert vibe of Arizona.
As for the vessel, I literally found it at the thrift store! It's the perfect cozy green and it's maybe 5 or 6 inches diameter, just to give you a reference. If you want to create something low that people can still look over, you could also use a regular bowl. For something tall and grand, get out that vase we all have shoved away somewhere, and go for it!
Do you decorate your table for Thanksgiving? Let me know if you end up foraging for your table this holiday. I'd love to see pictures over on my instagram @poesyfloralstudio.
Have a happy Thanksgiving!
All the things. We do all the things.
I actually got this question a few weeks ago, about what I do during wedding week, and thought it would be great to share a look into what a wedding florist does each week for our brides. It's been my dream to do wedding flowers, and by the end of the day on Saturday, it feels good knowing that my bride had a relaxing day and didn't have to worry about setting up flowers or putting together a bouquet. She had fun and got married, which is how I believe it should be.
As for me, here is a little timeline:
The week before your wedding
Before your flowers even get to me, I have to prepare all the buckets and all the vases. So the buckets are where your flowers live while they are in my flower cooler, and the vases (or vessels) are where they live on your wedding day. Every single bucket and vessel needs to be very clean (no fingerprints or smudges!), and all those price stickers at the bottom of the vases need to be picked off. This just takes time, elbow grease, and listening to a lot of podcasts.
Yay! Your flowers are here! My studio instantly fills with the smell of fresh flowers, and I love it. But I actually can't stop to smell the roses, because they are very thirsty! I process each and every single flower, inspecting it to make sure it is in good condition, and then plop it in a bucket that I filled earlier that morning with water and a hydrating solution. Even a smaller wedding has maybe 200 individual flowers, so that is a lot of inspecting, cutting, and plopping!
On Wednesday morning I rush out to my flower cooler and check on your flowers. I mean that for real, the motto at Poesy is "...but first, flowers" and most times that means flowers before coffee. I have to process them all over again. Clean buckets, fresh water, fresh cut. These babies are probably just as pampered, if not more so, than the bride. If there are lots of centerpieces to design, I'll get started on those and store them in the cooler.
Wednesday on repeat. I'll design more too, like centerpieces and other reception items. Depending on how many centerpieces, this is pretty much an all day thing. Additionally, all other flowers must be processed and buckets cleaned and refilled again.
It's design day! I spend pretty much all day designing your bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, and anything else I can do before arriving to your wedding venue the next day. This also includes packing your wedding flowers so they are still in mint condition after driving in the car to your wedding venue. (Here's a link to a timelapse video of me creating a bride's bouquet!
It's your wedding day! Honestly, I don't sleep very well the night before, so I always wake up before the sun. It's okay though because if that means that you had a restful night sleep knowing that your wedding day is going to be beautiful, it is more than worth it. I get up early and check every single flower on every single item to make sure it is beautiful and perfect and exactly what the bride dreamed of when she was planning her wedding. I finish up last minute adjusting and tweaking and it's time to start loading up the van to deliver to your venue!
So, there is a lot to pack for your wedding. If you asked for a floral arch, I need to pack the arch, a ladder, buckets of flowers (filled with water, too!), not to mention all. the. things. All of your centerpieces, personal bouquets and boutonnieres, and any extra flowers for your flower arch or flower chandelier or anything else you have dreamed up! All of this has to get packed up and then unloaded at your venue. My team and I then spend the day designing your dream wedding so that it is breathtaking, unique, and more than what you ever thought possible.
After it's all done, we pack up and let you enjoy your day. It really is the best feeling ever for me, knowing that you are happy and marrying the love of your life and are celebrating beautifully.
There's one more thing to do: cleaning all those buckets and vases again! It's the last step for me, but guess what? It's something that I do, not you. Can you imagine having to ask your family members to clean out your DIY centerpieces, or even worse, coming back from your honeymoon and finding gross vases to clean in your garage? I can tell you from experience: neither of those scenarios is pleasant!
I hope that was helpful for you and kind of interesting to see what all goes into producing your wedding. Ultimately, designing and creating wedding flowers is my dream job, and I feel so grateful to all the brides that trust me with their wedding dreams.
All photograhy by Marquette LaRee
You don't want to invest in flowers for your wedding because flowers die. Amiright? I've heard this statement a few times, and it always makes me feel kind of sad, because many times those brides go on to choose silk or wood flowers, simply because they don't want their fresh flowers to die. They want to keep their flowers forever.
Fresh flowers tie all your wedding decor and theme together, as well as add life, elegance, and movement to every photograph, and they don't have to lie wasted in the trash after your wedding day. In fact, there are several ways to keep your wedding flowers...forever.
1. Invest in a quality photographer
Besides hiring a professional floral designer, I think a high-quality, professional photographer is one of the best decisions you can make for your wedding. An experienced photographer is going to take the time to set up your bouquet (along with other sentimental bridal details, like your grandmother's pearl necklace and your fiance's wristwatch) in such a way that you will look back on the photograph and remember those sweet items that brought so much joy.
An experienced, professional photographer will not only take close ups of your bouquet, but also include your bouquet in the bride and groom shots, because they know it will add color, texture, and interest to the photographs. So not only will you get amazing photos of your wedding, but when you look back at them you will see your gorgeous bouquet, perfectly preserved.
2. Have your bouquet custom illustrated
I first met Dustynn from Mint and Main at the Ladies Night Out in Thatcher. Her art is adorable and after talking with her, I learned that she custom illustrates wedding bouquets! You guys, I seriously fell in love with these. You can see her work above, and I think not only is it so pretty, it's so unique to have your bouquet as custom art in your home.
3. Pressing your flowers
Pressing flowers is for sure my favorite way to preserve wedding bouquets, and something that I like to do for my brides. You can press just a few blooms or press every flower in your bouquet, and it's really easy. After your flowers are pressed, just glue them onto some heavy weight paper, frame, and hang on your wall! Or check out Pressed Garden, who does a phenomenal job at recreating your entire bouquet using the flowers from your bouquet.
3. Dry your flowers
When I was a kid, I would pick flowers and hang them upside down from the shelf above my head in order to dry them. Hanging your bouquet upside down is not the only way to dry them, however. You can also use silica gel sand to dry them, and there are several YouTube videos to help. I will admit that this is probably my least favorite way of preserving your flowers, as I think--similar to silk or wood flowers--they attract dust and it's very difficult to keep them clean and beautiful looking (it's much easier to protect and dust off your custom floral art on the wall than trying to get into the nooks and crannies of dried or faux flowers!).
I completely understand that you want to preserve the beauty of your wedding bouquet. I struggle with this too, because when I get the most gorgeous and unique flowers in my studio, I want them to live forever, and it can feel discouraging to think about how soon after your wedding they will, well...die. But that doesn't mean their beauty isn't worth having at your wedding, and I really hope this post helps you to see there are several ways to preserve your flowers if you want to keep them for sentimental reasons.
With love + (perfectly preserved) flowers,
Throughout my time as a floral designer, I have learned that for many brides, when they think of a bridal bouquet, they think of the traditional rose and they just aren't that excited about it. I totally get it. Traditional roses aren't for everyone, but I really believe that flowers are for everyone. So if roses aren't your thing, no problem; let's see what else is out there that will make your summer wedding stand out.
Dahlias are just big, fluffy flowers with lots of color variation and lots of petals. Have you ever heard of dinner plate dahlias? It's because they are literally as big as a dinner plate. During the summer months dahlias are in season so they get especially big and bouncy. Cafe au Lait Dahlias are my favorite, but they come in lots of different colors and are perfect for a summer wedding!
Blushing Bride Protea
Blushing Bride Protea are somewhat difficult to get when they are out of season. Which is why summer brides should take full advantage of these gorgeous flowers for their wedding! They have the perfect mix of creamy and pinky tones. Plus, they are called "blushing bride" which is just too cute and apropos for a wedding.
Is it a flower maze? Is it a flower brain?? Is it a flower alien?!?
Nope. It's coxcomb and it's so cool. It comes in super bright colors, too. Think bright magenta, bright orange, bright yellow. I love how funky it is and if that's what you're after for your wedding flowers, coxcomb is the perfect fit.
There are many, many more non-rose flowers out there that are perfect for summer weddings, and I think many brides just don't even know about them. So if traditional roses just don't tell your story, don't fret. I am absolutely certain that we can find the perfect flower to fit your style and personality!
I first met Melissa at the Gila Valley Bridal Fair in February. She was just so sweet and so cool. Working with her to design her wedding flowers has been a dream because she is just so kind and easy-going. I could tell that her bouquet held a lot of meaning for her, and it was such an honor to incorporate parts of her heritage and family. She knew she wanted succulents for their interest, thistle for her Scottish heritage, and roses to remind her of her grandpa giving her roses as a child. She also wanted lots of texture, which is what Poesy Floral Studio is known for!
Aren't they cute?? I love his airplane tie bar! Kevin is on his way to becoming a pilot, and when I met Melissa she was wearing the sweetest airplane necklace. It's so lovely to see so many personal touches throughout their day.
I just love this picture of Melissa and her mom (not to mention the beautiful detail buttons on Melissa's dress!). I think candid photos are the photos that really tell the story of how much love went into this day.
Congratulations, Melissa and Kevin! It was so lovely to make your wedding flower dreams come to life.
Photography by Jessica Ajeman
I was really honored and just downright excited when Jessica Ajeman reached out to me about providing florals for a styled shoot at the Venue on Main. She gave me a few inspiration pictures and I knew immediately that I wanted to use the perfect peach-blush Shimmer rose. Mostly, I am just so grateful for her trust in helping to execute her vision. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I do; it's the perfect inspiration for a spring/summer wedding! And be sure to see below for all the many other amazing and talented vendors that were a part of this shoot.
I cannot get over the details on this dress, guys. The buttons, the lace...and the HAIR ties it in all perfectly! So much texture, it's perfect!
Let's just all agree to put flowers on wedding cakes.
Be sure to check out these other vendors and their amazing work in the Gila Valley:
Photography: Jessica Ajeman Photography
Venue: The Venue on Main
Make up: Jillian Curtis Artistry
Hair: Camry Goodman
Event Planner: Jars & Lace
Cake: Cakes with TLC
Invitation Suite: Nora Belle Designs
Models: Britny Beals and Mckenzie Hancock
If you are anything like me, you probably started thinking about your wedding from a very young age. I have two older sisters, so we definitely went through a “pretend wedding” stage that lasted like five years.
Now that you are a bride, all of those dreams become decisions.
Many brides come to me and have very specific colors in mind. Blue and white. Pink and green. Red and yellow (okay, can we just get this out of the way and not do red and yellow? I just can’t.). Either way, they have one or two colors that they zero in on and often get “tunnel vision” about any other color. Rather than creating a cohesive, sophisticated design, it can often look overpowering, like the colors are competing with each other (or worse, competing with you!).
So let me broaden your understanding of color and design for a moment and introduce you to a color palette. A color palette is a selection of five to ten colors that complement each other rather than compete with each other. I like to think of it as like a color philosophy, rather than a color rule. Color philosophies always elevate the style, adding dimension and layers, making your wedding florals look more sophisticated. Even if you are on a budget, a color philosophy makes it seem like you really aren’t.
Let’s say you want red and white on your wedding day. A color rule might look like this:
Notice that the only colors you see are just that: red and white. The design is not very interesting, your eye only sees blocks of color, and it seems one-dimensional. Red. White. Green. The colors are harsh, rather than harmonious.
Here is an example of a color philosophy:
Notice that the overall effect is still red and white. But this time, the designer has incorporated depth. From the deepest shade of maroon to a dusty blush, the depth that the color brings is what makes this bouquet so interesting and beautiful. The red is softened, making it easier on your eye to travel seamlessly across the bouquet.
So rather than thinking this:
I want to challenge you to start thinking like this:
I promise you that when you incorporate a color philosophy in your wedding floral design, you will find it to be harmonious rather than harsh, complementary rather than competing, and beautiful over boring!
Need help finding that perfect palette? Click here to download your free color philosophy guide!
Woah! I was at the Gila Valley Bridal Fair on Saturday, slinging buckets of roses and saying hello to countless beautiful brides. It was way too much fun! Talking to lots of people is so my jam, and combine that with flower-ing, it was kind of the perfect day. So in case you missed the fun, Marquette LaRee was kind enough to take some pictures of my booth, which means I get to share them with you guys!
First of all, huge shout out to my best friend/event assistant Sarah! I could not have done this without her.
Thank you again to everyone who came!