After we were done flowering for a wedding at Devil’s Head resort this weekend we had the pleasure of providing floral for a romantic styled shoot for the duo behind Booth Photographics – Stephanie and Stephen. They were filming a new promo video, and we were lucky enough to see the magic happen. Here’s a little sneak peek – wait until you see how the full day unfolded!
Photography: Booth Photographics (link above)
Video: Blend IMC
Floral: Alluring Blooms
Coordination/Styling: Elevate Events
Hair & Make Up: Alice Ezrow
Models: The Rock Agency (Josie Smith and Tim Yara)
Rentals: A La Crate
Table Settings: Sur La Table and Williams Sonoma
Cake: Yield Bakehouse
Happy May Day!
Samantha at Willow & Stone Photography and I decided to postpone the April 25th Bride’s & Blooms series post to bring you this special posting today. A springy, cheerful May Day basket. Are you familiar with the tradition of May Day? It is something I truly adore.
May Day is special to me because I have very fond memories of making May baskets when I was little. Traditionally bonfires were lit to symbolize the coming of spring and to banish the horrible, long, cold winter nights. While these celebrations have pagan ties, today a much more secular version of May Day is observed in America & Europe. May Day in America is most often celebrated by leaving little baskets of flowers or treats at someones doorstep. After placing the basket on the doorstep, you ring the bell and run! There’s something particularly fulfilling about randomly leaving a little bit of cheer to surprise someone.
So, what do you think? Want to join in the tradition? Step outside, get some fresh air, pick some spring flowers from your garden, and pass the May Day love on to someone you know.
The seed was planted last summer. I was smack dab in the middle of wedding season and I got an inquiry from a completely new to me photographer who wanted to do a stylized shoot. I knew from the moment we chatted over email that Samantha at Willow & Stone Photography was someone special. From her love of all things vintage to her attention to detail that rivals mine, she thoroughly impressed me. I watched her kick butt on her first stylized shoot (it was a smashing success – we’ll share those images soon. I promise). I watched her do an impressive re-branding of her business. And most importantly, I watched a fellow hard working woman pour her heart and soul into growing a business because she believes in her amazing clients and true love. I can relate. And let me tell you, that seed blossomed into a beautiful thing.
And here we are today. Starting a really cool new blog series – Brides & Blooms! Look for some gorgeous inspiration the last Friday of each month in 2014. We’ll be covering a range of topics from trends to table settings, bouquets to boutonnieres, flowers to favors, and lots of fun things in between – all including gorgeous blooms from yours truly, and stunning photos from Willow & Stone.
So let’s get this thing started, shall we?
We’re kicking the series off with this fun modern + industrial tablescape. Anyone who knows me knows I have a passion for all things vintage + rustic. This table design was a nice change of pace. I went with a mix of my favorite go-to flowers – garden roses, ranunculus, double tulips, agapanthus, nerine, standard tulips, anemone, waxflower, eriostemen and jasmine vine – but gave it a modern twist with a bold color palette of white + pink ombre.
The industrial zinc containers contrasted nicely with the aged hardwood table. A single nerine blossom and a fuchsia napkin added a pop of color at each place setting.
Oh, and I finally get to showcase our gorgeous collection of mid-century modern silver ombre glass votive holders! We rent these lovelies and they really dress up a table. And because we were incorporating them, I felt obligated to use our personal flatware for the shoot. Matthew and I use this awesome Mar Crest atomic flatware (Citation pattern) on a daily basis. We love it so much.
Let us know what you think – join the conversations on our facebook pages: Alluring Blooms and Willow & Stone
I haven’t been feeling well this week. Last night I was on the couch watching TV, puppy at my feet, and I quickly put together a little flower crown for a dear friend for a photo shoot today (those pics to come soon). After I was done I took it out to the cooler and there, staring straight at me, were vase after vase of pretty little blooms that hadn’t been good enough for my last 3 weeks brides, but were too pretty for the compost pile. So, even though these leftover flowers were old and previously rejected, I took all those little bits and pieces and arranged them in one of my Grandma Mary Ellen’s old pressed glass dessert cups. So, here it is, in all its glory. Rejects. Still beautiful. Frail in their old age. Maybe they’ll last a day, maybe two or three. Who knows. That’s part of the beauty of flowers – so fleeting.