Here is a sneak peak of a recent shoot I did with Katie Jean Photos.
This post is a long time coming! Last July, I took part in a beautiful event alongside Storied Events and 822 Weddings. I scored so many beautiful blooms when preparing for this wedding, and I even stopped in at Fairfax Perennials on my treasure hunt for cottage garden styled designs. Peonies, clematis, organic garden roses, hosta, and local hydrangea were some of the stars. I had the honor of being featured on Snippet & Ink here. Enjoy!
WellWed included my boutonniere in a lovely inspiration board today on their blog. Clockwise from top left: Cake: Montilio’s (Photography: Stacey Doyle) | Papergoods: Joana Piano (Photography: Andy Duback) | Floral Design: Erin Ostreicher (Photography: Celia Kelly) | Event + Floral Design: Soiree Floral (Photography: Zofia & Co.) | Event Design: Marrero Events (Photography: Click Imagery) | Floral Design: Nectar (Photography: Rebecca Arthurs) | Newlyweds: Event Design: Whim Events (Photography: BSC Photo Studio) |
This was such a special event. Melissa and Jim were so incredibly sweet, upbeat and fun to work with, and a gorgeous couple to boot. A peach, green, and ivory color palette with accents of gold and navy sparkled against the barns and rolling hills of this rustic yet manicured upstate New York venue. Melissa and Jim wanted a romantic, nostalgic and casual atmosphere for their day. I used materials such as succulents, cafe au lait dahlias, patience garden roses, moss, and other local garden treasures. Homespun pennant flags hung from the rafters and hurricane candlelight made the night glow. Rental props came from Vintage Inspired Marketplace. All of the lovely details were captured by Christina Bernales, whose stunning work speaks for itself!
kendyl + chris were such a sweet couple and a pleasure to work with! The humble artichoke, believe it or not, sparked the inspiration for their plum + green wedding palette. As our planning progressed, the decor took shape in a shabby chic, vintage way: antique clear glass bottles with locally grown flowers, whitewashed planters with fragrant herbs, silver mercury glass candles and a handful of artichokes studded their dinner tables. Textural bouquets and simple calla boutonnieres accompanied the elegantly dressed wedding parties who were decked with pocket handkerchiefs, stunning dresses + suits, and pops of chartreuse + silver jewelry that made my heart sing. I am in love with how everything came together. Storied Events made it all possible, and 822 Weddings captured every detail with their wildly talented abilities.
I have so many things to share! Now that my 2013 flower season is coming to a close, I can finally sit back with a big cup of tea and begin combing through images of the many Vermont weddings I took part in this year. I had an amazing season thanks to the lovely couples galore who kept my months buzzing with flower-filled events. To start with, here are some images from Amy + Kevin’s September celebration captured by Once Like A Spark Photography and Paperweight Films. These two were the epitome of fun and easy-going. Their gray + yellow color palette had me excited right away, and when Amy asked that all of their flowers be locally sourced I was over the moon with contentment. In the end, I had the honor of creating designs that were beautiful while also being happy for the environment. Yay!
This was a photo shoot I took part in with the talented photographer Christina Bernales. Christina dreamt up a Southwestern styled shoot and, after agreeing to use as many local vendors as possible, we put a decidedly vintage twist on it. To create a vintage-meets-the-Southwest look, I used a mashup of different botanicals from cottage garden favorites like roses, larkspur, and carnations, to the more bold desert cactus and succulent. Crochet blankets, stunning floral barkcloth, and quirky hankies were layered beneath earthy terra cotta plates and bowls, plants anchored in swirls of turquoise and white sand, victorian silverware and gold-rimmed glasses. So much fun! I love creating tablescapes that don’t fit into just one “box.” It’s featured on Stylemepretty here.
The vendors Christina and I worked with were hand picked favorites including Christa Alexandra Designs whose fresh stationary helped pull together our theme beautifully and Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace who provided the wardrobe and a majority of the props and tabletop decor that we used. Besides being addicted to their shop for my home decorating needs I also love Vintage Inspired because they have a rental option for vendors and brides in need of vintage wedding props and decor at a fraction of retail cost. Our model, Lulu Lovering was a joy to work with and Marieanne Souza put together a seriously gorgeous series of looks for her makeup and hair. At the last minute we made a point of including a male model, Lulu’s beloved boyfriend Marcel Leclaire III, in the shoot to bring some true love into the pictures and to make the project less bride-focused. Grooms need some attention too!
For this project I also took the opportunity to showcase my new hobby of silversmithing. I made a big bohemian statement ring with a Southwestern turquoise stone set in sterling silver, up-cycled a brass pendant into a modern necklace with quartz and pyrite, and created some smaller sterling silver stacking and accent rings. Silversmithing is the perfect activity for me to do in the winter when all the flowers are sleeping! I love the detail-oriented work and find it similar to floral design because it also incorporates natural elements into hand made, delicate age old symbols of love. I relish the excitement and rush of making ephemeral floral arrangements that require they be wholly enjoyed in an evening or a week, but it’s nice to spend the winters doing something a bit slower and deliberate, coming up with little treasures that can be coveted for generations to come. As I hone my skills, I am working towards bringing jewelry into my business and offering these small creations as a facet of my brand.
Photography: Christina Bernales Photography | Floral Design + Styling + Jewelry Design: Erin Ostreicher Designs | Makeup: Marieanne Souza of Flawless Cosmetic Design | Stationery + Menu Design: Christa Alexandra Designs | Pottery Serveware: Julia Paul Pottery | Model: Lulu Lovering | Venue: Burlington City Arts Gallery, Burlington, Vermont | Linens, Crochet Tablecloth, Dresses, Vases: Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace | Flutes, Glasses, Vases: Barge Canal Antiques | Gold-rimmed wine glasses: Twice Upon a Time | Antique Lace + Copper Thread (for feather head dress): Delectable Mountain | Feather Headdress: DIY by Christina Bernales
this was a vintage inspired wedding for Elaina + Evan on Block Island, Rhode Island. Being able to design for friends, visiting my favorite place on earth, and enjoying my work in person at a fabulous wedding made this past weekend glorious. Add to that homespun details, perfect weather, and a sunny yellow + white palette and I was in heaven! photos 2 + 3 courtesy of Ember Photography.
Vermont Vows included my work in a beautiful inspiration board this month. VT Vows Amethyst Inspiration Board My bouquet is in the center top row. Click on the link for a full list of sources and to browse the Vows website for more ideas. They write:
“As the birthstone for those born in February, amethyst adds the perfect splash of wedding for white-washed February days. The rich jewel tone looks sweet on bridesmaids’ dresses, as a pop of color in bouquets & centerpieces, or in it’s true form in jewelry – but the options are limitless. The regal hues is the perfect way to transition between the seasons, with it’s softer shades serving as the perfect palette for spring & summer seasons, or incorporate darker shades when the weather is chillier. However you choose to incorporate amethyst, the day will look sweet when rendered in purple.”