Sunday, January 30, 2011

Natures Fleeting Jewels

My dear friend Eric Blum's paintings sprung to mind as I delivered flowers this weekend on 73rd and CPW. I stumbled across these ice pendents and thought of his ephemeral and hypnotic wax/oil paintings. I could almost hear the Cocteau Twins in the background.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Winter Wonderland in Central Park

My alarm was set so as not to miss the sunrise in Central Park after the blizzard last night. I ventured out into the yet untouched aftermath of the storm which suspended all city buses, schools and the LIR. Living near West End Ave my plan was to make it to the Bethesda Fountain and return. Once I made it to the bridge which looks out onto the fountain and pond I realized my toes where starting to hurt. Below was one single person and yelled out, "Is it worth it?" to which she shouted, "Hell yeah!" So down it was filling in the tracks that she must have left. It was treacherous but sometimes the adventurous hubris gets the best of me!
At this point I realized that the frost nip was progressively getting worse and that there might be refuge at the boathouse-I imagined drinking a hot tea and literally thawing myself out. Well the boathouse idea was a bust and I had to make it back on foot because there were no buses. So MAN -UP I did and tried not to focus on the pain which actually did subside as my feet became numb! Not good. My beloved camera reminded me to keep my eyes tuned which yielded so many photos that it's hard to choose which to post here. I know this has nothing to do with weddings but nature is so astonishingly beautiful at times like these that I feel compelled to share this self assigned photo-journalistic journey. All the photos can be viewed through my personal flickr account. Here are just a few more of my favorites.

The moral of the story is to get proper footwear when attempting to hike in a snow laden park!
My toes finally returned to their original pink and all is good now. Regardless I am happy I caught these shots which I invariably sent to my family and friends living in the warmer climates. Sure it's nice they could see it in a photograph but there really is no comparison to being there in person. Another reason to love this awesome city we live in!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Visions of Tulle and Petals at Dior

Nothing like poppies to add some light and ephemeral wistfulness to January!
Dior Haute Couture has also stolen my heart with their flounces of silk tulle and Irving Penn silhouettes sashaying down the runways in Paris this week! If she wasn't pregnant I'd definitely put money on the "Swan" of the moment donning one of these to retrieve what surely will be her Oscar next month. Ah... fashion and Hollywood I want to hate them both and do on many levels but occasionally magic surfaces from the material and cinematic worlds. In these intersecting instances The House of Dior and our own little princess Natalie have succeeded. Bravo! Who could foresee where the two would miserably part!

And more pastel Dior runway visions paired with Hydrangea, Ranunculus, Thistle, Queen Anne's Lace, veronica and Astrantia.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Alicia's Cosmetic Bag Launch

Here are some photos from the Alicia Siverstone launch of her Eco-Tools make-up brush kits. This is the second season she has designed these kits and we are proud to have been asked back to provide flowers and special bouquets for her famously original and enthusiastically received gift bags to the editors. This year the flower colors were eclectic and variety choices unusual from Echeveria Blossoms to Tree Peonies. They suited Kit Kemp's whimsical interior design aesthetic perfectly!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

An Unusual Winter's Tale

My little collaging fingers couldn't help but combine these two somewhat kindred images. The color story begs union yet the lady in question is from a time when women began to claim their voice in a male dominated world and this assemblage of flowers has a very modern feel to it.
What does a bouquet say?
It can be symbolic in it's character. This bouquet (Echeveria, Ilax Berries, Narcissus, Tuberrose, Dusty Miller and Lambs Ear) tells us a lot about our protagonist, lets call her Margaret.
The who, what where?
It's winter and our elegant lady is waiting, perhaps at a train station. Although she is self sufficient and worldly she longs for a partner. This bouquet can symbolize the fulfillment of this dream. Two independent and equally expressive Echiverias are a focal point in the arrangement. She is also a woman who takes great care in her attire and essence. The Paper-Whites are sweet-scented, and when combined with the aromatic Tuberrose, lend a fragrance as inviting as a proper ladies' powder room in a desaturated era.
Margaret is a modern woman who still retains a romantic streak. She is cool and collected and lends the cultivated air of gentility but can also be bold and is well prepared to hold her own in any scenario.
Most likely she would never have envisaged this bouquet for herself but fast forward 70 years and here it is. She was a woman way ahead of her time!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Icicle Night Flights

I was walking by the brownstone next door last night and saw such beautiful reflections coming from icicles that I had to try to get a shot with my iphone. Unfortunately the photo above doesn't do the sighting justice and today it simply wasn't the same. It got me thinking about the beauty and transience of the icicle and how winter delivers these fleeting gems like gifts for dealing with the biting wind and dark days that make you want to stay in your flannels all day. So I went to the studio determined to conquer the contrived concept of the crystally/sparkly bouquet! Can the beauty of winter actually be invoked in a bouquet through campy gimmicks! Ha! and these are my daily challenges? what has life come to? But hey! I AM a florist so allow me to digress. I tore through my art supplies and floral knickknack tins and found crystals, opalescent paint pigments, faux juniper berries and commenced to spray and hot glue myself into a frenzy, coating stems of eucalyptus into shimmery snow-like and crystallized versions of their former selves. Ok, I have to admit it was fun and I was kind of tickled by the results so in they went with the Ranunculus, Angel Winged Begonia leaves and Dusty Miller. I may expand upon this idea.... I may not. After all sparkles have never been my forte but I secretly love this "Winter Garden Bouquet" then again it may simply be a case of falling in love with an idea. That's ok too.

Time to Conjure

seasonal bouquet montages

Monday, January 17, 2011

Market Sightings 1/11

Ahhh 28th St NYC!! Begonia leaves and Golden Clover!!!!Thank you for fulfilling that eternal need of witnessing the perfection of nature! And my two addictions, flower shopaholism!!!!!!! and the use of exclamation points!!!!

Celebrate Your Day of Birth

The fleshy gentleness of "Juliette" David Austin Roses in the company of exuberant "Free Spirit" Roses. A bright cheerful gift for the loveliest of clients! Happy Birthday Kristin!!!!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Story time

Consultations at the Ace Hotel with a lovely June Bride yielded the germs for a sumptuous wedding at an estate in Long Island this Summer. Here's my first go-round. Thanks Ariella Chezar for always inspiring (many of these images are examples of her masterwork!).

011111 Inspiration....Bring it on!!!!!

Hurrah! 011111 We are perfectly aligned to move forward into the year with pluck and aplomb!
Birds flying high you know how I feel
Sun in the sky you know how I feel
Breeze driftin' on by you know how I feel

It's a new dawn
It's a new day
It's a new life
For me
And I'm feeling good

Fish in the sea you know how I feel
River running free you know how I feel
Blossom on the tree you know how I feel

Dragonfly out in the sun you know what I mean, don't you know
Butterflies all havin' fun you know what I mean
Sleep in peace when day is done
That's what I mean

And this old world is a new world
And a bold world
For me

Stars when you shine you know how I feel
Scent of the pine you know how I feel
Oh freedom is mine
And I know how I feel

.......Nina Simone