Wednesday, December 8, 2010

a lesson in procrastination

bleach buckets, scrub buckets, hydrate flowers, eat cheese and crackers, email, revise a budget, email again, watch olivia with alice, look at my yoga mat...
facebook, build new gallery on our website, entertain ideas of going to palm springs to see the Avedon exhibit, email, color with Alice (she is getting good at drawing faces!), stare at yoga mat...
blog, refine amazon shopping cart (thank god for this amazing invention), play spiderman game with Alice (I am most often Mary Jane Watson is some sort of distressing situation...lost puppy, alligators in my house, etc), stare at yoga mat a little more....

ahhhh, maybe later!!! I am off to the studio to play with flowers.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Blog designer NEEDED!

Good afternoon all of you lovelies. One more wedding in 2010 to go! Luck me, a sweet couple, with a great affection for one another, and great taste.

On another note...I NEED someone to design a new blog for Flowerwild. Preferably on a wordpress template. Please email me directly if you are interested in this project at

Some fun images from the studio of a very dramatic wedding before it leaves the studio for installation at Vibiana.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

New Workshop dates! February 24th & 25th

The last workshop was so unbelievable and so inspiring for ME that I had to plan another right away!
This one will also take place in Santa Barbara - at an AMAZING historical estate. Two days of floral design, art making, great conversation, plans for the future, and friendships. What could be better? I say treat yourself, it will be an experience to remember.

FEBRUARY 24th and 25th

Please reserve your space now - as I will continue to keep these workshops small and intimate. Once full, there will be a waiting list for that session or future dates.
click here
to reserve your space

Looking forward to meeting some of you there!

image by joel serrato via the november 2010 workshop

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Gretchen's Samples

In between Thanksgiving festivities, windy day walks down to the river to throw rocks with Alice, Client meetings and emails, building new galleries for our website, planning upcoming workshop dates, and (yikes) possibly beginning shopping for Christmas (oh dear!)...I have been admiring these pretty images of Gretchen's samples.

I just feel all warm and bubbly when I see those little cosmos whisping about. Don't they just make you smile?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

James and Lynette!

A little summer reminiscing on this blustery cool autumn day. Big clouds in the dark and brilliant sky today. Something so special about the light on a day like today. It is cold/brilliant and warm/fuzzy all at the same time.

This sweet wedding at Saddlerock was featured on Wedding Chicks some time ago...photographs by the lovely Joy Harmon Prouty of Wildflower Photography. How's that? Yes our business names are almost identical...

I loved this couple and loved their approach to the day, which was very fun and frivolous. Picnic blankets at the ceremony, grape soda buttons, balloons, fun yellow bridesmaids' dresses from anthro. This one was actually hard to leave. Wanted to stay and celebrate with them through the night (if I wasn't so dead tired I might have). It was a fun group to say the least!
my favorite thing ever...BLUEBERRY greens!!! I wish I could have them all the time.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving all.

a little personalized note straight from Pixar!

Saturday, November 20, 2010


That was lovely, marvelous, thrilling, fun, exhausting, and so fulfilling! The November Workshop has come and gone.
Now taking suggestions from YOU.


locations on the table...Napa, Chicago, Santa Fe, Australia...
no place too dull, no place too exotic, just throwing it out there. Let me know what you think!
image by Jose Villa

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

musings on teaching

I will be teaching our second workshop this week...and I must admit I'm pretty excited. This is better than Christmas, or goodie bags or jelly filled doughnuts. I'm not sure what to expect, how the days will unfold, unravel, how the flowers will come to be, what my attendees will teach me! There are lessons to be learned, fun to be had, wine to be drunk, flowers to be arranged, hours of creating just for the sake of it.
I have had great teachers. And some not so great. But isn't teaching the most dynamic experience? Isn't there one teacher in your life who truly made an impact, who changed the way you saw things, who believed in you, who showed you something you couldn't see all by yourself? I'm pretty sure I'm not that teacher - but I want to be! Who knows...maybe with a little help from my worldly little Alice(modeling a lovely hair wreath above) we will be in good shape. To top it all off some of my favorite people will be there. (though not all of know who you are.) Can't wait to share everything here when we emerge on the other side!

some flowers for now...and later. I just love this clematis vine!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Catching up

Just a week until the Workshop!!! I am really looking forward to this and have a wonderful group of attendees and some amazing vendors- PLUS a beautiful location, flowers and so on to make it all so fun. I actually can't sleep some nights thinking about all of the possibilities. So...even though I have some more published work to show off I thought a few images from the studio would be a better fit for how I'm feeling right now. Really wanting to get back to my roots and explore how to show other people how to design, how to break it down, simplify it and make is accessible and enjoyable. Not actually an easy task, I find, as I start to take it all apart step by step, and begin to work backwards through my own process and evolution. But really that's just what it evolution. Always changing, always altering my approach, maybe in a different mood, maybe just working with unfamiliar materials. Here are a few images from this summer's wedding which I really love.

Monday, October 18, 2010

New Workshop dates! NOVEMBER 17th & 18th

Guess what!!!!???? We are announcing a new workshop on November 17th and 18th in Santa Barbara. Keeping this one nice and small so please reserve your space now. Looking forward to meeting a few of you then! Click here to see out Style Me Pretty feature from the last workshop.
Other fabulous vendors involved include Joel Serrato, Jose Villa, ans Rebecca Stone of Duet Weddings. Images by Jose Villa.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Published in Martha Stewart Weddings

Well...I have been eagerly awaiting the day when I could share this refreshingly, fun, bold, and stunning wedding with you. Rebecca Stone and I had the great pleasure of traveling to Useppa Island in Florida for this unique wedding with Elle and Kyle. To say the least - their enthusiasm and desire to push the design to the 100th degree was truly inspiring. They gave us complete freedom to be bold, be playful, be inventive, push things beyond the normal comfort zone of "wedding."

Rebecca's sensational design capabilities cannot be denied...awning striped tablecloth, wood slab risers and lucite cubes for the tabletop arrangements, fish flatware (a sweet nod to the florida location), edison bulb installation, panton chairs, and those umbrellas!!!!!!!! That ceremony was likely the most vibrant and beautiful I have ever seen and it was without flowers!

You can see this wedding in the current Martha Stewart Wedding Destinations issue or view it online here. Photographed by Max Wanger...need I say more? Enjoy!

Location and Catering: Useppa Island Club
Event Planning: Rebecca Stone of Duet Weddings
Flowers: Kate Holt of Flowerwild
Rentals: Cort Event Furnishings; Creative Events and Rentals
Wedding Photography: Max Wanger
Gowns: Morgane Le Fay; Yigal Azrouel
Bride’s Shoes: Prada
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Kate Spade
Menswear: Prada (jacket and shirt); Marc Jacobs (pants); Paul Smith (shoes)