31 August 2011

the DIY flower workshop and thank you

 remember the blushing bride protea {first photo above} from my previous post?  well, the metro article featuring my DIY flower arranging tips is live on kenya's style hunt, their international style director's blog and the print edition is still making its way around the world {so far, st. petersburg, moscow, montreal, toronto, ottawa...wow!}.

it is long overdue but i thought i'd take this opportunity to specifically thank all of my international readers.  i cannot believe that people as far as saudi arabia, auckland and the republic of moldova have read my little flower blog...the interwebs is truly amazing.  it seems that among many other things, we are all linked by our constant love for flowers and beauty.  with that said, on to why you're here...the flowers.
dahlias, blushing bride, zinnias, cockscomb, scabiosa pods, weigela, veronica, jasmine...

baroness roses...

cafe au lait dahlias
again, whether you're reading from brooklyn, lyon, barcelona or louisville, kentucky, HUGE thanks and love to every single one of you for logging in and staying tuned to my journey in flora.  you warm my heart. xxxox  {photos by kashish das shrestha}
p.s. my workshops will be back this fall so keep reading for upcoming dates! x

22 August 2011

flowers in the home, a preview

a london-based daily interviewed me late last week about flowers and how to easily incorporate them into your home decor.  in addition, i shared some tips on making some simple arrangements.  so when i found out that one of their photographers was going to shoot me while i designed some arrangements, i decided to market i go!  i was super excited to find blushing bride of the protea family {photo above} available.  stay tuned for the arrangement i made with it.

but in the meantime...
i'm in love with this baroness rose, weigela and jasmine arrangement, made in a vintage silver pitcher.  my apartment smells absolutely divine. 

21 August 2011

behind the scenes: love...brooklyn style

what up brooklyn?
'twas hella hot and maysoon was on it.
scott at work
i really loved this bouquet...
when we spotted this tree during scout, we knew we wanted this shot..
as promised, above are a few behind the scenes shots from the inspiration shoot previously posted.  it was an amazing day and i'm over the moon with the love the images have gotten from all of you.  the choices that were made were very deliberate...the settings, the styling, the flowers and most definitely the models.

like magazines, major advertising campaigns, television, movies and other forms of mainstream media, wedding blogs share their lack of diversity, be it ethnicity, sexuality, age and race -- the bloggers themselves can speak on the reasons why.  when i see a non-white, older or gay couple {imagine if it was all three!} not only do i take notice but i'm pleasantly surprised.  and while i embrace the idea of a post-everything society, i know that until i stop noticing or reacting, in my mind, we're not quite there.

in addition, the blogs post these pastoral and idyllic wedding images...couples at a barn in the middle of nowhere or at a warehouse yet discovered...exchanging vows on a lichen-covered log under a hand-made canopy witnessed by their hipster friends...elaborate and perfectly crafted tablescapes, with gorgeous and full florals, creative bunting, mason jars, cheeky flags, striped straws and dessert stations {i'm exaggerating a bit but not really}, launching thousands of inspiration boards and pinterest accounts without giving any idea as to how much these weddings actually cost to execute.  it's all kind of aspirational really.  and need i mention that i'm a new york-based designer so a lot of these california dreamin' ideas are 1. feasible for a finite period in the calendar if at all, 2. more expensive than most brides are comfortable with spending, i.e way more than $500.

so instead of talking about it, i decided to be about it.  and we figured we could kill two birds with one stone.  share ideas for creating a simple but pretty, budget-friendly city wedding with rustic and vintage charm, all illustrated by a black couple.  check, check, check AND check! x

16 August 2011

spread love, it's the brooklyn way

there are some projects that i get especially excited about and this is most definitely one of them.  currently being featured on green wedding shoes, i collaborated with scott clark, who is as much of a love as he is cool and talented, to create a love story framed in our beloved brooklyn -- urban yet bucolic, vintage but modern, romantic with a little edge.  we conceptualized an elopement -- the municipal steps, the ceremony in prospect park, the intimate celebration at a local mexican restaurant and everything, from the models, to the locations, to the clothing is inspired by brooklyn, as well as our own distinct style.   
scott found that thicket of trees and we agreed that it was the most perfect location for the ceremony shots.  i made the backdrop using three different fabrics, sewn on clothesline rope.  as for the styling, i wanted a look that was romantic, vintage, in that one-of-a-kind way {who wants to have the same wedding dress as the next chick?} with some sexy thrown in for good measure.  i got the dress from my fabulous friend joan, who sells drop-dead vintage at the brooklyn flea and except for the sweet gold bird ring, all the accessories are all mine.  honestly, i dressed her as i would dress myself.  and in lieu of a veil, i chose pink garden roses for her hair.  scott got the groom's attire from travis, also at the brooklyn flea and lent him his own hat.  we keep it in the family...

for the flowers, i wanted to communicate sweetness and seasonality with lots of color -- peonies, mountain laurel, scabiosa, pittosporum, chamomile, jasmine, blueberry and garden roses made the cut.
but before we got to the park, we needed that marriage license shot.
i've long loved that golden facade.  remember i love the gold...
onto the celebration at a favorite mexican restaurant...
but not before a quick ride on the prospect park carousel...
 most brides like to change into a party frock for the reception and this one was no different...
i called on my friend kumiko, who happens to be a pastry chef to make the cake.  
she created this delicious, refreshing icebox cake, iced with whipped cream and topped with fresh kumquats.
this shoot was a labor of love and i loved every minute of it.  it was hella hot outside but we had a blast.  BIG UP to our kick ass team -- tara, jeremy, maysoon, linsey, joan, travis, chris and arturo at chavela's and of course scott for his brilliance, energy, enthusiasm and beautiful images.

will share some behind the scenes shots later on this week.  and please click here for the green wedding shoes post and comment away!

photography: scott clark photography
styling, floral design & ceremony backdrop: me
both dresses: van hees vintage, available at the brooklyn flea
groom's attire: travis sylvester, available at the brooklyn flea
hair and makeup: maysoon fara of face time beauty
cake: kumiko mitarai
locations: prospect park, brooklyn public library, chavela's

15 August 2011

behind the scenes: rue magazine, july/august 2011

don't know if you got a chance to check me out in the latest issue of rue magazine, one of the coolest digital shelter and lifestyle mags around.  i designed florals for a summer dinner party in tribeca, masterfully prepared by chef and food writer julia turshen and styled by the lovely and delightful miya and elisabeth of you + me.  to contrast with the clean, white lines of the loft, i was all about early summer, easy breezy, bright and happy blooms -- yellow tree peonies, chamomile, oregano, godetia, gloriosa lilies, coreopsis, scented geranium, asclepias, eremurus, spirea.  some behind the scenes and outtakes from the day...
honestly, everything went so smoothly, it didn't feel like work at all.  
special thanks to rue magazine for bringing us all together.  and big up to trel brock for the gorgeous images!
{all images except 7, 8 and 9 by trel brock}