Sunday, March 21, 2010

MadGirl Fashion Show

One aspect of owning my own business that I truly love is being able to pursue my passions through my business, one of which is the world of artistic design. Of course, doing wedding flowers definitely allows me to be creative and artistic on a regular basis; however not many brides would want something Dr. Seuss inspired or a huge floral installation at their reception (not many, though I have to say, I have heard and fulfilled my fair share of odd requests through the years). Yesterday, I was able to work my Dr. Seuss floral magic for Meredith Alex , a local Portland fashion designer, for her Mad bash and the Marion Grace CD launch at the Port City Music Bar in Portland. Pin cushion protea, fantail pussywillow, grevillia, fiddleheads, eremurus, yellow kangaroo paw, and many more uncommon flowers completed the funky floral designs for the VIP section. To finish off the arrangements I created metal flowers with a live craspedia ball center to finish off the look. They proved to be funky, different, and just the right touch for this fashion show. Portland Press Herald, Maine Magazine and many other publicists were in attendance so hopefully over the next few months you will see some great images from this festive event.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Past wedding images

Of course I think that flowers are one of the most important aspect of a wedding. Aside from the bride and the groom, the location, flowers in my mind come next in terms of the priorities for the wedding day (probably if I did not think so, I should not be in this profession I would think..). However, close runner up in my mind is the photographer. I do not think that a decade ago that I would have felt so strongly about this statement. The way that a photographer shoots, not only the bride and groom, but the intimate details of the day make a world of difference when you are looking back at your wedding or event.

photo courtesy of Snapshots by Clare
The way that they capture specific details of the wedding bouquet, or the moments of emotion, the angle in which they take the images and the coloring is all truly and art that only a talented artist can create and produce successfully.

photo courtesy of Audra Welton photography
Unfortunately, I am not a photographer as well as florist. I would love to be both as then I could actually wonderfully capture each and every bouquet and floral design that I create. Instead I always ask the photographers to kindly shoot some images here and there for me and then reconnect with them after each wedding to collect the few images of my work. I am very fortunate to have worked along side of some amazing photographers in Maine and hope to work with even more to come.

photo courtesy of Angela Coloumbe photography

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Foxhill Photo Shoot

This past January I was kindly asked to be apart of a photoshoot for a new exclusive wedding property soon to open here in Maine, Foxhill Estate in Camden. Corbin Gurkin was the talented photographer on site for the weekend and Maine Season's Events Meagan Gilpatrick the event planner. On a frigid winter day in January we transformed this huge estate into an intimate wedding setting.

I enjoyed every minute of creative inspiration, working with the flowers, and creating the minute details that make this shoot really work for the time of year and setting. Mercury glass, aged silver vases, crab apples, burgundy peonies, French tulips, anemones, lady slipper orchids, tuberrose etc. were some of the elements that I used within the floral design. Finishing touches of moss encased votives seemed to tie everything into the Maine setting.