I have been to Iceland three times in the past 7 years. It has some sort of gravitational pull on me and it keeps sucking me back to it. The earth there is so raw and powerful. It is intimidating and humbling to feel so powerless in the face of nature.
Iceland has so many different terrains, and they are all so shockingly different, but each very strong in their own way. Being there makes me feel the sense of fascination you feel when you are in a foreign place in a dream. The light is always gray, and I think that contributes to the feeling that you are in some sort of foreign land in a dream that you have yet to wake up from.
There aren’t many flower photos this year. But, I wanted to share these because the earth is fascinating! I am constantly amazing with it’s strength. It can produce the most rigid and rough rock formations, and in the same place, support the life of the most delicate flower.
These photos were taken with an old Hasselblad camera that used to be my mother’s. It weighs what feels like a thousand pounds when I am traveling with it, but felt like the appropriate tool to capture this with.
These photos are from a 1:1 workshop I did with a student in the Fall of 2015. I love these workshops where I get to spend a few days with one person, and really dive into designing with them. In this class over the course of to days we covered table centerpieces, large arrangements, bouquets, boutonnieres, lower crowns, and a floral arch.
This centerpiece arrangement is one of my favorite color combinations. I love the way that the reds and mauves mix to create this color palette that reminds me of all the colors in a fig. The red foliage in here was cut from a coleus plant, this is one of my favorite tricks for getting interesting colored foliage.
This arch and large arrangement incorporate a lot of bright yellow foliage trimmed from Tree of Heaven that I have in my yard. Its not the greatest tree to have, but I keep it just to cut from! The branches are strong and have great shape. The arch is covered in a lot of wild clematis fluffs, another fall favorite of mine.
All photos by Kate Osborne.
After being together for 16 years, Michelle and Paul were married in the backyard of Michelle’s childhood home on the most beautiful October day. They were thoughtful in choosing all of the traditions and pieces of life that were important to them, and integrating them into their wedding thoughtfully. Michelle spent much of her childhood in the backyard admiring the gardens, and this provided the inspiration for the botanically inspired wedding décor.
Deep green magnolia branches covered their chuppah and were a beautiful base to fill with seasonal oakleaf hydrangea and dahlias. Michelle loved vines and more delicate flowers, so I filled her bouquet with these small blooms, and continued this delicate botanical feel into the dinner florals at the beautiful San Francisco City Hall. Each guest had a glass frame holding a small botanical element with their name and table number calligraphed on it. We brought 15 foot tall trees and lots of big potted plants into the space to warm it up and make it feel more like an outdoor space that the guests were dining in. It was such a beautiful day, and we had a wonderful group of people working together to make it all happen. Congrats Michelle and Paul!
Planner: Laurie Arons | Floral Design: Sarah Winward | Photographer: Jose Villa | Ceremony Venue: Bride’s family home | Reception Venue: San Francisco City Hall | Wedding Dress: Oscar de la Renta | Paper suite: Amber Moon | Save the Date: Seaview Studio | Hair and Makeup: Mimi and Taylor
As seen in Brides magazine in Summer 2016, and online here.
Amanda and Bryan were married inside the beautiful stone wall ruins at Annadel Eastate Winery in Napa California in the fall of 2015. These centerpieces were all about ROSES. We had thousands of stems of full, fragrant garden roses for this event, all of them coming from local farms. We kept the design here classic and feminine, inspired by the venue and the delicate lace of the bride’s gown and veil. The groom is a chef, so food was an important piece of this wedding. To incorporate some of this into the décor, Little herb, berry, and acorn bundles were tied to cards with each guests name and seating assignment. It was such a beautiful golden October day for them, congrats Amanda and Bryan!
Planner: Laurie Arons | Florist: Sarah Winward | Photographer: Aaron Delesie | Videographer: Lola Video | Venue: Annadel Estate Winery | Hair & Makeup: TEAM hair & makeup | Catering: the girl and the fig CATERS | Cake: Crisp Bake Shop | Bride’s gown: Lihi Hod from Marina Morrison | Bridesmaids dresses: Zimmermann | Ceremony music: Synchronicity Strings | Dinner band: Ground Control, from Elan Artists | Tenting: Zephyr Tents | Lighting: Illusions Lighting | Table Top Rentals: Casa de Perrin | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens
Published on Oncewed here.
The most important thing to me when creating flowers is that they look fitting in the environment that they will be going in. Whether that is a wedding in a field, a corporate event in a modern building, or an arrangement for the dining room table, I want to make sure the flowers look appropriate for the setting. When I am working out in nature, it is of utmost importance to me to make sure the flowers compliment the surroundings or look like an extension of it.
This photoshoot was a collaboration with Afloral.com who sells faux flowers. All of the flowers that create the aisle here are fake! It was so fun to take on this challenge, and create something that looked so natural with them. See more on Oncewed.
Florals and Shoot Styling: Sarah Winward | Florals for Ceremony Site: Afloral | Photography: D’arcy Benincosa | Dress: Houghton NYC via LOHO bride | Makeup and Hair: Bella Cosa Beauty | Paper Suite: The Little North Sea Studio | Model: Lauren Bledsoe
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