Laurie Arons is a wedding planner that I feel very lucky to be able to work with. She has been in the industry for a very long time, and she knows what she is doing.
The events she designs and executes are flawless. Laurie asked me to do the flowers for her masterclass in Montana at The Ranch at Rock Creek. Here is part one of what we created together at the workshop for the attendees.
The welcome dinner was held in the blue canteen building at the ranch, it is this adorable building with a canvas top and walls. We took inspiration from the copper bar in the space, and then built the look of the dinner around that. We filled the table with delicate spring flowers spilling down the table, and created this will branch hanging installation to float above the tables. Attendees were greeted with a warm drink, and walked through the ranch to the canteen where they were able to warm up around the fire before being welcomed in for dinner. It was such a fun way to start the week!
As a part of the workshop we also created this ceremony setup so that Laurie could demonstrate and discuss how she approaches the ceremony design and function at her events. We wanted the ceremony décor to be light, and compliment the natural surroundings. We chose this spot right in front of the icy pond for the ceremony, and I created florals by taking inspiration from this location, and kept it delicate so that it didn’t distract from the natural beauty. Simple floral clusters growing from the benches, and some votive holders made from ice at the head of the aisle.
This was such a fun project, and it was so fun to collaborate with all who were involved.
A huge thank you to my friend Kelly Lenard for assisting me with the florals for the workshop.
Laurie will be teaching another Masterclass in March 2017 at the Santa Lucia Preserve in California. Applications are now being accepted, for more information visit the masterclass website.
Event Designer + Event Planner + Workshop Host: Laurie Arons Special Events | Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Styling: Daniel Tran | Floral Design: Honey of a Thousand Flowers | Wedding Cake: Perfect Endings | Calligraphy: Written Word Calligraphy | Groom’s Attire: Richard James from Mr Porter | Venue: The Ranch At Rock Creek | Beauty: Sherrie Long Makeup Hair & Effects | Brass Pencils: Modern Fuel | Bridal Boutique: Little White Dress Bridal Shop | Bridal Gown: J. Mendel | Bridal Gown: Naeem Khan | Candles: Creative Candles | Farewell Dinner Rental Tables:Vintage Whites | Farewell Dinner Rentals Chairs: Montana Party Rentals | Farewell Dinner Table Top: March SF | Floral Assistant: Kelly Lenard | Graphic Design: Amber Moon Design | Models: Wilhelmina Denver | Printing: Czar Press | Welcome Dinner Rentals: The Party Store | Workshop Notebooks + Brass Rulers: Appointed
I usually work in outdoor or fairly rustic spaces, so working in New York City and an ultra modern, minimal space was such a fun change.
For Jaclyn and Jordan’s wedding we covered the ceiling of a glass room with vines. When the light came through the room it was incredible! Guests dined beneath the vines and chandeliers as the sun set over the city and I imagine it was a pretty magical dinner for Jacyln and Jordan’s guests.
Planning and Design: Alison Events // Floral Design: Sarah Winward // Photography: Chudleigh Weddings // Papergoods: Amber Moon Design // Venue: The Glass Houses, Chelsea, New York // Cake: Maggie Austin Cake // Catering: Abigail Kirsch
I love working with a bride who loves flowers, better yet-a bride who has worked in flowers. Ginny knew what she wanted, but was so trusting and allowed me to follow my intuition for her flowers. She wanted her May wedding to feel rich and cozy, and she brought in so many wonderful details that created that look. I loved following her lead on the design and man, she has good taste!
We used an abundance of spring flowers, Ranunculus, Peonies, Spirea, Dogwood, Heuchera, vining clematis, roses, Foxglove, and lots of baby fruits. Baby pomegranates and dates, figs on the branch, and we even found some ripe ones in May!
Ginny wanted all of her bridesmaids to have bride-sized bouquets dripping in ribbon. We put over 150 yards of hand dyed silk and velvet ribbon on the bridesmaid’s bouquets alone!
It was a beautiful day, congrats Ginny and Andrew!
Traveling far to obscure locations to make flowers for weddings comes with its challenged, but these are challenges that I love. Michelle and Ryan were married on a tiny isolated peninsula in southern Thailand called Railay Beach. It takes a day and a half to fly there, a few hours by car, and then a boat shuttle to get to what feels like an island. Me and all the flowers for their wedding made this journey, and then arrived in Paradise. Railay Beach has no cars, just footpaths through the jungle and the public areas. We foraged jungle foliage to make their flowers feel like they belonged in the environment, we had a thousand feet of jasmine blooms strung to use so that it smelled incredible, and as always when working with Ginny, we had an abundance of beautiful Frou Frou Chic ribbon.
The day before the wedding they took all of their guests (and us!) on an excursion to neighboring islands and to an area where you can swim and a rare kind of plankton glow when the water is agitated. It was incredible! I made a tropical greenery garland for the excursion boat.
For Michelle and Ryan’s ceremony in a beautiful limestone cave, we strung jasmine buds and frou frou chic ribbon from the cave to hang above them and drape to the sides. Ginny made some flags that blew in the wind (and rain!). We draped Michelle’s waist and bouquet with some jasmine blooms that smelled so sweet. Minutes before Michelle walked down the aisle I was tying the blooms to her waist and as I was doing so she was towel drying my face and shoulders from the rain that had soaked me on my way to her room to dress her up. This moment will stick with me forever, because she was so selfless and caring in a moment when all attention should have been given to her.
Michelle and Ryan are the giggliest, sweetest couple I have ever worked with. They just radiate happiness, and it spreads to everyone around them. It felt like such an honor to be trusted with the flowers for their wedding. Thank you Michelle and Ryan!
Planning and Design: Ginny Au // Photography: Erich McVey // Venue: Rayavadee Resort, Krabi Thailand // Hair and Makeup: Amy Clarke // Paper goods and calligraphed rocks: Script Merchantile // As seen in Martha Stewart Weddings winter 2015 Style issue
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