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
Sometimes I sit back and play a reel in my head of all of the beautiful things that I have been able to be a part of, and I am in awe. I feel so lucky. I am so thankful to this job for introducing me to so many kind, creative people that I have been able to work with all over the world.
These photos by Erich Mcvey are from Ginny Au’s creative process workshop that took place in the South of France in the late summer of 2014. Ginny invited me to be one of the teachers at her workshop that highlights the creative process. Each of the teachers was asked to guide the attendees through their process, from beginning to end. Each morning we began with a forage on the property, and then throughout the day we worked the items that we clipped and the inspiration we found into what we created.
You can imagine the joy when you put a bunch of (mostly) Americans in the South of France, send them to a market, tell them they can have free range clipping flowers on the ground of the chateau, and stuff them full of food and drink eat night. I cherish my time spent here with these wonderful women (and Erich), all of it felt, and still feels a bit surreal as I look through these photos even a year and a half later.
Photography Erich McVey | Creative Direction Ginny Au | Prop Stylist & Creative Leader Ginny Branch | Floral Design & Creative Leader Sarah Winward | Calligraphy & Creative Leader Katie Decker Hyatt | Makeup & Hair Amy Clarke | Gown:Gossamer Vintage | Photo Scans: PhotoVision Prints
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