We simply adore to see creative teams pull together shoots centered around nature and the venues within which they’re working, and this team created something truly stunning by brining in very few rentals from outside and mostly working with things they found on the grounds. Read more about how they worked with the overgrown garden and greenery to bring the natural beauty of the environment into their inspiration.
From the creative team:
The inspiration for this shoot centered around “found” elements. Greer just has an eye for everything. She unearthed this overgrown, abandoned gymnasium on the outskirts of New Orleans that was just an absolute gem. People drive by it every day and have no idea what’s hiding in the overgrowth.
Kelly from Intertwine foraged the bulk of her greens and styled them up in a wild, earthy fashion, using a vintage dough bowl as the grounding centerpiece. We pulled the dress off the rack at Free People, and then we intentionally went light on the décor. The best materials for a space always end up being those you find right where you’re working. If you let the terrain dictate the design—rather than trying to force a vision on it—you just get this really naturally gorgeous result. To us, this felt a little bit like a secret garden. A stolen space in the thick of New Orleans jazz and beads.
Simone LeBlanc has taken gifting and presentation to another level with her bespoke gifting boutique. She works to create unique gifts and gift box sets for moments in life where you need or deserve something extra special. Her shop is full of absolutely beautiful gift ideas to celebrate the birth of a child, settling into a new home, and even a special box to gift to a sick friend. Our favorite, by far, is the Staycation Box for Her, which would be perfect to give to your bridesmaids, mother, or even as a gift for a friend who is getting ready for her own wedding. And if you’re looking for the perfect way to thank your planner, a Staycation Box would be a welcome present for their aching back and tired feet after your wedding. We got to try out the Staycation Box and loved relaxing at the end of the day in a nice bath with the amazing bath salts!
The Staycation Box is filled with a perfect, soothing Tatine Moonline Mile Candle, Herbivore Botanicals Dead Sea Salts, Fog Linen Wash Cloth, Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Cleansing Bar Soap, Herbivore Botanicals Neroli Luminous Body Oil, and Oblation Letterpress Sketchbook. Each piece of the box was meticulously chosen to provide everything needed to bask in an afternoon of pure indulgence right at home. Each custom-made box also comes with a menu detailing the components, including a quote that serves as inspiration for the box. And Simone LeBlanc designs each box to include your recipient’s name within the packaging of the gift.
We can’t think of a better way to thank the women in your life who have joined you throughout your wedding journey, or even as a way to treat yourself after a stressful year of wedding planning. Visit Simone LeBlanc to place your orders now. And remember- these would make amazing Christmas gifts, so order soon to ensure delivery.
The cold weather and impending holiday season has us yearning for warmer days and fields full of wildflowers and gardens ripe with vegetables and berries. We’re so happy to have Robyn of Bare Root Flora show us how to take clippings from your garden to create the perfect summer centerpiece. You could easily do this with fall foliage and fall flowers like peonies and maybe even amaryllis to give it a holiday flair. Keep reading for the full tutorial! From Robyn of Bare Root Flora:
Late summer offers such a wealth of gorgeous flowers and foliage. I really wanted to celebrate the abundance of the season with a huge, wild piece that would be perfect for a focal piece at a summer gathering. Nearly all of the flowers in this piece were foraged in my own yard and the beautiful yard of a good friend. The few that weren’t were locally grown. Foraging for beautiful blooms makes you appreciate each stem so much—each one is a treasure, as was the sweet lady bug that hitched a ride into the arrangement! This design can be made on a large scale, like the one here, or scaled down to be a pretty table centerpiece.
-Your favorite opaque vessel—I used a beautiful concrete vessel to ground the arrangement and give it an earthy texture.
-A piece of chicken wire large enough to create a reasonably tight fit in your container
-Several types of flowers and foliages you’ve gathered or bought. Try to vary the shape a bit so that some are soft and fluffy, some have a longer line, some are larger, some are smaller, some are viney in nature. Variety makes the arrangement dynamic! We used coneflower, rudbeckia (black-eyed Susans), dahlia, cottage yarrow, gomphrena, cosmos, zinnia, elderberry, mint, tomato, raspberry foliage, and reed grass, but use what your garden offers up to you!
-A floral knife or some clippers—no scissors! Scissors damage a flower’s stem, prohibiting it from drinking properly.
Step 1: The first step to any gorgeous floral arrangement is to prepare your flowers! Make sure you clean off any foliage that will fall below the water line. Leaves in the water will encourage the growth of bacteria, which will shorten the life of your arrangement.
Step 2: Next, prepare your container. Bend your chicken wire to fit snugly inside the container. The chicken wire acts as a grid to hold your flowers where you want them, giving your design the shape you want.
Step 3: Begin by greening your container with the foliage you’ve gathered. I used long-line
raspberry foliage to give my piece a dramatic shape. I filled in with gorgeous elderberry, tomato foliage, and mint. That gave me a good base to start flowering the arrangement.
Step 4: First, place some of your large, fluffy flowers in varying heights throughout the arrangement—here, big red dahlia for a pretty focal flower. I placed some low, near the lip of the container, and some higher, as if they were growing naturally. Next, start adding in your other flowers, being sure to vary the height of your placements, along with the colors of flowers—I used coneflower, zinnia, rudbeckia and sweet cosmos. The goal here is to create a wild, garden-grown look. Movement and flow are key—let the flowers reach and arc! It will give your piece so much depth and life!
Step 5: Be sure to design your piece from all the angles it will be seen. Turn your vessel as you design, continuing to place your larger, fluffier flowers a little lower, letting others reach toward the sky. Fill in with more foliages and pretty filler—we used lovely cottage yarrow.
Step 6: We finished our arrangement with sprigs of reed grass and little tufts of gomphrena for a wild look.
We always love seeing what the ladies behind the Bliss & Bokeh Retreat collaborate on every year, and this year they styled this lovely organic, seaside wedding inspiration featuring a stunning lace Samuelle wedding gown and florals from Gathering Events. We adore that these photographs on the coast of Charleston are an original way to incorporate the beach and ocean into your oceanside wedding. Beach weddings are beautiful, but sometimes it’s nice to see a little bit of a twist on an older idea.
If you’d like to work with industry professionals like Lynn Easton Andrews of Easton Events and Ginny Au, and learn how to create stunning photographs with other creative women, registration for the next Bliss & Bokeh retreat May 4-7, 2015 is now open. Visit www.blisshandbokeh.com for more information on the speakers and the retreat. Hurry before all of the spots are full!