Bringing the Garden to the Desert

When Bows & Arrows Flowers touches something, we know it’s going to be amazing. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise when they create a veritable garden out of the desert. And when it’s all photographed by Kayla Barker, it gets even better. Muted sand and stone tones set the base palette, amped up with berry shades and a dreamy blue gown. Textured tabletop details fit the scene perfectly and pull it all together.

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Read on for more from the photographer, Kayla Barker:
“Two things go together beautifully – florals and film photography. Myself, Kayla Barker, a film photographer and floral designers Alicia and Adam Rico of Bows & Arrows teamed up to bring together aspiring film photographers and floral designers to learn and work together at our workshop Joshua Tree: A Union of Floral & Film.

We picked the unique and stunning backdrop of Joshua Tree, California as our location and inspiration for the workshop and our two shoots: Elegant Espanola and Mexicali. The photography and floral attendees came together during these shoots to learn about creating together as a team. Invitations and calligraphy by Script Merchant and engraved details by Paper Birch Designs set the scene and mood of the two shoots. Gorgeous tabletop details were provided by Casa de Perrin on beautiful Found Vintage Rentals furniture that were the perfect contrast in the desert landscape. Dresses by Tatyana Merenyuk and veils by Girl with a Serious Dream were accented with beautiful floral headpieces and stunning bouquets by the attendees with Frou Frou Chic ribbon. Stunning make-up and hair by Amy Clarke for The Halcyon Agency and rings by Trumpet & Horn enhanced our models’ beauty.

Two days of creating and photographing beauty in the California desert landscape lead to new friendships, an abundance of beauty, new inspiration and the union of floral and film.”

Workshop Hosts: Kayla Barker and Bows & Arrows | Floral Design: Bow & Arrows (and attendees)  | Photography: Kayla Barker | Venue: Joshua Tree, California | Dresses: Tatyana Merenyuk  | Calligraphy: Script Merchant | Engraving and Laser-Cut Details: Paper Birch Designs | Ribbons: FrouFrou Chic | Make-Up: Amy Clarke for The Halcyon Agency | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Tabletop: Casa de Perrin | Veils: Girl With a Serious Dream | Rings: Trumpet & Horn | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Custom Leather Journals: Jenni Bick | Letterpress: The Press Co | Linen Pouches: Salt Shop Handmades | Album & Boxes: Cypress Albums | Workshop Attendees: Tam Ashworth: Isari Flower Studio | Sarah Watts: Sarah’s Wedding Garden | Michelle Lywood: Michelle Lywood Floral | Kim Hauck: HammerSky Events & Inn | Abbie Turner: Flower to the People | Vivian Lin


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