Today I donated my sister's wedding dress to The Brides Project Ann Arbor, and I'm so proud that our family can be a part of this excellent cause and organization. The Brides Project accepts donated wedding dresses and sells them, with all proceeds going to supporting those with cancer. It's so worthwhile, it overcomes the initial hesitation to donate that dress in your closet that not's really doing anything, but you can't quite part with it. Great for the environment that this dress gets more than one spin on the dance floor, and another bride is going to get a great deal. What's not to love? Thank you, The Brides Project!
I am so excited to be named a partner vendor for Cottonwood Barn in Dexter, Michigan, just a few minutes from Ann Arbor. This is really a special place, thoughtfully designed and renovated to be a wedding venue full of character, and it's also practical and modern and all the right ways - a beautiful bridal suite, gorgeous copper bar, and practical things like a beautiful updated bathrooms and a large coatroom. Wedding guests will feel right at home, and there are lots of options for indoor and outdoor ceremony, reception, and cocktail spaces. The decor has the right mix of rustic and elegant - the chandelier is amazing!!
It's very busy with proposal writing around here! And these bright cheery tulips are helping me think spring eventhough it's still pretty grey outside. Only a few more months and bright tulips will be popping up for real! We planted 50 tulip bulbs at our house this past autumn, so can't wait to see them popping up all over!
I'm just back from summer vacation, and it's so nice to unplug a bit and get inspired by nature. I don't want to go on too much here with my holiday snaps, but just wanted to share the wildflower inspiration! Ahh... feeling rejuvenated and the creative juices are flowing!
We were very lucky with sunny July weather in Iceland, and beautiful views of wildflowers in all directions - these in from of Selfoss waterfall.
And more wildflowers right in Reykjavik - beautiful natural paths.
And then on to the UK where we visited Hidcote Manor Gardens - this visit convinced me to plant some astrantia at home!
A bride recently approached me and asked about what its like working with me, my price range, and my design process. I thought it was such a great question, and it really made me think, and I thought I'd share this here for any of my potential clients... and I'm sure my answer here isn't great - I'll think of so many things later that I ought to say!
This was such a great Floral Design 101 class with Bloom Florist Collective! I demonstrated using this footed compote dish, and each participant brought their own vase from home and we discussed different approaches to filling it. View the rest of the class' beautiful creations here. I loved this collection of protea, banksia, leucadendron, eryngium, tulips, and mimosa - I'm so glad I walked this centerpiece home in the snow that evening after class - I've been enjoying it on my dining table so much! Come on spring!
I had a great time at the Michigan Floral Association conference at the Amway Grand in Grand Rapids! I got to assist Gerych's with their beautiful set up for the banquet - elegant yellow and black, and look at this neat acrylic table with an overhead piece filled with water and floating candles and dangling glass bubbles with yellow calla lilies and tulips!
This was a first for me - I entered a floral design contest held by Mayesh - my main wholesale flower provider. It's a little intimidating - designing for other florists - but also really neat to see how everyone takes the same box of flowers and does something very different with them! This year's theme was 'everyday' floral design, so I wanted to use a container from around my house. I grabbed the purple footed glass candy dish (from ikea) right off my dining table and - voila! It was neat to use different materials than I usually choose - I really liked how the antique hydrangeas and the kale created a nice casual spin on the compote-style dish. As I write this, you can view the winners from each Mayesh region and vote on the national winner here.
Happy Holidays everyone! It's been a great busy time of holiday and wedding arrangements, and I whipped up these eclectic arrangements with the left-over flowers. Off to find a nursing home where I hope these will make someone's day! What a pleasure this is - thank you all for your support this year, and all the best to you and your families this holiday season!