This might be the best time of year…

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

"fall wedding inspiration"

{fig cake from Martha Stewart Weddings via Homegrown Wedding; place setting by Eddie Ross; flowers by Saipua}

inspired floral design

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Inspiring me today…designs that feel like modern interpretations of Dutch still life paintings.

{First arrangement by Livia Cetti of The Green Vase; Bouquet by Saipua; Arrangement in urn by Dandelion Ranch; last two arrangements by Ariella Chezar}

little flower school

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerI’ve always really loved Saipua’s work, and couldn’t have been more excited to find out that Sarah (of Saipua) and Nicolette (of Nicolette Camille) were offering workshops at Saipus’s studio in Redhook, a neighborhood of Brooklyn. Above is a picture in the Saipua studio. Just look at those flowers! We had our pick of anemones, ranunculus, gray dusty miller; parrot tulips, pin cushion flowers and jasmine; queen anne’s lace, the most fragrant rose geranium leaves and delicate green bells.

Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerHere is a Japanese ranunculus. Can you even believe the size of that bloom? The Dutch ranunculus we normally see are half its size!

Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerWe spent a lot of time talking about how the season dictates the color palette and materials you use. In the wintertime color tends toward icy pinks, silver and clean whites; you also see a lot of “woody” plants. The woody, gestural flowering quince was the basis of our class on Saturday.

Quince is the harbinger of spring. It’s one of the first to flower, reminding us that spring is just around the corner. Mind you, it’s still horribly cold outside as I type, so the reminder is welcomed.

Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerThe class was small – just nine of us. Here we are beginning our work.

Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerAbout an hour later, we were all shocked at our progress. Each of us made something beautiful. Here is my arrangement. I’ve only dabbled in flowers, making arrangements for parties here at our house, so it was fun to see what I could do under the guidance of two women whose work I admire so much!

Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerMerriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding Planner{photographs by me at the Saipua studio}

saipua flower school

Monday, January 25th, 2010

I’m traveling back today from a the Saipua flower school workshop. Can’t wait to share more later this week!


Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Saipua’s work is really brilliant, and Sarah and Eric have the most charming dog, Nea. Come to think of it, the girls at Studio Choo also have a super charming cattle dog too. Maybe there’s a secret floral designer code: must have cattle dog.