Dried grasses are mixed with seasonal offerings in this organic springtime accent bouquet. This arrangement was created to celebrate the textural minimalism of this quiet season.
Avani wanted her wedding to feel bright and celebratory. She and Khristoph would be coming home from New York to marry at the former Dodge family mansion, Meadow Brook Hall. Stunningly beautiful architecture and grounds helped make this wedding so very special and I love the way it turned out. Venue: Meadow Brook Hall // Photography: Jill DeVries // Planning: VLD events
So honored to have some of my weddings and flower creations featured in the following magazines.
These arrangements capture the seasonal connection I am feeling to the landscape this time of the year. An amaryllis nestled deep within, beech branches that when seen in the deciduous, bare sleeping forest are a beautifully stunning contrast. Quince and pussy willow that were forced into bloom because there is time for such things right now. Dried aster found along the lane and milkweed pods near the ditch bank willingly releasing their silk to create subtle undertones that feel perfect & wild and whisper w i n t e r.
I remember when Catherine described her proposal story. It was while hiking Machu Picchu that Kyle asked her to marry him! These were an incredible couple, who where such a pleasure to work with. It was apparent that on their wedding day, happiness radiated. Flowers reflected late summers bounty in a palette that was kept soft and romantic. I loved how elder berry was in the perfect stage of color when it was time to gather flowers for this event, I felt they added something extra special to arrangements.
Kristen and Marvin changed their minds about having a Northern Michigan winery as a wedding venue to eloping on the shores of Lake Michigan this past autumn. I loved working with Kristen create flowers for this wedding. She was completely trusting and in fact, allowed me to choose the palette! I wanted her flowers to feel classic, but natural and feminine. I knew that the maid of honor would be wearing a dress in deep tones which allowed me to incorporate rich color into the pieces. This wedding was romantic and so intimate! I feel lucky to have been a able to provide flowers for it. Stunning photography by Justine Montigny.
I loved this project. Autumn tones are some of my favorite. Leaves that are fading and berries ripened. Branches and vines are prolific which bring so much texture to arrangements. Photographer Julia Ross shot these lovely images. I especially loved these pieces because of the yellow tree peonies. It was so inspiring to have time after a busy wedding season to create something just for fun without any particular color palette in mind beforehand. I chose what was in season and available and was very happy with the way it turned out.
I am excited that Megan and Sebastian's Spring wedding was a feature just recently on Brides! Working with Megan was fun because she had lots of ideas and definite vision.
I loved the saturated color palette which was inspired by a single floral patterned bridesmaids dress. Springtime offers such an abundance of beautiful flower varieties. I used armloads of foxglove, peony, garden rose and ranunculus to create a soft, romantic environment. An installation of vines and flowers was added to the cake display which created a unique and lovely focal point.
A few of my favorites are blooming right now and without a doubt, peony Cora Louise steals the show.
Cathryn and I never met before her wedding day. She trusted my ideas and from the very beginning I was in love with the fact that she chose soft butter yellow as part of her palette. Wild, but simple flowers were planned, blending into the landscape of the family cottage in northern Michigan. Everything about this morning ceremony and brunch celebration immediately following reflected an intimate and relevant sense of belonging. Photography: Heather Jowett // Dress: The Gown Shop, Ann Arbor // Rentals: Taylor Rentals, Petoskey // Catering: The Willow Tree
When I stumbled on to these photos recently, they were a year to the day old. This arrangement was from last May. I photographed in the moody light of the farmhouse and still, the combination agrees with me.
Robin was a springtime bride last year. She came to me because her mother loved my Christmas wreaths and we shared the connection of the same maiden last name... Reinhardt. Steffen's family, who were visiting from Germany for the wedding nodded in approval when Robin translated her florists German heritage. Photographer JR Magat // Venue Zingermanns on Fourth
Garden roses, poppies, sweet peas and ferns….some of my favorite ingredients. This day celebrated the establishment of marriage with a vow renewal. A soft palette of romantic florals remained cohesive to the design that Sarah and Phil wanted to achieve. The flowers helped to soften the modern accents of Lucite. Designing the flowers to be light and whimsical was important to the couple. Featured on Style Me Pretty Photography: Bryce Covey // Design + Planning: VLD Events // Location: // Private Residence, Lake Angelus Michigan
Soft, natural flowers in subdued colors within an art museum….
Erin and Scott live in D.C. but had their wedding in Michigan at the beautiful DIA. In a room flanked with suits of armor, the great hall was a flourish of visitor activity during setup. Guests attending this wedding had so much to view and enjoy during the evening! Favorite element ~ at each place setting I added small golden pears, each tied with hand dyed silk ribbon (sometimes its the little things). You can see more of this event on Style Me Pretty.
The inspiration for this arrangement came from the yellow peonies nestled deep inside. There isn't a ton of contrast with this piece but variety and texture make up the difference. And that crazy dandelion looking daisy-I have no idea what it is, a perennial I have been told, and was just something different my dad wanted to try.
I adore this color palette. There is something about the mix that catches my eye. I dug these images from the archives because they make me happy. 100% farm grown flowers and worth every bit of the effort.
Love, loved the venue chosen for this event. There is just so much to experience as a guest here! Beautiful production, creative direction, and styling by VLD Events. The Picquette Avenue Plant. It was the first manufacturing facility Henry Ford actually owned (not rented) and was the birth place of the Model T. In fact, I loved it so much that, later in the season I returned with the family to formally tour and embrace this pivotal part of history that helped make Detroit the Motor City. Henry Ford was an amazing man--never giving up, never giving in. Early on in his career, the only thing he owned were his ideas. There is a safe in the office recreated at the plant that was not for cash, or valuables, it was for Henry's blueprints. His ideas turned designs. All images are mine from this September day but for the first by the talented Julie Pepin.
This was a delightful party last spring. A fun collaboration with creative direction and design by VLD Events. A rehearsal dinner. And afterward, the most sincere, heartfelt thank you message from the loveliest of brides.
I think I might possibly, or probably not even come close to a season recap in a rewind sort of order~I have so much to share that I don't know quite where to start! The photo file I opened up today and began viewing was a wedding toward the end of the season. I loved some of the centers for this event (which are not shown here) because large hard shelled gourds were used as natural accents and vessels. I had a great opportunity to get really creative thinking outside the box as the bride was completely open to my suggestions and wanted the overall aesthetic to be as laid back and organic as were the couples personalities!