Spring Centerpiece

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.

Press

So honored to have some of my weddings and flower creations featured in the following magazines.

Winter Scabiosa and Quince

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. Katie-Wachowiak-centerpiece-winter-wedding Katie-Wachowiak-ranunculus-winter-centerpiece Katie-Wachowiak-scabiosa-white-winter-wedding Katie-Wachowiak-wedding-flowers-white-winter-quince Katie-Wachowiak-white-wedding-centerpiece Katie-Wachowiak-winter-flowers-quince Katie-Wachowiak-winter-wedding-flowers

Ann Arbor Misty Farms Wedding | Catherine + Kyle

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.

Photography: Jill DeVries  // Planning: VLD Events

LAKE MICHIGAN ELOPEMENT

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.

TREE PEONY INSPIRATION SHOOT

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.

MEGAN + SEBASTIAN

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.

Photography: Justine Montigny //  Day of Coordinator: Heyday  //  Venue: The Farm Restaurant

Cora Louise

A few of my favorites are blooming right now and without a doubt, peony Cora Louise steals the show.

Cassy & Cam

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

Winter White Arrangement

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.  

Celebration on Lake Angelus

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  

Gold Infused Detroit Institute of Arts wedding

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.

Photography: Jill Devries //  Floral Design: Katie Wachowiak   //  Planning and design: VLD Events   //  Location: DIA, Detroit

yellow peonies

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.  

summer fruit

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.

Constanza + Jack

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. 

colors to brighten winter days

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.