Above photos by Kellee Laser
A couple of weeks ago Cam and I began chatting about how she could freshen up her bridal line for an upcoming wedding show. Her hand stitched flowers can be added to a hair comb, sash, flower crown, and even a bouquet. They do make for a lovely accessory, but we were curious to see how they would pair with fresh flowers as well- we thought my designs might give them a look that is a bit more current for today's brides. I found that including a few of her blooms made designing a cascading bouquet a breeze and I always love the look of a single large bloom worn in the hair.
The Ribbonry's work is bespoke and the shop is open by appointment.
Last October, I had the pleasure of co-designing a tablescape for the Art in Food event, at the Toledo Museum of Art. Cam Nitschke of The Ribbonry in Perrysburg and I collaborated on a design inspired by dutch master Rachel Ruysch's, Flower Still Life. When Cam and I began working together, she had already chosen this piece to work from - her choice was serendipitous as I had previously studied this painting for an earlier floral project.
Cam's arcing and bobbing hand stitched millinery flowers added a painterly effect to our finished piece that could not have been achieved with fresh flowers alone. Upon close inspection of the painting, you may notice bugs and butterflies - our arrangement was no different, with preserved butterflies and stitched caterpillars creeping along leaves. The accents of pewter, linen, china, and salt pulled together the elements of a Dutch merchant's dinner party. Peek through...
When Crystal and Tim began discussing their September 2015 wedding with me, I really wasn't sure what form it was going to take. Plenty of ideas were tossed around over the course of a year. However, a couple of requests that never altered were to have a very bodacious bouquet with gorgeous statement ribbon, and dahlias! Flowers were important to the day, and I was given wide berth on what to use to fulfill their vision. Mossy weathered pots, marbled votives, and terrariums from Lead Head Glass were combined for an updated garden look. Heaps of cafe au lait dahlias combined with gobs of garden roses, limelight hydrangeas, and autumn clematis were used throughout. Crystal and Tim were that special couple that has a vision, but who were eager to foster a relationship with me and ultimately trust in my skills to bring about that vision.
Event Design & Coordination: Crowning Celebrations
Photography: Kristen Nicole Photography
Venue: Toledo Country Club
Flowers: Lia Colapietro Floral
A few of Kristen's lovely images from the day...
A few of my quick images from the day...
Flower life has been good lately. With the bulk of my weddings in the fall this year, I've had the opportunity to fill my summer calendar working for other designers. Seeing old flower friends and making new ones is a really special part of my job. A few years ago I didn't know freelancing was an option, and now I'd miss it if I didn't get to do it.
In addition to freelancing, I spent time working on the Flower House preview. If you haven't heard, check it out. October in Detroit, mark your calendars!
Here's a peek. All photos are quickie phone shots because I'm usually busy, hot, tired...
This was a pinch me moment in my career. I'm sure I never said to myself that I would love to work for Saipua someday, because it never occurred to me that it would be an option. Sarah, the head honcho, has been an inspiration to so so many florists and I am no exception. When I discovered her work a few years ago, I was ready to move on to a new career. She's the reason I'm still in the game. So when you hear she's coming to Detroit, you make sure to get on the designer list!
Sue from Passionflower in Ann Arbor working her magic. I seriously learn a lot from this lady.