11.21.2009

A Floral Tale.



I recently had my first foray in floral arranging for a wedding. The ceremony was tucked away in a grassy courtyard amidst the mountains and desert of Palm Springs, California at the chic Viceroy Hotel. The bride gave me her color palate (yellow, pink, and white), a handful of cash, and sent me to the flower market in downtown Los Angeles the day before the wedding to do the shopping. It was a thrilling experience. The massive flower market, with warehouse after warehouse of vendors, defied all of my expectations and the challenge was truly a joy to execute.

From the massive sea of flowers, I selected pink Dahlias; white Spider Mums; the pincushion like yellow Craspedias; seedless Sunflowers with small, dense petals; buds from Evergreens and magenta Cockscomb for texture; and sinuous white Lisianthus. I filled forty vintage milk glass containers of various shapes and sizes with arrangements, as well as two bouquets - one a romantic, all white Lisianthus arrangement wrapped in hot pink grosgrain ribbon for the maid of honor and the other a bright peony arrangement wrapped in black grosgrain ribbon for the bride herself. We set the Peony buds in the sun the day of the ceremony so the silky petals would unfurl themselves for her walk. The ground was sprinkled with white and yellow rose petals.















all photographs by Athena Von C