Sometimes the universe takes care of you in unexpected ways. Last year I participated in an Art in Bloom event at The Gallery at Flat Rock. The piece I choose for floral interpretation was a very compelling black and white photo, “Blown Away”. When doing this type of project the fun part, (for me at least!) is coming up with a design that represents the art, yet is not literal. I also like to provoke discussion. Art is subjective, so some viewers often form opinions of floral designs, (I like this/don’t like this) based on personal taste, as opposed to design principles. I like to shake it up and challenge the viewer, which is why the design is very contemporary, with minimal, yet specific use of flowers.
Because I had to work, the piece was installed in the gallery with the photograph, and I left, unable to attend the preview party. I was told that Sharon Lee, the photographer was extremely ill, and possibly unable to attend the show as well. This was sad news as I really wanted to meet her. The next morning Suzanne gave me a call with the news that during the party, someone inadvertently bumped into my design, and it smashed on the floor. (My heart went out to Suzanne, as that must have been a difficult call to make!) At that juncture, I made the the decision that sometimes art is indeed transient, and stuff just happens….all will be well!
I received an email from Suzanne recently, letting me know that WNC Magazine is featuring Art in Bloom at The Gallery At Flat Rock as the top thing to do this coming Memorial Weekend, and that Melissa Reardon from the magazine chose the photo of my piece for the article!! Wow. She also shared the sad news that Sharon Lee, the photographer has passed away. I am so deeply moved to think that my design and that amazing photograph will be featured in such a special way! I hope Sharon is looking down and is as honored as I am!
I was delighted to take part in Jaclyn and and Joey’s wedding which is now being featured by Grace Ormonde Wedding Style magazine. The couple wed in Asheville, NC at The Biltmore Estate and the wedding was straight out of a fairytale. See more on Grace Ormonde Wedding Style magazine.
On the first day of every year, spectators and fans line the streets of Orange Grove Boulevard in California to watch the Tournament of Rose Parade. This year I had the honor of working on a very important and very special float. To quote their website: “Donate Life America is a nonprofit organization increasing the number of donated organs, eyes and tissue available to save and heal lives through transplantation while developing a culture where donation is embraced as a fundamental human responsibility.”
A noble cause indeed!
Donate Life has been a part of the Tournament of Roses Parade for the last 15 years. Donor families and organ/tissue recipients come together each year and volunteer to help with the decoration of the float. The float becomes a moving natural memorial honoring those who have passed, as well as a celebration of life for those who received an organ/tissue donation. This year, portraits of the deceased donors were created out of caraway seeds, sesame seeds, crushed walnuts and other seeds, and were placed on the Mayan calendar wheel. (Every decoration on a Tournament of Roses Float MUST be constructed of natural materials!) The families come every year to connect with each other, share memories, support each other, and participate in the float creation. Each of the orange roses on the center deck of the float were placed by donor and recipient families and have a message or a wish attached to them. After the float is completed, chairs are set up and the families gather for a ceremony of remembrance and love. I used quite a few tissues…
It truly was a moving experience for me. To be able to use my gifts to help create something of such meaning was an honor. And I met so many amazing, delightful and generous families!
It was a delightful experience working for Paradiso Parade Floats! The genius behind the float was Paradiso’s creative director Charlie Meier. Under Charlie’s direction, Paradiso had four floats in the parade and won the top four awards! This float “newbie” was blown away…!!
So excited to have been part of this amazing styled shoot. Thanks Laura Dee Photography, Lonesome Valley, and Verge Events.
From Aisle Society via Love Inc.
Today’s styled shoot feature is brought to us by the talented Laura Dee Photography who teamed up with the owners of Lonesome Valley, a gorgeous wedding space in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. The glam event design was styled by Verge Events and I love that it feels you just stumbled upon this romantic scene in the woods.
An amazing vintage-inspired bridal style (the accessories alone are to die for!), a styled drink station with bright yellow lemons and calla lilies and a picnic for two with sweeping views of the cliffs are just a few of the things you’ll be swooning over in this inspiration.
From Weddings Unveiled
Each summer we can’t wait to visit our friends in Asheville, NC for our annual soiree with StudioWed!! Last year’s rooftop gathering at Aloft Asheville Downtown was so much fun, with spectacular views, dazzling florals and decor, delicious cocktails and cuisine and a fantastic Miami Vice theme. We’re loving these pictures from the event by Aaron Imaging and we’re already looking forward to this year’s party. Stay tuned for details!
We’d like to thank all the amazing sponsors for a wonderful event!!
StudioWed Asheville | Aloft Asheville Downtown | Classic Event Rental | Studio Flora Diva | Aaron Imaging | Nuage Designs | Asheville Beverage | Mr. C’s Mobile DJ | East Coast Entertaiment | Get Lit Special Event Lighting | Blush Asheville | Hughes Hair Design
Thanks to Style Me Pretty for putting Studio Flora Diva on the Front Page! And many thanks to Virgil Bunao for the wonderful photography. Read the entire post HERE.
Todays Guest Post is from Jill at Realities Photography.
Joanna & Nick, Crest Center and Pavilion Wedding
Joanna and Nick really know how to have fun.
Some of my favorite things about their wedding…
1. I could feel their connection as I shot.
2. Joanna wasn’t afraid to take some risks with her headpiece/headband and it worked for her, big time. It always makes me happy when I feel like a bride can truly be herself on her wedding day.
3. They had “hangover kits” for their guests. Thoughtful.
4. The personalized details of this event were impressive.
5. They trusted the vision I had for their wedding photographs.
Here’s a Style Me Pretty guest post by Dawn Strong featuring floral design by Studio Flora Diva.
See all of the images at Style Me Pretty
Whenever a boho inspiration shoot comes my way, I completely change plans for my own wedding. I thought I wanted a Jane Austen garden style soiree, but maybe, just maybe, I need to boho it up a bit. I’m thinking gorgeous farm tables, perfectly imperfect florals and “edgy” stylings that basically need no description. In other words? I need this wedding. See every last ounce of inspiration captured by Michelle Lyerly right here.
From Michelle Lyerly… We wanted to have a romantic, yet edgy balance. The colors were cream, greens, lavender and blush with brown medicine bottles and touches of gold. We incorporated geodes and a guitar to give the shoot that authentic bohemian vibe. There was a beautiful horse on the property that the model immediately took to and we got some beautiful shots of them right before the shoot ended. Hair and makeup was kept soft and easy with floral crowns and wisps tied in. The main model wore Sarah Seven Amour gown with cap sleeves. The blonde is wearing a Sarah Seven Gwen gown. The blush is a combination of a Watters Ahsan skirt and Carina corset. The invitation suite has leather hand lined envelopes.
Photography: Michelle Lyerly | Floral Design: Studio Flora Diva | Cake: Tiffany’s Baking Co. | Invitations: A Fine Line Studio | Hair: Liz Tipsward Of Lola Salon And Gallery | Bridal Gowns: Sarah Seven | Crystals And Mineral Specimens:Enter The Earth | Dresses And Accessories: Wildflower Bridal | Fine Jewelry: Wick And Greene Jewelers | Makeup: Daisy Chavers Of Lola Salon And Gallery | Ranch: Pisgah View Ranch | Rentals: East West Vintage Rentals
StudioWed Asheville and Weddings Unveiled hosted a Gatsby style soiree at the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville Biltmore this past August. Studio Flora Diva designed the flowers and decor for the party. See all of the images here!
Here’s a little romantic story about Kristy and Tim’s recent wedding at Bear Lake. Kristy loves lavender and Tim has said that no matter where he is, when he smells the scent of lavender he immediately thinks of her. So Kristy decided to surprise Tim, and have fresh Lavender featured in the arbor and decor at the ceremony, with the request that the fragrance of lavender perfume the air. All of this was kept secret, as a surprise for Tim until he arrived at the ceremony site on their wedding day.
Kristy and Tim also love coffee, so fresh coffee beans were featured in the centerpieces. The cocktail table arrangements were created in small French Press pots, with fresh beans scattered on the table.
For more photos please visit Kristy and Tim’s page on the Cunningham Photo Artists web site.