Another beautiful year with so much to be thankful for. 28 weddings, three workshops in Korea, 4 in China, countless styled shoots and collaborating twice on Hey Sista! Here are some of our most loved images from 2016 from Instagram. @hart_floral Cheers to 2017 and never slowing down.
Allison and Johnny are just about my dream couple. They’re the kind of people who believe in your work so much they change their wedding date so that you can make their flowers. Truthfully Allison is a wedding photographer traveling all over taking photos. When it came to her day she knew what she wanted and I was so happy that I helped make it happen.
They chose to get married at Dillion Falls leaving open fields as their backdrop. We mimicked the surroundings and created a tall grass field to line the aisle as she went down. All the flower girls had the sweetest little crowns.
For the reception Allison wanted something a little more urban and industrial. She worked with newcomers Spoken Moto to use their cafe space for her dinner. We filled the tables with candles of every size and big overflowing centerpieces. It felt cozy, clean and inviting and at the end of the night they whisked off on a motorcycle.
Photography: Jillian Zamora
Venue: Spoken Moto
MUAH: Lauren Apel
Growing up every summer we would host Japanese exchanged students. They would arrive jet lagged into a homeschooled house of 4 kids, 1 dog and 2 bunnies who have never left Northern Ohio. After a couple days getting acquainted with their new summer home they would unzip their giant suitcases and pull out gifts, individually wrapped and tied with them most beautiful paper and string. I still have all my treasures tucked away on different shelves in my childhood room. 3-D paper cards that play Japan’s National anthem, soft face towels with printed flowers and Hello Kitty, Doraemon stationary sets, and miniature paper drawers filled with different varieties of Konpeito. I always considered Japan as the furthest you could travel from home.
Back in November I made my way to Seoul for the third time this year. I taught a simple two day holiday wreath and centerpiece class which I’ll post some photos of in the New Year. Afterwards I decided to make the jump to try and catch the last of the famous autumn foliage Kyoto is so known for before I settled into winter in the Northwest.
I’d like to preface this post by saying I only spent 4 days in Kyoto. My observations are limited but seem to match with so many other shared experiences. Kyoto is the nation’s old capitol. Known for it’s abundance of temples and craftspeople. People who have proven themselves masters, who have never touched instagram, and have dedicated their lives to making something perfect and beautiful. From a brooms, to knives, to indigo. Even a small cafe overlooking the Kamo River (that does have an instagram). Everyone was at work in their own corner of Kyoto doing what they have done for decades, and doing it extremely well.
Most days in America I feel like all small business owners or “makers” have to have megaphones. Announcing every moment of our lives and claiming mastership after three years of picking up clippers. There is just too much competition to quietly be doing anything, to make something for people to discover.
All my favorite people to follow have an element of discovery to their work. An unpolished quality showing that they’re still learning, still growing and have the grace to develop their craft. This is a quality im most after right now. What’s the most beautiful thing I can make with the most fleeting element of the seasons? How can I stop people mid scroll with the simplest arrangement? What does it mean to be a master and is it still important? And maybe most importantly: How can I make this career sustainable for me and my family for the next 40+ years of my life? What does that look like?
My daily prompt of questions that will follow me into 2017. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year friends.
Suzanne was the first of three daughters to marry! The Patterson’s were such warm family and completely open and trusting to my guidance as their florist. They wanted certain aspects of their day to be absolutely memorable and unique. We created a wild flower aisle to go the length of Tetherow’s lawn and really create beautiful leading lines all the way to the alter.
Cake: Foxtail Bakeshop
Photography: Victoria Carlson
Haley & Jarath were the sweetest couple! We had been working on their wedding for months and when the day finally arrived the air was buzzing! Haley’s whole family rallied together to make the whole day come together beautifully! Pronghorn Ranch is such a gorgeous venue to decorate and provides a warm and comfortable day for all the guests.
Kelsey & Patrick came to Bend for a destination wedding at the gorgeous Pronghorn resort. It was late summer so we kept the palette warm and inviting.
Josselyn Peterson Photography photographed the day beautifully. She has this way of capturing brides so austere and graceful. Im obsessed.
Kelsey & Patrick were so warm and grateful towards everyone working on their day. It became contagious.
Cake: Foxtail Bakeshop
Coordination: Ceylon Blu
With wedding season finally winding down I decided to get back into blogging all the beauty that happened this summer. I’ll be sharing a wedding every week <3
Roxy & Ryan married the first week of July. It was another gorgeous day in Central Oregon at Pronghorn Resort. They both had such great love for each other which was so evident during our planning process! Roxy incorporated her Persian heritage by adding a Sofreh table to the ceremony site.
Their reception followed under the most gorgeous draped tent with hanging chandeliers.
All photos by Gabrila Eines Photography
Jessica and Weston married on a cool June morning at Lake Creek Lodge in Camp Sherman. They are one of those couples that are just truly excited about their future. They want to throw a wedding to celebrate and to share their joy with those they care most about. They’re the kind of couple that invites you to stay to eat and sends you home with with cake. I loved making flowers for them.
Of course Marina captured the wedding as effortless and beautiful as she does. She has a way of elevating moments. Capturing the peace and joy of a brunch wedding onto film. I could go on about Marina forever. She is lovely.
Table rentals: AE Creative
Desserts: Queen Bee Baking
Photos: Marina Koslow