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This is literally one of the best times of year for botanical foraging. If you live in a more suburban or remote area, it’s likely that you’ll have a lot more variety when you head out to forage for botanical elements– but seeing as I’m in Los Angeles, the second most densely-populated city in the United States of America, I think these pictures are proof enough that botanical foraging can be highly successful even in the most urban of settings. A few blossoming branches, a handful of fresh lavender from the plants by my front door, some purple-hued foliage from a potted plant, and a few more bits of foliage from neighborhood bushes, and I have everything I need to create some sweet little super-springy arrangements for my home. Perhaps next week I’ll venture further afield: I saw jasmine vine growing over a fence in a parking lot the other day, and there’s masses of bougainvillea in the alley behind my housing complex. What have you found in your botanical-foraging expeditions???
Images | Styling | Floral Design by Lauryl Lane.
I recently had the opportunity to design and style the florals for a product shoot at a stunning private residence in Malibu. The star of the show was the custom fragrance bar created by Courtney of Ka-Mil-Yin. After our shoot wrapped, Courtney demonstrated how she conducts private parties providing custom fragrances for the guests, by designing fragrances for each of the ladies on set. I ended up with a scent that I just can’t get enough of- my own “signature” fragrance of orange, fig, sandalwood and white tea. I can hardly wait until I have the opportunity to hire Courtney for my own fête! As always, it was a pleasure to work with Summer Watkins, my favorite fellow-stylist by far, and I cannot rave enough about Jen Huang, who creates total magic with her camera. I don’t know that my floral designs have ever looked more ethereal!
Last week, I finally got my hands on a copy of the Serendipity magazine’s Summer 2010 issue. I did concept design, styling and florals for a photo shoot for the magazine, inspired by the film (500) Days of Summer. I shared photos from the incredible Sarah Yates here. It’s so fun to see the final print version after months of planning and preparation! Please pick up your own copy today and help support the print magazine industry!
Pretty, pretty, huh? I might have some shots of my own to share soon…
When I blogged Brandon’s photos from the Jessica Claire photography workshop a few weeks ago, I had no idea that the photos from that event were going to be picked up by so many wedding blogs. What a pleasant surprise! Since this shoot turned out to be such a hit, I thought I’d share a little bit about the “behind the scenes” design process…
The lack of color in the natural backdrop of this rustic shooting location allowed us to go with a muted color palate and know that it would still stand out.
Summer and I had oodles of fun gathering all the little details for this tablescape. Summer started her design process with the idea of the hot-air balloons and a vintage french aesthetic. When she told me that she was going to use vintage papers, I suggested that we also incorporate old books. I’m sort of a fiend for books, and have a rather large collection of old books that I’ve collected over the years, mainly from my travels in England. Summer also did some incredible DIY paper/book projects.
Many of the detail items were pilfered from Summer’s house. This fabulous chandelier, for example, usually hangs in Summer’s bedroom!
This ridiculously fantastic paper-mache balloon was made by Summer. It was a HUGE project, terrifically time-consuming, and we had so many text-messages and phone calls back and forth during the process as we tried to figure out the most efficient way of paper-macheing the world’s largest balloon (okay, perhaps I’m exaggerating… slightly). About half of the chairs were picked up at garage sales and estate sales, and the other half came from my home and Summer’s home.
Some of the vessels used for floral arrangements were found by Summer in vintage shops, while a few came directly from her home (like this silver piece, which was sitting on her kitchen windowsill with a green plant inside!).
As for the flowers themselves, Summer gave me a color scheme of pale peach and pink, cream, and aqua. I used Caramel garden roses, “Engagement” roses (the coraly roses), “Versilia” (the smaller caramel roses) and “Else” (the coral spray roses).
Then I found other flowers that would help me produce a vintage gardeny vibe- we wanted a truly organic look that didn’t look too “perfect.” So I found some peachy stock, pink sedum, pink hyacinth, queen anne’s lace, and assorted pinky/peachy/orangy ranunculus.
I used lots of dusty miller for foliage, and added in dried lotus pods, silver brunia, pink astilbe, and scabiosa pods to really go crazy with the texture. Texture is my favorite design element by far!
Summer provided me with tissue-paper flowers, and I incorporated them into the bridal bouquet and the groom’s boutonniere.
Every element of this design collaboration came together so perfectly, and I’m always amazed when I step back and take a breath to realize “it’s done.” This collaboration was the result of a really impressive design team, and I’m so pleased to look at the photos and know that I was a part of the process from the beginning all the way through to the finished product.
CREDITS | Stylist: Summer Watkins | Floral Design: Lauryl Lane | Hair & Makeup: Vivian Tran of All Made Up | Invitation & Paper Goods: Megan Gonzalez of MaeMae Paperie | Paper Goods Printing: Czar Press | Hair Accessories, Shoe Clips, Banner: B. Poetic | Cake: Cheryl Stewart of Cake My Day | Calligraphed Boutonniere Tags: Victoria Hoke Lane of Calligraphos, Ink | Location: Riley Wilderness Park, Mission Viejo CA.