So the other week I posted some really low quality camera phone pics of some designs I’d made but not had time to properly photograph. Part of the reason I didn’t make the time to properly photograph them was because I knew that there would be not one but two amazing photographers on the case- the flowers were for a wedding inspiration shoot (aka “styled shoot”) shot by Lori of The Purple Tree Photography (my friend who gave me the simple flower photography tutorial that elevated the pics on this site from point and shoot to the next level up), and also by Candice Benjamin (whose web video intro I’m obsessed with!)
Check out an overview of the shoot below (the full thing is on Lori’s site) followed by some great additional detail shots of the florals that Candice captured!
This vintage mustang is the prized possession of no other than Mr. Floret Cadet – he is happily adding these photos to his growing collection of professional photos in which the car is prominently featured (we did some of our engagement photos in front of it, and he also proposed with a dozen roses and a ring that I found in the glove compartment of the car after being asked to change the CD on a particularly scenic part of a road trip!)
I think the coolest accessory of the day (apart from Mr. Floret Cadet’s vintage mustang) was the vintage neon letters spelling L-O-V-E that they rented for the occasion – these pics have nothing to do with flowers, but they’re some of my favorites from the day!
Here are some more detail shots of the flowers from Candice
I had these little turqouise vased dahlia arrangements on marble risers at home, but they look even cuter on vintage books:
I loved making the pommanders for these white “shabby chic” candlesticks. These are made with teddy bear sunflowers, yarrow, and marigolds, with white aster and amaranthus (tinted white-ish by me) accenting the bottom. I never could have gotten those crazy thick sunflower stems (not to mention the crazy heavy heads) to stay put in the foam without bouquet hold, a great discovery courtesy of the floral design classes I took at West LA College. It’s crazy strong, waterproof glue delivered through an aeresol can with a long, tiny straw attached to the opening, so you can reach it in between flowers and glue stems into foam at their entry point.
I also had a blast making this hanging piece for the tree over the catering table. I got the star (which is not intended to hang but to be a candleholder, it has a platform for a candle that is covered in foam here) at Home Goods, which is my favorite place to source random decor that can be used with flowers. We spray painted it white on site and hung that puppy (special thanks to Helen from With Grace Productions for climbing the tree!)
This guy contains dahlias, red and yellow solidago, and red coxcomb, and reminds me of a little firecracker:
Onto the personals – this little bout was a just beginning to bud dahlia, some red and yellow solidago, dusty miller, and little silver brunia baubles, tied in twine:
And that brings us to the zillion pictures of the bouquet that I can’t help but post…
This was made of white dinner plate dahlias, white ranunculus, white lisianthus (quickly becoming a go-to flower for me, it’s pretty, versatile, hardy, and doesn’t break the bank), privet berries, silver brunia, yarrow, white aster, dusty miller, and amaranthus that I tinted whiter than it’s natural bright green color for a softened look.
It’s a hand tied bouquet that was manipulated into a slight cascade shape by adding wire to one stem of the lisianthus to bend it down, and hanging dusty miller and amaranthus at the bottom.
My favorite picture of that bouquet, relaxing in the hammock after a long days work in 100+ degree weather!
At this stage of my career, the cool thing about doing an inspiration shoot was the freedom to showcase some different pieces that wouldn’t necessarily be called for in your average wedding, and the ability to be at a shoot all day with great photographers and no timeline pressures of an actual wedding day, getting exactly the shots of our work we all wanted.
The big caveat about them for brides of course is that while they may show what vendors are capable of, they don’t always show what they’re capable of incorporating into an actual wedding on a realistic budget (for example, the table and table accessories shown in them are usually borrowed / comped and would normally be pretty cost prohibitive if you were looking to set up 15 of them). And obviously not many people are going to be able to hold a wedding in the middle of a vast field – the locations used in these shoots don’t always have the kinds of amenities you need to pull off a wedding. But even with those two caveats, I think that they can be a great tool for brides – most of the little details, and things like stationary, florals, attire, etc can be replicated or used as inspirations if you love them enough to want to do so!