We Love: Fresh From the Field Wedding Flowers {By Erin Benzakein and Lynn Byczynski}

We love the book Fresh From the Field Wedding Flowers written and photographed by Lynn Byczynski and Erin Benzakein for many reasons. First and foremost would be the approachable nature of the context and photos. This is a book for everyone and an honest look at wedding designs during the recent desire to turn back the pages to a simple more natural style of arranging flowers. There is even a companion tutorial DVD included which is perfect for those who want more than a static page can offer.  Lynn Byczynski is widely known in the community of flower farming and farming local product. Her book, The Flower Farmer, is one of the best to read on the subject, especially when starting out and is also worthy of a feature here on our blog so stay tuned! Lynn also is the editor/publisher of Growing For Market, established in 1992. These women know their field!

fresh 1The tutorials and photos in this collaborative book are useful for beginners and for veterans, as we believe there is never enough experience in seeing how things are created by others. Erin Benzakein’s story is enchanting, her farm amazing, and her gifts to the world of sharing flower farming and arranging knowledge is quickly making her a household name and the darling cover of many magazines. We adore her just as much and the glimpse into her true thoughts an family life in the Floret Flower Blog. Here is Erin’s blog post on the book. Below are some of our favorite arrangements as well as photos of Erin and her daughter working together.

fresh 2 Fresh 3There really is so much to love about the people living their dreams and sharing them with the rest of us who consider joining them. For new designers and the budding bride, there is  so much to learn and see in Fresh From the Field Wedding Flowers ; a book that gives a great appreciation for the time and skill it takes to arrange flowers for a gathering and event and realistic expectations on all fronts. This book is not physically large, yet is full of well crafted advice on the why, where, when, and how of every subject from local flower finding and use to why certain flowers will not work or whether one is truly meant for DIY wedding flowers and what that enormous commitment entails. We believe if one is to attempt DIY, this is a must read for the truth about what works and what will cause stress and delay and what options are best to achieve the look. Kudos to the authors!

fresh 5fresh 6This photo in particular has been a personal favorite for over a year and was printed and taped on the wall of the studio for a long time. All photos are from the website www.floretflowers.com.

 

We Love: The Flower Recipe Book {By Studio Choo}

The Flower Recipe Book is a great read for starters and professionals alike with stunning visuals and both common and unusual flowers for every taste. Well done from start to finish, its simple and clean format is just perfect to unclutter your mind and only think about flowers.

The company is Studio Choo.

The book can be found here among other places. {Amazon}

The authors are Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo.

Amazing photography: Paige Green

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We Love: The 50 Mile Bouquet {Book and Blog}

The 50 Mile Bouquet is a journey alongside author Debra Prinzing and photographer David E. Perry in their documentary of growers who don’t follow the modern unhealthy methods of mass flower production. These stories and photos give hope to those of us who feel torn to be a part of such a business that is seemingly about nature and beauty, yet unknown to many consumers, leaving a giant footprint of pollution by both pesticides and fuels. After reading this we are  inspired to reach out to local vendors more and even try a hand at producing some of the goods ourselves when possible; as this book is all about possibilities and creating a new normal for floristry and floral farming in America. The 50 Mile Bouquet will open your eyes to what floral resources are best used close by and are far more responsible than taking the “cost” of air shipped products for granted. The 50 Mile Bouquet Website

Debra Prinzing’s Books

David E. Perry’s Blog: A Photographer’s Garden

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We Love: Dogwood {a flowering tree}

Flowering Dogwood trees are truly magnificent. We love them so much they are a part of the Haute Horticulture logo.

There exist a few common varieties that all put on a spectacular flower show in the Spring. The white, pink, and red varieties are all a member of the flowering North American Dogwood group Cornus Florida and each has the distinct four rounded bracts (what people commonly see as flower petals). The group of Asian Dogwoods has pointed bracts and blooms only creamy white flowers a little later in the Spring. These Kousa Dogwoods (Cornus Kousa) are often referred to as Japanese, Korean, or Chinese Dogwood Trees. Most of these tree variteites, and many others are available through the Arbor Day Foundation for a very fair price to plant in your own yard, which is exactly what we plan to do this Spring.

Last year we got together with Annabella Charles Photography, Everbloom Designs, with dresses from Barefoot Bride (worn by model Alicia) and Linens from Studio 1524.  We created a lovely inspiration photo session paying homage to the Dogwood. We waited until the branches were perfectly in bloom and assembled a team of quite a few behind the scenes favors in the form of: the location (a private residence), monogramming (K. Young), cake making,  and lovely paper goods by the talented Natalie Chang. We fused style elements that could be incorporated into a garden party or wedding complete with hair accessories by Kristin of Everbloom Designs. The result was just as we had hoped and even made a prompt appearance in The Wedding Chicks Blog. Now a year later, we yearn to work with those branches again and hope they make their debut soon!

Photography: Annabella Charles

Fabric Flowers and Styling : Everbloom Designs

Ring pillows/ hair and Mua : Tasha Rick

Cake and Petite fours : Cindy DeBoard

Stationary and Calligraphy : Natalie Chang

linens : Studio1524

Dresses provided by : The Barefoot Bride

Model : Alicia Nash with ETA

 

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We Love: The Book Bringing Nature Home {Flowers by Nicolette Owen}

 The book Bringing Nature Home : Floral Arrangements Inspired by Nature with designs and by Nicolette Owen and photographed by Ngoc Minh Ngo is a delight for flower enthusaists as well as designers who crave examples of modern natural arrangements in a beautiful home setting. The arrangements may seem simple, but the placements of the seasonal branches and garden treasures are designed to pay homage to the beauty of each flower. We are so excited to see a rise in popularity of the natural flower arranging and this beautiful book definitely has a respected place on our shelves!

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