Speechless, really. Because they were perfection.
Because I’ll never get over this sweet, gorgeous late summer wedding! Mercedes and Ty are still some of my all-time favorite people and I jump at every chance to see them! Mercedes gown was absolute perfection. Ty’s light gray suite was elegant yet understated. The way they look at each other was indescribable.
And the dahlias! Oh. My. Word. If you’re getting married in August or September, you MUST have dahlias! Mercedes wanted to incorporate some antique frames that were meaningful so we created this beautiful backdrop for their ring ceremony. Dahlias galore in muted fall tones with all that lush greenery. Oh take me back! Congratulations to this beautiful couple and thank you for being friends forever!
Sometimes others say it better than we can, so here goes...
Peyton Lind Photography was the mastermind behind this entire shoot, and her insight far exceeds anything I could describe. In her own words,
"The studio space was incredible and Miesh was so great to work with, it's safe to say we all wanted to move in to the space haha! I mean look at all that gorgeous light. The dress from Made with Love was a dream and everything I could have hoped for, especially on Alyssa!! Which can we talk about how adorable Alyssa + Brandon are?
They are total sweethearts and I cannot thank them enough for doing the shoot with us, so THANK YOU Alyssa + Brandon. I loved that Brandon came and hungout while Alyssa was getting her hair and makeup done. Not everyday a guy gets to watch the process. That and you could tell these two were just totally in-love ( all the heart eyes!). As always Olive Avenue had a stunner of a ring that I would be lying if I said I definitely didn't think about taking it home with me! Brandon's tie from Dazi was the perfect addition to his suit as well. I loved how well the colors and pattern went with the florals. Amanda at Sugared Memories created the coolest macrame adorned cake that was a stunner. We added a piece of blood orange that really popped and added just the right amount of texture. The table scape was exactly how I pictured in my head. I loved how the himalayan pink salt and fruit slices added so much texture. And the ombre napkins added the perfect tie in to the invitation suite Alexis at Darling devotion created. Can we talk about those amazing personal vows. WOW! She is so talented! I ended up brining my coffee table with to use as the table because I wanted to create an intimate lounge/dinner setting. I thought a setting low to the ground with a big rug and pillows would really create that look.
Logan, of The Merchant Collective had the PERFECT pieces to make the space feel bohemian and cozy and created that perfect intimate setting. Logan had the perfect Rug to finish off the backdrop as well. I loved creating the ceremony backdrop, it actually was part of my own weddings decor so it was fun to see it get some time in the sun again. I loved tying in the tassels after seeing what Alexis was creating with the name cards. Mandy of the Potted Pansy created some serious stunners for us. That floral installation and bouquet were so beautiful and the colors were so soft and romantic!
I put my heart and soul into this styled shoot and am so proud of it. It takes a lot of work and moving parts coming together but it's always so cool to see the end result!
I also want to say a thank you to my husband for always supporting me, and letting me be creative and do what I need to do when I get an idea in my head! As well as helping me with bringing things to life like the backdrop. A big thank you to Julia Holderness as well, because she gave me more then a few pep talks when I was beyond stressed, and always has such encouraging and real things to say to me. And Last but certainly not least Kylie Liljegren for being such a sweet friend to me since moving to Idaho and willing to literally lend me her wedding dress when things were all a mess. She also connected me to Alyssa + Brandon, so beyond thankful for her.
Ok enough words, enjoy!"
Yep, we all have those moments where we are just grateful. Grateful for those around us who are willing to support and go along with our ideas. Thank you, especially from me, to Peyton, for trusting me to do this...even when she might have thought I was crazy with the hanging piece! I love how it all came together and am so grateful to have been a part of it all!
Light. Golden light. Wispy texture that catches that light. Soft blushes, champagnes, creams and ivories dotted with bits of dry and live florals.
Tulips, dry hydrangea, only the best sahara and quicksand roses (yes, I love their names), blushing bride protea, branches, and my ever favorite desert yearning. And the ever-famous lunaria making an appearance.
Sage and Utah brush at it's finest. The slightest glimpse of the lake in the background. Warm summer sunsets and quiet moments together.
Hats and gowns that flow in the wind and let the light shine right through them.
Ribbon that flows on for days.
Simple love. The kind that has been through a bit of a rough patch. The kind that has weathered a few storms. The kind that is deep and strong and not fleeting.
It's kind of what I love.
Earth. Could anything get closer to what I stand for, love, and talk about? Not really! Earth. It's Mother Nature in all her glory that allows seeds to germinate, flowers to grow, the clouds to cover, the rain to fall, the snow to cover what was and the spring to bring forth what has become. It's Mother Nature who creates splendid sunsets and billowing clouds for us to enjoy. It's Mother Nature who allows spring to turn into summer and summer to turn into fall and fall to turn into winter. And then do it all again. It's Mother Nature who grows imperfectly perfect things all around us.
So a full workshop dedicated to her meant living and dry and rock and earth. It meant wood and green and flower and leaf. It meant hard and durable and soft and delicate. And it meant the perception of life.
Amethyst rock, geode decor, wood flooring and chairs, hanging greens, and the delicate balance of what was once alive. That is what Earth became.
Floral The Potted Pansy
Coordination, Teaching and Design Jessica White Photography
Photography Jessica White Photography
Gown Chantel Lauren
Suit True Gentleman Supply Co
Paper Suite Katie Blakely Design
Venue The Loft Studio Lehi
Jewelry Borcik Jewelry
HMUA Kali Chris Hair and Makeup
Cake Flour and Flourish
Rental Pottery Barn Trolley Square
Gem Collection Vintaushop
Sometimes it's simply about the beauty of nature in the location. Sometimes it's about enhancing that natural beauty with florals and simply beautiful humans. Sometimes it's about capturing the stillness of the moment. This was one of those times. If you're quiet enough, you can feel it.
Light and Dark.
Simple and Real.
Each time I feel I lose my way or when I feel too overwhelemed, unfocused, and "stuck" in the busy day-to-day, these are the images that bring me back to my center. These are the words that resonate in my soul.
At the beginning of each year I carefully choose a word, or a phrase, that defines my hope, my focus, my attention for the year. 2018 is the year of "live richer". I know you're now wondering why a tabsescape void of rich food, extravagent plating, and that feels almost empty would represent living richer.
Living richer this year, for me, does not mean more. It means less. Less distraction, less pressure, less busy. It means more being present, more hands in the dirt and the dough, more breathing in the fresh air, more laughter, more play. More living in the moment. And it means more saying no. So this table represents a meal full of the simple things in life, void of distraction, and full of love, life, and living richer.
So you're invited. Come to my house. We'll bake bread. And we'll laugh. We might play with flowers. And most of all, we'll be present.
Photography Sara Weir Photography
Florals The Potted Pansy
Gown Shop Gossamer
Model Pamela Giahi
Paper Goods Refine Studio
Ceramic Plates Notary Ceramics
Tablecloth, Napkins and Silver Candlesticks Williams Sonoma
Glass Candlesticks Crate and Barrel
Ribbon Honey Silks Co
As seen on Style Me Pretty
Garden roses. They are the thing! So I'm curious. Can you tell me which of these roses are garden roses? I'll let you take a guess...
Then tell you that garden roses are really just roses grown the way you would grow them at home! Rather than being grown in a production fashion, in south america, where hundreds and hundreds, maybe thousands of standard roses are grown and processed daily, they are grown in local dirt, by local farmers, with all of the imperfections and beauty of the roses that you have at home. So what is so amazing about them?
Well, first, they open beautifully! Do you see that bright magenta colored rose with the yellow center? See how it has opened? Do you see the difference between it and some of the lighter colored roses? That open look brings a texture and feel that only garden roses can bring!
Second, look at the petals! Garden roses seem to have millions and millions of ruffly petals that never end! Since they open more and aren't as tight of a bud as a regular rose, those ruffly petals seem to be even more prominent and beautiful.
Now look down below that open rose to the lighter pink rose just above Morgan's bracelet. That is also a garden rose! But it's a different variety grown in a different location. It's bloom is much bigger! So big in fact, that it outsizes most regular roses in every circumstance. I love looking down into the center of these roses to see the layers and how the shadows within those layers change the coloring of the rose. It's absolutely beautiful!
Yes, it's true that garden roses cost more than a standard rose. But can you see why? Just a single garden rose variety within a bouquet can make a world of difference! Oh, and the smell!!!! Standard roses have been grown for look and perfection. So much of the time the scent has actually been removed within the species to give way to other attributes. But garden roses...the smell is divine! I wish I could send you a scratch and sniff. You'd be in heaven!
I often wish I were a photographer. Capturing life and the world the way I see it; in small glimpses of texture, smells, delicate petals, and rough weeds. In the moments between the cracks. Molding the world into one square at a time and freezing that moment in time. There is a magic about that and the way the emotions from that moment are captured, to be remembered forever. The blowing of the wind and rustling of the leaves. The way the warm sunlight shines down at an angle and casts the most beautiful long shadows. Or the way the ribbons dance in the wind.
Isn't it beautiful? It makes me want to go back in time and step into this moment once again. For it was at this moment that I met the sweet Suzie from Loni Sue Photography. This wonderful woman has commented and liked and said the sweetest things to and about me. She has been a supporter and motivator from the beginning. So when this bouquet became available, I wanted her to have it!
And I wasn't wrong in wanting this, for when she came to collect the bouquet, she was far sweeter and kinder than I could have ever imagined. She graciously brought me eggs from her very own chickens and miraculously put together the wonder you see here. It's these details and so much more that the images bring to my mind.
Those are the memories that flood my mind when I see these images. That is the power of a photograph. So I'll go on wishing I were a photographer, and keep savoring moments like these that I will always remember because of the images.
1:1 Workshops might happen to be my favorite kinds of workshops. Ever. Why? Because there really isn't anything better than a one on one connection, one on one attention, and a friendship that blooms while working!
I was honored when Viktoriya from The Hanging Gardens initially emailed to ask about a personal workshop. I could tell from Viktoriya's images that she already had a strong sense of color and texture, and so for her to come to me for a bit more guidance on those topics as well as bouquet structure and design, was a huge compliment! I'm just going to put a plug in now...if you don't follow her on IG, you should! The Hanging Gardens, Back to the workshop...
Within the 2.5 days we were together, we made a total of 6 bouquets! All of which differed in style, shape, technique and design. It was floral heaven! So many blooms! So many colors! So many textures! And so much laughter! Below what you see are the culminating moments when we captured it all nestled up in the beautiful mountains of Utah. These are moments I will never forget and friendships we will never lose!
I have to thank everyone who helped on this very early morning. For it was perfection! Please see the list of models, gown designers, hair and makeup professionals, photographers and videographers below! They are some of the most talented individuals in the state and I highly recommend each of them!!!
Finally, there is something that came from this workshop that I think neither of us will ever forget. And it's almost something that cannot be explained. It's this sense of right that we have in our gut as designers. It's that first impression as we are building a bouquet or arrangement that tells us where to place or what to place, in that specific location. It's a oneness with the flowers that only comes from listening to within. And sometimes, that little whisper or feeling might tell us to do something completely illogical. But it's right. It's good. And it's harmonious. And so we trust that gut. We trust the feeling and we continue. For me, that feeling is found just below my rib cage, toward the front of my body. I can feel it. And I can trust it. I know it is always going to be there to guide and direct me as a design, if I simply listen. I believe that Viktoriya found it as well. Somewhere deep inside her is that same whispering feeling, saying this is it. Do this. And so I challenge you to find yours. Where is that feeling within your body, that tells you when something is good and right and harmonious? Does it guide you and lead you?
If you would like your very own 1:1 workshop experience, please don't hesitate to ask! I promise you won't regret it!
1:1 Workshop Teaching and Assisting by The Potted Pansy
Bouquets by The Hanging Gardens
Photography by Erin Elizabeth Photo and Gabriella Santos Photography
Video by Luke Porter Films
Models Kristine and Luke Porter and Morgan Bronson
Gowns from Maggie Sottero Designs and Off White Bride
Hair and Makeup by Janelle Ingram
Out of the dark shadows emerges the woman of strength. Though she may falter and fall, she is strong. She is determined. She is full of fire. And her passion burns brighter than any doubts; any fears; any troubles.
And so it is when winter turns to spring.
And so it is with life.
"I'm boho at heart and was determined to have a boho wedding...but then I found this dress..."
That's how my conversation started with Michelle. Her dress was absolutely divine. Lace detail, sheer lace sleeve, a back comb veil that was to die for. Not really boho, no. But gorgeous as could be!
Michelle's venue was full of plants, a mini garden of Eden greenhouse, placed right in the middle of Salt Lake City. so we really didn't need a lot of color on the tables or much detail either. In this instance, less was definitely more.
And that left Michelle. Her stately dress. That beautiful curly hair. And Nate. His dark suit. Their stunning features together.
We decided to put most of our emphasis, all of the color, and the tiniest glimpses of boho, into her bouquet. This girl needed to call all of the attention. And we both got giddy when we decided on a plum/magenta ribbon! Yes!!! That was the starting point that got the juices flowing. The rest just came together!
Michelle gave me few specifics: magenta/plum, a soft orange, blue. And let me run with it. But run with blue? Um...not my favorite flower color. Because, well, flower just don't grow blue. The options are so few and limited. But, I thought, we could use a purplish blue. And I ordered in the blue anemones. I've really only seen them a dark purple. But that could work, right?!
You guys!!!!! i have never, ever seen them come in this color! Ever. Blue!!! True, royal, beautiful blue! I'll probably never see them again. So blue. I love you!
Rich, deep, jewel tones paired with soft yellows and blues. It's a rainbow of fall goodness. Asking to be involved in this inspirational shoot with Utah Bride Blog was a dream come true. Their magazine is always beautiful and the thought of being asked to be on those pages was a thrill!
So with a fall base and an accent of mandarin and velvet, we began. Fall always reminds me of the rich earth, harvesting summer's labors, and the colors of the golden sun fading. The rich tones that are created by the crisp air seem to energize the soul while preparing us for winter's sleep. It's not a surprise that our color palettes and tastes are naturally drawn to what the earth is producing during this season. This range of golden to apricot to autumn orange keeps the tone light and airy, allowing for other accent pieces in decor, ribbon and highlighted florals to create a pop for the eye to enjoy. The overall look is rich, yet not heavy. It's delicate and soft. But that doesn't mean it isn't full of texture or unique! A touch of blue along with the harvested beets creates conversation, interest, and a bit of unique character to make this design one of a kind.
I really feel like the images speak for themselves and there is so little I could add in words to enhance them. I mean, they said it best, so here are a few excerpts from the magazine!
"Blue velvet meets mandarin orange in this fall inspired look. A style that encompasses a depth and richness portrayed in romantic gothic revival with a modern bohemian twist. Layers of texture were scattered throughout the look with a hand painted gown, aged candlestick holders, velvet ribbon, fresh fruit, hand dyed napkins, and the ornate architecture of the Thomas S. Monson building."
"Canvas pulled from the natural colors of fresh fruit and added touches of aged brass to create a unique look that hints at both the pas and the present. The range of blues in the dinnerware and candles creates age and depth while the pops of orange and red bring freshness"
So without any more text, a simple thank you; for the invite, the talent, the friendships, and the images! And most of all, the experience!!!!!
If you love this as much as I do, don't hesitate to peruse the magazine pages here, talk with the incredibly talented stylist and planner, Canvas Weddings and Events, or hire Travis J Photo for incredible film images! Lastly, a huge thank you to Honeysilks Co for donating samples of her new line of velvet ribbon!!!!! It really is just as good as it sounds; even better! The shine, texture, and drape are gorgeous! I think everyone needs some, just because! And now, the images...
Editorial Utah Bride Blog
Photography Travis J Photography
Floral The Potted Pansy
Ribbon Honeysilks Co
Design and Coordination Canvas Weddings & Events
Gown Chantel Lauren Designs
HMUA Versa Artistry
Invitation Suite Ann Elizabeth Print Studio
Cake The Little Cake and Dessert Shop
Rentals Firefly Rentals
Venue The Monson Center
Models Kayla Johnson and Corbin Ekblad
Jewelry Rough Hewn Jewelry
Cookies Ruby Snap
In a society and industry full of competition, it seems rare for a group of florists who do business within the same geographic region, to gather together, work side by side, share techniques and knowledge, enjoy each other's company, and not think twice about doing it again! But you see, there is power that comes in sharing and learning and growing together. There is strength in being kind and uplifting. And there is so much fire that grows from a spark kindled with other creatives.
And that is how the choose kindness workshop began. In an effort to building community and enhance our industry as whole, the idea came that we could and should enjoy each other, not work against each other. Last year, the first floral gathering, which we called Flower, Food and Friends, was born. It began with a small group of florists who worked side by side on centerpieces. It was fun and liberating to talk flowers with other like-minded individuals and astonishing to see the different designs that came from the same flower selections. As it expanded and we gathered together again, we realized that although we were working alongside each other, laughing and enjoying our time together, we weren't able to learn from each other. We were all concentrating on our own work and simply didn't have the time to watch each other, or ask any kinds of questions.
How nice would it be, we thought, to ask other florists about techniques, or suppliers, or styles, or shoots. How helpful would it be to talk flowers or even business?? How amazing would it be to watch another florist work? (aka - be a fly on the wall) How great would it be to share, to enjoy, and to choose kindness together?
So without any thought of monetary gain, we gathered together to plan. Florists Sarah Asay of Blushing Rose Floral and Lexie Sandberg of Carpe Diem Design agreed to demonstrate their skills and share their knowledge with the group. Sarah's centerpiece was absolutely stunning, and being able to have her guide the group through her thought process while asking questions, was well, nothing short of amazing. Hearing Lexie Sandberg talk about color and form, flower selection and her love for flowers was inspiring. Kaytee Stice, owner of Roots Floral Design, offered a business question and answer session, where we all benefited from a tip here or a tip there, and others were even able to schedule one on one sessions to improve the business portions of their floral businesses. Finally, local photographers Haley Nord and Jen from As Ever Photography willingly captured it all on camera. We were lucky enough to use gowns from the talented Claire Pettibone and Maggie Sottero Designs, modeled by Lexi Grondel, Jenevieve Hubbard and Chandi Kate. It wouldn't have been complete without a tablesetting or two by Canvas Event Design and the lovely HoneySilksCo runner.
The results were, well, life changing. More than one florists has said this was key in their business, key in their growth, and warming to know that we are all in this together. I think Jenevieve Hubbard, attendee, said it best, "These [photographs] are amazing, Mandy. Thank you again. This workshop was a total game changer for me. I met so many great people who I've been able to network with since and the photos, and the design tips and everything else. LOVED it." And so we'll do it again. And we'll invite more. And we'll expand. And soon this won't be a local Utah thing. Because I believe that everyone has something to share. Every person in that room could have taught part of the workshop. Every person in that room had tips and tricks to share. Every person in that room had what it takes to be great. And if we simply share, we won't have to do it alone. If you're ready to join us on a mission to choose kindness, you have what it takes!
As Ever Photography
Maggie Sottero Designs
Canvas Weddings and Events
Honey Silks Co
The White Space Studio
Featured on Utah Bride and Groom! And no one says it better than they did, so here are their thoughts on Southwest, Bohemian, Elopements, and doing it right!!!
"Southwest style never fades. In fact, like fine wine and aged leather, this iconic American statement is getting better with age. Today, rugged is more refined, barren blossoms into vibrant, and windblown fades to perfectly polished.
Southwestern design is synonymous with comfort. That’s why we’re swooning over this cozy-chic inspiration from Jessica White Photography. Just because you’re eloping doesn’t mean you should get shortchanged in the fairytale department. So, how about go at it in style? Take our advice and follow these tips for an elopement to remember.
Think outside the reception box.
This 100-year-old converted railway loft reflects a rustic, yet modern style. Exposed beam ceiling, custom barn doors and shiplap walls? Joanna Gaines would approve.
Make a fashion statement.
Just because you’re eloping, doesn’t mean you can’t don a killer outfit. Sure, we’re thinking Southwest, but a custom suit—blue trousers and a plaid jacket—keeps the scene cool and contemporary.
Layer on the organic details.
Wool rugs, leather ottomans and sheepskin throws pack a luxurious punch to the scene. Add a lush garland filled with florals, succulents and greens for extra romance.
Go for earthy tones.
Muddy chocolates, raw woods and turquoise jewels invoke all our favorite desert sunset tones.
Experiment. Why not?
Play with a different style bouquet or go wild and pick two. Next, choose a custom wedding cake for the two of you.
Live happily ever after.
No explanation needed."
Enlightened Workshop 2017
Featured on Utah Bride Mag
Photography, Creative Design and Direction Jessica White Photography
Venue The Loft Studio Lehi
Presentations Utah Bride Mag and Jessica White Photography
Florals The Potted Pansy
Gown Chantel Lauren Designs
Suit True Gentleman Supply Co
Jewelry Southwest Silver Gallery
Hair Kali Chris HMUA
Makeup Makeup by Cherisa
Models Hilary Hamilton and Ryan Hamilton
Backdrop Ballantyne Design
Rugs, Pillows and Staging Loom and Kiln
Invitation Suite Foil and Ink
Invitation Backdrop Watercolors by Marlene
Cutting Boards Salt Market Place
Cakes Natalie W Gray
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of light and shadow, of capturing the essence of love through it, of finding rays of light in the darkest of situations, of applying that concept in our daily lives, and of chasing the light, when I truly love the shadow. Oh the shadow!
It comes out in the depth of my arrangements, the way the light and shadow play with the textures, hiding some components and highlighting others in different ways as the light shifts and moves and creates beauty. Have you ever noticed it? Have you noticed the way the sun feels in the morning light or the way it beats upon you at noon? Have you noticed the calm that comes as the shadows lengthen while the sun is about to escape behind the mountains? Have you felt it? I have.
I've also been known to say over and over again that I love the desert. I love how romantic it is, how the sun beats down on the earth, the way that living things search and find water in the smallest of amounts in order to live. I love how those plants thrive on almost nothing!!! I love the lessons they tell in their own way, peeking up through the cracks of dry earth and living in spite of their circumstances. I love the heat. And I love the rust coloring of the desert and it's richness. Finally, I love it's light and shadow.
So this location, this bouquet, this sand. Oh, it caught my heart!!! Pay attention to it. Watch the shadows in the repeated patterns of the sand, the way the light seems to dance and play as it touches the fine grains that cover the earth in the Utah desert. The way nothing disturbs the light and so perfect shadows are made from every object presented. And then soak in the sun. Soak in the light. Soak in the warmth. And look for the shadow!
Color is such a fabulous thing. It creates a mood nothing nothing else. It determines so much of the atmosphere. I don't think it's just by chance that one of the first things a brides decides on is her wedding colors. So much comes from this single decision!
We use color to indicate so many different things in this world. We've gotten to the point hta twe even assign our personalities to a color. Speaking of that, now I'm curious what color personality you fall inot! Has it changed over the years? I feel that my personality definitely has!
But back to color. We see greens, blues, and purples as calming and tranquil colors while reds, oranges, and yellows provoke fun and exciting emotions. Within the cool range of color (blues, greens, and purples) are countless shades and tones. While the same exists in the warm color palette of reds, oranges, and yellows. These shades and tones give us variety, interest, and depth. Depth of life, variety in flowers, and interest in nature, if we simply look for it! Color is everywhere and even a lack of color can indicate a certain mood. Again, there is a reason that black is traditionally the clothing color for funerals. Black is solemn and respectful in and of itself.
And so it was with this Utah bridal bouquet. That rust colored bearded iris took my breath away. I have forever loves rust and copper and patina, and really all things within this color range. I find it rich ad seemingly full of history, as it takes my mind to old and won things, full of life in the past, memories of what has been, and stories to be told.
Pairing the rust with a golden yellow that faded into a soft buttercream then tinted ivory, seemed to soften it's richness. Then pulling into the purple tones, while still holding true to a warm color palette tested my knowledge of color theory and forced me to put into practice what I know!
Purple is a funny color. It can be both warm based and cool based. And mixing both warm and cool colors can be tricky. Finding a truly warm based purple was key here and makes that yellow pop! It also allows for the rust to tie the two spectrums together.
I hope you see it! And now that I've rambled and rambled about color theory, the best way for you to experience it is simply by looking at the images! But before you do, I have to say Utah is gorgeous. And RIBBON. Watch for that ribbon!!!!!
There are so many wonderful and amazing things about my "job". I could list them and go on and on, but today I'll just mention a few.
Incredibly Talented Professionals
Wildlife and Nature
Oh, and Flowers!
Utah is jam packed with brilliant up and coming artists, talented professionals, and cutting edge genuine, real, and wonderful people. And I get to meet and work with them on a daily basis. Whether it be a photographer, model, a bakery artist, or those amazing people who do hair and makeup! It's such a pleasure to meet and rub shoulders with and be inspired by each of them.
Calea Gunther is one of those people. She is brilliant and fast and oh so very kind! This bouquet was another one of those leftover kinds of bouquets. The kind that I really don't know how it will turn out and trust that the flowers will do their thing and make themselves beautiful together, in a way that they just cannot be by themselves. And when I asked Calea if she would photograph it Friday afternoon, then saw these images come through from a Saturday morning sunrise shoot, I could not believe it! First, if you have ever put together a shoot, you know it's really not that simple. And second, there is a horse! A horse!!!! Who pulls out a horse overnight?! Only Calea!
I mentioned wildlife and nature above because obviously, there's a horse. But also because these orchids were dead. Literally dead. If you look close, you can see that they look singed, burned on the edges. I bought them that way. On purpose! I absolutely fell in love with them and the way they were beautifully turning into something different. Have you ever watched a cut flower pass through it's phases of life and then death? It's beautiful. And these orchids reminded me of those steps, those phases, and the beauty that comes both from the living and the dead. Don't throw a flower out just because it isn't vibrant anymore. You'll be surprised at what you see before it passes on.
There is life and light and hope in the world. I know this journal is probably "supposed to be" all about flowers and weddings and how wonderful they are. And they ARE wonderful. Believe me, they really are! But sometimes I just want to share my thoughts here too. Maybe it's therapeutic for me or creates some thoughts for you. Either way, thank you for letting me do so.
Back to life and light in the world... This spring and summer have been so wonderful as I have watched a variety of trees blossom, flowers grow and bloom, blue skies turn gray, and majestic mountains covered in snow, which now show only a small glimpse of white in the rocky crevaces.
It's been a hot one, with 100+ degree weather for over 10 days last week. But it has been beautiful. The streams, lakes, and rivers are full to the brim with water this year and adventure is in the air. Just take a look at these images of Moab by Stephanie Lorraine Photography! Look at all there is to explore!
If you haven't been to smell the wildflowers, to dip your toes in the river, or lay out under the stars, do it. Summer is short. The world is beautiful. And life is good.