Mono-Bloom: Charlene de Monaco

Mono-Bloom: Charlene de Monaco

Unlike my previous mono-bloom design, this one took much longer to make. Close to an hour. While time isn’t usually a concern during my creative playdates, it is something to keep in mind if I were to create a similar design for an event. Regardless, I loved getting...

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Hamptons Editorial: Topping Rose House

Hamptons Editorial: Topping Rose House

This past April we found ourselves back in the Hamptons for a Spring editorial. Topping Rose House was the venue of choice since it offers different environments each with its own unique architectural setting. The focus was to create an elevated aesthetic by pairing a...

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What gave me hope amidst the pandemic

What gave me hope amidst the pandemic

As our 9th wedding season begins this week, I find myself filled with joy, hope, excitement and confidence. The most surprising is a sense of peacefulness. Not the usual uneasiness wedding season would bestow upon me. Which I realize now, that feeling of anxiousness...

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Mono-bloom: where effortless meets intention

Mono-bloom: where effortless meets intention

My current dream is to design a mono-bloom wedding. Mono-bloom meaning a single floral variety is being used. A form of practicing restraint. And I’m not referring to traditional mounds of white hydrangea. The goal is a natural look that embraces simplicity, creating...

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If patience is worth anything…

If patience is worth anything…

Last week I had flowers left over from an event. And not just any flowers - you could consider them the Rolls-Royce and Bentley’s of my world. They deserved another round of play so I continued to practice with a glass of Wölffer Rosé and my own camera. A 10 year old...

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Flowers didn’t choose me, I chose them

Flowers didn’t choose me, I chose them

I often hear other floral designers say “flowers chose me” when asked how they got started in the industry. Meaning that some magical force helped flowers find a way into their life. Faith, destiny, whatever they consider it. I believed that was true for myself as...

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Bouquet Design: Less Is More

Bouquet Design: Less Is More

My approach to bouquet design has evolved over the years. I've learned to let go of perfectionism and embrace simplicity. Allowing the beauty of the changing seasons intertwine with the personal style of my clients. What is currently most requested by my clients is a...

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Hello Yellow

Hello Yellow

Lately, I find myself looking back to Art History and how much I loved being inside that lecture hall. The professor taught us how to analyze brush strokes, colors, expressions, materials, symbolism and how those components were used by the artist to tell a story. How...

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A Dance Party For Your Eyes

A Dance Party For Your Eyes

Creating color palettes can be challenging (especially from the perspective of a client, understandably so) but I love to find the beauty in complexity. Looking at color through a flexible lens allows for floral artistry to elevate beyond what can be imagined. With a...

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Intentional With Foliage

Intentional With Foliage

Foliage, should have a purpose other than being a "filler". Whether a variety is being incorporated for color, shape, height, movement, texture, etc. there must be intention behind all aspects of the recipe in order to elevate the design. This is how I approach...

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