Brianna + Evan - Garrison Wedding

The welcoming back of Spring continues as we share photos from Brianna and Evan's Garrison, New York wedding. It was our first trip to The Garrison and we immediately fell in love with the venue.

The outdoor ceremony garden was simply beautiful, with the scenic Highlands as a backdrop. We brought a variety of soft textural flowers and foliage to adorn the Bittersweet Vine Pergola that remains on site. The structure is open yet holds a bold presence. The idea behind the design for this structure was that we wanted to soften the boldness of the Bittersweet Vine by using elements that had more of a light and airy feel. The flowers and foliage were designed to appear as though they were naturally growing in various areas throughout the structure. Ingredients included Spirea, hellebore, lilac, passion vine and sweet pea - some of May's finest offerings! 

The reception was held in the River Room which was full of natural light, floor to ceiling windows and wooden furnishings. A few of our favorite things! Brianna loved the idea of lower understated centerpieces for the tables which happens to be our speciality. The palette was fresh and neutral full of both lush and textural flowers - peonies, garden roses, hellebore and ranunculus. 

It was also our first time meeting and working with Kelsey Combe. Kelsey did an amazing job capturing so many details that made this wedding so special. Thank you for all the beautiful photos Kelsey!

Brianna and Evan's wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty. Click here to read the feature and to see additional photos from the talented Kelsey Combe.

Spring Flower Workshop

It's always been a dream of mine to teach floral design. Perhaps once I retire, write a book about flowers and travel the world teaching. While that sounds like a good plan for the future it also seems so far away. My main goal behind opening the shop was to inspire originality and reshape the floral industry, particularly on Long Island. That is what I want to accomplish through this workshop and hopefully this is only the beginning. I want to invite you into our flower world, share our passion and celebrate creating with our hands.

The class will begin with a detailed demonstration that shows how we create our signature organic centerpieces. Details covered:

- mechanics behind centerpiece design

- shape, scale and style

- color palette

- flower selection

The shop will be full of Springs finest blooms to choose from such as sweet pea, ranunculus, parrot tulips, lilac, hellebore, poppies, anemone and more. Once the demonstration is complete students will begin to design their own centerpiece. Mike and I will be available to then give one-on-one guidance throughout the remainder of the workshop. 

This workshop welcomes individuals with no floral background as well as experienced designers interested in growing their skill set. Each attendee will be provided with a vessel and their own floral pruners to take home after the workshop. Excited to have Stacey Kaufmann from Dear Stacey Photography document the class and each students work. High res imagery will be provided soon after.

Light nibbles and refreshments will also be provided.

Workshop Date & Time: Sunday, March 12th  |  12:00-2:00 pm

Spaces are limited. Click the link below to reserve your spot. Hope you see you there~!

Winter Wreath Workshop - Cold Spring Harbor, NY {2016}

Just a few short weeks ago we hosted our second annual Winter Wreath Workshop. The workshop was once again held here at our Cold Spring Harbor boutique which we completely transfomed into a creative Winter Wonderland. Anyone that has been to our shop before knows how limited our space is...lets be honest it’s a little small...but we love how quaint and intimate of a setting it can be for a workshop. The limited space allows us to work very closely with each attendee to help them create their own Winter Wreath. 

The workshop focused on using natural Winter elements such as lush evergreens, pine cones, berries and eucalyptus pods. Each of the attandees were also given a selection of vintage velvet ribbons to choose from. There is something so cozy and lush about the texture of velvet that it has become our go-to ribbon for adorning Winter Wreaths! 

As always time flyies during the holiday season so it was wonderful to take a break from the hustle and bustle to do something fun and creative. We got messy, had some good laughs, listened to holiday music, and munched on festive nibbles and wine. The part we enjoyed the most was watching everyone’s individual personality come out through their beautiful designs.

The wonderfully talented Cadence Kennedy beautifully captured the day and we are so excited to share a glimpse with you. 

On another note: The level of enthusiasim for our workshops has been incredible so we have decided to offer even more dates and more workshops for 2017. We have some exciting announcements to share after the New Year so stay tuned!

If you are interested in the creative process behind how we design our wreaths, please take a look at this step-by-step how-to that was recently featured on Style Me Pretty.

Creative Simplicity ~ Hellebore

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

Today I'd like to share some photos from another shoot Cadence Kennedy and I had worked on together this past Spring. The second from a series of creative collaborations inspired by simplicity, this time focusing on the magical flower hellebore.

To see our first post on this subject, click here ---> Creative Simplicity

There is something so special and unique about hellebore... from the shape of their delicate blooms to the spectrum of colors you can find them in from green to mauve to deep burgundy. I consider them to be the queens of Spring.

Below you will see some of the beautiful photos captured by Cadence Kennedy. Two different designs, one more simpler than the next.

Ashley + Terence ~ Oheka Castle Wedding

Ashley and Terance's autumn wedding was truly breaktaking. My favorite part about designing the flowers for this couple was creating the rich, berry toned color palette. Normally I find mixed color palettes a challenge as every detail and color choice has to be just right. In order to lighten and break up the darker tones, champagne toned dahlias and garden roses were mixed in. I love how they softened everything, especially the bouquets. We also incorporated accents of grapes and plums into the centerpieces to enhance the overall look and feel of the berry richness. Sarah and Tim of Ryon:Lockhart Photography captured this wedding SO beautifully and completely spoiled me with over 50 images of flower goodness. I've narrowed it down to about 20 but you can see more images from this wedding on their blog as well ---> Ashley + Terence

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Creative Simplicity ~ Early Spring

"Don't use a lot where a little will do" ~ Proverb

Simplicity has set the tone for my inspiration these past few months - feeling a sense of peace and appreciation when things are less complicated. Whether its through fashion, interior design, relationships I have, my design aesthetic - I crave simplicity, and also crave quality.

Lately, I've been experimenting with designs that are clean and simple while maintaining value and detail. In this composition you will see gorgeous sweet pea, hellebore, and azalea blooms with a simple accent of forsythia branch. The forsythia adds a touch of color to the neutral palette and also conveys the season - early Spring.

Vessels are an important part of a floral composition as they add interest and detail, helping to complete an overall design. I love the contrast between the light and airiness of the flowers and the heaviness of the cast iron urn in this composition. The color and texture of the urn adds a sophisticated, antiqued element to the design. Can you tell I just love cast iron?

Here are some beautiful photos captured by Cadence Kennedy. The first from a series of creative collaborations inspired by simplicity.

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Mallory + Travis ~ Seawanhaka Yacht Club Wedding

Nautical weddings...it's no secret we simply adore them. With an outdoor tented reception overlooking Oyster Bay, the Seawanhaka Yacht Club was the perfect setting for Mallory and Travis's summer wedding. Charming nautical details paired with a soft color palette of cream and blush made their wedding one to remember. Take a look this sweet couples beautiful day. Photos || John-Paul Teutonico

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Carolyn + Daniel ~ Centerport Yacht Club Wedding

Carolyn + Daniel's wedding photos have me excited for the warm, fleeting days of summer. They couldn't have asked for a more beautiful July day. As I look back at their flowers now I see how "summery" they really were. The vibrant shades of yellow, peach, orange, and coral and flowers that aren't in season at the moment such as peonies, dahlias, and astilbe. All those colors and flowers bring me back to that exact day - I remember the feeling of the warm temperature, the cool breeze coming off the harbor, and the happiness I felt for this couple. It's truly amazing how nostalgic flowers can be. Sasithon, their photographer, even captured a photo of me with Carolyn and her mother right after I delivered the personal flowers. Such a sweet and happy moment that I'll always treasure. Thank you Sasithon!

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Notes from Valentine's Day

We just survived our 4th Valentine's Day here at our Cold Spring Harbor boutique. Thankfully, each year we have experienced steady growth on the retail side of the business, even with each Valentine's Day. Last year we had a lot of red roses left over and I thought I simply purchased too many, over anticipating rose sales. It's very difficult to completely sell out of flowers for retail holidays. It's a complicated juggling game that seriously drives me nuts. Unlike weddings, for example, where you have a set budget to work with and specific quantities of bouquets and centerpieces to make. With retail it's nearly impossible to estimate the total amount of sales you'll have. You don't want to buy too little and sell out too quickly and you also don't want to over buy and have tons of flowers left over that essentially get thrown out. It can be heartbreaking. Now we know we can donate these flowers to local hospitals and other organizations like my grandparents Vet home. That makes me feel better but it's still a loss. When you own a florist, working with perishable product, every stem counts. This year we ordered a quarter less red roses to be safe and we still had a lot left over - 7 dozen to be exact. I have to admit I was upset and thrilled at the same time. Here's why...

What was super exciting to see this year was the unexpected response to our Instagram posts. Specifically this one:

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Here is my husband Michael (more on him coming soon) holding the most jaw dropping French Anemone and Japanese Sweet Pea. The dusty lavender color palette we were offering was pretty gorgeous too! Customers walked into the store with texted screen shots of that photo and/or our Instagram feed open on their phones and said "This is what I want". We even received a phone call from a woman in California asking if we would ship those flowers to her. I can't tell you how happy that made us.

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After witnessing the overly positive response to our mixed flower bouquets and vase compositions we decided not to carry red roses next year. At first I thought it was crazy to even consider that but really it's not crazy at all. Not to put a bad image on a rose as we LOVE roses. They are a flower staple here at the store and used in most of our designs. Roses will forever be the most classic flower to exist in this world. The anemone and sweet pea just showed to be the outliers this Valentine's Day.

I'm proud to say we really pushed the envelope this year. I believe the floral industry is changing as people are seeing how wildly beautiful and special flowers can be, beyond a red rose.

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...and with Valentine's Day just 2 weeks away, we are pleased to share a look at the delicious designs we are offering. This year we are celebrating love with soft shades of cream, smokey grey, and antiqued lavender. This soft palette gives these Spring blooms a sense of romance and sophistication. Both hand-tied bouquets and vase arrangements will be available for pick-up at our Cold Spring Harbor boutique or for local delivery.

Please place your in advance by calling our boutique at 631.651.5622

Hand-tied Bouquets, Vase Compositions, Dozen Red Roses, & Tulip Bunches Available

Photos || Cadence Kennedy

Large Composition $125 & up

Medium Composition $75 - $100

Side Table Composition $45 - $65

 

Winter Wreath Workshop - Cold Spring Harbor, NY {2015}

A few weeks ago we held our very first Wild Wreath Workshop here at our Cold Spring Harbor boutique. Nine lovely women joined me to learn how to design their own seasonally festive wreath. The workshop focused on using natural Winter elements such as lush evergreens, berries, pine cones, and pomegranates. I also surprised everyone with a variety of vintage velvet trims to choose from which gave each wreath an extra personal touch.

It was so wonderful to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season to do something fun and creative. We got messy, had some good laughs, listened to holiday music, and munched on festive nibbles and wine. The part I enjoyed the most was watching everyone's individual personality come out through their beautiful designs.

I am beyond grateful for each guest that helped make this workshop happen. Thank you so much for taking the time to come by and warm up our boutique.

These images from the incredibly talented 

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 will give you a glimpse into our day. More wreath workshop dates are to be announced for next year so stay tuned!

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Wild Wreath Workshop - Cold Spring Harbor, NY

Hello friends! We are pleased to announce an upcoming holiday wreath workshop date that will be held right here at our Cold Spring Harbor boutique. Owner and Creative Director Lori Orlando will be sharing her best tips and tricks on how to design a seasonally festive wreath. In this three hour workshop, students will learn how to create their own wreath to take home. The class will focus on using only natural materials such as a variety of evergreens, pods, berries, branches, and other magical ingredients to create a wildly organic look.

Lori will first touch on the basics: purchase or foraging, selection, care, and seasonality. The class will collectively discuss the traditional holiday palette in addition to current muted/neutral color trends. Demonstration will focus on combing shapes and textures using a variety of evergreens and branches as a base. She will then show you how to incorporate pods, berries, and other finishing touches to personalize your wreath.

While creating, students will enjoy music, along with festive nibbles, bubbs, and refreshments. Also, the amazingly talented Cadence Kennedy from Cadence Kennedy Photography will join us to document each students work as a memento.

Cost includes all materials, framework, demo instruction, and one-on-one guidance. Access to high-res imagery will be provided soon after. Featured imagery is representative of the design style, workshop results will vary. Class purchase is non-refundable unless the 8 person minimum is not met by Monday, December 30th, in which case students will be notified.

Date:

Winter Wild Wreath Workshop - Sunday, December 6th {1:00 pm - 4:00 pm}

Price of admission will be $120 per student || receive 20% off if you sign up by November 23rd. Sign up with a friend and receive 25% off~!

Location:

153 Main St.

Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724

Please call or email Lori to reserve your place!

lori@avaflora.com 

631.651.5622

We are so excited about these classes! Hope to see you there...

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Marlena + Michael ~ Frank Melville Park

This bride and her groom...the sweetest couple ever! It was such a pleasure to work with Marlena and Michael on their wedding flowers and then again for their "Happily Ever After" session, which took place at Frank Melville Park. Even their adorably stylish son made an appearance to make the day even more memorable. Their wedding flowers were soft and romantic in shades of cream and blush so this time we decided it would be fun to switch it up and add a pop of color to the florals. Shades of peach and pink with rich accents of wine were used in Marlena's gardenesque bouquet and flower crown. I selected some of the summer seasons prime blooms such as ranunculus, garden roses, zinnias, and tuberose.

I just love each of these photos beautifully captured by Dear Stacey Photography (who by the way I absolutely adore and was super excited to work with again!!). What an honor to be a part of both special days for this couple!

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Lori + Michael ~ Jedediah Hawkins Inn Wedding

We loved the idea of having a spring wedding since the spring season is a symbol of phenomenal renewal. And so it seemed to be the perfect time to step into the next chapter of our lives together as husband and wife. Also, as a flower designer I knew that March would be the perfect month for my favorite blooms such as ranunculus, french tulips, and sweet pea! Jedediah Hawkins Inn turned out to be the ideal venue for our ceremony and reception. It was in a secluded location on the North Fork, was uniquley charming, and catered intimate weddings. The ornate architecture and luxe interioirs coincided perfectly with the refined, rustic style we wanted to create.

Michael’s style is more on the rustic-organic side while I love a classic, glam look. We wanted to incorporate both of our own styles while also balancing the North Fork wine country setting. Classic, glam details included scalloped edge fenton compotes and cut crystal glass vases for the centerpieces. Grey russian linens, hemstiched runners, and wooden furniture added a natural, homey feel.

Ipanema Press custom designed the letter-pressed invitation suite which was full of details - hand-made paper with deckled edges, platinum and tea rose soy ink, and a soft magnolia branch illustration.

Some of my family members also contributed personalized details. My father made our one-of-a-kind wine crate card box, while my Aunt crocheted the bridesmaids knit cowls.

The flowers were designed to look gardenesque yet tailored. This look was achieved by using mixed and mono-bloom compositions. The color palette was simple. We loved the freshness of white and green with just a touch of blush to bring in a hint of romance. Grey was also incorporated through the linens, mens tuxes and bridesmaid dresses.

Even though it was a chilly, rainy day, and the ceremony had to be held inside the barn, it turned out to be the most beautiful day of our lives. Stacey Kaufman did a fabulous job capturing all of the special moments and details of the day and we couldn’t be happier with the way everything turned out.

~Lori

Special thanks to Regina of Cloud Nove Events for all your help in letting me "be the bride".

Also featured on WellWed Magazine.

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Venue ~ Jedediah Hawkins Inn || Photography ~ Dear Stacey || Floral Design & Styling ~ AvaFlora || Bridal Gown ~ Nicole Miller || Jewelry ~ AvaFlora || Shoes ~ Ivanka Trump || Stationary ~ Ipanema Press || Rentals ~ Wildflower Linen || Officiant ~ Rev. Sarah Margaret || Day of Coordination ~ Cloud Nove Events || Cake & Macaroons ~ Beneath the Bow || Wedding Bands ~ Frassanito Jewelers || Hair ~ Jamie St. George || Make-up ~ Deanna Fallar

Kim + Mike ~ Brecknock Hall Wedding

 Last September I had the pleasure of working with the most adorable couple...Kim and Mike. Not only did they have a great energy, they really cared about creating some swoon worthy floral decor. From color palette, to seasonal flower varieties, to vase selection, every detail was custom tailored for them.

Brecknock Hall, a historic mansion located in Greenport, New York, was the perfect venue for their {rustic~plantation} themed wedding. White dahlias, dusty pink roses, succulents, fern foliage, and silver mercury glass were the primary elements that helped define Kim and Mike's unique style. Take a look below at some detail images of their floral decor. Congratulations Kim and Mike!

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For more stunning images from this fabulous Brecknock Hall wedding please take a look at the W. Scott Chester blog post.

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