Friday, May 28, 2010

Cool Greys

Consider charcoal ribbon. Consider mixing grosgrain and satin. Makes it fancy. Can you see that little bit of purple basil in there?

Foundry Wedding

Hello everyone. I am so happy to announce a wedding I designed the flowers for back in April has been featured on the great Style Me Pretty. I posted my photos here. But you need to see the full wedding here - photographed by the super super talented Wayne Yuan. Unbelievably gorgeous. Linda and Winston were a dream couple to work with. So lovely. The details in this wedding were BEYOND. Thanks you!!

Monday, May 24, 2010


I've had many different jobs in my life. In High School, I worked as a shampoo girl at a salon (terrible. lasted one day), a ice cream cake maker at Carvel (great. did you know all those cakes are one mold just turned around and around?), a shop girl at a beach store in the Hamptons (eh, I did enjoyed doing the store displays though). In college I worked in the print shop doling out paper and cleaning the machines. I loved printmaking. I liked feeling I was connected to something old and historic. Something you had to practice for years in order to be a master. It's similar to how I connect with flowers. Yes, they are mesmerizing and beautiful but I like how there are techniques to learn, a history to the trade, design variations according to countries and eras. I like how I can call myself a florist to some and a designer to others. It's a tried and true profession. Like my husband often says, people always get married and die (though, I won't touch funeral flowers despite my fascination. That's another post all together). I leave you with the centerpieces from Saturday's wedding at the BBG. Enjoy the rest of your Monday.

Saturday, May 22, 2010


I just do not have the proper words for this post. I was swimming in gorgeousness for 2 days straight. I am SO lucky. I am so lucky. repeat. I am tired, I am frazzled, I am forgetting to pick up milk most days but I am SO LUCKY. I love what I do. xoxo.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Purple in Milk Glass

Happy Friday people. Gearing up for a wedding at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden tomorrow. It's already summer out there and I feel like grilling up some meats tonight. Have a great weekend and I'll be back with some super juicy flower photos from the Garden. Here is one from a couple of weeks ago.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Berry Blue

This sweet bride came to me and said she wanted a chic modern garden wedding all in shades of blue. She said others were trying to persuade her away from her original vision. "Blue for a wedding?" - that sort of silly talk. Thankfully she stayed firm to her vision. It was a knock out! 

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Language of Flowers

So I have been meaning to tell you the scientifically accurate floral industry approved words and terms we use here at DFFD. (ha)

Nodules- the place where the leaf and stem meet

Nubbins - similiar to Nodules
CaCa- dead yucky flower or foliage
Wonky - off kilter 
Fug - ugly
Fugalug - even uglier
to "zhuzh" - to fix up and "fluff up" the flowers in the vase
to "want to eat it" - the flowers look good
Delicious - very pretty

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Thought I'd show you our rainy day craft project. Not the best photos but I think you get the idea. 4 year old birthday party invites in the mail! 

It's all in the details...

Forgot to post my favorite image from Saturday's wedding.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Winery Wedding

Good afternoon Floralistas. I am dying to see the professional images for this wedding at Bedell Cellars on Saturday. The crazy talented Tory Williams photographed the wedding. You can see a sneak peek on her blog. Ah.mazing! It was pretty pretty pretty. What's going on this week in your world? Hope you are having fun. xo

Sunday, May 16, 2010

And we roll on...

Cuppa coffee in hand and munching a slice of buttered toast this morning before heading out for another wedding job. Yesterday we took a trip out to the completely gorgeous and picturesque North Fork of Long Island. A perfect crisp clear day for a wedding. Peonies galore. Here is a quick shot I took in the studio before we packed up. More to come. Have a great Sunday!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

More flowers for you today including the wreath at the church. There were two on either side of the entrance. The Church was the Old St. Patrick's on Prince and Mott Street. Very famous place actually. The first Roman Catholic Church in New York City. The site of the famous Irish and American turf wars. But even more famously it was the church where the last scene in the Godfather was filmed. Remember when Michael's infant (a baby Sophia Coppola) was being baptized and the scene was interspersed with all those bloody murders?! Oh, that was a great movie.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Home Alone

I'm home alone! This is rare people, very rare. After a busy morning shopping for this weekend's weddings and touring the market with a lovely bride in the misty rain I rushed home to take Littlest Pheasant to school. One out of commission train, two station changes (WTF? NYC MTA!) and then finally finding a cab at Chambers Street I get home to find my hero husband has already made the drop. Ahhh, what bliss to be home by myself for a few hours. I might even turn on The View. Here are some images of the bouquet from last weekend.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Springtime wedding in the park

Peony Clair de Luna and Festiva Maxima, lilacs, Austin garden roses, geranium, white scabiosa, white crab apple, lambs ear, tulips, lily of the valley, 2 kinds of fritillaria, helleborus, hydrangea, ranunculus in vintage milk glass and stemware at the Bryant Park Grill. Enjoy!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Fernus Maximus

This arrangement was for the card table for a wedding at the Bowery Hotel. I'm not sure what possessed me to buy this gigantic fern - but I saw it at G Page and felt it calling to me."Buy me and you will see"... I think it said. Then I eyed a bunch of fresh looking Salomon Seal, an echeveria on the stem, plus I had some single pale yellow peonies already- thinking somehow I would make it work. I wanted something kinda different, clean and green. And then I struggled. It was the last piece I put together and we needed to wrap things up quickly and hit the road. I panicked, stomping my feet like a toddler. Then I remembered the deep inky purple tulips (Black Hero). I threw them in there with some curly sweet pea greens and it came together. The piece that gave me the most trouble I ended up loving the best!