Exciting New Announcement!

The past few weeks have been a busy whirlwind of client meetings, flower arranging, baby loving and packing. That’s right, packing! We have very recently decided to move to Brooklyn, New York! This change of course was lead by our intuition and crazy ambition to work on expanding current projects and starting several exciting new ones.

There is good news and more good news.

1. Freshly Picked is still servicing Florida! In fact, we have many beautiful Florida weddings to provide flowers for this coming spring (seriously, these events are going to be gorgeous!) and are still taking clients for Fall 2014. The truth is, I love the Florida brides, vendors, and weather- and it’s where home will always be. So I will continue working weddings in the sunshine state without charging any travel fees from NY.

2. I will also be teaching a floral design class at East End Market in conjunction with By The Robinsons and Tickled Pink this April. More on that to come! (Message me if you would like to hear when reservations become available!)

3. And… Freshly Picked will also be servicing New York City very soon! So send us some love!

Chic and Colorful Wedding Flowers

I love everything about this wedding that I arranged the flowers for last month- the colors, the flower varieties, all the personal touches, and, as you can see in these gorgeous photos by Jennifer Blair, how in love the bride and groom are with each other. That’s why I love styling flowers for weddings!

The bridal bouquet was made up of white ranunculus, anemones and stock, orange dahlias, yellow billy balls, hot pink and light pink garden roses and succulents. The coordinating boutonnieres were made of succulents, blue thistle and eucalyptus, and the bridesmaid’s bouquets were stock, anemones, ranunculus, spray roses, and a hint of astilbe for the Maid of Honor. The reception was full of simple colorful centerpieces; blue hydrangea, orange and pink ranunculus, spray roses, dahlias and lots of foliage and vines in a mix of pretty vases and bottles.

Photography: Jennifer Blair // Videography: Shutterlife Productions // Ceremony Venue: Reformed Theological Seminary // Reception Venue: Holy Trinity Reception Center

Floridian Flower: Clematis

I love featuring local Florida grown flowers in my arrangements. Whether grown on a nearby farm or hand foraged, the local blooms have the longest vase life and give off that gorgeous Floridian vibe. One of my favorites that grows locally is the Clematis. With it’s large elegant petals and symmetric shape, this flower is gorgeous all by herself. The clematis is surprisingly a member of the Ranunculaceae family, along with the adorable ranunculus and delphinium. Clematis is also used as a flower essence- for daydreamers, those who need grounding, focus and vitality. If you are a creative spirit but can’t make your visions a reality, clematis flower essence may help!

I used some lavender Clematis in the photo above (taken by the talented Jessica Lorren) with dark and light purple sweet pea, peris, maidenhair fern and some waxflower. I also recently used it at the Florida Slow Farms Conference in cool tones of blues, purple and burgandy. They have a tremendous vase life- up to three weeks- but their petals are quite delicate. I like using them all on their own with a few greens, or floating them in a small bowl.

Check out some other clematis varieties and uses on pinterest.

Rustic Fall Flowers on Green Wedding Shoes

Freshly Picked was recently featured on Green Wedding Shoes for our fall styled flowers! I loved creating the florals for this shoot because I was able to use some plants that are not commonly used for weddings- elderberry, yarrow, oregano, and foraged berries. Other flowers used were dahlias, including those gorgeous cafe au lait, scabiosa pods, organic garden roses and hydrangea. See the feature here!
photography: Best Photography // fashion designer: Brothers and Craft // florals: Freshly Picked // videography: Imprint Cinema // bakery: P is for PIe Bake Shop // paper goods: Shannon Kirsten Illustration // dress store: Solutions Bridal Designer House // cake: The Sugar Suite // rentals: WISH Vintage Rentals, Dishie Rentals // hair + makeup artist: Rachel Smith with Makeup by Rae

Late Summer Wedding Flowers

This past weekend I arranged the flowers for a beautiful wedding in Central Florida. The darling bride, Katelyn chose some of my favorite flowers: anemones, garden roses, succulents and colorful dahlias! Here is an instagram sneak peak! Can’t wait to see the beautiful photos from Jennifer Blair and videography from Shutter Life Productions!

100 Layer Cake Feature

Freshly Picked was recently featured on 100 Layer Cake! We arranged the flowers for Inez and Matthew’s glitzy garden wedding in Delray Beach at the Sundy House. See the post here!

Organic Garden Roses

I worked with some organic garden roses this past weekend that were some of the sweetest flowers I ever did see. They are quite delicate, but full of texture and smell of starfruit. I just love their wild look, and the way they open up so that you can see the heart of the rose. My favorite kind of roses. Oh, and they are great for use on cakes and in flower essences (since they are organic). The pink roses are good for self-love and self acceptance, and the white roses (Fair Bianca) are good for connecting with the divine and pure knowledge.

Enjoy the photos of the organic roses in arrangements I made for a woodsy styled shoot. Pictured above with pink astilbe, dahlias and purple oregano. Below with hydrangea, spray roses and magnolia leaves… and an antler thrown in here and there .

Elderberry in Bloom

Elderberry is a beautiful plant that grows all around Central Florida. You will recognize it as a tall shrub with flat clusters of tiny white flowers (similar in texture to yarrow, but a much larger plant).

I used it as an accent floral in my bouquet for my maternity photos when it was on the verge of flowering. It is similar in texture to Queen Anne’s Lace, but has a more wildflower look to it. Other flowers in the bouquet were navy centered anemones, white peonies, soft pink astilbe and seeded eucalyptus grown on farms in California.

Elderberry is also wonderful for use in flower essences. Flower essences are simply infusions that preserve the energetic imprint or vibration of a flower- and when this infusion is consumed it balances different aspects of our emotional and mental wellness. After learning about how to make flower essences at the Florida School of Holistic Living, I cooked some Elderberry essences up using the sun method- by clipping a flower from the plant and allowing it to fall into a crystal bowl full of purified water. Then sit the bowl with the flowers in the sun for a few hours, and preserve it with brandy to create a mother tincture. This specific essence is used for protection on the spiritual plane, and is tied to joy and exuberance and the mystery of plant spirits.

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Farmers Market Wedding in Winter Park

I was so excited to see the photos from this past wedding at the Winter Park Farmers Market. Jason Mize did an amazing job capturing Annie and Jeffery’s day! The florals were a colorful combination of snapdragons, ranunculus, spray roses and anemones, adding lots of springtime color. I adore how they decorated the venue, from the Rifle Paper goods to the adorable placemats, this wedding was full of cute touches!

Photographer: Jason Mize / Hotel/Getting Ready Location: Park Plaza Hotel / Hair and Makeup Artist: Sarah Vaughn (Hair) + Sara Dikun (MUA) with J Bauman Salon / Papergoods: Rifle Paper Co. /  Cake: Sweet Shop at 4 Rivers / Pies: P is for Pie / Sweets: Blue Bird Bakery / DJ: White Tie DJs