Inspiration: Cowboy summer camp for city slickers, a love of nature, quintessential California rolling hills and oaks, at one with the elements
Location: Bar SZ Ranch outside of Hollister, California on September 26, 2015
Palette: Tints and shades of purple, sage, and sand
Highlights: True love. Dreamy lavender succulents. Autumn grasses. "Panda" anemones. Stark, stunning, and humbling landscape
Conditions: Strong winds, 94 degrees at time of 4:00 ceremony. Sun-exposed. Designing in a double-wide onsite in front of the one and only air conditioner, loosely inserted in a window and blowing slightly cooler air than what you'd find outside.
This is the first Black House wedding I am blogging about and know it won't be my last. So I'm setting some ground rules for myself. Include the following: (1) The initial inspiration and color palette (2) The best pictures from the day that capture the love and the flowers (3) Honest reflection about the unique challenges and humbling moments that accompanied the job. Floral event design is far from romantic. It is physical, stressful work. You are working with a perishable product and a non-negotiable deadline. And outdoor weddings come with a slew of elements seeking to destroy those fragile, ethereal blooms every bride wants and every floral designer wants to use. Luckily for me, Kelly wanted succulents and actually fell for kale rosettes while we were looking through Pinterest photos during our first brainstorming session.
As long as the wedding is a true celebration of love, the challenges and stresses are worth it.
So, I was lucky enough to work with a bride who embraced the elements and found pine cones and succulents just as beautiful as peonies and garden roses.
In the end, the greatest lessons I learned from this wedding were to not fight the elements, they will always win, remember to drink water, and in the future try my best to attract pragmatic, "sees the beauty in all types of flora" brides- like Kelly- to work with. If I had tried to fill the space with fragile blooms I would have failed miserably.
And the beginning... Sweet!
Peace, love, and happiness, my friends.