I love florals you guys. This should come as no surprise if you've ever seen this website, I've ever given you a business card, or if you're familiar with my work in general, but I just love them. I love the colors, I love the smells, I love greenery, and I'm fascinated by the different sizes and shapes that can be made as arrangements. Unfortunately I wasn't gifted with the ability of floral design. I can do some small scale things like a flower halo, but that's about the extent of my skill. There's really quite a bit to it honestly. Green thumb aside, there's so much know-how involved from being familiar with various types of flowers/greenery to the creative ability to actually design arrangements, centerpieces, or even large scale installations that are sturdy enough to hold up on a wedding day, yet still retain a soft and romantic aesthetic. There's also a lot of color theory involved in understanding how to pair various buds and greenery colors to make one captivating bouquet. It's like magic basically.
My friend Jennifer Pate over at Wildly Cultivated is an extraordinarily talented floral designer and all around magical person. I saw her work for the first time a little over a year ago and I knew immediately how passionate she was about the craft. It just shines through in every one of her pieces. Being as floral obsessed as I am, I thought it would be fun for us to get together in her studio so I could document her process and since Valentines Day is coming up, she decided to put together the Valentines arrangement she will have for sale. We spent the morning together in her studio kitchen chatting as she arranged and I photographed in the soft glow of some window light. Watching her clip stems to size and place each flower in just the right spot was mesmerizing and I can't help but admire her seemingly effortless ability. Here are some of my favorite shots from the morning plus a couple of bonus shots we took when we paid a little visit to Studio 215 later on. Guys, if you are in search of a florist for your wedding (or even just to give to your girlfriend) in the Fayetteville, North Carolina area, drop a line over at Wildly Cultivated Floral Design Studio and Flower Farm! Jennifer is amazing and will be a pleasure to work with!