Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Montauk club wedding bouquets

This was a mid-September wedding at the gorgeous, historic, Montauk Club in park slope Brooklyn. We used soft and feminine flowers, with a bohemian twist for the bouquets. The bout's were made with little polka dot feathers white ranunculous, and a chocolate cosmo for the groom's bout.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Rebecca Shepherd Jewelry for the holidays!

Looking for some last minute ideas for the holidays? Check out my jewelry designs in my Etsy shop! Prices range from $26-250.

Happy Holidays!!!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Prospect Park Picnic House wedding.

The weekend of September 3rd was a very busy one! This was yet another wedding we did in our beloved borough. The bride wanted a relaxed, simple, yet beautiful mix of mostly muted, washed out colors with a few little unexpected textural pops. The bridal bouquet was made of juliette garden roses, scabiosa pods, queen ann lace, cedum, snow berry, hydrangea, dahlia, seeded euch, and shaker grass. The center pieces were made of a collection of containers including blue vintage ball jars, medicine bottles, and a wooden stump riser.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Montauk club wedding video.

One of my previous clients from last fall sent me this video (click the video link) of her Montauk club wedding. It takes my breath away so see this gorgeous and sweet couple tying the knot at one of my favorite venues. Enjoy (:

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Summer wedding at the Foundry, L.I.C.

This August 26th wedding was super fun to design and was held at one of my favorite places to work; The Foundry, L.I.C. Rich in colors and tons of texture, we used a blend of oranges, purples, greens and pinks. I loved the greenhouse room where we used emerald green wine bottles with taper candle sticks along side bud vases stuffed with thistle, dahlias and dianthus. The ceremony arrangements were some of my fav's with the dramatic paper ferns, hydrangeas, thistle, greens, and branches.

Pink & Purple Brooklyn wedding.

This August 20th wedding was held in the back yard of Brooklyn brownstone steps form where I live. I love when my neighbors email me to do their flowers and we realize we sort of know each other (: Her colors were bright pink's and purples. We used fluffy, bright blooms including Dahlias, lisianthus with more modern flowers like Picasa callas and dendrobium orchids. The boutonniere was made of purple lisianthus and jasmine.

Sweet September wedding.

The bride and groom wanted an elegant, sophisticated, yet organic feel to their flowers. We used a soft mix of blooms including hydrangea, callas, dahlias, astrantia, seeded euch, scabiosas and more. For the ceremony we used glass cylinders with floating candles, petals and two larger arrangements using hydrangea, roses and curly willow branches.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Morningside castle, summer wedding.

I've got a few back to back posted because I am playing catch up from this summer's weddings. This was an August 13th wedding.

I LOVED this bridal bouquet. It was a small/medium scale using the sought after David Austin garden roses, red Piano roses, spray roses, dahlias, ranunculous, and coxcomb. We used a Daffy blue ribbon and a butterfly memento pined on to the handle. The centers incorporated hydrangea, hypericum berries, white lisianthus, red piano roses and stock.

The chuppah for the ceremony had lots of thin birch poles attached to steel structure, red berries and greens in the upper corners and white delphinium coming up from the base.

Bicycle love, summer wedding.

This was an August 5th wedding for two lovely fellow Irish folk that loved to bike. The bride requested her flowers to incorporate lots of herbs and wild flowers in addition to any sort of Irish element we could think of. As I scratched my head.... it came to me to use Jameson, Tullermordue, and Guinness beer cans as the containers! I carefully ripped off the tops o the cans, foamed them up and popped in the flowers. They were super fun and great for guests to take home.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Queens County Farm wedding.

Promoting the old school way (leaving business cards at your local wine store) really can bring you together with a new client as well as introduce you to a new neighbor/friend. This is sort of how I met my clients Ashley and Mike. In addition to her finding my card, her friend who is the editor of a large bridal magazine, met me at a wedding industry gathering months ago. Lucky for me, I stuck in her mind and came recommended to this couple's wedding.

This was one of my dream come true weddings to design. Being the ex- farm girl that I am, designing this wedding came very naturally and automatically. Asley and Mike were a complete joy to work with and were full of ideas, yet, gave me the reins to do what I do. Her bouquet was super fun to make. All she told me was "make it look like it's from the land." That's it! There were countless flowers used in her bouquet from fancy juliette roses and chocolate cosmos to the casual ornamental cale and shaker grass. She had NINE brides maids. She asked me "what do you expect?! I am from Texas!"

Ashley and Mike did a lot of work (and drinking) on their own to prepare for their wedding. Ashley drank an unbelievable number of the healthy Kambucha drinks in order to use the lovely glass bottles as one of the vessels for the flowers. She described the amount she drank as "almost gross"! The bottles ended up being perfect for our use. The other vessels we used were Weck jars and whiskey bottles! My husband owns a bar, hence my ability to collect an obscene number empty of Jack Daniels, Jameson, and Tullamouredew. We wanted to come up with something extra affordable to put in the mix of flowers. I tested out some ideas by submerging ferns, orchids and lavender into the whisky bottles, which turned out so pretty as well as unique and affordable.

At the end of the night, as we were packing up my van, and I got lucky enough to watch the now bride and groom walk out of the barn glowing, laughing and beaming with happiness as their guests waved sparklers and cheered. She then came up to me with arms wide open and tears of happiness in her eyes as she held me tight telling me how much she loved her bouquet and couldn't believe how amazing and perfect it was. This is what propels me forward. This is what makes the countless hours work, the 100's of emails, and the nit picking each flower worth it. This is why I do flowers.
The talented Labor of Love made these pictures classic, timeless and so so beautiful. ENJOY!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Planning your bridal bouquet

Visualizing your perfect bridal bouquet can sometimes be a process. Because the bouquet acts as an accessory to your dress, it’s important for your floral designer to not only see your dress, but to fully understand the style, colors, and scale of the flowers you want to be holding. Ideally, we would love to see an image of you in your dress during a fitting as well as any hair accessories, shoes or jewelry you may be wearing.

Having a visual of these details can play into what type of fabric goes around the bouquet handle and influence the pop of color added to the bouquet. You also may want to consider incorporating a family memento to attach to the bouquet handle, such as your grandmother’s brooch, your father’s heirloom pocket watch or the handkerchief your mother carried on her wedding day. These unique touches not only make your bouquet all your own, but honor the family member who passed them down to you. In addition, they might count as your “something borrowed” or perhaps “something blue.”

One very clear way of communicating the type of bridal bouquet you are looking for is to collect images of flowers that you love. I find that when a bride sends me three to five images of bouquets, there are themes that give me an idea of exactly what she is looking for. If you put several bouquet images on the same page, you will notice the similarities. Maybe they all have a lot of texture, or they are only use two to three types of flowers, or the flowers are all fluffy blooms. These images will help your floral designer understand what your personal combination of flowers may be.

Once we have sorted out which flowers you want in your bouquet, we begin to think about which flowers or colors you want to see the most of. Some brides want all bright colors and some want all soft whites and creams, with touches or pops of color. I have often found the design and colors will change from a little to a lot leading up to the big day. This is perfectly normal and not a problem. It’s common that when a bride is planning her flowers six months or a year in advance, things change! Maybe your bridesmaids dresses started out as a bright pink and now have become a dusty pink. Maybe your shoes were champagne and now they are bright red. These details will change some of the colors in your flower design. Not to worry; just keep your florist aware of these important changes so we can always stay on the same page!

See tips from our other professionals at our Brooklyn Betrothed site!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Pretty in pink summer wedding flowers.

I met this couple just a few weeks before their August 5th wedding in NYC. They were very excited to bring in some local Brooklyn people to collaborate on their wedding. The bride was so sweet and had no shame admitting that pink is her very very favorite color! The style we went for was sort of a mash of shappy chic meets the Hamptons. We used garden roses, jasmine, stephanotis, orchids, hydrangea, calla, tulips, and white and pink gomphrena and more.