Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Emily and Nick began their wedding floral “adventure” with a call to me on Christmas eve. They were home from California for the holidays and had seen my ad in Boston Weddings . They grew up outside Boston and were planning an east coast wedding with their families and friends. Emily wanted an eco-friendly wedding.
I first met her Mom at the Flower Market in April. In May, Emily and Nick came east. We spent a day together visiting the Flower Market and their wedding venue. At the market we talked about the spirit of their wedding, what they wanted to share with family and friends. They were being married at the Crane Estate in Ipswich -a place I know well being a preferred vendor there. I learned more about their aesthetic -a traditional elegance mixed with a “bit of funky” and a strong commitment to sustainability. Within two days, we chose the palette and flowers. I made many sample designs for them to see the next day. Included were three sample eco-friendly wedding centerpiece arrangements, one for cocktails, a sample bridal bouquet and one for a bridesmaid. Because I would not see them again until their wedding day in early August, they wanted to see as many as possible before they left.
Their wedding day was a pristine early August day after some weeks of rain. The ocean sparkling in the distance and the grass and trees of the Estate fresh and green.
The wedding flowers were brought back to the studio. The flowers and foliage which were still fresh were bunched the next day and delivered to three women’s shelters in Cambridge and the City Hospital. Everything else went into the compost pile. Vases were cleaned for later use.
Photos by Matt Grazier grazierphotography.com
Friday, May 21, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Friday, April 30, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Today Faxon gave me two eco-friendly water bottles she bought at Greenward. What a gift!!
Working with Faxon, who lives an eco-friendly lifestyle, I realize my days as a plastic bottle "junkie" are over. I haven't left the house without 2 plastic water bottles for years. I sip one in the car, and drink a big one at the gym.
"Worldwide, over 60 billion tons of plastic waste is produced every year. Plastic is particularly damaging because it is not biodegradable and plastic particles eventually become part of the food chain - as they have for example in our oceans. In some parts of the sea, there is five times more plastic than plankton. Neil Seldman, a waste recycling expert, has labeled our plastic problem as «potentially more dangerous than global warming."»
Many of us cannot leave home without a plastic bottle of Poland Spring water, but with help from companies like Sigg, we can change this! The Swiss quality reusable bottles are extruded from a single piece of pure aluminium for seamless, leak-proof durability. They have many designs, colors and options, and even small design friendly bottles for the kiddies!
Happy, Healthy Eco-Friendly Living!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
In celebration of our Mother Earth and the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, we've got a contest running on Beantown Brides.com and on Secret Boston Facebook! Brides, fans, anyone can post comments and pictures to win a flower bouquet and a free consultation with me!
HAPPY EARTH DAY TO YOU ALL!
SECRET BOSTON: http://www.facebook.com/SecretBoston?ref=search&sid=18000525.1310797909..1
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS: http://www.facebook.com/bostonmassachusetts?ref=ts
BEANTOWN BRIDE: http://beantownbride.com/
CHATTY BRIDES: http://www.chattybrides.com/
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
These photos tell the story! Lots of brides, mamas, flower girls and fiancees came to enjoy the first Crane Estate Wedding Show devoted to sustainability -- elegance and ec0-friendly!
Friday, April 16, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
The EcoLogic Development Fund is a great organization that works with poor, rural communities to conserve and restore threatened forests and streams in ways that improve people's lives. They put local people in charge of projects, providing them with the tools they need to become environmental stewards and improve their living conditions. EcoLogic currently operates in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Panama.
They have great events in the Boston area. I am donating my floral designs for their event on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22nd at The Charles Hotel. For event information and details please call 617.697.9868 and join us in celebrating this great cause!
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
She uses recycled materials and adds unique accents to her work such as resting flowers on a cracked clay pot for a wedding in Mexico. Faxon gets into the theme of the event. The beauty and spirit of her work complements and enhances the tone and mood of the event.
It is important to consider the landscape and surroundings in order to determine the theme and design of your event. You always want to work with vendors who take this into consideration and can create something outside of the box and make your event unique.
Each year, the Boston Museum of Fine Art gives everyone a huge "bouquet" in the form of its annual showcase of "Art in Bloom". Five years ago, I was honored with the invitation to participate in the generous designs around the museum. The photos above -2009- show the finished sculpture near the Gund Gallery Store. Below is the "draft" sculpture in a corner of the back yard.
Many of the premier Garden Clubs in Massachusetts are given a work of art to transform into an arrangement nearby it. Saturday, April 24, the museum is free and open to the public. This is the first day of Art in Bloom. There are children's activities too.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Top Photo taken in Flower Market Parking Lot.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
WHERE: Castle Hill on The Crane Estate is located at 290 Argilla Road in Ipswich, MA. For directions and or more information call 978-356-4351 ext. 4025.
WHEN: Twelve o’clock to Four o’clock in the afternoon
HOW: Purchase tickets on our website to be eligible for the GRAND PRIZE drawing: two glorious nights at The Inn at Castle Hill on The Crane Estate (over $900 value) Tickets: $5 for Trustees members; $7 for non-members; and $10 at the door.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I was bike riding on the island last summer when I came upon a birch tree that had just been felled. The owner generously granted me "permission" to harvest the bark. When I explained to him the purpose of the bark -floral sculptures and arrangements, he was amazed! A local woodsmith gave me a "de-barking" tool and he and I worked for 2 days. Now, eight months later, it is almost gone. Tomorrow, more of this story!
Monday, March 22, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
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