Floral Fete event

Before I head out for a nice long weekend, wanted to let you guys know about a great event coming up in Brooklyn on September 20….Blossom & Branch and One Girl Cookies are teaming up with an evening of floral arranging and sugar paste flower making!  I’m definitely going to be stopping by because really…..how can you resist gorgeous flowers AND yummy cupcakes???  Details are above, be sure you get your tickets before the 20th.

I’ll be taking Monday off for Labor Day, so have a great weekend everyone!

[image by Sesame Letterpress]

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Cozy Couple’s Shower

We hope you’ll like looking at this shower as much as we liked throwing it. The lovebirds you see here are Mike and Amber, two of our wonderful friends. They just got engaged (congrats, you crazy kids!), and we thought it would be fun to feature them in a few of our posts as they start their wedding planning.

For this shoot, we wanted to put autumn on par with summer as the go-to season for romantic soirees. When we were planning it, we kept coming back to the word “cozy,” but still wanted to maintain a celebratory feel that didn’t feel like a holiday display at Macy’s. We whipped up our inspiration board in plums and neutrals, and we knew we were on the right track. On the day of, joined by the astoundingly talented Trent Bailey, we shined up our prettiest cake plates, packed up our coziest sweaters, and and hightailed it out of the city for this cozy couples’ shower.

Vendors

Photography: Trent Bailey Photography
Desserts (fig cake, canele, leaf cookies, chocolate and caramel dipped pears): Cake Hero
Florals: Blossom and Branch
Couple series pillow: K Studio
Gray knit poncho: Wai
Knit scarves and bows (on packages): Emmadime
Burlap bags and other wrapping supplies: Olive Manna
Wreath and felt bows: ItzFitz

[images from Trent Bailey Photography]

Trent Bailey and YOU + Me* are sponsors of Brooklyn Bride
Blossom & Branch is a member of Brooklyn Bride’s preferred vendor listings

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Studio tour: Blossom & Branch

Name: Sarah Brysk Cohen
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Company: Blossom & Branch

What is your aesthetic? We create modern, structured floral designs with lots of texture and color.  We aim to surprise and delight our clients with special touches – everything we do is custom.  We will use vintage brooches, paper mache birds or unusual flower combinations in our work.  We are thrilled when people say “I have never seen that done before with flowers!”  We find that brides and other clients who are themselves creative people tend to be attracted to our work – artists and designers, especially.

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic?
I am compelled to incorporate fabulous color into everything – from colored paper clips, pens and ribbon, to bright containers for floral arrangements, to the picture on my iMac desktop wallpaper!  And I am a bit of a collector, so you will find bins and trays of cards, trinkets and knick-knacks around the studio that I save because I think “I will use this someday in a floral arrangement or on a tablescape.”

Favorite part of your studio?
The open space and enormous windows.  We are blessed with a nice amount of room and year-round streaming light, as our studio is in a converted loft that was a turn-of-the-century underwear factory!  Apart from the desk and granite island, everything from our Parsons work table to our files are mobile, so we can configure the space in any way that suits the particular event on which we are working.  When the space is filled with flowers it is truly magical in here.

Where do you go for inspiration? With floral design, inspiration is easy – we are inspired by seasonal flowers!  My favorite time for the flowers is definitely spring – we love to use fluffy blooms like peonies, lilac, garden roses and anything else fragrant.  I also take cues from fashion, interior design magazines, the Brooklyn Flea market…anywhere I can be exposed to color and pattern inspires me to create new and unique combinations with flowers.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? I am so grateful for our Honda Pilot that I have named her – Frannie.  She holds a miraculous amount of flowers and gear.  Some mornings at the market I am absolutely certain I have bought too many flowers to fit in one trip and somehow it always works.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? My upgrade fantasies involve refrigeration – a massive walk-in floral cooler and a refrigerated truck.  Lately when I am out and about in the city, I fixate on the giant trucks I see and wonder how hard they would be to drive and whether or not they could be refrigerated for our flowers!

Anything else we should know? We adore being a boutique floral design studio – this gives us the flexibility to do flowers for intimate gatherings or grand affairs and provide incredibly personalized service.  We love it when a bride or a client comes to us and says something like “Please create flower arrangements inspired by vintage candy…” (which we recently did!).  A light switches on and the creativity just flows.

[images from Blossom & Branch]

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Who knew such loveliness was coming from the Brooklyn Navy Yards?  Check out the rest of Blossom & Branch‘s work on their newly revamped website…

And don’t forget, for those of you doing the card swap, cards need to be mailed by Tuesday, Dec. 15.  If you haven’t included a recipe with your card, you can email me with it and I’ll be putting together a pdf to send to all participants with the recipes!

[images from Blossom & Branch]

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