Photographer Jon Shireman has been a blogger-favorite for a while now, and just to heap on a bit more praise, we’d like to show you some of his work.

To achieve the photographs below, Jon soaks fresh flowers in liquid nitrogen for thirty minutes and then shatters them.  We’re fascinated!  Not only because of the beauty of the flowers in both whole and broken form, but also because of the biology of the broken petals.  It’s cool to see how these same flowers that we work with every day each break so differently because of their unique structure.

Below, lisianthus and calla lily:

Have a great Friday, friends!  We’ll be back tomorrow with some photos of our events that we’re putting together this evening!

–Team KSW

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Fashion to Flowers Round Three is here!  I really love this column on our blog because it encourages me to think more widely about flowers and their personalities, rather than only focusing on what we’re working on in the studio.  Last week the fashion inspired the flower but today the flower definitely inspired the fashion.

A few weddings back one of our brides used parrot tulips in her corsages and bouquet, and I fell in love.  Seriously, parrot tulips are my new favorite.  Each flower looks hand painted and put together in a crafty way.

Our gal wears this painted silk blouse on a Sunday stroll as the season changes.  Maybe she is out to brunch with girlfriends and then the farmer’s market.  She’ll pick up some parrot tulips and display them on her sunny kitchen table.

Image one here / Image two here

–Team KSW

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A few months ago we invited Ruthie from Design Gumbo over to check out our studio.  We loved having her over.  We got to chatting about Kim’s background in floral design, the weddings we were working on that weekend, Ruthie’s wedding and all about New Orleans.

Check our Design Gumbo’s coverage of Kim Starr Wise Floral Events.

Thanks Ruthie!!

–Team KSW

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Hello Flower Fans!

This weekend was a major success in my book!  We had a few weddings and meetings with new brides, and were able to time everything out so we could enjoy some time away from the studio (not that we ever want to leave : )

On Saturday night we went to Art for Art’s Sake, a citywide event getting people out to the galleries and shops in the Warehouse District, along Magazine Street and the French Quarter.

I was only able to get to the lower part of Magazine Street this year, because it took up my whole evening!  Among the favorites were A.K.A. Stella Gray, Spruce, VernonCaravan and the rest of Agora Galleries.  Here are a few snapshots from AFAS if you would like to see..

Living Walls at Spruce NOLA. #wistlisted

One vignette at Caravan. LOVE the camel, the dalmation, and the color combo on the sofa!

How cool is this portrait at Agora Galleries? (Sorry for the fez that got in the shot, I didn’t want to move him)  What about that calligraphy!

Loving these bright wall panels, also at Agora Galleries. If only I had the wall space in my home to justify a purchase!

The next day I must’ve been hit by the treasure-hunting bug because I headed over to the Jefferson Flea with a friend.  I didn’t get lucky this round, but my friend got two matching coffee tables for $40!!!  Did I mention that they were inlayed with leather?  You must head over, and let me know so I can come with!

What did you do this weekend, did I see you at Art for Art’s Sake??

–Team KSW

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Good Morning!

We just couldn’t wait to share yesterday’s wedding with you:



The beautiful outdoor ceremony took place at the Tree of Life in Audubon Park.  We constructed dozens of paper lanterns (thank you Chris!) so that they would ‘spill’ out of the tree, meeting hundreds of ivory rose petals  at the roots of the tree.  Burlap aisle runner decorated with rose petals matched the outdoor setting perfectly.

Along the aisle we set up shepherd’s hooks with ball jars filled with wildflowers.  The limbs of the Tree of Life were strung with more paper lanterns and the natural Spanish Moss that fills the tree year round.

The reception was held at Rosy’s Jazz Hall– a perfectly intimate space with enough room for a stage and dance floor.  On the tables at Rosy’s we topped the tables with ball jars filled with dahlia’s in autumn’s shades, and votive candles in a light blue glass container.

Our bride’s bouquet was filled with roses, tulips and a selection of wildflower.  We wanted this outdoor wedding to reflect the couple’s great energy.  We think this one was a wedding for the books! You can check out more photos of this wedding on our Facebook page.

— Team KSW

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