flowers elsewhere

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

image via here, here and here

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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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Hi friends!  Today we are full steam ahead (as usual) with flowers and we’d like to spotlight one of our favorite vendors, Joste of The Dutch Connection.

Kim is about to design a bouquet for a photoshoot (pictures soon!) and we had a flower delivery from Jooste of The Dutch Connection.  Originally from Holland, Jooste is the only wholesaler in the area who has Dutch flowers.  This is a big deal.  We love supporting local vendors and his service is really unparalleled, so we had to let you know about him!

He doesn’t have a website and only supplies to florists (sorry), but if you need us to hook you up with a fancy order, let us know!

Some more of Jooste’s wares:

–Team KSW

P.S. Don’t forget to vote for me as the Mayesh Design Starr 2013!

We’ve gotten a lot of great feedback on our string garden photoshoot from the sneak peeks we showed you, and the more people we talk to about it, the more we want to give a huge thank you and credit to our inspiration for the idea.

Jill and Tom of Urban Roots are friends who opened up their garden and plant supply shop this year.  We love that they are focused on being an earth-friendly and a local business, aside from their awesome selection of plants and materials!

We can’t wait to show you how we used our own vision for the string gardens, for now here is a snippt of the selection at Urban Roots.

A flower crown made of air plants, yadig?!




Phale again

As an added bonus, here’s their new kitty, Roots (what a great name!)

Make sure you check out Urban Roots for all of your local gardening needs, check ’em out on Facebook and Twitter too!

–Team KSW

Next week is all about a themeing it up.  We love brides who have refined and traditional taste but sometimes a little wacky is good.  Sometimes a little wacky is great.

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. – Mark Twain

In researching themed events this fun Superhero wedding caught our eye.  This couple looks like they really had some fun getting this all together!

We can wait for a bride to come to us with this idea in mind!

(image via Pinterest)

Would you do a theme wedding? What kind?!

–Team KSW

Can you believe that it is September already?! Not just September, but four days into September?!  Where has the time gone?  Even though the heat is still here and it feels like summer, to us it is starting to look like a little bit like fall.

The blogosphere is making it feel like autumn too.  One of our daily blog reads, A Cup of Jo, recently featured dark red lips as a fall trend.

Today, another one of my daily reads, Coco+Kelley, featured the long anticipated photos from her blog’s five-year anniversary dinner party.  The photos of the party were, without a doubt, worth the wait.  Cassandra put together a gorgeous affair, curated perfectly.  What we would have given to be  guests!

Here’s a look at a few of the snapshots (obviously most important to us are the florals created by Seattle based florist McKenzie Powell : )

Cassandra’s photos of her soiree reminded me of a photo shoot that we recently had at the Champagne Palace.  This is one of our favorite looks- too bad it wasn’t a real dinner party!

Kim chose her color palate to be the vibrant and bright greens of summer, and the rich and jewels of autumn.  The texture and playfulness of the greens are contrasted by the lush and almost-ruffled purples.  The perfect flowers to complement the transition from summer to fall.

Seems like everyone is getting the memo to begin to think about fall.  It’s fast approaching…I can almost smell the pumpkin spice latte!  Yum!

–Team KSW

Yesterday was the first full day back in New Orleans, after the storm.  Things were mostly back to normal, a little debris here and there but nothing a little elbow grease can’t clean up in a few days.

After catching Moonrise Kingdom (so cute!) at the Prytania Theatre we took a long meandering walk through Uptown.  Luckily the flowers were still bloomin’.

Below are some of my snapshots of the local gardens that we saw on our walk through New Orleans.  (Listen to this Fats Domino song while you read : )
–Team KSW