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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

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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

 

Sorry for the absence in posting folks.  We had a tremendously busy and productive weekend (remember the three summer weddings that I kept going on and on about on twitter?)  Second to flowers, all anyone could talk about whether or not Isaac would actually make it to New Orleans.

Tension in the city ran high especially because the storm was set to reach land on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

When a Hurricane comes to New Orleans, you can choose to hunker down and prepare for a power outage or you can make a plan to head out of the city.  At about 8:00 PM on Monday night, I made the choice to head to a neighbor’s family home in the one-stoplight town of Washington, LA.

We got in later that night and settled in to for a Hurricane with a family that had been through it before.  Luckily, the storm missed us for the most part and we didn’t get anything more than some average speed winds.

To pass the time, I finished my biography of Jackie O, America’s Queen, played (lots and lots) of cards, watched a ton of Bravo TV and The West Wing and tried to keep up with the goings on in New Orleans via Twitter.  Here are some snapshots of this year’s Hurrication.

  1. A wagon that was gifted to (or pawned off on) me by the family I stayed with.  I think it could be a nice outdoor addition to the new studio (with flowers and herbs growing in it).
  2. Awesome oak tree in the front yard.  I would’ve loved climbing this guy when I was growing up.
  3. Garden roses survived the rains pretty well.
  4. Cards, lots of cards.  I dominated at Casino : )
  5. Someone who enjoyed typography certainly made this rain gauge.  It was fun to discover this guy attached to the family’s mailbox and remember that design makes everything better.

6.  We got boudin sausage and cracklin on our first day in town.  Y-U-M!  I liked the hot boudin the   most.
7.  Awesome selection of polyester shirts at the Opelousas Wal-Mart.  Can you guess which one I chose?  Hint: Bottom row.
8.  Homemade burgers at the corner Citgo station.  I hear that this is the local gathering place for the men in town.  I’d love to observe that.
9.  “Don’t climb into the saddle unless ur ready to ride.”  ‘Nuff said.

Finally, nothing like being around these dudes this week.  They were one of the highlights of this week for sure.

How did everyone else fare this week?  Where are you, and if you’re out of town when will you head back?  We can’t wait to get back to work!

Mayesh is an amazing wholesaler that supplies a huge chunk of the flowers that we work with.  In addition to supplying the industry, they’ve created a great community of designers, all vying to be the year’s Design Star.  I am now one of those contestants!

Last year the Birmingham based floral designer Mandy Majerik was selected as the Design Star, and each month we loved watching her videos for floral inspiration.  Her warm and friendly personality is what really kept us coming back.   She’s exactly the kind of gal we’d love to spend a long day in the studio with.

Below is my submission.  I decided to use the lesser-loved carnation, paired with hydrangeas and magnolia leaves to make a bouquet.  What can I say, I like an underdog.

I hope you like it!  Also, thank you to Amy and Tres Bien Photography for your help on this, I couldn’t have done it without you!

We wanted to add some photos from the Windsor Court Wedding that was featured in myneworleans.com so you could see a bit more of the summer wedding flowers for our lovely Texas bride.

During setup it was a little bit rainy (see our post about New Orleans rain) but as soon as the wedding began, the clouds parted  and the party got started!

All photos taken by E-Paul Julien

Our bride and her fiancé wanted a soft and classic look so we used tons of pale pink and white roses and hydrangeas.

Mirrored square vases used here reflect the mercury glass votives we dispersed on each table. Candlelight and roses make everything more romantic, don’t you think?

The candleabras that held our centerpieces created a perfect canopy for conversation and dining.

My very good friends Charlene & Greg were married this past June 16th, and I had the pleasure of making her bridal bouquet and her (many) bridesmaids bouquets.  I had been given a color palette to work with and being that she is Trinidadian she wanted COLOR in the flowers, except for hers!!!  Those were the only restrictions, and I only wish I could have taken her to the flower market on 28th street in Manhattan and let her hand pick the flowers she wanted.  Charlene trusted me, as she should ; ), and let me get creative and have fun in the design.  The bouquets turned out beautifully and I was really excited because I was able to choose the flowers from local growers, her mother-in-law to be’s backyard, as well as Greg’s families garden center.

Much love to Greg and Charlene!

PHOTO CREDIT TO THE EVER TALENTED AND MUSTACHIOED MIKE O’NEILL OF GOOD MOJO NOLA (www.goodmojonola.com)