When my new friend Anne of BLADE NYC asked me to accompany her to a flower market right across the street from her studio, I couldn't help but to be oh, so very excited. There is something about being able to choose blooms from all over the world and assemble them into luscious bouquets to give to someone you love. As a photographer, I have always admired the artistry of a florist, but I was excited to peer into Anne's daily routine and to see how she makes her arrangements so darn pretty.
Spring, as you all know, is such an exciting time for florists. There are so many flowers in bloom and so much COLOR to choose from! I begged Anne to collect her favorite picks this spring and to share them with us.
First two picks are Hellebore and White Lilac. I am obsessed with the smell of lilac. Probably due to the fact that my grandfather used to cut branches of it and place it all over the house so that you could not escape its gorgeous aroma. Hellebore is new to me, but Anne insists that it's a great accent to the main players in our soon-to-be bouquet.
The next addition to our future bouquet is the Light Purple Hyacinth (In Anne's left hand). The purple is the perfect pop to an arrangement ,and they get more and more beautiful as they continue to bloom. They have a come from a bulb and have a similar stem to the more popular Tulip. I am now smitten over this flower.
This flower we didn't end up buying this flower for our arrangement...but how cool is this show-stopping bloom with an even better name - the Flaming Parrot Tulip?! This one we will definitely save for one very rad bride out there.
Annnd back to work! We collected all of our blooms which include the White Lilac, White Peonies, Hellebore, Juliet Garden Roses (my fave), Light Purple Hyacinth and the Purple Double Tulips. We paid for our new spring picks and headed back to Anne's studio. The rows and rows of flowers are just so...happy...I had to snap a few more shots on the way out the door!
Here is the entrance to Anne's studio in the Flower District of NYC - tomorrow I will be posting some tips of how to take gorgeous blooms like these and make your very own arrangement! Stay tuned xoxo Jessa