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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Bella Signature Design featured in Seattle Bride Magazine~

Seattle Bride Magazine has always been a fabulous read for Seattle Brides, but I love even more how much the visuals have evolved over the years. Although always stunning, they have become more fashion forward over the last few years. We were excited to be invited in this issue's feature, which was described to us as "Elegant Decay" - edgy, fashion-forward florals to go with a stunning model and fabulous setting!
We picked a few different designs - the one pictures above was a super edgy black and chartreuse bouquet that featured calla lillies, "green success ranunculus", spider mums, Celosia, fern curls, brasilia berries, kangaroo paw and hanging amaranthus, as well as feathery Eucalyptus. The Photographer Jim Henkens did a fabulous job with the photography, his images are clearly better than mine! (below)

One thing I have learned over the years about doing magazine photoshoots - be prepared to lose control over your designs! This particular design was meant to be held down, cascading, towards a brides feet, very casual - as in, "I'm so edgy I don't even care about my bouquet" ;) but the image with the bride holding it upright was chosen - gorgeous picture, even if the bouquet is upside down! The composition of the photo above totally works.

The bouquet (shot by me - a photographer, I'm not!) cascading down...

Details of the "Green Success" Ranunculus - (love this flower!), fern curls and kangaroo paw.

Details of the Ribbon treatment
The photoshoot involves so many things, from the great make-up and hair artists, the gown designers, the stylists, the setting, photographer, the lighting, and of course the designers.
At the last minute I made an extra bouquet just because I saw the most gorgeous magnolia blossoms on a tree - alas, there were already too many bouquets to shoot at the photoshoot, but the stylists ended up using the blooms in the model's hair - perfection, no?

The Magnolia Bouquet

As a floral designer, we have to buy in bulk. So even in a floral shoot where we may only have 5 flowers of one kind, two of another, etc, we have purchased bunches of all of them! (The glorious editorials are totally worth the cost!) So, when I had extra flowers for this shoot, I made a beautiful centerpiece - ironic, since Bella Signature Design is mostly known for 'lush modern' work - but we can do romantic garden too! ;)

This would look fabulous at Jessica and John's August 1st wedding this summer! This fabulous romantic garden wedding in a tent by a pond will be stunning - I can't wait!


Real Card Studio July 16, 2009 at 9:53 AM  

Gorgeous florals! How exciting!

Zinchuk Studios July 16, 2009 at 10:05 AM  

Fabulous! Your last-minute magnolia addition really made the spread. The florals are just BEAUTIFUL!!

Robyn Iaea July 16, 2009 at 10:23 PM  

beautiful work... magazine shoots can be exhausting, but in the end so much fun:) thanks for sharing!

A Hot Pink Petticoat July 19, 2009 at 5:46 AM