April, my absolutely favorite month of the year (also my birthday month). The sun is a shining although there is a little nip in the air this week, but I am looking for that feeling of spring renewal. I'm trying my best to feel my blessings and find those little moments to celebrate life. To be honest, I was a little hesitant of this year's birthday, as I will the same age that my mother was when she lost her life (I was only 18). She left me before she ever imagined, and the thought of how fragile life is weighs on me. She was so full of love and life it not only broke our hearts to lose her, but it must have shattered hers. She was definitely a woman of faith and always a cup half full type of person so in honor of her, I am going to recall the so many good things from my past year. My wildflowers continue to grow in unexpected ways, my family is celebrating so many milestones, my niece's upcoming wedding and my daughter's coming of age celebration, my husband's new career, and for Wildflower, I am looking forward to expressing my creative energy for so many flower occasions this year and for new flower adventures still to be imagined. I asked my dad what my mom would have thought of me working with flowers, and he mentioned, she would be so proud. To all of your Aprils, may you see what is before you, the beauty of spring, and your potential for your own renewal.
From time to time, I am asked to work on special collaborations such as this styled wedding shoot for editorial led by the ever so talented April Foster Artistry. With photographer Cassie Xie, models from Scout Agency, myself and gowns and props, it was a dream team of like creative souls. We had the chance to work in a historic building in Benecia, with tall ceilings, beautiful details, and amazing light! I am so thrilled with the results and talent I was part of. It is in working with other artists that creates a new drive in me and encourages me to go beyond capabilities and to take risks. No pics of me in the background with my flower shop supply of blooms and creating new bouquets for the different dresses.
Creative Direction & Hair/Makeup www.aprilfosterartistry.com
Floral Design: www.studiowildflower.com
Enjoying some of the spring bounty. My favorite, Japanese Magnolias, are here for a second, so loving designing with these beauties.
Already time is a flying and we are almost half-way through January. Before I find myself in late Spring, I want to pause for a moment and recall a few words I wrote about my flower love some months ago. It is personal, a little granola, but very much part of me:
My dream as a florist is to take elements from nature and arrange them in ways that tell a beautiful story to the receiver. I want my designs to create an interest in nature, perhaps a memory of time and place, a rose that your mother grew, a scent that reminds you of the change of seasons, all of which are lost in a fast-paced, conflicted and digital world. What I love about flowers is they are tangible, you need to open your senses to experience them as you do when you walk through a forest or valley of wildflowers. They are predictable but oh so unpredictable. They will bloom when they feel it is time and fade into another beauty, aged and tired, reminding us of the cycle of life, as well as reminding us in the world we find ourselves in, of all of its offerings and potential.
Wishing you all a flower-filled, peaceful and healthy New Year!
It was the long about way on how I came to connect with a talented artist who just so happened to be working his passion on some installations for Light in the Grove 2015, the annual fundraiser for the National Aids Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park. Thankfully, Tom Steele and I connected and combined our talents to design two large installations that Tom had envisioned for the Grove. It was a beautiful collaboration with Tom, two other amazing florists, Paula Lam and Kimberly Chan, and myself. We turned the vision into reality and created these floral installations for the grove. What a heartfelt night with so much love in the grove honoring loved ones affected by AIDS.