Flower Pop-up Shops for Valentine’s Day!

J. Harper Photography

J. Harper Photography

Are you feeling the love in the air? As a floral designer, I love the jolt of red and the smell of roses in the studio every February. And I’m especially excited for Valentine’s Day this year, because I’ll be doing 2 Pop-up shops. At both events, I will be offering simple, fresh-cut bouquets at “cash-and-carry” prices ($15-$35). The selection will include single long stem roses and straight wrapped bouquets of tulips, roses, hyacinths, daffodils and other select favorites.

Petals and Poems is a unique pop-up shop outside of Littleton’s newest hot spot, M-Zo Coffee and Tea. From Thursday through Valentine’s Day, local poet Katherine Ferrier of Thread and I will be offering personalized Valentine’s gifts. Tell her a little something about your sweetheart, and she’ll write you a poem on the spot with her vintage typewriter. She will also have a selection of her mixed media collages, cards and gifts that incorporate poems she’s written. Located at M-Zo Coffee and Tea on 81A Main Street in Littleton.

Stop by the Littleton Studio School on Valentine’s Day for their annual Just Desserts- Chocolate Fundraiser & Raffle from 10am-1pm. For a $10 donation, fill a plate with handmade chocolate delicacies to eat there or take with you and share. If you need a last-minute Valentine’s gift, it’s a perfect one-stop-shopping opportunity that’s both fun and supports a good cause.

Custom floral designs are also available for delivery, along with our current Seasonal Collection.

To get us all in the mood, here’s some Valentine’s Day Wedding Inspiration from a red-themed wedding from last winter:

My Time at the Florabundance Inspiration Design Days Workshop

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to attend the Inspiration Design Days Workshop hosted by Florabundance and Flutter Magazine. Lucky for me, this meant escaping subarctic temperatures of northern NH, to spend a week in beautiful Santa Barbara, California. What drew me to this workshop was the all-star line-up of presenters, including Alicia Swede, Amy Merrick, Holly Chapple, Sarah Winward, Francoise Weeks, Amy Osaba, and Tricia Saroya. As someone who is 100% self-taught as a designer, I couldn’t wait for the chance to learn from these industry greats! This adventure ended up being so much more than just a learning experience, and I am happy to share a little about this trip here on the blog today.
 
This workshop offered 3 days of intense hands-on design experiences at Lotusland in Santa Barbara, CA. We were given a tour of this indescribably beautiful 37 acre garden on our first day. I have never been to a place that sparked such inspiration and made me long for summer— and a chance to bury my hands in the dirt… Lotusland has varieties of trees, species of flowers, plants, insects and birds found nowhere else in the world.  If you ever get the opportunity to visit this amazing place, do yourself a favor and go!
 


 
Design classes covered a range of topics like organic and garden-inspired bouquet making, large-scale floral arrangements, centerpiece & tablescape design, color story, floral-tree making, foraging design materials, large-scale installations, and woodland-style design. 

Presenters did an awesome job of demonstrating techniques and providing structure, while allowing attendees to contribute their own ideas and questions as we went along. After each instruction, we created our own designs using gorgeous botanicals sourced from both local California flower farms and Florabundance Wholesale. To top it all off, Flutter Magazine was busy photographing our creations all week, which they plan to share throughout the year on their website and in their print magazine. This was truly a designer’s dream come true— I felt like a kid at girl scout camp! 
 
I met people from all over the world at the conference, including new friends and potential colleagues— I know we will continue to support each other and share with with one another as times goes on. I was away from my kids for the 1st time in 2 years, and my youngest, Simon, had never even gone a single night without me. A special thank you to my amazing husband, Dave, for holding down the fort while I fed my creative spirit and kicked off what is going to be another awesome year! My biggest achievement from the Florabundance experience is realizing the value of my work, and the new-found confidence and pride that comes with it!
 

New Winter Collection Just in time for Holiday Gifting!

Emily Herzig Floral - Holiday Centerpiece

Holiday Centerpiece

Season’s Greetings everyone!

I can hardly believe it’s the last weekend before Christmas, but am so excited to share a few pieces of news with you all. First off, we recently launched our new and improved website, including a new addition to the EH Floral delivery repertoire: The Seasonal Collection. The Winter Collection includes a nice variety of floral arrangements for any type of occasion, as well as some holiday treats- like pretty red and white centerpieces, custom wreaths, and a very classy Holiday Gift Basket featuring local products like Landaff Creamery Cheese.

For the winter, we’ve been getting gorgeous greenery (magnolia & cedar) from The Rocks Estate in Bethlehem. These look great in our custom wreaths and garlands that we make by hand here at the studio. It’s not too late to place an order for your holiday decorations, but call soon to ensure timely delivery!

And, if you’re looking for a last-minute gift idea that will last long after the season is over, Flower Subscriptions are a great option, especially for people that don’t want more “stuff” in their lives. Subscriptions are customized to be delivered as frequently as you choose. We’ve been providing this service to local businesses for a while now, and they’re catching on for private home delivery too. Because like who doesn’t love to receive fresh beautiful flowers every couple of weeks?

Wishing you a Warm and Happy Holiday!

Ali & Andrew’s Wedding at The Rock’s Estate

Ali & Andrew were married this past August at The Rock’s Estate,in nearby Bethlehem, New Hampshire. My lovely assistants and I sourced antique compote dishes from local antique shops for the centerpiece designs. Each piece was one of a kind, and included lots of colored Depression glass. This wedding had its own special feel, and getting to be a part of the antique treasure hunt made it especially memorable for us!

Thank you to Juan Maclean Photography for sharing these images. You can check out his post about the event here!

Flowers Used:
Olive branches (a special nod to Ali’s west coast roots), seeded eucalyptus, ferns, “Blushing Bride” protea, garden roses galore (“Patience”, “Romantic Antique”, “Juliet”) ranunculus, jasmine vine, clematis vine, anemones, dusty miller, astilbee, cosmos (local).

Contributor Credits:
Photography: Jaun Maclean Photography
Coordination: Emily St. Piere of All the Fuss Events
Catering: Chef Joe’s Catering

Ice Castle Inspiration for WellWed and Vermont Vows Magazines

Last winter, Meg Hamilton of Rodeo & Co Photography approached me with her idea to stage a photo shoot at the Ice Castles— an amazing life-size ice sculpture created by Ice Castles Inc. Meg’s inspiration was prompted by a family visit to the Ice Castles with her family.  Before long we had a whole ensemble of event professionals on board to help create a totally unique and inspired photo shoot. We’ve had the pleasure of working with WellWed and Vermont Vows before, and were really happy that they wanted to use the images for both publications. WellWed consistently features inspiring work from truly talented people, so getting on the cover is a huge compliment!

Sourcing props for photo shoots and themed events is my favorite treasure hunt- I wanted a grand look for this location, so was thrilled to track down pieces like the clear acrylic chairs and fluffy linens. Collaborating with fellow event professionals for a specific inspirational theme is such a blast! The incredibly kind and generous people from Vera Wang in NYC sent us 2 amazing dresses that fit Meg’s vision of a pale pink gown perfectly. I am especially thrilled with the frosted glass invitation created by Karen Bartolomei of Grapevine Paperie, whom I met at a photo shoot for Grace Ormonde Weddings back in 2008. Our gorgeous model, Cecily, handled the sub-zero temperature with aplomb, even smiling as she ate the ice cream (brrr!)

Speaking of ice cream, so much gorgeous, mouth-watering food went into the project— we had two cake designers: Wild Orchid Baking for the WellWed NH/ME issue, and Caketopia for the Vermont Vows issue. Not included in the magazine are the amazing talents of food stylist and restaurateur Emishika Alberini Chang Thai Café, who just so happens to be my sister in law!

Check out the Press Gallery for more about the WellWed Maine and New Hampshire and Vermont Vows features.

If you missed the Ice Castles last year, not to worry- they’ll be reconstructed this year in Lincoln, NH.

Flowers Used for this Shoot:
Ranunculus, Amaryllis, Hellebore, Sweet Peas, Solomon’s Seal, Nerine, Garden Spray Roses, Jasmine Vine, Silver Dollar Eucalyptus, Hyacinth, Peony, Scabiosa pods, Pussy Willow, Lisianthus.

Contributor Credits:
Photography: Rodeo & Co. Photography
Dress: Vera Wang
Model: Cecily Yarosh
Catering: Emshika Alberini of Chang Thai Café  
Invitations: Grapevine Paperie
Cake (WellWed NH/ME issue): Wild Orchid Baking Co
Cake (Vermont Vows issue): Caketopia
Rentals: Be Our Guest
Hair & Make-up: Fresh Salon
Ice Cream: Jenis Ice Cream
Jewelry: Ari Handmade