I was lucky enough to attend one of Ariella Chezar’s workshops last year, and it was such a treat to see her in action. Corbin Gurkin was at the most recent workshop and captured it beautifully.

Says Ariella, “After years of hosting workshops in far off locales, I chose my home turf of the Berkshires for the most recent one. It’s such a spectacular time of year round these parts, and the flowers, all in their final hurrah, are marvelous. It was such a treat to share what I love in a place that I love.”

Ariella’s three-day Master Class workshops include bridal bouquets, large and small compote arrangements, tall branch and vine arrangements, as well as a complete tablescape…

I absolutely adore Ariella’s creative use of items like tomatoes and peppers (sometime fruit and berries). I mean, how sweet and fun are these chair garlands?!


Thanks to Snippet & Ink Select vendors Ariella and Corbin for sharing these beautiful photos of a stunning workshop!

Photography: Corbin Gurkin / Floral Master Class: Ariella Chezar / Location: Stonover Farm in Lenox, Massachussettss / Food: Chef Jennifer Lee / Model, dress design: Jeni Wrightson of Prairie Clothing Co.
  • Ariella Chezar Floral Workshop

    6 November 2013
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    There are so many fun ways for flower girls to be, well, flower girls! No need to limit their flowers to petals in a basket. Photographer Christina McNeill teamed up with florist Kiana Underwood from  Naked Bouquet to bring us some darling ideas, from pretty head wreaths to sweet nosegays.

    For this French wire basket, Kiana incorporated fruit to give them an organic quality and some texture.

    A small bouquet of peach garden roses is lovely for a junior bridesmaid.

    Says Kiana, “The garland, with garden roses, eucalyptus, astilbe, and smoke can be used in so many different ways, and makes an amazing statement piece when carried by one, two or three flower girls.”

    No reason wrist corsages should be limited to mothers and grandmothers – they’re perfectly sweet for flower girls, too!

    Queensland tulips add sophistication to this pomander and nosegay.

    For something especially simple, but still sweet, flower girls can carry a single stem like one perfect peony.

    How’s this for a twist on the traditional flower girl cone? An ice cream cone filled with gardenia blooms and leaves!

    So sweet! Which ideas do you love most for your flower girls? And of course, a big thanks to Christina McNeill and Naked Bouquet for sharing these darling and creative ideas with us. (By the way – don’t miss Christina’s brand new website!)

    See even more creative flower girl ideas in the gallery.


    Christina McNeill is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink.

    Photography: Christina McNeill / Floral Design: Tulipina / Hair: Lia Negrete / Venue: Kohl Mansion in Burlingame, California / Dresses: Zara, J. Crew
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    What better way to kick off this 4th of July holiday week than with a list of our favorite popsicles for grown-ups! They’re fun and unexpected – a perfect last minute party treat or signature cocktail for your summer wedding! Which one will you freeze up first?

    Classic Cocktail Popsicle Recipes:

    Mai Tai Tiki Pops / Black Russian/White Russian / Margarita Ice Pops / Dark & Stormy / Bellini Pops  / French 75 / Mojito Popsicles / Dirty Pirate Poptail


    Boozy Citrus Popsicle Recipes: 

    Lemon Vodka Cream Pop / Campari Citrus Pop / Lemon Pale Ale Popsicle / Frozen Lime Rickey Popsicle / Maple Brown Derby Cocktail Pop


    Boozy Fruity Popsicle Recipes: 
    Cherry Apple Whiskey Sour  / Blueberry Moonshine / 4th of July Cooler  / Mango Mojito  / White Sangria / Blueberry Basil / Lychee Saketini / Blueberry Cabernet Cheesecake  / Bourbon Peaches & Cream / Watermelon Mint Tequila  / Sour Cream Cherry Tequila / Prosecco Fruit Pops

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    Brides have long worn flowers in their hair, both fresh and faux. Today, photographer Corbin Gurkin and Anne Bowen from Stems in Charleston bring us some totally romantic ideas for wearing flowers in your hair…

    Replacing traditional wax flowers, verbena flowers are paired with a vintage lace veil.

    Below, lily-of-the-valley, miniature ivy and white licorice plant are twisted into an open-front head wreath.

    A single gardenia or white peony is pinned behind the ear. Winchester peplum gown by Carol Hannah.

    Hellebores, jasmine and coral bells dress up a low chignon.

    A wreath of hellebores is tied with Midori feather velvet ribbon in dusty rose. The result is perfectly boho romantic when paired with a blush vintage gown.

    No reason flowers have to stand alone. Here, lily-of-the-valley and kalanchoe are clustered with a feather and vintage brooch. Monticello v-neck silk chiffon gown by Carol Hannah.

    This fresh spring bouquet includes sweet peas, hosta, white licorice plant, hallemore,  tillandsia, coral belles, and lily-of-the-valley.


    Thank you to Corbin Gurkin and Anne Bowen for sending over these beautiful bridal looks!


    See all of the bridal hair flower looks in the gallery.

    Photographer: Corbin Gurkin / Floral Designer: Anne Bowen of Stems Charleston / Gowns: Carol Hannah and vintage / Styling: Lindsey Nowak / Hair, Makeup: Ashley Brook Perryman
  • How to Wear Flowers in Your Hair

    12 June 2013
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    When it comes to wedding expenses, sometimes it’s hard to understand just why a particular element costs what it does, or why there’s such a range in rates. Something as seemingly simple as cake can cost anywhere from $1.50 to $12.00 a slice! Well today we thought we’d take a look at bridal bouquets to see if we could better understand some of the factors that might result in a certain price tag…

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    1. The Flowers

    Let’s start with the most obvious thing: the flowers themselves. For all flowers, there is the cost of labor and resources required to grow and transport them, which can fluctuate based on things like weather and the cost of gas. And of course some flowers are easier to grow and/or transport (in-season sunflowers, for example), while others are more difficult and delicate (say, cattleya orchids).

    Just like with fruits and vegetables, seasonality affects both the quality and cost of flowers. If you want peonies at the tail end of the season, they won’t be as full or lush as their peak-season counterparts, so you’ll need more stems to get the same effect. You might even be able to get peonies in November, but they have to be shipped from around the world, meaning you pay extra transportation cost.

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    2. The Florist

    Sometimes called a floral designer, the florist you hire will play a role in what you pay for a bouquet. The more experienced, skilled, and in-demand the florist, the more they can charge for their work.

    In addition to their time and talent, and the retail mark-up on materials, florists have overhead expenses you might not expect, and that gets factored into what they charge: rent and utilities (retail space or work space), transportation costs (to and from market, to and from venue), and supplies (tape, foam, tools, buckets), to name a few. And as with everything else, their costs depend on location (overhead will be higher in San Francisco than in Milwaukee), which results in a higher or lower mark-up on their product.

    Florists may also have to purchase more flowers than they’ll actually end up using in your bouquet. Even if a bouquet will only include 6 tulips, the florist might need to buy twice that many to guarantee they open the right amount at the right time, and that they aren’t damaged or bruised.

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    3. The Bouquet

    And then there’s the bouquet itself. A large bouquet of tulips will obviously cost more than a smaller bouquet of tulips. If your bouquet includes more delicate flowers that require refrigeration, you may end up paying more. And what about the size of each flower? Garden roses and lily-of-the-valley might each cost $10 a stem, but you’ll need far fewer garden roses to make an impact.

    Something we see a lot in wedding magazines and blogs is bouquets tied with beautiful ribbon – not something that immediately comes to mind as an expense! Though some brides prefer a simple ribbon wrap, a more elaborate ribbon embellishment will cost more – and that cost goes up depending on the quality of the ribbon, which can run anywhere from $4 to $20 a yard.

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    If you’re thinking about your own wedding bouquet, and wondering how all these things might factor into what you carry down the aisle, here are three similarly-styled bouquets, each from the same Los Angeles-based florist, with three different price tags…


    $150 Bouquet

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    Some of the reasons this might be a $150 bouquet: medium size, use of a few expensive garden roses, use of less expensive sweet peas and crab apple to fill things out, simple color scheme and design.


    $250 Bouquet

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    Why this bouquet might cost $250: slightly larger size, uses more large flowers than the previous bouquet (such as peonies, lilac, and ranunculus), uses fewer “filler” flowers like sweet pea and crab apple, accented with four unique ribbons.


    $350 Bouquet

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    Now for a major splurge! Reasons this bouquet might run you $350: quite a large bouquet, almost no “filler” flowers except to add some texture, uses more of the expensive flowers (such as lilac, peonies, garden roses) with the addition of even more expensive clematis, tied with antique French velvet ribbon, more elaborate overall design and color scheme.


    While it’s good to have a sense of what’s available for your budget, a smaller budget doesn’t have to mean low expectations; it just means being more flexible. A good florist should be able to listen to your ideas and then work within your budget to create something that you’ll love – even if it’s not an exact replica of what you originally had in mind. Who knows – you might just find that a bouquet starring ranunculus can be just as beautiful as a handful of peonies!


    Thanks to Twig & TwineAdelphi Productions, and Christina McNeill for sharing these inspiring bouquets with us! You can see more photos of these bouquets in the gallery.

    Photographer:  Christina McNeill / Florist: Twig & Twine / Event Planner, Stylist: Heather Johnson Mullin with Adelphi Productions / Venue: Santa Barbara Historical Museum in Santa Barbara, California
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