We are back with a January installment of our floral encyclopedia with Jenni Kayne. This lush arrangement is comprised of early spring blooms arranged in a ceramic vase by Mt. Washington Pottery. The wabi-sabi aesthetic of the handmade vessel adds to the arrangement’s playful proportions. Earthy yellows, rich greens, and a touch of blue tell a color story that’s unexpected, yet warm and welcoming. Perfectly undone early spring blooms (my favorite to design with) emphasize the meeting place of winter and spring.
A new season means a new opportunity to collaborate with Jenni Kayne. I am expecting a new baby and have a strong penchant for comfort right now, so it feels fitting that our fall display is done in warm shades of golden yellow. I’m in love with early autumnal meadow-style florals and this color story - pale nude, citrus, and chartreuse - is one I could live in forever! I loved using Caleb Siemon’s vase too. The top half of is translucent so you can see more of the materials, while the opaque bottom half hides the rest. Perfect for autumn arrangements!
When Heather Taylor calls to say she wants to shoot a few of her new linens in a "fall fashion" we find ourselves immediately hopping in the car and heading to the Flower Market. This is the second time we have done a shoot with Heather and photographer, Jen Peffley, and both times have been such a great experiences. We love having a bunch of women in the studio, collaborating to create images that depict a fun and effortless vibe - which is exactly how each set up evolved. When you have Heather's linens as a base, finding inspired ways to to combine them with seasonal florals is easy!
In our latest collaboration with Crate & Barrel we wanted to show readers what we love about an Early Fall Botanical Arrangement and how they could create the same look on their own with C&B's new textured vases.
We were inspired by late summer meadows. The grasses and dried flowers that fill up the stretches of pasture in late August. These vases have such beautiful texture and shape while also feeling light and airy like the floral ingredients. We used the vases to house our findings from what we gathered to make our wreath. All the ingredients fit so perfectly together here and will dry nicely in the vases, as well as in the wreath. We feel the wildness of the natural meadow is reflected here in the composition. Accented with hand dyed silk ribbon, our wreath and these vases work so well together.
We also just added this stunner to our portfolio because we can not get enough of Sam & Pat's Rancho Dos Pueblos wedding shot by one of our favorites, Jose Villa, last fall. Give us a bluff, a beach, a barn and a vintage car any day!
Using a beautiful hand-carved vase by Mt. Washington Pottery as a starting point, we put together our floral arrangement for us the the Summer Encyclopedia on Rip & Tan. My inspiration was simply “the summer garden”; most of the flowers were cut from my own backyard, while a few were purchased from her local nursery. I love the long, trailing shapes on display here in summery shades of green and white and deep chocolate hues for some added depth and moodiness.
Out in this month's Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine is the wedding of one of our most fun clients from 2016. When our studio mates, Duet Weddings, first brought Perri & Phil to our studio with their design plan of guest providing the color during their wedding day, we knew it was a match made in heaven! Not only were they getting married at Klentner Ranch, a location we had never worked at (which is always exciting!), we had the opportunity to take the theme of white on white on white to a whole new level. Using color only in the ceremony and cocktail hour, we focused on one flower and one flower only for the reception…white clematis. And it could not have been more refreshing or beautiful!
We love a winter wedding here at Moon Canyon, so the second Bash Please asked what we would think about a four event weekend in Denver we started packing our bags. Early February marks the start of the blooming season for so many of our favorite flowers - white daffodils, quince and ranunculus. That combined with foraged dried grasses and brambly bits which we hung from the tent structure made for one of our favorite weddings to date. You can see more on Green Weddings Shoes.
I loved using this strong, sculptural leather Made Solid vase from Jenni Kayne for the Spring Encyclopedia on Rip & Tan. I really wanted to bring the bouquet back down to earth while allowing the materials to twist and turn freely, proving that the vessel you choose to display your stems can be just as impactful as the materials themselves! I also think this arrangement is a lesson in “less is more”; it’s comprised of just four florals and yet it has a very lush, statement-making presence. Classic spring flowers really are the best in that way.
AUTUMNAL PASADENA WEDDING featured in MARTHA STEWART WEDDINGS
Emily and Grant's wedding is one of those rare occasions where I got to be a part of a dear friend's special day. Emily and I have worked together on over 30 weddings when she was working with Bash, Please, so getting to flower her wedding was a true dream.
E + G's wedding took place in early fall at the groom's Pasadena family home. The Tudor home and garden was a beautiful backdrop for this classically designed wedding.
We used seasonal blooms such as peegee hydrangea, garden roses, and chocolate cosmos.
MOON CANYON X MAST CHOCOLATE
This valentine's day we had the pleasure of partnering with Mast Brother's Chocolate in DTLA. We were there for four days with so many pretty flowers.
Bri and I have been hosting workshops together for years now and I love each one more and more. This fall wreath workshop was such an inspirational day for me. Its so rare I get to just sit and play with no client dictation or event design parameters. This was just me and the Moon Crew pulling from my dried stash and shopping the market to source beautoful product.
Moon Canyon named one of Harper's Bazaar's top wedding florist of 2017
What an honor to be named one of this years Top Wedding Florists by Harper's Bazaar. Im in this industry for two reasons mainly... 1. my obsession with flowers :) and 2. Getting to work with really amazing couples who inspire me with their wedding day dreams. Its a joy to be recognized for all the hard work and I couldn't be more grateful to Harper's for placing me along side such raw talents in the flower game.
WINTER WHITE SHOOT
We have been working with Crate & Barrel for some time now on creating seasonal floral arrangements using their vases and vessels. This shoot was delightfully different in that they challenged us to use their new line of silk florals and foliage. I love what we came up with and think it's a very practical way to use flowering branches in your home.
When Kate Berry called about doing a shoot for the winter issue of Domino Magazine I was at once completely flattered and floored.
I worked with Kate on a wedding at El Capitan for Martha Weddings and ever since we had been trying to doing something together again.
This story was all about winter greens, flowering bulbs and california dried foliage. Basically Kate said run with it and I totally did.
Winter bulbs such as narcissus and amaryllis was my starting point of inspiration. Using California foliage such as bay leaf, olive, and cedar really was a nod to holiday and winter.
The colors and textures of autumn in LA are really really beautiful. The hills become still, dusty, and brown. The grasses become the color of sand.
This shoot was a study in texture you could say. I layered this sandy textured backdrop with Mt. Washington Pottery and foraged grasses and gourds. All of these elements played so well together.
Marc + Petra's Santa Barbara picnic wedding is one of those rare occasions where all the stars align. Not only are they a wonderful couple but they are artists (with great taste).
Duet Weddings lead the march on this one designing a picnic wedding... picnic baskets, blankets and all. Petra's dress really helped inspired the whole vibe of the event. Her custom couture dress designed by her good friend Stella McCartney was mind blowingly beautiful. The vintage botanical printed skirt gave me the green light to use colors I rarely get to for weddings...red, yellow, and plums! This created a beautiful colors story.
Corbin Gurkin captured all the beauty of the day. This wedding was originally shared on Martha Weddings and is now the first feature of Harpperz Bazzar's new venture into weddings.
At the beginning of this year I decided to rebrand Moon Canyon. It had been a few years since we last visited the ethos, philosophy, and image of what best represented our little flower company. While it seemed so much had changed and we had experienced serious growth I was pleasantly surprised that at the core of what we do not much had altered.
I have spent the better half of my life in the flower industry (read roaming around the flower market, early mornings, coffee in hand, searching for...something pretty). At this point I cannot even think about what Moon Canyon is without thinking about myself and how I got here.
How we got here together, really.
This trip down memory lane was inspiring to say the least. This whole company was created so I could do what I love...I know cheesy. But it's true. I have a real problem with wanting to see what's in my head come out. I want to make shit all the time.
When I started MC I was 27 and had moved around so much trying to feel comfortable somewhere. I had been trying to find my "forever job" but with every low I went back to flowers. It was where my meditation was. Where I could breath and work through my problems. Finally I decided I had to give in and do something with 100% of my being. Give it all up and see what was left.
While I grew Moon Canyon I was growing up myself. Learning to give myself what I needed in order to be "successful" in business provided way more for me personally then I had ever imagined. Balancing my creative "know-it-all" side with humbling business practises.
Today, I am a wife, business owner and mother. None of which would have been possible had I not manifested my inner joy, which is Moon Canyon. So that is where I ended up. Realizing this is the place of joy and bliss for me. That I want very much for those who we work with to feel their own joy and bliss. Yes, we make flowers, but we make them because they speak to us, and at times others need them to speak for them, and that's what we do. Tell the stories of others through a season, a poetic floral movement, and a composition of flowers. It's very simple.
Welcome to the new Moon Canyon Journal. Ill keep my voice very sincere here so that we can keep this whole thing real. Thank you for being here!