Designing an arrangement gives me a feeling of accomplishment, and a lot of comfort. I’m Alex, and I’ve been falling in love with flowers for 3 years at Parie Designs.
Some things are made mindlessly, and I step back and think “woah, that’s amazing, how did I just come up with that?" And others are made with such intent and emotion. I really put myself in my design. I work through a lot of personal feelings making beautiful things for others. It’s like therapy for me, a place to release what’s going on in my head and heart (the good and the bad).
But there’s also the mechanics of making arrangements. That can be the tricky part from time to time. Producing depth, color palates, angles, and choosing the flowers that work best for the style or container. The flowers tend to decide for you where they are going in the mix. Based off of their shape, or the direction their stem wants to go, and the size of the bloom. It tells me, as the designer, what to do.
With this arrangement, I based the design off of what we have fresh in our cooler this week. Lots of sweet ranunculus, roses, pieris japonica, sweet pea. And my favorite, the greenery; jasmine, elkhorn moss, and baby eucalyptus. I’m feeling the spring fever this week, and I’m ready for warm weather and wedding florals! I wanted to make an arrangement with mostly greenery and a touch of floral. (Greenery has become such an obsession of mine over the last few years.) However, true to what I said about the flowers deciding for you, so does the arrangement. It doesn’t always end up the way you planned, but it's usually for the better. I went with a mostly monochromatic color palate: pinks and creamy whites, with a touch of peachy yellows.