Tuesday, July 31, 2012

And the Aviator Flew Home

When It Comes to Family...
Creating funeral flowers for a loved one is a difficult task in itself but when I was asked to create the designs for my sisters husband I knew it was something I had to do. I had to put all my emotions aside and make this happen for my sister. Hand-selecting the blossoms I would be using was one of the most important things I had to do. The family wanted all white but really wanted me to put my own spin on it.

The Softer Side of the Big Guy
Vince loved flowers as everyone knew. His garden was full of life and blooms at all different times of the year. His landscaping has over a dozen different trees and numerous shrubs and plants not to mention the flowers. Vince was a pilot, aviator, and FAA inspector so we certainly had to incorporate something special in the design.

Something Special on the Horizon
The family and I went through Vince's garage and saw this beautiful yellow and black airplane and knew immediately we had to use it. Then across the room was an old gas pump which would become the foot piece. I this was going to be really unusual. I had never done a job so close to the heart so it had to be above and beyond anything I've done before. The designs came together with ease as if an angel was guiding my hands over the flowers. I stayed up all night and surprisingly was not tired. I guess the body knows when giving out is not an option.

Private Moments
The morning of the delivery was a bright clear day. I knew I had to be strong. I felt so extremely fortunate to have private moments with Vince. He watched over me as I placed all the flowers around him, enveloping him with beauty and fragrance. The orchids spilled out over the casket as if they had grown there for years. The crisp white flowers looked simply stunning against the cherry wood casket. I gently placed a satin pillow and floral rosary at his feet on top the velvet blanket. The room was quiet and still except for the snipping of my shears but I know he didn't mind. I spoke to him softly and vowed to keep my promise to him I had made the night before. He looked at peace and I knew it was good. He was finally at rest.

...and the aviator flew home

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Soup to Nuts this Bride did it all

The moment the bright-eyed quirky girl walked through the door I knew instantly I would have a connection with her. She was an artist, I could tell. Lisa Falls is a bride who was not only determined to save money but wanted to take on the daunting task of planning, coordinating, designing, decorating and catering her own wedding. With help from some professionals and friends she was able to pull off a beautiful, magical and cost effective event. Here are the pictures to prove it.
Flowers supplied by Valerie McNichols, Pennock Tri-State Floral
Flowers and Decor designed by Lisa Falls
Catering by Lisa Falls
Mikal Benz of Micari Arts Philly designed and created all of the bride's jewelry
Conrad Erb Photography
Hair flowers were designed by Marie Ellen.
Floral bouquets designed by Leslie Richardson and Dawn Haussler {Terran}

Congratulations Lisa & Mike

Monday, July 16, 2012

Through the eyes of a 9 year old...

Kevin James McHugh, born August 20, 2002, my godchild. Every proud aunt sees their nephew as the cats meow, Kevin James is no exception. He is the cats meow! On July 14th I saw a completely different side of him. This super sporty, and exuberant kid took held of my Nikon D90 and started shooting away. I gave him some quick pointer and tips but for the most part he seemed like a natural. He shot over 100 pictures that day, some of which were exceptional. This is Philadelphia in his eyes, behind the lens.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Gnarly Wood

Manzanita is a common name for many species of the genus Arctostaphylos. They are evergreen shrubs or small trees present in the chaparral biome of western North America, where they occur from southern British Columbia, Washington to California, Arizona and New Mexico in the United States, and throughout much of northern and central Mexico. They are characterized by smooth, orange or red bark and stiff, twisting branches. There are 106 species of manzanita, 95 of which are found in the Mediterranean climate and colder mountainous regions of California, ranging from ground-hugging coastal and mountain species to small trees up to 20 feet (6m) tall. Manzanitas bloom in the winter to early spring and carry berries in spring and summer.[1] The berries and flowers of most species are edible.