This styled shoot holds a special place in my heart. It was my first time working professionally with another creative, and my first time making something outside my comfort zone.
Up until this shoot, I had only been making small dried flower bouquets inside of shadow boxes. I had preserved my fair share of bridal bouquets, but never actually attempted to make one on my own. In hindsight, this ended up being a pivotal moment in my career as a florist designer and I'm so happy I went for this opportunity.
As a quick backstory, I met Taitt through her friend Madison, whom I was working with at the time. Madison was adamant that I meet her friend, as we both have very similar artistic styles. Fast forward to when Taitt and I planned to meet up at Starbucks for a "quick chat," and we ended up talking and brainstorming for several hours. I literally had a high after talking with her and discussing this Til Death themed shoot she was wanting to do. It was everything and more: dried flowers (obviously), skulls, darker tones, terracotta accents, and her friend Lauren as our model. (Which FYI, Lauren is also a super talented photographer). It was right up my alley of mixing death with beauty.
Taitt gave me free reign to make the dried bridal bouquet however I wanted to. So needless to say, I went all in with my favorites. Dried peach roses, cat tail grass, handpicked and dried wild blackberry lily, fresh lavender from my garden, dried mushrooms, turkey feathers from the farm location we shot at, ferns from my backyard, deconstructed roses, dried carnations, with fresh wildflowers to fill it out, all wrapped up in a macrame bouquet wrap with some velvet ribbon to accent it. It was beyond perfection.
Below is the link to checkout our magical day on November 8, 2019:
Photographer: Taitt Vosatka / Taittvosatka.photo
Model: Lauren Eidson / Laureneidsonphoto
Flowers: Hayley Charbonneau / Bear Flowers Preserved