easy floral arrangement diy

Say hello to Amy of Stella Bloom Designs, who is sharing this simple floral DIY along with tips for creating beautiful arrangements at home. This is a simple arrangement that anyone can put together with a combination of flowers from the flower mart (or your local grocery store) and ferns from your backyard (or your neighbor’s–we won’t tell!).

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Amy used the following ingredients in this arrangement:

  • vase of your choice
  • (1) bunch of white sweet peas
  • (5) stems of white ranunculus
  • (6) stems of safari sunset
  • (5) stems of leather fern
  • (5) stems of sword fern a few Salal leaves

She started out by making a “grid” using the stems of the ferns. Personally, I recommend achieving this by taping a grid on the vase (it’s just easier for us novices to hold stems in place).

easy floral arrangementsPro tip #1: cut stems at a diagonal angle to maximize the plant’s access to water in the vase. The diagonal cut increases the area of the stem that can absorb water.

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Next, Amy used the safari sunset to create the basic shape of the arrangement. She then filled in with the white sweet peas to create a full, whimsical element, finished with creamy white ranunculus to fill in any holes. That’s it!

easy floral arrangementseasy floral arrangementseasy floral arrangementsPro tip #2: look at your arrangement from all sides to make sure there are no “holes,” or spots that look a little empty (and would benefit from the addition of a bloom or two). If you’re running short on flowering stems, make sure the holes are clustered at the “back” of the arrangement, or the side of the arrangement that will be facing a wall or will otherwise be mostly unseen.

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Greenery is so popular right now and gives a fresh, modern look to pretty much any arrangement. You can use so many different kinds to create depth and texture, then add your favorite color for a pop (or keep it neutral with white blooms, like Amy did for this one).

liz & kevin in san luis obispo

While editing Kevin and Elisabeth’s wedding photos, I kept thinking, “it is well with my soul.”  Which doesn’t really have any significance for a wedding day (the song from which this phrase is derived was originally written in a time of mourning for the man who penned it), except that it conjures an image of peace.

And peace is the feeling I get looking at the photographs from the day Kevin and Liz said “I do” at Dallidet Adobe and Gardens in San Luis Obispo.  Just look at how they look at each other.  There are no words.

This is one of my favorite weddings from last year.  First of all, Liz and Kevin were a dream to hang out with.  It makes me so, so glad when a couple are relaxed and put their trust in me to do my thing on their wedding day, and that’s what they did.  Kevin and Elisabeth are incredibly beautiful, kind, contagiously happy people and my heart was bursting with joy the entire day.  A goofy smile was plastered to my face the entire time I edited their wedding photos (especially the cake shots — I laughed out loud more than once) and I hope you enjoy these, my favorite images of their June wedding celebration.

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ceremony + reception // dallidet adobe and gardens
getting ready location // madonna inn
wedding cake // madonna inn
hair stylist // dkw styling
second shooter // emily kappen

friday favorites: living by the beach

I live in Ventura.  I am minutes away from the Pacific Ocean, and yet I usually fail to take advantage of my proximity to the beach.  So in early February, I wandered to Ventura Pier just in time to catch the sunset. And snapped some photos, of course.  :)

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I hope everyone has a great weekend ahead!