Happy Valentines Day to all of you!! This morning I (emmy) was at my wonderful monday morning yoga class with my beautiful photographer friends and our amazing teacher Maria asked us at the end of the session to bring to mind those people and places who bring us our bliss. I love the word bliss, just the sound of it. My bliss comes from my incredible husband, who not only shares our greatest passion in making photographs but who is also my best friend in every way, my morning walks with our pup Honey and how we always stop at the end of the route to watch the ducks together, those are just a couple that I thought of today. Another is the bliss I get from making things with my hands and gifting them to others. I love making things, even though I am often messy and I always take longer than I think I will. It means so much more to me to have made it… just for you. Soon I am heading out to deliver some little Valentines treats to our lovely wedding clients. I thought today on Valentines I would share some of the bliss I have found creating this for them. The paper hearts and cookies were made by me and those delicious litle chocolates are from our neighbourhood pub and sweet shop at Spinnakers xxoo have a love-filled day!
Monthly Archives: February 2011
I love flowers, love them. All summer I tried my hand at various arrangements from my garden. I became very very good at the bed-head equivalent of floral design. “Oh I like it looking a bit messy” I would tell myself. Not quite true, I just didn’t know what I was doing. One recent friday afternoon I had the great delight of stepping behind the scenes at Victoria’s newest and I have to say cutest floral design boutique Rook & Rose. The shop is owned and directed by the lovely Erica, who studied floral design in Australia, and she has a team helpers like Cara and Nora to assist. I was so excited for this shoot because I always see the finished product but have no idea how it all comes together. The day of my visit was quite busy with buckets of ranunculus, tulips, anemones, and peonies all being turned into beautiful little teacup centre pieces and bouquets for a wedding. Erica’s inspiration comes from a lot of different sources – little inspiration boards in antique frames highlight vintage, retro, high fashion – all with her own twist. Erica puts so much heart into her work. Like us, she has an old Smith Corona handed down to her and aptly named Daphne – she hand types the little price tags and notes for around the shop and for clients. I loved looking at all her little fabric swatches and style articles pinned up on cork boards – if I had a flower shop I would imagine it just like this and with these exact people. I had such a fantastic afternoon watching them create, listening to The Shins, and laughing. I am so happy to be sharing these images of this little shop – and for all you brides out there – if you like what you see you better call her quick because word has gotten out about the unique style of The Rook & Rose and wedding bookings fill up fast! Many thanks to my new friends Erica, Cara, and Nora for letting me share the afternoon with you!!