I would love to take the credit for coming up with the idea to do a Rodarte Spring 2019 inspired hair couture look, but it was all Anchyi. We are planning another flora couture shoot coming up in October, and she must have known I would be obsessed with the inspiration.Read More
The best part about the party was that everyone brought their dogs, and a local rescue, Lucky Dog, even brought some of their adorable adoptables.
LOL, I have to say it is kind of true - the pets matched their owners.
When there was a quick worry that the dogs would not be allowed on the grass, Sugar Plum Tents stepped in to not only provide a tent entrance, but a fence as well!
You might have already seen this tipsy puppy I created for the event, but here he is again in all his mossy glory.
Slainte! Cheers to Sarah and Keith who are celebrating their first wedding anniversary this weekend. The photos of their classic Old Town, Alexandria wedding are so beautiful and full of happiness that I thought they deserved another look.
Happy First Anniversary and Cheers!
Ever heard the quote, “August is the Sunday of summer” ?
Well, it’s Labor Day weekend and here we are. Welcome to September.
On that note, let’s take a look back at a summer wedding I designed for in June. With the help of Janice Carnevale from Bellwether Events, Bride and Groom Kearney and Brent planned a very D.C. wedding with their rooftop ceremony at 101 Constitution (oh the views!) followed by dinner downstairs at Charlie Palmer’s. Here’s a closer look at Kearney and Brent’s special day. I’m missing summer already!Read More
The wedding engagement. Such a sweet and romantic time that can be fleeting once planning and preparations for the big day get underway. I love how photographer Meg Lucks of Luck & Love Photography captured this special season for a bride and groom-to-be in Annapolis, Maryland. And I am honored that the bouquet I designed is featured in their engagement photos.
Interested in adding flowers to your engagement photos? Contact me! I'd love to work with you.
Do you remember in class when the teacher said "there is no such thing as a stupid question" and "if you are wondering that then chances are so are your classmates?" Well, the same applies when it comes to wedding flowers. I have so many brides emailing and calling wondering what the next steps are, apologizing for their lack of knowledge and feeling completely overwhelmed.Read More
I have so many photos of bouquets, but when it comes to boutonnieres and corsages I actually have very few images. So here are a few I have pulled together. Some taken by professionals and some just taken by me! Enjoy and feel free to reach out if you have any questions.Read More
In Washington, there is no greater honor than having an opportunity to design for the White House (regardless of who is president or what political party you belong to). Pretty much since its formation under the Kennedy Administration, the White House flower shop has had a closed door policy with only a few people ever getting a glimpse of its inner workings.Read More
As a florist living in the D.C. area, I am no stranger to the request for a Cherry Blossom wedding. I get it; they are beautiful, romantic and iconic, but I would also be lying if I said I didn't cringe every time those two little words are uttered.Read More
Wondering what to do with all those extra save the date cards, invitations and programs? Finding yourself too sentimental to throw them out?
Make an ornament keepsake of course!
I know the temptation to rush out and choose every vendor for your day is real. Instead, consider relaxing just a beat and make a few key decisions first.
1. Do you need full wedding coordination or just month-of or day-of?Read More
Last week I found myself outside walking around looking for goodies to cut. Living in a city, not the countryside, has taught me to be very mindful of what I cut and how I cut it.
As I was snipping away, I was inspired to share my thoughts about the subject of foraging on my Insta Stories. Here is a quick recap in case you missed it.Read More
The walk through is an excellent time to really look at a space and see what can be added (or scratched) to enhance the experience.Read More
"Why are wedding flowers so expensive?" This is a question I get a lot, and I wanted to take a quick moment to break down the different factors that contribute to a $$$$$ flower proposal.
5) The venue is over an hour away. When you choose an amazing location like a vineyard, chateau, or private estate, the extra costs of transportation, work space and on-site labor just add up.Read More
I share my secrets. Yup, you heard it here first. I absolutely love telling people how I did something or where I bought something or what I am thinking about doing next.Read More
Wednesday was a pretty fun day. Not only was it my son Finnley's 1st birthday and my nephew's high school graduation, but I also had a chance to sit down with some of D.C.'s top planners to decorate cookies!Read More
If you are reading this, then you probably already know that I am a floral designer who launched her own business in January 2017. (If you don't know me, scroll down to the "About Me" blog just before this one.)Read More
Family. Flowers. Sweets... And if I'm being totally honest, reality TV.
Hi, I'm Atelier Ashley, at least that's what my friends have been calling me lately. But that's ok, I like it. I also like desserts, emails and a hundred other things I could tell you about. Instead, I am going to try to focus on why I decided to open my own shop.
My son Finnley will be a one year old on June 21. I insist that he is a Gemini (like his mama) even though it could be argued that he is technically a Cancer.
To say that life has changed would be cliche, to say that having a baby rocked my world in ways that I couldn't have imagined would be an understatement. Recently, I learned that the brain literally changes after childbirth. Hmm, good to know.
For the last 10 years, I have been perfectly happy being a lead designer in other people's shops. Life was easy. Go to work, make beautiful things, go home, paint and craft. No real responsibility, no real reward.
I had planned to take a year off to just be Finnley's mommy. But about three weeks in, I knew that without flowers and a creative outlet, I was not my best self. So I started scrambling.
I tried this, then that. Planned for this, then planned for that, but nothing was really coming together. Floundering, it soon became clear to me that the time had come to take a chance and go all in on starting a studio of my own.
That was in January and it has been full steam ahead. If I'm being 100% honest, I will tell you that it has not been entirely easy to find clients. I spend a good part of my days reaching out to wedding planners, venues, photographers and other wedding professionals to let them know I have gone out on my own and would love an opportunity to collaborate with them.
Surprisingly, or not surprisingly, it has been the love from other established florists (shout out to Lisa Sommer of Petals and Promises in particular) that has sent brides my way and helped me to start filling dates on my 2017 calendar. I couldn't be more grateful.
The autonomy of being my own boss is motivating, but the ability to offer designs, creative ideas and budget friendly solutions is even more empowering.
It feels good to say "yes" and know that I can deliver what I have promised.
In Boston, I took a Saturday afternoon Master Class with Ariella Chezar in which we were bestowed with some stunning flowers. Green and salmon tulips, fragrant hyasinths, bulbous ranunculous, apple green hellebore and the most delicate peach centered daffadils I have ever encountered.Read More