2016 Bouquet Wrap-Up

2017 has arrived, so here's a look back at some hand-held goodness from 2016! I'm so thankful for all of my wonderful clients and for the amazing vendors I had the privilege to work with this year! Here's a sampling of bouquets I am honored to have been able to make for some of the lovely Brides and Bridesmaids of 2016!  Thank you!

Photos by: Aster & Olive , Suzuran, Lauren Gabrielle, Austin & Rachel, Mann & Wife, Lane Baldwin,  and Renee Lemaire 



A September wedding worth revisiting!

A creative herself, Jeni, of In Color Order, was such a joy to work with! Being an out-of-state bride, she and I communicated exclusively via email, yet because of Jeni's clear and organized vision, coupled with her level of trust in me, the results were refreshing and just plain lovely! The wedding took place at a beautiful, private residence on an overcast day in early autumn, and Imagen Photography did an amazing job capturing all the goodness of the day! 

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2015 Bouquet Wrap-Up

This was a wonderful year for Fair Rarity Flowers! I am so thankful for all of the fabulous clients and vendors who helped make it amazing! Looking forward to more bouquets in 2016! Happy New Year! 

Although I have more to thank than in this post, here are the photographers responsible for the pictures below:

Emily Millay, Suzuran, Addison Jones, Studio Elle, Aster & Olive, Mallory + Justin, Full Bloom.

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Project Two Roll with Lane Baldwin

Lane, of Lane Baldwin Photography, who has been such a wonderful help in growing my business and is just a GOOD, down to earth person, asked me if I could be her 1st subject in a personal film project she wanted to embark upon. Film, not a movie, just an old-fashioned roll of film in a camera. It limits the photographer’s ability to click away a gazillion times for the right shot, but it renders purely beautiful photos, which are crisp and clean and timeless. I was in, and so thankful for the opportunity!

Lane wanted a space filled with natural light and Suzanne of Suzuran Photography offered to let us use her studio space. That studio is a dream! It’s very white and bright and filled with nothing but unique, vintage, and eclectic taste and style. Lane thought it would be cool to shoot me building a bouquet from start to finish, so that’s what we did. I used garden roses, sweet peas, hanging amaranthus, tulips, rice flower, kangaroo paw, and my favorite from the bouquet, jasmine!



My very favorite green snips (circa 2002) have been with me since my Chelsea, NYC days. That’s a pretty long life for a cheap pair of flower scissors!

My very favorite green snips (circa 2002) have been with me since my Chelsea, NYC days. That’s a pretty long life for a cheap pair of flower scissors!

Krista & Kyle at Squire's Castle

When Krista told me that her wedding colors were red and aqua, I got excited! Not that I don’t LOVE all the softness and coordinating colors of the majority of my work,  but to get to use two bold colors together was a treat! Red and aqua remind me of the 1950’s kitchen I wish I owned: retro, spunky, fresh, and clean, and Squire’s Castle is the epitome of old world charm! Photographer, Too Much Awesomeness captured the mix of retro meets antique perfectly!

Cristy & Denney's Patterson Fruit Farm Wedding

Cristy and Denney were married on August 1st at Patterson Fruit Farm, a serene and picturesque place for a wedding! August 1st happens to be my wedding anniversary too, so I’m kind of partial to that date! Cristy was such a wonderful bride to work with! Easy-going and kind, she offered her inspiration and allowed me the freedom to design without a ton of restrictions! Lane Baldwin captured the beautiful day as wonderfully as she always does. It was just a lovely day with lovely people, and here are a handful of the flower photos to show for it! To view Lane Baldwin Photography’s full blog post starring Cristy and Denney, click here!

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Ballet in Cleveland Presents: The Ashley Bouder Project

Ballet has been my life since I was a tiny seed inside my beautiful ballet mother’s womb. Flowers became half my life when I needed to work to help support my ballet training and beyond. I am so thankful this many years later to have both art forms going strong in my life!

I met Jessica Wallis, founder of Ballet in Cleveland, through Cleveland Ballet Conservatory, where I’m currently an instructor. She found out that I was not only a ballet teacher, but a florist as well, and the wheels began to turn! Jessica had Ballet in Cleveland’s First Annual Gala coming up and asked if I could do the flowers for the event. Ballet and flowers in the same place? Yes, please!

Fast forward to October 2014 and we have The Ashley Bouder Project! What an amazing event to be apart of as a ballet lover, teacher, and floral designer!  Jessica wanted to go with a Red and Black color scheme to coincide with Joshua Beamish’s world premier, Rouge et Noir, but also wanted to keep an autumnesque vibe going. The result: white pumpkins wrapped in black lace, set upon red glass cake plates, with an abundance of red candles and red rose petals surrounding! Couple this with Bin 216’s art deco darkness and it looked pretty rouge et noir to me.

I am honored to be Ballet in Cleveland’s florist and look forward to their next special event which most certainly will not disappoint! Two words: Misty Copeland!

Photos by Rachel Shehy