What a son won't do for his mother. Designed and executed in four days with little time to plan. This was a complete expression of creativity! After I flew home from Australia my good friend Kara accompanied me with this event, taking two full days to complete. We found ourselves in awe over what we had created, given the guidelines of contemporary/modern and exotic. Each centerpiece was a double arrangement for the dining and then the reception. This wedding will forever stand out as one of my masterpieces.
A gift to my new sister in law. The theme fore this wedding was a mix of cultures. Egyptian, Muslim, Celtic, Contemporary and Modern were the requirements. Congratulations!
This was the first Hardcore themed wedding I have ever done. RENAISSANCE MEETS LORD OF THE RINGS! Stricken with an intricate request, I was told nothing traditional by the groom and no super contemporary or asymmetrical designs by the bride with the colors of black, purple, white and red. The fire pit arrangement is one of my favorites, lit, this thing was a beauty! I tried to make all the arrangements look as though they were growing naturally outside, scooped up, and placed on the tables. At night, I had artificial fireflies floating throughout the tree line of the ceremony located at a nature reserve in Minnesota.
“What a magical place”
Designed with nature in mind, Jeni is very Eco-friendly and a nature loving individual. She requested her wedding express this with earth tones and natural looking arrangements. I had hunted for a few hours in the woods to find mushrooms and moss covered bark to create this look. Adding the personal touch of elegance with green Cymbidium orchids and an assortment of grasses. Held at the Minnesota Arboretum.
In this mixture of photos I have placed pictures from seven slightly different weddings. All held in the Australian opera house. To my knowledge, this design was not only the wedding planners favorite, it was the most practical design for the space. As you’ll notice, the ceremonies were often quite different. These weddings taught me so many useful skills in the design world and the amount of work that goes into making every event unique to each bride.
I flew out to North Carolina to help a former co-worker and her team create this magnificent display of Gerbera daisies. This was my first large event I was ever a part of. This was the big spark that got me into large themed events. The color and ambiance was beyond incredible.
Club 22, an exclusive members only club on Long Island in NY. I fly out 2 times per year to decorate for their annual Summer Wind event and Christmas Party. This club has helped me expand my talent by allowing me to create light fixtures and exterior decorations.
Broadway Gourmet, a Catering Company in New York hired me to decorate for several events; JetBlue and some special events. My skills were tested as I was told sushi arrangements or floating flower balls. I have never attempted these designs before so I jumped outside of the box and made it work.
SEED FLORA is the brains of this operation. Before I got to be a part of this, George and Liz had taken out this massive photo album and started showing me pictures from the previous 13 years. They continue to do this event every year. The Carnival of Colour was the first time i was a part of this amazing event.9 of us worked day in and day out for the first 2 weeks. Being a part of this event just opened my eyes that I can do and be anything I put my mind to, and I owe them much thanks for letting me be a part of this. Every year they decorate 17 display windows and the entire main level at David Jones in Sydney, Australia.
Year two at SEED FLORA with George and Liz. They continue to do this event every year. Australian Native was the second time i was a part of this amazing event. 9 of us worked day in and day out for the first 2 weeks again. Using only Australian Native Plants. Every year they decorate 17 display windows and the entire main level at David Jones in Sydney, Australia.
Luck was on my side! The right place at the right time. Creating old English style arrangements. This shoot took over 13 hours to finish. I threw in a few personal shots to prove I’m the “Luke Diesel”, as credited in the magazine. I have so many proud moments, but this was a great first accomplishment to add to the mix. They don’t tell you the “story” of this shoot in the magazine, but as you flip through the pages, the story line is about a woman waiting for her lover. You can see her anger, patience, confusion and hatred grow as the candles slowly dwindle away. This really was a pleasure to just be a part of. As you page through, I threw in a few extra photos that show some extra shots that didn't make it to the print.
So much planning went into this wedding that was held in the Museum of Contemporary Art Building in Sydney, Australia. The planning for this wedding went on for several months in the floral shop as we decided how we were going to install the floral umbrellas on the tables and how many plants we needed. We had made several mock designs prior to this event. What you will notice in the Photos are 6 foot umbrellas covered with Monstera leaves, Casablanca lillies and magnolia leaves. hanging from each table was a glass globe that held T-lights above the guests. Truly a fascinating display after it was all put together.
In this album, I have everything from Funerals to weddings to small personal designs that are some of my miscellaneous favorites.