Florist for a Weekend

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Oh was this weekend glorious. 

This weekend was filled with amazing people and beautiful things - the way weekends are meant to be. We surprisingly didn't have a wedding this weekend, and to be honest, I'm kinda glad. We've definitely been feeling burnt out and uncreative lately. I needed an outlet. *Cue one of the positives of social media* 

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Vanessa is the owner of Tribes N Pines, an amazing floral company based out of Portland. I've been stalking her work for a while because it's GORGEOUS. She posted that she had a wedding in LA on Saturday and needed some extra hands. Well, I had nothing to do and I love volunteering so I thought I'd go play florist and see the inner workings of another creative's mind. Maybe those creative juices would rub off on me. 

Genius move. 

But I had no idea what I was getting myself in to. I'll be honest, I didn't think a florist's job was all that hard - pick pretty flowers, put them in bouquet, done. OMG I was so wrong. I have no problem admitting when I'm wrong, so let me reiterate the fact that I was so wrong. 

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Florists hold everything together. 

Florists are basically drummers. You know what I'm talking about, in a band, everyone thinks the lead singer is the most important, they are the face you see and the voice you hear. But the drummers make the band. (I might be biased because I have a bunch of drummer friends that I absolutely adore) but, they are the ones to keep everything together. They are the ones that set the tempo. They set the pace for the rest of song, making it fast and upbeat or slow and mellow. Florists are the freaking drummers of the wedding industry. 

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I watched Vanessa and the team make magic. There were about seven of us helping her, and every one of us had all hands on deck. A full service floral company does it all - set up tables, curate table designs, create centerpieces, arbor installs, isle decor, chair accents, backdrop accessories, boutonnieres, bouquets, floral crowns, and any other creative genius they decide to configure. That entire set up took a solid six hours. (I also never want to fold another napkin ever again lol). And that was just the day of set up time, that doesn't even include the time Vee spent picking, designing, and transporting all those goodies to the venue (a lot of it actually came from Portland). 

 

Florists are strong. 

Again, had no idea what I was getting myself in to, nor was I anticipating to work out on Saturday, but I did. When working with live flowers, guess what you need to keep them alive? Yep, water. Lots and lots of water. Guys, water is freaking heavy. I was running up and down stairs in 85 degree weather carrying 5 gallon buckets of water and flowers. I swear, if my arms aren't ripped by the end of this, I'm going to be pissed. 

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Florists deserve better. 

Y'all, pay you're freaking florist. Because after what I've seen what they are capable of, they are definitely worth every penny. I also got the chance to shoot for the lovely and talented Natalie of Native Poppy on Sunday for her fall floral workshop. That was honestly just a refreshing confirmation of creativity. And that once again, florists deserve better. 

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Florists + Photographers

I obviously brought my camera to all these things because.. duh, photographer plus I thought the florists could use some pictures for their portfolio as well. After sending off the edits for all the floral goodness this weekend, I got so much love from florists saying "thank you for not butchering my color pallet".

We have pretty clean and true to color edits so it never dawned on me that florists don't get a variety in their portfolio with certain editing styles. But also, we never give images to vendors. It's not like we're against it, it's just, our contract is with the bride + groom so the last thing we're thinking about is delivering to vendors. But now I see the dilemma. 

On one end, I understand vendors' needs to have images to show their work to future clients. On the other end, vendors are using our images for promotional activities and to make money with no credits or compensation to us. Where is the happy medium? 

While we try to concoct a good solution for photographer / vendor agreements, one thing is for certain...

If you want art, pay for art. Because creatives are artists that pour their heART into every project.