Photo Credit: Theel Wedding Productions
At a time when the island was quiet and closed from COVID, Jailyn, a wonderful photographer (now located in South Carolina) reached out to see if I wanted to help bring her idea to life and I was all for it!
Jailyn's vision of brides adorned in florals came to fruition as they wandered the eerily empty Waikiki. It was such a fun project to have at a time when the wedding work had abruptly screeched to a halt. At the time, I had just gotten back surgery a few weeks before and I needed that boost of creativity to keep my spirits up. I remember Jailyn saying, “Flower headpieces not haku lei, I'm thinking French/European-style” and those three magic words, “I trust you,” I got to work!
I chose the most beautiful decadent florals in a color palette I felt would give off the perfect Marie Antoinette vibes: garden roses, hyacinth, hellebore, tulips, chrysanthemum, anthuriums and orchids and constructed 3 different style headpieces for each model, each with a flower ring. Completely impractical (sounds fitting for that time period!) but fun!
It was a a fun, collaborative project made all the more interesting because both Ari from Theel Wedding Productions and Jailyn shot photos that day and what I loved most was seeing through their lens two distinctly different moods and style of photography even though it was the same models in the same place!
That's why I love art! Just as you give photographers the same subjects to shoot, if you gave a group of florists the same flowers, you would get completely different styles of bouquets and arrangements. When someone creates, it's like getting a glimpse into seeing how they interpret and express themselves, whether it be through photography, with flowers, art, cooking.. everything!