In 2000, I was asked by a local rental company owner to send flowers to a caterer in town who was throwing a holiday party. Since the caterer was a good friend (I had done both her weddings and that of her brother), I decided to add to the arrangement and give it as a gift from both of us, with the consent of the rental owner. I bought a garden container; a "stone" statue, holding a bowl. I placed him in a large tray and did flowers out of his bowl and also around the base. Purple was her favorite color, so it had to be a focal point, of course, along with the holiday reds. It remains one of my favorite arrangements, and a good part was that she could keep the statue and place it in her garden, holding birdseed.
I was hired by an event planner to do this buffet centerpiece for a business function at The Cardinal Club in Raleigh. At the time, patterned table linen was very popular, but in hindsight, I see that it would have been better had she chosen a solid color fabric.
This was for a holiday event at our NC Museum of Art, where I provided flowers for many parties and events for 12 years. It's much bigger than it looks here, since the obelisk is four feet tall by itself, and that urn was 2 1/2 feet tall from its base.
Another event at our Art Museum, with a tropical theme. I love working with tropical flowers, and you don't get many brides that want those. That black vase is almost 5 feet tall, which is good at the museum, since the ceilings soar and height is badly needed in centerpieces.
This is one of a pair used above the altar in an old Catholic Church in Wilmington, NC. The wedding was held at The Graystone Inn in Wilmington, and the old church - which now functions as an event site - was where they had the reception. The groom was the brother of the caterer I mentioned above.
This last one was made for a real estate company holding an event in a local country club to thank their clients. I had to take the photo from an angle, which isn't the best for seeing the arrangement- but since it was in front of a window and the sun was shining brightly, it couldn't be helped. Every now and then I like to indulge my quirky, artsy-fartsy side, and this one let me do it in spades! What you couldn't know from this photo is that during delivery, I had to brake hard while turning a corner, and the whole arrangement (about 7 feet tall) fell over. I was scared to death to take it out of the van; just sure that it would be unusable. Wonder of wonders, it remained intact and only a few blossoms broke or were bruised and I replaced them. Somebody up there likes me! (or He did that day, at least.)