It was an honor to be named Vermont's 2019 Young Entrepreneur of the Year for SBA.GOV last month as featured in Vermont Business Magazine. Special thanks to CVOEO for their prolonged mentorship and guidance, and for their nomination! Congratulations to all of 2019's other SBA.GOV winners, including Red Wagon Plants 14th Star Brewing Company Sherpa Foods Reconciled Small Batch Organics and DJ's Tree Service & Logging, Inc.! Photo and article credit via Danny Monahan, SBA Vermont Public Information Officer. You can read the full article here:
We had so much fun taking part in the 1920's themed Vermont Adventure Dinner series in Burlington, Vermont (VT) this April in conjunction with Stonecutter Spirits, Hotel Vermont, Shelburne Vineyard, and Imhotep Vermont, hosted at our original Burlington studio space, AO Glass utilizing gorgeous handmade vessels by Alissa Faber. Images by Corey Hendrickson.
We had so much fun playing in the studio this spring with flowers evoking the dreamlike state of spring. Pale blue irises, paperwhite bulbs, hellebores, primroses, orchids, astrantia, glitter .......
Concept: Ashleigh Howard & Erin Ostreicher
Models: Olivia Bartelheim & Rory Shamlain
Florals, Styling & Makeup: Nectar & Root
Apparel: Nectar & Root / Nutritious Vintage for Nectar & Root/ Autumn Velvet Kimono by Anthropologie
Linens: Silk & Willow
Ribbon: Diana Deane NYC
Photography: Ashleigh Howard
Assistant: Erika Torres
Jess and Jason were wed last July at their family estate in Southern Vermont. Architectural protea provided the initial inspiration for much of the floral design on site, alongside copper geometric candleholders and glassware that ranged from amber brown to blue-green. We had so much fun collaborating with 822 Weddings at this gorgeous location!
Justine came by the studio for some gorgeous portraits this fall. I created a modern, black and white palette using rare delphinium and asters, alongside trailing ivy and cream colored garden roses. Images thanks to Katie Jean Photos.
This past month, Anthropologie & BHLDN enlisted Nectar & Root to create a flower wall installation in celebration of their spring bridal dresses launch. We used wild grasses, garden roses, eucalyptus, yarrow, moss, dusty miller, seed pods, amaranth, celosia, and live air plants. Each ingredient was fresh or dried, and many of the ingredients were pieces I'd harvested this fall from a local farm in Enosburg, before the first frost hit. While I didn't know at the time what they'd be used for, I was certain I'd find a place to use these beautiful blooms sometimes this winter, and they did not disappoint! The flowers have dried beautifully, and this spring I'll be bringing our installation to our Vermont studio. Refreshing it with new blooms would give our installation renewed life as a backdrop for any 2018 wedding, photoshoot, or special project.
Danielle and Tim were married this August at the Inn at Shelburne Farms. Danielle's dress was such great inspiration for the look and feel of her wedding, and how I wanted the florals to compliment her look. We brought in plumed grasses for a bit of a bohemian feel, but tempered it with garden roses and glossy white berries to keep things feeling sophisticated and classic, too. The green-y white nicotiana hovering above on its long straight stems, and bits of blushy peach garden roses, brought a bit of color to the neutral palette. Jacquelyn Potter did an amazing job per usual capturing this couple and their amazing day of love.
Nectar and Root has just opened its doors to its store this week on West Canal Street in Winooski and we are very excited to be carrying these beautifully scented perfume brands in our newly opened shop!
Apart from the look and feel of flowers, scent is such an important component to the designs Erin creates and the flowers she chooses. The smell of basil mixed into a bouquet, or a true garden rose, validates arrangements as being from the earth. It creates another way to experience the beauty of the occasion, and the certain scent of the flowers she chooses can bring back old memories or create new ones to come.
When looking at perfumes to carry at the shop, it was important to find makers who used only plant materials, organics, and non-synthetic ingredients. Moon by Moon Apothecary in Raleigh, North Carolina was a maker that seemed like a great fit. Chanelle A. Bergeron, a certified
energetic herbalist and flower essence practitioner creates these lovely scented elixirs, incorporating her knowledge of plant medicine and energy work into her creations. Similar to the way that Erin does her floral design work, Chanelle's creations are limited and completely seasonally based, coming out with new pieces based on the time of year, the plants and flowers that are available to her, and what inspires. I love how each elixir is infused with her homemade essences. When applied, these essences add a little bit of emotional or spiritual assistance to your
day and are made from flowers and plants but sometimes even stones or trees. The shop will be selling a wide variety of her elixirs Chanelle has also made a custom-made blend for Nectar and Root - a Forest Oil Serum that is truly heavenly.
We also came accross For Strange Women, whose perfumes are made with high-quality plant extracts and bottles that are artistically crafted. For Strange Women is based in Kansas City, Missouri. They pride themselves on incorporating natural plant oils into their perfumes and their sustainable production of their scents. Their botanical approach to perfume making means that their scents are more natural smelling and work with your body and mind, instead of the synthetic and chemical based perfumes that dominate the perfume market. Their attention to detail is evident even from the packaging of their perfumes, which are inscribed with a variety of intricately made botanical illustrations that I absolutely adore.
Apart from the lovely smell, my favorite part about Moon by Moon Apothecary are the pieces of flowers or stones that are incorporated into the
perfume mixtures, making it even more delightful to put on. For Strange Women is equally enchanting but their product is especially intriguing because of its elaborate botanical packaging and complex combinations of scents. All in all, it's been lovely getting to learn more about both of these makers thanks to Nectar & Root!
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Alia and Sofia! I was so happy to be a part of this beautiful wedding. Having grown up in Vermont alongside her talented photographer Jacquelyn Potter, Alia chose the nearby Lareau Farm for she and Sofia's gorgeous day. This couple created all of their own tabletop centerpieces, while I collaborated with them to create bouquets, boutonnieres, ceremony flowers and larger arrangements to compliment their handpicked details. With deep emerald accents and crimson lipstick, this classic palette feels fresh and modern. Photography: Jacquelyn Potter Dress: Lazaro Hair: Maria Diaz Hair and Makeup Makeup: Bethany McCarty
The beach at dusk, a blooming bouquet, and a stunning vintage wedding dress - who could ask for a better combination? We created an arrangement of cream colored roses, wild asters, and dried grasses, which worked perfectly alongside the colors and details of this lovely dress from Barge Canal Market. The dreamy photo shoot was captured on Burlington's waterfront Oakledge Park by the talented Katie Jean Photography.
The cherry blossoms were so lovely at the flower market this week, and our new studio had a fresh coat of white paint on the walls, so Katie Jean Photos and I decided to take advantage of the spring light and do some portraits last week. These perfect creamy peonies completed the look, and I threw on my beautiful Elizabeth Suzann artist dress from their wedding collection. I love simple, loose fitting dresses, and silk really dresses up the entire outfit. I hope to hand dye this one with some floral pigments this year to wear it more often. Thanks for taking a peek at the new studio! More to come ...
This dress was major inspiration for Laura's wedding and for her bouquet. We loved creating a light and airy, lush design concept for this couple's wedding at Trapp Family Lodge. Laura's key flowers included clematis, jasmine, peonies, and lilacs, as well as vibrant heuchera leaves. Captured by John Anderson.
I come to floral design from a background in studio art, and I'm frequently struck by the beauty of people around me. Noelle worked at my favorite tea house, Dobra Tea in Burlington. Her sweet demeanor and her wanderlust nature is like a breath of flowers. I created a bouquet inspired by her, using boho poppies, bright speckles of orange ranunculus, salvia wildflowers and pungent garden roses. Captured by Jacquelyn Potter.
We were so excited to be a part of Everthine Bridal Boutique's recent open house at their Burlington location (they also have a shop in Madison, CT)! It was so lovely to meet local wedding vendors and chat with some brides, while getting to fawn over Everthine's dreamy bridal collection. The other vendors at the event were Etcetera Event Co., Farmhouse Group Events, Elizabeth England Studios, Jessica Murphy Studios, and Christa Alexandra Designs. And the talented Ashley Largesse snapped some photos of a few bouquets I created for the event! We featured budding branches and local cream-colored tulips picked from the new studio's yard!
It was truly an honor to be chosen by Anthropologie and Bhldn to take part in a wedding show gathering this past month at their new headquarters in Westport, Connecticut. We created floral arrangements throughout the space and met many amazing couples who are engaged and looking for a floral designer, a beautiful dress, and more. I’m continually inspired by Anthropologie, particularly in the ways that they use color - even bright colors - in nuanced and refreshing ways. We created a station for folks to create their own collages using watercolor paper and pressed flowers. It was so fun!
I love Anthropologie's ability to stage vignettes creatively, and Nectar & Root has stocked up on many of their lanterns, candleholders, and other hardgoods this season to incorporate beautiful tabletop elements as rental items for many of our upcoming weddings.
We are also a huge fan of Bhldn - and we are fortunate to have many of our clients choosing their wedding dresses, accessories, and bridesmaids’ dresses for their own events. It was a delight to meet some other very talented vendors at the show, and to collaborate with the many talented women at the store. I chose this jumpsuit for the event, and while there I also picked out this wallpaper for our new design studio in Winooski!
We hope to continue collaborating with Anthropologie and Bhldn in the future, and to book more weddings throughout New England thanks to this wedding show. While we love Vermont, it’s also so fun to explore other venues across New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and beyond. We also hope to work again with some of these amazingly talented fellow artists whom we met at the show, including Ashley Caroline Photography, who took these amazing photographs for us:
Our photoshoot with Christina Bernales, Vivian E. Infantino, and The Milkhouse Hair Studio was recently published on Wedding Sparrow! I had so much fun wading through the waters of Lake Willoughby last summer with an armful of the most fragrant flowers from Ardelia Farm & Co. until the stars came out at night. When Christina couldn't find the perfect, unfussy dress for me to wear, she made one by hand. Our second shooter Josh Ben Bernales was wonderful as always. I love the creativity that comes from impromptu photoshoots that allow the space to experiment and enjoy in the moment, some of the bounty this little planet has to offer.
One of our highlights of the season, Nectar & Root created stunning florals for a wedding at Twin Farms in Barnard, Vermont. Under the direction of NYC event planner Cristina Verger, this couple's tablescapes included jasmine, queen anne's lace, chocolate cosmos, blackberries, cafe au lait dahlias, eucalyptus, chocolate nigella, chocolate karma dahlias, ninebark, and white garden roses in patina silver and brass vases, with tapered candlesticks and low votives sprinkled out. Images by Katie Jean Photography. (And check out our portfolio page to see more photos of this gorgeous wedding!)
The marble trend: it seems to be showing up everywhere – on phone and laptop cases, water bottles, jewelry, and notebooks. This material that’s usually reserved for Greek and Roman statues and countertops is now all the rage. Something about its smooth white surface and its fluid yet crackled looking markings give whatever it is – a beat up phone, a vase, a pair of earrings – a refreshed, sleek, and sophisticated appearance which still feels natural, without being rustic.
A quick little geology lesson to introduce this rock star of the moment: marble is a metamorphic rock that forms when heat and pressure is applied to limestone at (typically) convergent plate boundaries. The primary mineral it contains is calcite – this is where the crystals come from; and the longer the metamorphism process, the larger the crystals become. However, the swirls in marble are actually a result of mineral impurities like clay, sand and iron oxides.
The word marble comes from the Greek word marmaros meaning ‘shining stone’. Marble is believed to aid in recalling dreams and finding clarity, especially during meditation. It’s the material in several major structures from ancient times and throughout history – the Parthenon, the Taj Mahal, and the Palace at Versailles to name a few. And of course, it has been used as the medium of countless sculptures (see Michaelangelo’s David above). With marble’s minimalist, clean, polished finish and unique design, it’s easy to see why it has made a comeback.
Aside from the iPhone cases and accessories adorned with marble’s characteristic streaks and swirls, here are some other ways to incorporate this gorgeous material at home, an event or a wedding…
- Vases or a box with herbs or flowers
- A statement sink (we have a vintage one at the studio :)
- Stationery details; envelope liners, paper coasters
- Place settings; plates, name card holders
- Table centerpieces; flower arrangements atop marble slabs
- Icing or frosting on cookies or cakes
So whenever you’re looking for a way to add some fancy to your life, think marble: the polish, the shine, and the timeless design can dress up pretty much anything. It’s like a blank canvas; have some fun with this new trend, and of course, adding flowers and plants into the mix is always a good idea.
Although the lingering inches of snow on the ground here in Vermont suggest otherwise, it is in fact, officially spring! As the sun sets increasingly later and we begin shedding our winter layers, flowers will soon peek up through the thawing soil – a little earthly celebration signaling that warmer weather is on its way. Some of the first bulbs to sprout are daffodils; these perennial blossoms are quite tolerant of the cold. Most fitting, daffodils symbolize new beginnings. With their happy yellow blooms, daffodils are the perfect flower to greet spring – their trumpet shaped heads seem to announce its arrival. And the best part: daffodils are hearty flowers (withstanding Vermont winters!), and they ‘re really easy to grow.
Some tips on growing daffodils:
Plant bulbs in the fall – about 2 to 4 weeks before the ground freezes. Choose a well-drained spot that gets lots of sun. Using mulch is also a good idea; it helps conserve moisture for the flowers (daffodils need lots of water while they are growing). Plant the bulbs deep into the ground in order to protect the stems from breaking or bending as they grow. For larger bulbs, they should typically have a depth of 6-8 inches, and for smaller ones, about 2-3 inches.
Though we don’t typically use daffodils in our bouquets (wedding season begins just as daffodil season ends) we used a variety of white daffodils in a recent photo shoot at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT.
These flowers help kick off spring and just make us extra excited for the other beautiful blooms to come. A bunch of freshly cut daffodils is like a little piece of sunshine. Of course, these beauties have been the subjects of countless works of art; so we’ll conclude with a daffodil lovin’ poem by William Wordsworth.
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
Now, let’s go outside, smell the daffodils and say hello to spring.
Event Planning & Design: Megan Leonard Productions | Photography: Ashley Largess | Styling & Florals: Nectar & Root | Stationery & Local Details: Forest and Fern | Venue: Trapp Family Lodge | Dress: Everthine Bridal Boutique | Rentals: Vermont Tent Company | Hair & Makeup: Salon Cruz | Cake: Eleventh Hour Bakery | Jewelers: Ferro Jewelers
It was an honor to be a part of this couple's elopement at The Grafton Inn this winter. Inspired by some of my favorite February blooms, I wove plum hellebores, black and white anemones, and spirea into a leafy bouquet of pieris japonica branches. The Grafton Inn was a quintessential romantic location for this Vermont festivity. Location: The Grafton Inn, Dress: Anthropologie, Shoes: Vince Camuto, Photography: Christina Bernales.