The Romance of Cracked Earth

So from July 4th last year on, I was so busy I really failed to post here as much as I should have. So hang with me as I play catch up a little.

 

On Sept 19th, one of my favorite and most challenging projects was published on 100 layer cake. It was a hot hot hot day. Half the flowers fried on the 2 hour drive to our location. I remade the bouquet on site, the wind whipped it and thrashed it as we searched for the perfect light.

Working with the amazing Kandice of Rose & Stone PDX, as well as the ever talented photographer Katie Dessin, we adorned the painted hills with an earthy romance that still makes my heart pitter patter. Here are some of my favorite photos, and check out the feature HERE:

 

http://www.100layercake.com/wedding-inspiration/earthy-desert-wedding-inspiration/

 

And an AWESOME BIG ‘OLE THANK YOU to these fantastic creatives who made it all possible!

Photographer: Katie Dessin / John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in Painted Hills, OR / Coordination & Design: Kandice of Rose & Stone / Flowers & Design: Marisa of Revel Petals / Hair & Makeup: Christine of Makeup Mafia Weddings / Invitation Suite: Brittany of Letters & Dust / Baker: Melanie of Delectable Baked Goods / Cocktail: Alexis of Zush by Design / Furniture & Detail Rentals: Something Borrowed / Ribbons & Table Linen: Pistils + Stamen / Dress: Dreamers & Lovers / Rings: Andronyk Jewlery / Hair Piece: Of Earth Fine Jewelry / Model: Jessica Barnard

 

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Sneak Peek! Rustic Elopement Shoot

I had the pleasure of designing the florals for a winter elopement shoot coordinated by the lovely Julia Whitley at Serendipitous Events by Julia. While I won’t ruin the surprise of what is bound to be a beautiful, rustic and oh-so-romantic shoot, I’ll give you a little taste here.IMG_9164

Introducing Revel Petals!

2016 marks the birth of Revel Petals! If you’d told me 10 years ago that I would eventually run my own flower business, I’d have laughed. Not that I didn’t love flowers then, because love is a small word for a gigantic overwhelming passion that has rumbled within me since I was little. But it takes more than passion to start a business.  It takes Moxy.

 

Moxy. Yes that really is the right word.  The first glimmer of my moxy-de-fleur showed itself at my own wedding, 8 years ago. Without much forethought, I had decided to make the flower arrangements for the arch. The day before my wedding. Having never before arranged flowers, aside from a vase on the kitchen table. It was a much bigger undertaking than I realized at the time.

 

On the day before my wedding, I walked my mom through the Los Angeles flower mart, picking blooms that felt right. As I loaded up my arms to overflowing, my mom’s face grew worried as she asked me, “so, just how big are these flower pieces?”  My answer came in one word, muffled behind the stacked bunches of flowers in my arms: BIG.

 

This is why my mom is awesome. She swallowed any doubt she might have had and helped me get everything into the car. We needed to have the arrangements finished by the rehearsal, which was a few hours away. After we hit some traffic trying to get to the hotel we would stay at that night, my mom gently asked the big question, “do you have a plan?”

 

I did. Because I always do. Even if just in my head. I was the kid who planned her lunches a week in advance. I pack ten days before travel. And I have a PHD in list-making.  So of course I had a plan. So I drew her a diagram and as soon as we arrived at the hotel I rolled up my sleeves and got to work. I hadn’t counted on how much I would love working with the flowers. I was exhilarated as I explored how the flowers interacted with each other. The pieces were finished with plenty of time, and turned out just like I’d imagined. But what I didn’t know then, was that these arrangements were the seeds of Revel Petals, they just needed time to germinate.

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And germinate they did. A few years later, I found myself replying to a craigslist ad to become a floral assistant at Bunch Studio, and photos of my wedding arrangements helped get me the job.

 

I spent the next 5 years under the direction of the brilliantly talented Mai Hoang Ito, working countless weddings and photo shoots, learning about all the different blooms and honing my skills. We traveled all over Southern California designing florals for weddings of all styles and budgets. We designed the flowers for Ruche’s wedding line launch (see some of our work here) and worked alongside some of the best planners and photographers in the business.  Mai taught me well, and gave me a gift of experience for which I will always be grateful. With Bunch Studio now shuttered, I will always look back on those days with fondness. Even the early morning mart runs. And maybe those most of all.

Ruche Succulent Wreath by Marisa Kozak Ringe and Mai Huang Ito

So from the void, Revel Petals has become a necessity, if only for my sanity. Yes, you read that right, flowers keep me sane. They are, in my opinion, nature’s most lavish gift to the world. I don’t know what I’d do without them. And so, I’m pleased and excited to announce the official opening of Revel Petals! (Cue champaign pop and confetti. And flowers. Lots and lots of flowers).

 

Give me a shout, and we’ll make beautiful weddings together!

Happy 2016!

-M