Floral Friday: pretty peonies

with warm weather approaching and the whisper of peonies on the horizon that something soft, lush, and pink (oh yes!) is welcomed with open arms by ANW. i am dying over these stunning arrangements by prairie fair based out of st. paul, minnesota, accompanied by the amazing photos from summer street photography. oh, i can almost smell these lush flowers… i am so dreaming of spring right now. 
if you are looking for something ultra feminine, elegant, and gorgeous: think peonies. these can be arranged with a number of other flowers and just scream lush. i have to say that the florist that arranged these lovely flowers is just as beautiful as they are… 
xox, j 

 photographs : Kendra Henseler of Summer Street Photography // floral arrangements: prairie fair 
notes from the lovely emily of prairie fair: 
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Normally at this time of year we are only dreaming about peonies. The bitterness in the wind is slowly becoming just a chill, and muscari and tulips are bravely peeking out from the subtly warmer earth. This year, however, the chill has evaporated from the air entirely, and even peony bushes are budding in the unusual heat. 

Last summer peonies bloomed predictably, at the beginning of June. And thankfully they did, because Kendra of Summer Street Photography and I were counting on it. On June 10th Kendra, one of my nearest, dearest, oldest friends in the world, was to marry the man of her dreams carrying no less than the flowers of her dreams, and to our delight, she was able to purchase hundreds of lush strong peonies from a peony farm near her home in Boston, MA just before the crop began to fade. I had the privilege of arranging the blooms, and while those heavy headed mamas were stunning on their own I added some lilac, scabiosa pods, dusty miller, boxwood, berzelia, astilbe, and pitcher plants for texture, color, and interest. I adorned Kendra’s bouquet with soft pink velvet, nude vintage lace, and a cameo the bride had purchased from an antique store. I think the flowers knew how important the day was and shown extra beautifully in honor of the occasion.

So here’s to the swiftly coming crop of this year’s peonies! What will you do with yours? I swoon at the thought! 

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jenApril 6, 2012 - 2:08 pm

peonies are the loveliest!

KatrinaApril 13, 2012 - 9:54 am

Prairie Fair is quickly becoming one of my favorites florists in the Twin Cities…she has SUCH an amazing eye and every time I see her work I’m wowed.

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[...] my lovely anw readers! when last we spoke it was of peony-filled dreams  and preparing for your first consultation with your florist to be. since then the muscari and [...]

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