Nestled in Shelter Island, NY, lies the picturesque Island Time Farm where the art of bouquet creation is redefined daily. Owned and operated by the talented Kelci McIntosh and her Partner Chris DiOrio, this flower farm has catered to luxury clients and iconic brands like Chanel. Today, we are fortunate to glean insights from Kelci herself and learn how to craft our own luxurious bouquets inspired by her unique ethos.
1. Begin with Blooming Beauty
Before diving into design, start by observing what's currently blooming in your garden or available in local markets. The vibrancy of fresh blooms provides the perfect canvas to identify striking color combinations.
2. The Constant Stars
In every great bouquet, there's a comforting consistency. Kelci recommends always adding 1-2 standard florals that are ever-present in most of her arrangements. Whether it's the brilliant Gomphrena, the vibrant Celosia, or the classic Zinnia, these standards anchor your bouquet with familiarity.
3. Let Flowers Design Themselves
Don't overthink it. Flowers are nature's masterpieces, and they narrate tales of beauty and timelessness. You're simply a facilitator, guiding their stories into harmonious arrangements. Don't try to control the narrative; rather, let the bouquet unfold organically.
4. Stick to the Golden Rubric
Ever wondered why some bouquets just seem to 'pop'? It's often about the numbers. Use 3 or 5 focal flowers that are bold and captivating. These should be the ones that draw the eye, the ones that effortlessly steal the show in your bouquet.
5. Palette Perfection
Once you've selected your focal flowers, draw inspiration from their colors to decide on a palette. It might be the mesmerizing emerald tones, the romantic blush and pinks, or the serene neutrals. This will give your bouquet a cohesive and curated feel.
6. Swift Selection, Stunning Results
Time is of the essence! Avoid laboring over every stem. Once you have your focal flowers and standard additions, let your intuition guide you. With quick and confident choices, you'll find that your arrangements have a fresh spontaneity and authenticity to them.
7. Diversity is the Key
Just as in life, diversity in your bouquet will enrich it. A symphony of textures, varying lengths, intriguing spikes, elegant bulbs, and a splash of color makes for a bouquet that is not just seen but felt. Aim for an abundant, bold, and large bouquet that makes a statement.
Crafting a bouquet is a dance between nature and the nurturer. With these insights from Kelci of Island Time Farm, even those new to floral arrangements can produce masterpieces that mirror the grandeur of nature's finest moments. Whether you're creating a bouquet for your living room or for a party, remember that the true essence lies in letting the flowers speak for themselves.
For those looking to delve deeper into the world of organic floral artistry, Island Time Farm offers a treasure trove of knowledge. Dive into the sustainable practices behind their no-till flower farming by exploring their website. If daily doses of floral inspiration are what you crave, joining the community of followers on their Instagram will be sure to inspire. And for those monumental occasions where only the best will do, consider hiring Island Time Farm for experiential floral design. With their bespoke touch, your next event will transcend the ordinary, becoming a fragrant memory etched in time. 🌹🍃🌻