I was first inspired by Laurie Cinotto when I photographed her best friend Eileen's delightful garden wedding on Bainbridge Island a few years ago. Laurie had designed all the floral for the wedding. My favorite detail that she created was hundreds of flowers tied to ribbons hanging from a willow tree. The magical tree was the focal point for the wedding day. It was so beautiful it almost outshone the bride, but it didn't, instead it complimented her perfectly! Above are just a few of my favorite images to see more go to the Garden Delight Gallery on my website.
I am lucky enough to live in Tacoma with Laurie and to often run into her at my favorite grocery store. She has such a sweet spirit, every time I talk to her I am enlightened about something new and creative. It is Laurie who first introduced me to the world of blogs. In passing I had mentioned that I thought blogs were boring. She sweetly said "Oh I know of a few that are really great, I look at them every morning for inspiration, I'll send you some links to check out". The next day a friendly email arrived with links to Design Sponge and Posie gets Cozy. From those two little links I started reading a couple dozen fun artistic blogs daily and eventually started my own! So I can thank Laurie for getting me started on my blog. I was very excited when I got a message form Laurie letting me know that Design Sponge was featuring her home on their sneak peek guest blog. You have to go check out the feature, her house is awesome! I can't wait to visit and see it with my own eyes. Below are some of my favorite images from her website and the Design Sponge feature. Read the full article and see all the images HERE!
In addition to doing floral design, Laurie also makes and sells faux corsages made of paper flowers and artificial birds in her Etsy Shop. This is one of her “paper fancies”. She makes the flowers with a heavy german crepe paper and then dips them in wax. I think these would be so amazing as an element in a centerpiece at a wedding. When my good friend Kate was planning her wedding I knew that Laurie had to be the florist for the event. She created a very unique and lovely cabbage bouquet for Kate's wedding that matched her style perfectly. Laurie is also the creator of one of my favorite blogs called the Itty Bitty Kitty Committee. Go check out all the cute little kitties! Lottie is my favorite, I love her pink nose!