It’s no secret that flower crowns are one of my truest loves in life. I wore a crown of pink spray roses and baby’s breath for our engagement photoshoot and from that day forward I was hooked. If you recall, I showed you how to make the perfect late summer flower crown here. I was immediately intrigued when a dear friend informed me that belovely, one of Philadelphia’s most beloved event and wedding styling companies, was hosting flower crown workshops. Once I found out the workshops were held at Maggpie’s warehouse of vintage treasures, and would end with a professional photoshoot with hair and makeup – I knew this needed to happen. To say belovely had created my dream workshop would be the understatement of the year.
The day was beyond fun and I picked up some great new tips and tricks for DIY crowns! My favorite trick was to cut the stem of a flower, pierce the base of that flower with floral wire and then twist the wire downward to create a wire “stem” that enables you to make the flowers face any direction you please. This was especially helpful with some of the more delicate blooms, particularly ranunculus, which would likely have fallen apart without the wire reinforcement. Another nifty tip was to create a loop at one end of the flower crown base and use the other end as a hook so you can adjust the sizing.
After signing up for the workshop, I immediately began to brainstorm my looks for the shoot. The shoot happened to fall on the one-month anniversary of losing my dad, so I chose a black tulle skirt to honor that there was darkness in the day for me. I also brought along a white For Love and Lemons dress with floral embroidery and sheer, nude insets to recognize the lightness of the day doing something I loved with dear friends to celebrate my birthday.
After having my hair and makeup done gorgeously by True Beauty Marks (they also host workshops if you are in the Philly area), I started the shoot in the black tulle Nima dress from my new favorite company for all things tulle, Space 46 Boutique. Their tagline is, “Any day is a good day for a tulle skirt.” I couldn’t agree more. There is something so darn fun about twirling in tulle. The combination of the ethereal airiness of the fabric with just the right amount of structure makes for beautiful lines and the perfect shape.
Although I hadn’t even tried the For Love and Lemons dress on before, halfway through the shoot I was having so much fun posing on the amazing vintage furniture at the warehouse that I decided I should put it on for the remainder of the shoot for some added lightness. I’m so glad I did! The shots Michele Suits took of me standing a sunbeam amongst vintage trunks are amongst my favorite photos of any shoot I have ever done. I’m so grateful to all these vendors for putting together such a special day!