Earlier this year a photographer approached Gorgeous and Green and asked if she could photograph my work. Initially we were thinking something fairly simple, maybe an afternoon in my studio. But I fired up an old idea I had had many years ago, and decided to do a little photoshoot in my own home. Specifically, in my clawfoot tub that sits up against a bright window in the bathroom.
I found a model who was willing to come sit in my creation and I hunted through my wardrobe to find some elements we could include in this photoshoot. I brought buckets and buckets of flowers and plenty of foliage and branches to create something that would stand out. Here's what I came up with:
It turned out to be a color infused garden of foliage and florals. With beautiful natural light shining through the window, and the model dressed in a simple bathing suit by Zoe Bikini and a James Coviello dressing gown from Anthropologie, all with touches of gold, we were in awe. The feeling it conveys is slightly romantic and ethereal, with a touch of fierceness.
Even women warriors have to rest. Photo by Nautilus Lens
A snippet of the floral beauty in and around the bathtub. Photo by Nautilus Lens
It was very important to me to include an image of a person of color, feeling beautiful and strong in this creation. It isn't often that we get to see brown women pictured in this way. In a way, the warrior woman here represents the fight for change that so many of us have taken on, in small and big ways. This warrior represents the warrior I strive to be in my own life and in this specific arena of representation. She also represents the woman warrior in so many of us and on so many levels as we fight to make change for women everywhere. My initial idea was to go for something that suggested a strong and beautiful woman taking a dip in a bountiful haven or floral beauty. I think it came out pretty much on target. G&G
We hope to see you soon! Pilar and the G&G team
Gorgeous and Green decorated another green wedding at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, here in Berkeley. Reuse of vintage glassware, local flowers, and succulents. The bouquet came out beautifully, and featured some local succulents I grew for the wedding!
More succulents and dahlias for a Bay Area wedding by Gorgeous and Green! Here's a few pics from a wedding last weekend, here in Martinez CA at Briones park.
The boutonnieres and corsages were wrapped with twine and all the groomsmen got cute little crespedia.
The bridesmaids all got slightly different bouquets with local dahlias, local roses, local belladonna, etc. The colors matched their dresses which were a floral pattern with burgundy, yellow, orange, grey, brown and blue just like the bouquets. Overall, the wedding was very local and actually very DIY. The bride ordered a large order of flowers at a discount and with her bridesmaids, created aisle and table arrangements in mason jars.
The bouquet is a lovely combination of local non-sprayed dahlias, local non-sprayed succulents wrapped in burlap. The bride gave me some lace to use to wrap with the burlap to match her lovely gown.
In green, beauty and health, G&G
Blog by Pilar Zuniga, owner of Gorgeous and Green, a sustainable florist and online boutique featuring gifts and florals for local bike delivery to Berkeley, Oakland and Emeryville. Pilar specializes in using locally grown and sustainably grown flowers, foliage and greens in floral designs for small and large weddings, corporate and other events, restaurants, offices as well as gift and home use. The Gorgeous and Green online store includes an array of local and sustainable gifts, recycled jewelry, paper free cards and local grown and or organic flowers when available.
This Spring Gorgeous and Green had the pleasure of working with a bride and groom who walked into my boutique the weekend before their big day. They decided to have an impromptu wedding at a local winery called Testarossa Winery, and I have to admit that their quick decision making and planning was phenomenal. It also turned out to be quite green and sustainable because they were choosing from great local vendors and had sustainability in mind.