Double duty

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Things have been happening here. Flowers. Like crazy. Weddings of friends and strangers. Coffees and hangovers and 6am flower market runs every other day. Pizza more often than not. 24 dirty flower buckets waiting for me in the bathtub. 10 large cardboard boxes of fancy vases in the living room. 6 weddings in September. 3 gorgeous, massive cast iron urns stolen from my hallway. 2 accidentally thrown away pairs of expensive clippers. 1 very special vintage umbrella taken at a bar and lost for all time. Cliff notes version-I've missed you here.

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These photos are from a wedding at Frankies in Brooklyn. The bride and groom's hired photographer had a sudden death in the family and he completely forgot about the wedding as he headed out of town. He remembered when the groom called 40 minutes before the wedding to ask where he was. 

I was there, snapping away at the flowers, and was asked to pull double duty. It was a fancy little party, so my jeans were minorly mortifying. Afterwards I immediately met a friend for dinner and ordered the best steak of my life. Or at least, the most well earned.


(My new column on design*sponge, in addition to living in, first used these photographs. Please give it a look, I mention Carl Sagan so it's worth it for that alone.)

54 comments:

  1. so many gorgeous shots of flowers. thanks for sharing.

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  2. wow. these arrangements are just breath-taking! and that flower crown? to die for! *swoon*

    good for you for helping out when needed. there's always something to go wrong at a wedding, so it's a good thing you were there with a camera, eh? :)

    also, people are jerks. especially people who steal. something thrice as good with be coming back in return, for all the crap that's happened to you lately. <333

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  3. Dropping into your blog is a total immersion in beauty - hang in there during your busy season here! You'll have to hire help soon!

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  4. Deborah in AustraliaTuesday, October 04, 2011

    These are some of the most beautiful pictures I've ever seen! Thank you so much for sharing them.

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  5. These are so, so beautiful! I love how wonderfully arranged the colors and textures are. There's something so natural about these arrangements -- effortless. :)

    <3

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  6. Even with all the dirty buckets...oh, lord, you have my dream job.

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  7. Wow, impromptu Wedding Photography gig? Yeah, why not?!! I'll bet the couple were overjoyed that you could help. You take such beautful photosgraphs!

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  8. duuuuude! you are killing me with this beauty extravaganza. thank you, I need a boost this morning and your post was just the ticket. I LOVE seeing and hearing about all of your wonderful adventures. kicking ass and taking names lady, nice freaking job!

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  9. your words and photos are always so beautiful! they're dark & mysterious and really inspire. thank you :)

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  10. Wow. Your floral skills are stunning. And, well done on stepping in! They must have felt so lucky to have had such a good 'back up'.

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  11. I love the "numbers" you wrote about there in the beginning! It says so much in so little words.

    PS. I heart Carl Sagan...

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  12. your arrangements are always unbelievably stunning. :)

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  13. Amy, so pretty! How do you make your head-wreaths? They are always so darn yummy....

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  14. beautiful, amy! glad i am not the only one who throws fancy clippers away. it's happened more times than i care to remember:)

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  15. ...If I lived near you I'd be offering to help out. Altho' there are many years between us but I am a cool almost 50... ;o)

    ...Photos are gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous as always. :o)

    ...Enjoy this busy season and try to take some time out for yourself to enjoy the Autumn. It is fleeting you know...

    ...Take care of yourself.

    ...Blessings :o)

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  16. Oh, I'm so sorry to hear about your lost items :( but it sounds like you really saved the day at that wedding, so some amazing karma should be headed your way! You have such a way with flowers...the texture, the colors, such a gift!

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  17. The flowers are beautiful. They set me free to wish among the wind. The photographs are equally stunning in lighting and color

    hugs (^.^) hope to hear from you *
    amyflyingakite.com

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  18. Your arrangements are so spot-on perfect and beautiful! Love love love!

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  19. As always so beautifully presented. And I'm upset for you about the urns -- those are not easy to come by, and one hopes they were not stolen for scrap! I once had the most charming diminutive cast iron clawfoot tub stolen from my backyard, and it literally brought me to tears -- so I can commiserate. Sign. Cast iron.

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  20. oh how lovely is your blog! these flowers are so dreamy.

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  21. Wow, I would like tho have some of these flowers in my home. Nice photos!

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  22. The flowers are immensely beautiful, but what I really loved was seeing the stacks of books. Makes me feel a little better about my own...especially when I realized Harry Potter was snuck in amongst the rest of the stack.

    You have been so busy. We've missed you here too!

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  23. loved the Carl Sagan quote. Amy, i can't quite describe the lusciousness that are your images. please never stop. sorry for your losses (the urns & umbrella). when some things leave your life, other things will enter. or so i tell myself. or as my sister sometimes has said, 'someone else needed them'. she's a bit more generous than i am. i get easily attached to things. lovely to hear about your business and busy-ness. so happy for you. thanks for sharing. we've missed you here too.

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  24. wow, they are lucky you were able to step in but goodness really tough for you...a steak well earned!

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  25. People who don't do flowers don't understand how hard it is...and how stressful it can be. (Wonderful too!) Especially when it's a wedding. And then you took the pictures!
    Camille

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  26. There is so much beauty in these pictures. I love these colors.

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  27. I hate saying this but im sick and tired of cafe au lait. You all keep copying each other. Pathetic

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  28. I'd be honored to have you photograph my wedding, so in a weird way I feel like that worked out really well for them. I love these snapshots. Perfect as usual!

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  29. Gorgeous flower arrangements, you do such great work. And you are also the savior photographer, apparently!

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  30. Beautiful photos! The wedding looks just dreamy!Gorgeous work:)

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  31. We are sooo loving all of the flowers! Really lovely!

    Many Greets,
    Davie+Erica
    Wardrobe Stylists, NYC

    >>http://www.lpfashionphilosophy.blogspot.com

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  32. Beautiful. Thank goodness you were there to help out with the photos! I'm sure they couldn't have cared if you were wearing a clown suit, as long as they have wedding pictures!

    I hope whoever stole your cast iron urns drops them and breaks their toes. Bastards!

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  33. I love your good taste, how you use colour, texture, layers... always beautiful and inspiring!!!

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  34. wow, they are so lucky you were there to save the day! i'm sure the photos turned out beautifully, and hopefully they paid you well. ;)

    i always love the photos you take of your flowers, they are so beautifully composed. :)

    -Tina

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  35. The best way I can sum up how much I love your amazing floral eye and taste is to say that I wish I could get married again so you could do the flowers! (Of course to the same person!) Thanks so much for sharing! (And I particularly love rununculus so a treat to see you use them!)

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  36. my goodness you have been a busy bee! these flowers are amazing as usual :) sad about the photographers family :/
    I cant wait till I have an occasion that calls for some of your flowers!

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  37. these flowers are amazing and so poetic. I love filling my house with fresh flowers
    Have a lovely day
    Sara C.

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  38. Would you consider doing a blog posting about how you take those divine photographs of flowers? I was going to say that this would be much more helpful from an amateur photographer but I am not sure we can regard you as an amateur any more!

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  39. Flowers, flowers everywhere! What a beauty-filled life.

    I agree with the anonymous poster above; will you consider doing a post about how you achieve such vivid photos? Each one tells a story.

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  40. DAMN, girl. You know how much I love dem dahlias, and these are just as boisterous and hussified as they can get- GORGEOUS.

    And that double-duty wedding at Frankie's Spuntino...that wasn't Thursday night, was it? Because I was inside, eating dinner, and admiring the adorable little wedding party outside in the garden.

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  41. I love flowers so much! You post absolutely divine photos.

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  42. You have such a wonderful eye for beauty, I am sure the couple will be as thrilled with the photographs as they must be with the flowers. I absolutely love your blog posts, they are like a lovely, long drink of beautiful things.

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  43. Your blog is so lovely, it's my little escape. Thanks for sharing

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  44. I just noticed that Rooster lamp. Priceless!

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  45. why are your arrangements the most beautiful i've ever seen. they're making me teary eyed. sorry about the things lost, but thank you for the prettiest flower photos ever.

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  46. lovely flowers :) what kind are the boutonnieres? i love them. planning for my future ;)

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