Meadow-Inspired Photoshoot with Flower Recipe


I’m just going to go ahead and say it.

There’s a large portion of my work that is inspired by…. What I have a lot of.

What do I have an abundance of?

 What I can repurpose?

What is just in my way and needs to get out of my studio right now!?!

This time it was grasses.


As we near the end of summer, I love how heat slows everything down.

The slow, laziness and the light of the season is amplified by thousands of grasses wafting in the hot breeze and the sun glowing through the golden seed heads.


Which is convenient because, truthfully, I had a lot of grassy weeds growing along my street!

Lovely and free.

P.S., if you are a floral designer, read all the way to the bottom to get your bonus recipe for all the flowers featured in this article.


We always look for three-ish concepts to bind all the event elements together.  

We knew we wanted a meadow look (check).  We decided to use our abundance for repetition in grasses (check).  

For that third element, what better image for a carefree, end of summer state of mind than a girl with a messy braid (check… minus the girl).

And voila. Our trifecta for this photoshoot.       

Our design approach is to have something simple and bold to grab attention and then something intimate and special.

Here’s why:

If we’ve succeeded with the first impression, then the guest enters, sees the simple and bold element and thinks, “This looks good.”

Step two is where the real luxury happens. This occurs when a guest moves from the grand scale of entering a space to the micro-environment of sitting at a table.

What you want them to think is, “This feeeeels good.”

What I love about BBJ is not only their crazy-wide range of linen AND accessory styles and sizes, but the texture and feel of their linens.

When a linen has this kind of weight and texture, it’s special. That feel good box is checked over and over each time the guest touches it.



We opted for the Gold Deco Metal placements and used them as a table runner to add a modern edge to an otherwise entirely soft romantic look.

The linens are the indescribable faille table linen in bone with peach faille napkin. Also featured is the Shantung Sham in Cameo and the Graceful chair drape in gold.

We braided jute down the back of the chairs for a way to keep the drape in place and provide a unique detail.



This look is achieved with three finished strands laid side by side. Each strand is sisal rope braided with a 5-strand technique that we found on Youtube hair demonstrations.

The grass is simply woven into the weave in a pattern of natural chaos.




The flowers were designed to catch light and create a diverse palette of textures. The colors are muted to make texture the star.

Scroll below for your complete recipe including quantities and wholesale pricing for these arrangements.

The flowers are a mix of entirely local, seasonal, and sustainably grown flowers. Don’t fret if you don’t have access to these varieties, I’ll show you how to substitute (in the download).

Flower Varieties:

Peach Lisianthus

Wild Carrot Seedheads

Bunny Tail Grass





Abelia foliage,

White ball dahlia,

Hydrangea ‘Little Lime’

Foraged grasses

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This recipe is provided to you by me, Emily Ellen Anderson of Curious Lola. Currently we are sharing with floral designers our tips on how to price floral designs. For your free download of this recipe including quantities and pricing click here!

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