Category Archives: Styling

A Styled Shoot in German Wine Country

Last fall my good friend and industry colleague Dorothee from Belathée Photography travelled “back home” to Germany for a very special treat: a styled shoot at one of the most beautiful wedding destination locations near our home towns – Kloster Eberbach. You see, Dorothee and I ​both grew up in Germany near this beautiful 800 year old monastery, which nowadays ​has turned into ​a popular wedding location for ​sophisticated couples​ from all over the world.

​”Kloster Eberbach ​” ​is located in ​a ​well known German wine growing region ​called ” ​Rheingau​”​ – it’s main function today evolves around wine: the history of wine making, the selling and tasting of regional wines​ and ​​therefore we chose ​a gold wine goblet as ​a ​repeating element throughout ​the settings. The goblet was not only used as part of each place setting but it was also featured on the lucite stationery: invitation, menu cards, and place cards.

For the style​d​ shoot I wanted to combine the old with the new ​by using elements like modern ​ghost chairs next to antique wooden tables, lucite menu cards and place cards next to antique candle holders, bold gold sequin linens next to vintage flatware. All in the grand setting of the old monks’ dormitories featuring tall stone curved ceilings. ​The florals were based around the color of the year ​ ​“Marsala” as we felt that ​the colors fit perfectly with the deep red painted arches of the grand dormitory.

​Our style​d​ shoot at Kloster Eberbach was a dream come true for ​both of us and we had thought about it since we first found out we were from the same region in Germany.​ Working at this gorgeous location and show off its unique beauty combined ​our childhood with ​our current careers in the wedding industry. And.., the shoot was recently published on Style me Pretty!!

Stationary by izzy girl  —  Linens by Choice Linens  —  Rentals by Party Rent Germany  —  Dresses by Carousello

Style Shoot at Historic Castle Schloss Vollrads in Germany

Last September I was lucky enough to fulfill a longtime dream: to combine my current passion for floral and event design with my childhood life in Germany. For all of you who don’t know: I grew up on a wine farm in Germany, in an area called Rheingau in the Rhine Valley – a region with an abundance of charming old villages, castles, monasteries, and beautiful rolling hills covered with vineyards.
With my good friend and colleague Ken Shepard from Azzura Photography I traveled to Rheingau where we had the privilege for a style shoot at historic Schloss Vollrads – a beautiful castle perfect for the discerning bride and groom looking for a gorgeous historic setting.

Here is the complete set of beautiful images. The gorgeous dresses were provided by Hochzeitshaus Wiesbaden and La Belle Reve/Bellevue.

Inside the Schlosshalle
Candelabras, vintage hand embroidered table linen, hand painted vintage dish ware, and crystal glass goblets provided by Schloss Vollrads
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Flora Nova, destination wedding, historic castle, white orchids, vintage wedding
Flora Nova, destination wedding, historic castle, white orchids, vintage wedding
Flora Nova, destination wedding, historic castle, white orchids, vintage wedding
Flora Nova, destination wedding, historic castle, white orchids, vintage wedding
Flora Nova, destination wedding, historic castle, white orchids, vintage wedding
Flora Nova, destination wedding, historic castle, white orchids, vintage wedding
Bridal Fashion and Bouquets at the Salon:
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Flora Nova Design, vintage wedding, destination wedding, wedding flowers
Flora Nova Design, vintage wedding, destination wedding, wedding flowers
The Outside Private Castle Garden
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Flora Nova Design, vintage wedding, destination wedding, wedding flowers
The next day we moved to another room: the world-renowned Ledertapeten Zimmer: a stunningly beautiful banquet room glad in one-of a kind gold-leaf leather wallpaper. We designed a lush table top with Englisch garden roses, antique hydrangea, and local old-fashion fruit to compliment the grandness of this gorgeous dining room:
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Flora Nova Design, vintage wedding, destination wedding, wedding flowers
Flora Nova Design, vintage wedding, destination wedding, wedding flowers
Matching Bridal Bouquet:
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We were amazed to have access to their valuable antique table ware: 200-300 year old gold rimmed glass goblets and hand painted porcelain which were used for royal banquet dinners many centuries ago. Wow!!
We also wanted to capture the beauty of the immediate surrounding – the vineyards with the castle in the distance;
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Wow, what an experience! I can’t help to feel deeply grateful and proud to be able to show you this beautiful location! I hope you will consider Schloss Vollrads for your destination wedding location – it will not disappoint!
Finally a few more bouquet and detail shots:
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Flora Nova Design, vintage wedding, destination wedding, wedding flowers
I especially thank the team at Schloss Vollrads for their generosity and extreme helpfulness in making this style and fashion shoot possible! Thank you!!

Flora Nova Design – 10 Year Anniversary

2013 marks the 10 year anniversary for Flora Nova Design! Wow, I can’t believe it’s been 10 years already – it sure has been an exciting 10 years.
We celebrated this milestone with a fun industry party last month at our brand new Seattle studio. So many dear friends and partners came for this fun-filled evening with music, good food and drink, photoboothin’, dancing, stories, and laughter. Here are the wonderful images from that the evening, taken by my dear friend Dorothee of Belathee Photography. Thank you Doro!!

And thank you to all my wonderful friends and colleagues who have helped make this party super-special:
Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes – for the scrumptious food
Prive Events – for the bar tending service
Seattle Parties – for playing the tunes
3-2-1 Photo – for providing the photo booth fun
Pedersen’s – for rentals
Choice Linens – for linens
GreenLight Events – for the wonderful lighting
Tallant House – for yummy sweets