Photo Credit: ShelbyRae Photographs

Today’s awesome guest post comes to us from Amanda Lankford of Amanda Jewel Floral + Design, based in Atlanta, GA! Enjoy:

It’s not surprising that springtime is a floral designer’s dream! Spring is all about newness with blossoming blooms and everything returning to the vibrant green hues we know and love about this time of year. It’s also the start of wedding season, which is amazing for foraged floral creations due to the amount of budding flowers, lush greenery and blooming branches. This time of year, we encourage you to be creative and take advantage of all the free goodies spring has to offer!

Read the full post after the cut!

Foraging has always been a creative outlet for me. I’m not always working with florals (although I’d love to be!) and I often get stuck behind the screen of my computer running various aspects of my business. As creatives, it is so important for us to take a break and let our brains explore creativity outside of what we normally do! Dabbling in new creative outlets helps our minds stay active and fresh in a world where we’re sometimes overloaded with images, technology and ideas. So when I get the chance, I love walking outside and taking a break to be creative with what’s around me – even with what’s right in the backyard of our studio office.

This shoot was inspired by my love of foraging. When we recently took the time to challenge ourselves to forage something beautiful, we decided to design an entirely foraged bouquet from only what was available to us outside. There’s something therapeutic about wandering about, snipping and plucking what speaks to you, and then ending up with an extremely beautiful bundle of blooms and greenery.

 

The result turned out to be this stunning spring bouquet featuring forsythia, hellebores, several varieties of azaleas, daffodils, honeysuckle vine, fresh baby greenery, dusty miller, our very own studio fiddle leaf, and red bud. Not only is it fun to dream up something that is totally free, but we loved that everything featured was locally grown. Most of the plants and florals we used have been growing in this yard for years and years. And the other half, my husband and I planted with our own hands. Working with something you have watched grow over the years makes it even more special!

Amanda Lankford of Amanda Jewel Floral + Design is a self-taught, organic inspired designer in Atlanta. Her work has become known far and wide with clients in Rome, Spain and beyond, and her floral design workshops have become frequently attended events for ladies who love to entertain as well as those in the creative industry. She loves helping others create something beautiful with their hands. To learn more about Amanda Jewel Floral + Design, please visit her WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile.

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