I (Ash) have wanted to work with the ever-talented Ashley Garmon since arriving in Austin last spring. She was scheduled to photograph some of my flowers in mid-July, but because of my car accident we had to reschedule for a few months later. Since then, we’ve become fast friends and I feel lucky to have her in my life.

For this particular shoot, Ashley helped move my worktable and flowers into my backyard to capture the perfect light and the majesty of the blooms. She chose my outfit (I wanted to wear leather hot pants, but what florist does that?) and worked patiently with me as I slowly arranged…

I can feel my style changing a little bit, becoming even more organic, wild and free, and I love that.  For this arrangement, I started with greens from my backyard to create the full body, and then filled it in with dahlias, ranunculus, sweet peas, scabiosa, garden roses, and a few other beauties here and there.  I spun it around and around in order to maintain the fullness on all sides. It feels like autumn to me — cool with a few breezy elements, dark with a hint of brightness.

The Byrd Collective is excited to train a few hungry interns this wedding season. Interested? E-mail [email protected] for more information.

*photos by Ashley Garmon

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