Author: Sarah Larkin

Pandemic Thanksgiving 2020

Hi Friends, I thought I would start off this Thanksgiving week with gratitude. Seems appropriate 🙂 I am so grateful for my customers and community. It is you that has made it possible for me to be homeschooling my children AND delivering my creations throughout 

Floristry in the times of the Pandemic

I wrote this to share with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis last month.  Today, I was asked for a copy of it, and I thought maybe others would be interested to know what it’s like to be a studio florist in these times, and 

Garden Grown

 

As I trimmed alstroemerias, bachelor buttons, kangaroo paw, bougainvillea, lavender and greenery from my garden for an order, I thought, “This is the life I love to live !”  I bet you can imagine how amazing I felt after having that thought!

So, if you’re reading this, thank you for supporting me living my best life as a human, a mom, an avid gardener, floral designer, business owner and entrepreneur.

For me, being able to cut directly from my garden while the kids are playing on the trampoline or swimming in the pool is such a beautiful experience! Having a home-based studio allows me to integrate the things I value the most into a life that flows, and when I flow I HAVE SO MUCH MORE TO GIVE!  It’s pretty awesome 🙂

So…

Here is today’s garden bouquet of snapdragons, bachelor buttons, lavender, statice, bougainvillea, and alstroemerias:

Sarah larkin Design garden delight

I think I will create a subsection on my website for the arrangements that come solely from my garden.  The flowers will change with the season…What do you think?

I’m excited to see where this idea goes. Look for the new Garden Grown section in the next few days! In the meantime, if you want to order a $25 Garden Grown vase arrangement now, click  HERE 

Also, a fun update is a tipping option on the checkout page.  If you try it, let me know if you have to input your credit card twice.  If so, I’ll need to research how to fix that…thank you for your patience on this tech journey!!

 

 

Personal Branding

A year and a half ago I walked into KLJ Studios as the newly formed business: Willow Floral Design. Kelly and I clicked instantly. She loved my passion, and I loved her exuberance. It was out of that meeting that so many parts of me 

Why buy your flowers from me?

I think about this question often: “Why buy your flowers from me?” Flowers have become very accessible in the last ten years. Costco, Trader Joe’s, and grocery stores all carry flowers. How convenient (and often cheap)! I myself have occasionally purchased flowers from these establishments. 

Stylized Shoot

I was so excited when event co-ordinator Shari Wise, owner of Events by Wise asked me to be a part of a stylized shoot at a new wedding venue in Davis called Lone Wulff Ranch.

When I got there, Larcom’s Lighting was there transforming the outdoor space with fantastic string bulbs, Veronica from Dolce Vida Beauty was working on the model, Kelly from Blossom Farm Vintage Rentals and Shari Wise were unloading. I jumped in and set-up came together smoothly and BEAUTIFULLY!

Michelle from Valley Images Photography arrived just as we were putting the finishing touches on the tables.

Amelia rose with greenery in a glass jar on each place setting
Shari did a great job putting this place setting together! The flowers were the finishing touch

Each place setting had a beautiful napkin, guest name, and a sweet little jar of flowers.

Blossom Farm Vintage Rentals brought these beautiful farm tables that we lined with a beautiful runner from Creative Coverings, and I included a yummy mix of hydrangea, mini gerbera daisies, amnesia roses, olive branches, deep plum foliage, chocolate Queen Anne’s lace, and pretty little pink Peruvian lilies.

We went outside and perused the Ranch a bit. Out behind the barn, there was this amazing tree that Michelle spotted. The glorious result of her find:

Bride in Davis, ca poses with her bouquet by Sarah larkin design in front of a large oak tree.
It was quite the beautiful sight

The model looked absolutely stunning. Veronica did a gorgeous job on her makeup. I think the flowers in her hair came out perfect! They fit right into Veronica’s awesome styling.

Bride poses with her bouquet and shows off her wedding hair flowers
When hair meets flowers

Rachel, the model was so cold the poor thing! We would walk around looking for the next photography spot, and we’d have to put her sweater on. I thought it looked impossibly adorable so Michelle kindly took her picture wearing it. I think they thought I was joking, but look!!

Bride with her bouquet made by Sarah larkin design with a mauve sweater against a barn wall
She just looks so stinkin’ cute!

Tell me that’s not stinkin’ cute!!

The sun started setting, so we lit the candles and turned on the lights! That’s when I think the magic really started.

Bridal bouquet with burgundy, blush and lavender flowers sitting on a barn wall with lights glowing in the background
Bridal bouquet in the fading light

Sweetheart table full of gorgeous flowers by Sarah Larkin Design, brass candlesticks and rustic lanterns in a rustic barn

This sweetheart table is sultry and romantic

Bride with her antique cake table and beautiful florals by Sarah Larkin Design
I love that the cake table is literally dripping with flowers.

Bride in gown with floral arrangements by Sarah Larkin Design

Beautiful bride showing the gorgeous lounge area

This was such a fulfilling and satisfying experience for me. I am all about collaboration, creativity and hard work. How lucky was I to be part of a team of strong, smart, creative and hard working people?

I look forward to continue on my quest to find like-minded individuals who are passionate about being their best self and love putting together fantastic events!

Adventures in Nature

The smells, the crispness of the air, the sound of running water…it is rejuvenating One of the major factors for deciding to start Sarah Larkin Design was my family. By creating a studio on my property, I am more able to go on field trips, 

Fresh, Unique, and All Mine

Fresh, Unique, and All Mine

“Fresh, Unique, and All Mine, I want Sarah Larkin Design”     Fresh   Sarah believes in supporting local community and sourcing locally whenever possible. We are blessed, in Yolo County, to be surrounded by a rich agricultural climate. Supporting local farms and businesses gives her 

Beautiful Sunflower Garden Bride and Bouquet

Beautiful Sunflower Garden Bride and Bouquet

New on The Sarah Larkin Design blog…

I’m in the KLJ Studio with the beautiful Aimee as my model and the talented Kelly Lynn behind the lenses.

This wildflower bouquet by Sarah Larkin Design paired beautifully with Aimee’s simple white dress and her beautifully soft curls. Together, they make for the sweetest combination.

This garden style hand tied bouquet contains walnut branches studded with immature tree nuts, purple Russian sage, vibrant yellow and orange lantana, dried stellata pods, rudbeckia hirta (also known as black-eyed susan), and greenery to add a soft drape.

It was such a pleasure working with Kelly, Aimee, and Veronica Gersalia. I think together we made some magic happen. What do you think?