Studio tour: Blossom & Branch

Name: Sarah Brysk Cohen
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Company: Blossom & Branch

What is your aesthetic? We create modern, structured floral designs with lots of texture and color.  We aim to surprise and delight our clients with special touches – everything we do is custom.  We will use vintage brooches, paper mache birds or unusual flower combinations in our work.  We are thrilled when people say “I have never seen that done before with flowers!”  We find that brides and other clients who are themselves creative people tend to be attracted to our work – artists and designers, especially.

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic?
I am compelled to incorporate fabulous color into everything – from colored paper clips, pens and ribbon, to bright containers for floral arrangements, to the picture on my iMac desktop wallpaper!  And I am a bit of a collector, so you will find bins and trays of cards, trinkets and knick-knacks around the studio that I save because I think “I will use this someday in a floral arrangement or on a tablescape.”

Favorite part of your studio?
The open space and enormous windows.  We are blessed with a nice amount of room and year-round streaming light, as our studio is in a converted loft that was a turn-of-the-century underwear factory!  Apart from the desk and granite island, everything from our Parsons work table to our files are mobile, so we can configure the space in any way that suits the particular event on which we are working.  When the space is filled with flowers it is truly magical in here.

Where do you go for inspiration? With floral design, inspiration is easy – we are inspired by seasonal flowers!  My favorite time for the flowers is definitely spring – we love to use fluffy blooms like peonies, lilac, garden roses and anything else fragrant.  I also take cues from fashion, interior design magazines, the Brooklyn Flea market…anywhere I can be exposed to color and pattern inspires me to create new and unique combinations with flowers.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? I am so grateful for our Honda Pilot that I have named her – Frannie.  She holds a miraculous amount of flowers and gear.  Some mornings at the market I am absolutely certain I have bought too many flowers to fit in one trip and somehow it always works.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? My upgrade fantasies involve refrigeration – a massive walk-in floral cooler and a refrigerated truck.  Lately when I am out and about in the city, I fixate on the giant trucks I see and wonder how hard they would be to drive and whether or not they could be refrigerated for our flowers!

Anything else we should know? We adore being a boutique floral design studio – this gives us the flexibility to do flowers for intimate gatherings or grand affairs and provide incredibly personalized service.  We love it when a bride or a client comes to us and says something like “Please create flower arrangements inspired by vintage candy…” (which we recently did!).  A light switches on and the creativity just flows.

[images from Blossom & Branch]

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Who knew such loveliness was coming from the Brooklyn Navy Yards?  Check out the rest of Blossom & Branch‘s work on their newly revamped website…

And don’t forget, for those of you doing the card swap, cards need to be mailed by Tuesday, Dec. 15.  If you haven’t included a recipe with your card, you can email me with it and I’ll be putting together a pdf to send to all participants with the recipes!

[images from Blossom & Branch]

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Real wedding: Nami + Stephen

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Whats not to love about a modern wedding with fresh colorful florals & great location?  To top it off, the brides dress is simply stunning…its a winner all around!

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From the bride:

We got married at Andaz on Fifth Avenue on a beautiful spring day. Andaz is unique as it has these four distinct areas: a ceremony space with a library feel, an intimate bar, a dining room overlooking the public library and an integrated cocktail and kitchen area where guests can watch food being prepared. And it’s in the middle of Manhattan! I wore a silk dress with a feather in my hair. Sarah Brysk Cohen from Blossom and Branch made me an incredible spring flower bouquet – a bright, colorful and intricate design – as well as the arrangements on our tables: two very long tables covered in Moroccan lanterns, candles in antique gold votives and various silver and gold vases holding blue thistle, spray roses, anemones, ranunculus and other extraordinary flowers.

VENDORS

Flowers by Blossom & Branch
Photos by Maggie Marguerite Studios
Hair and make-up by Amanda Natov
Venue is Andaz (speak to wendy:wendy.amsterdam@andaz.com)

[images from Maggie Marguerite Studios ]

Blossom & Branch is a member of Brooklyn Bride’s preferred vendor listings

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Top 10: Modern yellow bouquets

 modern yellow bouquets

 1. Meghan Andrews Photography via SMP | 2. Florisity via NYMag | 3. Janie Medley by Amelia Johnson | 4. JL Designs | 5. Tec Petaja via d*s | 6. JM Events by Amelia Johnson | 7. Blossom & Branch by 1. art beauty life via BB | 8. LSL Event Designs via EAD | 9. Bash Atlanta| 10. Sprout Home, photo by Brookelyn Photography via BB

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Brooklyn Magazine

Brooklyn Wedding Essentials

Posted by on Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 9:30 AM

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Vané Broussard, the creative force of nature behind Brooklyn Bride, came up with a list of the most important things for a modern bride to consider as she plans her wedding.

Photo Sarah Ryhanen

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NO. 1
Put together the ultimate Brooklyn giftbag for your out-of-town guests! Easiest place to look is By Brooklyn on Smith St where everything is locally made, from soaps by Love Nature NYC to artisanal chocolate bars from Raaka. Throw it all in a BRKLYN tote by Hank Player and your guests will look and feel like locals!
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NO. 2
I predict that the Brooklyn Navy Yard will be THE new hip place to get married in the coming years. For larger weddings, consider Stage 6 at Steiner Studios with catering by Abigail Kirsch, or for a smaller crowd, definitely look at BLDG 92 with food by Parker Red (you might also know them as local favorite Ted & Honey).
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NO. 3
The beauty of Brooklyn is that we—ok, SOME of us—have awesome backyards, and so do our restaurants, so they make ideal places to have bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, even small weddings! Look at iCi—one of my favs!
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NO. 4
Don’t waste your time with cheesy favors like mini Brooklyn Bridges or I Heart NY t-shirts from Chinatown. Instead, everyone loves something edible, so get some chocolate caramels from Nunu Chocolates or chocolate bars from Mast Brothers—I recommend their Brooklyn blend.
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NO. 5
No matter what style wedding you have, there are plenty of backdrops for the perfect engagement or wedding portrait. If you’re a little edgy, check out the graffitied buildings of Williamsburg, for those a little more classic, there are the beautiful brownstones of Fort Greene or Brooklyn Heights. Don’t forget the waterfront and carousel in DUMBO for the more playful among us.
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NO. 6
Rather than setting up gift registries at big box stores, why not set them up at local shops in Brooklyn? Whisk in Williamsburg has a great registry setup, and Future Perfect is in the process of setting one up for you modernists out there. Even if a local favorite doesn’t have a formal registry system set up, most will be happy to set up a wishlist that your guests can shop from, or you can use online registry sites to include items from these stores.
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NO. 7
Invitations are a great way to give your guests a hint into how much you love your borough. Check out Park Slope’s Lion in the Sun and their Brooklyn-themed invitation line PostScript Brooklyn for the best selection of readymade designs.
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NO. 8
When it comes to flowers, you’ve got no excuse not to go to a Brooklyn vendor because all the best ones are already here! I’m a big fan of Blossom & Branch and Seaport Flowers for more modern designs, and Saipua & Nicolette Camille for a more romantic flair.
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NO. 9
For wedding gowns, you’ve got lots of options. There’s the White Gown and Michelle New York in DUMBO and Downtown Brooklyn respectively, but if you want something custom-made, look no further than Samuelle Couture. Her dresses are absolutely ethereal!
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NO. 10
Advice for any bride: I think the most important thing a bride and groom can do is hire vendors they trust. At some point you just need to let go so you can enjoy your day, knowing that your vendors are pros and understand what you want. That way, if anything DOES go wrong, they’ll know how to fix it so you won’t need to stress.

To see more of Brooklyn Bride, visit bklynbride.com

Guest edited a story for Brooklyn Magazine’s first wedding supplement to their Design issue!

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