Today’s floral design shoot is such a special one. Sara of Hoje é Especial lives in northern Portugal with her husband Filipe and they’re on the hunt for an old, charming building to restore. During their search they came across a beautiful railway station and it inspired today’s centerpiece design!
It truly showcases the motto I’ve always kept in my mind while working on this blog – that inspiration can come from anywhere.
From Sara of Hoje é Especial – “When creating floral designs, whether it is bouquets, table arrangements, or something else the first step I always take is to think about the kind of vibe I want to create. I am inspired by everything that surrounds me – art, buildings, natural elements, or constructed landscapes and of course the work of people who I admire.
Then, in my head, it begins to take shape – the colors, the textures, and the dimensions eventually translate into concrete ideas for flowers, greens, and ribbons and the ideal container to give birth to my creation.
I’m always very attentive to what surrounds me and like to use tree branches or local wild shrubs in my arrangements because it is a way to enhance the natural heritage of each place and reduce the cost.”
“For this arrangement I wanted to create a spring-like and romantic design and to use ranunculuses because they are one of my favorite flowers. The color palette came naturally from the colors of a Portuguese ranunculuses bunch. They bring different warm tones from red to yellow and pink and worked well with my concept.
To break these warm tones I used spring branches that served as a backdrop to highlight the wonderful colors of the ranunculuses. For texture and romance I used roses in neutral tones and eucalyptus foliage for a muted green. As a final touch and for a vivid element that draws the eyes, a purple ranunculus was included.
When I style arrangements I like to use contrasting elements and put together things that you wouldn’t necessarily think of as an obvious match, so I chose an old vandalized railway station to photograph the flower arrangement. I love the romantic feeling of old buildings and this one in particular because of its Portuguese tiles on the walls and arcade outside.”
Photography & Floral Design: Sara of Hoje é Especial // Venue: Railway Station of Urrós, Bragança, Portugal.