Food & Flowers

Each year since opening, I take the team out for a holiday dinner. We try to go someplace fabulous and someplace none of us has ever been. This year, my girlfriends took me out to Zahav for a belated birthday dinner and I loved it so much that I took the team back the NEXT night for our 2013 celebration! There were so many things on the menu I didn’t get to try, and I selfishly just wanted another Desert Rose cocktail since it’s one of my favorite colors.

We ate ourselves silly and had a fantastic time. We talked about how similar today’s floral designers are to chefs; we’re both always seeking the most interesting and outstanding ingredients for our creations.
Now that we’re back in the studio, I made this design for Chef Solomonov and his team to say thanks. The earthenware pot looks like it might have come from an old souk. The sunset colors always make me think of the desert.

I enjoyed finding inspiration on a plate—a place I’ve never looked before—and I’d like to do more of these posts in the future. What restaurants in Philly should we try next?



Happy Holidays!

Well, it’s certainly been a busy and bright holiday season so far. I’ll be taking off a few weeks along with the rest of the team to relax and spend some time with friends and family. The studio is closed from Friday December 20th-Monday January 6th. Rather than my usual year end recap, I’ll be back in January with some new blog posts and lots of great weddings. Here’s to a fabulous 2014! xo, SO

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shot from our 2014 holiday decor shoot at Sullivan’s house

Green Wedding Shoes

It was a pleasure to work on this lovely Nautical shoot with Confetti & Co, George Weiss III and my BVF’s (best vendor friends) Maggpie Vintage Rentals in their amazing new Port Richmond warehouse. See the full feature here and be sure to check out all the talented vendors. Confetti & Co is one of my new favorite planners to work with, be sure to check Sara and company out as 2014 is sure to book up quickly!

chalk anchor and flower “barnacles” by Sullivan Owen


Snippet & Ink

Snippet & Ink recently featured Brian & Celeste’s gorgeous Bartram’s Garden wedding from last summer. Photos by our pals Love Me Do. See the full feature here…


Philadelphia Wedding

The new Fall/Winter issue of Philadelphia Wedding was just published and I’m thrilled to share our two gorgeous features. The first is our vibrant and fun color themed wedding at terrain.

This wedding was also featured on Green Wedding Shoes

The second story features a wild and textural non-floral centerpiece. Normally I don’t get excited about a non floral centerpiece because they sometimes feel too DIY to me. They are not what you would go to a professional designer for in my opinion but I think I’ve found my way. My take on the traditional “dish garden” is a nice update, it still feels like a piece that was designed and is just as much in my style and aesthetic as a bowl bursting with flowers. I could see this being stunning in the fall or winter and all the plants were able to be planted after the fact.
The new issue is available now!

Green Wedding Shoes

This pink and gold styled shoot by our friends Confetti & Co and Alison Conklin was recently featured on Green Wedding Shoes. We provided the hot pink florals for this fun shoot. See more of the shoot here…


Cinematic Inspiration-Michael & Apollonia

This post started with a tweet by Anthony Bourdain. He was shooting his show ‘Parts Unknown” in Savoca, Sicily aka “Corleone” in The Godfather movie last week and tweeted a photo of the church where Michael Corleone & Apollonia Vitelli were married in The Godfather. I was reminded of how much I loved that wedding and started looking at scenes and stills from the movie. The floral palette is inspired more by the buildings and landscape then the actual scenes from the wedding. I used a rough planter that felt like an old frescoed wall and the oak leaf hydrangea and giant magnolia look tea stained, rustic and elegant to make a bouquet for the fictional Apollonia and a centerpiece for their reception at her father’s Bar Vitelli.  Sullivan-Owen-Cinematic-Weddings-Godfather-Sicily Sullivan-Owen-Sicilian-Inspired-Bridal-Bouquet Sullivan-Owen-Cinematic-Weddings-Sicily-2 Sullivan-Owen-Sicilian-Inspired-Centerpiece Sullivan-Owen-Cinematic-Weddings-Sicily-3


I hope to do more of these posts in the future, are there any cinematic weddings you’d like to see re-imagined?

Lonny Mag

Color me flattered that Nicole Sewall, managing director of bhldn listed me as a source of inspiration in this feature in Lonny’s Weddings Issue. The issue is gorgeous and they feature 4 very unique and personal celebrations that I thoroughly enjoyed! You can view the issue here.


Blogshop Philly

We had an absolute blast designing & styling the studio space for blogshop in Philadelphia. blogshop is a 2 day Photoshop bootcamp for bloggers taught by Bri & Angela of designlovefest and angela & ithyle. Here are a few images from the day by Angela and you can see the whole post here on designlovefest. To see where blogshop is headed next visit

A huge thanks to Maggpie Vintage Rentals for pulling together some great pieces and working with me on the vignettes and thanks to BHLDN for the poms and garlands! See Bri’s post for all the other contributors

PS-the fresh floral backdrop has been a huge hit, I’ve already designed about 20 new versions so if you are interested in having it at your event please get in touch!

Produce Inspiration

I’m blogging about my European adventures pretty haphazardly. You can see what my first day in Amsterdam was like here but today I’m sharing my day at the Rungis Market outside of Paris. I wrote that when I thought I would do a daily blog post but I couldn’t keep up.

If you haven’t followed along about a month ago I went to Amsterdam and Paris with a group from Flower School where I also teach. The progression of the trip was excellent, we saw flower fields, the auction and met some exporters and did a workshop with Matthew Robbins inspired by Vermeer. Then we all headed to Paris for it’s magical architecture, curated flower shops and design time with master florist Christian Tortu. Christian took us shopping at Rungis Market for the elements we would use in our designs with him. The flowers were beautiful but nothing too unusual except the African and tropical imports which were amazing. Most of the blooms were what we see here and in NY so I didn’t take many photos. Christian’s work is very varied and he was looking for unexpected elements so he brought us over to the produce building and it was amazing. These were my favorite photos from the trip because they are so graphic and I loved the merchandising and packaging of all these items we think of as commodities. They were treated just like jewels. I could definitely imagine summer dinner parties with tablescapes of produce or using these images to create color palettes for clients. Do you have a favorite non-floral element you like to design with? Sullivan-Owen-Rungis-Market-Radish
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