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Holly Flora

by Grace Bonney

Several years ago, my friend Sherry of Marvimon and SmogShoppe introduced me to the floral styling of Holly Vesecky. Holly creates the most beautiful arrangements I’ve ever seen, incorporating non-traditional materials into her stunning arrangements and decking out her tablescapes with crystals, geodes, feathers and other accessories. Her look is wild but elegant and completely gorgeous. The difference between Holly’s work and that of most floral designers, is that Holly truly is an artist with a strong vision who approaches her craft as a sculpture. In addition to major accounts and weekly weddings and other events, she’s also done installations at Machine Project, a fantastic experimental art gallery in Echo Park. I’m lucky that Holly’s studio is right across the street from the gallery and sometimes she’ll create a simple arrangement for me to put on the front console or the back table. While picking up my most recent flowers, Holly showed me around her studio.

I love her collection of vintage containers – amber goblets, German lava vases, and personal family heirlooms line the walls. She lets clients choose the containers for their arrangements and then asks that they return the pieces when empty. It’s a very unique (not to mention environmentally friendly) way of presenting flowers.

Holly was working on centerpieces for a wedding in Palm Springs and the client gave her carte blanche to do something really unique. These two centerpieces really blew me away. Love the use of sand for a desert wedding.

The Palm Springs wedding was only one of three she was working on. Here is a trail of blackberries in the middle of an centerpiece for a diffrent wedding in LA.

Finally, back at the gallery with my new flowers for the weekend. Simply gorgeous, if I do say so myself.

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