bright blooms & bundt cake

A special event at BHLDN ups the flower power to a new level

A special event at BHLDN ups the flower power to a new level

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Ashley Bailey, owner and founder of the Byrd Collective, assembled arrangements with the eye of an artist. Photo by Whitney Radley
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A tabletop arrangment.  Photo by Whitney Radley
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Byrd Collective bouquets balanced bites from Nothing Bundt Cake.  Photo by Whitney Radley
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BHLDN, Anthropologie's sister bridal boutique, was in full bloom recently, when Ashley Bailey of the Byrd Collective took over the front show room for a floral and design workshop

After crafting with Paper Source and grabbing colorful Nothing Bundt Cake bites and sips of champagne, brides-to-be and flower junkies filed into rows of chairs marked with calligraphic name cards.

Bailey, who wore flowers in her hair and a bright polka-dotted apron over a lace shift by Tracey Reese, advised on all of the florist essentials: What to ask, when to purchase, which to choose and how to accessorize.

 The arrangements Bailey created at BHLDN were loose, organic and romantic — like a scene out of a Baroque still life, with muted tones and a modern twist.

 As the Austin-based florist deftly and expertly assembled table centerpieces, a mock-up bouquet and a simple boutonnière, she spoke of how she'd rather have flowers than clothes, than shoes, than food even.

Bailey will travel anywhere she's asked. She intuits which flowers and which arrangements best complement the style of the wedding, asking her clients about everything from favorite books to personal inspiration to bridesmaids' body shapes.

The arrangements Bailey created at BHLDN were loose, organic and romantic — like a scene out of a Baroque still life, with muted tones and a modern twist.

As she plucked blooms from galvanized buckets and vintage hobnail vases, she spoke of each flower's quality, how many days they take to open, how many days or hours they will last. 

Like a scientist and an artist in one.