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Petal Pushers: 8 Hudson Valley Floral Designers Who Will Make Your Wedding Bloom 

Last Updated: 03/23/2020 8:30 am
click to enlarge Moody spring floral design by Dark + Diamond, inspired by the Dutch masters. Including blooming spirea branches, fritillaria, parrot tulips, butterfly ranunculus, hyacinth, hellebore and jasmine vines. - COURTESY OF DARK + DIAMOND
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  • Moody spring floral design by Dark + Diamond, inspired by the Dutch masters. Including blooming spirea branches, fritillaria, parrot tulips, butterfly ranunculus, hyacinth, hellebore and jasmine vines.

Embracing the ephemeral artistry of contemporary floral design, the host of Hudson Valley florists highlighted below are united by a shared inspiration found in the palette, proportions, and ethos of the local landscape. Surpassing the standards of simple flower bunches and bouquets, the region's bountiful blooms and seasonal stems are constructed into sculptural compositions and dramatic clusters that set the scene for special occasions small and large. Possessing the innate ability to define the aesthetic of any affair, these artists work with nature as they adapt to the distinct desires and needs of their individual clients to render bespoke bunches and bucolic backdrops for weddings and events. Ingenuity and flair in floral design abounds across the Hudson Valley. From foraged flowers to harvested blossoms, these local designers draw from the verdant appeal and wealth of floral yields that surrounding farms and fields have to offer.

Dark + Diamond

click to enlarge A wild, winter bridal bouquet with peonies, unripe raspberries, ranunculus, scabiosa, hanging amaranthus, camellia, limonium, antique carnations, ferns and cascading pepper berry foliage. - COURTESY OF DARK + DIAMOND
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  • A wild, winter bridal bouquet with peonies, unripe raspberries, ranunculus, scabiosa, hanging amaranthus, camellia, limonium, antique carnations, ferns and cascading pepper berry foliage.

Spearheaded by the Hudson-based husband-and-wife team of Katie and Michael Patton, Dark + Diamond specializes in delivering a bespoke design aesthetic that deciphers beauty through thoughtfully curated floral design. The design duo behind Dark + Diamond revels in a distinguished approach that embraces their extensive experience as multidisciplinary artists as well as their enthusiasm for the ephemeral artistry of flowers. Drawing from delicate and exquisite details found in nature, they hand-select every bloom—sourced from local growers and wholesalers—and customize each event with tailored designs that adhere to architecture, environment, and season.

Petalos Floral

Blending a background in botany and horticulture with decades of experience in floral design, Brian Bender-Tymon founded Kingston's Petalos Floral. Acquiring many accolades throughout his extensive career as a floral designer, Bender-Tymon's work has attracted a remarkable roster of clients, while his designs have adorned the interiors of prominent hotels and premiere fashion events across the country. Fresh florals, bountiful bouquets, and intricate arrangements flourish inside Petalos Floral's Stockade District storefront, which carries hard-to-find seasonal stems and offers delivery throughout the area, in addition to catering to client requests for weddings, special events, and occasions.

Heart & Soil

click to enlarge A centerpiece of fennel, orchids, and poppy pods by Heart & Soil.
  • A centerpiece of fennel, orchids, and poppy pods by Heart & Soil.

Combining an interest in farming with a cultivated eye for foraged flowers, Heart & Soil is a floral design studio located in Newburgh that offers locally grown blooms for a breadth of occasions and affairs—ranging from small orders and accounts for local businesses to weddings, interior styling, and photoshoots. The studio was founded in 2016 by Kelsey Ter Meer. Working closely with clients to creatively convey their distinctive characteristics and requests into a cohesive aesthetic, the community-conscious designers at Heart & Soil cleverly curate their floral arrangements to resonate correspondingly with the customer, venue, landscape, and season.

Earthgirl Flowers

click to enlarge An arrangement of feverfew, jackpot thistle, craspedia, lisianthus, seeded eucalyptus, and wax flower by Earthgirl Flowers.
  • An arrangement of feverfew, jackpot thistle, craspedia, lisianthus, seeded eucalyptus, and wax flower by Earthgirl Flowers.

Operating out of a century-old barn bounded by cut flower fields in Callicoon Center, Earthgirl Flowers is run by self-proclaimed "petal pusher" Jill Wiener. In order to gather the best budding blooms for special occasions, Earthgirl sources first from their own gardens and then from the fields of other local farmers, while also maintaining access to a global network of responsible growers. Always on the hunt for antique additions to their expansive inventory, Earthgirl's offerings include a varied selection of vintage vases and vessels that are always available to loan.

Hops Petunia

Hops Petunia is a floral business with a brick-and-mortar space—brimming with bright blooms and a bounty of botanical accessories—located in the historic Rondout section of Kingston. The boutique boasts a familiar farmhouse feel and is stocked with fresh flowers from local growers gathered delicately in vintage vases or arranged into colorful bouquets ready to be gifted. Founded in 2014 by former graphic designer Kelli Galloway, Hops Petunia is well-acquainted with prominent wedding venues across the Hudson Valley and Catskills regions, and is dedicated to partnering with its patrons to select seasonal floral arrangements, cohesive color palettes, and alluring props to achieve the desired aesthetic of the occasion.

Flowerkraut

With an airy storefront along Warren Street, the city of Hudson's main drag, Flowerkraut is a floral studio owned by sisters Nicole and Amanda Bruns. Specializing in custom floral design, the shop is stocked with a seasonal selection of fresh flowers—grown within a 200-mile radius when weather permits—that are available for pick-up, delivery, and special events, as well as a sustainable selection of local goods and gift items. The studio also offers greening services—comprised of temporary or permanent installations of tropical foliage, cacti, and succulents—that lend a lively and leafy aesthetic to any atmosphere.

Ariella Chezar

Offering an organic and seasonally attuned approach to floral design, Ariella Chezar's extensive experience in the flower industry has garnered her an international roster of admirers. Chezar grows seasonal blooms on her sustainable flower farm—situated on 90-acres of land in Columbia County—utilizing the floral yields to supply her wedding and event work throughout the area. The designer's work is distinguished by a delicate approach to color with opulent palettes and intricate arrangements that conjure the layered brushwork of a watercolor painting. Combining cultivated flowers and foraged elements from nature, Chezar's pioneering pursuits in floral design are also chronicled across of trio books that divulge her artistic interpretations.

Bear Creek Farm

click to enlarge Bear Creek Farm specializes in dahlias and peonies.
  • Bear Creek Farm specializes in dahlias and peonies.

Set in the hushed hamlet of Stanfordville, Bear Creek Farm was founded by Debra Kaye in 2015, and has quickly earned an esteemed reputation for its extensive offerings. The female-operated flower farm cultivates an abundant assembly of over 100 varieties of dahlias, peonies, and other rare flowers, which are offered in a kaleidoscopic compendium of rich colorways. Embracing sustainable agriculture practices, Bear Creek offers farm-fresh floral arrangements for weddings and special affairs, while cut stems can be found in wholesale markets throughout the tri-state region, as well as at Manhattan's Union Square Market.

The Parcel Flower Co.


Whether you need neutral arrangements to adorn your bohemian Hudson Valley barn wedding or a pop of color to liven up a church altar for more traditional nuptials, The Parcel Flower Co. in Garrison creates custom farm-fresh wedding floral arrangements that cater to a variety of aesthetics for your big day. Formerly known as Alfresco Flora, the farmer-florists are a perfect fit for couples looking to have a start-to-finish locally sourced, farm-to-table wedding. On their own farm in Cold Spring, Parcel Flower Co. grows a wide range of annuals and perennial blooms to use in their wedding bouquets, floral arrangements, arbors, flower crowns, and wreaths, employing sustainable growing practices that replenish the soil and support pollinators. And if you get hooked on their flowers after your wedding, fret not. Parcel Flower Co. also offers a weekly and biweekly mixed-bouquet CSA in summer as well as a fall dahlia share, plus fun workshops and events.

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