The San Francisco Flower Market holds a special place in my heart because for a brief time in my life I was a floral designer and had the pleasure of going there at least three times a week, bright and early between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. There is something so inspiring about walking up and down rows of bright poppies and dahlias, luscious garden roses, branches of kumquats or blackberries and vines of clematis. I would always walk out of there with more than I needed, completely pumped up to try new combinations of bouquets for my next bridal client. I loved coming up with unique color themes and playing with textures to create that perfectly yummy concoction.
When Joy Coakley asked if I would join her at the market, I couldn’t resist (May to June is my favorite time of year for flowers, after all). I arrived well before we were supposed to meet so that I could scope out the best picks and bring her back to them later. I’m a huge fan of cafe au lait dahlias, every kind of peony, poppies (obviously!), chocolate cosmos, hydrangeas, all the branches and vines that start blooming – I can’t get enough of it. I even love the task of processing the flowers: getting all the leaves off, cutting them and putting them in buckets. It’s my therapy.
Nowadays, I don’t get to spend any time on this stuff, so this project was really special and dear to my heart. Plus, our amazing soft goods stylist Joy got to practice her new love of photography and created some fun stop motion videos for us. We hope you will enjoy this as much as we did!