Thursday, March 31, 2011

Deflowered by Emily Thompson (sigh!) and the Gray Lady

Not unsurprisingly, my exquisitly talented floral designer is featured in today's New York Times. Nothing pleases a bride more than knowing she got the best, of-the-moment, toast of the city vendor. My recommendation is that you book her now before she flies away into the stratosphere of greatness like a very expensive balloon. I'm just exhilirated to be able to say she was my first and only. That I was deflowered by the greatest when we were both so young and hot (winky wink face).

Here are some excerpts from the equally extreeeeeemly long and positive article:

"Emily Thompson, a sculptor who has become New York’s surprise floral designer du jour"

"'Fabulous!' gushed Reggie Darling, the art de vivre blogger, on the Web site of Emily Evans Eerdmans, the biographer of Madeleine Castaing who has also come out for Ms. Thompson. 'Watch out, Plaza Flowers; watch out, ZezĂ©,”' he continued. 'There’s a new girl in town.'"

“'Emily’s a wizard,' he wrote in an e-mail. 'Her store is like a floral curiosity cabinet, with shells, wax lobsters and feathers mixed in with the most unusual flowers. When I picked up the bouquet of hyacinths and bluebells for my room at the Winter Antiques Show, I walked to the F train like I was carrying raw eggs.'”

"...the power flower arranger of the moment"

And just a taste of her uber-fabulous future plans....

"Party decorations are more ephemeral than fine art, and so Ms. Thompson was already turning her attention to ideas for the wedding of Bridget O’Neill, the daughter of Ellen O’Neill, a former vice president of Ralph Lauren Home, in the family’s East End 1864 'farmette' in June.

'We explained that it’s a very un-Hamptons house and that we wanted a very un-Hamptons experience,' Ellen O’Neill said. 'It’s dinner on the forest floor versus the V.I.P. tent at the Hampton Classic. When we described the aesthetic to other florists, the catalogs of bark containers fell off the shelves. Emily gets that it’s not Anthropologie or the Gift Show — that it’s more authentic.'

The deal was sealed, Ms. O’Neill said, when she and her daughter learned that the florist herself forages — 'what we do when we decorate,' she said. 'There are things on-site Emily will use — lacecap hydrangeas, Russian olives. It’s not easy to find an event planner who grasps this level of dialing down.'”

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