|A bounty of beauty greets customers in Plaza Flowers New York City Shop.|
There are times when you only have to look at something and it is immediately clear it's a masterpiece. So it was when I was shooting the charming Kate Rheinstein Brodsky's stunning flowers for her entertaining story a few weeks ago. The combination of flowers and colors in the arrangements was clearly the work of a master artist. I had to know more. I asked Kate if she had done the flowers herself and she made it clear that they were the work of Connie Plaissay of New York's esteemed Plaza Flowers.
|Garden of Eden on the upper Eastside.|
Not the clearest path to success in the flower business. It was in his late twenties that the driver took the wheel of the family business and retooled the esthetic from very traditional florist arrangements (babies breath and roses genre) to living works of art. I recently had the privilege of spending some time while he made an arrangement and gleaning some of his tips for beautiful flowers.
The first thing he clarified is that sharp contrast of colors that don't belong together, like red and white for Christmas will never come out of his shop.Rather, like a painter he chooses harmonies of color, the arrangement he made to illustrate his ideas was a beautiful combination of light and dark hues of purples.
|Prepping Lilacs. Cut off the leaf joints, shave off the bark of the stem and split the stem in a cross |
before putting the flower in water.
When pressed about what makes his flowers so stunning his response was pretty straight forward, "You have to love what you do. You can tell the difference."
|Start placing flowers around the rim of the container.|
Start with the rim when arranging flowers, its the foundation. After that his works get filled in from outside in. This time mauve roses were the second to go in the vase, followed by ravishing deep aubergine Ranunculus which seemed to establish the range of color.
|Its all in the layering of flowers from outside in.|
|Last one in. Tulips were the final flower added.|
To prevent them from popping up in the arrangement place a small slit under the flower with the point of a knife.
|Connie Plaissay admiring his masterpiece.|
|The finished symphony of color and beauty.|