Cincinnati Wedding has had the pleasure of collaborating with Yellow Canary on numerous editorial photo shoots. From bouquets and boutonnieres, to headpieces and flower walls, Kristen Sekowski’s artistry continues to amaze and inspire us. Recently we had the pleasure of visiting Yellow Canary’s lovely new location in Oakley to chat with Kristen about her process and ongoing success.
First off, the new space is awesome. Take Restoration Hardware, inject it with a whiff of french provincial style, add unique floral displays and a dash of fuchsia, and you’ve got the new Yellow Canary. We love the inviting warm gray walls and mix of organic materials.
Sekowski and her lead associate, Suzanne Moore, both grew up with parents in the interior design industry, and you definitely get that vibe upon entering the new space. The shop is more of a design studio than a traditional retail florist—an idea that resonates throughout Yellow Canary’s work.
Sekowski has a background in fine art and approaches her craft as a designer, conceptualizing custom floral displays for each of her individual brides. She pulls inspiration from the the textile and interiors industry, as well as from her world travels. Specifically, she drew on a recent trip to Amsterdam, where flowers play a larger role in daily life—from the everyday to the avant garde—as compared to the United States, where fresh blooms are considered a special occasion luxury.
Sekowski acknowledges that her brides usually come in with lots of inspiration (i.e. Pinterest boards). However, if you are are looking to be even more inspired, there’s an awesome selection of floral books and a perfectly sweet sitting area in which to peruse them. And how cool are the grass terrariums in the window? Very cool, says I.
Finally, I loved the mix-and-match containers of loose flowers immediately visible upon entering the space. This is where Yellow Canary stores its inventory for current projects, so the display is both decorative and utilitarian. The flowers are simply beautiful in their humble buckets, but once the ladies at Yellow Canary get ahold of them, they become real stunners.