“I love the idea of being inspired by a love story because that is pretty much what I always do with our wedding work,” says Molly Anne McGill, owner of Milton-based Fleur Events. “I sit down with the couple and learn a bit about their story and what makes them unique. And then I base my designs off everything from the way they’re dressed to what they talk about as their interests.”
Art was always an interest for McGill, who went to an arts-focused high school and studied painting and drawing at MassArt. “Like most people who graduate from art school, I wasn’t really sure how to implement that in a career for a long time,” she says. Eventually a friend from college encouraged her to apply for an opening at the large floral company where she worked. McGill had never arranged flowers before, but she got the job, staying for nearly a decade before opening her own studio. “I fell in love with it,” she says. “One of the wonderful things about working with flowers is that every season is different. New floral varieties are always coming out and being improved upon, so it’s always fresh and always new. That keeps me very inspired.”
As for the inspiration for this tableau? McGill chose a movie she loved as a kid: Ladyhawke, a 1985 medieval-set fantasy featuring Michelle Pfeiffer as the titular lovebird and Rutger Hauer as her star-crossed sweetheart. “It’s a love story about a cursed couple. During the day she is a hawk and he is a man, and at night he’s a wolf and she’s a woman. The only time they see each other in human form is at dusk and dawn,” McGill says. “I was always intrigued by that idea of light and dark and this unattainable love that’s there but just out of reach.”
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1. “I just kind of put it out into the universe, or Instagram, that I was looking for a wolf,” which led McGill to this German shepherd with a lupine look and its obliging owner.
2. “I created an installation on the wall, and then did some moss on the ground, because I wanted to represent being in the woods.”
3. “I kind of played with the idea of the meeting of light and dark,” says McGill, who incorporated local dahlias and California-grown Distant Drums roses along with clematis, butterfly ranunculus, smilax vines, scabiosa pods and various fern varieties.
Say It with Flowers: Orpheus & Eurydice by Forêt Design Studio | Mother Earth & Father Sun by Wildfolk | Sleeping Beauty by Pollen Floral Design | Ladyhawke by Fleur Events