Our Flower Shop Turns One



There are so many things to say about this first year as a flower shop. It's not been easy but then nothing worthwhile ever is. We're so proud to be part of Raleigh's unique downtown community and be surrounded by so many other wonderful businesses. A big thank you to all of our friends, family and customers for the love and support you've showed us over the past 12 months as we grow and adjust in this crazy but wonderful business. 

Here are a few photos from our 1 year party back in late October taken by the amazing Morgane of Live View Studios

 Our party backdrop. We love a good excuse to get on a ladder and hang some flowers.

Our party backdrop. We love a good excuse to get on a ladder and hang some flowers.

 This is us! Hannah and Nikelle :)

This is us! Hannah and Nikelle :)

 We love a good flower close up.

We love a good flower close up.

 Courtney Evans of Tactile, the amazing Design Studio that made our storefront furnishings.

Courtney Evans of Tactile, the amazing Design Studio that made our storefront furnishings.

 Jess Todd-Marrone and Claire Craven, who illustrated our lovely Wylde Playing Cards.

Jess Todd-Marrone and Claire Craven, who illustrated our lovely Wylde Playing Cards.

 Our friend and studio mate, Sarah Faucette of Native State Design. 

Our friend and studio mate, Sarah Faucette of Native State Design. 

 Fellow Floral Artist, Deana Nyguen and former Assembly Mate, Riley Houston chat with the one and only, Gino Reyes.

Fellow Floral Artist, Deana Nyguen and former Assembly Mate, Riley Houston chat with the one and only, Gino Reyes.

 Jonathan Bonchak of Sling Shot Coffee brought their amazing new coffee caramels to our event and we almost didn't share them. They are so damn good.

Jonathan Bonchak of Sling Shot Coffee brought their amazing new coffee caramels to our event and we almost didn't share them. They are so damn good.

 Jeff Clarke, Callie Haynes, Laura White and Kari Smith relaxing. Callie and Laura are part of our Dream Team and help us with wedding set ups. 

Jeff Clarke, Callie Haynes, Laura White and Kari Smith relaxing. Callie and Laura are part of our Dream Team and help us with wedding set ups. 

 Chatting it up with Assembly Mate, Eric Cox. Most likely about Terrace House on Netflix ;)

Chatting it up with Assembly Mate, Eric Cox. Most likely about Terrace House on Netflix ;)


Thank you, Morgane of Live View Studios for all the wonderful photos!


Crate and Barrel Registry Event

We had the pleasure of taking part in a private event at Crate & Barrel this Fall with Southern Bride and Groom, organized especially for engaged couples looking to register for gifts and to meet local wedding vendors. We love our wedding work, but it's refreshing and invigorating to mix it up when we can, and this was one of those occasions. The Sunday morning party was coordinated by A Southern Soiree, a fantastic planning company, who invited us to share our work (thanks, Gina!). Creating florals for this event was especially fun because we got to design the entire table from florals to flatware, putting our own stylistic spin on Crate & Barrel product. We're interested in doing more full table styling for weddings, and this was a helpful opportunity to explore that process with creative freedom. And what an all-star team of vendors to work alongside — Mikkel Paige did a stunning job capturing everyones work with her lovely photographs. Other vendors included Rocky Top Catering, Event Espresso Catering, Kendra Scott, Thomas Blake Films, Mason Dixon Designs, and Southern Sugar Bakery. Read more about the event on Crate and Barrel's blog.


This set-up was done by A Southern Soiree, who co-ordinated the event. Their table was so simple and lovely, and we loved getting to feature our floral arrangements with their elegant design.  


Our table was so much fun to put together. We loved the color palette that emerged from honey to coral toned local Dahlias, just-starting-to-turn Dogwood branches, periwinkle Caryopteris, copper-black Ninebark, and caramel-green Heuchera.  Little did the folks at Crate & Barrel know we'd request soy sauce bowls and a velvet curtain to help pull our tablescape together—there were just so many fun pieces to choose from!


Look at these beautiful treats from Rocky Top Catering!

Summer Shoot

Summer feels far behind us now as we spend our days working with evergreens and dried materials, wrapped up in scarves. Our work throughout the growing season is fast-paced and hectic, making it hard to take a moment to appreciate the beauty of what we get to create every day and the gifts each season offers. We do this work because we have a passion for sharing the ephemeral beauty of flowers with others, but sometimes it's hard to take that time for ourselves. Looking back on an incredible season of growth for Wylde, we're thankful we took a moment to arrange this summer shoot with our dear friend Brent of Live View Studios.

Winter brings necessary moments of reflection and in these images we are reminded of all the little victories of our garden space and the endless inspiration it provided. These images also bring us joy as they are artifacts of the beginning of our official business partnership. We approached the design process as an opportunity to share our joint aesthetic with all of you through seasonal materials that spoke to us. We hope you get lost in these images as we do, and find a little warmth looking forward to the zinnias, rudbeckia, and dahlias to come!


Korie & Chris — Chapel Hill, NC


Weddings are such special occasions in so many ways—you get to witness two people declare their love for each other and celebrate their future as a couple. But perhaps our favorite thing about weddings is witnessing how families come together to help create a truly memorable day. Korie and Chris were surrounded by so many loved ones who tirelessly worked alongside our fellow vendors to put together a beautiful wedding. We were in awe of their dedication and spirit, which felt contagious, leaving us feeling like we were part of the family ourselves. 


Vendors: Photography by Katherine Miles Jones | Planning by Hand Stitched Events 

Growing Wylde


Our garden is a haven of fenced space flanked by woods on the south side and lawn on the north side. We grow mostly annuals, in seven 65' rows and a few wooden raised beds. Our gardening year starts the previous fall, when hardy annuals and biennials like Icelandic poppies, Scabiosa, Foxglove, Snapdragons and Larkspur are seeded and bulbs like Tulips and Daffodils are planted. In Spring, tender annuals like zinnias, cosmos, celosia, amaranth, nicotiana, rudbeckia, and a host of flowering vines and herbs are planted in succession to carry us through summer and into Fall. Dahlia tubers are also planted in Spring for late summer and fall blooms. 


We are fortunate to have an abundance of neighboring trees; they help keep the summer sun from becoming overpowering, and create a little space for a part-shade perennial garden for favorites like Hellebore, Heuchera, Solomon's Seal, and Japanese Anemone. A 30' long trellis supports tumbling vines from Sweet Pea in Spring to Love in a Puff and Clematis through summer. We have a little hugelkultur experiment just outside the garden gate, where a decomposing fallen tree serves as home for daffodil bulbs, as well as worms, beetles and likely snakes; the sight of the white and yellow papery blooms in early Spring, emerging from moss-covered logs in the dappled light, is a vision out of our dreams. 

We love to tuck vegetables in amongst our flowers, to add textural interest to arrangements and to enjoy ourselves;  tomatoes, garlic, peppers, snap peas, beans, eggplant, herbs and greens are planted in abundance. We love edible flowers too - they capture the best of both worlds - especially Nasturtium and Calendula, along with the Violets that grow wild throughout our space.

We have goals of extending our growing season and streamlining our seed starting process through low tunnels and a small greenhouse. There are some favorite flowers we'd love to add to our repertoire, like anemones, ranunculus, peonies, and heirloom chrysanthemums. We plan to add a full bed of medicinal herbs like Tulsi for teas, and to grow more plants useful for natural dyeing. Dreams of a larger farm are active in our imaginations. However, we believe that starting small, in close proximity to our shop and customers, is a low-input and high-reward strategy for us as beginning growers. Through our little urban flower oasis, we love experimenting with uncommon blooms to share with all of you. We can't wait to see what next season brings.

Designing with garden flowers elevates and inspires our work in unexpected ways. Flowers that come from a wholesaler, shipped to us across the globe in cardboard boxes, can undoubtedly be lovely after a little time in water, but there is something about the unexpected color variations, the wild curves, the windswept resilience of freshly cut garden flowers that inspires our creativity and propels our vision like no straight-stemmed rose ever could. Designing with our garden flowers has its challenges; the shifting of the seasons and unpredictability of nature's whims can both give and take away in a breath. We are forced to adjust and adapt. We are forced to let go. We celebrate the small victories as much as the large. But aren't these lessons gifts, as well as constraints? We aim to see it that way, and it is rewarding to get better at the practical aspects of gardening as well as the mental and emotional ones, season by season. 


Edible Arrangements

We can get so blinded by the beauty of flowers that we sometimes overlook the amazing garden vegetables and fruits that grow along side them. This month, as the garden grows bountifully, we find we're most inspired by a mix of edible and floral materials. 

Credits:  1) Pink Oyster Mushrooms source unknown  2) Nasturiums by Lobster and Swan  3 and 4) Arrangements by Saipua  5) White Currants source unknown  6)  Arrangement by Sarah Winward photo by Britt Chudleigh   7) Arrangement by Ariella Chezar 8) Blackberry Vines source unknown

Paige & Chris — Raleigh, NC

These two lovebirds got married this spring at the Bridge Club in Downtown Raleigh and we love everything about their low-key wedding. Often times, brides come to us looking for a few florals to complete their special day—a bouquet, a boutonniere and maybe a few cocktail arrangements. We love being able to work with both large wedding parties and smaller more intimate weddings as part of our Pick-up service. Paige came to us wanting something unique and fun and we jumped at the chance to work with her. She gave us some guidance on color and then left the rest up to us. We love how everything turned out. And we especially love seeing Paige and Chris in these amazing photos by Heather Burris all decked out in our floral creations. Congrats you two!

Welcoming Summer with Wylde Grown Blooms

At Wylde lately we've been relishing in the warm burst of color that the transition from Spring to Summer presents. The abundance of local blooms these days makes our time in the studio feel fresh and lively as we play with new color palettes and textures. 

Hannah has been cultivating a cut flower garden just a few miles from our shop for the last year and a half, so in joining Nikelle at Wylde she brought her cut flower production skills to the partnership. Hannah and Nikelle now work together to bring as many garden-fresh blooms to the shop as possible. Keeping a flower garden productive throughout the season is a continual work in progress, but the rewards are palpable. It makes such a difference in our design work to have the freshest possible materials. When we're growing our own, we can hand-select the best stems for the color palette or texture desired. We'll go into more depth on the history of the garden and our production techniques in another post (soon!), but first we wanted to celebrate and share with you the lively, color forward blooms of the season. 

This summer we're growing a richly varied selection of zinnias, cosmos, celosia, amaranth, nicotiana, sunflowers, rudbeckia, nasturtiums, tomatoes, and flowering vines. In addition to these annuals, some of our favorite perennials like coral bells, baptisia, artemesia, bronze fennel and mountain mint lend texture and interest to our work. Herbs like variegated pineapple mint, lemon verbena, scented geranium and purple basil engage the senses with their delicate leaf shapes and uplifting aromas. 


In addition to cutting from our garden, we love shopping at Piedmont Wholesale Flowers, a brand new market in Durham that connects florists to local flower growers. Right now the market is not open to the public, but we trust this is just the beginning of the slow flowers movement in the Triangle, which can evolve with community support into a network of markets that bring seasonal, locally grown beauty to the public. 

What better way to welcome Summer than with an arrangement of locally grown blooms? Stop by and see us in the shop - we have everything you need to bring nature indoors. 

Lauren & Adam — Raleigh, NC

When a good chunk of your job consists of making people's wedding day dreams come to life, you can get pretty paralyzed with the expectations placed on your work. That's why we think it's so important to work with people who truly believe in what you do. Lauren and Adam were a dream couple to work with. They had so much fun with their day and it showed in every single detail they crafted and each vendor they hired. We loved that Lauren wasn't scared to embrace bright color in her bouquet and that she wanted to try something fun with her wedding cake (made by the super talented Sugar Euphoria). Perhaps our favorite part was getting to work with Taylor and Andrew Lovette from Blue Barn Photography who took lovely photos and graciously shared them with us. 

Vendor List:

Photography: Taylor and Andrew Lovette of Blue Barn Photography  |  Planner: Jordan Williams of Ever After Planning  | Venue: The Glass Box and The Stockroom at 230  |  Cake: Sugar Euphoria  |

Hannah & Jeff — Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland

Jeff and I were married on April 8, 2017, on the windy Snaefellsnes Peninsula of western Iceland in the company of 27 loved ones. I'd read about Iceland and held it in my daydreaming mind for years. The idea to get married there came to fruition relatively smoothly, to my surprise, thanks to an awesome planner, adventurous friends, and an uncommonly supportive family. Naturally, Nikelle and I were giddy about doing flowers for my wedding, and managed to ship some flowers wholesale from Holland to Reykjavik. We were set back a few hours with a Customs snafu, but successfully picked up our flowers the day before the ceremony and headed off to Hotel Búðir

A word of advice to those hoping or planning to do flowers for a destination wedding - make sure you are aware of all the necessary paperwork you'll need from Customs ahead of time (and your wholesaler might not know, depending on the country in question). By the time we found out we needed more paperwork to release our flowers from Customs, our flowers were sitting in wait at the shipping office, and we could only get our hands on an Icelandic form! Thank goodness for our wedding planner, Birna from Pink Iceland, who helped us translate. For an early April wedding in Iceland it was easiest and closest for us to order from Holland; if you are able to source your flowers in-country, this is a safer bet for a smooth pickup. 

Once we got to Hotel Búðir, boxed flowers in tow, the manager generously let us process in the chilly mist behind a shed, and the cooler-like conditions perked our flowers right up. We spent my wedding morning making arrangements in a bright room overlooking the water that I wish could be our permanent studio. To me, this flower time following a long walk was the perfect way to start my wedding day; it eased my nerves and helped channel my energy. I found it hard to find the words to express my feelings that day, but the flowers helped me communicate those overwhelming emotions in a different way, as I can always count on them to do. How lucky am I to have Nikelle to help me carry out such an insane plan as DIY flowers in a foreign country? There's just so much that could've gone wrong with the shipping and the weather and the tight timeframe, but it all came together beautifully. The selection was a bit limited through our wholesaler, but it was the perfect time of year to get several of my favorite flowers from Holland: hellebore, checkered frittilaria, lilac, and black ranunculus. 

Our ceremony was intimate and warm inside the perfectly quirky, black church of Budir. After Dad walked me down the aisle and I joined Jeff in front, our guests stood and read this enchanting Icelandic poem aloud together, a sweet surprise orchestrated by friends who love to scheme:

“On earth’s part
all days start beautifully
patiently it revolves and revolves
with its trees
and oceans and lakes
deserts and volcanoes
the two of us and the rest of you
and all the animals”

-Pétur Gunnarsson

We cried and laughed, and I felt my mother's presence strongly with us in the wind that whistled around the church. Jeff looked so handsome. Our minister was warmhearted and funny, and shared thoughtful words about the investment of time in each other that a lifetime of growing love requires.

My best friend since college, Lauren Martinez, was my Maid of Honor, and she  looked stunning in a dark green dress that beautifully complemented the landscape. We hadn't seen each other in three years, and I would've traveled across the world just for our reunion. As overwhelming as weddings can be, they're an amazing opportunity to reconnect and forget the distance.

Our photographers Styrmir Kári & Heiðdís led us on an adventurous photoshoot after the ceremony, up mountains and along rocky beaches, braving the wind and catching astonishing views of the landscape. Birna held our coats during shoots and jumped in to bundle us up and offer hot cocoa in between. I couldn't recommend our photographers S&H, or our planners at Pink Iceland highly enough - every detail turned out beautifully, and the process felt more like corresponding with old friends than with wedding vendors (I hate the word "vendors"- it feels so impersonal). It was as easy as planning a wedding abroad could be. 

 I miss walking on that moss!

I miss walking on that moss!

We returned to the warmth of the Hotel for a beautiful meal of Icelandic lamb and salmon. Igor, the bartender Elsa's dog, was everyone's favorite guest. We stayed up late, soaking up each other's company in a place that felt like a dream. Many guests had never met before, but mysteriously as it often happens when traveling, everyone bonded swiftly and tightly around memories we'll hold for a lifetime. I've never felt so loved or so hopeful for our future. 


Venue: Hotel Búðir | Planner: Pink Iceland | Photographer: Styrmir Kári & Heiðdís | Flowers: Wylde | Hannah's Gown: Alexandra Grecco | Wedding Gown Retailer: Lovely Bride Charleston | Wedding Cake: Sandholt Bakari | Jeff's Tie: Rise and Ramble |