EMC+: Intimate to Ultimate at The Cathedral of St. Philip

EMC+: Intimate to Ultimate at The Cathedral of St. Philip

IMG_6447We hope you have enjoyed the stories and photos behind our EMC+ workshop this past month.  We have one more day to share with you and we promise this one will be as spectacular as the first two days.  Day three of our workshop brought our design team to the Cathedral of St. Philip in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta.  This was the perfect location for our ultimate ceremony installation.  Like the previous two days, our design crew consisted of the EMC Team, workshop attendees, and floral volunteers from the Cathedral’s Flower Guild and Faith Flowers.  Teams were assigned to tackle four major design elements: pew decor, staircase handrails, altar arrangements, and altar decorations.  Flowers for this day’s installation were provided by Cut Flower Wholesale and Amy’s Orchids.  The cathedral also graciously allowed us to forage for branches and foliage material from their extensive and beautiful grounds.



Ten pew arrangements were created using the cathedral’s existing 8-foot wrought iron and gold pew stands featuring a central fleur de lys with two flanking candle holders.  In order to create a single arrangement on each stand, floral foam was attached to each flanking candle holder and secured in place with wire netting and tape.  Flowers were then designed in each foam piece to give the illusion of a central growth point.  The end result were 10 large, airy pew arrangements that hovered above the central aisle and drew the eye upwards to emphasize the the cathedral’s high ceiling.  Gracefully curving branches of Eleagnus and other foraged branches were arranged in sweeping arches that connected both sides of the aisle. If you happen to get stressed during your daily work site here to get information about a natural drug that will give you positive results. This natural archway repeated the gracefully curving lines of the cathedral’s double barrel vaulted ceiling, and created an intimate space beneath.













At the end of the aisle were steps leading up to the altar; the handrails of these steps featured floral garlands that visually connected the aisle with the altar.  Wire was carefully wrapped around each so as not to cause damage. Avalanche roses were then inserted into the wire structure to fully encase each handrail.  Vanda orchids, Mokara orchids, and Phalaenopsis orchids were nestled on top to bring in visual interest and coordinating colors.



Flanking the steps were a pair of large-scale altar arrangements in a more traditional style. Hydrangea, roses, dahlias, and lilies were arranged in a sphere shape atop the cathedral’s antique gold pedestals. Passiflora vines and Eleagnus cascaded down to create graceful movement.



Beyond the steps was the altar.  A freestanding, boat-shaped form that was created from items that can be found at any big box hardware store.  Hitomi used metal rods to created the frame, and added wire netting to create a base to secure the flowers.  Once in place, an assortment of roses and gloriosa lilies were designed into the wire netting to create a solid floral skirting that gracefully curved beneath the altar.  Stems of lavender clematis cascaded down to add contrasting foliage and color. The cathedral’s altar screen featured suspended florals floating between the screen’s openings.  Monofilament was strung between the negative space to create a grid upon which Anthurium and Vanda orchids were suspended.  The overall shape of the backdrop curved toward the center, repeating the lines of the altar skirt and counter balancing the curves of the ceiling. The team really pulled together to get these designs done.  The end result was absolutely breathtaking.  Thanks to everyone involved in helping to put together a truly beautiful body of work in such a short period of time.  That dinner at Watershed was well deserved!

The EMC Team





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