Florist-writer Lisa Przystup of James’s Daughter Flowers is someone you crush on 30 seconds into her Instagram feed—she’s super creative (her foraged floral arrangements are catch-your-breath-amazing), has a laidback style we here at BHLDN adore, and calls the front man of The Bones, J.R. Jones, her husband. We hung out with her for a reception dress photo shoot (just before she tied the knot!) and heard all about her upstate New York wedding. Don’t miss her explanation on what being in love is like at the end; it’s our favorite.
We loved working on the shoot with you—such a fun day! Tell us about your favorite looks.
It really was so much fun! I ended up wearing the jumpsuit we shot to my rehearsal dinner and felt so good in it—jumpsuits are one of my great weaknesses. The Jill Jill Stuart dress was chic and flowy and made me feel pretty (okay, really special).
Overall mood you were going for with your wedding day florals?
Simple. I decorated the tables with eucalyptus and bay leaf garlands (which smell amazing) and added airy asparagus ferns for height and texture. I made two urn arrangements with hydrangea, foraged smokebush branches, and greenery (dried ghostly Queen Anne’s Lace were some of my favorite foraged finds), along with some crab apple branches.
Tell us about your wedding bouquet.
I had to wing that one. The day before the wedding I bought some blooms (Cafe Au Lait dahlias—true showstoppers!) from a flower farm upstate called Tiny Hearts. I was paranoid if I left them out they’d wilt, so I put them in the refrigerator, woke up the next day to make my bouquet, and the flowers had all FROZEN. I had some dark purple Queen Anne’s Lace that didn’t fit in the fridge so I used that along with some foraged greens and branches to make my bouquet. C’est la vie, I guess!
Your #1 wedding planning advice…
Don’t try to do it all yourself. At arm’s length it seems feasible, but if I had to do it all again and we had extra bucks, I’d totally hire people to do it all for us.
Describe your wedding cake.
Our friend Grace made us the most ridiculously delicious naked cake. Its layers included buttermilk chocolate cake with rosemary icing, lemon-thyme cake with goat cheese frosting, and pink peppercorn cake with vanilla bean frosting. Jonathon’s aunt baked three different pies: peach, blueberry, and rhubarb.
Could you share a bit from your vows?
I stole a couple lines from Virginia Woolf: “What I want to say is I owe all the happiness of my life to you. You have been entirely patient with me and incredibly good. I want to say that—everybody knows it.”
Current favorite plant(s) or flower(s):
I’ve always had a weakness for ferns—the only problem is I can’t keep them alive. On the flower front, I’m digging all those fall branches and dusty, sparse hydrangeas.
Being in love is like…
Falling down a flight of stairs with pillowed body armor.