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A bridal bouquet befitting of the Great Gatsby era capturing an essence of the Roaring ’20s and the coming of the Jazz Age. This bouquet is a juxtaposition of the opulence and influence of art nouveau along with the contemporary design elements seen today. The focal point, a modern Sahara rose composite, is surrounded by the popular flower of its time, a white carnation. The crescent shape is reminiscent of bouquet designs of the period. The wire structure adds an element of newness along with the nostalgic feathers and fringe that have seen resurgence in recent bridal work.

Flowers and Materials Featured: White Carnations, Sahara Roses, Pheasant Feathers, Beaded Tassels, Brooches, Aluminum Wire, Ribbon.

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Coby owns The Flower Studio in Austin, Texas, and won the Society of American Florists’ 2008 Sylvia Cup Design Competition, Florists’ Review magazine’s 2008 Best Wedding Reception Award and Wedding Day Magazine’s 2008 Best Creative Contributions Award. Trade publications, wedding magazines and newspapers have featured his floral creations.

Coby has received honors from local chapters of the International Special Events Society (ISES), including Austin’s Lifetime Achievement and Spirit of ISES awards, and Dallas’ Texas Star Award for Best Tabletop & Best Floral Design. He presents floral design programs for the Texas State Florists’ Association (TSFA), garden clubs, art galleries, and local chapters of ISES and the American Institute of Architects.

He has served on the local ISES board of directors and as TSFA’s décor chairman. Coby is a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD), Professional Floral Communicators – International (PFCI), and the Allied Florists of Houston.

Coby earned a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, as well as an all-level art education teaching certification.

Click here to see the other three Great-Gatsby inspired bridal bouquets in the Vase!Off Challenge.