by Bryan Swann

Every year, I spent Christmas with my family at my grandmother’s Victorian home. After a day of sleigh riding through the woods, looking for the perfect Christmas tree, we gathered around the fireplace and sipped hot cocoa. I wanted to capture that playful feeling of being in the woods, sledding as fast as you could, always careful not to run into the creek at the base of the hill. I drew inspiration from the woods near her house, where we would chop down the tree that would be decorated with ornaments that have been passed down for generations.

Yuletide Sleigh Ride

Flowers and materials featured: California Pepperberry, Cherry Love Rose, Antique Hydrangea, Love Lies Bleeding, Birch logs, Norfolk Island Pine, Port Orford Cedar, Southern Magnolia, Petite Sleds, Spruce Cone candles in three sizes

About the Florist: Bryan Swann

Bryan Swann has been with Karin’s Florist in Vienna, Va., for more than five years and has over 16 years of industry experience. He is the shop’s director of special events, has a horticulture degree and studied floral design abroad, influencing his design with worldwide aesthetics.