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WOW Pieces and Unique Containers

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 5:01 PM Comments comments (190)

This past weekend I had the pleasure of celebrating Jae and Mark's wedding at their house in San Diego! I was asked to create just one WOW piece that would sit on the buffet table. Sometimes this is the best way to get the most out of the money you spend on flower arrangements. Instead of spending $150 on a few small arrangements that may get lost in the excitement of the day, invest in one big show piece that stops people in their tracks and is sure to be memorable. 

I also took this opportunity to create a unique vase/base for this arrangement. One thing I have learned is that after awhile a vase is a vase. It no longer adds to the arrangement, but simply holds the flowers. At that point you need to get creative. Start stacking and messing with different shapes to create a more engaging container. In the arrangement above I nested two lomey dishes, one larger upright  and the other upside down to create an elevated base for a lantern. I then used Oasis to create a ring around the bottom that I could fill with flowers. I placed the lantern in the middle and put two flame-less candles in it to create dimension and add to the romance. On top of the lantern I secured another large lomey dish filled with Oasis for the larger arrangement on top. I finished this classic vintage piece with ribbon and peal  accents. 

Thanks Jae and Mark for letting be a part of your special day!

Wedding Extras

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 1:52 PM Comments comments (225)
As a florist, you try to minimize the amount of extra flowers you have after a wedding. This helps keep the price down for your client and also increases the profit you can make on an event. Inevitably you will have some left overs. I tend to buffer a little so that I can account for any potentially damaged flowers that arrive. When you do find that you have few extra you can create great little give away pieces for family and friends. I delivered to a wedding on a Sunday afternoon and my aunt's birthday dinner was on Sunday night. I was able to give her a great little arrangement with some of the extra flowers I had.

Vineyard Wedding

Posted on March 5, 2014 at 5:56 PM Comments comments (21)
This past weekend I had the chance to do the flowers for Amy and Jeremy's vineyard wedding in Temecula, CA. Although it was raining the site was beautiful and I hope they had an amazing day. The colors for the wedding were a deep purple and cranberry. Because the bridesmaids dresses were black, I choose to make the bouquets lighter in color with purple and cranberry beaded wire accents. Since they were getting married at a vineyard, I thought this was a fun way to tie in the idea of grapes without over stating it. I made my first cascading bouquet for Amy. I was nervous, but loved the way it turned out. It was surprisingly lite weight. I hope to get a few better pictures from their photographer in the next few weeks, but for now, here are a few production shots.

Set up for the sweetheart table, but at my house not the venue.

Brides Cascading Bouquet

Bridesmaid and Jr. Bridesmaid Bouquets

Bride Bouquet

Posted on November 20, 2013 at 12:15 PM Comments comments (231)
The photographer, Always Love Photography & Design,  at the Henry/Greenlaw wedding just posted a sneak peek of a few photos for the bride and groom. Here is one of the bride's bouquet. Check out more photos from the wedding in the Autumn Romance album.

Susan G Komen and Panera Bread

Posted on November 4, 2013 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (20)

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This past weekend I had the opportunity to assist Panera in their annual sponsorship of the Susan G Komen walk down at Balboa Park. It is always nice to go back and help out each year. While my main purpose for this event is to help coordinate the baking of over 10, 000 bagel samples and distribute them to hungry walkers on race day, for the last three years I have donated a floral arrangement for display at the their sampling booth. Since we are working with limited table space at the booth each year I tried to make a piece that took up little room at the base and still created a presence at the table. I incorporated the signature color in the hanging pink ribbon and pink roses. Below are photos from the 2011 and 2012 races (from left to right): 

Fibonacci Number Sequence

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 4:56 PM Comments comments (278)
In flower class yesterday we had the opportunity to create our own design with the flowers that were in the cooler. I choose to put together a simple elegant design using the Fibonacci number sequence. Fibonacci created a series of numbers in which each subsequent number is the sum of the previous two (example: 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13...). These numbers and ratios continually appear in nature and help our eye determine if something is beautiful or not. In floral design, we use this sequence to help balance our arrangements and increase the perception of beauty. In the arrangement above I originally used 3 stems of  white lilies, 5 stems of china mums, and a some fern as filler. In looking at it I thought it lacked dimension and did not have anything unique. I stuck with the Fibonacci number sequence and added two rolled aspidistras leaves and 1 black millet. I think it gave the arrangement more balance and made it more interesting to the eye.  

Autumn Romance

Posted on October 16, 2013 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (138)

Here it is! Beautiful fall wedding in Julian, Ca.. More photos posted in my "Autumn Romance" section of my photo gallery.

Hand Wired Bouquet

Posted on October 8, 2013 at 4:13 PM Comments comments (18)
This post is a little late, but 2 weeks ago we learned about wired bouquets in my floral class. We took a group of lush purple flowers and preceded to wire each bloom as if we were making a boutonniere. In the second picture down it may look like those flowers have stems, but in reality it is just a bloom pierced with wire and wrapped in green floral tape. Once all the blooms have been wired you can start building your bouquet. The wire adds the ability to position the bloom exactly where you want it to be and helps cut out a ton of the weight because you do not have any stems. You want to use florals that hold up without water since they will not have a direct water source. Be sure to spray the bouquet with Crowning Glory, a mist that prevents the flowers from losing the water that they currently have.  The photos above are at different stages in the process. The vase was not part of the design, but I needed something to hold the bouquet upright.

Church Celebration

Posted on September 25, 2013 at 12:53 PM Comments comments (43)

On September 15th Rose City Church in Pasadena, Ca celebrated it's 2nd year! My best friend's husband, Dan Davidson, is the pastor of the church. In the flurry to plan the celebration, all I was told was that Rose City currently had green displayed in the church, that the table piece shouldn't be any higher then 2 ft, and that they needed a few centerpieces. I created a piece for the communion table and four centerpieces. When I arrived to the church I was delighted to find that they had exactly 4 dining tables set up, the communion table arrangement was the perfect height and balanced the cross on the left side, and Pastor Dan was wearing a yellow, green, and blue plaid shirt that morning. Everything tied in perfectly. The big man upstairs must have been looking out for us. Only thing that I wasn't expecting that day was the pink table clothes, but yellow and white are pretty nuetral colors and match most things. I think is worked.

Clean and simple

Posted on September 23, 2013 at 1:33 PM Comments comments (149)
This past weekend two very awesome people that I know had a house warming party. I brought this arrangement along as a gift. I kept the arrangement simple and clean. The turquoise container with the white and yellow flowers give it a fresh clean look. I have simply chosen yellow African roses, white alstermeria, and the deliciously scented white stoc. I think it looked great on their dining room table with the San Deigo skyline in the background.