Sometimes when I’m out searching the ‘net for inspiring photos for Wedding Wednesday I come across designs that are unique and interesting, yet, don’t fall under a certain category such as centerpieces, sign-in tables, etc. Today’s post is dedicated to those cool and one of a kind design pieces!
Slowflowers.com, the comprehensive online resource that connects consumers with local, seasonal and sustainable flowers, announced details about the second annual “American Flowers Week”, which takes place from today thru the 4th of July!
In 2015, Slowflowers.com creator Debra Prinzing organized the week-long celebration of domestic flowers to raise consumer awareness and unite America’s flower farmers with the U.S. floral industry. In one month that effort generated more than 400,000 social media impressions on Twitter and Instagram, demonstrating the power of images, ideas and values that promote American Grown Flowers.
“Consumers are more conscious than ever about the origins of the goods they purchase, especially when it comes to food — and flowers,” Prinzing said. “It’s important to raise awareness for and celebrate American grown flowers, as well as flower farmers who grow a diverse selection of botanicals for the cut flower trade. At the same time, we salute floral designers whose ethos and intent inspires them to source domestically.”
The goal of American Flowers Week is to engage the public, policymakers and the media in a conversation about the origins of their flowers. As an advocacy effort, the campaign is timed to coincide with America’s Independence Day on July 4th, providing florists, retailers, wholesalers and flower farmers a patriotic opportunity to promote American grown flowers.
Show your support by designing a Red, White, & Blue Floral Arrangements, designed with American Grown flowers, of course, and post it to Social Media with the Hashtag – #AmericanFlowersWeek
PS- The Flowers designed in the American Flowers Week campaign are by Susan McLeary of Passionflower.
The installation, commissioned by the RHS for the Queen’s 90th birthday, sees a swathe of 5,000 fresh-cut roses and 1,000 preserved rose petals suspended four metres in the air to create a romantic, sensory tunnel.
A few years ago I met Kaleb while at Seattle Wholesale Growers Market, he is a lovely gentleman with an eye for gorgeous, romantic flowers. Kaleb’s company is Kaleb Norman James Design and can often be found designing weddings in Washington & California. I adore his beautiful & romantic designs, here are a few of my favorites –
Thrilled to share one of my favorite floral designers from Mexico with all of you today! We also featured Florenta’s work in Issue Two of Flirty Fleurs magazine.
Your name: LOLA DEL CAMPO
Your Business name: FLORENTA DESIGN
Your Location: LOS CABOS, MEXICO
How did you start your business?
Before I opened Florenta, I had the great fortune of working for a wedding planning company and from that experience I was introduced to the world of flowers. I realized that my heart loved working with flowers and that was my passion and calling.
How many years have you been in business?
How do you create your style and where do you draw your inspiration?
Nature is definitely my inspiration and muse. I am always observing the forms, shapes and colors of plants, trees, florals and the natural fauna everywhere I go and from there my free form expression is born.
What are the trends, flowers & colors that are unique to your region?
Without a doubt, vibrant colors are unique and native to our region! In Los Cabos, we are blessed with the beautiful contrast of bright pink bougainvillea trees, often accented by the orange blooms of the Tabachin tree which pops out against the backdrop of our multi-hued ocean. We are also fortunate to have a great variety of succulents, which are also an amazing accent for wedding florals.
What is your favorite part of being a floral designer?
That I get to spend most of my day amongst flowers!
What advice would you give to aspiring floral designers?
Learn to appreciate constructive criticism and take suggestions with an open mind. This approach will help you achieve success sooner rather than later!
Do you offer any services in addition to floral designs?
Yes! We style the whole event and do rentals through our sister company, Let it Be rentals.
What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?
What’s your favorite Social Media platform and why?
I love Instagram! It’s visual platform allows you to easily get to know the true nature and heart of the designer.
Anything else you’d like to share with Flirty Fleurs followers?
Thank you for allowing me to share my floral experience with your readers. I feel extremely fortunate and privileged to be able to work with such a beautiful medium, where all credit truly goes to Mother Nature.
I came across the above image and my very first thought was – this artist has a lot of patience. I went on to follow the link to view more of their work. WOW! Intense and so much patience.
See more here – Duy Anh Nhan Duc’s Flowers Portraits by Isabelle Chapuis
Interesting articles I’ve come across online –
From Australian News – Florists face end of the bloom
Floranext did a survey with florists about how Mother’s Day 2016 went, check out the interesting results here.
From John Azoni, Creative Director & Producer at Epic Motion –
“When we set out to do a portrait of a new friend of ours, Susan McLeary, we intended on creating an intimate and authentic piece about the fear involved in making work that is remarkable, regardless of the market for the end product. We didn’t really anticipate how intimate it would get though. The surprise we received in the middle of the interview was both shocking and sad. But at the same time it was perfectly fitting for the story we were aiming to tell, and we’re really proud of the honor we were given to roll with this moment and allow the story to speak.”