Wedding Wednesday :: Buffets & Bars Decor

White gerber daisy floral arrangement

Designer Unknown

The Green Rose Study

Flirty Fleurs Rose Studies - Green Rose Varieties

Flirty Fleurs Rose Studies - Green Rose Varieties

Flirty Fleurs Rose Studies - Green Rose Varieties

Let’s take a closer look at these roses~

Flirty Fleurs Rose Studies - Green Rose Varieties

Flirty Fleurs Rose Studies - Green Rose Varieties

Green Tea
Vase Life: 15+ Days, very long lasting rose
Bunch Size: 25 stems
Origin: South America, GreenRose by Productnorte
Details:
The palest green of the group, on the white to green spectrum. Very large head on this rose and will take up a nice amount of room in an arrangement. While in the pictures it looks to be the same size as the Lemonade Rose, I would say that Green Tea is a smidgen smaller and the stem is more flexible. How it looked on the day I unwrapped it is pretty much how it looked after 15 days in a vase on my desk – the bloom didn’t open anymore. This rose would be good for bridal bouquets as they fall into place nicely next to each other.

Flirty Fleurs Rose Studies - Green Rose Varieties

Flirty Fleurs Rose Studies - Green Rose Varieties

Lemonade
Vase Life: 12-14 Days
Bunch Size: 25 stems
Origin: South America, GreenRose by Productnorte
Details:
A HUGE rose head on this one! So big that of the 25 stems 3 of the roses snapped due to the pressure of the heads in the wrap.
This rose is so big that the 22 stems barely fit into one vase, they probably only fit because those 3 stems had snapped and couldn’t be used!
The palest of the 4 green roses, very ruffly petals. A great space using rose, good for centerpiece work! A bit too bulky and not flexible for bouquet work.

Flirty Fleurs Rose Studies - Green Rose Varieties

Flirty Fleurs Rose Studies - Green Rose Varieties

Super Green
Vase Life: 12-14 Days
Bunch Size: 25 stems
Origin: South America, Welflor.com
Details:
Very tight, compact blooms and the richest dark green color of the bunch. The stems are very, very thorny and take extra time to clean- keep this in mind for processing. Some of the outer petals have tips of red.
A rather small head, the smallest of the four. Personally it’ll remain my favorite green rose due to its dark, solid green coloring.

Flirty Fleurs Rose Studies - Green Rose Varieties

Flirty Fleurs Rose Studies - Green Rose Varieties

Wimbeldon
Vase Life: 12-14 Days
Bunch Size: 25 stems
Origin: South America, GreenRose by Productnorte
Details:
Very strong stems with a few thorns on the stems – easy to process. Many of the outer petals have red lines and these petals have a nice ruffle to them. These roses fall on the yellow-green spectrum. (this one should be the one called Lemonade – due to its coloring!, but that’s just my opinion). As with all the green roses, they just don’t seem to change much from day 1, no real blowing open of the bloom.

Details about all the roses in this study:
-The Roses were never placed in the cooler once I received them!
-The Roses were set out in the house for the course of the rose study.
-I did not use quick dip, flower food or crowning glory, or any other “helpers”. Just freshly cut stems placed in clear water.
-Even without the use of “helpers” all of these roses lasted over 2 weeks.
-None of these 4 varieties changed much in shape over the course of two weeks, pretty much what you see when you buy it is what you get!

Are you a Perfectionist or a Procrastinator? by Alison Ellis

As a small business owner you can sometimes feel bogged down by all the details that require your personal attention. We always want things to be “just right” before we feel the project is ready.
In an effort to perfect a project, however, we can actually procrastinate. Today’s video is about moving past perfecting and putting your plan into action!

Contact Information:
Alison Ellis
Floral Artistry
Vermont
http://floralartvt.com/

Fleur Friday

Hello!
Well, flower friends, this has been quite the week, let’s just say — Technology 1 & Alicia 0!
Technology definitely was in charge this week! As you may have noticed over the past few months there were a lot of times where the blog would go down, we had run out of room on the server and no matter what we tried it just wouldn’t work. So my programmer setup to move the blog to a new company with more server space. The move should have occurred in two days last weekend, instead it took 7 days! I just had to ‘let it go’, it was out of my hands and I had to walk away from the computer and not worry about it! Finally it looks like we are back to stable ground — YEA!!!!
I’ll be back to blogging next week and have two good treats for you to make up for this past week of no posts — hint: Alison & Roses. :)

Thankfully my garden was kinder to me this week than technology-

Koko Loko Rose, dahlia, peony poppy and a peony

Koko Loko Rose, dahlia, peony poppy and a peony

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you back here next week!

Fleur Friday

Interesting Links I’ve come across this week while surfing the good ‘ole World Wide Web ..

Check out the flower wall at the wedding of Swedish Royalty, talk about a lot of Coral Charm Peonies!

Behind the scenes at Cori Cook Floral Design, lot’s of pretty pictures in this post!

Iron Florist 2015 Recap! by Bloompop – fun post about a recent floral competition.

Five Email Marketing Best Practices – interesting read if you send out newsletters.

In other news..


Last week I made two bouquets for a photoshoot and just got back the photos, gorgeous shots by B Jones Photography

Bella Fiori Floral Design Washington State - Pink Peony and White Poppy Bouquet

Gown: MeaMarie Bridal Atelier
Jewelry: Heidi Hull Designs
Headpiece: belaire bridal
Suit: The Formal House
Bouquet: Bella Fiori
Coordination & Rentals: Snohomish Rental Co.
Hair/Makeup: Kathy Evans Beauty Studio

Instant Tulips!

Wedding Wednesday :: Long Table Decor

Bloompop interviews [fLo rE sta], NYC

Today we hand the blog reins over to Bloompop who is interviewing NYC based [fLo rE sta]

florets New York City[fLo rE sta]
New York City
Check out the [fLo rE sta] page on Bloompop

When did you start your business and where are you based?
March 2014 – New York City!

[fLo rE sta]

Carlo Bermudez & Ana

What is your favorite thing about being a Bloompop Floral Partner?
We love having our designs sold in a curated online space and presented alongside other quality floral work from around the country.

[fLo rE sta] New York City Florist

Can you tell us what prompted you to partner with Bloompop?
We wanted to make a leap into the online retail world and needed an established and high-quality platform to do so.

[fLo rE sta] New York City Florist

What (in your mind) is the biggest challenge facing the floral industry today?
Flowers are seen as an expendable commodity in an economy still recovering from a recession. There is a need to cultivate a floral culture in which flowers are go-to items to enhance one’s everyday life.

[fLo rE sta] New York City Florist

Where & how do you find inspiration for your floral designs?
Our designs evoke the natural environments where the flowers are found. Our designs are also inspired by the spaces that they will adorn and by the clients that will enjoy them.

[fLo rE sta] New York City Florist

Bloompop partners with florists by invitation only, hand selecting the top luxury florists–did this play a factor in your joining Bloompop?
Yes. We wanted a site that highlighted the artisanal nature of our floral arrangements and one that would set us apart from the conventional and often uninspired designs offered by other online outlets.

[fLo rE sta] New York City Florist

What would you say to a florist who is interested in Bloompop?
Try it out!

[fLo rE sta] New York City Florist

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The Creative Process of a Photoshoot with Sebesta Designs

Hello Flower Friends,
I have a special treat for y’all today! Corinne of Sebesta Designs is sharing her creative process on designing a photoshoot with us today! Wait until you see this images of her floral designs – jaw dropping gorgeous!
Enjoy :)

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Designing for a photo shoot is my absolute favorite thing to do as a designer. The sky is the limit creatively and being able to take an idea, that I’ve often been thinking about for a very long time, and see it brought to life is so gratifying. There’s a certain energy to the whole process that is extremely intoxicating and addictive.

When starting the concept for the shoot I always try to come up with something I’ve never seen before and something I’ve always wanted to try. I’ll draw up ideas, scour the internet (to make sure it really hasn’t been done) and search for unexpected touches to bring it all together. I often gravitate towards the juxtaposition of opposite design elements like, hard edges and soft flowers, modern lines in organic spaces or ornate designs in rough and raw spaces. I see them as two opposites on a scale, balancing each other out. It gives the photos depth and makes for something really interesting to examine.

Sebesta Design Pennsylvania

For the copper shoot, Marisa from Redfield Photography had asked me if I wanted to participate in Maggpie Vintage Rentals’ “14 Days of Sweetheart Tables” competition. Because it revolved around their inventory of sweetheart tables, I picked the best one to fit the look, which happened to be a very clean lined industrial table. When I looked at it, I saw a frame. My original idea was to create a modern flower wall front for the table, but I really wanted to get some depth to the piece and allow it have a three dimensional quality. Because copper is so bright I felt like it needed to recede into the background in order to be less intense and so the shelf idea was born.

Sebesta Design Pennsylvania

I think it’s so important to design in a way that causes a person’s eye in and out, up and down. The shelf design was to fill the entire front and have varying compartments to showcase flowers, candles and copper. Each individual nook was it’s own little design that played together to create a whole picture. I wanted the person looking at it to continually look through the piece and find something new, like viewing a miniature gallery.

By the way, I should probably mention, I had never made anything like this before. Marisa was a little shocked (and I’m pretty sure, very worried) that until that very moment we were assembling the shelf I had never even used a drill. I had a very elaborate drawing, that I wasn’t even sure had the right dimensions (it didn’t) and an overly positive attitude. There were some mistakes, but after about 3 days of work it all came together. I guess why I’m telling you this is don’t be afraid to try something you’ve never done before. The opportunity to think out of the box is what makes our work so much fun.

Sebesta Design Pennsylvania

The process of the designing is always so interesting to me, but honestly I have to say the MOST important thing in a shoot or a wedding or any project are your floral sources. Without amazing product, you can’t take your project to the next level. I am so lucky to have DV Flora right here in my back yard. My sales rep, Aaron, goes above and beyond and is always telling me about new product – because he knows I’m a flower addict – and I know he always has my back. The flowers and foliage I get from DV Flora is phenomenal. I hear horror stories from my flower friends across the country encounter with their wholesalers and I’m grateful for the hard work the DV team puts in so I don’t have to deal with major issues. For those outside of their Mid-Atlantic/NYC/Boston delivery area, they have a new national shipping program and I encourage anyone looking for fantastic product to check them out!

Sebesta Design Pennsylvania

Sebesta Design Pennsylvania

Sebesta Design Pennsylvania

Sebesta Design Pennsylvania

Sebesta Design Pennsylvania

Sebesta Design Pennsylvania

Sebesta Design Pennsylvania

Contact Information:
Corinne of Sebesta Design – http://www.sebestadesign.com
Wholesale Flowers by DV Flora – http://www.dvflora.com
Marisa of Redfield Photography – http://www.redfieldphoto.com

Fleur Friday

Interesting Links I’ve come across this week while surfing the good ‘ole World Wide Web ..

How-to: Understand Facebook Insights by Wedding Wire

I really appreciated Saipua’s latest blog post about life and how it goes up and down, and the story of the sweet little sheep named Vitamin B.

 

In other news …


My friend, Janet of Floral Verde, was in town. Janet is one of my favorite floral designers and has been for many years. Her style is garden, intricate, clean, yet textured – it’s just a perfect mix. We had a great time together visiting nurseries, visiting Seattle Wholesale Growers Market, making bouquets and photographing them. We have the same camera so it’s good to work together on settings and experimenting with light. Here’s a bit of our fun –

Bella Fiori, Seattle Washington. Airy bridal bouquet

A bouquet I designed and Janet is holding, it was fun to design this big, bodacious bouquet!

Floral Verde Bridal Bouquet

This is the bouquet that Janet designed. I love the little blackberry blossoms!

Bella Fiori, Seattle, Washington,  Floral Arrangement

One of my arrangements, you can see I was playing with the background lighting on this one.

 

I wish you all a wonderful weekend! See you back here on Monday!