Wedding Wednesday :: Autumn Bridal Bouquets

October Schedule of Floral Design Classes

The Bridal Bouquet & Compote Centerpiece Workshop

Floral Design Workshop Seattle Washington

Class will begin with a Bouquet Demonstration. Think airy, assymterical, Instagram-esqe style bridal bouquet; this is the bouquet we’ll be designing with a lovely assortment of fall flowers! We’ll embellish this beauty with elegant ribbons.

The afternoon session we will create compote styled floral centerpieces. A lush and textured ensemble of autumn’s best, including dahlias, roses, berries & rich foliages.

All instruction and fresh flowers are included, please bring your own tools.
Please plan to bring a sack lunch or snack as we’ll take a brief break between the bouquet and centerpiece sessions.
(This class is normally $450, but I’m offering a $100 discount as an end of the flower season last hurrah!)

Date: Saturday, October 1, 2016
Location: Seattle Wholesale Growers Market, 5840 Airport Way South, Suite 201, Seattle, WA 98108
Time: 10am to 3pm
Investment: $350.00 per person
Register: HERE

The Corsage & Boutonniere Workshop

Flirty Fleurs Class

Beautiful things often come in small packages! In this floral design class we will work on creating the little works of art that are boutonnieres and corsages! Solid mechanics are imperative for creating boutonnieres and corsages that will last a full wedding day. In this class I will share how to wire a variety of flowers, a fundamental floral technique. We will also review gluing techniques to create stylish, elegant corsages.

Would you like to learn more about designing corsages & boutonnieres? Then join us for this hands-on class where we practice the art of wearable flowers.

please note, this class is scheduled from 9am to noon, but it does have a tendency to run long and may last longer than the scheduled three hours depending on the skill level of students

Date: Saturday, October 8, 2016
Location: Seattle Wholesale Growers Market, 5840 Airport Way South, Suite 201, Seattle, WA 98108
Time: 9am – Noon
Investment: $200.00 per person
Register: HERE

Wedding Wednesday :: Reception Chairs

 

 

 

DIY Gold Pedestals for Floral Centerpieces

For a recent wedding I wanted to have 15 floral centerpieces all set on gold pedestal bases, but I wanted those bases to all be a little bit different. First I searched the thrift stores and antique stores and grabbed a few pieces from Floral Supply Syndicate, but I still didn’t have enough variety so I decided to make my own pedestals.
A visit to Goodwill and I grabbed a few mismatched brass candlesticks. Next, I pulled out a few 6″ Lomey Dishes from my supply stash. These Lomey dishes were glued onto the brass candlesticks and painted with Design Master’s Antique Gold. One note, make sure the binding glue is completely dry before spray painting or adding flowers.
Voila, I have new & unique compotes for my floral designs.

Flirty Fleurs DIY Gold Pedestal

Flirty Fleurs DIY Gold Pedestal

Flirty Fleurs DIY Gold Pedestal

Bella Fiori Wedding Flowers Washington State - green and pink floral centerpiece on gold pedestal

Bella Fiori Wedding Flowers Washington State - green and pink floral centerpiece on gold pedestal

Wedding Wednesday :: Ceremony Decor

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garden Roses By Alexandra Farms

Romantic Antike & Princess Aiko - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

Romantic Antike & Princess Aiko

For my recent floral design class in Colorado I received a beautiful variety of garden roses from the fabulous Alexandra Farms.
The roses were received via Garden Roses Direct and I was very, very pleased with the packing they provided. The roses arrived in great condition and opened just right for my class. I did work with Sandy at Garden Roses Direct and she helped me figure out which day I should receive the roses so that they have time to open nicely for the class. Timing with garden roses is so important as many of them take a few days to open up fully, especially the darker colors like David Austin Tess & Darcey.

If you’ve followed me for any amount of time you’ll know that I adore David Austin Garden Roses, who doesn’t?! For my late summer inspired color palette I ordered David Austin’s Edith, Tess, Darcey, Juliet and Beatrice. From this selection of garden roses Sandy suggested I also try Candlelight, Princess Aiko & Princess Sakura, Sunset, Fiction, Romantic Antike, Caramel Antike, and Red Piano.
Seriously, the most luscious and gorgeous selection of garden roses for my lucky students!!

Here are up-close photos of these beauties:

Candlelight Garden Rose; a lovely light coloring of gold and peach and a great accent rose to some of the richer, brighter garden roses like Sunset. Opens up to a nice size and great for centerpieces.

Candlelight - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

Candlelight

Candlelight - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

Candlelight

 

David Austin Beatrice; she stole my heart! Rich golden blooms, super ruffly and full. She was a showstopper!

Beatrice by David Austin - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

David Austin Beatrice

David Austin Beatrice - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

David Austin – Beatrice

Beatrice by David Austin - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

David Austin Beatrice and Caramel Antike

 

David Austin Edith; sweet and pretty one. Blends nicely with Beatrice and Juliet. She has so much range in colors that she really pairs well with many other roses and offers a great coloring for autumn color palettes. Heck, see here how pretty she looks with Darcey!

Edith by David Austin Roses - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

David Austin – Edith

Darcey & Edith by David Austin - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

David Austin – Darcey & Edith

 

David Austin Darcey; speaking of Darcey! You can see above how nicely she pairs with Edith. A great dark Raspberry coloring on this garden rose. This is one of the darker colored David Austin Roses that needs a few extra days to open fully. My experience is that it can take 4-5 days for this one to fully bloom open and this is out of the cooler. I usually process and keep my garden roses out of the cooler until they open to that pristine & perfect bloom and then place into the cooler until I need them for the arrangements.

David Austin Darcey - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

David Austin – Darcey

Princess Aiko, David Austin Darcey & Edith - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

Princess Aiko, David Austin Darcey, and Edith

 

Princess Sakura & Princess Aiko; ok, let’s talk about these two princesses!! I heard about these two while at Alexandra Farm’s display booth at IFTF last two Novembers when touring the show with Joost of Florabundance.
The Farm’s owner, Joey, introduced me to these two lovely roses and I instantly gushed! They are full, luscious, peachy garden roses and they work gloriously with David Austin’s Juliet! Princess Aiko has a touch more color to it and tends towards a brighter peach and pink. Princess Sakura is a bit more subtle and lighter in colors of peach and pink.

Princess Sakura & Princess Aiko - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

Princess Sakura & Princess Aiko

Princess Aiko Garden Rose - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

Princess Aiko

Princess Aiko - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

Princess Aiko

Princess Sakura - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

Princess Sakura

 

David Austin Juliet; I’ve always felt this is the rose that created the peach craze that started with brides and has been a strongly desired color palette for the past 6-7 years. She seemed to appear on wedding blogs around 2009/10 and has taken a stronghold ever since, who else agrees? Not that I’m the least bit surprised – this rose is perfection. It’s the perfect and most wonderful peach flower!

David Austin Juliet - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

David Austin – Juliet

 

Romantic Antike; if you are looking for a big rose be sure to check out this one! She offers a full blossom! Gorgeous dusty pink-

Romantic Antike Garden Roses - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

Romantic Antike

 

Sunset; this rose ties together the various roses above to pull of a fabulous autumn palette – rich, bright, ruffly, big blossom. A perfect blender of colors and/or gorgeous as a stand alone rose in an arrangement. I appreciated its big blossom in our centerpieces-

Sunset Garden Roses - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

Sunset

 

David Austin Tess, always one of my favorite dark red roses. When anyone asks me ‘what should I use for a burgundy garden rose’ I blurt out – DA TESS! My top picture here makes it look a bit more bright red than it actually is in person. I’m posting this one so you can see the ruffles of the petals. In person it is a darker red and more like the color shown in the second photo-

David Austin Tess - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

David Austin – Tess

Tess by David Austin - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

David Austin – Tess

 

Fiction, I saved one of my favorites for the end of the post! Sandy had suggested Fiction and I had not seen or heard of this one. When I saw it in person I was immediately smitten. Big blooms are surrounded by two buds — eek! Golden yellow with orange/red tips. love love love. I want this one in all my future bright summer and fall designs.

Fiction garden rose - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

Fiction

Fiction Garden Rose - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

Fiction

 

Red Piano; a brighter Red than David Austin Tess. The shape you see here is about the max of what this rose will open up to, this picture was taken after I had it for a week and this is it. I really like the rounded shape and would definitely use it in future floral designs. One of my friend’s wanted it to open more, but that wasn’t going to happen! Meanwhile, a client saw this rose being prepared for the class and she asked that it be added into her daughter’s wedding flowers – so it definitely sold itself!

Red Piano Garden Roses - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

Red Piano

 

Again, I was absolutely thrilled with all of these roses. They all offer so much with their color ranges and size of blooms. All of the roses were grown by Alexandra Farms and shipped via Garden Roses Direct. Many of the roses were David Austin Garden Roses.

Designed by Alicia Schwede of Bella Fiori and Flirty Fleurs

One of the arrangements I created with the Garden roses and various other flowers & textures.

Wedding Wednesday :: Flower Garlands on Trees

10 Australian & New Zealand Flower Folks to Follow on Instagram

Which Social Media Platform is Your Favorite?

The Question:

Which Social Media Platform is your favorite and why?

The Answers:

My favorite social media platform is Instagram.  Like all social media, it has it’s positives and negatives. Positives: I have made some amazing connections with photographers and wedding planners – which has translated into a good bit of business for me.  I’ve also found some terrific local flower growers and can easily stay current with what they have coming out of their fields.
Negative:  If you let it, it can stifle your creativity and make you question your abilities.  Be mindful to only follow people who lift you up and inspire you.  
“Personality begins where comparison leaves off. Be unique. Be memorable. Be confident. Be proud.” ― Shannon L. Alder
Sue Prutting
White Magnolia Designs
Washington DC

I love Instagram – its visual nature lends well to the kind of work we do.  I’ve been able to run successful shop promos and contests through instagram without spending a dime.  And it links to Facebook & Twitter easily.
Michelle Hodgson
Blossom & Vine Floral Co.
Vancouver, BC.

I love using Instagram and Facebook – I can easily post current photos of weddings for prospective brides to peruse. They love seeing new ideas in the location where they are getting married.  It often leads to add-ons because they fall in love with a look.
Melody King
Fleurish Floral Designs
Carmel, California

Instagram is our favorite social media platform, because our work is so heavily based on visual aesthetics.  Instagram is the best way to give a quick and varied pitch to potential clients and brides because it shows a collection of our work in a simple and fun way.  I love setting up weddings all weekend, and then getting inquiries on Monday with pictures that I posted, saying that they want to book me based on what they had seen.
Mary Coombs
A Garden Party
New Jersey

Instagram is my favorite social media platform.  It is easy to use and I love the visual aspect.
Shelly Bagdasian
B Floral and Event Design
Chevy Chase, Maryland

Flower Business Logos