Designing Elevated Centerpieces – February 5, 2017

Bella Fiori Washington - Elevated Floral Arrangements

Join us for a Hands-On Elevated Floral Design Workshop on February 5, 2017

Elevated floral designs can be daunting at first, how many flowers will you need? How will you create a base that can hold so many flowers? How will you transport these pieces from your studio to the reception?
In this workshop you will learn how to create elevated floral designs!
We will discuss the mechanics behind these big arrangements and after I give a demonstration on how to create a piece each student will then create their own arrangement. We will discuss pricing as well as transporting these arrangements. Students will be able to take home their arrangement, sans candelabra/vase!
Class is limited to 6 students.

Register: HERE

The Boutonniere and Corsage Workshop – January 29, 2017

Bella Fiori Wristlet Corsage - Floral Design Class Seattle

The Corsage & Boutonniere 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.
Date: Sunday, January 29, 2017
Location: Floressence Design Studio, 5628 Airport Way S #240, Seattle, WA 98108
Time: 1pm – 4pm (please note that this class tends to run long)
Investment: $200.00 per person
Register: HERE

Bridal Bouquet Designing & Pricing Class – January 22, 2017

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

The Bridal Bouquet Designing & Pricing Workshop is a hands-on workshop where you will learn how to design lush hand-tied bouquets AND how to price them!

Class will begin with Alicia leading a Bouquet Designing Demonstration. Following Alicia’s demonstration attendees will create their own bridal bouquets designing with a lovely assortment of early spring flowers. Think airy, assymterical, Instagram inspired style bridal bouquets; this is the style of bouquet we’ll be creating! We’ll embellish these beauties with elegant ribbons.

After we all design a beautiful bridal bouquet we will have a discussion and learning session about pricing our bouquets. And as an added exercise in learning about pricing & planning we will write out a floral plan for a wedding party.

All instruction and fresh flowers are included, please bring your own tools.

Date: Sunday, January 22, 2017
Location: Floressence Design Studio, 5628 Airport Way S #240, Seattle, WA 98108
Time: 12 pm to 4 pm
Investment: $275.00 per person
Register: HERE

Flirty Fleurs Workshop

Pumpkin + Floral Centerpiece

Thanksgiving pumpkin flower arrangement in a white pumpkin with fall leaves. Floral Design Class in Seattle, Washintgon.

Sunday, November 20 – 1pm to 3pm

Join me on a Sunday afternoon this fall to create your own Pumpkin Floral Arrangement! Perfect way to spend the afternoon and create a piece that you can use on your table for Thanksgiving!
We will work with pumpkins as our vessel – and here’s a hint, we won’t be using floral foam in this design! We’ll fill our pumkins with a selection of fall flowers and foliages. It’ll be fun + cute and a total hit with your Thanksgiving guests!
The pumkins, flowers and foliages will all be provided, all you need to bring is a pair of your favorite clippers to cut your flowers.

Date: Sunday, November 20, 2016
Location: Floressence Design Studio, 5628 Airport Way S #240, Seattle, WA 98108
Time: 1:00 to 3pm
Investment: $150.00 per person
Register: HERE

Wedding Wednesday :: Compote Centerpieces

Wedding Wednesday :: Bash & Bloom gets Married!

Recently I shared a beautiful scene from Bash & Bloom’s wedding day when Kelly handed Eleanor her bridal bouquet. After the post Eleanor and I were talking and she shared more images from her wedding with me, I found myself oohing & ahhing over the gorgeous images of the fabulous floral designs. I asked Eleanor if we could share these images on Flirty Fleurs, too. Thankfully, she said yes! So here you go .. the reception decor from Eleanor’s wedding day!

Bash and Bloom, Seattle, Washington

In terms of choosing the decor, it’s safe to say I put A LOT of thought into it all (there was never a question that this would be the case!). That being said, we didn’t have a huge budget in general, so I knew we’d need to find ways to cut costs. We decided to forgo a traditional sit-down meal and instead hired a food truck to serve guests in an as-you’re-hungry fashion. This meant we didn’t need to have everyone sitting down all at the same time, so we were able to go “all out” with the decor for the ceremony and on one long row of farm tables.

Spring is my favorite season by far, and we chose our wedding date based on when the ranunculus and poppies would be in bloom (I know – kind of nuts, but whatever!). I am drawn towards the juicy berry and apricot tones, so those are the colors I chose to accent all the green and metallics seen throughout the wedding.

Bash and Bloom, Seattle, Washington

I NEVER wanted to do my own flowers – I knew it would be far too stressful to deal with in the chaos of that week – so enlisted the help of my assistants led by the amazing Jeni Nelson of Magniflora to create the reception flowers based on my designs. There were large metal frames installed over the table just dripping with greens and poppies, and we created elevated centerpieces for the tables using floral soil, and they rested on top of pillars made from silver faux antlers. A lush and full garland ran down the length of the table to the floor on either end, and we accented the whole thing with a ton of candles, antlers, lace doilies from my mother-in-law, and bud vase arrangements.

Bash and Bloom, Seattle, Washington

Bash and Bloom, Seattle, Washington

Bash and Bloom, Seattle, Washington

Bash and Bloom, Seattle, Washington

Bash and Bloom, Seattle, Washington

The ceremony backdrop is a patchwork quilt my mother made specially for us and which we now use on our bed in the summer. We framed it in a thick green garland and included paper cutouts from local artist CeeCee Cooning. My team also created a lush chandelier of greens dripping down over the bar area.

Bash and Bloom, Seattle, Washington

Bash and Bloom, Seattle, Washington

I knew that I would need something to keep my hands busy and nervous energy at bay on the morning of the wedding, so decided to host a workshop for my maids and help them all make their own bouquets while we all got ready. It was one of my favorite parts of the day – I just set up some buckets of blooms on a table and went through a basic “recipe” with everyone and then let them create what they wanted. When they were done, I would tweak their bouquets as needed and help them finish them with tape and ribbon. We made the guys boutonnieres as a group, and I made sure to make Matt’s myself.

Bash and Bloom, Seattle, Washington

Bash and Bloom, Seattle, Washington

Bash and Bloom, Seattle, Washington

Bash and Bloom, Seattle, Washington

Bash and Bloom, Seattle, Washington

Bash and Bloom, Seattle, Washington

Bash and Bloom, Seattle, Washington

Bash and Bloom, Seattle, Washington

When it came to my own bouquet, I didn’t really have a plan. One night over wine, my fellow flower friend (and genius floral designer) Kelly Sullivan of Botanique offered to create my bouquet for me as a gift – and my brain exploded with happiness. I gave Kelly carte blanche with the bouquet – essentially just telling her she could make it as big and wild as she wanted. She picked the blooms from what I’d ordered ahead of time and supplemented with bits and bobs from her own cutting garden. I don’t have words for how beautiful it was – but you can pretty much see how happy it made me in the series of photos our photographer captured when Kelly gave it to me.

Bash and Bloom, Seattle, Washington

The whole thing was such a labor of love and so full of the creative efforts of our friends and families that it was almost overwhelming. A friend of mine created the water color painting and paper cut out welcome sign, another friend the giant paper flowers that served as our photo booth backdrop, and we hired friendors for every other aspect of the wedding: Carla from Honeycrumb cake studio created both of our cakes, our DJ was Bamboo Beats, who I’ve worked with on dozens of weddings and absolutely adore, our day-of Coordinator was Megan Clark from Clutch events who is also a friend – the list goes on! More than anything, that’s what I wanted (besides marrying Matt surrounded by friends and family, of course). We are really lucky to know some talented people, and having them all pitch in with their various creative skillz meant the world to us.

Bash and Bloom, Seattle, Washington

Bash and Bloom, Seattle, Washington

Vendor List:
Venue: Within SoDo
Dress: Custom designed and made by Emma Berg, a designer based in New York.
Day-Of Coordination by Clutch Events
Shane Macomber Photography
Event staffing by The Invisible Hostess
DJ: Bamboo Beats
Oyster Bar: Taylor Shellfish
Cheese Cake: The Calf & Kid
Cakes and Macarons: Honey Crumb Cake Studio
Cookies: Jenny Cookies
Other Desserts were made by our families
Paper goods were all designed by Vicki Nelson of Vegan Me
Floral and Event Decor was led by Jeni Nelson of Magniflora and designed by bash & bloom
Rentals: Vintage Ambiance and Pedersens
Food Truck: Hallava Falafel

Flirty Fleurs – Second Annual Print Edition is now Available!

Flirty Fleurs Print Magazine for Floral Designers, floral arrangement on the cover is designed by Janet Martineau of Floral Verde.

Dear Flower Friends,

We are beyond thrilled to share with you this second annual print edition of Flirty Fleurs! It has been such a privilege to put this issue together for you and we’ve loved every minute of it. Come along as we head to Detroit with Debra Prinzing, who introduces us to the amazing Flower House project; wander down south to Virginia to visit the ladies of Southern Blooms; jet over to Belgium to chat with Fleuropean; and explore the flowers of Paris with photographer Georgianna Lane. Incredible industry veterans Nancy Liu Chin, Alison Ellis, and Steve Moore inspire us with their straight talk and sage business advice. And we get to meet a few of an event designer’s best friends: Silk & Willow, Casa de Perrin, and La Tavola Linen. We couldn’t possibly call this issue complete without featuring a few of our favorite weddings and events from California, Mississippi, and Cabo San Lucas, and, of course, some of our favorite bridal bouquets! And if you’re anything like us, you’ll laugh out loud at the stories in Just For Laughs. So pour yourself a a cup of coffee or tea and settle in to spend some time with the amazing designs and designers in this issue. As always, we hope you’re inspired by the incredible work you see here, including our beautiful cover design by the one and only Janet Martineau of Floral Verde.

Order your copy of Flirty Fleurs Print Edition HERE

Team Flirty Fleurs In Print Edition:
Alicia Schwede of Flirty Fleurs/Bella Fiori as the Editor-in-Chief
Robyn Rissman of Bare Root Flora as the Content Editor
Kimberly Schwede of Kimberly Schwede Graphic Design as the Art Director


Wedding Wednesday :: Green & White Bridal Bouquets

Field To Vase Video

The 7:39-minute documentary portrays the field-to-vase story, through the voices of the flower farmer, the floral designer, the chef, and the people who advocate for and enjoy American grown flowers.

American Grown Field to Vase from AmericanGrown Flowers on Vimeo.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Americans!

Dutch Floral Design

Martha Stewart
Roland Bello