Designed by Christin Geall of Cultivated

As of late I have found myself quite enamored with the design work of Christin Geall. Christin is the owner of Cultivated, an urban flower farm and design studio in Victoria, Canada.

Cultivated by Christin Geall is an urban flower farm and design studio in Victoria, Canada

Cultivated by Christin Geall is an urban flower farm and design studio in Victoria, Canada

Cultivated by Christin Geall is an urban flower farm and design studio in Victoria, Canada

Cultivated by Christin Geall is an urban flower farm and design studio in Victoria, Canada

Cultivated by Christin Geall is an urban flower farm and design studio in Victoria, Canada

Cultivated by Christin Geall is an urban flower farm and design studio in Victoria, Canada

Cultivated by Christin Geall is an urban flower farm and design studio in Victoria, Canada

Cultivated by Christin Geall is an urban flower farm and design studio in Victoria, Canada

Cultivated by Christin Geall is an urban flower farm and design studio in Victoria, Canada

Cultivated by Christin Geall is an urban flower farm and design studio in Victoria, Canada

What Happens When Flower Friends Get Together by Lauren Wiebe

Every floral designer knows they are blessed on those rare moments when we get to design purely for ourselves. Wanting to experience that joy before heading into the busy wedding season ahead, I gathered a few of my local flower friends together for a design day – with a twist. The 4 of us (myself, Lauren of Stone House Creative; Britney of Fache Floral Designs Tatiana of Oak & Lily and Kelly of Lily Stone Gardens) have formed a friendship thanks to flowers. We each own our own businesses, Britney and I each operating out of our home studios and focusing primarily on weddings, Tatiana opened a storefront a couple of years ago, and Kelly has an in-home studio as well as a seasonal flower farm.

The concept? Armed with an overall budget as well as a general colour palette, we asked our local wholesaler to order us in a surprise. The result? A day full of fun. The four of us got together, opened our blooms, and were so excited to see what showed up. We spent the day designing for ourselves, and with a combination of some standard flowers and some that we would almost never have, we were stretched creatively. Some of us wanted to try things we hadn’t done before, while some of us relished the chance to dig into a style that is what we truly love but don’t always get to work on.

Even better than our design time was the chatting. The wedding industry, and especially the floral industry, can be really hard to get into and do well. Many of us come up against more established floral shops who push back against individual designers, limiting our growth. The four of us “flower friends” are so blessed by our connection and mutual respect for each other. We refer clients to each other, support each other, buy from each other, and talk business together. Every floral designer out there needs to have a group of flower friends!

Thank you to Victoria Anne Photography for sharing these photographs of this lovely day –

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wedding Florist

Fabulous Florist :: Niche Events, Bristish Columbia

Niche Events, British Columbia

Blush Photography

Your name: Maria Schollen
Your Business name: Niche Events
Your Location: Maple Ridge, British Columbia (45 minutes outside of Vancouver)

Niche Events, British Columbia

How did you start your business and how many years have you been in business?
I was involved in the event industry as a coordinator for around 10 years. I opened my business 5 years ago when I decided to venture out on my own. My dad was an architect and my mom was the original “Martha Stewart”. She was an interior designer, floral designer and one of the best cake designers of her time. So, naturally, after several careers and raising three children, I evolved and found myself in the event and wedding design industry. I was always doing the décor and florals for my events and it seemed a natural transition when I started my own business to focus more on design, décor and florals.

Niche Events, British Columbia

What is your design aesthetic?
I would say my design aesthetic is classic, timeless and, most importantly, beautiful.

Niche Events, British Columbia

What inspires you?
I am inspired daily by everything around us. From fashion to interior design, nature, travel, history and, of course, my clients. I love hearing how they have met, their proposal story and their wishes for a dream wedding. They inspire me to design something new and creative just for them. I am also inspired by all of the wonderful floral designers in the world. There are so many creative individuals! The floral industry is constantly changing for the better and we all encourage each other do better and create more interesting projects.

Niche Events, British Columbia, Bridal Bouquet

What is your favorite part of being a floral designer?
I get to wake up each morning and create something beautiful.

Niche Events, British Columbia, Bridal Bouquet

What is the most challenging aspect of being a floral designer?
I would say the business part has been the most challenging part. I am very creative and I would be happy just playing with the design, décor and flowers portions of our business. But as entrepreneurs we have to wear many hats such as: salespersons, business development, social media, bookkeepers, floral buyers, and taking care of the production and execution of all projects. It can be very challenging learning all of these areas and still trying to make your business thrive.

Niche Events, British Columbia

What advice would you give to aspiring floral designers?
Keep plugging away, it will come together! It may take a while to land that dream job or open your dream business but you can do it. You need to start at the bottom and work your way up. I would also suggest that you take as many courses and workshops as possible. You may prefer a certain type of floral design but it doesn’t hurt to try new things outside your comfort zone. You are never too old to learn new skills that will enhance your business.

Niche Events, British Columbia

What are the trends, flowers & colors that are unique to your region?
In the Lower Mainland (British Columbia) we have quite a bit of diversity. Some clients still love the classic style with all flowers in compact shapes. Currently, most of my clients are wanting the fresh compote style: loose and organic with lots of greenery. They are utilizing birch structures with gorgeous draping, harvest style tables with floral garlands and waterfalls. The colours tend to be very pastel and neutral. Lots of blush pink, white, peach, and lavender with touches of greenery. We have some great growers in British Columbia with our summers being plentiful with peonies, hydrangeas, Lisianthus, lilies and roses. I like to use a mixture of flowers including imported garden roses, ranunculus, spray roses and exotic blooms such as phalaenopsis orchids.

Niche Events, British Columbia

What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?
I can’t work without my cutters, wire, green tape and oasis glue. They are my staples.

What’s your favorite Social Media platform and why?
I would say that Instagram is my favourite social media tool. It is visually quick and I get the most interaction from viewers. It is an easy platform to use as a business owner with little time.

Niche Events, British Columbia

Anything else you’d like to share with Flirty Fleurs followers?
I have been a Flirty Fleurs follower for a few years now and love the blog and social media channels. There is always something new to learn. Whether it is setting your minimum with Allison Ellis Floral Artistry, the rose studies, upcoming conferences and workshops or just finding out about other wonderful floral designers from around the world in their Fabulous Florists blog. I would highly recommend following them on all social media. One last thing: We are currently celebrating two milestones! We are in our 5th year of business and we finally have an adorable space of our own to showcase our gorgeous blooms and décor. For those interested in popping by for a visit please contact us directly and we would be happy to book a complimentary appointment for you!

Niche Events, British Columbia

Maria Schollen
Niche Events
www.nicheeventstylists.com
604 818-1849

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/Nichestylists
Instagram: @nichestylists
Twitter: @nichestylists
Blog: http://www.nicheeventstylists.com/blog/

Niche Events, British Columbia

Niche Events, British Columbia

Blush Photography

Fabulous Florist :: Budget Blooms, British Columbia

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Your name: Jane Geszler
Your Business name: Budget Blooms
Your Location: North Delta, British Columbia, Canada

How did you start your business?
I was working in forestry at the time selling & shipping lumber around North America. It wasn’t very creative and I have always been creative. When I was getting married I read a magazine that said go to the store you think you’ll get your flowers from and order something. If you like it then talk to them. Well when they told me a bridal bouquet was $350 I thought….. I can do that and be creatively budget minded with it. I started the following year.

Budget Blooms, Vancouver - yellow and white bridal bouquet

How many years have you been in business?
We have been around since 2007

How do you create your style and where do you draw your inspiration?
Our company is a little different than most. We don’t meet our Brides. I ask them to send me two or three pictures of bouquets they like – doesn’t matter if they are the right colours – it’s the style and shape I am looking for. I read what they say but it’s the pictures that inspire me. It’s pleasing someone who has completely put there trust in me over email that really inspires me. I don’t want to ever let them down because they have made a leap of faith trusting me to produce there look.

Budget Blooms, Vancouver - pink and cream rose bouquet with calla lilies

What are the trends, flowers & colors that are unique to your region?
Round hand tied with a little texture are still the bulk of our designs. Garden roses, succulents & dusty miller are very popular even though not unique to our region. I’d say 80% of our weddings are a combination of white/cream & light pink or peach. We are very lucky in Vancouver to have United Flower Growers auction – growers from all over send there product in to sell. We have a huge variety. Besides our local farms we get a lot of California product & South American.

What is your favorite part of being a floral designer?
Having a bunch of flowers sitting in front of me and then viola – a stunning bouquet is born.

Budget Blooms, Vancouver - altar pieces of hydrangeas

What advice would you give to aspiring floral designers?
Stay true to who you are. You work very hard in this business so ensure to do it your way or it will break you. Everyone thought I was crazy to name my company Budget Blooms! Why I use 2nd hand as a description and not vintage. Every single one of my customers has been an amazing person to work with because I honestly portray my company. I don’t try to be high end when I’m not – I just want to get a great deal so I give one with creative suggestions.

Budget Blooms, Vancouver - pink and cream rose bouquet

Are you a retail shop, studio/warehouse or home based?
Home based

Do you offer any services in addition to floral designs?
I tried chair covers, but decor is too much work. All that washing.

Budget Blooms, Vancouver - white dahlia and rose bouquet

What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?
Japanese floral shears – about $40 each, but I love them. Nice way to cut the bottoms of your bouquet perfectly.

Budget Blooms, Vancouver - pink and cream bouquet with scabies pods and berzillia berries

Anything else you’d like to share with Flirty Fleurs followers?
I always share ideas and thoughts with other florists. We have to work together to ensure our industry survives and grows. My favourite moments are sitting with other florists and all of a sudden you have an ah ha moment with them. Something small you or they have shared but it makes your life so much easier. I have a network of like minded owners/employees who support me and I support them. We can’t do this alone – well you could, but what fun would that be?

Budget Blooms, Vancouver - bouquet with roses and orchids

Your contact information:
www.budgetblooms.ca
http://instagram.com/budgetblooms
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Budget-Blooms/358658157484771

Budget Blooms, Vancouver - cascading orchid and wire bouquet

Wedding Wednesday :: Coral Floral Inspiration

I’m having a lot of fun with the new series – Wedding Wednesday! Such a fun way to get to showcase a lot of floral designers and lots of pretty flowers!!
Today it’s all about Coral Florals, enjoy!

Botanic Art - Hochzeitsfloristik, Eventfloristik Coral Bridal Bouquet of peonies and graden roses

Botanic Art – Hochzeitsfloristik, Eventfloristik

Winter Greenery Challenge

The December Challenge is: Winter Greenery & Berry

The rules:
Design an arrangement of foliages, berries, fruits, etc – but NO flowers!
All materials must be collected from your property or surrounding area. For this challenge we will say within 1 mile of your designing location. (time to hit up the neighbors!)

Here are the results of our Challenge!!
Thank you to everyone that participated!

winter foliages arrangement

Designed by Denise of
Bare Mtn Farm, Oregon

Poland floral designer

Designed by Edyta Ubych of Poland
“All plants are from my garden .
1. Brassica oleracea – cabbage
2. Centaurera cineraria – dusty miller . In my country we call “the old man “
3. Alder
4 .Magnolia – Branches
5. Mahonia aquifolium
6. Linum – twigs
7.Helichrysum petiolare “

Canadian winter floral arrangement

Designed by Dana Smyl, From St. Paul Alberta Canada.
“Today was -40 with a wind chill haha, just had to add that. I loved this Challenge.
I desided that I wanted to try and use absolutely nothing but what was out in my yard. So this arrangement is held together by ice and snow alone. The container is made of ice. I am going to leave this arrangement out in the yard and hopefully the beautiful horror frost will attach itself one day and I can take pictures of that beautiful wonder of nature. Thanks again for pushing my imagination on this challenge.”

greenery arrangement in a red container

Designed by Kathleen of Erika’s Fresh Flowers, Oregon

Green Park Nurseries, Canada

Green Park Nurseries, Canada
“These are some pictures of what my wife just completed for our own house. We did have a little advantage because all the product used was mostly grown on the farm. This is what we do for a living. We grow all kinds of branches for the Florists to use in their Christmas Urns.”


holiday greenery with holly berries arrangement

Designed by Kristin of
Ideas in Bloom, New Hampshire

winter foliage with berries centerpiece

Designed by Merry of Maggie’s Rose, Rutherfordton, North Carolina.
Used: Owl Juniper, Holly (native species), Mountain Laurel, English Ivy, Nandina and Nandina berries.

green foliage and berry arrangement

Designed by Erica of Moda: Floral and Event Design, California

holiday foliage with berries arrangement

Designed by Lora of Sophisticated Floral Design, Oregon

winter greenery centerpieces

Designed by Sylvia of Dreamweavers, Louisiana

holiday greenery arrangement with succulents

Designed by Monica of Twigs Floral Design, California

What’s the most requested flower this wedding season?

Recently I sent out a twitter request & email to our mailing list, asking for input on seven different questions. Thank you to everyone who sent in their replies!!

Question #7:
What’s the most requested flower this wedding season?

Peonies!
By Rose of Sharon Floral Designs of Arkansas

bouquet with peach and coral flowers

Designed by Rose of Sharon

peach and pink bouquet

Designed by Rose of Sharon

Our brides have definitely joined the peony obsession, especially in their bouquets. When peonies are not within their budget, our brides love English Garden Roses as a substitute. Orchids are also highly requested and used within our special event designs.
Jennifer of Mancuso’s Florist of Michigan

white and blush bridal bouquet

Designed by Mancuso’s Florist

white bridal bouquet

Designed by Mancuso’s Florist

pink peony bridal bouquet

Designed by Mancuso’s Florist.

We are always behind the trends in South Texas. Succulents are huge now, everybody is using them.
Sheri of Blumen Meisters, Texas

bridal bouquet with succulents and anemones

Designed by Blumen Meisters

pink and orange bridal bouquet

Designed by Blumen Meisters

Probably the most requested flower this season is garden roses.
Kris of The KRISanthemums, Oregon

peach stock and pink rose bouquet

Designed by KRISanthemums

It’s become a running joke for us this year that if it doesn’t have dusty miller in it, it’s not a wedding. (We have our share of succulents, too.)
Gerry & Rebecca of Petal’s Edge Floral Design, Virginia & Washington DC

orange succulent bouquet

Designed by Petals Edge

pink and white bouquets

Designed by Petals Edge

pink and blush centerpiece

Designed by Sophisticated Floral Designs

bouquet with dusty miller and peach flowers

Designed by Petals Edge

Most requested flower? The Coral Charm Peony. No surprise there.
Sue of White Magnolia Designs, Washington DC

blush bridal bouquet

Designed by White Magnolia Designs

peony bridal bouquet

Designed by White Magnolia Designs

Succulent, followed by hydrangea, ranunculus and garden roses.
Lora of Sophisticated Floral Designs, Oregon

coral and white bridal bouquet

Designed by Sophisticated Floral Designs

blue and white floral centerpiece

Designed by Sophisticated Floral Designs

succulent boutonniere

Designed by Sophisticated Floral Designs

white grey and yellow bouquet

Designed by Sophisticated Floral Designs

purple and orange bouquet

Designed by Sophisticated Floral Designs

orange roses and orchids and succulent bouquet

Designed by Sophisticated Floral Designs

white hydrangea and succulent bouquet

Designed by Sophisticated Floral Designs

boutonniere with succulents

Designed by Sophisticated Floral Designs

woodland centerpiece

Designed by Sophisticated Floral Designs

Peonies. I’m starting to not like them as much. The growers cannot seem to meet the demand and a lot of the plants are inmature leading to small buds and high prices. Let’s also add to this list anything blush and muted colors.
Alexandra, Exquisite Designs, Illinois

pink and orange flower centerpiece

Designed by Exquisite Designs. Photograph by Ashley Biess Photography

Orange fall flower centerpiece

Designed by Exquisite Designs.

pink and green flower centerpiece

Designed by Exquisite Designs.

Red flower arrangement

Designed by Exquisite Designs.

pink and white flower centerpiece

Designed by Exquisite Designs.

The most requested flower this past spring was ranunculus. A close second was peony. For this summer the most requested flower is dahlia.
Kate Sparks, Lilies and Lavender, Pennsylvania

white and pink flower centerpiece

Designed by Lilies and Lavender

dahlia bridal bouquet with crape myrtle berries, dill and sea oats

Designed by Lilies and Lavender

Peonies!
Jane of Budget Blooms, British Columbia, Canada

white peony and queen anne's lace bouquet

Designed by Budget Blooms

Fleur Friday

florist at work

Love this image taken by Tina of Living Fresh, Kitchener, Ontario.

Fabulous Florist :: Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Your name: Christine de Beer

Your Business name: Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design (design demonstrations and skills development) and My Creative Workbook (online floral craftsmanship design projects and tutorials)

Your Location: I live and work in Vancouver in beautiful British Columbia, Canada.

How did you start your business?
I was invited to enter a high profile floral art competition in my final year at college (studying Flower Arranging and
Retail Floristry). I did well in the competition and a few floral art clubs asked me to do design demonstrations for
them. The audiences at demonstrations are usually experienced and talented floral art enthusiasts and I loved the
challenge of coming up with unexpected concepts that will captivate the interest of such an accomplished group of designers. One invitation led to another and another and another and I gradually became more involved in designing with the focus on skills development.

How many years have you been in business?
I have been demonstrating since 2007 but it was only after I attained my Advance Florist Accreditation from the World Association of Flower Arrangers in 2010 and won a floral design innovation award that I started to work as design skills developer and industry consultant.

My Creative Workbook website started as a place for me to capture my research, design projects and techniques. In 2011 I took part in the WAFA International Flower Competition in Boston, USA and was awarded a silver ribbon for my Zipper design. After the competition My Creative Workbook became a way for me to stay in touch and share my designs with my flower friends and members of the World Association of Flower Arrangers. Since then it has grown into a floral craft resource for floral artists, florists, floral designers, flower arrangers, floristry students, teachers, hobbyists and flower enthusiasts from all over the world. I post a new design with related photograph tutorials every week.

What is your design aesthetic?
I am a meticulous and deliberate designer. I enjoy details. I enjoy research. I actually enjoy fretting over my work to get things just so. My work takes time. That is probably why I appreciate designing for publications and competitions. Every tiny detail is significant. After spending days building a single delicate floral structure it will naturally start to fade but a photograph of the work lives on.

How do you create your style and where do you draw your inspiration?
I have studied traditional floral design and techniques both at college and as a post graduate apprentice for many years and even though my design style is contemporary I often use ancient, cultural and traditional craft techniques that craftsman would have used centuries ago. I am inspired by the dedication these tradesmen had to really master their craft. My floral art is the result of trying to bring these two ends together. If you remain curious you remain inspired.

What are the trends, flowers & colors that are unique to your region?
Vancouver is without a doubt one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Our seasons are pronounced and can easily be described as a calendar cliché if it wasn’t so spectacular. It is also a cosmopolitan city with fascinating influences from all over the world. Both the seasons and world influences definitely effects the choice of flowers and trends that dominates but above all Vancouverites appreciate the beauty of nature and it shows in daily life and in all forms of design work.

Are you a retail shop, studio/warehouse or home based?
I have a design room, which is somewhere between a flower workroom and a photographic studio.

Do you offer any services in addition to floral designs?
I write a bi-monthly article for the Canadian Florist Magazine discussing floral craftsmanship, am a regular contributing designer for DIY Weddings Magazine, work as an industry consultant exploring design possibilities and promoting innovative high quality flower arranging supplies and equipment and work as a floral craftsmanship instructor and demonstrator.

How do you balance the desires a modern bride when purse strings rest on the shoulders of traditional parents?
Designing for a wedding is no different to any other design project. There are always limitations and expectations and invested emotions. My guiding rule is to play nice. Make sure everyone has realistic expectations of what can be achieved. Be fair to the bride, be fair to the parents and don’t forget to be fair to yourself. And invite the individuals you work with to do the same.

What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?
Drinking straws. I prefer not to design flowers dry and always include some sort of a water source even when I glue flowers into a fragile armature. If a regular test tube will be too big and bulky I place the flowers in tiny drinking straw “test tubes”. Cut then seal the drinking straws at one end and fill with water. It’s particularly suitable for slow drinking flowers. One tiny straw tube will keep an orchid hydrated for days. I always carry a handful of these in my small tool bag.

What’s your favorite flower?
A green lady slipper orchid. I use a lot of plant material in my work. I love using thorns, grasses, roots, seeds, mushrooms and twigs to set the right tone for my flowers. I can see my native South African roots showing in the way that I tend to use what I have at hand.

Anything else you’d like to share with Flirty Fleurs followers?
If you have perfected a skill, teach someone else how to do it. If you meet a designer who has perfected a skill, learn from them. This keeps design skills alive and it also cross pollinates expertise between craft and art forms creating a stronger skill set that will ensure that floristry stay relevant, continue to develop and even thrive in challenging times.
You can buy flowers anywhere but it is only from a skilled designer that you can buy a floral design that perfectly translates your emotions. It is our skills that set us apart. It is floral craftsmanship that will keep floristry flourishing.

Your contact information:
www.christinedebeer.ca
twitter: twitter.com/chris10debeer