Fleur Friday – Field To Vase

One week from today I’ll be standing next to my friend Robyn of Bare Root Flora and getting to work on all the flowers for the Field To Vase dinner. The dinner is taking place the next evening at The Fresh Herb Company in Boulder, Colorado. We are both so excited to be contributing our flower designing skills and filling the dinner tables with lush centerpieces!

Field To Vase Dinner Boulder

I was recently interviewed on the American Grown Flowers Blog, it was interesting to have the tables turned as I’m used to be in the interviewer and not the interviewee!
http://www.americangrownflowers.org/sweet-savory-aromas-fill-the-boulder-skies/

Robyn was also interviewed and you can read her interview here-
http://www.americangrownflowers.org/a-marriage-of-food-flowers-in-colorado/

Upcoming Floral Design Workshop in Colorado!

colorado floral design class

Hello Flower Friends!
I’m excited to head to Colorado in 5 weeks with a very fun trip in the works!! While visiting Colorado I will be holding a one day Floral Design Workshop on Tuesday, August 16th. Floral designers have been snapping up spots — can’t wait to meet those of you who have signed up!! There are a few spaces remaining and if you’ll be in the area I’d love to see you in the class!

What we’ll be discussing and designing – Bridal Bouquets & Compote Styled Centerpieces

We’ll start the day 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 summer flowers! We’ll embellish this beauty with elegant ribbons.
After we design a beautiful bridal bouquet we will have a discussion and learning session about pricing our designs.

In the afternoon we’ll work on creating lush, garden styled compote floral designs. We’ll work with chicken wire as our structural mechanic, which will help us create a lush design. We’ll be designing with more gorgeous summer flowers!

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

Date: Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
Location: Pink Posey Design Studio, 9850 W 59th Pl, Arvada, CO 80004
Time: 10am to 5pm
Investment: $399.00
Register: HERE

Bella Fiori Dahlia Arrangement

Coming to Colorado

colorado floral design class

I’m excited to announce a floral design class scheduled in Colorado for August 16, 2016!

The Bridal Bouquet Designing & Pricing Workshop is a hands-on workshop where you will learn how to design lush hand-tied bouquets.
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 summer flowers! We’ll embellish this beauty with elegant ribbons.
After we design a beautiful bridal bouquet we will have a discussion and learning session about pricing our designs.

In the afternoon we’ll work on creating lush, garden styled compote floral designs. We’ll work with chicken wire as our mechanic, which will help us create a lush design. We’ll be designing with more gorgeous summer flowers!

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

Date: Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
Location: Pink Posey Design Studio, 9850 W 59th Pl, Arvada, CO 80004
Time: 10am to 5pm
Investment: $399.00 (July 1st the price will increase to $499)
Register: HERE

Bella Fiori Dahlia Arrangement

Robyn Rissman of Bare Root Flora

Robyn Rissman of Bare Root Flora
Five years ago this month, Valentine’s Week to be exact, I met Robyn Rissman of Bare Root Flora. At the time Robyn worked for a flower shop in Denver with Chuck Graham and Chuck had asked if I could freelance for Valentine’s Week. The week was insanely busy, but we all had lots of fun and Robyn and I have been friends ever since! Over the years we’ve freelanced for each other on weddings in Colorado and Washington, I couldn’t even begin to guess how many weddings we’ve helped each other with!
Of course, the other huge project we work together on IS – The Flirty Fleurs Magazine. We have such a blast with this project, brainstorming stories and bouncing ideas off each other. Robyn is a truly gifted writer, she amazes me how she can whip interviews we conduct over the phone and email into these engaging articles featured in the magazine.
I do hope you all enjoy the print magazine and all the work and writing we pour into it! Today I thought I’d share some of Robyn’s floral design work with all of you. I told myself that I could pick out 20 images to share in this post, oh was it hard to limit myself to just 20!
Hope you enjoy having a look –

Bare Root Flora - Ashley Sawtelle - Magenta Pink Bridal Bouquet - Colorado

Ashley Sawtelle Photography

Bare Root Flora - Blue Texture Boutonniere - Colorado Weddings

Shannon Von Eschen Photography

Bare Root Flora - Brian Leahy Photography - Bridal Bouquet Colorado Wedding

Brian Leahy Photography

Bare Root Flora - buttercream and white bridal bouquet - Colorado weddings

Bare Root Flora - Connie Dai Photography - textured pink and green bridal bouquet

Connie Whitlock Photography

Bare Root Flora - flower centerpiece of peonies, garden roses, lilacs, and clematis

Laura Murray Photography

Bare Root Flora - Julie Cate Photography

Julie Cate Photography

Bare Root Flora - Julie Cate Photography - Flower Centerpiece with peach and burgundy palette - Colorado Weddings

Julie Cate Photography

Bare Root Flora - Kerinsa Photographers - Colorado Weddings

Kerinsa Photographers

Bare Root Flora - Lane Dittoe - latte and white floral centerpiece

Bare Root Flora - Laura Murray Photography - Arch with Florals for wedding ceremony - Colorado

Laura Murray Photography

Bare Root Flora - Laura Murray Photography - blush and peach bridal bouquet - Colorado Wedding

Laura Murray Photography

Bare Root Flora - Pink floral arrangement with sweetpeas, garden roses, and ranunculus - Colorado Flowers

Bare Root Flora - Sara Hasstedt - Fall Floral Bouquet - Colorado Weddings

Sara Hasstedt Photography

Bare Root Flora - Shannon - Compote floral design with peach and green flowers

Shannon Von Eschen Photography

Bare Root Flora - Shannon Von Eschen - Green foliage arrangement - Colorado

Shannon Von Eschen Photography

Bare Root Flora - Tamara Gruner Photography - Flowers Colorado Weddings

Tamara Gruner Photography

Bare Root Flora - Orange and Coral Bridal Party Bouquets

Bare Root Flora - white bridal bouquet with peonies, clematis and roses

Bare Root Flora - Chowen Photography - Burgundy Floral Arrangement - Colorado


PS – Robyn was featured on Calluna Events blog yesterday as a featured vendor, check it out here.


Contact Information:
Bare Root Flora
Website – http://barerootflora.com
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/barerootflora/
Facebook – www.facebook.com/barerootflora

Fleur Friday

The Flower House, Denver, Colorado - Bridal bouquet with pink and white garden roses, dahlias and pieris japonica

Designed by Amy of The Flower House
Denver, Colorado

Fabulous Florist :: Sweet Pea Flowers

denver wedding florist
Your name: Lisa Anderson
Your Business name: Sweet Pea Flowers
Your Location: Denver, Colorado

How did you start your business?
By accident really – I worked at a local wholesaler for many years, and saw a little shop for rent and decided to try my luck at starting my own business.

Sweet Pea Flowers, Denver, Colorado - elevated floral centerpiece with white and peach flowers, seeded eucalyptus, white hydrangea, football mums, campanella peach roses, white stock, chamomile, peach roses

How many years have you been in business?
This will be my 13th year

What is your design aesthetic?
I love a lot of variety. I tend to be drawn to textural things. I love a little bit of whimsy, romance and attitude.

Sweet Pea Flowers, Denver, Colorado - Green, pink and touch of blue bouquets with proteas, pink roses, green amaranths, green hypericum berries, ferns

How do you create your style and where do you draw your inspiration?
I create my style based on what a particular client desires. I like to think that I’m pretty flexible with my overall style, but I do tend to add fun pieces in through greenery or a fun flower that catches my eye. I draw my inspiration from a lot of my local florist friends, as well as blogs, magazines and, of course, pinterest.

What are the trends, flowers & colors that are unique to your region?
Since we are located right in the heart of mountain country here in Colorado, our trends tend to stay within the rustic, country feel. We do tend to go more on the romantic side of those trends (by adding in lots of muted tones, as well as fun greenery and herbs). Colors vary every season, as well as the flowers that we use.

Sweet Pea Flowers, Denver, Colorado - Bridesmaid bouquet with white peonies, peach ranunculus, blue berries, seeded eucalyptus, lysimachia

Are you a retail shop, studio/warehouse or home based?
We are a studio – by appointment only

Do you offer any services in addition to floral designs?
No

What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?
My clippers.

What’s your favorite flower?
All of them!!

Sweet Pea Flowers, Denver, Colorado - White ranunculus and blue cranberry viburnum boutonniere

Anything else you’d like to share with Flirty Fleurs followers?
Trust and communication are such big things when choosing your vendors. You have to make sure that you do, in fact, trust who you are working with. If you don’t, don’t use them.

Your contact information:
Sweet Pea Flowers
www.sweetpea-flowers.com
303-635-6868
https://twitter.com/sweetpeadenver
https://www.facebook.com/sweetpeaflowersdenver
http://www.pinterest.com/sweetpeadenver/

Sweet Pea Flowers, Denver, Colorado - bridal bouquet with pink proteas, green hanging amaranthus, blushing bride protea, ferns, blue tweedia

Let’s Talk About Pricing – Candles & Petals for the Aisle

Red rose petal and candle lined ceremony aisle by The Flower House

Red rose petal and candle lined ceremony aisle by The Flower House

Red rose petal and candle lined ceremony aisle by The Flower House

I love my friend Amy, she tells it the way it is!
In her words-

The Roses:
The aisle was made using 500 roses worth of petals. I bought box lots and got a great price on them 2 weeks before Valentines day. The bulk roses cost us $0.48 each but I HAD to take shipment 2 weeks out to lock in the price before the ridiculous holiday pricing kicked in. Ironically, the other 600 roses I ordered for personal flowers and centerpieces (which were at the highest sessional Valentine’s prices and from a very excellent grower) came in so ugly that I ended up using the roses I had stored dry for 2 weeks. The new roses that cost $2.25 a stem wholesale went on the aisle. Damn V-day.
Aisle petals: $1000 (which is really only possible with bulk pricing).

The Candles:
75 each side, assorted pillars and floating, $1000. That particular wedding we were able to incorporate previously burned pillars. New would have cost her double. I generally only use LED now- because of real candles propensity to blow out and for safety reasons. The last wedding we did that treatment with using real candles was at demand of the mother of the Bride. I had really pushed her for LED and she refused. The bride’s dress caught on fire during the ceremony. The mom laughed about it afterwards and said that was her own fault. Now when I tell brides and MOBs that story they all quickly agree that LEDs are just fine. HAHAHA!
LED treatments can also be done without the glass and it still looks pretty.
I charged $500 to set up and strike the aisle too.

Total Price Tag: $2,500.00

Thank you, Amy, for working with us on this pricing post. Amy is the owner of The Flower House in Denver, Colorado.

Let’s Talk about Pricing – Sunflower Aisle Decor

Sunflowers lining the ceremony aisle, designed by The Flower House, Denver
Sunflowers decorating the Ceremony Aisle by The Flower House

How cool is the aisle decor treatment?!
I love the Sunflowers lining the ceremony aisle – very happy and celebratory for an outdoor Colorado style wedding.
I asked my friend, Amy of The Flower House, to tell us more about this ceremony and its price tag.

“A complete pain in the arse depending on the soil conditions. Too soggy and you’re in trouble, to dry and you’re in trouble. We had hard ground and had to take a power drill with a large auger bit to get into the ground… which is dangerous thanks to the sprinkler system. After we “planted” them we did “water them in” when we set up.. I went back the next day to strike and even though the wedding took place on a sweltering August day, all the sunflowers were still alive.”

The Details:
80 Sunflowers x $3.50 per stem = $280
Labor for Installation & Strike = $85
1 Drill with Auger Bit = $100 – (although it has been used for several projects since this wedding and not all $100 was applied to this wedding)
Final Price Tag: $400.00

Images by Lindsay B Photography

Thank you, Amy, for working with us on this pricing post. Amy is the owner of The Flower House in Denver, Colorado.

Let’s Talk About Pricing – Aisle Petals

The on-going question I hear in the floral industry is – “how much should I charge for (such & such) design?”
Of course there are many factors that go into figuring out the final price of all floral designs – the season, the availability of the flowers, your location.
And it seems one of the hardest designs to price out are aisle petals. After all, can’t you just pick up unused flower petals off your floor?? Surely you’ve heard brides, wedding planners, other vendors, and magazines/blogs suggest that idea! As if.

Let’s take a deeper look at why petals cost what they cost.
#1- A Rose is a Rose and each one costs the same regardless of how you plan to use it.
#2- The majority of roses are flown in from South America and transportation to get them here costs money.
#3- At times we can get discounted petals from our wholesalers – such a lovely treat when that works out that way! However, we have to plan on paying full-price for the roses, there is no guarantee we can get the petals at a discounted price – especially in a specific color.
#4- Those petals off the floor? Yea sure, those guard petals that have been stomped on will look great down the aisle.
#5- And even if we did decide to pick them up off the floor we’d have to pay an employee to do so – that costs money.
#6- There’s never enough discarded petals on the floor to use on an aisle anyway.
#7- Most people think – well, it’s JUST petals. Preparing petals takes time – figure out how long it takes to de-petal 200 roses … time=money. Charge for that time. It takes time to calculate how many petals are needed, ordering them, picking them up, conditioning them, de-petaling, storing them and time to actually setup at the wedding.
#8- Keep in mind the clean up after the event and the labor involved – washing containers and buckets, etc.

When you think about it there is a lot to consider when pricing out aisle petals, right?

Let’s do a little homework project together.
Check out this gorgeous aisle design by Cori Cook Floral Design of Colorado.
Cori used (8) 25-stem bunches of roses to complete this look.
Lush aisle petals on The Broadmoor, designed by Cori Cook

Please leave us a comment and tell us what you’d charge for this design.
Tomorrow we’ll be back with what Cori charged.

The Designers behind the Flowers

I quite enjoyed last week’s post about the designers behind the flowers, but soon realized only the ladies were featured. Today I’m back with some of the gentleman who create gorgeous floral designs!

florist demonstration

BJ of Bouquets

florist seattle

Christopher of Christopher Flowers

Ian Prosser AIFD

Ian of Botanica

Michael Gonzales Florist

Michael of Verde Flowers

Michael Lanni Florist

Michael of Volanni