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

Florabundance Inspirational Design Days, Day 2

On Day 2 of the conference there were two big design sessions. One session was led by Ian Prosser and it was to decorate two ceremony locations, one rustic and one elegant. The other session was led by Holly Chapple and it was to create a tablescape for the reception table.

We’ll start with a look at the Ceremony session led by Ian. Ian broke the students into three groups. Group one worked on the garden canopy and group two worked on the aisle decoration for the ‘elegant’ ceremony site. The third group designed the chuppah for the ‘rustic’ ceremony.

The group designing the garden canopy decided on an ombre effect for their design. Aren’t the garden roses and orchids just gorgeous??
how to design a chuppah
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ombre flowers on chuppah

The bouquet that Chuck and I designed complemented the ‘elegant’ ceremony site, the bouquet was comprised of orchids and jasmine vines. You can see a bit of the aisle decor in the background..

Cascading bouquet of jasmine and orchids

The ‘rustic’ ceremony was designed with bright colors; garden roses, tulips and clematis.
rustic chuppah
floral designs on a rustic chuppah
rustic chuppah design with bright flowers

Holly led the students in designing the reception tablescape. This is how the table looked prior to the start design session:
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This is how it looked with flowers!!
farm table set with flowers
farm table set with flowers
clematis and roses
garden roses in antiques

Truly a wonderful day, full of fun!
That evening we all gathered around that beautiful table to enjoy a lovely catered dinner.
Here is Joost thanking everyone for attending the conference. We say Thank YOU, Joost!

florabundance design show

A HUGE Thank You to Tricia Fountaine & Dos Pueblos Ranch for all the hard work that you put into Florabundance Inspirational Design Days – what can I say?? You blew us away! Tricia, you are so fun to spend time with and thank you for letting us clip fresh jasmine off the property! Hugs!!

Special Thanks To:

Tricia Fountaine & Dos Pueblos Ranch

Zohe Felici & Event Production


Holly Heider Chapple, Holly Heider Chapple Flowers LTD

Ian Prosser AIFD, PFCI, Botanica Events

Alicia Schwede & Chuck Graham, Flirty Fleurs

Kelly Oshiro, SB Chic

Graphic Design by Christine Cowles

Our Sponsors:

Alexandra Farms Garden Roses

Floral Supply Syndicate


Katie Noonan / Tolosa Vineyard

Mon Cheri Bridal Wear

Myriad Flowers

Pyramid Flowers

Roseville Farms

Sunburst Farm

Absolutely Fabulous…Glamour on the Go!
Makeup – Adrienne Esposito

Partial sponsors:

Ambient Event Design

Anthony Ybarra, Guitar Music (Tuesday evening beach reception)

Music by The Aurora Ensemble (Wednesday evening)

Pure Joy Catering

Town & Country Event Rentals

Florabundance Inspirational Design Days, Day 1

Sunrise at the Santa Barbara Beach

Florabundance welcomed 38 guests to the beautiful Dos Pueblos Ranch in Santa Barbara, California and treated everyone to two days of flower filled fabulousness for Florabundance Inspirational Design Days! Wow, was it ever absolutely fantastic!!

Dos Pueblos Ranch Santa Barbara

Guests are welcomed to Dos Pueblos Ranch.

The Barn at Dos Pueblos Ranch was transformed from this:
Rustic barn for wedding receptions
Florabundance Design Days at Dos Pueblos Ranch

Rustic Decor

Tricia created a very inviting atmosphere for the guests, lounges setup throughout the barn.

Florabundance Flower Show

Here’s Chuck checking out all the flowers we’ll get to design with!

The first day started with Holly Chapple leading a discussion and hands-on design portion about bridal bouquets.
Holly Chapple Flowers

The students were able to use as much gorgeous, fresh flowers as they could possibly desire!
hands on class for bridal bouquets

After the bouquet design session, we listened to Ian Prosser talk about the flower business. Ian owns the company Botanica in Tampa, Florida. Brilliant designer and businessman!
Ian Prosser Floral Designer

That afternoon, Chuck & I got to present about Social Media and how to use it to build your floral design business. There was so much to go over, it’s social media which means a never ending conversation. Back at the hotel later that night Chuck met with about 12 of the participants to further go over social media!
Chuck from flirty fleurs

At some point on Monday Chuck & I decorated Evan ..
Florabundance Design Conference

The day ended with cocktails on the beach, what a treat to be in beautiful Santa Barbara in January! Joost, the owner of Florabundance, and Katie Noonan welcoming the students with a glass of wine from the Tolosa Vineyard .. and that’s the bridal bouquet that I created with garden roses and clematis!
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My bouquet enjoying the sunset ..
bridal bouquet with pink and white flowers

That’s it for day one .. check back tomorrow to see what we worked on for day two!