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

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

Eye Candy :: Botanique Flowers

Today’s eye candy post comes from one of my favorite floral designers, Kelly of Botanique Flowers. I knew of Kelly long before I moved to Washington and am happy to say that I’ve really enjoyed getting to know her since moving here!

Botanique Flowers

Botanique Flowers - All photos by Barbara Kinney

Photographed by Barbara Kinney

Botanique Flowers - All white bridal bouquet - Chantal Andrea  PHotography

Chantal Andrea Photography

Botanique Flowers - From the cutting garden

Botanique Flowers - Jess Hunter Photography

Jess Hunter Photography

Botanique Flowers - Jess Hunter Photography

Jess Hunter Photography

Botanique Flowers - photographed by Alex Hayden

Photographed by Alex Hayden

Botanique Flowers - Ryan Flynn Photography

Photographed by Ryan Flynn

botanique flowers - winter wedding in seattle - jennifer tai photography

Jennifer Tai Photography

Botanique Flowers, Seattle, photographed by Alicia Schwede. Green urn filled with foliages, white and yellow flowers.

Photographed by Alicia Schwede

Fleur Friday

I thought the tips in this article were all good points for small business owners.
13 habits of self-made millionaires, from a man who spent 5 years studying rich people by Thomas C. Corley

If you happen to be in the Seattle, Washington area this coming week — The Seattle Wholesale Growers Market is turning FIVE this Wednesday! Come celebrate!
5th Anniversary Celebration – Wednesday April 20th, 9:00 – 10:30 am

Also, if you are in Washington .. this coming weekend will probably be that last good weekend to see the tulips in bloom in Skagit Valley. I went to visit the fields yesterday, and while still beautiful and enjoyable the tulips are nearing their end … so if you plan to see them this year be sure to see them soon!!

Roozengaarde Skagit valley

Roozengaarde, Skagit Valley

My next floral design class is scheduled for May 21, 2016 in Seattle and the focus will be designing with Peonies – click here to register.
Peonies Floral Design Class Seattle Washington

Wedding Wednesday :: Bash & Bloom + Botanique

My friend Eleanor of Bash & Bloom sent in photos from her wedding for my Florists and their Bridal Bouquets request. When I looked through the photos what I saw is a visual story that I think you’d all really enjoy. You see, Eleanor is a floral designer here in Seattle and when she got married last year she asked fellow Seattle designer Kelly Sullivan of Botanique to create her bridal bouquet. I just love seeing the emotion shared between these two sweet floral designers!
Photography by Shane Macomber

Bash and Bloom and Botanique, Seattle, Washington Floral Designers

Bash and Bloom and Botanique, Seattle, Washington Floral Designers

Bash and Bloom and Botanique, Seattle, Washington Floral Designers

Bash and Bloom and Botanique, Seattle, Washington Floral Designers

Bash and Bloom and Botanique, Seattle, Washington Floral Designers

Bash and Bloom and Botanique, Seattle, Washington Floral Designers

Bash and Bloom and Botanique, Seattle, Washington Floral Designers

Bash and Bloom and Botanique, Seattle, Washington Floral Designers

Bash and Bloom and Botanique, Seattle, Washington Floral Designers

Bash and Bloom and Botanique, Seattle, Washington Floral Designers

Bash and Bloom and Botanique, Seattle, Washington Floral Designers

Bash and Bloom and Botanique, Seattle, Washington Floral Designers

Bash and Bloom and Botanique, Seattle, Washington Floral Designers

Fabulous Florist :: July Floral Design

July Floral Design - Cheryl Ford Photography

Cheryl Ford Photography

Your name: Tess MacDonald
Your Business name: July Floral Design
Your Location: Seattle, WA

July Floral Design - Cheryl Ford Photography

Cheryl Ford Photography

How did you start your business and how many years have you been in business?
While taking Landscape Design classes at a program in Portland OR, I found myself drawn to flower shops instead. I worked tirelessly with several local florists for a couple of wedding seasons, falling for the colors, fragrance and immediate beauty. Then motivated and inspired, I moved home to Seattle and started the business in 2011. Several of my family members are entrepreneurs and have given me insight into the tenacity it takes to start a business.

July Floral Design - Katie Parra Photography

Katie Parra Photography

What is your design aesthetic and what inspires you?
The longer I do this, I find myself being drawn to less fussy, striking designs with form that lead the eye. Modern containers with clean, Northwest and wild floral.

July Floral Design

What is your favorite part of being a floral designer?
I love the variety. Be it from the day to day tasks that keep me constantly checking my calendar, to the clients I work with and the sparkle in their eyes. The romance of wedding flowers and the sense of contribution in working with local organizations are equally satisfying.

Angela & Evan Photography - July Floral Design

Angela & Evan Photography

What is the most challenging aspect of being a floral designer?
Keeping design fresh. The wedding industry can get distracted with current trends, and it takes some effort and bravery to convince clients to think outside the box.

July Floral Design - Belathee Photography

Belathee Photography

What advice would you give to aspiring floral designers?
To be patient and determined. It takes time to get to know flowers, how they respond to our touch. And it takes time to find your voice as a designer.

July Floral Design - Jaylee Photography

Jaylee Photography

What are the trends, flowers & colors that are unique to your region?
Currently I love white. In blooms, containers or walls to place a floral in front of. Perhaps it’s a great contrast to the evergreens of our region. The deep shibori blues, marsala of last summer and darker tones seem to be elevated by white.

July Floral Design - Ryan Flynn Photography

Ryan Flynn Photography

What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?
Ribbon scissors.

July Floral Design - Katie Parra Photography

Katie Parra Photography

What’s your favorite Social Media platform and why?
Instagram. It’s simple, visual and chronological. No hidden algorithms that dictate what you see in your feed.

Angela & Evan Photography - July Floral Design

Angela & Evan Photography

Anything else you’d like to share with Flirty Fleurs followers?
I teach intimate floral design classes throughout the year. I really enjoy giving people the opportunity to gather around seasonal material, going over care techniques and basic design principles.

July Floral Design

Your contact information, including links to social media accounts –
julyfloraldesign.com
instagram.com/julyfloral
pinterest.com/julyfloral

Angela & Evan Photography - July Floral Design

Angela & Evan Photography

July Floral Design - Belathee Photography

Belathee Photography

July Floral Design

July Floral Design - Cheryl Ford Photography

Cheryl Ford Photography

The Dahlia Wall at Seattle Wholesale Growers Market

In September Seattle Wholesale Growers Market held the second annual Dahlia Festival. Part of the festival is the “Dahlia Wall”. Last year my husband built the wall for the display and it has proved to be a great way to see the various dahlias. You’ll see in some of the closeup shots that each dahlia was labeled with it name and the farm it came from. Agnes from the SWGM helped me put it together this year — a fun way to spend an afternoon, that’s for sure!
In addition to the dahlia wall display the farmers give talks about growing dahlias and answer questions on the care & handling. This year Eleanor from Bash & Bloom gave a design presentation, too!
Be sure to follow SWGM on Facebook and Instagram for future flower festivals!!

Hope you enjoy the photos –

The Dahlia Wall at Seattle Wholesale Growers Market

The Dahlia Wall at Seattle Wholesale Growers Market

The Dahlia Wall at Seattle Wholesale Growers Market

The Dahlia Wall at Seattle Wholesale Growers Market

The Dahlia Wall at Seattle Wholesale Growers Market - Cafe Au Lait Dahlias

These are all Cafe Au Lait Dahlias, incredible difference in coloring, right?!

The Dahlia Wall at Seattle Wholesale Growers Market

The Dahlia Wall at Seattle Wholesale Growers Market

The Dahlia Wall at Seattle Wholesale Growers Market

Workshops — Floral Centerpieces featuring PEONIES!

Floral Centerpieces featuring PEONIES!
Saturday, May 23, 2015 | 10:30am-1:30pm and 2:00-5:00pm | Seattle, Washington

There will be two classes on May 23 featuring PEONIES! The morning session will be taught by Miles Johnson of Fiori Floral Design. Miles will teach students how to create a floral centerpiece with peonies. His class will take place from 10:30am-1:00ish pm. Please call Miles directly at 206.329.3944 to register for the morning centerpiece class.

Fiori Floral Design - peony arrangement

Designed by Miles of Fiori Floral Design

The afternoon class which I, Alicia, will be teaching will focus on the compote style floral centerpiece featuring peonies. Compote styled arrangements beckons a loose, garden inspired design — and working with the Belle of The Ball — PEONIES will definitely create beautiful arrangements for everyone to take home & enjoy! Register here for this class.

Bella Fiori - Peony, clematis and viburnum floral design in milk glass

Designed by Alicia of Flirty Fleurs/Bella Fiori

Location: Both Classes will take place at Seattle Wholesale Growers Market
5840 Airport Way S, Ste 201, Seattle, WA 98108
Investment: Each class costs $150.00. You can decide to register for both classes or just one of the classes. Please call Miles directly at 206.329.3944 to register for the Pave Class. If you’d like to take my compote style class please register here.