I recently entered the Floral Association of The Rockies “Bridal Bouquet Competition” The competition took place at the Denver Merchandise Mart in conjunction with the 2011 Floral Expo. There were 13 designers who entered the competition and we were divided into two categories, five in the masters and eight in the professional. I was in the professional division. The rules were simple, Create a bridal bouquet, must be fresh cut flowers and a limit on what we could spend. Those were the rules! On a side note, I am not sure about the rest of you but when I am given too much freedom in design I find it more difficult. My creativity is strongest when I have more constraints. So I brainstormed with a couple of my fellow designers and knowing that I needed to show competence in several areas of design technique, I went with a cascade concept built in a grande bouquet holder. Below is a collection of photos to show my progress and the final product.
I was extremely happy with my final product and so honored to have won 2nd place in the professional division.
My prize was a tool box full of Oasis products!!! Honestly the best part of the competition is the judging forms and the comments they provide about my design. Each judge can reward the designer with 10 points in ten areas of design theory. These include Color, Depth, Line, Focal Emphasis, Scale, Unity, Balance, Category Interpretation, Creativity, and Mechanics. So I have possible 100 points from each judge. I was awarded an 85, 84 and 64 with their biggest criticism being that the bouquet was heavy, balance was not perfect and the cascade “tail” was stiff. I would agree with all of that and I look forward to working on improving in these areas and having opportunity of being the best designer I can become!
So enough from me, What do YOU think of my bouquet!?!?!