Monthly Archives: December 2010

Wreath Wonderful

6a00d83451be3369e20134882c6509970c-640wi heather bullardimage via Heather Bullard Photography

29 genevieve leiper photoimage via Genevieve Leiper Photography

image4 bellafloraimage via Bella Flora

Pictures Jean and Devin 059 atelier joyaimage via Atelier Joya

tumblr_l4q7q0vAAD1qao9w6o1_400 tiny white daisiesimage via Tiny White Daisies

under_blue_skies_2010_4_lg lila b designsimage via Lila B Design 

woodland-wreath-1-francoise-weeksimage via Francoise Weeks

0205 blooms by martha andrewsimage via Blooms by Martha Andrews

wreath-with-hot-pink-orange-and-chartreuse-flowers3-Vista-Hills-Françoise-Weeks1        image via Francoise Weeks

I will be surprised if anyone is reading today because it’s so close to Christmas and I’m sure everyone has tons to do. But, if you are reading, thanks for stopping by. Hope you are taking time to appreciate and enjoy family and friends this holiday season…

Working Designer Wednesday: Presentation of Personal Flowers

Ever wondered how other designers package bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages for presentation to the bridal party?

I realized when I began looking at my portfolio that I never took pictures of my boutonnieres and corsages in their packaging because I live in Texas where the high temperatures kept me in constant fear of them wilting. We made the bouts, immediately put them in the floral cooler, transferred them to a portable cooler minutes before leaving for the wedding and removed them from the cooler minutes before pinning them on the wedding party. While researching boutonniere presentation ideas, I fell in love with these…

jessmichaelIMG_8436 jessamyn harris photoimage via Jessamyn Harris Photography

jodienathan6 JL Designsimage via JL Designs

pameddiewed-323 style me prettyimage via Style Me Pretty

Picture 17 allison eventsimage via Alison Events

PS 36 cori cook floral designimage via Cori Cook Floral Design

Sabrina Portfolio 04 La Partie Eventsimage via La Partie Events

tiffwill_blog-153 La Partie Eventsimage via La Partie Events

Berman-03 laryl laneimage via Lauryl Lane

img_10 lila b designimage via Lila B Design

ja_blog0012 w. scott chesterimage via W. Scott Chester Photography

wine_015 w. scott chester photoimage via W. Scott Chester Photography

Amazing, right?  Now let’s look at some bouquets…

I usually transported bouquets in thick cylinder vases…with wide bases for stability, a band of matching ribbon and a nametag. I like this presentation because it highlights the flowers and the vases tend to fade into the background. My presentation usually looked something like this…

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200edit  images via Bliss Flower Studio

Apparently, glass vases and jars are popular choices for presenting bouquets…

1003046636_7QYc8-L april flowersimage via April Flowers

guava duo bliss in bloomimage via Bliss in Bloom

kristin_chad58 justin marantz photoimage via Justin Marantz Photography

mahshie11 paul johnson photoimage via Paul Johnson Photography

Any of you present your bouquets in a different way? Send me a photo…I’d love to see it! What about labeling the bouquets? Look at these…

lila-b-wedding-bouquet-move-photography-001-3 lila b designimage via Lila B Design

DSC_0003 small stump blogspotimage via Studio Choo

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What about transporting the bouquets? Francoise Weeks says, “For transportation of bouquets, centerpieces, pew arrangements, etc, I use very sturdy plastic bins that I bought at a restaurant supply store. They work like a charm.”

Here’s another idea…

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And what about other personal flowers? I once did a wedding where the flower girls carried ballet slippers filled with blooms. We packaged them in a ribbon-wrapped gift box…

DSC_0115 edit image via Bliss Flower Studio

Now, let’s talk. Each Wednesday, I’m planning to address a different question emailed to me by a working designer…today’s topic  was suggested by a designer in Arizona. My hope is that designers will use these posts as a forum to share ideas, help and information with each other. Please feel free to leave a comment, send me an email with photos of your work as it pertains to the post or email a question for a future post.

Have a great Wednesday!

The Amazing Green Trick Carnation

I have to thank Mimi at Fly Me To The Moon for introducing me to the Green Trick Carnation. I first saw this photo on her blog

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Now they’re popping up everywhere…

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Amy-Steves-Wedding_6 mint designimage via Mint Design

glo-550 designs by ahnimage via Designs by Ahn

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mad men 3 poppies and posies eventsimage via Poppies and Posies

mj10 adrienne gunde photoimage via Adrienne Gunde Photography

sarah_yates_photgoraphy_steve_kelly_023 sarah yates photoimage via Sarah Yates Photography

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Here’s a little disclaimer…I hope I correctly identified the carnations in these photos…if not, leave me a comment! The blooms in the Mint design photo look slightly different to me…

So, what do you think? Do you like them?

Green Trick carnations last 2-4 weeks and have golf ball sized blooms. Check the Ballarat Carnations website for more information…

Thanks for stopping by today. I know the week is getting hectic for many as we near Christmas Day!


Color Inspiration: Cafe Au Lait

Seems appropriate for chilly Christmas weather…

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Reminds me of these…

jw-S P-90 JL Designs and Jesi Haack Weddingsimage via JL Designs and Jesi Haack Weddings

Norcross_0474_1 rosetree wacoimage via Rosetree Floral Design Studio 

img_2245 adrienne gundeimage via Adrienne Gunde Photography

miaclay14 JL Designsimage via JL Designs

0004 michelle walker photoimage via Michelle Walker Photography

6a01127918a34b28a40133f6139d36970b-800wi holly chapple flowersimage via Holly Chapple Flowers

09_00007 floraliimage via Florali

0066 michelle walker photo   image via Michelle Walker Photography

b15 simply bloom photoimage via Simply Bloom Photography

beigebridesmaid_dresses april flowers and the wedding chicksimage via April Flowers and The Wedding Chicks

boutonniere last petal austinimage via Last Petal

image via SMS Photography

Happy Monday! Everyone ready for Christmas?