Monthly Archives: October 2013

Carnation Chic

Kudos to the designers featured below for giving me a reason (other than the great scent) to like carnations again…

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Peartree

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Flora Bella and Laura Ivanova Photography

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Bare Root Flora

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A Garden Party

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Anne Paterson’s Flowers

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Flowers by Busy B

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Floral Art

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Aileen Tran

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Ipomea

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La Petite Fleur

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Peartree

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Sullivan Owen

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Precious Pear

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Clementine Posy

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Floret Cadet

Happy Thursday!

Botanical Brouhaha Expert Discussion Panel: Session 32

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image via Peartree

The Question:

Do you get wedding day/event day jitters? If so, how do you calm them?

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The Answers:

I get wedding day jitters every single time. I think the day I don’t have them is the day I should quit. Years ago when I did my first wedding I thought “Once I do this for a while, I won’t be so scared.” Then I realized that I would always be a nervous wreck because every single weekend is essentially my first day on the job. As wedding and event designers we have this one day to make perfect, it’s our first and possibly only chance to impress. We are working with a new boss every single weekend. How I calm the jitters is a bit odd, but I simply ask myself “Is anyone going to die over it?” Seriously, when I am driving down the road afraid that I may be late or that everything is not just perfect I say “Is anybody gonna die over it?” As long as the answer is no, I just keep moving forward doing the best I can do. If I fail will anybody die over it!!!

–Holly Chapple (Holly Heider Chapple Flowers)

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Surely we all do to some extent!  Being as organized as physically possible is the best way for me to feel calm about everything. The more organized I am the more I feel in control and the less nervous I am about the day.  We also drink A LOT of coffee, generally with the accompaniment of chocolate..

-Gemma Bain (Planet Flowers)

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Oh yes, every time! I think most designers have 😉 But I actually think it’s a good sign. It proves that we care, we are passionate, we always want to do our best, be on top of everything and we want the event to be breath taking. How to handle it? Well, I just try to break, relax and not to drink too much coffee (coffee just makes it worse 😉 ) I also do lots of check lists. It gives me a great overview and I can see what’s done, what’s left, what to bring, etc.

-Emelie Ekborg (Svenska Blomsterbloggar)

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Even after ten years I still feel a little nervous just before I hand over the bridal bouquet. I think this is normal and actually a good thing. It means that I still care so much about the product. I am very aware that the bouquet is probably the first thing a bride sees on her wedding day that she hasn’t seen already, unlike the dress or even her hair and make up which she will likely have had a trial for. Normally a bride’s reaction calms any nerves. With regards to the other wedding flowers, if the wedding is a large one and there is a lot of set up regarding the ceremony flowers and centerpieces then usually the adrenaline kicks in and there is no time for jitters!

-Nick Priestly (Mood Flowers)

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Designing for a wedding is stressful, oh yes. When you think that you are doing flowers for a “once-in-a-lifetime” celebration,… yes sometimes it makes me nervous. The first thing I do about it is to clarify very precisely with my customers what they are expecting, and what they are not expecting. At the same time, I make it really clear what I will do and deliver and what I will not do and/or deliver. The whole project is packed in a nice presentation describing flowers, colors, style and inspiration pictures… and I stick to it, I really do. Most of my couples until now gave me the feedback that they were very happy to get exactly what they were expecting… it feels good for them (not to be upset by something unexpected on their D-day) and for me (to please them!).  The second thing I do is to make sure I have people around me to help out during the day… freelancers, friends, family, you-name-it. But really people you can trust and that believe in you and will keep the atmosphere smooth and will help where needed.

-Laetitia Mayor (Floresie)

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After 6 years in this business I still get jitters before my events. Nothing like the nerves when I first started, but I still get a sense of butterflies in my stomach the night before and usually arrive at my studio around 6:30a.m. on event day to check on everything whether or not I really need to be there that early! I find being super organized, mentally walking through the setup of the whole event and telling my staff exactly what we will be doing before we get on site calms my nerves about any timing issues and also keeps the setup as seamless as possible.  Although jitters and nerves can wake me up in the middle of the night I actually think it’s what keeps me on my toes for every event and adds excitement. Without it I might not have the energy to keep up with the crazy wedding season!

-Elisabeth Zemetis (Blush Floral Design)

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Fourteen years in this business and I still get wedding/event day jitters. I  don’t necessarily think this is a bad thing, it just means that we really care about our clients and want them to have the day they’ve dreamed of. However, I have found that after the event is all set up and done a nice and cold margarita is quite refreshing and calming!

-Alicia Schwede (Bella Fiori & Flirty Fleurs)

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Thanks Alicia, Elisabeth, Laetitia, Nick, Emelie, Gemma & Holly!

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Courtenay Lambert Florals

Happy Wednesday!

Using Bouquets As Centerpieces

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Zest and Holland Studios

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Our Labor of Love by Heidi

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La Petite Fleur

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Planet Flowers

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Lush Couture Floral Design

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Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Designs and Cramer Photo

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 Arrangements 

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Zest and Gabriel Boone Photography

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La Petite Fleur

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Flora Fetish and Caroline + Ben Photography

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Blush & Bloom and Selina Whittaker Photography

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La Petite Fleur

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Ashley Fox Designs and Graddy Photography

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Holly Heider Chapple Flowers 

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Fleur and Anna Guziak Photography

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Boukates

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Verbena Floral Design

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Mondo Floral Design

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La Petite Fleur

Happy Tuesday!

Blushing Bride

A great way to start off the week…because I know how many of you love this flower!

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The Bouquets of Ascha Jolie

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Twig & Grace

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Floret Cadet

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Wedding Flowers by Julia Rose 

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Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design 

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Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers

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Plum Sage

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Saipua

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Honey and Poppies 

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Nancy Liu Chin and Stephanie Williams Photography

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Twig & Grace

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Krista Jon and Elizabeth Messina Photography and Rani Hoover

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Flora Organica Designs 

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Art with Nature 

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Concrete and Honey

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Fowlers Flowers

Happy Monday!

Chamomile & Feverfew

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Ellamah

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White Magnolia Floral Designs

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Chestnut & Vine

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The Little Branch

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Jan Dekker Designs

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Holly Heider Chapple Flowers

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Gertie Mae’s

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The Little Flower Farm

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Laura Miller Design

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Jo Flowers

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Clare Day Flowers and Red Leaf Studios

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Flowers by Denise

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Stems and EE Photography

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Botanique

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Joe Massie Creative

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Sparrow & Rose and Jo Russell Photography

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Bunch Studio

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Honey of a Thousand Flowers 

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Kelly Oshiro Design and Jess Wilcox Photography

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Green and Gorgeous

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Sparrow & Rose

Thanks for visiting this week! See you back here on Monday. Have a great weekend…