Monthly Archives: October 2015

Which Bouquet? Part 2

Yesterday we asked you to submit bouquets for the ‘Peony’ gown from the Anne Barge Spring 2016 Blue Willow Bride Collection using #bbwhichbouquet…and you answered! We want to share a few of the bouquets we received here and we’ll be sharing a few more on the BB social media sites. We loved being introduced to some fantastic designers for the first time, as well as hearing from some long-time flower friends! Hope you enjoy! Feel free to choose a favorite or two and leave a comment…

The Dress


The Bouquets


Pink Bouquets 2

1. Emlily Floral Designs 2. Maidenhair Floral & Event Design Image: Diana Odom Photography 3. Green Goddess Flower Studio Image: Katherine Newman Photography 4. Shanna Moore


Neutral Bouquets

1. Fleurish 2. Karen Alderson 3. Apropos Flowers 4. Ever Ours Events


Contrasting Bouquets

1. Flowers to Be by Bree 2. Whitecamelia 3. Sophisticated Floral 4. Bond in Bloom


Colorful Bouquets

1. Lark Floral Design Image: Vicki Grafton Photography 2. Mary Ann Webb of Westside Flower Exchange 3. Lemon Blossom Designs Image: Stephanie Mballo Photography 4. Studio C Floral & Events Image: Studio Laguna

Which Bouquet?

We’re trying something new today!

The Dress:


…the Peony gown from the Anne Barge Spring 2016 Blue Willow Bride Collection…beaded bodice with sleeveless Sabrina neckline and full A-line skirt of organza…

The Bouquet:

Let’s see what you’ve got! Choose an image of a bouquet you made that would be a great match for this dress and post it on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #bbwhichbouquet. We’ll add some of our favorites to this post tomorrow morning!

Botanical Brouhaha Expert Discussion Panel: No. 72


How do you keep dahlias from wilting in your bouquets?

Dahlia | Love 'n Fresh Flowers


Crowning Glory! Sometimes I feel like I should start a CG Anonymous group, because I’m addicted to that stuff. During hot summer days it’s the best bet for helping the dahlias to seal in their moisture. Not only do I spray the front of the bloom, I spray the back side of the dahlia – this is especially helpful with Cafe Au Laits who wilt easily.

Alicia Schwede (Bella Fiori and Flirty Fleurs)


That is a very good and tricky question. I have tried tricks such as burning the stem with a flame or heating them with boiling water… But truly I see no difference with freshly cut stems. What I do is try to use as many dahlias from my garden as possible, and pick them as late as possible. Or I buy them from local farmers which I trust and know they harvest just the day before they sell their flowers on the market. Once ready, I keep the bouquets in a cold (18° C) dark room. Also dahlias start to wilt on the back, I therefore always make sure that only the front is visible in my designs.

Laetitia Mayor (Floresie)


We are lucky to have access to dahlias from local growers in Portland. I buy the dahlias on Friday and never have had an issue. I always deliver hand-tieds in vases with a bit of water.

Francoise Weeks (Francoise Weeks)


Since I grow all my own dahlias, I really have no issues with wilting at all. Dahlias that are harvested properly and haven’t been shipped are tough as nails. If you can find a local grower to partner with to get them directly, that would be the best solution to your wilting woes.

Jennie Love (Love ‘n Fresh Flowers)


I source all my Dahlias locally as I find the dahlias that have just been cut and haven’t been out of water or over handled hold up so much better. I often nestle them in bouquets and use greenery, berries or another accent to kind of ‘prop up’ their head in case they begin to wilt while out of water too long. I also advise my brides to leave their bouquets in water as long as possible so everything is super fresh for walking down the aisle.

Elisabeth Zemetis (Blush Floral Design)


Dahlia | Love 'n Fresh Flowers

Dahlia | Love 'n Fresh Flowers

Dahlia | Love 'n Fresh Flowers

Dahlia | Love 'n Fresh Flowers

All images courtesy of Love ‘n Fresh Flowers

Flowers, Surfing & Yoga With Peartree Flowers

I’ve seen a lot of flower workshops over the years, but never one quite like the one Liza Lubell of Peartree Flowers has dreamed up. I’m sharing her workshop with you today not only because it’s an amazing opportunity you might want to take advantage of as a designer, but also because Liza’s idea might inspire you to dream outside the box and take chances that are personally fulfilling. Often times, we try to emulate the successful endeavors of others because we find our own creativity smothered by the fear of failure. If someone else has successfully executed an idea, we feel safe trying it. If we have a dream all our own, the what-ifs and doubts plague us and often times we set the idea aside. As you read about Liza’s workshop, consider taking some time for yourself and attending this epic workshop. The experience will no doubt be an inspirational  time to reflect, dream, rest, learn and recharge. What would it look like in your own life if you were able to combine your passion for flowers with other personal passions in order to serve and inspire others?

Here’s Liza’s workshop story…


Liza has been visiting the sweet town of Nosara for 5 years, a magical town she’s come to call a second home. Her enthusiasm for collaborations and her love of this Costa Rican community has finally married into a memorable curation of flowering, macramé, surfing, and yoga with an inspired group of teachers.

Your days will start with morning vinyasa in the jungle taught by the incomparable Emily Shapiro – A Nosara yoga darling. The yoga classes will focus on awakening your creativity for afternoons of flowering. You’ll spend a portion of your afternoons learning about Costa Rican flowers and making, making, making. November marks the end of the rainy season in Costa Rica which means the jungle is lush to boot. You’ll get to forage for materials, learn how to incorporate tropicals into signature organic, lush arrangements, and work directly with local Costa Rican flower farmers to find “the good stuff.”


In addition to classes with Liza, you’ll learn from famed NYC florist Taylor Patterson of Fox Fodder Farm, whose work has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, Vogue, Elle, and NYMag.

This is where the workshop takes another unique turn…

Portland, OR macramé artist Emily Katz will be on hand to teach her craft which happens to be a beautiful, original way to display your floral pieces. Her aim is to not only share her love of this simple craft, but also inspire people to be better versions of themselves.


And , there’s this…

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…Surfing! Liza took her first surf lesson with Andrew Delgado in 2011 and has never looked back. He now runs the Tico owned Surf School Agua Tibia in Nosara which consistently receives glowing reviews from happy surfers. Liza would be remiss to offer a workshop in Nosara that doesn’t share the pure happiness surfing has brought to her life. The retreat offers 2 lessons with Agua Tibia though Liza highly encourages you to take more.

For more details on the workshop and lodging, click here.