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BB Podcast Episode 36: Brian Watson

“I encourage couples to just let the beauty of the beach speak.”

-Brian Watson | Myrtie Blue

Today we’re visiting Brian Watson (on the right above), co-owner of Myrtie Blue with his husband Gene in Fort Walton Beach, Florida to discuss:

  • the story behind their business name
  • the challenges of producing beach weddings
  • the secret behind his successful business partnership with his husband, Gene
  • Myrtie Blue’s extensive rental inventory
  • how he organizes and retains the staff responsible for Myrtie Blue’s event production
  • the piece of the puzzle he’s yet to solve related to staff duties
  • the ins and outs of his team’s production process
  • the unique way he handles minimum spends for his clients
  • his desire to source more locally grown flowers in the Florida Panhandle

Links mentioned in Episode Thirty-Six:

Myrtie Blue’s Upcoming Workshop: A Walk in the Woods (June 23-26, 2019)

Join Brian and Gene in Cleveland, Georgia for three days of total immersion in nature and floral design… complete with nature walks, artist-led sketching, a visit to a local flower farm, meditations, lunches and a styled finale dinner.

Learn More – Click Here

See more of  Myrtie Blue’s work:

Website | Instagram Facebook

 Real Wedding: Brian + Gene (featured on Martha Stewart)

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Today’s episode is brought to you by:

Click here for dates and locations of 2019 Mayesh Design Star workshops with Atlanta-based floral designer Shean Strong.  And don’t miss Shean’s Tutorial Videos this year! Watch his Indoor Meadow Tutorial here.

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BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Landon McGee

Photography courtesy of Lauren Kinsey Photography

BB Podcast Episode 35: Semia Dunne

“I can’t do everything and why would I want to? I’m surrounded by inspiring talented people who work here.”

-Semia Dunne | Flowers by Semia

Today we’re visiting with Semia Dunne of Flowers by Semia and The Floral Reserve in Providence, Rhode Island to discuss:

  • the long winding educational path that eventually led her back to her love of flowers
  • how she’s grown a successful wedding and event floral design company over the last 19 years
  • the birth, successes and challenges of her passion project, The Floral Reserve
  • the unique location that houses her multi-faceted business
  • the various ways she utilizes her studio space
  • running a wedding floral studio in a popular destination wedding location
  • the importance and longevity of her talented team
  • how she fosters creative freedom with her team
  • the ease with which she’s learned to work with destination brides long-distance
  • her motivation for founding The Floral Reserve and the obstacles she’s had to overcome
  • her vision and execution of the physical space which houses The Floral Reserve

Erin McGinn Photography

Links mentioned in Episode Thirty-Five:

Farm Images: Tiffany Medrano

See more of Semia’s work:

Flowers by SemiaInstagram | Facebook | Pinterest

The Floral Reserve | Instagram | Facebook

Image: Kirsten Capron Stubbs

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Today’s episode is brought to you by:

Click here for dates and locations of Francoise’s 2019 Workshop Schedule.  If you can’t make it to a workshop, check out her online tutorials here. And don’t miss her newly released book, The Herbal Recipe Keeper!

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BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Landon McGee

BB Podcast Episode 34: Ashley Fox

“I love a close community of floral designers and I don’t see any other way to survive frankly.”

-Ashley Fox

 

Today we’re visiting Ashley Fox, owner of Ashley Fox Designs in Woodbury, Minnesota to discuss:

  • how she sets and meets goals
  • knowing her boundaries and doing business with integrity
  • how she edits the body of work she shares with the world to attract her ideal clients
  • the value of sketching ideas as they come to her and putting them away for future clients
  • saying ‘NO’ so she can say ‘YES’ to the projects she loves
  • how her craving for visual stimulation led her to a creative career
  • her desire to share with her community and colleagues
  • the fears she had about moving her business and the surprising outcome
  • how her garden mentor influenced her use of texture and color
  • her experience with styling for catalogs
  • how her installation work evolved into larger and more difficult designs

Amanda Nippoldt Photography

Links mentioned in Episode Thirty-Four:

Amanda Nippoldt Photography

See more of Ashley’s work:

Website Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest

Alexander Steele Photography

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Today’s episode is brought to you by:

Click here for dates and locations of 2019 Mayesh Design Star workshops with Atlanta-based floral designer Shean Strong.  And don’t miss Shean’s Tutorial Videos this year! Watch his Bouquet Tutorial here.

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BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Landon McGee

BB Podcast Episode 33: Teresa Fung

“Part of my dream for these girls that come through my studio is to actually help them dream bigger.”

-Teresa Fung | Mimosa

Image courtesy of Dorothy Greco

Today we’re visiting Teresa Fung, owner of Mimosa in Boston, Massachusetts to discuss:

  • how she pulled from her musical background, as well as her educational background in International Relations & Education Policy to create a unique business suited to her interests and personal goals
  • the job fair that led to serious conversations about the direction of her career
  • how she developed a relationship with a non profit organization through persistence
  • the internship program she developed for girls at risk
  • the business advice she received which led her to pursue the social interests she felt called to address through her business, Mimosa
  • her tips for getting involved and offering your services to a non profit organization

Links mentioned in Episode Thirty-Three:

See more of Teresa’s floral art on  Instagram

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Today’s episode is brought to you by:

Click here for more info on Flower Math: The Florist’s Guide To Pricing & Profitability or visit the Real Flower Business website here.

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BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Landon McGee

BB Podcast Episode 32: Phil John Perry

“I’ve never struggled with ideas. If anything, I’m plagued by them.”

Phil John Perry

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Boothby

Today we’re visiting with Phil John Perry from Manchester, United Kingdom to discuss:

  • his diverse background in visual merchandising, acting, writing, concept creation, and floral design
  • the slow build to his passion for flowers
  • his love of visual storytelling
  • his thoughts on employment, freelancing, and fair compensation
  • his advice on retaining artists as employees
  • his thoughts on crediting the work of designers
  • his passion for writing
  • how he’s found the courage to write from a place of honesty and transparency and the impact his writing has had on those who read it
  • the story behind the headdresses he designed for Rebel Rebel for the Beyoncé’s Vogue cover story
  • his dreams for the future

Photography courtesy of Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

Beyoncé headdress designed and made by Phil John Perry for Rebel Rebel | Photography courtesy of Tyler Mitchell

Links mentioned in Episode Thirty-Two:

Photography courtesy of  Jonathan Boothby

See more of Phil John Perry’s work:

Website | Instagram | Press

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Today’s episode is brought to you by:

Click here for dates and locations of 2019 Mayesh Design Star workshops with Atlanta-based floral designer Shean Strong. And, a special treat for BB Podcast listeners: Use the code “MDSBB” for $50 off any of the workshops, valid through January 31st.

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BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Landon McGee