Floral Art in Michigan 
Sunday, September 13, 2009, 12:34 PM
On Tuesday, September 15th I am flying to Grand Rapids, Michigan for a new adventure. More than 30 AIFD designers will be interpreting various artists with flowers, foraged foliage, branches, mosses and other woodland finds and who knows what else.

This is my first time going to Bob Frieseís property in Fruitport to make floral creations, though the event is 3 years new. Each year there has been a different benefit from the fund raiser. I understand that there will be great camaraderie, good food and a lot of fun doing what comes naturally to a group of amazingly talented designers.

I will be collaborating with Margaret Rosemeyer from the Chicago area to depict the sculpture of Judy Pfaff. I have no idea what to expect but I know our space will be 9 feet tall by 7 feet wide and that we will arrive armed with plenty of flowers, partially donated by Transflora in Miami. Margaret and I have both assisted Belgian designer Tomas deBruyne and will plan to utilize some of the European techniques we have learned from him. Of course we will put our own spin on it.

Judy Pfaff is a very diverse artist, working with all kinds of materials, doing large installations, sculpture, drawings and paintings. I would consider her work to be contemporary and edgy.(See photos below!)

I will document our results and I am already sure that I am going to have a really good time doing what I like to do best - floral art!

How to choose a Bridal Bouquet for your wedding 
Monday, August 10, 2009, 10:20 PM
Usually the first thing I talk about with a Bride is her bouquet. Choosing the right bouquet requires some considerations. Obviously the first consideration is what the Bride has seen and loved; her favorite style and flowers. Secondly, we need to be aware of the Brideís gown; where the detailing is and the style.

My intention is to compliment the dress, not compete with it. For example, if a gown is very simple, without a lot of beading, applique or stitching details, the Bride can have most any amount of texture and shape. However if the dress has lots of important feature in the bodice and around the waist, it is best to keep the bouquet to one or two textures. Frequently, we will add crystals to the bouquet to compliment the crystals in the dress.

Here in Florida during the months of April through October there are certain popular flowers that are just not safe to use. Hydrangea is a perfect example. The heat of the sun is so intense that the flowers will dehydrate very quickly. Orchids and Calla Lilies are generally very durable, making them good choices for the summer months.

The shape of the bouquet is also determined by the style of the dress. It is rare that the bouquet is anything other than round in shape, but unstructured and cascading bouquets are making a comeback, especially in the European and Asian markets.

Deciding whether or not to have color depends on the Brideís personality and how strongly she would want to have the bouquet show up in pictures.

Ultimately, we try to educate the Bride about the process but we want to give our girls their dream bouquet and that is the most important factor of all!

Photos by Coastal Images

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Giving Credit Where Credit is Due 
Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 06:07 PM

Last year about this time I blogged about a competition I intended to enter with garden roses. I wanted to take this time to give credit to Sam and Ashley Brockington from ashleybrockington.com for having done the most incredible job with the photography for that competition. They deserve a great deal of the credit since ultimately if I donít have a good photo, my flowers just look like any others. Sam and Ashley are great to work with; I admire their art, professionalism and love of family.

In addition, the flowers that I used were Maria Theresa german garden roses from Transflora. They were gorgeous and performed amazingly well for several days.

I have hesitated to add links to other wedding and event vendors out of fear of slighting someone. I apologize to Sam and Ashley for not having given them credit and I need to do the right thing by mentioning this now. Here again are the pictures:

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Spring Fever 
Tuesday, March 17, 2009, 02:08 AM
Spring Fever

I know it sounds crazy but I have Spring Fever! Living in Florida is great because we have warm weather most of the year, so how is it that I would get spring fever?

Having grown up in the Adirondacks, I know what is happening right now. The snow is melting and the weather is promising to get warmer. I have a summer cottage on Lake George and I love that home with all of my heart! In late May or early June (depending on my wedding commitments) I can go there and work in my perennial gardens and plant window boxes. Later in the summer I will go back up for a bit of vacation. There and then I will get to see many old friends and family.

Spring flowers are available now and I canít get enough of them. Daffodils, Narcissus, Tulips, Peonies, Hyacinth and flowering branches always make me happy.

I made my reservation for AIFD symposium, which will take place in Kansas City this year in mid July. The best floral designers in the world will present amazing shows for 3 days straight and the things we will see are beyond our wildest imagination. This is my 7th year attending and it raises the bar on floral design each year. Information can be viewed at AIFD and the symposium is open to everyone. This year Tomas DeBruyne from Belgium will be returning to teach an all day hands on and lecture program. I worked with Tomas on a 4 day project and presentation 2 years ago in Palm Desert. He is amazing! You can read about that experience in one of my previous blogs and you can view his work on www.tomasdebruyne.com.

The promise of spring renewal and revitalization is a feeling that I never want to loose. Spring speaks to my heart and soul and I am excited for another year

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February was a good month 
Friday, March 6, 2009, 11:27 AM
I feel very fortunate to say that February was a good month for us. As always, we had the most incredible Brides; the weather was great for flowers and all of the amazing spring product has begun to flood the market; tulips, hyacinth, peonies, flowering branches, garden rosesÖ There was an Oscar party and the Southwest Florida Wine Festival. We had the largest class by far at the Colony Bay Club for our hands on floral arranging program.

We actually had some home decorating opportunities and I do love working with permanent botanicals. After purchasing an abundance of permanents at the Atlanta Gift Show, the merchandise began arriving. So many amazing, real looking and feeling flowers are available!

We continue to find new ways to market our business, participating in wedding shows and learning new technology through cyberspace. Networking with other business people has been so enjoyable and rewarding, discussing mutual goals makes all of us better at what we do.

I am looking forward to the coming months and am optimistic that we can continue to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of our customers.

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