Tuesday, March 23, 2010


A few weeks back we did a turquoise wedding, and though turquoise is a HOT color trend this year, bride's dont usually ask for their flowers to actually be that color. This bride came to me after a flopped bridal sitting bouquet that turned out more green then turquoise. She thought because i do some airbrushing that i could pull off what she wanted. it did take some persistence and i guess it paid off because i complied with her wishes and she got a perfect match on color thats for sure! a challenge non the less. thanks shalice!

the main focus of the bouquet was clearly the amazing casa lily lined with turq gems. painted mini callas brought some pow color and white roses, tulips, and lilies filled it up. small accents of silver foliage were also involved.

wrist corsages were budget friendly hand made wire cuffs with greens and white button mums and little bits of silver foliage.

the bridesmaids carried a single calla with a stem detail that they later dropped into a vase to double as a centerpiece. the men all wore classic white calla or rose bouts. We made a few centerpieces for variety, all of which were simple, a tall silver curly willow focus, short turq focus and of course the bridesmaids vases. simple and unique ... turq unique.

WORKSHOP NOTE: thanks to all of you who have expressed interest. I have decided to only do 5 travel workshops this year and 3 of those spots have been booked, so if your contemplating this at all please contact me ASAP as my own wedding schedule is also booking up! thanks!

Friday, March 12, 2010


This is the bouquet that i did for a collaborated shoot with Opie, that has been featured on the Opie blog as well as Utah Bride N Groom blog.

This shabby chic vintage style bouquet has been a hit! Something I created based on the inspiration the location of the shoot provides, {Details in Sugarhouse}. This was also one of my complimentary giveaway bouquets. It consisted of garden roses, peonies, ranucs, dusty miller & lisianthus. vintage blue ribbon wrapped it up!

And with that I think its time to put some workshop options out there ...

As many of my readers, clients, peers, etc. know I am a big believer in education, I seek and attend educational endeavors to better my own skills and craft on a regular basis. I also really enjoy teaching & sharing the wealth. I have been thinking long and hard about what I might have to offer in way of workshop education for the 2010 year, there has been a lot of interest in the last month or so via email and office calls, thanks for your patience while I contemplated how to best serve you! Last year I offered workshops that mainly involved doing a small wedding with Studio Stems, this year I think your tuition could be maximized by me coming to you!

In 2010 I am approaching education just like I approach working with my clients, in a very CUSTOM way. So all workshops will be tailored for the student based on their needs, therefor pricing will also vary and be tailored. But I promise that I will be reasonable and affordable. I am looking to primarily educate those outside of my immediate proximity and I am willing to travel within the U.S. That being said I love my home state and the artists who work here, so please still contact me if your interested, and also keep in mind how heavily interested I am in organizing a summit locally.

The concept: I do a wedding with you, your studio, or your shop as your mentor/employee/educator. While doing so I'll evaluate your process and help you perfect in both business, flower care & design. These workshops will last anywhere from 2-4 days based on each participants needs and can include and are not limited to ... pre design education and help for the scheduled event, order organization, market evaluation, marketing techniques, website/blog evaluation, client contracts, client interaction, client education, employee interaction, associate interaction & contracts, time maximization, finding inspiration & design, flower care, hydration, cooling, design concepts, floral production, bouquets, worn bridal party, aisle/ceremony, decor, centerpieces, on site interactions, client follow up and exposure for your great wedding completed.

Because Studio Stems is heavily booked in the summer season contacting me with your interest level and dates relatively soon may be a good idea. I can only come if I am not already booked! IF your interested please email me with your name, web and or blog address, email, phone number, event date or dates that your interested in, event details, where your at in the designing of that event, what you wish to learn, and the location of course. I will then thereafter be in contact and we will fine tune out the details of maximizing your floral education experience.

I look forward to working on your events & sharing the wealth!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Studio Stems News

There are so many great things going on at studio stems ... let me share

Get Married Mag

being published is always a spectacular compliment. But this particular mag came to me, i didnt submit to them and that feels really good that a national mag is keeping up on my work and they want it! you can find some of my work on pg 39 in their blooming blossoms section. what i adore about this mag .. you can view the whole thing online very easily! i will say there is nothing better then a tangible mag though and its worth the purchase.

Brideology ...

this educational endeavor was a success and something i think the planning bride should attend. An evening unlike any other full of tips, tricks, and insider info on many wedding avenues for which you will travel. just a few of us great teachers ...

cynthia @ enizio collaborated with Hilary @ alta moda to send a bride down the aisle to conclude the event in a gorgeous gown and professional hair & makeup. We provided a small posy bouquet of ranucs, garden roses, and gorgeous peonies.

All the vendors involved were and are so fantastic and these images are courtesy of darla roze photography! The lead on this event!

Promotional update ~ i recently have had a number of brides who really sincerely are appreciative of my work but cannot afford my min order policy. I have decided to go ahead and make the exception through the remainder of 2010 year for MID WEEK only brides. thats mon-thur. so weekenders will be held to the min order policy.

last week on UBNG a bouquet of mine was featured here ... i will have more details coming soon on my blog with some images and thoughts on this floral creation.

what more is to come besides that fantastic shabby chic bouquet ... workshop options, a turquoise event, & a mad hatter tea party!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

a day with a sweet sweet blossom

There has always been a certain level of controversy that surrounds me and therefor that I end up being involved in, business/floral design is no exception. Education is hard to find locally in the floral industry and I crave it. Not only do I crave it, I find it necessary & rejuvenating. This means that I am willing to share my craft & as many of you know, I do. This is a rare found willingness I must say, it also comes with reservations, blink thoughts, and certainly caution, but I think for many years past this idea was more controversial then anyone would admit, but I also see the industry moving in a pleasing direction. I love to teach, I love to learn. I want to be a better florist, business woman, & designer and I am willing to admit that I need avenues of unique practice & other people to help me progress. So on occasion when I am feeling dry, resource-less & needy I go looking for it and then I ask.

Melissa w/Blossom Sweet & I have become acquainted over the last several months through our blogs and UBB, a I greatly admire many things about her art. So I asked for a collaboration educational day that would benefit us both. What a delightful day it was! Two artists whom share passion about the same thing with exceptional talent, enjoying each others strengths and weakness's. We both came away with a breath of fresh rejuvenation. Just what I needed.

Melissa's blog is outstanding and her own images of her work are also likewise. She taught me a few tricks of the photography trade she had figured out to benefit the wicked portfolio industry. {i have to insert here that i have many many photog friends who have helped me a great deal over the years {and you too megan} but i often dont feel like i can continue to bother you with what seems to be such non sense and more often then not i need to learn hands on!} Even though i am sure your sick of pictures of our Grand America Jan wedding I have to show you just a few more. That place is victoriasly beautiful yet really hard to photograph because of lighting and thus images of my work that I shoot {because i cant always rely on the photog} rarely turn out half decent.

a little magic can go a long way.

among many other things we also made bouquets together out of fresh product we picked out together and we discussed methods to our own madness along the way.

product used: button mums, anemone, roses, carnations, lily grass, & french tulips.
above is my bouquet.

below is the two bouquets together :)

{blossom sweet bouquet laying: studio stems bouquet standing}

Melissa - thank you dearly for a spectacular day! For sharing your craft with me & for helping me grow as an artist! I think a floral summit is inevitable ... all you floral friends ... whats your interest level?