This Mother’s Day, we have something a little different to share. If you follow the blog, you can sense we tend to keep the personal and professional separate. Our work, after all, is about realizing our client’s visions and dreams, not about ourselves. We really embrace being “behind the scenes.” This Mother’s Day, though, we are delighted to share a project we collaborated on with photographer Rachel K Photography. She is doing a series on four “mompreneur” interviews in celebration of mothers who are also business owners. You can check out the feature on her blog. In the meantime, we toast all mothers and those who mother others this weekend and every day.
It is that time of year for giving thanks. We are thankful for all of couples and their families who have entrusted us with their flowers and in some cases with the planning and logistics for their day this year. We are thankful for the wholesalers and suppliers who help us to do our job well. We are thankful for the professional community of which we are part and without whose collaboration we would not be successful. And last but not least, we are thankful for our colleagues’ esteem and votes which have allowed us again to make the Washingtonian Bride & Groom list of “bests” for 2016!
Congratulations also to our friends and colleagues who have made the list this year!
This past February, we began a small series of winter workshops, each class with a different focus. The first in the series focused on building a terrarium, and we are elated that the class has now been featured on United With Love as possible DIY project! Some of our favorite pics from the class are included below, but be sure to check out the post.
Best of all, if you have fallen in love with these mini self-contained gardens and want to build one yourself, join us for another class on Monday, April 6 at 6:30 pm! We will provide all containers, supplies, and plant materials. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703.518.8488 to register.
We are extremely proud to share that our very own designer Megan Norgan was named the People’s Choice award winner at Potomac Floral Wholesale’s annual design competition on Sunday, March 15! A local wholesaler, Potomac hosts an annual flower show which, in addition to showcasing new products from growers and vendors, features a design competition.
This year’s theme was a “Cascading Bouquet for a Princess”. The challenge included the following restrictions: 1. Must be designed in a bouquet holder. 2. 36″x36″x48″ height restriction. 3. Wholesale cost of flowers not to exceed $150. 4. Not additional props allowed.
The bouquet featured a mix of flowers that was both soft and romantic as well as earthy and fanciful. A bouquet suited for a fairy princess! The design featured blush pink ranunculus, white anemone, white scabiosa, blush pink garden roses, blush pink tulips, artichokes, silver dollar eucalyptus and bay leaf foliage, the latter also fashioned into a garland for a cascade.
Congratulations to Megan and her beautiful bouquet!
All photos courtesy Potomac Floral Wholesale.
We were delighted to see Heather and Adam’s wedding at the Mayflower recently profiled on Modern Jewish Wedding. It remains a truly stunning and romantic wedding, from the opulent floral arrangement complete with crystals and feathers to the varied entertainment that encompassed an array of cultural touches, all serving to reflect the couple’s international experiences. We’ve included some of our favorite images below, but follow the link for the whole story!
Ceremony & Reception: Mayflower Hotel | Photography: Egomedia Photography | Videography: Blue Sky Films | Florist: Petal’s Edge Floral Design | Baker: Sugarbakers | String Quartet: Sage String Quartet | DJ: Bialek’s | Music/Dancers: Zahira Nour, Barynya | Hair & Make Up: Demetress Valentine | Wedding Planning: Engaging Affairs
We are pleased to announce a series of three exciting Winter Workshops!
Monday, February 16 | 6:30 pm | 2 hours
Create your own miniature eco system to liven up your space during the cold winter months with our Terrarium Workshop! In this first edition of our series of three Winter Workshops, we’ll instruct you on how to build living, breathing plantscapes in a class that combines science with clean, green and chic. Whether you love sleek, modern lined with a minimalist edge, English garden charm, or fairy garden fancifulness, you’ll find plants, containers, and a variety of terrariums decor to suit your style.
With all materials provided, participants will be able to choose from a selection of small containers (one per student with the option of bringing an additional container from home) and choose from an array of either moisture-loving or succulent (dry weather) terrariums. Participants will then be instructed on how to prepare materials for, build, and care for their terrariums. Participants can enjoy complimentary wine and other beverages, hors d’oeuvres and music to get their creative juices flowing.
Adults: $50 | Students & Seniors $42
DESIGN 101 WORKSHOP
Monday, March 2 | 6:30 pm | 2 hours
Thinking of picking up a new hobby? This workshop is sure to be a wonderfully informative way of familiarizing yourself with all the basics of floral design. By combining the basic principles of design with the tools and mediums of floral arranging, participants will learn a variety of techniques based on vase, foam, and in-hand arranging. Participants will take their creations home for their own enjoyment, though they also make perfect gifts!
With all materials included, the participants can choose from a selection of containers and flowers for their arrangements and can also bring a favorite vase or container from home. The price of this workshop includes a supply bag with a few floral design essentials. Participants can enjoy refreshments and music to get the creativity going.
Adults: $95 | Students & Seniors $85 | Children*: $48
*Must be accompanied by an adult
FLOWER CROWN WORKSHOP
Monday, March 16 | 6:30 pm | 2 hours
Learn how to create effortlessly beautiful wearable works of art with this fun workshop! Learn the basics of flower wiring – an invaluable skill in floral design – while creating a stunning crown in the process! Flower headpieces are incredibly popular in lieu of a bouquet or a corsage for your wedding, prom or other honorary occasions and are sure to turn heads with their breathtaking whimsy and natural elegance. They also make a wonderful treat for the little princess in your life, no special occasion needed!
With all materials provided, participants will learn how to properly wire flowers and greenery to create their own flower crowns. Information on the best flower types, as well as what flower types to avoid, will also be provided. Participants can enjoy refreshments and music throughout the class.
Adults: $35 | Students & Seniors: $30 | Children*: $15
*Must be accompanied by an adult
Ask us how you can receive a discounted rate on all three workshops!
As we round to close our 10th year in business, we give special thanks for all of our current couples, clients whose events have passed, and the professional colleagues we continue to see each year. And so we can add to this list our appreciation for the honor of being chosen by our peers as one of the best wedding professionals in the DC area! Thanks to Washingtonian Bride & Groom for including us on the list of best wedding vendors 2015, and congratulations to the many vendors with whom we love to work as well!
We recently had the pleasure of talking with the folks at Bloompop about our studio’s beginnings, getting started in the industry, and trends to watch in floral design. We’ve been working with Bloompop as one of their partners since the start of the project to bring artisan flowers and support local florists. See more of the interview here!