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Flower School NY

I'm in New York today teaching the Flower Shop Series at Flower School NY while the girls are busy at the studio working on all kinds of wedding projects for our non stop schedule these next few months.

Today is day two of the series, students will be completing several orders this morning as though they are running their shops and then we'll be reviewing them. This afternoon we'll be discussing branding, websites and photography and lots of other information about how to begin in this field. Flower School NY is where I began my floral studies so it's very special for me to be teaching here just a few years later. Please check out their amazing schedule of classes, here!

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FlowerSchoolNYC

Philadelphia Flower Show 2012

I'm so happy to share a sneak peek of our work for this year's Philadelphia International Flower Show. It was such an honor to be asked to collaborate with the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Department and Starr Events to throw "A Wedding in the Park".  The team was inspired to share the gorgeous weddings that take place at the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park. My floral design concepts were directly inspired by this year's theme "Hawaii-Islands of Aloha" . I took a completely modern approach using only tropical flowers and clear acrylic. I'm definitely feeling more tropical weddings this year, color everywhere! We worked on three separate designs. First up is my Dendrobium orchid chandelier. This was true labor of love and a team effort to complete. The chandelier design is functional and holds water so the flowers will stay hydrated. I can't wait to try it with different flowers!

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Sullivan-Owen-Floral-Chandelier-Flower-Show-2012-Philadelphia

Here you can see Sammi and I standing over the fountain placing hundreds of orchids into the chandelier. No one fell in fortunately!

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Sullivan-Owen-Floral-Chandelier-Philadelphia-Flower-Show-2012

You can't have a wedding without a great ceremony space.

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Sullivan-Owen-Philadelphia-Flower-Show-2012-Wedding

Finally, the 16 foot floral runner centerpiece. This was so much fun to work on and makes such an unbelievable impact. You can see it all the way across the room.

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Sullivan-Owen-Floral-Runner-Tropical-Hawaii-Flower-Show-2012
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Sullivan-Owen-Floral-Runner-Philadelphia-Flower-Show-2012

I hope you'll check out the show from 3/4-3/11. The experience of being behind the scenes has given me a whole new perspective and there are some truly awesome displays to see this year!

Terrain Bridal Open House

We're so happy to share that we'll be showcasing inspiring new designs at the Terrain Bridal Open House next Thursday March 1st as their preferred floral partner. Terrain will be unveiling their newly redesigned event space and serving up their delicious hors d'oeuvres while we mix, mingle and answer questions.  For all you brides out there who have been wanting to see our work in person, this event is a great opportunity to do so and you'll also get to meet the fabulous Alison Conkin, be dazzled by Two Paperdolls' innovative designs, scope out an apparel preview by BHLDN and sample tasty treats from Coco Love Homemade and our favorite treat tricycle Little Baby's Ice Cream.

We will be unveiling more floral adventures with Terrain in the coming months so stay tuned! See below for RSVP information and we hope to see you there!

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Terrain-Open-House-1
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Terrain-Open-House-Invite-3

Autumn Festival at Terrain

We'll be helping our friends at Terrain celebrate the Autumn harvest this weekend! We'll have bunches & bunches of locally farmed flowers designed in our signature style for sale along with our always elegant vase designs. We'll also be demonstrating how we make our unique and unusual floral crowns & hairpieces.  

Be sure to come by Terrain this Saturday from 12-4 to celebrate this favorite of seasons. See you there!

Around the Studio

It’s time again for another Around the Studio post! We’re coming off a few really busy weeks, here's a bit of what's been going on... This past weekend I participated in The Modern Bride event at Busybee and cohosted by Swig. The event featured carefully selected vendors in all aspects of the bridal industry and we were so happy to participate. I designed several pieces for the event but these two were by far the most popular with the brides who attended.  These earthy but edgy pieces would suit a variety of wedding styles.

We’ve had a ton of deliveries in the Philadelphia Metro area and the color stories ranged from cheerful and wild to simple and understated.  We work hard to find the most beautiful fresh flowers and unexpected details like this gorgeous blueberry branch and the results are happy clients and excellent reviews.

This week we are preparing for all of the weddings we have in the upcoming Fall season. Organizing vases, finalizing flower orders and all that glamorous stuff. Our ribbon drawers were getting out of control but fortunately I found this amazing antique apothecary cabinet recently and now it’s displaying some of the vast ribbon collection which is sure to continue to grow.

We hosted a really fun class at Philadelphia Flower School last week, you can read more about it here.

And finally I had a lunch meeting with an up & coming model and his mom Andrea , Puppy Potty Training Master and owner of Walkies, the best pet care service in Philly and South Jersey. Lasagna may be modeling for us sometime soon. Here he is giving me his best Blue Steel…

Anthropologie Demo

Last Friday, Anthropologie in Newark, Delaware celebrated Spring and the store's one year anniversary.  I started my former retail career with Urban and the whole company is very special to me so it was such an honor to be asked to participate in celebrating one of their great brands.  Our designs are a  favorite down at the company's Navy Yard headquarters and we love visiting their jaw droppingly gorgeous offices.

The fun began with choosing Anthro's great vases and containers to arrange in.  I brought a wide variety of flowers and was able to design for all the very unique vessels that Anthro sells.

The fun thing about floral design is that if something holds water, you can design in it.  These designs were created in cut glass jars typically used in a bathroom but they look just as fab with flowers as they do with Q-tips! As a special treat clients who purchased the vases got the flowers for free! Many lucky folks went home with a beautiful vase for their home and some flowers to brighten their day.  We also raffled off two bouquets of those gorgeous peonies.

I was busy working away to fill all those cool vases.

The event was so much fun, clients seemed to really enjoy it and it was nice to bring Spring into the store with all those fresh flowers.  Happy Anniversary Anthropologie Christiana!