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Night at the Museum

In early March, Starr Events and the events team at The Philadelphia Museum of Art planned an evening to show a select group of guests just how great entertaining at the PMA can be. I was honored to be asked to design the evening.

I started my design process with a long visit to the museum. I wandered into a few galleries I had never been in and found a grouping of mixed media pieces from the 60s. This one particular piece was my jumping off point but in my distraction I forgot to get the artist's name!

With my inspiration in hand, I chose a floral palette of traditional Spring pastels toughened up with the addition of copper and plum tones and plenty of texture to keep things interesting.  The vessels all felt like pieces you might find somewhere in the Decorative Objects wing and every guest was able to take a design home at the end of the evening.

statement piece shot in the studio by Sullivan

statement piece shot in the studio by Sullivan

Susan Beard

Susan Beard

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Susan Beard

 

The gorgeous linens from Special Occasions, tableware from Party Rental LTD, dramatic lighting from Eventions Productions, specialty rental furniture from Maggpie Rentals and the perfect paper touches from Two Paperdolls were the perfect complement to the modern Folk Art inspired evening. As with most museum venues, candles and fire are an absolute NO. I decided to dress up my LED candles with hand marbled paper wrappers. This had a ton of impact for such a simple idea!

It's rare that I get to sit down at a table to enjoy the designs I work on but I was a lucky guest too. The meal from the Starr team was spectacularly delicious and sitting in the Great Stair Hall under Saint-Gaudens' Diana getting to know new people was a wonderful experience.

@sullivan_owen on Instagram

@sullivan_owen on Instagram

As one of the preferred floral and event designers for the PMA, I now feel even better informed to design in their wonderful and inspiring spaces. I'm looking forward to the exciting events we have coming up this year starting in May!

Thank you to Starr Events, The Philadelphia Museum of Art and Susan Beard for select photos!

 

Martha Stewart Weddings

I’m very pleased to announce that Sullivan Owen was named one of Martha Stewart Weddings Top 62 Floral Designers in their Spring issue, out now. It’s always exciting to be acknowledged for your hard work and creativity.

I’m very grateful for our clients, current and past who trusted me and my team to do our own creative, original work for your events and so I say thank you to all of you! 

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Sullivan Owen Holiday 2014

I'm excited to offer so many new ways to help you celebrate the holidays this year. From our adorable mini trees to custom wreaths to our whole home decor services, I've never been more excited for a holiday season! Please get in touch at 215 964 9790 or hello at sullivanowen.com, we can't wait to work with you! Last December my team and some very helpful friends gathered at my home for two snowy, cold days of holiday decorating. I hope you find it as inspiring and fun as we did! Thanks so much to With Love & Embers, Maggpie Vintage Rentals and Whipped Bakeshop for all your hard work.

Happy Holidays! S.O.

 

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SO x Poseybooth + Friends

Poseybooth, Rabbit Rabbit Crew and I recently got together with Love Me Do Photography & Lovely Bride Philly to have some fun and shoot a whole bunch of photos. I'll share photos and Amanda's video of my gown inspired bouquets in the new few weeks but today we're revealing the 3 floral backdrops I designed exclusively for Poseybooth.

Any color combo is possible and there are prices for every budget. To get one for your event is super simple. Just get in touch with the team at Poseybooth to book your booth package and let them know which style you're interested in. They'll take care of the details and we'll make you a fabulous floral photo booth! Bonus points if you can say that 3 times fast.

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Real Wedding

Spring has sprung (sort of) here and we’re getting ready for the start of wedding season. One of my favorite venues in Philadelphia is the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park. We’ve done some amazing weddings at “The Hort” with the Starr Events team so while we’re looking forward to an awesome 2014, it’s nice to look back at Simone & Rich's beautiful wedding from November. Enjoy!
xo,
SO
floral & event design: Sullivan Owen, photos: Darker Shades of Brown, cake: Whipped, venue: Starr Events at the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park, coordination: Truly You Events

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I was incredibly proud of Simone’s bouquet, sometimes the floral palette just comes together in a way I couldn’t possibly predict and it’s even better than I imagined it!

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The gorgeous cake by Whipped featured edible rose petals we sourced and fresh floral added on site. It was a fun and tasty collaborative process!

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Guest Post on The Styled Bride

Check out my new monthly Tips & Tricks post on The Styled Bride. This month we're talking about the Do's and Don'ts of Pinterest! You can find me on Pinterest here.  Here are a few highlights, check out the full post here...

Do: Organize the details of your big day into separate boards (i.e., Fashion, Décor, Floral, Beauty). It’s ok to keep one master board of your favorites, but a board with 300+ images is going to be hard to sort through with your creatives.

Do: Consider this: Most great designers use Pinterest as a portfolio, so pay attention to how much of the designer’s own work they feature vs. how much they pin from other people. (You’ll quickly be able to tell the trendsetters and tastemakers from the followers.) And do remember that when you work with a creative professional, they should be able to find a way to communicate with you and design for you using their own work and ideas.

Don’t: Assume that every design you see on Pinterest will fit into your budget. Remember that Pinterest is a curated version of a designer’s work, a place where they feature their best images and ones that likely represent a fair amount of editorial shoots or over-the-top designs. 

Don’t: Even if you find the most amazing photo of  ____fill in the blank____, don’t bring it to your designer and ask them to copy it. Truly creative and talented people should be designing for you. Instead of asking us to copy our own work or, even worse, someone else’s, let’s talk about what exactly it is you love about that particular design. It’s our job to interpret that information and create something just for you. The most amazing designs usually result from clients giving us a little inspiration and a lot of trust to do our thing!

And be sure to check out The Styled Bride's gorgeous new website, we have some fabulous weddings in the works together this year!

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Valentine's Day is Friday!

There's still time to order your Valentine the most popular flowers in Philadelphia! Choose your palette below and give us a call at 215 964 9790 or shoot an email to hello at sullivanowen.com and we'll get right back to you during our normal business hours.

See what Philly Mag's The Shoppist had to say about the Easiest Valentine's Day Gift Ever here!

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Here's to a fabulous Valentine's Day! SO

Year Three

Today marks three years since this website went live. Of course Adriene and I were working in the studio three days prior to the site going up but no one knew we were there. So today is the date that I officially count as the business anniversary. Every year I think about throwing a grand party to celebrate. I think that’ll probably have to wait till Year Five; fingers crossed there won’t be a polar vortex in two years.

Year Three was full of ups and downs. Despite some personal challenges and growing pains, I would say that I did some of my best work this year. Year Four is looking fantastic and it’s easy to forget the tough times when things are great, but I’ve learned some valuable lessons in the management of my business in 2013.  They are:

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In summation, I’d like to say that despite dealing with vicious copyright infringement, proposal theft and website plagiarism, I’m so happy that our clients continue to allow me and the team to keep doing the best work we can for them. Though we are a talented bunch, part of the reason we continue to develop as designers is because our clients trust us to keep amazing them! Thank you clients!
xo,
SO

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photo of our very first delivery arrangement on February 7, 2011

2 Weeks to Valentine's

Only 2 weeks left till Valentine's Day! It couldn’t be easier to make sure you get the exact flowers you want this Valentine’s Day. We've taken three of your favorite designs and turned them into beautiful floral palettes that we’ll be arranging in our always interesting vase collection. This helps make things easier on your sweetheart, too! Just save and send the image of the flowers you love the most to your special someone and we will take care of all the rest.

Designs start at $100 and delivery is available all around Philly, the surrounding suburbs, and even parts of New Jersey and Delaware. Delivery to your office is preferred because we’ll get your flowers to you earlier in the day and you’ll get to show off just how awesome your honey is! But make sure your sweetheart contacts us ASAP at 215 964 9790; we sold out early last year and expect to do so again this year! 

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Here's to a fabulous Valentine's Day!
SO

Valentine's Day 2014

It couldn’t be easier to make sure you get the exact flowers you want this Valentine’s Day. We've taken three of your favorite designs and turned them into beautiful floral palettes that we’ll be arranging in our always interesting vase collection. This helps make things easier on your sweetheart, too! Just save and send the image of the flowers you love the most to your special someone and we will take care of all the rest.

Designs start at $100 and delivery is available all around Philly, the surrounding suburbs, and even parts of New Jersey and Delaware. Delivery to your office is preferred because we’ll get your flowers to you earlier in the day and you’ll get to show off just how awesome your honey is! But make sure your sweetheart contacts us ASAP at 215 964 9790; we sold out early last year and expect to do so again this year!

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Sullivan Owen for Poseybooth

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE Instagram. Probably because what I do is so easy to communicate through a quick snapshot. It's become my go-to social media outlet and I love the network of peers and friends I’ve discovered because of it. You can see my feed here @sullivan_owen

I found my new friends Poseybooth (@poseybooth) via Instagram. By following them, I discovered that they wanted to have a floral backdrop for their Lovesick Expo booth. Backdrops have turned out to be a specialty of mine, so I reached out to offer some assistance.

The Poseybooth team is a blast to work with and the photos speak to the quality and attention to detail they put into every booth and event. The backdrop was such a hit that Poseybooth is going to add a few versions of it to their already amazing photobooth packages. We’re still working out the details on that, but you should get in touch to book them soon. They’re booking up fast!

Poseybooth is also a founding member of Rabbit Rabbit Crew, a growing collective of awesome wedding professionals. You can read more about the RRC here. All opinions expressed here are my own. I like supporting new talent and so do my clients!

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The lovely ladies of Poseybooth and Rabbit Rabbit Crew

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two out of three of the Love Me Do Photography ladies

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me and my pal Jennie from Love n Fresh trying to look cool but we just look like we're trying not to laugh

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Happy Holidays!

Well, it's certainly been a busy and bright holiday season so far. I'll be taking off a few weeks along with the rest of the team to relax and spend some time with friends and family. The studio is closed from Friday December 20th-Monday January 6th. Rather than my usual year end recap, I'll be back in January with some new blog posts and lots of great weddings. Here's to a fabulous 2014! xo, SO

If you're a bride looking for information about weddings or booking a consultation, send an email to brides (at) sullivanowen.com to get the details!

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shot from our 2014 holiday decor shoot at Sullivan's house

New Home

It's wedding season, we have our 3 busiest months still in front of us and are continually pushing to do our very best work for each wedding. It's hard work, this industry. In the midst of all that, you know what I need. Another HUGE project of course!

T.O. and I have bought a new home in Mt. Airy. A home that was lived in and loved by a family for 49 years. A family that told me a little about growing up there, about the living room they were only allowed in for piano lessons on the piano that they gave us with the house that now I want to learn to play. They told me how they gardened on the large property, planted the hydrangeas next to the back porch and dug out the small pond that will someday have fish in it again.

It's a big undertaking and one that I'm very excited about.  Part of what I love about the house is that I can already see the flowers that I'll design for each room when it's finished.  Over the next few months, our blog will be evolving. I'll still be posting our fabulous weddings, our Instagram roundups and peeks at what we're up to at the studio along with a few new features. This house has inspired me so much already and I look forward to sharing the renovation and design process with you.

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Wednesday Weddings-Flower Show 2012

This week we're introducing 3 new regular blog features! Today it's Wednesday Weddings where we'll be showing off our Real Weddings along with Wedding Inspiration & Style Shoots for Weddings that we regularly work on.

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This year for the Philadelphia International Flower Show, Sullivan Owen partnered with the Parks and Recreation Department and Starr Events to throw a "Wedding in the Park". We work with Starr Events at the Horticultural Center in Fairmount Park all the time and we love designing weddings in the fabulous event spaces. The Parks team did a phenomenal job of creating the gorgeous reflecting pond flanked on both sides with stunning cherry blossom trees with spaces for our Ceremony and Reception designs.

We worked exclusively with Hawaiian flowers as Hawaii was the theme of this years show. I can't get enough of Ombre and used the vibrant shades of the tropical flowers to their maximum effect. I love creating new ways to display flowers and designed this massive floating chandelier vase. The chandelier was a labor of love and I can't wait to use this again with different color palettes. Enjoy!

Special thanks to Jackie Bayne of Love Shack Photo for these images

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

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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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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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Happy Valentine's Day!

The studio is open from 9AM-7PM today for all you last minute cupids to pick up some last minute bouquets or readymade designs.

While we're between delivery runs I wanted to say a quick Happy Valentine's Day to my husband T.O.

These photos by Lorraine Daley are from our wedding and since our wedding is what kicked off my floral career, I thought I'd share my bridal bouquet as well. I love making bridal bouquets and while I get to make all kinds  these days, I still love looking at this one!

Drop a hint

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and here at Sullivan Owen we've been busy prepping for the Super Bowl of flowers. If you'd like to receive (or send) the best flowers in Philadelphia this Valentine's Day, forward this post or save the photo below and send it along to your significant other. We'll help them make sure this is the best Valentine's Day ever! Orders placed before February 8th will receive free deliver to anywhere in our delivery area.

Friday

The blog has been quiet the last week or two but the studio has been crazy. We had an out of control Thankgsiving week with a spectacular centerpiece class, Sullivan Owen designs graced tons of tables in the Philly area on Turkey Day and a sophisticated Black Friday wedding. I have a lot to be thankful for this year, especially our awesome clients and couples!

Well, after an insanely gorgeous photo shoot with the always great Lorraine Daley today I am heading out for my birthday weekend in New York City with my hubby T.O., not sure what we're going to get up to but we're definitely going to have some fun! I hope everyone has a great weekend, I know I will because this is what's waiting to be washed on Monday!

Thanksgiving Flowers

There's still time to order your Thanksgiving flowers wrapped in our limited edition Thanksgiving packaging. Order before Friday 11/18 and you'll receive free deliver on Wednesday 11/23! Give us a call at (215)964-9790 or email hello@sullivanowen.com