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Philadelphia Magazine-Best of Philly

If you were in Whole Foods South Street on Tuesday you might have seen two girls dancing around in the checkout lines much to the amusement of the cashiers. Adriene and Sammi were dancing in public because Sullivan Owen floral & event design was just named BEST FLORIST in Philly by Philadelphia Magazine!

OK, I admit that we knew we were up for something because the very talented Trevor Dixon came to the studio to take photos of me at work but we had no idea what our category was. I mean it could have been for Best Cut Flower Food or Best Faux Bois Delivery Boxes (it could happen).  I never dared to dream that the Editors of Philadelphia Magazine would honor me and my team in this way our very first year on the scene.  I can’t really express how much it means to me and the staff here at Sullivan Owen floral & event design.  We will continue to try to provide the absolute best designs and most beautiful flowers for every client and event.

Last night  T.O. and I went to the Best of Philly party at the new Cescaphe venue, VIE on North Broad. I was so happy to see Carrie Denny, Fashion Editor of Philadelphia Magazine and Editor in Chief of Philadelphia Weddings, Carrie has been a tremendous supporter of my work and the studio and I can’t thank her enough, but I’ll keep trying!

There were two wall projections featuring all the winners, I’m not ashamed to admit that I waited a LONG time to snap this pic of my name “in lights”.

T.O. and I were happy to run into our longtime friend and columnist extraordinaire Dan Gross of the Daily News and who was scoping things out.  T.O. and I spotted James Van Der Beek and his wife enjoying the party, he’s in town filming a movie and is apparently super nice.  We also had a great time in the photo booth provided by Shutterbooth. Here’s our pics…

T.O. and I had some drinks & treats and met a few new friends including Stu and Janet of 3 Potato 4. I’ve been to their monthly Barn Sale before and we had a great time chatting, they won for Best Eco Friendly Home Decor.  Their next Barn Sale is this weekend, be sure to check it out!

Thanks so much to Philadelphia Magazine, the new issue is out now-be sure to pick it up!

Brides Magazine

We were so excited to see the new issue of Brides MagazineSullivan Owen designs are featured twice and our fun classes at Philadelphia Flower School are also featured!

I loved doing these designs for the gorgeous Hollywood Regency shoot. Love that cake!

One of our gorgeous centerpieces was featured with other Philadelphia vendors. Photo by Lorraine Daley.

Philadelphia Flower School was highlighted as a fun bachelorette idea. Check out our upcoming classes here.


I thought I would end the week with some gorgeous images from Jillian McGrath featuring a super cute couple, an amazing field of yellow flowers and of course some of our floral designs. I loved this bouquet so much and it’s been a favorite with our brides so we’ll be making a few new versions of this slightly wild design in just a few weeks when our non-stop wedding schedule starts.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Philadelphia Wedding

I really like my mail man Rick but I’ve had to restrain myself lately from hugging him and surely embarrassing both of us. He just keeps bringing awesome deliveries to the studio, like this sneak preview of the new Fall/Winter Philadelphia Wedding Magazine featuring one of my designs and lovely write up about me and the studio!

This icy design makes me long for cooler temps and will surely fire up flower cravings for those Anemones that won’t be available for months.

The new issue of Philadelphia Wedding will be out on Monday 7/25 and it’s a gorgeous and inspiring issue. The Poconos gown photo shoot is amazing (and kind of makes me wish I got married in Winter)and the Cakes feature- unbelievably beautiful-enough to make me wish I could eat gluten.  Congratulations to Editor Carrie Denny and her team on a fantastic issue and thank you for the lovely feature!

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…

Chef's Dinner for PAWS

On Monday June 27 forty of the area’s top chefs gathered for the 7th Annual Chef’s Dinner for PAWS. This wonderful event raised over $230,000 for Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society and was such a great time for both attendees and the chefs! Sullivan Owen floral & event design was asked to participate in this prestigious event and we were lucky enough to design for two of the superstar chefs!

We designed a custom table linen and two large floral designs for Delilah’s. The bold juicy colors and wild designs were the perfect complement to the delicious appetizers prepared by Chef Stuart Pellegrino.  There were brightly colored orchids scattered on the table to finish the design off. Delilah’s is a world renowned gentlemen’s club and steakhouse so it was important that we capture both the style and beauty that Delilah’s is known for.  We got a ton of compliments on the table design and had so much fun working on it!

Sullivan Owen floral & event design was asked to participate in this prestigious event and we were lucky enough to design for two of the superstar chefs!

We also designed a dinner table for Chef Quincy Logan of Union Trust-Philadelphia’s Steakhouse. If you haven’t eaten at Union Trust you should hurry up and make a reservation because Quincy is immensely talented and the restaurant boasts stunning architecture and interior design. Housed in a the former Federal Reserve Bank for the Union during the Civil War the restaurant has been both meticulously restored as well as updated for an unparalleled dining experience.

I was fortunate to be fed an “inspirational” dinner before designing the Union Trust table and I LOVED everything I ate at the restaurant. Quincy uses ingredients grown in our local area, even some of the steaks come from a local farm and so we decided to use only locally grown ingredients in our design. We used organic and locally grown flowers, herbs and wheat grass from Bucks County, Lancaster and New Jersey. We featured locally grown veggies as part of the design and even used local beeswax for our custom made candles. The concept of the design was a modern take on the local and organic movement.  The table came out beautifully and I’m proud that my inspiration came from the exceptional food Union Trust is known for and that we used locally grown ingredients!

We loved participating in such a worthwhile event for an important cause.  You can learn about the many ways you can help PAWS here.

PAWS Preview

Just dropping by with a quick post since we are zooming around the studio and singing at the top of our lungs while finishing a bunch of designs to take over to the Union League for the 7th Annual Chef’s Dinner for PAWS.  This is a fabulous event for such a wonderful cause, we were super excited to be asked to participate!

We’re providing florals and décor for several of the chef’s stations but  for now here’s a sneak peek of some of the gorgeous blooms that will be making an appearance tonight…

Around the Studio

Busy times but I’m popping by with another Around the Studio post to share what’s been going on.

First up is a sneak peek at our bride Kerri’s bouquet from her wedding on 5/29. Our bridal bouquets get their own supersized version of our signature faux bois packaging that our delivery clients love so much. I also included a note of congratulations on our custom stationary. Kerri looked truly stunning and the wedding was a smashing success, I can’t wait to see the photos! Wait till you see the bridesmaid's bouquets...

The studio is feeling quite tropical this week (no central AC) so we’ve got these gorgeous Protea & Saracena hangin’ in the window, they don’t mind the soaring temps.

We came back from the holiday weekend to a flurry of orders. At Sullivan Owen we really pride ourselves on being able to design for any sentiment in a tasteful and beautiful way no matter the occasion.

And finally, our pal and sometime intern Sammi graduated with a BFA from University of Delaware this weekend so T.O. and I went to check out her amazing paintings. Sammi has an amazing eye for color and her series of fish and plastics were the highlight of the graduate show in my humble opinion.

Around the Studio

It’s been so busy around the studio we have lots of stuff to share.

We have some really gorgeous flowers in the studio this week, we had several orders over the weekend and today we just finished a series of corporate thank you gifts heading out tomorrow.  Our white and green palette is still going strong but with the addition of some really lovely ivory shades and tons of great texture from lime green coxcomb, that’s the brain looking one along with nigella, single petal spray roses and big fat tree peony.

Last week I met with the ladies of Two Little Birds Planning just to get to know each other. If you are in need of Wedding planning and coordination, check them out.

We also got our fabulous new energy efficient walk in cooler, of course it’s already loaded up with blooms for this week. It’s so big, we might have staff meetings in there during the summer.

This weekend we had a little team outing to the Art Star Craft Bazaar, an annual event for artists and crafters down at Penn’s Landing. Despite the rain, it was a great time and I picked up several pieces for the studio.

I bought three photos from James Singewald, his photos are simply stunning. He takes photos of Philadelphia and Baltimore.  I loved his work and hope to get more.  I love Philadelphia and any art associated with the city. I plan on hanging these 3 together.

I bought two pieces from Mikel Robinson. His mixed media pieces were pretty popular while I was at his booth and I was happy to get these two pieces.

I also bought this fun print from local favorites Two Paperdolls. They do fabulous work especially with wedding invitations suites so check them out.  With my love for Philly I couldn’t resist this beautiful take on the Love sculpture in Love Park.

Flossie the Flamingo

Today a very exciting package arrived!

Flossie the Flamingo made it safely to the studio via First Class UPS accommodations.  I know, I know,  I can feel the question forming already. What on earth is that and why are you excited about it? Read on for the exciting life and times of Flossie the Flamingo…

Flossie was commissioned by a co-worker of my fatherBob Sullivan back in 1979. The artist was an unknown duck decoy maker in Vermont. Upon her arrival at the offices of Geer Dubois in Midtown Manhattan her new owner was less than pleased with her citing her unusual proportions. Fortunately my father sensed something special and Flossie joined him as co-creative director while they crafted advertising campaigns for Mercedes-Benz and Barnes & Noble. They shared a 45th floor office overlooking the United Nations.  It was in that office at age 3 that I met Flossie and I’ve loved her ever since.

Eager for new challenges Flossie and my father moved on to Ogilvy & Mather on 5th Avenue, Flossie particularly liked working on General Foods! That was followed by the sweet years at D’Arcy-Macmanus on Madison Avenue working on Milky Way, Mars Bar and Twix but big changes were afoot with Advertising in the 80's.  Flossie says it wasn't exactly an episode of Mad Men.

My father and Flossie moved to Houston where she became a housebird for many years choosing to work on her various charitable causes. She has thoroughly enjoyed the warmer climate and has spent many years in Houston and Dallas.

Now Flossie will live at my studio. She’s a true family heirloom and a great piece of American Folk Art. Be sure to say hi to her when you stop by the studio.

You can see more of my father's work here at

Here's a great site that helped us recycle those first class packing peanuts.

Utterly Engaged

When I first launched Sullivan Owen floral & event design it was very important to me that I connect with like-minded collaborators who shared my aesthetic and passion for incredible design so I was super excited when Beka & Kimberly of Styled Creative came to visit the studio just a few weeks after we opened!

In our first meeting we realized that we had tons in common and they mentioned a photo shoot they working on for Utterly Engaged with the super talented Alison Conklin. I offered to do some floral designs to support their concept and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the way everything turned out.

Be sure to check out the feature on page 142 Issue 15 of Utterly Engaged here

All images by Alison Conklin, designed & styled by Styled Creative with floral design by Sullivan Owen

We designed a lush bridal bouquet that was both sweet and spiky with peony, spray rose, ranunculus and thistle.

I was inspired by the details of the gorgeous gowns and accessories so I made a custom bouquet bracelet of pearls and chain to complement the pleated ribbon bouquet handle.

This is by far one of the most creative ways I’ve seen to display boutonnieres! The subtly glittered quince one on the right was my favorite.

Sigh, we had so much fun with these designs.  It’s too soon to be pining for French Anemones that won’t be back till November…I’ll just have to sustain myself with the local peony that just started coming in.

All images by Alison Conklin, designed & styled by Styled Creative with floral design by Sullivan Owen

(good) Friday

Happy Earth Day, it's been an amazing week here! I can’t possibly spill all the details in one brief Friday blog post but I’ll try:

I had a fantastic photo shoot at Brides Magazine in NYC, more on that after it’s published in June

We did some lovely flowers for Easter and Passover, this is what I’m taking to a Seder tonight!

We were featured on the Lithe blog Fit Hip Healthy! I’ve been taking the Lithe Immersion series this month and it’s so great and super effective, I can’t wait to continue with classes.  I need to be in tip top shape for the busy wedding season we have in front of us. I'll be doing a post about my Lithe experience next week.

We entered the Modern Tablescape Challenge on Brooklyn Bride and our Modern Folk table was featured today.  Finger's crossed for when they announce the winner next week!

And finally, I got to try the Neapolitan cupcake from Sweet Freedom, it’s been tempting me from their Facebook page all week and when I was there today to pick up some stuff for Seder I couldn’t resist.

Have a lovely weekend all!

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!


This past Friday we received an order from... (drumroll please)

Martha Stewart and Kevin Sharkey!

Martha and Kevin sent flowers to a dear friend of theirs out in the Main Line and they chose our studio!

I did a simple and chic arrangement, not using too many different blooms in a leaf lined vase.  It was such a great honor and their friend loved both the flowers and Martha and Kevin's sweet gesture.

Thanks Martha and Kevin!

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