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What clients are saying...

 

Instead of hearing from me today I'm going to share some of the kind words our happy clients have sent in the last few months.

“I wanted to quickly say thank you for your truly gorgeous flower arrangements on our wedding day! I can't tell you how many compliments we got on the arrangements, my bouquet and the banister design. It was hard for me to put my bouquet down; it completed my dress! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. We are so lucky to have found you at the eleventh hour.

I should also say that I absolutely love to garden and have always loved flowers, but your unique arrangements, and eye for detail and color and design, have truly made me fall in love with flowers all over again. You have such a talent for taking a single bloom and transforming it into something quite different--something brighter, softer, sweeter. How sad to think that before my wedding day I never saw a garden rose nestled against a tree peony nestled against a french anemone. They are so perfect together!”

R & J VA married October 30, 2011 at Cairnwood

“When I reflect on the more memorable aspects of our wedding, your flowers will stick with me for life. The bouquet you made for me was so far beyond my realm of expectations. You are amazing…”

CK married October 29, 2011 at Terrain

“I just wanted to thank you for the beautiful, remarkable work you did on the flowers for my wedding. I have heard from so many just how lovely all the designs were and I saw for myself just how exceptional your work can be.”

DB married September 4, 2011 at The Horticulture Center

“Thank you so much for making our special days so memorable. Everything was magnificent –from the bouquets to all the centerpieces.”

KR married September 29, 2011 at City Hall and reception October 9, 2011 at Terrain

“The flowers looked absolutely beautiful! You did an amazing job. Thank you so much. I got so many compliments on the arrangements. And I was in love with my bouquet. Everything was perfect!”

HW married October 22, 2011 at Greenfield Hall

“Thank you so much for designing the MOST gorgeous bouquets and floral arrangements for our wedding! The flowers were truly breathtaking and all of the décor came out beautifully. Thank you for going above and beyond to ensure that our vision for our day became a reality! We really enjoyed working with you!”

S & DL married September 4, 2011 at Terrain

“Thank you for your great work this weekend.  Our wedding turned out beautifully and your work was a big part of that!”

EH married October 15, 2011 at Terrain

“Just wanted to let you know that the florals were more than I could have imagined!!! Simply stunning!”

KJ married September 3, 2011 at Terrain

"We just wanted to send a note of thanks for the gorgeous floral arrangements you created for our wedding.  The arbor, the centerpieces, the boutonnieres, everything was gorgeous, unique and exactly what we had hoped for.  We were completely blown away by the colors and how lush and natural you made everything.  We did not want our arrangements to be the "typical" wedding decor, and you work was absolutely anything but,  It was absolutely perfect. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

S&F married October 29, 2011 at The Horticulture Center

Sneak Peek

This past weekend Sullivan Owen had 3 weddings and lucky us, one of the photographers already put a preview up on his blog! Otto Schulze is an incredibly talented photographer who has travelled the world shooting amazing weddings. The photos are incredible and capture how stunning this wedding really was. With details and styling by Styled Creative, film by Society Hill Studios, food and drink by Starr Events & Little Baby's Ice Cream and of course Sullivan Owen floral design, this wedding was spectacular all around! Click here to see more on Otto's blog ...

flowers in her hair...

We recently designed a few floral pieces for our gorgeous bride Katie. Katie requested a "Pippa" style hair piece that she could wear with her hair half up and the result is so beautiful. Katie also requested a show stopping piece for her too cute for words flower girl. It's impossible not to squeal when you see the photo of her!

Here are a few stunning photos from the always amazing Heidi of Our Labor of Love.

Appleford Open House

Appleford Estate is a gorgeous venue outside of Philadelphia. Starr Events is one of the caterers for Appleford and they recently hosted an Open House to introduce clients to their fabulous food & drink and they invited some of their favorite wedding professionals including Sullivan Owen to attend.

The evening was styled by our great friends Styled Creative, filmed by Cinema Cake and photographed by Sarah DiCicco.  We all had so much fun with Loveleigh Invitations, Little Baby's Ice Cream and Eventions. All florals by Sullivan Owen.

Pale Shades & Textures Wedding

Jess & Doug were recently married at PECHE at Sherman Mills. The beautiful venue was enhanced with  great details by Styled Creative and photographed by Love Me Do. The dozens of floral designs by Sullivan Owen featured gorgeous locally grown dinner plate dahlias, cockscomb, celosia, air plants and succulents and much more. I love the contrast of the soft and pretty flowers with the steel vases and concrete pots. We had so much fun working on these designs and we wish the best to Jess & Doug and their families!

floral design by Sullivan Owen, details & decor by Styled Creative, photography by Love Me Do

Purple & Rose Wedding

(labor) Day

If you caught the most recent Flower Files post, I featured a flower called Blushing Bride.  We’ve got brides on the brain ‘round here.

We helped 6 very unique brides celebrate their weddings Labor Day weekend, from simple flower crowns to a large scale hanging floral installation. I have to say that designing with each bride is by far my favorite part of the process.  I feel like I’m always in that design mode since we are either installing this week’s wedding or designing for next year’s bride!

We don’t have too many photos from all these weddings yet so here’s a few snippets for fun, from super subtle pale shades to bold purple & lime to wild & colorful it was impossible for us to choose a favorite.  The guests told us that these designs were the most beautiful they’ve ever seen and that’s what we strive for with each and every design. More photos coming soon…

Special Delivery

Today was a whirlwind of deliveries, here’s some of today’s designs.

Lea, one half of the dynamic duo that mans the very busy front desk at Urban’s corporate headquarters received this gorgeous design from her team mates. She’s always helping us get our deliveries to the right folks around the home office so we were happy to make her an extra special design on her birthday. Happy Birthday Lea!

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 Philly.com 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.

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…

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…

Love My Job

I know everyone has those days where they dislike their jobs but I’m totally in love with my job today. Actually most days I love what I do but today was really fun and sort of summarizes why I love this business and why I am so proud of the work that we do.

Today definitely didn’t get off to a glamorous start by any stretch, I was up earlier than the sun to hit the market for flowers for an extra special delivery and for our Early Summer Centerpiece class tomorrow night.  It’s so worth the sleep deprivation when you can walk away with this:

Yup, that’s a new Striped Tree Peony and it’s ah-mazing! My entire flower selection today was inspired by our VIP delivery to Johnny Weir!  He’s only an Olympic athlete and a runway model who designs his own costumes with a completely unique sense of style. No pressure, right?

So, drawing inspiration from my favorite source (Fashion) I pulled together blooms that range from dark & sophisticated like the almost black Peony to the splashy Striped Peony to accent blooms that can only be described as Muppet-like. It was one of my favorite designs, EVER! It’s really the perfect blend of style and quirk that we love to do and it’s why a Sullivan Owendesign stands out from the crowd in Philadelphia much like Johnny.

The order for Johnny was from his biggest fan in South Jersey since Johnny is in Philly at Macy’s Center City tonight for a fabulous style and shopping event. “B” wasn’t sure she could make the trip to Philly and wanted Johnny to know how much he means to her. “B” was such a pleasure to work with and her enthusiasm and support for Johnny really inspired me to design something spectacular. “B” gave me complete freedom to design and that is a testament to the excellent design work that we do and the outstanding client service we offer, the two pillars of Sullivan Owen floral & event design.

Of course, you don’t have to be a celeb to get beautiful flowers from us! Check out these other gorgeous orders we did today inspired by Johnny’s design each with their own little twists.

Friday

Despite the wacky weather this was a pretty great day at the studio.  We gave away free flowers to one of our lucky Facebook fans, Stacy.

We’ll be doing more contests soon so if you haven’t Liked us on Facebook, you really should. It’s the only way to find out about the awesome prizes.  The next prize is a free class at our Philadelphia Flower School.  I just posted the new schedule for this summer here.  The classes are going to be so much fun I don’t want to wait for them but such is the nature of flowers, sometimes it’s just not the season.

I’ll leave you with these pics from outside the Comcast Center, these are the most amazing Giant Allium I have ever seen.

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.

Woodsy and Wild

This weekend we designed a bridal bouquet, boutonnieres and clutches for Jillian and Kenneth's wedding.  Jillian requested earthy tones and did not want a typical white bridal bouquet.  She wanted a loose and natural feeling to her bouquet. Sullivan Owen designer Adriene made this lovely creation featuring lotus pods, magnolia foliage, ivy, seeded eucalyptus, green roses, freesia and more wrapped in a burlap ribbon.  The effect is truly stunning and Jillian didn't put her bouquet down all night!

The boutonnieres

The Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom were not left out with these sweet clutches

Congratulations Jillian and Kenneth, we loved designing for your wedding!

OMG!

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!

photo courtesy of www.marthastewart.com