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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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  2. Edited for misanthropy
  3. Edited for being nihilistic
  4. Edited for general bitchiness

 (Edited by Bridget our web content controller and general happiness enforcer)

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

Winter Wedding-Brides Magazine

This stunning winter wedding we designed last January photographed by the amazing Alison Conklin was featured in Brides Magazine. I'm so happy to finally share her amazing photos and the hard work of all the talented vendors that made this wedding so gorgeous. Bridget & Tom celebrated their one year anniversary just yesterday the 26th! Bridget joined the Sullivan Owen team in November working with me and our brides. She'll be writing a few upcoming posts about the process of working with your designer and putting together all the details that make a wedding your own. Enjoy!

photographer: Alison Conklin, event design: The Bride,  Mother of the Bride and Sullivan Owen, floral design: Sullivan Owen, Paper: Loveleigh, Custom Illustration: Meg Hunt, Cake: Tartes fine cakes & pastries, Hair:Zaneta Leszczynska from Studio CL , Makeup:Nives Riddle and Dawn Episcopo , Venue: terrain at Styer's

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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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Champagne-Palette-Sullivan-Owen-Philadelphia-Florist-2014
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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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Food & Flowers

Each year since opening, I take the team out for a holiday dinner. We try to go someplace fabulous and someplace none of us has ever been. This year, my girlfriends took me out to Zahav for a belated birthday dinner and I loved it so much that I took the team back the NEXT night for our 2013 celebration! There were so many things on the menu I didn’t get to try, and I selfishly just wanted another Desert Rose cocktail since it’s one of my favorite colors.

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Desert-Rose-Cocktail-Zahav

We ate ourselves silly and had a fantastic time. We talked about how similar today’s floral designers are to chefs; we're both always seeking the most interesting and outstanding ingredients for our creations. Now that we’re back in the studio, I made this design for Chef Solomonov and his team to say thanks. The earthenware pot looks like it might have come from an old souk. The sunset colors always make me think of the desert.

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Sullivan-Owen-Philadelphia-Florist-Sunset-Inspiration-Poppies

I enjoyed finding inspiration on a plate—a place I’ve never looked before—and I’d like to do more of these posts in the future. What restaurants in Philly should we try next?

xo,

SO

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

Green Wedding Shoes

It was a pleasure to work on this lovely Nautical shoot with Confetti & CoGeorge Weiss III and my BVF's (best vendor friends) Maggpie Vintage Rentals in their amazing new Port Richmond warehouse. See the full feature here and be sure to check out all the talented vendors. Confetti & Co is one of my new favorite planners to work with, be sure to check Sara and company out as 2014 is sure to book up quickly! ' 

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chalk anchor and flower "barnacles" by Sullivan Owen

Philadelphia Wedding

The new Fall/Winter issue of Philadelphia Wedding was just published and I'm thrilled to share our two gorgeous features. The first is our vibrant and fun color themed wedding at terrain.

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Sullivan-Owen-Philadelphia-Wedding-Feature-Terrain

This wedding was also featured on Green Wedding Shoes

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The second story features a wild and textural non-floral centerpiece. Normally I don't get excited about a non floral centerpiece because they sometimes feel too DIY to me. They are not what you would go to a professional designer for in my opinion but I think I've found my way. My take on the traditional "dish garden" is a nice update, it still feels like a piece that was designed and is just as much in my style and aesthetic as a bowl bursting with flowers. I could see this being stunning in the fall or winter and all the plants were able to be planted after the fact. 

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Philadelphia-Wedding-Fall-2013-Coverjpg

Cinematic Inspiration-Michael & Apollonia

This post started with a tweet by Anthony BourdainHe was shooting his show 'Parts Unknown" in Savoca, Sicily aka "Corleone" in The Godfather movie last week and tweeted a photo of the church where Michael Corleone & Apollonia Vitelli were married in The Godfather. I was reminded of how much I loved that wedding and started looking at scenes and stills from the movie. The floral palette is inspired more by the buildings and landscape then the actual scenes from the wedding. I used a rough planter that felt like an old frescoed wall and the oak leaf hydrangea and giant magnolia look tea stained, rustic and elegant to make a bouquet for the fictional Apollonia and a centerpiece for their reception at her father's Bar Vitelli. 

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I hope to do more of these posts in the future, are there any cinematic weddings you'd like to see re-imagined?

Blogshop Philly

We had an absolute blast designing & styling the studio space for blogshop in Philadelphia. blogshop is a 2 day Photoshop bootcamp for bloggers taught by Bri & Angela of designlovefest and angela & ithyle. Here are a few images from the day by Angela and you can see the whole post here on designlovefest. To see where blogshop is headed next visit iheartblogshop.com

A huge thanks to Maggpie Vintage Rentals for pulling together some great pieces and working with me on the vignettes and thanks to BHLDN for the poms and garlands! See Bri's post for all the other contributors

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PS-the fresh floral backdrop has been a huge hit, I've already designed about 20 new versions so if you are interested in having it at your event please get in touch!

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Produce Inspiration

I'm blogging about my European adventures pretty haphazardly. You can see what my first day in Amsterdam was like here but today I'm sharing my day at the Rungis Market outside of Paris. I wrote that when I thought I would do a daily blog post but I couldn't keep up.

If you haven't followed along about a month ago I went to Amsterdam and Paris with a group from Flower School where I also teach. The progression of the trip was excellent, we saw flower fields, the auction and met some exporters and did a workshop with Matthew Robbins inspired by Vermeer. Then we all headed to Paris for it's magical architecture, curated flower shops and design time with master florist Christian Tortu. Christian took us shopping at Rungis Market for the elements we would use in our designs with him. The flowers were beautiful but nothing too unusual except the African and tropical imports which were amazing. Most of the blooms were what we see here and in NY so I didn't take many photos. Christian's work is very varied and he was looking for unexpected elements so he brought us over to the produce building and it was amazing. These were my favorite photos from the trip because they are so graphic and I loved the merchandising and packaging of all these items we think of as commodities. They were treated just like jewels. I could definitely imagine summer dinner parties with tablescapes of produce or using these images to create color palettes for clients. Do you have a favorite non-floral element you like to design with?

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Sullivan Owen for bhldn

Right before I left for my mind blowing trip to Europe I collaborated with Philadelphia based bhldn to create 5 floral designs to inspire 5 distinctive wedding collections from gown to table cards. Here are the floral designs along with the inspiration boards. You can see the feature here and shop each collection by clicking the collection link below each board.

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 This was truly a dream project to work on!click here to shop the Garden Party collection

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bhldn flower guide

When bhldn approached me about working on a floral guide I couldn't have been happier. Though there are numerous guides on the internet they often contain incorrect names, nicknames and misinformation about various flowers so it was nice to work on a guide with not just beautiful flowers but to start a resource based on the best information we could find. You can see the guide with my spring and early summer selections here...

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bhldn interview

Working with the entire bhldn creative team was a complete honor and so much fun. They noticed how much I love to talk about flowers (and talk, and talk and talk) so they did an interview with me as well! You can read it here...

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Sullivan-Owen-BHLDN-Interview

Tornado Relief

The tragedy taking place in Oklahoma is heartbreaking. Whenever disaster strikes I find myself wanting to help but I am always unsure of how to do so when life also has to carry on. I'll be donating 20% of our sales on all delivery or pickup floral orders from now until June 14th, 2013.  You can place your orders either by phone 215 964 9790 or using the online order form link below. Our hearts go out to all the victims!

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