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Working Designer Wednesday

May 7, 2014

How are you today? Many of you are deep into wedding season with a relentless schedule of weddings, events and consultations. I think of you often. I love watching your artistry and your successes. I feel for you when you experience the crushing weight of the stress in this business or when you suffer a disappointment. And I hope for you to take time occasionally to rest and recharge with your family and friends. Thank you for the inspiration you bring to me and others at Botanical Brouhaha every day.

Hope you have a few minutes to spare. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy a few of the flower things I’ve saved to share with you today…

1. Step-by-step instructions for creating a living picture at Sunset.


Thomas J. Story Photography

2. The $10 “Beer and Bouquet” special…at Stems and the Sycamore Bar in Brooklyn.


Nicole Franzen Photography

3.  How to make a nautilus shell out of commodore palm leaves…watch here.

4. Varieties that have caught my eye recently…

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Acidanthria (common name Peacock orchid) in a bouquet designed by Botanique (Jess Hunter Photography)

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‘Honeymoon’ tulips (bouquet by Mood Flowers)

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Pennisetum villosum (grown by Bathtub Gardens)

5. Fell instantly in love with the studio space of Fleurish Design Studio

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6. Presentation ideas…

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Art with Nature and Chris and Kristen Photography

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Shotgun Floral Design and Cooper Carras Photography

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Floressence and Tim Robison Creative

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Blush and Bloom and Mike Pochwat Photography

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Glorious Twelve (flower meanings attached)

7. Trend?

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HMR Designs and Nathaniel Edmunds Photography

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Karen Tran and Jennifer Dery Photography

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Details Details

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David Kurio Designs

8. Behind the scenes…

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L’Oasis Floral Design

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Amy Osaba

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Ashley Fox Designs

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Blossom Alliance (somebody has to anchor those things!)

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Hope your Wednesday is wonderful!



  1. Janet says:

    I have to get my hands on that Pennisetum villosum!


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