This is a third blog post in a series documenting my recent trip to New York City. You can read the first and second series by clicking on the links.
While we were at the NYC floral market quietly David and Jeremy from David Beahm Design were quietly purchasing florals that caught the designers’ eyes. For one designer it might have been a bunch of yellow parrot tulips, for another designer coral double (or peonie) tulips, or the anemones (they were gigantic at the floral market in nyc) for someone else it might have been double white lisianthus (that they couldn’t get of that quality back home), for another designer it was mimosa that really caught her attention, for me it was the green hellebores. I had only worked with it once and I definitely wanted to work with it again. After we visited the floral market with David Beahm and his lead designer Jeremy (Have I mentioned how nice these two guys are? They are awesome) we went to their office, unpacked the flowers and we talked about the care of flowers. Jeremy gave us some great tips and David reminded us of the correct way to cut stems so they drink lots of water while keeping bacteria at bay. Basics that every designer should know… but it was certainly a good reminder, and of course he also taught us a few tricks!
Look at all this nice floral product!
Jeremy kicks off the designing!
Show stopping Tall Arrangement created by David and Jeremy
We had a lovely lunch provided by Liana Rae Private Chef and Boutique Caterer. If you are having a small intimate party out in NYC I highly recommend her. This was lunch, I can’t even begin to imagine what she would create for dinner. The food was absolutely delicious.
Afterwards the real fun began. Holly and Jeremy began arranging 8″ rectangular glass vases with florals. They created three different arrangements on their own, and then asked us to pick some of the florals that they had purchased and create a design of our own. I choose that green hellebores that caught my eye and “borrowed” some of those yellow parrot tulips along with a few stems of yellow mimosa to create the arrangement below.
Green Hellebores, Dusty Miller, Mimosa and
Yellow Parrot Tulips Created by ME!!!
All designers came up with different designs. Some full of color, others contemporary and sleek. Others used organic elements like tree bark or steel grass to complete their designs. It was a great way to see everyone’s different styles. Clearly, we were all so very different in our designs but we shared one thing in common…. our love of flowers.
Cascading Bouquet of Hot Pink Tulips, Scabiosa and
Hot Pink Sweetpeas Created by Jeremy
Hand Tied Bouquet of Red and White Roses, Yellow Parrot Tulips
and Mimosa Created by Holly Chapple
Afterwards, we got to split in teams of two and were given a random celebrity name to design for…. some of them male actors! David was not going to let us go easy on this one. Others got famous authors or singers. Which was a tad different from the usual, but it certainly made it for an interesting challenge. Once again, I was in awe of what the other designers created. So very different, yet all so lovely.
Design Challenge ~ Light Blue Hydrangeas, Blue Anemones, Lilacs,
Jasmine Vine, Scabiosa and Purple Sweetpeas Created by Janice from Precious Pear and myself
After we cleaned up, David treated us to a session he had given before. He also shared with us how he stated in the business and was honest about what it takes to survive in this business. Hard work.
It was a wonderful day, we got to top it off with a glass of bubbly. Thanks to Holly, Jeremy and David for such an amazing day! We were also invited by David to a party hosted by 100 Layer Cake and Elan Artists at the hip Ace Hotel!
Tomorrow on the blog … The Martha Stewart Show, our unexpected invitation to tour the corporate offices by the woman herself, shopping at MJ Trim and a visit to Ovando!