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The Chapel Designers got on the bus and went over to the Bronx we went…

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

It was Day 2 for the Chapel Designers and today was a day I’ve been asking Holly about since the first time I met David Beahm at his offices in NYC. It’s quite a beautiful office but as a designer I know that all floral and decor designers have a place were they  produce and get ready to create their designs…. and that’s were I wanted to go. I’ve been asking to go to David Beahm’s warehouse for the last two years… and Day 2 with the Chapel Designers was the day I have been eagerly awaiting for a long time.

So we got on the bus and went over to the Bronx. Not only did I get a tour of David Beahm’s warehouse, he explained large scale design but I also got to learn how Karen Tran puts together her amazing tall and lush designs along with learning how to create one of Francoise Week’s amazing woodland bouquets.

David Beahm

David Beahm up on the ladder explaining all about large scale design, ensuring the designs are safe and also how to make them. I have to say I love David Beahm, he is an out of this world designer and the best part…has no ego. Not only is he confident of his work and his designs but he also goes thru the same trials and tribulations that all business owners do. He is no different and he was candid enough to share it with us.


Large scale design by David Beahm…. it’s a 20′ long statement piece of cherry blossoms, hyacinths, roses and calla lilies. Words cannot describe how magnificent this piece was in person. It took three designers close to 5 hours to create and around 20 bales of cherry blossoms.  The scent reminded me of spring.


I have to say Michael and Vanessa deserve a medal for THE best hosts in all of NYC. New Yorkers are quite nice. They truly love their city… Vanessa and Michael, a husband and wife team that own Verde Flowers are the epitome of hard work, dedication and working hard to live your dream. Their shop flooded with four feet of water during hurricane Sandy.  They rebuilt and their shop is absolutely beautiful. I felt it was incredibly moving that Vanessa made it a point to bring her child to work (she even has a dedicated room for her son) in her shop. Vanessa and Michael… I had a wonderful time meeting both of you. Thank you for opening your shop to all 60 of us!

Flowers by VErde Flowers

Not only are Vanessa and Michael amazing hosts…. look at the arrangements they can create. This picture doesn’t do this beauty justice.

While rotating design stations after lunch I got the chance to create a woodlands bouquet with Francoise Weeks.

Woodlands Green and BouquetI went for the ombre effect with green dianthus, muscari, green hellebores, astarantia, seeded eucalyptus, green moss and whites…. fringe tulips, white clematis vine, and a few ranunculus.


And then there was Karen Tran, after a long day of learning I got to learn from the one and only Karen Tran. She created one of her iconic tablescapes. I was amazed to learn how petite Karen is and how quickly she can move, lift her arrangements like nobody’s business and do it all with grace… she even thought us how not to mess up your manicure! She has quite a bit of tricks up her sleeve and I do have to say…  she is quite the smart businesswoman too.

Photo Credit for all the amazing images goes to by Genevieve Leiper . All the ones that are a little blurry…. that would be by me.

I’m crazy for compotes too…

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Earlier last week Martha Stewart Bride’s Guide posted a “Crazy for Compotes” blog post. Well, I’m crazy for compotes too. So crazy that I have created compote designs for 80% of my wedding clients this year, social and a few corporate ones too. Compotes elevate a floral design and it’s a great way to use cut glass, milk glass, grandma’s vintage pieces and maybe a few plastic pieces too that look like the real ceramic.

Here are a few of my favorite designs that will be making a debut at a wedding this summer and fall.


White Zinnias, White dahlias, privet berrie leaves, privet berries, white astarantia, queen anne’s lace in a white milk glass compote

Yellow zinnias, olive leaves, white wax flowers, queen anne’s lace, orange aslepia, astilbe and grass on a white milk glass compote

This is one of our designs for an upcoming fall wedding, orange unique roses, scabiosa pods, orange ranunculus, fall foliage, orange spray roses, red hypericim berries and seeded eucalyptus on a footed black compote.

But guess what? I have some friends… actually some Chapel Designers who are crazy about compotes too. Isha Foss, from Isha Foss Events had the idea that we all shared our compote designs today. So here are some sites you should also visit for added inspiration today! Just click on the company names below to see some beautiful designs.

Isha Foss Events

Alluring Blooms

Floral Verde LLC 

Flirty Fleurs

Celebration Florals

Holly Heider Chapple Flowers


Petals & Hedges

Bare Root Flora

Loda Floral Design

True Florette Floral Design

Courtenay Lambert Florals

Grapevine Floral Company 

Modern Day Floral 

Sebestia Designs 

Meeting Ariella Chezar ~ Part Three of my trip to NYC

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

As a floral designer I can say last week I met with my old flower sisters and got to connect with some new ones. One of the highlights of last week was getting to meet and take two floral classes with the fairy god mother of many floral designers, Ariella Chezar.  After a crazy cab ride to get to the Flower School of NYC on time I took my spot and afterwards we got to meet our lovely instructor for the day.


Ariella was everything that I expected and more. She was gracious, with a very calm personality and soft spoken. She was also willing to share all her sources and answer the group’s questions; and when I say questions she answered everything from “Where do you get the ribbons for your bouquets?” to… “How old are you?”

The first class I took was a hand tied bouquet class. We used light pink wax flowers, dusty miller, carnations, white freesia, white anemones with green centers, ranunculus, quicksand roses, passion vine, hellebores, jasmine vine, parrot tulips and dusty miller.

My lovely bouquet…. thank you Holly for holding it!

Ariella’s Bouquet, love the passion vine!

After an amazing lunch in the afternoon at La Grenouille (thanks to Eileen who got us a reservation at the last minute) we came back for an afternoon class on the art of the compote.



I have to finish by saying that Eileen Johnson who started the Flower School of NYC is a lovely lady. She had lots of great advice and made us feel welcome. In addition, I loved how she offered champagne, scones and macaroons while we designed away. I highly recommend the school to anyone looking to take a floral class.

New York, New York!

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Earlier this week I spent three days in New York City with eighteen other women. We were brought together by the master mind and ring leader Holly Chapple from Holly Heider Chapple Flowers in Virginia. You may have seen Holly’s bouquets in Martha Stewart, Style Me Pretty and countless of blogs. She put out a tweet that changed my life as I knew it last Saturday. She was putting together a trip to NYC for floral designers called Chapel Designers because we are all event florist servicing the events industry but mostly weddings, she asked in her little tweet… “Who is interested in attending”. I quickly answered “ME”. It was  a small trip to visit suppliers, take a trip to the floral market in NYC and meet with David Beahm. It ended up being so much more than that.

The rest of the Chapel Designers are:
Alicia of Bella Fiori from Colorado

Alicia of AJ Florals, Maryland

Cori of  Moss Fine Floral of Illinois

Katie of Inspired Floral Design from Kentucky

Courtenay of Courtenay Lambert Florals, Kentucky

Isha of Isha Foss Events, Virginia

Janice of Precious Pear, Vancouver, British Columbia

Jenn of Modern Day Floral, Michigan

Kristin a freelance designer, Virginia

Laura of Loda Floral Designs, Virginia

Liz of Fleur:ology, Oregon

Robin of freelancer in Ohio

Samantha of SM Greenfield Designs In Floral Artistry, Virginia

Trish of Grapevine Floral Company, Illinois

Yasmin of Events Are Us, Washington D.C.

Casey from Holly Heider Chapple Flowers

and of course, yours truly!!! of Exquisite Weddings, Illinois

That first night, we picked up right were our tweets left off. We had a lot of candid conversations, a little venting and of course we introduced ourselves in an informal setting. If you are looking to learn more about each designer, Alicia who writes Flirty Fleurs is writing a blog post about each designer. You can see pictures from our first night from our resident photographer (who happens to be a planner!) Vicky from My Simple Details in Washington DC.

Tomorrow on the blog a trip into the New York City Floral Market.

I’m off to New York City…

Friday, March 4th, 2011

I’ll be taking a trip to New York City next week. I’m meeting with a few designers from all over the United States on a little designers trip named Chapel Designers. The trip was put together by my twitter friend Holly Chappele from Holly Chapple Flowers out east. We will be meeting with David Beahm who is a major designer in NYC. In addition, to designing, I will be taking a trip to the NYC floral market and doing a little shopping for my current clients who would like a few different items for their weddings from what is currently available in Chicago.

Stay tuned next week while we blog about our trip and meet some of the other amazing designers attending.