Sunday, July 30, 2006

Photos ??!!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

I'm a computer eejit

I do flowers not computers.. let's see if the photos load this time.

Finally some photos

Proof we were really where we said we were for a whole week!

The first photo is Cary's maiden flight. Next is Cary, [customer service fairy] and Kelly [designer goddess] learning new tricks on the computer..I'll bet they surfed the internet while in class too. Then there's Kim [office goddess and computer guru] I know she checked out the internet and stock prices while in class--what a nerd!

We're back from out trip!!

Well, we're back from our trip and it was wonderful !!

Cary survived her first time flying and we have photos to prove it as you'll see.

We had great accomodations at the Marriott Suites in Downers Grove. The room was amazing, the bed wonderful and the whole experience worth the trip. Thanks FTD for picking up that tab. We met wome wonderful florists from California, Seattle, Ohio, Kansas and Canada. We have some silly shots from the FTD headquarters. The guy in our one photo is Rafael, from Fremont Flowers. He is their Office Guru and was also at FTD to learn more about the computer system. Overall, we did learn more shortcuts and felt like mini-Einsteins by the end of class.

After all of the classes were completed, we were off to Downtown. Yippee !!!!
We checked into the Westin..fabulous.. and went out to eat. We consumed lots of calamari during this trip, no squid were safe with us around. Eating was a priority lots of chocolate, Greek Food, Italian Food and good old Johnny Rockets cheeseburgers. We've all decided, we do not like Starbucks coffee.

We did get a chance to be tourists while in town. We explored Michigan Ave. checked out the Bentley dealership..the cars were amazing, Ferrari, Bentleys, Mercedes- the new one with the doors that slide up, now that was a beautiful car.. but no pictures of them. They do not allow photos in the dealership. Anyway, we took some interesting photos of the Tribune building with the stones inserted from around the world, very interesting. In certain spots, the Chicago river looked almost like being in Venice. There were flowers everywhere !!! [we loved that] Even down the center of Michigan Ave. in certain areas. I was even able to meet up with my brother Michael while in town. Yes, the famous actor Michael Weber, met with us and kept us laughing.

As for shopping at the Mart.. WE SHOPPED !! We have some wonderful products coming in for the fall season. It looked like things will still be traditional colors for the holiday season.

We have lots of new things that will be available for rent for weddings and parties. We have beautiful jewelry, home decor gifts, and a few more surprises. We can't tell you everything yet !! Besides we want to be sure everything arrives as expected.

We've also developed some new products and ideas that we'll launch for the early fall season. We'll be sure to reveal them here first.. so keep checking back.

Well, I have to get some work done. Check back for more photos.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

The clock is ticking....

Well, 3 weddings done, one party left to go. We're all so excite about our trip. Everyone is starting to pack. I won't start until tomorrow.

We're making our list and checking it twice..we don't want to forget anything. At least we know there's a pool at our first hotel and a hot tub too!! EXCITING...

Downtown no pool..just a fabulous address and view.

Well, I've lots to do.. so I must go. I'll hopefully have some photos from the Golden Boy event at Caesar's.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

So much to Do !!!

We have been busy bees here at 'The Hill'... we have 3 weddings this weekend, and the Golden Boy event at Caesar's on Sunday. Yes, I've got to come in on Sunday. But as my reward for Sunday and no day off -is Monday and a plane ticket to Chicago with my name on it !!

We are so excited about this trip. One, it's Chicago!! A beautiful place, great food, shopping and the King Tut exhibit too! I don't know if we'll be able to fit in the King but I know we'll shop 'til we drop.

This is Cary's first time on a plane. She's excited and a little nervous. She'll be fine. Before she finishes that bag of peanuts and coke she'll be landing.

We'll have computer classes for 3 days and then off to downtown to shop. We've already got a game plan to hit the ground running. Inhale breakfast,then catch the trolly to the Mart. We'll make our notes and split up and conquer. Lots of note making and catalog snatching.

We'll be announcing our latest "Wedding Flowers" project. We've been revamping our "Market Buy" option for brides and streamlined it to be more specific. We'll make our announcement when we return from our trip. I know it will be a hit because of what we're offering, the price tag, and of course- the packaging. We hope our Brides will like it as much as we do.

Well, it's time to go. We'll post while on our trip and we promise lots of photos. And of course.. what happens in Chicago may wind up on the internet, so of course we'll behave.
Gotta go..

Sunday, July 02, 2006

A Contemporary Chocolate Wedding

Well, I had the opportunity to work with a wonderful couple from Colorado this weekend.
Emily and Timon got married at Garden Court on Saturday. They braved the sweltering heat and married outside in the rose garden.

Both being very much into nature, they chose a very natural and chic theme.. Chocolate, one of my favorite colors and of course, things to eat!

Although as usual, I don't have any photos of the bride at this time, I do have some decor shots.

The linens were chocolate tablecloths with white chair covers and chocolate chair ties. The table decor varied between rooms. Some tables had various glass cylinders with floating candles, grasses, reeds and the bride's focus flower, calla lily. Other tables donned simple trees fashioned from iron. They too, had candles, hanging in the trees and on the table's surface along with polished rocks. There are a few shots of the attendant's bouquet [bundled callas]. The bride's bouquet was an 'armature' of reeds, berries and calla lily, an unusual styling that truly fit her individual personality. I'm sure it looked great with her halter styled dress.

Their photographer was wonderful. They travelled from Ft. Wayne, IN to shoot the wedding. I will be sure to post their website in a day or two. Their portfolio was amazing! I'm looking forward to seeing how they shot Emily and Timon.

Our trip to Chicago will be coming up soon. I realized I posted that we were going in June instead of July.. I guess I'm really excited about going. Of course I am, who wouldn't be? It's Chicago !!

Anyway, enjoy the photos I will definitely post more. We were very busy setting up everything and unfortunately that's why I don't have more of the bride and attendant. Kelly, Derrick, Nick and I were very busy.. and that's an understatement.