Monday, May 31, 2010

A recent wedding

The wedding season is in full force. We've been busy every weekend since April and there's no end in sight. Every weekend has a wedding, multiple weddings and or and event thrown in.

I'm looking forward to the the photos I should be able to get from the photographers. In the mean time, I've posted a couple of shots from one of three weddings Mother's Day weekend. These were shots we took in our shop. I loved Lauren's choices, peony, stephanotis, hydrangea and LOTS of swarovski crystal. Always a great choice for the bride going for a feminine and old garden look.

We have some great weddings scheduled for this summer and fall. We're definitely ready for the beautiful flowers and creative opportunities ahead of us.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Something Blue Collective

I remember hearing a line in an American Express commercial ... membership has it's privileges. For some reason that has always stuck in my head- maybe because the line can be taken many ways. At the time I guess I thought -Gee, if I have an American Express card somehow I must be special. Well, I have an American Express card, and I have had it for a while, and I can't say I feel any more special than when I didn't have it. It's just a card I have and I rarely use it.

In the past year I have had the opportunity to have membership in a couple of things that have made me feel special. The first was my certification as a Certified Floral Designer with the American Institute of Floral Designers. I have been working towards this goal for a while. I achieved the first part of my goal last summer. This July, I plan to achieve the second half.

The next membership I feel truly privileged to be a part of is the Something Blue Collective. Recently, I received an invitation to become a member. This group includes a limited variety of vendors who are truly passionate about their art and business. I list the art and business as two things because to me, they are similar but not the same. My art is floral design. My business is successfully continuing to keep my art in a positive state of existence. Being sure people are aware of its' existence, consistently producing an excellent product, providing excellent client service and being sure I keep my creative support team employed. It is a huge responsibility.

The Something Blue Collective is a group of local vendors with links to the wedding and event industry. Members include, photographers, event planners, caterers, floral designers, attire, etc. It is an amazing group of individuals all truly passionate about their art and business. If you go to the website, you can get a glimpse of some of the best local talents in the business of weddings and events. I am honored to be considered a member.

Just this past weekend, IC Video shot the info segment for Lavender Hill. Along with video, the team from Deanna Kaye Photography shot images to blend with the video. I was definitely nervous about doing the video. We had a busy weekend with three weddings and Mother's Day and I did not have much sleep. I'm not shy about talking, in any way shape or form. To be honest, I was more worried about giant bags showing under my eyes. Worrying about my hands flying about while I was speaking-- I tend to be very animated while I speak and my hands tend to join in on my conversation. And of all things, I wanted to be sure and articulate the things I felt were important to include in the three minute video. I know the video will be wonderful- just viewing the other member's videos verifies that. But I'm still a little nervous about seeing it. Things were just a little busy in the shop and the video and photo crew was incredibly patient. Getting to experience their professionalism, see the amazing equipment they use and how well they blended their two arts was really wonderful. This alone made me again so very happy to be a part of this group.

Check back for the video. In the mean time, check out the website and take the time to view the other member's video. Go to their website and learn more about what they have to offer. You will very glad you did.