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In January, Erin and I had the privilege to attend Florabundance’s first annual floral design conference at Dos Pueblos Ranch in beautiful Santa Barbara. Its purpose was to bring together the industry’s top wedding and event designers, while providing workshops on inspirational design, the industry’s latest trends, social media expertise and more. Plus, sunshine and the ocean in the middle of the winter seemed like a no brainer!
The first morning, our group (99% women, of course!) was picked up by an antique trolley and carted to Florabundance’s warehouse. If you haven’t experienced the thrill of flying down Cali’s busy freeway in an open window trolley, we definitely recommend you do! Florabundance is a direct shipper of wholesaler cut florals located in the seaside town of Carpinteria where the mountains of the Los Padres National Forest meet the Pacific Ocean. We were able to get to know our peers while we toured their warehouse, which was stocked full of fresh and fragrant buds and blooms.
Next, we headed to our classroom, the spectacular Dos Pueblos Ranch. This barn-style wedding venue (among other things) consists of over 2,000 acres including a private sandy beach, abundant agriculture, livestock (the baby goats were obviously our favorite) and 13 homes and residences. Despite it’s size, we were blown away by its quaint beauty and character.
We spent the next few days buried in everything flowers. Holly Heider Chapple and Ian Prosser (check them out if you haven’t heard of them) led various discussions on the wedding industry, business models, pricing, etc. and Alicia Schwede and Chuck Graham, co-bloggers on Flirty Fleurs, led discussions on social media and blogging. Most presentations led to open forums where we all could openly chat, give advise and ask questions. We were given many opportunities to design and learn new tricks with an endless supply of flowers. We were all in heaven!
To wrap up the workshop, we had the pleasure of working together as a group in designing aisle décor, a chuppah, an arch and a fabulous tablescape. It’s pretty amazing what 38 florists can create when working together!
Enjoy our photos… click to enlarge for a better view.
We are off to a wonderful start to 2013 at Plum Sage! Let’s look back before looking forward….
Last year we produced flowers and decor for just over 75 events. Although that is still a LOT of blooms, that is dozens less than previous years. Last year was the first year we set a minimum order requirement for delivery services. We did this so that we could concentrate on a fewer number of events, and ensure quality product and excellent service for all.
Jenny was blessed with a beautiful baby girl, Zoe, last February and returned to work in May for her sixth wedding season with Plum Sage. Last fall, Caitlin Caldwell joined us after relocating from Vail, where she managed a retail and event florist. Caitlin brings with her a marketing degree and the work ethic and amazing customer service skills that exemplify Plum Sage standards. She blended into the team seamlessly, is busy networking in our ideal market and is booking 2013 brides by the day.
Caitlin’s efforts have recently placed us on the 2013 referral list at the esteemed Four Seasons Hotel and the newly renovated McNichols Building, as well as created a new and exciting partnership with Footers Catering. We continue to be a member of StudioWed and Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book, and are still the preferred florist of the beautiful Devil’s Thumb Ranch.
Caitlin and I started the year with a trip to Santa Barbara in January to participate in a design conference. This was a wonderful week of “play” in a beautiful setting. The conference was sponsored by Florabundance so we were exposed to beautiful wholesale product at a privately owned ranch (also a wedding venue). We worked alongside 30 other florists around the country and created dreamy, over-the-top table and ceremony pieces for a photo shoot. Look for a blog post featuring images soon.
Also in January we did a community outreach afternoon and volunteered with 2nd and 3rd graders at Girl’s, Inc. We had a great time helping the girls create pipe cleaner blooms and paint terra-cotta pots that we then put fresh flowers into. You can see our group photo below, which was photo-shopped to look like we had the pleasure of being outside in January. It’s obviously fake but makes us smile to see their happy faces with such a silly backdrop!
Back in the studio, we are now brainstorming weekly to come up with unique, gorgeous floral and decor ideas that we can pitch to our future clientele. We are looking for ways to think outside the box and and fuel our creativity. We just participated in the first annual WestWord Whiteout Fashion Show where we created table and runway decor, as well as floral accessories that complimented the fashion and adorned the beautiful models. Look for an additional blog post featuring those images.
There is a sense of excitement, enthusiasm and ease in the studio as we approach the new wedding season. We look forward to working with all of the vendors that we respect and love and we look forward to the opportunity of meeting and working with new talent. As always, we see our fellow florists as allies. We refer to them if we are booked for a certain date. We will also welcome a new and very talented team member to our family in late March. More to come on her in the future!
Plum Sage has stayed true to it’s healthy roots over the years. We have grown a little taller and now produce a bit bigger blossoms (pardon the corny pun) but we still stand for the same excellent service, creative ideas and personable approach that we always have. We look forward to sharing our next year with you and thank you for all of the support you have provided over the last eight.
August is upon us! Although we are quick to update our Facebook page with event photos, it has been difficult to showcase recent work on the blog due to the busy nature of the studio during the summer months.
We have done numerous stunning weddings this season and will continue to do so for the rest of 2012.
Here are a few gorgeous photos from IN Photography, as well as amateur photos from our camera (and phone camera… love Instagram!) of bouquets and centerpieces from weddings at amazing venues including The Sanctuary, The Grand Hyatt, The Denver Country Club, The Denver Art Museum, Grant Humphrey’s Mansion, Devil’s Thumb Ranch and Della Terra.
The newest member of the Plum Sage family is due to arrive any day now…
and we can’t wait to meet him, or her!!!
We showered Jenny and the baby with love a few weeks ago at Beatrice and Woodsley. Below are a few photos of the the beautiful mom-to-be and her sister Lindsey, the cozy space, the decor . We complimented the venue with an owl motif and used owl mugs (found at Urban Outfitters) as vases and filled them with bright tulips, yellow button mums and green trick dianthus. We also created colorful yarn blooms with yellow billy ball centers to place in bud vases with green Fuji mums. Lindsey and Maureen (Jenny’s mom) made the tasty owl cupcakes. It was a happy afternoon filled with fun and love for baby Geyer.
ps. I’ll say it again… Baby, we can’t wait to meet you!
Karen and Brian were married exactly one year ago, on December 18th, with a gorgeous ceremony at Cherry Hills Chapel and a reception at The Sanctuary. Karen found her incredible Vera Wang gown at Anna Be Bridal boutique. The intricate gift cakes were created by the talented team at Das Meyer. The gorgeous photographs are courtesy of Dan Weaver of Channel 9 news, although a few reception detail shots are from our camera.
We created a warm, winter aisle with treated gold birch branches and seasonal greenery adhered to the pews with ribbon. The bridesmaids carried textured bouquets of red and wine colored blooms including roses, mini calla lilies, parrot tulips and hypericum with navy viburnum berry accents. Karen’s bouquet included ivory hydrangea and vendella roses with pine sprigs. Adhered to Karen’s bouquet with satin ribbon was a special heirloom, a mother-of-pearl bible that was her Grandmother’s. The boutonnieres were a deep red mokara orchid cluster with a touch of coordinating, seasonal greenery.
Karen’s centerpieces included silver candelabras with hanging crystals, elegant ivory pillar candles and lush floral wreaths at the base with blooms coordinating with the bouquets. We decorated her cupcake tower with pepperberries and greenery but the amazing cakes with fondant ribbon shone on their own.
Karen is a friend from college so I particularly loved making her wedding vision come to life. She was a beautiful bride and Karen and Brian are expecting a new arrival next year! Many, many congratulations all around!
We are still knee deep in wedding season so the blog has been quiet as we are busy creating, and fitting in meetings for the 2012 season.
Please click on these links to see a few lovely images of recent weddings we have decorated.
Please, please take a moment to click and look at Susan Pacek’s BLOG POST featuring our dear friend (and industry associate) Erin and her husband Jake. This was a beautiful day in gorgeous Clark, Colorado and we were delighted to provide the flowers and celebrate with the Herman family. Susan does a perfect job showcasing the day. Enjoy!
The entire time we created Emily’s flowers we fondly remembered Flinstone’s Push Pops. The beautiful pale apricot shades in her arrangements reminded us of the tasty orange creamsicle treat from our youth.
Emily’s beautiful green, apricot and cream palette included gorgeous Finesse roses and Juliet garden roses as well as dahlias, hydrangea, scabiosa, feverfew, hypericum berries and fun textures from stellata pods and succulents.
Enjoy these visuals and we look forward to the images of the day captured by Chad Morgan Photography.
Now that our season is in full swing (yes, we started in late March… early!) and we are creating numerous, gorgeous bouquets our time to blog and document is limited. Here are a few diverse photographs from the studio (and as always, we await the beautiful professional shots) of recent pretty. Enjoy!
Bridesmaids’ bouquets including hydrangea, ranunculus, tulips and freesia and the coordinating bridal bouquet of white peonies and mini calla lilies, yellow freesia, ranunculus and hyacinth buds…
A “wildflower” bridal bouquet for an outdoor mountain wedding including hydrangea, dusty miller, sweet peas, lisianthus, veronica, poppy pods, lavender spray roses, scabiosa and anemones.
A tight bridal bouquet of cranberry mini calla lilies and mini gerbera daisies, parrot tulips, roses, spray roses and blue delphinium bud accents.
A bridesmaids’ bouquet with a white hydrangea backdrop and buds including Vendella roses, white anemones, soft pink ranunculus, cream garden roses and blue viburnum berry.
A bridesmaids bouquet with a green hydrangea backdrop and buds including white freesia, orange spray roses, pink ranunculus, hot pink pizazzo roses and green hypericum berries.
A bridesmaids bouquet of ornamental kale, white iris, daffodils, yellow freesia, yarrow, supregreen roses, white dahlias and succulents.
The coordinating bridal bouquet of white dahlias, hydrangea, supergreen roses and succulents.