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This weekend I had the opportunity to work with my favorite ladies at Whim Events on a beautiful classic wedding in the State Room, a venue that is truly one of Boston's best. Being so high above the city, the massive tufts of florals suspended on tall glass vases mimicked clouds with just a touch of blush and greenery.
Each arrangement featured an assortment of hydrangea, roses, and peonies in white and blush with accents of cymbidium orchids, hydrangea leaf, and other greens to create a large pouf of flowers. While it can be a challenge figuring out how to make stems disappear completely or how to balance a flower cloud on a 2.5 foot tall vase, working with some other talented creatives was such a fun and educational experience.
This weekend I had the honor of working with one of my favorite couples of all time on their wedding. Liz and John, whom I have known for almost three years, entrusted me with their flowers for their special day: a beautiful mix between classic and out of the box.
Opting for a DIY Floral Class, we and some of their closest friends and family created each of their centerpieces with beautiful white hydrangeas and a wild accent of feather and silver dollar eucalyptus.
The ceremony was decorated with tall vases exploding with baby's breath and greens, accented with white garden roses, lisianthus, and anemones. The aisle of their family church was lined with baby's breath and feather eucalyptus wrapped in tulle along the pews. A ceremonial arrangement was also created by Liz's sister and maid of honor for the altar.
Each bridesmaid was given a white and green overgrown bouquet. Their bouquets had an arrangement of roses, ranunculus, anemones, lisianthus, dahlias, baby's breath, as well as feather and silver dollar eucalyptus. For the family -- rose boutonnières and corsages made from carnations and spray roses.
Anyone who knows Liz knows that she has impeccable taste that can be quite dramatic. She truly is the epitome of "go big or go home." To give her a bouquet short of show-stopping would be a disservice. Inspired by her mother's bridal bouquet, Liz's arrangement was a large, organic teardrop shape made of two different varieties of roses, dahlias, peonies, ranunculus, anemones, veronica, lisianthus, baby's breath, dusty miller, and feather, baby blue, and silver dollar eucalyptus.
To round it out, I made a custom wooden "C" monogram to celebrate the new Mr. and Mrs. Clancy decorated in silk hydrangeas for them to hang in their home and remember their day by.
The entire day was beautiful and seamless, and not a single person made it out of there without tears in their eyes (myself included!). I wish both Liz and John nothing but love and happiness for all the years to come. To have such a role in this day was truly a privilege!
Yesterday, I officially made the decision to show everyone Fleur Boston. I was so nervous to see what the reaction would be, but it has honestly been beyond my wildest dreams.
I have been barely keeping up with all of the mentions, tags, and general well wishes and if I missed you somehow: just know that I sincerely appreciate your support.
I have been working so hard to get to this point and it's only the beginning. There have been so many people who have been so supportive since the beginning and so many people who have really shown up to support me since my announcement yesterday. We have already had enough orders of the launch shirt to guarantee they print, and we're one-fifth of the way to my "shoot for the stars" goal of 50.
People have already been reaching out to me about friends or family who need a planner or a florist. Perfect strangers have been purchasing our shirt or following us on social media. This has already expanded further than I expected and it honestly just keeps going.
I don't know how to put everything I'm feeling into words. Truly, from the bottom of my heart - thank you.
If you've seen my Instagram post this morning you'd know: I'm nervous.
Having my own business has been a dream of mine since I was selling "artwork" to my parents in pre-school. I'm so excited to launch but like anything risky in life, there are so many what-ifs.
The timing was unexpected, sure, but one of the best things I believe to be true about myself is my ability to just roll with it. Maybe this was the backup plan originally but it's real now!
With that said, launching a business out of thin air is a little unrealistic. It takes a lot of resources and planning and while I can build a plan as I go, I do not yet have the resources I need to get off the ground successfully.
While there are a lot of routes I could go down, I have decided to offer an exclusive Fleur Boston t-shirt to fundraise some of the start-up costs.
These shirts, designed by myself, will feature our logo on the front and the Plant Something Good and Watch it Grow print on the back, both in Navy. With something for everyone, these shirts will be printed on White Unisex Gildan Ultra Cotton t-shirts in sizes Youth XS through Adult XXXXL.
The campaign will be open until May 1st and you will have the option to have it shipped directly to you after the order closes for a small fee, or shipped to me to be delivered to you free of charge! Shirts will be printed and sent out about 2 weeks after May 1st so that we all get them together.
I cannot extend this order nor can I guarantee that I will ever offer t-shirts or other physical merchandise in the future. We need at least 8 orders to print these shirts but my goal is 50! Ordering would mean that not only do you get to keep a part of my business, but you would be directly helping me with costs for things like basic web hosting, business cards, supplies, and marketing materials.
Working with flowers can be incredibly fulfilling -- most people don't get too many opportunities to work with their hands or connect with nature anymore. Being able to physically build a part of an event can make the day, and the bonds with the people by your side, just a little bit more special.
With all of that said, it's not every day you get together with your friends and family to play with flowers and so it can be helpful to lay out some expectations beforehand.
What to Expect as a Host
As a host, there are a few things that are crucial to ensuring a successful class. Above all, we will need a good amount of space. We'll need tables, the bigger the better, to work at. You may have 3 people help or 13, but each of those guests will need a small space to work. While outdoor space could be viable, indoor is preferred since wind and sun could endanger the longevity of your flowers.
Working with flower, spills can and likely will happen. Garages can be perfect spaces for a floral class, but anywhere with tiled or water-resistant floors can also be ideal. For hardwood floors, we can use waterproof tarps to protect against spillage but cannot guarantee complete dryness.
Things that would be good to have on-hand if you have them lying around include:
- Large buckets
- Waterproof tarps
- Plastic table covers
- Scissors (or stem clippers)
- Floral tape
You are not required to have any of these things, however they can make your day run more smoothly and providing your own materials versus renting them is certainly more cost-effective when it comes to the pricing of your floral class.
The flowers will be delivered directly to wherever you would like to host the class. Everyone will be able to try their hand at bouquets, centerpieces, boutonnieres, and corsages with instruction from our in-house florist. Higher risk arrangements such as arbors and bridal bouquets will be handled by the florist exclusively unless you prefer otherwise.
What to Expect as a Guest
As a guest, you will have the unique opportunity to create something unforgettable for your host. We understand most people have never had the opportunity to work with flowers so the class will feature in-depth instruction on how to create something stunning. To make the day go smoothly and safely, we do want to set a few expectations in advance:
- We require all attendees to wear closed-toed, flat shoes
- We strongly suggest wearing clothes that can be wet or dirtied
- You may bring an apron if you would like, but they may not be provided
- Please arrive on time as instruction will begin right away
- You may indicate on your RSVP that you will be bringing any of the above materials to help your host, but it is not required!
Above all, the day of your floral class can be everything you want it to be. Whether you're looking simply for an educational opportunity, or want to jam out and sip some wine while you work, we're committed providing you the best possible experience. We are always incredibly excited to work with hosts and their guests to create some unforgettable memories and really build the excitement leading up to your special day.
Thinking about hosting a floral class, or know someone who may be interested? Feel free to contact us on our inquiry page!