Friday, February 27, 2009

Flower Inspiration :: Corsages & Boutonnieres

How about a little Friday inspiration for corsages & boutonnieres?!
Starting with one of my favorite flowers to use for a boutonniere - the green cymbidium orchid.

My favorite boutonniere of the year for 2008 was this one! It is two mini-phaleonopsis orchids in the spotted hot pink variety, bear grass loops were added in for contrast and wire wrapped stems.

A sweet wristlet corsage of pink roses with seeded eucalyptus.

Here we have two yellow options for boutonnieres. The first one is a yellow cymbidium orchid with a croton leaf. The second one is yellow billy balls with kangaroo paws.

For a more garden look we used ranunculus, spray roses and hypericum berries:

White freesia boutonnieres with berries and raffia:

A few other options when mixing white flowers with touches of color:

From a recent fall wedding at Arrowhead Golf Club:

A happy orange and red combo:

A few more orange and red options:

Vendor Profile :: Wedding Planner - Tanya Porter

In this week's Vendor Spotlight: Tanya Porter, Wedding Planner Extraordinaire!

I met Tanya of Weddings, Etc. 7 years ago when I first moved to Denver. At the time I was working at Teal Floral Designs and Tanya would work with us often. In the following years we developed a friendship and working relationship. (Not to mention, Tanya takes me in for holidays such as Easter when I'm unable to fly home to California).
In 2006 Tanya produced a DVD series: The Art of Wedding Coordination. I interviewed with Tanya Porter explaining what bridal consultants should expect when meeting with a wedding floral specialist. It really was a fun project.

Here's a photo from one our our happy brides:

Photo from John Hudetz

Monday, February 23, 2009

The Special Event - San Diego '09

I was very fortunate recently as I was awarded an ISES scholarship to attend The Special Event in San Diego in January.
For five days I attended classes by some of the top event designers and vendors in the United States. I had the pleasure of seeing everything from top floral designers Hitomi Gilliam and Rene van Rems in action to learning the elements of linen couture, the art of fabrication and the ins & outs of lighting. The amount of educational classes that TSE offers is amazing, there were so many options and I did attend as many as possible – I only wish I could have figured out how to be in two places at the same time, granted I feel that way on a daily basis. ;) I felt enlightened when taking classes such as: “Woman Inc Female Entrepreneurs” and “Meet The Masters” where veterans of the event planning society take the stage and talk through the good, the bad and the ugly of events. I was impressed with how candid they could be and their great ability to keep the audience laughing and engaged.
The Special Event offered a huge trade show were I was able to peruse aisle after aisle of event props, linens (tons of linens), floral wholesalers, feather vendors, crystal chandelier makers, hot lounge furniture, the list goes on and on… perhaps the trade show was the most fun of the week? After all, I selected a few new candelabra and other props for us to carry here at Bella Fiori plus a few new linen companies design books.
Other fun parts of TSE? Attending the Designer Wedding Gallery! Amazing and I mean amazing displays of table top d├ęcor with gorgeous floral designs. We viewed a few rooms of these displays plus one room of wonderful cake designs. We (Michelle Gillette, Wendy Foster and I) peaked into the room that had held the wedding luncheon and we were able to get an up-close look at the centerpieces. No surprise, Wendy and I were examining the mechanics behind the centerpieces. We also got to taste yummy cupcakes that were offered during the luncheon.
Another great thing about TSE and perhaps the most important part?! Getting to know the vendors you already work with here in Denver a little bit better. Lunches and dinners together to chat about the seminars you attended, who you met and what you are excited to try once returning to Denver.
I will admit it didn’t hurt to be in sunny San Diego during January either.

Monday, February 16, 2009

ISES Wedding Showcase

On January 22, 2009 ISES held its annual wedding showcase. This event is geared towards those of us in the event industry. Every year my favorite part is the fantasy table competition and I'm happy to share that this year we won for: Best Use of Space
Michelle, Sarah and I came up with the design very quickly. I told the girls my vision was to have vases molded into one container with a few laying sideways. We drew a sketch and decided to go all white & black and keep the entire look quite contemporary.
Our menus were designed in house by Janet. I love how they also served as the seating cards for the guests. Next we enlisted The Wright Group for our lighted acrylic table. Kinsley rocked - she jumped right to help with the table and lighting.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Vendor Profile :: D'Vine Wine Denver

Last night I had the pleasure of attending a wine tasting at D'Vine Wine Denver. The tasting took place at their downtown winery and consisted of a flight of five wines, discussion of their varietals, and a tour of the production facility. The ladies were so helpful and pleasant.
What we "industry" girls really thought was cool is the ability to make a label for your own wine. This would make a great favor for guests at your wedding. Here's a sample of one of their labels:

They also host all types of private events - bridal showers, rehersal dinners, etc.
Check them out at:
1660 Champa Street
Denver, CO 80202

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

2009 Bride's Choice Awards

2009 Bride's Choice Awards presented by WeddingWire | Wedding Cakes, Wedding Venues, Wedding Photographers & More

We are very happy to hear that our brides have selected us for a 2009 Bride's Choice Award presented by WeddingWire. Thanks!!


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