Checking It Once, Checking It Twice: Floral List for the Bride To Be

Before I schedule any consultation I like to send a pre consultation form to all clients so I get an idea of how to properly format a foundation for when we meet face to face or via Skype. On my pre consultation form are questions asking how many quantities of each arrangement or personal flower will be needed for the big day. Below I’ve come up with a check floral list that may come in handy to have in mind before meeting with your designer.

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  • Bride’s Bouquet
  • Flowers for Bride’s Hair
  • Throw Bouquet (for reception)
  • Bridesmaid/Maid/Matron of Honor Bouquets
  • Flower Girl (basket for flowers/petals) (flowers for hair/crown, clip) (wand)
  • Groom’s Boutonniere
  • Groomsmen/Best Man Boutonniere
  • Ring Bearer Boutonniere (pillow for rings)
  • Mother of the Bride Corsage-Wrist/Pin On/Nosegay
  • Mother of the Groom Corsage-Wrist/Pin On/Nosegay
  • Father of the Bride Boutonniere
  • Father of the Groom Boutonniere
  • Grandmothers Corsages
  • Grandfathers Boutonnieres
  • Usher
  • Officiant

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  • Arch/Chuppah
  • Entry Arrangements
  • Altar Arrangements (Church)
  • Pew/Chair Flowers
  • Candles
  • Runner/Toss Petals/Petal Art down Aisle
  • Memorial Flowers(for those who have passed away)
  • Unity Candle Arrangement

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  • Cocktail Hour
  • Cake Flowers
  • Sweet Heart Table
  • Bridal Party Table
  • Place Card Table
  • Gift Table
  • Dessert Table/Candy Bar etc.
  • Centerpieces
  • Bride/Groom Chair Flowers
  • Powder Room Arrangement
  • Bridal Party Suite/Lounge


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Top 3 South Florida Charming Wedding Venues

The Cooper Estate

via Pinterest

via Pinterest

With indoor and outdoor seating capabilities, 3 acres of lush landscaping and a place to host any event like a wedding, The Cooper Estate makes the top spot on our list of charming wedding venues in South Florida. For more information please go to 

phone by appointment only at 305-904-9032 

14201 SW 248th St
Redland, Florida
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Located in Davie, FL this venue makes a great impression with it’s large balcony overlooking the yard which is a gorgeous place to hold a ceremony. The picture perfect place inside this venue would be the grand staircase that can be seen by visiting

For more information please visit the site above or you can call Reta Grant at 954-579-7814


4125 SW 76 Ave

Davie, FL 33328

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Sundy House

One of my favorite charming venues in South Florida is definitely the Sunday House nestled in Delray, FL and walking distance from shops, restaurants and art galleries. This venue is not just for weddings but you can also have brunch which is perfect for the newlywed couple the morning after their wedding. The Sundy House is known for it’s hometown charm and one can only go there to see it for themselves. For more information about hosting your big day celebrations call Delray Beach Tel: 561.272.5678 or Toll-free: 877.439.9601


106 S Swinton Ave

Delray Beach, FL 33444


Bold & The Beautiful: Colored Wedding Dresses

Two years ago I wrote a post that featured blue wedding dresses which you can find here, but today I bring to you more colored wedding dresses for those girls who are bold and not afraid of stepping outside the box. 

Most have heard when designing flowers for the bride and her girls that it is quite common to have the bride carrying colored flowers such as red roses and her girls carrying white flowers. What if we take this a step further and have the bride wearing a colored dress and her girls in white? Let’s take a look at my top 3 colored wedding dresses for 2015.

Vera Wang

    Vera Wang 

Vera Wang Collection 


Maggie Sottero


Maggie Sottero Collection 

Vera Wang

Vera Wang

Vera Wang Collection Couldn’t be more perfect for 2015 to chase after the color, Marsala.



Top 5 Floral Educators

Let’s face it, we live in an ever changing world where technology is rising, trends are always changing and you must keep up with your education if you do not want to be left behind. In particular within floristry there is always a new technique to learn, the safest way to secure an arrangement, memorizing the principles and elements of floral design, how to work with clients from those looking for a sympathy arrangement to a wedding and so much more.

I’m fortunate enough to have learned from two AIFD designers while studying at The Community College of Baltimore County in Dundalk, MD; Adrienne Schaffer Summers, AIFD & David Shover, AIFD. After college I sought out any designer who was AIFD because I thought and they are some of the best designers ever. Later, I learned that a designer doesn’t just have to be AIFD but that I can learn from anyone. Without the guidance of my teachers in college, I would not be where I am today. So I thank you!

Below are my top 5 floral educators that are my “Go-To” sources whenever I find myself in a bind, need critiques, want to learn a technique or about a specific variety of a flower.

Leanne Kesler, AIFD & David Kesler, AIFD

Looking for one of the best floral schools ?? I hear nothing but good things about The Floral Design Institute and look forward to the day I sit in their classroom. They offer in class and distance learning.



JMH Schwanke

What can I say ? I love J ! I’ve been watching his videos since I lived in Baltimore, MD and even competed in one of his uBloom contests for designing with DecoBeads. J travels all over the world speaking to designers, going to flower farms and educating us with the top floral information anyone could ever want.


David Clark

Any question about plants, David is my go – to person.

I recently did an interview with David about his career and outlook on education. Find out more here!

Jeremy Trentleman, AIFD 

Jeremy pays attention to detail and whenever I think of intricate wire work, I think of him. He has been helping me through my journey as I prepare to take the Florida State Master Designer test in January.

Looking for a mentor ? Jeremy is nothing but amazing and gives honest critiques so one is able to learn and come back better than before.

Janet Frye, AIFD

Owner of The Enchanted Florist, Janet Frye, AIFD, The Mother of Floral Design as I like to call her is one special designer and educator. Anything from a question about how to approach a client, how to position a bouquet to capture the best angle, write a proposal, color palettes, critiques on any arrangement – Janet is always there to answer honestly.


So You Think You Can Design: Interview w/ Floriculture Expert, David Clark

Today I bring to you an interview done with my good friend and designer who is a Horticulture Instructor, Mr. David Clark from New York.

In November 2013 and previous to November 2012, David presented floral design programs at The Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown, NY. In addition, Clark was honored to be the stage designer for the 8th District New York State Federated Garden Clubs Spring Garden Symposium with over 200 attendees in April 2014.

Property of David Clark

Property of David Clark

It means a great deal to me to share this interview as David is my go to expert on anything relating to horticulture/floriculture and has been a helpful guide in my floral career thus far. I hope you will sit back, relax and enjoy this interview as much as I did.

Property of David Clark

Property of David Clark

How did you get started in floral design? What are your roots within floristry?

My 86 years-young Mom is still is an active member in 8th District Federated Garden Clubs of New York State. She specialized in flower design & mechanics, horticulture classification and class judging. She took me to all of the design competitions and meetings when I was very young. My Grandfather was one of the largest landscape professionals in Montgomery, Alabama. I found out that one of his specialties was creating floral installations for affluent residences in that area!


I grew up on a 15 acre farm in Eden, NY, that was my canvas to create English style gardens, rose arbors and cutting gardens full of flowers for my Mom and me to design with. My Dad and I constructed a 9’ x 13’ Janco Lean-To greenhouse that housed an extensive orchid collection, and, which allowed me to start vegetable and flower plants for 7 families. Dad and I also planted an extensive orchard consisting of apple, nut and fruit trees, plus we had a BIG vegetable garden. We also rented stalls for horses, and had a registered Angus cattle herd + chickens, pigs, turkey, and ducks.   I grew up in a very supportive agricultural and horticultural existence.


I attended S.U.N.Y. Cobleskill in New York State’s Catskill Mountains and graduated with an Associate in Applied Science degree majoring in Floriculture with an emphasis on Flower shop and greenhouse management. 


My floral design1 professor made us learn how to make bows… for weeks!!… Corsage bows, funeral bows, package bows any kind of bow. She told us “If you can make a bow, you can always find a job is a flower shop!” I guess it’s true…I teach bow making in some of my floral design workshops. We make it look easy to folks until THEY try to do it…then that $15 bow suddenly has some value!


So I’m graduated and try to find employment in nearby flower shops, well none will hire me because I don’t have experience in a store. How the heck can you get experience when no one will hire you? One day I ventured into a local store, “Hess Brothers Florist” here in Hamburg, NY. and introduced myself to Mrs. Hess. I asked if there might be a job available…the conversation went as usual, “Do you have experience…No I don’t…Then I can’t hire you.” I then told her I would work for FREE, doing anything to get that experience. My internship [today’s’ word] lasted only a couple of weeks, and at the end, Mrs. Hess came to me and said “David, I have seen something special in your eyes while you were working here…I think you are going to make a darn good florist!” At that, we said our goodbyes.

~My journey had begun~

When was (your business) born and why did you choose to start your own business?

~Wow~ I have been giving presentations and teaching people since I was about 12 years old…that was when I was a member of 4-H and we were required to give a presentation.  

The signage, ‘the speech’ and the actual demonstration were to be judged ‘live’. Oh my gosh, was I a sweaty mess! The judging panel liked what I did and said my signage was good and that I “looked good” and had ‘nice stage presence’.

In my wildest dreams, I never would have thought

that this experience would lead to becoming

a successful retail floral designer and teacher in the mid-1980’s.


 From 1990 to the present, I became a wholesale florist for Sieck Wholesale Floral Distribution in Depew, NY, kept up the free-lance designing floral education, design shows & workshops and made myself a name in the contract-event coordination industry.


I kind of fell into the education aspect and was ‘’found out’ by the then Director of Education at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, Lynn Wieser, in 2008.

Erie County Fair Floral Demonstration 8/10/13 Property of David Clark

Erie County Fair Floral Demonstration 8/10/13
Property of David Clark

Lynn’s words about my work:  “David is one of the best, most knowledgeable & certainly the most entertaining garden speakers I have ever heard.”

That crazy occurrence has led me to create a 20 class horticulture certificate series at The Buffalo Botanical Gardens, teaching floristry on the national level for botanical organizations including Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Pa., florists and garden groups, to a blossoming writing career plus a television/video media presence.


Please tell us about your clientele. What type of clients do you attract?

Because of my employment at a wholesale florist, I do not accept private individual requests for free-lance business. I am strictly a contract designer, which means floral companies bring me on-board to their premises or venues, where I get to design some very cool things! Every event and store has their own personality. Sometimes it is all about production, other times; it is becoming the store’s liaison to the Event Visionary Director. I have the best of all worlds!

Property of David Clark

Property of David Clark


What are your thoughts on floral education and have you attended any workshops? If not, do you plan on attending any in 2015?

ABSOLUTELY YES! Floral education is one of the biggest keys to enter and have staying power in the industry. Unfortunately, there are so many fewer options for design training than when I was going to school. I know of 2 New York State schools that have completely removed floral design and flower shop management from their curriculum. My alma mater has reduced their floral design program to only 1 basic class. I have heard good reports regarding the educational experience at Leanne Kesler AIFD’s “Floral Design Institute” out in Portland, Oregon. To tell you the truth, I watch the videos on her site and learn a lot. Another resource would be my flower friend and mentor: J Schwanke. His ‘uBloom site which I highly recommend [you do have to be a subscriber]…has tremendous ‘how-to’ videos and insights into the floral industry as a whole.


I am really blessed to have assisted and trained with Hitomi Gilliam AIFD; J Schwanke AIFD, PFCI, AAF, CFD; Rene Van Rems AIFD; Ann Jordan AAF, AIFD, CFD, mmfd; Kim Morrill AIFD; Matt Wood AIFD, Kevin Ylvisaker AIFD, PFCI; J. Keith White AIFD, CFD; Sharon McGulkin AIRF, AAF, PFCI; Neville Mackay CAFA, PFCI; Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD; Shane Connoly, Royal Warrant, UK; and Ron Morgan.

~Do attend as many training workshops as you can afford time and money~


What is your favorite part of being a designer?

My favorite part about being a designer is working with one of Nature’s most perfect, important and tantalizing products: FLOWERS. Think about it, without flowers and plants, life on planet Earth would not exist as it does today because why? [Oops… that’s the educator in me showing through!]

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Property of David Clark


What is one piece of advice you’ve been given and how do you apply it to floristry?

Ok, so I was seeing a ‘professional advisor’ for a time and she told me, “David, if you don’t feed that flame of creativity within yourself regularly, it will consume both itself and you upon its demise. Creative people are made to create- daily!”

This includes not only working with flowers, but these days, connecting to/networking and posting your work on Social Media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and Pinterest.


Lastly, what is the biggest problem you’ve run into in floral design and how did you solve it?

I would say that the biggest problem I have run into in floral design is, especially being a free-lance designer, not everyone is going to “get you” and your ideas. However, it is your job to “get them” and their ideas. Many florists have recognized and very valid policies of, “We Do It This Way Here Because’. It is not your place, even as “regularly-looked-to-floral-freelance-specialist”, to change hard and fast rules for the current client. It is permissible however, to expound upon a technique tip or trick that has worked well for you in the past.

Friends, it’s all about the learning experience-

absorb as much as you can from every job and client you work with!

Be on the look out for David in 2015! David was asked and accepted a position to be a workshop facilitator in September 2014 on the Dream Team for the 2015 North East Floral Expo in Groton, Ct. Some of the many designers on this team include, Rene Van Rems AIFD; J Schwanke AIFD, PFCI, AAF, CFD; Tina Coker AIFD, PFCI, FTD Education Consultant


For more about David Clark or if you are seeking out education within Horticulture and Floristry the following links can be very useful tools for you.

Contact Links:


Twitter: @david37771


Media Links:

Buffalo News Biography Article:

Gardenista Houseplant Interview:

 ‘Savor Life’ Radio Interview on WYSL Radio/Rochester, NY:

 Community Garden at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, Hamburg, NY:


Video Links:

 Preserving and Drying Flowers


Innuendo: The Secret Sex Life of Plants

Grow rose bush from wedding bouquet! (Or from any roses you get from the florist)

How To Tutorial: Bouquet with a Recyclable Base

Hello flower friends!

If most of you did not see the bouquet I posted the other day here is your chance to see and learn how I created it using a few easy steps.

IMG_6847The materials you will need: 

Brown Paper Bag (from groceries)    

Cardboard Box (from food)

Floral Cotton

Gold Thumbtacks

White Spray Roses

Hot Glue Gun

Floral Knife (not pictured)



First, cut round circles out of the cardboard and brown paper bags from biggest to smallest.

IMG_6848Second, hot glued the circles from biggest to smallest giving a crumbled look to the smallest ones at the top.


Third, cut a round hole using a floral knife that will allow for the Rose Stems to be inserted in. Then insert Roses into hole.


Fourth, turn the bouquet over to complete the bottom. Cut wood sticks into 3rd or 4th’s using scissors then glue by overlapping in a random pattern to cover the whole base.


Fifth, turn the bouquet back over to give detail to the top of bouquet.

  • Cut wood sticks into pieces just as performed in the Forth step and glue on the edge of the bouquet.
  • Glue and tuck small pieces of floral cotton underneath the brown paper bag.
  • Insert Gold Thumbtacks as an accent in the top of the Roses.