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Flourishing Art in the News – Wedding Budget Checklists

September 19, 2020

Budgets can be hard to begin and stick to, and when it comes to weddings and events, that couldn’t be more true. Oleta spoke with Wallet Joy this month on a few tips regarding your floral budget as you plan your wedding. 

As you figure out how to save money on wedding flowers, start by researching the varieties that will be in season on your wedding date, according to Oleta Collins, you’ll save a pretty penny by choosing blooms that don’t have to be imported. And, of course, reusing your flowers is always a smart idea.

“Floral walls, circular arches, and arbors are not only an excellent ceremony backdrop; they are also beautiful behind a sweetheart or bar table,” Collins says. “This is best used in a venue where you have everything in one place, and transportation to and from another site would be difficult.”

For decor, she recommends asking your venue about what it already has on hand and the cost to rent. Renting directly from your venue could be less expensive than buying new decorations or using a separate rental company. Also, make sure to focus on what guests will actually see rather than nitpicking every detail.

“You don’t need everything, so focus on the more essential items that will make a big difference in the look and comfort of your guests,” Collins says. 

You can find out more budget tips by checking out the entire article here. 

What tips do you have when it comes to budgeting for your wedding?


Plants and Purification

July 15, 2020

As we are all finding ourselves at home, we are all looking for ways to create a harmonious space. Plants and flowers are a great way not only to add life but also to purify your space. 

 

All common houseplants have purifying qualities, but some are better than others at filtering out nasty airborne substances. Here are some of the top low-maintenance air-purifying plants and tips for taking care of each of them.

Bromeliads

Bromeliads are amazing and considered the best houseplant available to purify a space quickly and efficiently. Their bright, bold blooms make for lovely home décor as well. They prefer bright, filtered light with maintained air flow. Make sure the soil stays moist, but not soggy. For bromeliads, drier soil is better than wet. If it becomes too wet, it can rot and die quickly, so make sure the pot or container used has adequate drainage holes at the bottom.

 

Spider Plants

Spider plants are another great option. They are soft, flowy, and can be grown quickly from water to soil in just a few weeks. They prefer bright, filtered light and are best planted in a hanging container as they will eventually grow long spidery tendrils that hang down the sides. A pot with good drainage would work as well. Just like bromeliads, spider plants prefer dryness to wetness.

 

Peace Lilies

Peace lilies are both beautiful and effective air purifiers. Their white blooms fit into nearly every design scheme, making it an excellent choice for bedrooms, living rooms, dens, and more. They prefer bright light, but can grow just about anywhere. When peace lilies start to wilt, it means they need water — that’s about all you need to know to keep them hydrated. Fertilize these plants every six to eight weeks and be sure to maintain proper drainage to prevent oversaturation.

 

Dracaenas

Dracaenas prefer less water than most indoor plant, making these a great choice for low-maintenance homes and out-of-the-way spots. Their height and hardy constitution make this plant a prime choice for those new to plant care. You’ll need to keep the soil lightly misted rather than pouring the water into the soil directly. Always allow the topsoil to dry out before misting again and, as always, make sure the container has proper drainage.

 

Sansevierias and Aloe Vera

Sansevierias (also known as Mother-in-Law’s Tongue or Snake Plants) and Aloe Vera both fall under the succulent family. These varieties, in particular, would rather be too dry than too wet, so keep an eye on proper drainage. These plants are quite hardy and can handle direct sun. Avoid pouring water directly onto the florets or leaves, as that can cause the plant to rot. Instead, water around the base of the plant directly into the soil so it can effectively reach the plant’s roots.

 

Chrysanthemums

We often associate the vibrant colors of mum plants with the fall season, but mums can actually be great year-round houseplants that will purify the air while adding a pop of color to any space. Mums prefer filtered light and well-drained soils — no overwatering. The leaves of the mum plant will start to wilt when they need water, so pay attention to the leaves’ integrity. You do not need to fertilize indoor mum plants.

 

If you are looking for a few indoor plants, feel free to give us a ring or stop by our showroom! 


Leslie and Brett’s Micro Wedding

June 29, 2020

With more intimate celebrations currently on-trend, we thought it was the perfect time for us to look back on Leslie and Brett’s stunning wedding. This lovely couple decided to tie the knot in an elopement ceremony with a few of their closest friends and family. Then, a few months later, we had the pleasure of being a part of their celebratory reception.

Leslie and Brett’s wedding was recently featured on What if We Elope so if you would like to learn even more about their big day and see more photos, click here.

Elopement
Getting Ready Location: Ragged Point Inn, CA
Elopement Location: Big Sur, CA
Florals: Flourishing Art Design Studio
Dress: Ladies & Gents Bridal
Tux: Men’s Wearhouse
Makeup: Kandice Hernandez
Photography & Videography: Marianne Lucas Photography and Cinematography

Reception
Venue: The Station
Food: Frugatti’s
Floral: Flourishing Art Design Studio
Linens: BBJ Linen
Glassware and Rentals: Walker Lewis Rents
DJ: Good Time Entertainment, Jimmy Sanchez
Photo Mirror: Reflect on This Photo Booth
Planning and Coordination: Oleta and Alix with Flourishing Art
Makeup: Kandice Cerna


Flourishing Art in the News: May Press Roundup

May 11, 2020

In the month of May, we focused on education for couples as they navigate the daunting task of rescheduling their wedding dates and planning during COVID-19. We also contributed to a few industry articles to help some of our creative friends find inspiration during this time, as well as how you can push your business forward after a setback. 

In our first mention, we were thrilled to have our styled shoot at Sextant Winery in Trends Magazine. Reliving this stunning shoot has us ready to get back to Sextant to create some more magic! We can’t get enough of that adorable cottage, and the all-white floral combination is what spring dreams are made of! 

Next up, we tackled the topic of how to handle virtual planning meetings with your floral designer on Brides. Like many others, we have had some of our consultation appointments via phone or video, but this is a whole new world of having all of our clients online. 

During this time, we have all found ourselves looking for a little inspiration and something happy to lift our spirits. We were thrilled to be included in an article on Catersouce among other event industry professionals that are spreading the love. We were included with our delivery of over 150+ arrangements to area hospitals, nursing homes, and Alzheimer care centers and hospices. Others were included for online dance parties, to kids boxes for takeout, and an incredible interview with photographer Lara Woolfson who has recovered from Coronavirus. 


As we entered April, Oleta shared her very personal story of how she rebuilt Flourishing Art after her diagnosis and recovery of breast cancer on Sage Wedding Pros. As most business owners are facing uncertain times, we hope that this article can help them as well. 

 


Flourishing Art in the News: April Press Roundup

April 28, 2020

As you can imagine, the last month has been one of change for a lot of our couples, as well as the industry. Our press also reflects that- we were eager to jump in and lend insight where we could, while also talking about what we love best- flowers!

First up, we have seen our fair share of crisis in California from mudslides to wildfires, and we wanted to share our expertise on how to effectively communicate with clients during a difficult time to help our fellow vendors during the COVID-19 crisis. You can read the full article on WIPA’s blog.

 

As we know, couples have had to postpone their big days. Why not consider surprising your guests with a new secret elopement or wedding with our tips over on Catalyst Wedding Co.

 

We also had a bit of fun with flowers over at Martha Stewart Living.

First, we broke down the best ways to keep your cut flowers at home last longer just in time for Spring. Our suggestions just may surprise you!

We also shared insight on the number of available hydrangea varieties–  from endless summer and mountain to bigleaf. Enjoy the visual guide that we helped curate!


Workshop Schedule 2020

March 30, 2020

We just love hosting workshops at our shop! For this year we have a full class schedule and we hope that you join us to learn something new and enjoy some wine and snacks. If you would like to sign up for any of our workshops you can call us at 661-861-8600 or you can sign up on our website here!

 Easter – April 9, 2020
Thursday at 6:30pm

Are you prepping to host Easter this weekend? Join us for our centerpiece workshop- you can then check one less thing off of your hostess list!

High Tea – May 9, 2020
Saturday at 11:00am

What’s better than a High Tea celebration for Mother’s Day? How about High Tea paired with our DIY workshop so you can create your own hand-tied garden bouquet? Join us for a bit of fun in honor of Mother’s Day!

 Succulents – June 18, 2020
Thursday at 6:30pm

Father’s Day Succulents with Father Craig, special guest. After all, Father’s Day is right around the corner, and we’re here to get you ready!

Armature, July 23, 2020
Thursday at 6:30pm

Wrap your arms around an armature.

 Tropical Summer, August 20, 2020

Embrace summer vibes with our Tropical Flower arrangement workshop! Get ready also for a lesson on voided space. 

 Fall Wreaths, September 18, 2020
Friday at 12pm 

Time to grab your Pumpkin Spice Latte- it’s our much-loved Fall wreath workshop. We hope you’ll join us to start the season off on the right foot!

Pumpkin Centerpiece, October 23, 2020
Friday at 12pm 

Halloween is just around the corner! Join us for an event of spooky fun with our Pumpkin arrangement workshop!

Thanksgiving Centerpiece – November 24, 2020
Tuesday at 12pm

Are you prepping to host Thanksgiving? Join us for our centerpiece workshop- you can then check one less thing off of your hostess list!

Advent Wreath – December 2, 2020
Wednesday at 12pm

Get into the holiday spirit with our Advent Wreath workshop!


Stylish Baby Shower

February 25, 2020

Take one stylish mama-to-be and an absolutely stunning venue, and you get the sweetest baby shower you could ever imagine. It was so special to be a part of this happy day. From the adorable pink touches to the simple but chic florals, it all came together beautifully. We kept some of our favorite details to share below:

A big thank you to our friends at In Motion Pro for capturing this event!


Sextant Winery Inspiration Shoot

February 11, 2020

We were thrilled to be part of this styled shoot at Sextant Winery. Our inspiration came from the location itself. From the lush greens to the vintage charm, everything turned out perfectly! Check out some of our favorite details below:

A big thank you to everyone that participated, and April & Co. Photography for all of these wonderful photos!


Your Floral Timeline

January 10, 2020

Engagement season is upon us! For couples that are just starting to think about planning their wedding, we’ve got the intel on when and how you should start thinking about your florals.

When to Book

Don’t wait on choosing your florist! You’ll want to have them booked early on so that you can be sure you’re choosing a wedding date with flowers that are in season. The last thing you’ll want is to book your wedding for November when you’ve always dreamed of a bridal bouquet full of peonies, which already bloomed in the spring.

Photographer: Cecily Breeding Creative

When to Finalize

Everything should be set in stone by two weeks ahead of the wedding. Remember that centerpieces and other arrangements are simple to add, but you can’t put flowers back in the ground once they’ve been pulled.

Photographer: J. Michelle Photography

What to Bring

When finalizing your florals be sure that you also have the timeline set from your planner and photographer so that the florist can be sure the arrangements and bouquets are in the right place at the right time. Also, be sure you’ve included contact information for your planner and the venue to prevent issues with getting in to the space and getting everything set up.

A good rule of thumb is that it’s never too soon to book! The more time you give yourself and your vendors, the smoother your experience will (hopefully) be!


Gilded Ballroom Retirement Fête

October 22, 2019

After 25 years of service, a retirement celebration for Bahram Ghaffari, the President of the Delano Regional Medical Center, is just what the doctor ordered! 

Our goal was to design and choreograph an awe-filled event that epitomized opulent glamour with its décor, entertainment, white-glove service, and many other special touches. 

When guests arrived at the Bakersfield Marriott, they were greeted by a parade of servers offering trays of wine while enjoying the tunes of an eccentric piano musician.

Once cocktail hour concluded, greeters simultaneously opened the ballroom doors to reveal the swanky, candlelit room. While the guests located their tables, under black crystal chandeliers while walking through the low-lying fog that swept across the room. Everyone’s attention then fell to the seamless black gloss dance floor, where two tango dancers floated across for the next round of entertainment. 

The dining tables featured an abundance of gold accents, candlesticks, candles votives, and towering white floral candelabra centerpieces. Guests sat down to enjoy a delectable dinner that ended with  “a flamed” baked Alaska presentation. 

The evening was filled with heartfelt speeches from close friends and colleagues while a world-class Salsa band rounded out the evening’s entertainment. As expected, the evening ended with guests dancing the night away. 

A big thank you to our amazing creative partners and their staff who helped make it a real success!

Vendors:

Planning, Production and Floral Design: Flourishing Art

Photographer: Fernando Oregel

Videographer: InMotion Pro

Venue: Bakersfield Marriott

Rentals: Walker-Lewis Rents and Revelry Event Designers

Music: Mento Bru


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