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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?


Flourishing Art in the News: August Press Roundup

August 12, 2020

We have had a great month – from being able to chat with a local TV station, a wonderful interview with a wedding industry podcast, and some insight into upcoming fall wedding trends. 

 

Right before the fourth of July, Karen Hua of KGET – TV 17 Bakersfield stopped by our studio to learn how to create a festive floral arrangement for the holiday weekend. If you are looking to create your own DIY arrangements, be sure to check out our upcoming workshops –here

 

Oleta chatted with Renee Dalo of Talk with Renee Dalo on how to handle weather and other disasters smoothly with clients. You can hear the full interview here

 

It is hard to believe that fall is just around the corner! But as we look towards the new season, we shared which color combinations will be popular for weddings with Generation Tux

 

With COVID forcing couples to postpone and even consider holding their weddings virtually, we shared our tips regarding flowers for your remote celebration with Brides.com. It can be a difficult switch to navigate, so check out the article here to have all of your burning questions answered. 


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. 

 


Our New Team Member

April 14, 2020

In the last few months, we were lucky enough to expand our team to include a new member, Daniel Beer. We are not only fortunate to have him on our team; we were also able to work side by side while planning his wedding with his partner Mark!

With dual degrees in music and cosmetology, Daniel is a jack of all trades with an eye for detail. He started his career as a hairdresser and, in quick fashion, worked his way up the chain to become the National Technical Director of Anasazi, a professional hair treatment line where he managed a team of over 40 educators. He was also a manager of the salon and spa at Saks Fifth Avenue. After a 32-year career that took him from Houston to Chicago to the heart of Manhattan, Daniel decided to move to Bakersfield to pursue a role in the world of events.

In particular, weddings hold a special place in his heart — especially for someone who recently celebrated his own NYC-themed nuptials (complete with a Studio 54-inspired reception!). His creative approach to design helps him to visualize a couple’s dream wedding to new heights, in an effort to create a day that is memorable and impactful for both the couple and their guests. 

Although he no longer lives in The Big Apple, the city still draws him in with its Broadway musicals and exquisite culinary scene (not to mention the shopping). At home, Daniel is the host with the most as he brings his event planning chops to his living room. He loves to entertain friends and family, whether it’s a small dinner party or an outdoor bash. As long as there is great food, music, and people, Daniel is in his element.

Daniel, we are so thrilled to have you on board!


Floral Trends for 2020

December 17, 2019

Believe it or not, 2020 is just around the corner! With that in mind we are sharing the latest on all things floral trends for the upcoming year.

Vibrancy is the name of the game in 2020. Bright, exciting colors like orange, bright green and bold shades of red, blue and purple will be featured in florals across the board. Expect to see the use of metals to accent these eye-popping blossoms and add more depth to each design. 

Photo Credit: April & Co. Photographers

You’ll see a torrent of accent flowers and greenery as brides walk down the aisle with over-the-top cascading bouquets. Free-form style florals still reign supreme in 2020 and we predict will remain for years to come.

Photo Credit – Marianne Lucas Photography and Cinematography

More neutral color palettes and white weddings will take a break this year, as well as more structured bouquets and centerpieces. Instead, couples are loving the wild and overgrown look that gives an effortless and more natural effect.

Photo Credit: J.Michelle Photography

We are always learning new things from each and every client, and we can’t wait to see what this new year has in store!


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


Jewel-Tone Outdoor Wedding: Madellyn & Blaine

July 23, 2019

It wouldn’t come as a surprise to us if Madellyn and Blaine’s wedding could influence the next Met Gala theme because their vegetable-studded affair with a jewel-toned palette is the quirky and elegant affair perfect for the red carpet! 

We’ll be the first say that we are over-the-moon that jewel-toned color palettes are back in style for the 2019 wedding season, and we’ve never witnessed a couple to pull off the theme with such sophistication as Madellyn and Blaine!  

Their Democrat Hot Springs affair featured pops of locally sourced radishes, carrots, and eggplants hidden throughout the event’s décor including Madellyn’s bouquet and the geode-lined reception tablescapes. What are our favorite elements of the big day? It has to be the overall neoclassic design of French-style chairs lined with soft white linen combined with the juxtaposition of the playful tee-pees that we filled with velvet tufted pillows.  

Congratulations to Madellyn and Blaine! Thank you for allowing us to design, plan, and coordination your grand event! 

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Vendors 

Planner and Floral Designer: Flourishing Art 

Photographer: J. Michelle Photography 

Venue: Democrat Hot Springs 

Videography: In Motion Pro 

Cake Design: GhilaDolic Bakery 

Rentals: Revelry Event Designers and Walker Lewis Rentals 


Rustic Countryside Destination Wedding: Lucy & Ben

July 16, 2019

As a couple that is by far one of the sweetest couples we have had the pleasure of working with, we are thrilled to share Lucy and Ben’s destination wedding in the UK at Clock Barn with you on the blog!

Located in the heart of the countryside, the seclusion of Clock Barn grants couples a venue unlike many things offered in the region.  The beautiful exposed beams give an air of vintage OLD WORLD – fit for the couple craving a rustic wedding. For Lucy and Ben, they admired the endless options offered by the Clock Barn, and we took full advantage of its natural beauty when it came to the overall design. From the paper flags and table numbers to all of the day’s floral arrangements, we incorporate shades of white, champagne, and citron in countless of the details.

Many thanks to Hana Laurie Photography for allowing us to share these special moments, and congratulations to Lucy and Ben!

Vendors:

Planner and Floral Designer: Flourishing Art

Photographer: Hana Laurie Photography

Venue: Clock Barn


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