Sunday, April 19, 2015

Wedding Advice: Don't hire a vendor without a contract

It may seem like everyone is on the same page when discussing your wedding plans, but that is not always the case. A contract will protect you as a client, and your vendor. 

Read more about here:

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Fleurie :: Learn And Grow :: Photography Workshop :: Raquel Leal Photography

I recently had the opportunity to participate in a photography workshop hosted and taught by
Raquel Leal Photography. Her work is so lovely and dreamy! I also had the pleasure and honor of providing flowers for the students to photograph.

I've been interested in photography all my life, but had not taken a class for many many years. As a floral designer, it is so important for me to have lots of quality shots of my work. I so greatly appreciate the professional photographers that I work with for this! Having a professional photographer around when I need them is not often possible! It is my intention to improve my skills enough to just get by when one is not available. This includes my talented daughter, Lauren. I call on her when I can too, but alas, she can't always be on call for her mama either! (though I try)

The Glass Barn at Historic Seven Sycamores Ranch in Ivanhoe, CA was the ideal setting for this workshop. There are so many areas that are great vignettes to capture a photo.

Our beautiful bride model, Kylee, in a vintage soft gray-blue dress, with the bridal bouquet. Raquel provided the students with so many lovely models for the day.

detail shot of the bride's bouquet- 

A practice shot on depth of field and exposure, from our seats in the lecture portion-

practicing depth of field
Focusing on mid range depth

..and to decorate our big table that we sat at for the lecture part of the lesson, little arrangements in gold mercury glass, with a hand calligraphed table runner

...flower crowns for beautiful mom Julie and her adorable baby to wear, photographed outside the Glass Barn

flower crowns are a favorite thing to make

This is the beautiful Gabbie- holding our lush and flowing centerpiece. Love that her dress totally reflected the colors in the flowers.
Gabbie outside the glass barn. Looking fierce.

I want to thank Raquel for a great day of learning and growing for this floral designer. Also, thank you to our patient models; Kylee, Gabbie, Landon, Julie, Leslie and Taylor. It was a wonderful experience.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Pretty pretty! Blush toned bridal bouquet for Christine and Marquese's Engleman Cellars Wedding

Christine's request was to have a big, soft, fluffy blush colored bouquet to carry when she married Marquese at Engelmann Cellars in Fresno. I think we accomplished that! 
Her bouquet consisted of California grown David Austin Garden Roses, soft pink roses, 
Cafe au Lait dahlias, fern and eucalyptus. 

Joe Osejo Photography

Beautiful couple! 

up -close detail of the blush toned bridal bouquet 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Fleurie: featured in Magnolia Rouge's Favourite Bouquets of 2014

We are so very happy to announce that Fleurie has been mentioned not once but twice in Magnolia Rouge's Favourite Bouquets of 2014 blog post.

This photo shoot came about when Diana McGregor and I collaborated on a styled shoot that she had been dreaming of. It all took place in an almond orchard at a friend's family farm near Kingsburg California. The Weather was perfect, the lighting divine, and the field was perfectly groomed.

My daughter was called in last minute to model since one of them had cancelled. Her first modelling gig, and second time in a wedding dress.
Diana McGregor Photography |, Bryanna Kimura,- Makeup | Vintage Jessica's Gunne Sax dress

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Meet: Ellie Koleen Photography:: Friendsgiving Dinner

I had the pleasure of providing a pretty garland for Ellie and Spenser's friendsgiving table this week.
I love Ellie's work, and the photos she has up on her blog make my work look soooo good. From the vintage gold glassware to the modern white plates, it looks right out of a magazine.

 I look forward to working with her more in the future!

Here's the link: Ellie Koleen Photography

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A Passion for Flowers: California Grown Floral Inspirations: Part 2

A Passion for Flowers: California Grown Floral Inspirations: Part 2: Ready for a little more California Grown Inspiration?  Remember last spring when we shared some our favorite California grown flowers wit...

Sunday, October 5, 2014

This is what makes the hard work of wedding flowers all worth it!

A client that is satisfied with the service a vendor provides is the best advertisement.
The sweetest note arrived in the mail last week, it was from the mother of the groom. It is so wonderful to get concrete feedback on something my team worked so diligently to make perfect.

Photo by Lauren Garza

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Bold, bright end of summer outdoor wedding at Victorian Gardens of Two Sisters

As a floral and event designer, Fleurie is asked to do different styles of wedding flowers all the time. 
This wedding at Victorian Gardens of Two Sisters was no exception.  Jessica and Matt wanted a bright, clean, modern look for their big day. 

Using the color palette of bright orange, hot pink, and white, we created a pretty, bright and cheerful palette for their outdoor wedding at Victorian Gardens of Two Sisters near Kingsburg, CA

Lauren Garza Photography

Lauren Garza Photography

Lauren Garza Photography

Floral design by Fleurie

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Trending: Mon Cheri Bridals features two Fleurie bouquets!

Mon Cheri Bridals: Trending: 24 Romantic Cascading Bridal Bouquets 

Fleurie is honored and excited to be included in this post on trending bouquets along with some fantastic floral designers! 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Fleurie's Protea flower crown is on Resendiz Bros. blog this week

Always great to be included in a blog post from CA Grown, Resendiz Bros. Protea Growers:
A Passion for Flowers blog.
Proteas and their flower and foliage cousins are so versatile. In this design, I used smaller bright orange pincushion proteas, a fantastic yellow pincushion and various foliage from Resendiz Bros. Then added in my garden grown favorites of spike Celosia and Bunny Tails grass.

This would be a great look to wear for weddings, prom, engagement photos, music festivals or as a friend said, for frolicking through the woods!

And because every post needs a flower or two in it, here is my flower crown, me and my chicken friend. Images of the flower crowns are by Lauren Garza.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Any time is a great time for a flower crown!

When is the right time to have a flower crown, floral head piece, flower halo (and any of the other names for them!)?

Short answer: Any Time! Once you slip the floral adornment onto your head, you feel different, special, FESTIVE.

Can we make one for you soon? Call 559-281-1093 or email: to order

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Fleurie is now listed in as a vendor

Fleurie is proud to be a member of the Slow Flowers movement.
The mission of is simply this:
To promote American-grown flowers, to make it easy for flower consumers to connect with florists, shops, studios and farms who provide American-grown flowers, and to encourage truthful and transparent country-of-origin labeling in the floral industry. 
This bouquet was made from flowers gathered in the Fleurie cutting garden May of 2013

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Full Bouquet Blog:: Featuring the Northern California Chapel Designers

What an honor to be in this great group of talented florists!

See us here:

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Magnolia Rouge featured blog post- Almond Blossom styled shoot

This shoot all came together over Instagram! I know, hard to imagine such beauty could come of such a simple little square photo and a hashtag. Diana McGregor contacted me about doing a photo shoot in the almond orchard early this spring. We got the date scheduled, and then time to figure out who and where. The who was me, Fleurie, Bryana of BMK Faces, makeup artist, models, Maddie and, Camille.

Special thanks to the Schmidt family for the use of their beautiful property, and to Tricia and Jill for all the last minute help on the little details that matter so much. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Fleurie will be on the Magnolia Rouge blog on Monday!

Here is a little sneak peek from Magnolia Rouge's Instagram feed. My work is on the top right. Photo shoot took place in an almond orchard this February.

Thank you to Diana McGregor Photography, Bryanna of BMK Faces for your hard work on this! Thanks to Shailey and Steven for the use of their property. Thanks go to our lovely models for the day, Maddie and Camille for the great job of modeling!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Check out the new Fleurie website!

Fleurie can now be found at the new (still under a bit of construction) website:
For now, I will be blogging occasionally here. I hope to have the two sites consolidated in the future. These changes are all part of an effort to get the word out about Fleurie and the services we offer, in an informational and eye-catching manner.
wedding reception flowers fleurie coral

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Chapel Designers | Florabundance Inc., Floral Design Conference, Santa Barbara

I spent three days last week in flower lovers heaven. I attended The Chapel Designers conference in Santa Barbara, CA. Florabundance Inc also hosted the workshop. It was held at the beautiful Sunstone Winery in Santa Ynez CA

Some of my favorite floral designers were on the agenda to teach the workshops.
Holly Heider Chapple, Francoise WeeksJoseph MasseyNancy Liu Chin, not to mention floral designer and blogger Alicia Schwede of Bella Fiori and Flirty Fleurs, speaking about social media and marketing.
Also presenting were Photographer Diana Prunean, and Graphic Designer James Prunean. Kevin Chin was on hand to capture it all on video.

I'll skip over the many details and get right to some photos!

Participants waiting for the program to begin. The winery was in a beautiful setting.

My bouquet, made in Holly's teaching portion of the  workshop

Jessica of Blooms n' Blossoms
I am so thankful I finally got to meet my Kentucky flower friend in person. Jessica and I have been on Facebook for over a year, and when this opportunity came up, I couldn't believe it was really happening, that she would be travelling to California to attend and become a Chapel Designer, with me. 
I will forever treasure our time together. Especially the late night romp in the Pacific Ocean. 
We did a lot of laughing, a little crying and a whole lot of learning and growing. 

Sheri with her gorgeous bouquet
This is Sheri, she lives in Texas and owns Blumenmeisters Flower Shop. We met last year at the conference. We didn't get to talk at first, but when we had a minute, we started talking non-stop. I was so happy to hear that Sheri would be coming back to California again. She is a super talented floral designer and businesswoman. And a sweet friend. I'm lucky to know her. 

Susanne, of the Blue Carrot
This is the adorable Susanne, she is the proprietress of a floral design studio and garden called 
The Blue Carrot. She traveled from the UK and joined us for one day. I was so excited to learn that she would be joining us for the conference. I have been an avid follower of her beautiful work for some time. 

 I'd like to personally thank Holly and Evan Chapple and Joost Bongaerts of Florabundance for all their work on this event and their dedication to the floral industry.
There are many more to thank, and many, many new friends in The Chapel Designers group to get to know.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

I am happy, proud, giddy and just outright excited to be a member of the trendsetting group of floral designers called "The Chapel Designers

It is a wonderful group of like-minded florists from all over the world that gather together to support, learn, grow and challenge each to their reach their highest potential. 
I want to thank Holly Heider Chapple for all the love and work and passion she puts into the group and into our profession.

Here is a little tease of the bouquet I made that is included in the post:

2013 Trend Setting Wedding Bouquets by The Chapel Designers
The groom, holding his soon to be wife's bouquet just before the wedding.
Included in the design is Incense Cedar from my friend Rosemary at Squaw Valley Herb Gardens, and plumosa fern from my own garden.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Meet Kathleen of Bloemster!

What a fun and full day Kathleen Williford of Bloemster and I had on a lovely December day. The power of social media, and bringing like minded people together is just awesome.

Who would have known a simple comment on a social media page would lead to a 3+ hour drive and a day full of exploring a couple of organic farms, wreath-making and non-stop talking?

Well it did. Kathleen made the trip to Reedley on a sunny December day. Read about it in her blog post here on Bloemster:

The lovely start and end to our busy day-
Kathleen and Rebecca of Tory Farms in Dinuba. Notice the Egrets flying in to investigate in the background....I was a little distracted taking this picture!

Kathleen and I with our (mostly) finished wreaths with Tory Farms grapevines and foraged evergreens

Read more about it on Kathleen's new Farm to Home Lifestyle blog!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

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Via Style Me Pretty- Secrets of top designer Lisa Vorce

A little after-Christmas reading via Style Me Pretty: 8 Secrets of Top Designer Lisa Vorce

Here is an excerpt that I found particularly useful for brides gathering ideas for your wedding. 

"How do you use online sources for inspiration but tailor them to your own style?
Super easy! Just remember that online sources are for inspiration… not replication / duplication. Use them to get inspired and get the creative juices flowing, and not as a “catalog” of what you want at your event. So many times brides come to me with a Pinterest board of 57 different directions thinking they want them all. A well-designed and “bespoke” event is one that is truly about who you are at your core. Take the inspiration you see online and translate it into a vision that is most fitting for you. Stay true to yourself!"

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Winter Wedding in purples and greens

The last wedding of the year was a particularly special one. They are all special, as such a sacred important occurrence always is. I don't take my job lightly, so often, for me, it is an emotional time. This was truly one of those emotional times. 
For this wedding, I was was familiar with the bride, but had never met her in person. A friend of many friends.
When we met, I knew it would be a perfect match- bride-to-be and florist, and of course, the future husband and wife. It was like they were out there, waiting to find each other, knowing many of the same people, but never meeting.

She said the words all creatives love to hear- I love your work, here are my colors and a few ideas, you do what you do best! When given that sort of creative freedom, my mind races to what I can do to fulfill the expectations in the best possible manner. the work becomes a part of me, of what I really love to do. 

So, this little glimpse of some of the wedding flowers shows you what comes from my heart and creative workings of my soul.

A woodland style centerpiece

flowers in a tea tin

This beautiful arbor, frame made by the bride's friend, the quote painted by another friend

The cake and the flower filled initials

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

China Peak Ski resort wedding photos are up!

Oh! I am so excited to share the photos from Robyn and Alden's mountain wedding! It was a day filled with twists and turns and changes of locations within China Peak Ski Resort. The ski resort staff did a fantastic job of resetting the entire wedding ceremony site and reception.

Van's Photography shared these photos on their blog today.

(c) Van's Photgraphy

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

On a Thursday in November, there is a fun event in our downtown area, called Ladies Night Out. It is sponsored by the Reedley Downtown Association. 
Fleurie recently joined this wonderful group of merchants, and participated in this fun event. We set up a table of goodies at Shinn Photography, along with Royal Brew. 
Ruth was the winner in our drawing for the decorated pumpkin! 

Our Reedley Downtown Association director, Barbie, wearing a Mardi Gras style Floral Mask from Fleurie

The pumpkin arrangement up as a prize in a free drawing. It was won by Ruth. She was pretty happy to come back down and pick it up!

Arrangements for the Ladies Night Out were inspired by the beautiful fall colors in my own front yard. Maple, Oak and Birch trees all contributed their fall colors to my palette.