Sunday, January 29, 2017

Talking Flowers with Dinuba Garden Club

In mid January, I had the pleasure of presenting a lecture and demonstration for a lovely group of ladies from the Dinuba Garden Club. This club has been in existence for 85 years, as reported by one of the longtime members.

My history with the club goes back a few years; I first met some of the members as a new 'sprout' at Dinuba Garden Center, in 1983. I've been asked to present programs for them many times. It's always a pleasure!

My program this year was 'Finding Winter Treasures in the Garden'. I brought a lot of foliages and a few commercially purchased flowers to demonstrate how even in winter, beauty and fragrance can be found in the garden, and brought in to be enjoyed. Using jars and vases that most would already have in the cupboard, I showed how a simple grouping of 3 little vases with lavender, scented geranium and rosemary. A cylinder vase with tulips and a few sprigs of Pink Diosma made an excellent surprise gift for the hostess.

 Succulent cuttings from my collection were inserted into moss and foam for a living picture, made from an old frame.
Living Succulent Picture 

Vintage Flower Frogs 

 The last item I demonstrated was an arrangement in a vintage dark green glass compote, with the old-fashioned chicken wire method of mechanics.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

VICTORIAN GARDEN WEDDING | BRITTANY + WILL | June 10, 2016 | Central California Weddings

Hello Blog Readers! 
I have a beautiful wedding to show everyone today, from back in early summer, at Victorian Gardens just outside of Visalia, amongst the walnut groves, and the native Valley Oak trees is a shaded, grassy venue with beautiful plantings all around a lovely Victorian era home. 
Brittany and I spent lots of hours getting the details just right, getting their vision was important, (as it always is!) and with the help of an awesome vendor team, a beautiful ceremony and reception was brought to life. 
Their color palette of a softened teal blue in the linens and the bridesmaids dresses, silvery-gold mercury glass, lots of white and ivory flowers; a hint of blush and a big mixture of many types of greenery has been one of my favorite palettes to design with. Vanessa Noel Events did a great job with everything, including the Fruit Stand set up for the guests, as a meaningful snack to enjoy from the bride's family's farms. 
From Lyndsay Undseth's Blog-
"Brittany and Will are married! It was such a gorgeous and incredibly happy day, I have way to many favorite moments to share. They were married at Victorian Gardens in Visalia, California. Thank you to all of the vendors for making everything run so smooth (and beautiful!)."

Awesome Event team: 
Event Planner: Vanessa Noel Events   |   Ceremony, Reception and Catering: Victorian Gardens and Fugazzi’s Bistro    |   Photography: Lyndsay Undseth Photography   |   Floral Design: Fleurie Flower Studio    |   DJ: Feet First Entertainment   |   Silent Disco: Silent Storm   |   Lighting: Light Up The Walls   |   Ceremony Music: Arpeggio Strings    |   Cake: Frosted Cakery   |   Transportation: Orange Belt Stages

Check her blog at the link below to see the rest of the gorgeous photos

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Wedding Day video of Trang and Ryan, from Cloud 9 Cinematography

The love between these two is so heartwarming! A beautiful video record of their wedding day, including a lot of glimpses of the flowers Fleurie provided. Thank you to the Abrina family for choosing me to do the flowers for your big day.

Trang + Ryan Wedding Film from Cloud 9 Cinematography on Vimeo.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

So many beautiful flowers have passed through my hands this year! Where has time gone?

Hello out there, and if you wondered where I've been, its been a busy year! Between corporate events, weddings, rehearsal dinners, baby showers and other fun occasions, I have also been growing flowers to use for my clients.
Below are a few of the event arrangements I made through the spring, many of the flowers used were from my garden; a fact that I am very proud of.
The most prolific were my ranunculus. I planted 200+ in January and was rewarded with blooms until late May! Sweet peas are always a hit, and this year, proved the same- I picked so many until the heat hit in late May.  Iceland Poppies, Penstemon, Garden Roses, Anemones, Orlaya, Green Mist Ammi, Feverfew, Nigella and so many more played a huge role in the beauty of the arrangements all through spring.
Now its the hot summertime, and I am behind on planting as usual, but there are so many new dahlias to introduce when they start blooming! I can hardly wait.

I will save the wedding flowers for another post, but I was so happy to be able to incorporate my flowers into so many wedding arrangements!

I will try not to wait so long in between posts next time! I am so thankful to have so many loyal and happy customers!

Monday, February 29, 2016

Fleurie Flower Studio Providing flowers for weddings and events in the Central Valley of California

Fleurie is proud and happy to be providing flowers all over the Central Valley this year!(click on highlighted venue name to find out more about each one)
Dinuba/ Reedley area- R Wedding House - event venue
Visalia- Historic Seven Sycamores Ranch,  Victorian Garden
Fresno- The Grand 1401 
Clovis- Minnewawa Estate
Madera- Toca Madera Winery
Sanger- Kings River WineryAnnadale Equine Center, The Grove Weddings
Weekends and Fridays are filling up for me, as Fleurie accepts a very limited number of clients for weddings and events each month.
Are you still planning for this year? Be sure to inquire soon!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

A Vintage Tea Party tabletop with Firefly, R Wedding House and Fleurie

This was a fun day of creating various inviting tablescapes with fellow local vendors-
Firefly Vintage Rentals, R Wedding House and me, Fleurie Flower Studio. In these photos we focused on a Tea Party theme-

When you hire vendors who work together often, you create a team of people who know how each other works, our strengths, and the ability to play off of each other's energy and creativity. It's a win-win situation!

See the full Facebook photo album here.for more photos.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Tips for interacting with your wedding floral designer

Hello to all the engaged couples and the wonderful folks helping to pay for your big day! 

Congratulations! I think the videos posted below give some great tips on a starting up a great and productive conversation with your floral designer. 
L + J wedding at The Pines Resort, Bass Lake, CA

We, as professional floral designers really, really want to create what you want for your wedding, within the budget that you have specified. It is all about the items that you are requesting from us. 

The majority of people haven't purchased wedding flowers before, so we realize it is all new, an unknown territory, As a professional Floral Designer, it is my job to guide and inform the client towards a happy conclusion to their meeting with me, hopefully ending in booking for their wedding day!

Friday, November 6, 2015

A look back at November 2014, Common Table Gathering at Historic Seven Sycamores

A little something we at Fleurie collaborated on with Queenpeach Design in November 2014. The Common Table dinner, at Historic Seven Sycamores Ranch.

Description from the website: 
"The Common Table’s mission is to build a creative community that cultivates positive and encouraging relationships & fosters a venue for honesty and vulnerability.  We believe there is greater fruit when relationships are grown through honest and encouraging relationships. We aim to leave strife and comparison at the doors and instead cheer on one another to excel in the creative talents we all have, and we begin all of this by spending time around the table"
Please take a moment to catch a glimpse of our Fall 2014 gathering which was captured by Taylor Armerding: 
Floral design by Fleurie and Queenpeach Designs
Candles and glasses, Queenpeach
Chalk art by Chalk You

Friday, September 11, 2015

Inspiration Photoshoot with Firefly Vintage Rentals, R Wedding House and Fleurie

What do you get when three creative lady boss business owners get together to brainstorm? A creative and fun day of styling flowers and unique rental items put together all in a tranquil setting. 

The grounds at R Wedding House in Dinuba, CA are so lush and pretty, even with our hot dry summers here in Central California. The venue owners take great care to make their place look picture perfect whenever you visit there. Many cozy vignettes are available for the perfect portrait, or that first kiss after the vows as a married couple.

The plentiful shrubs and trees made the perfect backdrop for Firefly Vintage Rentals' containers, linens, mixed vintage wood chairs, vintage china and silverware and unique silver pieces.
I was all too happy to fill the containers up with flowers and foliages and set about to styling the table with Kathleen. For this look, we went with colorful vintage glassware in blues and aqua tones, vintage books, surrounded with vintage silver casserole carriers, with a summer- into fall color palette. Some of the flowers here are grown right in the Fleurie | Flower Studio Garden.
A long table set with pretty mix n' match china and silverware; underneath it all is a vintage tablecloth, all available for rent from Firefly. All this was set upon Cindy's Farmhouse- style tables that are part of the venue package when you book R Wedding House for an event there. 

Get to know these participating Vendors- 
Kathleen of Firefly Vintage Rentals, Fresno
 Instagram: @fireflyvintagerentals

  Instagram: @rweddinghouse

Laurie of Fleurie | Flower Studio, Fresno, Tulare Counties and beyond
  Instagram @fleurieflowerstudio

Monday, July 20, 2015

A beautiful summer wedding at Holland Park West in Fresno, CA, with so many great vendors to work with!

Visit Ellie's Facebook album here! 

Planning, Styling and prop rentals by Kim of Oh What Joy

Photography:  Ellie Koleen Photography

Draping: Lanny Goudy of The Linen Shoppe

Floral Design: Fleurie | Flower Studio

photo: L Garza

Photo: L Garza

photo: L Garza

Monday, May 25, 2015

Styled photo shoots- some would ask why....

In the creative business of floral design, its all about showing what you can do, what you'd like to do....

If you build it, you can sell it, if you don't show it, you won't sell it etc...

So, in the interest of showing your stuff, showing off something a little different- new props, venues, etc., floral designers, venue owners, photographers, dessert buffet providers, paper artists, jewelry makers, makeup and hair artists and models get together to create a styled photo shoot.
It is a great way to familiarize and align yourself with local business owners, and highlight and promote something these vendors do really well that the public may not know about.

Sometimes, when the vendors all line up and make something really pretty, and a photographer documents it, it can get international attention, like on a MAJOR WEDDING BLOG.
This is huge for vendors like me. It is like a big pat on the back from a wedding industry blog devoted to showing their readers new and exciting ideas for their own weddings and events.

Really? They like my ideas? Boy, does that feel great! Its like: Wow, we brought together a great team, we shouldn't be surprised! But we are.  No matter how many times my business is published out there in the blogosphere, I know I will still be THIS excited.

So, thank you to Nikki for being bold, reaching out to me on Instagram with your idea for a "Paleta Inspired" photoshoot.

Our fabulous line-up of hard working vendors:

Nikki Martinez Photography
Cindy, R Wedding House- Event Venue
Nora, of Sugar & Sparkle
Makeup Artistry Studio, Fresno
Trademark Inspired
Creme de la Cake
Autumn and Audra, Humble in Heart
Laurie, Fleurie Floral Studio

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.