Video: How to Make a Chuppah

Our friend Fuschia of Fuschia Moss Floral Design is here to help show us how to make a chuppah. See how we used a bale of southern smilax and late summer forsythia foliage to create a base and a very small amount of oasis and chicken wire to provide support and nourishment for the flowers.

Video: How to Make a Boutonniere

Watch as Kelly puts together a boutonniere and explains the various methods of wiring needed. She also shares tips about using ranunculus, color combinations and more. Learn how to become a florist and take floral design classes online with Team Flower. Here you can even learn tips on flower gardening for beginners. We'll show you how to do flower arrangements in flower arranging videos.

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-So I have-- and I keep a little reference here whenever I buy new wire-- but this is a 20 gauge. Helps me remember what it is that I want so I can refer back to it. And I just cut off some small sections here. I'm going to fold that in half like a bobby pin.

I'm going to take my ranunculus, and I'm going to pull off anything that is undesirable-- be a petal that got crushed or is facing the wrong way. And I'm just going to snip that off. And some people will just use the stem of their ranunculus for the boutonniere. They wouldn't wire it, and that's another option, another thing that you can do. I prefer the wire because I can have more control over how if faces.

Now this is the stem tape that I mentioned earlier. Whenever I'm choosing-- it comes in several different colors-- but whenever I'm choosing which to use, I consider the flower that I'm using and I try to match as closely as I can with the stem color of the flower. This makes it look most natural. So get as close as you can up to the neck of the flower.

And I am just carrying that tape, stretching it out as I and twisting and finishing that off. Now see, I'm taking that and I'm just going to tilt the face of the flower forward. So now I have a wilder flower and a flower that is cooperating with what I want to do with it. And I have some olive here I'm going to lay in as a backdrop for it. Sometimes I put two pieces of back and maybe one down in here, which I think too that the lapel goes off to the right-hand side. So having a little flourish on the right side it's always nice.

And I'm going to add some berries for texture. And feel free-- like this berry that's a really dark red. It is pulling out some of the color in that ranunculus, but it's just not exactly where I want it to be. So I'm just going to clip that off. And then I trim a few of these piece off here that are lower. And that gives me some berries that can go high.

Then there's a few ways you can finish this off. I'm just going to show you how to use stem tape to finish it off today. But you can use a thin tape and wrap it the same way that we wrapped our bouquet if you like. Or I just tie simple knots to cover my tape. so for a fancier wedding that might be best. But when you wrap with stem tape I just clip off these thicker branches on a little bit of an angle here.

And some people take that little wire that we had and they'll make a little curler or flourish with it. I don't do that very often. But yeah, I pretty much always dress them up with some ribbon.

So practice a few ways to experiment check out a few different ways that you could do that. The oasis tape- you just wrap it around, wrap it back around like we did with the bouquet and these lower stems here are exposed and let's put that there. So now you have a cute little boutonniere that you can photograph. And you make a little tray of wine or you could make a tray of three or five is what I like to do. Now we're going to turn that boutonniere into a flower crown.

Helpful Advice for Working Together With Your Spouse

Team Flower Member Kathleen and Sloan own a high-volume retail floral business as well as manage a separate wedding and events brand. They’ve been thinking a lot recently about what has made this partnership and this business so successful. It’s impossible to pinpoint just one thing, but Kathleen offers a few pearls of wisdom for anyone on this journey—or for those who are contemplating the idea.

Video: Easy Ways to Organize Your Studio to Process Flowers Efficiently

In this snippet from the Team Flower Foundations class, Kelly walks you through her studio setup and how she organizes everything for maximum efficiency and minimum workload. Many people don’t realize that working in the floral industry can require a lot of manual labor. From picking up and moving buckets of water to processing flowers to delivery, these are all tasks that can take a toll on our bodies!

Nurturing Creativity in Floral Design with Ponderosa & Thyme (Part 2 of 2)

This is the second of two episodes with Katie of Ponderosa & Thyme! In this episode, Katie and I pick up where we left off in Part 1 talking about teamwork and accountability in the studio. We’re discussing how to be an introvert in the floral industry while also being brave in reaching out and doing life with other flower professionals. We are also talking about creativity and how to nurture a greater sense of creativity in your life and your work.

The 2018 American Grown Field to Vase Dinner With Kelly

Every year, American Grown Flowers hosts a multitude of Field to Vase dinners across the United States. These events are held at beautiful farms that place seasonal, local, and sustainable American-grown flowers at the center of each table and serve locally grown food, beer and wine prepared by a farm-to-table chef. The focus of the dinner tour is on the flowers, the farms, and the guests, which makes for quite a magical experience!

Video: How to Make a Cradle Bouquet (AKA a Pageant Bouquet)

The cradle bouquet (also known as the pageant bouquet) is often overlooked by designers. This bouquet shape is perfect for gracefully draping over one arm. It is similar to a cascade, but it moves out and away from the body rather than in front. It's pleasant and easy to hold, surprisingly lightweight, and perfect for a bride who likes to keep her flowers close.

Cultivating Kindness with Ponderosa & Thyme (Part 1 of 2)

This is the first of two episodes with Katie of Ponderosa & Thyme. In this episode, Katie shares how her heart for flowers began and how blooms have shaped her life through the years. We are discussing the beauty and simplicity of kindness, why it is essential in the floral industry, and how to create a culture of kindness and self care in your environment to avoid burnout.

Fast Flower Video: Winter White Flower Arrangements

In this centerpiece time-lapse video, Kelly quickly pulls together a centerpiece for your inspiration! Learn how to become a florist and take floral design classes online with Team Flower. Here you can even learn tips on flower gardening for beginners. We'll show you how to do flower arrangements in flower arranging videos.

Incorporating Color Theory in Floral Design with Tinge Floral

On this episode of the Team Flower podcast, we’re talking with Ashley of Tinge Floral. We are diving into Ashley’s passion—color! She is sharing her knowledge and philosophy behind the role of color in floral design. Ashley walks us through her process of utilizing various tones when working with clients and how these design elements play out. We are discussing life as a flower mom, and Ashley is telling us all about her Color Theory Workshop!

Max Gill Design

On this episode of the Team Flower Podcast, Max Gill of Max Gill Design shares his philosophy behind his designs, finding inspiration in the natural process of nature. We are drawing parallels between people and flowers and how to embrace challenges and allow them to shape us. Max is discussing how his journey is teaching him to trust and how impactful his floral community has been in his life. He's giving a few tips on how to combat jealousy and competition as well as how to embrace your personal style.