Thursday, January 29, 2015

playing florist in the caymans

Ok...here is a delayed part II of my caymans trip!  These are all of the fun pics from getting to play floral assistant for a few days to help pull off the final gala at Engage in the Caymans.  (For those of you not familiar...Engage is a conference for all the big players in the wedding industry!)  After working with Karen Trans team and several floral designers from all over the US, Canada, & Jamaica to pull this off I have a whole new appreciation for the floral industry.  It is nothing new that the luxury wedding industry pretty much is all things in excess!....and this fell nothing short of that.  While the work was insane to say the least, it was super fun learning new things about another form of design while meeting some awesome people!


We prepped through what felt like enough flowers that there has to be a few countries that no longer have any blooms!  The prep work is what truly amazed me, made me realize why flowers for events are so damn expensive...and honestly made me ask how they don't cost more!  I learned the art of "reflexing" roses...which is where you actually make them bloom by hand...multiply that by thousands and you start to see a small glimpse as to why I think they should charge more.  I feel like reflexing is like working retail...everyone should do it just once and if will give you a whole new view on what goes into pulling off a great floral display, ect.



A little behind the scenes....first we prepped as much as possible in these tents set up at the Ritz...





Then once we were allowed access to the ballroom prep began there and in the lobby....think of this as like the flip from rehearsal dinner to reception...First was the massive flower wall.



Followed by the remainder of the room the following day/ day of event!


I hate this image did not turn out well...guest entered through a massive floral tunnel of orchids!


One shipment of roses arrived about 3 hours before the event...which ended up being the stage backdrop!


Now for some afters...carefully snapped by my iPhone while running to actually get ready for the gala in what felt like record speed!

 


 


The experience was unreal and felt like a huge floral blur by the end of the week...I hope you enjoy this little peak of one non floral designers take on flowers in masses!  Cheers to team Karen Tran!





1 comment:

  1. Amamzing!! I have no idea what reflexing means but it sounds time consuming with that many flowers!!

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