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{ Team Fleuriste Spotlight } Taylor

 

Taylor came to work for us after Jake won her over in a local cable access version of The Bachelorette. We’re still wondering…..

When she’s not off learning nurse-ish type things, she is here helping to keep the show running on the floral side. Taylor does a lot of our processing when we receive flowers and is trying her hand in designing. She has quickly become a valuable part of the team and if we can convince her to leave nursing to work here forever, we’d all be very happy. We recently had an impromptu conversation in which she was unaware I was recording, the following is what is appropriate to share:

Taylor what is your favorite flower to work with?
T: I love peonies and garden roses. I love how peonies add something to every arrangement, and I had never seen garden roses before and I fell in love with them!

What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work and when you’re avoiding Jake?
T: I like reading and running and yoga { Note to self: don’t attempt these three activities at the same time. It doesn’t work }

What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?
T: Neon Trees! I saw them at the Brady in Tulsa. They’re not my favorite band, but they put on an amazing show!

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{ Field Trip Friday } Amy Cakes

Today’s Field Trip Friday could be my favorite so far because hello, cake samples! The team from Amy Cakes and the team from The Fleuriste have worked together on some pretty incredible weddings so I had to check them out, outside of event day, and get a behind-the-scenes look at their operation!
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Amy, also known as “Cake Mom” of Amy Cakes, has been in business since 2004. Her passion for sweets started in the bakery section of Albertson’s when she was 19. {But even before that? She worked with flowers for four years! No wonder our businesses get along so well.} As the business has grown, so have the cakes. I’ll never forget the six foot cake at the #LeaveItToBeavers wedding this summer! The base was 30” wide and fed 500 people! It was a total showstopper.

{ Field Trip Friday } Amy CakesI had to ask my favorite #FieldTripFriday question: “What is the biggest diva moment you’ve had with a bride?” Amy’s take is…brides are delightful but the mother of the bride can be a different story. After all, moms envision a daughter’s wedding as soon as she is  born, so passion can get the best of them! {I just had a daughter and can totally attest to the accuracy of this statement…sorry future wedding vendors…}

{ Field Trip Friday } Amy CakesI giggled at the notion of Amy Cakes‘ team not having a favorite flavor. Undeniably, they agree their cake is best; but apparently, you really can have too much of a good thing. {all sweets addicts are recoiling in horror right now} Creating 70 wedding cakes in May and June alone might make me feel the same way! Just kidding…I would totally love every sugary bite.

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Cue the Confetti

Today’s bride is a girl after my own heart. With a passion for Kate Spade and all things chic, Taylor was a match made for me! { and lets be honest, she was a match made for Team Fleuriste since Kate Spade is one of our favorite design divas } Black and white stripes never go out of style and when you mix that with gold confetti? Hello, soulmate!

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Our uber-creative design team came up with not only one, but two fabulous alternatives for the ring bearer and flower girl.  Blossom bag in tote, the on-trend flower girl was paired perfectly down the aisle with the dapper ring bearer.

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Chic looks great on you, Taylor and Jason! To see more of their festive affair, be sure to check out our gallery.

Taylor and Jason | The Fleuriste

photos courtesy of Kristen Edwards Photography all rights reserved

bridal coordinator LH Events    venue Oklahoma History Center

rentals Mood Party Rentals   lighting Innovative Event Solutions

catering Cheever’s Catering   photobooth The SNL Booth

cake Madison’s on Main   invitations No Regrets

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Once Upon A Time…

…there was a teenage girl who dreamed about her wedding. Today’s bride, Nishay, planned her ‘Happily Ever After’ when she was only 15 years old and brought the proof { what we’ll now refer to as THE binder } to our first consultation. This fairytale wedding included not only one modern princess and her prince charming, but also our favorites: lush flowers and dreamy details.

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Nishay’s passion for posh blooms was evident by the large section of THE binder devoted just to flowers. All of spring’s best were needed to create this storybook wedding. { peonies, sweat pea, hydrangea, garden roses and ranunculus…just to name a few } Based on Nishay’s reaction upon entering the ballroom, #TeamFleuriste nailed it!

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Romantic floral designs spilling from silver vessels in shades of blush, ivory and champagne accented the room. Cascading flowers topped the delicious five-tiered ivory cake while the sweetest floral crown topped the head of one very special flower girl! { Perhaps Nishay will pass on her love of weddings and we’ll see her flower girl toting her own wedding binder one day? }

Happily Ever After has never looked so happy. Congratulations Nishay & Anthony! To see more of their dream wedding, view the full gallery on our website.

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photos courtesy of Candi Coffman all rights reserved

video courtesy of Pen Weddings

wedding planner The Bride

rentals Marianne’s Rentals   ice sculpture Ideas In Ice   cake Amy Cakes

makeup  Chelsey Ann

 ceremony venue Crossings Community Church   reception entertainment Gaillardia Country Club

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{ Feature Friday } Sal!

Today’s feature is The Man.The Myth.The Legend…Sal! There is no better time to start writing from my point of view than the present { Hi, my name is Laura and I write these blogs } and I can’t wait for you to meet my Sal Pal. Back in October when I started working with the team, I quickly dubbed Mr. Salvatore Bovino “Sal Pal” because one, I love a cheesy rhyme and two, it is so true. Once you meet Sal, you get a Pal for life! { But seriously, meet him once and he’ll remember you forever }

A notorious joke teller, this cheerful man is behind the wheel for The Fleuriste driving our van and helping us with any number of odd jobs around the store. He knows every back road in town, the dirt on every family you’ve ever heard of, still uses a flip phone and has a heart of gold! If you really want to get to know Sal, you’ll have to catch him at happy hour. { he prefers Skyy } Otherwise, for the immediate inquiring minds, I’ve asked all of the hard questions below.

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How long have you been at The Fleuriste? Just a little over five years

What is your favorite part of your job? I love working with the other members of the team. I also love to deliver flowers to the ladies who are home and see their smiling faces!

What does a typical work day look like? When I first get to work, I’ll see what we have on the calendar for the day and get my instructions. Each day is different, which keeps it interesting for me. { Side note: I love sending Sal on errands for us. He is Team Fleuriste’s best PR because he knows everyone in town! }

What’s your favorite flower? Godetia

What’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t working? I like to mingle! { Side note: This was seriously his answer and all I got out of him! }

Where did you work before The Fleuriste? Right before coming to The Fleuriste, I worked at Michael’s Florist for eight years to the day. Before that, I was retired but before that, I was in the restaurant business. My late wife and I owned Sissy’s Tea and Luncheon Room in the First National Center. She wouldn’t let me in the kitchen so I worked the front of the restaurant while she was in the back!

Do you have a { clean and short } joke you can share with us? That’s too hard. I don’t have many of those and can’t remember any right now. { Side note: this is the honest truth. Sal’s jokes need adult supervision }

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{ Field Trip Friday } OKC Golf & Country Club

Fridays are for fun and what’s a part of Team Fleuriste’s fun? Field Trips! We love an excuse to get away from our desks { especially before a long weekend! } so today we’re getting out of the office and talking to Tracy Johnson, Event Director, at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club.

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For the past three years, Tracy has been responsible for overseeing all events at the club including everything from the annual member Christmas party to managing outside vendors during weddings. We can certainly say from experience, Tracy and her team make sure each event is executed perfectly!

Speaking of managing vendors, Team Fleuriste knows that we are Tracy’s favorite { obviously… } but when asked if she could agree with that statement, she diplomatically responded that her motto is “we are all a team so each vendor that comes in is treated like a part of the OKCGCC team to create the perfect event. I am truly enjoying developing friendships with the vendors here in OKC.” We suppose this response makes her job easier when she works with other vendors but we’ll always know the truth!

It goes without saying that planning events is a busy and stressful job. If you’ve ever planned a meeting or a party { or even just tried to get your friends to agree on a date for a lunch }, you know how crazy it can get so we had to know how Tracy does it every day. Her response? “I tell anyone thinking about event planning that you will either love it or hate it, there is no in-between.  If you love it you are crazy (and I love it so I am crazy) but it’s very rewarding.  No matter the event, and we do everything from business meetings to weddings, I want every detail to be perfect and each member and guest to have a great time.  I am so blessed to have an amazing staff here at the club that understands our vision and works to produce it every day.” Well…we love the floral event business so maybe we’re crazy too? No comment.

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All of the events hosted at the club are great but one of our favorite times to be there? Christmas! Have you ever seen their 30 foot tree? It is spectacular! Team Fleuriste found out that OKCGCC has a farmer in Colorado who they use specifically for their Christmas trees. The pre-selected tree arrives at 6:30 a.m., the Sunday after the Beaux Arts Ball, and the next two days are spent decorating it. If you haven’t seen this gorgeous sight for yourself, make it a priority this December!

Thank you Tracy and the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club for letting Team Fleuriste show you off today. We’re eagerly awaiting the end of the day so we can finish the week like Tracy does…by kicking off the heels and having a glass of wine. Cheers!

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On Wednesdays, We Wear Pink!

Its #WeddingWednesday! Today’s wedding is brought to you by the color pink. Just when you think you’ve added enough pink…inevitably you add more! Remember in “Steel Magnolias” when Julia Roberts said, “Pink is my signature color,” well today’s bride, Evan, channeled her inner-Shelby and dazzled her groom, Drew, in a glamorous pink gown.

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Cherry blossom trees highlighting the head table created a spectacular focal point in the ballroom. Other fabulous details from the night included pink flowers and crystals floating off of the chandeliers, brilliant blooms { in the signature colors of blush and bashful, of course } adorning the yummy cake and gold pom-poms { a nod to Evan’s cheerleading days } to celebrate the couple’s departure. This wedding wasn’t lacking in glam and girly details!

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And we wouldn’t dare forget about the groom – custom suits were made for the groomsmen and a whiskey bar with vintage Georgetown memorabilia was set up next to the ballroom. To keep the college spirit alive, Evan and Drew were escorted to their getaway car while the band played the OU Fight Song! We’re toasting the happy couple with a glass of Rosé and drooling over more of their wedding photos found in our gallery online.

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photos courtesy of Holli B Photography all rights reserved

wedding planner Judy Lehmbeck

ceremony venue All Souls’ Episcopal Church   reception venue OKC Golf & Country Club

rentals Marianne’s Rentals   cake Amy Cakes

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Ask #TeamFleuriste

Ask Team FleuristeHappy Sunday friends! Team Fleuriste is doing a Q&A blog post soon and we would love to know – what do you want to know about us? Are you curious about our people? Our business? Our event process? Our flowers? We’re ready to answer questions from these topics and more! Feel free to comment below or send us an email to hello {at} thefleuriste {dot} com. We’re excited to see what burning questions you have!

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{ Field Trip Friday } Judy Lehmbeck

Today we are back with another great industry partner in our Field Trip Friday blog series! We love showing off the people who work behind the scenes to make fabulous events possible and no one is more behind the scenes than today’s guest, planner-extraordinaire, Judy Lehmbeck. Since Fridays are a very busy day in the planner world, we took her out earlier in the week and helped her unwind in her most favorite way: having someone else wait on her while she eats dinner and has a drink!

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Judy’s 25 years of party planning experience could certainly write a book of it’s own.  We’re sure all the special requests, memorable moments and of course, diva episodes would fill the pages with laughter and intrigue. Judy is never one to kiss and tell; however, there was a particularly memorable moment she loved sharing. In New York a few years back, Judy planned a wedding at the Waldorf-Astoria {what a dream!}. The legendary Harlem Gospel Choir serenaded the wedding guests from the ceremony to the reception. {Swoon!}

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Did you know that Judy is a shoe aficionado? It never fails, when you see her, you have to find out where she got her shoes! Her go-to favorites are usually Stuart Weitzman but her latest and greatest find {and what she was wearing when we got together} is Marion Parke’s Bernadette. We hear these great little strappy numbers can be found at Oklahoma City’s very own Ballet’s.

In her “spare” time, Judy loves to travel. She has a long list of locations she has visited and several that she counts as favorites but as she says, “each time I leave a country, it becomes my new favorite.” The South of France currently holds the top spot on her favorite’s list {and left us dreaming of mediterranean sunsets!}.

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Judy’s client list is to-die for and perhaps that’s why we feel so lucky to work with her. Her well-rooted relationships seem to make the planning process a breeze. She continues to wow us with her creativity, drive and passion for the client!

A great big hug and kiss to Judy for sharing her time with us! We’ve gotta go now…we’re off to watch Judy’s new favorite show, “The Catch.” See you next time, friends.

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Modern Elegance

Contemporary, sleek, modern and elegant…these are just a few adjectives that accurately describe today’s #WeddingWednesday feature! Morgan and Omar are total trendsetters and it showed in their wedding style. Team Fleuriste loved getting to step up our creative game for this stylish couple!

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Our friends at Eventures { remember meeting them? } completely transformed Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club with drapery lined walls and set the bar high with their production design so we had to bring it with the floral design!

The head table was a total show-stopper of white phalaenopsis orchids and greenery suspended over a glass tabletop lined with white calla lilies! Acrylic tubing set the frame for this gravity-defying floral design. Lets also take a moment to acknowledge the glam factor that the combination of gold, white and glass/acrylic created! Simply stunning.


Gold tree stumps were used to create the base of the head table as well as the cake table. Amy Cakes did a fantastic job with this one-of-a-kind cake, which we accented with more white phalaenopsis orchids.

The bride’s bouquet was a stunning display of white vanda orchids { vanda orchids are a very rare flower that Team Fleuriste loves to use when given the chance! }. Omar presented the bouquet to Morgan before the ceremony, honoring a tradition of the groom giving his bride one last gift before they marry.

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The escort card “table” was actually a tree accented with even more white phalaenopsis orchids around the base. The leaves falling from the tree had the guest names and table numbers written on them. Is this incredible or what?! We loved creating it, along with all of the other incredible floral elements, for Morgan and Omar. Of course, we’ve only highlighted a few of those details here so you’ll definitely want to see them all by clicking HERE!

Cheers to Morgan & Omar! Here’s to a lifetime of modern elegance!

Morgan & Omar | The Fleuriste

photos courtesy Brittany Stover all rights reserved

wedding styling, rentals, decor, lighting & production eventures

ceremony & reception venue Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club

hair & makeup Taylor Tompkins, Courtney Peterson & Austin Hodges

stationery No Regrets and Occasions   cake Amy Cakes

cocktail entertainment Christian Pearson   reception entertainment The SoulStations