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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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{ Team Fleuriste Spotlight } Marckell

 

You may have witnessed his stealthy ways during event setup and asked yourself, I wonder who that man of mystery is and how does he so gracefully rock those curly frocks? Today the mystery is solved.  Introducing, Marckell, Fleuriste floral crew member and our lead mover and shaker. He’s always ready and willing to help out, and we dig that about him.

Marckell operates relatively “low pro” but when least expected he’ll interject something and create pure 24 karat magic (in the air). He’s big into his video games, Adidas track suits, and his girlfriend. Beyond that, you’re gonna have to give him a shot of Crown to find out for yourself.

What is the coolest thing you’ve learned to do at The Fleuriste?

-I like processing the flowers and the arrangements, and seeing all the production that gets done.

What three words would you use to describe yourself?

-Quiet (ya, we covered that already), Responsible, and Loyal (this guy is a catch!)

What’s an ideal date night for you and the lady?

-watching a bunch of classic movies like the Star Wars trilogy or the Alien movies. My girlfriend is a movie person so that’s really our thing to do

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An Icon’s Birthday. Celebrating Ranell Brown.

An iconic woman of warmth, style and grace. That’s how I would describe her.
And while my heavy heart acknowledges she’s not here to celebrate her birthday today, I will forever celebrate every incredible influence she’s had on my life.

Ranell was…

Daughter to my sweet (and sassy) Mema who affectionately longs to be with her daughter every day,
My father’s sister (and biggest cheerleader),
Wife to my incredible uncle Steve,
Mother to Matt and Meredith,
Lulu to her grandchildren,
The favorite aunt to her nieces and nephews,
The Family quarterback, gracefully calling all the plays,
A friend to everyone she met,
And among many other things, she was an icon to me.

Always there, listening and giving the best advice, my aunt Ranell made me feel exclusively special. Since moving back to Oklahoma, many people have shared their memories and stories about Ranell that ultimately revealed how special she made them feel. I quickly noticed the common thread.”Exclusively special” was the way Ranell made everyone feel. It was one of her countless gifts and she shared it – unconditionally.

In Ranell’s absence, The Fleuriste is lucky enough to now host the Crafty Crafters. This fabulous group of ladies historically met at Ranell’s house two Thursdays a month, for years and years. Inevitably, crafts transpired, as did lunch and lots of laughter and catching up. No one had to be particularly “crafty”; because at its core, this was really just a group friends who genuinely loved each other and wanted to spend time together. No technology, social media, texting, blogging or FaceTime, just friends connecting in real life. I must confess, Crafters are my guilty pleasure because they carry on that “exclusively special” feeling. These ladies fill my heart and wrap me in the spirit of Ranell every time they come to The Fleuriste. I’m so thankful that they’ve allowed me to join their friendship circle.

Ranell was so much more than I could ever aspire to be…she was Ranell… iconic, true and good.

So today, I say to my Aunt Ranell…

Happy Birthday dear!
You are celebrated, cherished, loved
and most certainly missed.
xoxo… Allison

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{ Feature Friday } Katy!

Today we’re featuring our newest employee, Katy! She is our Numbers Nanny and helps { well…tries to help… } keep Team Fleuriste organized and accounted for. Recently engaged, Katy is our first in-house bride and is enjoying seeing the behind-the-scenes of the wedding process. We are grooming her to be the best bride/client anyone has ever seen! { You’re welcome }

This gal bleeds orange, knows her way around a broom and loves a good Sal story. In between crunching numbers, Katy likes to make sure our mascot/shop dog, Nia, is behaving and gets plenty of love. Allegedly, she’s a great baker but since Team Fleuriste hasn’t seen the fruits of that labor, we’ll just have to take her friend’s word for it! { hint, hint } In her own words, here is more about Katy…
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How long have you been at The Fleuriste and what excites you about working at The Fleuriste? I have been at the Fleuriste for two months! The team-oriented atmosphere and the passion that everyone has for their job is what excites me the most about my new role at the Fleuriste. It’s great coming to work each day and being around a fun and enthusiastic group of people.

Which three famous people, living or dead, would you want to have dinner with? Justin Timberlake, Ellen Degeneres, and Kerry Washington. This group would definitely not be a boring group and lots of endless laughs.

What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t working? Hanging out with family and friends. I also love to attend OSU football games because I love everything OSU!

There’s a fire in your house – what three things do you take with you when you leave? Cell phone-of course, jewelry box, and my favorite purse.

You’re on the red carpet of a major event – which designer are you wearing? I would have loved to wear an Oscar de la Renta gown.

You’re #TeamFleuriste’s “Numbers Nanny” – what does that mean to you? I want to be the numbers expert and be able to help the team with any of their number’s needs and/or questions.

What is your favorite flower? Bird’s of Paradise

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Challenge Accepted

I’m sure by now you’ve heard all about the latest internet sensation…the Mannequin Challenge. While prepping for Flower School last week, Team Fleuriste had some fun and got in on the mannequin action! { I have a feeling the whole world will participate in this challenge when everyone is sitting in a turkey coma on Thanksgiving day }

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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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{ Feature Friday } Jake

Today I’m excited to introduce you to one of the newest members of Team Fleuriste, Jake! He is half of our Jason and Jake production team { or as they have become known around here, the JJs } and brings the perfect amount of sarcasm to complete our crew. A little sassy and a whole lot of crafty are two very important skills needed to be a successful member of our team and he is fitting in just fine so far! In his own words, here is more about Jake…

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Do you have any pets? I have a 4 month old Australian Shepherd named Teddy { side note: looks like Jake needs to bring his puppy in to play with our newest puppy team member, Nia! }

What is your favorite movie? The Outsiders { side note: did you see they’re working on preserving the house used in the movie? Its based in Tulsa and looks very cool. }

What did you want to be when you were growing up? I wanted to be a doctor

If you were competing in the Olympics, in which sport would you participate? Track

What is your favorite part of The Fleuriste? My favorite part so far is the team and how everyone works together. { side note: Jake totally gets bonus/brownie points for this answer! }

What is your favorite flower? Tiger Lily

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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.

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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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Rosé, all day

In the dog days of summer, a crisp cocktail is the perfect way to cool off! Here at the Team Fleuriste headquarters, we love all things Rosé. Inspired By This put together two different cocktails using our favorite summer wine that we will definitely be trying out. { what better way to celebrate wedding season than a His & Hers version? } Cheers to the weekend and cheers to you, friends!Rose His & Hers Cocktails

P.S. for an extra dose of fun, #TeamFleuristeLoves these shoes!Rose All Day Shoes

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{ Field Trip Friday } Ace Cuervo Photography

#FieldTripFriday is back y’all and today I’m talking to Ace Cuervo, wedding photographer extraordinaire. Since I’m still newish to Team Fleuriste, this series has been the perfect way of meeting other vendors in the event business. With Ace, he and I have met several times but haven’t had the chance to talk at length. { he’s usually shooting the bridal party while Team Fleuriste is setting up for the wedding } After today, I can totally see why brides feel so comfortable trusting their memories to Ace…we talked for almost 45 minutes and now I’m pretty sure we’re BFF!

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Luckily for all future brides, Ace may be based in Tulsa but travels anywhere he can for a wedding. I imagine he has shot in some grand locations but as he says, he likes to “bloom where you’re planted” so regardless of location, his goal is to find the beauty where he is. I’m sure its easy to fall into a repetitive trend, taking the same photos over and over but luckily Ace focuses on making sure each wedding is unique to the couple and never replicates the same images.

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As a first-generation immigrant, photography wasn’t a dream Ace had as a child but it quickly became a passion later in life. He received his business degree but decided pursing an MBA wasn’t in the cards. For years he worked at the Tulsa World as a photojournalist and gradually started shooting weddings on the side. { In fact, his first bride had to persuade him to take her pictures…she deserves a prize for getting him started in the business! } Eventually weddings called to him more than newspapers so nine years ago, Ace Cuervo Photography officially launched and he started the journey in self-employment!

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Speaking of self-employment, Ace is loving life as his own boss and setting his own hours. His favorite thing to do when he isn’t working is to relax with his family. { his wife of 12 years and two kids, 5 & 7 } Talented in not only photography, Ace also loves to work with metal and tinker around the house. When I started to hear about his love of vacations and his favorite island off of Cancun, I had to shut the conversation down. { I mean, if you aren’t going to take me there, why talk about it? AmIRight? }

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My favorite question to ask in this series? “Is there a drama or diva moment that you can share?” Once again, I was totally let down and not given the inside scoop { I suppose this helps get repeat business… } but Ace did share that when weather doesn’t cooperate, potential melt-downs could ensue so he’s become a pro at shooting around the crazy Oklahoma weather. As he says, “we can’t always have the beautiful sunsets so lets use what we have around us.” A break in the rain can turn into a mantel-worthy portrait or lightening and drama in the sky can create the perfect backdrop for a bride and groom!

Thanks to my new BFF…I mean Ace…for taking us behind-the-scenes of Ace Cuervo Photography! Have a great weekend!