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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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{ 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…

Jake | The Fleuriste

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.

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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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!

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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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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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{ Petal Posse } : We need you!

So…you want to earn some extra money or perhaps try something new?! If you’ve mastered a “fun, upbeat and positive” attitude and see yourself as a “team player”, then you might be the next draft pick for Team Fleuriste’s Petal Posse.

Who are we you ask? The Fleuriste is a high-end floral & event design company catering to an audience of Oklahoma’s trendsetters. We are approaching a fast-paced summer season and need your help!

Sound interesting to you? We’re in search of peeps for our Petal Posse { hours worked will depend on our ever-changing schedule }. You’ll be helping us make events happen — prior experience not required { we’ll train ya }.

The position requires the following:

:: good verbal communication skills
:: ability to communicate via text and e-mail
:: keen multi-tasking skills
:: ability to work in a high energy, fast paced environment
:: must be able to utilize smartphone time/attendance technology { you wanna get paid, don’t ya?! }
:: must maintain a valid driver’s license
:: flexible schedule { work weekends }
:: ability to stand for long periods of time
:: ability to lift heavy items
:: ability to walk long distances { in & out of ballrooms/event spaces }
:: ability to follow instructions & take constructive criticism

Sound fun? Sound challenging? Wanna bring donuts for #TeamFleuriste each morning? { Ok fine, that last one’s not required, but you can’t blame us for taking a shot } go ahead…email us with your name, contact info and a little bit about yourself!

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