in bloom

“flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul.”
– luther burbank
so about 3 weeks ago, i turned the lovely age of thirty plus one {oof, it looks so much older when i write it out}. and for me, once i passed the 30 mark….my birthday wishes changed a bit. gone are the crazy birthdays at the club…the dreams of a new “it” bag…the girls’ weekends to la. now, i just wished for simple things – a picnic with friends, a cozy dinner at my favorite italian restaurant….

and a bouquet making class at studio choo.

yep, you heard me. πŸ™‚ studio choo is a charming floral design studio that i have been pining over since i stumbled upon one of this marvelous greenhouse wedding of one of the owners, jill.
cheerful, unruly and hopelessly romantic, i didn’t know much about flowers, but i did know that i loved everything about studio choo‘s arrangements! and if i had a pot of gold, i would have just booked jill & alethea 2 tickets to paradise as my wedding florists. but since that wasn’t in the cards for this budget bride, i did the next best thing…i signed up for their bouquet making class.

the class was really tiny – only 6 of us – and for almost 3 hours we watched and listened to jill and alethea as they shared with us their tips and tricks for creating the perfect unruly bouquet. they taught us how to incorporate the ever popular succulents into an arrangement and which flowers to start and end with, based on sturdiness and delicateness. then, they sent us off to wander around the shop to pick our own blooms for our very own bouquets. there was an army of dahlias – giant and small – in a dazzling array of colors. there were ranunculus galore. berries, jasmine, hydrangeas, geranium and others that i can’t even remember the names of. it was a like a candy shop! and slowly but surely, bloom by bloom, our bouquets came to life…
once it was assembled, theΒ studio choo gurus showed us how to wrap it together and finish it off with a pretty ribbon of our choosing. and, the great thing about these bouquets is that you can easily pop them in a jar or vase and voilΓ ! instant floral arrangement.

i tried to take as many photos as i could but realized quickly that my hands were full almost the entire class! jill and alethea took most of these but i was able to snap a pic of my masterpiece at the very end…..

{personal photo}

and the best part? the studio choo gals gave us parting gifts of our bouquets, the mason jar as a vase, flower shears and a sweet studio choo tote to carry everything in!

in those 3 hours, i learned so much about floral design – the style i like, the flowers, berries and filler i love and even the way i want my bouquet tied! and while it would be dreamy for me to design my own bouquet for my wedding day, i know that is down right crazy for me, as it willl just add more last minute stress that i am trying desperately to avoid. but, i now have the knowledge i need to speak the same language as my local florist, who is super flexible and loves new ideas. hooray!
so, if you have the opportunity to sign up for a floral design class, i say go for it! mine was reasonable and i know that many flower shops and city colleges offer classes like these. now i’m counting the days until i can take another one.Β  πŸ™‚
floral loving friends, if you could have a dreamy floral arrangement {or bouquet for those brides-to-be}, what beautiful blooms would you choose?


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friends, your sweet thoughts and inspiring comments are the bright spot of my day. please make the jump, hang out and share what’s on your mind. πŸ™‚

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  1. Anonymous wrote:

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  2. I took a floral design class at SF City College – still the same teachers there – it’s actually pretty good.

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  3. EMILY wrote:

    sylvie- she alreaday knew about it all the way on the other coast! Oh this is all so exciting! I am going to take a class- you’ve inspired me! xo

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  4. this looks so wonderful! a friend and i just recently did the flowers for a wedding in santa cruz and as we entered into the wee hours of the morning, arranging flowers at 2am, we jokingly wished out loud that we had taken a floral arranging class. and this one looks perfect! thank you so much for sharing πŸ™‚

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  5. sylvie wrote:

    november grey – are you sure we are not the same person? πŸ˜‰ i loved my photograpy class in college and i was a fashion and graphic design student but desperately need a refresher course in photoshop and sewing {i loved the sketching:) } if we were in the same city, i’d take them with you!

    lena – i have you as one of the first people i want to share my wedding photos with – you are my wedding goddess…you have an amazing eye!

    shoshann – i was thinking the same thing! another sweet tote to bring along with me on my farmer’s market adventures πŸ™‚

    ylenia – photos, what a clever idea! i am a sucker for the real thing but they never last as long as i hope πŸ™‚

    emily – yes – do send this post to your sis! and if she loves it as much as i do, she may be here to stay πŸ™‚

    tamara nicole & silver strands – welcome, friends! i love your sweet comments and can’t wait to get to know you both!

    Posted 10.27.10 Reply
  6. First of all, happy birthday! Secondly, that class sounds so fun! I love the photos you posted.

    Your blog is so great, I’m excited to come back and read more from you!

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  7. EMILY wrote:

    My sister is a floral designer. Perhaps this treature of a class will lure her to the west coast- how I miss her so. It’s true about flowers too- they make everything better. xo

    Posted 10.27.10 Reply
  8. Ylenia wrote:

    I love flowers so much! I have a few pictures of them stick into my desk at work to bright my grey office!!!

    Love for you to check out my BLOG and my giveaway!


    Posted 10.26.10 Reply
  9. Soooo cute, love all of the eye candy here! Cute blog too:-)

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  10. This is so cute. I love the little tote bag; it’s perfect for Farmer’s Market purchases.

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  11. What a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday, and figure out your floral preferences! Your bouquet looks beautiful, and I can’t wait to see how the one for the big day turns out!

    Posted 10.26.10 Reply
  12. What a lovely blog you have! I’m glad I found it today!

    Julie xo

    Posted 10.26.10 Reply
  13. Oh, Sylvie! I love this post! There are so many things I’m dying to do (with all of my copious spare time!) and a flower class is one of them. Photography, photoshop, sewing and bouquet making class! BRING IT.

    How awesome you did this! And how incredible those wedding shots are. You have such good taste. I know your wedding will be gorgeous.

    And yes, after (gulp) thirties hit… everything changes. And for the better.


    November Grey

    Posted 10.26.10 Reply