Queen Mary Bridal Show!

We spent Sunday at the Queen Mary Bridal Show by the Bridal Showplace. So of course we talked flowers all day which I always have a blast doing! We met MANY awesome couple and discussed some really unique and fun color themes! One that I really liked was burnt orange, cream and gray…. Granted I have always loved gray but it feels so fresh and modern with the burnt orange and cream!

We did host the “vote for your favorite bridal bouquet” contest again and the results were pretty close! We always try to guess which bouquet is going to be the favorite and usually we are pretty close but this time I was surprised which bouquet was the winner!  The one I thought would be the winner came in a close second place….

This time I designed 8 bouquets that we encouraged Brides and their families to vote on. 63% of the votes were from brides and we had 4 grooms participate.

The winning bouquet was #8 which was created from fall colors and include three shades of dahlias, two shades of cox comb, scabiosa, button mums and was finished off with burlap and a vintage bracelet.

The runner-up was #2 created from white and mini green hydrangea, peach roses and metallic succulent.

My personal favorite was #3 which was more of a nautical theme created from anthiriums, scabiosa, delphinium, thistle and dahlias.

SO…. Now to announce the contest winner….. Winning a $250 for flowers for ANY occasion is Cristina C. getting married on May 10th 2014! She voted for bouquet number 8.

This year we have been working with Something Turquoise (www.SomethingTurquoise.com) to bring “bouquet blueprints”. Each of the bouquets that were at the bridal show will be featured on the site with matching boutonnieres, information on availability and care as well as the recipe. It is definitely a fun project and I am glad Jen selected me to be part of it!

Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne

Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne

Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne

Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne

Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne

Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne

Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne

Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne

Big News, Small is Size!

SO… I have been MIA from my online presence lately and I have a VERY good reason…

Today I am 14 weeks pregnant! My husband and I are extremely excited and scared all at the same time. It is a huge change in our lives but we have never been more ready.

 I am finally out of my first trimester and practically over the horrendous morning sickness! I can now look at my computer, look at my phone and eat without running to the bathroom or grabbing a bucket (too much information?). Now that I can actually look at my computer I will be posting more!

 What does this mean for FDBJA, well not too much really, I have amazing assistance that have been extremely helpful the past few months while I have been feeling my worst. One of the many differences, I am not planning on climbing any ladders for weddings as we get deeper in the wedding season BUT you will still see me pointing and directing my assistance as they hang arches. Plus as you know, I am just a little bit of a perfectionist and it will be PERFECT or it will be re-done.

 So, a little bit of the fun personal side. We do not know the gender yet but we do have names and they are AWESOME… I will not share them just yet though. Also I love how my husband actually likes going to my doctor visits and seeing the baby on the ultrasounds. He is going to be such a wonderful father! We have had four ultrasounds so far and they just keep getting more fun each time we go. Our fridge has way to may ultrasound pictures on it and one even looks JUST like my husband. He refuses to see it but it is SO true!

 That pretty much wraps it up! Next post will be about flowers, I swear! :)

Guest Lecture at Golden West

Spring semester just started back up at Golden West College and I will be guest lecturing again this semester. I realized I NEVER posted pictures from my last guest lecture!! So today I want to show the class projects from last semester.

We used aluminum wire in copper with lily grass, green button mums, orange spray roses and lemon leaf to create a necklace, boutonniere and a wrist corsage. The majority of the pieces were glued however I still find it important to go over wire and taping techniques. I always look forward to being part of the Floral Program at Golden West College!

We used aluminum wire in copper with lily grass, green button mums, orange spray roses and lemon leaf to create a necklace, boutonniere and a wrist corsage. The majority of the pieces were glued however I still find it important to go over wire and taping techniques.

We used aluminum wire in copper with lily grass, green button mums, orange spray roses and lemon leaf to create a necklace, boutonniere and a wrist corsage. The majority of the pieces were glued however I still find it important to go over wire and taping techniques.

We used aluminum wire in copper with lily grass, green button mums, orange spray roses and lemon leaf to create a necklace, boutonniere and a wrist corsage. The majority of the pieces were glued however I still find it important to go over wire and taping techniques.

We used aluminum wire in copper with lily grass, green button mums, orange spray roses and lemon leaf to create a necklace, boutonniere and a wrist corsage. The majority of the pieces were glued however I still find it important to go over wire and taping techniques.

We used aluminum wire in copper with lily grass, green button mums, orange spray roses and lemon leaf to create a necklace, boutonniere and a wrist corsage. The majority of the pieces were glued however I still find it important to go over wire and taping techniques.

We used aluminum wire in copper with lily grass, green button mums, orange spray roses and lemon leaf to create a necklace, boutonniere and a wrist corsage. The majority of the pieces were glued however I still find it important to go over wire and taping techniques.

 

Rehearsal Dinner!

The rehearsal is often over looked when flowers are concerned however NOT for Kelli and Peter! When Peter’s Parents were planning the rehearsal dinner they wanted everything to be perfect…. From the food and room to the flowers and of course the super cute word searches! We went with a bright color them that mimicked the colors of the wedding (navy blue, copper, Ivory) and used the same type of flowers that would be used the following Saturday. For a very modern feel we went with ceramic cube vases in ivory and cement filled with a mix of royal blue hydrangea, open roses and dahlias all accented with wide open flat wire and looped flax leaves.

mix of royal blue hydrangea, open roses and dahlias all accented with wide open flat wire and looped flax leaves

Rehersal Dinner 2

Since Kelli and I have been extremely close since we were 3 , I had to go above and beyond when it came to the traditional rehearsal bouquet. I did not want to do a bouquet with the ribbons attached to the paper plate so I created origami flowers from the wrapping paper from the shower. I used the ribbons underneath the bouquet as well as in the center of the flowers.  I got slightly carried away making flowers and made too many! So instead of wasting them I made small bouquets for the bridesmaids. Each was slightly different since all of us girls were going to be wearing different colors.

. I did not want to do a bouquet with the ribbons attached to the paper plate so I created origami flowers from the wrapping paper from the shower. I used the ribbons underneath the bouquet as well as in the center of the flowers.  I got slightly carried away making flowers and made too many! So instead of wasting them I made small bouquets for the bridesmaids. Each was slightly different since all of us girls were going to be wearing different colors.

. I did not want to do a bouquet with the ribbons attached to the paper plate so I created origami flowers from the wrapping paper from the shower. I used the ribbons underneath the bouquet as well as in the center of the flowers.  I got slightly carried away making flowers and made too many! So instead of wasting them I made small bouquets for the bridesmaids. Each was slightly different since all of us girls were going to be wearing different colors.

. I did not want to do a bouquet with the ribbons attached to the paper plate so I created origami flowers from the wrapping paper from the shower. I used the ribbons underneath the bouquet as well as in the center of the flowers.  I got slightly carried away making flowers and made too many! So instead of wasting them I made small bouquets for the bridesmaids. Each was slightly different since all of us girls were going to be wearing different colors.

. I did not want to do a bouquet with the ribbons attached to the paper plate so I created origami flowers from the wrapping paper from the shower. I used the ribbons underneath the bouquet as well as in the center of the flowers.  I got slightly carried away making flowers and made too many! So instead of wasting them I made small bouquets for the bridesmaids. Each was slightly different since all of us girls were going to be wearing different colors.

. I did not want to do a bouquet with the ribbons attached to the paper plate so I created origami flowers from the wrapping paper from the shower. I used the ribbons underneath the bouquet as well as in the center of the flowers.  I got slightly carried away making flowers and made too many! So instead of wasting them I made small bouquets for the bridesmaids. Each was slightly different since all of us girls were going to be wearing different colors.

Coming soon…. THE WEDDING!

Bridal Shower for an AMAZING Friend

Last summer I had the pleasure of being Maid of Honor in a wedding. I have known the bride since we were literally 3 years old. Growing up she always felt like a sister but even better! We talk on the phone way too much (okay, there is NO such thing as too much) and have the kind of relationship that no matter what we are going through happy sad or bored, the other is always there! With that being said, the pressure was on to host (alongside her mom) an awesome Bridal Shower!

We planned for weeks; décor, games (nothing to cheesy or embracing) and food. We finally agreed that classic and elegant was the way to go! The focus of the décor was large pillars of balloons in three different white shades. It was an inviting yet classic look that turned out perfect! We selected a color palette of peach, pale green and white for the flowers.

Some other details around the shower included handmade candle favors (that was an interesting afternoon around my house….) and cloth napkins I sewed. And you WILL see the wrapping paper again…. after all there is no way I would just stick ribbons on a plate for the rehearsal!

We had a wonderful day!

Bridal Shower- Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne

Bridal Shower- Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne

Bridal Shower- Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne

Bridal Shower- Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne

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Bridal Shower- Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne

Bridal Shower- Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne

Bridal Shower- Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne

Bridal Shower- Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne

Bridal Shower- Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne

Bridal Shower- Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne

Bridal Shower- Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne

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Bridal Shower- Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne

Bridal Shower- Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne

Queen Mary Bridal Fair!

We had a blast last Sunday at the Queen Mary Bridal Fair. Met a lot of awesome bride and discussed flowers and themes, which were all so diverse and fun! Also met some new vendors and saw familiar faces from past bridal shows!

The “vote for your favorite bouquet” contest was a hit again this show and I was truly surprised by the numbers! There was no clear winner with the top three bouquets all being within 7 votes of each other! There were a total of 126 votes 79 of which were brides! We even had 4 Grooms vote! I always love when I see the Grooms get involved! The winner of the $250 raffle for flowers for ANY occasion is Anna S. who is getting married on 5-25-13!

The top three bridal bouquets were:

#6- Burgundy Orchids accented with dahlias and white anemones with 27 votes

#8- Purple lissianthus accented with looped bear grass, lily grass and peacock sword feathers with 24 votes

#3- white to hot pink ombre roses with 20 votes.

All of the bouquets were so different and unique it was so much fun to see what people were picking up and playing with!

In the next few days I will be posting some very helpful information about Manzanita tree centerpieces as well as submerged flower centerpieces! Two very popular looks!

Thank you to all the Brides, Grooms, Moms and friends that voted for their favorite Bridal Bouquet! And a HUGE thank you to the Bridal Showplace for hosting another wonderful Bridal fair!Queen Mary Bridal Show- 1/6/13 Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne

Queen Mary Bridal Show- 1/6/13 Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne

Queen Mary Bridal Show- 1/6/13 Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne

Queen Mary Bridal Show- 1/6/13 Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne

Queen Mary Bridal Show- 1/6/13 Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne

 

 

Recent Designs

After the holidays I tend to go crazy for color…. like bright obnoxious color! Here are a few designs from the past week….

Compact Arrangement with tulips, aster and ti leaves- Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne

Stylized Arrangement with Orchids, ti leaves, mini gerbs - Floral Design By Jacqueline AhneMix of Carnations, Sweet willam and Accents - Floral Design By Jacqueline AhneStylized with orchids, ti leaves, succulents - Floral Design By Jacqueline AhneStylized with orchids, ti leaves, succulents - Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne

Traditional Mix with A LOT of texture! Floral Design By Jacqueline AhneTraditional Mix with A LOT of texture! Floral Design By Jacqueline AhneOrchids Plant- Floral Design By Jacqeuline AhneOrchids planter detail - Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne

Newsletter Newsletter Newsletter!

One thing I want to expand in 2013 is my Newsletter.

YES, I have a monthly Newsletter I send out.

YES, it does have a small reader base which I am hoping to expand.

What does the Newsletter include? GREAT question…

It varies from month to month however there is always an “inspiration from the web” section where I share link to interesting articles, photo shoots, DIY’s or inspiration boards.  See below for the December Issue!

Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne- December 2012 Newsletter

Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne- Dec 2012 Newsletter

A new feature that I have recently included is a more informative section. For the December 2012 Newsletter I included the “Emerald Inspiration” based on Pantone’s 2013 color of the year choice. The info that I put together is a great example of what green flowers are available and what colors look fantastic with green! See below for the info!

Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne- Emerald Wedding Ideas

Emerald Wedding Flower Inspiration- Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne

Emerald Wedding Flower Inspiration- Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne

If you would like to receive the Newsletter you can fill out the form below and I will add you to the list!

2012 in Review

When this year started off I had no idea it would be as successful and happy as it was! I am truly thankful for all my wonderful clients who made it possible for the business to be a success. This year we took part in over 45 events. Each of my Brides was unique and fun to work with! There were multiple cascade bouquets (and even a Crescent bouquet!!) as well as a wide range of colors.

Some trends I have notices:

  • White is coming back… There were many events that had white flowers as a focus.

2012 White Flowers; Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne

  • Blue Blue Blue! Blue has always been a huge color for wedding but in 2012 I saw more blue weddings then another year!!

2012 blue wedding flowers; Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne

  • Fun with Feathers…. Two weddings this year used feathers as accents (not including the multiple weddings I provided boutonnieres for via Etsy!).

2012 feather weddings; Floral Design by Jacqueline Ahne

There were also two weddings in my Family…. My sister-in-law married her hubby in September and my Best friend was married in July.  My sister-in-law’s very personal wedding was on the blog here: https://floraldesignbyjacquelineahne.wordpress.com/2012/11/09/daisies-and-diamonds-photographed-by-brian-hawkins-photography/

And My Best friend’s wedding has yet to be shared on the blog….. it will be shared soon…. It was amazing! But I may be slightly bias….

 

I also had the opportunity to work with Jen from Something Turquoise for a new feature on her blog; Bouquet Blueprint as well as the Valentine’s inspiration shoot and my top 10 ideas for planning your wedding flowers. All the pictures below are by Mike at Studio Eleven Weddings.

2012 something tur

 

It is amazing to see that there were 52,000 views on my blog from people in 149 countries….

I posted 71 blogs (not including this one) with 742 pictures total….

I joined Pinterest as well as Instagram and have become slightly addicted to both!

I was published in a couple of magazines and I was accepted to be inducted to AIFD in 2013. Both of which are HUGE!

What is in store for 2013? Good question…. I have many things that are in the works:

  • Get to know more about me…. What is my style and favorite influence? Tours of the studio….
  • Weddings film clips…. Quick videos of the set up at weddings and events posted to Facebook.
  • More informative posts…. Questions to ask while planning your table; inspirations for specific types of flowers or colors; advise on creating a timeline (from me, a former Bride and a current wedding vendor!)
  • And a few surprises!

To each of my readers, Brides (past, present and future), friends and family I wish you a wonderful 2013 filled with happiness and success! Cheers!!

Christmas time at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center

This year I had the pleasure to decorate the two main trees for Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley. We did two styles of tree; one for the main hospital lobby and for the lobby with the offices.

The first tree was created from burgundy and gold ornaments. The main focus of the tree is the loopy bows created from various gold and burgundy ribbons. There are almost 30 bows including a large oversized Burgundy bow for the tree topper. There were also some amazing teardrop shaped ornaments.

The main focus of the tree is the lobby bows created from various gold and burgundy ribbons. There are almost 30 bows including a large oversized Burgundy bow for the tree topper. There were also some amazing teardrop shaped ornaments.

The main focus of the tree is the lobby bows created from various gold and burgundy ribbons. There are almost 30 bows including a large oversized Burgundy bow for the tree topper. There were also some amazing teardrop shaped ornaments.

The main focus of the tree is the lobby bows created from various gold and burgundy ribbons. There are almost 30 bows including a large oversized Burgundy bow for the tree topper. There were also some amazing teardrop shaped ornaments.

The main focus of the tree is the lobby bows created from various gold and burgundy ribbons. There are almost 30 bows including a large oversized Burgundy bow for the tree topper. There were also some amazing teardrop shaped ornaments.

The second tree was more of a natural inspired tree created from pinecones, birds in a pale mauve and forest green tone and a variety of “berries”.  The top of the tree was accented with an oversized linen ribbon bow. This tree looked AMAZING in person and was so much fun to design!

The second tree was more of a natural inspired tree created from pinecones, birds in a pale mauve and forest green tone and a variety of “berries”.  The top of the tree was accented with an oversized linen ribbon bow.

The second tree was more of a natural inspired tree created from pinecones, birds in a pale mauve and forest green tone and a variety of “berries”.  The top of the tree was accented with an oversized linen ribbon bow.

The second tree was more of a natural inspired tree created from pinecones, birds in a pale mauve and forest green tone and a variety of “berries”.  The top of the tree was accented with an oversized linen ribbon bow.

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And then of course I tend to be dorky sometimes….. :)

12-18-12 green tree 5

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