Lunch with Martha Stewart..

If you ever wondered if a celebrity makes their own Instagram posts, here’s proof that Martha Stewart does! I recently had lunch with Martha at her office in New York City during the American Made Summit and Martha took an Instagram of my plate prepared by Pierre Schaedelin. The moment, including the goofy face I’m making,  was captured by fellow lunch guest Justin of Woats in Ft Worth Texas. Thanks for sharing the photo Justin!

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Sullivan Owen Holiday 2014..

I’m excited to offer so many new ways to help you celebrate the holidays this year. From our adorable mini trees to custom wreaths to our whole home decor services, I’ve never been more excited for a holiday season! Please get in touch at 215 964 9790 or hello at sullivanowen.com, we can’t wait to work with you!

Last December my team and some very helpful friends gathered at my home for two snowy, cold days of holiday decorating. I hope you find it as inspiring and fun as we did! Thanks so much to With Love & Embers, Maggpie Vintage Rentals and Whipped Bakeshop for all your hard work.

Happy Holidays!
S.O.

 

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Martha Stewart Weddings..

I’m very happy to share my feature in the Summer issue of Martha Stewart Weddings. Working on this shoot at the end of last summer was a total dream come true and the team I worked with was amazing and made me feel so comfortable. Martha herself even popped into the studio when I was prepping the day before the shoot and complimented the trough design in progress. I had this whole plan for playing it cool if I ran into her but of course that fell out the window when I was face to face with her! The issue is out now through the end of summer, the images below are from the iPad edition.

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SO x Poseybooth + Friends..

Poseybooth, Rabbit Rabbit Crew and I recently got together with Love Me Do Photography & Lovely Bride Philly to have some fun and shoot a whole bunch of photos. I’ll share photos and Amanda’s video of my gown inspired bouquets in the new few weeks but today we’re revealing the 3 floral backdrops I designed exclusively for Poseybooth.

Any color combo is possible and there are prices for every budget. To get one for your event is super simple. Just get in touch with the team at Poseybooth to book your booth package and let them know which style you’re interested in. They’ll take care of the details and we’ll make you a fabulous floral photo booth! Bonus points if you can say that 3 times fast.

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Thanks to Poseybooth, Rabbit Rabbit Crew, Kerri Fawley Hair, Brynn, Love Me Do Photography, Lovely Bride Philly and Ryan Shafer!

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Sullivan Owen is HIRING!..

*Update* Due to a server issue, all applications received prior to Saturday May 10th were lost. Please ONLY reapply if you applied before Saturday May 10th. Applications received on or after Saturday May 10th have been received. Thank you!

Philadelphia’s most creative and rapidly growing floral design studio is looking to expand its team. There are several opportunities available for the right candidates. We will be accepting resumes via email. We will be conducting interviews quickly and making our hiring decisions fast. Please do NOT call or send additional emails about the open positions. Send a resume and cover letter, with links to your portfolio if applicable, to hello (at) sullivanowen.com.  If you are a good fit, you’ll be contacted for an interview. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified when the positions have been filled. Again, we are a busy delivery studio so please do not call to inquire about the status of your application.

Studio Assistant/Delivery Driver
This is an excellent entry-level opportunity with part-time hours Monday through Friday and the occasional Saturday during wedding season. The position requires approximately 25-28 hours a week, with a schedule of 9am to 2pm during the week and the possibility of some Saturday hours. Ideal candidate must have a valid driver’s license, a clean driving record and be comfortable driving in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs. Daily tasks include processing bulk flower orders, order taking, packaging orders for delivery, ringing up sales, sending delivery confirmation emails, completing deliveries as well as light errand running, maintaining the studio, restocking shelves and supplies, and light cleaning. This is NOT a floral design position. The candidate may be considered for training for future design opportunities after a 6-month period should they prove to be a good fit.

Part-time Designer
This is the perfect opportunity for a seasoned floral designer to have a flexible schedule in a creative environment with an hourly rate commensurate with experience. The ideal candidate will have a flexible schedule with some Saturday availability and a strong body of work with a versatile design style. The candidate must demonstrate design skills in a practical demonstration during the interview process. Formal design training from an accredited program is preferred. Projects might include execution of wedding orders, delivery and set-up of weddings, completing daily delivery orders during heavy weeks, and the occasional processing of bulk flower purchases. The position requires approximately 21 hours a week, with a part-time schedule of Wednesday through Friday and occasional Saturday hours during wedding season. Successful candidates will be required to sign a non-compete agreement.

Continuing Education..

Sometimes people ask me why I continue to take classes and workshops in floral design. I have always been most drawn to a designer’s process and I learn the most when I can watch them assemble a design in front of me. I’ve taken dozens of classes with florists, some of whom are now my peers. I’ve taken some lesson away from each experience whether it’s a small technical tip or a life changing view of a color or flower that I had previously overlooked.

It’s so easy to fall into a familiar style of design when you do it day in and out but in order for our clients to want something new, we have to show them something new. I’m grateful that earlier this year I was able to take 3 very important classes with designers that I admire and that have informed my career in various ways.

In February, my friend Christian Tortu came to Flower School New York to teach a class that he had never taught before on wedding design. He showed us images of some of his weddings that no one will ever see due to exclusivity or privacy and then we made two designs, a bridal bouquet and centerpiece. The techniques I took away from the day are firmly in my back pocket for future practice as I learn to make his techniques my own. It was a lovely experience and he is truly a wonderful teacher. This was my 6th time studying with Christian and I was inspired in part to write this post because I used a technique he taught me 18 months ago just last week for the first time!
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In early March, Charles Masson taught his first master class in quite a while at Flower School NY and I was able to attend. A photo of one of Charles’ designs used to hang on the wall at the Tudor City location of Flower School NY and when I went for my very first class I was so charmed by this design. The design was so charming, slightly disheveled and imperfect but clearly thought out and composed. That picture came to symbolize what I wanted to find in myself, my own style of design that blended all these aspects of designers that I admired. Charles was the only master designer at Flower School who was left on my wish list and I was so happy to meet him and make a design reminiscent of that photo I fell in love with 5 years ago.Charles-Masson-Flower-School-NY-Sullivan-Owen-2
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In mid March, my friend Jennie and I had a fabulous day studying with Shane Connolly. I’m happy to say that the designer who did the wedding of the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge is completely charming, amazingly talented and incredibly humble. We made a bridal bouquet and centerpiece during the full day class. We  learned so many new techniques and also met some great designers!
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It seems like almost every floral studio offers classes these days and while I do think it’s great that there’s so much interest in floral design, as a very experienced “student” one of my biggest takeaways is this: The design that you make in class is to teach you that designer’s technique. That design does not become “yours” just because you put the flowers together. The teacher in fact did the design for you when they chose the flowers, the vase and the skill they wanted to teach. To grow as a designer and to truly learn you must take these techniques and practice them until they become your own. And practice some more. What I admire most about the 3 gentlemen I studied with this year is that their designs are completely original and their own. That is what we should all aspire to as designers.

Real Wedding..

Spring has sprung (sort of) here and we’re getting ready for the start of wedding season. One of my favorite venues in Philadelphia is the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park. We’ve done some amazing weddings at “The Hort” with the Starr Events team so while we’re looking forward to an awesome 2014, it’s nice to look back at Simone & Rich’s beautiful wedding from November. Enjoy!
xo,
SO
floral & event design: Sullivan Owen, photos: Darker Shades of Brown, cake: Whipped, venue: Starr Events at the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park, coordination: Truly You EventsSullivan-Owen-Philadelphia-Horticulture-Center-Wedding-Bridal-Bouquet-2I was incredibly proud of Simone’s bouquet, sometimes the floral palette just comes together in a way I couldn’t possibly predict and it’s even better than I imagined it! Sullivan-Owen-Philadelphia-Horticulture-Center-Wedding-Bridal-Bouquet-1Sullivan-Owen-Philadelphia-Horticulture-Center-Wedding-5Sullivan-Owen-Philadelphia-Horticulture-Center-Wedding-Bridal-Bouquet-3Sullivan-Owen-Philadelphia-Horticulture-Center-Wedding-2Sullivan-Owen-Philadelphia-Horticulture-Center-Wedding-3Sullivan-Owen-Philadelphia-Horticulture-Center-Wedding-4Sullivan-Owen-Philadelphia-Horticulture-Center-Wedding-Whipped-CakeThe gorgeous cake by Whipped featured edible rose petals we sourced and fresh floral added on site. It was a fun and tasty collaborative process!Sullivan-Owen-Philadelphia-Horticulture-Center-Wedding-1

Oscars Inspiration..

Right before the Oscars I committed to doing some floral designs inspired by the fashion. I watched all the red carpet coverage and ALL of the eternally long broadcast. I even watched Fashion Police to make sure I didn’t miss anyone. I’m sorry to say that even though I loved some of the movies this year, the fashion left me completely uninspired. Sure, I loved Amy Adams’ earrings and lots of the stars looked really beautiful, but mostly the fashion felt too neutral and too bridal—and, well, I do enough bridal already.

There was only one look that was remotely interesting to me and that was Pharrell. I routinely listen to “Happy“ while getting ready in the mornings. T.O. even sings it to our cats! Pharrell’s performance was a bright spot in this year’s snooze-inducing Oscars … and at least no one is talking about that Grammys hat anymore!

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Shorts tuxedo by Lanvin, image credit

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Flowers, custom ‘pharrell’ vase and photo by Sullivan Owen 

SO, Anthro and the New Potato..

We recently designed a wild Moroccan inspired centerpiece for Anthropologie and the New Potato. You can read more about Danielle and Laura here and shop the products here!
Enjoy!
SO

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Guest Post on The Styled Bride..

Check out my new monthly Tips & Tricks post on The Styled Bride. This month we’re talking about the Do’s and Don’ts of Pinterest! You can find me on Pinterest here. 

Here are a few highlights, check out the full post here…

Do: Organize the details of your big day into separate boards (i.e., Fashion, Décor, Floral, Beauty). It’s ok to keep one master board of your favorites, but a board with 300+ images is going to be hard to sort through with your creatives.

Do: Consider this: Most great designers use Pinterest as a portfolio, so pay attention to how much of the designer’s own work they feature vs. how much they pin from other people. (You’ll quickly be able to tell the trendsetters and tastemakers from the followers.) And do remember that when you work with a creative professional, they should be able to find a way to communicate with you and design for you using their own work and ideas.

Don’t: Assume that every design you see on Pinterest will fit into your budget. Remember that Pinterest is a curated version of a designer’s work, a place where they feature their best images and ones that likely represent a fair amount of editorial shoots or over-the-top designs. 

Don’t: Even if you find the most amazing photo of  ____fill in the blank____, don’t bring it to your designer and ask them to copy it. Truly creative and talented people should be designing for you. Instead of asking us to copy our own work or, even worse, someone else’s, let’s talk about what exactly it is you love about that particular design. It’s our job to interpret that information and create something just for you. The most amazing designs usually result from clients giving us a little inspiration and a lot of trust to do our thing!

And be sure to check out The Styled Bride’s gorgeous new website, we have some fabulous weddings in the works together this year!

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