All about Discovery & Boutonnieres

I know what it feels like to burst with joy, break out in a happy dance and tear up all because you created something from the heart. I recently started my business with the intent to focus on wedding planning and coordination. Coupled with my background in management and a love for weddings I decided to go for it! What I love about “planning” weddings is pulling together a fabulous team of vendors that match the vision that a couple has in mind and producing an amazing event. In the process of starting my own business I also began a process of learning more about myself. Like how I am and have always been drawn to design, art, fashion, textiles, patterns, color and flowers. And even though planning is a part of a creative process I found myself missing an essential element that I couldn’t figure out.

My earliest memory of design was when at fourteen I saw my first NYFW runway show on cable TV. My love of art and interiors started with my mom’s Laura Ashley books and my grandma’s stunning art deco wallpaper. I know it was her style and her love of patterns that truly inspired me and now runs in my veins. Going through this process of discovery allows me to lean into who I am as a creative soul. I told my dad the other day that this creative side has always been there – I just needed to discover it and lean into it and not be afraid of my talents.

Blue Ivory & Co. Boutonnieres

Blue Ivory & Co. Boutonnieres

I never thought of myself as potentially becoming a florist. What I wanted to do was plan and design events. You see, my first memory of a floral shop was this store in my hometown where we got our corsages and boutonnières for prom. It was dark, stuffy and not friendly. It displayed tacky floral arrangements and even worse décor. So when I started thinking about doing florals for weddings I was like “heck no.” However, flowers would not release their hold on me or my intense desire to create. I remembered my mom who showed me an article in Martha Stewart about the Little Flower School in Brooklyn, New York. I remember thinking how much I loved the free form organic styles they brought to their designs and how envious I was that someone was doing something they loved. And then it hit me - florals and design are a cohesive team– you cannot be/do one without the other. This brings me back to my process of discovery and search for florists. I went searching online for floral designers and schools and I found Amy Osaba, Holly Carlisle of Rosegolden, Stonehouse Creative, Jessica Zimmerman, Siren Floral Co., Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral and Kelly Perry of Philosophy Flowers/Team Flowers. I was inspired by their journies and honesty. Someday I would love to meet them and attend one of their workshops.

A few days ago I reached out to Kelly of Team Flowers and she was kind and replied! You see with my background in merchandising, beauty and management I wasn’t sure where to start. Should I attend a floral design school and become certified or could I take classes online and start arranging and designing (self-teach)? She was very encouraging and I decided to start by taking her Foundations class – yay – I am so excited to start! I also decided to do something called #sundayflowers. On Sunday’s I will design an arrangement and write a blog post done with the intention of challenging myself and giving me something to look forward to! So drumroll please… pictured below is my first project titled "little bouts." After I did my first one, I jumped with joy. Then I finished my second one and I ran out to the office, grabbed my husband (who is super supportive) and made him do a silly happy dance with me. And then I teared up. You see, I found something that makes my heart sing. (side note, after the third one, I ran around, literally, trying to find good lighting to take the following pictures –lol) And so here is my first of many #sundayflower posts - I hope you enjoy! Thanks for reading!

Xoxo, Carmen

"the set up" @blueivoryandco

"the set up" @blueivoryandco

"running around to find good light" @blueivoryandco

"running around to find good light" @blueivoryandco

"finished product" @blueivoryandco

"finished product" @blueivoryandco