Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Reminising on April 2014

This time last year I was gathering up paper goods, floral arrangements, desserts; finalizing lists, catering contracts, music playlists... the list goes on. Let's just say I was stressed and couldn't keep my head on straight! Finally the Rehearsal day came and after all the formalities, we had our Rehearsal Lunch with friends and family. It was such a blast! The stress wasn't there, for the most part everything was done and all we had left to do is have fun and get married the next day. I could just feel the love and the support from all our family and friends. Everyone enjoyed the casual get-together drinking beer, eating pizza and desserts!

Here are some photos of the Rehearsal Lunch by Rachel Gomez Photography. It was held at The Barrel Room at the Denver Beer Company, catered by Basic Kneads Food Truck, (pizza!), and florals were provided by MJM Designs, LLC, (me!)

Next up the wedding day!! Eeep!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Flirty Fleurs Seattle 2-Day Floral Workshop

I was so nervous to sign up to fly out to Seattle to take Flirty Fleurs's 2-day floral workshop, but I took the leap and did it! Last weekend was totally worth a short weekend on my own to meet with other great florists and learn about my business and myself as a floral artist. It felt so good to be a part of a group that helped each other and discussed many techniques and ideas. I learned so much, mostly that it's okay to price my product accordingly, I want to be a part of a competitive market and not under cut myself. I gained the confidence to finally reach out to other wedding floral designers to create a meet up group to help build each other up as small business owners and women in our industry, which I have been wanting to do since December. I'm hoping for a good response and feel very positive about it. Sometimes one just has to take a leap and do/create what moves them and gives them passion; be excited about what you do! I truly believe that it will make others feel that passion and excitement with you.

Here is a photo story showcasing a little bit of my trip to Seattle:

 Pike's Market

The 1st Starbucks located @ Pike's Market

Day One of workshop: Hand tied bouquet
Lahara Roses, jasmine, anemones, ranunculus, parrot tulips, sweet peas, myra roses, geranium leaves and maiden hair fern

Day Two of workshop: $60 Centerpiece using tape grid
Hydrangea, queen anne's lace, garden roses, jasmine, anemones, feather eucalyptus and dusty miller

$70 Centerpiece using chicken wire
Hydrangea, roses, sumac, wax flower, ranunculus, hypericum and feather eucalyptus

Wrist corsage - spray roses, pirus, and variegated pittosporum 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Reflections of Turning 29

My birthday was this past Friday (19th) and I turned 29. One more year in my twenties.... Am I freaking out? Am I worried? Am I dreading it? No. I love birthdays! (Especially mine!) I am looking forward to celebrating my big 3-0 with my friends and family.

After this past weekend of celebrations, I realized how happy I am. I have a wonderful, loving, caring, supportive husband. We have so much fun together and he makes me laugh all the time. While being by his side as he tackles getting into the CU Boulder Engineering program and working full time, we have had very little time to enjoy each other and enjoy being newlyweds. Seeing his grades be posted and being so proud of him, we both know we are sacrificing now to build a better future and it will all work out and be worthwhile.

I have wonderful friends, who even though we don't talk a ton or see each other as often as we would like, we are there for each other and have a blast connecting when we do get to spend time together. I appreciate every single one of them and am so happy that I have each one in my life. Some of my friends are also my co-workers. I work with fan-tas-tic people. No lie. It is such a joy to enjoy everyone you work with. Building friendships outside of work has been my key to keeping great, long lasting relationships. Some of my bestest of best friends are people I have met at work.

Now on to my family. Sometimes there are not enough words to express my gratitude, love, and appreciation for my family. My parents are the greatest. They are the ultimate support I can ask for. They have helped mold me into who I am today and have pushed me to grow and express myself in the ways I want to. From "allowing" me to get my first tattoo on my 18th birthday; to helping me after college when I couldn't find a non-retail job; to supporting me in my work adventures to finally lead me to pursuing owning my own flower design business - they have always been a sounding board, a shoulder, and given me assurance among so may other things. My siblings are amazing. This includes my sister-in-law who I have grown very close to and am SO happy to call her my sister. My siblings are so very understanding and have never been judgmental. They always want what is best for me and push me towards my goals and dreams. As we are now starting our own families, I believe we are maturing as siblings and enjoy our time together so much more. Our time together is always loud, laughter-filled, and a complete joy. With now having a nephew, I am reveling in this new kind of love. I am learning as I go and am grateful for my brother and sister-in-law being patient and trusting me with their little bundle. I cannot wait to feel another type of love when I have my own child.... down the road.

Always keep in mind that relationships are what keep life moving and happiness around.

So, bring on 29! 30 doesn't scare me, not with the people I have surrounding me! I look forward to what this next year will bring and can't wait to continue pursing my dreams.

Merry Christmas!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Surprise Party for my Parent's 20th Wedding Anniversary

My siblings and I, (and our spouses), surprised out parents with a party for their 30th Wedding Anniversary at Bonacquisti Wines. It was an intimate and fun night. Lots of laughter, joy, family love and catching up with friends!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Well Shoot! I gotta Catch Up!

Sorry for lacking on my posting for this blog! Between two jobs, taking care of my pups, and my brother's new baby boy -  have been busy!

Here's some photos of what I've been up to! Professional pics won't be far behind, I'm sure!

August 31st Wedding
St. Ignatius Church & Mile High Station

Bridal Bouquet
dahlia's, roses, tulips, spray roses, and coxcomb

Centerpiece #1

Pew decor

Altar Piece

Centerpiece #2

Railing Garland

September 28th Wedding
Deer Creek Valley Ranch

Floral Crown for the flower girl

Hops boutonnieres for the men

Sweetheart table arrangement w/ king protea, iris, roses, hellebores,
lavender, spray roses, and mini carnations

Bridal Bouquet - lavender

Arbor decor

roses, delphinium, lavender, hellebores, alstromeria, wax flower,
lisianthus, spray roses, and mini carnations

Chair decor for ceremony

I'm so happy that everything came together so well! Especially when I was so stressed how everyone would like what I created. There's lots more pressure when some one is paying you to make something beautiful or their big day. I'm also so lucky to have friends in the wedding industry that send couples my way and for endorsing my business. I'm very proud of the past 4 months. What an adventure!