Friday, March 22, 2013

REFLECTING and SPRINGING FORWARD

As I embrace what the 2013 wedding season will bring into bloom for Sharla Flock Designs I am reflecting back on my most perfect wedding of 2012.

I had the honor to work with the nicest couple imaginable, Marissa & Charlie last September.
The couple chose to be married on the groom's family's property just outside Chico.

The weather was hot, the setting was picture perfect, and every part of this production seemed to work like magic!
The guests sat on custom covered hay bales as the bride and groom exchanged vows in front of one of the many lakes on the property.

Dinner and Cocktails were served on the lawn just outside the cookhouse and the lighting that only nature could provide was as warm as the smiles on the couples faces.

Being able to not only have creative license, but trust from the couple to design and create the perfect wedding for them was made so much easier with help from
Zephyr Tents as we created the perfect backdrop for the lounge. Cafe lights above the dining tables for just the right feel and with the lovely and talented Laura McDonald from LMM Events she and her team were able orchestrate the perfect wedding weekend.... and I was one lucky florist to have her on our team.

Love was in the air and I am grateful to have played a small part in such a big day in their lives.

Here's to reflecting and appreciating the good and looking forward to celebrating the new in 2013.
Happy Spring!
Creativity is Blooming

Friday, March 1, 2013

A NEW YEAR IN BLOOM

This year begins with so much amazingly, positive press for Sharla Flock Designs.
First our feature wedding in Martha Stewart Weddings only to be
followed up by a gorgeous spread in C Weddings Magazine.

I am so fortunate to work with the talented industry people that I do.
I was especially delighted when my office mate,
Lisa Lefkowitz, was the photographer for the MSW feature.
Her images are perfection and she always makes my florals look especially lovely.

As this new year begins to bud and bloom I too am evolving and changing much like the seasons.
Twenty, yes TWENTY years ago I began my journey playing with flowers. I had no idea where the path would lead.
I could not have imagined this life for myself. A life where I am surrounded by beautiful people, both inside and out, delectable flowers, and where I am living my dream by continuing to explore and perfect my craft.

Spring is right around the corner and I am ready to continue on my journey with flowers. Making brides & grooms happy, one wedding at a time.

Here's to a beautiful new year to admire from a distance and embrace with excitement for good things to come!
Creativity is Blooming

Friday, November 2, 2012

IN GOOD COMPANY

As my wedding season is winding down, my new studio space is revving up!

It's an exciting time of year as I transition from creating the florals & decor for my weddings to meeting with potential new couples overflowing with ideas and excitement for their upcoming wedding.

My new home at Good Company could not be more beautiful or filled with more talent! I'm honored to share the space with my fellow industry leaders such as Lisa Lefkowitz Fine Art Photography, Downey Street Events, Hello!Lucky, and Meganne McCandess Hair & Make-up.

I'm looking forward to meeting with you in our new home to inspire, create, and celebrate your very special event.

Here's to a being in very Good Company.





Tuesday, January 10, 2012

CHEERS TO THE NEW YEAR

As we ease ourselves from 2011 we find ourselves entering a brand-spankin'new year filled with endless possibilities for happiness, success, and love.

I'm going to begin this new year by sharing with you what makes this girl from Washington State and the owner of Sharla Flock Designs so happy about life.

If you know me, you know I'm loud. I'm about as excitable as a lab puppy and I adore playing with flowers! I might have to leash my enthusiasm a wee bit when we meet, but know that I am jumping up and down on the inside when I hear you describe the vision for your wedding.

I love color. I love the subtle differences that only nature can create. I find myself spending endless hours at the flower market laying out possible complimenting tones, textures, and the best part of all, the fragrance.

I am mother to an amazing two year old boy who makes everything in my world brighter. Which is also the reason I might not get my blog page updated as often as I would like. I have taught him to take time to smell the flowers, whether it's in our garden or at the flower market where I push him around in his red bike. He's kinda famous there. I love the flower market and the feeling of family that lives there. Lots of laughter, coffee, and amazingly beautiful blooms always await us!

My design team is the best in the business because most of them come from art backgrounds. This is not the industry to become rich & famous. But, it is a world rich with a lot of heart & soul for the craft of floral design. We have fun! We have nicknames for each other like Glitter Girl, Mother Bubbles & Lady Bug and we find ourselves laughing...a lot! We eat a lot of chocolate and listen to Madonna's Immaculate Collection....a lot!

I'm entering my 10th year in business and my eighteenth year of working with my medium of choice. FLOWERS! And you might be surprised to know that after all of these years I still have nervousness bubbling up every morning before I deliver each wedding. I still fuss over my bridal bouquets a little too much. Mostly, I really care. I sincerely care about what my hands create for your very special day and am honored to play a small part in your wedding.

Here's to Love and all good things to come in 2012.

* Creativity is Blooming *

Monday, September 12, 2011

FOR THE LOVE OF VINTAGE

Oh how I love & adore old things. Old cars, old clothes, anything that has lived a long life should be celebrated!

I had the joy of working with Victoria this summer to capture HER love of old. A truly beautiful vintage inspired wedding at Beaulieu Gardens.

The talented ladies at MAP Events choreographed a flawless event and it was all captured perfectly with the amazing Gia Canali with her dreamy images. The food was impeccable as usual when working with Paula LeDuc Fine Catering. Perfection!

Victoria wanted to translate organic, relaxed, and elegance....all with touches from the past. I was able to use mercury glass vessels and candle holders to set the backdrop for her floral palette. Delicious, textural arrangements consisting of peonies, garden roses, stock, millet, fuzzy quince fruits, orchids, dusty miller foliage, pierus, with hints of fresh mint and scabiosa pods. What a gift to work with such scrumptious flowers!

My goal is always to compliment the surroundings, not compete with it. Victoria chose the ideal space for her wedding and the decor was paired perfectly with the gorgeous estate.

Looking back on this whirlwind wedding season, I feel honored to have played a small part in her wedding, as I do with all of my lovely brides.

Here's looking forward to many more beautiful wedding and remembering the past....and our love of the old while celebrating new marriages in bloom!

Creativity is Blooming!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

CALYPSO CAVALLO

There is no better way to celebrate a wedding on a rainy day than by filling the space with a Calypso color palette to chase the rain clouds away!

I had the pleasure of working at Cavallo Point this past Sunday for Laura & Joel wedding ceremony and cocktail reception.

The color palette was reflective of "International Orange," the color of the Golden Gate Bridge, which stands tall and proud as the perfect backdrop for their wedding celebration. With pops of blues and green for just the right amount of whimsy!

Such a playful, vibrant color palette for a fun & vibrant couple.

Here's to many more fun filled, vibrant weddings to come in 2011. Weddings filled with love, beauty, and color!

* Creativity continues to bloom *

Thursday, February 3, 2011

LOVE IN BLOOM

January has blown by in a flash and as we transition into February we are greeted with bursts of pink cherry blossoms lighting up the winter sky.

This past Summer I had the pleasure of working with Suji & Eric at the Annadel Estate where I created dense, lush arrangements consisting of a bountiful collection of peonies, garden roses, hydrangea, sweet peas, lilac, with hints of dusty miller and mint in the color palette ranging from soft whites, blush to rich jewel tones.

It was a breathtaking wedding that was choreographed flawlessly by Stacy McCain Event Planning and captured beautifully by the talented Gia Canali.

And as a special treat we have the pleasure of having this gorgeous wedding featured in the current issue of C weddings!

As we move through the beginning of 2011 I look forward to Spring and a wedding season to bloom like the cherry blossoms in February.

Creativity is Blooming at Sharla Flock Designs.