Yesterday we had the pleasure of hosting #BlogTourNYC and helping to kick off their NYC itinerary with a flower district tour and floral arranging workshop, presented in partnership with the lovely and talented Tess Casey from Aisling Flowers.
Troy and I have been on the BlogTour bandwagon since the very first one launched 3 years ago this month in NYC. So when Veronika Miller, the visionary behind BlogTour and Modenus, told us she was using this BlogTour to put a focus on “learning”, we thought flowers+design would be a fun and interactive addition to the agenda.
Tess has been a friend of mine since I attended one of her workshops a few years ago so we were thrilled when she agreed to share her expertise with the BlogTour group. Our morning began with a brisk tour to several of Tess’ favorite flower district sources where we learned the ins and outs of flower buying. Some vendors open as early as 3 AM, within hours of the day’s imports arriving to the City, and most industry insiders are there by 6 or 7 AM to get the best of the lot. After Associated, Dutch Flower Line and VaseSource, it was back to Aisling Flowers for a light breakfast of pastries and mimosas (what’s a BlogTour without bubbly after all?!).
From flower prep, mechanics, and “out-of-the-box” accessories (think colored straws, cranberries and rubber bands to add color, fill a vase and hide stems), Tess shared tips to create the perfect centerpiece. Tess has handled the floral design for some of the most well-known films and TV shows. Her clients have included Sex and the City, Twilight, The Nanny Diaries, The Devil Wares Prada, Night at the Museum, Kinsey, All About Love, Maid of Honor and many others. Chances are Tess has been the “behind the scenes” florist on at least a few films or shows you watch! Hearing her talk about the 50 bridal bouquets she prepped for the infamous Sex & the City scene where Carrie Bradshaw crushes her bouquet against Big after being stood up at the altar was just one of her many entertaining stories.
At the end of the morning, we had 16 beautiful arrangements to show off—each and every one unique, yet united by the gorgeous purples throughout. Now that’s something nice to add a bit of personalization and decor to our guests’ “homes away from home” over the next few days!
A BIG THANK YOU to Tess, Miles and Maria at Aisling Flowers for making our visit such a treat! To learn more about Aisling Flowers, click here.