Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Floral Adventures

I'm back!
(And hopefully it's more frequent this time!)

So first off, let me explain why I've been away lately. (It's actually pretty exciting!) As some of you can tell from my blog posts, I've been really passionate about floral work. For quite some time, it's been a hobby of mine and I've done a few arrangements for friends and family. However, it was never something that I pursued professionally because I was too afraid. It was intimidating because I knew that this is a profession in which experience plays a huge role, and I had no formal experience. To make matters worse, there are no schools in Hawaii that teach floral design so there was no way of getting any experience! 

Anyways, I grew a pair of... you know... and finally put myself out there. I saw a listing for what seemed like a small hole-in-the-wall florist looking for floral assistants. I had to start somewhere. Even assisting a florist would give me a chance to learn more about floral designing and just about the every day atmosphere of working at a florist. Long story, short... I got it! But... this wasn't a small little mom and pop florist..

J'Adore Floral Designs took a chance on me. A chance that I am grateful for and I hope I can do right by them and somehow make them proud. But they aren't your average florist. J'Adore is a floral design company linked to an even larger company called Current Affairs -- an all-inclusive event design company which specializes in large corporate events and weddings. Also attached to this company is yet another company called Event Accents -- this is where you can get all your rentals from! There are a few other branches also attached which I have yet to explore but let's just say, this is not your average florist! 

Since being employed, I've had the honor of being a part of HUGE events for company's like Primerica and Herbal Life, and also few destination weddings at the Aulani Resort. It's definitely an experience and I learn something new every single day! My passion for florals only seems to keep growing with each coming day!

So, I really hope to get back into the groove of blogging again. I love blogging and I hope I can share my experiences with you all. To finish, here are a few photos of my recent adventures for you to enjoy! 

*Disclaimer: Most of these photos have the "@xoaishiteru" watermark on them. This is my watermark, and my screen name on Instagram. Please feel free to follow me if you'd like!


This picture was taken at The Aulani - A Disney Resort in Ko Olina in Oahu. These arrangements we placed on cocktail tables for a small private cocktail event located at the kiddie pool on the property. Ingredients: Green Hypericum, Yellow Oncidium Orchids, Orange Pincushion Protea, Yellow Forsythia and Croton leaves. 


(Click to enlarge) Located on a private estate on Round Top Drive (or as the locals know it, Tantalus), these arrangements were made for a private dinner party. Ingredients: White Hydrangea, Blue Delphinium and two hues of Green Moss Balls. 


(Click to enlarge) These monochromatic centerpieces we set for private dinner party for the Board of Directors of Ward Village located at the IBM building. Ingredients: Yellow Cymbidium Orchids, White Antheriums, White Dendrobium Orchids, and reflexed White Roses. 


(Click to enlarge) These two different place settings were presented to a client as a mock up for a future corporate event. The client ended up choosing the tropical arrangements but because I love succulents, I leaned more towards the modern look! Image 1 Ingredients: Assorted Echeveria Succulents, two different hues of Moss Balls, Scabiosa Pods, Yellow Cymbidium Orchids all sitting on a Bamboo Runner lined with moss. Image 2 Ingredients: Curly Willow, Yellow Mokara Orchids, Red and Pink Torch Ginger, Red and White Antheriums, Yellow Cymbidium Orchids, White Dendrobium Orchids, Heleconia, Monstera leaves and Ti Leaves.


(Click to enlarge) This corporate event at the Hilton Hawaiian Village had a Nautical theme! We made 3 different centerpieces which consisted of White and Blue Hydrangeas, Gold Manzanita Branches and White Roses all adorned with Seashells and Starfish!


These were the entry pieces made for a private annual Auction at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. For table settings, we made arrangements inside of Pineapples! Ingredients: Pineapples, Yellow Cymbidium Orchids, Ti Leaves, Palm Leaves, Heleconia, Bird of Paradise, Red Torch Ginger and White and Red Antheriums.


(Click to enlarge) One of my favorites so far! These arrangements were made for a small destination wedding with only 14 guests at the Aulani resort in Ko Olina. Ingretients: Hot Pink Roses, Orange tulips, Ti Leaves, Yellow Cymbidium Orchids, Green Hydrangea and Orange Ranunculus.


(Click to enlarge) Lastly, the most recent event I was lucky enough to be a part of. Located at Diamond Head Theatre, this beautiful event consisted of many different elements ranging from Farm Tables and Leather Chairs (which can be rented from Event Accents) to Clear Top Tents and Black Antique Cocktail Tables. Ingredients: faux Magnolias, Blooming Magnolia branches, White Cymbidium Orchids, Laua'e Leaves, Magnolia Leaves and Spanish Moss. 

Thanks for taking the time out to read about my adventures so far! Can't wait to work with more flowers and learn everything there is to learn about them! I am beyond excited! Also, I will try to update more frequently when time permits. So check back! 


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Until next time, Take care!

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