Fantastic Floral From Spotlight Finalists

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February 21, 2012

We're delighted to bring you some of the most exciting floral design in the industry today, courtesy of our Spotlight Finalists for Floral Designer of the Year. Here's a sample of their captivating work.

Bisli Vasquez, Bilsi Event Services, San Antonio, TX
Red Carpet Anniversary

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To celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary and the husband's 40th birthday, Bisli Vasquez created this red carpet premiere event for this couple. As guests entered the venue, the door was decorated with their initials in two shades of red carnations, which hold well in the Texas heat and when placed close together become very elegant. Inside, the guests were engulfed in red roses and beautiful hanging amarathus. The ballroom designs combined the beauty of natural manzanita branches graced with romantic roses, sensual orchids, flowing amaranthus and a quiet touch of deer moss. Glass candle holders dangled from the graceful branches with upside down LED candles to help create the illusion of floating fireflies.

Barbara Oehlerking, Artistry Designs Group, Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL
Vintage Elegance

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Barbara Oehlerking's wedding clients fell in love with the Grand Ballroom at the Vinoy Renaissance Resort and Golf Club in St. Petersburg. They like that the venue had so much character, history and elegance; perfect for their vintage chic wedding. Artistry Design Group created a custom canopy with beautiful sheer flowing fabric and a floral top created with vendella, anna roses, white majolica spray roses and hydrangeas. White phalaenopsis orchids adorned each tie back. For the reception, pink roses were incorporated along with white oriental lilies, which gave a great fragrance to the room. As a surprise, the couple received a rose bloom on each napkin and an enhanced place card display centerpiece with pink cherry blossoms.

Nico Cervantes, NLC Productions, Santa Barbara CA
Colorful Surrealism

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When you have a wedding couple with colorful and adventurous personalities, it's not a surprise when they want unusual, exotic flowers and lots of color. So Nico Cervantes created a one of a kind, whimsical wedding arch utilizing orange, green, purple, red and yellow parasols of different shapes, sizes and patterns adorned with tropical flowers. The bride's all-green bouquet of lady slipper orchids, green spider orchids and foliage was paired with a hair piece. The dinner space was reminiscent of a Salvatore Dali painting, with floral arrangements so bold and colorful that they bordered on the surreal. Tables were adorned with a variety of exotic plant life, including tall red ginger, pin cushion protea and multicolored antheriums, exotic lady slipper orchids and fern curls. Cervantes used unusual foliage to keep the arrangements grounded with some neutral tones while allowing the flowers to burst with color.

Eddie Zaratsian, Tic-Tock Couture Florals, Los Angeles, CA
Grand Del Mar Dream

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For this gathering of some of the top wedding planners in the world, Eddie Zaratsian wanted the overall aesthetic to work seamlessly with the natural beauty of the Grand Del Mar and the peaceful landscape. This naturally exotic and sustainable "easy" look created a vibe of relaxation and casual luxury, and also worked well with the gourmet food trucks and casual dining of the event. Zaratsian placed the orchids, moss, succulents and birch logs on the tables in spontaneous designs, adding to the organic, easy feeling of the party. The floral team tied the look into the circular bar, which sat in the pavilion on the lawn. The bar was completely wrapped with bark, and orchids and moss were then attached to it. They also added silver and glass lanterns, candle holders and lots of candles for a warm and inviting feel.

Daniela Ferdico-Faget, Bella Signature Design, Seattle, WA
Steampunk/Art Deco Wedding

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This eclectic couple wanted the wedding to feel like them, from her Art Deco vibe to his steampunk style. To do this, Bella Signature Design created centerpieces with found objects: a vintage violin with cascading blooms, an old clock with flowers tumbling out of the clock face, a huge botanical book with blooms resting on it and a vintage typewriter from the 30s with clusters of blooms. The ceremony had a traditional chuppah in chartreuse and peacock and featured a suspended amber Art Deco window sourced at a salvage shop. Even the boutonnieres featured small gears and dials among herbs and blooms. The long head table featured vintage cameras, loose floral arrangements and a runner made out of copper flashing.

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