Chapel Designer Conference

I hope you all enjoyed last week’s progressive blog post on bouquets.  If you missed it please check it out here.  Now, let’s get back to my recent New York trip!

The Chapel Designers met for its 3rd Annual conference in mid March and we took the New York floral district by storm!  The group really blossomed this year to include over 40 new members.  It was really wonderful to get to know the new designers and learn from each others experiences.  So many of us face the same struggles whether its fighting to get top quality product for our designs, convincing ourselves and our clients that our time and talents are worth their precious dollars or just figuring out the right work/life balance.  It’s nice to know there are other people in similar situations or have been where you are and they help you to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Day 1:
Our first night included a lovely cocktail reception hosted by VaseSource and FleuraMetz at their New York City showroom.  They were so gracious to stay open late and host our group for private shopping.  I picked up a few unique containers for myself while I was there. Here are some of the goodies from their showroom.
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How beautiful and simple is this design of Aspidistra leaves and fern?  It was resting atop one of Vasesource’s glass containers in the showroom.

Day 2:
The second day of the conference was spent at the Helen Mills Event Space & Theater on West 26th Street.  We had an amazing line up of speakers to include Naomi deManana, Senior Style Editor for Martha Stewart Weddings, Anne Chertoff, media consultant to the wedding industry and Abby Larson, founder of Style Me Pretty.  Each of these accomplished women gave incredible insight into the wedding and event industry.  Naomi spoke about her background in floral design and what it’s like working at Martha Stewart Weddings.  Anne Chertoff offered suggestions about using social media and blogging to help grow your business with her extensive knowledge of wedding media.  Abby Larson spoke about the incredible growth of the Style Me Pretty blog, how to get weddings and events published and the new Style Me Pretty Living blog.
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More to come including designing at David Beahm’s warehouse and shopping the floral district!


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