Every industry has its celebrities and the wedding and event floral design world is no different. We buy their books, we watch their reality TV shows and we dream of meeting them and hearing crazy stories of the events they have designed. Some of them reach an almost “diva” like status. David Beahm is nothing like that. I consider David to be among the best of the best in the wedding and event design world and he is one of the most down to earth people you will ever meet. He may be a big time New York designer but it is his southern roots and gentility that puts him at the top of the pack in my book! David graciously opened his design warehouse to the Chapel Designers on Day 2 of our conference. We were shuttled uptown by bus to the Bronx where he maintains a Candyland of vases and vessels and linens and lights. It was awesome! He shared stories and answered our questions and allowed us to make a mess of things designing in his warehouse. David even designed a spectacular floral piece with cherry blossoms and callas. Here are some images of our day at David’s warehouse.
The beautiful and talented Karen Tran of Karen Tran Florals also joined us at David’s warehouse. She walked us through designing one of her stunning tablescapes dripping with orchids, roses, sweet pea, hydrangeas and more. She even let some of the Chapel Designer’s get their hands dirty designing!
That’s Eric Fredricks of Bee’s Wedding and Event Floral Design in New Orleans in the background.
Courtenay of Courtenay Lambert Florals in Cincinatti, Ohio looking lovely next to the orchids!
Daevid Reed of Daevid’s in Norfolk, Virginia prepping vases for the table design
That Kentucky blue sweatshirt tells me it’s Hunter Sherwood of Sherwood Design & Events in Nicholasville, Kentucky
And what would a Chapel Designer conference be without a workshop with the bouquet queen herself, Holly Chapple! Holly took us through a fun new tricks in making wrist corsages as well as making a bouquet using the Smithers Oasis bouquet holder. This was really different for most of us as we typically do hand-tied bouquets for weddings. I really enjoyed working with the oasis bouquet holder. My bouquet ended up as more of cascading bouquet full of queen anne’s lace, purple clematis, super green roses, viburnum and muscari. It was really amazing to see how different the bouquets were among 80 designers. That just proves that you can give us all the same flowers and tools but we’re all going to have our own unique design and end result.
Cori Jansen of Moss Fine Floral working with her oasis bouquet holder
A close-up of the gorgeous blooms courtesy of Florabundance, Alexandra Farms and Roseville Farms.
The 2013 Chapel Designer Group!
Many thanks to Karen, Holly and David for sharing their time with us!
I would also like to thank Michael Gonzalez and Vanessa Polanco of Verde Flowers for hosting our lunch while in the Bronx. They are truly talented floral artists. Please check out their amazing work!
Ribbons, Ribbons, Ribbons next week!