Tuesday, May 29, 2012
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Valentine's Day 2012
Thursday, November 11, 2010
This one took place in May at The Club at Nevillewood. Www.theclubatnevillewood.com Leeann from www.leannmariephotography.com sent over these fabulous shots from Lori and Mark's wedding.
How gorgeous was Lori's dress??? Her bouquet was a soft pink and was made of roses, peonies, orchids, calla lilies, stephanotis and crystals.
They were married on the balcony at Nevillewood and of course the weather was perfect.
Their centerpieces were made of hydrangeas, roses, lilies and crystals.
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Monday, August 16, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Throughout my business, one of the most important things I’ve learned is to just go with the flow, be patient and the answers will come to me. When 2010 started, there were so many unanswered questions. We had outgrown the old shop. Where could we possibly find the perfect place? By the end of January, I had my answer and the construction began on my dream studio and we were ready to go in March.
A few weeks ago, I had Jenni Grace of http://www.jennigracephotography.com/ come into the studio to do head shots of each employee so that I could introduce each one on the website/ blog.
I’m starting today by introducing Jan. Even though Jan was hired last out of the three, this week is a pretty important week and Jan needs a pedestal. On Saturday, Jan will be turning 50. (You would NEVER guess it either!)
Long before Jan started to work with us, she created a “Bucket List” that was inspired by this landmark birthday. Jan created a blog to document this process http://jansbirthdayblog.blogspot.com/ One of the items on her bucket list was actually “Work for a floral design company”. So Jan found our website and applied with this cover letter:
“Dear Ms. Schwietz,
I am asking to be considered for the part-time floral designer position you have available. Last year I saw your floral designs on the Mocha Rose web site. After clicking through the pages I said, “Oh! I want to work there.” I love your design esthetic. I appreciate your business philosophy, attention to your clients and your choice to be a floral design company with a focus on events.
My career as a floral designer began when I was 8 years old and secretly intertwined tulip and daffodil stems into my neighbor’s vintage swing set. The neighbor correctly guessed who the “flower fairy” was and later told my mother about a floral design contest at Northland Public Library. I entered and won first place in my age group. I was 10 years old. I have had a love affair with floral design ever since.
While I eventually grew up to work as a nurse, nurse manager and ultimately nurse educator, floral design has always been an avocation for me. I remember critiquing flower arrangements sent to patients in the hospital and my co-workers asking me how I knew the names of all those “posies.” I am the one that friends and family come to if they need flowers for an occasion, such as an anniversary, birthday or school dance and, most recently, a wedding.
At this point I am being intentional on making artistry forward in my life instead of in the background. I consider myself to be bright and a quick study and have the ability to “figure things out” and make it work. I have taken on large planning projects in many realms. My students tell me that they know I care about them not just as students but about who they are as people. That isn’t just what I do, but who I am. I would very much appreciate the opportunity to meet you and confirm that I am a good fit as a floral designer with Mocha Rose.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Jan …. “
Let me just say that Jan is everything that she promised in this cover letter times ten! She is wonderfully talented and very good at that “figure things out” part (which I “encourage” every employee to do on a daily basis.) I’m pretty sure that if good karma ever needed a spokesperson, Jan would be in the running. She is genuine. She is smart. She is hysterical. She is the kind of person everyone needs to have in their lives. I know I can speak for the entire staff, but Jan makes it feel like we are a family at work. (It’s also pretty handy to have a nurse on hand at all times).
So today was Jan’s last day at work before the big birthday so we decided to check one more thing off the list. So we went to yoga. Not just any yoga- Bikram Yoga aka: Hot yoga which consists of 90 minutes of yoga in 105 degree heat. (Very intense). Next week we’ll have a “bring your dog to work day” to work on another check. I’ll let her reveal if that 50 tattoo is real or not.
Next on the list that I want to be involved in: detonate something, drive a race car and operate a steam shovel.
Jan has inspired me to start my own list.
First up: Don't ruin people's birthday cupcakes by dropping the box upside down before walking in the door. (I think Jan loved them even more when she unwrapped them and saw them in this state which is what I love most about her). We had a lot of fun in a fork free for all though...
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Lisa and Billy both know their flowers through their professions and it was fun to talk about the different botanical items that would come together to make their day. Lisa's bouquet consisted of white peonies, lily of the valley, green heleborus, green fiddlehead ferns, and black and white anemones.
I think the rest of the pictures speak for themselves. What a FUN wedding! The details were well thought out and reflected their personalities exactly.