This weekend is the Oregon Wedding Showcase at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem, and the studio is a kaleidoscope of color right now! Pink, coral & red! Purple, green & orange! Ivory! Blue! Yellow!
Bridal shows (though they make for a verrrry long weekend, in most cases) really are great fun, because I get to design what I want, with the flowers I select. I really have no one to please but me (and let me tell you, that's tough!). I like to think of it as my floral fashion show: clothing designers show their over-the-top designs, then pare down that look for the buying public. I try to do the same, showing the latest floral trends & pushing the envelope with color and design.
Usually I have ideas in mind several weeks before a show, then sketch out the designs I see in my head, ordering flowers based on those. But, every few years I get a 'wild hair' and decide to wing it by just going to to the flower market and seeing what's there, designing & sketching as I shop. It definitely takes longer that way, but it's more exciting to see what's there and let your creativity run wild (Ooohhhh -- black mini callas! PEONIES? Yippeee!)
And speaking of, if you're planning a wedding—or know someone who is—the Oregon Wedding Showcase really is a great one. If you come, be sure to stop and say HI!