Michigan Floral Association 2009 Great Lakes Floral Expo

This weekend I attended the Michigan Floral Association's 2009 Great Lakes Floral Expo. I drove out to Grand Rapids on Friday evening to drop off my entries to the professional division design contest. When I returned on Saturday morning I was excited to find that I had placed second in the centerpiece portion of the contest! (Thank you for the image Tracy!)

Janet from Floral Verde LLC with a second place finish in the centerpiece category of the 2009 Michigan Floral Association design contest.

The centerpiece was inspired by a recent trip up north to Rogers City, MI. I was enchanted by the dense groves of birch trees lining the highway. I paired the ephemeral beauty of the birch forest with opulence of the Colony Club in Detroit.

The centerpiece included birch branches, seeded eucalyptus, Black Baccara roses, Peach Vision spray roses, anemone and tulips in a metal bowl.

Each entry was required to include a 24x30 inch storyboard. Here is the text from my storyboard:

The whimsy of Northern Michigan's birch forests meets the chic setting of the Colony Club in Detroit creating a quirky mix of ethereal and luxe textures.

From left to right: photo of the Colony Club from mod4 photographic; Espresso Bengaline tablecloth from BBJ Linens; Beige Bengaline linen from BBJ Linens; Champagne Pink Lamour napkin from BBJ Linens; image of birch forest via Google Images; Black Baccara rose bouquet from Floral Verde LLC; bridal gown by Vera Wang; curly willow and orchid arrangement from Gregory and Company, Brookfield, WI; invitation from Ceci New York; Silk Tricotine Sophie bridesmaids dress from J Crew; cake from Martha Stewart Weddings; Bridesmaids bouquets from JL Designs, Orange County, CA.

the storyboard behind the centerpiece

There were two other portions of the design contest. The theme for the bridal bouquet and boutonniere was "Discovering Hidden Gems." This entry was inspired by the art nouveau prints of Alphons Mucha. (Thanks for the image Anne!)

Cascading bouquet with aluminum wire, glass beads, Schwartzwalder mini callas, tulips and mini cymbidium orchids

A close up of the boutonniere.

Matching boutonniere with a single mini cymbidium, aluminum wire, and glass beads.

The final portion of the contest was a memorial arrangement. This was inspired by Gian Lorenzo Bernini's sculpture, "Ecstasy of St Theresa."

A sympathy arrangement with calla lilies, roses, aspidistra foliage, African reeds, sponge mushrooms, and reindeer moss.

Tracy from Affordable Elegance, Anne from Anderson Bridal and Event Florist, and Janet from Floral Verde LLC at the 2009 MFA Expo.

On Sunday I met with a few new friends. On the left is Anne from Anderson Bridal & Event Florist and in the center is Tracy from Affordable Elegance. Thanks ladies! I had a great time!