Bridesmaid's Luncheon in Our Studio - Bridesmaids Create Their Own Bouquets!

For those of you that LOVE flowers and have not heard about The Winston-Salem Flower School - check us out!  We teach fun and creative floral design classes in the Amy Lynne Original's studio.  

At Amy Lynne Originals we love weddings and at the Winston-Salem Flower School we love to teach about floral design.  This is the first time we have merged our services and created something very special!

We now offer a fun and unique idea for your bridesmaids luncheon.  Come and enjoy tasty beverages and a boxed lunch.  After refreshments and socializing there is a short demonstration and then each bridesmaid has the opportunity to create their own bouquet.  Our staff is readily available to assist with designing.  Check out these images of a luncheon we hosted this spring...

The ALO studio set and ready for the bridesmaids to start designing!

The ALO studio set and ready for the bridesmaids to start designing!

Seating available for a sit down lunch for up to 20 people.  For larger parties there are other options!

Seating available for a sit down lunch for up to 20 people.  For larger parties there are other options!

Lunch before the designing begins.  

Lunch before the designing begins.  

I provide a short demonstration filled with tips about creating a bouquet.  

I provide a short demonstration filled with tips about creating a bouquet.  

Each bridesmaids receives a bucket of flowers, clippers and a WSFS apron.  Let the designing begin!  

Each bridesmaids receives a bucket of flowers, clippers and a WSFS apron.  Let the designing begin!  

Labeled and ready for the ceremony tomorrow.   Each bridesmaid put their name on the bouquet so they could easily locate their creation to carry down the aisle! 

Labeled and ready for the ceremony tomorrow.  


Each bridesmaid put their name on the bouquet so they could easily locate their creation to carry down the aisle! 

An amazing group of ladies!  

An amazing group of ladies!  

This is a fun and relaxed event for everyone to enjoy!  Mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and friends all enjoyed watching the design process.  This is great way to kick off a wedding weekend!

For more information, availability, and pricing please email info@wsflowerschool.com

~Amy

 

Wedding Flowers at Spring House in Winston-Salem

Spring House Restaurant is such a lovely venue to celebrate a wedding!  While historic and stately, it is also such an inviting and comfortable space.  I enjoyed designing for this very sweet couple with such a beautiful space as a backdrop. ~Amy

Images by Amber Michelle Photography.

Summer Wedding Flowers in Winston-Salem, NC

This past summer we had the privilege to design for a lovely outdoor wedding at a beautiful family home in Winston-Salem.  The wedding took place in the morning with a brunch that followed at Forsyth Country Club.  While the weather the day before was wet and gloomy...the sun came out the morning of the wedding and shined down on their special day! 

The bride carried a cascading bouquet filled with garden roses, clematis, rosemary and jasmine.  The bridesmaids carried hand-tied bouquets with pops of dusty pink (Quicksand  and Keira roses) and plum (dahlias and scabiosa). 

The ceremony took place in the backyard of the family home.  A floral arch was created using 2 potted pin oak trees as the base.  The pots and trunks were covered with greenery and flowers to create a lush and tall arch that framed the ceremony location.

After the ceremony the celebration continued at the club.  The wedding party and guests danced under a floral chandelier that hung over the dance floor.  It was magical!

A big thank you to  Elly's Photography for the amazing images. 

Cheers~
Amy

Wedding Flowers - The Ritz Carlton Urban Garden, Charlotte, NC

Looking back over 2016 I would have to say that this wedding is one that stands out.  Bright hues of orange and pink against black and white stripes - without a doubt it had a fun Kate Spade vibe!  What made this wedding even more special to me is that I designed for the bride's sister the year before!  Such a sweet family that I thoroughly enjoyed working with on BOTH weddings!  
Enjoy these beautiful images from Indigo Photography!

Venue: Ritz Carlton Urban Garden, Charlotte, NC
Coordinator: Caroline Event Design

 

 

Our Focus is Flowers

Welcome to the first blog post on our new website!  This is Amy...the owner and lead designer of Amy Lynne Originals.  I am thrilled to share our new website with you as well as our new mission statement - "Our Focus is Flowers".  Simple and to the point, right?  

In the event world there is so much more, more, more. Offer more services. Offer more options.  A whole lot of do everything.  Our mission is to stay true to our core and offer our clients what we are passionate about. Our focus really is flowers!

Please enjoy browsing through our new website.  I want to extend a huge thank you to Traci Arney Photography for our beautiful head shots as well as images of our studio!  I shared a few more cool shots below.

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I am truly excited about all the floral designs we will continue to create in 2017! 

Best,
Amy

 

 

Wedding Flowers | Forsyth Country Club | Highland Presbyterian | Winston-Salem, NC

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As I prepare and plan for a wedding next weekend at Forsyth Country Club, I can't help looking back at this pretty spring wedding also at FCC.  This was a beautifully bright wedding.  From the bride's sweet smile to the enormous coral charm peonies...it was a true delight!  Pumps me up for this coming weekend and many more at this wonderful venue.  Enjoy these beautiful images from Allison Khun Photography! Best, Amy

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Floral Designs at The High Point Furniture Market

In my blog last week I talked about my appreciation of design challenges, especially when they require a more thoughtful and distinct approach.  This week I wanted to go into more detail about a rather large project I tackled this past spring .  In April I was hired by Cyan Designs, a home decor company based in Fort Worth, Texas, to do the floral designs and installations for their showroom at the High Point International Furniture Market.  Cyan is known for their vibrant and unique decorative objects that span the color spectrum and are meant to make a statement in any setting.   Their showroom consisted of fifteen rooms filled with beautiful and edgy home furnishings.  Each room was different – different colors and a different vibe.  We had to dream up several designs and/or botanical accents for each room that was consistent with the unique feel of that particular space.  The florals had to highlight, not distract, from the products.  We wanted market visitors and buyers to recognize both the beauty and the function of each object and how it would translate into their own space.  To add to the design challenge, all of the florals had to fade gracefully over the duration of market and we had to do all the design and installation on site in High Point.  Lets just say it took a lot of thought and planning!  Over the course of two days our team put in over fifty man hours on this job and we loved every minute of it.

Unlike most special events, and especially weddings, this experience was not about the wow factor.  This was the true essence of thoughtful floral design.  There were so many things to consider as we planned and executed this challenge- color palette, traffic flow, lighting, sight lines, and even the mood of each room.  It was also exciting to use such a wide assortment of containers.  We loved designing in tall O-shaped vases, wide low metal bowls, and beautiful glass pieces with small nooks and crannies on the side just calling for an orchid bloom or pop of moss.

I loved working on this corporate job for Cyan Design for two reasons. First, it took me out of my comfort zone and really challenged our entire team due to the scope and complexity of the project. Secondly, it introduced me to this unique company that creates “beautiful objects for beautiful lives”.  I've already got my sights set on some of their vases and candle holders and one show stopper of an orange glass chandelier.  I loved every minute of this experience and hope to have the opportunity to do it again!   ~Amy

Thoughtful Floral Designs, More is Not Always Better

In my experience, big, full arrangements with a high stem count are easy to design.  It doesn’t take a skilled designer to wow an audience with huge containers crammed with lots of flowers.  While it will take more time and money to go big, it requires a lot more knowledge and experience to create smaller, more thoughtful designs. How do you get the WOW factor with smaller more thoughtful designs?  This is when true design expertise and years of experience shine. A thoughtful floral design happens when the bend of each stem as well as the size/color/texture of each bloom matters.  It is when a designer is forced to really think about depth, line, and negative space versus just filling a vessel with lots of pretty stems.

Now, I’m not going to lie; like most designers, I love to go big.  I enjoy having access to tons of blooms and the opportunity to create a jaw-dropping arrangement with loads of product spilling out.  However, I also love a design challenge.   I truly enjoy creating something that I have to really think through because this is when all my years in the trenches pay off.  Since the young age of sixteen I have worked under many different designers learning, growing, and developing my craft.  When I am given an opportunity to tap into my extended understanding of floral design I truly feel creatively fulfilled.

Sometimes these design challenges come in the form of weddings or corporate jobs.  However, I don’t like to just wait for something to come to me.  When I’m feeling the need to push boundaries I love to collaborate with my dear friend and photographer Liz Nemeth.  She’s a fellow daring creative and we love to brainstorm off the wall ideas that I can design and she can photograph.  Check out some of my favorite images from our collaborations, which I think are great examples of thoughtful designs where less is more.  Check back in next week when I will talk about a recent large corporate job that required lots of smaller, intentional designs in a wide assortment of gorgeous containers.

~Amy

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