10 Tips for Flower Arranging

July 26, 2011
Flower Arranging
  • Sat Jul 23 2011 – Featured in OUT Magazine : WEDDING GUIDE

    by Celadon & Celery owners – Bess Wyrick and Ivie Joy

    You don’t have to blow your bank account to get the right flower arrangements at your wedding. Hell, you could pick branches of elderflower and rose hips in the wild and it might still look better than a lavish arrangement of orchids, but chances are you will want to leave the hard work to someone else.

That’s why we invited Bess Wyrick and Ivie Joy to share the fruits of their experience as partners in Celadon & Celery, which specializes in event planning and flower arrangements. Wyrick, whose background is in fashion design, and Joy, who was Creative Director for Charles florals in Queens, NY., have identified ten key pointers on how to choose the right flowers for the big day. They also created four arrangements, shown here, that demonstrate their ethos and approach.

1. Do choose vibrant, striking colors. Make a bold statement by combining over-sized flowers like calla lilies in an asymmetric form. Picking a bold colored vase will help you to achieve a modern look.

2. Create a Vignette. As long as you have some consistency with color and theme, it is easy to start pulling different pieces together to assemble beautiful vignettes for your guest tables.

3. Do spend a chunk of your décor budget on flowers; they really have a magnificent effect on people and the room.

4. Do remember to select flowers that will be available at the time of your wedding.

5. Do ask your florist for a sample centerpiece.

6. Do use tall centerpieces – they give life and presence to a room!

7. Colored hydrangeas are perfect for impact and bold statements when used in mass.

8. Don’t ask your florist if it is ok to use your own vases unless you are getting married in your home.

9. Do coordinate with your florists beforehand to give centerpieces away to your guests after the wedding.

10. Don’t limit your creativity to what’s new and trendy! This is a huge celebration so go all OUT!

Five-off Beat Stress Busters

July 25, 2011
Chris Porter

Chris Porter

To relieve the day-to-day stress of running a business, many entrepreneurs exercise — jog, swim, yoga, you name it. Some also may meditate or even unwind with a glass of wine from time to time. Then there are those who lean more toward the unusual, some may even say peculiar, to help them cope when overwhelm starts to kick in.

We asked a range of entrepreneurs to share with us some of their more unusual stress-busters. Here’s a sampling of what we found.

Tree Climbing
Bess Wyrick, 28
Celadon and Celery Events and Environments, New York
Founded: 2009

Chris PorterBess Wyrick has a thing for plants. In college, she studied ecopsychology, which looks at how people interact with the environment. She’s the founder and artistic director of floral design house, Celadon and Celery Events and Environments. Her biggest business stressor is managing employees. “I have seven people who work for me, but they don’t all work at the same time,” she says. When work drives her up a tree, she literally climbs one in New York’s Central Park. “It’s the sound of the leaves with the wind blowing through. It is very peaceful,” says Wyrick. “Climbing trees inspires me, calms me down and makes me aware of my breath.”

Chicken Hugging
Chelsea Morgan, 30
Yala, Ashland, Ore.
Founded: 1996

Chelsea MorganFor Chelsea Morgan, working from her Portland, Ore., home is peaceful and quiet, but at times the silence becomes unbearable. “There is no one to chat with, to bounce ideas off of, brainstorm solutions with — and that sometimes feels stressful,” says Morgan who co-owns Yala, an organic clothing and housewares design firm. Some might say her stress buster is for the birds. Whenever her feathers get ruffled, she walks out to her husband’s backyard henhouse and hugs a chicken. “It instantly reminds you of life’s simple joys,” she says. “It’s reassuring to see how life goes on, despite whatever is stressing us out.”

Facebook Poll: What are you most inclined to do when you’re stressed?

Show Tunes
Zoe Sakoutis (pictured left), 32
BluePrintCleanse, New York
Founded: 2007

Zoe SakoutisBluePrintCleanse is in the health business, but the day-to-day pressures of running a new enterprise can lead to unhealthy stress, according to Zoe Sakoutis, who co-founded the juice-cleansing company. She says despite recently securing coveted shelf space in Whole Foods, she needs to continually educate prospective customers and prove why her products are different. “We’re not a do-it-yourself cleanse,” she says. When the stress gets downright unwholesome, she and the company’s other co-founder sing show tunes. “It’s cathartic,” says Sakoutis. “I always feel better after belting out a Barbra Streisand song.” Her go-to number? Streisand’s “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from Funny Girl, a popular musical that became a blockbuster Hollywood film in 1968.

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Chris Porter, 36
Training Camp, Philadephia
Founded: 1999

Chris PorterChris Porter admits running a 100-employee company can create tension. “I don’t have to report to anyone and that’s great. But I have 100 bosses,” says Porter, founder of Training Camp, an information-technology training firm. Porter finds relief in having what some might view as an alter-ego: Once or twice a month, he’s “Zenbi,” a deejay who spins house music at nightclubs and festivals all over the world. Two recent shows took him to Milan and Budapest. He also sometimes pilots his own four-seat Cirrus SR20 monoplane to gigs in the States. As Porter puts it: “Anything that allows you to divert your focus helps relieve stress.”

Sky Diving
Peter Shankman, 38
Help A Reporter Out, New York
Founded: 2008

Peter ShankmanAfter a publicity stunt sent him hurtling toward the earth at 14,000 feet with 150 other CEOs, Peter Shankman was hooked. The founder and CEO of Help A Reporter Out, a service that connects reporters with resources, found what he calls the ultimate stress-reliever. “I woke up the next morning, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it,” he says. Since then he has made more than 250 jumps. “There’s just something about jumping out of an airplane at 14,000 feet to clear your head,” says Shankman.


July 22, 2011

Project Runway’s Casanova Couture Handbag

We are teaming up with Project Runway fan-favorite, Casanova, to offer his handbags at a CC Events exclusive price of $299 (retail $600)!

casanova bags

Purchased handbags will be available for pick up during a scheduled meet & greet with Casanova at Celadon & Celery Events Studio. Each handbag will be complemented with a stunning bouquet designed by owner Bess Wyrick.

To reserve your couture Casanova NYC handbag – contact Sarah@celadoncelery.com. Space is Limited. Please submit all reserves by August 8th.  Purchased handbags will be available for pickup during the scheduled meet & greet.

Purchased reserve includes: entry to meet & greet, couture Casanova NYC handbag, Celadon & Celery bouquet, cocktails and h’ orderves.

Photos courtesy of Lifetime

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