Transforming our Infinity Arch with new shelves!
We recently went on our Instagram Live with our friend Lee Forrest. He took our Infinity Arch and made a beautiful ceremony backdrop. THEN— he added the new Infinity Arch Shelves and transformed that same ceremony backdrop into a gorgeous reception decor piece! It ’s a twofer that we give two thumbs up. Throughout the segment, we asked him a few questions. If you missed the LIVE video, don’t worry- we got you. Here’s the interview and a little peek into the mind of this floral genius!
What do you love most about your job?
“I love the interaction with the brides and the grooms- working with the creative ideas everyone has. I don’t work in a typical office where it’s a computer screen and a cubicle. I’m in a different location every week, I’m working with different people… sometimes we’re inside, sometimes we’re outside. I really love that I have so much variety in what I do!”
How would you describe your creative process?
“Just whatever comes to me in the moment. Sometimes I sleep on things, sometimes things come to me in my dreams- believe it or not! [I could even] be out drinking with friends; My friend Cathie and I love getting together and coming up with crazy ideas. Sometimes I’ll be driving and I’ll see something random on the side of the road! Inspiration comes TO you!”
Do you have a favorite flower or plant you like to keep in your home?
“I actually don’t keep a lot of plants in my own home. Even though I love designing, I work with them all day long. The last thing I want to do is go home to MORE flowers. Also, I’m not good at keeping things alive! Everything I work with has already been cut.
My favorite flower though- would have to be a white Casablanca lily!”
What’s your go-to coffee order?
“I usually drink hot tea in the morning but when I do drink coffee, I always go for a cappuccino grande. That’s good stuff and keeps me awake for hours!”
When we think of wedding flowers, we usually think of bouquets and centerpieces. What are some other places we can add florals too?
“Obviously the ceremony is a major part of your day, so anything you put in the ceremony will be spectacular!”
Do you ever have a couple that has no idea what they want for their wedding, how do you go about that?
“Occasionally I do. I always like to get inside their heads and find out what their favorite colors are. It’s kind of hard to plan your flowers without that. I also get a feel for their personality and if they like more modern or more traditional, more over-the-top or if they like very simple. It’s just a process of getting to know the couple and kind of pulling it out of them. Then based on that, I can kind of create something and pitch ideas at them.”
What are you forecasting for the floral trend of 2019?
“I am hoping to see a lot more color. As beautiful as it is: white, champagne and blush, have been around for a little while now. We just did a wedding a couple weeks ago where the bride did hot bright Florida colors: bright corals, bright golds, bright oranges, hot pinks, and fuchsias. It was freaking phenomenal! Everyone that walked in the room was like ‘I am so happy to see COLOR’.
When the Pantone Color of the year is released in December, I think that will set a lot of the color standards for next year. From then, we’ll see the new trends. I think we’ll see a lot of greenery still. Greenery is very organic. It compliments all the other colors that we work with. Using more greenery in your arrangements, rather than flowers, actually helps with cost. Greenery is not free, but it is more cost-effective than doing nothing but flowers and no greenery.”
Do you have anything else you want to tell the engaged couples of the world?
“Have fun with your wedding! This is your one special day but at the same time, it’s about you and your fiance. Just have fun with it. Don’t stress out over the little details. Everything will fall into place… The important thing is that you are with each other.”
Vendors: Lee Forrest Design
Products: Infinity Arch, Infinity Arch Shelves
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1. These delicate Heart Shaped Coasters are sweet, and a sweet deal. Doodle your guests’ names on them for a place card they can take home!
Rave Review: “I am amazed at the fast delivery of this product. The product is of high quality with a great price. I will be ordering more from this vendor.”
2. These Rose Gold Paper Straws, available in 12 additional colors, make every drink a photogenic masterpiece.
Rave Review: “The gold straws were just a beautiful as they were functional! They added the right touch to my daughters Sweet 16 Mocktail Hour!!”
3. This Fujifilm Instax Mini Polaroid Camera makes for a fun alternative to a traditional guest book.
Rave Review: “This is such a cute camera… It only takes about a minute to develop & they’re the size of credit cards. Really cute & it’s fun to write on the bottom with captions!”
4. Keep kids distracted with these fun Wedding Activities that come with scavenger hunts and coloring books!
Rave Review: “Everything we needed for the little ones at our wedding.”
5. This Doggie Bow Tie allows your pup to to take part in your big day, but watch out… they just might steal the show!
Rave Review: “So impressed with this collar!!! I’ve tried little bows and cute collars for my dogs before, and the cuter they are, the flimsier they are, typically…but that is NOT the case here! The bow stays in place and even stays shaped because it has some structure to it.”
6. These Kimono Robes make for the perfect hair and makeup photos with you and you bridesmaids.
Rave Review: “Perfect for my bridesmaids! They were thin and silky (which in Florida is necessary) and great lengths! I had bridesmaids that ranged from 5’2 to 6’0 and each of the sizes I purchased for all 8 bridesmaids were perfect. All of the gemstones were present on each so overall I was very pleased and my gals loved them!”
7. These Hangover Kit Burlap Bags are perfect if your wedding is going to be a big ‘ol party. Add some Aspirin or Pepto Bismol and your guests will thank you later!
Rave Review: “Great bags, durable, and easy to design with HTV.”
8. This Letter Board allows you to create the perfect custom signage that can be used almost anywhere.
Rave Review: “Love this product! The board is made very well, nice and sturdy. Letters are good quality and fit tightly into the board. Much nicer than some store bought letter boards sold elsewhere. It’s perfect for any party event or even just as decoration around the house!
9. These Confetti Balloons are the perfect addition to a fun and trendy wedding!
Rave Review: “These balloons are thick and really nice quality- the confetti really sticks! The solid color balloons are gorgeous too! They have a little shimmer to them.”
*The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.