Sunday, August 15, 2010

Large Arrangements…And Those Who Make Them

Last week I received the greatest email from Nancy, a floral designer and reader from Florida. She explained how she mentors a group of 20 volunteers at her church, First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, Florida. The volunteers (working in groups of 3) spend time each week making sure the worship center at First Presbyterian is graced with beautiful flowers. Her email asked: Our church is large, so we do very large arrangements. Do you ever showcase large arrangements?

As I thought about the question, I realized that I don’t usually showcase large arrangements. I’m grateful for the question…and the email! So, for those of you looking for inspiration to create large arrangements…especially the Flower Ministry volunteers at First Presbyterian…hope this inspires…

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image via Yvonne Design

112807_weiss16_a flowers on mars…multi-piece arrangement of pure white flowers, petals and candles…so modern…

image via Flowers on Mars

Altar Arrangements blush floral daesign…urns of flowers (love the tall white delphinium), branches and hanging votives…

image via Blush Floral Design

cimg0851 marks garden…foxtail lilies and greenery accentuates beautiful architecture…

image via Mark’s Garden

IMG_4972 la tee da flowers…flowers cascade over a church railing…

image via La Tee Da Flowers

rancho_santa_fe_wedding_photgorapher_sjrkl324-3 sarah yates photo…this one speaks to the “orderliness” in me…is there anything better than flawless white flowers in straight lines?…

image via Sarah Yates Photography

renata_spence_329 justin marantz photo  …love the simplicity of this urn of leaves for the Fall…

image via Justin Marantz Photography

IMG_8196 la tee da flowers…urns of hydrangeas…simple and classic…

image via La Tee Da Flowers

Now let me show you some of the beautiful arrangements created by the talented volunteers at First Presbyterian…

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Nancy definitely got me thinking about how we can use our floral talents for the Lord in ministry opportunities in our churches and communities. She mentioned a neighboring Methodist church in Orlando that has volunteers take the large altar arrangements apart after the church services and make them into smaller bouquets which are delivered to sick and shut-in church members. Thanks, Nancy, for sharing your thoughts and photos…one more reason I love blogging! To the volunteers in the Flower Ministry at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando: You inspire me! I know God blesses those you touch through your ministry…and blesses you as you serve others.

It’s going to be a good week!

2 comments:

~My Fleur Journey~ said...

This post just come at a right time for me as well as I have started doing large arrangements for my church once every few weeks (as there are quite a few keen florists in our church, so we take turns).. thanks for all the inspirations! This is one of my favourites...

http://www.stylemepretty.com/gallery/photo/imgap6jpg+24901

Janet said...

I just can't get over the urn full of maple branches. Simple. Perfection.