Our Advanced Wedding Series focuses on advanced skills for the wedding market. It presupposes knowledge of certain techniques such as proper flower processing, basic arranging and familiarity with the florist’s knife, as gained through FSNY’s Intensive Series. The Wedding Series includes step-by-step instruction of five wedding-specific design skills including: hand-wiring individual flowers for boutonnieres and head wreaths, a cascading bridal bouquet using hand-wiring techniques; large scale designs for ceremony decor; elevated centerpiece designs for the reception and the decoration of a Chuppah and flowering arch. Our students walk away form The Advanced Wedding Series with a great understanding of the most important wedding mechanics and designs!
Class 14: Wiring Flowers for Head Wreaths and Boutonnieres (Day One: 10:00am – 1:00pm)
In this class students learn how to choose flowers for boutonnieres and head wreaths based on longevity and appropriateness for each application. Hand-wiring techniques will be demonstrated for specific flower types and then applied to each application. Students will take home a head wreath and boutonniere as created in class.
Class 15: Monumental Urn Arrangements (Day One: 12:00pm-5:00pm)
In this class, students will learn how to decorate a ceremony site with large-scale, 180-degree arrangements. A short talk will focus on vessel choice and scale of arrangements. The instructor will demonstrate how to prep a large-scale container with oasis and chicken wire, and create a three-sided arrangement that is structurally balanced as well as stunningly beautiful! Students will work in groups to recreate large-scale arrangements.
Class 16: Elevated Centerpiece Designs (Day Two: 10:00am – 12:00pm)
This class will feature elevated designs for events or weddings. This style allows for a floral component to be raised at least 24 inches off the table, which greatly changes the direction and viewpoint of the design. Students must concentrate on the viewer’s perspective as well as making a perfectly round design building on Oasis techniques from Class #3.
Class 17: Decorating Chuppahs and Arches with Flowers (Day Two: 1:00pm – 4:00pm)
A brief discussion on the meaning and appropriateness of Chuppahs, arches and canopies for wedding ceremonies. Construction of a canopy or Chuppah will be created and students will learn specific techniques for applying flowers to canopies. The floral canopy will be decorated collectively by the group, weather permitting, in our beautiful outdoor garden space.
Class 18: Cascading Bridal Bouquet (Day Three 10:00am – 2:00pm)
Students will learn how to create a modern, cascading bridal bouquet incorporating hand-wired blossoms with natural blooms. Students will learn how to wire stems to create length, how to manipulate stems and blooms to feature a flower’s best features and how to create a lush, cascading bouquet to produce an overall dramatic effect. Students will take home their romantic bouquets!
About Juan Villanueva
Juan M. Villanueva, owner of Villanueva Designs, is a second-generation florist from South Texas, who for the past 10 years, has successfully served Manhattan and surrounding areas, as the city’s best kept floral design secret.
Having studied fine arts at the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Juan and his company bring an experienced artistic touch to all their projects. They specialize in private client, trade shows & corporate galas but are equally known for their indoor/outdoor urban gardens. On his journey, he has had the privilege of working with A-list celebrities, titans of industry, world-renowned interior designers, premier fashion houses & amazing humanitarian organizations. @villanuevadesigns