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Video: Hot Handhelds

Amy Lombardo - Friday, March 29, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Handhelds are a popular accessory for prom – get prepared for prom season by building a versatile stock of permanent botanical products in trending colors and designs. 

In this video Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD recommends having popular silk flowers ready when she walks in the door so you can make a bouquet sure to become a beloved keepsake from a fun and memorable night.

Vonda creates an example using wholesale silk flowers from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale so you can see how just a few select ingredients can become a stunning prom-worthy handheld. 

She begins with a simple Janna silk rose bud bundle in a warm and friendly beige. This selection goes well with a wide variety of accent colors – a useful silk flower that can remain relevant from year to year. You can see how elegant they look when paired with the lavender tinted berry permanent botanicals that Vonda pairs them with. She intersperses these throughout the arrangement.

To finish up the bouquet, Vonda wraps the stems in a few layers of steel blue ribbon. Cutting the ribbons into sections creates a voluminous effect that feels both sophisticated and playful at the same time. 

You can find the supplies used in this demonstration available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Make your next prom season the best one yet – stock up with a mix of trendy selections and traditional mainstays to make your customer’s prom night an unforgettable experience. 

Shop products from the video:
#30565 “Abby” Rose Bundle x10, 9”, Available in 4 Colors
#30566 “Janna” Rose Bud Bundle x12, 9”, Available in 4 Colors
#29389 Holunder Berry Bundle x3, 10”, Available in 2 Colors
#FSL130 Lily of the Valley Bundle x5, 9.5”, Available in 2 Colors

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Video: Cascading Cherry Blossom Bridal Bouquet

Amy Lombardo - Friday, March 15, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

In this detailed design demonstration, Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD builds a beautiful bridal bouquet – or attendant’s bouquet – using wholesale silk flowers and permanent botanicals from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. 

This bouquet features silk hydrangea, silk calla lilies, silk cherry blossom, and silk miniature ivy. 

Vonda begins with two stems of silk hydrangea, bending the stem just a little toward the front and back so it looks like one larger blossom. To form the cascade, Vonda uses part of a silk cherry blossom garland that has been cut to size and trimmed to reduce visual weight. 

Bringing the cherry blossom toward the front of the design creates the cascading line that defines this type of bouquet. Vonda then adds another piece of cherry blossom on the other side to continue the line upward and through the top, a smart way to balance the composition. A few more sprigs around the edges completes the outline.

Next, Vonda adds silk calla lilies through the hydrangea blossom. She notes that the beauty of permanent botanicals is that you can move and adjust them however you want – much easier than working with fresh flowers. Vonda even bends one of the calla lilies to complete the downward cascading line. 

The final addition to this bouquet is a selection of realistic silk ivy. Vonda begins by using the elegant ivy to continue the cascade, then brings a few cuttings toward the top for balance. She takes care to use the ivy conservatively to ensure it does not take away from the cherry blossom, hydrangea, or calla lilies. 

A clear zip tie secures the arrangement, but you can use floral tape or a variety of other solutions if desired. 

Complete the design by fluffing and adjusting as needed. Here, you’ll see that Vonda decides to add a little bit of cherry blossom to the center of the design using hot glue so that it appears to come through the blossoms rather than just collaring the bouquet. 

The result is a spectacular bouquet that can bring springtime charm to any wedding. Perfect for brides or attendants alike, this piece is sure to capture the attention of bridal show attendees. 

Explore the Pioneer website for an incredible selection of permanent botanicals, wholesale silk flowers, and useful accessories. Not only does Pioneer Imports & Wholesale offer everything you need to create gorgeous bouquets like the one in this video, the catalog includes everything you need to create stunning botanical arrangements for commercial displays, trade shows, and so much more. 

Shop products from the video:
#PWG2300 – Cherry Blossom Garland
#PWH2077 – Hydrangea Stem – White
#PWC0103WH – Calla Lily Stem
#PBI810 – Garden Lace Ivy Bush – Green

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Video: Premium English Rose

Amy Lombardo - Monday, March 04, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

The classic English rose is an ever-popular choice for such a wide range of purposes – from weddings to commercial displays to property staging and beyond. Pioneer Imports & Wholesale offers a fantastically lifelike silk rose option for professionals who seek an especially high-end look for their permanent botanical arrangements. 

Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD introduces this premium selection by creating a sample arrangement in a quick video demonstration. She uses four of the available color options – beauty, red, salmon and white. 

This composition builds up from a fantastic silver-toned compote equipped with a small block of floral foam. Vonda begins with the foliage, silk seeded eucalyptus in a sophisticated earthy green color. She works her way around the edges to create a nice voluminous collar for the design. 

Next, Vonda begins adding the premium silk rose stems one by one. She takes care to keep each pairing close together in distinctive blocks of color. Once the silk roses are placed in the compote, she rotates the composition to show the gorgeous result. 

This centerpiece shows the versatility of this premium English rose collection, easily changed or adapted to suit your specific needs. You can find the silk roses and foliage showcased here within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Pioneer offers a wide range of styles and colors to suit any occasion at any price point. 

Shop products from the video:
80307 – Premium English Rose Stem 20”, available in 4 colors (Beauty, Red, Salmon, White)
PWE1096GR – Eucalyptus Bush 22”, Green
DF348G/20 – Premium Dry Foam Bricks *20-piece case*
35040-00 – Desiray Compote 8”x7”, Silver

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