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Video: Adding Succulents to Bouquets 2

Amy Lombardo - Monday, December 23, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

It's practically impossible to open a shelter magazine without seeing the succulent trend in action – page after page, succulent after succulent. But the trend hasn't stopped there. Floral design professionals are now seeing wedding customers asking to integrate on-trend succulents into centerpieces, boutonnieres, and even bouquets. 

Tom Bowling AIFD, CFD, PFCI uses this video to demonstrate an intriguing way to infuse a bouquet with a touch of artificial succulent style.

He begins with the artificial desert rose succulent pick from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. On its own, this artificial succulent is handsome and stately – a selection that immediately catches the eye. For the chosen bouquet composition, the color would make a spectacular complement. 

But as Tom points out, this substantial artificial succulent might be a little too heavy for this specific application. His solution is quick and easy, and readily applies to a wide variety of other artificial succulent picks on the market today. 

Tom takes a moment to split the outer casing on the stem and divides the artificial desert rose succulent into thirds. He adds his own stems – left over from previous projects – and adds them to each section. Now he can add these artificial succulent sections into the bouquet individually, rather than as one large placement.

Spreading out the artificial succulent sections not only balances the bouquet visually, but it also distributes the physical weight better as well. 

Next, Tom does the same thing with a selection of wholesale artificial rosemary from Pioneer. He trims the sprigs apart and attaches more leftover stems with floral tape but notes that you could easily use wire instead of stems if none are available. He mentions the importance of using the tape to cover any wire ends that may be exposed. Now you can add the artificial rosemary in singles or doubles or however you want. 

The artificial desert rose succulent brings sophisticated color, while the silk rosemary enhances the profile with a loose airy look. Together, these selections enhance the texture profile tremendously. Simple additions like this can take a bouquet from traditional to on-trend – and with the value maximizing tips Tom shows here, you can do so without a significant hit to the budget.

You can find the wholesale artificial desert rose succulent and artificial rosemary plant highlighted here within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Pioneer can help you stay stocked up on timeless traditional staples, and help you keep your selection fresh with on-trend must-have selections.

Shop products from the video:
PWS1067BUGR Desert Rose Succulent Pick, 10.5", Dia.: 3", Burgundy/Green
PWS2642GR Rosemary Plant, x12, 17", Green

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Video: Calm Seas Collection

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

Create permanent botanical arrangements that sweep your customers far away from the worries of the everyday world with the Calm Seas Collection from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. 

Follow along as Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD builds a hand-tied bouquet inspired by the aquatic hues of fresh nautical landscapes. With just a few simple selections from the Calm Seas Collection, you can recreate the design demonstrated here within minutes.

Vonda begins with long sprays of artificial eucalyptus. She arranges these with a dramatic horizontal sweeping motion, immediately creating a sense of movement within the bouquet. Next, she adds small bunches of artificial berries along with a dash of artificial echeveria succulents – these additions offer an extraordinary boost to the texture profile of any bouquet. 

Silk hydrangea in pale French blue anchors the center of the composition, immediately drawing the eye like a bright beacon at sea. Vonda then arranges wholesale silk anemone in dazzling dark lapis and navy silk ranunculus around the edges. This gradient from light to dark deepens the perceived depth of this piece for a dynamic effect.

To round out the bouquet, Vonda creates a collar around the base using the large artificial philo and fatsia foliage selections. The result is a lovely bouquet with strong lines that flow like gentle waves, a palette of blues that could paint the most peaceful seaside afternoon.

If you’ve been looking to expand your selection of blue permanent botanical products – for everyday arrangements or special coastal themes – you might want to give the Calm Seas Collection a try. You can find the silk flowers and artificial foliage used here within the Calm Seas Collection readily available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale.

Shop the complete Calm Seas Collection here.

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PWA2220DKLP Anemone Bush x8, 17.5”, Dark Lapis
PWR1010NV Ranunculus Bush x8, 17”, Navy
PWH2085FRBL Hydrangea Bush x5, 17”, French Blue
PWMX2702DKGR Mixed Eucalyptus/Lamb’s Ear/Berries Bush, 21”
PWE1091BL Eucalyptus Bush x11, 19”, Blue
PWPV09 Selloum Philo Branch, 52”, Green
CE1325GYGR Echeveria Pick x3, 8”, Gray/Green
PSF732GR Fatsia Leaf Spray, 19”, Green

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Video: Grand Manor Collection

Amy Lombardo - Thursday, August 01, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Are you looking for sophisticated autumn color palettes for your seasonal permanent botanical arrangements? Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD introduces the Grand Manor Collection – a rich colorway that spans a diverse selection of wholesale silk flowers available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale.

Vonda demonstrates the grace of the Grand Manor Collection by creating a lovely hand-tied bouquet using a combination of silk fall foliage and muted silk flowers. If you have a busy production schedule, you’re going to love the timesaving methods Vonda employs with this design.

Prior to the beginning of this video, Vonda has already prepared a base of artificial dusty miller in green and silk eucalyptus. Then, instead of taking the time and effort to carefully select silk flowers for this composition, she simply chose a mixed bush from Pioneer – a combination of silk anemone, silk ranunculus, silk rose, and silk hydrangea in a mixture of Grand Manor Collection pinks and purples.

Vonda takes the base of artificial dusty miller and silk eucalyptus and starts adding the Grand Manor pieces one by one. She starts with splashes of pink, then dark purple to complement the silk eucalyptus. Next are darker pink silk anemone and light lavender silk ranunculus. Lavender silk hydrangea rounds out the arrangement.

Interestingly, the individual silk flowers originally come in a bush format from Pioneer. Vonda trimmed each pick from the bush before beginning, making it easier to create a more pleasing color balance. Floral wire secures the individual picks to the bouquet, and later Vonda will finish the composition with floral tape for binding and double-satin ribbon for a finished look. 

With just a few components from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale, you can recreate this bouquet for your own projects and events. Let Pioneer help you flesh out your floral design toolbox with gorgeous silk botanicals like these pieces from the Grand Manor Collection.

Shop the complete Grand Manor Collection here.

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2205-9-102 Double Face Satin Ribbon, 1.5” x 50 yards, Pink Sand

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Video: Ashley Bouquet

Amy Lombardo - Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Wholesale premade bouquets are an important staple in any floral design toolbox. Not only are they cost-effective, but they also help cut down on the amount of time spent preparing and arranging supplies for common permanent botanical projects. 

Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD introduces an ever-popular premade silk bouquet in this quick video from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. The lovely Ashley Rose Bouquet is a silk rose bouquet composed of seven detailed heads, each one about four inches in diameter. This piece is a fantastic value – and Vonda demonstrates just how versatile it can be.

This quick tutorial starts with the Ashley Rose Bouquet in a lovely nude color, easy to coordinate for any occasion. Vonda spices it up with a few simple additions to take it to the next level.

The first accent is silk dusty miller in a soft pastel green. Vonda trims away individual pieces, arranging them around the bouquet like a voluminous collar. She then wraps the stems togethers with floral tape. A wide satin ribbon covers the tape, and a sheer pink ribbon completes the look. Vonda uses floral glue to add tiny pink accents of silk hydrangea throughout the bouquet for even more character.

Beautiful light pastels make this silk bouquet ideal for a range of occasions, from prom to weddings and more. Don’t be afraid to get creative and put your own unique spin on the Ashley Rose Bouquet from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale – this design can bring your ideas to life!  

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#30399 “Ashley” Rose Bouquet x 7, 12, Nude
#PWDM1142GR Dusty Miller Spray 22”, Green
#PWH2729 Hydrangea Stem 19”, Light Blue & Pink


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Video: Poppy Party Collection

Amy Lombardo - Monday, May 06, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Are you looking to add punchy color and whimsical texture to your next permanent botanical arrangement? The dramatic look of poppies just might be the solution you need! Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI shows off a gorgeous selection of silk poppies in this quick and easy video demonstration.

Vonda is working with the wholesale silk poppies from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale – these beautiful pieces look like they were picked fresh from the fields, yet they maintain that lasting versatility designers love so much about permanent botanical solutions. She also uses smart silk foliage and accents, also available from Pioneer, to give this bouquet a full natural look your clients are sure to adore.  

Using the orange silk poppies, Vonda creates a bright and vibrant core for the heart of the bouquet. The deep red silk poppies are arranged toward the outside to create a subtle gradient effect. 

White silk delphinium is the next addition. Vonda places these toward the rear of the design, serving as a sort of elegant floral backdrop. Their tall tendrils of blossoms add height and shape to the overall composition. For a more specialized theme, Pioneer offers this lovely silk delphinium in a wide range of other colors as well.

Vonda uses wholesale silk foliage to round out the bouquet. Here, she uses silk lacy fern bush in a bold deep green color. Not only does this selection add incredible fullness to the arrangement, it also gives the bouquet a more natural look for that “fresh picked” feeling. 

Once all the components are layered approximately where desired, Vonda secures them together with a short length of floral wire. Then, she adjusts each individual element for volume and spacing. Once satisfied, she covers the floral wire with cream ribbon tied in a bow. The ribbon is a fantastic complement to the silk delphinium – a fantastic way to tie this bouquet together, both literally and figuratively.

You can find these amazing silk poppies, silk delphinium, and silk lacy fern all available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Pioneer can help you build up a diverse stock of wholesale permanent botanicals so you can build creative bouquets and floral arrangements for any occasion. 

Shop the complete Poppy Party Collection here.

Shop products from the video:
PWS2641GR Lacy Fern Bush 30”, Green
PWD2331CHK Delphinium Bundle X3, 31”, Chalk
GTP103REBC Poppy Spray X2, 28”, Red Brick
GTP103OR Poppy Spray X2, 28”, Orange

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Video: Modern Farmhouse Collection

Amy Lombardo - Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

The chic farmhouse style is a timeless favorite finally finding its way back into the spotlight. This trend may be able to thank home decorating shows for the sudden resurgence, but this aesthetic is also a favorite for everything from weddings to baby showers and beyond. 

Pioneer Imports & Wholesale offers a range of permanent botanical products to help you meet the farmhouse-inspired requests of your customers and clients. The beautiful Modern Farmhouse Collection combines elements like twigs, realistic apples, and lifelike leaves to get that charming countryside appeal.

In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD introduces three styles to choose from – the wreath, the wall swag, and the versatile spray pick. Then, she creates a quick and easy composition to demonstrate the potential of this fantastic collection. 

Vonda begins with the Brynn metal wall container, also available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. Prepared with a bit of floral foam and moss this piece is a great starting point for a contemporary farmhouse-inspired arrangement. 

She simply inserts a few of the Modern Farmhouse Collection picks, taking a moment to align them in a dramatic sweeping diagonal orientation – and the result is spectacular. 

Pieces from the Modern Farmhouse Collection look fantastic by themselves or coordinated with other wholesale silk flowers and accents from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Let Pioneer help you make your next farmhouse-themed project an unforgettable hit. 

Shop the complete Modern Farmhouse Collection here.

Shop products from the video:
PWW2750GRCR Twig Wreath w/Apples & Foliage 22”, Green/Cream
PWAF2752GRCR Twig Spray w/Apples & Foliage 28”, Green/Cream
PWS2751GRCR Twig Swag w/Apples & Foliage 33”, Green/Cream
DF348G/20 Premium Dry Foam Bricks *20-piece case*
72561-00 “Brynn” Metal Wall Hanger 5.75x10x13.75”, Charcoal

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Video: Sweet Petite Handheld Bouquet

Amy Lombardo - Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

When it comes to prom, some of your customers may choose to forgo the classic corsage in favor of an on-trend handheld bouquet. 

Pioneer Imports & Wholesale has you covered this prom season – Pioneer offers a selection of wholesale premade bouquets, easy to combine with individual elements to create the perfect customized handheld for the style savvy individual or large coordinated prom group.

See how quickly and easily you can create a lovely handheld bouquet using elements from Pioneer with this quick video demonstration by Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD. 

Vonda begins with a silk rose bundle in bright fresh white – a versatile choice that can coordinate with so many themes. She adds silk lily of the valley for a pop of elegant color. You can get creative and swap out this accent to suit the color palette your customer will be wearing to prom. 

To round out the composition, Vonda adds a few small bunches of artificial Holunder berries to boost texture and volume. Vonda wraps the stems together with a smooth pink ribbon, and the handheld bouquet is complete! 

Build up your toolbox with a selection of wholesale bouquet bundles from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale to make sure your business is prepared to make your customer’s special prom night truly unforgettable.  

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: 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: Haven Collection

Amy Lombardo - Saturday, February 09, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Soft colors can infuse any occasion with an atmosphere of warmth and calm. The gorgeous Haven Collection from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale features a color palette of serene pastels – versatile and easy to coordinate. 

Are you looking for pastel inspiration? Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD showcases the Haven Collection in this quick video demonstration. Follow along as Vonda builds a bouquet using a small selection of wholesale silk flowers in this beautiful colorway.

Vonda begins the construction process by creating a base of foliage starting with silk eucalyptus in a light sage color. She adds silk maidenhair fern to create a trailing halo around the edges. 

Silk flowers from the Haven Collection are the next addition. You will notice that Vonda periodically stops to bind the bouquet with floral wire – this helps ensure the groupings remain securely in place. Vonda adds the blue silk hydrangea first and then binds her progress before making some subtle adjustments to the layout. 

Next is the silk cabbage rose in Vanilla Dream, followed by the Rose Quartz silk ranunculus. Her final additions are the silk green helleborus and silk sweet pea. She takes time to bind the arrangement between each grouping. Vonda has kept each color relatively close together, creating a wonderful color block effect. 

Once she has added all the Haven Collection silk flowers, Vonda binds the bouquet together one last time before trimming the stems for a tidy and even look. She wraps pink ribbon around the entire stem grouping to create a comfortable handle. The ribbon makes the rose quartz ranunculus really pop – feel free to get creative with your ribbon color choices to accentuate the color you want to emphasize the most.

After a little bit of fluffing and readjustments, Vonda displays the result – a fabulous bouquet that perfectly embodies the warm and serene look of the Haven Collection.

Explore the Pioneer catalog to find all the wholesale silk flowers used in this demonstration, plus so many more. 

Shop the complete Haven Collection here.

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