Amy Lynne Originals, a Winston-Salem based fresh floral design company, has been in existence for 11 years and is a familiar name for brides and wedding coordinators “looking for an added touch of originality and style.” Located in historic West End, the unique building design, bold red paint and enormous Gerber daisy make an impactful statement as you drive by; and they reflect the creative energy that resides inside where Amy Dunlap, owner and head designer, creates one-of-a-kind floral works of art.
“Creative space for those who love flowers.”
Through the years, Amy has taught numerous classes on floral design and loved sharing her passion, experience and expertise with students who, in turn, inspired her with their creative designs. Amy realized that teaching floral design classes on a regular basis would be an exciting next step for her professionally and, in 2014, she launched the Winston-Salem Flower School, an offshoot of Amy Lynne Originals. As Amy states, “Here at the Winston-Salem Flower School, we truly believe that floral design is a form of art.” Exciting monthly floral design group classes as well as options for private classes are available for the general public. While the Winston-Salem Flower School is best known as a gathering place for people who want to “come and play with flowers,” it is quickly becoming a desired venue for a very special segment of the population…brides!
Amy has been in the wedding market for more than a decade (Amy Lynne Originals), and she knows what’s in (and what’s out) for weddings. One current trend is a DIY approach – brides want to be involved in the wedding experience. Amy offers brides a replacement for the traditional “finger sandwiches and tea cakes” bridal luncheon; one where the bridesmaids make their own bouquets. This newest Winston-Salem Flower School endeavor took shape on the heels of a bride-to-be’s request for a more hands-on approach with the floral arrangements. The focus of the class is to provide an engaging, memorable experience for the bride, bridesmaids and any other members of the wedding party who attend. Brides have the option for the floral arranging to take place in the Design Studio on West End Boulevard or at an alternate location (Amy and her staff can come to you).
“Each session is a completely customized event.”
On the day of the floral arranging class, Amy gathers guests for a brief demonstration to help them feel comfortable with the process. Presented with a bucket of gorgeous flowers and all of the tools needed to be successful in creating their bouquets, Amy and her staff are available to lend a helping hand and offer encouragement throughout the experience. If the bride desires for the mothers, flower girl(s) or any other close friends or family members to make floral arrangements (e.g. nosegays, hair crowns, centerpieces for the rehearsal dinner or wedding day reception tables, etc.), a second floral arranging session can follow. Times for sessions are flexible, but typically, they take about two hours.
“A fun, creative and affordable choice for your bridesmaids’ bouquets – the experience is an added bonus!”
Once you decide this is the avenue for you, ask the following:
- Have you booked a florist?
- Are they going to be okay with self-made arrangements as part of the floral wedding landscape?
If the answer is “Yes,” then share your wedding vision with Amy; decide where you want to design the bouquets and who you want to design them. The studio can accommodate 10 individuals working on arrangements at a time. If desired, other guests can line the walls in the studio to watch and give encouragement, or they can rotate between the lounge and studio if arrangements beyond the bridesmaids’ bouquets are desired. The lobby will comfortably hold 20 for a seated meal and even more if a bride opts for stations set up around the studio. From an economic standpoint, the cost of the bouquet creation process is already incorporated into the price when you order from a florist, so why not make it a real party and get your bridesmaids involved in the creation of your wedding vision?
Each class fee includes:
- Amy’s expertise
- Set up and take down
- Support staff
- Processing of flowers
- Required tools
- Containers to store bouquets
- Tables, chairs and linens
- Winston-Salem Flower School aprons and clippers
The fees vary based on the event – the number of designs, number of arrangements, flower choices and whether you bring in food and beverage or have Amy line it up for you (she partners with area restaurants, making this part of the event a breeze).
Winston-Salem Flower School is part of Amy Lynne Originals and is located at 418 West End Boulevard in Winston-Salem. If you are engaged and looking for something different, call Brooke today at 336.997.9443. To learn more about the school, visit the website at www.wsflowerschool.com.