Masterclass with Shane Connolly at FlowerSchool NY

Earlier this year, I attended a masterclass with Shane Connolly at the Flower School New York. Shane was the florist for the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.

Shane Connolly, Anna Stouffer, Urban Petals, FlowerSchool NY, Greenville florist, royal wedding florist, florist for Prince William and Kate, table scapes, spring flowers for table settings

The proof: Shane Connolly, royal wedding florist, (left), Anna Stouffer (right)

Shane Connolly, Anna Stouffer, Urban Petals, FlowerSchool NY, Greenville florist, royal wedding florist, florist for Prince William and Kate, table scapes, spring flowers for table settings

Shane Connolly holding a bouquet he designed the day before. It was all hand-wired.

The class was different than I expected but I enjoyed it. Shane was very gracious and encouraging with his feedback to each of us. We designed tablescapes using seasonal plants and flowers in a variety of containers and vases. He walked us through his process as he would design for guests even in his own home. A large part of the demonstration was selecting your base color (i.e. your linens) which can drastically alter the final look and mood of your setting.

Shane Connolly, Anna Stouffer, Urban Petals, FlowerSchool NY, Greenville florist, royal wedding florist, florist for Prince William and Kate, table scapes, spring flowers for table settings

Shane Connolly, Anna Stouffer, Urban Petals, FlowerSchool NY, Greenville florist, royal wedding florist, florist for Prince William and Kate, table scapes, spring flowers for table settings

Shane Connolly, Anna Stouffer, Urban Petals, FlowerSchool NY, Greenville florist, royal wedding florist, florist for Prince William and Kate, table scapes, spring flowers for table settings

Pairing a light green linen against the containers.

Shane Connolly, Anna Stouffer, Urban Petals, FlowerSchool NY, Greenville florist, royal wedding florist, florist for Prince William and Kate, table scapes, spring flowers for table settings

Pairing a darker green linen with the flowers. It definitely changes the mood and feel of the setting.

Shane Connolly, Anna Stouffer, Urban Petals, FlowerSchool NY, Greenville florist, royal wedding florist, florist for Prince William and Kate, table scapes, spring flowers for table settings

Shane’s final table setting. Simple and elegant.

Shane Connolly, Anna Stouffer, Urban Petals, FlowerSchool NY, Greenville florist, royal wedding florist, florist for Prince William and Kate, table scapes, spring flowers for table settings

Shane working on table #2 with purples & oranges.

Shane Connolly, Anna Stouffer, Urban Petals, FlowerSchool NY, Greenville florist, royal wedding florist, florist for Prince William and Kate, table scapes, spring flowers for table settings

Shane paired several lines with this table including this orange one.

Shane Connolly, Anna Stouffer, Urban Petals, FlowerSchool NY, Greenville florist, royal wedding florist, florist for Prince William and Kate, table scapes, spring flowers for table settings

This charcoal, textured linen gives the table a much different feel, almost formal.

Shane Connolly, Anna Stouffer, Urban Petals, FlowerSchool NY, Greenville florist, royal wedding florist, florist for Prince William and Kate, table scapes, spring flowers for table settings

Shane’s final table.

We all began with the same containers and our choice of similar plants and flowers but each of the students obtained a vary different result. It was interesting to understand the reasons and background for each person’s choices and designs.

Shane Connolly, Anna Stouffer, Urban Petals, FlowerSchool NY, Greenville florist, royal wedding florist, florist for Prince William and Kate, table scapes, spring flowers for table settings

A peak inside FlowerSchool NY. We all had identical place settings and materials.

Shane Connolly, Anna Stouffer, Urban Petals, FlowerSchool NY, Greenville florist, royal wedding florist, florist for Prince William and Kate, table scapes, spring flowers for table settings

The materials I selected for my table. It was the week of St. Patrick’s so of course we had lots of shamrock to choose from including these two varieties.

Shane Connolly, Anna Stouffer, Urban Petals, FlowerSchool NY, Greenville florist, royal wedding florist, florist for Prince William and Kate, table scapes, spring flowers for table settings

Our selection of plants and flowers.

Shane Connolly, Anna Stouffer, Urban Petals, FlowerSchool NY, Greenville florist, royal wedding florist, florist for Prince William and Kate, table scapes, spring flowers for table settings

Orange shamrock.

Shane Connolly, Anna Stouffer, Urban Petals, FlowerSchool NY, Greenville florist, royal wedding florist, florist for Prince William and Kate, table scapes, spring flowers for table settings

Shamrock

Shane Connolly, Anna Stouffer, Urban Petals, FlowerSchool NY, Greenville florist, royal wedding florist, florist for Prince William and Kate, table scapes, spring flowers for table settings

The table I designed.

Shane Connolly, Anna Stouffer, Urban Petals, FlowerSchool NY, Greenville florist, royal wedding florist, florist for Prince William and Kate, table scapes, spring flowers for table settings

Tina Riddell of Living Fresh working on her table design.

Shane Connolly, Anna Stouffer, Urban Petals, FlowerSchool NY, Greenville florist, royal wedding florist, florist for Prince William and Kate, table scapes, spring flowers for table settings

Tina Riddell’s final table design.

Shane Connolly, Anna Stouffer, Urban Petals, FlowerSchool NY, Greenville florist, royal wedding florist, florist for Prince William and Kate, table scapes, spring flowers for table settings

Another student’s table. Total different look!

Shane Connolly, Anna Stouffer, Urban Petals, FlowerSchool NY, Greenville florist, royal wedding florist, florist for Prince William and Kate, table scapes, spring flowers for table settings

FlowerSchool NY

Shane Connolly, Anna Stouffer, Urban Petals, FlowerSchool NY, Greenville florist, royal wedding florist, florist for Prince William and Kate, table scapes, spring flowers for table settings

Hand-wired bouquet by Shane Connolly on display at FlowerSchool NY

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Shane Connolly speak and share his knowledge and experience. He was gracious and kind and made each of us feel important. And yes, I brought ALL my plants and containers home with me on the plane just a few hours later. I sadly donated my beautiful bouquet (created earlier in the week) to a bell-hop at the hotel for his “someone special”…I sincerely hope there was one ’cause it was gorgeous. Another thing that I hope for is that I never run into any of you at an airport after one of my flower trips. It’s embarrassing because I have flowers, plants, vases, and supplies jammed into every bag, carry-on, purse, pillow, box, and suitcase I can get away with. The nice airline man did make me check an extra bag this time. Bummmer. BUT my fresh poppy pods survived the trip home through freezing conditions, delayed flights, and hazardously small airplane seats for one lucky bride. Shew, I gotta re-think my shopping sprees. Or not. They’re awesome. 🙂

Back to Shane Connolly. Meeting him was awesome and I’m thankful for the opportunity to study under him.

On to the next adventure!!

~Anna

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