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Bushel & Peck’s Floral Arranging Class at The Bradford | New Hill, NC

We love learning new skills and tricks, and if I’ve learned anything from my weekly forays to Trader Joe’s, it’s that I just can’t stay away from flowers! That’s why this class at The Bradford by Bushel and Peck was so much fun!

Bushel and Peck Floral Arrangements | The Bradford | Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill engagement, wedding, lifestyle photographer | Radian Photography | www.radianphotography.com

Bushel and Peck Floral Arrangements | The Bradford | Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill engagement, wedding, lifestyle photographer | Radian Photography | www.radianphotography.com

The Bradford is such a stunning venue, and we were excited to be there to capture Julie from Bushel and Peck taught a class on floral arrangements to a group of women hoping to spend the evening elbow-deep in fresh flowers!

Bushel and Peck Floral Arrangements | The Bradford | Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill engagement, wedding, lifestyle photographer | Radian Photography | www.radianphotography.com

Bushel and Peck Floral Arrangements | The Bradford | Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill engagement, wedding, lifestyle photographer | Radian Photography | www.radianphotography.com

Bushel and Peck Floral Arrangements | The Bradford | Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill engagement, wedding, lifestyle photographer | Radian Photography | www.radianphotography.com

Bushel and Peck Floral Arrangements | The Bradford | Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill engagement, wedding, lifestyle photographer | Radian Photography | www.radianphotography.com

Before settling in at the gorgeous tables provided by the Greenhouse Picker Sisters for the event, attendees got plates of delicious food by Donovan’s Dish and filled their glasses with champagne! We’re pretty sure that can make any learning experience better!

Bushel and Peck Floral Arrangements | The Bradford | Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill engagement, wedding, lifestyle photographer | Radian Photography | www.radianphotography.com

Bushel and Peck Floral Arrangements | The Bradford | Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill engagement, wedding, lifestyle photographer | Radian Photography | www.radianphotography.com

Bushel and Peck Floral Arrangements | The Bradford | Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill engagement, wedding, lifestyle photographer | Radian Photography | www.radianphotography.com

Julie surprised the attendees by only bringing green florals to the class! Why? Because color is such a powerful aspect in design, and she wanted the attendees to focus on other important aspects of design. Keep reading to learn three lessons things we learned from Julie at her class:

Bushel and Peck Floral Arrangements | The Bradford | Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill engagement, wedding, lifestyle photographer | Radian Photography | www.radianphotography.com

The thirds rule

We like when things are split up into 1/3 and 2/3 chunks. For example, if you have a really tall vase (2/3), you’ll want your florals to visually take up 1/3 of the space at the top. Since the attendees of the workshop were working with really short vases, they aimed to have their arrangements visually take up 2/3 of the space at the top. This blew our minds and makes so much sense!

Bushel and Peck Floral Arrangements | The Bradford | Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill engagement, wedding, lifestyle photographer | Radian Photography | www.radianphotography.com

Form and shape are important!

The shape of things really impacts the message that they communicate. For example, really tall florals like the bells of Ireland in the photo above communicate strength and formality, whereas fuzzy florals like the ones below communicate more modernity and comfort. These are important things to consider when taking into account what you want your florals to communicate and the space they are being displayed in!

Bushel and Peck Floral Arrangements | The Bradford | Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill engagement, wedding, lifestyle photographer | Radian Photography | www.radianphotography.com

Bushel and Peck Floral Arrangements | The Bradford | Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill engagement, wedding, lifestyle photographer | Radian Photography | www.radianphotography.com

Bushel and Peck Floral Arrangements | The Bradford | Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill engagement, wedding, lifestyle photographer | Radian Photography | www.radianphotography.com

Lead the eye on a path

This rule is difficult to illustrate through writing, but the basic premise is that in an arrangement, there is most likely something that first catches your eye — and as the creator of the arrangement, you get to be intentional about that! Then, you can lead the viewer on a journey by adding other pieces that will visually take their eye somewhere else. One attendee, for example, created an arrangement that was diagonal in shape, taking the eye from the highest point seamlessly to the lowest one!

Bushel and Peck Floral Arrangements | The Bradford | Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill engagement, wedding, lifestyle photographer | Radian Photography | www.radianphotography.com

Bushel and Peck Floral Arrangements | The Bradford | Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill engagement, wedding, lifestyle photographer | Radian Photography | www.radianphotography.com

We’re so glad that we were able to be there for this class and learn from Julie! Don’t all of the attendees’ arrangements look great? 🙂 A huge thank you to the Bradford for having us!

Bushel and Peck Floral Arrangements | The Bradford | Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill engagement, wedding, lifestyle photographer | Radian Photography | www.radianphotography.com

Bushel and Peck Floral Arrangements | The Bradford | Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill engagement, wedding, lifestyle photographer | Radian Photography | www.radianphotography.com

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