Preston Bailey Live: Above and Beyond Wedding & Event Planning


Hi Molly! Tell us about yourself and your position here at Eastern Floral

Hi, my name is Molly. I’m the lead wedding floral designer and coordinator at Eastern Floral. I have my BFA in Art and Design, and I had had experiences in many different aspects of event coordinating. I’m very passionate about floral designs and working with couples on their big day! Recently, I had a chance to attend Preston Bailey Live to learn how to plan and design events from the top event coordinators, wedding designers, dress stylists, and spectacular speakers from all over the world. It was a blast!

Preston Bailey and Molly Tiesma

What is Preston Bailey Live? And why is this so special?

Preston Bailey Live, was led by Preston Bailey who is a phenomenal celebrity floral designer, with a purpose of educating people in the event industry how to go beyond their normal and push their boundaries. We spent 3 full days at the Legacy Castle in Pompton Plains, New Jersey to discuss multiple topics to help enhance the business and our creativity. We also learned the skills to create a luxury event, as well as networking with peers in the same industry from around the globe. ​I came back with full of inspirations and ideas from this fantastic conference!

What’s your favorite moment at PBLIVE?

There are so many! I love listening to inspiring speakers such as Bryan Rafanelli, founder and chief creative officer of Rafanelli Events, Reem Acra, a talented dress designer, and Marcy Bloom, an amazing wedding event coordinator. They shared inspiring stories of trends, and how they can be where they are today. I also like the hands-on session where we got to design flower walls, chuppahs, mandaps, and tablescapes with people from different countries, such as China, Uganda, India, South America, Domainican, and all over Europe.

What do you think is the best advice that you learned?

Definitely the advice from Bryan Rafanelli of how teamwork makes dream work. Bryan Rafanelli orchestrated the White House holiday decorations in 2015 and 2016, and he is one of the most creative and inspiring people that I’ve met. He emphasized how important to have a strong team internally and externally, that means you should not only build a strong team in a regular business, but also build a strong network with other vendors.

What advice do you want to give to couples who are planning on their weddings?

Don’t be afraid to do something out of the ordinary and trust your vendors. This is a moment to make a statement about you, so you don’t need to do what everyone else is doing. Also, trust your vendors who can help you create something very magical because we want your wedding to be special and unique as possible.

Mae Stier Photography

What’s a floral trend that you cannot get enough of?

Dry floral pampas grass always excites me because they are so different. Let me show you one of my favorites bouquets that consists of air plants, toffee roses, dry mushrooms, and dry grasses. Besides that, I also like to design hanging installations and head tables which are important components of the ceremony, and they add a lot in space.

Grace Kahlil Photography

What’s wedding style is your favorite?

When people display personal items to their weddings. One of my favorite weddings is Mike and Lydia’s wedding that the bride collected vintage lamps for her wedding centerpieces. The wedding was unique and colorful. I also remember a couple designed each table with each state park that they’ve been too because they loved hiking together. It was very special, and you can see their love stories through their wedding decorations.

Mae Stier Photography

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One Response to Preston Bailey Live: Above and Beyond Wedding & Event Planning

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    Heather Mooney January 13, 2020 at 4:40 am #

    I personally loved it. Thanks for sharing.

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