Behind the Scenes: My Journey Continues

29 March 2013

Hello everyone! It's Kate, the intern again. 

I know it has been a few weeks since I have posted anything, but I have been busy trying to learn as many new things as I could to share with you. When my internship first began and I started participating in things such a trips to the flower market, packing the vans, and setting up for events, I was rather hesitant to jump right in. But I feel as I have now been working with Nancy and her team for almost 2 whole months I am starting to get the hang of things.

The San Francisco Flower Market

My first trip to the flower market was more of a learning experience and for the most part I was there to see how things worked. I watched how Nancy and Lily made their way through the market to visit different people for different types of flowers. I was introduced to many people and did my best to try and remember their names for the next time. On my second and third trips to the market I was feeling more comfortable and Nancy would even have me go on my own to retrieve different flowers that were needed. If one vendor did not have what was needed, we could not leave until we found it somewhere else. Every bunch of flowers we buy has a purpose, and if we leave the market without something, the arrangements for the upcoming event will simply not be what they could have been. I think that the next time that I go to the market I would feel confident enough with my knowledge of flowers so far to go with Lily and maybe I take the lead while she watches me to make sure that I do not miss anything. I think this would be a good test for me and a good way to get more hands-on experience.

Packing the Vans

The mornings of events are not always the easiest depending on how many items the team needs to be able to fit in our Van and Nancy’s Jeep. Lily and I usually try to get as many things organized as possible before hand so that the tedious task of packing can run smoothly. The first time I witnessed packing I discovered that it was truly an art. In a sense it was a huge real life puzzle that if not put together correctly, disaster could strike. Utilizing all space in the Van, floor to ceiling is very important for getting all the items to the event venue. After following Lily’s lead on packing, asking questions, and taking advice I now think that I am getting the hang of this daunting task and that I would be able to do it on my own if necessary.

My journey will continue for about 8 more weeks and I can’t wait to share it with all of you. Life will be getting busy in and out of the office as big weddings approach and the reality of graduation in May hits me. I am excited to see what the next few months have in store for me. 

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