Tag Archives: wedding flowers

a gorgeous garden affair

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Last Saturday, I spent the loveliest afternoon helping set up a wedding at Mackay Gardens. The sweet bride was Sara, who I’ve had the pleasure of knowing since our days of conjugating verbs and reciting the translation of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” in Mrs. E’s latin class {more than 10 years ago, whew!!}.

No detail was left untended in this garden soiree. Sara wore her mom’s wedding gown (which she had altered to fit her classic, impeccable style) and her bridesmaids donned JCrew dresses with gold glitter peep-toe pumps. I designed her bridal bouquet with creamy Vendela roses, waxflower, and seeded eucalyptus, and used a variety of bright spring blooms casually arranged in vintage bottles and jars for her outdoor reception. I also designed the swag above the altar on site — a new feather the hat of my event design repertoire!

For most of the weddings I design, I deliver the flowers and scoot long before the bride even arrives to the venue. This time, the family let me hang around for the afternoon to be part of the action and watch it all come together. I loved every minute of it, right down to the final moments in the bridal room before Sara walked down the aisle.

Wishing Sara and Mike a lifetime of happiness! Thanks for letting me be part of your special day!

goin’ to the chapel

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One of my favorite parts of my job is discovering all of the churches, halls, and venues scattered around our small hometown. Just when I think I’ve seen them all, a bride introduces me to a new hidden gem. Last weekend, Jen and Jon said “I do,” at Homeland Methodist Church, a historic chapel built in 1887 that just oozes character and charm. Hardwood floors, arched stained glass windows, simple wood pews, and beautiful natural light. When C and I delivered the flowers Saturday morning, I spent a little extra time snapping [too many] photos.

Jen’s colors were pink, ivory, and gray. I used Sweet Akito pink roses and mini calla lilies in her bouquet, with seeded eucalyptus and dusty miller. The girls’ bouquets had the same pink roses, mixed with ivory roses, lisianthis, and blue thistle.

I made pink pomanders (or “kissing balls”) to hang on every other pew down the aisle. It took over 450 pink carnations to make eight of those babies!

On days like that one, when the work is done and I have a few quiet moments to take it all in, I pinch myself and think, “is this really my job?!”

behind the scenes: the “glamelia” bridal bouquet

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I’m so thankful that I run a business in the age of the Internet.

You see, every now and then, a client calls with a special order and I don’t even know how to begin to make it happen for them. But I must make. it. happen. If I don’t, someone else will, right? {Sometimes this gets me in trouble, and I bite off a little more than I can chew.}

But I love a good design challenge. C and I call them, “cake boss orders.” Because if Buddy can build a life-sized replica of his wife out of buttercream and modeling chocolate, I can make a guitar out of styrofoam and chrysanthemums — which I did once!

Case in point: When a sweet bride, Niki, stopped in the shop before Valentine’s Day and showed me a picture of a bridal bouquet that looked like a giant rose, I was determined to give it to her (without the slightest clue of how I was going to do it). I gave Niki my most confident smile and said, “I can totally do that for you! It’s going to be awesome!

As soon as she left, I ran to my head designer (who has 30+ years of floral design under her belt) and asked her what I’d gotten myself into…

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She told me it was a popular bridal style many years ago, and that they were made with a special cardboard form by gluing the petals in rows. I’m kind of a design snob… the thought of a flat bridal bouquet made of cardboard and glue made me turn up my nose; and I knew there had to be a better (and more dimensional) way. We turned to our friend, Google, with nothing more than a picture in our heads and a name — Glamelia.

It didn’t take long to find this tutorial. In an easy to follow photo step-by-step, the ladies of Natural Beauty Florals walked me through it. The tutorial suggests using 75 roses for a large bouquet, but I used 25 large-headed pinky lavender Faith roses and found it to be plenty.

The trick to creating the Glamelia is time and patience. It’s one of the most labor-intensive projects I’ve taken on, because you have to wire individual petals together and sculpt them together layer by layer. But watching it “grow” is pretty exciting, and the final product is just stunning.

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I finished it off with some large salal leaves under the base to cover the mechanics, and a stem or two of seeded eucalyptus for texture. One important thing to remember about the Glamelia bouquet: there’s no water source, so I gave the bride a spray bottle and directions to gently spray the petals every few hours to keep them fresh. You can also use floral clear coat spray, like Design Master’s Clear Life to help preserve the petals.

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I’ve since added Natural Beauties Floral to my blog reader, along with my other floral faves, Honey and Poppies and Cori Cook. Do any of you follow floral blogs? I’d love to hear your favorites!

a little bit country

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I mentioned in an earlier post that we booked five weddings this month. Super exciting stuff, and a record number of bookings for a single month. Let’s recap: First there was Jessica’s wintry wonderland nuptials with pounds of peppermints and bushels of red roses. Then we brightened things up for Kim’s elegant backyard I-dos with a peacock themed bouquet and boutonnieres. Last weekend, we switched gears and kept things simple and subtle for Patty’s “vintage rustic” outdoor wedding.

Patty tied the knot in a beautiful lakefront ceremony, surrounded by lots of special rustic details. There were lots of mason jars filled with garden-style fresh flowers, yards of burlap, bushels of dried wheat, and bunches of curly willow branches. Her wedding planner, Ashley, did a great job playing up the natural beauty of the venue and I tried to carry over that easy natural vibe when designing her bouquets.

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The color scheme was a washed out palette of pale dusty pink, light yellow, ivory, and antique blue. Patty’s bouquet included the sweetest powder pink roses paired with ivory roses, football mums and cushions, and blue thistle. To give her bouquet a little extra sparkle, I moseyed over to one of the antique stores near our shop and picked out a few vintage brooches to pin to the handle. I was so excited to find this antique blue one that matched her colors perfectly!

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Can I just say that I want to wrap everything in burlap? I’m officially obsessed. The attendants’ bouquets featured the same flowers as the bride, but with pink spray roses and a little yellow solidago mixed in — all wrapped up in ivory satin with a burlap overlay. {Burlap!}

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what we’ve been up to

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You know… besides blogging.

December is usually the biggest month of the year for us. Between Hanukkah, Christmas, event and party florals, and all the fun “boss stuff” that comes with wrapping up the end of the year, we stay pretty busy around our little flower shop. This year, on top of all the usual hustle-and-bustle, I booked five December weddings to add to the holiday cheer. Fa-la-la-la-la! 

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Weddings are my favorite thing. I love having the opportunity to play a little part in someone’s big day. When a bride says, “I choose you,” I get all Sally Field emotional and want to make everything absolutely perfect for her. Because it’s a major big deal, right? She’s going to look at her wedding photos for the rest of her life, and the bouquet will be front-and-center. No pressure… ;-)

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Last weekend, I designed the flowers for a childhood friend’s wintry wedding. I didn’t snap photos of her bouquet (two dozen velvety red roses hand-tied in white satin, so yummy) but I did get a few shots of her centerpieces. She and her sweet — and clearly patient — new husband spent who-knows-how-long unwrapping hundreds (thousands?) of peppermints to fill 8 cylinder vases for their reception, which I topped with bushels of red roses and wintry greenery.

Red rose Christmas centerpieces

Cute, right?!

This weekend we’re switching gears for a vintage-inspired lakefront wedding with lots of pastels and burlap. More to come on that one.

I love my job.

just another day at the office

green hydrangea bridal bouquet

Now that I have a few weddings under my belt, I’m really starting to love designing them! Especially when the bride is an old friend. Like Sarah, who’s tying the knot today with her fiance, Kevin (who we see lots of, because he runs our UPS route for the shop and brings all of my Hautelook packages, I mean er, important business stuff). I’ve known Sarah since high school, and she’s a talented musician and all around cool girl that I’ve always admired. I was so excited when she asked me to help with her bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages, and a few other special pieces for her big day.

They’ll say “I do,” in a beautiful garden at a local venue, followed by a fall-themed reception. When I met with Sarah, she told me her color palette would be green, white and orange with fresh green apples used throughout as decoration. We pinned a lot back and forth, and I settled on lots of baby green hydrangea, white lisianthis, orange gerbera daisies, some fun fillers, and a couple of orange tulips for her sister and maid-of-honor who just returned from Holland.

For a peek at {almost} everything I designed for Sarah’s and Kevin’s big day, keep reading!

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my first wedding!

I’ve worked on a lot of weddings in my time at the flower shop, but usually in a supervisory role. I consult with all the brides, come up with the vision for the designs, and work with my designers to bring that vision to life. But up until recently, I didn’t actively participate in the actual design work for weddings… I wanted to get as much practice as I could in other types of arrangements before I tackled designing for the biggest day of someone’s life. {No pressure, right?!}

I’ve spent countless hours perusing Pinterest for bridal inspiration and poring over wedding blogs to see what’s new and fabulous (100 Layer Cake and Grey Likes Weddings are two of my favorites). And in the last couple of months, I’ve really found my groove!  Last week, with my top designer as back-up in case my attempts went horribly awry, I took on my first wedding start-to-finish; from bouquets to boutonnieres, centerpieces to chair decorations, and everything in between. I’m so proud of how everything turned out, and couldn’t wait to share it with you guys!

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The girls’ bouquets were made with ivory and pink roses, pink lisianthis, alstroemeria, and green hypericum, and hand-tied with satin ribbon and a sheer mauve overlay. The maid of honor’s bouquet was a little larger and had a sweet bow.

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Right after our consult, the bride brought me paint swatches of her color scheme, which ended up being incredibly helpful during the design process! With so many variations of “pink” and “mauve”, it was great to know exactly which shades she had in mind. If you’re ever planning an event with a florist, bring her paint swatches and she’ll love you forever.

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I made two large statement pieces to sit on pedestals on either side of the arch where they’d share their vows, and a couple of other pieces that I didn’t get great photos of, like flowers for the unity candelabra and a piece for the sweetheart table.

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I was most nervous about the bridal bouquet. I always want all of our wedding flowers to be perfect, but especially the bride’s. This hand-tied bouquet was full of ivory and pink roses, pink lisianthis, and baby green hydrangea, and I was really happy with the way it turned out.

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I think my favorite detail of this wedding were the pink and green pomander balls I made for the chairs. They were the most time-consuming part of the order, and while making them I panicked that I wouldn’t have enough flowers to finish all 12 (they took way more stems than I anticipated!) but I absolutely love how they turned out.

With this wedding under my belt, I feel like I’m officially a legit florist. We’re booked up with brides every weekend through the end of the year, and I’m so excited for what’s ahead!

 

orange you glad?

This week is Spring Break ’round these parts, which makes for a pretty quiet flower shop. Apparently, kids on vacation from school aren’t begging their parents to take them to the local florist; unlike the pet store which was bursting at the seams with families when I stopped in to pick up dog food yesterday afternoon. Maybe we should sell flowers and puppies. {Can you even imagine!?}

Although we’re slower than usual this week, we’re managing to keep busy. This morning I worked on a small wedding order for a bride named Julie, whose wedding color was — you guessed it — orange. It’s  the new black, I’m told.

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{the beginnings of bridesmaids' bouquets}

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{the bride's bouquet}

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{sniff, sniff.}

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Hope your day was bright!