Thursday, August 30, 2012

True Love Tuesday: Valerie & Matthew

Valerie and Matthew's mixture of vibrant yellow and soft grey they chose for their end-of-May wedding was a perfect nod to the beginning of a very warm summer. This fabulous couple was married at Pratt Place Barn, and the whole event was delightfully fresh! Valerie chose to use lemons in her reception decor, and they were the perfect touch to add more of the sunshine yellow color throughout her arrangements. Take a peak at a few of the floral details from their very sunny day!!


Ranunculus, Gladiolas, Daisies, Baby's Breath, Lemons, and Dusty Miller were all used in Valerie's yellow and grey design.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Inspiration vs. Reproduction

The hot word in event & wedding planning right now is inspiration, and with the never-ending amounts of information on the web it's easy to find something that fits your style and ideas. However, what so many people are now getting caught up in is finding something they like and trying to recreate it. Very few people realize there is a difference in reproduction and inspiration.

As florists, we appreciate when our clients bring us pictures of things they like, but want to make it their own by using different flowers, colors or even a different style using the same flowers. Unfortunately, we find that more and more of our clients come to us wanting us to reproduce someone else's work. Though we may be able to reproduce a picture, it will never be exactly the same because we aren't the same person. Floral work is an art and the designs or textures used in an arrangement come from the florist's own inspiration. Another reason the work may not be the same is because flowers are never the same twice. It's like a snowflake, no two are flowers are exactly the same.

All of this information is not to discourage you from searching for inspiration, it's quite the opposite actually. We want you to do research before we meet with you, the more you know about what you like and don't like, the better we can create something for your event that is unique to you. Even as florists, we have our own inspirations that we use to draw new ideas from.

The inspiration photo
The bouquet we created

Be sure to stay tuned for other posts we have planned that will hopefully help you navigate the web in search of the perfect inspiration for your event!

Monday, August 27, 2012

True Love Tuesday: Eileen & Steele

Eileen was one of the sweetest brides we have worked with, and for her perfect day there was no doubt we would be showcasing her sweet personality in soft shades of pinks, corals, and white. To keep everything soft and Southern, we used Mason Jars with Rafia bows for her reception flowers. The mixture of Hydrangea, Stock, and Carnations was the perfect blend to make guests feel that the garden had been made just for them. 

For Eileen, we kept her bouquet elegant and sweet with Garden Roses in the same shades of pinks, corals, and white. Her attendants had simple cream bouquets of Stock tied in Rafia. Her cake was the crowning glory of her theme with butter cream icing and Roses scattered over the cake.

We hope you enjoy this sweet wedding as much as we did!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Monday, August 13, 2012

Wedding Industry Experts 2012 Awards

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

True Love Tuesday: Jordan & Chance - The Reception

You might remember Jordan & Chance from a previous blog "Jordan & Chance - June 30," and as promised here are the shots from her reception. We carried her style over into her Ceremony and Reception space. We went with the same white theme as her bridesmaids flowers by using Hydrangea and Seeded Eucalyptus. To tie in the hemp cord from her bouquet we wrapped her vases in burlap bags.

Another huge thanks to Meredith Melody for sharing her great pictures with us!


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

True Love Tuesday: Jordan & Chance - June 30

Jordan and Chance were married on June 30th at Pratt Place Barn. Jordan came to us with a picture of her perfect bouquet (we'll cover inspirations in a later blog) with one request: change the white flowers. She knew she wanted something a little rustic but with a flair of elegance. So...we bring to you: Naturally Chic. 

Thanks to Meredith Melody for all of the fabulous detail shots. And we look forward to bringing you more about this wedding!!!

Purple Hydrangea, White Dahlias, Green Carnations, Scabiosa Pods, Bramble Vine, and Heuchera foliage all combine to create the bridal party's look. 

Flower of the Month: August - Gladiolus

Happy August! As we all know, the heat has been bearing down on us the past few months and with August arriving that means our hottest month is finally here! So, take a break and enjoy the refreshing blooms that Gladiolus (Glads) provide.

Glads are a favorite flower among florists because they are a hearty cut flower and can withstand the extreme heat that we get here in the South when properly used in an arrangement. They are a great flower to use when you are needing to add height to an arrangement, and the best part is they come in a HUGE range of colors and variegations.

Glads mixed with Birds of Paradise provide height, depth, and a softness to the tropical arrangement. 
Gladiola blooms add a delicate texture to this modern centerpiece.
Since, the blooms grow individually on a stalk they can easily be removed from the stalk without affecting the other blooms. This provides florists with the great ability of using the individual blooms in bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages.


Modern red Gladiola boutonniere

This boutonniere is made from a Glad bloom that was taken apart and put back together around a Calla Lily.

This lovely bouquet has Gladiola blooms mixed with Roses and Dusty Miller.