Monday, November 15, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Check out some of these old wedding photos from the turn of the century through the early 1980's. It amazing to see how styles of dresses and flowers have changed. Most of the bridesmaids have bouquets bigger than what bride's carry today. It's very interesting to look back in time and think about what all these brides did for their reception and what music was played, etc. I can only imagine what they would think of our traditions and styles in today's world? I think some would be shocked to see the bride & groom break out into the Thriller Dance, witness the after dinner firework show, eat cupcakes vs. traditional cake, and blow bubbles at the bride & groom in lieu of throwing rice. I'm sure 100 years from now, someone may stumble upon this blog and mention this as being odd too.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Cake was amazing and looked magazine worthy! The favors for the guests were jars of honey, with "Meant To Be" the bride & grooms names and their wedding date listed. This wedding could not have been more detail oriented and absolutely breathtaking!
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Vintage pink cameo necklace. LOVE it!
Saturday, August 28, 2010
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Sunday, August 1, 2010
I posted this almost two years ago (1/2009) but it still holds true today and thought I would share this story with you again, as similar stories have been coming up more and more lately.
PREVENT A DISASTER WEDDING 101: Do it yourself FLOWERS.
This is a very risky idea that could end up costing you more money than having a professional floral designer help you with it. I had a bride who I quoted $1,000. This would cover her bridal bouquet, 3 bridesmaids, a flower girl, about a dozen boutonnieres, some corsages, 10 small centerpieces, cake flowers, and delivery & set up. Sounds like a lot of money, but it was actually pretty decent for all the things she wanted and the flower choices that she wanted. However, she decided that she could save a couple of hundred dollars if she went to Costco and bought and designed her own flowers with the help of some "creative" friends.
The bride decided that she would start working on the store bought flowers a few days before the wedding to give her enough time. So she went to Costco bought what she thought she needed, had her friends over to help her, and then started on it. This was harder than she thought. But they were all having fun and when all the flowers were used up, she had to make another run to Costco to get some MORE flowers, and then a third run because she didn't realize how many flowers she actually needed to make the bouquets look decent. Now she was getting worried because she was actually spending a bit more money than she thought. However, she was still under the $800 mark so she figured she still did good.
The bride had finished most everything a day ago, put the flowers in her refrigerator and felt that they would certainly do great in there. WRONG! Refrigerators have food products in them which give off ethylene gas and kill fresh flowers. This is exactly what happened to this DIY bride. Most of her flowers had gotten too cold, froze, and then turned brown due to the ethylene gas and some of the other flowers wilted due to the culture shock between Costco, the car ride home, the mishandling of the flowers by the unprofessional "creative" friends who helped design the flowers, and then going into the fridge. So the night before the wedding, the bride is now at a grocery store ordering her flowers. She ended up with whatever the grocery store had available, which was not exactly what she had wanted, and spent about $500 more here. Her total for flowers between Costco & the grocery store ended up being $1125.
It is not worth saving a few hundred dollars when you are working with perishable items. Leave this work to a professional florist who not only knows how to handle and design the flowers, but can guarantee them as well.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
This was a very special wedding for several reasons. First, I was referred to this bride from a prior bride which is the best compliment ever. Second, the bride and groom chose St. Patrick's Day to exchange their vows which was very fun for me to include some gorgeous Bells of Ireland as the green accent for their flowers. And third, the groom looked very familiar to me and during our flower consultation we discovered that we had gone to high school together. It was a very "small world" moment for me. I never in a million years would have thought back in high school, that one day I would be designing his wedding flowers.