Black Eyed Susan Bouquet for the Baltimore Bride

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Every summer into fall you will find thousands and even billions of Black Eyed Susan’s in bloom up North in planting beds or arranged in a cute little mason jar on a kitchen table. This butterfly and bird attracting plant blooms from June until October and can grow anywhere from 1 to 3 feet tall. In Baltimore, MD today is known as Black Eyed Susan Day and Pimlico Race Track has tons of events going on so be sure to check them out.

For those getting married and love the wildflower look to a bouquet, be sure to plant tons of Black Eyed Susan’s to have enough for your beautiful bouquet. For those in regions where Black Eyed Susan’s are not grown there are other options for your bouquet such as Sunflowers, Viking Pom or Sunflower Gerbera Daisy. 

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Are you getting married in Baltimore? Email me & let’s talk wedding flowers!

DIY Bride, STOP arranging your own wedding flowers !

April.14,2015 I published a blog post on why you should hire a professional/expert floral designer for your wedding. I received great feedback and many other experts and professionals enjoyed it. This post on the other hand is a must read and what I’m about to say may shock some of you.

This current post ties in with the topic of why hiring an expert is best but, I’d like to take it a little further and tell you 3 reasons why you should stop arranging your own wedding flowers.

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Sounds a little harsh right? A slap in the face? Almost like I’m talking at YOU instead of with you, the reader, the bride to be or perhaps the mother of the bride who wants to do the flowers herself to “save money”. But, I will do another post on 5 reasons why you should DIY your wedding flowers to make up for what I’m saying if you feel offended. So let’s get down to business. 

1_foam_finger3 Most of you have no clue how to design a bouquet

Most likely your bouquet style and shape will look like every other DIY Bride out there. A beautiful “hand tied wild garden bouquet”. So much for being different, right? Let’s face it getting a perfectly round bouquet of 25 Roses takes practice. Creating a spiral bouquet is hard. Stems break, Rose heads fall on the floor and that bouquet you envisioned on the cover of Martha Stewart Weddings is no longer Picture Perfect.

But you are on a budget, right? Find a professional that will work within your budget. I promise there is at least ONE out there. If not e-mail me.

2. Most of you have no clue how to properly write up a floral recipe.

Personally, I am not a good chef in the kitchen. I can cook the essentials but when it comes to baking, I hate measuring and 9 out of 10 times I always add too much or not enough and it screws everything up in the end. This results in WASTED PRODUCT.

Flowers come in bunches and some are packed differently than others. Some are by weight and not by stem count. A complete way to throw you off, right? Ordering what you “think” you need will eventually end in money lost and wasted flowers.

But you are on a budget, right? Find a professional that will work within your budget. I promise there is at least ONE out there. If not, e-mail me.

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3. STOP setting yourself up for floral disappointment.

There is nothing picture perfect about babies breath in a bud vase that my 5 year old niece can do. And trust me, it is not “vintage”. It’s simple. It’s easy. That is exactly what it is. It does not leave a lasting impression on anyone. You also have no clue if your Garden Roses or Birds of Paradise will open up in time for the big day. If they stay shut, your whole day is ruined.

But you are on a budget, right? Find a professional that will work within your budget. I promise there is at least ONE out there. If not, e-mail me.

ROYGBIV: Rainbow Bright Flower Selection **

Bride To Be, Floral Enthusaist & Readers of The Skinny Vase, I’ve provided you with a Color Spectrum Floral Selection below for those who ask what flowers will work best to fit their color scheme. Sorry I am not sharing the Rainbow colored Roses, I’ll save that for a future blog post so stay up to date with the latest news in wedding floral design, right here on The Skinny Vase. The flowers I’ve listed are simply flower options that you may or may not have thought about. Looking for that perfect orange flower? Mention OM Orchid to your florist. I’m sure he or she will be shocked you knew what an OM Orchid was and you just may score brownie points :) For more inspiration “like” us on Facebook or Tweet to us!

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Dear Designer: This is my color scheme, what flowers should I choose?

Dear Bride To Be,

Below I’ve provided you with color combinations based off Pantone’s Color Scheme’s for 2015. Choosing flowers can be based off your theme, budget, style and color scheme of the wedding. Most of these flowers are available year round but it is best to speak with your professional floral designer about seasonal availability. In addition the below flower combinations are not necessarily intended to be used to a “T”; they are just flowers grouped together according to color to give you a couple ideas to start working with.

You may also find other options on Pinterest, Wedding Wire, Martha Stewart Weddings, Magazines etc. for inspiration.

If you have any questions, email me: theskinnyvase@gmail.com I’d be happy to answer your questions.

All the best,

Jaclyn Gough

Owner of  The Skinny Vase, LLC

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Peony, Rice Flower, Ranunculus

Oncidium Orchid, Tara Rose, Brunia, Air Plant

Oncidium Orchid, Tara Rose, Brunia, Air Plant

Light Blue Hydrangea, Dusty Miller, Thistle, Grape Hyacinth

Light Blue Hydrangea, Dusty Miller, Thistle, Grape Hyacinth

Light Blue Hydrangea, Dusty Miller, Hocus Pocus Rose, Feather Celosia

Light Blue Hydrangea, Dusty Miller, Hocus Pocus Rose, Feather Celosia

Shock It To Me Orchid, Standard Carnation, Succulent

Shock It To Me Orchid, Standard Carnation, Succulent

TOP 5 Reasons Why I Support GAY MARRIAGE

This should not come off as shocking NEWS, but for those who have not heard or caught up on the story of the Washington Florist who refused to do flowers for a long time client who happens to be gay you can read more about it here. In 2013 Barronelle Stutzman turned away her long time client from doing his wedding flowers due to “living out her Christian beliefs”. “Because of her relationship with Jesus” Stutzman could not partake in the wedding floral arranging for her client. Needless to say Ms. Barronelle was sued personally and her business as well for up to $4,000.00

To keep your jaw dropping others have contributed money on a Go Fund Me Page that was created for Stuzman by another florist. Your eyes will get really big once you read the story here

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I never understood WHY others judged others because of their choices they make in life when choosing a life partner. Let’s be real, folks what is it to you that a man is in love with another man or a woman in love with another woman ? This post is not intended to bring up political or religious conversations. If you disagree with gay marriage, that is fine. If you agree with gay marriage, Buddy Jesus says you are awesome!

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It never crosses my mind seeing or hanging out with gay people to think anything less of them.

Warning: If you are against gay marriage and the happiness of all human beings, you may suffer from heart palpitations from reading the following. Please call your nearest Emergency Hot Line if need be.

I said all that to say this… Here are my Top 5 Reasons Why I Support Gay Marriage.

1. We are all created equal. 

– First it was the blacks. Now society has added gay and lesbian to the picture and lashed out with political/religious input on it how others should live their lives.

2. Love should be celebrated by everyone. 

3. It is harmless. 

– Same sex decisions should not affect anyone else but the two parties becoming one legally. It is harmless and is not bringing society down.

4. They are who they are & Marriage is a human right.

– Gay couples should have the right to get married anywhere because they are who they are and feel the way they feel.

5. I Support Gay Marriage Because There Is No Reason Not To !

In conclusion, if you are looking to get married to your companion and need a little assistance look no further than the blog of “Robert E. Blackmon the “Go To Guy” for planning and living your perfect life.” There you will find tons of information to inspire you and also those looking to tie the knot check out the wonderful list of Wedding Resources. Robert does a good job of not leaving anyone in the dark. The Skinny Vase, LLC is happy to be on his Wedding Resources List and we thank him for allowing us to do so.

Why You Should Hire A Professional/Expert Floral Designer for Your Wedding

According to the Merriam-Webster the definition of what a professional and an expert are as follows.

Professional– (adjective) relating to a job that requires special education, training or skill. Paid to participate in a sport or activity.

Expert– (adjective) having, involving, or displaying special skill or knowledge derived from training or experience.

Personally I think one can still be an expert and get paid just as a professional does. In addition, a professional can too display special skills or knowledge which would help in their business endeavors. I think the difference is how far you are willing to go in expanding your horizons and your education.

So, since this post is specifically targeting brides and grooms I raise a couple questions, “Should you always hire a professional or expert for your wedding; in particular for your wedding flowers?” Is becoming the DIY bride ok? Should you at least hire a professional for the personal flowers such as bouquets and flowers to wear? What about saving the stress and spending a little bit of money to take pressure off yourself and hire a professional? Do you care how your wedding florals look or are you the type to youtube wedding centerpiece “how to’s” on Pinterest for ideas?

Some respond with nah don’t bother, ” I’m saving wine bottles”, “I have Mason Jars in my basement”, “Babies Breath will be perfect with a touch of greenery for my vintage feel”. We will talk about “vintage feel weddings” in a later post. As mentioned above I’ve heard many of these comments from brides and all I can think is “Have fun, I’m sure it will look beautiful.” NEXT.

For instance I would never imagine or begin to think of stitching up an open cut myself. There is a reason doctors are in business. There are some things we cannot do and on the other hand professionals are always happy to help. No budget is too big or too small. Ask questions, we love to answer them.

NOTE: To the DIY Bride or family member doing the florals, I commend you. I understand that you think you have what it takes and that you can do everything. I understand you are trying to save a couple bucks, but please just talk to us. We can save you a couple bucks and the stress.

So WHY should you hire a professional or expert ?

1. We make it look easy. Those large Karen Tran or Preston Bailey inspired arrangement are lovely but it takes a real professional to get the job done. We also know what flowers are in season for your special day.

2. We take care of all the hassle for you. Not only designing, but proper refrigeration, transportation, making sure everything is to a T and we always have a plan B (and if you don’t you should). Imagine getting in a box of Hydrangea, placing them in water but because the room in your house is warm your Hydrangeas wilt ? YIKES.

3. Having your family, friends or yourself pull an all nighter before the big day is not the best way to relax. Florists order your flowers well in advance, process your flowers in floral solution and everything is just about completed a day or two before your wedding and placed in the cooler, tagged and ready to go.

4. A photo says a thousand words. It’s TRUE. Let us do our job. You will have these photos for years to come & you should have your flowers looking flawless like everything else.

5. You may “save a few dollars” but are left with all the supplies, buckets and extra’s hanging around. Sure you could donate it to a flower shop but we all know most do not consider that. We have everything on hand, trust us. Plus we know how to embellish wraps with pearls and crystals and can handle all the tedious work that comes along with the job.

Your wedding day is not supposed to drive you crazy. Relax with your family and friends and leave the flower arranging to the professional experts.

For your free consultation email me.

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Will Cascade Bouquets Make a Bigger Comeback in 2015?

There is nothing that makes me happier than a gorgeous cascade wedding bouquet. Ever since I studied weddings in floristry school I fell in love instantly and told my teacher when I get married I wanted him to design me a cascade bouquet that trailed behind me as I walked down the aisle. After my first cascade bouquet design in school, I fell in love with designing them.

But, just because I love them doesn’t mean everyone else does and does not mean it is going to be trending in the years to come. In 1996 my Aunt carried a gorgeous cascade bouquet down the aisle for her wedding.

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In 2013, I came across a blog titled ” Bringing Back the Cascade Bouquet” followed by Holly Chappel’s blog that featured some of the Chappel Designer’s bouquet trends. Some pictured loose and organic cascades but even still I did not see tons of brides carrying cascades down the aisle for myself.

Last year, 2014 The Knot mentioned The Cascade Bouquet would be a trend and part of them was correct. Brides were looking for loose and organic hand tied bouquets. Ivy and Hanging Amaranthus were perfect flowers to help achieve the flowy cascade feel and look.

This year, 2015 I really hope to actually see more brides holding cascading bouquets. They are a real jaw dropper and will turn any head. For the tall bride a lengthy bouquet can be pulled off very well.

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If your client is shorter, try something a little sweeter in floral taste with a smaller cascade drop.

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Let’s turn the Earthy Elegance bouquets featuring Succulents, natural tones and seasonal flowers into a beautiful cascade. Soften your cascades with a romantic pastel pallet that we can only hope to see in 2015 for a unique look to any bouquet.

Creating a cascade bouquet does not mean we have to tense up and fear using the popular flowers such as Peonies, Garden Roses, Dahlias, Ranuculus and Hydrangea. Use them a create a lush unforgettable cascade bouquet for your bride.