Flowers Fur Your Friends

Whether it be a family Holiday photo, Wedding Day, Anniversary Party, Family get together at the house or Engagement Photos just to name a few, why not “floratize” your furry friends too ?

Earlier this month Nick’s mom gave me this article she found in the Tampa Bay Times on “How to include your dog in your big wedding” Some of their tips included to really consider like your dogs temperament, making others aware that your pet will be part of the day, if having a party outside the house ; at a venue – make sure they are pet friendly and if your dog is not obedient either leave them home or get them trained (if trainable)

via Tampa Bay Times
via Tampa Bay Times

Aside from ways to include your dog in any occasion, what about how to dress or ” accessorize ” your pet ? I’m not talking about dressing your pet in clothes like dresses or little tuxedos even though they are cute. I’m talking about accessorizing your Furry Friends in flowers. A sweet halo on the top of the head or a collar of flowers adds another perfect and memorable touch to make the day that more special .

Most of you know Nick and I are obsessed with our adorable, smart and loving Shiba Inu so I cannot help but to put flowers on him on occasion. Yes, he is a BOY but he looks darn cute 🙂 So this is what happens when momma is a floral artist .



Every Girl Deserves A Second Chance

Wedding planning for the second-time bride and groom can be a touchy subject, but floral décor should not be one of them.

Like any relationship, having communication skills is key especially when discussing what one another likes and dislikes in preparation for your BIG DAY. If your fiance has children giving them a specific role such as being the junior bridesmaid or groomsmen if they are older; reading a poem or handing out wedding programs, and participating in a sand ceremony with the bride and groom to be is a nice way for children to feel welcome into a family that is now becoming one.

When topics like floral dĂ©cor come into the picture many stray away from incorporating “extravagant looks” because the thought of a second wedding tends to be small and intimate. There are many different styles of bouquets and while any will do, below are my top 3 styles for a second wedding.

Crescent Bouquet

This bouquet can either be symmetrical or asymmetrical. Symmetrical bouquets have an even length of flower and or foliage on both sides while asymmetrical is longer on one side than the other. The crescent is a nice bouquet choice for a second wedding and a bride who is looking for something different. It can be small and created into a hand tied bouquet or designed in a Bouquet holder such as a Large Wedding Belle Bouquet Holder by Oasis.

IMG_2341 To the left: A Crescent Bouquet created by hand wiring the shape then inserting flowers such as Peonies and Tulips through the base.

Lastly, repeating the shape with Lily Grass and gluing Dendrobium Orchids for a finished look. Purple Alumnium Wire and Pink Beaded Wire holds the bouquet together nicely.




Cascade Bouquet

Also known as the teardrop or waterfall bouquet is meant to be rounded at the top then drop down in the front. Some may consider this style to be outdated but lately I’ve heard of more brides wanting a cascade feel even if it is a small teardrop in the front. To me, you can never go wrong with a Cascade bouquet.


To the left: This bouquet features Roses, Alstromeria, Mums, Lily Grass and Ruscus. Floral Cotton and Burrs are accented through the whole bouquet and the Lily Grass provides nice movement.











Informal Hand Tie Possy Bouquet

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, which is the most traditional of them all ? This bouquet style seems to be the most common for brides in general but is very fitting for a second marriage especially if you do not want to go “overboard” with your floral bouquet. This style was very popular in Victorian times and was designed either loosely or in a round dome shape featuring one flower, such as Roses. The informal style features more than one variety of flower and appears to be very relaxed.

To the left: An informal posy bouquet with a fun spin on it. Featuring Roses, Daisies, Carnations , Thistle and

Hydrangea, Purple Decorative Wire by Oasis around the base provides a fun collar to the bouquet. I completed the bouquet by caging two Pink Midilino Sticks over the flowers.


So there you have it and of course if your mindset is ” been there done that ” for your second marriage wedding flowers, you may consider talking to your florist about carrying a single stem flower such as a Calla Lily tied off with gorgeous ribbon treatment.

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Ft Lauderdale Floral Artist

Acro Yoga Engagement Photos

Let’s face it, there is nothing better and more unique than a creative engagement photo shoot to show off the engaged couples personalities. Many take photos with each other in matching outfits, hugging, kissing and holding hands walking away from the camera in an outdoor setting. We’ve all seen these right ??

Let’s take a minute to think outside the box and really get creative with your photo for those Save the Date cards.

Below I came across a stunning Acro Yoga inspired engagement photo  taken by Kiera Eve Photography.


So, what do you think ?


P.S. Happy engagement to my best friend, Stephanie  of 22 1/2 years and her fiancĂ© ,Justin. I can’t wait to see what you will come up with for your engagement photos in the future . Cheers !

Justin & Stephanie. Courtesy of Facebook.