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 .




Butt Cheek Bridal Party

1 … 2 … 3 … Show me your Butt !

I’ve seen not only one or two photos of Bridesmaids half mooning the camera, but more than three this evening. While I am all for showing off the human body , I’m not too sure the wedding day is a good time. Perhaps this would be fun for a Bachelorette Party ? But, it’s probably already been done. Photographers did not leave their watermark on the photos so it is still up in the air who actually snapped these photos .


So , what do you think of this “trend” ? Let’s just hope it does not stay around for too long .



See What’s Blooming in Your Hair

There is no better way to embrace your feminine side than wearing flowers in your hair. Accessorizing with flowers are no longer just for weddings, but for a sweet spring, a sizzling summer look or any and all seasons to compliment your attire.

Earlier this month I attended the Annual Florida State Florist Association Convention held at the beautiful Bonaventure Resort in Weston, FL. Over the course of the educational packed weekend, I saw not one, not two but over three floral competitions going on. I competed for Floral Designer of the Year. Saturday, June.7,2014 at 8 am designers were given the same material to work with and three categories to design within a 2 hour time frame. That is start to complete clean up and arrangements placed in another room for judging. No pressure, right ?

For the Awards/Presidential Dinner, I chose to have flowers match my beautiful pale pink backless dress. Taking a big risk and a test on how well my mechanics were I showed up in confidence wearing over 25 pink spray roses in my hair. Later that evening I was awarded 3rd place in the Designer of the Year Competition. Christina Brown took 2nd place and Bob Tucker FSMD, 1st.

with Paul Ponn - Designer of the Year 2013
with Paul Ponn – Designer of the Year 2013




The weekend was tons of fun and I thank Deborah De La Flor & Gus for bringing some of the best designers together under one roof to share and educate the art of floral design. Next Year the convention will be held in Orlando so keep your eyes open for up to date floral happenings.

The following week I took a trip back to my hometown, Baltimore, MD to visit family and get in a photo shoot.

It dawned on me as I was designing a headpiece for the shoot how awesome it would be to create a look inspired by this for a bridal party who is into a gothic style or dark wedding. Photos were taken by the ever so talented Ben Hoffman at Jerusalem Mill in Kingsville, MD. I completed the look by doing my own make up in dark shades for an edgy appearance and to really make the red florals pop.

While it is tough to choose the best photos from our shoot, below are my top 5. Enjoy and let me know what you think. Take a risk, stand out and be unique. Floral Headdresses are an expression of who I am and tells a story of what I’m feeling at that moment. What is your story ?

For more photos head over to Ben Hoffman Facebook  and The Skinny Vase LLC 





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 décor 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.

The Skinny Vase LLC

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 fiancé ,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.