Certified Floral Designer through The American Institute of Floral Designers.
International Floral Designer & Writer
Flower Design Competitor
Raleigh, NC Resident
Specialize in Luxury Weddings and Celebrations
With High School Prom’s being so close to Mother’s Day; one of the busiest times in a flower shop it is best to order your Prom flowers early. Right about now 🙂
One popular Prom flower style is the wristlet, flowers being worn on the wrist with petite blooms, accented with ribbon to match the girls dress and her dates attire. Flowers include but are not limited to Dendrobium Orchids, Miniature Carnations, Mokara Orchids, Spray Roses, Button Mums, Gerbera Daisies, Green Trick Dianthus, Sweet William.
Or, some are carrying small nosegay’s or taking it a step further and thinking outside the box with flower jewelry. These include anything from over the shoulder corsages to rings, necklaces, botanical shoes, hair flowers and so much more.
Ask your local florist about their options and the different styles that can be worn.
Fall 2015 is a couple blinks away and there are so many flawless collections gracing the runway such as Reem Arca, Claire Pettibone, Pronovia and Jenny Packhamjust to name a few. To think a little further, before we know it we will see collections for Spring 2016. But, staying present and speaking of Fall 2015 in particular I’ve formed a collection of my favorite gowns for next season to share with you.
Good Morning from Seward, Alaska. While many back on home base are probably getting ready for their lunch break I’m just waking. It’s gorgeous here with the glaciers, mountains and waterfalls, in the 60’s and a cruise ship straight ahead in the water. The first thing that came to mind when traveling here was Peonies!! My last client LOVED Peonies so for her wedding I was sure not to disappoint. If you missed her blushing wedding, a couple photos can be viewed here.
Because Alaska offers many Peony Farms I’d like to share a couple with you, and for those who are designers or in the floral industry be sure to check these out.
Polar Peonies, LLC
PO Box 84049
Fairbanks, Alaska 99708
One controversial wedding trend is “trashing the dress”. This takes place after the wedding and seems to be a very liberating experience that is caught on camera for continued memories down the road of the bride.
So why trash something so beautiful that could be donated or reworked into something else ? High school friend, Gracie Barrow trashed her dress to do something fun after her wedding. Plus, I think this fit Gracie’s fun and carefree personality. Her husband, Brian was in charge of squirting colorful paint onto the dress and clearly had a lot of fun doing so seen in the photo below by Lauren Hauser Photography.
Personally, if a lot of money was invested in the dress I find it to be somewhat “wasteful” to trash the dress. However, I imagine it to be very freeing to capture beautiful photos whether it be jumping in the ocean or squirting colorful paint onto the wedding gown. Trashing the dress is a free movement where you do not have to worry about every little detail like you do on your actual wedding day. I’ve heard some say it is a “commitment” made to your husband by trashing the dress, saying you will never need this dress again.
So what do you think ? Trash the dress: YES or NO ?
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.
Are you getting married in Baltimore? Email me & let’s talk wedding flowers!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org I’d be happy to answer your questions.
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.
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.
In 2013, I came across a blog titled ” Bringing Back the Cascade Bouquet” followed byHolly 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.
If your client is shorter, try something a little sweeter in floral taste with a smaller cascade drop.
There is a perfect cascade for every bride.
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.
In 2014 many of us watched couples dance their first dance to songs such as Lucky by Jason Mraz & Colbie Calliat
A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
And the popular, All of Me by John Legend
We will still see couples dancing to the songs mentioned above and many more but can add one more popular song to the list for “Most Popular Wedding Song of 2015”. As we rung in the New Year, and many said their “I Do’s” we watched couples dance to the ever so popular song that was released in 2014 by Ed Sheeran, Thinking Out Loud.
My sister, Ashley & her husband, Brent Jacobs danced to this song as their last dance singing to each other.
After the wedding, I’ve heard this song on the radio more than 200x.
In March, Yogi, Laura Buchbinder Hedges and her husband, Bruce Hedges did a surprise dance for their first dance and used this song with a Bailando Mix. I personally do not think this song will be dying anytime soon.
Remember you do not have to have a first dance. On your wedding day there are no rules so for some if you are uncomfortable dancing in front of an “audience” which are just your friends and family, consider a dance where everyone joins the bride and groom on the dance floor. This way it will not seem like the spot light is on you – you already had that walking down the aisle and completing your first kiss as a married couple after exchanging vows.
I asked my sister if she wouldn’t mind me blogging about her wedding and her response was, “Yes you can. As long as it’s good stuff and not downing anything.”
* WARNING: This blog post includes nothing but positive words and praises about Ashley Gough’s Wedding. *
After all, it truly was a gorgeous wedding and the reception was fabulous. I hope it was all that she dreamed of and so much more.
St. Valentine’s Day is observed on February.14 and is quite a popular day to wed for many couples.
Geoffrey Chaucer wrote, “For this was on seynt Volantynys day Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.”
[“For this was on St. Valentine’s Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate.”]
My triplet sister tied the knot to her love on February.14,2015 after a 2 year engagement. The ceremony was held at St. Anthony of Pauda Church in Baltimore, MD and the reception at Columbus Gardens. On our way to the church it snowed very lightly.
Since our father passed away, my mother walked Ashley down the aisle, kissing her off to Brent, Ashley’s fiancé’. Ashley carried a Red Rose with an old photo attached of her and our father when Ashley was a baby.
Ashley had 2 Bridesmaids and 2 Maids of Honor which were, me & Katie. The girls in the bridal party carried a bouquet in an Oasis Holder with White Roses and Hydrangea that were tied off nicely with Sheer White Ribbon and Galax Leaves to cover mechanics.
The soon to be bride chose to have two flower girls, one being Brent’s Niece, Kyla and the other her God-child, Alayna. Just look, if she isn’t the most precious flower girl you’ve ever seen I don’t know who is.
The Ring bearer was our sister, Katie’s baby, Dominic Curtis. Thank goodness Daddy was there to help him down the aisle along side greeter, Alexander, our cousin who is 11.
The beautiful ceremony was given by Fr. Jason Worley which provoked lots of smiles and tears of happiness.
After the happy couple recited their vows and placed their wedding rings on one another, they kissed and became one. My sister, now a Mrs. Jacobs.
The reception was awesome. Family and friends continued to gather round for an afternoon of dancing, drinking, laughing and I think a couple tears were shed until the early evening hour. The bride and grooms first dance was sweet with Brent and Ashley singing to each other followed by the Best Man and Maid of Honor Speeches. After came the dedication dances where Brent danced with his mom and Ashley with our mom.
Since our father passed away, Ashley chose to dance to one song with her God-father, two Uncles and dear neighbor who has been a very important part of Ashley’s life. Afterward, she danced a song with our mother which soon turned into my sister Katie and I joining them on the dance floor. It was so sweet and sentimental and quite the surprise to all of us.
Then came the cake cutting and the big question… “will they be naughty or nice? ”
CAAAAKKKEEE SMAAASSH !
The evening was topped off with more laughs, dancing and drinking. After the reception it snowed for a good couple hours and I hope Ashley got the wedding she dreamed of. For more photos please check out the main photographer Mr. Keith Wrightof Kaptured Wright Photography who did an outstanding job with his team. Keith flew up from SC just for Ashley and Brent’s special day, how sweet.