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Green Wedding

Posted on June 13, 2009 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

 Green Bridal Bouquet of hydrangea, virbiurm, green spider mums, garden mint, kale

 
    

 

rosemary, white cymbidium, lisianthus, hanging amaranthus, monkey tail and a relaxed tie. Carley wanted an all "green" wedding .  As I got to know the couple over coffee, it was clear Chad and Carley were looking for fun and meaning in their wedding.  The wedding was planned at Carley's childhood home  and her Mother was a Bluegrass singer!  This couple wanted an intimate, relaxed and natural outdoor wedding.  Carley said there was always fresh mint in the creek and it needed to be in every flower bouquet.  I mentioned that it is a folk tradition to use rosemary in weddings, so that was included.. and so that's how we all three planned each arrangement.  In the end, it was way over there budget; so we cut out the herbed pots with fareies, the arch flowers and even the moss pillow. 

 But her flowers were all she imagined and more!Maid of Honor bouquet. 


 Even the toss bouquet was "wild" and very natural looking.  Everything smelled so herby, have to admit it was a blast to be a wild as I wanted and just O.D. on green.

The Groom wanted everything in his bout  and they especially loved the monkey tail.  I couldn't resist adding a tiny kale bud!  Carley's other colors were greens, white and chocolate browns.

 

All the wedding party folks wore either green or white cymbidiums. Carley

wore orchids and rosemary in her hair.


Caged Tulips

Posted on June 11, 2009 at 11:03 PM Comments comments (0)

Miles and Ashely's  wedding was all in warm orange and reds.   Ashely's favorite flower was the tulip so I created this bouquet and then caged it in bear grass to make it stand out.  Many thanks go to Miranda for the great pictures!

The Alters had under-water roses and each table had a little cake and flower topper, and under-water tulips.

Blue Roses to go..

Posted on June 11, 2009 at 3:44 PM Comments comments (0)

I had another pick-up order,  early this morning for a Blue Rose wedding.  This was a no frill, budget wedding so most of the cost went into the blue roses and minimal on "extra" flowers and no greens.

The Bride, Lisa, wanted a silver wrap and I added a very thin silver wire as a clean line accent.

I couldn't resist using the blue bacholor buttons, and blue delphinium  in my garden, to make the hair piece for Lisa.

There were two Brides maids bouquets and four extra posy's instead of corsages.  This is a great option as a posy is only about $10 more than a corsage and has more impact.  Yea, faster than a corsage too!

I suspect Lisa re-used these for the tables with the large bag of blue rose petals she ordered.  Smart.


 

Ten bout's and only the Grooms was different and the wedding flowers were done!  Stunning, clean lines and afforadble...under 500 plus tax!!

Orange orchids

Posted on May 24, 2009 at 4:59 PM Comments comments (3)

 

Tiffany loved orange and orchids, so I ordered Monkara, Cymbidiums and Dendrobiums.  Her other colors where pure white , blue,  lime green and some yellow.

Her wedding was supposed to feel a bit beachy and she wanted clean lines.

 

 

Tiffany's bridal bouquet was made out of whites; cymbidiums,  iris, freesia and some spanish heather. The Groom wore fressia and white cymbidium.

 

 

The bride loved the brilliant orange color of the cymbidium corasages and Mokara Bout's for the wedding family and the wedding party.


 

Honestly though , these Mokara orchids had me in tears as they are so sensitive and easily  break and bruise.  I would never recommend for a DIY bride.  I babied and even prayed over them!

 

Tiffany found this ring pillow idea.  Guests loved it ..and I have a feeling I will be making many more of these.!  It is paked in a cake box, check back for more pictures of these flowers in action.

 

 

Another idea Tiffany had, and I made it happen for her as I couldn't resist the chance to try something new!  This trellis is hung with white garlands of nearly 400 carnation and crysanthum blooms. Her wedding ceremony took place at Emerey Riddles new chapel and the backdrop of Watson lake was stunning.

 

 

Here a a special arrangement I did for  the  reception hall.  At night the blue aqua lights just glowed throught the vase of curly willow and dendrobiums.  Tiffany had rented a house on the campus for the reception. 


 

These were the table centerpieces.  The flowers are all and only orchids.  Again, it looks easier than it is to get the beargrass/orchids to stay in place underwater.

 

 

Cowboys and Calla lilies

Posted on May 18, 2009 at 8:03 PM Comments comments (1)

 

This Lime Vase was the feature arrangement at the Chino Farm wedding, May 16th, 2009.


 

The bridal bouquet had seven calla's and the bridesmaids each carried a single calla-lily.


The groomsmen, the groom's double mini calla, the best man and the ring bearer bout's


 

The wedding family flowers sets of mini calla and mini cymbidium corsages.


For all the classic calla-lilies and orchids the wedding was very country western.  Guests walked a dusty trail from the parking lot to the tent and signed the guest book at a water stop.  Everyone wore jeans and hats.  The coyboy boot full of flowers was the only hint there was gonna be a wedding at the end of the trail.


 

Have to say everyone was into the country western theme or did I just discover how Chino Valley folks live?


Here comes the Bride!  Yee-haw, it feels like the 18th century..I should have gotten a picture of the chicken coop ..the hens were going on during the whole ceremony ..it was too perfect!

 

 

May Tri-a-thon

Posted on May 16, 2009 at 10:52 PM Comments comments (0)
May is glorious flower fun but very demanding.  
First was the mad prom rush,(why are teenager guys
 so last minute?)then Mother's Day,
 with more last minute guys and some are not teenagers!
Ordering flowers for Mom's day is like gambling.  
I won this year as we sold out on M-day roses and then 
sold every plant. 


The focus on most arrangements was a gorgous lavender rose called COOLWATER. 
Lavender is like a mature version of girlish pinks and purples. 

This Rose Topiary was a hit. I finish the May tri-a-thon 
with straight friday and saturday weddings,
and lots of Vit B, Vit coffee and serious dark chocolate.
At the end of the day and hopefully by the end of the month
 I can still say I love, love, love, my job!  

Halmark colors...

Posted on May 2, 2009 at 10:14 PM Comments comments (0)

Here are a few snapshots of the wedding party flowers I did today, May 2nd, 2009.  The wedding colors were"Halmark" colors of tiffany blue, dusty  purples and champagne.  Check out all the photo's on web page "Hallmark wedding"


Black and white Anemones

Posted on March 16, 2009 at 8:01 PM Comments comments (0)

 This little wedding was held in the historic Fain Chapel at sunset.  Here are a few snapshots. The candelabras were hung with anemones, roses, poms, delphiniums, queen annies lace, and fairy flowers to carry out the dark center pattern in the anemones.  The bride loved the textured shades of peridot and moss greens.



The bridal bouquet was made up of all anemones and white hydrangea. 

Her wrap was in ivory french knots. 

The broach on her gownlooked like an anemone!


Close-up on the bridesmaid bouquet. 


Base was again, hydrangea, but in a rich moss shade of green, then anemones, queen annies lace, poms, and wax flower.  The wrap was in moss green with french knots, of course.


Grooms boutonnière; anemones, ivy and tree fern. Traditionally the Groom wears two flowers from he bridal bouquet.  The classic white and black centered anemonies were used in all the wedding party.

 

 

 

 


                 Well, except the "ring bearer" son. 

He wore poms with pearl centers.                   

Even in a small wedding, I want every detail to be perfect.

This white pot of flowers were used in the ceremony entrance. They served a double function; the decorative pot was holding the cake topper flowers.   

Bride also had the candelabra flowers re-used as head table centerpieces at the reception.


Sunshine and blush pinks

Posted on March 5, 2009 at 4:31 PM Comments comments (0)

My own niece is getting married and of course we will be delivering her wedding flowers all the way to Tuscon!  She wants yellow and pink and to uses lilies if possible.  She has a baby and wants a simple low cost wedding, no problem, just happy to be a part of such a happy day!









The crown piece made the wedding atmosphere for my niece..we hung it on the arch during the ceremony



Prescott Bridal Expo 2009

Posted on January 28, 2009 at 1:23 AM Comments comments (0)
The Bridal Cat-walk set-up.  I designed these roses in a spiral.  I did not know what the rest was going to look like.  Hazel just asked me to bring flowers and that theme was in pinks.  
Here was our booth.

The Floral Lamp drew alot of attention!
 Picture does not do it justice, it just glows esp. at night. There were many Blue Rose requests for this year's weddings and Floral lamp rentals.  ($50 each or less for 6 or more)
                                    BLUE SEA ROSE THEME      
Ring-bearer treasure chest Flower girl sea ball
 
  BLUE SEA ROSE BOUQUET    I designed this bouquet with timeless nautical elements like Sea Holly, Silver Bruin and real Sea Urchins and netting from the sea.  This bouquet is perfect for any unusual wedding theme like; Celtic, Beach or Medieval themed weddings 
  
 Habitat "Green" Bouquet Theme
...matching flowergirl basket and moss pillow

One of the 2009 floral trends is called "Habitat".  Flowers that reflect the Brides eco-friendly beliefs.  It is a trend that is growing very popular. This bouquet designed by Flowers by design(me!) has all the botanical elements brides crave.  Cymbidium orchids, Green-tea Rose Natural seeds, Pods and Berries all caged in curly willow branches.  Even the stems are wrapped in natural fresh green leaves.  Oh, and don't miss the monkey tails in the center of this richly textured bouquet.

PINK  Molin Rouge Theme


A pairing a hot pink roses called "Reveal" and black ostrich plumes make an exquisite sassy bridal statement.  Faux Fuchsia Gems trim the Black velvet wrap. And scattered about the roses are pink orchids with sprays of black crystals.   Top Hat rind-bearer and black purse for flower girl.  'Cause Girls just wanta have fun!

M O R E  B O U Q U E T S                                                

I have endless ideas, my only limit is budget and time 

                                                                                               

 

Winner of the free bridal bouquet was  Mickey Youngs, for her September 5th Wedding.  Congratulations!!   Every Bride deserves a special order, one-of-a-kind, Bridal Bouquet of her dreams!

 

 

Bridal Expo 2009 in Prescott Resort

Posted on November 18, 2008 at 10:26 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm  looking forward to this years bridal expo !    There are 3 maybe 4 of us splitting the booth cost.  Our theme is " Midnight in Tuscany".  So far that means real blue roses, a floral lamp, a euro scotter and a fasion model in a black tee-shirt as pat of her wedding gown!  The graphics and effects will be unforgetable.  The unearthly glow of blue roses enraptures the beholder and none can resist the temtation to touch, and smell and see if it is real or imagined.  Of course, this is just our Idea..we are still dreamin and schemein.  We will see how far our starving artist wallets take us... hum... 

Does anyone what to get married , say Sunday, Jan 18 after the show??   You will have an over-the-moon complete blue rose wedding!!!  Just cover the actual rose and gown cost, not labor.  Your wedding could be in Blue rose's and you could wear a cool urban-chic wedding gown!

Let's get together!

But do look for us 10Am to 3pm !

I LOVE MY JOB!

Posted on October 17, 2008 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL THE FALL BRIDES WHO MADE MY JOB A BLAST!

YOU WERE THE MOST CREATIVE BRIDES I HAVE EVER WORKED WITH!   YOU HAD STRONG THEME'S AND KNEW WHAT YOU NEEDED. I THANK EACH OF YOU FOR TRUSTING ME WITH YOUR FLOWERS AND YOUR VISION.  I LAY AWAKE THINKING OF WAYS TO MAKE YOUR FLOWERS EVEN BETTER BECAUSE YOU WERE SUCH A JOY.

MALORY;  YOU WANTED   BLUE ROSES, THE MOON AND THE GREAT GADSBY THEME!  (HA,HA )  I ENJOYED THE FREEDOM TO DESIGN WITH BLUE ROSES, FEATHERS, CRYSTALS AND 100'S OF HYDRANGEAS.  GREAT PICTURES! NAOMI'S "MODEST BEAUTY" WORK  IS INCREDIBLE...THE BRIDE AND GROOM LOOKED FAB!

ALISA;  I ENJOYED BRAIN STORMING WITH YOU AND YOUR MOM OVER TEA AT THE WILDFLOWER.  YOUR TUSCANY THEME WAS WELL THOUGHT OUT.   I  UNDERSTOOD YOUR VISION RIGHT OFF.  SO GLAD YOU TOOK MY SUGGESTION TO UP- SCALE YOUR FLOWERS INTO LARGER CONTAINERS. AND TO MAKE EACH RUSTIC TUSCANY CONTAINER ONE-OF-A-KIND.  I LOVED SEEING YOUR EYES WHEN YOU SAW YOUR BRIDAL! 

DEANICA --YOU HAD THE MOST LIMITED BUDGET BUT WE MADE IT WORK AND KEPT YOUR FAVORITE FLOWERS IN YOUR BOUQUET.  I WAS PLEASED TO BE ABLE TO THROW IN SOME EXTRA'S FROM MY GARDEN.  YOU MADE MY DAY CALLING WITH TEARS OF JOY WHEN YOU SAW YOUR BOUQUET.

 

ASHTON; THANKS FOR SENDING PICTURES YOUR CHOICE OF HOT COLORS COMBOS WORKED SO WELL FOR JUNE!  I ENJOYED MAKING EACH BOUQUET FOR YOUR BRIDES MAIDS DIFFERENT.  WE ALL JUST LOVED WORKING WITH YOU!   YOU WERE  FLEXABLE AND IT TURNED OUT WELL.  LOVED YOUR FAMILY TRADITION OF TYING 3 GERERATIONS OF WEDDING RINGS ON YOUR BOUQUET,

JAMMIE; LOVED DESIGNING YOUR WEDDING BOUQUET WITH YOUR BLACK CALLAS AND  FEATHERS .    IT LOOKED SO ELEGANT TO USE THE SILVER-WIRED PEARLS AND BLACK VELVET FOR THE WEDDING PARTY

AMY; LOVED YOUR GREEN WEDDING THEME.  IT WAS A CHALLENGE TO WEAVE AN AMATURE BOUQUET BASE OF CURLY WILLOW AND THEN ADD IN ALL THE COOL FLOWERS YOU WANTED.  I MADE SURE YOU GOT THOSE MONKEY TAILS!  LOVED MAKING EACH BRIDESMAID BOUQUET NOT ONLY DIFFERENT FLOWERS BUT DIFFERENT STYLES FROM ORCHID CASCADES TO ARM HELD WILDFLOWERS. WISH I HAD YOUR E-MAIL, IF YOU SEE THIS SEND PICTURES!

NINA --LOVED YOUR "WORLD MARKET" THEME.  TIME WAS SO SHORT (3 WEEKS!)  BUT I HAVE TO SAY YOUR BOUQUET WAS  A MASTERPIECE.  SPONTANIOUS SHAPED CASCADE OF CALLAS WITH CAGING AROUND ORCHIDS AND WIRED DENDROS OFFF TO ONE SIDE , WEW! 

 YOU SAID; "SURPRISE US"  SO I ADDED MONKEY TAILS TO ALL THE MENS BOUTS

ALL CLASSIC WHITES DONE IN UNCLUTTERED MODERN STYLE...AN INTERNATIONAL LOOK. 

CLEAN LINES, SIMPLE LINES LOOK EXPENSIVE!

GARDENIAS FLOATING ABOVE RIVER STONES FOR THE TABLES

 

 

GO GERBER'S 

This was a beautiful summer wedding with Gerber daisy's in the color of  Watermelon.   Clover was the accent color/The bride wanted her wedding to be FUN and Young!  This was the only professional picture, too bad! 

                   The happy couple... 

Watermellon gerbers in wheat grass trays on every table, brought life to the indoor banquet room!

 

Bouts were in green kermit poms.  This is not my picture as there was not a professional photographer at the wedding.  So this is a John Henry picture that I used as my model

Cake was gerbered out! Such a beautiful wedding party !

 

Here was another small summer wedding for an older couple using deep reds and purples. 

We choose a Tussy-Mussy Bouquet to go with her old world theme.  We secured her requested Sweet William then choose Spray Roses, Rose buds with Rosemary and a green collar.

Here are some of the Table centerpieces ready to go.  This was a pick-up order with several extra bags of red rose petals for $12 each (our bags our double local florist size)This was for the head table.  Sweet William, Spray Rose, Lisianthus, Asters, Rosemary and Aspargus fern. Notice we don't arrange the old salt and pepper style, "grouping" similar colors is not only trendy but looks more expensive.Cake Topper.  The corsages were similar looking just smaller bouquet's with natural stems.

 

            

Head Garland in monocromatic  Grooms bout to go with Brides Headpiece    whites.               

  

  free Toss-away w/extra blooms    wedding party flowers,  

                                                     corsages had 3  roses

            

Close-up of the Bridal Bouquet.  This Bride wanted dark purples and reds but let me choose the combination of colors for her arrangements.  So I kept the Bridal Bouquet in monocromatic red's and the Head garland all in whites.  Monocromatic color's always look more mature and classic for the Bride.  The rest of the arrangements looked great using a mix of her bold colors.

WHAT IS THE BEST BRIDAL TIP?

Posted on July 5, 2008 at 10:27 AM Comments comments (0)

O.K. I am going to vent a bit..we had our 1st ever dreaded Bridzillia. She actually smiled for the camera with clinched teeth!   In beween photo shoots she sent her Maid of Honor to harrass all the venders and her Mother to glare at everyone!  It was so bad that we all saw that her cake (a home made job) was starting to lean but know one wanted to fix it out of fear she would sue.  The DJ was stiff unable to do anything spontanious. Vendors and guests raved about the flowers but the Bride never said thank you, we don't think she ever saw her flowers.  All during set-up the Bridzillia sent her Father to tell us her latest fear's.  She suddenly wanted rose petals on every table and and she wanted me to run back to the shop for some trinket she had forgot to tell me about.  There were other wierd requests that were not in the contract,  and were not paid for.  I keep quiet and figured out ways to keep her happy..or at least at bay...So here is my only responce to any future bride who does not want to turn into the feared Bridzillia.

 

 AT LEAST ONE MONTH BEFORE YOUR WEDDING DAY, STOP PLANNING.  LET IT GO AND BE THE BRIDE.  TALK TO YOUR GROOM ABOUT SOMETHING OTHER THAN WEDDING PLANS.  GO ON SOME ROMANTIC DATES.  HE'LL BE THRILLED TO HAVE HIS GIRL BACK! HAVE FUN, TAKE LOTS OF BUBBLE BATHS.  GET A FACIAL.  DREAM ABOUT THE HONEY-MOON AND THE MARRIAGE TO YOUR BEST-FRIEND .

 REMEMBER THE MAIN THING.  WHAT IS THE MAIN  THING?  IT IS YOUR MARRIAGE TO THE MAN OF YOUR DREAMS!  YOUR WEDDING IS THE FIRST DAY OF YOUR MARRIAGE.  IT IS YOUR CHOICE IF IT WILL BE FUN OR STRESSFUL

ONCE THE FLORIST HAS THE BRIDES OVERALL VISION AND STYLE..WHICH IS SURE TO HAVE HAPPENED LONG BEFORE THE WEDDING DAY...REVIEW THE CONTRACT AND ACCEPT THAT YOU WILL ONLY GET THE BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS YOU HAVE PAID FOR.  THEN IT'S TIME TO LET IT HAPPEN ( STOP WEARING DOWN THE FLORIST CALLING AND E-MAILING HER)

THE MORE THE BRIDE TRUSTS THE FLORIST AND GIVES HER FREEDOM TO DESIGN THE WEDDING FLOWERS, THE MORE CREATIVE THE WEDDING FLOWERS WILL BE, IN A WORD, "BETTER"!   A BRIDE WHO  CONTROL'S EVERY FLOWER WILL STRESS HERSELF OUT, NOT TO MENTION THOSE IN HER LIFE.  MOST BRIDES TRUST THEIR VENDORS LONG BEFORE THEIR WEDDING DAY.  BUT A FEW BRIDES DO NOT.    WHAT HAPPENS?  THE BRIDE LOOSES.   THE FLOWERS LOOK GREAT, THE MUSIC PLAYS THE PICTURES SNAP BUT SHE MISSES OUT OF THE JOY OF HER OWN HAPPY DAY.   

NO ONE CAN MICRO-MANAGE  AND RELAX AT THE SAME TIME.

EVEN IF YOUR WEDDING WAS FLOWER-LESS, GOD-FORBID,..THE CERMONY, THE VOWS, THE JOINING OF ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN, THE FRIENDS AND FAMILY AT THE RECEPTION WOULD STILL BE VERY POWERFUL AND MEMORABLE..   

JUST A WORD OF ADVISE, LET THE FLORIST DO WHAT SHE DOES BEST, LET THE BAKER BAKE THE CAKE, ETC;  AND MOST OF ALL ENJOY BEING THE BEAUTIFUL BRIDE.  ALL EYES WILL BE UPON YOU..THOSE PICTURES WILL LAST YOUR LIFETIME AND YOU WILL WANT TO BE GLOWING HAPPY FROM THE INSIDE OUT.

 

 

 

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May- Daze

I just read my blog and realized how much my business has grown.  Weddings are happening!  It is exciting work and I'm nearly booked for this summer.  Best of all, not one wedding is similar, all are creative, and each bride has been amazingly organized. They have pictures, colors, and  themes worked out before they come to me.  I've never had the florist-feared, unappeasable "Bridzillia."  My brides are sweet, on serious budgets and resourceful...they find me against all odds!

Gift baskets are selling slowly but everyone loves them so far!  And I love my part-time designer job as I am learning the coolest tricks and latest trends from an inspiring pool of florists. Can't believe I'm remembering to write this now.  Just one week before the #1 biggest event of the entire florist year ..Mother's Day.  My fingers are already sore from preping/greening and preparing flowers for everyone's favorite MOM.  Mother's do rule the world! 

 


Posted on Friday, May 2, 2008, 09:58 PM (UTC -4)
The real Story of Flower Junkie

More stuff on me..if ya want more...

My experience in flowers began as a missionaries' wife in South Africa.  I began floral studies to meet the needs of many young couples in our churches, on a budget, who wanted to get married.  Hence, I had to learn to be resourceful and create bouquets out of whatever grew around us. This was not diffucult in South Africa. Calla-lilies (they called them Arum-lilies) grew like weeds along the road and in swampy areas and Hydrangea blooms grew blue and huge in my own garden..along with Bird-of -Paradise, all kinds of lilies, huge ferns with huge fiddleheads, and just about everything ever created in the garden of Eden, or so I thought.  I remember an African Bride paying 100 Rand , the equitant of 10 dollars, for her entire wedding of over 100 calla lilies!   My "study", my hands-on training and and my passion for flowers was definately born in South Africa.

Back in Prescott Arizona, I discovered all  fresh flowers come from California so it was a little more difficult to get savings for my customers. But ever resorceful, I have found  supplies of mountain Ivy, Mistletoe and pines greens, which is nice around Christmas.  I have also learned many floral secrets to buy better quality and priced blooms which I can't tell you about.  But the biggest way I save money for my customers is working from a house shop.  And I pass the savings on.

At least, most of my customers are local, and from local churches. Which means church folk advertise well.  I expanded to the public just this last year and have had found a way to advertise for free..Free-webs and Craigs list. I t keeps me fully booked during the wedding season.  I enjoy part time design work at a local florist shop to keep me in touch , expand my skills, and 'cause the thought of a few days without flowers scares me.  I?d actually do flowers for free , I love them so. But that?s not normal and normal women enjoy making a profit and shopping for make-up and clothes! I confess I read floral magazines in my free time. But just to keep up on the latest floral trends and well ,'cause I'm just a flower junkie.

 

 
 

 


Posted on Monday, Jan 7, 2008, 10:17 PM (UTC -5)
Winter Wonder Weddings

Winter is a magical time of wonder..

I do love winter weddings too.  They are magical and you associate it with sparkling, crisp snow that is so white it sometimes looks bluish. I bet that even if you live in an area that does not experience real winter this word conjures the snow scene in your mind. Here are some ideas I found;

WINTER WEDDING IDEAS

ATTIRE for BRIDE GROOM and WEDDING PARTY
Winter is best represented by white, silver, platinum and light blue. These are the perfect color choice for a winter theme wedding. You can incorporate these colors in the bride, groom and wedding attendants attire. White for the bride and groom, light blue and / or silver for the attendants. However, you have other options too. You may have the bridesmaids dresses made of fabric with snow flakes or stars motif that may even accented with white fur like fabric. Since you are planning gifts for your bridesmaids and flower girls, present them with Swarovski crystal on silver with or without pearls, or pearl jewelry on silver such as that offered in our discount mall. Tiaras should also be studded with swarovski crystals and or pearls on silver. The Swarovski jewelry glitsens like snow in the sun while pearls offer the prism. What a wonderful yet inexpensive way to have your bridal party match the winter theme of your wedding.

WINTER WEDDING RECEPTION:
Look for a reception hall that has a fireplace. If lighting a real fire is not permitted, use make-believe logs that look like real lit fireplace. Many stores carry them. You may also check with your local theater for props.
Use silver serving pieces, glass or crystal drinkwear and winter white dishes.
Decorate with silver, white, platinum and light blue. Use one of the colors or coordinate these colors for your table cloths and napkins, garlands, streamers, icicles, tinsel, balloons, ribbons, flowers with silver ribbons in silver vases, flickering light strings, snow flakes or stars etc... You may wish to spray your decorations with sparkle or fake snow. White and blue tulle will also help create a winter atmosphere.
If you can afford it, hire an ice sculptor. If not, do it yourself, make your own ice sculpture with kits available at A-wedding day. For information go to
http://www.2.a-weddingday.com/weddingcrafts/makeyourownicecarvings.html
Ice sculptures will be a magnificent addition.
If your wedding reception venue permits it, be sure to use candles to depict warmth.
Either or both, ice sculpture and candles make very elegant centerpieces.

IDEAS FOR WINTER WEDDING CENTERPIECES:

  • For added effect, place your centerpieces on a mirror.
    White or white and light blue flowers in a silver or crystal vase

  • An ice sculpture surrounded by a wreath of white or white and light blue flowers adorned with silver ribbon, by a chain of flickering lights or by 4 snow globes.

  • A candle (in a hurricane glass) surrounded by a wreath of white or white and light blue flowers adorned  with silver ribbon or by 4 snow globes

  • Snow men/women

  • Glass snow flakes,

  • Silver foil covered hershey kisses,

  • Pails, crystal or glass bowl filled with clear marbles, downy feathers fiberfill or cotton ball sprayed with glitter

  • Winter motif confetti.

    WINTER WEDDING FAVOR IDEAS:
    Gifts of crystal, silver, candles, soaps, silver or crystal picture frames / place card holders. Decorate the wedding favors with white tulle, white-light blue or silver ribbons, silver bells, snow flakes white flowers etc...

    CEREMONY:
    Use white, silver, platinum and/or light blue, pew bows, flower arrangements where white and light blue are dominant and are tied with silver ribbon. Place your unity candles in silver candle holders which you may choose to decorate with white flowers, or leave the silver to glisten. Spray glitter on the petals in the flowergirl's basket.

    BRIDAL ACCESSORIES:
    Choose a collection of matching accessories. Most collection will include most of the accessories for your ceremony and reception. (A unity candle set, guest book, pen, ring pillow, toasting flutes, cake serving set, and garter.)
    You may choose a collection that is adorned with white flowers, such as gerbera daisies, roses, calla lilies, carnations, gardenias, magnolias, alstromeria and snowball mums. You may choose a collection that is adorned with white ribbons, pearls, sWAROVSKI CRYSTAL or rhinestones, Angels, holiday motifs.
    If you prefer non-white accessories, silver/platinum are available.

    WINTER FOODS INCLUDE:

    Hot chocolate, hot cider, mulled wine, fondue, hot soup, warm bread or rolls snowman/woman, star and/or snow flake shaped sugar cookies.

    Permission to Reprint

    Just ideas I can do a cosy witer feel too with cranberry and pines, but yes whites on whites with silver or gold accents are the natural wedding and winter color.

    Here is a guide line to help you get start making those decisions on your wedding flowers.

    1.Choose colour(s) as this  creates the greatest overall impact!  Do you love; chocolate and pink, shades of purple, cool blues, pure white, deep reds, forest greens,?  Your colors often go with a mood, or a place you love..close your eyes dream a little first..then..

    2. Pick your mood, theme or a place that reflects your love.  Maybe where he proposed or the place you both realised he/she was the one?  Then try to come up with 2 words that best describe your dream wedding ..your fiancee can help here! 

    3. Lets create your bridal bouquet!  Do you invision carring a round bouquet or in you arms or a bouquet that cascades? What are your favorite flower(s).  Every bride should carry her best down the asile, we can alway "budget", if you need, on the other arrangements. Also flower variety.  Try to decide if you like larger defined blooms or smaller petite clusters. Most brides fall in love with a bridal bouquet picture and then we go from there.
     

    By taking the time to think about colour then Mood, you will find it easier to define your "look".  If you still can?t decide, then don?t worry ? I have plenty of great ideas and pictures.  

    If your wedding THIS is winter...I'd also need to know your date , as soon as possible, as winter saturdays are filling up!

     I can vary the package deals to suit your wedding with seasonal flowers based on your answers to the 3 questions and of course your budget.

     And just for your peace of mind know that ...My flowers are cut underwater and hydrated in floral solution 24 hours in my floral cooler,before arranging.  No wilting on your day! ( I actually worked in a florist shop where they never used any floral food!)Every bouquet and arrangement is created with meticulous attention to detail. Each bloom is de-pollinated to remove any risk of staining your bridal gown. Stems are bound at the last minute, so that every flower is it's freshest on your wedding day.

    God bless!

    Your wedding florist,

                                     Laurie

     

     

     


  • Posted on Saturday, Nov 10, 2007, 02:15 PM (UTC -5)


    Flower Cornucopias   35.00 each.  

                                 To order yours call me at 928-499-8572

     FREE DELIVERY in Prescott Valley on November 19th,

                                                           and  in Prescott Nov 20th

     Get one for the Cook, Mom and for Thanksgiving dinner!

                                                           2 Cornuopias for 55.00! 

               Can't go wrong there, flowers speak to the heart! 

                                             Happy Thanksgiving! 

     Each Cornucopia is 1 and  1/2 feet long,  and bursting in freash assorted fall flowers plus 6 Roses and 3 Lilies.                         

    Fresh Flowers on the table smell good and will  last 10 days! Pay cash when delivered to your door.

      


    Posted on Saturday, Oct 27, 2007, 03:43 PM (UTC -4)
    Get ready for your fall wedding...

    Fall is the best time of the year!

    Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
    Albert Camus

    Fall is a time of rich, warm hues and bounteous textures, and the choices are virtually endless. The fall colors - from burgundy to red to orange to golden yellow(amber) - chocolate browns and sage to dark greens are all well represented in the blossoms of the season, which play beautifully against any natural fabrics.  Combined with textural materials such as grasses, fall foliage branches,dry twigs,cattails,bamboo,curly willow, pussy willow, phesent feathers, and seed pods, you can reap rich floral arrangements on your wedding day. I love the outdoor weddings in the fall as the sun sets..so romantic!

     

     


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    Winter is best represented by white, silver, platinum and light blue. These are the perfect color choice for a winter theme wedding. You can incorporate these colors in the bride, groom and wedding attendants attire. White for the bride and groom, light blue and / or silver for the attendants. However, you have other options too. You may have the bridesmaids dresses made of fabric with snow flakes or stars motif that may even accented with white fur like fabric. Since you are planning gifts for your bridesmaids and flower girls, present them with Swarovski crystal on silver with or without pearls, or pearl jewelry on silver such as that offered in our discount mall. Tiaras should also be studded with swarovski crystals and or pearls on silver. The Swarovski jewelry glitsens like snow in the sun while pearls offer the prism. What a wonderful yet inexpensive way to have your bridal party match the winter theme of your wedding.

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    Look for a reception hall that has a fireplace. If lighting a real fire is not permitted, use make-believe logs that look like real lit fireplace. Many stores carry them. You may also check with your local theater for props.
    Use silver serving pieces, glass or crystal drinkwear and winter white dishes.
    Decorate with silver, white, platinum and light blue. Use one of the colors or coordinate these colors for your table cloths and napkins, garlands, streamers, icicles, tinsel, balloons, ribbons, flowers with silver ribbons in silver vases, flickering light strings, snow flakes or stars etc... You may wish to spray your decorations with sparkle or fake snow. White and blue tulle will also help create a winter atmosphere.
    If you can afford it, hire an ice sculptor. If not, do it yourself, make your own ice sculpture with kits available at A-wedding day. For information go to
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    Ice sculptures will be a magnificent addition.
    If your wedding reception venue permits it, be sure to use candles to depict warmth.
    Either or both, ice sculpture and candles make very elegant centerpieces.

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    Choose a collection of matching accessories. Most collection will include most of the accessories for your ceremony and reception. (A unity candle set, guest book, pen, ring pillow, toasting flutes, cake serving set, and garter.)
    You may choose a collection that is adorned with white flowers, such as gerbera daisies, roses, calla lilies, carnations, gardenias, magnolias, alstromeria and snowball mums. You may choose a collection that is adorned with white ribbons, pearls, sWAROVSKI CRYSTAL or rhinestones, Angels, holiday motifs.
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    Just ideas I can do a cosy witer feel too with cranberry and pines, but yes whites on whites with silver or gold accents are the natural wedding and winter color.

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    Here is a guide line to help you get start making those decisions on your wedding flowers.

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    2. Pick your mood, theme or a place that reflects your love.  Maybe where he proposed or the place you both realised he/she was the one?  Then try to come up with 2 words that best describe your dream wedding ..your fiancee can help here! 

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    3. Lets create your bridal bouquet!  Do you invision carring a round bouquet or in you arms or a bouquet that cascades? What are your favorite flower(s).  Every bride should carry her best down the asile, we can alway \"budget\", if you need, on the other arrangements. Also flower variety.  Try to decide if you like larger defined blooms or smaller petite clusters. Most brides fall in love with a bridal bouquet picture and then we go from there.
     

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    By taking the time to think about colour then Mood, you will find it easier to define your \"look\".  If you still can?t decide, then don?t worry ? I have plenty of great ideas and pictures.  

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    If your wedding THIS is winter...I\'d also need to know your date , as soon as possible, as winter saturdays are filling up!

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     I can vary the package deals to suit your wedding with seasonal flowers based on your answers to the 3 questions and of course your budget.

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     And just for your peace of mind know that ...My flowers are cut underwater and hydrated in floral solution 24 hours in my floral cooler,before arranging.  No wilting on your day! ( I actually worked in a florist shop where they never used any floral food!)Every bouquet and arrangement is created with meticulous attention to detail. Each bloom is de-pollinated to remove any risk of staining your bridal gown. Stems are bound at the last minute, so that every flower is it\'s freshest on your wedding day.

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    I do love winter weddings too.  They are magical and you associate it with sparkling, crisp snow that is so white it sometimes looks bluish. I bet that even if you live in an area that does not experience real winter this word conjures the snow scene in your mind. Here are some ideas I found;

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    ATTIRE for BRIDE GROOM and WEDDING PARTY
    Winter is best represented by white, silver, platinum and light blue. These are the perfect color choice for a winter theme wedding. You can incorporate these colors in the bride, groom and wedding attendants attire. White for the bride and groom, light blue and / or silver for the attendants. However, you have other options too. You may have the bridesmaids dresses made of fabric with snow flakes or stars motif that may even accented with white fur like fabric. Since you are planning gifts for your bridesmaids and flower girls, present them with Swarovski crystal on silver with or without pearls, or pearl jewelry on silver such as that offered in our discount mall. Tiaras should also be studded with swarovski crystals and or pearls on silver. The Swarovski jewelry glitsens like snow in the sun while pearls offer the prism. What a wonderful yet inexpensive way to have your bridal party match the winter theme of your wedding.

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    WINTER WEDDING RECEPTION:
    Look for a reception hall that has a fireplace. If lighting a real fire is not permitted, use make-believe logs that look like real lit fireplace. Many stores carry them. You may also check with your local theater for props.
    Use silver serving pieces, glass or crystal drinkwear and winter white dishes.
    Decorate with silver, white, platinum and light blue. Use one of the colors or coordinate these colors for your table cloths and napkins, garlands, streamers, icicles, tinsel, balloons, ribbons, flowers with silver ribbons in silver vases, flickering light strings, snow flakes or stars etc... You may wish to spray your decorations with sparkle or fake snow. White and blue tulle will also help create a winter atmosphere.
    If you can afford it, hire an ice sculptor. If not, do it yourself, make your own ice sculpture with kits available at A-wedding day. For information go to
    http://www.2.a-weddingday.com/weddingcrafts/makeyourownicecarvings.html
    Ice sculptures will be a magnificent addition.
    If your wedding reception venue permits it, be sure to use candles to depict warmth.
    Either or both, ice sculpture and candles make very elegant centerpieces.

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    White or white and light blue flowers in a silver or crystal vase

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    An ice sculpture surrounded by a wreath of white or white and light blue flowers adorned with silver ribbon, by a chain of flickering lights or by 4 snow globes.

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    A candle (in a hurricane glass) surrounded by a wreath of white or white and light blue flowers adorned  with silver ribbon or by 4 snow globes

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    Snow men/women

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    Glass snow flakes,

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    Silver foil covered hershey kisses,

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    Pails, crystal or glass bowl filled with clear marbles, downy feathers fiberfill or cotton ball sprayed with glitter

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  • WHAT IS THE BEST BRIDAL TIP?

    Posted on July 5, 2008 at 10:27 AM Comments comments (0)

    O.K. I am going to vent a bit..we had our 1st ever dreaded Bridzillia. She actually smiled for the camera with clinched teeth!   In beween photo shoots she sent her Maid of Honor to harrass all the venders and her Mother to glare at everyone!  It was so bad that we all saw that her cake (a home made job) was starting to lean but know one wanted to fix it out of fear she would sue.  The DJ was stiff unable to do anything spontanious. Vendors and guests raved about the flowers but the Bride never said thank you, we don't think she ever saw her flowers.  All during set-up the Bridzillia sent her Father to tell us her latest fear's.  She suddenly wanted rose petals on every table and and she wanted me to run back to the shop for some trinket she had forgot to tell me about.  There were other wierd requests that were not in the contract,  and were not paid for.  I keep quiet and figured out ways to keep her happy..or at least at bay...So here is my only responce to any future bride who does not want to turn into the feared Bridzillia.

     

     AT LEAST ONE MONTH BEFORE YOUR WEDDING DAY, STOP PLANNING.  LET IT GO AND BE THE BRIDE.  TALK TO YOUR GROOM ABOUT SOMETHING OTHER THAN WEDDING PLANS.  GO ON SOME ROMANTIC DATES.  HE'LL BE THRILLED TO HAVE HIS GIRL BACK! HAVE FUN, TAKE LOTS OF BUBBLE BATHS.  GET A FACIAL.  DREAM ABOUT THE HONEY-MOON AND THE MARRIAGE TO YOUR BEST-FRIEND .

     REMEMBER THE MAIN THING.  WHAT IS THE MAIN  THING?  IT IS YOUR MARRIAGE TO THE MAN OF YOUR DREAMS!  YOUR WEDDING IS THE FIRST DAY OF YOUR MARRIAGE.  IT IS YOUR CHOICE IF IT WILL BE FUN OR STRESSFUL

    ONCE THE FLORIST HAS THE BRIDES OVERALL VISION AND STYLE..WHICH IS SURE TO HAVE HAPPENED LONG BEFORE THE WEDDING DAY...REVIEW THE CONTRACT AND ACCEPT THAT YOU WILL ONLY GET THE BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS YOU HAVE PAID FOR.  THEN IT'S TIME TO LET IT HAPPEN ( STOP WEARING DOWN THE FLORIST CALLING AND E-MAILING HER)

    THE MORE THE BRIDE TRUSTS THE FLORIST AND GIVES HER FREEDOM TO DESIGN THE WEDDING FLOWERS, THE MORE CREATIVE THE WEDDING FLOWERS WILL BE, IN A WORD, "BETTER"!   A BRIDE WHO  CONTROL'S EVERY FLOWER WILL STRESS HERSELF OUT, NOT TO MENTION THOSE IN HER LIFE.  MOST BRIDES TRUST THEIR VENDORS LONG BEFORE THEIR WEDDING DAY.  BUT A FEW BRIDES DO NOT.    WHAT HAPPENS?  THE BRIDE LOOSES.   THE FLOWERS LOOK GREAT, THE MUSIC PLAYS THE PICTURES SNAP BUT SHE MISSES OUT OF THE JOY OF HER OWN HAPPY DAY.   

    NO ONE CAN MICRO-MANAGE  AND RELAX AT THE SAME TIME.

    EVEN IF YOUR WEDDING WAS FLOWER-LESS, GOD-FORBID,..THE CERMONY, THE VOWS, THE JOINING OF ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN, THE FRIENDS AND FAMILY AT THE RECEPTION WOULD STILL BE VERY POWERFUL AND MEMORABLE..   

    JUST A WORD OF ADVISE, LET THE FLORIST DO WHAT SHE DOES BEST, LET THE BAKER BAKE THE CAKE, ETC;  AND MOST OF ALL ENJOY BEING THE BEAUTIFUL BRIDE.  ALL EYES WILL BE UPON YOU..THOSE PICTURES WILL LAST YOUR LIFETIME AND YOU WILL WANT TO BE GLOWING HAPPY FROM THE INSIDE OUT.

     

     

     

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    I just read my blog and realized how much my business has grown.  Weddings are happening!  It is exciting work and I'm nearly booked for this summer.  Best of all, not one wedding is similar, all are creative, and each bride has been amazingly organized. They have pictures, colors, and  themes worked out before they come to me.  I've never had the florist-feared, unappeasable "Bridzillia."  My brides are sweet, on serious budgets and resourceful...they find me against all odds!

    Gift baskets are selling slowly but everyone loves them so far!  And I love my part-time designer job as I am learning the coolest tricks and latest trends from an inspiring pool of florists. Can't believe I'm remembering to write this now.  Just one week before the #1 biggest event of the entire florist year ..Mother's Day.  My fingers are already sore from preping/greening and preparing flowers for everyone's favorite MOM.  Mother's do rule the world! 

     


    Posted on Friday, May 2, 2008, 09:58 PM (UTC -4)
    The real Story of Flower Junkie

    More stuff on me..if ya want more...

    My experience in flowers began as a missionaries' wife in South Africa.  I began floral studies to meet the needs of many young couples in our churches, on a budget, who wanted to get married.  Hence, I had to learn to be resourceful and create bouquets out of whatever grew around us. This was not diffucult in South Africa. Calla-lilies (they called them Arum-lilies) grew like weeds along the road and in swampy areas and Hydrangea blooms grew blue and huge in my own garden..along with Bird-of -Paradise, all kinds of lilies, huge ferns with huge fiddleheads, and just about everything ever created in the garden of Eden, or so I thought.  I remember an African Bride paying 100 Rand , the equitant of 10 dollars, for her entire wedding of over 100 calla lilies!   My "study", my hands-on training and and my passion for flowers was definately born in South Africa.

    Back in Prescott Arizona, I discovered all  fresh flowers come from California so it was a little more difficult to get savings for my customers. But ever resorceful, I have found  supplies of mountain Ivy, Mistletoe and pines greens, which is nice around Christmas.  I have also learned many floral secrets to buy better quality and priced blooms which I can't tell you about.  But the biggest way I save money for my customers is working from a house shop.  And I pass the savings on.

    At least, most of my customers are local, and from local churches. Which means church folk advertise well.  I expanded to the public just this last year and have had found a way to advertise for free..Free-webs and Craigs list. I t keeps me fully booked during the wedding season.  I enjoy part time design work at a local florist shop to keep me in touch , expand my skills, and 'cause the thought of a few days without flowers scares me.  I?d actually do flowers for free , I love them so. But that?s not normal and normal women enjoy making a profit and shopping for make-up and clothes! I confess I read floral magazines in my free time. But just to keep up on the latest floral trends and well ,'cause I'm just a flower junkie.

     

     
     

     


    Posted on Monday, Jan 7, 2008, 10:17 PM (UTC -5)
    Winter Wonder Weddings

    Winter is a magical time of wonder..

    I do love winter weddings too.  They are magical and you associate it with sparkling, crisp snow that is so white it sometimes looks bluish. I bet that even if you live in an area that does not experience real winter this word conjures the snow scene in your mind. Here are some ideas I found;

    WINTER WEDDING IDEAS

    ATTIRE for BRIDE GROOM and WEDDING PARTY
    Winter is best represented by white, silver, platinum and light blue. These are the perfect color choice for a winter theme wedding. You can incorporate these colors in the bride, groom and wedding attendants attire. White for the bride and groom, light blue and / or silver for the attendants. However, you have other options too. You may have the bridesmaids dresses made of fabric with snow flakes or stars motif that may even accented with white fur like fabric. Since you are planning gifts for your bridesmaids and flower girls, present them with Swarovski crystal on silver with or without pearls, or pearl jewelry on silver such as that offered in our discount mall. Tiaras should also be studded with swarovski crystals and or pearls on silver. The Swarovski jewelry glitsens like snow in the sun while pearls offer the prism. What a wonderful yet inexpensive way to have your bridal party match the winter theme of your wedding.

    WINTER WEDDING RECEPTION:
    Look for a reception hall that has a fireplace. If lighting a real fire is not permitted, use make-believe logs that look like real lit fireplace. Many stores carry them. You may also check with your local theater for props.
    Use silver serving pieces, glass or crystal drinkwear and winter white dishes.
    Decorate with silver, white, platinum and light blue. Use one of the colors or coordinate these colors for your table cloths and napkins, garlands, streamers, icicles, tinsel, balloons, ribbons, flowers with silver ribbons in silver vases, flickering light strings, snow flakes or stars etc... You may wish to spray your decorations with sparkle or fake snow. White and blue tulle will also help create a winter atmosphere.
    If you can afford it, hire an ice sculptor. If not, do it yourself, make your own ice sculpture with kits available at A-wedding day. For information go to
    http://www.2.a-weddingday.com/weddingcrafts/makeyourownicecarvings.html
    Ice sculptures will be a magnificent addition.
    If your wedding reception venue permits it, be sure to use candles to depict warmth.
    Either or both, ice sculpture and candles make very elegant centerpieces.

    IDEAS FOR WINTER WEDDING CENTERPIECES:

  • For added effect, place your centerpieces on a mirror.
    White or white and light blue flowers in a silver or crystal vase

  • An ice sculpture surrounded by a wreath of white or white and light blue flowers adorned with silver ribbon, by a chain of flickering lights or by 4 snow globes.

  • A candle (in a hurricane glass) surrounded by a wreath of white or white and light blue flowers adorned  with silver ribbon or by 4 snow globes

  • Snow men/women

  • Glass snow flakes,

  • Silver foil covered hershey kisses,

  • Pails, crystal or glass bowl filled with clear marbles, downy feathers fiberfill or cotton ball sprayed with glitter

  • Winter motif confetti.

    WINTER WEDDING FAVOR IDEAS:
    Gifts of crystal, silver, candles, soaps, silver or crystal picture frames / place card holders. Decorate the wedding favors with white tulle, white-light blue or silver ribbons, silver bells, snow flakes white flowers etc...

    CEREMONY:
    Use white, silver, platinum and/or light blue, pew bows, flower arrangements where white and light blue are dominant and are tied with silver ribbon. Place your unity candles in silver candle holders which you may choose to decorate with white flowers, or leave the silver to glisten. Spray glitter on the petals in the flowergirl's basket.

    BRIDAL ACCESSORIES:
    Choose a collection of matching accessories. Most collection will include most of the accessories for your ceremony and reception. (A unity candle set, guest book, pen, ring pillow, toasting flutes, cake serving set, and garter.)
    You may choose a collection that is adorned with white flowers, such as gerbera daisies, roses, calla lilies, carnations, gardenias, magnolias, alstromeria and snowball mums. You may choose a collection that is adorned with white ribbons, pearls, sWAROVSKI CRYSTAL or rhinestones, Angels, holiday motifs.
    If you prefer non-white accessories, silver/platinum are available.

    WINTER FOODS INCLUDE:

    Hot chocolate, hot cider, mulled wine, fondue, hot soup, warm bread or rolls snowman/woman, star and/or snow flake shaped sugar cookies.

    Permission to Reprint

    Just ideas I can do a cosy witer feel too with cranberry and pines, but yes whites on whites with silver or gold accents are the natural wedding and winter color.

    Here is a guide line to help you get start making those decisions on your wedding flowers.

    1.Choose colour(s) as this  creates the greatest overall impact!  Do you love; chocolate and pink, shades of purple, cool blues, pure white, deep reds, forest greens,?  Your colors often go with a mood, or a place you love..close your eyes dream a little first..then..

    2. Pick your mood, theme or a place that reflects your love.  Maybe where he proposed or the place you both realised he/she was the one?  Then try to come up with 2 words that best describe your dream wedding ..your fiancee can help here! 

    3. Lets create your bridal bouquet!  Do you invision carring a round bouquet or in you arms or a bouquet that cascades? What are your favorite flower(s).  Every bride should carry her best down the asile, we can alway "budget", if you need, on the other arrangements. Also flower variety.  Try to decide if you like larger defined blooms or smaller petite clusters. Most brides fall in love with a bridal bouquet picture and then we go from there.
     

    By taking the time to think about colour then Mood, you will find it easier to define your "look".  If you still can?t decide, then don?t worry ? I have plenty of great ideas and pictures.  

    If your wedding THIS is winter...I'd also need to know your date , as soon as possible, as winter saturdays are filling up!

     I can vary the package deals to suit your wedding with seasonal flowers based on your answers to the 3 questions and of course your budget.

     And just for your peace of mind know that ...My flowers are cut underwater and hydrated in floral solution 24 hours in my floral cooler,before arranging.  No wilting on your day! ( I actually worked in a florist shop where they never used any floral food!)Every bouquet and arrangement is created with meticulous attention to detail. Each bloom is de-pollinated to remove any risk of staining your bridal gown. Stems are bound at the last minute, so that every flower is it's freshest on your wedding day.

    God bless!

    Your wedding florist,

                                     Laurie

    [email protected]

     

     


  • Posted on Saturday, Nov 10, 2007, 02:15 PM (UTC -5)


    Flower Cornucopias   35.00 each.  

                                 To order yours call me at 928-499-8572

     FREE DELIVERY in Prescott Valley on November 19th,

                                                           and  in Prescott Nov 20th

     Get one for the Cook, Mom and for Thanksgiving dinner!

                                                           2 Cornuopias for 55.00! 

               Can't go wrong there, flowers speak to the heart! 

                                             Happy Thanksgiving! 

     Each Cornucopia is 1 and  1/2 feet long,  and bursting in freash assorted fall flowers plus 6 Roses and 3 Lilies.                         

    Fresh Flowers on the table smell good and will  last 10 days! Pay cash when delivered to your door.

       If you prefer you can order by e-mail   [email protected]


    Posted on Saturday, Oct 27, 2007, 03:43 PM (UTC -4)
    Get ready for your fall wedding...

    Fall is the best time of the year!

    Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
    Albert Camus

    Fall is a time of rich, warm hues and bounteous textures, and the choices are virtually endless. The fall colors - from burgundy to red to orange to golden yellow(amber) - chocolate browns and sage to dark greens are all well represented in the blossoms of the season, which play beautifully against any natural fabrics.  Combined with textural materials such as grasses, fall foliage branches,dry twigs,cattails,bamboo,curly willow, pussy willow, phesent feathers, and seed pods, you can reap rich floral arrangements on your wedding day. I love the outdoor weddings in the fall as the sun sets..so romantic!

     

     


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    Look for a reception hall that has a fireplace. If lighting a real fire is not permitted, use make-believe logs that look like real lit fireplace. Many stores carry them. You may also check with your local theater for props.
    Use silver serving pieces, glass or crystal drinkwear and winter white dishes.
    Decorate with silver, white, platinum and light blue. Use one of the colors or coordinate these colors for your table cloths and napkins, garlands, streamers, icicles, tinsel, balloons, ribbons, flowers with silver ribbons in silver vases, flickering light strings, snow flakes or stars etc... You may wish to spray your decorations with sparkle or fake snow. White and blue tulle will also help create a winter atmosphere.
    If you can afford it, hire an ice sculptor. If not, do it yourself, make your own ice sculpture with kits available at A-wedding day. For information go to
    http://www.2.a-weddingday.com/weddingcrafts/makeyourownicecarvings.html
    Ice sculptures will be a magnificent addition.
    If your wedding reception venue permits it, be sure to use candles to depict warmth.
    Either or both, ice sculpture and candles make very elegant centerpieces.

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    For added effect, place your centerpieces on a mirror.
    White or white and light blue flowers in a silver or crystal vase

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    An ice sculpture surrounded by a wreath of white or white and light blue flowers adorned with silver ribbon, by a chain of flickering lights or by 4 snow globes.

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    A candle (in a hurricane glass) surrounded by a wreath of white or white and light blue flowers adorned  with silver ribbon or by 4 snow globes

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    Snow men/women

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    Silver foil covered hershey kisses,

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    Winter motif confetti.

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    CEREMONY:
    Use white, silver, platinum and/or light blue, pew bows, flower arrangements where white and light blue are dominant and are tied with silver ribbon. Place your unity candles in silver candle holders which you may choose to decorate with white flowers, or leave the silver to glisten. Spray glitter on the petals in the flowergirl\'s basket.
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    BRIDAL ACCESSORIES:
    Choose a collection of matching accessories. Most collection will include most of the accessories for your ceremony and reception. (A unity candle set, guest book, pen, ring pillow, toasting flutes, cake serving set, and garter.)
    You may choose a collection that is adorned with white flowers, such as gerbera daisies, roses, calla lilies, carnations, gardenias, magnolias, alstromeria and snowball mums. You may choose a collection that is adorned with white ribbons, pearls, sWAROVSKI CRYSTAL or rhinestones, Angels, holiday motifs.
    If you prefer non-white accessories, silver/platinum are available.

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    Just ideas I can do a cosy witer feel too with cranberry and pines, but yes whites on whites with silver or gold accents are the natural wedding and winter color.

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    Here is a guide line to help you get start making those decisions on your wedding flowers.

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    1.Choose colour(s) as this  creates the greatest overall impact!  Do you love; chocolate and pink, shades of purple, cool blues, pure white, deep reds, forest greens,?  Your colors often go with a mood, or a place you love..close your eyes dream a little first..then..

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    2. Pick your mood, theme or a place that reflects your love.  Maybe where he proposed or the place you both realised he/she was the one?  Then try to come up with 2 words that best describe your dream wedding ..your fiancee can help here! 

    \n

    3. Lets create your bridal bouquet!  Do you invision carring a round bouquet or in you arms or a bouquet that cascades? What are your favorite flower(s).  Every bride should carry her best down the asile, we can alway \"budget\", if you need, on the other arrangements. Also flower variety.  Try to decide if you like larger defined blooms or smaller petite clusters. Most brides fall in love with a bridal bouquet picture and then we go from there.
     

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    By taking the time to think about colour then Mood, you will find it easier to define your \"look\".  If you still can?t decide, then don?t worry ? I have plenty of great ideas and pictures.  

    \n

    If your wedding THIS is winter...I\'d also need to know your date , as soon as possible, as winter saturdays are filling up!

    \n

     I can vary the package deals to suit your wedding with seasonal flowers based on your answers to the 3 questions and of course your budget.

    \n

     And just for your peace of mind know that ...My flowers are cut underwater and hydrated in floral solution 24 hours in my floral cooler,before arranging.  No wilting on your day! ( I actually worked in a florist shop where they never used any floral food!)Every bouquet and arrangement is created with meticulous attention to detail. Each bloom is de-pollinated to remove any risk of staining your bridal gown. Stems are bound at the last minute, so that every flower is it\'s freshest on your wedding day.

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    Your wedding florist,

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                                     Laurie

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    [email protected]

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    I do love winter weddings too.  They are magical and you associate it with sparkling, crisp snow that is so white it sometimes looks bluish. I bet that even if you live in an area that does not experience real winter this word conjures the snow scene in your mind. Here are some ideas I found;

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    WINTER WEDDING IDEAS
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    ATTIRE for BRIDE GROOM and WEDDING PARTY
    Winter is best represented by white, silver, platinum and light blue. These are the perfect color choice for a winter theme wedding. You can incorporate these colors in the bride, groom and wedding attendants attire. White for the bride and groom, light blue and / or silver for the attendants. However, you have other options too. You may have the bridesmaids dresses made of fabric with snow flakes or stars motif that may even accented with white fur like fabric. Since you are planning gifts for your bridesmaids and flower girls, present them with Swarovski crystal on silver with or without pearls, or pearl jewelry on silver such as that offered in our discount mall. Tiaras should also be studded with swarovski crystals and or pearls on silver. The Swarovski jewelry glitsens like snow in the sun while pearls offer the prism. What a wonderful yet inexpensive way to have your bridal party match the winter theme of your wedding.

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    WINTER WEDDING RECEPTION:
    Look for a reception hall that has a fireplace. If lighting a real fire is not permitted, use make-believe logs that look like real lit fireplace. Many stores carry them. You may also check with your local theater for props.
    Use silver serving pieces, glass or crystal drinkwear and winter white dishes.
    Decorate with silver, white, platinum and light blue. Use one of the colors or coordinate these colors for your table cloths and napkins, garlands, streamers, icicles, tinsel, balloons, ribbons, flowers with silver ribbons in silver vases, flickering light strings, snow flakes or stars etc... You may wish to spray your decorations with sparkle or fake snow. White and blue tulle will also help create a winter atmosphere.
    If you can afford it, hire an ice sculptor. If not, do it yourself, make your own ice sculpture with kits available at A-wedding day. For information go to
    http://www.2.a-weddingday.com/weddingcrafts/makeyourownicecarvings.html
    Ice sculptures will be a magnificent addition.
    If your wedding reception venue permits it, be sure to use candles to depict warmth.
    Either or both, ice sculpture and candles make very elegant centerpieces.

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    IDEAS FOR WINTER WEDDING CENTERPIECES:
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    For added effect, place your centerpieces on a mirror.
    White or white and light blue flowers in a silver or crystal vase

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  • \n

    An ice sculpture surrounded by a wreath of white or white and light blue flowers adorned with silver ribbon, by a chain of flickering lights or by 4 snow globes.

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    A candle (in a hurricane glass) surrounded by a wreath of white or white and light blue flowers adorned  with silver ribbon or by 4 snow globes

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