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Epic Wedding Flower Displays

These wedding flower displays are so grand that even your wildest wedding dreams pale in comparison! Feast your eyes upon some of the most gorgeous wedding flower displays you have ever seen. Even if you don’t have an unlimited wedding budget like some of these brides, find inspiration and let your imagination run wild!

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Wedding Trends: Bridesmaid Bouquets 2015

When choosing the bridesmaids blooms, there are many options to choose from. From small arrangements to modern corsages, the choices are limitless, and the central theme of the wedding can shine through each bouquet. Here are some trending bridesmaid bouquets for 2015!

Rustic Garden

Fairytale blooms full of hanging greens and a complementary color to that of the bride’s add to the rustic theme of a vintage wedding.

Just Picked

A small bouquet of wildflowers with greens add a “just-picked” flair to a garden party wedding.

Bridal Mini

Choose a miniature version of the bridal bouquet for all the bridesmaids. Use shorter stems and blooms to complement the overall floral look.

Single Stems

For a modern take, consider single stems of long flowers such as calla lilies or hydrangeas. They will stand out without upstaging the bridal bouquet.

The bridesmaids bouquets can be as simple or as elegant as desired, but always make sure the bridal bouquet stands out the most! For more great ideas and tips, visit the Bloomin’ Blog!

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Rustic Beach Wedding by Back to the Fuchsia Florist

This is a guest post by Jeanne Smiczek of Back to the Fuchsia, a flower shop in Saugatuck MI.

Rustic Wedding - Alter Flowers

The bride for this wedding gave me a few flowers that she liked, the colors that she wanted and the rest was up to me.

The ceremony was taking place in a beautiful, old chapel by the lake and the reception was in a tent right on the shore of Lake Michigan. The bridesmaids were wearing “clover” dresses, so I chose 3 sunflowers with bear grass and wrapped in raffia. The boutonnieres were Viking bloomies wrapped in raffia.

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Photo Pocket Square Trend: Keep Her Next To Your Heart

You might have caught our post on trendy Pocket Squares a while back. Well, Libby’s Flowers, Gifts & More in Elberton, GA has taken it to a whole new level. We love this idea and had to share with you all!

Photo Pocket Square For Wedding

As you can see, the florist carefully attached a photo of the groom’s sweetheart to the pocket square insert. This would then be placed in the tuxedo pocket, and although you cannot see the picture when it is in place, the groom will always remember he has her next to his heart.

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Unique Wedding Bouquets

Unique Wedding Bouquets

It’s no secret brides are looking for something out-of-the-box when it comes to their wedding. In the last three years, traditional weddings have declined by as much as 30%. Brides are opting for more of a personal and stylish look to make their dream wedding truly unique. While most brides keep with the traditional white dress, it’s the bouquet that really packs the punch of pizazz. In this article, we will show you some really unusual wedding bouquets spotted at florist conventions all across the US.

Bride’s Bouquet Attention To Detail

Brides Bouquet Details Blue Wedding Bouquet

The above bouquets are truly phenomenal because of their attention to detail and texture. The pink bouquet must be seen in full size to appreciate it’s details. Sure, they are both non-traditional bouquets, but imagine just how much these would POP against a wedding dress. I’d imagine the bride with the pink bouquet would be down-to-earth and quirky with a unique style all her own. The bride with the blue bouquet would be a little more classy and sophisticated, with a bit of a wild side that loves glitz and glam.

The sky’s the limit when it comes to designing your wedding bouquet. It is a way to really show your personality. If you love nature and the outdoors, tie in a few twigs and rustic elements and top it off with garden ivy. (like the pink bouquet above) Or if you love all-things-bling this blue bouquet is for you. It’s rare blue color and interesting sea holly flowers just scream style, and the added trails of flashy gems put this bouquet over the top!

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Flowers in the Headlines: How Flowers and the Floral Industry are Impacting the World

Flowers have been popping up in some unlikely places in the news lately. Florists and flowers have made their way into headlines where you would least expect. However, given flowers’ emotional connotations, it makes sense that they’re appearing in some of today’s most emotionally-charged new stories.

1. Ash Cloud Costing  Kenya’s Floral Industry Millions Daily

Nearly 500 tons of flowers sit in cold storage in a Nairobi airport as cargo trucks carrying tons more continue to be turned away at airports across East Africa.

The cancellation of flights across Europe following a massive ash cloud stemming from an Iceland volcano is taking a toll on Kenya’s flower industry. According to the BBC, flowers account for 20 percent of Kenya’s exports, and losses are approaching $2 million daily. The BBC reports 97 percent of flowers harvested in Kenya are sent to the European Union.

In an interview with the BBC, Kenya Flower Chief Executive, Jane Ngige, said the industry must continue to harvest flowers, although most will never arrive in European markets. Many varieties of roses, including tons Tropicana roses and Valentino roses, are rotting during the delays.

The Guardian reports that thousands of flower harvesters, some of whom make only a few dollars a day, have been laid off.

However, despite the losses, industry leaders remain hopeful. A handful of cargo flights from Kenya and southern Europe took flight Monday, raising hopes that the worst is over. “I don’t think that four days is going to bankrupt the Kenyan flower industry,” said Peter Szapary, owner of Wildfire Flowers in Naivasha, told The Guardian. “But if it goes on for two weeks then it will be a problem for us.”

2. Royal Florists Spill Wedding Details.

Are Prince William and Kate Middleton making it official?

As reported in The Gaea Times, The Telegraph quoted royal florist Simon Lycett as he speculated about his plans in the event of a royal wedding. “For his father, we had 30,000 Narcissus daffodils, so if it was the spring months it would be lovely to do the same. Certainly, it would be British flowers; lots and lots would be gorgeous, like roses, delphinium and sweetpeas,” Lycett said.

Although the couple has made no announcement, Lycett’s comments have fueled a rumor mill that has been in overdrive as wedding rumors continue to make their rounds. Lycett told the telegraph, “I think they (the couple) are relatively traditional.”

Will Lycett have the privilege of adorning the royal wedding venue? We shall see!

3. Flowers Used to Honor Victims of Polish Crash New York Neighborhood.

Late President Kaczynski called “the flower of Polish intelligence.”

The world sat in startled disbelief following the tragic deaths of President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others including his wife, military, political and religious leaders when their plane crashed in Russia April 10. While many in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, a traditionally Polish neighborhood, sought relief from the shock, they turned to Sky Flowers, a local flower shop across the street from St. Stanislaus Kostka, to memorialize those they lost.

In an interview with the New York Times, Elzbieta Gawel an employee at Sky Flowers, said “Even if ordinary people die in such a crash, we would be devastated. Here, the flower of Polish intelligence died. So now what can people do? They can buy flower to commemorate them.”

Many mourners placed flowers at the church and attached black ribbon to Polish flags in store windows throughout the neighborhood, where the often controversial president was generally well-liked, according to the New York Times.

4. Honey Bees Mysteriously Dying

Honey bees have been dying in large numbers and scientists are searching to find out why. According to ABC News, Beekeepers in Florida and California are struggling to keep bees alive to pollinate crops throughout the United States.

“One in every three bites of food you eat comes from a plant, or depends on a plant, that was pollinated by an insect, most likely a bee,” Dennis vanEngelsdorp of Penn State University’s College of Agricultural Science told ABC News.

Scientists are researching possible causes of the losses, which have been building over the last four years. Cell phone radiation, pesticides and possible environmental causes, such as viruses and fungi, continue to be studied to prevent future losses. “All the bees we’ve looked at, you can’t look at a single cause,” said Jeffrey Pettis, research leader for the Department of Agriculture in Beltsville, Maryland.

According to ABC News, nearly 29 percent of the honey bee population in colonies across the United States collapsed, sending production and purchase costs skyward for a number of agricultural-based industries.

In the UK, where The Telegraph reported about a 70 percent decline in the honey bee population between 1970 and 2009,  interest groups are advocating for bee-friendly flowers to be planted on public lands. Tim Lovett, president of the British Beekeepers Association told the Telegraph, “Members can campaign locally to help broaden awareness of honey bees in the community, they can lean on local authorities to be more ‘bee friendly’ by allowing bee hives on allotments, providing land for apiaries and ensuring pollen and nectar rich trees are planted in streets and open spaces,” he said.

When speaking to ABC News, David Mendes, president of the American Beekeeping Federation, said, “In many ways we view honeybees as an indicator species, like the proverbial canary in the coal mine,” he said. “We don’t know what’s going on. And we all share the same earth.”

Photos courtesy of NASA Goddard Photo and Video, plasmastik, and david.nikonvscanon

This post is sponsored by Brooklyn, NY, florists.

Ceremony To Reception Flowers For Budget-Savvy Brides

Wedding flowers are taking a new shape in the 21st century. Budget-savvy brides want the same gorgeous wedding flowers but aren’t willing to break the bank for them. What they are willing to do is compromise. If you’re a budget-savvy bride or a wedding florist, these tips will help you create the perfect atmosphere for the wedding without losing a beat. Here’s a little information on what we like to call “transitional flowers.”

Transition flowers or transitional flowers are wedding ceremony flowers that can also double as reception flowers. Florists can create specific designs that look beautiful in both places. Double use = fraction of the cost. Examples and design tips are listed below.

Transitional Flowers & Suggested Uses

Tall Altar Arrangements
Tall Altar Flowers

  • Ceremony To Reception — Use these ceremony flowers as buffet table decorations at the reception.
  • Design Tips — These arrangements may need to be designed in a round shape rather than a one-sided style if the tables are circular or two-sided.


Low Unity Candle Arrangements
Unity Candle Flowers

  • Ceremony To Reception — These wedding flowers can double as head table centerpieces.
  • Design Tips — An option for a head table centerpiece is to remove the side tapers or remove all of the candles and replace with flowers.


Standing Candelabras

Standing Candelabra Flowers

  • Ceremony To Reception — These flowers make great cake or head table accents.
  • Design Tips — A suggestion is to change the color of the candles for a unique look.


Altar Candelabra Arrangements
Aisle Candelabra Flowers

  • Ceremony To Reception — These flowers are excellent head table arrangements.
  • Design Tips — Like standing candelabras, these arrangements can be used at the head table but with a different color palette of candles for a unique look.


Aisle Candelabra Arrangements
Altar Candelabra Flowers

  • Ceremony To Reception — These wedding flowers are the perfect guest table centerpieces.
  • Design Tips — Place these arrangements in plant saucers and a table centerpiece is made! [Read more…]

Fall In Love With Fall Wedding Flowers

Fall wedding flowers burst upon the scene in a kaleidoscope of colors. Paint an idyllic wedding picture on this fall’s canvas when using a rich palette of the season’s colors.

Featured Fall Wedding BouquetsWhether the celebration takes place during the sun dappled day, or in the crisp autumn air of evening, the fall wedding introduces a season of excitement. September, October, and November bestow bright flowers and abundant foliage – just the right ingredients for a fabulous fall ceremony.

Deciding on the type of fall floral arrangements will often determine the style of wedding. Consulting a professional florist can be of invaluable help when considering the theme and cost of the wedding. Don’t hesitate to convey what you envision for your wedding along with a review of your budget.

When meeting with your florist, it’s wise to discuss the size and location of your wedding and reception. And, don’t forget to include the number of attendants and guests. It helps if you provide your favorite wedding photographs, color preferences, and fabric samples when talking about your ceremony. A professional florist can assist in creating a plan that helps you to make informed decisions, which can save time and reduce stress.


The fall season lends its self to vibrant colors. When selecting fall wedding flowers consider the colors of: Yellow, Gold, Bronze, Orange, Red, Dark Pink, Burgundy, Rust, Brown, Purple, Egg Plant, Green and Tan. Although the types of wedding flowers are usually chosen by the bride, the color palette of the flowers are often determined by the color of the bridesmaids’ dresses.

A professional florist can explain your floral options. Discussions will include the difference between selecting flowers that are in season, as opposed to choosing flowers that are out of season. Out of season flowers increase prices significantly.

With nature’s brilliant colors, here are just a few of the fall wedding flowers that are in season:

  • ROSES (Rosa) – Many people tend to think of roses as either traditional red or delicate pink. However, the colors of roses range from gold to chocolate. Brides may want to consider the radiant rose colors that include golden apricot, tomato-red, deep yellow, red-orange, tangerine, dark burgundy, coral-orange, burnt- orange, or chocolate brown. These striking shades make beautiful wedding bouquets, floral decorations, and arrangements.
  • DAISIES (Gerbera) – There are a number of varieties from a single petal to a double petal. The bright colors and varying sizes of this flower make for beautiful bouquets and eye-catching arrangements.
  • SLIPPER ORCHIDS (Paphiopedilum spp.) – This fall flower’s colors of brownish red, green and yellow can set the seasonal tone.
  • CALLA LILY (Zantedeschia) – The “green goddess” has deep green leaves and generous blooms. This is a sophisticated flower that often stands on its own. Not only do calla lilies come in the traditional white, but they also come in the rich and beautiful shades of cream, yellow, burgundy, and bronze.
  • GLORIOSA LILIES (Gloriosa rothschildeana) – A glorious bloom that makes a bold statement. The strikingly curved petals in lustrous red will certainly turn heads.
  • ORIENTAL LILIES (Lilium Oriental) – Versatility is the key. Colors include white, cream, yellow and burgundy. One of the most famous hybrids is Stargazer, which has a white background with reddish/pink markings and dotted throat.
  • HYDRANGEAS (Hydrangea quercifolia) – The late blooming Oak Leaf Hydrangea gets its name from the shape of its large leaves. These beautiful leaves often turn colors of brilliant yellow, orange, red, and burgundy.
  • SUNFLOWERS (Helianthus annuus) – When you think of autumn, picture the Sunrise Sunflower. The medium short deep double yellow petals and dark center make an excellent choice for use as cut flowers that have a long vase and arrangement life.
  • CHRYSANTHEMUMS (Chrysanthemum indicum, Chrysanthemum x morifolium) – The word chrysanthemum is taken from the Greek, chysos (gold) and anthos (flower). This fall flower is generally found in the following forms: button, daisy, decorative and spider (or quill). The size, color, height and time of bloom make it one of the most popular fall flowers for bouquets and arrangements.
  • BABY’S BREATH ( Gypsophila paniculata) – This is the delicate name for the “work horse” of arrangements. Colors range from white to pink to blushed purple. Baby’s breath can be coupled with flowers and greenery to create fullness and depth or stand-alone in an interesting container, or elegant vase.


Fall wedding decorations can be more than colorful cut flowers. A medley of textures such as beautiful berries, fall foliage, and autumn accessories create the look of a bountiful harvest.
Consider the use of berries when decorating tables, window ledges, archways or columns.

Autumn Berries

  • Rusty Rose Hips
  • Red Nandina
  • Red or Black Aronia Berries
  • Flaming Pyracantha
  • Orange Pepper Berry
  • Orange Cotoneaster
  • Rustic Bittersweet Vine
  • Burnt Sienna Hypericum Berry
  • Pink Pepper Berry
  • Blue Privet Berry
  • Fall Blueberries
  • Green or Red Viburnum Berry
  • Cranberries

Cuttings from fall foliage make stunning centerpieces and arrangements.

Autumn Foliages

  • Red Oak Leaf Hydrangeas
  • Red Dogwood Branches
  • Red Huckleberry
  • “Redbore” Kale
  • Liquid Amber Branches
  • Yellow Maple
  • Vine Maple Branches
  • Eggplant Smoke Bush
  • Green Cherry Laurel
  • “Illumination” Periwinkle
  • “Bright Lights” Swiss Chard
  • “Ogon” Japanese Sweet Flag
  • “Yellow Ripple” English Ivy
  • Black-Eyed Susan Vines
  • Grapevines

Don’t forget autumn accessories add interest.

Autumn Wedding Decorations

  • Apples, Pears, Persimmons, Pomegranates and Artichokes
  • Grains, Nuts, Melons, and Gourds
  • Dried Garland or Flowers
  • Spanish Moss
  • Ribbons that reinforce the color scheme
  • Raffia
  • Woven Baskets
  • Colorful Pottery


Continue an autumn atmosphere your guests will remember by considering the following areas for decoration. These locations may be enhanced by the use of flowers, berries, foliage and accessories.

THE WEDDING CEREMONY: The altar, columns, candelabra, backdrop for the ceremony, archways, podium, for Jewish weddings the chuppah, the aisle, end of pews, communion rails, vestibule, guest book table, doors leading to the sanctuary, and stair rails outside the entrance.

THE RECEPTION: The entry area, place card table, buffet table centerpieces, table arrangements, head table design, free standing decorations, candles, stage decor, wedding cake and cake table and restrooms.

The wide variety of fall wedding flowers and large array of berries, foliage and accessories make autumn a wonderful time of year for your special celebration. Whether your theme is large and elegant, or intimate and casual – let a professional florist customize an unforgettable fall wedding for you!

Photo by C & C Sensations, a local florist in Waynesboro VA.


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