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Wedding Roses

May of 2017 at the Abbie Holmes Estate in Cape May Court House, NJ.

Photos By: Jessica Cooper Photography

The Abbie Holmes Estate is the perfect setting for weddings with its beautifully manicured gardens and natural surroundings it is sure to make your wedding memorable.

The bride’s bouquet consisted of a gorgeous combination of peach and lavender roses in a small cascade shape. Her bridesmaids carried a small bouquet of similar colors consisting of white hydrangea, peach roses and small purplish blue accents. Having more white in the bridesmaids bouquets allowed the flowers to really pop against their dresses and the opposite effect for the bride in her stunning white gown.

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Erin & Kevin

Erin and Kevin said their I Do’s on a beautiful day in Philadelphia, PA. Erin’s crystal beaded gown sparkled in the sunlight and was complimented by her bouquet of soft pink and white blooms. Kevin wore a white bloom with greens to match his bride. The reception took place at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia where the tables were decorated in  soft neutral colors with pinks and greens to accent. Floating candles and tealights were added for a romantic candle lit atmosphere.

Photos by: Juliana Laury Photography
Venue: The Crystal Tea Room – Philadelphia, PA

Bells of Ireland

Molucella laevis, more commonly known as Bells of Ireland, are viewed as a symbol of luck.  Their dramatic profiles make them one of the most recognizable flowers.  Bells of Ireland usually grow up to 2ft tall or higher.  It’s blooms, known as bells or calyx, are a beautiful shade of lime green.  They grow up the length of the stem, and help conceal its defense mechanism, of little white spikes, that can be sharp. So, handle with care! It is open to debate whether or not Bells of Ireland are a flower, or foliage. Contrary to belief, Bells of Ireland are native to the Mediterranean coast lines. They are a part of the mint family. These gorgeous blooms help give a modern flair to any arrangement.  They would be perfect in an arrangement to anyone who just bought a new house, or started a new job to wish them good luck!

The Anemone

The Anemone is a beautiful classic flower that has many uses from bridal bouquets to everyday centerpieces. The genus Anemone consists of 120 species of perennial flowering plants, which grow from tubers. Anemones grow wild in many European countries, North America, and Japan. The name Anemone is of Greek descent and roughly means wind flower because it’s the wind that opens them up. They were also once used for medical purposes as well. They have been known to help treat cramps and emotional distress.

The anemone comes several different colors such as red, pink, magenta, purple and blue, but the white anemone has proven most popular.

When it comes to wedding flowers the anemone is mostly used in the bridal bouquet. With its pure white petals and deep black center it creates a classic look on its own. You can also create a more dramatic look depending on what other flowers you pair them with. These flowers are typically available from October to May, only two of the major wedding months. If this is a flower you love and would like to incorporate into your wedding be sure to consider your time frame. Check with your local florist to inquire about their availability, and color options.

Paige & Derek – Sea Isle Yacht Club

Paige had a beautiful garden vision for her day at the beach. We used hydrangea, roses, tea roses and lots of draping eucalyptus! The centerpieces were so fun to make, we had a variety of vases, footed bowls and tall fluted vases. The mixed designs really created a fun garden mix, accented with rustic wood slices. We love this design style that is simple, beautiful and timeless.

Photo credit – Brook Bakken Photography

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Meet Our Favorite Local Farmers

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Muth Farms

                We pride ourselves in buying as locally as we can, and having the freshest flowers possible for our customers.  Muth Farm is located in Williamstown, NJ and owned by two sisters Mary Ellen and Margaret.  They had a passion for flowers since a young age.  Their flowers are carefully tended, and organically grown using sustainable methods, without chemical fertilizers or pesticides.  They love growing rare variety of flowers, along with the classics.  They grow many flowers such as: Lisianthus, Dahlias, Sunflowers, Zinnias, and many more unique wild flowers.  Their love and care for their blooms, show on each and every flower they grow.  They also grow and sell fresh produce, which is available at their farm stand May  to October.

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Formisano Farms

  Most flowers come from all over the world. Israel, Thailand, Holland, and South America to name a few.  But what people don’t know is some are grown here, locally in New Jersey.  We pride ourselves in the fact we buy local when we can, especially from New Jersey farmers.  Formisano Farms is located in Buena, NJ, the heart of Atlantic County.  Farmisano Farms has been in the Farmisano family for four generations, since 1908.  They grow seasonal flowers like dahlias, and sunflowers, as well as unusual pods and foliages  that add that unique touch to our arrangements. They also grow and sell produce as well.  We see this farm staying around for more generations to come. Read more about the benefits of supporting local farms here!

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A Steampunk Wedding

A new trend for the quirky Bride, on the wedding scene, is Steampunk. Steampunk incorporates aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century style with industrial steam-power. It is more than just Industrial pipes and grandma’s lace doilies. The ideas of classic, Victorian style with dark silhouettes, long sleeves, lace, high collars and hats, but with a twist. Mixture of Science, fantasy, and vintage style can make for one gorgeous and fun event. The amazing thing about steam punk is you can take it as far as your imagination

Steampunk reinvents these elegant stylings and gives them a somewhat futuristic design by envisioning the technology of the time using steam power or mechanics. If you’re a fan of Tim Burton movies, Sherlock Holmes, or Alice in Wonderland, this theme may be for you. You can go as bright or as gothic as you like, further down the rabbit hole. Steampunk colors consist of antique gold, brass, coppers, black and white, with pops or red or dusty mauve..the choice is yours.

Steampunk style centerpieces can be made of many things you find at an antique store, such as clocks, lamps, globes and quirky pieces, such as hourglasses, keys, gears, medicine bottles and magnifying glasses. It might not be a soft and subtle look for a wedding, but it will definitely add a certain edge and get guest’s heads turning.

 

The use of your imagination, rock, gothic, Victorian, vintage and a mix of futuristic that is steam punk. If you believe this style maybe for you, start going to antique shops and yard sales and collecting odds and ends that inspire your vintage steam punk style!

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Dahlias, one of nature’s truly unique flowers.

Nicked named “Tubers”, they are the national flower to Mexico. These fabulous blooms originated in South America and Mexico, in their mountain regions. One of the more hardy flowers to grow, as long as they are protected from wind, making the mountain range perfect protection. Now, mostly grown in North America in the Pacific North West, by farmers, these beauties make one hardy crop. They grow in between mid-summer to first frost, and take about 8 weeks to grow once planted. They need full sunlight, at least 6-8 hours.

The Dahlias bloom in a variation of sizes, from a 10”-12” dinner plate to a small 2” Lolli pop size. Their wide range of colors include red, pink, white, orange, yellow, purple, and many more. Some of the species may have bi-colored stripes, while others may have a variation of color just on the tips of the petals. Contrary to popular belief, there are no black dahlias, they are actually a deep burgundy color.

Florist use dahlias for almost every kind of celebration, while they are in season. The flower meaning of Dahlias is it that they are a symbol of an everlasting union, which make them great choices for engagements, weddings, and anniversary.

Visit our website HERE for fresh seasonal arrangements available for delivery.

Or view our wedding flower portfolio to see our weddings featuring dahlias.

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Lisianthus is one of nature’s most delicate flowers.

Originating in North America, Lisianthus grows in riverbeds, in the desert and prairie. It gets the nickname of “Texas Blue Bell” and “Prairie Gentian” from growing, in the warmer regions, of Texas, Nebraska, Nevada and Colorado. This soft bloom can be grown in a container inside or in a flower bed. Growers report that seed-grown plants may take 22 to 24 weeks to develop. It is suggested to plant lisianthus seeds in a container then transfer it into your flower bed after this risk of frost is over. Lisianthus needs about 4-6 hours of direct sunlight, and lots of water, but avoid watering when the plant is dormant. Cut flowers of the lisianthus plant last up to two weeks in water .

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