Pansies

Pansies

 

Pansies are a petite, delicate flowers the you will mostly find growing in flower beds. The pansy’ is well-loved for its charm and versatility that comes from its tri- color Petals of white, purple, and yellow.  Originally a European flower, The name “pansy” is derived from the French word pensée, which means “thought”.   Pansies have a meaning of remembrance, free thinking, and loving thoughts. In Victorian England, suitors would give pansies to their lovers, as a sign of a secret courtship. It would be given in a bouquet of greens, with flowers in the middle, as to not be detected.  It would be a sign to their beloved, to not forget them and that their love was true.  Read about natures Fibonacci’s Sequence here.

Do blue roses exist?

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 Blue Roses have been sought after for hundreds of years.  People’s love for the true blue color have them searching, but they have always been out of reach. Blue roses are also a common symbol  in literature, representing impossible prosperity and unrequited love. This is because nature has unfortunately made it so roses can not get that blue pigment in its petals.  People have tried to imitate nature, and have created blue roses..but by dying them.  This process is done by either cutting white roses and placing them in water with blue food coloring, or injecting blue dye straight into the stems. A company in Japan has believed to genetically modify a rose making it blue, but the color turned to be more lavender in color, making this color still unattainable.

Read about the white rose here 

Stephanie & Jarrett – The Bradford Estate

Stephanie was so much fun to work with. Her designs definitely reflected her sweet personality. Stephanie loved succulents, so we added a few into her mix of hydrangea, roses, tea roses, eucalyptus, and sweet touches of silver brunia pods. She rented our “Welcome to our wedding” chalk sign, which added a cute personalized touch to their ceremony entrance. We couldn’t of imagined a happier couple, and we wish them all the best!

Photo credit: Atlas Wedding Photography 

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Lynn & John – Hotel DuPont – Wilmington, DE

This was a romantic wedding that matched perfectly with the reception venue. Lynn’s bridal bouquet was lush and white, with dramatic pops of burgundy and plum. Her design style was elegant and timeless. So happy to be a part of their special day. Wishing these two love birds all the best!!

Photo credit: Casto Photography & Cinema

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Metallic Wedding Trends

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Gold, Silver, and bronze are beginning to trend as captivating metallic accents for weddings and events.  Brides are choosing these shining metals for everything in their wedding, from the invitations and bridesmaid dresses, to their cake and centerpieces. Metallic colors can be used for whatever style your wedding may be, from a modern, upscale wedding to a rustic barn or intimate garden theme.  Metals come in every style: shining, muted, antiqued and more.

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Rose gold is a great option for brides who love pink, but don’t want that bubble gum pink hue.  Mixing metals is becoming popular, which is perfect for summer and fall.  Most would never place silver next to gold, or even bronze for that matter, but the effect is quite lovely.  Adding different metal lanterns is great for a rustic barn wedding, or even a garden party’s tablescape.

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Taking gold vases, and mixing them with bronze chargers, and copper glasses would make your tables pop, and give the wedding a warm glow. Silver is great for winter.  It’s shining, reflective color, has a frozen, icy sheen which will make guests feel as though they have entered a winter wonderland. Metallic colors are great accents for all the bride’s décor.

 

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Cakes shine in the light when decorated with the metallic foil on them, Standing out as the wedding’s show piece. Metallic colors are surprisingly versatile. They can be elegant, whimsical, or even very natural. This a wedding trend that is here to stay. Flowers complimenting metallic tones nicely – take a look  at some of our weddings that included metallics. Getting married?  We would love to hear from you!  Contact us to schedule a wedding flower consultation.

Bridal Henna

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   The art of henna  has been practiced for over 5000 years in Pakistan, India, Africa and the Middle East.   Henna is traditionally used for special occasions like holidays,birthdays and weddings.  The most popular of the traditions is the Mehndi (henna) Night where the bride, her family, relatives and friends get together to celebrate the wedding to come. The bride gets extensive henna patterns done on her hands and feet that go to her elbows and sometimes, knees.  The night is filled with games, music and dance performances.  The bridal patterns can take many hours and are often done by multiple henna artists. The family and friends will usually receive small designs on the backs of their hands as well. To a bride the darker the henna the better. Tradition holds the darker the stain the better the marriage and the better the mother-in-law will be! Also, as long as the henna stain appears on the bride, she doesn’t have to do any housework.  Now, you can understand why the bride would want the henna to last a long time!

Will you be my bridesmaid?

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The proposal was amazing, the ring was all you dreamt it would be, and you couldn’t be happier.  You said yes to the perfect guy, and now it’s your turn to propose – to your bridesmaids!  Your ladies are going to be there through all the planning ups and downs, risking life and limb to ensure your day is the best it can be.

Proposing to your besties is a huge trend for today’s bride.  Some brides go all out with their proposals, making gift boxes with shirts saying “Bridesmaid”, bridesmaid wine glasses, and a bottle of champagne.  Another fun idea is a balloon filled with confetti.  Your unsuspecting bridesmaid must pop the balloon showering them in confetti, and read the note that was inside asking them to be your bridesmaid.  It’s an instant celebration!

We have heard stories of brides proposing to their girlfriends on one knee with a ring box that has a Ring Pop inside, asking them to be their bridesmaid.  Or If you know your crew has a sweet tooth, why not ask them to be by your side with some cookies or cupcakes.   That’s a treat they are sure to love.  How will you propose?

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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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day is the color green’s real time to shine.  In honor of all things Irish, florists like to pay tribute to Ireland’s green landscape.  Designing arrangements that really play up green’s true hue. Some gorgeous blooms are: Green garden roses, mums, hydrangea, tranquilium, orchids, berries..BUT you can’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with out Bells of Ireland!  These tall spiked blooms, are a symbol of luck, making them a true St. Patty’s Day Flower!

Order our “Springtime in Ireland” arrangement on our website !

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Fabulous Favor Ideas

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We have all been there at the end of a wedding and all receive our wedding favors.  Some are greatly excited, while other guests could care less and leave them on the table. Here are some examples of some favors that your guests will love.

1. Food.  I start number one with food, because that’s is what the people want.  In recent surveys, most guests said they would love the favor if was something to eat. Some examples are homemade cookies, mini cakes, pretzels, candy, and many more.  There are all sorts of ways to add a cute saying with your food favor of choice, Like “We just tied the knot! C & J” on a bag with a soft pretzel inside. Your guests will love it, and it will give them something to snack on at the end of the night.

2. Wine opener, or beer opener.  A gift with a purpose are always good choices as good favors.  Many people lose these small objects, and are always in the need for another beer opener.  It is a great way to remember your wedding date, years down the road when they use it at a part, or get together.

3. Succulent plants.  These small plants make great favors, and with proper care your guests can have these for years to come as a small reminder of your wedding date.  Succulents are a great favor for a garden or rustic theme wedding.  They will have your guests scooping up any and all extras from you.

4.  Sparklers, or confetti launchers are great favor ideas. It gets your guests to interact in your wedding.  They will also look great in photos. Plus, they are super amounts of fun. Who doesn’t like confetti?

5. A Donation.  Some couples feel favors are a waste of money, and they would rather see that money go to a good cause.  Some couples have a charity of their choice in lieu of favors.  Having a cute sign, or putting it in your program are a good way to let guests know about your choice to donate instead of favors.