Lovin’ Eucalyptus

One of our favorite foliage varieties to use in our arrangements is eucalyptus.  The greenery is often the base to a beautiful arrangement.  Greens can change how an arrangement looks or feels.  It can add a bit of whimsy to a design or keep the arrangement more clean and tailored.  Eucalyptus is a beautiful green-gray colored foliage that compliments many flowers.

There are over 900 different species of Eucalyptus.  It is native to Australia, but now grows around the world.  Eucalyptus grows in different ways. All share the same aroma for which their leaves are famous, as well as exfoliating bark.

These are our 3 favorite types of eucalyptus varieties to design with:

  1. Seeded Eucalyptus

You can Identify seeded eucalyptus by its clusters of seed capsules hanging from their stems. They make great accents for wedding bouquets, boutonnieres or garden style arrangements.

 

  1. Silver dollar Eucalyptus

Silver dollar eucalyptus has a flat, rounded shape leaf. They are great for centerpieces, to give the design a more organic look.

 

  1. Baby Blue Eucalyptus

This type of eucalyptus can be identified by its long, straight stems covered in round leaves along the stem.  This can be used to give height to centerpieces, giving them a modern, more ethereal flair.

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Congratulations Alex and Mike!

Our lovely couple, Alexandra and Mike, were married at the Woodcrest Country Club in Cherry Hill, NJ.

She loved a very natural look for her flowers and decor.  The florals included whites, touches of blush peach, pale blue and pops of raspberry tones.  Her bouquet featured, hydrangea, dahlias, hypericum berries, spray roses and interesting textures like thistles and scabiosa.

Check out the photographer’s blog for some awesome photos!  Shilliday Photography captures such beautiful photographs!

Here are a few snap shots from the blog:

Photo Credit: Shilliday Photography

Photo Credit: Shilliday Photography

The perfect bouquet for the perfect wedding dress

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We asked our lead wedding designer for advice on how to select the perfect bouquet for your wedding day.

Q: What is the biggest factor when choosing a bridal bouquet?

The wedding dress is a big factor for how a bridal bouquet should be styled.

Is your dress a ballgown style? A classic round bouquet may look the best with that type of gown.

For a mermaid or trumpet dress, a classic round bouquet or a cascade bouquet would look stunning.

The A-line dress has the most versatility.  There are many bouquet styles that would work well with this dress.  A romantic garden style, classic round, or cascade bouquet would perfectly compliment your dress.

A bohemian wedding dress would look beautiful with a romantic garden bouquet or tear drop shaped bouquet.

Fit and flair is a more modern cut.  The best bouquet shape to accentuate that dress would be a classic round or tear drop bouquet.

Q: Does the bride’s height and stature play a role in choosing the bouquet?

The bride’s height and stature plays a big role in the bouquet choice and size of the bouquet.  We want to accentuate your dress.  Our bouquets are customized to each of our brides to best coordinate with their uniqueness.

Q: Does the color of the wedding dress affect the color of the bridal bouquet?

Yes, the color of the bride’s dress does have an influence on the bouquet colors.  For example, if you have a nude or champagne toned dress, we suggest using neutral color blooms in champagne, nude tones, and pops of rich bold tones to bring it all together.  We will guide you through the process of selecting the best complimenting blooms for your bouquet.

Q: If the wedding gown has lace, rhinestones, pearls or metallic threading, how do you incorporate them into the bouquet?

Oftentimes, we will accent the bouquet handle with accents from a bride’s dress.  You can line pearl pins of rhinestones down the bouquet candle.  Adding pearls, or rhinestones accents to flowers are a nice delicate touch.

Q: What types of bouquets do you see trending right now?

Currently we are seeing bohemian garden bouquets, are trending right now.  The gorgeous greenery, arranged with beautiful blooms make a truly romantic bouquet.

Request a consultation with one of our designers to create your perfect bridal bouquet!

How to Choose a Wedding Florist

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Yay! You’re engaged and now the fun planning for your wedding begins. First you need to decide what season you will be wed and what your overall event vision will be. Once you have the date and location set you will start adding details and vendors to bring your vision to life. Your florist is going to be one of your key design vendors for your big day. You should feel comfortable and communicate well with them. Here is our advice when starting to look for a florist. The first thing to consider is that not all flower shops are created equal.

Special Event Florist: Event Florists specialize in weddings and events and love and live weddings. They not only have a wide array of rental items, they have skilled wedding designers and staff to seamlessly deliver. The specialty shop is focused on weddings and will prioritize you as an event client over anything including holidays or retail. Floral and event designers are usually made up of a group of creative individuals and planners, and will help you to realize your event vision, and how to bring it to life. You are not just buying flowers, but you are buying floral art customized for you.

Retail Flower shop: This type of flower shop can usually be found on a main street or shopping plaza near you, they usually have a focus as a retail store. They may offer wedding flowers but not specialize in it. Our advice is to be mindful of their team, including staff or designers that will create your designs.

When looking for a local florist. A great planning resource is the knot.com but we also recommend talking to friends and family for referrals. Also ask your other vendors, photographers, venue managers, and your hair stylists have experience with weddings, and will be great resources of information.

– When it’s time to schedule your floral appointment, arrive with a budget in mind.

On average, the total cost of wedding flowers range from 8% to 15% of your overall wedding budget. Read our blog on how much do wedding flowers cost 

– Keep in mind the following factors that will affect your overall cost:

Size of bridal party & the number of guest tables

Variety of flowers, Size of arrangements & Seasonal availability

Things to remember: Delivery & service set up & NJ state tax

– Bring the following items with you to your appointment:

Inspiration photos of your favorite floral designs and wedding decor.

Pictures of your gown, bridesmaid’s dresses, color scheme or color swatches.

Bring someone with you who will help to make style decisions.

When making your decision we recommend you ask yourself:

Do they “get you”? Do they get a sense of your style and budget? Do they offer options, suggestions and solutions? Do you feel comfortable with them? A good rapport is essential.

Choosing flowers should be a fun and easy process. Your florist is there to help you turn your vision into a perfectly styled event that reflects your personality. Happy Planning! If you are in need of a florist in the New Jersey and Greater Philadelphia area, we would love to meet you!

 

Delphinium

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One of the hottest colors this year is blue.  It’s magnificent color brilliantly shines above all the other colors of the rainbow.  For many brides, blue is their end all be all color of choice for their nuptials.  We can picture it now, navy blue bridesmaid dress, a monochromatic cake (very trendy), and blue shoes (for your something blue).  But as for blue flowers, brides may feel they have a limited number of choices.  But there is one great flower that is sure to be every blue loving bride’s number one choice, Delphinium.

                The flower Delphinium means to achieve one’s dreams, to striving for success, and to enjoy the lighter side of life, even when troubles get you down.  Delphinium’s meaning makes it a perfect choice for your bridal bouquet, as its positive meaning is sure to reflect on you and your big day.  It comes in a multitude of different shades: from a deep purple, royal blue, light blue, to a pale white.  It’s small delicate blooms are sure to make a statement in any arrangement or bouquet.

Cascade bouquets- Reborn!

A new spin on an old classic cascade bouquet is making a comeback. Although the round, lush, hand-tied bouquets is still very popular. The new cascade is bringing drama and romance in a big way. With draping orchids, textured amaranthus and vines, these designs offer a certain whimsy spilling with soft trails. Many of our brides want a version in a tear drop shape that is not as long trailing but still offers a graceful drape.

For the love of Nature-  We love the trend of loose gathered garden bouquets. This field grown and just picked feel seems to have more air whipped into its bundles. Unexpected elements of thistles, succulents and herbs, add texture and a bit of treasure to a custom bridal bouquet.

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Lisa & Joe – May 2013

Congratulations to another wonderful couple, Lisa & Joe!  These two lovebirds tied the knot in front of the coy pond at their home in  Medford, New Jersey!

When we met with Lisa she was so sweet and super excited to choose her flowers!

These lovely photos were provided by Gary Schempp Photography – he does really great work!

http://www.philadelphiaeventphotographer.com/

 

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Lisa chose a delicious blend of oranges, pale yellow and pinks with touches of lime green and succulents to accent.

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Lisa’s bouquet was made of pink peonies, orange roses, pale yellow lisianthus, green viburnum and succulents.

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We wish you two all the best, and please keep in touch!