Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Discount for Available Dates

Do you know anyone who is getting married this summer? I have a few un-booked dates on my summer calendar and will be offering a 15% discount to a bride referred by someone who reads this blog who books one of my open dates.

Available Dates are:

May 15th
May 22nd
June 12th
July 3rd
August 28th

If you know of anyone getting married on one of those dates, have them contact me (contact info is on my website- and mention this blog post. If they decide to book me for their wedding, they will receive a 15% discount off of their total flower order!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Stop The Madness!!

I'm working on a really fun wedding this weekend with mostly green flowers. While I was out in the shop, I was reminded of one of my least favorite occurances in the floral world: the dyed green carnation. Having just recently celebrated St. Patrick's day, the annoyance is fresh in my mind. So, I took the opportunity to snap a few photos of some of the flowers I'm using for this wedding. None of them have been dyed-- these are naturally-occuring green flowers/berries/foliages etc. So, I ask you:

Why would you want this:

When you could have any of these instead?


There are so many naturally occurring, beautiful green flowers out there. Accept no substitutes!

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Featured Flower Friday: Lisianthus


Lisianthus (or lizzy as it is often called in florist land) is one of my favorite flowers to use in hand-tied bouquets for weddings. It has an almost rose-like look at a nowhere near rose-like cost. I love it's papery ruffled blooms- they add just the right touch of texture. Even the un-opened buds look really sweet in a garden-inspired bouquet.

Lisianthus are available year-round. Single and double forms are available, but I prefer to use the double. The dark purple is one of my favorite varieties- such a rich, royal hue! They have a nice, long vase life of 7-14 days. Their victorian flower meaning is calming and/or faithfulness.

Perhaps the only downside to lisianthus is it's lack of scent, but it has so many other great qualities that it doesn't really matter!

Abby's nature-inspired bouquet from last summer includes white lisianthus... see if you can spot it!

Laura's all-white bouquet also featured lisianthus. This is a totally different style from Abby's bouquet, but the lizzy still works!

Photo by Luke Rutan

Happy Friday everybody-- enjoy your weekend!
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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Fresh Flower Rings!

My little flower rings have been a big hit lately! I made a couple for Heather Boren's girls for the Father/Daughter dance in February. Heather is a super-talented photographer, so she snapped a couple of shots for me (check her out at I'm so happy to finally have some professional quality shots of my flower rings-- the others I have are blurry and just don't do them justice!

These rings are great for bridesmaids to wear at the reception-- they still get to feel special without having to carry their bouquet around all night! They are also fabulous for prom, birthday parties, bachelorette parties, girl's night out, etc. Rings range from $15-$25. Once you have your ring, I can re-do the flower for $5- $10 for future events.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Nicole & Mike

Nicole and Mike were married on September 26th, 2009 at Crystal Mountain Lodge. I had a blast working with Nicole. It's always fun to work with a bride who has her own unique style and isn't afraid of color! We used peacock feathers, callas, lisianthus, spider mums, hypericum berries and cymbidium orchids to put together this look. I love the way it turned out, and I'm still amazed that it went off without a hitch considering my baby boy was just 6 days old at the time!

Congrats Nicole & Mike!


All Photos are by Clane Gessel Photography.

This wedding was also featured as the "Wedding of the Day" on! Check it out:
Nicole and Mike's Wedding - Wedding Style - Real Weddings - Wedding Photos - Whot Got Married - Wedding of the Day - Wedding Themes - Wedding Planning - Wedding Ideas
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