Yearly Archives: 2012

When A Floral Designer Gets Married…

Over the years of working with brides, I’ve been asked many times about my own wedding bouquet. They just seem to be curious about which flowers a floral designer would choose. So…lately, I started to wonder the same thing about all of you designers. Last week I put out a plea for you to send pictures of your personal bridal bouquets and I had so much fun opening the emails you sent.

Here’s what you sent:

“It’s been almost 10 years and I love it just as much as I did then, which is kind of amazing- those are still all my very favorite flowers.”  -Erin from Erin Volante Floral

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images courtesy of T & K Photography

You can see more of Erin’s wedding on her blog here.


“I found a photo of my bridal bouquet I carried in 2008.  It’s funny to look back at it now that I am making bouquets for brides. The knowledge I have of what colors work well together and what flower varieties last longer than others, etc.”  – Alicia from Alicia Jayne Florals

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“Joel and I arranged the flowers for our wedding ourselves, and it was only the third wedding I’d designed. Even through the handful of weddings I’ve done since then, I’ve grown a lot as a designer, and I would probably do things very differently now. It was fun to look over the pictures, though, and see the first glimmers of my still-developing style. This is also when we realized that Joel is just as good a designer as I am. . . He made the yellow bouquet for my sister and all of the boutonnieres! He still makes most of my boutonnieres!”  – Katie from Color My World Flowers 

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images courtesy of Kristin Sweeting Photography


“I had the task/pleasure  of making my bridal bouquet this past spring! My husband and I were married on April 7th, 2012.

We got married in the early spring….before my wedding season really started so we could take a honeymoon!

Being early spring I was not sure what I would end up putting in my bouquet…I had no idea what it was going to look like until I was done with it! Oh sure I had ideas……lots…..I went back and forth between a small posy of nothing but forget me not, a classic, but somewhat boring bouquet of white phaleonopsis….. or so many others! In fact I almost was a two bouquet bride, instead of a two dress bride :)  In the end I went with a profusion of blooms……my favorite part was the yellow clivia that my parents have had for years that just happened to be blooming!”  – Faye from Flora Organica Designs 

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first image courtesy of Faye

all other images courtesy of JJT Photography


“My bouquet…circa 2005. Euc, hypericum, roses, curly willow.” –Kelly from 3 Leaf Floral Design 

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“My wedding was the second wedding for which I ever did flowers (back in 2008) and my bouquet’s elements were mostly chosen for sentimental reasons. Nearly everything had a personal meaning, including the daisies, the tulip and snapdragons grown in my mom’s yard, the piece of my birth tree (planted the day I was born), and wildflowers (lupines aka bluebonnets) that bloom at the time of year we got married. I was born in mid-March 1979 and my parents took newborn photos of me amongst the lupines; 29 years later we got married on March 29 and I picked lupines the morning of our wedding to put in my bouquet. Here are two photos of the bouquet: one of me with it and one of the bouquet on its own.” – Emily from Green Snapdragon

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images courtesy of Grizard Photography


“My flowers were pretty basic: I had stephanotis, white roses, Peruvian Lilies (alstromeria) and baby’s breath, but what later became some of my favorite flowers were the zinnias in my bridesmaids’ bouquets.”   – Tracy from Springwell Gardens

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You can see more of Tracy’s wedding on her blog here.


“We had a very small and non-traditional wedding (on 1-1-11).  Because I usually design hand-tied, round bouquets for my clients, I decided to do a cascading bouquet for myself.  The wedding colors were gray and coral and I didn’t special order any flowers.  Instead, I went with what my supplier had on hand that went with my colors.  We ended up using peach tulips, white hyacinth, pussy willow, flax, lily grass, Monstera leaves and succulents, accented with gray, coral and peach ribbons and a silver Lomey wire collar.”  – Althea from Rose of Sharon Floral Designs

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images courtesy of Andrea Parnell Photography


Thanks for taking the time to send these photos. We’ll have to do this again in the future!

Happy Thursday….

Working Designer Wednesday

A few of my favorites this week…

1. Boutonniere presentation ideas…

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image via Studio Fleurette and Emily Steffen Photography

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image via Honey of a Thousand Flowers 

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Brit8 jill thomas photo and art with nature

images above via Art with Nature 

2. In the studio…

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images above via Flowerwild 

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image via The Hidden Garden

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image via Spruce (shop owner, Amy, left…with Jackie, right, from Just Bloomed)

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image via b floral 

3. Behind the Scenes…

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image via Love, Lily

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photo shoot via Natalie Bowen 

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image via Dr. Delphinium 

4. Beautiful flowers…

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‘Suncrest’ dahlia from Floret Flower Farm

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‘Coral Charm’ with ‘Seatons J Dore’ mums from Love ‘n Fresh Flowers 

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‘Naomi’ dahlia from Flora Organica Designs 

5. Outdoor spaces…

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image via Lush Couture Floral and Greg Blomberg Photography

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image via Stephanie Fay Photography

6. Designers to watch…

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Monica Lynn @ In Full Bloom by MJL

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Terrianne Burns @ Mondo Floral Designs 

Hope your Wednesday is wonderful!

Funeral Designs

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images above via Jacqueline Ahne 

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image via Honey of a Thousand Flowers 

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image via Nadia di Tullio

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images above via The Flower Mill

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image via Ruby Bloom Fancy Flowers

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casket arrangement above via Pompon

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image via Mandy Scott Flowers


image via Bare Blooms

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image via Dr. Delphinium (for an avid fisherman)

Hope your Tuesday is wonderful…


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image via The Blue Carrot

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image via Primary Petals

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image via Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design 

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image via Honey and Poppies 

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image via Love ‘n Fresh Flowers

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image via Rountree Flowers and Ro Agents Photography

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image via Flora Organica Designs 

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image via Fleurology 

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image via Max Gill Floral and Sean Dagen Photography

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image via Park Place Design 

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image via Petals and Hedges 

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image via Bows and Arrows

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image via Tulip

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image via Kaleco Design

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image via Valley Flower Company 

421043_392354760836668_2047342658_n laura miller design image via Laura Miller Design 

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image via Ladybird Poppy Floral Design and Sweet Pea Photography

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Welcome to a brand new week!