Friday, December 10, 2010

December Wedding 2010

I was asked by a friend to do the bouquets and boutonnières for her December Wedding. Her primary reason for wanting artificial flowers was because of Poinsettia allergy within the wedding party, but they also allowed her to give her bridesmaids something that they could always to remember this special day.

I was unable to attend this wedding due to a scheduling conflict, but the bride has agreed to allow me to post these photos to show the bouquets and boutonnières in action.

An extra special thanks and congratulations to the bride and groom.


Monday, June 28, 2010

Flauxers First Wedding

I have officially completed my first floral wedding (excluding my own of course). It was so much fun to plan and even more to see my finished product at the wedding and the bride's reaction.

This blog post is dedicated to Rene and John - may you have a wonderful life together, filled with happiness that blossoms every day!

While reading the following post and looking at the photos, please remember that as always with Flauxers, all of the flowers pictured are 100% artificial. (Faux + flowers = Flauxers)

The planning:
After being provided with a list of multiple flowers wanted by the bride (Lisianthus, and Lilacs) and the purple, green and cream color palette, I went to work finding the perfect flowers for their big day. Here's a photo of my first round of flowers I purchased for this event:

First round of Centerpieces:
My next step was to create a mock-up of what a centerpiece would look like for the bride and groom to be.

Making of the actual bouquets, centerpieces, boutonnieres, corsages and bobby pins:
After making the requested updates, I began ordering the remaining flowers and started the process of making the final products... This was the state of my Living Room each night, though I picked them all up each night until they were finished.

Snapshot of the work in progress:
I had to make a few floral substitutions due to a couple of the flowers that I had originally used being back ordered, but I lucked out and the flower substitutions were prettier and more realistic than the ones I had previously purchased. Here's a photo of 6 of the arrangements on my deck about 1.5 weeks before the wedding.

Packaged and Ready:
It's now the night before the wedding, and all of the items are completed and ready to go. And for the sake of documenting the process, I snapped this photo. There were 5 boxes of arrangements that fit into the trunk of my husband's car very nicely.

Set Up:
The wedding and reception both took place outside, at the same location, so I planned on getting there super early. I arrived around 2 hours early to make sure that the flowers were all set up prior to the guests showing up and since I didn't know how long it would take to set up everything. The set up process went really well and everything was unpacked, placed on the tables and ready to go in about 30 minutes. This gave me plenty of time to take photos and get the bouquets/boutonnieres and corsages in a safe place to give to the bridal party once they arrived. Here are a few photos of the set up.
Guest Tables:

Head/Bridal Party Table:

In this photo, you'll see 2 of the 4 bouquets that I created as well as 2 of the bridesmaids. I love how the colors of the dresses looked with the flowers!

First Dance:
This photo is one of my favorites - it's a photo of the newly married couple during their first dance. You can see the hair pieces and the boutonnieres that I made, but more importantly, you can see how truly happy they are! Congrats again to the amazing couple!

Proof of the realism of flowers used by Flauxers:
Now this truly surprised me and quite honestly made my day... I have said many times before that the "Flowers look so real you have to touch them!", but when even when bees are fooled (with out any fragrances added to the arrangements used at the wedding), the truth in that statement really shines through!

Another view of a different bee:

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed creating the flowers and sharing the photos with you.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

April Birth Flower

April is often thought of as a month when the weather starts getting warmer, and rain starts to replace the no longer appreciated snow that we've been faced with all winter. April is often a time when flowers begin to bloom and people begin to enjoy being outside more again. That's why I think that it's very appropriate that the Birth Flower for April is a cheerful, and beautiful, yet simple one... the Daisy.

The word Daisy is derived from the old English words, 'Day's Eye,' and is often associated with innocence, simple beauty, purity and never-ending love. Like the Sunflower, the bloom of a Daisy is not considered to be a single flower. Instead, it is consisted of 2 types, the white petals (ray florets) and the yellow centers (disk florets). Daisies are most commonly known as being a white and yellow flower, but sometimes the white petals are a slight shade of pink. These annually blooming, or perennial flowers are one of the most commonly sold flowers in the US.

When planting Daisies, be sure to use fertilizer and cover them in a thick layer or mulch or other material in the winter months to keep the bulbs from getting too cold.

Daisy leaves are also edible. Other edible members of the Daisy 'family' are lettuce and Dandelions, so don't be surprised to see them listed on a menu at your favorite restaurant.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Friday Flower Fact - March Birth Flower

I apologize for the lack of posts so far this month, and because of the lack of posts, I am posting this on a Tuesday night instead of Friday. Hope you enjoy!

As you all know, once a month, I write about the birth flower for that month. The March Birth flower is the Daffodil. Daffodils, also known as Narcissus are one of the first signs of spring. Also, depending on the species, these delicate flowers can sometimes be found blooming in the late fall. Daffodils are most well known of their rich yellow color, but also bloom in yellow/white, yellow/orange, white/orange, pink, and even lime green.

When planting Daffodils in your garden, be sure to plant the bulbs in a well drained location. Daffodils are perennials and once planted, should be divided once every 5-10 years. After the blooms have fallen off, do NOT cut the foliage/stems from these flowers until they've turned a yellow-ish color. It is then recommended that you dig up the bulbs, cut the stems and rinse them in water. Once this is done, they should be stored in a cool, dry location so they are ready to plant between September and November. If you do not unsoil the bulbs, the flowers will still grow next year and you should still wait to remove the stems until they have turned the yellow-ish color mentioned above.

The American Cancer Society has adopted these flowers as a "symbol of hope." Check out the ACS website to find a location near you that's selling Daffodils for this cause. Not only will you be helping this amazing organization, but you'll be bringing spring into your home/office.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Flauxers Flower Fact Friday - Tulips

Spring is almost here, daylight is starting to last longer, the weather is starting to get warmer, and the birds that have flown south for the winter are returning. Soon we will begin to see the first signs that winter is over, with spring flowers growing and blooming. One of my favorite spring flowers is the Tulip. Much like the rose, different colored tulips have different symbolization/meanings. Tulips as a whole are often thought to symbolize fame, passion, imagination, and a declaration of love.
Yellow Tulips - never ending love
Red Tulips - Declaration of love/belief
Multi-colored or Variegated Tulips - Beauty (especially beautiful eyes)

I'm a big fan of food, so I always find it interesting when I stumble upon edible flowers/floral greens. Did you know that Tulip bulbs are edible? If you're needing onions for a recipe, Tulip bulbs can be used in their place. One major problem for me about this replacement is that you'll have one less of these colorful and beautiful flowers in your garden each spring.

Happy beginning signs of Spring!!!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Flower Fact Friday: Forget-me-nots

I can't believe that another week has come and gone. Even though the daylight hours are getting longer, they're still flying by.

One of my favorite flowers, both because of the bold colors and because they're low-lying flowers, allowing you to arrange your flower gardens with other flowers and pops of color as well, is the Forget-me-not. Honestly, I think part of my fondness from this flower probably comes from their name - it in itself makes me smile.

Forget-me-nots are the state flower of Alaska, and often symbolize true love, and memories. Blooming in the spring, these blue and sometimes dark purple flowers are considered a wild flower, but are often planted in gardens/flower beds because people are drawn to their simple beauty. If you choose to plant Forget-me-nots, be sure to have them in a moisture rich environment. These beautiful flowers will continue to grow every spring once they have been established in a garden.


Friday, February 5, 2010

Flauxer Fact Friday - February Birth Flower

Another month has gone by and it's time to discuss the Birth Flower for February. Being born in February myself, I was really interested to find out that there are two February Birth Flowers - the Primrose and the Violet. This is especially close to my heart as the first flower I remember having of my own, given to to me by my Grandmother was a violet. I was so proud to have it and did a wonderful job at keeping it blossoming and beautiful. Knowing now that it had more meaning, even if she hadn't realized it, than her teaching me about flowers, makes me indescribably happy.

The primrose is the earliest of Spring flowers to bloom, much like a preview of the warm weather and beautiful colors/flowers to come in the next few months. They are low-lying plants that often grow in forests. The ideal soil conditions are moist, slightly dry, and they don't 'like' clay based soils. The main color of Primroses is a pale yellow, with a darker center. These gorgeous signs of warmer weather are also great tasting. The leaves of this plan are sometimes used in teas and the flowers as a salad garnish.

Violets come in a wide variety of colors, including white, yellow and deep purple. These beautiful blossoms were thought by the Ancient Greeks to symbolize love and fertility, and were often used to create Love Potions. Violets bloom in the spring and fall, and make great house plants. If growing Violets, be sure to keep them in a cool location with plenty of direct sunlight, with periods of shade.

This post is also in remembrance of my Grandmother, Reva. I love you very much - you will always hold a special place in my heart!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Friday Flower Fact - January Birth Flower

I'm so sorry for the lack of posts since before the holidays. I had every intention of posting, just on different days of the week, only I couldn't fit it in. That being said, I hope that everyone's new year has been going well and that 2010 is a wonderful year!

Now, back to my routine..... ;)

Since, I generally do the Birth Flower posts the first Friday of the month, and that I've missed the first 2 Fridays of this month, I'm going to pick up there. The January Birth Flower is the Carnation. The scientific name of this flower is Dianthus caryophyllus. Dianthus means flower of the gods or flower of love, depending upon the translation being used. Much like the Rose, the symbolism or meaning behind the Carnation varies by color.

Carnations (any) Fascination
Pink Carnations Mother's Love
Light red Carnations Admiration
Dark red Carnations Deep Love and Woman's Affection
White Carnations Pure Love and Good Luck
Striped Carnations Regret
Green Carnations St. Patrick's Day
Purple Carnations Impulsiveness
Yellow Carnation Disappointment

The Carnation is said to have been used by the ancient Greek and Roman people, as decoration, and first appeared in garland. These versatile flowers have come a long way and are now the official flower of Mother's Day.