Lantern Centerpiece Wedding Idea with Silk Flowers

Jean contacted me to help her figure out an arrangement design for some lanterns for her daughter’s centerpieces. She found the perfect red Ranunculus and dusty/sage greenery and I came up with this simple but classy design made with silk wedding flowers.

Bows can look outdated and heavy. But by keeping it a simpler, two-loop bow with antique white satin ribbon, it really dressed up the arrangement and provided a nice contrast to the black metal lanterns.

If you need an idea for table or ceremony decor of any kind, contact me with your ideas and we’ll design something beautiful together!

Bridal Bouquet Recreation Review

Summer is here in Minnesota and here’s a bouquet that is vibrant, fun, and looks like someone walked through the garden to gather up that perfect wedding flowers for a summer wedding. Christian emailed me hoping I could do a bridal bouquet recreation in silk flowers for his upcoming anniversary. He sent me a few photos and we identified all the lovely blooms and I got to work. Take a look!

A variety of Roses, white Peonies, Ranunculus, Queen Anne’s Lace, and Seeded Eucalyptus Bridal Bouquet Recreation in Silk Flowers.

Photo by Anna McSwain.

Photo by Anna McSwain.

Working with Erin was a pleasure. She was very prompt and always very nice in replying while planning and tweaking the bouquet recreation. The whole process was very simple and could not have been easier. The final product was beautiful, she perfectly captured my wife’s wedding bouquet. I couldn’t recommend her more!
— Christian | South Carolina
Photo by Anna McSwain

Photo by Anna McSwain

If you are looking for a great anniversary gift, a bridal bouquet recreation in silk flowers might be the perfect gift for your bride. Contact me today for a free quote!

Dusty Miller in Silk Bridal Bouquet Recreation

One thing I’ve noticed is the current rise in popularity of non-green greenery! Confused yet? So think of all the extras that don’t happen to be green but add visual interest and texture to your wedding flowers. One of the most popular items to include is either Lamb’s ear or Dusty Miller, which comes in a variety of shapes and colors. For this bridal bouquet I needed the broad leaf variety to recreate this look just perfectly.

David’s bouquet recreation was a very classic style white bouquet of Roses, Hydrangea, Ranunculus and Dusty Miller. That added bit of “greenery” gave a soft touch to the whole bouquet, and also served to break up the white flowers. It was so elegant!

Working with Erin at Love is Blooming was wonderful. The service was top of the line being professional, quick, and very knowledgeable. She was able to easily identify the correct floral arrangement to create from just a few pictures, and the finished product is one that looks fantastic and realistic. I would recommend Love is Blooming for anyone who is interested in recreating an icon piece from their special event or even start with one that will last forever, forgoing cut flowers from the get go. Thank you Erin!
— David | Missouri

Here’s the side-by-side of the original bouquet photographed by Elyse Hall Photography and the recreation, by me!

As always, this is such a great anniversary, Valentine’s Day or “I love you” gift for your bride. Contact me to get started!

Coral and White Wedding Roses

Coral and seems to be one of those colors that is everywhere. And coral and white are just made for each other, which is they are showing up in more 2016 weddings. From the soft and feminine palette, to a more saturated and vibrant tone, it's a classic combination that won't be going anywhere anytime soon.

I particularly love Ranunculus, as do many brides, so when I found these perfect peach and coral Ranunculus for a bride it was a match made in heaven.  I tucked the Ranunculus in between white Roses in a random manner and it turned out looking whimsical and dainty and shabby chic all at the same time. This is one of my favorites!

When you've got such a great bouquet, you want to finish it off just as well.  I found this peach Muslin that was the perfect complement to the bouquet and added a rustic charm.  Taking it another step further, I added twine in the center and it all came together.  We mirrored the look in the Groom's boutonniere with two tones of Ranunuclus, Muslin wrap and a bit of the twine.  A perfect pair! 

Corsages and boutonnieres in matching styles and colors enhance the overall picture that your flowers give your guests.  While it may seem overwhelming to think about the designs for all those personal arrangements, you can leave it to me to come up with coordinating corsages and boutonnieres that will photograph well, hold up to all those hugs, and work with the design of your stunning bridal bouquet.  Get in touch with me to order your coral and white silk wedding bouquet and hear more about the designs that can make it all work together.

Rustic Bridal Bouquets for Spring or Fall

Bride Jess contacted me looking for a custom rustic wedding flower design that included white Ranunculus and complementary flowers in wine and peach. I knew right away that peach Peonies mixed with some wine colored Hypericum berries would be a great fit for her spring wedding. A little Dusty Miller finished off the bouquets and was a unique addition to the boutonnieres and corsages.  Her northwoods wedding was incorporating lots of rustic elements, so we decide that needed to be mirrored in her custom silk wedding flowers as well. The rustic details we choose, including jute twine and birch bark wrap, added interest to her arrangements.  Take a look!

When everything was finished up, the standard white backdrop photographers to send Jess just didn't seem to do these beautiful bouquets justice.  Since I finished them in November, I had a great setting in my backyard to capture the wonderful colors and textures of her flowers.

Groom, Groomsmen and Ring Bearer Boutonniere

Mother & Grandmother pin on corsages

Mother & Grandmother pin on corsages

Here's a closer look at the birch bark wrap.  It's artificial so you aren't literally holding onto tree bark, but it's realistic enough to make people think you are!

...We love everything you put together for us! I love the flowers, colors and textures and everything is just the right size. I think it’s great that you labeled each thing so it will be as easy as possible on the big day! They are absolutely perfect.
— Jess G.- Minnesota

Because my photographer never took a shot like this when I got married...

If you are interested in learning more about having wedding flowers custom designed just for you, fill out the Bride's Checklist to request a free quote.

Jewel Tones in Silk Wedding Flowers

For the past few years, jewel tones have been super popular for wedding, color schemes, dress, silk wedding flowers, and decor.  They are vibrant and saturated and so beautiful any time of the year which makes them perfect for incorporating into your wedding theme.  But, what's even more fun is adding actual jewels to your jewel toned arrangements!

Local bride Mara's arrangements will be perfect whether her September 1st wedding day is still warm and summery or cool and fall-like.  Her original design was magenta Peonies, orange Ranunculus and olive Hydrangea and used two different shades of gold ribbon to tie off the bouquets.  Mara was feeling a little unsure of whether she was getting the impact she wanted with the ribbon so she was able to stop over and see the flowers in person.  (One of the perks of silk wedding flowers if I do say so myself!)

When she stopped over she also brought over some snazzy little Swarovski jewels in teal that she wanted added into her flowers.  Her flowers were beautiful before, but man did they really shine after I added them in!

Take a look! 


Ribbon wrap detail


Mara wanted all the flowers represented in her bouts without making them too over the top.  I used the Ranunculus for the main flower, took a tiny bit of the Hydrangea and a portion of a Peony petal and put them into one classy bout.  Voila!

Thanks again to Mara for requesting such a fun and vibrant design for me to bring to life!

Emily & Steve - Summer Silk Wedding Flowers Part 1

Local bride Emily and I have known each other for several years, so when she asked me to meet with her about silk wedding flowers, I was so excited! She had already done some work gathering pictures from magazines and online and had some great ideas for her flowers. We talked through her style, colors, and favorites flowers. I showed her the beautiful fresh touch Callas, Roses, Peonies, and Ranunculus that lots of my brides are raving about. She chose a soft pink and white color palette which was perfect for her July wedding.

The bouquets were done in a round, hand-tied bouquets style and had some fresh-from-the-garden elements that really added a lot. Emily wanted some wedding bouquet bling, but in a unique way that enhanced the romantic setting of her ceremony and reception. Take a look at what we came up with:

Callas, Roses, Peonies, Lily of the Valley, and Ranunculus

We added a clear beaded cascading element that hung down the front of her bouquet. It was tasteful and elegant but also a glamorous choice to add a little shine to her bouquet.

Ranunculus, Callas, and Lily of the Valley

The 'Maids were wearing black so we complimented their dresses with black satin ribbon on the stems. We also added some rhinestones into the bouquets to add a little sparkle.

Emily and Steve's wedding had some more inspiring arrangements that you can check out later this week.

Peonies in Action!

I was in love with Briana's silk wedding flowers--anyone that came over while I was working on these beauties had to put up with my gushing for a few minutes as I showed them off. They photograph beautifully, they stand out in any setting, and they are my favorite flower--trifecta!

This tantalizing eye candy is brought to you by the ever-so-talented Agape Moments Photography out of Oak Grove, Minnesota. Be sure and browse their site to see more!

I love the vintage look of this shot--seems pretty timeless!

Don't they look perfect even with the snow?! Who woulda thought?

Thank you so much for your wonderful work! They were absolutely perfect and we received lots of compliments on them! I couldn't be happier:)


Thanks again to Briana for trusting me with her silk wedding flowers and to Agape Moments Photography for such beautiful work.

Want to see examples of other weddings that incorporated peonies? Take a look here, here, and here.
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Peonies in Wedding Boutonnieres & Corsages

Briana and I worked together to find simply designed boutonnieres and corsages that were cohesive with the rest of her silk wedding flowers. Ranunculus were the perfect choice! The fullness of the flower, the round shape, and the fluffy appearance made them look as if they might be mini Peonies.

Groom's Boutonniere:

Groomsmen Boutonniere:

Father's Boutonniere:

While we figured the men in the bridal party might not appreciate pink in their boutonnieres, we thought the moms would. I was able to use one of the Peony buds along with an open Ranunculus and a bud to give their corsages a punch of color and a touch of femininity.

Mother's Corsage:

And now the best part of this whole series...coming up next, the professional pictures of Briana's wedding flowers. Wait til you see these gorgeous wedding arrangements against a wintry backdrop--amazing!

New Bride Welcome!

It's been a while since I've done a shout out to my newest brides. So I thought I'd take a minute and say welcome to Julie, Briana and Katie. All 3 gals are January 2012 brides with their own unique styles and color schemes.

  • Julie's deep purple and ivory flowers will incorporate Roses, Hydrangea, Button Mums, and Stephanotis.
  • Briana's choice is all about the Peonies in vibrant magenta and white and Ranuculus in crisp white for the bouts and corsages.
  • Katie's deep red Roses will be accented with red Orchids and lush Boxwood.

I'm looking forward to bringing you sneak peeks of their gorgeous arrangements once they are all finished up -- but for now, I better get back to work!
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Surprising Color Combos

I recently was talking with a friend who's early October wedding wasn't jiving with the classic fall colors . Her girls will be wearing "Sangria," a dark purple/burgundy, but she wanted to tie in oranges and greens that would work with the Sangria. I wanted to help her come up with some ideas, so while picking up flowers for another bride I browsed the warehouse and showroom of my supplier for inspiration.

I came up with this little collection of an Orange rose, Orange Ranunculus with a green center, Green/Brown Hydrangea, Sangria Button Mums, and Sangria Mini Callas. This combo is great because the vibrancy of the colors brings attention to each of the unique textures of the flowers, but it still falls within the parameters of what most people consider fall colors. My friend is from my hometown in Michigan where the beginning of October can be more like the end of summer. The idea of doing variations on the classic burnt orange, wine red, golden yellow, and moss green is really fitting for an aisle walk that might still be backed with green grass and full trees rather than brisk air and crunchy leaves.

While my friend (Hi Erin!) ultimately decided on fresh flowers, I had fun working with her to come up with some ideas outside of the typical Autumn landscape. I know it's trendy right now to come up with out-there color palettes, but before you go too extreme, try adjusting tones and shades before scrapping the whole color scheme. You never know what you'll come up with!

Reason 4 to hire a florist: I'm Not Your Aunt

Here's one big hang-up people tend to have with silk flowers - your limited experience may have left a bad taste in your mouth.

We've all seen the dusty, outdated silk arrangements in the dentist waiting room or in the corner of the women's restroom. But just like you wouldn't forgo cake because you don't like the crusty ones from the supermarket, don't write off silks because of a bad encounter. We're talking quality here people.

As far as the Aunt comment, we probably all have a family member, friend, or a family member's friend who has whipped up all sorts of DIY gifts that generally go unappreciated. Luckily for me, I happen to have a highly skilled aunt who took the time to teach me about design and flower arranging and got me interested in the biz in the first place. But you know what separates me from her? I have an exclusive supplier at my beck and call willing to search to the ends of the earth to find the perfect light pink with a green center, "fresh touch" ranunculus that has at least a 3" flower, or whatever I challenge them to find for me! And not only that, but they are at the front of the pack researching the newest designs, styles, and products to bring you the absolutely most beautiful silk flowers around. So please don't let anyone walk the aisles of Walmart's craft section on your behalf for a sampling of silks; it gives me the heebie jeebies!

Instead, imagine me walking the aisles of

"the nation’s premier wholesale distributor of quality fresh cut flowers, floral supplies, and plants for over 50 years!

"Your flowers start by being hand chosen then individually designed and created by a professional... ahem, that's me! So maybe use your crafty Aunt's suggestions as a starting point to figure out what you like and don't like, then consider how the best silk flowers in the business can capture that unique look you've always wanted for your big day.