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Bows can look outdated and heavy.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!

Silk Bridal Bouquet Recreation in Fresh Touch Flowers

My absolute favorite flowers to use are Fresh Touch flowers. They look and feel real and they are especially perfect for bridal bouquet recreations in silk flowers. Take a look at the recreation I did for Jerry:

Calla Lilies and Tropical Grass

Photo provided by the couple.

Photo provided by the couple.

While this bouquet was itself pretty straightforward, the details are what made it shine! I’m pretty adamant about getting those details just right to make your anniversary gift that much more special.

If you need the perfect gift, look no further. Contact me now for a free quote for your bridal bouquet recreation in silk flowers.

Anniversary around the holidays: The Gift of Bouquet Recreation

I've got a December birthday, thankfully for me it's early enough in the month that I get birthday presents separate from my Christmas presents. My daughter isn't quite as lucky. Her December 19th birthday means extended family celebrations are a mish-mash of holiday and birthday gift giving. At 6, she doesn't mind so much yet. But as her mom, I still have to plan ahead to make some distinction between her birthday and Christmas. If you have an anniversary around a major holiday, you too might be feeling the squeeze of gift giving. How do you make your anniversary gift separate but meaningful?

Jared must have been thinking the same thing because when he contacted me before Christmas, for his January anniversary, he was really planning ahead! He sent me some wedding pictures, we talked through the flowers and I got to work.

As I looked through the photos and talked with Jared about the bouquet itself, more questions came up. Jared was awesome about giving quick feedback and even asked his wife's Grandma what she remembered. He found me a more close up photo which helped even more and I was able to determine that in between the cream roses were purple Delphinium and individual blue silk flowers.

The bouquet itself also had some nice details we wanted to be sure to include. The sprays of pearls were just like the original bouquet. There was also a criss-cross sheer ribbon detail on the handle of the bouquet, over the top of the white satin ribbon. Because of the stems I was working with, I wasn't able to leave as much ribbon showing on the bottom of the handle. Sometimes I have to work with the constraints of the products. But I always work to maintain the overall look of the original floral design. Jared noticed the ribbon detail wasn't quite exact but understood and ultimately approved of the final product.

Here's the original for comparison:


Jared's awesome photographer Lauren provided these images. Check out her website www.laurensphotographs.com or give her a call: 740-859-3028. Thanks Lauren for the images!

The bouquet turned out beautiful, my wife thought they were so accurate that she asked if I had the original florist make them. Very impressive work for just a few details and pictures. Also the whole process was really quick and I felt involved throughout the whole process from design to finish. Would recommend highly.
— Jared | Pennsylvania

If you're curious what it would take to have a bridal bouquet recreated in silk flowers contact me today to get a jump start on your gift giving planning!

Bling Is The Thing: Part 2 | Designer Silk Wedding Flowers

Heather had done quite a bit of research in deciding what she wanted her wedding flowers to look like.  But unlike most brides, she also put a lot of thought into the boutonnieres and corsages.  She sent me pictures of some amazing details she wanted to incorporate and then she put me up to the task of tailoring them to her flowers, colors and needs.

The groom's boutonniere: Lavender Sweet Pea, white Freesia, feathers, greens, green decorative wire:

Her brother's boutonniere:

The dad's boutonnieres:

The mom's and grandma's wristlet corsages on pearl beaded bracelets: Hydrangea, Freesia, ribbon, rhinestones:

Attendant's corsage: Freesia, Hydrangea, rhinestones:

Heather did a great job of choosing designs that were thoughtful, beautiful, and carried the theme throughout the arrangements.  Her love of bling was used tastefully and uniquely--two very important things in wedding flowers.  Thanks Heather for trusting me to bring your vision to life and I wish you all the best!

Bridal Arm Silk Wedding Bouquet with Yellow Calla Lillies: Choosing a Unique Design

There is a certain thrill of having a deadline and I especially work well under pressure.  But how about when that deadline is a mere 2 weeks away and you are starting from scratch.  As they say in Cool Runnings,"No problem, mahn!"

Serina called me on a Thursday evening and wanted to get together to talk about flowers.  I did my usual, "How many bridesmaids?  What are your colors? Yadda, yadda, yadda."  I was already starting to get a few ideas when I threw out the all important, "And what's your wedding date?"  Good thing she couldn't see my jaw hit my desktop when she told me it was July 14th.  As in, 16 days away.

Our appointment was really a great way to nail down exact details of what she wanted.  Her 7 bridesmaids will carry yellow and white callas with sheer yellow ribbon.  And the groomsmen boutonnieres will be a yellow calla with yellow ribbon.  Very classy and chic.

Silk Callas Wedding Bouquet
Silk Callas Wedding Bouquet
Silk Wedding Bouquet
Silk Wedding Bouquet

When we got to the design of her bouquet, Serina emphasized that she was looking for something unique.  At this point she had been leaning towards a cascade bouquet so I started to introduce the idea of a modified cascade bouquet.  I like to reinvent the wheel, remember

What we came up with is a hybrid bouquet that has the fluid draping elements of the cascade bouquet combined with the long stemmed look of the arm bouquet.  And of course we really upped the ante by doing a rhinestone wrap along the entire length of the handle.

Bridal Arm Bouquet
Bridal Arm Bouquet

Bridal Arm Bouquet. Phalenopsis Orchids, Yellow Callas, Ivory Callas

The groom's boutonniere was a good match with its own rhinestone band.

When I finished these beautifies I felt a little bit like hitting that little clock thingy at a chess match and yelling, "Checkmate!"  There's something fun about a challenge and this certainly was one.  Thanks Serina for keeping me on my toes!

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!

Winter Wedding Designer Bouquets

Minnesota bride Julie had given me enough details before our consultation to have a head start on choosing her designer silk wedding bouquet options. And when it came down to it, she loved them all! So much so that we incorporated all the options into her arrangements. She wanted some varying shades of purple, some crisp white, a hint of greenery, and of course a little bling.

(I think that was the theme for this winter, Bling!)
Bridal Bouquet: Roses, Hydrangea, Calla Lilies, Pom Pom Mums, Stephanotis, Bling, Purple Satin Ribbon

Bridesmaid Bouquet: Roses, Hydrangea, Calla Lilies, Pom Pom Mums, Stephanotis, Bling, Silver Satin Ribbon

Toss Bouquet: Hydrangea, Pom Pom Mums, Callas

Getting married in the winter doesn't mean your theme needs to be red and green or blue and white, there are tons of color combinations to highlight the season. Add purple and white to that list because jewel tones are a huge hit for winter and fall weddings.

Thanks again to Julie for choosing me to put a new spin on her winter wedding!

Real Wedding: James & Clarissa

Local couple and our friends James and Clarissa contacted me about doing the flowers for their July 22nd ceremony and of course I said yes! Clarissa came ready with color swatches, a hand drawn sketch of her ideas for the ceremony site and pictures showing what she liked for the bouquets. Having all that in hand made my job so easy and the expectations so clear. In just a matter of a few weeks we had flowers chosen, designs picked out, and we were ready to roll.

Her color palette of turquoise, spring green, yellow, and white was such a vibrant and fun combination for a summer wedding. The flowers she wanted incorporated were daisies, roses, mums, hydrangea, and some greenery. Her two bridesmaids carried smaller versions of her bouquet and the guys wore white roses with smaller accent flowers that were also found in the bouquets. Check out what we came up with together:

James and Clarissa had me create aisle arrangements hung from matching turquoise ribbon, and altar arrangement using the same flowers and colors, and centerpieces for their intimate reception at

The Northland Inn


It was an honor to attend such a beautiful occasion with my hubs and also so fun to see the flowers outside "in the wild." And now I have these stunning photos from

Michelle Maida Photography

to remember the day by. If you are looking for a talented photographer, be sure and e-mail her at:



or give her a call at 763-389-0561.

Thanks to James and Clarissa for included me in your special day in such a big way! Blessings in your new adventures together!

Nautical Inspiration: Navy and White Wedding

I love when I'm challenged with incorporating a theme, a unique color scheme, or even interesting new materials into wedding flowers. So when local bride Cindy contacted me and kind of asked for all three, I was pretty excited!

 Her wedding is this weekend and is taking place in Door County, Wisconsin, a beautifully scenic area along the coast of Lake Michigan. She wanted that to be reflected in her color scheme and her wedding flowers.
Cindy wasn't picky about what types of flowers but with a color scheme that includes navy, the choices can be somewhat limited. I happened to have some deliciously dark blue Cornflowers on hand that I thought would be a great option as well as some beautifully summery daisies that brought in the white. Because both types of flowers have similar shapes and textures they were a great match--and more importantly, Cindy loved them! Using navy and white striped ribbon that Cindy mailed me with her contract, the finishing touches were really striking.

In one of our phone conversations, Cindy mentioned her desire to make things nautically themed because of her unique wedding location. She e-mailed me a few pictures and asked if I could work with the ideas using her choice of flowers. I was blown away by these unique takes on boutonnieres and corsages and immediately agreed to give it a go. I've never been a boy scout, so I had to learn some knot tying and had to track down just the right type of rope.
The boutonnieres: Mini daisy, leaves, knotted rope

The corsage: Mini daisy, cornflower, navy and white striped ribbon
Cindy and I had the chance to meet face to face when she picked up the flowers on Sunday and we just oohed and ahhed over what we came up with together. And that's what I love about this process--collaborating with brides, coming up with new and inspiring designs, and being a part of a project that makes people so happy and excited. Thanks Cindy for this fun opportunity and I wish you much happiness in your new marriage!

Real Wedding: Bekah (Part 2)

Bekah liked the idea of her personal flowers matching the bouquets. That's a pretty common way of signifying who's who in the bridal party. In this case, we went with a slight variation. The flowers we used for the bridesmaid bouquets were on the larger size, and we weren't sure that it was the best choice for the groomsmen bouts. Instead we used a different type of Calla Lily, but used the same ribbon that we wrapped the bouquets with.

For the groom's boutonniere we used the same Rose that appeared in Bekah's bridal bouquet. We matched the same color ribbon as one additional way of having her groom stand out.
Groom's Bout

Groomsmen Bout

For the corsages we also used the bright pink ribbon and we added Sweet Pea in bright pink for the Mother's corsages. Bekah wasn't picky about the type of accent flower, but it was important that the color matched the ribbon swatch she sent me.
Grandmothers Corsage

Mothers Corsage

Thanks Bekah for the opportunity to create these beautiful flowers. I wish you all the best in your new marriage!
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Keep the stress low by planning ahead

The wedding planning process often starts many months before the actual wedding day and there are lots of reasons why you need so much time. For local bride Amanda, she would be spending the year leading up to her September 2011 wedding studying for and then taking the BAR exam. Amanda's aspirations to become a lawyer meant she needed to make some big decisions about her wedding before her brain was too full of legal jargon to think of anything else.
Amanda saw my booth at the Maple Grove Wedding Expo last January and decided silk flowers would be a good option for her. Knowing that she wanted to take care of as many details ahead of time as she could, she liked the idea of choosing, ordering, and receiving her flowers before the calendar even flipped to 2011. After a couple meetings, we decided on deep red roses to complement the season and her style. She also wanted some greenery that wasn't the typical ivy or even rose leaves. I found some rich colored roses and perfect boxwood greens to give her arrangements a little bit of fall and a whole lot of fabulous.
Bridal Bouquet:
Bridesmaid Bouquet:

I get the warm fuzzies each time I get the chance to really help someone prepare for their wedding. And in this case, providing Amanda with her flowers a year before her wedding not only gave her the convenience of planning at her pace, but now she's got a little more room to learn about the legal system. Good luck Amanda!

Blushing Bride

I've always been drawn to the bright, the funky, and the unique. So when this design popped into my head, I was a little surprised at myself! It's definitely a very chic bridal look with the blush and pink and bling of course! All of these beautiful flowers are part of the new spring lines and are absolutely perfect for a romantic aisle walk. Take a look!

Made up of blush pink Rose buds, Hydrangea with green/white/pink tips, and mauve Scabiosa pods it's like a fluffy vision of perfection. I finished it off with some ivory satin ribbon and a beautiful vintage looking pearl and rhinestone broach. This bouquet would work for anytime of year with it's lush textures and soft tones. Can't you just see the candlelight, hear the soft music, and feel the lacy aisle runner beneath your feet?

*sigh* Makes me want to get married all over again.

Arm Bouquets For Today


Arm bouquets might bring to mind over-accessorized beauty queens waving and sobbing to a jealously adoring crowd, but don't let a visual like that keep you from considering this impressive design. There are many modern and classy ways to update this look for your gorgeous gals.

Amabelle, a California bride, e-mailed me this picture to show the style she wanted her girls to carry. She liked the main idea of the design but wanted to make it her own.

She had a maid-of-honor, a junior maid-of-honor, and 3 bridesmaids, so we needed to come up with a few ways to style and differentiate their bouquets. We decided to vary the bouquet size and include different amounts of flowers and embellishments for each of the 3 categories. Color was also important to these bouquets. Because all of the flowers are white, I found ribbon to match her save-the-date card she e-mailed to me. For an added touch, I found some matching beads to add a bit of sparkle. A little ribbon on the stem with pearl head pins and we ended up with some beautiful bouquets.

Maid of Honor Bouquet:

Thanks Amabelle, for choosing Love is Blooming for your wedding flowers, and thanks for the challenge of reinventing the arm bouquet!

Go from bare-bones to bountiful!

When some florists give their quotes, brides are forced to subtract arrangements from their wish list. With Love Is Blooming, most of my brides see their savings and add things on! If you go with designer silk wedding flowers, you don't have to break the bank--you can afford more flowers than you think!

Such was the case with bride Amabelle. She originally sent in a Bridal Checklist requesting information for a bridal bouquet and a toss bouquet for her black, white, and teal November wedding. In the end, she decided to order a bridal bouquet, a toss bouquet, a maid-of-honor bouquet, a junior maid-of-honor bouquet, 3 bridesmaid bouquets, and 6 boutonnieres!

Her original idea for her bouquet was a round, hand-tied bouquet of gardenia with pearl accents. The more we talked, the more we added. Pretty soon, her bouquet had roses too. Shortly thereafter, we added anemones because of their fabulous black centers. From there, she started talking about bouquets for her bridesmaids. The arm bouquets would have a combination of roses, anemones, and lilies all in the classic and clean white.

The designs became a little more complex, the bouquets a little fuller, and the embellishments a little more elaborate. For just under $300, I was able to create 13 beautiful, classic, and affordable arrangements! Take a look at some of the finished products:

Boutonnieres: White rose with black satin ribbon and teal overlay

Bridal Bouquet: White roses, Gardenia, and Anemones. Pearl pick accents, black satin ribbon and teal ballerina wrap with pearl-head pins.

Check back to see a feature on Amabelle's beautiful arm bouquets, a unique and uncommon bridesmaid choice.

Inspired by...Part II

Here's a better look at some of Jennifer's finished arrangements:

Groomsmen's Boutonniere: Single ivory calla with matching purple ribbon.

Grandmother's Corsages: ivory calla, 1 mini ivory calla, hydrangea clusters and ribbon.

Bridesmaid Bouquet: 9 ivory callas with purple ribbon wrap.

Toss Bouquet: 10 mini ivory callas with ivory ribbon wrap and purple ribbon tails.

Altar Garland: Designed to adorn the gazebo where they'll get married, these 6-foot garlands are made of crystals and matching purple hydrangea.

Bridal Bouquet: 15 Ivory callas with ballerina wrap in satin ivory ribbon.

Thanks Jennifer for letting me be a part of your special day!

Silk flowers Inspired by example bouquet...Part I

It's pretty common for brides to come to me with some sort of inspiration already shaping their ideas for their flowers. In some cases, it's just a vague idea and sometimes it's pretty clear. Then you get brides like Jennifer who end up having a little bit of each.

I had the pleasure of doing a consult with Jennifer and her fiance since they live in the same town as me. At our first meeting we talked about her wedding flower ideas which boiled down to ivory callas with somehow tying in her dark purple accent color to some of the arrangements. For several months we hunted around for orchids or some other flower in a good color match. But because of the depth of the color we couldn't find a great match in callas so we had to come up with plan B--tie it all together, literally, using purple ribbon. What we found was a perfect color match to the swatch she had given me. We found some dark purple hydrangea brought the accent color into the centerpieces, corsages, and also really added a punch of color to her beautiful altar garland.

Jennifer was pretty open to my design suggestions and when it came down to the details, she wasn't feeling picky, but she also wasn't sure what she wanted. Then she found a picture of a ballerina wrap on a bouquet that looked almost identical to hers. It was a perfect fit for her style, her bouquet, and her wedding. For Jennifer, it wasn't about mimicking an entire design set she had seen somewhere, she wanted her flowers to reflect her personality and her tastes, so when she found something she loved, she wasn't afraid to ask for it. Her flowers turned out absolutely beautiful...check back to see more of the finished products.

Bridal Timeline: Years Down the Road

Lisa and I have been working together on her flowers for a long time, almost 2 years! She contacted me in 2008 to get some initial pricing and information for her August 2010 wedding. I didn't hear from her for a while until she e-mailed me again last November. While time had marched on, Lisa knew she was still marching down that aisle, and she was going to do it with ivory and pink flowers.

Her flowers of choice were roses, orchids, and peonies, so we got to work finding great looking fresh touch orchids, perfectly pink peonies, and crisp, open garden roses. The orchids were going to be the flowers to tie everything together, but Lisa wanted her bouquet to stand out. We chose ivory roses with ivory and pink orchids for her bouquet, while the girls carried light pink peonies and bright pink orchids. We then decided which flowers would be for the bouts and corsages and then I got to work.

Here are a few shots of the final products:Groom's Bout: Ivory and Pink Phalenopsis Orchid

Groomsmen Bouts: Hot Pink Phalenopsis Orchid--these are incredibly lifelike!

Grandparents Bout and Corsage: Ivory rose, Ivory rose with ivory and pink orchid

Bridesmaid Bouquets: 3 Large light pink Peonies and hot pink orchids

Toss Bouquet: Ivory roses and ivory and pink orchids, ivory ribbon wrap and pink tails

Bridal Bouquet: 13 Ivory garden roses, pink and white Phalenopsis orchids, and an ivory ribbon wrap with pink criss-crossed ribbon and pearl accents.

In Lisa's case, she had lots of time to work with me to find the perfect flowers, designs, and colors. What we ended up with are arrangements that were Lisa's style two years ago as well as today and she'll have the same flowers to celebrate with at her 50th Anniversary. Congrats Lisa and thanks for including me in this wonderful time in your life!

Bridal Timeline: Expedited!

Local bride Rebecca contacted me with some important details--her colors were red and ivory, she wasn't too picky about types of flowers, and oh yeah, her wedding was in a week and a half!

Knowing that she wasn't picky, I set out to find great flowers to fit her budget that were available immediately. Callas were in the realm of flowers she liked, so I quickly sent her pictures of callas that I had on hand. She loved them and so we made a plan.

Rebecca's gown had red details in it and she wanted her bouquet to be mostly red with just hints of white. Her bouquet turned out to be a stunning collection of large red and smaller ivory callas with a red ribbon wrap. The shape was exactly what she was looking for.

She wanted her girls to carry a simple but elegant bouquet of just ivory callas, tied off with an ivory ribbon wrap. The two styles of bouquets were a great compliment to each other.

The bridal party flowers matched each other, with the groomsmen wearing ivory callas and the groom wearing a red calla.

A cake topper was also a part of the bigger picture, and since the cake was going to be ivory, I created a 3 calla topper in red with bear grass accents.

For what little time we had, it was a quick and easy process for both Rebecca and myself. She got to see the flowers as they were coming together and she wasn't surprised by what her last minute order was going to be. Best of all, it was completely in budget and perfect for her style. Thanks Rebecca for finding me, trusting me, and being a great asset to my creative process!

An Elegant Twist on the Classic Red

When people think of the perfect classic wedding flowers, roses frequently comes to mind. Because it's numero uno, I love it when brides go out of their way to make such a classic style more unique.

 Such was the case with bride Megan. She wanted the rich look of solid red roses in a handtied bouquet, but wanted her design to stand out from the norm. We accomplished that by not trimming the stems as much and giving it the look of a long-stem bouquet. While a lot of the styles right now dictate short and mostly exposed stems, Megan wanted the elegance that length communicated to her. So with that in mind, together, we designed a beautiful modernization of a classic wedding bouquet.

The Bridal Bouquet:

The Bridesmaid Bouquets:

The set:

Ivory satin ribbon finished off the look that was created using open garden roses mixed with smaller buds. Thanks Megan for bringing a new twist to a timeless look!