Floral Friday: Bells of Ireland

Posted on Friday, September 25th, 2009


Moluccella Laevis

Also known as Shell Flowers

*Availablility- all year round

*Colors- green only

Oh the bells of Ireland, this is a favorite flower of my mother-in-law as she is married to an Irishmen. She gets so excited when she sees these and usually breaks out into some Irish song or other.

These beauties are the brightest green flower and are such a great addition to so many kinds of arrangements. I find that bright green really brings out the other colors that it is placed next to- a complimentary duo.

picture-47photo credit- www.shannonallenphotography.com This picture is from a wedding a did a couple of weeks ago. Stay tuned for a Real Weddings blog post on it.

Ironically Bells of Ireland are not from Ireland at all, they get their name because of their fantastic green color. They are grown for the fresh cut industry in Columbia and California.

picture-48photo credit- www.thebridescafe.com

These girls look so cute in their black and white dresses and all Bells of Ireland bouquets.

Thanks for stopping by.

Warm regards,


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Bragspot: White Poppy featured in Arizona Bride magazine

Posted on Thursday, September 24th, 2009


One of the fun things about being in the wedding flower biz is being recognized in publications.


White Poppy has been featured in the latest issue of Arizona Bride magazine. This wedding was an absolute blast to do! It was at one of my favorite locations- The Royal Palms Resort here in Phoenix. I collaborated with the ever-so-fun and fabulous wedding coordinator Cicely of Life Design Event Planning. The brides color scheme was hot pink and bright green, her flowers were a mixture of orchids, miniature calla lilies, hydrangea and roses.


We chose to put cut limes inside her glass centerpieces.


The fabulous photographer that worked on this wedding was Rebecca of Rebecca Bouck Photography. She was so professional and the pictures turned out amazing.


Check out this beautiful monogram custom designed for them by Wonderful Graffiti.



Thanks for stopping by and listening to me brag!

Warm regards,


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Just a bit personal: Flagstaff

Posted on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

This past weekend I went to Flagstaff with my son, husband and another family that we love to spend time with. Just thought I would share with you how much fun we had. The weather was so wonderful- a cool 70 degrees which is a nice break from our 100 degree weather here in Phoenix.





We grilled, slept in, went fishing, hiked and tried to do a whole lot of nothing. God has truly blessed me with great family and friends.

I’m am now officially ready for wedding season here in Phoenix.

Warm regards,


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Real Weddings: Andrea and Joe

Posted on Sunday, September 13th, 2009


It was such a joy to work with Andrea on her and Joe’s big day this past spring. I just got these fantastic pictures from an awesome photographer here in Arizona, Harold of To Have and To Hold Photography, what a great job he did capturing the wonderful spirit of that day.


It all took place at The Princess Hotel here in Scottsdale. Their ceremony was overlooking a lagoon and boy was it a romantic atmosphere.


We did a ring of petals in cream and yellow for the bride and groom to stand in. This is becoming quite popular for outdoor weddings here in Arizona; people do not want to do too much to take away from the beautiful surroundings.

These arrangements were made on dark chocolate bamboo sticks and made a beautiful frame for the bride and groom.





picture-30The floral recipe that Andrea and I came up with turned out pretty stunning. We chose miniature calla lilies, gardenias (my favorite flower), yellow cymbidium orchids, yellow oncidium orchids, yellow mokara orchids, tulips, freesia and bright white hydrangea. This wedding was a lot of fun to do, thanks Andrea, my staff and I had a great time.



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