Bridal Fashion Debut

Posted on Thursday, June 4th, 2009



This sunday June 7th I will have a booth at The Bridal Fashion Debut.

Come check me out.

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Bragspot: Three real weddings and my trip to California

Posted on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

I just got back from doing 3 weddings with my ever so talented sister and florist extrodinare Candy of Petals Mission Viejo. I flew in on Wednesday, drove to her studio and hit the ground running. I was surrounded by over 2,000 roses in cream, peach, red and hot pink. We also used hydrangea, lilies, a flower called meet me at the garden gate and lots and lots of geranium foliage. The weddings were at The Ritz Carlton Laguna, Tivoli Terrace (where the famous Pageant of the Masters is held) and at a private residence on the beach. Please excuse my home-grown photos, I don’t claim to be a good photographer.

101_2691My sis and I.

101_2679Working hard.


101_2694The lobby flowers were so amazing.



101_2704Candy and our happy bride.

101_2713The unbelievable view from The Ritz.

101_2737This was a pretty centerpiece to make, I think it turned out beautiful if I might say so myself.



101_2745Kissing ball, so cute for flower girls.







101_2794The adorable bridesmaids.

101_2798Another gorgeous bride.

Thank you to my wonderful sister Candy, she has been a mentor to me for years and I am so thankful.

Thanks for stopping by……

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Trendy Monday: Colored Shoes For The Bride

Posted on Monday, June 1st, 2009

Ok, we’ve seen it enough now that we can officially call it a trend.


The first time I saw it was in a wedding I did last fall at The Royal Palms.

picture-71Look at her fantastic hot pink shoes.

photo credit: Rebecca Bouck Photography

picture-8This inspiration board came from the oh so famous blog Snippet and Ink this past Tuesday. Look at the adorable yellow shoes on the top, colored shoes for brides are everywhere!


photo credit: One Fine Day Photography

These fantastic shoes are from a wedding I did a couple of weeks ago. Check out my upcoming Real Wedding blogpost on Andrea and Antonio.

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Floral Friday: Viburnum

Posted on Friday, May 29th, 2009

Hello and welcome to Floral Friday! Today I am talking about the beautiful green flower viburnum.

viburnum_snowballI continually get brides that confuse hydrangea and viburnum, they do look very much alike. Hydrangea has a much larger head and has larger leaves. Viburnum ( in the fresh cut industry) comes only in green, hydrangea comes in a multitude of colors.

Viburnum’s season starts in January and goes through spring. It’s on the expensive side but it doesn’t take much to add beauty to any arrangement. It’s a flower with woody stems so I was taught to smash the ends of the stem after cutting to ensure that the flower drinks properly.

viburnumbouquetCheck out this gorgeous bouquet from I love the mix with roses and stephanotis.


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Trendy Monday: Roses

Posted on Monday, May 25th, 2009

Roses roses roses, when I first became a florist I said “I don’t want to be typical and use roses for weddings all of the time”. Over the years my love for roses have grown and I can now truly say that they are one of my favorite flowers to work with.


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There are so many different shapes, sizes and colors of roses. Almost all of the colors of the rainbow but blue and purple although there are roses that are died to be these colors but we won’t talk about those.

Here are some of my favorites-

picture-2Black Magic from Ecuador- this rose is really big, has a high petal count and is a velvety burgundy color.

picture-3 Polo- this rose is extremely large, has such a high petal count it looks like a cabbage rose when it’s fully open and is a gorgeous creamy white.

picture-41Cherry Brandy- the color of this rose is so amazing! It’s a bi-colored pink rose with a citrus/orange center. I have used this rose many times for bridal shows that I have done and people ask me time and time again if it’s real or artificial.

picture-51Ranuncula- the name of this rose is a little confusing because a ranuncula is actually another type of flower. They must have named it ranuncula because it sort of looks like one. I love to order this gorgeous rose from my favorite rose grower Eufloria.

At one time I really thought roses were overused but now that I’ve realized that there is such a wide variety out there it is so much fun to explore the world of roses.

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Floral Friday: Chocolate Cosmos

Posted on Friday, May 22nd, 2009


Cosmos Atrosanguineus

*Availability- June, July, August, September and October

*Colors- Burgundy (chocolate brownish)

*Characteristics- Small 1-2″ daisy-like blossoms with a textured center on thin, leafless 12-18″ stems.

*Meaning- Decadence; Modesty; Associated with 2nd wedding anniversary

Ah……..Chocolate Cosmos, truly the only flower in the world that really does smell like chocolate. I am so crazy about chocolate, I just had to have this flower for my wedding. The only problem, I got married at the end of November and it’s season ends around the beginning of October. I did think for a second that maybe we should change our wedding date, crazy huh?

chocolatecosmosbouquetCheck out this fantastic bouquet from Soulflowers of San Fransisco made with chocolate cosmos, calla lilies and feathers.

Chocolate cosmos is a relatively small and delicate flower that works so well alone or as an accent combined with other flowers.

chocolatecosmosminiHere it is alone from Country Living, cute idea for a junior bridesmaid or flower girl (love it mixed with pink).

wreathor here it is mixed in with dahlias and with lighter and brighter colors (it’s so fantastic with bright green). This photo is from one of my favorite floral blogs The Treasured Petal in California, her work is amazing.

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Real Weddings: Alyson and Dave

Posted on Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

I had the pleasure of working with Alyson this past spring season and what a sweetheart she was. The wedding took place at The McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale and what a beautiful day it was.

Her primary color was pink with accents of cream and green. We decided to do something different for her centerpieces and add limes underwater- how adorable! Enjoy the fantastic pictures taken by Jennifer at O Grace Photography, what a talent she and her photographers are.








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Trendy Monday: Trendsetting Photographers

Posted on Monday, May 18th, 2009

Welcome to Trendy Monday. Today I thought I would share the result of me snooping around the web and finding some fantastic photographers. The pictures are of floral, of course, to give us all some wedding inspiration. Enjoy!

And check out the websites of these photographers, they are amazing and they might just be in your area.

picture-101Wow what a beautiful bouquet! This is from New Mexico.

trendphotographer1Check out these sweet pea cuties from photographer Melissa Jill in Arizona.

flowersandfoodI love this one because it has flowers AND food, what a great shot from Kate of Juxtapose Photography, she is so fun and sassy. Check out her blog, she’s got talent.

hotpinkandredbouquetThis bouquet is so yummy…….check out Taylor Grey Photography in Michigan.

picture-12Look at this adorable button hole and paisley tie photo from Kristi Sneddon Photography in Canada.

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Floral Friday: Hydrangea

Posted on Friday, May 15th, 2009

Welcome to Floral Friday, today I am talking about the ever so beautiful and fluffy flower hydrangea.


Hydrangea is so wonderful to work with, it fills large spaces so beautifully and is always such a gorgeous addition to any arrangement. I often like to create a bridal bouquet with hydrangea as a base, then I pull all other flowers through the hydrangea. In this way the hydrangea is everywhere in the bouquet and the other flowers just pop with their colors.

One of my wholesalers pointed out something for me years ago- look at the prefix of the word hydrangea and you will find hydra (to hydrate). Boy is this ever true, hydrangea loves and needs to be in water to survive. When doing bouquets with hydrangea I often adivise the use of a bouquet holder, this simply allows the hydrangea to keep drinking throughout the day and evening so that it lasts much longer for you.

101_2418Hydrangea from the bucket…….

101_2552into the cake………well not really into, the pastry chef put extra frosting inside those layers to hold the hydrangea in place for me. This is a picture from a wedding I did last weekend, I will post the photographers photos soon, this was such a beautiful wedding to work on.

101_2290In this photo I used white hydrangea as a base, isn’t it so fluffy!

Hydrangea comes in white, green, blue, purple, pink and multi-colored. The multi-colored Hydrangea is seasonal and tends to be much more expensive because its’ production is low.

Have great weekend and I will see you back on Monday for all the latest wedding trends. P.S. My season is starting to come to an end here in Phoenix so join me as I travel to California at the end of May to do three fantastic weddings with my incredibly talented sister from Petals by Candy.

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Trendy Monday: Wheat Grass

Posted on Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Hello and welcome to Trendy Monday or maybe I should call it Trendy Tuesday by now, I had such a fantastic Mothers Day weekend and consequently I’m running a little behind.

Anyway, I have been using wheat grass for parties and weddings for quite some time now and thought it should be recognized as a trend. It is so adorable and can be used in so many ways.

101_2556Here it is being used for the name cards at a recent wedding I did. Check out the cute gingham ribbon at the base.



101_2535I’ve found in working with the grass that it is best to put 1 inch styrofoam underneath to give it support otherwise it’s not as firm and harder to work with. Also, if your going to be putting water tubed flowers in it, it gives them the support they need- win win.

101_1483Here I used it for a centerpiece I did last year.

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