Thursday, April 25, 2013

Burlap and Berries: Danielle and Edward's Princeton Wedding

I was so excited when Danielle called me about doing her wedding flowers. We've known each other since 4th grade and I just knew her flowers would be amazing. Her wedding would be very intimate and rustic, so I had a lot of fun with her textures and kept the flowers soft. I was also sooo happy that Danielle was able to book Laura Leigh Photo, one of my favorite photographers!

I designed her bouquet with cotton blooms, sweet peas, Vendela roses, ranunculus, anemones, phlox, stock, rosemary, lisianthus, hypericum berries, wheat, cedar, curly willow loops, and baby's breath. I absolutely LOVE how these flowers turned out!

Her maid of honor is also a childhood friend of mine, so this was super exciting for me!


Rebecca's bouquet was a smaller version of Danielle's, with burlap over the stems.

I love the cedar in this bouquet, which is my favorite winter green.

Their ceremony took place at a church in Princeton, NJ on a warm, rainy January night. Funny how we were planning for snow.

The pews were decorated with burlap flower cones filled with winter greens and hypericum berries.

Edward wore a simple boutounniere with hypericum berries, cedar, galax, and rosemary.




The happy couple!


 These programs are adorable! I love the trees and twine.

 The maid of honor Rebecca, also owns Wing and Willow, and she specializes in these awesome thumb print trees. I always rave about her because she is so creative and comes up with the coolest accents.

 I love these little flags! Definitely check her out if you are looking for something different for your wedding, bridal shower, or even one for a baby shower gift. She does the prettiest trees! I can't wait to see the one she is designing for me :)


I supplied fresh moss, thick tree slabs, and curly willow branches, and Danielle and Rebecca came up with the rest. They did an AWESOME job!

Congratulations Danielle and Edward! You guys had a beautiful winter wedding!!! I wish you both the very best for a very happy marriage full of blessings!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

My Long Awaited Wire Out Announcement

So it took me a lot longer to get the free time to make this post than I wanted, but I wanted to do it while my head was clear from the craziness of the day. For the past 10 years, I have offered a service to wire out flower orders to anywhere in the US. There are many methods to doing this, my company of choice was Flower Shop Network, which I let expire last year. Recently, I stumbled across an online listing for local flower shops, which included every bogus 1-800 number you could think of. When I found my business, I was shocked to see a 2 star rating, so I had to read the review so I could figure out who wrote it. Read it for yourself...which by the way I don't FTD anything...

1 stars

My boyfriend ordered flowers for my…

My boyfriend ordered flowers for my birthday. This florist called another florist to FTD them to my work. The flowers that arrived were cute but certainly not valued at $72.00. 3 carnations, 2 roses and a green filler with 2 tulips in a plain glass. When I brought them home from work - he flipped at what they were for the price. He took them back to Savvannah's and she did not want to hear about it. Said to complain to the florist who sent them. I called the local florist and it seems Savannah kept almost half the money for herself. Very disappointed and unsatisfied. Will not order again from this business. Shame since we always support local businesses and actually live in Elmer

 Well, let me tell you, irate is an understatement. This woman has NEVER been in my shop, has NEVER gotten any flowers from  my shop, and has never placed an order, called here, physically walked into my shop, or spoken to me, EVER. She has never seen a single arrangement from my shop .Her boyfriend always insisted on sending flowers to her work, which is in Cherry Hill, and clearly, we don't go that far. I have told him every single time to call a shop there direct so he knows what he will get and can talk to the person actually making it, but no, he insisted he wanted to give me the business. Let me stop right there. There is a huge misconception that going to a flower shop to send out a wire order actually gives the shop business. We are only charging $10.95 to send out an order, which doesn't even cover the time it takes to send it out. What I explain to everyone, and Kathy's boyfriend included, is that you have a delivery fee, wire fee, and cost of the flowers. What people do not understand is this. A florist needs to make money, so we have to charge labor to make the flowers, which is 30% in many places, the cost of the container, and then the flowers. The florist I sent this order to is awesome, I work with them all the time, have known them for years, and they do amazing work. But I will say I am pretty sure Cherry Hill prices are higher than Elmer prices. Plus I have no overhead and no rent, so people know they will get something a bit bigger here than they will anywhere else. So Kathy insists I kept the money for myself. Let me educate everyone here. He spent $72. How much do you think the flowers were valued at? I calculate around $50 before labor (the $10 delivery and $10.95 wire fees don't count in the flowers). So for $50, the flowers she got sound like a pretty normal arrangement for that area. So her vase with 2 roses was no where close to $72. This is why there are thousands of complaints with FTD and Teleflora every holiday. People don't understand the process of wiring out or ordering online. I would not touch FTD or Teleflora with a 10 foot pole, because I already know the headaches from being an employee in 3 shops with both before I started my own business. So for the sake of keeping one uneducated person from trying to destroy what I have worked so hard to create, I am refusing ALL wire outs. But I think you'll thank me because I am going back to the original idea I did for years back when I first opened TEN years ago. If anyone calls to place an order to be wired out, I will instead give them 3 phone numbers of local flower shops in the zip code they are sending to. Everyone will make out better, and people won't think I am keeping the money for myself, which I have NEVER done. Let me also clear up one more thing. When Steve brought the vase back to show me, my version of "not wanting to hear about it" was this. I told him to call the shop that delivered the flowers and even gave him the name of the owner, who I know personally. I told him to let them know that he was not happy and to ask for a new arrangement. I also also said to make sure he gives them back the bad one so they would see what it had in it (because they obviously won't know what it looked like). I told him if anyone complains that they don't like flowers, I always replace them, and I am sure they will too. I heard nothing more. So I apparently blew him off and kept the money. Guess what, I don't do business that way.
Since I'd like to simplify things so I can concentrate on other aspects of my business, I think this is a great decision. My loyal customers, who know me and know I am an honest person, will actually make out better, all thanks to Kathy. And I really hope she stumbles across this. Maybe she'll learn something.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Featured on the Rustic Wedding Chic Blog!!!

This wedding is near and dear to my heart, because it was our family's most recent wedding. My brother in law and new sister in law were married in April 2011, and they had one of the most gorgeous weddings that I ever got to set up. I was so excited when they chose Laura Leigh Photo, because I have been working with her for years, and she is amazing! She submitted their wedding to the Rustic Wedding Chic Blogand they featured it!!! Check out this Link! The cake was by the super talented Darren from The Cake Studio in Ocean City, NJ. Check out some of these awesome photos! I love how they mentioned our church pews ;)

Featured on East Coast Bride Blog!!!

I had soooo much fun working on Evalis and David's wedding at Le Meridien Hotel in Philadelphia! Their wedding was featured on East Coast Bride's Blog, thanks to their amazing photographer, Laura Leigh Photo! Check out this LINK to the blog posting! So cool and LOVED working with Bel Momento to have a huge part in putting together such a fabulous wedding!!! Here are some photos!


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Plum & Tangerine: Scott and Kelly's Wedding at Running Deer Golf Club

 Kelly's flowers were gorgeous! I absolutely love pairing up vivid contrasting colors like bright orange with bold purples. Her bouquet had bright white dahlias, hydrangeas, calla, ranunculus, lime hypericum, purple lisianthus, and purple sweet peas.

 The girls carried bouquets of bright orange lilies, mini gerberas, dahlias, lime hypericum berries, purple lisianthus, and purple sweet peas.

 Tami and Ryan from Tami Melissa Photography are two of my absolute favorite photographers ever, you HAVE to check them out!!!!! Plus they are the sweetest couple too!

 Scott wore a white mini calla, while the guys wore an orange mango mini calla.

 LOVE these colors!
 The ceremony and reception took place at the gorgeous (and newly remodeled) Running Deer Golf Club, forever my favorite venue!

 LOVE LOVE LOVE these flowers with these dresses!

 The ceremony site at Running Deer is so pretty and simple. Just some bold color to make things pop is all you need! I used blue hydrangeas, purple hybrid delphinium, orange Free Spirit roses, lime spiders, and green hanging amaranthus.

 The cake was done by the amazing Sweet Life Bakery.

 Such a pretty photo of the happy couple!

Kelly kept the centerpieces low, and we added a ring of purple, orange, and lime flowers around the cylinders provided by the venue. This wedding was so much fun to do, and we wish you guys the very best!