Barbara’s bouquet- sexy, sexy!
Today we get to find out if we’re having a little he or a little she. I can’t wait!
Until then, check out the latest little bridal order I made for LeeAnn. She’s one of my rare local brides here in Nebraska and I can’t wait to see how her blue/green/jewel-toned wedding comes together this weekend. I wish her and her fiance all the best!
Several months ago I had lunch with my friend Jenny, who ordered a felt flower kit to make her own embroidered flower stems at home to keep in a vase on her desk. The other day, she sent me the results of what she had put together–I love these so much!
I like working with fabric, sequins and feathers *almost* as much as I love working with fresh flowers. My ideal evening is crafting in front of old Party of Five reruns.
I used a luxe brocade fabric for the mask form, black and purple dyed ostrich feathers, peacock feathers, and black tulle accented with swarovski crystal beads. The finishing touch: flirty feather eyelashes!
Garden roses, rose hips, scabiosa, gardenias, ranuncula, eucalyptus, and more.
Ok so seriously have I mentioned lately how amazing Jesi Haack Weddings is? Well this wedding sure does prove it. On top of that this wedding is like my dream come true - not only is at my new favorite wedding venue Marvimon but it also was a collaboration of some of my favorite wedding vendors!
How amazing are the florals!? Succulents + Kale + the brides grandmother’s pearls on her bouquet? Jesi Haack Weddings was the genius behind the lovely details of this event AND the ridiculously gorgeous florals! I adore the pops of purple like the bride’s adorable purple pumps!
This is the final installment to the question that was so thoughtfully asked by a bride, Lisa.
She originally wrote…
…Not to be snarky, but can you please explain why my florist charged $250 for a bouquet of peonies when I found an eight stem bunch at Whole Foods that very same week for $12.99?
I love this chuppah. It was lovingly built by my two nephews from Yosemite. It’s very simple- constructed of 8 natural birch poles, some metal rods and carpenter screws. It’s insanely heavy. But it’s a gorgeous ceremony backdrop and so versatile. I can see it draped with khaki linen and strung with orchids and coral. I can see it covered with succulents and moss. I can see it accented with curly willow branches with hanging lanterns…
This is how I saw it last month at the Ritz Carlton in Dana Point- swagged in red and wine chiffon, and subtly accented with lush clusters of flowers. Can’t wait to see how many ways I can dress this baby!
A couple days ago, I started to answer Lisa’s question on the cost of peonies, writing about Perceived Value and Pricing.
Today’s issue centers around why local grocery stores and warehouse stores are able to carry flowers at or below wholesale. For the answer, I have consulted the wonderfully talented, Amy Marella of Hidden Garden, for insight. There are several issues going on:
1) Bulk Quantities - Flushing
It is not uncommon to find Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Costco with a wide assortment of flowers. These wholesale warehouses and grocery chains buy their flowers in “bulk” and/or buy flowers that are “flushing” from the growers. I had never heard this term before Amy used it. Amy was kind enough to help define the term. “Flushing” occurs when flowers are coming in great abundance and the grower is willing to get rid of them quickly/cheaply because they have a very large quantity.
Amy states, “this is not to say that the flowers at these locations might not be perfect, but they are not hand picked by the buyers”. Given that - each week these outlets have differing stock. There is never a guarantee of what you might see at your local grocery store like Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Safeway. These large corporations have the buying power to purchase in “bulk” therefore offering consumers much lower prices than a local floral shop who doesn’t buy in the quantities that a large, national grocery store could.
The first floral raft I ever saw was this R. Jack creation on the Love and Splendor Blog.
(Photo by The Image Is Found).