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Kristin Brancaleone, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA Vendor: Floral Designer Website: The Treasured Petal About Me: The Treasured Petal is a reflection of my love for scrumptious flowers, yummy textures, colors, ribbons, and all the other girly splurges that being a florist allows me to enjoy on a daily basis. Although I don't discriminate when it comes to flowers, my two favorites would have to be cattleya orchids and gloriosa lilies, which I carried in a ginormous bouquet on my wedding day. When I'm not crafting wedding florals and consulting with brides, I am usually at the dog park with my dogs Pesto and Basil, cooking healthy vegan dinners, watching Seinfeld with my husband Joe, at Bible study, or scouring craigslist for antique furniture to fill up my new house. I am also kind of a home-body and really love sipping tea in my pajamas while working my way down my google reader blog list!
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Sultry Spanish Details

December 3rd, 2009 @ 1:53 pm by Kristin @ The Treasured Petal

What a treat! Last week I received a disc of images from super talented Jeff of Jeffrey Neal Photography.  I promised more details from this Casa Romantica wedding, so here you go!

Barbara’s bouquet- sexy, sexy!

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Princess Lasertron, Omaha Vendor: Flowers made of felt, vintage buttons and other ephemera Website: Princess Lasertron About Me: I started Princess Lasertron in 2005 creating custom bouquets out of felt, vintage buttons, and other ephemera. I give each bride an heirloom-quality piece that will bring a personal dimension to their wedding and everyday lives. What I love most is meeting and collaborating with unique women whose weddings are a true representation of them and their partners. As for me...I live nocturnally, I'm an INTP, I play Dungeons and Dragons every other Saturday, and I'm a perpetual student.
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LeeAnn’s Flowers

November 25th, 2009 @ 12:13 pm by Megan @ Princess Lasertron

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!

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Princess Lasertron, Omaha Vendor: Flowers made of felt, vintage buttons and other ephemera Website: Princess Lasertron About Me: I started Princess Lasertron in 2005 creating custom bouquets out of felt, vintage buttons, and other ephemera. I give each bride an heirloom-quality piece that will bring a personal dimension to their wedding and everyday lives. What I love most is meeting and collaborating with unique women whose weddings are a true representation of them and their partners. As for me...I live nocturnally, I'm an INTP, I play Dungeons and Dragons every other Saturday, and I'm a perpetual student.
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Jenny’s Flower Project

November 23rd, 2009 @ 1:31 pm by Megan @ Princess Lasertron

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!

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Kristin Brancaleone, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA Vendor: Floral Designer Website: The Treasured Petal About Me: The Treasured Petal is a reflection of my love for scrumptious flowers, yummy textures, colors, ribbons, and all the other girly splurges that being a florist allows me to enjoy on a daily basis. Although I don't discriminate when it comes to flowers, my two favorites would have to be cattleya orchids and gloriosa lilies, which I carried in a ginormous bouquet on my wedding day. When I'm not crafting wedding florals and consulting with brides, I am usually at the dog park with my dogs Pesto and Basil, cooking healthy vegan dinners, watching Seinfeld with my husband Joe, at Bible study, or scouring craigslist for antique furniture to fill up my new house. I am also kind of a home-body and really love sipping tea in my pajamas while working my way down my google reader blog list!
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Masquerade Masks

November 23rd, 2009 @ 9:26 am by Kristin @ The Treasured Petal

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.

This was my little project last week: Two outrageous masks I made for myself and my best bud, Angel Swanson, to wear to a masquerade ball hosted by The Bridal Bar.

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!

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Kristin Brancaleone, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA Vendor: Floral Designer Website: The Treasured Petal About Me: The Treasured Petal is a reflection of my love for scrumptious flowers, yummy textures, colors, ribbons, and all the other girly splurges that being a florist allows me to enjoy on a daily basis. Although I don't discriminate when it comes to flowers, my two favorites would have to be cattleya orchids and gloriosa lilies, which I carried in a ginormous bouquet on my wedding day. When I'm not crafting wedding florals and consulting with brides, I am usually at the dog park with my dogs Pesto and Basil, cooking healthy vegan dinners, watching Seinfeld with my husband Joe, at Bible study, or scouring craigslist for antique furniture to fill up my new house. I am also kind of a home-body and really love sipping tea in my pajamas while working my way down my google reader blog list!
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A Perfect Pair

November 20th, 2009 @ 9:55 am by Kristin @ The Treasured Petal

This bouquet…

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Garden roses, rose hips, scabiosa, gardenias, ranuncula, eucalyptus, and more.

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Wiley Valentine, California Vendor: Invitations and Paper Products Website: Wiley Valentine About Me: Wiley Valentine is named for our artistic grandmothers, Mary Wiley and Norma Jean Valentine. Our company is 4 years old and growing strong. We specialize in invitations, stationery, and all sorts of paper delights. We love the forest, vintage books, thunder storms, butterflies, fairy tales and the smell of rain. We strive to think of our environment first when creating our paper products, and only use 100% recycled or 100% cotton papers.
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Real Weddings {Succulents + Kale}

November 17th, 2009 @ 12:03 pm by Wiley Valentine

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!

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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!

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Nancy @ Nancy Liu Chin Designs, San Francisco Vendor: Florist Website: Nancy Liu Chin Designs About Me: A San Francisco native, Nancy graduated from the University of California - Berkeley's Haas Business School where she studied finance and marketing. Beyond running her floral studio, Nancy is a huge fan of Top Chef, loves to travel to exotic locations, is an avid reader of contemporary fiction and considers herself on Team Edward (Twilight fan!), entertains friends in her loft style home in San Francisco's SOMA neighborhood, and can be found at SF Giant's home games. Nancy and her husband, Kevin are a dynamic pair and can be frequently seen walking their white Bichon Frisee, Chin Chin around the city and lounging at cafes sipping Italian sodas.
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This is the final installment to the question that was so thoughtfully asked by a bride, Lisa.

She originally wrote…

Dear Nancy

…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?

Lisa

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Kristin Brancaleone, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA Vendor: Floral Designer Website: The Treasured Petal About Me: The Treasured Petal is a reflection of my love for scrumptious flowers, yummy textures, colors, ribbons, and all the other girly splurges that being a florist allows me to enjoy on a daily basis. Although I don't discriminate when it comes to flowers, my two favorites would have to be cattleya orchids and gloriosa lilies, which I carried in a ginormous bouquet on my wedding day. When I'm not crafting wedding florals and consulting with brides, I am usually at the dog park with my dogs Pesto and Basil, cooking healthy vegan dinners, watching Seinfeld with my husband Joe, at Bible study, or scouring craigslist for antique furniture to fill up my new house. I am also kind of a home-body and really love sipping tea in my pajamas while working my way down my google reader blog list!
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Birch Pole Chuppah

November 11th, 2009 @ 1:11 pm by Kristin @ The Treasured Petal

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!

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Nancy @ Nancy Liu Chin Designs, San Francisco Vendor: Florist Website: Nancy Liu Chin Designs About Me: A San Francisco native, Nancy graduated from the University of California - Berkeley's Haas Business School where she studied finance and marketing. Beyond running her floral studio, Nancy is a huge fan of Top Chef, loves to travel to exotic locations, is an avid reader of contemporary fiction and considers herself on Team Edward (Twilight fan!), entertains friends in her loft style home in San Francisco's SOMA neighborhood, and can be found at SF Giant's home games. Nancy and her husband, Kevin are a dynamic pair and can be frequently seen walking their white Bichon Frisee, Chin Chin around the city and lounging at cafes sipping Italian sodas.
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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.

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Kristin Brancaleone, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA Vendor: Floral Designer Website: The Treasured Petal About Me: The Treasured Petal is a reflection of my love for scrumptious flowers, yummy textures, colors, ribbons, and all the other girly splurges that being a florist allows me to enjoy on a daily basis. Although I don't discriminate when it comes to flowers, my two favorites would have to be cattleya orchids and gloriosa lilies, which I carried in a ginormous bouquet on my wedding day. When I'm not crafting wedding florals and consulting with brides, I am usually at the dog park with my dogs Pesto and Basil, cooking healthy vegan dinners, watching Seinfeld with my husband Joe, at Bible study, or scouring craigslist for antique furniture to fill up my new house. I am also kind of a home-body and really love sipping tea in my pajamas while working my way down my google reader blog list!
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The first floral raft I ever saw was this R. Jack creation on the Love and Splendor Blog.

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(Photo by The Image Is Found).

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