Starting a business (especially in such a creative industry) can be tough, and sometimes entrepreneurs struggle to find the best way to organize and maintain their business while still enjoying doing the part they actually love. For me, things were no different. When I started Chic Girl Flowers, I struggled with so many of the business-related items on my to-do list…Read More
Let’s talk about something everyone loves: roses. I’ve never had a bride tell me she didn’t like roses, and we constantly get requests for them in bouquets, centerpieces, and arrangements.
I’m personally obsessed with David Austin Roses. These English roses are known all over the world, because David Austin himself set out to breed a better rose back in the 1950’s.Read More
Today I want to talk about a floral trend that has massively taken off this year, and that I am SO in love with: garland. These long, lush strands of greenery can go just about anywhere at your wedding and look absolutely fabulous. While there are many different types of garland, the most popular request I'm getting from my clients is eucalyptus garlands.Read More
I'm so excited to share this wedding today, since it's never too late for some holiday cheer! Our bride Hayley is one of the sweetest people we've ever worked with, and has the friendliest personality about her. She is a lover of all things Christmas, so there was no doubt that the winter holiday would be the biggest inspiration in her wedding details.Read More
There are not enough words to describe Monica and Drew or their wedding day. They are definitely some of the best clients I've ever had. Monica was the sweetest bride, and every wedding vendor dreams for a client like her - friendly, easy going, and 100% trusting of her vendors' ability to bring her vision to life.Read More
The first time I met Jheraldine and Eloy was at our consultation. I immediately knew that they were a match made in heaven. She was a little shy, he was so caring towards her, and their sense of excitement was completely contagious as they talked about their wedding. They even finished each other’s sentences. Needless to say, they had me so excited for their big day.Read More
Ever wanted to know how to keep your fresh arrangement for lasting longer than the typical 3 days? I'm here to tell you as a florist, it's pretty simple...
Tip # 1. Put those blooms in water as soon as possible! water is life for flowers, the longer they stay out of the water the faster they will wilt and becomes...brown blooms.
Tip #2: Always use a clean container, a dirty container will encourage bacteria growth which will shorten our flowers lifespan. Use fresh warm water mixed with flowers food when placing flowers in the vase, make sure to remove any foliage that will be submerged under water. This will encourage bacteria to grow and we do not want that.
Tip #3: Do not place your beautiful arrangement in direct sunlight, in a draft area or next to the heater, flowers do not like heat or direct sun, the heat will make the flowers get dehydrated faster.
Tip #4: Whenever possible, buy local flowers that are native to your state. These tend to last longer and more unique looking. You can find these blooms at your local farmer markets.
Tip #5: Keep your arrangement in a cool spot, in the middle of your living room, kitchen or on your bedside table which is my favorite spot to have flowers. You can smell and see them as soon as you wake up, how awesome is that?
Tip #6: For sunflowers, hydrangeas, poppies, roses or dahlias the stems need to be shocked into drinking the water due to the structure of the cells in the stems. This technique called "scalding". First, you put a fresh cut at the bottom of the stem, just take about 1 inch off the stems, then dip the stem into about 2 inches of boiling water for 20 secs and then place them into the fresh water vase. This will guarantee your flowers will stay a lot fresher, longer! the process helps the cells open up and drink more water.
Tip #7: Change the water in the vase every 2-3 days especially when it gets cloudy, that's a sign your flowers need new water.
Tip #8; If your water came in a container with foam, add a bit of water to the foam every day to ensure the flowers are getting enough hydration.
Tip #9: Always buy flowers for yourself if the mood strikes, it's good for the mind and spirit without any guilty calories.
Tip #10: If you're having a grand old event, contact me and I will make magic happen for you, this is my passion and it's what I do best! If you are also a fellow florist, drop me a line, I would love to make new flowers friends.
You've set the date, chosen the venue and photographer, and sent Save-the-Dates to the guest list. Wedding planning is off to a great start, and now that you've found your florist, it's time to start nailing down your floral design. What follows is a consultation to discuss your color scheme and theme and what in-season flowers make you swoon. After that you're hopefully letting your florist create something magical for you (see my previous blog on Why Giving Your Florist Creative Freedom Is Important).Read More
I'm so excited for today's blog! Back in September I got to create the floral design for Mia and Brandon's stunning wedding at Morais Vineyards. Every aspect of their day was perfect, and I was honored to be a part of it. If you've never been to the vineyard, the venue is gorgeous, and the staff is incredibly friendly and accommodating. It truly has a "wow factor" coupled with a perfect natural landscape that is both breathtaking and unbeatable.Read More
You're planning a wedding and that is so exciting! I'm sure you have ideas for everything and are starting to put together a vision of what you want that important day to look like. From linens to cake to candles, and yes, definitely to flowers. The floral design in your wedding - through bouquets, centerpieces, ceremony flowers, and more - will help tie the whole event together.Read More