Salmon and Green Wedding at Whisper-n-Oaks

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I first met with our sweet bride, Brynn, months ago to discuss the flower details for her July 6 wedding at Whisper-n-Oaks in Junction City, OR. She has been a delight to work with and I enjoyed creating the wedding bouquets and floral pieces that completed the look for her outdoor wedding.

salmon coral roseBrynn chose a combination of salmon/peach, green and white that included white hydrangea, green hydrangea, green spider mums and green poms, bupleurum, “Peach Peony” garden roses, “Minou” mini gerbera daises with blush/peach spray roses and “Apricot” roses. The combination of shades looked beautiful when combined together in her bridal bouquet.

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Galvanized tin milk pails were provided by Brynn for the centerpieces and pew decorations and filled with clusters of corresponding flowers. By providing her own containers, she was able to save money on her centerpieces. This is often a great way to stay within budget because you can source your containers from discount stores or use coupons at craft stores. A NOTE: Unless your container is glass, make sure a liner is provided with it. Galvanized tin isn’t water tight and these containers came with paper thin liners that leaked. My solution? I added floral foil to the pails and then put the liners back in. This helped slow the leak to get through the event.

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Whisper-n-Oaks in Junction City is a beautiful venue with a creek running through and wonderfully landscaped grounds. It is always a bit breezy here so the sturdy milk pails were a good choice for centerpieces as they are less likely to blow over in the wind. This wedding was accented with burlap (a huge trend again this year) and chalkboard signs throughout. Even the place settings had cute little word searches from the bride and groom set out by the great crew at Cornucopia Catering.

Congratulations to Brynn and Nathaniel and thank you for letting us be a part of your big day!

PROMPALOOZA 2013

Next week is our prom festivus, PROMPALOOZA! We bring in some snacks and beverages for prom-goers to enjoy while our expert staff helps take orders for one-of-a-kind corsages and boutonnieres. You can order your prom floral jewelry anytime (and even online) but from 3:00-5:30 these days we have extra staff on hand to help so that we can turn your prom vision into reality!

We love prom at Dandelions and have so much fun helping to customize and create each individual piece of floral art! Some of the fun accessories available this year include: Flutterzz rhinestone feathers, shiny metallic leaves in multiple colors and, as always, lots of rhinestones!!

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Prom Boutonnieres

Prom season is quickly approaching and as you finalize your dress and tuxedo looks, don’t forget about your prom corsage or prom boutonniere options, too.  Selecting a boutonniere is one of the last items to check off the list before the big night but that doesn’t mean you should overlook it. A boutonniere can be simple such as a single blossom or as fun & funky as you can imagine, depending upon your personality.

Have fun with the process and don’t feel like you need to order the same-old same-old thing that everyone else is ordering. Florists are artists and love to create a one-of-a-kind piece for your special night.

Fun, Quick DIYCenterpiece Idea

This Easter afforded us a perfect DIY centerpiece scenario: what do you do when you need something for your table, but you’re in a hurry and are low on flower options? Dandelions owner Shirley Lyons found herself in this situation this weekend, and was kind enough to share how she resolved her problem.

You’d think that as florists, we are constantly taking  flowers home to make fabulous and lush centerpieces and arrangements for family functions. That does happen on occasion, but usually, and  more often than we’d like to admit,  even the florist forgets to take flowers home!! Shirley was half-way home before she realized she did exactly that! So between babysitting her two-year and twelve week old grand-kids (a juggling act of princess dolls and diapers), and preparing dinner for twelve, she needed to come up with something fast and uncomplicated. Thankfully, Shirley had daffodils growing in her yard, and with some of these and a few vases in colorful, spring tones and varying heights, she had a quick, fun, artsy centerpiece on her dining-room table!

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Using what you have growing in your yard (be it flowers or some pretty greenery)  and your collection of vases is a cost-effective way to make a great impression, and get your creative juices flowing!

We love flowers because they’re inherently beautiful and really don’t need much embellishment to make a statement. Artfully placed vases and simply arranged flowers are an easy way to enhance any event.IMG_0200

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Pantone’s Color of the Year: Emerald-Green

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PANTONE recently announced the 2013 color of the year as PANTONE® 17-5641 Emerald. PANTONE has long been the authority on color trends and their decision to name emerald as the color for this year reflects the desire for renewal and growth.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®, reminds us that “Green is the most abundant hue in nature – the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum”. How true for flowers! Often green is only seen in the foliage but why shouldn’t it play center stage? Anthurium, Bells of Ireland, spider mums and even roses all come in shades of green (although not truly emerald) but certainly complement the deep gem shade.

If you can’t wait to incorporate emerald into your upcoming event or wedding, PANTONE suggests pairing it with shades of peach, pinks, roses, ruby reds and aubergines. I also think navy complements it well since it is such a sophisticated palette.

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How to save $ on wedding centerpieces

reception_hi-16  You want your wedding to be spectacular and leave an impression on your guests. Reception centerpieces can often be a large part of your floral budget and there are a few ways to save money and yet creative a beautiful atmosphere.

Your florist has the experience and know-how to design with flowers. An easy way to save is to entrust the floral design to a professional florist but save by purchasing your own containers. One of my brides this summer wants to used galvanized tin milk pails. She has purchased them on her own and I will be creating the floral centerpieces. Just make sure that when you are looking for your containers that they are water-tight or contain a liner. This strategy is best if you want a combination of flowers or a design that is more complicated.

If you are determined to go the DIY centerpiece route here are my tips…

Choose a simple design. Hydrangeas can be used in a variety of ways and are easy to work with. A single blossom submerged in water or a cluster are simple enough to do yourself but have high impact. Your vases can be purchased in bulk from your florist as well as the flowers. Although there are websites that you can purchase bulk flowers from, the flower-specific care and handling can mean the difference between flowers that look gorgeous on your wedding day and flowers that don’t hold up. Buy your flowers in bulk from your florist so that they can by processed by a professional and stored in a temperature-controlled cooler.

Photo used by permission from Syndicate Sales

Milkglass wedding centerpiecesAnother design that is popular and easy are single stems of flowers in budvases. A collection of budvases at each table with flowers in them are ideal for a more casual event or a wedding with a vintage feel.

Photo used by permission from Syndicate Sales

Photo used by permission from Syndicate Sales

Discuss your ideas with your florist and allow them to guide you with the plan that will best achieve your look. As florists we know which ideas are feasible for DIY and which could turn into disaster. We want your wedding to be beautiful and sometimes the little bit of extra money you will save doing it yourself just isn’t worth the headache. But if you do…good luck and happy designing!

Recent contemporary floral designs

Here at Dandelions we love the opportunity to do something unique and a little different. It flexes our creative muscles and reminds us of why we love what we do! Check out some of the modern designs our amazing team have created for customers recently…

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Modern Christmas Fresh Floral Designs

Having fresh flowers during the Christmas season is a wonderful tradition that makes the home feel extra festive. Whether you are buying them for yourself (highly recommended) or as a gift for someone else, here are some of my favorite holiday arrangements.

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What fresh flowers are ok for allergy sufferers?

Allergy sufferers have a hard enough time if they live here in Eugene where the pollen collects like crazy. Just because you know someone who has allergies doesn’t mean you have to abandon the gift of flowers! True, the joy of many flowers is their delicious fragrance they give off but there are options for people who have allergies to still be able to breath easy.

Roses: In addition to being one of the most popular flowers, roses don’t produce pollen. Although roses from the garden are typically very fragrant the varieties that most florists carry have little or no scent.

Carnations: In addition to the traditional colors and varieties of carnations, there are neat, new varieties that can be used in modern arrangements. Green trick carnations and Florigene carnations are both unique.

Sunflowers: Available late spring and summer when allergies seem to hit the hardest, sunflowers are a bright & cheery pick-me-up

 

Delphinium: Available in both light and dark blue, delphinium is a floral favorite. From weddings to everyday occasions, this bloom is beautiful.

Tulips: Since they lack any scent, tulips are a wonderful choice for allergy-sufferers.

Hydrangea: Lush and full blossoms are available in white, green, blue, purple and pink. Either combined with other flowers or grouped together, hydrangeas are always a hit!

Orchids: There are many different varieties of orchids available: dendrobium, oncidium, mokara, cymbidium and more. They are elegant and chic.

Roses

Roses are without a doubt one of the most popular flowers year round. As the rose often symbolizes love and beauty, different colors hold their own meanings. Here is a guide to the meanings of rose colors:

Red: Love, Respect

Yellow: Joy, Friendship

White: Innocence

Peach: Desire

Lavender: Enchantment

Pale Pink: Modesty, Grace, Joy

Dark Pink: Thankfulness

Orange: Fascination