Alternatives to roses for Valentine’s Day

Roses for Valentine’s Day, right? It doesn’t have to be.

Although roses are the traditional flower choice for Valentine’s Day there are a myriad of choices to express your love.

If You Want to Stay with Red:

F260_13Red is the color of love so choosing a flower in this color still holds the implied message.  Tulips are a popular choice and they have such a unique nuance about them. Tulips continue to grow after their stems are cut so they take on a life of their own, changing each day.

valentines flowers eugene, orGerbera daisies are refreshing and cheerful. Their deep red hue looks amazing in a mixed, traditional bouquet or designed in a contemporary, modern fashion.

Valentines Vase arrangementsCarnations are ideal for a traditionalist and come at a fraction of the price. Steer clear of babies breath and ask for the carnations to be created in a low container for an updated look.

A mixed red bouquet can include a variety of flowers that are available including alstromeria, carnations, hypericum berries, gerbera daisies, or ranunculus.

If You Want to Impress with Modern Elegance:

tropical flowers delivered eugene unique valentines flowers eugene, or Tropical flowers are the perfect way to send something different. They are incredibly long-lasting and have fun colors and textures. Personally, I think a vase of all orchids looks stunning all on its own. Heart-shaped anthurium and ginger come in Valentine’s colors but any tropical arrangement will be impressive.

large valentines bouquets flowers delivered eugene, orvalentines bouquets eugeneHydrangea is also a great choice with its fluffy, cloud-like blossoms. Soft white hydrangea paired with pink or red flowers is elegant and can fit into any budget.

F250_13After roses, stargazer lilies are the most popular flower choice for Valentine’s Day. Their sweet fragrance fills the air and they have a beautiful pink color.

Flower Astrology: Virgo Horoscope August 23-September 23

Zodiac Sign: With a penchant for detail, Virgos are often known for their meticulous and diligent personalities. And while people born under this zodiac sign are frequently modest and shy, underneath their unassuming, reserved exteriors, there’s a wise and witty side as well, with a keen understanding of the people around them.

Birth Sign Flower: Surprise this otherwise practical, intellectual and serious earth sign with a flower arrangement that provokes their more lighthearted side. Gerbera daisies with their wildflower beauty, star-shaped flowers and lush texture – not to mention their legendary enchanted qualities – will incite a Virgo’s imagination and coax their fun-loving side.

Rager-Pappel Wedding: July 30, 2011

Since Matt from Matt Emrich Photography provided us with all of these beautiful pictures from the Rager-Pappel wedding I decided to make it its own post! Chelsea and Jim are such a fun couple and Matt did an amazing job of capturing their personalities and spirit on their wedding day!

Chelsea worked her entire wedding around the polka dot theme she fell in love with. We used black/white polka dot ribbon for the stem wrap for all of the bouquets as well as the corsages & mini gerb boutonnieres.  Her invitations featured hot pink gerbera daisies and we carried those throughout the entire wedding decoration.

The bridal bouquet was made of white Polar Star roses, Stargazer Lilies, and 3 shades of gerbera daisies. Chelsea wanted it “huge”…so we made it big. The bridesmaids carried bouquets made of different shades of pink gerbera daisies.

hot pink bridal bouquet

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hot pink wedding ideas

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pink bridesmaids dresses

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Here is Jim with his pink mini gerb boutonniere. I added black beaded wire to tie in with the polka dot theme. (The guys even wore hot pink shoe laces and the bridesmaids had polka dot shoe laces!!) Even the 2 dogs had flower collars!

hot pink mini gerb boutonniere

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flower dog collar

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wedding dog collar

Photo by Matt Emrich Photography

Originally Chelsea planned on DIY reception centerpieces but the wind proved to be a bit of a challenge so I added the 3 tones of pink gerbera daisies to the clear rectangular vases with clear stones. These were put on mirrored tiles which enlarges the look of the centerpiece. The head table also held tiered vases with pink gerbs.

pink gerbs

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pink centerpeice

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Another last minute addition was a few stems of flowers on the gazebo where the ceremony took place. It added a bit of color to the all-white gazebo.

wedding gazebo flowers

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We placed tall glass cylinders in the reception with pink and white arrangements that “floated” on top.

tall reception arrangements

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Polka dot wedding cake

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toss bouquet

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Couple: Chelsea Rager and Jim Pappel

Location: Whisper N Oaks    Junction City, OR

Photography: Matt Emrich Photography

DJ: Bass Is Loaded