2011 Wedding Trends

I can’t believe it is already May and in my world, that means the busy wedding season is right around the corner.  And this year, I am very excited about the flower trends for the 2011 wedding season. Among the exciting styles this year are vintage charms and soft, romantic blooms.

Vintage Charm
The classic vintage look has arrived this season in full force. The vintage style can range from whimsical arrangements created in old watering cans to a more elegant look showed off in a mercury apothecary jar. Whatever the container, this nostalgic look can be achieved by incorporating romantic blooms such as, hydrangea, peonies, roses, lisianthus, or ranunculus. Adding a touch of dusty miller or seeded eucalyptus will add the finishing vintage touch to any bouquet. When choosing your vintage color palate remember it is all about washed out colors that look aged. While there are many options to achieve this stylish nostalgic look the use of soft pastels with undertones of gray are perfect for this design.

Picture from: http://www.lifetimemoms.com

Soft, Romantic Blooms
Nothing could accompany the vintage look better then the use of soft, romantic blooms such as peonies or hydrangeas. Along with these trend setting stems lisianthus, ranunculus, and roses will also be among the list of popular flowers used this wedding season. These gentle blooms are timeless and classic, which will give your event a romantic and opulent look.

Make sure to check back next week when I talk about more 2011 wedding trends for flowers including the use of unique textures, muted color palettes, and creative embellishments.

Have you seen?

The latest photo shoot by Kelli Hunt Photography featuring Oh My Cupcakes! and flowers by yours truly (Bella Rosa of course) is a must see!

There’s nothing like a bright, spring inspired photo shoot to make a dreary South Dakota day feel sunny and warm.  When picking out the flowers for this shoot, I chose to use hydrangea, dahlias, and tulips in white and stout pink to create a clean and fresh contrast.  Keep in mind, when picking flowers for arrangements, you want to have variety, with not only color, but also with the style of flower used.  Hydrangeas are great for helping to fill out an arrangement without a ton of cost.  Dahlias are a nice, hearty flower with tons or great details with all of the petals, making it a great pair to the tall and sleek tulip.  And don’t be afraid to mix up your container; by placing fresh stems in a blue mason jar, rather than a standard vase, you are able to add color and character without breaking the bank.  This style is great not only for weddings, but also baby showers, bridal showers or fun spring decor to brighten up your home.

For more pictures from this shoot make sure to head over the KHP Blog.

Flower Portfolio

I am constantly working with new clients and designs so if you haven’t done so already (or if you haven’t looked at it recently) make sure to take a peek at my portfolio page.

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Spring Tulips

Nothing says spring better then a beautiful bouquet of fresh cut tulips. After cold winter months these cheerful blooms often signify that warm weather is around the corner. As the world’s third most popular flower, tulips are in great demand all over the world. Every year billions of tulips are cultivated with the majority being exported from Holland. Tulips come in a wide variety of vibrant colors such as red, yellow, orange, purple, pink, and bi-colors. Whatever the color, tulips can be utilized in a multitude of ways including, home decoration, special occasion bouquets, or wedding centerpieces. These elegant flowers are said to signify a token of a perfect lover, passion, love, declaration of love, romance, fame, charity, and dreaminess.

Often tulips can be thought as a mischievous bloom that has a life of their own. The reason tulips never seem to stay in the spot where they were arranged is because unlike other flowers, tulips keep growing after being cut. To insure the longest vase life, buy tulips that are just starting to open. Before arranging, it is important to re-cut the base of the stem at an angle. Tulips are a thirsty flower and cutting the stem at an angle will help open up the flower’s water uptake channels. As with any flower arrangement check water levels daily and change when necessary for the longest vase life. You can expect to enjoy these charming stems for three to seven days.

I had to include this great tulip picture that I found at marthastewart.com

Creative Inspiration

I love color and design and it seems like I can never find enough sources for inspiration. And since I am such a visual person, blogs featuring great pictures really help spark my interest.

One of my favorite blogs lately that I just had to share is a creative mint.  The variety of color palettes, textures and specialty papers paired with flowers make it a must see for the creative artist or the crafty do-it-yourselfer.  Here are a few pictures as a sneak peek.  Hope you enjoy!

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Christmas Time

It’s hard to believe that it is already here, but Christmas will soon be upon us! Between the weddings, trade shows and silk orders for the holidays, the time just seems to fly by.

And as a sure sign that the holidays are in full swing, wreathes can be found all around town. Unfortunately, wreathes usually do not receive the recognition they deserve. They can be more than just evergreen and ribbon; a good holiday wreath can include anything from the traditional berries and pine cones to just carnations or bells. And whether you decide to go with fresh or silk, round or oblong, it is sure to help add warmth and character to any room. And since I always love pictures for inspiration, I had to pass along a fun post that I found on Christmas wreathes via marthastewart.com.

Here’s to a Merry Christmas filled with lots of friends, family and joy!

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Silk Show Friday & Saturday!

Make sure to come by and check out my silk arrangements on display today, December 3rd and tomorrow, December 4th at the Western Mall in Sioux Falls.  I will have a variety of seasonal and year-round arrangements available.  Plus they make great Christmas gifts, so buy one for you, your mom, grandmother, boss or another special person in your life.  See you there!