Succulents

A new trend in wedding floral design is the use of hearty succulents. These unique plants are low-maintenance to care for because of their ability to store water in its leaves for a prolonged period of time. As a result, a succulent floral arrangement will outlast any bouquet.  This means they are a great option for brides, especially those hosting an outdoor wedding in South Dakota (because we all know how hot it can get.)

There are an endless number of varieties of succulents, but some of the most common ones include aloe, bear paw, black rose, hen and chickens, and many kinds of sedum.

Your wedding décor can also incorporate the use of succulents in a number of ways. From modern bouquets to unique boutonnieres, these unexpected stems will add a twist to any floral design. Pairing succulents with other blooms such as, billy balls, parrot tulips, or orchids will create an arrangement that will for undoubtedly surprise and impress your guests. Give your centerpieces a distinctive flair by pairing succulents with manzanita branches, pods, and protea. Whatever the combination, using succulents will add a unique, memorable element to any wedding or event.

I had to share these amazining photos that I found at the Stephanie Williams Blog.

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.

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!

Baby’s Breath is Back

I’ve just finished up a busy time with Valentine’s Day, and at some point during all of the craziness, especially after seeing all of the cards, candy and balloons this year, it made me think of the cliche bouquet: red roses with LOTS of baby’s breath.

For years, baby’s breath, also known as gypsophila or “gyp”,  has taken a back seat (and even I can admit I have tried to stay away from it.) However, in it’s defense, baby’s breath is coming back and is now being used in modern arrangements. Even brides who are looking for a vintage, country or boho feel (without a lot of expense) are incorporating baby’s breath into everything from ceremony decorations and centerpieces to solely baby’s breath for their wedding bouquets.

Find more inspiration on baby’s breath done right here.

Below picture from Primodonna Bride.

Black Tie Bridal Show Sunday

To all of those eager brides out there, the Winter Black Tie Bridal Showcase is going to be held this Sunday, January 23rd at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. I will be providing some over-the-top flower arrangements for Envision Wedding Studio. And since I can’t tell you this year’s theme for the table, you will just have to make sure to stop by and see it for yourself. Can’t wait to see you there!

Wedding Wire

If you have not done so already, make sure to take a peek at the Bella Rosa Floral wedding wire page to see additional pictures of flower arrangements, bridal bouquets, wedding centerpieces, plus previous client reviews and so much more!

Natural Wedding Inspiration

I love it when arrangements incorporate unexpected elements.  These pictures from Style Me Pretty are the prefect example of a great combination of colors and textures. Don’t think vegetables are only for consumption.  The natural elements of the cabbage along with the leaves, bark and pods add just enough character without being overdone. The orange orchids in the bridal bouquet also help to add interest and vibrant color.

Simple & Slightly Rustic Bridal Shoot

Recently I had the pleasure of working with Kelli Hunt Photography and Envision Wedding Studio in putting together elements for a simple winter bridal photo-shoot.

For the bouquet, I chose to use a variety of flowers including ivory hypericum berry, cream colored hydrangeas, brown pods and soft pink spray roses to create a mixture of textures and an organic feel without being too rustic backwoods. The soft creams combined with the browns and soft pinks are both subtle and feminine, not to mention the big colors of the season. This combination of flowers and colors is also perfect for anytime of year whether it be for a spring fling or a soft and airy summer affair.

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

New Year’s Inspired Palette

Nothing says a celebration like the metallic tones of silver and gold. And with New Year’s here this weekend, I’m passing on a little color inspiration to help spark your inner creativity thanks to the Perfect Palette. Keep in mind, when choosing flowers to go with this style of event, think soft and light such as white or ivory hydrangeas, ranunculus or even carnations.  Incorporate additional elements such as feathers to add a subtle, unexpected texture to the mix.

And to all of the brides and their families celebrating this weekend, congratulations!