Why Roses for Valentines?

Everyone knows that the traditional and iconic flower for Valentine’s Day is the long stem red rose. Why is this?

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Well, Valentine’s Day actually originated during the Roman Empire as a celebration of Saint Valentine who, it was believed, performed weddings for soldiers forbidden from marrying as well as ministering to Christians. He was later executed by Emperor Claudius II- Valentine’s Day is actually an official religious holiday in various denominations.

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Photo by Syndicate Sales

Red: Love, Respect

Red: Love, Respect
Photo from Teleflora

After centuries of traditions becoming associated with the holiday the red rose now stands as the most widely recognized symbol. Red roses convey the message of love, passion and desire. During the Victorian era, flowers were commonly sent to convey complex meanings and messages as each flower had a specific meaning attached to it. This idea was the center of the popular book “The Language of Flowers”.

All flowers are beautiful but to send a clear message that says “I love you”, the red rose is the winner, hands down. A simple, single rose (at any time of the year) is a sweet gesture and send 3 dozen or 4 dozen long stem red roses REALLY makes the message clear.

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As a florist, part of the reason I love Valentine’s Day (apart from the sleep deprivation and very tired hands/feet) is talking with customers who want so much for their feelings to be expressed. The gentleman who looks over each rose and selects just the right one to be wrapped and taken home reminds me of why we do what we do. He wants to show his love. He wants it to be just right. It is just so sweet and I get to be there to help assure him she will love it and to make it special.

So whether it is a single rose budvase or a room full of roses, the message is the same. You are loved.Valentines Rose Winner

Purple Flowers for Weddings

Purple was traditionally the color of royalty and its rich color is not lost on today’s brides. From pale periwinkle to deep eggplant, purple has a myriad of shades which lend themselves to a variety of looks for your wedding. Since Pantone announced Radiant Orchid as the 2014 Color of the Year, purple will be taking center stage in the upcoming year. Radiant Orchid is a gorgeous medium purple with fuschia and pink undertones it combines will with a variety of colors.

Many brides try to match their flowers exactly to the bridesmaid’s dresses or linen colors but I always recommend a different route. Choosing a mixtures of shades in the color palette will make everything look more luxurious, textured and visible. If the flowers are all exactly the same shade it will look like a big ball of one color without any dimension. Let your florist incorporate varying shades for the most effective use of flowers and a final look that will be much more luxurious and less DIY.

IMG_0152Purple and blue bouquet of hydrangea, stock, roses & tinted mini calla lilies

hydrangea and calla liliesTall centerpiece that is also used at the ceremony

purple and white corsageCorsage with white spray roses, purple stock and periwinkle blue ribbon

purple wedding bouquetPurple bridal bouquet of lavender roses, purple hydrangea, kale, Florigene carnations, alstromeria, statice, stock and lavender

budget wedding bouquetShades of purple carnations with rhinestone jewels

purple wedding flowersLavender mini calla lily boutonniere

white and blush wedding bouquetWhite, peach and blush wedding bouquet with bold purple shoes {Photo by Wendy Gregory}

purple wedding detailsDark purple bridesmaids dresses {Photo by Wendy Gregory}

purple wedding shoesFun purple wedding shoes by Walkin On Air

Photograph by True Essence PhotographyDeep purple lisianthus and veronica {Photo by True Essence Photography}

Wildflower Wedding FlowersPurple & green wildflower bouquet (lisianthus, lavender, purple veronica, bi-color alstromeria, green trick carnations, bells of Ireland, seeded eucalyptus, scabiosa, curly willow & peacock feathers)

purple rosesShades of lavender/purple roses

affordable-centerpieces-015Contemporary centerpiece with color blocking

purple wedding ideasChandeliere with purple tulle fabric and hanging hydrangea & crystals {Photo by Jordan Iverson Photography}

jordan iverson photographyPurple wedding details {Photo by Jordan Iverson}

wedding flowers eugeneToss bouquet of dark Florigene carnations, stock, statice, lavender and hosta leaves {Photo by Jordan Iverson Photography}

florist eugene, oregonPurple bridesmaids bouquet

Fun centerpieces of hydrangea, roses, sedum, carnations & stock

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Shades of purple stock, roses, tulips and mini calla lilies

WED113 Mystic Spring

Beautiful spring wedding bouquet of hydrangea, iris, agapanthus and muscari

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Skinner’s Butte wedding bouquet of dahlias, carnations, hydrangea and roses

A Recap of 2013

2014 has arrived, and with it the freshness of new beginnings, hopes for a better year, and new years resolutions! While it is exciting to look forward to a new year imagining the adventures it will hold and planning a few of those yourself, this is also a great time to look back at the year we left and  learn from or laugh at it’s  experiences, and then go forward.

I’d like to do a recap of 2013 for Dandelions. So much happened last year that we’d like to remember it’ll be good to have it all in one place,  so here goes:

January:

The year starts off cold and foggy (as is usually the case in Oregon), but Bethany – Shirley’s granddaughter visiting from Minnesota – joins the design team and brightens the day:

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February:

This Valentine’s we start carrying Moonstruck Chocolate  – yum! But it’s also a sad time for us. Rosie a designer who’s worked here for 10 years will be moving to California. This is her last Valentine’s with us.

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March:

A much longed-for, sunny day, and the Dande-girls step outside to briefly bask in the warming rays.

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April:

It’s time for the Olympic Track and Field Trials, and we do the bouquets given to the winners. Here’s Shirley busy at work on some of those bouquets.

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May:

A Busy month – In the beginning of the month we do a  photo-shoot for the Register Guard Dash about brunch flower ideas for Mother’s Day. One is a contemporary table, and the other traditional.

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Debra Ann Wilson Eugene's Favorite Mom

We present the winner of our Mothers Day contest Eugene’s Favorite Mom Debra Ann Wilson with her well-won award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The day before Mothers Day is busy with our Make it for Mom event for kids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June:

This is graduation month, and we’re busy making and delivering beautiful flowers for the various graduations all around the UO campus.

Graduation flowers for UO

For their company event, Levi Strauss does a floral design class with us. They’re naturals!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July:

We get a visit from Teleflora’s Chairman, Tom Butler, and his wife Becky.

Teleflora Chairman Tom Butler and wife Becky

 

 

 

 

 

September:

What an amazing month! Our boss and owner of Dandelions – Shirley Lyons – is installed as President of the Society of American Florists. The first woman in the association’s 129 years, and the first Oregonian! We are so proud!

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Betty Jo Phillips Eugene's Extraordinary Grandparent 2013

We award Betty Jo Phillips her prize for winning our Eugene’s Extraordinary Grandparent 2013 contest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This month we also start carrying a fabulous new product – Beaded Flowers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October:

Another busy month! This Boss’s Day, we award Rich Spindler of DataLogic ADC (in the yellow shirt) with Eugene’s Best Boss 2013 award.

Best Boss 2013 Rich Spindler of Datalogic ADC (in yellow shirt)

We held our second annual Bras for a Cure event and raised $2950 going to the Willamette Valley Cancer Institute Foundation for the fight against breast cancer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the end of the month, the Dande-girls… and our customers get dressed up for Halloween!

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November:

This month Shirley celebrates her 60th birthday!

Shirley turns 60

Boys and Girls Club Fundraiser

We do some beautiful tablescapes for the Boys and Girls Club fundraiser.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December:

This month starts off with a record-setting snowfall that stays with us for a couple of weeks.

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We do a book-signing event for Bob Welch’s new children’s book Keyboard Kitten.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colt turns 1!!!

At the end of the month, our very adorable Colt celebrates his first birthday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now we’re ready for 2014, and it’s adventures!!

Vintage White Chapel Wedding

This was a very special wedding for an absolutely adorable couple who could not be any sweeter. Rachael and Jack have known each other since kindergarten and have been in each others lives ever since, although not as a couple until later in life. Having known someone for such an extended period of time certainly seems like a good foundation for a strong marriage. Thank you to Jay Eads Photography for the beautiful images captured here. To see more images visit Jay’s blog at jayeads.com.

wedding photographer eugeneRomantic vintage wedding in Creswell, OR {Jay Eads Photography}

Rachael wanted a vintage feel for her wedding. They chose the quaint Creswell Presbyterian Church for the ceremony with the reception following at Emerald Valley Country Club in Creswell. Rachael’s dress had custom sleeves added to the already beautiful lace gown and it looked amazing on her petite frame. She gave her bridesmaid free reign to choose their own bridesmaid dress in shades of green which created an eclectic feel. Her nephew ring-bearers even wore little knickers and suspenders! So cute.

lace wedding dressGorgeous lace vintage wedding dress {Jay Eads Photography}

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Don’t they look SO happy? {Jay Eads Photography}

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Exiting the church. Hooray! {Jay Eads Photography}

Rachael knew exactly what she wanted when it came to flowers. She requested a “picked from a field” look that was primarily seasonal greenery and grasses with touches of blooming flowers. In the week leading up to the wedding I spent a lot of time scouring Lane County to find a full assortment of greenery, grasses and herbs to design with. She wanted lavender in the bridesmaid’s bouquets and large arrangements but since the wedding was in August, past lavender season, I babied the lavender plants in our flower fields to make sure I had fresh lavender to use.

purple and green wedding bouquetShades of green bridesmaids dresses with loose, field-inspired bouquets {Jay Eads Photography}

Her inspiration picture for the bridesmaids included crab apples but she wanted something purple. I found these perfect baby crab apples that I tinted purple to create a similar look. For her wedding bouquet, Rachael wanted something the size and style of Kate Middleton’s famous bridal bouquet but with grasses and just touches of delicate white flowers.

petite wedding bouquet green and white bouquetSmall wedding bouquet of seasonal greens and petite white blossoms {Jay Eads Photography}

Shocks of wheat and bundles of lavender (a bridal DIY project) completed the look for the entrance to the church and at the reception. Large, meadow-inspired arrangements were transferred from wicker baskets at the church to wood boxes for buffet table arrangements.

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Bunches of lavender and shocks of wheat at church entrance {Jay Eads Photography}

Some of the other details that made this wedding standout:

  • Bride and groom silhouette images on guest book table, over head table and on ceremony programs

unique vintage wedding detailsHead table with wedding bouquets and DIY silhouette image on fireplace {Jay Eads Photography}

  • Rachael’s grandmother’s dress and antique typewriter on display at the reception with pictures of the weddings of grandparents

reception ideasGrandmother’s wedding dress and pictures made a conversation starter at the entrance to the reception {Jay Eads Photography}

DIY reception ideasFamily photos paired with other antique momentos {Jay Eads Photography}

dandelions wedding eugeneAntique typewriter with silhouette stationery {Jay Eads Photography}

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{Jay Eads Photography}

  • The vintage burgundy car, owned by Rachael’s father, was the perfect getaway car. Classic and vintage, it couldn’t have been more ideal. (see the first blog picture)

It was such a joy to design the flowers for this wedding for dear friends and turn Rachael’s classic, vintage vision into reality. Congratulations, Rachael and Jackson!emerald valley golf and resort creswell oregon

{Jay Eads Photography}

Yellow Wedding Ideas

Pantone Freesia is part of their Spring Fashion Report for 2014. Shades of yellow have been popular wedding colors and that trend will continue into this summer. Yellow and grey will continue to be seen for modern, chic weddings while the yellow & blue combination is often chosen for quaint, country weddings. For a spring wedding, pair yellow with paler shades of pink, green or lavender for a pastel palette or combine it with other bold colors of tangerine orange, coral or aqua for a bright, cheerful affair.

Erika Nicole 4Billy Ball Boutonniere {Erika Nicole Photography}

Erika Nicole 3Buttercream and bright yellow wedding bouquet with whites and jewels for a rustic chic outdoor wedding {Erika Nicole Photography}

milk glass budvases country weddingMilk glass budvases with babies breath, solid aster and billy balls- other tables held milk glass vases of spray roses, mini gerbera daisies, or freesia. Burlap table runners with table numbers made by the groom. {Erika Nicole Photography}

pomanderCraspedia and burlap flower girl pomander {Erika Nicole Photography}

wedding arch with burlap and flowersHand-made ceremony arch (again made by the groom) with burlap, chandelier and flowers {Erika Nicole Photography}

sunflowers, freesia, roses, billy balls, alstromeria and solid asterWedding Bouquet of sunflowers, craspedia (billy balls), roses, alstromeria, freesia and solid aster

IMG_0759Bright gerbera daisy bouquet

Jamie Zanotti 044Bold yellow freesia {Jamie Zanotti Photography}

Fun wedding favorsYellow Wedding Ideas- Koozie Favors

yellow corsage with burlap accentsButtercream yellow and bright yellow corsage

rustic bridal bouquetWhite, ivory, yellow & green wedding bouquet {Jamie Zanotti Photography}

bridesmaids bouquetYellow and navy blue wedding {Jamie Zanotti Photography}

blue and yellow centerpieceYellow & blue centerpieces {Jamie Zanotti Photography}

Jamie Zanotti 066Yellow details {Jamie Zanotti Photography}

Altar wedding flowersLarge ceremony flower arrangements {Jamie Zanotti Photography}

Daisy pew flowersYellow & white daisy pew decorations {Jamie Zanotti Photography}

tropical hotel flowersTropical arrangements of oncidium orchids, pincushion protea and bromeliad blossoms

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Yellow calla lilies

WED106 Curly Gerb Bout popupYellow mini gerb boutonniere

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