Light Pink Wedding

We often get requests from brides for peonies throughout the year. Unfortunately, peonies have a short growing season locally. The season is extended slightly through farms that grow peonies in Alaska and South America. So for the bride who wants a peony look but can’t afford the $15-$30 a stem price of off-season peonies, garden roses provide an excellent alternative.

white and pink peony wedding

This wedding had a very pink theme! The bridal bouquet and bridesmaids bouquets were pink and white and the flower girls carried sweet pink pomanders. Helga Piaget garden roses, Mariatheresa garden spray roses and blush pink ranunculus created a soft pink look. The bridal bouquet was collared with silver dusty miller. and had locket pictures attached to the stem wrap. Very pretty and feminine!

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White garden roses, pink garden spray roses, pink ranunculus and dusty miller

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Stunning, large bridal bouquet

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Incorporating pictures into the bridal bouquet

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Bridesmaids bouquets with peony look-alikes

wedding corsage

Elegant wedding corsage with pink ranunculus on a pearl and rhinestone bracelet

pink wedding boutonniere

Pink and silver groom’s boutonniere

wedding pomanders

Flower girl pomanders

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Pink mini carns look like mini peonies on these wedding pomanders

Charlotte and Thane

Over Labor Day weekend I designed for a wedding that was my favorite this season. This was partly because of the gorgeous mix of colors and flowers but mostly because Charlotte, the bride, was such a doll. I enjoyed working with her and her family on her bridal shower, rehearsal dinner and wedding flowers. Charlotte gave me free range when it came to flower varieties- she just wanted the overall look to be colorful…but muted. I spent many nights lying in bed contemplating the perfect combination to create the color palette. Trying to achieve a feeling that colors had been left out in the sun and faded took some thought. Many flower varieties (especially dahlias and garden roses) vary in color intensity throughout the growing season so I constantly had my eye on what the growers were bringing each week to make sure my selection was correct.

Since the wedding was at Deep Woods, which is a rustic venue, I wanted the flowers to feel at home in that atmosphere. Maidenhair fern, rosemary and sage as greenery brought in the woodsy feel and aspidistra leaves added a more upscale feel to the centerpieces. Charlotte’s bouquet included: “Juliet” David Austen roses, “Flame” mini calla lilies, magenta freesia, purple veronica, magenta carnations, green cymbidium orchids, “Jitterbug” dahlias, “Pooh” dahlias, zinnias, cockscomb and more.

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The reception centerpieces were each slightly different but a fantastic mix of colors and seasonal flower varieties. Charlotte also had bathroom flowers, bar flowers and buffet table flowers. Down the aisle I placed single blossoms of dahlias with colored burlap ribbon twirled inside the hanging vases. Instead of a traditional flower arch that is usually seen on wedding arches or pergolas blossoms of cymbidium orchids, roses and carnations were strung to create flower garlands. This looked great and added to the modern but rustic feel.

A huge THANK YOU to Charlotte for letting me be a part of your big day and Congratulations!

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.

rustic wedding centerpieces

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!

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.

Country Chic Wedding

This was such a fun wedding! Working with the bride, Mindi, was a treat and all of the special touches made the event top notch. Mindi chose the best of the best for her vendors including Essig Entertainment and Moxie Events. Her groom, Nick, was also very involved with the wedding planning which was sweet that it meant so much to him.

The wedding and the reception were held at Smith Oaks Ranch on Lorane Hwy in Eugene. Nick built the ceremony arbor himself and guests were seated on covered straw bales. The reception was in another cleared field area and the rectangular tables were a fresh alternative to the traditional rounds. The burlap table runners were hand-made as well as the burlap “Just Married” banner. We added simple milkglass budvases to each table, wine barrels and buffet tables. The overall look of the centerpieces was cohesive but each table had a different combination of flowers.

For Mindi’s bridal bouquet in shades of yellow and white I used “Alexandra” roses, “Butterscotch” roses, freesia, yellow-green cockscomb, hydrangea, stock, “Helga Piaget” garden roses and “Moonstruck” spray roses. Lots of jewels were added for plenty of sparkle.

These pictures were taken by Dandelions but if you want to see more of the wedding, check out Erika Nicole who photographed the event.

Pretty Pink Wedding

One of our sweet sales clerks, Sophie, got married to her beau, Todd, this August and the flowers were a perfect reflection of Sophie’s sweet, bubbly personality. They were married at a local church and then the reception was held at Sophie’s parent’s rural country home. Since Sophie is definitely a girlie-girl there were lots of pink touches and plenty of tulle!

Wedding consultant, Julianne, worked with Sophie to turn her fantasy wedding into reality. We ordered in a variety of rose that is actually called “Sophie”… HOW PERFECT! She also used nerine lilies, hydrangea, roses, freesia, cymbidium orchid blossoms and green “Athos” poms. The bridal bouquet was made even more stunning by adding bead details to loops of lily grass. This was reflected in the groom’s boutonniere as well.

Sophie did the reception centerpieces herself using birch branches, the green poms and lighted branches that really showed up once the sun went down. We are so happy for Sophie and Todd and were glad to help one of our own make her dream day come true!

Recent Weddings at Dandelions

This amazing tan orchid with pink veins looked amazing in this bouquet

An orange and pink bridal bouquet for a “Hawaiian” theme wedding

Although it was a Hawaiian themed wedding, the bride wanted more traditional flowers so we brought in white freesia that were reminiscent of plumeria

These unique tan and pink orchids brought a touch of tropical

The starting bouquet created in shades of green including hydrangea, green trick carnations, sedum, rosemary, poppy pods, green chrysanthemums, ti leaves and a moss orb.

The light green Mega Beaded wire intertwined in this bouquet added a touch of modernity for the bride who likes a little something different

Adding in more natural elements like the curly willow, eucalyptus pods and seed pods turned the green bouquet into a natural and earthy statement.

Stem wrap treatment using 2 shades of bullion wire

Three shades of carnations combined to make this bridesmaid’s bouquet. Grouping the colors together keeps it from looking like polka-dots

A great way to differentiate a bridal or maid of honor bouquet is to add a touch of glam with jewels or crystals

I love this Diamond Wrap that can be used on a stem wrap, around vases or applied to corsages & boutonnieres

A traditional combination of roses and hydrangea get an natural makeover with grasses and pods

Adding interesting foliage keeps these hydrangeas from looking to rounded for this bride who wanted a looser, more natural feel

Green, peachy-coral and purple bridesmaid’s bouquets

One of my favorite bridal bouquet creations to date…the David Austin roses in this were just stunning!

 

Prom Corsage Trends 2012

Animal Print

Whether you want to coordinate your corsage with the theme of your dress or just add animal print with your corsage, this trend still big this year.

Rhinestones & Bling

Crystals, diamonds, rhinestones and bling never go out of style. Add some serious glitz to your prom fashion with sparkling corsage wristbands, glitter jewels or rhinestone sprays.

Polka Dot

Natalie Portman rocked the polka dot look at the 2012 Oscars and shows this look can be both fun and classy.

 

Feathers

Add an exotic flair to your ensemble with feathers- peacock, ostrich or glitter. Feathers add either a gothic or adventurous look to any corsage or boutonniere.

Image courtesy of True Essence Photography

Flower Accessories

Armbands leave your hands free for dancing or eating, rings are perfect for a simple floral accessory and the wire wristlets are a much more modern take on corsages.

Prom Boutonnieres

Get inspired with these designs to try something new for prom this year. A standard rose with babies breath is fine but your prom flowers could be so much more fun! Don’t resign yourself to the corsages and boutonnieres of old…today’s styles are modern and true pieces of art.

Yellow rose with gold wire

“Sparkle” boutonniere

Blue Delphinium Boutonniere

    

2012 Prom Party

Come join us at our 2nd Annual Prom Party! See what all the new styles and trends are and try on different looks to see which is right for you! Our staff will help you select the perfect corsage or boutonniere to compliment your prom look. It’s FREE… and who couldn’t use a little Red Bull & pizza?

  • Tuesday April 10th and Wednesday April 11
  • 5:00-7:00 pm
  • At Dandelions Flowers & Gifts 1710 Chambers St.
  • View and try on fun, new corsage styles and see interesting options to make your corsage/boutonniere stand out
  • Pizza, Red Bull, and snacks provided
  • Enter to win your corsage or boutonniere order
  • Win additional prizes with our Facebook Prom Contest- posting your pictures on our Facebook page or tagging Dandelions