Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Support a Starving Florist!

I have found a new hobby to fill my time & help keep my heat on this winter! :) Inspired by my friend who is due to have her first baby any day now, I have begun creating what I call "Couture" Baby Wipe cases. These are the travel size cases that can be refilled with any baby wipes. They are covered with different fabrics, ribbons, rhinestones, or whatever else I come up with! Here are a few samples I have created already.

These can be custom made with any color, style, decoration that you choose. The pricing schedule I have come up with is: Basic $15, Decorated (excluding rhinestones) $20, Rhinestones $25. These make perfect Christmas or Baby Shower gifts! I will be making them throughout the winter. If you would like to place an order, email me at

November24th: Reed/Barry Wedding

Finally, another wedding! Winter is very slow for a florist, so posts are going to be few & far between for a while! The bride carried a bouquet of gorgeous white amaryllis blooms accented with brown millet & folded aspidistra leaves. This was the first time I had used amaryllis in a wedding, but I loved it!
The bridesmaid carried a botanical assortment of berries, foliages, & grasses accented by white rannuculus blooms.The cake was 4-tiers talls with space between the tiers that I filled with hydrangea, rannuculus, & berries. Sandy Danner was the creator of this masterpiece!
The reception was held at Loose Mansion which was decorated beautifully for the holidays! We did centerpieces on all of the tables using cube vases that were provided by the mansion. Each table had individual flower types to achieve a clean, simple, yet elegant look. Flower types used were tulips, hydrangea, rannuculus, amaryllis, hypericum berries, kermit poms, & bells of Ireland.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Samples for Shana

November 3rd: Maria & Brian

Maria & Brian's event was held at Club 1000. The bride chose a palette of reds for her wedding flowers. Her bouquet was composed of roses, gerber daisies, dahlias, mini callas, & rosehips. She inserted a rhinestone monogram to represent her soon-to-be last name.The bridesmaids each carried a single flower variety from the bride's bouquet. I actually received a call during the middle of the day from one of the bridesmaids wondering if I had any left over flowers. It seems one of the bouquets was dropped in water & irretrievable during their photo session. Never fear, I was able to whip up another bouquet & have it delivered, but I sure would like to hear that story!
We did two different centerpiece styles for the reception tables. Pictured are my signature curly willow branches accented with fresh flower blooms & placed in a tall, sleek, cylinder vase. These were uplit from the bottom with disc lights for the event.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

November 3rd: Erin & Jeff

Another dream event for Bella Design Studio! I loved everything about this wedding! I met with Kris, aka MOB, this summer. She was visiting from Knoxville, TN to help her daughter with planning the big event. We clicked instantly! I knew right away, this was going to be a big weekend for me, but was looking forward to it from that moment on!

The bride wanted to carry a simple, yet modern bouquet. She loved to look of cream & ivory roses, but wanted to add some accents of deep fall tones. Her dress was gorgeous & the bouquet was the perfect match! I used a combination of Sahara & Champagne roses with accents of berzilla berry, chocolate cosmos, millet, & magnolia. The stems were wrapped with pieces of fabric from both of her grandmothers' wedding gowns. One piece was a sleeve with fabric covered buttons that I was able to use on the stems & position the buttons to provide the finished, button-down look. The bridesmaids wore floor-length, chocolate brown gowns. We wanted the flowers to "pop" against deep color. Therefore, I chose to use Black Magic & Tropical Amazon roses, Flame callas, rannuculus, chocolate cosmos, & millet. I wrapped the stems with chocolate brown, satin ribbon & accented with an overlay of copper wire.
Entering the reception site was somewhat like entering a fall event straight out of an edition of Martha Stewart Weddings! The site was Mildale Farm & everything about it was gorgeous, perfect, exquisite, & about a million other words I could use to describe it! I wish my pictures would of turned out better, but I am crossing my fingers that the photographer will have some excellent shots.

I actually began construction on this event on Sunday, and yes, I mean construction! Two of the main elements of the floral design were composed of curly willow & bittersweet, so I could start early! I even had to resort to the rental of a U-Haul to get the first load of decorations out the the farm!
The first project was a custom built, tabletop "tree". These would serve as the centerpieces on 10 tables at the reception. I began with pouring concrete bases that held a 3 foot tall metal pole. The pole was topped with horizontal bars to create a sturdy frame that could have just about anything wrapped, hung, strung, or strapped to it! I created the trees out of curly willow & bittersweet & wrapped the bases with an iridescent chocolate/caramel taffeta. The horizontal bars were camouflaged with green hanging amaranthus & fabric covered votive holders were hung by copper wire from the tops. The votives actually housed battery operated lights rather than votives. The lights illuminated the branches to provide a really cool look when the lights were dimmed for the party.
The hallway that connected the main room to the buffet was my second huge project after the trees were complete. We created somewhat of a wooded walkway with floor to ceiling curly willow & bittersweet branches. Battery operated votives were suspended from the overhead branches to provide a soft glow that drew your eye from the entry, through the reception room, into the buffet wing. I contracted a couple of friends to assist in this project & we began working on Thursday evening. Four hours later, we had it complete! I couldn't of done it without the help, so thanks a lot!
The buffets were extravagant & beautiful! Classic Catering did an excellent job! The main buffet was located on the west end of the barn & I created a huge arrangement to serve as the centerpiece for the room. I filled a large, footed, glass urn with Fuji apples, topped with a wreath of hydrangeas, roses, chinese lanterns, etc & finished the looks with fabulous Pottery Barn fall branches. It measured over 5 foot tall, but in the large barn, it was perfect! You could see it from the entrance on the east end of the building! My second centerpiece style was a rustic lantern with a full wreath of fall florals around the base. I used antique hydrangeas, roses, sunflowers, pumpkin vine, chili peppers, etc to create the lush display.
The traditional wedding cake was replaced with an amazing display of over 250 cupcakes from Baby Cakes! These were amazing! I have never seen their work before, so was very excited when they arrived. I helped put the cakes out because there were so many & time was limited...guests were already arriving to the farm! It was very hard to resist grabbing one on my way out the door! They smelled & looked awesome! I would definitely recommend them to anyone considering cupcakes! One more look at the reception room! This was an event to remember for a lifetime! I worked very hard but seeing the outcome was so worth it! Nothing compares to being able to create a mood/feel for an event & see it through to the end, making sure every detail ties together. Thanks to Erin, Jeff, Kris, & Tom for believing in me & giving me such a wonderful opportunity!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

October 28th: Brandy & Brad

Brandy & Brad capped off a busy weekend for Bella Design Studio! Their Sunday nuptials were held at Pilgrim Chapel in Kansas City, MO. The bride carried a bouquet of assorted red roses. I used Black Magic, Black Baccara, & Charlotte roses to create more interest by using various shades of red.
Her bridesmaids carried posies of Black Magic roses, flame mini-callas, purple lisianthus, gold kangaroo paw, & smoke bush.
For the altar I did the traditional, large arrangement but also did this gorgeous garland! It measured approximately 8 foot long & laid along the front edge of the altar. It was composed of fresh lemon leaf, tree fern, gerber daisies, roses, solidago, & lisianthus. There were also matching swags hung on both of the outer doors of the church.
The reception was held at the Arrowhead Club at Chief's Stadium. For a festive feel, I did the centerpieces in Chief's colors! I created a bouquet of red roses & surrounded them with a collar of solidago & placed in a cube vase.

October 27th: Jill & Nick

Another one to add to my list of favorites! Jill wanted a very natural, botanical look for her flowers. She really didn't want them to be to "flower-y" at all! I picked up everything I could find at my wholesaler that I thought fell into that range. The only identifiable flowers I used were mini callas, champagne roses, & hydrangea. Everything else was some kind of foliage, pod, berry, or unusual flower type.
I used berzilla berry, arabicum, stars of bethlehem, leucadendron, bush ivy buds, magnolia leaves, smoke bush, & even a few things that I don't know the name of! The bridesmaids wore chocolate brown dresses, so the various shades of greens, cream, & browns looked gorgeous!
The reception tables housed a few different centerpiece styles. On some tables I filled cube vases with chartreuse moss & inserted stems of stars of bethlehem & curly willow. They had sort of a natural, unstructured, whimsical appeal to them.
Other tables had a wide glass cylinder vase that served as a hurricane to 3 assorted size pillar candles. The candles were accented with hydrangea blooms, canella pods, & magnolia leaves.
The pew flowers at the church were clusters of hydrangea, berzilla berries, champagne roses, & smoke bush. The stems were placed in water picks & covered with chocolate brown ribbon. The bride took these from the church & placed in cylinder vases that were on the remaining tables at the reception.

The wedding was held at Country Club Christian Church & the reception was in the Broadway Room of the Uptown Theatre, both in Kansas City, MO.

October 27th: Teri & Kyle

Unfortunately, my camera died on me at this wedding! I only got a couple of shots & there were so many cool things! The bride's bouquet was a combination of colored roses & hydrangea. The bridesmaids each carried a single color rose from the bridal bouquet accented with green hydrangea. The altar flowers & centerpieces were really cool, so hopefully the photographer got some pictures & I can post them later!

The wedding was at Corpus Christi Catholic Church and the reception was held at The Eldridge Hotel, both in Lawrence, KS.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Baby Bling!!!

One of my closest friends is due to have her first baby in December. She has already picked the name, Madison, & we had their shower on Sunday. Naturally, I was in charge of decorations & I went crazy!!! I decided to do a theme & came up with what I call "Baby Bling"!
Of course, everything was glitter, sequin, or rhinestones! I hand painted & decorated wooden letters to spell out the baby's name with glitter, rhinestones, & sequined lady bugs & dragon flys. These decorated the dessert table which housed the blinged/bowed out cupcake tower. The letters were colored in shades to match the baby's bedding & will hang on the wall in her nursery.
We did the traditional shower games & I made prizes for both the mother-to-be & the guest who won the game. The winner got to take home floral arrangments with rhinestone centered gerbera daisies, roses, & stock. The vase was finished with a rhinestone belt buckle ribbon treatment.
The prizes for the guest-of-honor were blinged out baby essentials! We had rhinestone studded Mary Janes, blinged out baby bottles, & a fashionable travel wipe case with the Pampers logo displayed in silver & pink rhinestones. My friend did not know what the theme of her shower was going to be so I wrote a poem that went along with the game gifts to clue her in. It said:

What sparkles & shines is not only a ring
It can bring style & pizzaz to almost anything!
Fit for a princess or a stylish mom
I'm sure you'll find, these gems are the bomb!
So why run about with ordinary things
When you can show off your posh Baby Bling!
It turned out to be a huge hit & I received tons of compliments. I really had a lot of fun pulling everything together & can't wait to do it again!

October 20th: Megan & Cameron

Megan's bouquet was an array of deep fall tones consisting of burgandy dahlias, Leonida roses, Hocus Pocus roses, flame calla lillies, & antique hydrangea.
Her bridesmaids carried small clusters of deep red gerbera daisies accented with safari sunset & black ribbon.
She had several different style centerpieces. Pictured are the cylinder trios filled with bittersweet branches, topped with floating candles. We did the same arrangment with rose hips under water as well. On other tables she had small cube vases filled with different flower types of gerber daisies, dahlias, mums, or roses.

The wedding was held at Old Shawnee United Methodist Church in Fairway, KS and the reception was at Homestead Country Club in Mission, KS.

October 20th: Debbie & Jason

I don't have enough room on my blog or enough talent as a photographer to show everything I did for this wedding! Debbie had such good taste in flowers & colors that it was easy for me to create beautiful arrangments! The bride's bouquet was a very creamy collection of antique hydrangea, Sahara roses, chocolate cosmos, miniature cymbidum orchids, & smoke bush. Her colors for the day were chocolate & cafe, so this bouquet was perfect!
The bridesmaids carried bouquets in deep fall tones that really popped against their chocolate brown dresses. The flower selection was chocolate colored dahlias, Leonida roses, miniature cymbidium orchids, rosehips, & smoke bush. The stems were wrapped with a cafe colored ribbon.
At the reception, I actually created 3 different style centerpieces. The one pictured was a collection of 4 cube vases. 2 were filled with cymbidium orchids & 2 were filled with water & floating candles. The space between the vases was accented with bittersweet vases in order to "pull" the vases together. I also created hurricanes out of tall, square vases wrapped with a sash of cafe ribbon that held a pillar candle placed in a bed of white rose petals. The third centerpiece was a tall, antique brass, trumpet vase topped with a full arrangment of calla lillies, Sahara roses, antique hydrangeas, etc. My photos didn't turn out "blog-worthy"!
I didn't have anything to do with the cake...I just thought it was really cool! It was done by Locke's. The ribbon & bow on the cake are actually made of fondant! The wedding was held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in KC, MO and the reception was at Californo's.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Chiefs vs. Bengals

I gave my husband Chief's tickets for his birthday this year. He is a huge Chiefs fan, I just went along for the ride! I must say, I had a great time! I think I watched more there than I ever have on TV!

Our seats were awesome! I bought them online at & was really impressed with what I got. I liked how they let you choose your section & then show you what is available. We sat on the goal line, 15 rows back from the field. I paid a little over face value for the ticket, but thought it was worth the price. The pictures I have posted were taken from our seats, so not too shabby!