Wedding Wednesday :: Ceremony Decor

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wedding Wednesday :: Long Table Designs

Wedding Wednesday :: Bikes with Flowers

Wedding Wednesday :: Pink Bridal Bouquets

Wedding Wednesday :: Fireplace Mantles

Ornate Fireplace Mantle floral design of all green foliages and white flowers

Designer Unknown

White washed fireplace decorated with candles, garlands and pale pink flowers

Designer Unknown

French Country House Flowers, Vela Images, Fireplace mantle decorated with flowers and rectangular table with a flower garland

French Country House Flowers
Vela Images

Hot Pink flowers decorating a fireplace mantle

Designer Unknown

The winner of Paula Pryke’s book is…

Congratulations to Green Goddess Flower Studio, of Cape Town, South Africa!
Paula and her team selected your lovely bouquet as the winner!

Green Goddess Flower Studio wins a copy of Paula’s new book: How to Plan Your Wedding

Paula Pryke, How to plan your wedding book cover

Thank you to everyone who entered a lovely pink bouquet into the contest!!

Margaret Burnette, hot pink gladiolus blooms

Margaret Burnette

Cascading bridal bouquet with pink roses and white daisies and baseballs

Designed by Lisa Bellacicco

Wedding Wednesday :: Chuppahs

Fabulous Florist :: Gertie Mae’s Floral Studio

Gertie Maes Floral Design
Your name: Sherry Donnelly
Your Business name: Gertie Mae’s Floral Studio
Your Location: North Georgia

How did you start your business?
I accidentally found a hidden talent within me kind of late in life when I was 38. I played around with flowers, dabbling in weddings and working from my basement. I wanted to move back to a town where my family had lived previously, so I struck out on devising a business plan that would fit the community. Because my grandmothers were naturally talented at gardening and arranging, I decided to name my store after them-Gertrude and Mabel Mae- Hence Gertie Mae’s was born in 2003!

How many years have you been in business?
I am currently in my 11th year of business and extremely thankful to still be thriving since the 2008 financial crisis. I have made lots of changes I like to call “morphing” in order to sustain the business.

What is your design aesthetic?
I would say it’s organic, natural, full of texture, and gardeny!

How do you create your style and where do you draw your inspiration?
I am not sure how to answer that. I feel it creates itself…I start working with lovely flowers and fresh elements and at some point the design is complete. My inspiration can come from so many different places…that is difficult to nail down. A song, a memory, a piece of fabric…it’s always different.

Are you a retail shop, studio/warehouse or home based?
Yes! I started in my basement in another state, then opened a storefront in the downtown of our community with a full service menu. I am currently in a studio setting providing mostly weddings and events only. I have run the gamut of business styles and can honestly say I love the present one the best!.

Do you offer any services in addition to floral designs?
I can plan and design the entire event when a client desires that extra service.

What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?
Floral glue and wire!

What’s your favorite flower?
I have a hard time answering that question since I love so many of them equally. The special childhood flowers that bring back the sweetest memories of my grandmothers for whom my business is named for are the Lily of the Valley and Viola or “johnny jump up”.

Anything else you’d like to share with Flirty Fleurs followers?
I hear people say they have no creativity and I don’t believe that. We all have it inside of us…when you find it, run with it cause it’s so much fun!!

Your contact information:
www.gertiemaes.com
https://www.facebook.com/gertiemaesdesigns
https://twitter.com/gertiemaes
http://www.pinterest.com/sherdon/

Wedding Wednesday :: Rainbow Flowers

Did you see that title and become concerned?! Concerned you are about to look at a whole post of rainbow dyed roses?! Don’t worry, I found lots of cool Rainbow Weddings with color blocking. It takes a certain kind of bride (daring) to go down the Rainbow path, but done right the flowers really can look cool!

What’s the most requested flower this wedding season?

Recently I sent out a twitter request & email to our mailing list, asking for input on seven different questions. Thank you to everyone who sent in their replies!!

Question #7:
What’s the most requested flower this wedding season?

Peonies!
By Rose of Sharon Floral Designs of Arkansas

bouquet with peach and coral flowers

Designed by Rose of Sharon

peach and pink bouquet

Designed by Rose of Sharon

Our brides have definitely joined the peony obsession, especially in their bouquets. When peonies are not within their budget, our brides love English Garden Roses as a substitute. Orchids are also highly requested and used within our special event designs.
Jennifer of Mancuso’s Florist of Michigan

white and blush bridal bouquet

Designed by Mancuso’s Florist

white bridal bouquet

Designed by Mancuso’s Florist

pink peony bridal bouquet

Designed by Mancuso’s Florist.

We are always behind the trends in South Texas. Succulents are huge now, everybody is using them.
Sheri of Blumen Meisters, Texas

bridal bouquet with succulents and anemones

Designed by Blumen Meisters

pink and orange bridal bouquet

Designed by Blumen Meisters

Probably the most requested flower this season is garden roses.
Kris of The KRISanthemums, Oregon

peach stock and pink rose bouquet

Designed by KRISanthemums

It’s become a running joke for us this year that if it doesn’t have dusty miller in it, it’s not a wedding. (We have our share of succulents, too.)
Gerry & Rebecca of Petal’s Edge Floral Design, Virginia & Washington DC

orange succulent bouquet

Designed by Petals Edge

pink and white bouquets

Designed by Petals Edge

pink and blush centerpiece

Designed by Sophisticated Floral Designs

bouquet with dusty miller and peach flowers

Designed by Petals Edge

Most requested flower? The Coral Charm Peony. No surprise there.
Sue of White Magnolia Designs, Washington DC

blush bridal bouquet

Designed by White Magnolia Designs

peony bridal bouquet

Designed by White Magnolia Designs

Succulent, followed by hydrangea, ranunculus and garden roses.
Lora of Sophisticated Floral Designs, Oregon

coral and white bridal bouquet

Designed by Sophisticated Floral Designs

blue and white floral centerpiece

Designed by Sophisticated Floral Designs

succulent boutonniere

Designed by Sophisticated Floral Designs

white grey and yellow bouquet

Designed by Sophisticated Floral Designs

purple and orange bouquet

Designed by Sophisticated Floral Designs

orange roses and orchids and succulent bouquet

Designed by Sophisticated Floral Designs

white hydrangea and succulent bouquet

Designed by Sophisticated Floral Designs

boutonniere with succulents

Designed by Sophisticated Floral Designs

woodland centerpiece

Designed by Sophisticated Floral Designs

Peonies. I’m starting to not like them as much. The growers cannot seem to meet the demand and a lot of the plants are inmature leading to small buds and high prices. Let’s also add to this list anything blush and muted colors.
Alexandra, Exquisite Designs, Illinois

pink and orange flower centerpiece

Designed by Exquisite Designs. Photograph by Ashley Biess Photography

Orange fall flower centerpiece

Designed by Exquisite Designs.

pink and green flower centerpiece

Designed by Exquisite Designs.

Red flower arrangement

Designed by Exquisite Designs.

pink and white flower centerpiece

Designed by Exquisite Designs.

The most requested flower this past spring was ranunculus. A close second was peony. For this summer the most requested flower is dahlia.
Kate Sparks, Lilies and Lavender, Pennsylvania

white and pink flower centerpiece

Designed by Lilies and Lavender

dahlia bridal bouquet with crape myrtle berries, dill and sea oats

Designed by Lilies and Lavender

Peonies!
Jane of Budget Blooms, British Columbia, Canada

white peony and queen anne's lace bouquet

Designed by Budget Blooms