Wild Flowers For Weddings

Posted by hchapple on Jan 07, 2013

As we enter into the new year, many brides will start to define the look of their wedding flowers. I thought now would be a great time to let brides know that choosing “wild flowers” as a type of flowers is awesome, but only if you choose the look because it’s what you prefer and not because you believe this is a cheaper option. As a floral designer with a focus on brides and wedding flowers, I am often asked to design wedding flowers that look like “wild flowers.” This request is often followed by, “I want a bouquet that looks like it was just gathered from the field.”  Wild flowers for weddings is a look or a vibe. The look can be obtained by a designer that is carefully gathering, styling and arranging the flowers. As long as the bride is choosing this type of design because it’s the look that most appeals to her, all will be great. However, some brides believe that asking for wildflowers indicates a cheaper design option and that is simply not the case. Unfortunately, there is not a free wild flower field waiting somewhere for florists to pop by and cut from. Many designers myself included, work with local growers or grow as well. These locally grown stems are every bit as valuable as flowers from the wholesaler. In fact, many of my local growers charge more per stem then the regular flower wholesaler. In actuality, these blooms are specialty blooms, there is a limited amount of production, they are ultra fresh and super unique. Remember, each flower is a miracle, each bloom takes months to grow, hours to cultivate and harvest. The flowers that will be a part of your wedding day are works of art!

All photographs were taken by local DC photographer Anne Robert. Designs were created with flowers from the gardens of Holly Heider Chapple.

 

2010 National Stationery Show – Bloomin’ Promotions

Posted by acursaro on May 28, 2010

Bloomin' Promotions Booth at the 2010 National Stationery Show

Bloomin' Promotions Booth at the 2010 National Stationery Show

At the 2010 National Stationery Show there was certainly a “green” trend and Bloomin’ Promotions, a small family-owned company, was by far the most impressive to me!  Bloomin’ Promotions is first a promotional/advertising company, but when you dig deeper they offer some of the most innovative green wedding products out there.  They produce seeded paper (yes, you plant the paper, water it and watch gorgeous wild flowers grow!) and even offer stock and custom designed invitations and stationery, as well as some of the coolest die cuts I’ve ever seen.  Their wedding invitation line is brand new and it’s really incredible how beautiful this completely “green” product is – everything is made from 100% recycled paper and they use soy-based or water-based inks and organic pigments.

Check out some of the photos of their amazing work from their new Wedding Line in their NSS Booth:

Bloomin' Promotions Wedding Invitation Line

Bloomin' Productions Wedding Invitation Line

My favorite – plantable coasters and plantable die cuts added onto an invitation!

Bloomin' Promotions Wedding Invitation Line
Bloomin’ Promotions Wedding Invitation Line

I adore Bloomin’s Wish Kits, write your wish, plant it and watch it grow – a fantastic favor for your guests!

Bloomin' Promotions Wish Kit

Bloomin' Promotions Wish Kit

Bloomin’ also offers Seed Paper Bags, a wonderful, earth-friendly option when creating Welcome Bags for your guests.  Already have a custom designer like baci in mind to create your wedding stationery?  No worries, Bloomin’ Promotions offers Seed Paper Sheets in multiple colors and they even offer a custom seed option.  A fun little idea if your colors include orange or sage – give your guests seeded paper stationery with edible seeds – sage paper can include parsley, chives, basil or lettuce while orange paper has carrot seeds.

Inspiration Board: Zinnias, Mason Jars and more!

Posted by Jeffra on Jan 25, 2010

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Creative Idea: Find colored mason jars, you can order them online, OR start collecting them yourself. This is a great way to save on the cost of vases, and if you’re going for a more organic look, the different shapes and sizes can add a special touch to your centerpieces.