Monday, March 31, 2014

How To Save Money on Your Wedding Flowers

BRIDAL BLOSSOMS –An Educational Wedding Seminar

How to Save Money on your Wedding Flowers and Wedding Details

Join Whimsical Welcomes Floral Design at Columbia Station for a lovely afternoon of beautiful blooms and great ideas to help you plan your wedding.  Whimsical Welcomes will be displaying a variety of floral centerpiece styles.  Come and enjoy informative talks, tips from experienced professionals and dessert.  Let the magic begin!

** Check out our creative styles of centerpieces.   I’ll be teaching you about the many ways to save money on all of your wedding flowers.  I want your wedding to look beautiful no matter what your budget may be. 

** Tour the beautiful, unique wedding venue that is Columbia Station, an historic railroad station. Robert Ryan Catering will be presenting their mini dessert station for you to sample.

** Ron Dlutz Photography will give you good advice about that all important engagement photograph.  What ways can you incorporate it into your wedding?

** Joelene Russell of In Your Shoes Event Design will give you great tips about organizing the many details of your wedding including your budget. 
** Ask lots of questions in a relaxed atmosphere and soak up lots of information.

When: Saturday  April 12, 2014    1:30 – 3:30 PM  Seminar starts at 2 PM.
Where: Columbia Station  4 Bridge St. Phoenixville, PA 19460

Entry Fee:  $2.00 per person donated to Foundation Fighting Blindness

Please register at

Photos by Ron Dlutz

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Lurene & A.J. - A Truly Collaborative Wedding at Columbia Station

Lurene and AJ wanted to use a color palette of deep red and gold with accents of brown for their Fall wedding at Columbia Station. Lurene's Mom and Lurene are both crafty and wanted to be very involved in the wedding decor. Everyone - including AJ - added their own touches to this wedding to make it as personal as possible. I think they all did a fabulous job.

Lurene carried a bouquet made up of the gorgeous Hocus Pocus roses mixed with brown hypericum berries and yellow freesia.

AJ wore a matching rose backed by a silk Fall leaf.

I used a mix of yellow/gold alstromeria and red hypericum berries for the bridesmaids' bouquet while groomsmen wore the hypericum berries backed by a Fall leaf for their boutonnieres.

I filled the church's containers with a mix of burgundy and gold flowers.

AJ loves to try different craft beers. So we put his talent together with Lurene's crafty talents and came up with  fun cocktail table arrangements. AJ provided the "vases" - each bottle on every table was different - and Lurene tied them together with twine. She did a great job too! Those bottles did not move! I filled them with a mix of flowers.  Guests had a good time checking out all the labels.

I filled my brown metal container with a mix of burgundy and gold flowers for the placecard table.

Lurene loved the idea of adding a touch of brown wood to her tables so we used our logs and filled them with a variety of deep red/burgundy flowers. She also bought some deep red votive candles which looked great with her gold tablecloths.

Lurene provided tree slices for her tables. We added two of the lanterns she had collected plus a red vase of burgundy/gold daisy mums for some added color.

We used the small lanterns that Lurene had collected for her sweetheart table.

Congratulations to Lurene and AJ.   I'm wishing you a wonderful journey as you build your new life together!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Maureen & Michael are now Mr. & Mrs.

I have known the groom Michael since he was a very little boy.  My son Justin and he played together since they were youngsters and stayed friends into adulthood.  His family lives right up the street.  So when Michael got engaged to Maureen, I was thrilled to help them with their flowers.  Ironically, I had previously done the flowers for a wedding in which Maureen was a bridesmaid and had a photo of her in my album.  Small world.

Here is a picture of Michael in Justin's wedding.


And here is a picture of my son Justin with his wife Kate at Michael's wedding.

 While Maureen wanted to use bright Fall colors for almost everything at her wedding, she wanted her bouquet to stand out.  So she chose to us have her bouquet consist of just white roses and calla lilies with beautiful rhinestone pins throughout the flowers.  Michael also wore a calla lily boutonniere.

Bridesmaids'  bouquets were made up of dahlias, roses, hypericum berries and calla lilies.  Groomsmen wore boutonnieres made up of the dark pink rose with hypericum berries. 

Moms carried nosegays of Fall flowers. Michael's Dad Al wore a matching boutonniere of mums.

The weather cooperated for Michael and Maureen's wedding ceremony on the patio at Talamore Country Club.

I used a mix of Fall flowers and sunflowers in glass vases in front of the pagoda at the ceremony.

A close-up of the orange daisy pomanders that lined the ceremony aisle.

Michael actually chose these lanterns for the cocktail tables.

One of my very favorite touches at this wedding was the "heart plaque".  Each guest signed a heart on the board which would later be mounted on the wall at their home. The toss bouquet is lying on the table.

The livingroom area at Talamore Country Club is a great place to personalize a wedding. Michael and Maureen used a variety of candles to flank a personalized ceramic platter on the fireplace mantle.

Maureen chose to use three different centerpieces on her guest tables.  For the first third of the tables, I filled large round bowls with "gold dust" in the bottom.  On top I used a mix of brightly colored flowers in orange, yellow, green, and dark pink.  Maureen found wonderful Mercury glass votives to surround the bowls.

For the high pieces, I filled tall glass cylinders with branches of manzanita and stems of orange mokara orchids.  I hung gold threads from the branches and attached individual orchids to them. 

I filled small bowls with "gold dust" and Circus roses to surround beautiful lanterns which Maureen found.  These were placed on the final third of the tables.

In keeping with their white theme, Michael and Maureen's sweetheart table was  decorated with all white flowers.

Circus roses brightened up the couples' wedding cake.

Congratulations to Maureen and Michael.  It's so nice to see how happy you both are!  Much love to both of you!