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First wedding of 2016

What a wonderful way to start the New Year with another Great Tampa Wedding. It was an honor to help in the creation of this amazing wedding at The Vault Downtown Tampa. Mark and Lindsey were amazing to work with. I was given a guideline of what they were looking for and I took it from there.  With Tammy Waterman of Special Moments Event Planning at the helm we created a Winter White theme. The Chuppah was adorned with a modern custom made chandelier along with lush floral tiebacks of Hydrangea and Ivory Roses. The aisle was lined with more than 400 roses that were turned into petals and tall cylinders with White Cymbidium Orchids submerged in water with floating candles.



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The wedding began with a full day of setup starting at Noon sharp.  Our crew was one of the first on site along with Coast to Coast Party Rentals with a gigantic stage to be set up for the band. After hours of setup the guest began to arrive and arrive and arrive.  The ceremony was standing room only.  Meanwhile the Mise en Place staff was steadily scurrying about creating a meal fit for a king.

Not long after the ceremony was over the real work began.  The Chuppah had to be removed, petals collected, and cylinders filled with water moved to guest tables to be completed with abundant arrangements of Hydrangea, Ivory Roses and White Phalaenopsis Orchids while the guests enjoyed horderves and cocktails in the Lock Box.

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As all the commotion and planned exchange of the ceremony to reception Chef Marie and Chef Carlos made their appearance with a beautifully designed wedding cake from Hands on Sweets.

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In the background Phillip Lloyd of Phillip Lloyd Photography was discreetly photographing all the changes and Michael Greenberg of Nature Coast Entertainment Services slipped in the door to set up the Photo Booth in the vault.

The band prepared for the guests and the party began.

There was one huge surprise by a gust appearance of the group Sister Hazel.

Once again it was so great to work with some of Tampa’s Best Wedding Professionals.

We at Apple Blossoms Floral Designs wish Mark and Lindsey many many years of Health and Happiness, and oh yes to Baby Jack as well.

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Montana Cowboy Themed Party

While on my visit to Kalispell, Montana I was asked to help with some floral arrangements for a friends party and I was more than happy to help.

These folks had a plethora of fun antiques to work with that I could just collect for the tables.

I collected everything from old medicine bottles to horseshoes.

It was great fun to create this Cowboy Canyon Style design for this festive party.

We started outside, but had to move inside due to weather.

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When we moved inside we added more fun things from around the house to the tables.

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Inside or outside it was a perfect evening including a singing Cowboy which was the icing on the cake.

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Montana Canyon Style Bridal Bouquet

My Montana Canyon Style Bridal Bouquet Challenge

While on my visit to Kalispell, Montana I decided to challenge myself in making a Bridal Bouquet and Boutonniere to match.  The adventure was great.  It started with collecting my first items on our trip to Hungry Horse Damn.  My travels took me into Glacier National Park as well as to Big Fork and White Fish.  Collecting items along the way.  A very good friend allowed me to use a stag horn from a Mule Deer as the base.  Everything I collected was more or less permanent or dried botanical.

Things such as a variety of pine cones from several types of trees, White Birch bark, Shale, dried grasses, leaves, and lichens.  When creating this bouquet I wasn’t quite sure just what to call the style until a very good friend mentioned Canyon Style.  I loved it and now I have my Canyon Style Bridal Bouquet to share with you.

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I also designed a Boutonniere to match.

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Montana Canyon Style Bridal Bouquet Challenge was a fun and great thing to create.

After creating it I gave it to a very good friend for her to use as a centerpiece on her dining table or to hang on her wall as a birthday gift.  It brought her to tears.  It now hangs proudly on her living room wall.

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Garden Bridal Bouquet Challenge

My Garden Bridal Bouquet Challenge

A couple of weeks ago I thought I’d challenge myself to creating a Garden Bridal Bouquet using only the flowers I had available in my garden.

 Garden Bridal Bouquet Challenge

First I collected all the flowers I wanted to use and hydrated them.

Testing them to make sure they would hold up.

Some flowers do not hold up as a cut flower.

By testing them first I was able see what would be the best flowers to work with and if this were a real bridal bouquet.

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Some of the flower and foliage I wanted to use do not have stems long enough to be incorporated into the bouquet so I have to wire and tape them so they can be added to the bouquet.

Once this was all complete I could begin to create the bouquet.

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Creating this bouquet was so much fun.

It tested my creativity with only the flowers I had at hand.

Below is the final product.

The flowers and foliage I selected were Succulents, Magnolia foliage, Pentas, Buddha Belly flower, Stephanotis, Knock Out Roses, Begonia foliage, Dusty Miller, Phalaenopsis  Orchids, Bamboo, Foxtail Fern, Marigold, Dahlia, Rosemary, Anthurium, and Gomphrena

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In the coming weeks and months I plan on continuing my Bouquet Challenge.

I’m planning on creating Bridal Bouquets with different looks and from places you might not think you will find things to create a Bridal Bouquet.

You can always follow me on Facebook by clicking HERE

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Tampa Garden Club Wedding

Amanda came to me to help her create her dream wedding.

The location was The Tampa Garden Club.

She was looking for something no one had seen before.

A romantic soft pastel garden theme.

She left me take the reigns and design her dream wedding.

Her Dad built an amazing gazebo for the ceremony that would become a permanent feature of her own secret garden.

We had so much fun creating her dream wedding.

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Vintage Weddings? That is the Question.

Vintage Weddings?

Yes that is the question.

In today’s terms the vintage wedding is something somewhat from the Victorian Era.

I guess you could call it that.  Everything is Vintage today.  Styles of the Vintage Wedding Eras have opened the doors to many different interpretations of what exactly is Vintage Weddings.

A bunch of Garden Roses, Queen Anne’s Lace, and Dusty Miller does not make a Vintage Wedding.

Vintage has become the new Shabby Chic.

These are not necessarily Vintage.

Vintage is based on design styles, times, and trends of the day in the past.

This Vintage is not really what I call Vintage, but a name set to the time of the day.

Doing research on True Vintage weddings according to periods of architecture and fashion design of a particular period and place in time.

Here are some examples of what Vintage Wedding Style is all about.

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Rainbow Wedding Network LGBT Wedding Expo April 12, 2015

Join Apple Blossoms Floral Designs and some amazing Wedding Vendors for the 6th Annual Tampa LGBT Wedding Expo.

Marriage Equality has finally arrived in Florida! What an amazing and exciting time to be starting the journey in your new life together! The team of RainbowWeddingNetwork would like to invite you & your partner to join us in celebrating this historic occasion at our 6th Annual Tampa LGBT Wedding Expo. The event will take place on Sunday April 12, 2015 from 12:30-3:30pm once again at the beautiful Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk hotel.

You’ll have the chance to mingle with a variety of LGBT-friendly Wedding Professionals, as you plan your Dream Ceremony. Photographers, DJs, Jewelers, Invitation Companies, Ceremony & Reception Venues, Caterers, Musicians and more. Other event highlights will include Fabulous Raffle Giveaways, Samples, LGBT-Specific Planning Ideas and Speakers to share thoughts on the recent victory for Marriage Equality in Florida. Come join the fun!


This event is free to attend; $5.00 donation per person is suggested, but we do ask that you pre-register for free tickets at

Help spread the word about this beautiful event! Invite friends and family to attend, share this page thru Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites. We don’t want anyone to miss the opportunity to join us!

Sunday April 12th, 2015

Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk
200 North Ashley Drive
Tampa, FL 33602
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Valentine’s Day at Apple Blossoms Floral Designs

We are looking so forward to Valentine’s Day.

Our shop will be filled with all kinds of flowers.

We will have the traditional Red Roses, but we are more excited about all the amazing flowers that are on their way from all over the world.

From Holland too Ecuador the flowers will be amazing.

We have found in years past that we sell more mixed flower arrangements than the typical Rose Arrangement.

Studies have shown that most women would like to receive more unique flowers rather than Roses.

For this reason we have things like Daffodils, Tulips, Garden Roses, Gerbera Daisies, Phlox, and Oriental Lilies arriving.

Not to mention Tropical Flowers such as Bird of Paradise, Cymbidium Orchids, Pin Cushion Protea, Dendrobium Orchids, and Much More.

Here are some pictures of just a few of the amazing flowers that will be arriving next week to fill all the special Valentine’s Day orders.

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Artificial Flower verses Fresh Flowers

Often I hear from my Brides that they are told Silk Flowers or Artificial Flowers are Cheaper than Fresh Flowers.  Well yes and no.  Silk Flowers come in so many qualities.  From the Dollar Store variety to High End Botanically Correct Flowers that will fool many.  I once had a Cymbidium Orchid in my shop the went out of bloom.  An Orchid Wholesaler who frequented my shop came in and was amazed at the beauty of the orchids flowers.  I had to take him over to it to prove that it was an artificial Cymbidium Orchid stem I had added to the plant.

Hew was in amazement at how real it looked.

If I can fool an Orchid Grower I can fool anyone with Botanically Correct Artificial Flowers.

Today on Facebook I posted these beautiful Peonies.

Artificial Peonies

People were in love with them.

They are not real.  These are some of the finest and they retail for $4.99ea.

A fraction of the price of the real this time of year.

Today I priced Fresh Peonies at a retail price between 12-18 dollars each depending on the color.

That’s a big difference in cost, and would have no hesitation to use these in a bouquet with fresh flowers.

I’m looking forward to creating a Peony Bridal Bouquet with these for a sample in my shop.

Silk and Artificial flowers range greatly depending on the detail and the manufacture.

If you choose wisely and Botanically Correct Artificial Flowers you can truly full anyone and possibly save money.

I’ll guarantee you as a florist with 33 years in the business these will even full me.

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Bridal Bouquet Costs

I’m often asked how much is a Bridal Bouquet?

Well it all depends on the types of flowers you want to use and the style.

It’s not always cheaper to use lesser expensive flowers if you are looking for a cascade styled bouquet.

Cascade Bridal Bouquets traditionally are more expensive.

Cascade Bouquets require sometimes hours of labor to create.

Cascade Bridal Bouquet

Many of the flowers have to be wired and taped to create the cascading style of the bouquet.

Where the Hand Tied Bridal Bouquet tends to be less labor intensive.

Although some Hand Tied Bridal Bouquets do require certain flowers to be wired and taped which will increase the cost of the bouquet.

You can expect to pay anywhere from 75 – 100% more for a Cascade Bridal Bouquet over the Hand Tied Bridal Bouquet.

Hand tied Bridal Bouqet

If you are looking to save money on your Bridal Bouquets my suggestion is to stick to simple flowers such as Hydrangea and Roses in a Hand Tied Bouquet Style.

These flowers are in season all year round.

A Traditional Hand Tied Rose Bride’s Bouquet typically starts in the 50-70 dollar range depending on how full you want your bouquet.  This is using your traditional Standard Roses.  If you are looking for Garden Roses you can expect to spend 50-75% more for these since Garden Roses are much more delicate and don’t last as long as the Standard Roses.

Hand Tied Standard Rose Bridal Bouquet

Hydrangea Bridal Bouquets are on the lesser expensive end of the spectrum.

If you stick to the White or Light Blue Hydrangea you can have a bouquet created starting at 25 dollars and up.

When you select specialty Hydrangeas such as Lime Green, Deep Purple, Dark Blue, Deep Pink, etc.  You can add up to 75 – 100% to the cost of the bouquet.  These Hydrangea are typically much smaller than the White and Light Blue and are more expensive.  It will take more to create a bouquet of the same size.

The White and Light Blue Hydrangea can be tinted to create the same look and feel as the darker varieties.

If I have a Bride looking for deep purple Hydrangea I will typically use up to 4 different shades of flower tint to create the natural look of the deep purple Hydrangea to keep it looking natural.

Hydrangea Bouquet

In my opinion spend the money on the Bridal Bouquet and when it comes to the Bridesmaids Bouquets simplify and save money.

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