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Petal Talk Flower Trends for 2011

Wedding flower color trends for 2011 are primarily going to be earthy tones with accents of contrasting embellishments.   Shades of champagne, blush, apricot, and butter-cream will intertwine for romantic-vintage style wedding.  Natural embellishments such as champagne ostrich feather or white stones create an earthy appeal to the decor.  By adding simple adornments of antique lace sashes around the vases, or wrapping the bouquet with an elegant brocade ribbon will add the finishing touch for a vintage look.


Cream Roses, spray roses, ostrich feather and a brocade wrapped handle make for a very vintage looking bridal bouquet.

Vintage Bridal Bouquet

Another rising beautiful color palette is celadon, lilac, and slate.  Flowers that are naturally celadon are chestnuts, hydrangeas, lady’s mantle, lady slipper orchids, roses, hypericum berries and greenery to name a few.  Lilac is a soft purple tone that gives earthiness and color to the designs.  Creating softness against the lighter celadon blooms.  Slate adornments that create a misty look are incorporated for a refreshing feel.

Celadon and lilac bridesmaids bouquet

Celadon and lilac bridesmaids bouquet

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Blossom’s First DIY Bride

Donya, our Bride along with  her friends and family had a great time in the studio designing  centerpieces for her Wedding with a little help from Blossom.  Creamy white Carnations, and green “Kermit” poms were used in abundance to create the 18 wreaths for the guest tables.  The “Do it Yourself” concept allows a bride to come into the studio and design her own floral with help and is budget friendly.

DIY party

Once the centerpieces are completed, Donya had the option to take them home with her and place them on the tables herself, or store them in our large walk in floral cooler.  She chose to store them in the chilly environment and have us deliver them to her ceremony and reception site.  Here they are sitting pretty and waiting for their final destination.

Carnation and pom cernterpieces in the cooler waiting for the big day.

The  reception was held at The Mansion at Judges Hill.  We have had the joy of working with the awesome staff at the Mansion and are always excited at another chance.   The tables looked exquisite with navy blue and lime green table runners.  The Carnation and pom wreaths were placed around tall colored glass bottle vases that were adorned with silver beaded sprays jetting from the tops.  These were fun and economical centerpieces that looked far more costly than they were!

Festive DIY centerpieces!

The team made 18 wreaths at the DIY party, and when we were setting the tables, there were only 17… What to do with the last one?  Celia, a Blossom’s floral Designer,  came up with the fantastic idea to suspend the last arrangement around the squatty sweetheart tables vases for a unique twist on the design.  Way to get creative!

Cute squatty centerpiece

I have seen many candy bars in my days, but I liked this one so much, I had to share it with you.  The apothocary jars were filled with lime green and navy blue candies of all sorts.  Before we called it done and left the Mansion, Celia and I decided to help the family of the Bride finish up the presentation.  I think we ended up with a sugar rush!

Candy Bar

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Allan House Open House Event

We have been busy with helping local venues showcase their fabulous locations. Here are some details from the last month and pictures to share!

The Allan House
1104 San Antonia Street
Austin, Texas
Contact: Whitney 512.478.8654

Located in the heart of Downtown Austin, The Allan House offers a uniquly spacious Victorian mansion with tons of Texas history and Victorian charm. Complete with a romantic courtyard filled with ancient oak trees and enough room to host your wedding ceremony outdoors. The house was built by Scottish immigrant in 1883 and boasts wide verandas and old-fashioned parlors.

The Allan house was recently named the Best Spot for an Austin Wedding on About.com. The open house was held onTuesday, September 27th at 6 in the evening. Blossom’s along with many other vendors were invited to showcase our wares for the night. Here are some photos and thoughts from the event.

September open house at the Allan House

September open house at the Allan House

We decorated the entry way to the house with clusters of seasonal Ghords and pumpkins resting on top of a blaket of sheet moss. The grouping was accented with festive bicolor “Carnival” Roses, mums and hypericum berries.

Gorgeous pumkin clusters and flowers

Gorgeous pumkin clusters and flowers

Lanterns were all aglow as guests arrived and signed in at the entry table.

The theme was pumpkins and lanterns

The theme was pumpkins and lanterns

The centerpeices in the courtyard were modeled after the dozens of dangling white paper lanterns that the Allan house has hanging in the trees. These huge bubble balls filled with a rolling hill of sheet moss, were accented with seasonal sunflowers, Carnival Roses, burgundy Pom Poms, river rock and swirling bear grass.

Bubble balls accented with moss and pumpkins

Bubble balls accented with moss and pumpkins

The cocktail tables carried the theme from the front walkway by resting lanterns on top of a blanket of sheet moss and accenting them with floral.

Lanterns set atop moss with pumpkins

Lanterns set atop moss with pumpkins

The house was full of yummy food, confections, photographs, oppulent linen, informative planners and a bunch of wonderful brides and their families and friends. One of my favorite Brides is Maria, and she fell in love with this bouquet and wanted a photo taked while she was holding it! She is getting married next year and loves the soft oppulent feel of dark purple, lavender and navy blue tones that this bouqeut boasts. I knew we would hit it off when I spied the Fossil watch she was wearing and mentioned that I have the exact same one, and it is my favorite peice of jewlery!

Gorgeous!

Gorgeous!

Overall the event was a success, and Whitney, Kristen, Dee and all the staff at the Alan house were pleased! Make sure to check out their site to stay informed on when the next open house is scheduled for so you can be in on the fun and see what we do next!

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It has been a while and there is alot to share!

It has been a while since I last sat down and blogged, and I find that when I do not do it, I think about doing it all day long. This is why I am going to purpose to keep you all more updated here than I recently have. Busy or not, this is my passion and Ihave to make the time to just jot down a few little thoughts and keep you all reading when you should be working! 🙂

There have been many wonderful events and developments happening here at Blossom’s so if you need to, grab a cup of joe or tea, this is going to be a long one!

Progress on the Studio Remodel
After many hours of back cracking work, the peel and stick floor tiles have been removed. The concrete has been sanded and resurfaced and the floor is now sporting it trendy new Humboldt Earth brown skin. Our original thought was to resurface the floor and stain the concrete much like that of many event venues around town. It has a wonderful marble feel to it and it incredibly resistant to stain and wear and tear. Once we realized that the builder of the space we call our studio, used construction adhesive to apply those little stubborn floor tiles, and that the removal of them left the bare concrete in such disrepair, the cost and effort far outweighed the potential enhancement. I am a compromising gal, and having some interior design expertise, decided to go with a concrete paint with some grit added for anti slip. Michael was skeptical of the color choice at first, wondering if the dark brown earth tone would be too much and darken the space. Once the floor was painted and the grit was broadcast we dusted off our hands and walked away. I was secretly very pleased with the outcome and wanted to give it some time to cure before I explored Michaels attitude on it.

Sunday morning came and after a nice breakfast with the kids, we journeyed back out to the Studio, with coffe cups in hand and revealed the fruit of our labors. Not bad!

"Humboldt Earth" Concrete paint

"Humboldt Earth" Concrete paint

After the floor was completed and dried the necessary time, it was time to reconstruct the room. After all, a floral studio is going to need all of the necessary structure to create those beautiful florals that you are all looking for! We reconnected our new stainless steel, three weel sink and hot water heater. Next we placed the stainless steel floral processing table and the cabinets and countertops. All that was left was to bring in all of the boxes that carefully contained all of the paint, tape, wire, tools, glass and accessories!

It looks pretty empty down there, but that is where they are going to cut a hole in the wall for the walk in cooler!

It looks pretty empty down there, but that is where they are going to cut a hole in the wall for the walk in cooler!

The curtained off area was just a ordinary closet when we started. No shelves and a huge pile of “stuff” just shoved in there in no particular order. Now it is an incredibly functional space for storing vases, and supplies out of the dusty design space.

Once a dark hole, now a functional storage area with style

Once a dark hole, now a functional storage area with style

Just a little glimpse of the shelves and their contents

Just a little glimpse of the shelves and their contents

We have been struggling with a solution for storing all of the ribbon rolls that I have collected over the years, and while Michael was doing some research, we found the perfect solution. We still need to complete the finishing touches on the ribbon holder, so I am not going to share pictures of it just yet. I am totally in love with this solution. I just hope that it doesn’t inspire me to want to purchase more ribbon! Once it is done, I will be sure to get it up!

All that is left is to purchase a few more work stationtions for the side wall and the center of the room. We need space for people to work on wedding and event designs, as well as room for clients when they come in for a planned “Blossoming Design Session” If you don’t know what that is, be sure to email me for more information. Blossom@blossomstx.com

The studio bath room is just about done, all that I have to complete is finding the perfect frames to hang some of our floral photographs on the walls in that space. We have replaced the mirror, updated the light fixtures, painted the ceiling and walls, new towel rod and accessories. I even created a flowering tree for the corner of the room to create a little drama!

I have to travel the city today to purchase the final items for the studio today, including the workstations, casters, picture frames and stools. Hopefully I can find everything I need without too much running around! I would really like to get a pedicure!

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A territorial Buzz!

The past few weeks have been filled with the buzz of preparations for the Bridal Extravaganza, and getting our studio remodel finally to a point where we can function in the space. Unfortunately, those activities have run us very thin and we are all fighting one heck of an upper respiratory issue. Now that the show has been a huge success and there is time to rest, relax and regroup, I am finding that I am way behind on so many things, including blogging.

What prompted the title of this post are the gorgeous, energetic little humming birds that expell countless amounts of energy flitting around the nectar feeder that hangs outside of my office window. They are constantly trying to claim that feeder as their own, and when a “strange” bird decides to come join them for some sweet goodness, they buzz around and around the feeder trying to scare each other off. Don’t they know that the person who sits inside that window watching them will refill the feeder in the hopes that she can remain amused by their dance? Seems like a lot of exhaustion for really no resolution.

Sort of makes you wonder why there is a negative stigma attached to competition in the wedding/event industry. My motto.. lets all help each other! If we work together, we can accomplish so much more than if we sling hash and try to undermine each others progress.

Time for another cup of coffee!

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