Columbus Wedding Flowers PT 1

Botanica Flowers: “Best florist for Wedding Flowers in Columbus Ohio” – Cassie

A snippet from Cassie’s recent review that warms our heart to read as we have put a lot of time and energy into building this brand. As time slips away constantly, I realized it’s been far too long since we took to the blog! So many things and changes have happened since this time last year. Our biggest happenings include the welcoming of a new Botanica Flowers team member, Amy, who I will introduce later in this post, bridal shows, relationship building, completely booked weekends and *drumroll* a total revamp of our wedding website columbusweddingflorist.com

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With this new wedding and events website overhaul, we have incorporated a far better and more detailed Wedding Flower Packages page for our prospective clients. We realize that there are two types of brides and rarely the in-between when it comes to selecting your wedding flowers. You’re either the bride that knows exactly what you want down to the technical name of colors with a very definitive vision or you’re the bride that doesn’t really have any idea and would like guidance in selecting the best flowers to accommodate your personality and type of wedding. Regardless, we love to work with all types of brides, we have tools to help you define your budget and the ability to make many accommodations to ensure that your wedding flowers will be the least of your stressors leading up to your big day!

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For the bride who’s not so sure, you now can browse through trendy pre-packaged wedding flower designs that our design team has created. You will find more traditional style packages along with some eclectic designs to showcase a little something for everyone. After you make a selection, you can choose between three different options based on your needs, Intimate, Trendy and all All out Bash. At this point, you have the capability of editing any quantities within the package or completely customizing a specific wedding flower package from scratch.

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With the recent growth of Botanica Flowers, we have partnered our extremely talented and knowledgeable lead designer, Steven with a skilled events coordinator, Amy. She was born and raised in Central Ohio were she started her first job at Flowerama at just 16 years old. It was at that point that her love for flowers developed and has continued to grow throughout the years. Amy prides herself on developing relationships and making sure that your experience is memorable. With a strong passion for weddings and events, she enjoys the smile on her clients face on their special day.  She is creative and artistic and uses these abilities to meet the needs of each client.  Amy loves learning more about the industry and new and upcoming trends.

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As always, a huge shoutout to the hardworking, dream-come-true making and talented staff at M2Marketing for bringing our vision for this new wedding site to life! For any web needs, I would strongly recommend this amazing, Columbus based team!

Macedonian Wedding Reception at the Hilton Downtown

With over 900 stems of gorgeous white hydrangea ordered for one event, it’s no surprise that the end result was classy and breathtaking! Mario and Jessica tied the knot at the stunning Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral at 400 Waggoner Road, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 this past Saturday. Buckets and buckets of gorgeous hydrangea filled both sides of our trailer as we prepared ourselves for the big day!

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Jessica’s one-of-a-kind bridal bouquet, round in style, featured luscious hot pink garden roses accented with hot pink petite roses, gorgeous peonies, fragrant white and lavender freesia and a touch of purple stock. This bouquet was hand-tied with beautiful satin ribbon. (pictures coming soon!)

Bridesmaids Bouquet

Jessica’s special maid of honor and bridesmaids were recognized with a bouquet of lush hot pink garden roses and stunning hot pink peonies hand-tied with sheer ribbon.

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These peonies were to die for and the garden roses smelled heavenly!

Wedding Reception Flowers

These two love birds, joined with their families and friends, partied the remainder of the day and night away at the Hilton Downtown at 401 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43215

Eight round guest tables at the reception featured 3-4 foot tall martini glass centerpieces with white hydrangea and luscious white garden roses accompanied with several smaller vases and candles around the base full of lisianthus, hydrangea and peonies. The dazzling gold linens with the white floral blooms really made this reception a classy look and feel.

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There were four family tables that were decorated with low style centerpieces down the middle of the table made of white hydrangea and white garden roses.

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The head table of the newly weds and their wedding party featured three very large floral pieces made of white hydrangea and lush garden roses. These arrangements were a focal point of the room. These picture do no justice as to how beautiful and powerful these pieces really were.

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I will share more photos and update this post as they become available!

To the sweet newly weds, we wish you all the luck for a happy marriage! It was a pleasure working with both of you!

8 Prom Flower Tips 2016 From the Florist

Our sister company, Flowerama Columbus, has made prom flower buying simple, painless and nearly fully customizable. For last minute corsage and boutonniere shoppers, we’ve created an easy to use ordering platform online (shop here).

We’ve compiled some tips for you when ordering your prom flowers that may help you.

Tip #1 – Don’t wait until last minute 

We know that you’re on a one-track-mind and wouldn’t be thinking this way, but the reality is Prom is always scheduled on or around Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day is, if not our first, our second busiest holiday. May in general is a busy month for florists as this is when we’re getting in outdoor plants and flowers, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and the first real site of summer on the horizon so naturally people are out and about more.

Tip #2 – Flowers may not come in that color, be flexible to suggestions by the professional florist

So very often we have requests for miniature roses in blue or teal, rather than saying “that’s ridiculous”, it’s our job to educate the consumer by letting them know they don’t come in that color, however, white flowers would work perfectly with your dress if we accent with teal gems and tulle and ribbons.

Tip #3 – The guy buys the corsage and the girl buys the boutonniere

This is an old practice, not sure how much it’s implemented in modern society, but typically the guy buys the corsage for his prom date and the girl buys the boutonniere for hers. Yes, the girls generally get off easier on this one when it comes to cost…but just think about all the other expenses they’ve encountered for the big day…hair…dress…make-up…it’s only fair!

Tip #4 – Matchy-matchy isn’t necessary! Coordinating is okay!

Matching your flowers to your dress as closely as possible may be ideal to you but that’s what accent colors are for! For instance, if you have a hot pink dress, rather than choosing hot pink flowers and hot pink accents, depending on your style, you could choose something on the soft side with light pink flowers and hot pink tulle or on the more bold and statement making side with purple flowers and island blue tulle.

Tip #5 – Bring a picture of the dress to show the floral designer

What’s coral to you may be pink to us, what’s blue to you may be teal to us and what’s red to you may be orange to us! This language, no offense guys, often gets completely mixed up especially when the guy is ordering his dates corsage. We will be able to assist you better in ordering when you’re able to show us exactly what the dress looks like so we have an overall feel we want to convey through the flowers.

Tip #6 – Tell your date where you ordered their flowers so they can order from the same place

So you ordered prom flowers from one florist and your date ordered from another and somewhere along the lines, each designers perception of what the client was wanting was different. You’re now stuck with a blue corsage and a teal boutonniere. Most generally the couple going to prom together does not come in to order at the same time, but a very helpful idea is to let your date know where you went so that they can go there too and the florist is able to look up the other order and match or coordinate both of your guys’ flowers.

Tip #7 – Do NOT store the flowers in your freezer!

In the event you’re picking your flowers up a day or two in advance of the prom, never, ever, ever store the flowers in the freezer of your refrigerator! They will turn transparent and brown and you will be very sad. We are commonly asked, even with flower arrangements, if it’s okay to put the flowers in the freezer until it’s time to use them because seemingly that’s what we do with ours… No! We have a cooler and it’s regulated to a specific degree to store flowers properly. You can put them in your refrigerator, but never the freezer.

Tip #8 – Guys, take your date a rose.

Plain and simple, in addition to the flowers she’s wearing, taking her roses or carnations is a very nice gesture and will likely ease the stress of spending the entire day getting ready and trying to make sure everything is perfect.

Top 10 Wedding Flowers 2016

 

1. Garden Roses

Light_Pink_Garden_Roses_TMove on over standard, traditional rose…Here comes the Garden Rose making a grand entrance with her lush looks and undeniably pleasant fragrance! Garden roses are not a new bloom, however, they’re making brides swoon this year when it comes to trending wedding flowers. We can’t blame them, garden roses, though typically on the higher end of the cost spectrum, are gorgeous and they take up more space than traditional roses. In turn, this means you wouldn’t need as many, so you  may be able to cut cost on your wedding bouquet by choosing larger blooms such as garden roses, hydrangea, dahlias and other flowers that take up more space individually. Somewhere along the line, most traditional roses have lost what they’ve always been known for, fragrance. Garden roses offer that true rose fragrance that we so often seek in traditional roses. Whether you’re planning an elegant, clean and quaint wedding celebration or a modern garden-esque affair, there are several varieties and colors of these beauties lending themselves to be diverse in accomplishing an array of styles and needs.

2. Succulents – still going strong

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A huge wedding flower trend in 2016 is greens, greens, greens and more greens! Succulents have been on the rise for a few years now but this year particularly, brides are opting more for whimsy, textured, earthy, garden inspired wedding themes. What better to use than succulents if this is you!? Succulents, in short, are awesome! We love to use them for their simplicity but dramatic textured effect that they also provide. Succulents come in various styles, shapes and colors. Though mostly green, you will find some in shades or hints of purple and pink. They’re fun, they’re funky and we can assure you with their addition, they’ll be the “ooooh and ahhhh” of your bridal bouquet! We love a lush and whimsy style bouquet of succulents, garden roses, billy balls and peonies accented with seeded eucalyptus, dusty miller and garden ivy.

3. Dahlia’s

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Typically a larger bloom, Dahlia’s offer several varieties, shapes, colors and textures. This flower, being larger, lends itself to being more of a focal point in a bouquet and in most cases, with the use of dahlia’s, less is more. In our experience, brides like to pair dahlia’s with hydrangea, standard, garden and petite roses, hanging amaranthus and queen anne’s lace. Typically bouquets using dahlia’s have a more fresh picked, roadside bouquet look. – Not at all meant in a bad way!

4. Peony

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I can’t say we blame pesky ants for being heavily attracted to this particular bloom. Peonies are gorgeous, they’re luscious, they smell heavenly and they are so diverse! Often we will incorporate not only the large open peony blooms in bridal work but the barely cracked blooms as well that are in the shape of a ball for added texture and style. Peonies are a fantastic flower to use in bridal work because they are truly beautiful in all stages, from barely open to full bloom. We most often have brides requesting standard and or garden roses paired with peonies in various colors. They have softness to them but they make a bold statement and draw emphasis.

5. Hydrangea

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Standard white and green hydrangea are not as costly as they once were and are still a very strong popular flower in bridal work. Of course, getting in to the more complex colors such as purple, blue and pink, you’re likely to inquire more cost, however, this is another one of those flowers that take up a lot of space per just one stem, so while the cost may be a bit higher per stem, consider how much space they take up. Hydrangea are a completely diverse flower and can adapt and accent most other flowers in a bridal bouquet. We find that often times this particular flower will clash with carnations because the carnations can easily be lost as opposed to a garden rose or dahlia.

6. Ranunculus

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If we asked you about ranunculus a year ago, you may have had no idea what we were talking about. Today, these delicate blooms may just be your favorite – And for good reason! Ranunculus, like garden roses, have a high petal count, hence the “fluffiness” look they have. They are a more delicate flower, however, very popular when used in bridal work this past wedding season and still at it this year.

7. Babies Breath

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So, in florist land, babies breath is what we call a “filler”. What does this mean to you? Nothing really, but to us, it’s traditionally used to accent other flowers such as roses, not to be the focal point. That being said, we have increasingly had brides requesting babies breath bouquets and centerpieces. I think a very common misconception for the consumer is that because of the simplicity of it’s look it’s a “cheaper” alternative to other flowers. This isn’t always the case. Take caution, the price of an all babies breath wedding may be more costly than you might expect. Of course it’s not going to be as costly as a bouquet of dahlia’s, garden roses’s, hydrangea, peonies and ranunculus, but it isn’t exactly free either.

8. Lisianthus

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At certain stages of their development, lisianthus kind of, sort of, somewhat reminds you of roses. These flowers, however, have several blooms per stem. Lisianthus is popular in purple, pink and white and makes a stunning addition to an airy, earthy, fresh picked inspired bouquet.

9. Stock

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We love stock! It’s fresh, it’s fun and it’s full of fragrance. Stock is often paired with standard and garden roses and is a nice addition to bridal bouquets in small quantities. Stock is offered in colors such as magenta/pink, white, peach and purple.

10. Calla Lilies

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Seems like no matter what’s trending right now, calla lilies are a flower that doesn’t go away in our business. The calla lily’s simple, delicate, cone-like design provide modern and elegant flair. Calla lilies are often paired with roses and come in a variety of colors.

As always, Happy Wedding Planning!

-Botanica Flowers


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2nd & 7 Derby Event Flowers

What’s a fine Columbus evening of lavish attire, big hats and speculating horse races without flowers?

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Blanket of lush red roses and assorted greenery skillfully crafted by Andrea Ozment

Botanica by Flowerama hits The Derby in a very special way at Express Live (formerly known as the LC) located at 405 Neil Ave. Columbus, OH 43215. This elegant affair joins hundreds of guests to mingle and have a good time, but most of all, The Derby is an annual event whose proceedings benefit The 2nd & 7 Foundation, an organization committed to fighting illiteracy. We are so delighted to be a part of this wonderful event each year with such fantastic people! – Congratulations Jack, you have earned your beautiful blanket of lush red roses – and may I say, they look fabulous on you!

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Jack and his blanket of lush red roses and assorted greenery skillfully crafted by Andrea Ozment

“Mission: To promote reading by providing free books and positive role models to kids in need while encouraging young athletes of the community to pay it forward.

The 2nd & 7 Foundation was founded in 1999 by three former OSU football players – Luke Fickell, Ryan Miller and Mike Vrabel – who wanted to continue to give back to their community. Since 1999, The 2nd & 7 Foundation has given away over 100,000 books to kids in need all across the country.”

Click here for more info regarding The 2nd & 7 Foundation Derby Event.

Need flowers for your event in or around Columbus Ohio?

Contact Steven Sturdivant for a free consultation. Whether planning an intimate gathering of your closest friends and family or an annual corporate event, Botanica has a professional team of floral designers who specialize in events of all sizes.

Rustic Luxe Christmas at Upscale Barn

The Barn at Rocky Fork Creek in New Albany, OH

Is it possible to take an already beautiful space with character and class and make it even more beautiful? This is exactly what we did at The Barn at Rocky Fork Creek in New Albany. This restaurant/event space in the small, well-to-do town of New Albany offers a unique guest experience. Botanica was able to enhance the already beautiful space with rustic luxe inspired floral pieces. These designs encompass handmade wooden boxes, crafted by our very own design team, pomegranates, lush roses, textured artichokes, large pinecones and fresh wintergreens all used in modish ways.

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Rustic Luxe inspired centerpiece of pomegranates, red hypericum berries, lush red roses and gorgeous green hydrangea. – Designed by Steven Sturdivant
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A topiary tree made of fresh winter greens, red berries, pinecones, lush roses and gorgeous hydrangea dazzles the welcoming waiting area of The Barn at Rocky Fork Creek in New Albany, OH. – Designer Steven Sturdivant
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The rustic inspired centerpiece enhances the already beautiful interior design of The Barn at Rocky Fork Creek. – Designer Steven Sturdivant

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A gorgeous table scape of fresh wintergreens, hydrangea and luxe roses line the family table at The Barn at Rocky Fork Creek. – Designer Steven Sturdivant

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Set the mood with this rustic luxe inspired floral piece of fresh wintergreens and lush roses complemented by the uniqueness of fresh pears and pomegranates. – Designer Steven Sturdivant