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What Color Bouquet to use with Pink Dresses

I found this to be an interesting question, apparently asked by a lot of brides searching the eHow network of video instruction. There are lot’s of shades of pink, from pale pink to dark pink. Almost any color will go with pink, but it really boils down to personal preference…what do YOU like?

I show you several different colors of flowers that can go with several different shades of pink.

Maybe this will help you select a shade of pink and the coordinating flowers. Enjoy!

eHow Video – How to keep Tall Vases from Tipping Over

Here is another FREE video, requested by eHow, titled, “How to keep tall vases from tipping over.”


Lavender and White Wedding Floral Arrangement for eHow

Hi There,
I was recently asked to make some videos for eHow, 10 of them! Here is the first. Apparently, eHow creates a list of wanted videos based on the searches that people do on their site. So lavender and white wedding centerpieces is a highly searched topic.

Here is a link to this video:


Destination Wedding – Rancho Pescadero in Cabo/Baja Coast/Mexico

So many couples are opting to have a destination wedding in our current economy because in the long run, they are less expensive and more intimate. It seems that in these times, we, as people, become much clearer on what is important to us and having a wedding with our closest friends and family seems to have struck a hot button with many couples.

I have been to Cabo three times. Cabo is a loose term for an area of Mexico on the Baja peninsula. There is a Cabo San Lucas and a Cabo San Jose. Cabo San Lucas is literally at the end of the peninsula while Cabo San Jose is about 30 minutes away from Cabo San Lucas. The entire area is studded with resorts and beautiful homes/mansions. You don’t see much of the “locals” living areas as you drive up and down the roadways between Cabo San Jose and Cabo San Lucas.

While visiting in December 2012, I arranged to go on a tour of destination wedding locations. I was picked up in a black SUV and driven down Highway 19 (Route 1) going towards Todos Santos. We were on our way to Rancho Pescadero. I am so happy I had hired a service to take me there because I don’t know if I would have found this hidden treasure on my own. On their website, they give the following directions:

Todos Santos Hotel Map
After the calla lily field, and before the ocean.

An entirely different kind of destination, our secluded beach location means we don’t really have an address at the Ranch. We can be reached by turning toward the ocean on the road just south of the Pescadero gas station. Drive for about a mile through fields of calla lilies, chiles and basil, and we’re the only thing you’ll see before you get to the ocean.

You’d have to know me better to understand the stress that those kinds of directions cause me, LOL. My tour guides were from the area and had trouble finding this spot. But, once we found it, what a fantastic hidden surprise was ahead of us.

Cabo San Lucas is known for being a WILD place to visit. I remember my first trip was 17 years ago. This is where Cabo Wabo, El Squid Row, The Giggling Marlin, Hard Rock Café and Mango Deck are located and you can expect to be greeted to jello shots, hung upside down like a fish on a line and forced to drink a shot of tequila or try to catch a shot in your mouth from someone streaming it above the crown as you walk in the door. Yes, this is what Cabo can be like. Of course, you make a trip what you want it to be, so if that is not something you want to partake in, then just don’t visit those bars!

Back to my story about Hotel Pescadero…I didn’t know that anything so serene and zen like existed anywhere near Cabo San Lucas or Cabo San Jose. This place is totally off the grid. It is a beautiful destination that will cater to your every whim.

The rooms were gorgeous and almost all of them have views of the ocean. Many have rooftop decks with resting beds. Feel like doing some yoga, no problem, daily classes available. Feel like doing something more adventuresome, no problem, the staff will arrange for dune buggy rides, fishing trips, cliff walks, surf boarding, whale watching, scuba diving, horseback riding or various tours of area highlights. Oh, and did I mention they have an onsite spa with all the treatments you can imagine?

Intrigued yet? You can actually rent out the entire resort just for your wedding and wedding party. That includes 27 suites for up to 60 people with all activities and menu’s customized specifically for you. The resort grows much of their own food and specializes in organic, healthy, delicious cuisine.

Take a look at the photos and decide for yourself, but this is one destination you should consider if warm weather, ocean, sunshine, peace and quiet, organic food and pure beauty are what you are looking for to host your destination wedding.

San Francisco Flower Market and Ano Nuevo Wholesale Flower Grower

I have been buying flowers at the San Francisco Flower Market for decades. I grew up in San Francisco. The S.F. Flower Market opens up a portion of the market to the public most days after 9:00 AM. I used to buy flowers for myself way before I became a florist. I have been a florist for over 22 years now. Enjoy this little video about both the San Francisco Flower Market and Ano Nuevo Wholesale Flowers.

I often bring “newbies” in to help me with large flower jobs. I have yet to have one of them leave without saying, “I had no idea there was so much involved in arranging flowers.” It is so true!!! From getting up in the middle of the night and driving to the San Francisco Flower Market, to stripping foliage from the flower stems to washing buckets and vases to hold the fresh flowers, it is a dirty, ugly job, that turns into something so beautiful, one would never think there was a dirty/messy side to the process.

Getting Ready for Easter

Easter is a fun holiday to create floral and other decor items for your home. I still love coloring Easter Eggs! Yesterday I tried to make Cake Pops. They came out DELICIOUS. My intent was to mail them to my brother and nephew in Idaho, but I’ve since realized that these aren’t going to make that trip because they need to be refrigerated. So I will have to send a gift certificate to them for See’s Candy instead. Oh well, now I have lot’s of cake pops to incorporate into my floral designs.

Pastel colors are associated with Easter, but really any bright shades of color also work. You can buy styrofoam eggs and decorate them to be inserted into your floral designs. Lilies, roses, daffodils, iris, hyacynths, lilacs, snowball vibernums, mini calla lilies, tulips, freesia, alstromeria, anemone, heather, heleborus, poppies, muscari, narcissus, pieris, ranunculus, gerbera daisies, stock and snapdraggons all are great flowers to use for Easter floral designs.

This time of year you can find super cute baskets that can be used as your floral container. I saw lot’s of fun ceramic containers at my local craft store as well. You can incorporate Eater Bunnies and even Easter candies into your floral designs as well.

Have fun and come up with something that represents what you like for your Easter Centerpiece.

Mini Calla Lilies in Vase/Pitcher – Cabo

In December I visited Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and had the opportunity to visit a wonderful mini calla lily farm, Golden State Bulb Growers De Baja. In this video I arranged the mini callas into a pitcher I had in my hotel room. You can use a pitcher or a vase or some other type of vessel for your container.

TIP: Mini callas don’t like to be in deep water, don’t use more than an inch of water or the stems will rot on you. Mini callas have a tendency to get split ends, so keep that in mind and give them a fresh cut every couple of days for a longer vase life.

Enjoy this free video…there are many more videos available in the Members Only Section, but you must buy a membership for access to those videos.


Using Mini Calla Lilies to trim a bowl

MiniCallaBowl-CaboWhile in Cabo San Lucas in Dec 2012 I visited the Mini Calla Lily farm, Golden State Bulb Growers De Baja. I took one of the bunches of mini callas and created a video for you, using the mini callas to trim a decorative bowl that we had in our hotel room. I hope you enjoy this FREE video.

Monday, Monday

Over the couple of years, I’ve been sharing with you lots of tips about putting your flower arrangements together, how to chose the right vase, getting your flowers ready to be arranged and we’ve also talked about the greenery for your arrangement. All of the important things to know as you prepare to create something gorgeous with flowers. Today, I’d like to share some tips with you about what are the best times to buy your flowers and why.

Most people would expect that Monday would be the best day to buy flowers. After all, it is the first of the week, everything should be fresh, right? Wrong. Monday is actually the worst day to get your flowers, even here at the San Francisco flower market. Anything that you would buy on Monday is either left over from the previous week or it arrived over the weekend and has sat without refrigeration waiting for markets to open. Even just a day without being kept in a cool environment will cause flowers to age faster and lose vase life.

The best day of the week to buy flowers is actually Wednesday. By then everything will have arrived from the wholesalers. Anything left over from the end of the previous week will be gone and this will give you the best chance to find the exact flowers you are looking for.

But remember, no matter what day you buy your flowers, always make sure to ask the vendor about freshness.

10/29/13 NOTE: I saw a very heated discussion among florists this past week on Facebook. Apparently, someone had gone on the Today’s Show and said what I have said above, Monday flowers will be old and Wednesday flowers will be the freshest…it turns out in different parts of the country, they do get fresh flowers on Monday…typically they are coming from a local grower in this instance. Just wanted to share that insight with you.

Holiday Wedding Tips

Have you planned to have your special day during the holiday season?  If you are planning a wedding anytime between November 26th and December 30th is the hotels and country clubs will be decorated for Christmas and whether you like it or not, you will want to consider the venue’s color scheme when planning your wedding color scheme.   My advice to you is if you are going to get married while the Christmas decorations are up, embrace them and incorporate your wedding with the Christmas décor.
Most venues start planning their Christmas décor months in advance.  So ask them when you book the hotel how they will have the hotel decorated at the time of your event.  Let’s assume the hotel you have chosen to get married at on December 10th is decorated with burgundy and gold this year.  I would incorporate burgundy into your color scheme.  The bridesmaids could wear burgundy, dark red, cabernet, cranberry or any other shade of red that would look nice with the burgundy décor.  You might use burgundy napkins on your tables and burgundy ribbon on your favors.  You can carry the burgundy theme into your invitations and use burgundy ink to address the envelopes or burgundy stickers to seal the envelopes.

Are you getting the idea?  I’ve got more holiday wedding tips to share with you next time!

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