Thursday, November 6, 2014

In Life...and Death

As florists we find ourselves helping people in good times and also at the sad times. The life of a flower is ephemeral and parallels the life of our loved ones. From bud to full bloom then passing on. Floral arrangements at memorial and funeral services are not only just a tradition, they're also a celebration of the loved one's life, and a comfort to the living they've left behind. They are a visual representation of life's beauty, sentiment, and a way for some to express their mourning when they just can't find the right words. 



Traditionally, sending flowers to the bereaved family in their time of need is a sign of respect for both the living and deceased. It's also a thoughtful way to express their feelings through beautiful floral art. 



Nowadays there are so many beautiful arrangements that can be designed, from  traditional garden-variety casket sprays and lily arrangements, to more contemporary artistic designs. A modern day tribute may be a stately white orchid plant or a long lasting planter of succulents.




Flowers can also add that touch of dignity and warmth to a part of life that may seem cold and depressing. They leave a lasting impression, and a beautiful, soft picture in the memory for the family and loved ones. 

 

Family flowers especially can reflect the personality of the deceased loved one. As floral artists we welcome the opportunity to incorporate some personal items into the flowers such as fishing poles, golf clubs, quilts, garden tools, photographs, or whatever would make people remember how special and or unique the individual was.




The fleeting beauty of a flower and arrangement is wonderfully symbolic of life and it's fragility but also sweetness. The most beautiful way to send your loved one to their place of rest.

 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Woodsy August Wedding

In August, we were fortunate to be a part of Caitlyn and Tim's beautiful wedding day. The laid-back couple enjoy camping, cross country mountain biking, along with being craft beer enthusiasts, so they knew that to bring their personalities into their wedding flowers they would want woodsy and natural components, like ferns, vines, and hops. It was such a treat for us to be able to interpret the brides vision while also being able to bring our own unique artistic eye to the table. 


Working off the brides vision, we began pulling together the flowers and pieces that would be gorgeous for an on-the-cusp-of-fall wedding, working with mostly neutral flowers to highlight the beauty of the natural elements.


Uluhe fern curls, seeded eucalyptus, hops, and seed pods were on deck for the groomsmen's boutonnieres, wrapped lovingly in some tan twine, while the groom's was complimented with a single white freesia flower. 





Keeping with the neutral and natural theme of the day, the bridesmaids bouquets contained some gorgeous fully bloomed green hydrangea and white dahlias. Accented with seed pods, nigella pods, plumosus fern, and sugar pine cone petals, the final bouquet arrangement was given a delicate halo of angel vine. 



For the bride's bouquet to really stand apart, we pulled in elements from each of the other pieces to create a gorgeous and cohesive bouquet that would convey her spirit and personality. Using the sugar pine cone petals, plumosus fern, seed pods, seeded eucalyptus, hops, and freesia to accent the white hydrangea, we also added in some varieties of white dahlia to really make the freshness and crispness of the natural components pop against the unblemished white flowers. 





The end result was a gorgeous blend of the natural and the beautiful, all brought together in a delicate balance. 



Seeing the bride moved to tears with "the attention to detail and the way they able to accurately interpret my loose ideas into something beautiful" was the most rewarding part of the experience.









Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Exciting things are in bloom!

Floral elegance is pleased to announce that we've moved to an art studio location! Not much has changed in the way of our business, as usual we deliver fabulous floral arrangements for any and all occasions; the one exception being that we no longer offer walk in service. We have a pick up location at the Grafton Inn and do consultations by appointment. If you want to pick up your flowers just call us.




 In addition to still offering our prompt delivery service, we also have  convenient pickup available at the historic Grafton Inn where you will find our designer selection of  gorgeous faux botanicals, wreaths, and silk table arrangements.  Drop in and find something you love! We take all credit or debit cards by phone so you can take your arrangement home with you by simply calling us as soon as you see it. 



We're so thrilled to still be offering our floral art for all your private functions, from weddings and anniversary parties, to birthdays and bar mitzvahs. Private consultations are available at your convenience by appointment. 






Sunday, May 4, 2014

Fun Fresh Choices for Today's Moms

Fabulous succulent planters that are easy care and thrive on neglect. They love full sun and very little water so just plop them in a sunny window and water once every two weeks. Mom's love gifts they can enjoy without adding more work to their busy lives!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This enchanted fern forest will transport Mom to a place of Zensational enjoyment. These miniature ferns under glass make their own ecosystem and require some filtered light (no full sun) and a bit of water once a week. Misting frequently with a spray bottle of water will keep up the humidity level and your ferns will be happy campers.....Stop by or call to send this reflective beauty....508-839-9811
Another great option for that Mother's Day gift you've been searching for is a long lasting easy care Orchid Plant. The Orchid shows off it's beautiful blooms with one or two elegantly cascading stems and are available in white or bright pinks and purples. Stop by to see our vast selection. We are open Mother's Day Week ...Monday - Friday 8:30-5:30 and Saturday from 9:00-4:00.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Hanover Theatre's "Tony Awards Gala" Floral Interpretations

Hanover Theatre's "Tony Awards Gala"
...Floral Elegance was one of several florists invited to design for the Gala Saturday evening. We chose 5 Broadway plays from a list and began the thought process that would create some fun florals for the guest tables. The first of these photos was for "Hair" and won the "Peoples Choice Award". Thank you to all who voted. The red female figure was for "Hello Dolly" also pictured "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" and "Guys and Dolls". Not pictured was the floral for "Memphis" which displayed flowers on a microphone stand with a retro red microphone.

 We also were asked to create a "Tony Award" themed grand floral for the theater's lobby table. This 5' suggestion of a Tony Award greeted the guests as they entered the lobby with welcoming faces of comedy and tragedy. A wonderful evening at a wonderful event to support the theater arts in Worcester, MA. We are so fortunate to have such great theater so close to home.


"Tony Award"

"Guys and Dolls"
















"Hair"
                     "Hello Dolly"














"Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"


Friday, August 2, 2013

What Happens At A Wedding Where Rustic Meets Elegance?

For most floral designers weddings bring opportunities for creative expression. A wedding designed at Floral Elegance for a June 8 ceremony was both a challenge and a joy for my artistic soul. You see the Bride was multi dimensional and loved to hike in the woods with her man but also loved a little bling and elegance in her life. She came in for a consultation bearing a box of deer sheds or antlers that she and the Groom had collected during many nature walks.... So here the vision began.
The centerpieces were sheltered by the sheds which created a natural arch to frame the flowers.
Who could resist having a bit of fun.
The selection of flowers in the guest table centerpieces incorporated, White Hydrangea, Pink "Hot Lady Roses", Green Cymbidium Orchids, Gold "Combo Roses", delicious textural Succulents, Pink Coxcomb Celosia, Sweet William, Gladiolus Blooms, Safari Sunset Leuchedendron and Astilbe.
The Bride's Bouquet was a blushing beauty of "Pink Bridal Akito" Roses and Stephanotis. Accented with just the right amount of bling.

The Bridesmaid's Bouquets were a handtied collection of texture and color. The pink, green and gray color harmony was infused with a sophistocation by the gold "Combo" Roses.
The guys boutonnieres were composed of foliage, succulent offshoots, berries and bits. 
Boutonnieres for men who love the outdoors!
Need a great idea for the escort cards.........We take Wheat Grass and expose some of the wonderful root system, trim them with coordinating ribbon and they make a great fresh support for the guest seating cards. The trick is keeping them away from the shop cat Riff until they go out.
He really does love to help.

Sweetheart tables pose a challenge as they are the smallest but most important tables in the room. My solution is to go a bit oversize with the flowers. I hope the guests got the symbolism of the intertwined deer antlers with the two become one and the joining of two lives etc.
Ok, so here is my creatively favorite part of this design experience. Harrington Farm in Princeton MA has the most fabulous floor to ceiling stone and wood fireplace. Jessica (the Bride) was trusting and open to letting me create as I may this beautiful mantle scape.
Rustic earthiness, glass, water and up lights. Candlelight, bling and of course the delicate freshness of flowers. 

EARTH, WATER, FIRE AND LIGHT!!


I will be looking down a lot more now when I hike in the woods. 
Incorporating personal items that have meaning to you can give your wedding that original signature that makes the day even more about the two of you.