Monday, February 28, 2011

Blooming Tuesday {Succulents}

Todays out of the box post brings us:


When looking at this picture you might be thinking......Well, which one is the succulent?
Answer: All of them!
There are SO many varieties of succulents. Over 60 different families with 300 different genera's within those families. Succulents are thought of to be more desert plants because of their adaptation to habitats with low water sources ie: deserst. My personal opinion differs from these thoughts. I love succulents and believe they can be (and should be) used in every type of design.

Succulents are available all year long and are great for use in bouquet work, as they don't require a constant water source.
Viva Terra
Country Home Magazine

Would you like to use succulents in your wedding? If so contact us today for your free consultation.

Saturday, February 26, 2011


Cassidee is such a darling and fun bride. So I found it suiting that her bouquet match just that. Bright, fun and darling.
I wanted to make her bouquet stand out and have a bit of a fun edge.
 Insert wire flowers here.....

Flowers used: Orange gerbs, Hot pink spray roses, Green kermit mums and wired flowers with adorable polka dot ribbon and green beaded wire overtop.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Blooming Tuesdays {Allium}

Todays post brings to us:


Don't these blooms remind you of Horton Hears a Who? They do to me!

 Allium has a globe-shaped flower head atop a long straight stem and offers a unique texture and form. Allium is a member of the onion family, but don't fret, as they only smell when first cut. Blooming in the early spring and lasting through late June, these blooms come in few varities. The range of colors is choice, from true blue, dark purple, pink, and white. Though large allium is not ideal for use in bouquet work, the drumstick allium can be the perfect addition to your wedding bouquet.  



Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Blooming Tuesday {Blushing Brides}

We are back from vacation with some good and bad news. While on vacation my cell phone and personal belongings were stolen. If anyone tried to contact me during the duration of the 5th-14th you know that my phone was shut off. We apologize for the inconvenience and would ask that you try contacting Branches again.

The good news is we are back up and running with our usual Tuesday post.

Blushing Brides

A member of the Protea family, the Blushing Bride flowers in spring and produces a papery white petal, or floral leaf, that surrounds a feathery tuft of white to pinkish flower. They come in limited colors of white or pink. 
It is thought that this plant received its name because of its traditional use in bridal bouquets in South Africa. 

This flower has such versatility and can be used in any scheme, whether you are hosting a country chic wedding or a would like to take a more traditional approach.
 I HIGHLY reccomend this unique creature!!!

photo credit: The Knot, JL designs

Friday, February 4, 2011

Consultation Season

Sometimes the most difficult part of the planning process can be the vendor selection. Deciding on which caterer, florist or photographer can be somewhat of a difficult decision.  These selections can easily be narrowed by a simple consultation with select wedding vendors. Some brides view these consultations as a chance to interview their potential vendor and others may feel like they are auditioning for the vendor!  I like to think of it as a mutual interview to see if styles and personalities match. This will be the determining factor in the selection process.
To help Brides and Grooms have a better idea of what to expect in these crucial appointments, we have put together a few tips when venturing into consultations-
Keeping Time- Wedding vendors are happy to meet with you to discuss your wedding details. This meeting includes ample time to discuss the details, but please remember to consider the professional’s time. Their time is as valuable as your own. Brides should usually plan on spending an hour to hour and a half for consultations. Please remember this when setting the appointment.
Come Prepared- You want to come to the consultation prepared with any information that you feel is pertinent to your wedding. I suggest that’s brides bring any color swatches, magazine pictures or inspiration that reflects your vision and lends to your wedding scheme. Some vendors will have a small questionnaire on their site, or available via email, that will assist you with the information they need to help you make the most informed decisions.
Bring your Budget- This may be the most important factor in the consultation process. Come to the consultation with your allotted budget. Your floral vendor needs to have a figure to work with. Now, we understand that you may not always know the exact amount you alloted for flowers, but a ballpark figure will help tremendously. We need this information to maximize your floral options. We don’t want to give you a false sense of hope that your centerpieces are filled with orchids, when your budget may only allow for tulips.
Now What?– What to do after the Consultation, you ask? In most cases a signed contract and deposit will secure your wedding date with a floral designer.  Many florists will create a customized proposal with varying degrees of detail and pricing information for your consideration. When you find a qualified vendor you like and trust, book ‘em! Reputable vendors will usually book dates 4-6 months in advance. You want to make sure that you book your dates quickly after the consultation to ensure their availability.
You can also find todays article featured on Utah Bride Blog!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Blooming Tuesday {Cherry Blossom}

Today's Flower is one that I have been yearning to see

Cherry Blossom Branches

Cherry Blossom Branches are a unique beauty with their delicate blooms and sweet aroma. Found in the early spring, the blossom has a short life span and even shorter availability in our local floral markets. 
Cherry blossoms comes in two varities- white and pink. Though these blooms are found on a long branch, they can add a soft and feminine touch to any wedding. 

image credit: Martha Stewart Weddings