Saturday, November 20, 2010

Clark and Walker

Alisha Clark and Luke Walker are husband and wife photographers. Both are brilliant and talented artists. I  love Alisha because she has a wonderful sensitivity for capturing beautiful flowers.

I was enamored with the colors for an October wedding.  The effect was seasonal but different, crisp and sophisticated.

Brides have been loving the cymbidium orchids this summer. However getting growers to ship the correct color is a bit challenging but we persevered. Girls - there is a reason to pick an wedding oriented Florist!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Fabulous Fall Weddings

A photo can't capture the color of these cymbidium orchids. Cinnamon, merlot, mocha - whatever combination of yummy names I can ascribe, it just won't do the trick. The butterscotch dahlias add wonderful texture along with the velvet swirls of coxcomb Celosia. Look closely to see the dark brown Fern Curls and the saffron Billy Balls. The entire bouquet was based with prairie green California hydrangea.

Ed Garente is the photographer  and I am counting on him to get some detailed closeups to share with you.

Rosy burgundy dahlias and Black Baccara roses form the body of this Bridal bouquet. But the star is the flawless burgundy calla lillies. Coral hypericum berries add a seasonal touch.

The Wedding photographer is new to us...Chrissy Albright. She has an interesting website and I look forward to seeing her work.

Maybe tomorrow we can find time to snap a few images of the other three weddings. Especially a bouquet made with a wonderful rose called Creme Prophita...

Friday, October 1, 2010

Autumn Flowers

After the Downpour

Hurricane Nicolle has come and gone - good riddance. And now the sun is out. Just in time for the Friday weddings.

Our friend Emannuel has captured the beauty left by the rainfall.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Cymbidiums and Callas Lilies

My Friend Emmanuel Vaucher has captured a happy image of Bonnie and Tom.
Their smiles just light up the sunny afternoon and the golden hues of the flowers enhance the photograph. I especially like the grey tuxedo which the couple chose. Yellows and gray/silver are a color trend to watch.

Eman will share more images of this wedding soon.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Aisle Decorations

The Design Room chat last week was focused on aisle decorations. During the Labor Day weekend, four of our eight weddings had pew bows. Each different of course! So, while the topic was fresh in my mind, I went into the archives and pulled up images from past weddings.

Pew decorations from simple to sublime...

This aisle may not fit all budgets but it sure is fantastic. White hydrangeas and roses with lush cascades of English Ivy. The fabric scarves are really not expensive and come in lots of shades. They make great chair sashes as well.

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Callas Lilies with the natural stems tied to the pews. Contemporary by nature and moderate in price.

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Kim is the Queen of pew cones and they make a perfect holder for a head of hydrangea. I think they are a great alternative to ribbon.

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Patterned ribbon with roses, ivy and hypericum berries. After the ceremony, the Bride used these to decorate the cake table and the head table.

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Okay, so this is a bit unusual but so was the wedding couple! The ceremony was in the evening during the Christmas holiday which helps to explain the gold ribbon. The Event Planner used them to decorate at the reception as well.

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A candlelit church is romantic to the 10th power. The ribbon was a very luxurious embroidered gold and ivory fabric. Even without flowers this was an elegant pew decoration. The cost would be in the higher range because there is a rental charge and set up/retrieval labor.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Best Of Weddings - The Knot

We won! We won!

To all the Brides and Grooms that voted for us, we appreciate the honor. Thank you! Thank you!

Kim is so excited because we have loved The Knot for years. It is a source of ideas, inspiration and trends.

Check it out for yourself.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Three Bridal Bouquets

Three all white Bridal bouquets - three different looks.

What should a Bride consider when choosing her bouquet? First pick flower varieties that you like. Then consider the style of your gown and your body shape/size. Then you and your florist can begin to fill in the details like texture, color shades and pricing.

Don't forget the bouquet handles. They can represent a unique way to add depth to your wedding theme.

Do you have small items of sentimental value? Or fabric from your Mother's wedding dress. They can be added to your bouquet as a feature or hidden where only you can see it.

It is all about the individuality of YOU and your dream.

White cymbidiums and hypericum berries.

White mini callas, French Lilac, Lizianthus and Veronica

White mini Callas and Lily of the Valley.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Babies Breath Nosegay

Gypsophila makes a simple and lovely statement as a Bridal Bouquet. The flowing hair style and clean lines of the gown compliment this summery design.

Happy First Anniversary Mr and Mrs Lieberman! Kim and I remember you fondly and we so enjoyed sharing your special day.

Thanks for the photos Kelly!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Cool White Roses

Cool whites for a hot summer afternoon. We used true whites to achieve this bouquet. Also, note the interesting angle of the nosegay - if this was a "hand tied" bouquet, with natural stems, it wouldn't have the same panache. I love the soft greens of the sword fern peeking from the underside.

Picture Infinity did a great job of capturing the Bride's sweet smile

Saturday, July 17, 2010

More Scottish Wedding

Sorry. It took a bit longer to post these photos.
Credit must be given to Laure Lilli who did a superb job capturing the day. Check out her work at
I loved this whole wedding. Loved the kilts...Loved the color and texture really was refreshingly different. Kudos to Magdelena and Gareth for their style.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Scottish Wedding

Vivid shades of blue, green and lavender complimented the family tartan. The Bride and Kim really came up with a winning color scheme.
The Maid's Bouquet was very similar to the Bride. However, the handle treatment and size were different. The Maid's handle was based with deep blue satin then French-wrapped in hyacinth blue double faced satin. The Bridal bouquet was wrapped in ivory double face
Lime green with a yellow tint and lavender with a grey tint are not an easy match but combined with the sapphire blue hydrangea..Wow. Add a bonnie plaid kilt and you have a unique wedding!
Yesss, I have a great trio of photos with the kilt. I just can't get them to upload. Tomorrow - I promise.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Babies Breath May Kill Cancer Cells

Reprinted from Florists Review Enterprises
Researchers in England have discovered that extract from Babies Breath (Gysophila paniculata) could aid in the treatment of leukemia.
The researchers at The Simon Flavell Leukaemia Research Laboratory in Southhampton, observed that the molecules known as saponins, obtained after extraction from the plant, appear to break down cancer cell membranes. This assists antibody-based medications, known as immunotoxins, in assaulting the malignant cells and could augment the efficacy of these medications by more than one million times.
Dr David Flavell, whose son the laboratory is named after, says the finding could be applicable to several other cancer forms in addition to leukemia. Scientists are preparing a clinical trail, which is expected to take three to five years.
Sources: United Press International and Just Cancer

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Sunny Krystal

Krystal emailed us with some pics from her Wedding in May. Kim and I sure appreciate having pictures to share.
Vivid yellows and oranges make a bright and happy statement.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Blush Pink Roses

Classic, simple and sleek. What good choices this bride made. Her hairstyle and dress are perfect for her selection of bouquet style. Please note that the bouquet is larger than the common but budget friendly size. I think the dollars were spent wisely because it conveys a lusher and richer image. Even the furnishing in the background are oversize. It is coincidental but the opulent feeling is reinforced .

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Orchids and Calla Lilies

What's in this beautiful bouquet? White cymbidium orchids, mini calla lilies, Eskimo roses (white), Cool Water roses (lavender) on a base of white hydrangea.

Thank you to Ed of Imagery by Ed Guarente.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Spring Is All Around Us

When I pulled into my parking space and jumped out of the car, I immediately noticed the lovely fragrance of Lily of the Valley wafting in the air. I lingered for a few moments to take in the delicate scent and remember the lady who planted them. Grace Corlis was a Whistlestop neighbor for 28 years. She has been gone for three years now but her little garden patch lives on.

May 17th was the start of my 31st year in business. For 31 springs I have watched the Lily of the Valley bloom by my car. No matter how cold the winter or the ravages of the snow plow guy, the tiny flowers pop up every spring.

My thanks to Emmaunel Vaucher for the lovely photos. His camera captures what my heart sees.

Spring is all around Us

Le printemps est partout autour de nous.

It's beautiful!!

C'est magnifique!!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Mother's Day Flowers

Does your Mother like a classic Garden Flower Bouquet? Fresh Canadian snapdragons, Tulips and Gerbera Daisies accented with beautiful Boronia and Waxflower from California would make her real happy.
Fields of Flowers priced at $45.00
But if your Mother is "new" fashioned send her this compacted design of Hydrangea, Gerberas, Roses and Tulips in hot Yummy Mummy colors in a square glass cube vase.
Modern Mom priced at $50.00 and up
We are delivering to Manlius, Fayetteville, Jamesville, Baldwinsville, East Syracuse, Minoa, Syracuse, Kirkville...actually all of Onondaga County through Saturday.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Spring is busting out all at once

Have you ever seen a spring like this? The temperature warmed up so early and that seems to have encouraged all the flowering trees to accelerate their schedule. Layer in a few stretches of cold weather and TAD AH! Everything is blooming at once.

And it is glorious! I hope everyone takes some time to contemplate the beauty of Central New York.

If you want to enjoy the fragrance of spring, call and order a bouquet of lilacs. Our supply is limited so call soon.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Easter Flower Garden

Are you looking for something a bit different?
I've been potting up some great baskets of blooming plants. Vibrant primroses, tulips, miniature daffodils, hot pink azaleas and orange begonias. And you can plant them outdoors when they are done flowering.

The basket is 10 inches round and a nice neutral shade of sage green.

If you like softer colors, perhaps a basket of soft pink azaleas, sky blue hyacinths, Obonica primroses,
tulips and an African violet?

Both are available for $49.95

We can deliver these for the Easter Holiday. Just
give us a call.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Home Run

Snow Drops - Perce Neige

Today is the first day of spring - usually Syracuse celebrates with a major snow storm. But March 20th, 2010 is a HOME RUN. A sunny, warm and glorious end to a fine week.

We earned it. Emmanuel, thanks for the photo.

Wedding season has started and we are thankful to be so busy. Congratulation to Chandra and Jason. I'll bet they never expected to have outside photos! Of course, we will have photos at a later date.

But today it is all about Glorious Spring. I'm getting myself a bunch of red and yellow Parrott Tulips for the table and taking a walk in the back yard. Maybe the rabbits and deer missed a few of the bulbs I planted last fall...we'll see.

Go Orange.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Sunshine makes me Daffy

There are two things I like about March. Daffodils and Basketball. But it is not that simple. If Central New York is grey and snowy, I am not so compelled to crave billows of bright yellow. But, when the snow melts and the sun is shining, nothing satisfys like Daffys.

And when the Orangemen are in Madison Square Garden I know the Robins will be singing from the treetops.

But when SU is on a winning streak and I have a big bouquet of Daffodils on the coffee table...well, it's all GOOD.

March Madness Special
Daffodils arranged in a vase with a nesting bird.
Buy the bunch
$6.95 or 2 for $10.95

Monday, March 8, 2010

Le Printemps est la?

The First Sign of Spring?

Isn't this a slice of modern life! And all this time I've been expecting Robins. My Friend Emmaunel Vaucher documents his everyday observations. But he is a native of France living amongst us and perhaps does not know that Robins are the first harbinger of the long awaited season.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

We had fun and excitement yesterday when News 10 Now and Channel 3 WSTM came to film for Valentines Day. The Shop was a mad swirl of customers and news crews. Everyone had a great time with Megan Coleman the early morning Co-Anchor of WSTM. There were lots of surprised customers that morning!

I recognized reporter Cat DeMaria from News 10 Now right away. She and her camera man Ben convinced Colleen and Mary to design for the camera. And soon we were all at ease and the afternoon flew by.

Check out the film footage:

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Swords and Sabers

After their beautiful wedding Ashley was deployed to Iraq. The Whistlestop Gang wishes her a safe tour of duty.
And thanks to Bill Herloski for the images.
If anyone noticed the absence of posts in January, my husband and I were visiting family in Florida. We had lots of fun but it was rather cold. Day after day of freezing nights was very hard on the butterflies, anoles and tree frogs. But that's a story for another day.

Friday, January 29, 2010

The Arch of Swords

*From the Ceremony Program of Ashley and David

Military weddings are one of the best examples of how traditions and rituals can be the foundation for creating a truly memorable event.
What most guests at a military wedding are most likely to remember is the "crossed sabers," or the arch of steel. The word steel is synonymous for and used to represent either sabers for the Navy or swords for Army, Air Force and Marines. Traditionally the bride and groom walk through the arch of swords. That passage is meant to ensure the couple's safe transition into their new life together.
The arch of swords procedure is a simple and elegant one. The honor guard form two lines opposite each other. On the command of "draw sword "or "draw saber," the steel is raised with the right hand, with the cutting edges facing up. The couple enters the arch, kiss, and then pass through. The newly married couple then salute the honor guard. Members of the honor guard then sheath the swords and return them to a carry position.
Yet another tradition is the gentle "swat to the backside" that the bride receives from the last swordsman. In addition, it is also traditional for the wedding cake to be cut with a saber or sword.