Table Arrangement

Wedding Florist Delight. Petals & Stems heads to Columbus by Julie Greco

So, I’ve been a little lax on posting up on my blog, however it has been insanely busy these past few months, not only on the flower front but in my personal life. Petals & Stems is having a Baby (this coming September)!! 

Needless to say, I’ve been told by my clients love to hear what I have been up to :)
A couple of weekends ago, Mothers day weekend to be exact, my best friend got married! Not only did I have the pleasure of standing by that beauty when she married her best friend, Petals & Stems also did the flowers for the love filled nuptials.

Ceremony and reception were held at a quaint little restaurant in Columbus Ohio called Due Amici. Brick lined walls, candles galore, love and the smell of my beautiful arrangements made the ambience. Not to say that the glow from both Allie and Joey wasn’t ambience enough. Doing the flowers for my best friend was just the topper to watching her marry her best friend and start their lifelong journey together.

Check out photos of these two Lambs, the photographer was amazing!

Pictures by: Ashley Wallace Photography, Columbus Ohio

The Garrison Ball by Julie Greco

The pictures are in, and I couldn’t be more proud of this event.

This past March I was able to participate in creating the floral-scape for an amazing event honoring or veterans. Big shout out and “Thank you” goes out to Sarah Valiant of Valiant Design Co. for selecting Petals & Stems to be a part of her master creation for the day.

To date the Garrison ball has been one of the largest productions I have put on from a floral aspect. The party was set for 800 guests at the ever so lovely Liberty Grand in downtown Toronto. Yes! 800 guests! I am still reeling from the high that week.

The theme of the ball celebrated our “Regimental Community” on the pending 70th Anniversary of VE Day bringing focus to our families, employers and other Canadians supporting loved ones in service. The celebratory atmosphere, reflecting VE Day in 1945 with the swing music of the 40’s taking us back to those heady days of Victory!

The floral scheme was complimentary to the theme of the ball; hues of reds, whites and gold were all I had visions of. 3 days of processing, planning, adjusting and setting until my arrangements were ready for delivering. With the help of my amazing husband (let’s say “super amazing husband” for good measure) we were able to move 157 arrangements, 117 small arrangements and 40 large pedestal arrangements to the event venue. The house was filled to the brim, bursting with flowers and I honestly could not have been happier.

Of course the event was a success and the flowers were a hit, even made some camera time on Global news that night (the event that is, but you did see my beauties in the background. As much as I like to believe my flowers were the show stopper I am deeply touched and appreciative to have been part of such a wonderful event honouring amazing men and woman.

At last, the photos were taken by Suzanne Merrett at Amara Studios Photography.
Are you ready….here it is…. the website…. www.garrisonballpix.com
http://www.amarastudios.com

Mary, Mary, Mary… Dilemmas, Decisions, and Dollars by Julie Greco

It was certain that being a florist I would create my own bouquet for my wedding day, accompanied by the bouquets my six bridesmaids would carry. The dilemma I faced was - who would create the rest of the floral design for the big day?

Naturally, I am crazy enough to have thought I could’ve done all the floral design and be the bride, however the realist in me knew that this was slightly advantageous ’ as there wasn’t enough hours in the day to accomplish everything.

Frantically I went out and sourced a few designers whose work in the Toronto floral industry I admired. After my 2nd consultation with a couple of the designers I knew I wasn’t really getting what I was looking for as well as the flowers that I had set my heart on. As a florist, our taste in flowers can be somewhat expensive…totally referring to my wild obsession for garden roses.  And our ongoing obsession with perfection.

After searching the city for a few weeks I found Mary. She resides in a little shop called Lavender Rose Flowers nestled in the Scarborough Village. I have to say if it weren’t for Mary, my vision would not have been captured so perfectly.

When I told Mary the flowers I wanted she giggled thinking I was kidding. When she realized I wasn’t, she looked at me more seriously, and said “OK” and we went to work. Picking a mixture of greens that would complement the centerpieces nicely. Salal because of its reasonable price (such an underrated foliage), Ruscus because of its finesse and ability to be manipulated, and lastly Nagi for its soft, delicate texture.

That night jumbo hydrangeas along with Juliet Garden Roses, Secret Garden Roses, Lisianthus, a countless amount of Majolika sprays and all my favs’ were ordered. I couldn’t believe how perfectly my vision was being captured.

I am definitely a person who gives credit where credit is due and I have to acknowledge the amazing job that Mary and her team accomplished for my big day.

I think that when you are in the market for someone that does the same work you do, you can imagine that as a florist it was very difficult for me to hire another, cut from the same cloth. She captured the beauty I was looking to find for my big day and I am extremely thankful and grateful for Mary and her team, one for capturing my vision so well and two, for allowing me to be involved in the entire process.

“THANK YOU” to Mary for helping me create 24 beautiful table arrangements for my big day.

XOXO
Jules