Marches aux Fleurs, Vieux Nice

The old, historic section of Nice, France, has a wonderful flower and produce market.  I always learn something new when I visit floral shops, markets, and growers.  Many of the flowers offered at this market are grown locally in neighboring cities and towns in France.  For ten euros, I was able to purchase a huge bouquet of roses and lisianthus.  Tres jolie!

I also noticed the straw/raffia bouquet holder used by many of the vendors.  It was wired with a handle to easily arrange the flowers.  Of course, I brought one home.

Greenery Wedding

It was such fun to create greenery themed wedding florals using seeded eucalyptus, myrtle, ruscus, and magnolia leaves.  White flowers . . . roses, freesia, and veronica . . . complemented the natural, bohemian style of the bride.

Greenery and white spray roses decorated the homemade cake


Bridesmaid bouquets


Head table with all the bouquets waiting for the wedding party plus greenery garlands


Head table


Centerpieces were simple green and white in glass vases



Woodland Wedding Bouquet

The woodland theme is a unique way to utilize natural, diverse materials.  Here is an example of a handheld ‘bouquet’ that departs from the more usual emphasis on flowers and greenery.  It resembles a small dish garden and can be as creative and personal as desired.

Callas and Roses for the Bridal Party

The color theme for this wedding was purple/marsala accented by lime green and creamy white.   We used deep purple calla lilies, Vendela roses, jade green roses, lavender freesia and wax flower to create these bouquets.

Special thanks to C.Mae Photography for the use of this photo.

Pink and Green Wedding

A pink and green themed wedding with a vintage flair . . . the bride wore a lace dress that had been worn by three generations before her.  The flowers included roses, hydrangeas, ranunculus, gerbera daisies, chamomile and wax flower.

Bridal bouquet also includes astilbe and eucalyptus. Chamomile emphasized the bride’s love for daisies.
The bridesmaids wore floral print dresses with bright pink and green flowers.
Centerpieces also included white alstroemeria, while the hydrangeas’ leaves served as greenery.
An accent piece using light pink roses that matched the groomsmen’s ties.

Eight Dollar Spring Bouquet

I used to dismiss alstromeria as a “super market” flower sold with unopened, unimpressive blooms.  Now I have a lot of admiration for the flower also known as the Peruvian lily or lily of the Incas.  Given a chance, alstroemeria open to a striking yet delicate bloom and last for more than a week, maybe ten days.  The pink and white blooms here are more than a week old and still look fresh!   If you are looking for an economical way to create a pretty bouquet, be sure to consider alstromeria!


Yellow Roses

Yellow rose designs are presented in two ‘vintage’ containers.  One is a pottery basket; the second is a container created using chalk paint and vintage style ribbons and trim.  The roses are accompanied by mini white carnations, a few stems of garden lavender, and seeded eucalyptus.