little shop of flowers

The one week countdown is on for The Bridal Experience! I’ve been grateful to get to meet so many new professionals through the interactive show, and super thankful to have the opportunity to share more personal information about them through this second round of the vendor tour!

Today I am SO pleased to host Little Shop of Flowers at BlissEvents.co. This mom & daughter team is genuine, real-deal, and an absolute BLAST to hang out with. Over and over I have been impressed with their firm commitment to providing their brides beautiful and high quality arrangements. There is no curveball these ladies cannot handle, no vision they cannot make a reality. I know this because I have handed them a few curveballs and given them a few big visions 🙂 I’m never disappointed. Always amazed.

Always.

Photo by Absolutely Epic Photography
Photo by Absolutely Epic Photography

Hello! Tell us about yourself.

[We] took a floral technology class in 2003 and decided that it was something we wanted to pursue. We both received degrees in Floral Technology in 2005. During our courses, we
designed wedding reception and ceremony flowers for at least 20 weddings. One of our brides was a daughter of the coach of a MLB team so that was very exciting! After graduation, we opened our first flower shop in California. Since moving to Missouri, we have focused on weddings and special events- the wedding industry needs more people that actually care about their brides and grooms! To so many people a person is a price tag. It’s not that way with us. We only take one full service wedding a weekend, so that we can focus. We are with you from the very beginning, all the way to the end! We have developed many amazing relationships with our couples and have kept in touch long after the wedding day has ended. We truly are here to make your day the day that you have always imagined!

Photo by Shana Lynne Photography
Photo by Shana Lynne Photography

In what ways have you seen weddings change since you joined the
market?

Being from California, the market is a little bit different, but trends always come and go. The big thing in California when we left was black and pink weddings. At least 60% of our weddings were black and pink, normally roses and a lot of people also liked feather boas at that time! Wish I could find a photo of one of our bridal bouquets that was hot pink roses with a black feather boa around it! Fast forward to 2016, the trend is a natural look- very loose and flowy arrangements. All greenery bouquets have been a trend this year and are
absolutely beautiful.

One of our first brides after we moved to Missouri!
One of our first brides after we moved to Missouri!

What types of services do you offer?
We offer free consultations, arrangements for weddings and events, event floral set up, event floral take down, delivery, as well as hourly services such as design training (we will show you how to design centerpieces, corsages, boutonnieres, etc) and on site help such as corsage and boutonniere pinning, helping keep centerpieces and flowers in order, etc. We also offer flower-only orders (where you just order the flowers from us and arrange them yourself.) We are venturing into items that are available to rent from us when you use us for your wedding flowers. Some of those items are vases, arches, and many more to come.

Photo by Mike Wingo Photography
Photo by Mike Wingo Photography

Who are some of your favorite vendors to work alongside?
Oh, wow! We have so many. We love working with Athena at Enchanted Hills, the venue is breathtaking and she is one of the most amazing, down to earth people that we have ever met. She has become a great friend over the years! We have also worked a lot with Mike Wingo Photography and his photos are amazing! Tanya at Style by the Slice is amazing, we have used her for cakes other than just for weddings and they are always spectacular! This year we have had the pleasure of working with Stephanie and Crystal from Bliss Events and they definitely have an eye for design and are so much fun. We have been using Shana from Shana Lynne Photography for family photos for years and have had the pleasure of working with her on weddings and styled shoots and let’s just say, her photos speak for themselves! We have a great relationship with all of the above vendors and you could never got wrong with picking any of them!

A bouquet repurposed as a centerpiece
A bouquet repurposed as a centerpiece

Share some advice you have for brides planning their weddings.
Pick vendors that you feel will portray your vision the best and truly care about you. Don’t pick the most expensive, don’t pick the least expensive, pick vendors that you “click” with and that you know will do everything possible to make you happy.

If you would like to connect with Sandi at Little Shop of Flowers, visit their website at LilShopofFlowers.com or find them on Facebook!

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he loves me flowers

Is there anything better than a bouquet of fresh flowers? Luscious colors, sweet fragrance, silky smooth petals.

Swoon.

This is how I feel about flowers when they are picked willy-nilly from the side of the road. This is how I feel about flowers when I’ve snatched them up at the last minute by the door at the grocery store.

How do I feel about them when they fall into the hands of an artist and are transformed into beauty-out-of-this-world? There are no words. Charity Bennitt of He Loves Me Flowers is just such an artist. Color, texture, vibe…Charity gets it. Plus, can’t you just tell she’s sweet as honey?

Dear clients: please book He Loves Me Flowers right now. Because I want Charity to be my best friend and bring me flowers when she comes to my house for dinner once a week.  Thank you.

Hello! Tell us about yourself.

I love arranging and designing flowers.

This love connection began the summer of 2007 when I was asked to work in a local flower shop in my hometown. It was through that experience, submersion, and hands on education where I learned floral technique and design. It was there that a dream was placed in my heart to one day start a family-owned floral design company specializing in weddings and events. Being raised in Minnesota by self-taught entrepreneurs as parents, I knew starting a business was achievable, especially if it was something that you loved and fueled your heart.

Photo by Jordan Brittley
Photo by Jordan Brittley

Through a series of events I moved to Springfield, Missouri in 2009 to attend college. Little did I know that I’d meet my charming husband in 2010, be married in 2011, and in 2012 launch my dream business. When I’m not nurturing He Loves Me Flowers, you’ll find me laughing, spending time with my family, cuddling with my pup, playing games and fellowshipping with friends, enjoying the fresh outdoors, reading a challenging book, or baking something delicious in the kitchen. I’ve learned life is most enjoyed when you see things through a positive lens and choose to be joyful through the good and the challenging moments of life.

How did you get into the wedding industry?

I actually started floral design in a local flower shop back in my hometown in Minnesota. While working at the shop, we did a plethora of weddings and I absolutely LOVED being a part of them! Through a series of events I moved to Springfield, attended college, married my husband and in 2012 we launched our floral design company specifically for weddings. I love this business because it allows me to not only be creative, but to use my gift of design to bless so many of my sweet clients. It’s really rewarding creating a floral work of art but it’s even more rewarding when those pieces bring incredible joy and happiness to the bride & groom, families and guests on one of the most significant days in a couples’ life! I feel incredibly blessed to do what I do! To say I love it might be an understatement. 😉

Photo by Sugar Snap Images.
Photo by Sugar Snap Images.

In what ways have you seen weddings change since you started He Loves Me Flowers?

I think in this present time, couples are being more creative with their weddings and the overall feel for their celebration. I think partly that is due to Pinterest and the flood of inspiration and ideas, but I feel that brides are making their weddings more about them and their specific lives rather than just a “pretty event” with their favorite colors. I’ve seen so many of my clients do very unique themes, combinations, color palettes, etc. because it is what reflects them as people, their personal style and aesthetic. I find that really fun and refreshing!!

Photo by Jordan Brittley
Photo by Jordan Brittley

What is a favorite wedding moment for you?

My  favorite wedding moment is presenting the bridal bouquet to the bride for the first time! It’s always an incredibly joyous (and many times teary-eyed) moment. It brings me so much joy and fulfillment to see a bride literally glowing when she sees her bouquet that I had the privilege of designing specifically for her wedding day. It’s humbling in an amazing way!

What types of services do you offer?

If it’s anything that has to do with floral design, flowers, greenery, etc. for your wedding, then we do it. 🙂

Photo by Cassidy Brooke
Photo by Cassidy Brooke

Tell us about your favorite wedding to work with, ever.

That’s a hard one! My favorite wedding I think was from May of 2015. The bride valued exceptionally designed florals and spared no expense in her floral decor. She loved flowers and wanted garlands, arrangements, centerpieces, etc. to be seen from every angle at her ceremony and reception. And boy can I tell you that it was AMAZING! The florals in the venues made all the difference in the feel and atmosphere of the event. It was on that day when I had the epiphany, “flowers really do make all the difference”. Looking backing, it was my most stretching event, but definitely my favorite!!!

Photo by Meg White
Photo by Meg White

 Share some advice you have for brides planning their weddings.

My advice for a bride planning her wedding is to make the investment when it comes to your photographer, floral designer, and professional help. They are pros because they are good at what they do. Don’t get so worked up in the numbers. When it comes to a budget – I totally get that – but you have to remember this is your wedding (!) and many times in the creative world, you receive what you invest. Just because someone is cheaper, doesn’t mean that it’s a better decision. I’ve seen it play out. Choose vendors who you trust, love, are inspired by, and mesh well with! Having the right team of professional vendors will put you at ease and allow you to focus on what you are suppose to do and that is — getting married! 🙂

For more info, visit HeLovesMeFlowers.com and don’t forget to check out their Facebook page!

Thanks for visiting! Come back tomorrow for more stops on the Bliss Events vendor tour. Don’t forget to like Springfield Bliss on Facebook to stay up-to-date on the best wedding planning information in Springfield, Missouri!

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save, five ways…on your wedding flowers

We swoon over gorgeous flowers. I mean, really, how many times in your life do you get to be completely surrounded by sumptuous, silky, lovely floral goodness?

Aside from the handful I buy a couple times a month to grace our kitchen table, I can think of only one time I have been fortunate enough to be surrounded by gorgeous blooms. And that was when I was also wearing a big white gown that cost more than every item of clothing in my closet. With all the other categories in your budget, it can be shocking to see that flower sticker price. We’ve got five ways you can enjoy the extravagance and still save some money.

Keep your bridal party small. More bouquets/bouts = more $. Larger head table = more centerpieces= more $. And the flowers aren’t the only reason to keep your bridal party intimate. The formal photos are quicker with fewer people, there are fewer preferences to consider when choosing dresses, , more room in the bridal suite, fewer thank you gifts to purchase…you get the idea. Ask anyone who has been married for 10-plus years how many in their bridal party are still a major part of their lives today. I think you’ll find you need fewer than you think. Besides, between the bride, the mother-of-the-bride, and the mother-in-law…the less estrogen in the room, the better 😉

Choose your venues well. A venue with great bones will save big time on decorations. If you walk into a space that is gorgeous as is and it takes your breath away, you have a winner. This is one reason I don’t suggest choosing an off-season just to save money. Inside ceremonies need more purchased flowers to convey the same feelings that a lush outdoor space could provide. Inside walls need more adornment if the windows show stark landscaping outside. A beautifully-built space in a beautiful setting will pay off in the budget category for decorations. Consider all of your options, and check to see what the venue can provide in the way of decorations. Many have a stash of vases, garlands, candles and the like available for brides to use free of charge. These can go a long way to fill out centerpieces and arrangements, cutting back on the amount of flowers needed.

Consider artificial. No, I don’t recommend all of your flowers be artificial, but there are some instances when fake flowers are super strategic and budget-savvy. For example- NO ONE but your bridal party will come within 10 feet of the ceremony flowers up front. Using artificial means you can get exactly what you envision (artificial is always in season), and have them arranged in advance. Pinterest can help you or someone you know DIY it, and you can redo as many times as needed until you get it right. This works well with bouquets, too- only your bridal party knows the difference. You can get colors that exactly match your theme, and don’t have to worry about wilting. Bonus: ten years from now you get to watch your daughter pull your bouquet out of a box to play princess. So priceless.

Choose dual-purpose selections. Arrange vases on the head table where the bridal party can place their bouquets. Use potted herbs or tiny houseplants as favors to fill out greenery on your table centerpieces. Put someone in charge of pulling ceremony flowers and rushing to the reception site to use them to decorate the food table. Emily Westbrooks at Wedding Party has some great tips for repurposing ceremony flowers:

Moving your ceremony flowers to your reception site can be a game-changer when it comes to repurposing wedding flowers. But it takes a little creativity and a some advance planning. When you meet with your florist, ask about options for using flowers that flank the alter or are used on the end of aisles later in the day. It’s becoming a more common practice, so your florist might have a few tricks up his or her sleeve to make your flowers work extra hard for you.

If you have large arrangements at the top or bottom of your aisle, those can add lots of life to a buffet or dessert table at your reception. Small arrangements hanging from the end of the aisle can be set on your dinner tables to add volume and texture to your table decor.

You can read more of her suggestions here. 

Sam Walton is your friend.  Hiring a florist to compose reception tabletops will rack up your bill fast, but nothing can compare to the oomph a professionally-arranged centerpiece will bring to your wedding. Consider purchasing pro-arrangements for about 1/3 of your tables, then round out the others with less expensive blooms you purchase yourself. Every other week, I purchase a decent-sized bouquet of carnations or alstroemeria for my kitchen table for less than five bucks on my way out of Walmart. Simple, yet beautiful. If you need a specific color scheme, you can order in bulk online at sites like fiftyflowers.com or bunchesdirect.com.

How are you saving on wedding flowers on your big day?

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local deal

Hello, friends! Still looking for a florist? Shannon’s Custom Florals is extending the deadline for their Holiday Booking Blitz through December 23rd. You can get a $50 credit toward your minimum booking deposit of $250, good for florals or wedding decor.

The stunning bouquet above is a photo of Shannon’s work from the portfolio on her website. To check out more gorgeous examples of Shannon’s work, visit Shannon’s Custom Florals. You can secure your booking today by calling (417)890-0991.

Happy Wednesday!

 

Wedding vendors– are you offering a holiday booking special this year? Email steph@springfieldbliss.com  or submit the contact form below to find out how you can be featured on Bliss Events.

 

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