Friday, February 26, 2010

New Pictures of Leah & Paul

I absolutely LOVE these pics! Just got them today from EJ Photography! I wanted to share them with you :) Leah & Paul were married at the glamourous Colony Club in Detroit on January 23rd 2010. Awesome couple! I really loved this family!

Petit Fleur Launch Party/Open House

Please help us celebrate our new Showroom/Gallery opening!

ATTIRE: Casual Cocktail

Strolling Appetizers, Champagne and our SIGNATURE Martini created especially for this special occasion!

Thursday, April 1st 2010
7:00 - 9:30pm

Style Your Event!

Petit Fleur will be covering four fantastic looks; classic, modern, vintage and beach. Our goal is to present helpful D.I.Y hints along with new ways to design a themed event with a look that's pulled together and complete. We will be showcasing some new custom made specialty linens and "out-of-the-box" ideas for floral & table design.

Q Studio International & Lifestyle Photographers will be showcasing their amazing work!

Please join us and help us celebrate!

Carnations...why such a bad reputation?

Despite their undeniable beauty, carnations have gained a bad reputation leading many people to think of them as no more than a “cheap flower”. Who can forget that episode of Sex and the City when Charlotte and Carrie scoffed at the idea of a man bringing carnations on a first date? I think we all are still tortured by our high school days when Carnations were spray painted and given to us on cheesy holidays by the weird guy in 4th hour. Well… that actually reflects the opinion of most women about this flower. In many wedding forums I’ve seen how brides ask for approval before considering using them for their big day. It actually seemed like it was a crime to even think of carnations as an option for your wedding flowers! But should we hate them just for being more affordable than other flowers? My answer to this question is definitely no.

It is hard to understand when I meet with a client and in one breath she expresses budget to be a concern, and then in another will not consider carnations as a way to stretch the buck when that is suggested!

It is important when selecting any decor aspect of your event to keep an open and creative mind when making your decisions. Trust your designer to make suggestions and then ask to see an example of what they are thinking before you write something off. Floral design has grown leaps and bounds as far as modern, cutting edge designs since the dreaded 1980's and 90's. Of course you must pick a florist or event designer that shares your design tastes. There are still some florists who are very traditional in their design. That being said, please take a look at some of my favorite carnation pieces.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A flowers meaning...

I just thought this was cute...Source: Redbook

ACACIA - Concealed Love, Beauty in Retirement, Chaste Love

AMBROSIA - Your Love is Reciprocated

AMARYLLIS - Pride, Pastoral Poetry

ANEMONE - Forsaken

ARBUTUS - Thee Only Do I Love

ASTER - Symbol of Love, Daintiness

AZALEA - Take Care of Yourself for Me, Temperance, Fragile Passion, Chinese Symbol of Womanhood

BACHELOR BUTTON - Single Blessedness

BEGONIA - Beware



BLUEBELL - Humility

CACTUS - Endurance

CAMELLIA (PINK) - Longing for you

CAMELLIA (RED) - You're a Flame in My Heart

CAMELLIA (WHITE) - You're Adorable

CARNATION (GENERAL) - Fascination, Woman Love

CARNATION (PINK) - I'll Never Forget You

CARNATION (RED) - My Heart Aches For You, Admiration

CARNATION (PURPLE) - Capriciousness


CARNATION (STRIPED) - No, Refusal, Sorry I Can't Be With You, Wish I Could Be With You

CARNATION (WHITE) - Sweet and Lovely, Innocence, Pure Love,
Woman's Good Luck Gift

CARNATION (YELLOW) - You Have Disappointed Me, Rejection

CATTAIL - Peace, Prosperity

CHRYSANTHEMUM (GENERAL) - You're a Wonderful Friend, Cheerfulness and Rest.



CROCUS - Cheerfulness

CYCLAMEN - Resignation and Good-bye

DAFFODIL - Regard, Unrequited Love, You're the Only One, The Sun is Always Shining when I'm with You

DAISY - Innocence, Loyal Love, I'll Never Tell, Purity

DANDELION - Faithfulness, Happiness

FERN - Magic, Fascination, Confidence and Shelter

FIR - Time

FLAX - Domestic Symbol

FORGET-ME-NOT - True Love, Memories

FORSYTHIA - Anticipation

GARDENIA - You're Lovely, Secret Love

GERANIUM - Stupidity, Folly

GLADIOLI - Give Me a Break, I'm Really Sincere, Flower of the Gladiators

GLOXINIA - Love at First Sight

HEATHER (LAVENDER) - Admiration, Solitude

HEATHER (WHITE) - Protection, Wishes Will Come True

HOLLY - Defense, Domestic Happiness

HYACINTH (GENERAL) - Games and Sports, Rashness, Flower Dedicated to Apollo

HYACINTH (BLUE) - Constancy

HYACINTH (PURPLE) - I am Sorry, Please Forgive Me, Sorrow


HYACINTH (WHITE) - Loveliness, I'll Pray for You


HYDRANGEA - Thank You for Understanding, Frigidity, Heartlessness

IRIS - Fleur-de-lis, Emblem of France, Your Friendship Means so Much to Me, Faith, Hope, Wisdom and Valor, My Compliments

IVY - Wedded Love, Fidelity, Friendship, Affection

JONQUIL - Love Me, Affection Returned, Desire, Sympathy, Desire for Affection Returned

LARKSPUR (PINK) - Fickleness

LILY (WHITE) - Virginity, Purity, Majesty, It's Heavenly to be with You

LILY (YELLOW) - I'm Walking on Air, False and Gay

LILY (CALLA) - Beauty

LILY (DAY) - Coquetry, Chinese Emblem for Mother

LILY (EUCHARIS) - Maiden Charms

LILY (TIGER) - Wealth, Pride

LILY OF THE VALLEY - Sweetness, Tears of the Virgin Mary, Return to Happiness, Humility, You've Made My Life Complete

MAGNOLIA - Nobility

MARIGOLD - Cruelty, Grief, Jealousy

MISTLETOE - Kiss me, Affection, To Surmount Difficulties, Sacred Plant of India

MONKSHOOD - Beware, A Deadly Foe is Near

MOSS - Maternal Love, Charity

MYRTLE - Love, Hebrew Emblem of Marriage

NARCISSUS - Egotism, Formality, Stay as Sweet as You Are

NASTURTIUM - Conquest, Victory in Battle

OLEANDER - Caution

ORANGE BLOSSOM - Innocence, Eternal Love, Marriage and Fruitfulness


ORCHID - Love, Beauty, Refinement, Beautiful Lady, Chinese Symbol for Many Children

ORCHID (CATTLEYA) - Mature Charm

PALM LEAVES - Victory and Success

PEONY - Shame, Happy Life, Happy Marriage

PETUNIA - Resentment, Anger, Your Presence Sooths Me

PINE - Hope, Pity

POPPY (GENERAL) - Eternal Sleep, Oblivion, Imagination

POPPY (RED) - Pleasure

POPPY (WHITE) - Consolation

POPPY (YELLOW) - Wealth, Success

PRIMROSE - I Can't Live Without You

PRIMROSE (EVENING) - Inconstancy

ROSE (BRIDAL) - Happy Love


ROSE (HIBISCUS) - Delicate Beauty

ROSE (LEAF) - You May Hope

ROSE (PINK) - Perfect Happiness, Please Believe Me

ROSE (RED) - Love, I Love You

ROSE (TEA) - I'll Remember Always

ROSE (THORNLESS) - Love at First Sight

ROSE (WHITE) - Innocence and Purity, I am Worthy of You, You're Heavenly, Secrecy and Silence

ROSE (WHITE AND RED MIXED) - Unity, Flower Emblem of England

ROSE (WHITE-DRIED) - Death is Preferable to Loss of Virtue

ROSE (YELLOW) - Decrease of Love, Jealousy, Try to Care

ROSEBUD - Beauty and Youth, A Heart Innocent of Love

ROSEBUD (RED) - Pure and Lovely

ROSEBUD (WHITE) - Girlhood

ROSEBUD (MOSS) - Confessions of Love

ROSES (Bouquet of Mature Blooms) - Gratitude

ROSES (Single Full Bloom) - I Love You, I Still Love You

SMILAX - Loveliness

SNAPDRAGON - Deception, Gracious Lady

SPIDER FLOWER - Elope with Me

STEPHANOTIS - Happiness in Marriage, Desire to Travel

STOCK - Bonds of Affection, Promptness, You'll Always Be Beautiful to Me

SWEETPEA - Good-bye, Departure, Blissful Pleasure, Thank You for a Lovely Time

TULIP (GENERAL) - Perfect Lover, Frame, Flower Emblem of Holland

TULIP (RED) - Believe Me, Declaration of Love

TULIP (VARIEGATED) - Beautiful Eyes

TULIP (YELLOW) - There's Sunshine in Your Smile

VIOLET - Modesty

VIOLET (BLUE) - Watchfulness, Faithfulness, I'll Always Be True

VIOLET (WHITE) - Let's Take a Chance

ZINNIA (MAGENTA) - Lasting Affection

ZINNIA (MIXED) - Thinking (or In Memory) of an Absent Friend

ZINNIA (SCARLET) - Constancy

ZINNIA (WHITE) - Goodness

ZINNIA (YELLOW) - Daily Remembrance

The Latest Modern Florals

My clients are asking what do I think the latest floral craze will be this year. Well these two bouquets are really what I am seeing my clients wanting this season. The first is a bridal bouquet which consists of a monochromatic, clean and elegant collection of bridal bouquet of all lime green cymbidium orchids. A perfect fit for that Urban Modern look.

Another urban modern option is a monochromatic palette using gorgeous lady slipper orchids, green hyperium berries and lime green spider mums, finished with a touch of copper ribbon. This is a stunning choice for any bride or bridesmaid in a high style urban wedding. This event's overall look was stunning!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Petit Fleur Launch Party - Thursday, April 1st!!

I am very excited to announce that yesterday I signed the lease for our new location in FABULOUS DOWNTOWN FERNDALE!! We are 1/4 mile north of 9 Mile on the west side of Woodward Avenue! The address is 23257 Woodward Avenue Ferndale MI 48220. I am so excited to open my biggest showroom ever! It is a glamorous loft style urban gallery with a conference room, showroom, gallery & workshop! I am truely so blessed! I am tentively planning my launch party/open house for Thursday, April 1st. If you would like to attend, please go ahead and send me an email with your address and I will send you an invitation.

We are also extremely humbled by the fact our partners at "Q Studio Photography" will be joining us in our space. They are amazingly talented and I just know we are going to be a real powerhouse! I'll update you soon!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

13 Things your florist WON'T tell you!

I came across this on my Yahoo Home Page...I loved it! Enjoy!

1. If you want more flowers for your money, find a florist in your recipient's town and call him directly. But it's harder than you think: some florists in the yellow pages and at the top of your Google search are national businesses masquerading as local ones. They even buy local phone numbers. So make sure you look for a physical address in town.

2. Our smartest customers ask for a bunch of those packets. Most of us will gladly give you extras.

3. Put away those scissors, which can crush the stem. Instead, use a sharp, non-serrated knife to cut a quarter of an inch off the bottom of stems, at an angle. While you're at it, cut off those leaves below the water line. They breed bacteria.

4. Looking for a way to jazz up your red roses? Try pairing them with purple statice or heather. Or ask us: "What can you put in that will really make her roses stand out?"

5. Believe it or not, weddings are not that profitable for most of us, mainly because of labor costs. But we're banking on your future business. Once we do a wedding for you and do it right, you're a customer for life.

6. Thanks for continuing to buy flowers, even in this economy. We really do understand why you're choosing floating bowls instead of $50 centerpieces for your wedding. And why you're sending your wife a mixed bouquet every week instead of the $50 roses. But that's part of the reason our business is down by 8 or 9 percent.

7. What's trendy? Tropical flowers in a geometric vase without a lot of greenery, mounded arrangements of just one type of flower, and woody branches with fruit or berries.

8. Speaking of Valentine's Day, how about thinking outside the box? Lots of women would love a vase filled with red tulips still in the bulb.

9. A box of dead flowers for your friend's 40th birthday – ha! – that's funny. But you'll have to look somewhere else. Come on, my name goes on that.

10. Do you like cold baths? Neither do flowers.

11. Do us a favor and choose your bridesmaids' dresses before you come to us about your wedding. But after spending an hour with you picking flowers, it's a bit of a drag to do it again six months later because you ended up picking different color dresses.

12. Don't buy your wedding flowers at Costco then ask me to design them for you. Would you buy your steaks there, then bring them to the caterer to prepare?

13. Call to complain because your flowers died after just three days, and we know you probably didn't even add water to the vase.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Bride's Choice Award for Petit Fleur Event Flowers & Decor 2010

I am so very proud to announce that I received a third annual award of the 2010 WeddingWire's Bridal Choice Awards!! This is added to the awards we won for Best Florist in 2008 and our 2009 bridal seasons.

The WeddingWire Bride's Choice Awards recognizes the top local wedding professionals from the WeddingWire Network that demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism. Unlike other awards in which winners are selected by the organization, the Bride's Choice Awards are determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 500,000 newlyweds. This year's winners represent the top five percent of WeddingWire's vendor community, which consists of over 100,000 local wedding professionals nationwide. Thank you form the bottom of my heart for your love and support! I am very excited about my 2010 Bridal Season!!