Monday, January 16, 2017

Lea & Adam - Love at Western Lakes

Month: September

Lea came to our March consultation with her homework in hand.  She was ready with her inspirations for her bouquets and boutonnieres for her September wedding at Western Lakes.  The dresses she chose for her bridesmaids were blush and the mens suits were dark blue.  The combination of the those colors mixed with white suited her bouquet to a T. 

Lea's bouquet included very pale garden roses, blush roses and astilbe, white with blue anemone and blue viburnum berries.  We chose greens with a more grey tone like brunia, dusty miller, and seeded eucalyptus with touches of variegated pittosporum.  Her bridesmaids carried the same flowers with more blue, which we attained by adding delphinium.  The flower girl basket matched the bridesmaids flowers.

Adam and his gentlemen all wore grey brunia berries with seeded eucalyptus and pittosporum, a smart choice for our unseasonably warm September.  Even though Brutus, their ring bearing bulldog did not get a boutonniere, Joe, the dog whisperer did! 

I recently received the most wonderful email from Lea.  She wrote:
"I just want to start off by saying thank you so much for the gorgeous flowers for our wedding. I was absolutely obsessed with them. Literally everything in the consultation we went over was depicted in our bouquets. The greenery and the dark blue bulbed flowers, just obsessed!"

All I can say is - Happy Bride, Happy Florist!!!!

Luan Kurriger
~Manager, Bank of Flowers
Pewaukee, WI


Monday, January 9, 2017

Scouting Out A Floral Adventure!

Are you looking for something fun to do during this cold Wisconsin winter?  Do you like fresh flowers?  Have you ever wanted to try a floral designing?  If you answered "YES" to any of these might want to sign up for a flower design class!  We offer specific classes throughout the year, but also book custom classes for scouting troops and ladies groups.   We have hosted holiday-themed classes for ladies as a work Christmas party, a bridal shower group, as well as our popular Daisy Basket Class for the scouts.  No matter the age group of class, everyone seems to have a great time and goes home with a flower arrangement that they made themselves! 
This past weekend, I had the honor of teaching a delightful group, Brownie Troop #6281 from Sussex, Wisconsin.  We had 5 girls participate as well as the 2 adults join in on the fun!  They were a great group to work with!  Everyone brought home a cheery arrangement, some to keep and others to give away as a gift.  At the end of the class, Chloe, our shop cat made her cameo appearance and said hello to the troop.  Thank you to Girl Scout Troop #6281 for a fun-filled Saturday afternoon!

Wendy Kaye Walker
Bank of Flowers

Monday, January 2, 2017

A Holiday Miracle

My name is Wendy and I'd like to share a story with you about a holiday miracle.  I have been a florist for over 20 years, and have been with Bank of Flowers for just over 2 years. Being perpetually single, the holidays are always a tough time of year for me, this year especially.
A few weeks ago, I was preparing the blog about the new adoptee "Monte" the cat, who joined the Pewaukee store from the Washington County Humane Society.  While on their site to link to our blog, I looked at the dogs who needed homes, and that's when I first saw Mary.  Mary Puppins was the longest resident of the shelter and in need of a home, but I just couldn't afford to adopt her and get all of the necessary supplies to bring a dog home.
All of the shop gals were gathered for our Secret Santa Party just before Christmas, and I got a little stuffed dog that looked like Mary Puppins as one of my gifts.  It sparked a discussion of the shelter dog, and before I knew it, some of my co-workers chipped in and gave me enough money to adopt Mary.  Others gave me the supplies I needed to bring a new dog into my home.  I was so happy, I started to cry.  I got a companion for Christmas, and Mary Puppins got a home!
It's only been a week, but I am happy to report that Mary and I are adjusting very well to each other and we are both very happy.  It's a holiday miracle for both of us!  Thank you to a wonderful team of ladies at Bank of Flowers! 

Wendy Walker
Bank of Flowers

Monday, December 26, 2016

Hilton Double Tree Wedding

Danielle and Chad's Wedding!

Ceremony: Brew City Church, Milwaukee
Reception: Hilton Double Tree, Milwaukee
Photographer: Nate Castner Photography
Flowers: Bank of Flowers
Cake:  Aggie's Bakery and Cake Shop
Month: September

Nothing says love like the red rose, and so it was a perfect choice for these two amazing people in love!  Add a touch of gold, and you've got a simply glamorous wedding!  Danielle chose a simple design for her bouquets.  She loved the idea of bright red roses accented with sparkling jewels.  It really stood out against her soft white dress.  Her maids all wore elegant dresses covered in gold sequins, so to contrast their flowers, the maids carried tight clusters of white roses.  The men wore simple boutonnieres of red or white spray roses.
The aisle of the church was accented with clusters of red roses vased, hanging from the pews.  They really added to the elegance and glamour of this wedding.  The reception was quite stunning with red roses everywhere!  Clusters of red roses on the tables came alive when tall goblet-style tiered holders were filled with gold sand and candles.  Even the cake was accented with gold frosting and red rose clusters and petals around the table. Everything came together so well, and looked amazing. We are so happy to be a part of making Danielle and Chad's wedding dreams come true!

Melissa Maas
Bank of Flowers


Monday, December 19, 2016

Happy Holidays!

It's hard to believe that Christmas is this weekend!  It sure does sneak up on us fast!  Here at the shop, we are as busy as Santa's elves!  We are knee-deep in hustle and bustle between the designing, wrapping and delivering, and with all of the snow it feels like the North Pole around here!
And speaking of delivering...if you are feeling behind on your holiday to-do list, we are here to help! A bright poinsettia plant or holiday centerpiece makes a great gift for just about anyone on your list.  We even have the cherished Thomas Kinkade collectible in stock for those collectors you know.  Stop in today, or give us a call for your last minute holiday emergencies!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Bank of Flowers in Menomonee Falls and Pewaukee!

Monday, December 12, 2016

The Story of Monte

Bank of Flowers in Menomonee Falls has had their resident kitty "Chloe" for quite some time.  The ladies at the Pewaukee store were jealous and wanted their own store pet.

A snail that arrived on a plant was our first pet. Shelldon kept trying to escape and Luan, the manager, was falsely accused with aiding an escapee.  Shelldon was moved to Ashley's house because he was a proven flight risk. (Update:  Shelldon was found half eaten at his current residence. We assume it happened during another escape attempt.)
We then had a fish that Ashley received from her Secret Santa.  Fin didn't last long and he was replaced by Finn 2 who lasted just as long.  We finally figured out that some of the sprays we use ended up in the fish's water bowl and killed them.

That was a few years ago and we still really wanted a pet.  Melissa researched available cats at area shelters because we definitely wanted a cat that wouldn't get into everything and was mellow.  At last, on September 22, Monte came to live at our store.

Monte was named after a flower, the Monte Casino Aster.  In the beginning he was a little skittish but that lasted 3 days!  The people at the Washington County Humane Society thought he might be feral and that he was a stray at one point, not good for ladies who love cats.  Well, after those 3 days of settling in, Monte has become the king of the store!  He likes to greet us at the back door when we get in in the morning and give us kisses.  He will say hi to anyone who comes into the store and always lies down at their feet.   Monte is an attention hog!  

Monte acts very much like a dog.  He has played fetch with us a few times.  We cannot leave an open purse laying around because he will dig in it looking for food.  Monte will come when called (most of the time).  We're surprised he doesn't bark!

Thank you Melissa for picking out such a wonderful companion!  We love Monte very much!  

Luan Kurriger
~Manager, Pewaukee

Monday, December 5, 2016

Hubbard Park Wedding

Stacy and Matt's Wedding!

Ceremony and Reception: Hubbard Park, Milwaukee
Flowers: Bank of Flowers
Photographer: Vital Image
Month: August

I can't think of a cheerier flower than the Gerbera Daisy.  Something about this flower just makes people smile, and so it was a very fitting flower for Stacy and Matt's special day, where smiles could be found everywhere you look!  
Stacy chose a palette of white, peach and coral, a perfect compliment to the robins egg blue dresses. The bouquets were made from white hydrangeas, soft peach stock, peach and coral roses, and coral gerberas.  The men wore double spray rose boutonnieres in coral, with white for the groom.  
The aisle was decorated with hanging vases filled with white hydrangeas, and the reception tables were simply charming with coral gerberas in a vase accented with the robins egg blue ribbon.  
This was such a fun color scheme and look, and it was so much fun to be a part of Stacy and Matt's special day!  Congratulations! 

Melissa Maas
Bank of Flowers