Monday, October 31, 2016

DIY Pumpkin Centerpiece

We enjoyed making these centerpieces so much for a recent bride!  I can't wait to design my very own and use it for Halloween or Thanksgiving!  To help create your design, I took pictures along the way. I hope this inspires you!

The first step is to pick out a small to medium-sized pumpkin that sits level on a table.  Find a short, but fairly wide vase that will fill the opening you've carved out.  Pre-soak a square of Oasis wet floral foam and place it inside of the vase.  Scoop out the pumpkin guts with a large spoon.  If the vase doesn't fit inside of your pumpkin just right, you can use pieces of styro-foam to prop up your vase so it fits snug.  Top off the wet foam-filled vase with water.

Now comes the fun part!  I started by inserting various greens into the wet foam to cover it up and give a nice base.  Next, I placed the focal flowers to establish the overall shape and size of the arrangement.  After placing the focals, I filled the spaces between with flowers like assorted fall mums and alstromeria.

As a finishing touch, I added preserved fall leaves around the base of the arrangement and in the middle.  This step creates more interest and made the arrangement pop!  To keep your pumpkin arrangement fresh longer, store it in the refrigerator or a cool garage or basement when you are not enjoying it, and don't forget to water it!
Good luck and Enjoy!!

Krista Roskopf
~Menomonee Falls Manager
Bank of Flowers

Monday, October 24, 2016

Silver Spring Wedding

Melissa and Alex, A Beautiful Wedding Day

Ceremony & Reception: Silver Spring Country Club, Menomonee Falls
Photographer: Katie Guth Photography
Florist: Bank of Flowers
Month: September

The word "Romantic" comes to mind when I think about Melissa and Alex's wedding day. From the soft color palette of whites and blushes, to the lush fairy-tale looking greenery used, and even the candle-lit lanterns and mercury glass, all came together to give a simple, elegant feel to this love story.    
A simple wood arch was adorned with hydrangeas, garden and spray roses, astilbe, and rich greens like bay leaf and eucalyptus.  The open patio doors behind gave an open airy feel.  To add to the charm, candle-lit lanterns were scattered around and accented with blossoms to match the arch.
The bouquets and boutonnieres followed the same floral theme of hydrangeas, stock, peach garden roses, soft pink spray roses, and pink astilbe, with soft greenery accents like eucalyptus, bay leaves, and dusty miller.
The lovely romantic floral theme was carried through to the reception were it was really brought to life by lovely mercury glass pedistal vases, mercury votives, and hanging jewels. A truly beautiful event.  Thank you for letting us help you create your dream wedding Melissa and Alex! Congratulations!

Melissa Maas
Bank of Flowers







Monday, October 17, 2016

Joshua & Greg - A Perfect Match

Ceremony: Potowatomi Hotel- Harmony Room
Reception:Potowatomi Hotel- Serenity Room and Patio
Florist: Bank of Flowers
Month: July

Josh stopped in one day, out of the blue, to discuss flowers for his wedding.  He had some great ideas for both the ceremony and reception at the Potowatomi Hotel on the weekend of the 4th of July.  He and his groom Greg wanted a little elegance, a little glitz, and lots of fun. 

This wedding had quite a few firsts for me, my first time at Potowatomi Hotel and my first gay wedding, among them. As with traditional weddings, the grooms had ladies standing up for them, we call them Groomsmaids (name, patent pending ). The Groomsmaids bouquets were a mix of white hydrangea, white mini calla lilies, dusty miller topped with Blue Bom dendrobium orchid blossoms and finished in white ribbon and rhinestone wraps.  The groomsmen all wore orchid blossoms and the grooms wore a single mini calla.

The ceremony was set in the Harmony Room where a center table was accented by tall arrangements matching the reception pieces and two garden urns filled with curly willow branches.  In the Serenity Room at the reception, each table was topped with the same tall vases filled with curly willow and white hydrangea.  Clear hanging vases filled with tealights hung from the branches.  The Groomsmaids' bouquets were used to dress the head table.

We loved working with Josh and Greg, and thank them for giving Bank of Flowers the opportunity to create the wedding they hoped for.  We wish them love and happiness for their wedded life together.

Luan Kurriger
Bank of Flowers, Pewaukee