Winter Wedding Trends

White is always right for a winter wedding! Accent white flowers with shades of cream and winter greens like pine and silvery dusty miller, add frosted berries for seasonal tones.

Metallic designs are so popular in fashion, they are spilling over into weddings. Look for gilded succulents, berries and other textural components for a beautiful contemporary wedding look.

Continue the look with wedding decor items such as golden succulents for place card holders.

Bouquets designed with textural items and foliage provide a natural, organic vibe for winter weddings. Thistle, eucalyptus, berries, touches of babies breath or heather and succulents are perfect components for this look.

Plaid is perfect for a wintery wedding party. Carry it through from bouquet accents to boutonniere touches. Choose a plaid ribbon design to coordinate with wedding fashions with like bow ties, vests and flannel shirts! Spread soft plaid throws over chair backs to keep your guest warm and toasty. For a truly updated look accent the plaid designs with metallic, wire, ribbon or accent flowers.

This blog post is also featured in Democrat & Chronicle’s herRochester section! Check it out here: http://on.rocne.ws/132DHQv

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Talk About Emmy

Today we are going to learn a little more about one of our employees, Emmy! She is a creative person who loves to channel her inspiration and makes things by hand! Here are some more facts about her.

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{1} What is your floral industry background? My start came from answering an ad for a “crafty person” at a small flower shop! I’ve been hooked ever since.

{2} How long have you worked at Rockcastle Florist? 3 and a half months!

{3} What is the most memorable order you have worked on at Rockcastle? The custom flower arrangement for CMAC for the musical group, Lady Antebellum.

{4} What is your favorite flower? Dataura and Jempson weed!

{5} What inspires you in this industry? Creating beauty through my very own ideas!

{6} Tell us a random fact about yourself: I am also a potter and jewelry designer.

Finger Lakes Destination Wedding Flowers

Whether the Finger Lakes are right in your back yard or you’re traveling to make this your destination wedding site, here are a few helpful, cost saving tips for beautiful flowers.

The Finger Lakes region offers picturesque landscapes, unique activities, WINE and much more. Utilize the beautiful surroundings that nature has to offer. The photo opportunities are endless.

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Lakeside ceremonies provide beautiful blue backdrops, however you may choose to feature a few decor items.

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An archway or draped decor rental item can easily be erected to enhance your ceremony site.

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Make the most of your “chosen spot”. Roam the vineyards for that perfect photo, but also consider accenting existing on site structures with floral decor.

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Re-purpose large arrangements from ceremony structures for an indoor mantle or table at the reception.

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Decorate with garlands of lush greenery, coordinate with large ferns for a rustic-chic setting. Dual-use items such as garlands can be placed as table runners for the reception site.

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“When in Rome….” let’s make the most of wine country. Themed accessories such as wine bottles, corks and barrels make great beginnings of beautiful floral designs.

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Accent with grapes, natural vine and LOTS OF CANDLES.

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If you like the trendy long farmhouse table, consider multiple mix and match floral designs. Alternate sizes (small bud vases with tall elevated designs) and styles to coordinate with candles.

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Transition cascading floral designs from the ceremony to reception. For a trendy look, place at the end of long tables as an end cap arrangement. Accent with paper table runners, like this amazing gold chevron design!

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A special thank you to all of our couples who inspired this Destination Wedding Blog, we love working with you!

This post is also featured in Democrat & Chronicle’s herRochester blog! Check it out here: http://on.rocne.ws/1tNRQwe

Modern Floral Design

Not all floral arrangements are the same. If you are looking for something unique or modern, try a high end floral design. Here are a few ways that these modern arrangements are different then your average bouquet of flowers.

{1} Different Vases: Instead of your average flower vase, try a modern design to really change up the look. 8bdb7361b66c16ec48cd8f756a9edfd1

{2} Manipulated Flowers: It may sound funny, but they look like no joke! Whether it is wire, or certain techniques of changing the stem shape of certain kinds of flowers, florists have ways of manipulating florals to create an extremely unique design.

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{3} Talk About Posture: Believe it or not, not all flowers need to be standing straight up. This high end floral design is a beautiful example of flowers being presented in a modern fashion.d6d39e2e9f080a03dd8f9e396821266d

{4} Unique Shape: Modern floral designs can be found in many interesting shapes and sizes. Using one of these as a gift or as decor for when you entertain is sure to “wow” everyone!
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{5} Added Texture: Florists can create amazing modern floral designs by adding texture. Whether it be different kinds of flowers in one arrangement or adding different materials to create a unique look, texturized floral pieces are always stunning.

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Savvy Spending for Wedding Flowers

This blog post is also featured in Democrat & Chronicle’s herRochester section! http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/lifestyle/her/blogs/community/2014/09/16/saavy-spending-for-wedding-flowers/15736331/

Weddings are becoming an expensive affair! The average costs overall can run $20-30 thousand. If we fall in line with the national average the floral budget should be 10% of the total wedding cost.

There is hope and you can purchase wedding floral designs on a budget without looking like you cut corners.

Research. There is so much information available; start collecting photos or pin boards of your likes and perhaps your dislikes too. Define your overall theme by color pallet and style. Have it with you or accessible to the Florists you are meeting with for estimates.

Define your floral budget. What are you willing to spend? In order to avoid sticker shock, consider your budget for all wedding categories to make the planning process easier and more productive.

Trust your Floral Designer. It may take a few consultations for comparison; but you should be comfortable and compatible with the person who will be designing your wedding flowers. Once they understand your vision and budget, they will be able to steer you in the right direction and make suggestions for substitutions if needed. Your confidence in them will allow their creative freedom to wow you on your wedding day.

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Be flexible on flower choices. Let go of pricey selections that will drive up the overall cost. Enjoy your favorite blooms in your bouquet, but adding them into every arrangement could take you over budget fast. Flowers like Hydrangea and Babies Breath, are cost effective and fashionable varieties to showcase or mix with other flowers. Hydrangeas are large and round in keeping with the orb and low profile designs. Babies breath is fashion forward alone or combined with other flowers.

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Dual use items featured at the ceremony and reception also offer cost savings. Mason jars filled with flowers can mark your pews or chairs and also be displayed as center pieces. Garden urns filled with large blooms can mark your ceremony and also be a showcase at your reception.

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Fall Gardens

Fall is right around the corner.  Get ready for changing leaves, pumpkins galore, and gardening fun.  Robin will take us on a trip with some of her best vegetable gardening tips and fun facts:

{1} Break on through to the other side: There is a wondrous, dark side to gardening…root plants and tubers! Below my blooming Zinnias, Sunflowers and out of control tomatoes are colorful treasures all tucked away in the darkness. In Rochester, we can grow root plants like radishes, turnips, onions and garlic. roots_2553617c

{2} Sleep with one eye open: Potatoes win for easiest tuber. Even the kids like harvesting the potatoes. Every flipped pitchfork reveals a surprise quantity and assorted sizes of these veggies.

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{3} Ground control to major Tom: In 1995 the potato was the first veggie grown in space!

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{4} Just beet it, beet it!: On to my favorite, the beet. The ruffly foliage is streaked with raspberry veins and serves as a great garnish,salad green or cooked down like spinach. In our modern varieties they are usually round, happy little power houses of vitamins and minerals. Ruby red, but can be yellow, white or striped, the beet has been used medicinally since before they “walked like an Egyptian”.

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{5} Care for some carrots?: Pooh’s friend, Rabbit, showed he had a brain and not “fluff” when guarding his carrots with such anxiety. Carrots are easy to plant and require little care. They are very rewarding and put the watered down, store bought carrots to shame. They have a sometimes sweet to bitter, full taste and you can harvest at your own leisure depending on size you want. The larger the carrot the more bitter. Carrots are also easy to store for use later in the season.

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{6} Can you dig it: With a rototiller or good shovel, the soil can be turned enough to make harvesting your underground treasures much easier and allows for easy hand weeding to avoid damaging the roots and tubers. There are many varieties of roots not even mentioned so find what works for your home.digging-vegetable-garden

Robin wants to remind you that gardening is your thing…do whatcha wanna do!

Best Teacher Contest

It’s almost back to school time!  This means we want you to nominate the teacher who has made a difference in your education.  So while your busy finishing up summer reading, getting back to school supplies, and enjoying the last bit of summer, take a moment to recognize that special teacher in your life.

hjxxhd92-1346203735Simply post on our Facebook page wall by Sunday August 31 to place your entry.  Include the teachers name, school, and what made them special as a teacher.  Rockcastle staff will select the best teachers for Rochester & Canandaigua, and will send a beautiful bouquet of flowers to them the first week of school.  We can’t wait to hear all about your favorite teachers!

 

Anniversary Flowers

Looking for a fresh way to celebrate your anniversary this year? Try incorporating beautiful flowers into your special day. It will surely make this year another memorable one.

roses{1} Send Her Flowers at Work.  Just because you both may have to work on your anniversary, doesn’t mean you can’t still make it special! Send  flowers at work! The surprise and attention is bound to make anyone feel loved!

content_restaurant4 {2} Decorate The Dinner Table. Whether your making a delicious home cooked meal, or going out to your favorite restaurant, make the meal extra special with a floral centerpiece.  The decorated table surly will bring a smile to your loved ones face.

rosepetals{3} Red Rose Bubble Bath.  Maybe you just need to unwind this anniversary.  Create a romantic bubble bath with floating red rose petals, calming music, and some chilled wine.

Real-Flower-Wedding-Cake-Topper{4} Something Sweet. Cake, cupcakes, or anything to get the sweet tooth going can be adorned with flowers.  It’s the perfect finishing touch to really make the dessert extra special, for your special day!

Talk About Karen

Today we’re hoping on over to our Greece location to hear more about one of our sales associates, Karen!

Karen Jackson{1} What is your floral industry background?  I started at Wegmans. 

{2} What is the most memorable order you have worked on at Rockcastle?  I had the pleasure of meeting a gentleman that was buying one red rose for his 65th wedding anniversary. He said he has done this every year for her.

{3} What is your favorite flower?  I like tropical flowers. They are almost like a mini vacation.

{4} What inspires you in the industry?  I like to help people personalize their choice. Whether it be for a 1st date, anniversary, new baby, prom, funeral, etc. Every customer has a special story about why they are sending flowers.

{5} Tell us a random fact about yourself.  I don’t drink anything hot.

Spring Wedding Floral Trends

We may be still on the waiting list for Spring here in Rochester, but soon enough the birds will be singing and the lilacs blooming! Spring weddings are on the rise and here are just a few of the trends in floral design.

{1} Soft Color Pallet: Spring evokes a soft and subtle color scheme as we are waking up from the bleak colors of winter. This bouquet of  quiet “sherbert” hues is perfect for a Spring wedding.

{2} Unexpected Elements: Spring also inspires happiness as we put winter behind us and celebrate a new beginning. These boutonnieres are a perfect mix of subtle and happy with the polka dot feathers added for style and charm.

{3} Seasonal Features: Fall weddings have been making use of pumpkins and corn stalks for many seasons now that we are accepting of a casual esthetic. This new rule works for spring too; umbrellas and pin wheels are perfect details to add to your floral decor.

{4} Let The Sunshine In: Yellow is the perfect color for Spring weddings! It can be soft and bold at the same time, while brightening your day with thoughts of sunshine. I love a yellow wedding especially in the Spring! These round billy balls add another fun element in the yellow color scheme.

See the original herRochester post here.