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!

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Talk About G.R.A.S.P.

We are so excited to be posting all of the cutest pet submissions on Monday.  But before we start with the contagious “awwwww”ing, we wanted to share a bit about G.R.A.S.P. who we are supporting through this contest.  Here are some quick points about this awesome organization!

  • G.R.A.S.P., Inc. (Greece Residents Assisting Stray Pets) is a nonprofit pet rescue and adoption organization that gives animals, primarily those picked up by Greece Animal Control, a second chance for a safe, happy and healthy life.
  • Their mission is to reduce the number of homeless pets in Greece by decreasing dog and cat reproduction, promoting responsible pet ownership, and placing homeless dogs and cats into compatible, loving, permanent homes.
  • They are a foster based organization, and do not have a shelter. The number of pets they can save is directly dependent upon the number of available fosters.
  • In 2013 alone, 334 cats and 84 dogs were adopted.
  • G.R.A.S.P. has many volunteer opportunities. Interested in helping with or coordinating a fundraiser? Fostering? Transporting? Working at Adoption Events? Welcoming new volunteers? Volunteers are the life-blood of GRASP and are provided training and guidance as needed. Volunteers contribute varying amounts of time, energy and skills

G.R.A.S.P. invites you to join us in the mission and “help us help them”!  Visit their website: www.graspinc.orgFacebook: www.facebook.com/GRASPinc, and Twitter: @GRASPPETRESCUE to learn even more!

Fall In Love With Gardening

In upstate NY we are beginning to baton down the hatches and scurrying with the squirrels in preparation for winter.  Most of our gardens have diminished to woody overgrown bean plants, snail infested tomatoes, and dots of fleshy hubbard squash waiting for harvest.  But with the right planning you could marry aesthetics and practicality to make a smooth fall garden transition into winter.

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Right now in bloom you may have intense purple or red salvia, mums on the cusp of blooming, or attention stealing kale.  These are all easy to grow and bring the garden from summer to fall with great color selections.  So just weave some of your fall plantings right in between the magic of the pre-existing plantings.  For example, try sneaking in more ornamental daffodils and tulips or useful bulbs of garlic.  They all need the cold winter resting period and reward your patience in the following seasons with color, fragrance and food!  If you are a gambler than there is always a betting chance that a crop of lettuce or radishes can be squeezed out before the frost if they are planted late August or early September.  The summer sun has already warmed the soil so roots grow twice as fast in the fall than spring!

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Color and texture are the real fall favorites in our region.  Mums are a staple in our climate.  We depend on their resilience to pests and drought and love their consistent, dependable manor.  So if you want to spice up an oldy but goody, try contrasting colors around the mums or something more posh like an assembly of secondary colors.  I just love autumn peach, lavender, and fresh green.  Add an assortment of gourds or squash for an inexpensive ornamental flair to punctuate your gardens or window boxes.  The best part of this time of year is that anything goes.  Dried components mixed with fresh, herbs with ornamental, and annual with perennial.  Think outside of the box and figure in some great transitional plants and mediums to help keep your Autumn spirits soaring.