Friday, February 25, 2011

Real Weddings: Karen and Brad

LoCoFlo loved working with Karen and Brad. When I first met this great couple, Karen told me she used Janell and Eric’s wedding flowers as inspiration for choosing her flower colors. I loved all the vibrant colors-greens, oranges, yellows; the textures-succulents, herbs, flowers, greens and and the sweet scent of tuberose and mint.


Karen and Brad were married at the beautiful Vandiver Inn in Havre de Grace Maryland. It’s a beautiful spot, one block from the water with a charming garden where the couple was married. Karen looked just beautiful walking down the aisle with her ADORABLE son!


Every detail, including this stunning white dahlia (with a little orange asclepias peeking out) was just perfect.


Karen also chose…unique…boutonnieres for the guys-which I LOVED! yup…that’s a hairy ball boutonniere!


And check out this luscious cake!


Thanks to our wonderful growers including Belvedere Farm, Bridge Farm Nursery and Locust Point Flowers! Thanks to Jonathan Hanson for the beautiful photos.

Congratulations to Karen and Brad! A wonderful couple who deserve all the love and happiness in the world!


LoCoFlo wins WeddingWire’s Bride’s Choice Award 2011 for Flowers and Decor


LoCoFlo is so proud and humbled to have won the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Award!  WeddingWire is a great resource for couples who are getting married and want to check out vendors in their geographic area.  WeddingWire also gives couples/clients an opportunity to rate their vendors after the wedding-providing a valuable resource for potential clients.

We’re so grateful to our clients for taking time out to write a review of our services and our flowers. These reviews tell the story of LoCoFlo and the work we do from the clients perspective. These reviews are used by potential clients to help choose their wedding florist. What has been really wonderful about reading these reviews is hearing how HAPPY the the work we do makes people!  Thank you LoCoFlo clients! You Rock!

Here are some samples of this year’s reviews on WW!

“We were so lucky to find Ellen for our wedding flowers. She was a joy to work with - creative, fun, and flexible. The flowers were gorgeous and really captured the color and spirit that we had talked about.”

“My husband and I are do-it-yourselfers, and Ellen helped us realize our dream of using local and seasonable flowers and plants for our Autumn wedding. We loved being able to pick up the flowers in bulk and arrange them to our liking. We were so pleased with the rustic and natural look of our arrangements!”

“I found out about Local Color Flowers while looking for florists who used locally grown flowers. I wasn't too fussy about the way the flowers looked, I just knew that I didn't need them flown in from Timbuktu. You know you've met a professional when you can say, 'I like this this and this' and they pull together something fantastic . . . and that's exactly what Local Color Flowers did.”

Thursday, February 24, 2011

What’s Blooming: February 24, 2011


You might be thinking that there is NOTHING blooming in Maryland on February 24. How could there be-right? There is snow still on the ground. We’re still wearing hats and gloves. But don’t be fooled! Spring is right around the corner and here in Maryland flowers are starting to bloom!

Here’s what I picked up today for the Mid Atlantic Green Wedding Showcase this coming Sunday.

IMG_2228Tulips! Pink, yellow, red and purple!


Beautiful, spicy smelling Stock!


Lilies! Always Lilies!


Ranunculus-getting ready to open!


Pussy willow!


Paper whites!


Hyacinth that made the LoCoRoll smell like Spring!


Star of Bethlehem-that seem to last forever!

So if you’re feeling down and sick of the cold, remember Spring is is on it’s way. Thanks to Locust Point Flowers, Farmhouse Flowers and Plant Masters for the beautiful flowers!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Does Your Florist Compost? Local Color Flowers Does!

You might be thinking-why should I care if my florist composts? There are lots of reasons why composting is awesome and lots of reasons you should choose a florist that composts.
Floral design creates loads and loads for floral “trash”. All of the leaves, stems, branches and even flowers that don’t get used get discarded at the end of the day. We can create about 20lbs of (10 buckets, bags or boxes depending on what we are using that day) of “trash” per event. What might be trash to other florists is the fuel that keeps our gardens, and our friends gardens and our clients gardens so pretty.
Compost is really just decomposed natural refuse like plant materials, fruit and veggie leftovers, grass clippings and more. At Local Color Flowers we take all of the leftover “stuff” from your wedding flowers and we stick it in a bin with some food scraps, leaves and water and then we turn it every once in a while.
By the time your first anniversary comes around all those scraps have turned into something that looks a lot like soil. It smells fresh and it’s loaded up with all sorts of goodies that plants and flowers need to thrive. Once it’s strained (since those dang curly willow take forever to break down) the compost can be used as a fertilizer for garden plants/flowers or house plants and flowers.
What do florists do with all that stuff if they don’t compost? I don’t know. I’m guessing they just bag it up as trash and put it out to the curb for garbage pick-up. What a waste! Look at all this wonderful “black gold”!
IMG_1731Want to give your spouse a little bag of LoCoFlo compost for your anniversary? Just give us a call and we’ll hook you up!