Monday, March 28, 2011

Real Weddings: Krista and Sam

Krista and Sam were married on a beautiful Fall day at Corradetti Glassblowing  Studio in Baltimore. It was a perfect location for this creative, beautiful couple.

The bride carried a bouquet filled with orange and white dahlias, white snapdragons and mountain mint.  It was simply wrapped in natural color raffia.



The bride’s friends all held single stems of different colored dahlias and snap dragons which were collected in a special arrangement at the reception.



The reception tables were decorated with the bride’s grandfather’s antique apothecary jars filled with vibrant, unique dahlias, herbs and berries.



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Thanks to Wollam Gardens, Locust Point Flowers and Pahl’s far for the absolutely beautiful flowers.

Thanks to Love Life Images for these amazing photos.

Special thanks to Sam and Krista for choosing Local Color Flowers for their wedding. We loved working with them. Congratulations to the happy couple!


Monday, March 21, 2011

Green Inspiration with Chef’s Expressions

logoNew What better way to spend the first full day of Spring than with Chef’s Expressions Caterers as they plan their next steps in Going Green! This morning I had the pleasure of joining with some of my green business colleagues to speak to the staff of Chef’s Expressions about my experience in owning a Green Business and why Going Green is right for the environment, for the community, for our clients and for our business.

I was so impressed with the Chef’s Expressions staff and their enthusiasm for new Green initiatives. Chef John Walsh told us all about the local/organic growers that he uses and what amazing food they produce. And the proof was in the pudding-or in the risotto. I had the most delish risotto for lunch with spring peas and organic carrots. mmm….Thank you Chef John!

I was also inspired listening to the stories of other Green business owners and vendors like Lori Hill of lori hill event productions, Keith Losoya from Waste Neutral, Kirby Spencer of Viridian Energy and the cool folks at Coastal Sunbelt.IMG_2326 

In addition to speaking to the group, we provided flowers for the tables. We decorated with mason jars filled with Spring flowers including ranunculus, tulips, hyacinth, stock, pussy willows, quince and forsythia. The looked great on top of the natural colored burlap runner and green tablecloths.

Thanks to Farmhouse Flowers and Plant Masters for the beautiful, locally grown flowers.

Happy Spring everyone!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Video Blog: From Farm to Centerpiece

On Friday, Local Color Flowers provided flowers for the 3rd Annual Eco Ball at the Frederick Douglas-Isaac Myers Maritime Park. We thought we’d give you a glimpse at the farm where we got the flowers, putting them together at the new workshop and where they ended their journey.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Real Weddings: Tracie and Kevin

Tracie and Kevin were married last fall at the beautiful Steppingstone Museum in Havre De Grace. This historic, natural setting was perfect for an October wedding.

The bride’s bouquet was filled with fuchsia dahlias, chartreuse zinnias, plumed celosia and little pops of deep brown millet. It was wrapped in raffia to give it a very natural look.

Tracie and Kevin 


This creative bride decided to do the centerpieces herself. They turned out great! Ball jars are so versatile and can be used in so many different ways. This one was filled with shiny glass gems, a pillar candle and a richly colored brown ribbon. Placed on top of a circular mirror, the centerpieces added color, texture and light to the tables. Love them!


Thanks to Michael Temchine for the flower photos and thanks to Locust Point Flowers and Belvedere  Farm for the beautiful flowers!

Congratulations to Tracie and Kevin!

Tracie and Kevin

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Blog Talk with Susan Reimer

I started LoCoFlo’s blog two years ago. I was so excited to share information, stories and photos about what we do at Local Color Flowers. At about the same time, I started reading blogs…a lot of blogs. Gardening blogs, flower blogs, wedding blogs…One of my favorites is Susan Reimer’s Garden Variety blog in the Baltimore Sun. Susan is a great resource for all things gardening in and around Baltimore. On any given day you could be reading about how to grow hellebores, legislature that effects gardeners or info on upcoming events that all good gardening nerds will love!

Susan Reimer and EllenThis morning I was excited to head out to Valley View Farms to listen to Susan Reimer talk about her favorite gardening blogs. Turns out we had some of the same favorites including Garden Rant and Washington Gardener.  She also turned me on to some new blogs that I’ll definitely be keeping any eye on in the future including Homestead Gardens’ blog and Garden Designers Round Table. 

Do you have a favorite garden/flower/wedding blog? Let me know which ones you love and I’ll check them out. You can never read too many blogs…can you?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Treasure Hunting at The Baltimore Antique Bottle Show and Sale

The Baltimore Antique Bottle and Sale show was a little slice of quirky, unique Baltimore at it’s best. The Physical Education building at Essex Community College was filled up with bottle collectors from all over the country showing off everything from mason jars and apothecary jars, to 100 year old tobacco tins and ancient milk bottles from local creameries.

Carla and I tried to do a “once over” before we started shopping, but we couldn’t help ourselves-we started  buying as soon as we walked in the door.


Our priorities were picking up additional blue mason jars to add to our current collection as well as to find some unique bottles that we can use for some our upcoming Spring weddings.

We got crates of these cool milk bottles. Lots of which have the names of old Baltimore dairies on them.

IMG_2289 We also got lots of unique blue mason jars as well as these Baltimore thrift jars (my fave find of the day)


One of the highlights, in addition to our purchases was visiting with one of our May brides, Rachel, and her dad, who have been setting up a table at the bottle show for years. Of course- I was so excited when Rachel’s dad told me I could come search through his basement collection of blue Ball jars! Can’t wait!


You know it’s a good day when you spend every penny you brought with you…and wish you had more. Next year I’ll be better prepared! Check back to see where the bottles/jars end up!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Video Blog: LoCoFlo at the Mid Atlantic Green Wedding Showcase

Last weekend Local Color Flowers attended the 2nd Annual Mid Atlantic Green Wedding Showcase at the University of Maryland. Put together by lori hill event productions and Balance Photography, the Green Wedding showcase brought together loads of green vendors and designers that showed off their wares to couples that were interested in fabulous green products and services. Check out the video to get a glimpse of some of the show’s highlights.

The green wedding showcase marks the official start to the season. We headed out to pick up some beautiful spring flowers including: tulips, daffodils, ranunculus, stock, lilies, star of Bethlehem, calla lilies, pussy willow, curly willow and Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick.

Jen and I had a great time putting together these unique, Spring arrangements-some traditional, some not so traditional. All beautiful!



Even though it was cold and snowy, it was great going out to Farmhouse Flowers, Locust Point Flowers and Plantmasters to visit with the farmers and pick up flowers.


Looking ahead to this new season, we’re excited to bring you more photos, video and stories about the work we’re doing, the farmers we work with, and the fun we are having! I hope you’ll check back soon!