Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Trend Alert! Balsa Wood Flowers

If you're looking for a romantic, unique, vintage-style ivory flower to incorporate into your wedding- look no further! The balsa wood flower is the one for you. It's soft and delicate looking and is a perfect accent or focal flower. There's a catch though. It's not even a real flower! It's made of delicate wood... but that's probably the best part about it. It's an element you can pluck from your bouquet or table arrangements and keep long after all the fresh flowers have (sadly) wilted and turned to memory. It's super versatile and works well bunched all together for a monochromatic clutch, or paired with eith rustic style flowers or romantic soft whites and blushes. Check it out, and think about it! I'm actually using them for a wedding in a few weeks, and then again later in the season so check back for pics from those weddings.
JL Designs works with Balsa Wood a lot-
and obviously with georgous results!

Flowers by Semia-
her work is always breathtaking, but can I just say WOW?!

Flowers by Semia- a perfect compliment to the bouquet

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not just for personal flowers.. JL Designs

beautiful placecard tablescape!!
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Georgous paired with a vintage brooch and box- tres romantic!
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Monday, February 14, 2011

What Today Means to Me...

Lots of people call Valentine's Day a Hallmark holiday, and I have to admit I'm no exception- though in my case I mean that in the best way possible. I don't get all wrapped up in it and don't expect my husband to come home with a big bunch of flowers. We don't exchange gifts and we rarely go out, but we do give cards. Carefully chosen cards that convey things left unsaid during hectic mornings and busy weekends. And the ones I get never fail to bring a tear to my eye. This year was no exception. And it was even better because not only did my husband chose the perfect card, but my daughter- who is now old enough to write her own- blew me away with an amazing sentimental and thankful message. It honestly made my day. I am one lucky girl!

So.. in honor of Valentine's Day I thought I'd share a bit of my heart with you. I was going to post pictures of my wedding- but it was 10 years ago and probably wouldn't be much of an inspiration to you as you plan your wedding. Back then, no one wore strapless dresses, signature drinks were unheard of, digital photography didn't exist, cakes were round with pillars, and floral design was - well, in a word - different. But I hope you'll see that what truly makes for a beautiful wedding is the happy marriage that follows. My husband and I have been through a lot in the past ten years- unvbelievably happy moments, sudden almost unbearable loss, days and weeks of quietly living, and special times filled with details that are forever stamped on our hearts. There have been things that brought us closer together, and moments that could have divided us, if we'd let them. And, through it all I can honestly say I've never given the details of our wedding day more than a passing thought (except for when I'm making some georgous arrangement or setting up a breathtaking wedding and I say- geeesh, why didn't I think of that???!!). It was an amazing day, filled with laughter, family and friends and even though it would probably seem dated and even a little hokey now, I wouldn't change a thing.

So I guess what I'm saying is: plan carefully, choose things you love now, include all the little details that will make it everything you dreamed it would be, stay organized and be prepared to be a little stressed. But, please most of all have fun and don't lose sight of the best and most beautiful thing about your wedding: the person standing beside you. Styles change and the memories from your wedding day will fade a bit, but love endures.

and now...

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Bella Wins Bride's Choice Award, 2nd Year in a Row!

Weddings, Wedding Venues
2011 Bride's Choice Awards  Best Wedding Photographers, Wedding Dresses, Wedding Cakes, Wedding Florists, Wedding Planners & More

Boston, MA – February 2, 2011- WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, is thrilled to announce Bella Floral Design has been selected to receive the prestigious annual WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 for Wedding Florists!

Recognition for the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 is determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 750,000 WeddingWire newlyweds. Our past clients are among those that shared their experiences on WeddingWire, the largest wedding review site in the nation.

Bella Floral Design stands among the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire community, representing quality and service excellence within the wedding industry. Awards were given to the top wedding professionals across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, and were based on the overall professional achievements throughout the past year.

“WeddingWire is honored to celebrate the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire community,” said Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “With the annual Bride’s Choice Awards™ program, WeddingWire has the unique opportunity to recognize the best wedding professionals across the US and Canada. We applaud Bella Floral Design for their professionalism and dedication to enhancing the wedding planning experience last year.”

We are happy to announce that Bella Floral Design is among the very best wedding florists within the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding planning sites WeddingWire, Martha Stewart Weddings, Project Wedding and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for nominating us to receive the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011.

For more information, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today at http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/bella-floral-design-westwood/90a360bf256f19af.html

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WeddingWire.com, the nation's leading technology company serving the $70 billion wedding industry, is the only online wedding planning resource designed to empower both engaged couples and wedding professionals. For engaged couples, WeddingWire offers the ability to search, compare and book over 200,000 local wedding vendors, from wedding venues to wedding photographers to wedding cakes. WeddingWire also offers an online community and a suite of cutting-edge planning tools for weddings, including wedding websites and wedding checklists, all at no charge. For wedding professionals, WeddingWire provides free online management tools creating the only market opportunity that gives local businesses control over their clients, reviews, leads and performance. Businesses that join the WeddingWire Network appear on WeddingWire.com and other leading sites, including MarthaStewartWeddings.com (NYSE: MSO), ProjectWedding.com and Weddingbee.com (both part of eHarmony), and Celebrations.com (part of the 1-800-Flowers family of brands, NASDAQ: FLWS).