Last March a customer came in and asked for help planning the centerpiece for a Las Vegas themed party. It led to the conversation that Colleen, my manager, had never been to Las Vegas. I had been a couple times while I was living in San Diego for an internship at a flower shop, I had been a couple times for a conference called Wedding MBA and I had also been there with my husband for the American Institute of Floral Designer’s Conference. It’s a super fun city, but I had never been with a fellow floral designer.

I hopped right on the computer and checked out when Wedding MBA was this year and there was a screaming deal for the conference. I found affordable tickets for the plane and decided that this was the perfect trip for my soon to be 50 year old manager who hadn’t even been to the city that never sleeps, Las Vegas!

I also double checked with my amazing husband who would have to take care of our almost 2 year old without me for a few days. Luckily we have a fabulous team of my parents, my mother in law and our child care provider and we were able to make everything happen.

We went a few days early to the conference so Colleen could see Las Vegas and so that we could check out the hotels and their flowers!

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We made it! At one of my favorite hotels in Vegas, Cosmopolitan! I LOVE sparkle and crystals!

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The Bellagio is a florist’s dream! This is the arrangement just for the concierge desk!

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How cool is this fall display in the Bellagio?!

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This scarecrow is adorable at the Bellagio!

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We love that art is created out of flowers!

We had such an amazing time our first day! Can’t wait to share more!  We are still brainstorming how we can design something on this scale in Toledo!

 

 

 

 

 

Petal It Forward

Beautiful Blooms by Jen is excited to announce their participation in Petal It Forward on Wednesday, October 19th. In partnership with the Society of American Florists (SAF), Beautiful Blooms by Jen will be hitting the streets of Sylvania, OH and handing out hundreds of flowers to busy commuters to help brighten up their week.

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Our smiling staff will be camped out at Chandler Cafe and Brieschke’s Bakery at 8am and Lourdes University Dining Hall at 12pm handing out two bouquets to each customer. The lucky recipients are then asked to ‘petal it forward’ by giving one of the bouquets to a loved one, co-worker, or even a stranger who looks like they need a smile!

See Coverage from SAF’s 2015 Event

The Impact of Flowers

‘Petal It Forward’ is in response to the release of new data by SAF showing the positive emotional benefits of flowers. University research reveals that flowers have an immediate impact on happiness and a long-term positive effect on moods. Now, a new survey has found that, when it comes to flowers, it is just as good to give as it is to receive.

In March 2015, SAF conducted a survey of 2,500 people throughout the U.S. to uncover the impact of flowers. The results revealed the many benefits of flowers including the positive impact flowers have on one’s emotions and happiness. These findings are backed up previous research studies on flowers conducted by Rutgers, Harvard, and Texas A&M (More information on the university studies). The following are highlights from SAF’s recent survey results:

  • When it comes to happiness, it’s just as good to give flowers as it is to receive: 88% of Americans report that giving flowers makes them feel happy, while 80% reported that receiving flowers makes them feel happy.
  • Just being around flowers improves your mood: 76% of Americans agree that having flowers in their home or office improves their mood.
  • The best reason to receive flowers is “just because:” women (92%) are more likely to agree with this, but the majority of men (three in four) also share this sentiment.
  • Florists to the rescue! Nearly four in ten Americans indicate florists have helped them in a past or current relationship; most frequently to say “I love you,” or schedule a surprise delivery.

Spreading the Happiness

Beautiful Blooms by Jen and the Petal It Forward Team will give away hundreds of bouquets to people throughout Sylvania. After receiving their flowers, recipients are asked to spread the happiness by gifting their extra flower bouquet, and sharing their happiness on social media using #petalitforward. For more information on the benefits of flowers, visit here.

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Thanks to Cleveland Plant for partnering on this with us!

Beauty and the Beast was my favorite Disney movie growing up and I was so excited when I first met with Kelcee and her mom and heard that was her theme! Her church was absolutely beautiful for it too! Check out that stained glass!

Check out the gorgeous video from Fordham Footage:

Kelcee and her bridal bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring dark purple carnations, lavender roses, purple lisianthus, hot pink stock, burgundy aganis and burning bush foliage.

Kelcee and her bridal bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring dark purple carnations, lavender roses, purple lisianthus, hot pink stock, burgundy agonis and burning bush foliage.

Bridal bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring dark purple carnations, lavender roses, purple lisianthus, hot pink stock, burgundy agonis and burning bush foliage. Bridesmaid bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring lavender hydrangea, purple carnations and agonis foliage.

Bridal bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring dark purple carnations, lavender roses, purple lisianthus, hot pink stock, burgundy agonis and burning bush foliage. Bridesmaid bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring lavender hydrangea,lavender roses, purple carnations and agonis foliage.- Photo by their photographer

Bridesmaid bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring lavender hydrangea,lavender roses, purple carnations and agonis foliage.

Bridesmaid bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring lavender hydrangea,lavender roses, purple carnations and agonis foliage.

Unity candle arrangement by Beautiful Blooms By jen, featuring lavender roses, purple stock, and purple waxflower, and assorted foliages.

Unity candle arrangement by Beautiful Blooms By jen, featuring lavender roses, purple stock, and purple waxflower, and assorted foliages.- Photo by their Photographer

Kelcee and her mom provided these gold sticks and crystals to add to the arrangements Beautiful Blooms by Jen had planned.

Centerpiece by Beautiful Blooms By Jen, featuring lavender hydrangea, red roses, purple stock, and agonis foliage with accents of branching and hanging crystals.

Centerpiece by Beautiful Blooms By Jen, featuring lavender hydrangea, red roses, purple stock, and agonis foliage with accents of branching and hanging crystals on a tall cylinder vase.

Kelcee and her mom figured out how to carry the Beauty and the Beast theme all the way through and BBBJ added a single red rose and petals.

Centerpiece by Beautiful Blooms By jen with a red rose under a glass dome. Red rose petals are scattered around the base.

Centerpiece by Beautiful Blooms By jen with a red rose under a glass dome. Red rose petals are scattered around the base.

Ceremony Location: Providence Lutheran Church; Holland, Ohio

Reception Location: Stranahan Theatre and Great Hall; Toledo, Ohio

Photographer: Jinnie Corthell

Videographer: Fordham Footage; Toledo, Ohio

Florist: Beautiful Blooms By Jen; Sylvania, Ohio

Chair Covers: I Do Chair Covers; Sylvania, Ohio

DJ: Jeremy Nixon