Florist Friday- Meet Sarah!

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I first met Sarah when she was a freshman at Southview High School and she was one of my horticulture students! She was one of the most talented floral designers I taught and I was so excited when she decided to apply to Ohio State ATI and major in Floral Design and Marketing! She earned an awesome scholarship because of all the hard work she put in during high school and the competitions she had competed in.

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Check out this blast from the past of some of my favorite students competing at Nationals!

During college, Sarah worked at Creque’s Greenhouse during the summer and interned at a flower shop in Wooster, OH during college. We were so lucky that we were just expanding as she needed a full time job! She was the perfect fit since she’d begun her training with me!

Sarah Carver, Beautiful Blooms by Jen

Sarah’s first head shot with Beautiful Blooms by Jen, back in 2013!- Finn Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As one of the youngest in the shop, Sarah took charge with our kid’s classes and did a great job!

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As the shop grew and we are now too busy for kid’s classes every weekend, she has now moved into one of our lead designers! She works full time at Beautiful Blooms by Jen and she has become such an creative designer and wonderful saleswoman!  She has recently begun working with families in planning their sympathy flowers and is doing a great job!

Sarah says one of her favorite things about working at a flower shop is seeing someone’s reaction to her work. Especially at weddings when the bride is so relieved and smiling when she sees everything is perfect.

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Sarah Carver, Beautiful Blooms by Jen. – Photos by Yvonne

Sarah also says one of her favorite things to do at the shop is corsages.

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Another fun fact is that her dad is our delivery driver when we need him. He’s also the athletic trainer at Southview High School so it’s so awesome that he helps us out!

Scott Carver, Beautiful Blooms by Jen

Scott Carver, Beautiful Blooms by Jen.

And she loves when she has artistic freedom with a design. Her recommendation for Valentine’s Day is choosing Designer’s Choice so she can design you something creative!

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It’s been so fun watching Sarah grow up and we’re so fortunate to have such an amazing designer and person working at Beautiful Blooms by Jen! Look what a beautiful young lady she has become!

2015 Sarah Carver, Beautiful Blooms by Jen- Photo Tableau

2015 Sarah Carver, Beautiful Blooms by Jen- Photo Tableau

Sarah Carver, Beautiful Blooms by Jen- JP Photography

Sarah Carver, Beautiful Blooms by Jen- JP Photography

 

We are so excited to share our February Charity in Bloom pick! It’s the perfect option for a Valentine’s Day gift and it celebrates American Heart Health Month!

Through our Charity in Bloom program, Beautiful Blooms by Jen is proud to contribute 20% of the proceeds from this floral design to the American Heart Association Toledo Northwest Ohio Division for the month of February.

The American Heart Association’s mission is to build lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. They have also established a 2020 impact goal which is to reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20% while also improving the cardiovascular health of Americans by 20% by 2020. 80 cents of every dollar raised goes right back into the community in the form of education and research. Visit their website for more information, www.heart.org, or give them a call at (419)- 940-9665.

Charity In Bloom Arrangement for the month of February benefiting the American Heart Association.

Charity In Bloom Arrangement for the month of February benefiting the American Heart Association.

To order the February Charity in Bloom arrangement, please order online, call the Beautiful Blooms by Jen at 419-517-8821 or stop by the shop and grab and go out of the cooler.

As shown is $59.95, Deluxe is $69.95 and Premium is $79.95 and 20% goes back to the American Heart Association!

We also design the flowers for The American Heart Association’s Heart Ball. This year the event is on March 18th at the Hilton Garden Inn, and there are still tickets available!

Info on the Heart Ball: Join us for an unforgettable evening of entertainment and hope at the 2017 Toledo Heart Ball. Each year, community members, medical professionals and corporate leaders come together to celebrate the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association.

From the gourmet dinner to the silent and live auction – it’s an exciting night of glitz and glamour. This years focus is CPR, featuring local professionals demonstrating this lifesaving technique.

For years, the Heart Ball has helped to advance the mission of the American Heart Association, a mission that has impacted the lives of thousands of men, women and children in the Toledo area. Contributions received go far in supporting cardiovascular research, professional and community education, and advocacy efforts.

The Heart Ball celebrates: our work and mission; our donors and volunteers; and – most important – the lives saved and improved because of everyone’s efforts.

Join Us! We look forward to celebrating with you!

For tickets and more information, visit http://toledoheartball.heart.org/

For more information contact:
Maria Molina
419-740-9669
maria.molina@heart.org

Colleen Barnhart, Manager at Beautiful Blooms by Jen

Colleen Barnhart, Manager at Beautiful Blooms by Jen.  JP Photography

I first met Colleen when she was the Manager at Bumble, a former flower shop in downtown Sylvania. I had been invited to open Beautiful Blooms by Jen inside and while working on contracts, I found our little house and opened our own location. Colleen had just had a baby and that is now how we keep track of how long we’ve been open in Sylvania. Madeline is now 6 years old!

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Madeline- JP Photography

Colleen didn’t come work for me right away though…  I was actually devastated when my first manager, Meghan, was moving to be closer to her boyfriend, now husband. I had no idea what I was going to do because business was booming and I needed to hire staff anyway, and then I received an email from Colleen. It was totally fate and I am so glad that we are now a team! She is a fabulous manager and now one of my best friends!

Colleen began her work in the floral industry working for her cousin, Annette Moriarty, back in high school. The shop was called A Studio. Then she moved on to Glendale Flowers where it seems every floral designer in Toledo got their start. Back in the day it was the place to be!

Colleen then moved on to Twigs Florals and Gifts in Rossford and worked there for many years. She was presented with an opportunity to help open Bumble and she was excited to be working in Sylvania close to home. A new marriage and a new child later, she stayed at home for a while and when she was ready to come back to work, she found her new home at Beautiful Blooms by Jen!

Her family home includes her hard working husband, Tim, Tim’s three kids, and 6 year old, Madeline. Her older kids, you have probably seen helping out and delivering for Beautiful Blooms by Jen. Megan and her truck-driving, arch delivering husband, Brandon and Caitlan. I love that they are all part of the team and the dream!

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Caitlan, Megan and Brandon

I honestly don’t know what I would do without Colleen. She is the Manager of Beautiful Blooms by Jen and takes care of the every day ordering for the shop. She also helps manage the day to day orders and deliveries which allows me to focus on weddings and the business like marketing and accounting. Colleen is an amazing at everything she does and I am so lucky to have her as part of our BBBJ Team!

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Jen and Colleen, 2013. Photos by Yvonne

All Make-Up by Beauty by Brandi

At Beautiful Blooms by Jen we have been working hard for months to plan an amazing Valentine’s Day for you and your loved one. Valentine’s Day is on a Tuesday this year so we will be open for walk-ins and delivering in honor of Valentine’s Day beginning Saturday, February 11th, open 12-5pm on Sunday the 12th and all day Monday the 13th and Tuesday the 14th.

Great news! We’ve planned ahead so far that we want you to plan ahead too!  When you place your Valentine’s Day order before February 3rd, Beautiful Blooms by Jen will add a FREE Cookie gift pack from The Cinnamon Stick!

The Cinnamon Stick is a new bakery in Toledo on Holland Sylvania Road that specializes in pies, sweet treats and cocktails. If you haven’t been in yet, you definitely need to try it out.

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We have bunch of super fun specials for Valentine’s Day and can’t wait to share all of them! We have added new items to the website and hope you’re all excited!

This arrangement is called Simple Romance and it features Valentine’s Day colored gerbera daisies and complementing tulips. This arrangement as shown is $42.95. The step up is $52.95 or the premium is $59.95.

I love this arrangement, Loving Gaze, because it’s so “Valentine’s Day” but way more bang for your buck than a dozen roses! It’s a fun red vase filled with red roses and stargazer lilies. As shown is $115.95 and can be upgraded to $129.95 and $139.95 which adds in more roses and lilies.

We love this specialty vase that features silver hearts! Pair of Hearts is the perfect pick filled with red roses, white alstromeria and red miniature carnations. As shown is $55.95 with steps up at $75.95 and $85.95.

Want to order online? No problem! Add the note FREECOOKIES into your online order before February 3rd and we will add them in for you. Thank you for shopping local this Valentine’s Day and shopping early!

 

 

Alyson’s brother was one of my husband’s baseball players at Springfield High School and it is so cool that that is how they found our about Beautiful Blooms by Jen! I was so excited because they remembered us! Plus now Alyson and I are on the Sylvania Chamber together working to make Sylvania a great place!

When Alyson and here mom first came in, they were concerned because Alyson really wanted to carry a hoop that her Grandmother had carried down the aisle. We each found a few pictures of ideas and Alyson just let Beautiful Blooms by Jen be creative. I loved that she completely trusted us and I think it turned out fabulous!

I was going to post our pictures, but John David Williamson Photography took such awesome photos! Plus it was a gorgeous aside being super hot! So please enjoy these gorgeous shots!

Alyson and Sean and her bridal bouquet made from of her grandmother's hoop and his groom's boutonniere by Beautiful Blooms By Jen. Featuring purple calla lilies, purple dendrobium orchids, green dendrobium orchids, willow, ruscus and seeded eucalyptus.

Alyson and Sean and her bridal bouquet and his groom’s boutonniere by Beautiful Blooms By Jen. Bride’s grandmother’s hoop, purple calla lilies, purple dendrobium orchids, green dendrobium orchids, willow, ruscus and seeded eucalyptus. Photo by John David Williamson Photography.

Alyson's bridal bouquet made from her grandmother's hoop by Beautiful Blooms By Jen. Featuring purple calla lilies, purple dendrobium orchids, green dendrobium orchids, willow, ruscus and seeded eucalyptus.

Alyson’s bridal bouquet made by Beautiful Blooms By Jen- featuring her grandmother’s hoop, purple calla lilies, purple dendrobium orchids, green dendrobium orchids, willow, ruscus and seeded eucalyptus. John David Williamson Photography

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What a beautiful day they had! John David Williamson Photography

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Love this shot! This is how bouquets are delivered at Beautiful Blooms by Jen. Cute box with signature hot pink tissue cushioning the flowers. John David Williamson Photography

Bridesmaid's bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen, featuring white hydrangea and green chrysanthemum pomps.

Bridesmaid’s bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen, featuring white hydrangea and green chrysanthemum pomps.

Ceremony/Reception Location: Sylvania Country Club– Sylvania, OH

Photographer: John David Williamson Photography

Florist: Beautiful Blooms By Jen

Cake: Sue Gladieux

Hair and Makeup: The French Twist Salon and Spa

DJ: Sounds of Music

Beautiful Blooms by Jen was so crazy busy in 2016 we never even took new head shots or pictures for our website. Since we didn’t, we didn’t even send out holiday cards last year or this year!  So when we decided that we were due, I wanted to turn it into a super fun day! 

We are so excited for our friend Julie, from JP Photography, and Brandi, from Beauty by Brandi, who opened a studio together a few months ago. We decided to choose them to pamper us while we hung out in their studio with snacks and drinks! It was so awesome to be able to get everything done in the same place while we relaxed.

One by one, we arrived and began to get beautiful because of Brandi!

Hailley getting her makeup done for the headshots by Beauty by Brandi.

Hailley getting her makeup done by Brandi for head shots.

Kaitlin, Colleen, and Alisa chatting in between headshots.

Kaitlin, Colleen, and Alisa chatting in between head shots.

We brought all kinds of snacks and outfits so that we could make sure we coordinated. Don’t worry, the girls under 21 weren’t drinking wine too. PS if you haven’t tried Apple Pie Wine from Fresh Thyme Market, you need to!

Once everyone was dressed and had their make up on, we each had our head shots taken. Then we did some group shots inside and then braved the cold weather for some group shots and quick head shot outside. We can’t wait to see how they turned out.

Since we were all pretty and it was only 5pm when we finished up with pictures, we went out to dinner at Sakura. We had decided to make this our Christmas party since we were so busy in December and we didn’t want to just head home when we were all done up! The girls had a gift exchange. The girls had surprised me with a hair cut and color when I went to get my hair done in December which was so amazing. I surprised them by inviting them all to a floral conference in March so we could all go away for the weekend and have a fun time while learning.

Sarah's dinner at Sakura Japanese Steakhouse!

Sarah’s dinner at Sakura Japanese Steakhouse.

It was super dark at Sakura, so that’s the only picture we took! But it was delicious and we had a great time. Could not believe how crazy busy it was in there. We were very thankful to be able to grab a table instead of waiting for a hibachi table.

Then we decided to head to The Cinnamon Stick, which is a new bakery on Holland Sylvania Rd. Cooper and Kyle met us over there because who doesn’t love dessert?! Cooper was so excited to try a brownie sundae!  They also have amazing pies and shakes with alcohol!

Cooper picking out his Brownie at The Cinnamon Stick.

Cooper picking out a browne at The Cinnamon Stick.

 

Here's a little sneak peek from the photoshoot with JP Photography. Watch our Facebook page for more pictures to be posted!

Here’s an IPhone sneak peek from the photo shoot with JP Photography. Watch our Facebook page for more pictures to be posted soon!

Man I have an amazing team. Not only are they such hard workers, they are all amazing friends and we all have such a great time together! Here’s to a great 2017!

Cooper and Momma get to hang out a lot during basketball season. With all the special holiday schedules and days off, as a business owner, you’re never totally off duty. The good news is that I get to work with an adorable assistant! With Christmas and New Years, we have had funerals the day we were back to work and so we needed gorgeous fresh flowers for our customers. So Cooper and I have headed down to the wholesale house in Perrysburg twice the last few weeks.

If you follow us on instagram or facebook you’ve probably seen pictures of Cooper growing up and Cooper smelling flowers. He really loves to come visit the flower shop.

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This was before Christmas and he is still telling me about lilies. This kid and his memory crack me up!

Right after his 2nd birthday he got to go to the wholesale house for the first time! He LOVED it! I wanted to share some pictures.

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like inside the wholesale house, it’s kind of like a grocery store filled with flowers and supplies. The supplies are in aisles where you can walk up and down and grab what you need. And then inside the giant cooler there are buckets and buckets and rows and rows of flowers that are available for us to hand pick.

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The first thing he did was go right to the closest flower to smell them. Unfortunately he picked statice which doesn’t really smell!

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Cooper loved the berries!

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Then we headed over to check out the miniature carnations.

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We almost lost his head inside these roses!

Then we went again on New Years Day. He talked about going to the “flower store”  the whole way there.

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He picked the perfect flowers to sniff first this time. Check out these amazing garden roses!

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And then we found these gorgeous peonies! But it’s funny, the flower he decided was his favorite were the green roses. He talked about them all day!

He loves fist bumping Dan, Dan the Flower Man too. We might have a future florist folks!  Hopefully we can go visit Cleveland Plant and Flower again soon! Thanks Dan!

So I had this blog started with pictures we took, but man oh man CAP-ture Photography knocked it out of the park with this one! Plus Marissa had the best smelling bouquet! Garden roses just smell amazing! And wow did it look amazing with her lace dress!

I absolutely loved how everything came together with this wedding. The bridesmaid’s dresses were the perfect blush compliment to Marissa’s dress. The only damper on the day was the weather, but Stone Oak has a gorgeous tent outside that the wedding was able to be moved into.

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Marissa and her bridal bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring blush garden roses, white hydrangea, and ivory roses. Photo by CAP-ture Photography.

Blush, white and ivory hydrangea and garden rose bridal bouquet

Bridal bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring blush garden roses, white hydrangea, and ivory roses. Photo by CAP-ture Photography.

Blush and white bridal bouquets

I love when the bride has a pop of color and the bridesmaid’s carry all white! Flowers by Beautiful Blooms by Jen. Photo by CAP-ture Photography

Metal arch with blush, ivory and white flowers by BBBJ.

Metal Arch by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring two arrangements of blush roses, blush hydrangea, and ivory roses. Photo by Beautiful Blooms by Jen.

The flowers at the base of the chairs were planned to go on shepherd’s hooks outside, but looked great down the aisle in the tent too.

Aisle decor by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring white hydrangea.

Aisle decor by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring white hydrangea.

Marissa was all about simple elegance for the reception and I think it was perfect with the pearls and candles and the pop of blush hydrangea in the center.

Centerpiece by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring a set of monet vases with pearls and a floating candle surrounding a blush hydrangea.

Centerpiece by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring a set of  vases with pearls and a floating candle surrounding a blush hydrangea.

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Love toss bouquet pictures that are fun like this! CAP-ture Photography

Blush corsage by Beautiful Blooms by Jen

Love this awesome shot with corsage by Beautiful Blooms by Jen. Thanks CAP-ture Photography!

Thank you! Thank you to CAP-ture Photography for these gorgeous pictures!

Ceremony/Reception Location: Stone Oak Country Club; Holland,OH

Photographer: CAPture Photography

Decor: Mager Designs

Florist: Beautiful Blooms By Jen

Make-up: Beauty Bar

DJ: Ultimate Nights

Cake: Eston’s Bakery

 

 

Having trouble figuring out the perfect gift for someone who has everything? Or maybe your boss from the whole office? We have the perfect idea for you! You can send the gift of flowers! You can sign up for once a month, every other week, bi-monthly, the options are endless!

Flowers For a Year! This is also an option for year round gifts. It’s super easy to set up! You just let us know the timeline and price you’d like to spend each time and you’re good to go. Then we send a seasonal arrangement to the recipient when it’s scheduled. The gift that keeps on giving!

Example:

3 months of flowers!- $100 each= $300, $75 each= $225, $50 each=$150

6 months of flowers!- $100 each= $600, $75 each=$450, $50 each=$300.

1 Year/12 months!- $100 each=$1200, $75 each=$900, $50 each=$600

Delivery: Beautiful Blooms by Jen arrangements are custom designed for you and hand delivered in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.

For more information and to customize your plan, call 419-517-8821.

Place your order by December 31st and we’ll add in delivery for free for your whole order!

 

Testimonial:

“I love receiving flowers from Beautiful Blooms by Jen every other week! It’s so much fun to see the design each time and how different they all are!” – Becky Carr

Our first opportunity is for kids of all ages!  Stop in at Beautiful Blooms by Jen anytime between 3-5pm Monday December 19th, Tuesday December 20th, or Wednesday December 21st and design a pinecone centerpiece! It just takes as long as it takes each child to design. Typically around 20-30 minutes. Make one, or make a bunch! $5 per project includes all supplies. Perfect for grandparent and teacher gifts!

No reservations needed! Please stop in to have your child design a centerpiece.

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We are also hosting an Adult Holiday Centerpiece Class on December 22nd from 7pm-8:30pm at Chandler Cafe. We picked the 22nd so that flowers will be nice and fresh for Christmas or Hanukkah.

We are so excited to offer our holiday centerpiece adult class again this year. We love the design that we’ve chosen and hope you do too! The design consists of winter greenery, red roses, lotus pods, red ribbon and lily grass.

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The class price is $35 and includes all materials needed for you to make and bring home your own holiday arrangement! See picture above. Other rose and ribbon colors will be available as well.

Make it a girls night! Chandler Cafe will have a wine special for $4 and appetizers for sale. It’s also a great gift to give your mom or daughter and do an awesome activity together!

Class size is limited, so please call 419-517-8821 or email jen@beautifulbloomsbyjen.com to reserve your spot! All spots must be pre-paid to be saved.

Only a few spots are left!

Not available to make the class? You can order one that one of our floral artists can design for you. Please call 419-517-8821 or order online here.

If you’re looking for a floral design class, we typically teach them in our off season which is November-April. We love groups of girl friends, girl scouts, co-workers, birthday parties and more. We can accommodate groups of any size whether it is in our flower shop or another local shop nearby.