I have know Maureen for years since she is one of my mom’s friends. It was such an honor that she chose Beautiful Blooms for her 5 o’clock Somewhere themed wedding! JLK Photography did a great job with the photos for this Heather Downs Country Club wedding and reception.

Maureen and Mark and her bridal bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring white hydrangea, baby's breath, and white roses. Photo by JLK pHotography.

Maureen and Mark and her bridal bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring white hydrangea, baby’s breath, and white roses. Photo by JLK Photography.

Maureen and her bridesmaids with their bouquets by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring white hydrangea, baby's breath, and white roses. Photo by JLK Photography.

Maureen and her bridesmaids with their bouquets by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring white hydrangea, baby’s breath, and white roses. Photo by JLK Photography.

Centerpiece by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring submerged orchids with blue stones and a floating candle.

Centerpiece by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring submerged orchids with blue stones in the base with a floating candle. Photo by JLK Photography

Centerpiece by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring shells, stones, a fuji mum and a votive candle. Photo by JLK Photography.

Centerpiece by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring shells, stones, a fuji mum and a votive candle. with Maureen and Mark’s rings. Photo by JLK Photography.

Centerpiece by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring a glass vase with orchids and tropical like leaves. Photo by JLK Photography.

Centerpiece by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring a glass vase with orchids and tropical like leaves. Photo by JLK Photography.

Ceremony and Reception: Heather Downs Country Club– Toledo, OH

Florist: Beautiful Blooms by Jen

Photographer: JLK Photography

Cake: Eston’s Bakery

 

 

What an amazingly gorgeous wedding! We were so honored to be apart of it! The ceremony and reception were all at the Hilton Garden Inn in Perrysburg, OH. Between our arch and the decor from Mager Designs, the Hilton Garden Inn looked incredible! Plus Love is Greater Photography did a fantastic job with the photos. Can you believe the pictures below are from inside the hotel? And the couple had their photos back so fast! Amazing!

Beautiful Bride with her bouquet white roses, white ranunculus, seeded eucalyptus , white lisianthus and silver dollar eucalyptus.

Beautiful Bride with her bouquet white roses, white ranunculus, seeded eucalyptus , white lisianthus and silver dollar eucalyptus- by Beautiful Blooms by Jen.- Photo by Love is Greater Photography

The newlyweds share a smooch!

The newlyweds share a smooch! Bouquets by Beautiful Blooms by Jen, Photo by Love is Greater Photography. 



White and Green for an idea winter wedding bouquet!

Bridal bouquet of white roses, ranunculus, lisianthus and assorted eucalyptus by Beautiful Blooms by Jen.  Photo by Love is Greater Photography. 

Bridesmaids styled smaller bouquets complete with greenery and the brides choice flowers

The perfect winter bouquets of white flowers and eucalyptus, by Beautiful Blooms by Jen. Photo by Love is Greater Photography. 

Groom style a ranunculus boutonniere!

Lisianthus boutonniere and pearl wrist corsage by Beautiful Blooms by Jen. Photo by Love is Greater Photography. 

We love a kiss with a little Beautiful Blooms by Jen boutonniere shot!

We love a kiss with a little Beautiful Blooms by Jen boutonniere shot! Photo by Love is Greater Photography. 

Beautiful Blooms by Jen supplied Cylinder vases with white candles provided by the Bride styled each table!

The bride provided candles for Hilton Garden Inn vases and Beautiful Blooms by Jen added assorted winter greenery to accent. Photo by Love is Greater Photography.

Winter wonderland wedding in the Hilton Garden Ballroom, complete with Beautiful Blooms by Jen centerpieces and greenery!

Winter wonderland wedding in the Hilton Garden Ballroom, complete with Beautiful Blooms by Jen centerpieces and greenery! Photo by Love is Greater Photography. 

#Adorable.

#Adorable.

Vendors:

Venue: Hilton Garden Inn– Perrysburg, OH

Photographer: Love is Greater Photography 

DJ: Sounds of Music 

Decorator: Mager Designs 

Florist: Beautiful Blooms by Jen

Hair and Make-Up- Snip Salon– Maumee, OH

Oh my goodness! I started this forever ago and realized that I never finished it! This was such a fun and gorgeous wedding from the fall. Baby’s breath was super popular for 2016 weddings and this was an elegant baby’s breath wedding!

Thank you to Kristen Nicole Photography for these awesome photos! Kristen always knows how to make our flowers pop in her pictures!

Alex and Ben; halo by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring assorted eucalyptus foliages. Photo By Kristen Nicole Photography.

Alex and Ben; halo by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring assorted eucalyptus foliages. Photo By Kristen Nicole Photography.

Alex and Ben with her bridal bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring white roses, white snapdragons, blush dahlias, green hypericum berries, and assorted foliages. Photo by Kristen Nicole Photography.

Alex and Ben with her bridal bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring white roses, white snapdragons, blush dahlias, green hypericum berries, and assorted foliages. Photo by Kristen Nicole Photography.

Alex and her bridesmaids with their bouquets by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring white roses, white snapdragons, baby's breath, blush dahlias, green hypericum berries, and assorted foliages. Photo by Kristen Nicole Photography.

Alex and her bridesmaids with their bouquets by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring white roses, white snapdragons, baby’s breath, blush dahlias, green hypericum berries, and assorted foliages. Photo by Kristen Nicole Photography.

Flowergirl with halo by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring baby's breath.

Flowergirl with baby’s breath halo, by Beautiful Blooms By Jen.

Pew decoration by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring baby's breath with tulle and blush satin ribbon.

Pew decoration by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring baby’s breath with tulle and blush satin ribbon.

Centerpiece by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring white lanterns and baby's breath. Photo by Kristen Nicole Photography.

Centerpiece by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring white lanterns and baby’s breath in apothecary vases. Surrounded by gold votives. Photo by Kristen Nicole Photography.

Tall centerpiece by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring baby's breath in a tall glass vase.

Tall centerpiece by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring baby’s breath in a tall glass vase with gold stones in the base.

Gold Candlestick centerpiece by Beautiful Blooms By Jen.

Gold Candlestick centerpiece by Beautiful Blooms By Jen.  Baby’s breath from ceremony was moved into vase in the center for the reception. 

Tuscan Table arrangement by Beautiful Bloom By Jen featuring baby's breath in a tall glass vase with gold candlestick scattered down the table with gold votives.

Tuscan Table arrangement by Beautiful Bloom By Jen featuring baby’s breath in a tall glass vase with gold candlestick scattered down the table with gold votives. Bouquets were placed in empty vases shown to complete the look. 

Ceremony Location: St. Rose Parish– Perrysburg, OH

Reception Location: The Stables- Whitehouse,OH

Photographer: Kristen Nicole Photography– Toledo, OH

Wedding Coordinator: Bee for the Day– Toledo, OH

Florist: Beautiful Blooms By Jen– Sylvania, OH

Cake: Naked Cake- Kristen Porter

 

Anna and Jacob came to us from California a few months ago and poor Anna had just had knee surgery. When she came for her first consultation, our consultation room is upstairs and she said no problem and hobbled right on up! We planned her wedding the first day and then had a skype meeting and then her wedding day was here!

I was in love with her simple, elegant dress!  Anna came in with a plan of red roses and baby’s breath and then fell in love with circus roses when she saw them in the store. The rest is history and she had a beautiful wedding!

Anna and Bridal Bouquet by Beautiful Blooms by Jen featuring red roses, bi-colored yellow roses, white roses, and baby's breath.

Anna and Bridal Bouquet by Beautiful Blooms by Jen featuring red roses, bi-colored yellow roses, white roses, and baby’s breath.

Bridal Bouquet by Beautiful Blooms by Jen featuring red roses, bi-colored yellow roses, white roses, and baby's breath.

Bridal Bouquet by Beautiful Blooms by Jen featuring red roses, bi-colored yellow roses, white roses, and baby’s breath.

The bride and groom met fencing and there was a foil at each chair along the aisle that they held up as the bride walked down the aisle. So fun! I love when bride’s and groom’s incorporate their love story into their ceremony!

Nazareth Hall Grotto Ceremony with bi-colored yellow rose petals mixed with red and white rose petals.

Nazareth Hall Grotto Ceremony with bi-colored yellow rose petals mixed with red and white rose petals.

Unfortunately it was so windy that the plan for the altar arrangements had to be moved inside. Luckily in the gorgeous windows of Cadet West, they looked awesome!

Tall Alter Arrangements featuring red and orange roses, with willow branches, yellow and red roses, hydrangeas, and baby's breath in a stunning glass vase!

Tall Alter Arrangements featuring red and orange roses, with willow branches, yellow and red roses, hydrangeas, and baby’s breath in a stunning glass vase!

Trio-Cylinder Vases with submerged white orchids and a floating candle, surrounded by rose petals.

Trio cylinder vases with submerged white orchids and a floating candle, surrounded by rose petals.

 

Delicious French Macaroon Tower by So Sweet Bakery featuring petals and a toss bouquet by Beautiful Blooms by Jen.

Delicious French Macaroon Tower by So Sweet Bakery, featuring petals and a toss bouquet by Beautiful Blooms by Jen.

Nazareth Hall's Cadet West Ballroom, featuring chivari chairs and Beautiful Bloom by Jen's alter arrangements and centerpieces.

Nazareth Hall’s Cadet West Ballroom, featuring chiavari chairs and Beautiful Bloom by Jen’s alter arrangements and centerpieces.

Ceremony/Reception Location: Nazareth Hall

Photographer: Grand Lubell Photography 

Florist: Beautiful Blooms by Jen 

Dessert Display: So Sweet Pastries 

Make-Up: Make-up by Natalie 

Hair: Brookelyne Steele

DJ: Class Act by Bob Norris 

 

Oh my gosh! I cannot even put into words how much I loved this wedding! It was the perfect way to kick off our 2017 wedding season! Merriam was super organized and brought us all of the containers for her centerpieces. She collected all kinds of gorgeous gold, silver and rose gold and we designed her centerpieces in them. We love centerpieces like this because every single one is different and it really tied her vintage look together!

CT Johnson Photography is a photographer we met last wedding season and they definitely continue to impress me. Check out some of these gorgeous shots they shared with us! I saw these photos pop on their instagram again today and it reminded me that 1. I hadn’t blogged yet, and 2. how much I loved this wedding!

 

Merriam and Dustin with her bridal bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring White hydrangea, blush roses, brunia, champagne spray roses, baby's breath and dusty miller. Photo by CT Johnson Photography.

Merriam and Dustin with her bridal bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen,featuring White hydrangea, blush roses, brunia, champagne spray roses, baby’s breath and dusty miller. Photo by CT Johnson Photography.

Merriam and her bridal bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring White hydrangea, blush roses, brunia, champagne spray roses, baby's breath and dusty miller.

Merriam and her bridal bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring White hydrangea, blush roses, brunia, champagne spray roses, baby’s breath and dusty miller. Photo By CT Johnson Photography.

Merriam and her bridesmaids with their bouquets by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring White hydrangea, blush roses, brunia, champagne spray roses, baby's breath and dusty miller. Photo by CT Johnson Photography.

Merriam and her bridesmaids with their bouquets by Beautiful Blooms By Jen, featuring white hydrangea, blush roses, brunia, champagne spray roses, baby’s breath and dusty miller. Photo by CT Johnson Photography.

Centerpiece by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring white hydrangea, blush roses, baby's breath, eucalyptus, spray roses and dusty miller.

Centerpiece by Beautiful Blooms By Jen,  featuring white hydrangea, blush roses, baby’s breath, eucalyptus, and dusty miller in the bride’s containers. 

Centerpiece by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring white hydrangea, blush roses, baby's breath, eucalyptus, spray roses and dusty miller.

Centerpiece by Beautiful Blooms By Jen, featuring white hydrangea, blush roses, baby’s breath, eucalyptus, spray roses and dusty miller, in the bride’s containers. 

Centerpiece by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring white hydrangea, blush roses, champagne spray roses, and icy branches.

Centerpiece by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring white hydrangea, blush roses, champagne spray roses, and icy branches.

Candelabra by Beautiful Blooms By Jen.

Candelabra by Beautiful Blooms By Jen.

Ceremony/Reception Location: Nazareth Hall Chapel and Cadet West Ballroom– Grand Rapids, OH

Photographer: CT Johnson Photography

Florist: Beautiful Blooms By Jen

Cake: Eston’s Bakery

Hair/Makeup: Soto Salon

Decor: Mager’s Design

 

 

 

I love, Love, LOVED this wedding! Alex came in not really sure of what she wanted but had an idea of color palette. She was awesome because she completely trusted us and told us to do our thing. We are so happy with the results! Plus we are so lucky that Alex and Rich had picked Blue Martini Photography so they have beautiful pictures! Christin always make our flowers look amazing!  Plus they had a gorgeous day at Nazareth Hall in Grand Rapids!

Alex and her bridal bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring dahlias, garden roses, eryngium, roses, spray roses, astilbe, and eucalyptus.

Alex and her bridal bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring dahlias, garden roses, eryngium, roses, spray roses, astilbe, and eucalyptus. Photo by Blue Martini Photography.

Golf Tee Boutonniere by Beautiful Blooms By Jen. Photo by Blue Martini Photography.

Golf Tee Boutonniere by Beautiful Blooms By Jen. Photo by Blue Martini Photography.

We love when we are able to incorporate fun items into boutonnieres! Aren’t these golf tees fun? Plus they were the perfect colors for the wedding!

Golf Tee Boutonniere by Beautiful Blooms By Jen. Photo by Blue Martini Photography.

Golf Tee Boutonniere by Beautiful Blooms By Jen. Photo by Blue Martini Photography.

Alex and her bridesmaids with their bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring dahlias, garden roses, eryngium, roses, spray roses, astilbe, and eucalyptus. Photo by Blue Martini Photography.

Alex and her bridesmaids with their bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen, featuring dahlias, garden roses, eryngium, roses, spray roses, astilbe, and eucalyptus. Photo by Blue Martini Photography.

Centerpiece by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring a trio of vases with a dahlia, eryngium, a rose and eucalyptus.

Centerpiece by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring a trio of vases with a dahlia, eryngium, a rose and eucalyptus.

Cake by Eston's bakery featuring flowers by Beautiful Blooms By Jen.

Cake by Eston’s Bakery, featuring flowers and toss bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen.

Ceremony/Reception: Nazareth Hall; Grand Rapids, OH

Photographer: Blue Martini Photography

Florist: Beautiful Blooms By Jen

Cake: Eston’s Bakery

 

All I can say is wow about this one! We loved planning with Kamel’s mom because as a landscape designer with Jackie Ansara Landscape Planning and Planting she was all about textures! Please check out this gorgeous bride and wedding below!

Colleen and I loaded up on this gorgeous sunny day and drove from Sylvania to Livonia to the most beautiful church with reception hall across the parking lot. It was such a cool set up and so convenient for guests!

Please check out these gorgeous photos below from Serendipity Photography and the video from Fordham Footage by clicking the link.

Kamel and her bridal bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring ivory roses, white dahlias, queen anne's lace, brunia, succulents, blush astilbe, butter yellow lisianthus, eucalyptus and dusty miller. Photo by Serendipity Photography

Kamel and her bridal bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring ivory roses, white dahlias, queen anne’s lace, brunia, succulents, blush astilbe, butter yellow lisianthus, seeded eucalyptus and dusty miller. Photo by Serendipity Photography.

Kamel and Paul with her bridal bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring ivory roses, white dahlias, queen anne's lace, brunia, succulents, blush astilbe, butter yellow lisianthus, eucalyptus and dusty miller. Photo by Serendipity Photography

Kamel and Paul with her bridal bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring ivory roses, white dahlias, queen anne’s lace, brunia, succulents, blush astilbe, butter yellow lisianthus, eucalyptus and dusty miller. Photo by Serendipity Photography.

Kamel and her bridesmaids with their bouquets by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring ivory roses, white dahlias, queen anne's lace, brunia, succulents, blush astilbe, butter yellow lisianthus, white hydrangea, eucalyptus and dusty miller. Photo by Serendipity Photography

Kamel and her bridesmaids with their bouquets by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring ivory roses, white dahlias, queen anne’s lace, brunia, succulents, blush astilbe, butter yellow lisianthus, white hydrangea, eucalyptus and dusty miller. Photo by Serendipity Photography.

Pew Decoration by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring white hydrangea, assorted foliages and stone satin ribbon.

Pew Decoration by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring white hydrangea, assorted foliages and stone satin ribbon. Photo by Serendipity Photography.

Dish garden centerpiece by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring a succulent and ivory roses on a bed of sheet moss and river rock. Photo by Serendipity Photography.

Dish garden centerpiece by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring a succulent and ivory roses on a bed of sheet moss and river rock. Photo by Serendipity Photography.

Assorted garden style centerpieces by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring ivory roses, mini white hydrangea, queen anne's lace, willow branching, niegela pods and assorted eucalyptus foliages. Photo by Serendipity Photography.

Assorted garden style centerpieces by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring ivory roses, mini white hydrangea, queen anne’s lace, willow branching, nigella pods and assorted eucalyptus foliages. Photo by Serendipity Photography.

Garden style centerpiece by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring ivory roses, queen anne's lace, astrantia, willow branching and assorted foliages. Photo by Serendipity Photography.

Garden style centerpiece by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring ivory roses, queen anne’s lace, astrantia, willow branching and assorted foliages. With sheet moss and candles placed around. Photo by Serendipity Photography.

Tuscan Table by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring willow branching, peach rose petals, sheet moss and votives placed down the table. Photo by Serendipity Photography.

Tuscan Table by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring willow branching, peach rose petals, sheet moss and votives placed down the table. Bridesmaid’s bouquets were placed in the empty vases when they were seated for a wow. Photo by Serendipity Photography.

Ceremony/Reception Location: St. Mary’s Church/St. Mary’s Banquet Hall– Livonia, MI

Photographer: Serendipity Photography– Toledo, OH

Florist: Beautiful Blooms By Jen– Sylvania, OH

Videographer: Fordham Footage– Toledo,OH

Cake: Elite Sweets–  Livonia, MI

 

Shannon and Josh had the most beautiful fall day for their wedding! The fall colors that Shannon picked were absolutely perfect!  Please check out the yellow, red and orange bouquets that include sunflowers, gerbera daisies and roses.

I can’t believe that it took me so long to get this posted, because Blue Lux Photography had pictures edited so fast! I love that about them!  Aren’t they beautiful?

My favorite memory of this wedding was when Shannon and her bridesmaids were outside taking photos before the ceremony and we had to sneak her back into the church when guests were already in the church. So fun!

As a full service florist, we pass out bouquets, explain how to hold them, pin on corsages and boutonnieres, set up any ceremony flowers and anything else we may be needed for. This includes pointing people in the right direction to the bathrooms and opening doors to sneak the bride back in since I was still there waiting for a Grandparent. I love my job!

Shannon and Josh with a bridal bouquet and groom boutonniere by Beautiful Blooms By Jen, featuring sunflowers, red rose, orange gerberas, red rover mums, and lemon leaf.

Shannon and Josh with a bridal bouquet and groom boutonniere by Beautiful Blooms By Jen, featuring sunflowers, red rose, orange gerberas, red rover mums, and lemon leaf.- Blue Lux Photography

Bridesmaid bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring sunflowers, red roses, orange gerbera daisies and lemon leaf.

Bridesmaid bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring sunflowers, red roses, orange gerbera daisies and lemon leaf.- Blue Lux Photography

Flowergirl with a pomander by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring orange germinis and yellow viking mums on a twig sphere.

Flowergirl with a pomander by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring orange germinis and yellow viking mums on a twig sphere.- Blue Lux Photography

Shannon, Josh and bridal party with flowers by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring sunflowers, red roses, red rover mums, orange gerbera daisies and lemon leaf.

Shannon, Josh and bridal party with flowers by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring sunflowers, red roses, red rover mums, orange gerbera daisies and lemon leaf.- Blue Lux Photography

Ceremony: Regina Coeli– Toledo, Ohio

Reception Location: Sunrise Banquet Hall– Millbury, Ohio

Photographer: Blue Lux Photography– Toledo, Ohio

Florist: Beautiful Blooms By Jen– Sylvania, Ohio

Cake: Jane’s Cakes– Perrysburg, Ohio

Oh my goodness! What a night! It was quite a surprise when my husband walked out onto the stage at the Cirque de Soiree Annual Recognition Banquet at the Great Lakes Floral Expo!  It actually took me a few paragraphs until I realized what in the world was going on. This was my face…

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My handsome husband was in Grand Rapids, MI…. But he was supposed to be at home with our 2 year old son, Cooper!  But he was up on stage and telling the story of my career! Cue the tears…. Please check out his amazing speech below!

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I’m honored to be the presenter of the Certified Florist of the Year Award for 2017.  You might be asking what qualifications I have to be the presenter, and the answer is, I have none, but the reason I’m up here will soon be revealed.

This year’s winner got her start in Sylvania, OH around 1995.  During this time, our recipient happened to be in the fifth grade and she and a group of friends started their very own bead business.  Designs ranged from bracelets, to necklaces, to…. Well that’s pretty much it but you get the point.  This year’s winner was such a savvy business owner that she wouldn’t even allow her partners to spend their earnings on ice cream.  I’m going to assume that she instead suggested that they should invest their money into retirement savings, to which Emily and Rachel probably replied, “What’s a four-oh-wonk?”

Once the bead business fizzled out, our winner moved on to typical teenage jobs like babysitting, taking care of a family friend’s horse, Central Tennis Club, and Subway.  The last job continues to put a strain on her marriage since she can no longer stand the smell of that eating establishment.  During her high school years, our award winner would spend some spare time around the major flower holidays working at Schramm’s Flowers and Gifts in Toledo, Ohio, which was owned by her best friend’s parents.  Perhaps it was at this time that she was bitten by the flower bug and she and her friend decided to enroll in a floral design class at her high school.  There must have been some type of bait-and-switch scheme going on at the time because the floral design class turned into general horticulture without them knowing.  Our recipient and her friend Emily were known as the intelligent, well-behaved students who would study and get their work done.  This quickly put them into the good graces of Mr. Fredrick, which allowed them such perks as leaving school to go get Burger King breakfast croissant-wiches.

Her love for floral design continued on to Ohio State University, but since there wasn’t a major that matched exactly what she wanted to do, she decided to get her Agricultural Education degree.  Our recipient never quite fit in with the agriculture crowd, and it has been reported that she asked questions in class like, “Why do we want to dry our corn out in silos?  I like mine nice and juicy when I eat it?” which I’m sure caused eye rolls and shoulder shrugs from her fellow classmates who wore faded jeans and Carhartt shirts to class.

Her degree landed her a horticulture teaching job at her alma mater, Southview High School in Sylvania in 2006.  She worked there for two years with her former teacher, Mr. Fredrick, before switching to the Natural Science and Technology Center in the Toledo Public School system.  While there, she dreamed of bigger and better things for herself.  Teaching was great, but it wasn’t a passion.  She dreamed of opening her own flower shop and rediscovering her entrepreneurial roots that started to grow way back in the fifth grade.

The dream of a stand-alone flower shop was still out of reach at this point, so it all began on a very small scale with a wedding floral business out of her house.   She would meet with brides at local Panera’s, carrying pictures, books, and a laptop as her only evidence to prove to brides how talented she was.  Now, getting a bride to book was the easy part.  She needed to figure out how to get the flowers since wholesale houses wouldn’t deliver to residential addresses.  The solution was found when a saleswoman at Mayesh Wholesale Florist in Detroit, who lived in Toledo, volunteered to bring the necessary flowers home with her.  The flowers would be picked up, brought back to the house, and turned into beautiful bouquets and centerpieces that wowed her brides.  Of course, there were snags to this system.  We can probably all relate to a time when the lilies wouldn’t open… am I right?  (I use the term “we” very liberally; I’ve never been in that situation, but probably 85% of the room can relate to something along those lines.)  Long story short, between the hair dryer and the direct sunlight idea, the lilies got a little, let’s say, well done.

The business continued out of the house and grew from 12 weddings in year one, to 34 in year two, to 56 in year three.  All of this was happening while she maintained her teaching job at NSTC.  Also during this time that she met a strapping young man that brought joy into her life and made all of her previous crushes and boyfriends fade into the past.  After things didn’t work out with him, she settled with me.  And I should have known that the flower life was for me, because we were actually introduced by one of her brides who happened to be a guidance counselor at the high school where I teach.

 

Our relationship grew and our bank accounts grew fat on a combination teaching and weekend wedding business salary.  We decided to purchase the flower shop at the tail-end of 2010.  It was located just off of Main Street in downtown Sylvania in what used to be an old dental supplies office.  After months of tearing down walls, painting, and rewiring, Beautiful Blooms had changed from a wedding-only floral service to a full-functioning everyday flower shop by the new year.  The dream was alive and kicking.

After months of trying to make teaching and running a flower shop work, our recipient decided to hang up her fashionable FFA polos, retire from teaching, and become a full-time flower boss.  She was able to do this because our relationship had progressed from dating, to engagement, to “I now need insurance.”  I know you guys are all probably shocked to hear that a teacher’s insurance plan is a little better and a little cheaper than a small business owner.  I know right?  Don’t feel bad for me, once you see her up here, you’ll see why I’m totally OK with being used for my body and my insurance coverage.

It’s now been 6 years as a fully functioning flower shop and I see my wife’s creativity, drive, and need for more space grow more and more every day.  The flower shop finished last year with 125 weddings and five-and-a-half employees.  I can only assume that her assistant Colleen was trying to take a jab at me with the “half” of an employee comment.  If you must know, my job as the self-appointed vice president includes gutter cleaning, maintenance of the 2 x 10 foot patch of grass in front of the shop, delivery driving when she’s desperate, and holding the cooler door open for our two-year-old son while he smells the flowers.

The saying goes that a new small business is not supposed to make money for the first two-three years; well whoever came up with that doesn’t know my wife.  She not only runs a successful flower shop, she participates in the Downtown Sylvania Association, is an extremely active member in her local BNI, and basically does everything in our family that I am not capable of, which is basically everything.

So without further ado, I present to you the winner of the 2017 Certified Florist of the Year; my wife, Jen Linehan of Beautiful Blooms by Jen.

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The Gorgeous, Team BBBJen! Colleen, Jen and Hailley with Jen’s Certified Florist of the Year Award.

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The 2017 Certified Florist of the Year, Jen Linehan, and husband, Kyle Linehan.

What an amazing surprise and honor! I love being a part of a great organization like the Michigan Floral Association and man am I lucky to have such a supportive and talented husband! The work that I do would not be possible without him!

And thank you to my awesome staff who kept this a secret because it was such a great surprise, and work so hard because I couldn’t be where I am today without them either!

 

 

What a gorgeous couple! Kellie came in with a picture of the bouquet she loved and we went from there. It was a simple, elegant wedding that turned out stunning! I’m so thankful that Blue Martini Photography was there to capture it all, and I’m sure Kellie is too! Man do they make our flowers look awesome!

Kellie, AJ and the bridal party with flowers by Beautiful Blooms By Jen, featuring maiden hair fern, white lisianthus, white roses, green hydrangea, green trick dianthus and white hydrangea.

Kellie, AJ and the bridal party with flowers by Beautiful Blooms By Jen, featuring maiden hair fern, white lisianthus, white roses, green hydrangea, green trick dianthus and white hydrangea.- Blue Martini Photography

 

Kellie's bridal bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen, featuring maiden hair fern, white lisianthus, white roses, green hydrangea, green trick dianthus and white hydrangea.

Kellie’s bridal bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen, featuring maiden hair fern, white lisianthus, white roses, green hydrangea, green trick dianthus and white hydrangea.- Blue Martini Photography

Love all the textures in this gorgeous bouquet! - Blue Martini Photography

Love all the textures in this gorgeous bouquet! – Blue Martini Photography

Aj's and his boutonniere by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring white ranunculus and green trick dianthus.

AJ and his boutonniere by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring white ranunculus and green trick dianthus. – Blue Martini Photography

Oh my gosh I love this shot! This flower girl is adorable!

Kellie and her flower girl. Halo and bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring maiden hair fern, white lisianthus, white roses, green hydrangea, green trick dianthus and white hydrangea.

Kellie and her flower girl. Halo and bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring maiden hair fern, white lisianthus, white roses, green hydrangea, green trick dianthus and white hydrangea.- Blue Martini Photography

Love that the flower girl is checking his boutonniere!

Mom's corsage, dad's boutonniere and flower girl halo by Beautiful Blooms By Jen, featuring white spray rose, green trick dianthus and assorted foliages.

Mom’s corsage, dad’s boutonniere and flower girl halo by Beautiful Blooms By Jen, featuring white spray rose, green trick dianthus and assorted foliages.- Blue Martini Photography

Unity Candle arrangement by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring white hydrangea, white roses, white lisianthus, green trick dianthus, and assorted foliages.

Unity Candle arrangement by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring white hydrangea, white roses, white lisianthus, green trick dianthus, and assorted foliages.- Blue Martini Photography

Cake by Eston's Bakery, featuring flower by Beautiful Blooms By Jen. White roses, green trick dianthus, and white spray rose, and eucalyptus.

Cake by Eston’s Bakery, featuring flower by Beautiful Blooms By Jen. White roses, green trick dianthus, and white spray rose, and eucalyptus.- Blue Martini Photography

Centerpiece by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring white hydrangea, beargrass and maiden hair fern in a tall pilsner vase.

Centerpiece by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring white hydrangea, beargrass and maiden hair fern in a tall vase.- Blue Martini Photography

Thanks again to Blue Martini Photography for sharing their gorgeous pictures. We try so hard to take pretty pictures, but we are florists and not photographers for a reason!

And check out this amazing video from Fordham Footage!

 

Ceremony Location: Historic St. Patrick’s; Toledo, Ohio

Reception Location: Hilton Garden Inn; Perrysburg, Ohio

Photographer: Blue Martini Photography– Cincinnati, Ohio

Florist: Beautiful Blooms By Jen– Sylvania, Ohio

Cake: Eston’s Bakery– Toledo, Ohio

Makeup/Hair: Bliss Salon– Bowling Green, Ohio

Videographer: Fordham Footage– Sylvania, Ohio

Wedding Coordinator: Crowning Celebrations– Perrysburg,Ohio

DJ: For that Special Occasion– Perrysburg, OH