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

I met Taylor’s mom through a networking organization I am involved in and she recommended Taylor to me. When I met with them the first time, I fell in love! I loved the colors and the textures that Taylor was looking for! Flowers were a very important part of her wedding and I was so honored that she trusted me to let me have some fun and be creative!

Please take a look at these gorgeous flowers below highlighted by some awesome shots by Dave and Kerri Photography at the elegant Nazareth Hall in Grand Rapids, Ohio.

Taylor and Brandon, with Taylor's bridal bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring, champagne roses, globe thistle, red celosia, star of bethlehem, brunia berry, fuchsia waxflower, safari sunset, privet berry, and other assorted foliages.

Taylor and Brandon, with Taylor’s bridal bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring, champagne roses, globe thistle, red celosia, star of bethlehem, brunia berry, fuchsia waxflower, safari sunset, privet berry, and other assorted foliages.- Photo by Dave and Kerri Photoraphy

Taylor with her bridal bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring, champagne roses, globe thistle, red celosia, star of bethlehem, brunia berry, fuchsia waxflower, safari sunset, privet berry, and other assorted foliages.

Taylor with her bridal bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring, champagne roses, globe thistle, red celosia, star of bethlehem, brunia berry, fuchsia waxflower, safari sunset, privet berry, and other assorted foliages.- Photo by Dave and Kerri Photography

Brandon's groom boutonniere by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring, blue thistle, fuchsia waxflower and brunia .

Brandon’s groom boutonniere by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring, blue thistle, fuchsia waxflower, dusty miller and brunia.- Photo by Dave and Kerri Photography

Bridesmaid bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring red celosia, lavender roses, blue thistle, brunia berries and assorted foliages.

Bridesmaid bouquet by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring red celosia, lavender roses, blue thistle, brunia berries and assorted foliages.

Flowergirl with halo by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring waxflower and ruscus.

Flowergirl with halo by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring waxflower and ruscus.

Iron Arch Arrangements by Beautiful Blooms By Jen, featuring lavender roses, purple hydrangea, waxflower, blue thistle, and assorted foliages.

Iron Arch and arrangement by Beautiful Blooms By Jen, featuring lavender roses, purple hydrangea, waxflower, blue thistle, and assorted foliages.

Bridge decor by Beautiful Blooms By Jen, featuring lavender roses, champagne roses, thistle, waxflower, safari sunset, willow branches and moss.

Bridge decor by Beautiful Blooms By Jen, featuring lavender roses, champagne roses, thistle, waxflower, safari sunset, willow branches and moss.

Cake by Wixey Bakery with flower accents by Beautiful Blooms By Jen, featuring champagne and lavender roses, waxflower, red celosia, thistle, and brunia berry.

Cake by Wixey Bakery with flower accents by Beautiful Blooms By Jen, featuring champagne and lavender roses, waxflower, red celosia, thistle, and brunia berry.

Centerpiece by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring a purple hydrangea in a wooden cube.

Centerpiece by Beautiful Blooms By Jen featuring a purple hydrangea in a wooden cube and accents by the bride.

Ceremony/Reception Locations: Nazareth Hall; Grand Rapids, Ohio

Photographer: Dave and Kerri Photography; Toledo, Ohio

Florist: Beautiful Blooms By Jen; Sylvania, Ohio

Cake: Wixey Bakery; Toledo, Ohio

DJ: Decorative Sound; Toledo, Ohio

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!

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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