When Eliza came in and showed me her inspiration for her bouquet and wedding, I fell in love with the amazing colors and textures. We then realized that I knew her dad from the Horticulture industry from when I was teaching floral design. As a landscape designers daughter, she was all about the unique flowers. I had so much fun picking the flowers for this outdoor Nazareth Hall wedding because I knew Eliza trusted me to take make her vision a reality.

Check out one of my favorite bouquets I’ve ever made below! Thank you so much to Kent and Stephanie Photography for capturing our work!

Eliza's stunning bouquet- we had so much fun creating this masterpiece! Photo by Kent & Stephanie Photography!

Eliza’s stunning bouquet in purples and whites, featuring an airplant and amazing textures.  We had so much fun creating this masterpiece! Photo by Kent & Stephanie Photography!

Eric's boutonnier has succulents, wax flower, and greens all made by Beautiful Blooms by Jen. Photo credit Kent & Stephanie Photography.

Eric’s boutonniere was designed with an airplant, wax flower, and greens all made by Beautiful Blooms by Jen. Photo credit Kent & Stephanie Photography.

The bridesmaids bouquets were just as amazing as the bride; consisting of, burgundy edged ranunculus, succulents white anemone, purple carnations, and assorted greenery, Photo by Kent & Stephanie Photography

The bridesmaids bouquets were just as amazing as the bride; consisting of, burgundy roses, succulents, white anemone, purple carnations, and assorted greenery, Photo by Kent & Stephanie Photography

Great shot of smiles and groomsmen flowers by Kent & Stephanie!

Great shot of smiles and groomsmen flowers by Kent & Stephanie!

Beautiful Blooms by Jen provided apothocary vases with assorted flowers with pops of purple! Nazareth Hall provided cylinder vases to surround with floating candles from Beautiful Blooms by Jen.

Beautiful Blooms by Jen provided apothecary vases with assorted flowers with pops of purple! Nazareth Hall provided cylinder vases to surround with floating candles from Beautiful Blooms by Jen.

Another shot of these cool centerpieces, by Kent & Stephanie Photography!

Another shot of these cool centerpieces, by Kent & Stephanie Photography!

How awesome are these cake decorations?! Succulents, greens, and anemone purple completed Eston's cake design. Photo by Kent & Stephanie Photography.

How awesome are these cake decorations?! Succulents, greens, and anemone purple completed Eston’s cake design. Photo by Kent & Stephanie Photography.

Kent & Stephanie outdid themselves with these shots, so one last look at the Beautiful Blooms by Jen bouquet, and the even better looking couple! Photo credit, Kent & Stephanie Photography.

Kent & Stephanie outdid themselves with these shots, so one last look at the Beautiful Blooms by Jen bouquet, and the even better looking couple! Photo credit, Kent & Stephanie Photography.

Not only the photos are gorgeous, but so is the video thanks to Fordham Footage. Make sure you check it out!

Vendors:

Venue: Nazareth Hall Grotto & Lady Glen Ballroom- Grand Rapids, OH

Bakery: Eston’s

Photographer: Kent & Stephanie Photography

Videographer: Fordham Footage

Florist: Beautiful Blooms by Jen

Band: The Dan Rafferty Band

 

Oh my goodness! I was so excited when Desiree showed me the inspiration for her wedding flowers. It was a bridesmaid bouquet with cherry blossoms! We decided to go right with the picture and then created her dream, with cherry blossoms for the reception. She surprised me with gorgeous pin lighting and uplighting which made her reception look like a fairy tale!  Plus I was able to design this gorgeous phaleonopsis orchid bouquet for Desiree! Simple and elegant. Perfect for a Toledo Country Club wedding! Scroll down to see her gorgeous dress!

Desiree's bouquet was so breathtaking! White cascading orchids by Beautiful Blooms by Jen!

Desiree’s bouquet was so breathtaking! White cascading orchids by Beautiful Blooms by Jen!

The bridesmaids bouquets had blush and light pink roses, with peonies and cherry blossoms by Beautiful Blooms by Jen.

The bridesmaids bouquets had blush and light pink roses, with peonies and cherry blossoms by Beautiful Blooms by Jen.

The Toledo Club looked stunning! The bride and groom purchased uplights that played to the music the entire night! They were a perfect backdrop for our centerpieces!

The Toledo Club looked stunning! The bride and groom purchased uplights that played to the music the entire night! They were a perfect backdrop for our centerpieces! Thanks to Ambient Effects for the gorgeous picture!

The tall centerpieces were filled with branches, cherry blossoms, and hanging crystals!

The tall centerpieces were filled with branches, cherry blossoms, and hanging crystals! 

The shorter centerpieces were blinged out vases filled with white, ivory, and blush flowers, with cherry blossoms to match the bridesmaids bouquets!

The shorter centerpieces were blinged out vases filled with white, ivory, and blush flowers, with cherry blossoms to match the bridesmaids bouquets! Thanks to Ambient Effects for this gorgeous shot featuring their pin spotting!

It was such a beautiful night! The girls who tore down the wedding got to watch the lights from outside as the night came to a close! Such a cool sight!

It was such a beautiful night! The girls who tore down the wedding got to watch the lights from outside as the night came to a close! Such a cool sight! Thank you to Ambient Effects for this action photo!

The BEAUTIFUL bride with her matching bouquet, picture perfect :)

The BEAUTIFUL bride with her matching bouquet and amazing dress! Picture perfect :)

Vendors:

Ceremony: St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church– Toledo, OH

Reception: Toledo Country Club– Toledo, OH

Florist: Beautiful Blooms by Jen

DJ: Decorative Sound

Bakery: So Sweet Lebanese & French Pastries

Photographer: Fairytale Productions

Lighting: Ambient Effects

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!

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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

 

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!

 

 

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

At Beautiful Blooms by Jen, we value education and the future of the industry. With a degree in Agriculture Education, I believe in continuous education. Because of that reason, Colleen, Sarah and I drove up to Mayesh Wholesale Florist in mid-October to attend a Michigan Floral Association Regional Meeting.

It was an awesome opportunity to get up to Detroit and see what was new at Mayesh. Many of our orders are made over the phone or through email so it’s great to see what is new and interesting in person. The wholesale house supply department basically looks like a grocery store and the rows of shelves are all filled with floral supplies like vases, baskets, ribbon, paint, etc. It’s a florist’s heaven! Plus we love our saleslady, Nora!

Mayesh also has multiple coolers that are filled with fresh flowers. There is an entire section for each variety of flowers, the greenery and a whole cooler just for tropicals like orchids!

Mayesh also fed us dinner which was fabulous! We also had the opportunity to chat with our favorite Mayesh employees which is great because the more you know your salespeople, the better they know you and what you love!

The meeting began and it was great to learn what the Michigan Floral Association is up to. I love how hard they are working to make sure that the future of the floral industry is amazing!

Then there was a fabulous presentation by Jerome Raska, from Blumz by JR Designs, called Everything is Coming Up Roses. Jerome and his partner, Robin, have premier flower shops in Detroit, Ferndale, and Ann Arbor and we have watched both of them present before and always learn so much!

We talked about fabulous flower crowns which are so in right now. 
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This was one of my favorite pieces that is a bridal bouquet! The textures are so fun and the armature it’s made from with the woven lily grass is why!

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Love this fun way to design a dozen roses!

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Can you say wow?! Love the vase! Love the Dahlias! Love the roses!

We can’t wait to go back to the shop and think outside the box when designing with roses. Thanks again to Michigan Floral Association, Mayesh Wholesale Florist and Jerome Raska!

The Ability Center is our pick for the December Charity in Bloom! We’ve had so much fun this year with our first year of the program!

Through our Charity in Bloom program, Beautiful Blooms by Jen is proud to contribute during the month of December to The Ability Center, 20% of the proceeds from a specially created floral arrangement. Please check out the beautiful arrangement below.

The Ability Center of Greater Toledo is a non-profit Center for Independent Living (CIL) serving Northwest Ohio. The Ability Center believes in and supports equitable and inclusive communities for people living with disabilities.

The mission of The Ability Center is to assist people with disabilities to live, work and socialize within a fully accessible community.

Please call (419)-885-57335

We chose this gorgeous arrangement of winter foliages, burgundy candles, red and green apples, leucadendron and hypericum berries because we thought it was the perfect winter centerpiece that can be used for any occasion. It could be sent through the whole month of December because it is so long lasting!

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To send this gorgeous arrangement, all you have to do is call Beautiful Blooms by Jen at 419-517-8821, order online, or stop in our Downtown Sylvania location to pick one up. We even deliver all over Northwest Ohio and Southeast Ohio if you’re interested.

This picture is $64.95, there is a simpler version for $49.95 or the premium is $79.95.

Each month we choose a different non-profit to support as our Charity In Bloom. We love to support organizations that also support Beautiful Blooms by Jen.

Maura came in with a plan for her bridal bouquet to be all brooches and asked us to do everything else. She had picked Tiffany Blue for the bridesmaids and we rolled with it. Check out how beautiful everything turned out when we accented with the silver!

The beautiful Bride!

The beautiful Bride!

White bridesmaids bouquet by Beautiful Blooms by Jen.

White bridesmaids bouquet by Beautiful Blooms by Jen.

White bridesmaids bouquet by Beautiful Blooms by Jen.

White boutonniere with tiffany blue accents by Beautiful Blooms by Jen.

Tiffany blue and pink hydrangea with satin ribbon pew decoration by Beautiful Blooms by Jen.

Tiffany blue and pink hydrangea with satin ribbon pew decoration by Beautiful Blooms by Jen.

Tall vases filled with blue hydrangea altar arrangement by Beautiful Blooms by Jen.

Tall vases filled with blue hydrangea altar arrangements by Beautiful Blooms by Jen.

Tall white, tiffany blue, and light pink centerpiece on a silver paris stand rented and decorated by Beautiful Blooms by Jen.

Tall white, tiffany blue, and light pink centerpiece on a silver candlestick rented and decorated by Beautiful Blooms by Jen.

Silver candlesticks with floating candles with light pink hydrangea at the base rented and decorated by Beautiful Blooms by Jen.

Silver candlesticks with floating candles with light pink hydrangea at the base rented and decorated by Beautiful Blooms by Jen.

 

Ceremony & Reception: Toledo Country Club – Toledo, Ohio
Photographer: JP Photography