I cannot believe that January 2018 marks the beginning of year number 7 for full retail, Beautiful Blooms by Jen!  After three years of working out of my house, we got the keys on December 31st and while I was finishing up Amanda Caig’s New Years Eve wedding, my family moved all of our things from where we were working out of Bumble, and into 5646 Summit Street. It was just a block over.

First Wedding at the New Building. Photo by Sarah J Photography.

Last wedding before we had our very own retail space! Photo by Sarah J Photography.

It seemed so large when we bought it! I only had one employee at the time and I was still working full time as a floral design teacher at the Natural Science Technology Center for Toledo Public Schools. As soon as school was out each day, I would zip over to the shop and continue to help Meghan, my manager in painting, cleaning, whatever needed to be done. We opened our doors immediately, despite the building being a mess because we already had customers needing flowers. Meghan would just design in whatever room wasn’t being worked on as we had new floors installed, lights installed, etc. We were so fortunate to have understanding customers! Check out below to see some photos of our early shop.

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That year we had 77 weddings and I couldn’t believe how fast our day to day deliveries and business grew! By that spring we had hired more employees and I was able to retire from teaching. It was a total dream come true since I had wanted to open my own flower shop since I was a sophomore in high school. Teaching wasn’t ever the plan, but was a way to pay the bills to afford a shop.

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Seven years later, I have an amazing team of 6 employees, am able to take a relaxing maternity leave because I totally trust them. Colleen and Sarah have worked for BBBJ for over 5 years and Hailley for over 3! That is incredible considering that we have only been open for 7! I was honored with the title of 2017 Certified Florist of the Year, Hailley became a Certified Florist and we have won the Knot Best of Weddings for 10 years and Wedding Wire Couples Choice Awards 10 times!

As I sit reminiscing today about everything we’ve accomplished in such a short time, I can’t help to think I couldn’t have done it without such an amazing team of employees, past and present, awesome customers who let us be creative every day and a supportive Downtown Sylvania.
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We have exciting things planned for 2018! Can’t wait to share them with you!

Two years ago, we began our Charity in Bloom program, as a way to give back to the community. It’s now time to apply to be one of our 2018 Charity in Bloom non-profits. Please see below.

October 2017 Charity in Bloom

October 2017 Charity in Bloom

To Whom It May Concern:

As a part of our community outreach to different non-profits, we have a program in place called Charity in Bloom.  Each month a different charity is chosen and will receive 20% of all the sales from a dedicated arrangement.  When the arrangement is sent out, it includes a card that shares information about your organization. This is an example: BBBJ Charity in Bloom October (1).

Please fill out the provided Charity in Bloom application if you may be interested and return to Beautiful Blooms by November 30th. Twelve organizations will be chosen in December, one for each month of 2018. Charity in Bloom Application

In order for this to be a successful program it is important for you to help us promote in any way possible like in your newsletter and website with the Charity in Bloom link and picture provided.  It is also shared on the Beautiful Blooms by Jen social media, email lists, blog and more. In return, we would like the opportunity to quote any of your upcoming events for any floral needs. Please contact Colleen at 419-517-8821 or colleen@beautifulbloomsbyjen.com with any questions.

Thanks,

Colleen Barnhart

November 2017

November 2017

 

New keepsake ribbons are now available exclusively at Beautiful Blooms by Jen! They can be designed with any word, saying, or picture and come in a variety of colors! Ribbons can be added to arrangements for any occasion!  Set your arrangement apart by adding any sentiment!

Keepsake, customized ribbon. Available from Beautiful Blooms by Jen.

Keepsake, customized ribbon. Available from Beautiful Blooms by Jen.

Pinks and lavender easel arrangement by Beautiful Blooms by Jen. Including keepsake ribbon.

Pinks and lavender easel arrangement by Beautiful Blooms by Jen. Including keepsake ribbon.

Pink casket arrangement, by Beautiful Blooms by Jen. Includes keepsake ribbon.

Pink casket arrangement, by Beautiful Blooms by Jen. Includes keepsake ribbon.

Vased arrangement including keepsake ribbon, by Beautiful Blooms by Jen.

Vased arrangement including keepsake ribbon, by Beautiful Blooms by Jen.

Pink and purple easel spray with keepsake ribbon, by Beautiful Blooms by Jen.

Pink and purple easel spray with keepsake ribbon, by Beautiful Blooms by Jen.

Blue and white easel sprays with keepsake ribbon, by Beautiful Blooms by Jen.

Blue and white easel sprays with keepsake ribbon, by Beautiful Blooms by Jen.

Currently we offer writing in silver and have white with silver edges, light pink and red with silver edges to offer. Our stock will be growing though, so please check back if one of these colors won’t work for your arrangement.

We are so excited to share our May Charity in Bloom pick! It’s the perfect option for a Mother’s Day gift or to add a little spring color to your day!

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 Cancer Society’s Relay for Life for the month of May!

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life is a grass roots event driven by volunteers in the Lucas County community. The funds raised help provide day to day support for patients such as rides to treatments, lodging, wigs, etc, as well as fund groundbreaking research to help eliminate cancer as a major health problem.

May Charity in Bloom

May Charity in Bloom

To order the May 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. We deliver daily all over Northwest Ohio and Southeastern Michigan.

As shown is $54.95, Deluxe is $64.95 and Premium is $74.95 and 20% goes back to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life!

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

 

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

 

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

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

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!