How to Donate Wedding Flowers to Charity

Have you ever thought about what to do with your wedding flowers after the wedding? You could keep them. You could give them away to guests. Some just throw them away (which breaks my heart). Or you could donate wedding flowers to charity. You’re probably thinking, “How do I do that?” Well, I have the answer for you.

“Flowers are a true blessing of this earth,

and are meant to be shared.”

Forget Me Knot Flowers is a local nonprofit company that specializes in repurposing flowers from weddings and events.

Donate Wedding Flowers

Photo: Forget Me Knot Flowers

HOW IT STARTED

Forget Me Knot Flowers started as a solution to a problem. Leona Davis, the founder of this floral recycling company, was searching for a place to donate her daughter’s wedding flowers with no luck. Her answer was to start her own company that specialized in repurposing wedding flowers into beautiful bedside bouquets for people in local hospitals, nursing homes, and care facilities that may not receive many visitors. The flowers and conversation brightened all of the recipients’ days.

Donate Wedding Flowers

Photo: Forget Me Knot Flowers

HOW IT WORKS

Want to donate your wedding flowers? All you need to do is contact Forget Me Knot Flowers. They will pick up your flowers at the end of your wedding. Then they will rearrange them into smaller bedside vases. Next, they will deliver them with a smile to residents at places such as nursing homes, women’s shelters, Ronald McDonald House, etc. You can even request a location that is near and dear to your heart.

Forget Me Knot Flowers is a local nonprofit company that services South Jersey and the Philadelphia area. They will venture into Delaware too. If you are a client of Floral Designs by Jessi and are not in their service area, we will pick up and deliver your flowers to Forget Me Knot Flowers after your wedding or event.

There is a tax-deductable donation that covers expenses for repurposing and delivering your flowers. To find out more about this, click here.

Just think of all the faces that you will put a smile on from donating your wedding flowers!

WHERE TO SIGN UP

You can contact Forget Me Knot Flowers to begin the process of donating wedding flowers to charity. It is such a simple process with such a BIG reward!!!

How to Donate Wedding Flowers to Charity

Traveling Florist: Laura & Steven’s Santa Fe Wedding

Have you ever felt like you were are a different path than everyone else? Do you live your life within what is considered “normal,” or do you march to the beat of your own drum? Laura and Steven definitely thrive in the unconventional. Their Santa Fe wedding epitomized how unique they are, and I loved it!

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.”

~ Robert Frost

Many brides and grooms go the traditional route when planning their wedding, which is perfectly fine. However, wouldn’t you rather make your special day reflect who you are as a couple? Well, Laura and Steven’s wedding oozed their personalities from the Santa Fe location to the design of their invitations which were designed by the bride and groom. The bride drew the floral design that was screen printed onto the welcome bags. These two are definitely talented. A destination wedding was an ideal way to celebrate their love.

Santa Fe Wedding

Photo: Joni Bilderback Photography

WEDDING FESTIVITIES

Laura and Steven had an intimate wedding with their closest family and friends in the Land of Enchantment, otherwise known as Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Upon the guests’ arrival at the picturesque Inn of the Turquoise Bear, they were greeted with a welcome package including a beautiful Native American blanket. Laura and Steven are equally artistic, and the history of the Inn embraced their love of the literary world. The Inn used to be home of Witter Bynner whose guests included Robert Frost, Georgia O’Keefe, and Rita Hayworth, just to name a few.

The weekend began with drinks and s’mores around a fire under a starlit sky. Each morning, everyone gathered for a family style breakfast (and delicious smoothies) in the main house. The day was spent in downtown Santa Fe with shopping in the market, viewing the miraculous staircase at the Loretta chapel, a trolley tour, and a rooftop lunch with margaritas.

WEDDING CEREMONY

The pueblo style of the historic Inn of the Turquoise Bear was the perfect backdrop for the intimate ceremony of Laura and Steven’s wedding.

“’cause you are the only song I want to hear,

a melody softly soaring through the atmosphere…”

Laura stunned in a flowy, vintage inspired Watters Wtoo gown from BHLDN. Her bouquet was full of vibrant orange roses, pale pink spray roses, sprigs of lavender, hydrangea, and a touch of silver dollar eucalyptus. Wrapped around the base of her bouquet was a family heirloom necklace. Steven looked handsome in a navy suit with a fun bow tie. The boutonnieres were crisp white lisianthus with a sprig of lavender and a touch of greenery. The wedding aisle was lined with fragrant pots of lavender, and the bride and groom stood on a Southwestern rug for the ceremony.

Santa Fe Wedding

Photo: Joni Bilderback Photography

Santa Fe Wedding

Photo: Joni Bilderback Photography

Joni Bilderback Photography captured the love shared by all that day. Joni is a traveling photographer on a journey to photograph a destination wedding in all 50 states. To see the locations that she has explored so far, click here. Joni wrote a wonderful blog post about Laura and Steven’s big day that you can read here. Just so my future brides and grooms know, Joni has not been to the tristate area yet. Hint, hint. Wink, wink.

Santa Fe Wedding

Photo: Joni Bilderback Photography

Santa Fe Wedding

Photo: Joni Bilderback Photography

WEDDING RECEPTION

After the cocktail hour at the Inn of the Turquoise Bear, the wedding guests strolled down the street in Santa Fe to Rio Charma Steakhouse for the reception. The patio was aglow with a roaring fire and candlelight. The tablescapes exuded the vintage charm that the couple strived to achieve with an assortment of gorgeous pillars and vases full of beautiful white flowers and greenery. Each table setting had a gold charger, menu, and a sprig of lavender. The cake from Chocolate Maven was incredible. Sweet and simple in style, but beyond delicious in flavor.

Laura and Steven along with all of their loved ones danced the night away under the starlit sky of the Land of Enchantment. Their wedding weekend showcased their personalities to perfection and made all of the guests see who they truly were.

Since their wedding, Laura and Steven have both pursued their creative passions. Steven started a blog called The Nut Free Vegan, and Laura started a blog chronicling her journey as she completes her father’s bucket list at My Father’s List. They have also enjoyed travelling together as they explore new places as husband and wife.

I really enjoyed being a part of their celebration. I wish them a lifetime of happiness together. For more information on Floral Designs by Jessi, please contact me.

VENDOR LOVE:  Photographer:  Joni Bilderback Photography | Flowers:  Floral Designs by Jessi | Ceremony:  Inn of the Turquoise Bear | Reception:  Rio Chama Steakhouse | Dress:  Watters Wtoo from BHLDN | Cake:  Chocolate Maven | Hair & Makeup:  Genica Lee | DJ:  Bryan Mayhall | Officiant:  Dan Clark

Mainline Florist: Floral Hats and Fascinators

Today, the ladies of the Devon Horse Show model their one-of-a-kind hats in the annual Ladies Day Hat Contest. So, here are some of my favorite floral hats and fascinators that Floral Designs by Jessi has created. I also threw some gorgeous floral jewelry into the mix!

I took it to a different level with creating a hat, purse, and necklace out of fresh flowers and greens for the Ladies Day Hat Contest.

Floral Hat and Purse

Photo: Floral Designs by Jessi

One of the highlights of the Ladies Day Hat Contest is guest judge, Carson Kressley. You may remember him from Queer Eye for a Straight Guy. Loved that show!

Floral Hat & Necklace with Carson Kressley

Photo: Floral Designs by Jessi

According to the traditions of the Kentucky Derby, hats are supposed to bring good luck. The Kentucky Derby may be on of the biggest horse races in the United States, but it is not the only one.  The triple crown consists of the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes.  There are also local horse races and events including Winterthur Point-to-Point, the Willowdale Steeplechase, Radnor Hunt Races, and the Devon Horse Show & Country Fair.

Floral Fascinator

Photo: Floral Designs by Jessi

I have attended Point-to-Point at Winterthur for about 10 years.  I love getting dressed up and wearing a fun hat!  Why not stand out among all the ladies with floral accessories created out of fresh flowers and greens?!

Floral Fascinator & Necklace

Photo: Floral Designs by Jessi

Floral Designs by Jessi creates stylist and unique floral hats and fascinators that are personalized for your attire. Go above and beyond anyone else at the event with a fashion forward floral necklace. Do you have the confidence to rock these?!

Mainline Wedding Florist: Flower Crown Workshop

In honor of Mother’s Day this past Sunday, I co-hosted a Mother/Daughter Flower Crown Workshop with Kylene Cleaver of Leave It To Me Photography at the Bizzy Mamas’ studio space, The Hive, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. Do you like to play with flowers? It’s my favorite thing to do! Peonies, roses, mums, ranunculus, oh my gorgeousness!!!

Mother/Daughter Flower Crown Workshop

Photo: Leave It To Me Photography

I hope that everyone had a great time celebrating all of the moms in their lives. I spent my weekend with my family including my grandmothers and mother. This was my first year celebrating Mother’s Day as a mom myself. It was a very special one for me.

I really also enjoyed spending time with all of these ladies at our floral crown workshop while celebrating their mother/daughter relationships. It doesn’t matter what age you are, flower crowns are fun for everyone!

After a demonstration on how to create a flower crown, the mothers and daughters began to create their own masterpieces with a little help from me. Then they got a chance to model their creations in a mini photo shoot with Kylene of Leave It To Me Photography. So much fun!

Floral Crown Workshop

Photo: Leave It To Me Photography

I love getting the chance to share my knowledge about designing flowers. What’s better than a workshop?! I am excited about the future of Floral Designs by Jessi. As my business keeps growing, we will be adding more workshops while still focusing on weddings and events. If you have any suggestions on workshops that you would be interested in attending, please leave me a reply. In the meantime, stay tuned for future workshop dates.

Floral Crown Workshop

Photo: Leave It To Me Photography

Floral Crown Workshop

Photo: Leave It To Me Photography

I think that everyone did a great job creating gorgeous floral crowns and showcasing their modeling skills for Kylene of Leave It To Me Photography. I love how each crown is unique and beautiful. I believe that wearing a big pretty flower crown makes every girl feel like a princess.

Happy Mother’s Day! I especially want to wish my partner in crime, Kylene, a happy Mother’s Day. She is an awesome mom!

Leave It To Me Photography

Photo: Leave It To Me Photography

If you would like more information on upcoming workshops or weddings, please check out of Events & Workshops page. Also, if you would like to host a private workshop or would like information on weddings, please contact Floral Designs by Jessi. Have a great day everyone!

 

 

Pennsylvania Wedding Florist: Woodland Centerpiece

Have you ever dreamed about frolicking in the woods and picking flowers? As a little girl, I loved going to my grandparents’ house. They lived on a six acre property that was mainly wooded. I used to make my way through the woods to an opening where a meadow full of flowers was just beyond the trees. This was my special place. I love nature, especially flowers!

What if you could bring this wonderful feeling into the floral décor for your wedding? Imagine walking through the woods surrounded by towering trees with sunlight trickling through and soft moss under your feet. Can you picture the ferns and flowers peeking up out of ground? What if you could incorporate this vision into your wedding?

Woodland Inspired Centerpiece

Photo: Leave It To Me Photography

Now just picture a small piece of this scenery trailing down the center of a farmhouse table during your wedding reception. I love this nontraditional option for a wedding centerpiece! I bet all of your guests would remember your wedding décor!

Woodland Inspired Centerpiece

Photo: Leave It To Me Photography

How would you incorporate a woodland look to your big day? Wedding flowers no longer need to be traditional round centerpieces. Make yours unique just like you.

In additional to your table centerpieces, I can just imagine a beautiful loose bouquet more of a variety of ferns, succulents, and delicate flowers and maybe some flowers in your hair. What do you think?

Contact Floral Designs by Jessi today to schedule your wedding flower consultation.

VENDOR LOVE:  Photography:  Leave It To Me Photography | Floral Design:  Floral Designs by Jessi

 

 

 

Lehigh Valley Wedding Florist: Valentine’s Day Wedding

I hope that everyone had a great Valentine’s Day. What comes to mind when you think about Valentine’s Day? Love? Hearts? Red Roses? Have you ever thought about incorporating these ideas into your own wedding? How about a twist on the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland? If so, this styled shoot is just for you.

Valentine's Day Wedding Bouquet

Photo: Jessica Watson Photography

 

“When I used to read about fairy tales, I never thought I would end up in the middle of one.” ~ Alice in Wonderland

Classic, timeless beauty. I love the rich boldness of the color red. It is definitely a statement color. Red roses are symbolic of deep love and affection. What is more romantic than that?! Jessica Watson Photography captured the essence of this.

Red Rose Wedding Invitation

Photo: Jessica Watson Photography

Valentine's Day Wedding Red Centerpiece

Photo: Jessica Watson Photography

This enchanting styled shoot captures a soft, romantic, vintage feel. The dreamy blush lace wedding gown designed by Modern Trousseau is perfection. Blush is still very on trend this season. Wearing a gorgeous blush gown like this one is a fun way to incorporate the color in your wedding while still being able to have bright beautiful flowers.

Red Jessica Simpson Heels

Photo: Jessica Watson Photography

Valentine's Day Bridal Bouquet

Photo: Jessica Watson Photography

Every bride wants to stand out on her wedding day. What better way to do that than with a statement floral necklace. What would be your signature floral accessory?

Floral Necklace - Valentine's Day

Photo: Jessica Watson Photography

Tradition says that you have to have a wedding cake, but the new trend is to have alternative desserts such as these delicious mini cakes and tarts by Loves Bites by Erika.

Are you drooling yet? Valentine’s Day. Queen of Hearts. Love. Romance. These are all great inspirations for your wedding day. Where do you find your inspiration from?

I am so excited to announce that this styled shoot was featured on The Perfect Palette.

Contact Floral Designs by Jessi today to schedule your wedding floral consultation.

VENDOR LOVE | Venue:  Fox and Finch Rental Studio | Photography:  Jessica Watson Photography | Flowers:  Floral Designs by Jessi | Makeup:  Kathryn Peyton | Dress Designer:  Modern Trousseau | Dress Store:  Jennifer’s Bridal | Desserts:  Love Bites by Erika | Stationary:  Darling and Pearl | Rentals:  Fox and Finch Vintage Rentals | Model: Emily Wolcott

 

Do you have a favorite flower? Do you know if it will be available when you wed? I will be able to help answer these questions and more.

Rose

Color(s) – White, Pink, Red, Blue, and Purple

Season(s) – Late Winter to Early Spring

Flower Meaning – Anticipation

Symbolism – Forsaken Love

Anemones are grown in Europe, North America, and Japan. The word Anemone comes from the Greek, and roughly translate to wind flower. They are also called “daughter of the wind.”

According to Greek mythology, Aphrodite’s lover, Adonis, was killed by the gods out of jealousy. Anemones grew out of the tears that Aphrodite cried at Adonis’s grave.

According to the Victorian language of flowers, the anemone signifies fragility.

Legend has it that when an anemone closes its petals, rain is coming.

Don’t ingest an anemone, they are very poisonous.

Anemones are thought to bring good luck and to ward off evil.

The most popular color of anemones to be used in weddings is white with a black center. For wedding inspiration featuring anemones, please check out our Pinterest board.

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