Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Year for Splendid Stems

Dear Blog,

I am sorry for the unforgivable neglect. My New Year's Resolution is to make at least two entries a week. I will even jazz you up by featuring some of my favorite wedding venues, wedding related items (favors, gowns, stationary), and some DIY floral projects. 2011 looks to be very promising for Splendid Stems, and I can't wait to share it with you!
                                                                      With the most sincere apologies,
                                                                      Karen- your most humble writer


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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Extra Extra Read All About It!!!

I am really excited to have contributed to the premeire issue of VOW Magazine. I just received my copy today, it feels good to see my work in print, Martha Stewart here I come ;) !!!

Close Up of the Details Section

Thank you to Laurie Lynn Fisher for interviewing me on this fantastic subject
Daring to be Different: Unconventional Flowers Are In for Spring or Summer Weddings
and to Will Waldron for the great photo!

Black Baccara Roses, White Hydrangea, Mini Cymbidium Orchids, Hanging Amaranthus, Kiwi Vine, and from my garden - Sedum, Coleus, Sweet Potato Vine.

VOW Magazine is a Albany Times Union Publication

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Asymmetrical Loveliness

I have become quite found of doing these little arrangements.  I love clustering like blooms together.  It gives you a unique perspective from every angle.  It is not for everyone, but you can really focus on each bloom that makes up the composition.  Try to deviate from the norm, being a little naughty can be refreshing!!!!!

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Classic Green & Ivory Wedding - Rexford, NY

Upstate NY Wedding Flowers

This was for a lovely wedding in Rexford New York. A great little town just over the bridge from Niskayuna. Lovely bouquet of cream Vendala roses, ivory lisianthus, green Hulk hydrangea, green hypericum berries, and gorgeous green cymbidium orchids. The bride LOVES apple green, so as usual I aimed to please! I think the result was beautiful and classic.

Upstate NY Wedding Flowers

The bridesmaids carried smaller versions of the brides bouquet. The handles were tied with ivory silk satin ribbon to pop against their apple green gowns. I can't wait to get the pictures!!!!

Alex and Katey, you were a wonderful couple to work with! Thank you for choosing me to be your wedding florist! I hope you both will enjoy living in Upstate NY as much as I do!!! Congratulations!!!!


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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Toby Keith Event - The Calendar House - Hudson Valley, NY - Part 2

More fantastic wedding pictures of the Toby Keith Event at the Calendar House in the Hudson Valley

Hudson Valley Wedding Flowers - Bridal Bouquet
Hudson Valley Wedding Flowers

The bride and groom collected 200 vintage jars and bottles, I love this look! We filled them with many types of flowers including: chocolate cosmos, orange and burgandy dahlias, astilbe, hypericum berry, scabiosa pods, roses, coxcomb, kale, and snapdragons. The burlap runners were perfect!

Every table was named after a concert or music festival they attended. These signs pun intended :)

Caitlyn, the maid of honor, did such a great job assisting the bride, and kept things running smoothly! She should go into the MOH business, seriously.

I have so many more wonderful images of this wedding to share, and will be receiving some pictures from their photographers as well. Look out for Part III !

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Toby Keith Event - The Calendar House - Hudson Valley, NY - Part 1

This wedding was loaded with amazing details....I will post more tomorrow. Everything about it was spot on! Great job guys!!!! What a beautiful bride!!!!! She is carrying a bouquet of antique hydrangea, calla lilies, red mokara orchids, hypericum berry, scabiosa pods, and seeded eucalyptus.

A very heartwarming ceremony. These two are the real deal!

In front of the Calendar House in the Hudson Valley (Elizaville, NY) is the large and happy bridal party!

13 ushers and 12 bridesmaids, 2 flower girls, and 1 ring bearer! Toby and Keith are so lucky to have the love and support of so many family members and friends. More to come tomorrow..... Congratulations!!! I was thrilled to be your florist and a part of your magnificent day!!!!


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Friday, September 24, 2010

VOW Magazine Preview

Updated 10/19/10

This is a bouquet I made that will be featured in the upcoming VOW Magazine. Vows is a new publication by the Albany Times Union that will highlight area vendors and feauture real weddings. I am excited Splendid Stems was asked to be one of the featured wedding florists! I can't wait to see pictures from the photo shoot. Look for VOW Magazine sometime around November 2010.

Flowers include: black baccara roses, mini cymbidium orchids, white hydrangea, kiwi vine, hanging amarathus, and some coleus, sweet potato vine, and sedum from my garden.

I love using this antique baby bath to take pictures of cascading bouquets. My mother picked it up for me from a great little place on the Cape. Thanks Mom! She is always on the look out for treasures!

This next picture came out more blurry than I would have liked, but it is the only one I have. I had to include something for the groom. They need to look spiffy, it is their day too!

Mini cymbidium orchid, inky fingers coleus, Queen Annes lace, and kiwi vine.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Heritage Museums & Gardens in Cape Cod

There are so many things I will miss about the summer. Saying goodbye to my favorite perennials is always one of the hardest for me. I was feeling a bit glum today and remembered I had these photos from The Heritage Museums and Gardens located in Sandwich Massachusetts in beautiful Code Cod. I highly recommend spending a morning or afternoon there, it is a magical place. I will be making another post shortly about a special new addition to the gardens called Hidden Hollow, now that is a magical experience for adults and children alike! For now I will just share some of the loveliness I experienced. Enjoy!

There are so many great scenic spots to take wedding pictures at the Heritage Museums and Gardens. Per their website they can host wedding ceremonies and receptions of all sizes in both indoor and outdoor venues on the grounds. As I stated in a previous post, I can never get enough of Cape Cod. I would love to design wedding flowers in the Cape and already have a floral studio lined up for any destination weddings.


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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Test Drive

I like to offer a complimentary sample centerpiece. Having a visual reference is the best way to make decisions, changes, or simply to become excited about your wedding day florals. Ten times out of ten, the centerpieces are better than the sample, because everything is custom ordered at least 4 weeks in advance. This allows the wholesale distributors enough time to go out on a limb for the designers if need be - sourcing from local farms, auction houses in Holland, growers from California, South America, New Zealand, Thailand, and France. There are other sources I know I have forgotten to include, but you get the picture.

This wedding will take place in April, and will include some spring flowers that are not in season now, but the colors and texture will be similair. We will also be adding beautiful mercury glass pillars, lace, and vintage pieces throughout the cocktail area and reception. I can't wait!!!!!

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Another Rainy Day

Just a little something to brighten up yet another rainy day in upstate New York. This little number is designed in a silver mint julep cup. Perhaps this post would have been more appropriate the week of the Kentucky Derby, but the Travers is big time, and takes place in our own backyard. I had the luxury of watching the races trackside at the Rail Pavilion with my husband last week. We are by no means gamblers, but we did place some $2 bets, and managed to come home $15 richer woo wee! The Travers Festival is taking place all this week in Saratoga, if it ever stops raining, I just may have to take another trip.

I had to sneak some mint in there since it is a mint julep cup after all. Some of the other  flowers include local pink hydrangea and gypsy dianthus.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Cape Cod...Where no flower is an island…

Flowers abound on Cape Cod. No matter where you look, every cranny and nook are chock full of beautiful flowers! Not even the traffic islands in the town of Eastham are without flowers. Here in this portion of the Outer Cape, magnificent islands of mostly flowers and a few evergreens (often trimmed with beach d├ęcor such as sand pails, shovels and seashells) can be found along Route 6 and around town.

The many flowerbeds (19 in all according to the 2010 Eastham guidebook published by the Eastham Chamber of Commerce, are lovingly planted and cared for by over 160 volunteers from the Eastham Forum ( Each flower island is marked with a little blue sign depicting a yellow flower and the acronym, E.F.F.I., which stands for Eastham Forum Flower Islands. Even without the telltale sign, these amazing flowerbeds would be hard to miss! Take a look….

A colorful flowerbed decorating a very busy intersection.

Close up of flowerbed, with a rainbow of giant zinnias in bloom.

The telltale E.F.F.I. sign.

PS - even though the Cape is outside my normal territory, I do have a studio space in Eastham. If the opportunity arises to be a destination wedding florist, well then I say the more time I can spend on the Cape, the better!

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Paul Revere, not just a Midnight Rider

Way, way, back in history.....The House of Representatives sent a letter to each of the colonies criticizing King George III and his policy of "Taxation Without Representation". The British Ministry demanded the letter be rescinded. A brave step was taken, and a vote was cast NOT to rescind the letter. In June of 1768, Paul Revere (an amazing silver smith) was commissioned by The Sons of Liberty (a colonial secret society) to hammer up a silver bowl. The original "Liberty Bowl" was engraved with names of the men who voted against the British crown. The original is on display at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. ...What!? don't need a history lesson? Okay, but before I dismiss class, here is a fun summer arrangement designed in a reproduction Revere bowl.

Hydrangeas, dianthus, anemones, (just starting to make their way back to market), and gomphrena.

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