Rachel and Jordan's March 2nd Wedding

Not very often do we have a bride who wants a super colorful wedding. It’s also not very often a super colorful wedding is executed this perfectly. While we only designed the bridal bouquet and boutonnieres we couldn’t resist sharing the rest of this wedding!

Kylie and Justin's Surprise Wedding

Ever considered a surprise wedding? Kylie and Justin pulled off the absolute best surprise wedding for all their wedding guests- including their wedding party! Only their parents and vendors knew the secret. Read how the night played out and take notes!

After Kylie and Justin announced their engagement they told everyone they were going to have an intimate destination wedding. However they wanted to throw an engagement party in town to celebrate with close friends and family. The wedding party were told that they would be a part of the photos and to please wear black dresses and suits. Dress code, check!

The guests entered from the sidewalk to the venue with an Airstream photo booth. We tied old maple sap cans to the railing with all the bridesmaid bouquets disguised as arrangements. All the other table arrangements were kept low so that nothing looked too fancy or suspicious.

During the cocktail hour a projection screen came down and a video featuring both sets of parents talked about Kylie and Justin. Then the bride and groom chatted about their relationship and their experiences together. About 10 minutes in Kylie yelled out, sorry we lied to you! We’re NOT going away to a destination wedding but we’re getting married NOW! People were flipping out...especially the wedding party. The guys were led to their room where they were told to put on suspenders. Justin changed into his tux and boutonnieres were pinned on.

The guests were asked to stand in rows and were given protected tapers that lit up the aisle with a beautiful glow for the wedding party, Justin and Kylie who wore her mother’s sleek wedding gown from 30 years ago.

Even after the ceremony the guests were still in shock as they danced the night away to The Patrick Lentz Band!

Look at those surprised faces!

Laura and Jake's December 1st Wedding

Greenery installations in wedding venues have become so common yet it is anything but “common”. It’s a beautiful way to warm up a space, especially an urban loft area like this one at The Bauer. The live greenery with the exposed brick and weathered wood creates a truly romantic vibe when you add in the extra flowers, twinkling lights and a stunning bridal party!

A few extra photos from our phone:

Ceremony & Reception
The Bride and The Bauer

Photographer
Black Coffee Photo

Personalized Floral Vases

While we have our own vases and containers at the shop, there are times a customer will bring in a specific container or vase for us to design a floral arrangement in. This got us thinking about how a personalized vase would be perfect for Valentine’s Day. We searched Etsy for some of our favorites to share with you. We would be happy to design in any of these unique containers!





Sarah and Dave's Wedding

Bright colored weddings seem to be having a comeback and we're all for it! While we still love classic white and soft blush, vibrant hues are fun and so cheerful. And those two words, fun and cheerful, really do describe the vibe for Sarah and Dave's wedding day. 

Ceremony & Reception
Black on Burlington

Photographer
Sara Marie Photography

Bridal Dress
Mia Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses
Azazie

Caterer and Bartending
Above and Beyond Catering

Hair
Stem Hair and Body

Makeup
Jolie Artistry

Groom and Groomsmen Suits
Top Tux

D.J.

Platinum KC

Photoshoot for the Perfect Wedding Guide

When designing the bouquets for this shoot we wanted to create a look that was classic with a modern twist. In the first bouquet we color blocked bright orange tulips, free spirit roses, sweet pea, bird of paradise and freesia. Knotted flax and parakeet heliconia stems were added to give a modern and visual interest. 

For the second bouquet we designed a cascade in a range of purples. To create a less traditional shape we used the large green selloum leaves and variegated aspidistra to form a base. The choice of leaves and sweet huckleberry branches gave a unique and tropical look. We added a funky purple spiral wire for sheen.  

When adding flowers to a wedding cake sometimes less is more- you don't want to take away from the cakes design. For the first cake we added only a few sprigs of greenery at the base allowing the cake to really shine. As an accent to the delicate sugar work on the second cake we carefully traced the shape with white orchids. 

Lindsay and Tony's July 7th Wedding

Lindsay and Tony were married at the historic Firestone Building in downtown Kansas City. We knew this would be a great venue for our 10' tall antique wrought iron chuppah. The ceremony was on the 3rd floor with white walls and bright light that really made the canopy glow with the vibrant mix of summer blooms, fuchsia orchids and greenery. Moving to the reception on the top floor was a total contrast. The loft like space is very urban with large crystal chandeliers. Instead of continuing with the bright color scheme we created a mix of tall and low centerpieces in all white flowers. The classic and sophisticated arrangements looked great in their urban space. 

Ceremony & Reception
The Historic Firestone Building

Photographer
Beau Vaughn

How to make your floral arrangements last longer

We hate waste. Especially when it's flowers! So whether you have just received a lovely bouquet of fresh blooms or just put one together yourself, follow our tips to help make each bouquet last!

  • Water. It seems obvious but larger arrangements and certain types of flowers will go through more water than others. So always make sure your vase has enough water.
  • Speaking of water, you want it to be clear of any debris. The part of the stem that will be submerged in water needs to have the leaves removed. Anything underwater creates bacteria and clogs the stem. 
  • Those food packets that come with grocery store bouquets really work. Mix it in! You need one packet per pint of water. If you don't happen to have any of those on hand you can add a splash of hydrogen peroxide to keep bacteria from forming. 
  • Keep your flowers in a cool or dark spot. Warm sunshine will quickly shorten the lifespan of your cut flowers. 
  • Keep your arrangement away from your fresh fruit. When fruit ripens it emits an odorless gas, ethylene. This gas will cause your flowers to age much more quickly just as the sun does to your face!
  • Similar to the reason above, if you notice some of your flowers are going bad, remove them from your arrangement. Aging flowers in an arrangement will cause other flowers to go bad from the increased ethylene. 
  • If you're trimming flowers for you own bouquet be sure to use sharp scissors so you don't damage or mash the stem.
  • If you store your arrangement in the fridge at night when you go to bad it will last a lot longer!

Myths:

  • Add pennies, aspirin or sugar to keep your flowers fresh.

This doesn't work. However, you can add sugar but will need to mix with Clorox to counterbalance the bacteria growth from the sugar. Flowers don't need the food as much as they need the anti-bacteria.

  • You need to retrim the stems.

Nope. If you're adding chemicals to manage the bacteria you do not need to retrim the stems.

  • Cut the stem at an angle.

The same amount of capillaries are exposed with a flat cut as an angled cut.

  • Woody stems need to be mashed or beaten.

Does hammering your feet make you run faster? No. Mashing or beating woody stems does not help increase water flow but only creates more bacteria in the water.