Hi, I'm Jennifer, owner and lead designer at Petals a floral design firm in Boulder, Colorado.  Along with my husband and two children, I  grow my own organic blooms using the greenest and most sustainable processes available.  

This blog is where I explore topics from floral design, wedding planning, organic farming and gardening, sustainable living, and our family's quest to find the perfect farm! 

I'm so glad you are here! 

Jennifer

White & Green - Tropical Wedding Flowers

This wedding design was one of my all time favorite off the wall/'could have been wacky but we kept it classy' reception themes I have had the joy of bringing together. Be sure to scroll to the end to see the super cool vases we fashioned and the surprise element that made the reception centerpieces the center of attention!





It was a Wednesday night when my phone rang. On the line was a Bride, getting married in three days. Her husband to be had JUST told her that he had dropped the ball on his one and only wedding task - find a florist for their Tiki Bar themed wedding reception. I NEVER take weddings with such short notice but this particular Bride was so positive, so easy going, and SO excited to be celebrating her wedding in three short days that I just couldn't say no. Her only request was that I include white flowers, tropical foliage, and lots and lots of pineapples.








For foliage we went with monstera leaves. These amazing plants produce show stopping foliage that, while super pricy per stem, go a long way toward making an impact and filling a space. I paired the monstera with leather leaf fern to lighten the green density of the palm fronds.





White orchids are a timeless and elegant floral option that add height and a light and airy, sophisticated tone to any floral arrangement. Neither orchids nor monstera leaves should be stored in a floral cooler as they are tropical plants and are more sensitive than other blooms might be.

I used three of the most striking orchid blooms to craft an elegant floral tiara for the Bride.






White anthurium flowers, another pricey stem, were added in sparingly amongst sprays of orchids. Their clean, almost waxy surface provide a nice contrast to the matte orchid and solid green of the monstera.








Now here came the fun part! We cored real pineapples for the vases! Using this handy tool (available on Amazon - thank you two day shipping!). Once cored, we fit mason jars into the pineapple shell to create a water tight vase to design with! The tool made it so easy we were able to core 10 pineapples in minutes! My kids were in pineapple heaven for days, munching on the "discarded" fruit whenever we'd let them. This handy tool can also be used to turn pineapples into fun drink cups for your next pool party!










I even managed to find tiny little baby pineapples to poke out of each arrangement! Aren't they just the cutest thing you have ever seen?!?!?! They worked great in the boutonnières too! Again, a pretty pricey per stem option but a little go a long way and make a big impact!