Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Erin and Luke: Part I

Erin and Luke were married on March 19, 2011 at their private home in Newberry, Florida. We were so excited to not only provide bouquets, boutonnieres and table centerpieces, but also outdoor floral accents on her cake, wreaths, and chairmarkers!!

Below is a picture of the bride and bridesmaid bouquets before leaving shop. The bouquets are made up made up of roses and hydrangeas. Yes, that's real cotton in those bouquets! The bouquets are also hand-tied with burlap.

The guestbook table contained arrangements made up of half gallon mason jars filled with a mix of coral and yellow flowers. Erin made the guest book table banner, which is made out of burlap triangles.

The barn and gates were accented with grape vine wreaths.

And finally, pint-size mason jars filled with flowers served as chair markers.

Check back soon for part two, including another awesome cake by Ms. Debbie! Congratulations Erin and Luke! Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day!

Cake: Ms. Debbie
Florist: The Plant Shoppe

Monday, March 28, 2011

Personalized Stamps--The Perfect Gift for Brides

It's no secret that we are in the midst of wedding season. If you drive by Gainesville wedding venues, you will probably find a wedding. With my own wedding only two and a half months to go, I know that soon I will be writing thank you notes to guests for shower gifts, wedding gifts, vendors, pretty much to everyone I know. Which got me to thinking.... I need one of these:

What is that you might ask? It's a PSA Personalized address stamp: the perfect gift for any bride to be. I can't imagine having to write my address on every single envelope I have to send--that just seems like too much work! And, I don't want an ugly address label either! These stamps are perfect--they even have collegiate versions, monograms, you name it. The stamp looks like this: and it's small and compact... and perfect for your home office and can definitely be used after your wedding. This little stamp can even be used to create personalized stationary too. See... it really is the perfect gift! And, if any of my friends are reading this... hint hint ;) For more information, pricing, designs and more, check out The Plant Shoppe's website.

Ana and Chris: A February Wedding

Ana and Chris were married on February 19, 2011 at Sweetwater Branch Inn. Our friends at Platinum Digital Video did a blog post about their wedding a few weeks ago. They were able to catch some gorgeous shots and video of Ana and Chris's big day, including some great photos of their beautiful rose centerpieces and of Ana's bouquet. Check out the pictures that we borrowed from Platinum's blog below.

If you interested in having a videographer at your wedding, contact Platinum Digital Video. What a great way to help you remember your wedding day forever. You can even click here to see more of Chris and Ana's big day, as well as a video sample on Platinum's blog.

Congratulations Chris and Ana and thank you for letting us be a part of your special day. We wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!

Ceremony: Sweetwater Branch Inn
Reception: Sweetwater Branch Inn
Photographer: Footstone Photography
Florist: The Plant Shoppe

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Connie and Michael

As promised... another wedding to share! Can you tell it is the start of wedding season?!?

Connie and Michael were married on March 5, 2011 at a beautiful ceremony at The Vineyard in Gainesville. The church was decorated with beautiful red rose arrangements as well as rose centerpieces. Red roses also accented their beautiful (and I'm sure absolutely delicious) five-tier wedding cake. Check out some of the pictures below:

Did you know that we rent out vases for centerpieces and other wedding decor like the two pictured above? Contact us for more information on rentals for weddings and other events.

Congratulations Connie and Michael! We wish you a wonderful life together! Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day! :)

Ceremony: The Vineyard
Reception: The Vineyard
Florist: The Plant Shoppe
Planner: ADORE Weddings and Events

Monday, March 21, 2011

Lisa and John: A March Wedding

Have you been missing our wedding updates? Well... there's lots of them coming this week... so here's our first!

Lisa and John were married at The Baughman Center on March 5, 2011. They had a beautiful reception at Sweetwater Branch Inn. Their colors, teal and lime green, were accented with beautiful hydrangeas, tulips, and green hypericum. Check out a few pictures below:

And finally, check out this gorgeous cake by Ms. Debbie. We added the hydrangeas, as a topper and an accent on the side. Look at that beautiful detailing!

Congratulations Lisa and John! We wish you a lifetime of love and happiness! Thank you for letting us be a part of your big day! Check back again this week, because we have LOTS of wedding updates coming your way. If you are a bride, be sure and contact us on how we can fulfill your vision for your special day!

Ceremony: The Baughman Center
Reception: Sweetwater Branch Inn
Florist: The Plant Shoppe
Cake: Ms. Debbie's Sugar Art

Thursday, March 17, 2011


If you are in the Gainesville area, there's one thing that is happening right now it's... SPRING!!!

What better way to get ready for Spring than by coming to our Spring Plant Sale! YOU are invited to come take a look at a variety of indoor and outdoor plants and herbs! What a great way to spend your Saturday or Sunday! Some of the plants you will find this weekend include hibiscuses, bougainvilleas, areca palms and ficus trees--examples are pictured below. Decorate your home or office with a bit of greenery this Spring... trust us, you'll be glad you did!

The plant sale starts at 8am.... see you there!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Top of the morning to you! We hope that your have a fantastic, flower-filled and of course green (pinch free) St. Patrick's Day! To get into the spirit, below is part of a famous Irish blessing:

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

GO GREEN on Thursday!

Are you getting ready for Thursday? Are you proud to be Irish? Spread your Irish cheer this St. Patrick's day by going GREEN with a Shamrock plant in one of our great Blumeboxes. Blumeboxes, like the one pictured below are made from recyclable materials! You can make your Blumebox arrangement even greener by sending a shamrock plant!

Do you know what a shamrock plant is? Shamrock plants are plants that have leaves that are divided into three leaflets, like the one pictured below. Shamrock plants are grown from a bulb and have a long lifespan. They are the perfect plant to send to a friend, display in an office, or decorate your home all while spreading some Irish cheer and good fortune!

Spread some Irish cheer this Thursday and send a festive Shamrock plant in a GREEN Blumebox. Contact us for more information!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wedding Invites: An Easy Decision

Hello world! As most of you know, my name is Whitney and I'm actually one of Betsy's brides (June 11--95 days to go to be exact...but really who's counting?!?!). While I usually don't write blogs about my own wedding planning, this blog is dedicated to (thanks to Betsy) the easiest wedding decision I had to make... picking out my invitations.

When I first met with Betsy during my flower meeting, she mentioned she also did invitations--can you say one-stop shopping? I was instantly sold... plus, if you order your flowers through The Plant Shoppe you can get your invitations 20% off (I'm also a self proclaimed coupon or discount addict). I knew I found the jackpot.

I'm here to tell you that ordering invites through The Plant Shoppe is the easiest thing EVER. First, you start off by visiting our website by clicking here or coming into the shop and taking a look at our invitation books. Our invitations vary by style, price, color... you name it, there's something for everyone. Here's me looking through the books and picking out my invites:

After I found my dream invites (which just happen to be pictured above), Betsy and I talked details--what I wanted it to say, the fonts, addresses, etc. literally... so easy! I opted for an additional invite service that includes the company printing the inside and outside envelopes for you. That's right, my invites came PRINTED with the names and addresses on the outside envelopes, return addresses, you name it the works! About a week and a half later... my invites came (and yes, I drove as fast I possible could to the shop to get them).

Aren't they gorgeous?!? I'm seriously in love with how beautiful they turned out!

So future brides and brides to be... there you have it. Let The Plant Shoppe help you do some one stop shopping with flowers AND invites! Take it from me, it will be the easiest decision you'll have to make during your entire wedding planning process :)

Monday, March 7, 2011

Tulips, Tulips, Everywhere!!

Tulips are my absolute favorite flower! They are unique and definitely a staple that spring is coming. Tulips make great arrangements and when I think of tulips, I think Mother's Day. The Plant Shoppe will have fresh tulips weekly until Mother's Day, so contact us on how we can create a beautiful arrangement with tulips.

Did you know that three billion tulips are grown each year in the Netherlands? Below are some pictures from one of the tulip farms in Amsterdam. Two thirds of the tulips grown at this farm are exported to the US and Germany. Tulips are planted in late October or early November and are ready to be harvested in the spring.