2013–A Look Back!
It’s really hard to believe that 2013 is over and we’re already well into the new year! We had an amazing season last year and so much fun; I wanted to do a quick look back at all of the weddings, events, holidays, and the “ordinary” everyday happenings at Fleurtacious Designs!
Last February we were SO ready for Valentine’s Day! We even had special t-shirts made up for the day because we’re fun like that!
Delivering flowers for Sara and Eddie’s wedding at the Mount! I LOVED this wedding, despite the rain!
One of the few sunny days in May…Kate and Paul (and Matt Ramos) definitely lucked out. See Kate’s amazing bouquet below!
Showing up at the bride’s house delivering some of our gorgeous bouquets!
The Fleurtacious team processing flowers like nobody’s business!
Enjoying some down time at the Saratoga Race Course! And winning, of course!
LOVED Elizabeth’s bouquet for her Crooked Lake House wedding.
Revealing the room to Meredith and Nick! I think they liked it!
Danielle prepping an arrangement for a wedding at the Carey Center…
Sarah and Brent were not afraid of color for their Canfield Casino wedding. So we went for it!
Halloween arrived at the shop…
We had the opportunity to work with Rob Spring Photography for the first time on Lauren and Josh’s wedding this past fall!
And we had a blast at the annual USA Wedding’s holiday party!
We had a ton of fun in 2013 and we’re so thankful to enjoy what we do—special thanks to our customers who allow us to share in their life events and play a small role in so many special days. We look forward to meeting more awesome clients at our new location in Latham, more flowers, and memories in 2014! Happy New Year from the gang at Fleurtacious Designs!
Fleurtacious Designs is Moving!
You may have already heard, but I wanted everyone to hear it straight from me—Fleurtacious Designs is moving!
Yes, we will be packing up our beloved North Greenbush location and we’re heading west to 492 Troy Schenectady Road in Latham—just off the Latham Circle. I feel a lot better just typing it out! I’ve been thinking about this move for some time and I’ve been so nervous while we’ve been sorting out plans and designs for the new space. As anyone who has ever moved knows, it’s a lot of work and stressful! Plus, there are so many decisions to make about the new shop.
While our current location has been wonderful for the past ten years, the business has been having some growing pains. An opportunity presented itself for a new location and I decided to take it. So across the river we go! I’m very excited (and sad) to leave our little shop in my hometown—I’ve learned so much and have really enjoyed being part of the community. I’ve gotten to know so many people who patronize the shop and I’ve become invested in their lives—it was a difficult decision to leave my awesome local customers, for sure. But I want to let everyone know that we won’t be too far away and the Fleurtacious Designs team is ALWAYS available for delivery. Don’t forget about us, North Greenbush!
And since Fleurtacious Designs has been in business for a decade AND we’re moving, I decided to change up our logo, too! Thanks to Jenny Dempsey of Jenny C Design for the amazing new logo–it’s so elegant and feminine! I love it.
So. Many. Changes. But they’re all good things (as Martha Stewart would say). I want to thank all of my loyal customers who have supported Fleurtacious Designs over the past ten years—we hope you’ll continue to think of us for all of your floral needs. And, please, don’t be a stranger!
Fleurtacious Designs Celebrates 10 Years!
Ten years—a whole decade—that’s how long Fleurtacious Designs has been serving the Capital Region and beyond. It’s really incredible and humbling to think that ten years ago, not too long after I graduated and started working in the real world, I bought a flower shop, came up with a name, and opened the doors for business. In many ways it was a leap of faith. My cousin saw that a flower shop was for sale and suggested that I buy it…I wasn’t exactly sure what I was doing, but I jumped in head first and have been learning and innovating ever since.
I hope I don’t sound too cliche when I say this, but Fleurtacious Designs has really bloomed over the past decade. We’ve grown as a business and as designers; and in the past ten years I have changed so much as a person, a business owner, a boss, as a friend, and now a wife.
As you might imagine, I’m a pretty busy lady, but sometimes when I’m home with Lex on the couch and Joe is off working (most Saturday nights from June–November) I think about how we mark the change of time.
In some ways it’s easy for me to gauge because as the seasons come and go, weddings that once seemed far off in the future are suddenly on our calendar and holidays that can be made brighter with floral arrangements arrive and pass just as quickly. But probably the most amazing marker has been to observe the lives of my clients.
I may have met them as a recently engaged couple and fast forward a year or so and I’m delivering their wedding flowers. Then maybe it’s their anniversary and I’ll get an order; and then they have a baby and their family is ordering flowers to welcome the new bundle of joy. And, sometimes, sadly, we get orders for flowers for more somber times when a light in their life goes out. Being a part of so many life events is an incredible honor and I’m so grateful that when our clients need flowers—for whatever occasion—they call on Fleurtacious Designs.
But I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of my amazing husband, family, friends, staff and, of course, my awesome clients and customers. I consider myself very fortunate to be able to do what I love and I genuinely enjoy going to work everyday. Don’t get me wrong, it’s tough work and I sacrifice a lot of time and energy because I’m always giving 100%, but I wouldn’t change a thing.
Take a look at some images from my favorites, Elario Photograhy, of the Fleurtacious crew over the years! Here’s to ten more!
This photo is from back in 2009…maybe Joe could have helped me out?!
Arriving on the scene of wedding in the BIG truck!
In 2009 Joe and I got a dog…our baby, Lexie–look how tiny she was!
Some down time during a ceremony…
Danielle and I rockin’ some awesome aprons for a 2012 wedding! And we’re clearly not amused to be having our picture taken…
I LOVE seeing a bride’s reaction to her personal flowers…I think she liked them. :)
Adding some fresh flowers to a wedding cake with a keen focus on making it look perfect…
A quick photo with one of my favorite people in the business, Alayne Curtiss of Make Me Fabulous!
In 2012 I was both the floral designer and maid of honor for my friend, Janelle! It’s fun to be on the other side of things on a wedding day! And, oh yeah, my husband was there, too…
It was a HOT summer in 2012–I always have my sprayer ready to mist the bouquets!
Showing an October 2010 bride her flowers…
Also from 2010, the Elario’s photo bombing this pic…oops!
Finishing touches for a 2008 wedding at the Canfield Casino…
Becky, Danielle, Stacey, and Meg have some fun after decorating the church!
Setting the scene for the ceremony…hey, Danielle, what are you doing hanging around back there?!
Meredith is checking her list twice…but Fleurtacious doesn’t make mistakes!
More smiles…I love my job!
It almost looks like I’m saying, “Hey, you forgot this!” Hah!
And I’ll end with this one of Joe and I from a wedding this season! What can I say, we’re goofs.
Anne & Vince: Canfield Casino
Anne and Vince got married on a beautiful day in July. The ceremony was held at St. Pius Church in Loundonville, NY. And the reception took place at the gorgeous Canfield Casino in Saratoga, NY!
Anne explained to us that she wanted a lush, full, and classic styled wedding. We decided the neutral colors with soft pinks and lavenders would give the classic and timeless feel. The use of hydrangea and peony brought the lush and full feelings to the arrangements. Congratulations to the bride and groom!
Anne was absolutely stunning in her dress. Her round, hand-tied bouquet consisted of soft pink roses, garden roses, peonies, antique lavender rose, and white spray roses.
The bridesmaids and junior bridesmaid held small hand-tied bouquets to compliment the bride’s. These bouquets included garden roses, multiple varieties of lavender roses, and both white and lavender spray roses.
Beautiful large arrangements made of white hydrangea, peony, and lavender and pink roses framed the bride and groom on the alter. These large arrangements were then repurposed at the reception location. The pews were decorated with petite nosegays of hydrangea and roses with ribbon accent.
The large arrangements were in silver containers and stood on stone stands, which were both rentals from Fleurtacious Designs!
The beautiful bride and groom!
Beaded overlays and beautiful crystal frames with the table numbers, both rented through Fleurtacious Designs, were used to decorate the guest tables. The place card table was decorated with petite flower arrangements in silver vessles with assorted beaded candleholders which were also rented through us.
The Canfield Casino all decorated and ready for the reception. The guest tables were accented with low arrangements in silver bowls with flowers matching the neutral and pink theme. The bridal party tables were distinguished with taller arrangements in silver trumpet urns.
Beaded votive holders were also rented through us to decorate the guest tables.
These tall arrangements were repurposed from the ceremony arrangements, just placed in different containers!
Congratulations to Anne and Vince!
Photographer: Joe Elario Photography