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
Sara and Eddie’s Wedding at The Mount
Sara and Eddie were married in May of 2013, and we were so excited to be a part of their special day! However, when we heard the forecast was rain for the majority of the day, we were so bummed!! Rain has been a common theme for this summer, and we just think it’s so unfair!
But, despite the forecast, this wedding was just absolutely stunning in every way; even through the rain we got some sunshine as you will see in the pictures below! We hope you enjoy this one as much as we did!
The bride carried a gorgeous, English garden styled bouquet consisting of peonies, garden roses, and astilbe.
The ceremony took place at Our Lady of Victory Church in Troy. The church was decorated with two arrangements at the rear of the aisle and one on either side of the altar. Peonies, hydrangea, astilbe, snowy jewel roses, silver dollar eucalyptus, and english Ivy tied these arrangements into the English garden theme. The stands and vessels were rented through Fleurtacious Designs.
The lovely couple!
We just loved all the different styles of dresses worn by the bridesmaids.
The bridesmaids held small versions of the bride’s bouquet. Including peony, garden roses, astilbe, and spray roses.
The groom and his groomsmen wore boutonnieres of spray roses.
The happy couple and their wedding party wearing great smiles even through the rain!! What good sports they all were :)
The reception took place at The Mount in Lenox, MA. The guest tables were a mix of either high, low, or multiple low arrangements. The high arrangements were repurposed form the ceremony and placed on gold stands which were rented through Fleurtacious Designs. The low arrangements were made to match the repurposed ceremony arrangements, and placed in containers of different sizes and heights which were also rented through us. Repurposing flowers is a great cost effective solution that is done pretty often! Don’t be afraid to bring it up as an option for your special day!
The bride also rented linens through us, which we were so excited about!
The cake was decorated with flowers to match the wedding. The flowers were layered between the cake tiers.
Congratulations to the happy couple!
Photographer: Joe Elario Photography
Tabitha & Peter’s Wedding at Taste
Tabitha and Peter were married on a beautiful April day! The Ceremony took place at the Cathedral of All Saints and the reception at Taste in Downtown Albany. We love the garden style bouquets and centerpieces. Congratulations to the bride and groom!
We just absolutely love this vibrant and colorful spring bridal bouquet. This stunning garden style bouquet includes hydrangea, roses and spray roses, pink peonies, lavender and white lisianthus, lavender sweat pea, with touches of muscari and purple anemones.
The flower girl wore a garden style head wreath of English ivy and roses, and held a smaller version of the brides bouquet.
The bride and her bridesmaids are pictured at the Morgan State House in Albany. The ceremony took place at the Cathedral of All Saints in Albany.
The centerpieces for the reception, which were also designed in a garden style to coordinate with the bridal flowers, consisted of antique hydrangea with roses, peony, sweet pea, anemones and English ivy.
The centerpieces sat atop light pink cake plate to coordinate with the pink peonies. These light pink cake plates are also a rental item in varying sizes from Fleurtacious Designs.
The cocktail hour overlooked the city of Albany’s skyline. The linens were cinched with matching satin ribbon, with petite vases of daffodils and muscari.
The happy couple ends their evening overlooking the Albany skyline and eating cake.
Photography: Elario Photography