Monday, December 31, 2012

Something “Pretty” for your New Year’s Eve

Style Me Pretty

Well Happy New Year indeed!  Be sure to take a look at Erika & Bill’s magical woodland soiree wedding featured on Style Me Pretty this morning.  We’ve been lucky to have worked on some amazing, one of a kind weddings this year and are so pleased to see another featured on this site.  Erika is a master of details, and it shows!



Here's the link, enjoy!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Wishes for a Peaceful Holiday

During a season of hope, love, and good will towards others, it is especially difficult to process the magnitude of loss that the families of Newtown, CT are experiencing.  We'd like to take this opportunity to offer our best wishes, empathy and prayers to those effected by this unthinkable violence and all others who have been touched by such tragedy in the past.  

We will be taking a hiatus from our blog until after the New Year. After a year in which our country and those across the globe have seen such devastation, loss and unrest, we'd like to take the next few weeks as a period of reflection and time spent with those we hold dear.  We will return with more beautiful weddings, celebrations, and happenings to kick off a new and hope-filled year. 

Wishing you love & happiness,

Kristin & Pam

Monday, December 10, 2012

2013 Pantone Color of the Year - Emerald

Pantone 17-5641 Emerald

Either I wasn’t paying close enough attention, or Pantone’s annual announcement of their color of the year didn’t have the same fanfare of the past.  A pretty color in it’s own right, Emerald just doesn’t have the same wow factor as years past.  Pantone’s press release touts the shade, “Appropriate for every occasion, Emerald’s classic elegance makes for striking and irresistible women’s formal and everyday wear as well as accessories.”  It’s a rich hue and could work well in the world of weddings.  Definitely in terms of accessories, and perhaps even bridesmaids dresses for more formal or evening affairs.  I have to say, I’m not in love with the choice, but it certainly would be a great background to a bouquet of bright blooms!


What do you think of the color of 2013?


Read more about Pantone 17-5641

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Yuletide Topiary Workshop

Yuletide Topiary WorkshopOur first workshop was a success! Thank you to all who attended and gave us great feedback.  We will definitely be hosting more workshops in the future.  Look for the schedule just after the holidays (unless we get to it sooner!).  Have a suggestion for a great workshop?  Send it our way –


If you would like to schedule a private group workshop please contact us!  We are always happy to customize a project to fit your needs.  Book clubs, garden groups, etc…          




Here’s a look at yesterday’s group hard at work (and thoroughly enjoying themselves):

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The finished products!

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

‘Tis the Season…to be busy!

 NH Christmas Flowers

Lots of great things are brewing in the studio these days.  Consultations for 2013 weddings, holiday home & business decor, DIY workshops, and more!

Here’s a brief list of the goings-on:

I promise, more pictures of beautiful weddings soon!!!  It will be worth the wait.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Upcoming Workshop 12/8 – Yuletide Topiary


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Come one, come all to this instructional workshop!  Spend the afternoon at the studio and create a one-of-a-kind, seasonal topiary to take home or give as a gift.  There's sure to be plenty of good cheer and this DIY project is perfect for all skill levels.  Bring your friends and make it a group outing!

15" Fresh Floral
Yuletide Tree
perfect as a centerpiece or home decor


There are only a few spots left, so be sure to register today!



We'll provide the flowers, forms, tools & step-by-step instruction.  All you need to bring is your enthusiasm and the desire to have a good time.

This 2 hour workshop includes:

    Personalized instruction
    Tips on how to keep your arrangement fresh
    Display suggestions
    Holiday treats

By the end of the session you'll have beautiful yuletide tree that would retail for over your $50 investment!


We hope to continue this workshop series and welcome suggestions for future themes.

Belong to a social group (garden club, book club, etc)?  Contact us to schedule a specialized session!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Giving thanks



In a season of bounty, we give thanks for all that we have and that which will come.  Wishing you all a wonderful holiday with those you hold dear!


Happy Thanksgiving!





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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Deck your Halls!

Ok, it kills me to join into the premature holiday promotions, but we’ve already had several decor inquires!  Check out our holiday offerings this year…

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

An Evening with the Merrimack Garden Club

 Pam & Kristin

Last month we had the pleasure of talking with the Merrimack Garden Club  about fall decor trends.  What a great group!  Here’s some photos from the night…



(thanks to Barbara Foristall for the photo of us)

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Thanksgiving Specials!

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I know, I know.  You may think it’s too early for the holidays, right?  I hate to have the holiday craziness thrust upon me as much as the next person, but Thanksgiving is less than three weeks away.  How did that happen?

Check out our Thanksgiving Specials and check one thing off your holiday list already!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

The new website is up!

 Ideas in Bloom Website - NH wedding flowers

The wait is over – the redesigned website is finally live!  The geek in me had a pretty good time refreshing our content, adding new pages, and loads of new images to our flashy new gallery.  We hope you enjoy!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Lindsay & Kyle at The Margate

Lindsay and Kyle were married on a beautiful day in August at the Margate in Laconia.  It was our second wedding at the lake side resort.  A beautiful setting!

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Lindsay chose stunning shades of peach and cream for the big day.  We added a few tasteful crystals into her bouquet, as well as the MOH’s, to make them stand out.

The bridal bouquet was comprised of both peach full-sized and Spray Roses, cream Spray Roses, peach Hypericum Berries, and off white mini Calla Lilies.

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Our thanks to Beth Wallace Photography for the following images!

Beth Wallace Photography 2 Beth Wallace Photography 3 Beth Wallace Photography 4 Beth Wallace Photography 5The bridesmaids carried bouquets of peach Alstroemeria and cream Spray Roses.

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Beth Wallace PhotographyWe topped the cake with a few peach Spray Roses, as well as peach Hypericum Berries.

peach centerpiece Full arrangements of peach Alstroemeria and Bupleurum topped the tables.

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The arrangements were surrounded by candles made by friends of the couple – favors for all the guests!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A request… we wouldn’t ask if it wasn’t important


You've probably seen this message a few times by now and we apologize for contributing to the influx...

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We use our Facebook page to post unique pictures and content, as well as a way to interact with all our wonderful fans.  It's something we enjoy and we hope you do to!

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Vendor Spotlight – Ashley O’Dell Photography

 Ashley O'Dell Photography

You may have seen a bit of Ashley O’Dell’s work earlier this week.  If not, you’re in luck!  We had the pleasure of learning a bit more about Ashley and her talents after she photographed Anna & Matt’s wedding.

Your Business name:     Ashley O’Dell Photography

Your Location:     162 Newbury Street Boston MA

How did you start your business?    By accident really. I studied photography at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, where I received my BFA in 2005. Upon graduating in the spring of 2005 I immediately started freelancing full-time, assisting commercial photographers in the area, so naturally I assumed that would be the direction my own photography career would go. Until one Friday evening when I was with my mentor/photographer friend who received a phone call from a local wedding photographer in need of an assistant for the next day. Her scheduled assistant had to cancel at the last minute, and there I was, starry eyed, budding photographer, anxious for any opportunity to come way my way, until I was asked to assist at a wedding. You see when I packed my bags and headed off for art school the last thing I assumed I would be doing is photographing weddings (I didn’t plan to be a photographer at all, but that’s another story.) So when a wedding photographer reached out for help I was conflicted, I really needed assisting gigs, but I, like many still assume, wedding photography isn’t art, it’s cheesy. So I proceeded to tell this photographer that I would be happy to help her this time, but I’m not interested in wedding assisting in the future, so this would be a one time partnership. And that very next day, I think without really understanding it at the time, I was on the path to becoming a wedding photographer.

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How many years have you been in business?     After assisting for a year and a half, my now husband and I moved to Boston on January 1st 2007, and I started my business that day. I’m currently in my 6th wedding season.

What makes you stand out from other photographers?    I come from a fine art/commercial background, so I’m out to create images, not merely document an event. My work tends to be really colorful, whimsical and sometimes theatrical. And the best compliment I ever receive is “You made our wedding look even better than it actually did!”

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What's your favorite part of the work?    My job is constantly changing. I work with new couples/families every week, and at all different locations. I also really love running a business, most of the time :)

Are you seeing any trends emerge for the next season?    For 2013, not specifically, however the wedding industry is always changing. I’m seeing less and less tradition. Wedding parties have shrunk in size, if the couple even has a specified group called the “wedding party” anymore. Cake cuttings have become sporadic. And the bouquet and garter toss went out years ago. I think moving into 2013 I’ll see more events that resemble a big party, rather than a wedding, which I love.

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What's the single best piece of advice you can impart to a newly engaged couple?    Enjoy the planning process! I say this all of the time. The wedding day itself will go by in an instant, so I remind couples to really enjoy their engagement, they will remember that time as much, if not more, than the actual wedding day.

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Pricing Information:    My coverage begins at $3900. Most couples spend between $4500-$6500 with me, which can include additional hours, albums, prints, an engagement session, etc.

If you have any spare time, how do you spend it? Or some other personal tid-bit you don't mind sharing.    Traveling. Exploring the world with my husband will always be our priority in life. 

Contact information:   

phone: 617-676-8227


See more of Ashley’s beautiful images below…

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