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Apotheca Flowers – Vendor Spotlight

Tucked away in quaint Goffstown, New Hampshire you’ll find Apotheca Flowers; a floral studio/cafe hybrid where a team of talented souls create floral works of art and a cup of Joe that’ll tantalize your taste buds…

1. How did Apotheca Flowers come to be?

Apotheca Flowers was born of necessity and a desire to create a space that was uplifting and inspiring for people. I opened during a time in my life when I found myself at a crossroads with two young children and jumping in head first was my only option. Life is short, and it’s so important to quest for Eden while we are here. Beauty matters and an inspired object can bring so much joy into a space- and flowers are certainly one of life’s most powerful objects of beauty. They communicate beyond words and impact the human spirit in unparalleled ways.

2. Do you offer services beyond floral design? 

We offer plant installations, creative workshops, and a gorgeous gift gallery, as well as a rotating art gallery.  Our space is also home to a café.  Community involvement is a hugely important to us, and nothing nurtures community like an offering of fellowship over poured cups and filled plates.

3. What is currently trending in floral design?

Movement!! We can’t get enough of rambling imperfection and finding design balance in unexpected ways. Also, large installations and color juxtaposed with tones that ooze historical elegance.

4. What flowers are in season right now?

We buy locally as much as possible in late summer and early to mid-autumn….mixing local blooms with flowers from all over the world creates such rich, dynamic colors and textures to work with. Currently we are playing with dahlias, zinnias, grasses and all sorts of seed pods like scabiosa and milkweed and, of course, garden roses. New Zealand peonies are arriving now and in a few weeks Chilean, which we are so excited about!

5. How far are you willing to travel to provide your services?

We travel anywhere!  This year found us in Rhode Island, Maine, Connecticut, Nantucket, Boston, New York, Vermont, and our own beloved New Hampshire.  We are always up for adventure and unique story telling through color, texture, and design!

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Apotheca Flowers – Vendor Spotlight

Tucked away in quaint Goffstown, New Hampshire you’ll find Apotheca Flowers; a floral studio/cafe hybrid where a team of talented souls create floral works of art and a cup of Joe that’ll tantalize your taste buds… 1. How did Apotheca Flowers come to be? Apotheca Flowers was born of necessity and a desire to create […]

Industrial Glam – A Styled Shoot

The raw elements of the Waterfire Arts Center juxtaposed with fresh green foliage & modern décor created an ethereal vibe for this industrial glam styled shoot. 

Bright natural light flooded the preserved industrial framework of the former rubber manufacturing facility, bouncing off the exposed steel beams and weathered bricks. The raw authenticity and muted colors of the space inspired Karen Taddei of Lilacs to choose her signature green and white floral palette with pops of burgundy and silver accents. “This was a natural palette not to compete with, but respect. The simplicity of the green pear branches turning burgundy with the season combined with the acid green viburnum and hanging amaranthus infused the industrial space with fresh beauty,” Karen described. An airy canopy of chiffon draping and three beaded chandeliers designed by floated above the zinc-top table, softening the space with warmth and romance.

“The draping installation combined with the beaded chandeliers over the tables added a dreamy, airy quality that was illuminated by the gorgeous light that streamed through the large windows. We kept the look flowing and romantic with a touch of drama to soften the space,” Christen of Ryan Designs described.

Soaring arrangements of earthy, autumn-kissed branches and hanging flora in silver fluted vases added a touch of drama while the clean lines of the transparent ghost chairs completed the modern look. The bouquets and headpieces were designed with lush peonies, ranunculus, and sweet pea to reflect the romanticism of the Midsummer’s Night inspired fashions from Modern Trousseau.

Raw-edged paper painted with icy blue watercolor by The Paper Perfectionist embodied the industrial glam vision flawlessly.

Mouth-watering tempura lobster & duck confit nuggets drizzled in blueberry bbq sauce crafted by Russell Morin Catering & Events.

Lemon lilac petit four topped with a mini macaron crafted by Emily Bridges, Pastry Chef at Russell Morin Catering & Events made the perfect bite-sized treat.

 

 

 

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Industrial Glam – A Styled Shoot

The raw elements of the Waterfire Arts Center juxtaposed with fresh green foliage & modern décor created an ethereal vibe for this industrial glam styled shoot.  Bright natural light flooded the preserved industrial framework of the former rubber manufacturing facility, bouncing off the exposed steel beams and weathered bricks. The raw authenticity and muted colors […]

Vendor Spotlight: Farrissey Floral Design

Rachael Sirois, floral designer and owner of Farrissey Floral Design has been surrounded by flowers for most of her life! From her grandmother’s garden to mother & grandmother’s catering company, Rachael has extensive experience in creating beautiful arrangements that rival works of art.

1. How did Farrissey Floral Design come to be? 

My (now) husband and I were moving back to Massachusetts after living in New York. I worked for a clothing company in the city and wanted a job that gave me a similar balance between the creative and business aspects. The current “flower revolution” had just started, showcasing  the more natural, organic look, using seasonal flowers —I was inspired! I had always loved flowers, as I had grown up helping my grandmother arrange them, so I decided to go for it and start my business! The name Farrissey is from my mom and grandparents’ catering company (my mother’s maiden name).

2. What is currently trending in wedding floral design? 

One thing I am seeing more of recently that I have always loved is smaller bouquets. I love a bouquet that the bride can hold with one hand, and that allows the guests to focus their attention on her, not so much the flowers. The flowers are important of course, but they should showcase the bride, not distract from her.  We saw Meghan Markle’s petite bouquet of astilbe, sweet peas, and forget me knots just this week – what’s prettier than that?!

3. Where do you source your flowers from? 

I have a few terrific vendors that I use that range from Boston to local farms. It’s important to me to use locally sourced flowers whenever possible, but Holland, South America, and Japan grow undeniably beautiful flowers as well and those definitely work their way into my designs.

4. Which flowers are in season for Spring/Summer? 

Some of my absolute favorites are available through Spring and early Summer! Sweet peas are probably at the top of my list (which is a very long list). They smell great and are the perfect addition to bouquets, adding a soft bit of movement with the most delicate stem, easily worked in. Lilac, peonies, ranunculus, lily of the valley, and anemones are up there as well and are all great Spring/ Summer flowers that I incorporate into my designs whenever possible.

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Vendor Spotlight: Farrissey Floral Design

Rachael Sirois, floral designer and owner of Farrissey Floral Design has been surrounded by flowers for most of her life! From her grandmother’s garden to mother & grandmother’s catering company, Rachael has extensive experience in creating beautiful arrangements that rival works of art. 1. How did Farrissey Floral Design come to be?  My (now) husband […]

yours truly, Gingham — A Styled Shoot

A styled shoot unbounded by tradition and inspiring brides to create a wedding that is uniquely theirs.

When Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the Shore first set eyes on the black and white gingham silk taffeta gown designed by Carolina Herrera as it graced the runway during bridal market she couldn’t wait create an entire wedding look centered on that one bold print. “When we began discussing the editorial shoot at the Copper Beach Inn, the premise was personalization and making your wedding your own – what better way to show this than with a bold black and white gown?!” Beth exclaimed. The classic checker print, which was carried out through the stationery too, was artfully juxtaposed with other geometric prints and bright floral arrangements, infusing color into the black and white palette. The attire provided the perfect backdrop for the textural bouquets of deep pink, magenta, and marigold blooms. Each daringly bold design element, including three adorably fluffy kittens, pieced together flawlessly and cohesively to create a look that was sophisticated and embodied a touch southern glamour.

“I wanted to play up the whimsy of pattern, so I dressed the flower girl in a striped dress and incorporated a pin dot into the pocket square of the groom’s attire” – Beth Chapman

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yours truly, Gingham — A Styled Shoot

A styled shoot unbounded by tradition and inspiring brides to create a wedding that is uniquely theirs. When Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the Shore first set eyes on the black and white gingham silk taffeta gown designed by Carolina Herrera as it graced the runway during bridal market she couldn’t wait create […]

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