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Belle Fiori Feature-Wisconsin Bride

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One of the many benefits of owning a flower shop in the Milwaukee area is the ability to collaborate with many of Southeastern Wisconsin’s wedding vendors, blogs, and publications. Recently, our florists at Belle Fiori were lucky enough to team up with Wisconsin Bridealong with other area florists, to create a gorgeous spread of floral bouquets and arrangements to be featured on their site.

Check out the displays below, and keep checking back here for more Belle Fiori features!

Garden Party: Ideas for Romantic Wedding Flowers + Bouquets

With romantic blooms like dahlias, lilies, roses and ranunculus, this season’s lush bouquets and centerpieces take you to the dreamiest of places.

From: SPRING/SUMMER 2014 edition
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STENTEN ROWE STUDIO

(above) Bouquet of California roses, California spray roses, astrantia, button mums, silver brunia and variegated mini pittosporum, wrapped with a gray velvet ribbon. By freshdesign.

Romantic wedding bouquets | Wisconsin Bride magazine

(above) Centerpiece of dahlias, mini calla lilies, sweet William, carnations, nigella pods, godetia and agonis foliage, in a footed mercury glass vase. By Belle Fiori.

Romantic wedding bouquets and centerpieces | Wisconsin Bride magazine

(above) Centerpiece of astilbe, dahlias, hydrangeas, ranunculus, kale, fern and cherry tomatoes, in a footed mercury glass vase. By La Tulipe.

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(above) Bouquet of mini zinnias, spray roses, craspedia, ranunculus, mini hydrangeas, spider plant greens and solidago, wrapped with a jeweled yellow ribbon. By The Flower Lady.

Romantic wedding bouquets and centerpieces | Wisconsin Bride magazine

(above) Bouquet of dahlias, zinnias, calla lilies, ranunculus and anemones, wrapped with magenta ribbon and twine. By Marius Bell Floral & Events.

Romantic wedding bouquets and centerpieces | Wisconsin Bride magazine

(above) Bouquet of hydrangeas, succulents, dahlias and anemones, wrapped with a baby blue ribbon. By Some Kinda Wonderful.

Floral Photostyling-Adding Interest to Magazine Photo Shoots

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Extensive time and planning go into the styling of magazine photoshoots and page layouts. Regardless of whether the spread will be a high-fashion couture statement piece, or a Better Homes & Gardens style home decor feature, detailed preparation goes into the setup and aesthetics of the entire shoot. From the colors to the lighting, presenting everything perfectly is something stylists and photographers strive for.

Florals are also an important element of magazine photo styling. In fact, at Belle Fiori’s Milwaukee area flower shop, it’s one of our favorite creative outlets. Stylized shoots and home decor inspiration setups usually provide us with a concept and direction as presented by the creative team. From there, we are able to pull colors, shapes, and textures from the other environmental elements or outfits, and further enhance the backdrop. Think…dramatic bridal gown. What do we pair it with? Maybe some elegant lilies mimicking the lines of the dress.

No matter what the concept, our florists are always excited to create bouquets and floral arrangements for magazine spreads. The creative possibilities are endless, and it provides us with further inspiration to design pieces for your own Southeastern Wisconsin weddings, homes, and events.

If you’re interested in utilizing Belle Fiori’s team for a professional photo shoot in the Milwaukee area, give us a call!

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Also, check out this great article from Houzz on professional photo styling for shoots!


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Belle Fiori Featured Wedding-Emily & Dave

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We love when Belle Fiori’s Milwaukee area couples are featured on the blogs of fellow vendors and wedding sites. Being able to see images and video from our clients’ special days allows us to experience the completed vision of their weddings.

Check out the wedding of Emily and Dave featured on Elizabeth Anne Designs. It looks like an extraordinary day!

CLASSIC NAVY + SILVER LAKE COUNTRY WEDDING

Bride Emily describes her and husband Dave’s wedding as classically elegant with a hint of nautical, and that could not be more spot on! Held in Hartland, Wisconsin, in Lake Country, the couple’s ceremony at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church was graced with beautiful white flowers from Belle Fiori and bridesmaids dressed in short navy LulaKate dresses, a nod to the waterfront locale. We adore Emily’s simple but sophisticated Jenny Lee gown from Ultimate Bride, especially paired with glam silver metallic Enzo Angiolini heels. For the reception at The Legend at Bristlecone country club, more chic, classic florals and details like place cards in wine corks make this an event that will stand the test of time. We hope you enjoy all of the pretty images from The McCartneys Photography!

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Photography – The McCartneys Photography | Ceremony Venue – St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church | Reception Venue – The Legend at Bristlecone | Floral – Belle Fiori | Stationery – J. Invites | Videography – Johnny Clark of Mountain Light Cinema | Bakery – Creations for the Moment | Band – Deja Vu | Transportation – Spring City Trolley | Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist – Neroli Salon & Spa | Bridesmaids Dresses – LulaKate from Bella Bridesmaids | Flower Girl Dresses – Janie and Jack | Gown – Jenny Lee | Bridal Salon – Ultimate Bride | Jewelry – J.Crew | Veil/Headpiece – Bliss Bridal | Shoes – Enzo Angiolini | Suits and Ties – Vera Wang for Men’s Wearhouse

 

BIG NEWS from Belle Fiori!

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We have exciting news! Belle Fiori is ecstatic to announce that after 14 years at our East Ogden location, we will be expanding and moving our shop to North Farwell Avenue. We can’t wait to open our new store on March 26th and hope you’ll all visit us at our brand new location!

A big thank you goes out to all our Milwaukee area clients who have kept our little flower shop growing the past 14 years, our expansion is possible because of you.

Check out our press release for the details on what’s to come at Belle Fiori!

Belle Fiori, Ltd. Moving to New Custom Floral Studio on Milwaukee’s East Side

Expansion Drives Growth to Double Floral Studio Space to 2,400 Square Feet 

MILWAUKEE (March 13, 2014) — Belle Fiori, Ltd., one of Milwaukee’s premier floral studios will be moving to a brand new, custom developed floral studio located at 2014 North Farwell Avenue in Milwaukee on March 26th, 2014.

Belle Fiori has been in its Lower East Side location on East Ogden Avenue for the past 14 years. With increased business demand for its core markets serving weddings, special events and everyday floral needs, Belle Fiori will be doubling the size of its floral studio to 2,400 square feet with its expansion to 2014 North Farwell Avenue.

“We sincerely appreciate all of our loyal clients for the past 14 years and we are excited to have a brand new floral studio with an expanded product line and we will be able to increase our service offerings for our continued growth,” said Emily Neubauer, AIFD CFD – president of Belle Fiori, Ltd.

The new Belle Fiori floral studio will include state of the art areas for the latest innovations in custom floral design, larger inventories of floral displays and products available for purchase, and an expansion into outdoor garden items.

The new floral studio will also feature an outdoor shopping area for outdoor garden items including garden decor, outdoor florals, plants, herbs and vegetables suitable for growing on smaller patio areas.

To celebrate the grand opening of the new Belle Fiori floral studio, a public open house weekend will be held on April 25th from 8am to 6pm and April 26th from 8am to 3pm. Belle Fiori invites you to visit the new custom floral studio for this special grand opening weekend event.

About Belle Fiori, Ltd.

Belle Fiori, Ltd. is a premier floral studio located in Milwaukee that has been serving its customers for over 14 years. Belle Fiori specializes in premier floral arrangements for weddings, special events and everyday living. Whether you are looking for timeless traditional, modern chic, vintage elegance or Midwest charm, Belle Fiori will build your vision. From the east side to the suburbs and the festival grounds to lake country, Belle Fiori will bring their passion for floral design and exceptional customer service to you.

Belle Fiori is a WeddingWire 2014 Couples’ Choice Award Winner and involved in many community organizations in the Milwaukee area including the National Association of Catering and Events for Southern Wisconsin. Emily Neubauer, the president of Belle Fiori, Ltd. is one of small select group of individuals in Wisconsin that is a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers and a Certified Floral Designer. For more information please call 414-272-2234.

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Did You Know Belle Fiori is Available for Guest Lectures and Demonstrations?

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At Belle Fiori, our florists love serving the Southeastern Wisconsin community by providing floral arrangements and bouquets for your weddings, homes, and events. But did you know Belle Fiori is also available for guest lectures and demonstrations?

If you’re looking for a local business to provide floral education in the Milwaukee area, Belle Fiori’s team is happy to assist by sharing our knowledge about flowers, horticulture, and design. From the art of arranging to the science behind the longevity of your bouquets, we love sharing our passion for florals.

If you’re interested in working with Belle Fiori and setting up a presentation for a Milwaukee area college, school, Girl Scout troop, or any other organization, we would love to hear from you!

Give us a call at 414-272-2234 for more information!

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Real Estate Open House Floral and Plant Staging-Make Your Home a Space They Want to Buy

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Last week, we reminded you how placing a standing order with our florists at Belle Fiori can help brighten your home and make it a more inviting space for family and friends. This week, we want you to consider the importance of florals when staging your home if you’re trying to sell. Prepping your house for real estate open houses is key in how appealing your home will show to potential buyers, and adding floral bouquets and arrangements can certainly enhance the look and feel of the space.

Of course, there are a number of things to consider when staging your home. Laura McHolm, co-founder of NorthStar Moving Company, has written an excellent article on how to prepare yourself for the process and we encourage you to check out her advice below.

We also want you to consider making a little extra effort when preparing for your open house. Belle Fiori has provided many floral arrangements for residents throughout the Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin areas who have chosen to show their homes. Prior to your open house, our florists work with you to design awesome florals suited to the style and colors of your home. Taking the time to add a few bouquets of fresh flowers can make a big impact on how people feel when entering a room and our florists are always willing to offer advice on which varieties and plants to use.

If you’re interested in learning more about Belle Fiori’s real estate staging services, give us a call at (414) 272-2234.

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Get Your House Sold: Five Star Room-by-Room Staging Tips-Laura McHolm

Are you ready to put your home on the market and think you’re house is beautifully decorated? Have you channeled your inner Donna Reid for years, watched every episode of all the make over shows on HGTV, do all your friends tell you how great your house is and how much it feels just like you? I hate to be the one to burst your decorating bubble, but my dear, unless you’re a minimalist five star concierge, chances are your house still needs to be staged to sell.

Your potential buyer doesn’t want to feel or see you in the house. No family pictures, tastes or piles of stuff. A buyer wants to be able to envision living in that house. Think: It’s not your house anymore. It’s a house that will soon be their house. So get the YOU out of your house. That does not mean a completely empty house. It means a house that has space to be someone’s, really anyone’s home. That is any qualified buyer’s home, of course!! So, think very nicely appointed hotel suite. All the touches so you know what to do in each space of each room, and none of the personality to tell you who was here in this room before you got there. No one wants to walk into a hotel room before the maid has cleaned up all the tell-tell signs of the last occupant! Obviously, you’re still living there in your new hotel-home so the basics stay and the personal stuff goes! Your home will sell faster and most likely for more.

Okay, I can hear you groaning but really, let’s take a minute and think this through. You’re going to be moving anyway, right? So, here’s the secret to a successful home stage – pretend your home is already sold and you’re moving out. Start the sorting, clearing, and packing now. You are going to do it eventually when you do actually move, so why not do it now? So move the YOU out and keep the basics in!

Okay, I think you may be ready to hear it now, your mantra for the staging: My Home is a Five Star HOTEL! This is when less really is more. So how do you do it? Take it room-by-room and follow these steps to a quick and successful sell!

The Kitchen:

• Remove all appliances and clutter off counters. Counters should be completely clear.
• Clean all appliances. If they really look out of date, research the cost for new ones as you may get the money back.
• Clear out the dishes. Remember you will be moving anyway, now is the perfect time to decide what you want to get rid of and donate. Still want the “Best Mom in the World” coffee mug or the Tupperware that no longer has a lid? Pack up dishes, pots and pans, silverware, etc. that you don’t want anymore and donate it to Goodwill. Then pack up the dishes you do want and set them aside for the move. Watch this video to learn how to pack dishes properly. Leave behind one matching set of dishes in the cupboard and display them neatly. Buyers will open the cupboards and this way they can see how the cupboard space is used and how spacious it is.
• Same goes for food, clean out cabinets and the fridge (believe me, they will open the fridge!) and donate pantry items to your local food bank or save them for the move and ask your mover if they work with Move for Hunger and they will donate them for you. Put a few remaining food items back in neat rows.
• Clear out every single drawer, sort it out, and put back only the things you need. Repeat, you are going to have to do it anyway!
• Once everything is cleaned out, begin to set up the ambiance and décor. Place some kind of feature on your counter. It could be an orchid plant or a big bowl of oranges or lemons. Have the table set with plates and napkins and a seasonal centerpiece. Then on open house day bake some cookies for the cookie smell in your home and put out refreshing spa water. (Don’t have time to bake from scratch: okay, buy the frozen dough and bake it for the smell. Supplement your cookies with nice bakery selection of cookies or mini cupcakes.)Wow, this is a nice hotel, I would like to live here! Fresh baked cookies and cupcakes!
The Living Room:

• Remove all items from shelving and surface areas. If you have ten things on a shelf make it three, so people can visualize their things there. Pack or donate the remaining items.
• The gallery of paintings done by your kid has to go as well as any family photos. Hang generic art or spackle and fill the holes and paint to leave a blank slate.
• If the room needs to be painted, paint it, it’s cheap and you will get a better price for your house.
• Fix any light switches, curtain rods, etc. that needs fixing. You will have to fix it anyway so do it now.
• This goes for every room, do a thorough cleaning, all corners, tops, etc. Make sure the carpet is clean.
• Bring out the recycling bins and get rid of old magazines and newspapers.
• Examine the way the furniture is arranged. Does it show the room’s best features? Get rid of pieces that wouldn’t make sense for someone else. Either donate or rent a storage unit. Its worth renting extra storage as the buyers will see your garage, spare junk room and basement, so they need to be clear of clutter as well.
• If you have decor themes stick with just one theme in the home. Asian or modern, not both. It should have a unified look throughout the house. It will help you get rid of half your stuff too.
• Once everything is sparkly clean, place fresh flowers or seasonal décor in the living room. On open house day, place cheese and crackers out, or if its a TV room put out popcorn. Match the food to the room. I mean really, this is a very nice hotel that will soon be my new permanent home.
The Bathrooms:

• Get rid of all products in the shower and on top of the counters. Have each family member live out of a travel toiletries bag while your house is on the market.
• Clean out medicine cabinets, they will look!
• If you have granite, now might be the time to have them resurfaced, makes them look brand new.
• Does the bathroom need to be repainted? Again, it’s cheap and you will get your money back.
• Replace rollers on sliding glass shower doors if they stick. Its only $125 and it makes it like new.
• There should be no water stains or dripping faucets.
• Clean the bathroom like your mother-in-law is coming over, it should be spotless!
• Invest in a new set of towels for just when you are showing the house. Put the others away.
• Place one focal point on the counter such as a single flower.

The Bedrooms:

• Clear all dresser tops and nightstands. There should be no personal items.
• All closets need to be gone through with the same eye – am I taking this to the new house? Pack what you would like to donate and put everything else back neatly so they don’t fall out when opened. It is better to have an emptier closet so the buyers can see all the room there is to offer.
• If needed, invest in new linens for the bed. Make it feel like a hotel room.
• Again, need to be repainted, carpet cleaned?
• Have a window cleaner come or clean them yourself.
• Place one or two decorative items on the dressers and put the rest in storage or send to Goodwill.
• Make sure every room is arranged to demonstrate what the space is to be used for. If a bedroom was being used as a storage room turn it back into a bedroom. There are no storage rooms or weird areas in a nice hotel suite, now are there?

Exterior:

• Don’t forget about the outside of your home. You want to make a good first impression!
• Make sure the front door is freshly painted and the doorbell and porch light work.
• Spruce up the yard, clear the dead stuff out. Everything should be pruned with pops of color.
• If you have a patio, set the outdoor table or arrange wine glasses on the table.
Now take a deep breath, step back and take a picture of each room and the yard. How does it look in the pic? The realtors will be taking photos so you want to make sure it photographs well. Any chair that shouldn’t be there, a noticeable stain on the carpet? Once everything is cleaned, arranged, and screaming five-star hotel, pour yourself a glass of that spa water and have a cookie too. You deserve it, isn’t it fun staying at such a nice hotel? Your house is going to sell and you are more than half way through the moving process!

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Personal Florist Services for Private Homes-Brighten Your Space with Weekly Orders!

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Having florals in your home is an excellent way to brighten up your space and make it more inviting for family and friends. Often, people pick up an arrangement when preparing for visitors or celebrating a special occasion. But have you ever thought of keeping florals in your home on a regular basis?

Belle Fiori is able to accommodate weekly standing orders for private homes throughout the Southeastern Wisconsin area. A good fit for families who entertain, are in the process of selling a home, or just enjoy flowers, standing orders allow people to display gorgeous flowers in their homes on a consistent basis.

No matter what your style and decor, our florists at our Milwaukee area shop are able to work with you to create arrangements and bouquets to fit your space. And don’t fret if you’re not an expert! Our team will work with you to figure out your likes and dislikes in order to create weekly arrangements you’ll love.

If you’re interested in setting up a weekly standing order for your home or office, give us a call at 414-272-2234. We’d love to hear from you!

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Trade Show Florals-Arrangements to Match Your Company Brand

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Our florists at Belle Fiori do a lot more than put together bouquets for people on special occasions. (Yes, we’re finally starting to recuperate from Valentine’s Day!) Anniversaries, birthdays and holidays are most often the reasons people think to purchase florals, but there are many other realms of life and business where displaying arrangements is suitable.

One area of floral service in particular that Belle Fiori likes to provide for the Milwaukee area is trade show florals. Often, businesses try to spice up their booths at shows or conventions but still end up feeling like something is missing; sometimes, the brochures and the fancy signs just aren’t enough. So how do you do it? How do you draw people in?

Well, how do you make your own office or business more inviting? Of course our answer is plants and florals. Even though we may be a bit biased, research has shown that plants brighten people’s moods and make their surroundings more enjoyable. So utilize them. Add an arrangement to your trade show display. Let the people talk about how great it smells. Start a conversation. Not only will it brighten up the look of your booth, a good arrangement will convey feelings of an inviting environment, something your potential clients want to be a part of.

Belle Fiori finds inspiration for our floral designs everywhere we look. Let us find inspiration in your company brand. We’ll take your colors, your style, and your desire to create connections and make them into the perfect arrangement for your business.

If your interested in florals for your Southeastern Wisconsin business or trade show, give us a call at 414-272-2234!

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Happy Valentine’s Week from Belle Fiori!

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Happy Valentine’s Week! I can’t believe the day is almost here. Things are certainly in overdrive at our Milwaukee flower shop as we receive new orders for Valentine’s Day bouquets and arrangements by the minute. Our florists have been working non-stop to fulfill all the orders for your friends and loved ones this year. We’re swimming in a sea of roses and peonies!

While we’re crazy busy this week and it feels like we haven’t a moment to spare, I just wanted to take a minute to thank everyone throughout Southeastern Wisconsin who has supported Belle Fiori during this season. Valentine’s Day is obviously one of our biggest days of the year, but 2014 has given us an even greater appreciation for our Milwaukee area clients as they continue to shop local and support our small business. The influx of orders from all our lovely clients has left us both flattered and excited about continuing to serve you.

We hope that everyone enjoys this special week of love and continues to spread the joy. Belle Fiori will continue to accept last minute Valentine’s Day orders for the Milwaukee area through noon on the 14th. Feel free to contact us with any additional questions!

And now…since I can’t resist sharing some adorable Valentine’s Day crafts and floral inspiration from the wonderful Martha Stewart…click here to check out some of her awesome ideas.

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Get the Most for Your Money in Florals

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With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, many of you throughout the Milwaukee area will be searching the web looking for ways to send gorgeous floral bouquets to your loved ones. For most, if you aren’t familiar with any local florists or flower shops in your area, it can be hard not knowing where to turn. While a quick google search can yield an overwhelming amount of results on which floral service you should use to deliver flowers on a special occasion, our florists at Belle Fiori want you to be cautious about how you spend your hard earned money when it comes to deliveries.

Ordering something without seeing it can be risky, and while many sites and ads display gorgeous images of overflowing bouquets, it’s hard to know what the finished product will look like in reality. We hate to see people receive wilted, sparse arrangements that look nothing like what their giver intended upon delivery.

So we’re here to share a few tips with all of you out there in Southeastern Wisconsin. We hope these tips courtesy of Daley’s Florist on how to avoid getting scammed this Valentine’s Day ensure you get the most for your money-and a beautiful bouquet this season.

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Tips for ordering flowers for delivery and how to get the best value, service and selection.

There is an imposter out there who is looking to take advantage of your thoughtful gesture. Florists refer to them as D.O.Gs, Deceptive Order Gatherers. They are tricky and relying on you to fall for their trap, but not you, because now you will know how they work.

Tips and Information:

- Spend $60 before tax at a real local florist and approximately $52 of that goes toward the arrangement itself. Spend $60 before tax on an order gatherer website and expect approximately $32.50 goes toward the arrangement. (Which do you think will look nicer?)
- Avoid clearing house type companies that pose as real florists. These scammers are known to send out low quality, cardboard box flowers or worst yet nothing is ever delivered at all.
- When doing an internet search for a local florist be careful, check the physical address of the business.
- Call them! Pretend you want to come in and pick something out. These fake listings will tell you they only do deliveries.
- If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Websites that show slashed prices and sales on their site are usually bogus. That’s not how a real florist works.
- Extremely high service charges. A $15 or $20 service charge is a huge red flag. This is not the same thing as a delivery charge.
- Order early for best selection. However, a real florist will rarely charge extra for same day delivery.
- If they answer the phone “Flower Shop” they are not a real florist. They pay to have listings for every town and could very well be based in an office building 3,000 miles away or even a foreign country.
- Check their reviews and their Facebook page. This should give you a good idea of who they are. Thousands of reviews are not a good sign. They pay people to leave positive ones to try and balance out all the negatives.

It doesn’t need to be hard to send a floral delivery. The easiest way is to know the name of your local florist. They can help you send anywhere and make sure you get what you want for a reasonable price.

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