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Thistle be a Dazzling 4th of July!

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Being a floral shop on the east-side of Milwaukee, Belle Fiori sees an explosion of people around our neighborhood as the weather perks up, especially around the end of June, when Summerfest draws people from other states and even other countries. As the sidewalks buzz outside, we tidy up loose ends in the shop and prepare for a mid-summer break over the 4th of July weekend to spend time with our families and rest up for the bustling second half of wedding season!

As we embrace a calmer shop aura and prep for the coming weeks, we have compiled some of our favorite patriotic arrangements from around the web to inspire your holiday weekend and celebrate Thistle as a 4th of July floral celebrity!

Our first stop is an amazing post from Jess Blazejewski of Style Me Pretty.  This lovely DIY tutorial shows how to make a super classy, garden variety floral centerpiece of red, white and blue, and Strawberries too! This arrangement features a lush variety of roses, garden roses, freesia, berries and Blue Mountain Thistle in a vintage blue tin can!

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We found this blue and white beauty on the Home Depot – Martha Stewart Feature page. Though is excludes the color red, it definitely invokes festive imageries of fireworks and sparklers! This arrangement features a simple mix of Blue Mountain Thistle and Globe Thistle accompanied by gorgeous white astilbe.

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Resident florist, Meghan Guthrie, of One Kings Lane, designed this loose style arrangement with “casual blooms in a patriotic palette” with a “nod to fireworks – [her] favorite part of the holiday.” We love how it looks as though it was just-gathered and just as relaxed as a summer picnic! Check out her awesome flower recipe infographic to see what she paired with Thistle to create this lovely design:

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Last, but not least, we found this “1950’s America” styled arrangement from Karin Lidbeck, a stylist, life style editor, designer, artist, and producer  for Country Living, Better Homes and Gardens, New England Home Magazine, Traditional Homes and many more. Inspired by the 1950’s fabric shown below she used “Climbing Roses, Thistle, Fuchsia, Dahlias and [Red] Yarrow… often depicted in Pennsylvania Dutch Style Designs. The pewter vase echoes the grey blue liberty bell in the fabric”. Stunning, classy, and delightfully American!

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Belle Fiori Real Wedding: Summer, Andrea & Filiberto

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Belle Fiori can’t say enough about Andrea and Filiberto’s Milwaukee wedding. This gorgeous celebration from last June was inspired by a vintage Mexican fiesta, and a fiesta it was! It was the perfect ceremony at Mt. Mary College followed by an outstanding party. Throughout the day there were smiles abound as the bride and groom danced around in sombreros, guests broke piñatas, and enjoyed the sounds of mariachi at the fabulous La Fuente. It was a gorgeous day for an even more gorgeous couple.

Working with this couple’s vision was a dream. Our floral designers were able to create truly unique bridal bouquets and arrangements using Andrea and Filiberto’s breathtaking color palette. Red garden roses, peach roses, orange ranunculus, yellow billy balls, peach stock, red anemones, grey succulents, and vibrant teal paper flowers provided by bride made for a brilliant combination of colors and textures that mimicked the energy of the day. We love the way they chose to use flowers to accentuate both their venue and personalities.

Check out some fabulous images from Erika Lee Photography!

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Holiday Planning at Belle Fiori – Father’s Day

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Father’s Day is right around the corner, June 21st, and Belle Fiori has rounded up some of our favorite floral arrangements from our designers that would make a perfect addition to the family table or buffet. Now, of course we know that every dad has their own identity and interests, but we are often asked to make “masculine” style arrangements, which can leave a lot of room for interpretation.

Typical “masculine” arrangements focus on clean sculptural line, bold colors, textural interests, and unique containers. We tend to think of them as modern or high style (which could be appropriate for any occasion or person), but we think they would be a stunning eye-catching option for your Pop!

Our floral designers also love doing custom pieces for our Milwaukee area clients. Tell us a little about your dad and we can create a unique, tastefully themed arrangement just for him!

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For a little something extra special, we highly recommend a ‘Mandle’ from our local candle-maker Eco Candle Company! With scents like Biker, Perfect Gentleman, Hipster, Pretty Boy, Packer Backer or even…Ladies Man, you are sure to find the right scent for your dad, or at least a funny gift to bring smiles and laughter!

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Belle Fiori is honored to be a part of Nordstrom Gala!

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As a retail flower shop, Belle Fiori sends out many daily arrangements to local Milwaukeeans, but this past week we were honored to be wrapping up a very exciting delivery opportunity from specialty retailer, Nordstrom. These floral arrangements served as a way to personally invite local charity members from the Ronald McDonald House, The United Way, and The Links organizations to a very special cocktail party with a focus on panning the upcoming Nordstrom Grand Opening Gala in October!

The Gala, which will be hosted at the store’s new location at Mayfair Mall, will be held on October 21, 2015 and will benefit these three charities, as a way to give back to the community. As Brent Harris, Nordstrom Vice President and Midwest Regional Manager, explained to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “The three organizations we are partnering with for our gala do great work and we’re inspired by their dedication the Milwaukee Community. We are honored to join then in their efforts to make a difference.”

With over 150 of these extra orders heading out Belle Fiori’s door, we hired on some additional charismatic personnel to present the arrangements and invitations which were hand-delivered on a clear lucite tray (so fun and super chic)! All of the drivers loved the reactions they received from the recipients and we are so happy to have been a part of this fantastic event!

Guests of the Gala will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, live entertainment and the opportunity to shop the new 140,000 square-foot store. Tickets for the opening gala are $100 and will go on sale in June 2015. The event, entirely underwritten by Nordstrom, is expected to raise $150,000 to be shared among the three organizations. For more information, click here!

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Belle Fiori Real Wedding: Spring, Lauren & Brad

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Lauren and Brad’s Navy inspired wedding was an elegant spring affair. As Marquette alumn, Milwaukee was the perfect locale for this couple’s special day. Hubbard Park provided the perfect backdrop for the elegantly dressed couple and their wedding party, with Brad in his uniform and his beautiful bride taking center stage under a beautiful, florally adorned arbor complete with rose garland.

Our florists at Belle Fiori loved this color palette! Navy bridesmaids dresses accented by the light pink, peach, and white rose bouquets were a wonderful complement to Lauren’s own rose and spray rose bridal arrangement. Combined with her gorgeous hair and makeup, Lauren looked flawless.

The florals carried through to the couple’s formal reception at the Pfister. Florally embellished lanterns made for simple but classy centerpieces and the cake looked outstanding with cascading roses showcased from top to bottom.

Many thanks to Lauren and Brad for choosing Belle Fiori for their Milwaukee wedding. It was a pleasure to work with you!

Check out some images from the fabulous Laura Schmitt!

Ceremony Venue – Hubbard Park :: Reception Venue – Pfister Hotel :: Wedding Coordinator – Sarah Geitner, Pfister Hotel :: Invitations – Paper Dolls of Saratoga :: Cake – Simma’s Bakery :: DJ- Midwest Sound Entertainment :: Dress - David’s Bridal :: Bridesmaid Dress – Bella Bridesmaids

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Designer Feature: Alex Covert – Sean & Kristen Get Married!

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This month, Belle Fiori is delighted to feature, Alex Covert, for the designer spotlight! You have probably seen one of her magnificently lush bridal bouquets or arrangements pop up on social media from time to time, so it’s no surprise that her travel-abroad buddy from college, Sean, found her on Instagram, and asked if she would personally do the flowers for their wedding at Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL (former estate of Morton Salt. Co.)!

“They didn’t have specific floral elements determined and left the majority of the decisions up to me. This was a wonderful compliment of trust and I appreciated the creative freedom that came with that. Kristen liked succulents and a tailored bouquet style. Other than that, we just decided on complimenting colors to their coral bridesmaids dress and mint and gold table linens. A fun element of their wedding was their collection of antique tins they have found throughout their relationship. These were incorporated into their center pieces.” – Alex

Take a look at the amazing flowers she came up with for them below!

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New! Local Artist Consignment at Belle Fiori

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As a locally owned flower shop, Belle Fiori understands how important it is to support our community. Without our loyal customers, it’s possible that online order gatherers or large chain grocery stores could potentially force us to close our doors like many shops of the past. It has always been our objective to use our floral expertise and trained staff to make unique arrangements that you won’t find just anywhere, and now we are proudly offering an exciting collection of local, artisan made gifts for your shopping pleasure! We are so happy to be supporting our favorite local makers!

Our first new artist is Wauwatosa based, James Steno, who uses his masterful painting and graphic design techniques to create Milwaukee Centric prints and one-of a kind Mini framed paintings with subjects ranging from local hotspots, local beers, and local birds and flowers! He also makes bright and colorful neighborhood maps so that you can… Represent!

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Flowers, jewelry, and chocolate seems to be the perfect trifecta for impressing your mate, and now we can offer that to you separately or even as a gift basket! Check out these sparkly and oh-so reasonably priced beauties from Swoon! With our yummy assorted chocolates from long time vendor, Ultimate Confections, all you have to do is add wine!

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Lastly, we are still madly in love with our dear friends over at Eco Candle Company, who seasonally surprise us with the most delightful fresh scented and environmentally friendly candles and.. wait for it… Mandles! Send your dude a manly gift or just light one and pretend your cat is your boyfriend while you are binge-watching Netflix!

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Check out all of these goodies and more when you stop in at 2014 N. Farwell! Can’t wait to see you!

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Holiday Planning: Mother’s Day

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Beyond our love of flowers and practically everything botanical, all of the ladies at Belle Fiori have one very important thing in common, and that is our love for the strong supportive women in our lives who have helped to make us who we are! We would like to give you a glimpse of these wonderful ladies that we call MOM, and say thank you for everything they have done for us!

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The weather is finally perking up, and we have brightened Belle Fiori’s outdoor patio with many beautiful plants for our first mini Garden Center! Stop by to pick up a Lush Petunia or Impatient hanging basket, Begonia Patio Pots, or even a gorgeous Hibiscus bush! They’re the perfect Mother’s Day gift for anyone looking to spruce up their own patio in the Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin area!

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Belle Fiori Real Wedding – Dan & Katie

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When spring finally pops in Wisconsin, it’s only natural that we flock towards the sun and reconnect with the great outdoors. Katie and Dan did just that when they married in early May at the Schlitz Audubon Pavilion and it couldn’t have been more perfect!

At Belle Fiori, we’re always excited to have our wedding work documented by Milwaukee’s finest photographers. Katie and Dan’s event was photographed by the fabulous Robyn Vining. Her great lighting, combined with the romantically relaxed style of the couple themselves, was the perfect match.

By repurposing their florals, Katie and Dan were able to remain budget conscious while carrying florals throughout their special day. The bright, romantic, and loosely designed spring mix of peonies, tulips, ranunculus, Queen Anne’s lace, spray roses and willow eucalyptus couldn’t have been more perfect.

It was a great event for a wonderfully modest and relaxed couple. Thank you for letting Belle Fiori be a part of your Milwaukee area wedding!

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Designer Spotlight – Jennifer – What’s the Deal with 50% Off Friday?

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Written by: Jennifer Nolan – Designer and Expert hand-tied Bouquet Artist

It’s Friday at the flower shop and the mood is upbeat. There is a rack of colorful hand­tied bouquets by the front counter, the bell above the front door jingles to announce yet another customer and our staff runs to and fro with armloads of fresh cut flowers. Is it a holiday? No, it’s 50% off Friday, a holiday of sorts that happens every week at Belle Fiori!

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This is the day where you can pick up any of our fresh cut loose flowers and expertly designed hand tied bouquets for half off the regular price! It is also a chance for us to catch up with some of our favorite customers who come in every Friday, like the gentleman who wants extra lilies in his bouquet, or the young man who is happy to get a romantic hand­tied posy and can still afford a bottle of wine to go with it.

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Friday flowers began over a decade ago when the original owner, Ken, noticed that flower sales were down in the summer due to people buying them on Saturday at the local farmers market. To entice people to purchase their flowers from Belle Fiori on Fridays, he created the 50% deal. Current owner, Emily Neubauer, has kept the tradition in place and it is now one of the most popular features at the shop.

Enjoy coming up with your own creations? Simply pick out your own loose stems to take home or ask to have them arranged with greens into a beautiful hand­tied bouquet, ready to put into your own vase. This is a great service and only costs an additional $3. Our team can also assist you in picking out the prettiest blooms and are happy to advise you on the best flowers for your occasion.

Here are a few guidelines and FAQ to help make your Friday Flower experience even better:

Do you have 50% off every Friday?

We do, with the exception of the 2 weeks before Valentine’s Day and 2 weeks before Mother’s Day.

Are you trying to get rid of old flowers? Not at all. We get flowers in every day of the week and check our stock regularly to make sure everything is looking good!

After you put together my hand tied bouquet, can’t you just put it in a vase for me?

The 50% only applies to in store purchases of loose stems and hand­tied bouquets. We are more than happy to help you select a beautiful vase to purchase and take home. All you need to do is add the flower food provided to some water, cut your stems to fit and voila! A gorgeous vase full of fresh flowers at a fraction of the cost!

We can also provide a foam “water pack” for an additional dollar if your bouquet will be out of water more than an hour or two.

How do I take care of my flowers once I get them home? 

Change your water and give your stems a fresh cut every few days. Depending on the type of flower and the temperature of your home, flowers can drink up their water pretty quickly.

Anything else I should know?  

Getting to the shop early gives you the best selection. We are open 8 am to 6 pm on Fridays and are ready to assist you. If you can’t make it until after work, just give us a call and pre­order. We can have a beautiful bouquet waiting for you when you arrive!

We really do enjoy helping you to select the very best blooms for special events, your loved ones, or just for yourself. Come on by this Friday and see why it is the happiest day of the week at Belle Fiori.

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