Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Flower Power

My time spent working at Bella Fine Flowers in college gave me the greatest appreciation for florals. What started as a mere interest, developed into a full blown love affair!
I think there is nothing more beautiful then a fresh arrangement created with only the brightest and best florals from the SF Flower Mart. With that being said, I have discovered a designer that offers a Green option to traditional real flowers without compromising the beauty.
Maria Bristol, of St. Jude's Floral Creations, is the designer behind these stunning handmade flowers that had me (the trained florist) asking... Real or Fake?

Here is what Maria has to say about her work: "Making artificial flowers has been a passion for me for many years. It started with my mother and her sister who used to run a floral business many years ago. They learnt the method of making beautiful flowers from fabric, paper and other materials and from then on this trade was picked up by us from a very young age. It started as a hobby and on finding that people loved the flowers, I turned it into a website where customers could pick and choose the colors and varieties.
There are many benefits of using paper flowers, one being they are different and unique. They can be ordered in your custom color, and of course they last longer than fresh ones, so they can be preserved to keep the memory of your wedding day alive forever. They can be put together well ahead of the function and so there is no worry of it wilting at the time of the wedding, or worrying if it will open it's closed blooms for the wedding. It's ideal for destination weddings, as you can pack and take it with you." (Bristol,
Be sure to check out all of Maria's distinct designs:


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