Special Boutique Bridal Show!

Del Mar Wedding Event, Sunday, October 13, 2013 @ Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, 1505 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Solana Beach—11am – 4pm

A Boutique Bridal Show with 2 amazing Fashion Shows, the most talented vendors in the area featuring Venues, Cake Tasting, Floral Displays and Everything Wedding for your Most Unique Wedding Day!  $15 for 2 tickets…Use Code “A-99″ on-line now Or–Call 1-877-522-7158 for more info….Complete Show Details @ www.DelMarWeddingEvent.com

Larry and his staff will be present at this wonderful show with a stunning display, a drawing for a $350 gift certificate from BBBL…..and more!

Please come and pay us a visit.



Two Bridal Fairs of interest to future Brides

San Diego Wedding Event/ Marina Village Conference Center/ 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109—

Sunday, October 6, 2013—11am-4pm–

Over 70 of the area’s best wedding services and locations.

Flowers, Photographers, Makeup, Fashions, Jewelry, Cake Tasting and more!

Prizes every hour!

Fashion Shows twice during the day!

Admission $10 at the door Or Request One  Free Admission @ www.SanDiegoWeddingEvent.net




Temecula Wedding Event @ Promenade Mall—40820 Winchester Rd., Temecula, CA 92591

11am-4pm—Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013—

Everything Wedding for the perfect day….Two great Fashion Shows and prizes all day.  Choose a location, taste cakes, sample foods and candies, see the Photographers, meet the florists and videographers.  Musicians, Makeup, Jewelry and More! Plan your honeymoon and get the things you want for your wedding.  One Free Admission on-line and Register for the Grand Prize @ www.TemeculaValley Event.com


Beautiful Blooms by Larry and staff will be present at both events —with many examples of lovely wedding florals….A prize drawing for a $250 Gift Certificate for flowers from BBBL…..

Come and see us!



Forest Themed Weddings Using Succulents

By Larry Steckling

In this age of eco-friendly weddings, a new favorite theme for nature-loving bridal couples is the “forest wedding”. It is often a reflection of the bride and groom’s lifestyle, and in many ways it has been inspired by the twilight wedding from the “Twilight” movies.



This theme freely incorporates natural elements such as rocks, wood, bark, moss and fern curls. It also responds well to the use of Billy Balls (yellow crespedia), hypericum berries, seed pods, pine cones, faux butterflies, nests, mushrooms, faux eggs and feathers. These can all be combined to create a natural or a fantasy forest theme.

Blooms such as cymbidium orchids and green roses can become gorgeous focal points. And succulents, authentically natural, can also be worked seamlessly into the floral designs.

Coming from the Latin succose (“juice”), they are often called “fat” plants, referring to their water-storing capabilities. There are literally thousands of types of these sturdy plants. Echevarria is the most popular and can be used as a cut bloom or as a plant. There are seedum varieties available with roots. Then, there are the epiphytes, which are air and moisture plants that grow on other plants. There are also the old world African succulents such as “Hen and chicks” and the “jade plant.”


Then, we have the new world cactus type, of which the echevarria is one and the “string of pearls” is the other.

A spectacular bridal bouquet can be made with a variety of succulents on wire cloth-covered stems mixed in with orchids and roses. A wrist corsage can be made with twisted wire (with lamb’s ear backing for comfort), with succulent blooms and small orchid florets glued in.


A unique use of succulents coming from LeAnne Kessler of Floral Design Institute, is to use pink and green ones in their pots, placed inside a narrow metal container. Then, using Spanish moss to cover the soil, Kiwi vine is added on top for interest. Then, small epiphytes are tacked into the openings of the Kiwi vine for a fascinating reception centerpiece.

The forest theme can be further explored with a bridal bouquet that uses a brown wire collar to give a flat surface for designing. Added to this are green dianthus, green viburnum, brown hypericum berries, eucalyptus, green cymbidium orchids and fern curls all lashed together with bullion wire for that “fresh from the forest floor “ look.


Another gorgeous, but simple idea is to start with a cluster of three large white hydrangeas and slide down through the blooms, feathers, dianthus, berries, green roses, Billy Balls and rhododendrons.

Yet another forest idea from the creative mind of Ms. Kessler, is to fashion a little Flower Girl basket out of a rustic faux bird’s nest, adding a handle of barked wire. The beaded wire can decorate the outside, while the inside can have small amounts of dianthus, Johnny Jump-Ups, and sweet gum pods with one faux quail’s egg glued inside the nest.


With all of these fun and creative ideas, it is easy to see how you and your floral designer can come up with an awe-inspiring forest-themed wedding.


Keep Flower Mania blossoming in your heart and have a blooming great day!

The Magic and Romance of a Wine Country Wedding

by Larry Steckling 


Just the mention of a vineyard wedding, at a venue nestled in the heart of lush and lovely wine country, brings to mind dozens of romantic images. Whether it be in Temecula, Napa, Sonoma or elsewhere, it is so easy to envision spectacular sunset views, placid lakes, charming creeks and stunning mountain vistas….

The bride and groom toasting each other in a Tuscan-style courtyard surrounded by a circle of trees lit by hundreds of twinkling fairy lights…

The graceful wedding ceremony set in a tranquil lakeside idyll…

The bridal couple brought to and from the ceremony site in an elegant horse-drawn carriage…

All of these scenarios, and many more, spring to mind when a vineyard wedding is up for consideration. These venues almost always have stellar customer service. Your wish is their command, and they cannot do enough to please you.

Of course, this comes with a realistic price tag. But, when you consider that both the ceremony and reception can be held in the same venue (and arrangements can often be made to host the rehearsal dinner and /or a day-after-the-wedding-brunch at the same facility), the price proves to be loaded with extra value. In fact, wine country venues are excellent destination wedding sites.

Becoming a part of the vineyard setting is very important to your floral designer. Indeed, with such a beautiful setting, the florist’s imagination shifts into high artistic gear.

Wedding arch and french buckets

Some innovations that are ideal for the wine country wedding are the use of such colors as rich reds, deep pinks, champagne and blush in the florals, as a subtle complement to the wines.

The use of grapes, both artificial and real, along with Hypericum and Viburnum berries goes along with the rustic feel of the vineyard setting.

Unique looks for the mother’s flowers and the groom’s boutonniere, are the use of a small vintage evening bag for the mother, and a fabric rectangle slid into the vest jacket pocket for the groom. The addition of flowers and berries or seed pods inside the bag, and glued to the top of the rectangle make these ideas into vivid realities.

Since the ceremony areas are unusual, they don’t always lend themselves to wedding arches or columns. Often, we only have a gate, fence or wagon wheel with which to work. Pew clips with flowers and foliage attached can be clipped onto such props. Or the use of a tall Shepherd’s hook on each side of the altar area, with a floral decorated willow wreath hanging from the hook is sometimes the perfect idea.

If this kind of venue excites you and your groom, find the one that works for you. Invite your floral designer to meet with you at your selected site, and let your imaginations take flight!

Keep the Flower Mania blossoming in your heart and have a blooming good day!

Glamorous Vintage Weddings

by Larry Steckling 

Bridal bouquet--cascade

Some brides decide to bring back a bygone vintage era with their glamorous wedding. Some go with the 1920’s, 1930’s or 1950’s Hollywood glamour. Others are trying for a different vintage look, such as early 1900’s or the Victorian era.

Whatever the theme, there are specific props, containers and floral techniques that can bring out the theme more clearly.

For the 1920’s Hollywood theme there are rhinestones and white feather trim to be paired with lipstick red roses and black silk flowers. For the 1950’s Hollywood, hot pink roses, white calla lilies, red carnations and black velvet ribbon with diamond trim might do the trick. For the early 1900’s there are the Mason jars (clear or colored glass) that can be filled with a variety of flowers for that “Grandmother’s garden” look at the ceremony and reception. For the Victorian era, there is lace and family heirloom jewelry to dress up the bouquets. Antique candlesticks are also good for floral ceremony décor for a Victorian wedding.

Also, for the older style wedding, tussie-mussie bouquets (clusters of small blooms and berries) work well. For any of the Hollywood themes, the beaded wire in small or large beads in a variety of colors, often works as a bouquet handle accent.


Elegant, vintage effects can also be created by spraying foliage, such as seeded Eucalyptus or Lemon Leaf, silver or gold.

Floral necklaces can also be made with large beaded wire in triple strands. Orchid or succulent blooms can be glued along the wire, backed by galax leaves.

Another cute innovation that has a real vintage look is a heart-shaped Flower Girl purse made out of a cut-out, 2 sided heart with flowers coming out of the center at the top of the heart. One other heart-shaped idea is a hanging heart to be hung at the altar area. Using a heart-shaped form, gorgeous classic flowers, berries and rice flowers are attached.

Bringing together a number of these ideas based on a definite vintage theme can add that special touch to your wedding, to make it memorable for years to come.


(Written by Larry Steckling of Beautiful Blooms by Larry

@ www.beautifulbloomsbylarry.com ….with some ideas provided by Floral Design Institute.)

Keep the Flower Mania blossoming in your hearts and have a blooming good day!






“The Finishing Touch—Boutonnieres”

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-group-calla-lily-boutonnieres-used-wedding-image30070961The guests have all been seated for the wedding ceremony. The mothers of the groom and the bride are ushered to their seats. The groom and the minister take their place at the altar, The music changes to the processional and the assembled guests see the handsome groom in his tuxedo with a custom-made boutonniere in his lapel. The groom’s boutonniere generally is different from those that his groomsmen will wear. It often relates somewhat to the bridal bouquet.

There are literally dozens of different boutonniere looks ranging from a simple, single rose to a super elegant anthurium with its waxy, shiny, vibrant color. Most boutonnieres have some sort of foliage as the base, whether it is a hydrangea or a galax leaf, a sprig of ruscus or a bit of pitisporum.

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The flower is then attached to the front of the base. Often a few Hypericum berries or a wisp of baby’s breath, a “billy ball”(Crespedia) or a button mum is tucked in there as well.

Some boutonnieres have a more masculine base, such as a fiddle fern or an aluminum wire sculpted shape. A relatively new trend is an “all foliage” boutonniere with seeded Eucalyptus and a pod or a galax leaf and some silver brunia, or a similar combination. Yet another new look is the use of some small succulent bloom with a seed pod, sprig of Hypericum berry or Seeded Eucalyptus.

Whatever type is chosen, whether it is ribbon-wrapped or embellished with decorative wire or pearls, it should reflect the style and personality of the bridal couple.

(Submitted by Larry Steckling) Keep Flower Mania in your heart and have a blooming good day!

“Citrus Infused” Weddings

by Larry Steckling


During the heat of a California summer, when so many flowers are at the height of their beauty, but perhaps not at their strongest in the direct glare of the sun, the floral designer needs to direct the attention of his summer brides elsewhere, if possible,

He needs to tell them that, this is not the time of year to have hydrangeas in your bridal bouquet, or to have roses and peonies out of water for any more than an hour or so. Nor is it a particularly good time for white flowers of other types in bridal bouquets, as they tend to dehydrate quicker than brighter blooms. (Dendrobiums and Cymbidium Orchids are an exception.)

So, this leads us to Citrus colored flowers, as well as fresh citrus fruit, to give us that infusion of color and zest during the gorgeous summer months.

Flowers that work well at this time of year in hand-tied bouquets where there is no water source are Billy Balls (Yellow Crespedia), yellow, orange and pink roses, Scabiosa flowers and pods, orange pincushions, yellow, white, blush ,orange, green and brown orchids of all types, the vivid proteus and plumeria and the vibrant, waxy-faced Anthuriums, as well as the many hues of the sturdy mini-callas. Also available for use in these bouquets is a variety of succulents, seed pods, berries and tropical grasses.


Now, the above cautions can be circumvented in two ways, either through a creative use of water tubes or by forming the bouquet on a wet foam holder.

Also, at the reception, as long as the flowers are in a vase of water, or a wet foam-based container, almost anything is possible.


No matter what blooms are chosen, as long as the extremes of the weather are taken into consideration, and the floral designer can make the necessary accommodations, a brilliantly beautiful wedding is assured.

(Submitted by Larry Steckling, floral artist-craftsman) Keep Flower Mania in your heart and have a blooming good day!



More Limited Time Flower Specific Packages —Book Now and Save!



“HI-LILI,HI-LO” Package—$ 325 ( $ 400-June-Sept.)

The general list of ceremony flowers ( Bridal/ Groom’s Bout./3- Bridesmaids Bouquets/3 Groomsmen Bouts./ 2 Dad’s Bouts./ 2 Mom’s Corsages/ petals for Flower Girl/ Small bout. for Ring-Bearer, Toss Bouquet….Plus long low head table arrangement…

Using regular Calla Lillies, Stargazer Lillies with Colored Throats, Colored Stargazers, Casablanca Lillies, small amount or Roses or Dahlias, Tree Fern


” THE FORMAL LOOK ON A BUDGET I ” Package—$ 325 ( $ 400—June-Sept.)

The general list of ceremony flowers

Plus long low head table arrangement

Using Roses, Dendrobium Orchids, small amount of Cymbidium Orchids, Baby’s Breath, Plumosa Fern, Seeded Eucalyptus, Mini-Callas


” THE FORMAL LOOK ON A BUDGET II” Package—$ 400 ( $475- June-Sept.)

The general list of ceremony flowers

Plus long low head table arrangement

Using Roses, Dendrobium Orchids, small amount of Cymbidium Orchids, Baby’s Breath, Plumosa Fern, Seeded Eucalyptus, Mini- Callas, Hydrangeas


“ORCHIDS SUPREME” Package—$ 500 ($ 575—June-Sept.)

The general list of ceremony flowers

Plus long low head table arrangement

Using Dendrobium Orchids, Cymbidium Orchids, Phaeleanopsis, Oncidium and James Storey Orchids, small amount of Stephanotis, small amount of Roses


Choose your package and book your wedding now!

Larry Steckling, floral artist-craftsman

Beautiful Blooms by Larry



New Limited Time Offer Floral Packages for Weddings

New Limited Time Offer Floral Packages for Weddings….

Do you want to feature one specific flower such as an Orchid in your

wedding? You may want a few complimentary or filler blooms in the mix,

but you want your “special” flower to be the focal point.

The good news is: this can be surprisingly affordable, because we don’t have to buy all those other flowers that often find their way into a wedding for the sake of variety and visual interest.

But, somertimes you just want the impact of a specific flower.

So, now, Beautiful Blooms by Larry is rolling out, for the first time,

“Flower Specific Packages”……

Here are the first four we are unveiling, and look at the fantastic


“Budget -Friendly Roses”—$140SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA

 Bridal Bouquet (round, hand-tied)

Groom’s Boutonniere

(3) Bridesmaid’s Bouquets

(3) Groomsmen’s Bouts.

Toss Bouquet

(2) Dad’s Bouts.

(2) Mom’s Corsages

Petals for Flower Girl

Small bout. for Ring-Bearer

(Using the following only: Roses, Baby’s Breath, Waxflower, Italian Ruscus.)


“Mum’s the Word”—-$155



The same list of ceremony florals as above,,,,

(Using the following only: Spider Mums, Billy Balls (Yellow Crespedia),Button Mums, Dianthus (Green Trick Carnation), Mini- Carnations, Leather Fern)


“Super Callas”—-$ 300 ($375–June-Sept.)


The general list of ceremony florals listed in the first package….

(Using the Following Only: Mini Callas in colors of your choice, small

amount of Roses or Dahlias, Baby’s Breath, Waxflower.)


“Blue Moon”—-$ 325 ($375–June-Sept.)


The general list of  ceremony florals ….

(Using the Following Only: Blue Hydrangeas, a small amount of White Hydrangea, Blue Hyacinth, Blue Anemone and Blue Iris.)

NOTE: Quotes available on request for All Pink—or Pink and White/ All Red—or Red and White/ All Purple–or Purple and Lavendar/ All Yellow or Yellow and Orange/ All Green–or Green and White/ All White–or White and Creams/Off-Whites.


ONLY UNTIL 06-30-13,,,,,,(Wedding may be anytime in 2013 or 2014,

but the contract must be signed and a monetary deposit must be made

on or before the above date.)

Contact us At Once to reserve your Specific Floral Package for your

Special Day!


Beautiful Blooms by Larry—-760-855-8278




The processional strains of “Pacobell Canon in D” have just begun, and the bride is waiting out of sight with her father or other close relative by her side. With moist eyes, she casts her gaze down on her bridal bouquet with which she fell instantly in love when the florist handed it to her. At this moment, she will savor visually its many beautiful touches.

So that future brides can make the perfect choice for their perfect bouquet, I am providing here a guide to the many types of bridal bouquets that can be created for her.

1- The Round, Hand-Tied Bouquet.Bridal bouquet--hand-tied

This has a European heritage, and is often used as a hostess gift in many countries. It has also been a perennial favorite of Martha Stewart. It is perhaps the simplest of all bouquets and yet, the exactness of its construction is perhaps its greatest point of beauty.

Starting with a clutch of a few blooms, the floral designer carefully places a variety of other complimentary blooms in a unique spiral fashion. Once the desired fullness and color combination has been formed, the florist actually ties off the blooms with a special wire that does not cut into the delicate stems. Some bouquets are tighter than others, and some are looser, with hanging foliage or berries at various points to give a more casual effect.

The stems are often wrapped in satin ribbon or a beautiful fabric that has meaning for the bride (often an heirloom handkerchief or bridal veil.) Often 1” of the stems are left exposed as a reverent nod to nature.

2. The Cascade Bouquet.Bridal bouquet--cascade

A very old style of bouquet that has had many “comeback” moments. Currently, it is enjoying a renewed popularity , but with some modern twists.

The traditional cascade from 1920 through 1930 was a complex arrangement of roses and foliage, held together by intricate wiring techniques to create the beautiful waterfall effect.

Now, we shorten the traditional cascade to balance out the total effect of bride, gown and bouquet.

We also can make it even smaller and provide a more delicate pointed effect, often called “the teardrop.”Bridal bouquet true teardrop

3. The Ball of Flowers.bridal bouquet--ball of roses

This is just what the name implies- a ball of, most often one type of flower, such as roses. It is also most often used in a monochromatic (one color) scheme. Using a wet foam ball as a base, perfect rose heads of the same size are inserted in concentric rings until the orb is fully covered. A PVC pipe handle is often covered in satin or cloth. Variations can include 2 or 3 different types of blooms inserted in a pattern, the smaller blooms used sparingly as an accent to the larger ones.


4. The Flat Beidemeier.

Another European innovation with deep roots in history, brought to new American life.

Using a new flat square piece foam holder, definite rows of 3 or 4 different types of blooms (heads or clusters) are inserted in the foam to create a unique layered effect. A marvelous variation is to glue a votive in the middle with a glued in artificial LED candle to enhance a romantic ceremony.

5. The dome.

Using a specially shaped foam bouquet holder as a base, the chosen flower heads and bits of foliage (pods, berries,etc.) are inserted to form a suble “domed” effect, as opposed to the perfectly round shape. It is a mark of the florist’s artistry how precisely the blooms are inserted to create the desired effect.

6. Free form.

This is the newest trend, though, it is perhaps the oldest, originating in the clutch of field flowers and foliage, that were gathered for brides centuries ago. This is not the spiral hand-tied, but, literally a clutch of a variety of flowers, foliage, berries, pods, and succulents to create that “just picked” look- as if the bride and her attendants just came back from frolicking in the meadow and field.

Of course, although the floral designer creates it with great skill and forethought, its simplicity is its greatest virtue. A variation on this is the “Tussie Mussie” – a smaller bouquet with very tiny blooms, berries and greenery to give a quaint Victorian effect.

Think over these various options and once you have looked at many images of these bouquets, you are ready to discuss with your floral designer which one will work best for you.

Keep the FlowerMania in your hearts blossoming and
have a blooming good day!

Larry Steckling, Floral Artist-Craftsman

Beautiful Blooms by Larry