Saturday, November 29, 2008

Flower Design Classes Announced

Announcing the launch of our Flower Design Classes!

December Schedule:
December 10, 2008 [6:00PM-9:00PM] - The Basics (Class is Full)
December 21, 2008 [1:00PM-4:00PM) – Holiday Centerpieces

January Schedule:
January 10, 2008 (10:00AM-1:00PM) – The Basics
January 24, 2008 (10:00AM-1:00PM) – Hand-tied Bouquets

Classes are held at our design studio:
7711 West 6th Avenue, #D
Lakewood, CO 80214

Tuition fee is $150.00 per person, per class. Tuition includes tax, all materials & light refreshments.

These hands-on classes will be taught by Alicia Schwede, Bella Fiori’s owner and lead designer. Sarah Day will be assisting.
Alicia has 10+ years in the floral design industry and has owned Bella Fiori for over 5 years. Bella Fiori has been featured in numerous magazines and on websites. Both Alicia and Sarah have trained with some of the top floral design professionals in the USA and abroad.

Book now to save your spot, classes are limited to 6 students. Contact us if you’d like to purchase a gift certificate for a friend for one of our classes. 10% discount if you book by December 5, 2008.

Call now to book your class: 303-233-5566 or email

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Favorite Websites :: Style Me Pretty

We are pleased to share with you that we've been invited to join Style Me Pretty. Style Me Pretty is a resource for brides, very hip and full of creative & fun ideas for weddings.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Our Open House

On October 28 we hosted an open house at our new studio. The girls and I had a blast planning the event. Although, I think we all learned to appreciate event planners even more than before!

Above is an upclose photo of my corsage. Sarah made each of us a corsage of phaleonopsis, fern frond, wire treatment and a bit of glitzy gems.

These 6 tall vases were filled with water with floating rose petals and topped with floating candles. These vases were placed at the entrance to the studio. The candles looked great and were an inviting entrance after sunset.

Our guests were greated to our consultation room being decorated with lots of flowers. The window area was lined with burgundy, hot pink and lime green flowers. At the base of the vases was a thick layer of moss. In the background you can see one of our fountains on display. The base of the fountain was filled with floating candles and rose petals.

This is the view looking from the office into the consultation area. The front table is getting prepped for the dessert table. Flour provided us with an incredible selection of treats. Connie blew people away! She made the most adorable favor for our guests to take home. The favor was a flower shaped cookie and each cookie had frosting in a different color. In the center of the cookie flower she wrote "Bella Fiori", each of these were placed in a bag and tied with a lovely bow. We placed a little note on each cookie to thank those who helped us with our open house. Our neighbor, Lifestyles Catering provided a ton of my favorite treats - Chocolate dipped strawberries. They are "dressed" in tuxedos. I think our dessert bar was quite the hit with our guests.

Our sign-in table was decorated with a manzanita branch in a tall rectangular vase. The base of the vase is filled with red gems. Throughout the tree are strands of crystals, large round crystals and strands of red mokara orchids.

After mingling in the front office spaces our guests were brought into the backroom where on a daily basis our designing takes place. For the open house the girls and I decided that we'd like our floral designs to be showcased above everyone ... we draped the entire ceiling in white muslin fabric. Then made numerous pomanders of dahlias, hydrangea, carnations and roses. We also hung two of our different glass containers. The bubble bowl vase that holds gerbers or orchids and our teardrop vase that holds orchids. We also hung orchid strands and rose strands with pomanders on the end.

The highlight of the backroom decor was a flower chandelier. We designed it with antique green hydrangea, sumatra lilies, roses and burgundy snapdragons in the top part. Then strung rose petals and at the end of the rose petals strands we attached a red gem.

Underneath the chandelier was the food display, a HUGE hit at the open house. Footers Catering did an AMAZING job with the food and received tons of compliments. We added in garlands of flowers and martini glasses filled with California Crystals a LED light and a green cymbidium orchid. We also had 3 high-top tables with the martini glass centerpiece. Footers set-up a lovely bar where we served wine from my home region - Mendocino County, California.

Not seen in any of the photos but definitely appreciated by our guests was Jeff Donovan of DJ on Demand. Jeff set-up his equipment in the back corner of the design room. Jeff presented us with the coolest present! All the music he played at the open house had either "rose" or "flower" in the song title. Then at the end of the night he presented us with a CD of all the songs he played.

Thank you for making our Open House special:
Autumn Burke ~ Fabulous photos
Colorado Party Rental ~ chairs & tables
DJ on Demand ~ music
Flour ~ cookies & dessert bars
Footers Catering ~ hors d’oeuvres
Lifestyles Catering ~ tuxedo strawberries

Green Gables Country Club

I apologize for the not so great quality of photos here, I took these with my IPhone... Hopefully you can get some idea of how the room looked. We filled Green Gables with red roses and tons of petals!

Here's the ceremony in front of the fireplace:

Upclose shot of the chair decorations:

Lots and lots of rose petals:

Altar arrangements in our iron candelabras, filled with black magic roses:

Foyer arrangement:

Cake by Elegant Bakery:

7' Live ficus trees with uplighting:

Centerpieces of black magic roses surrounded by more rose petals:

JW Marriott Cherry Creek

It's not a typo, I'm posting two JW Marriott Cherry Creek weddings. I love how JW Marriott has two such different looks.

Both of the weddings were with Julie Gambrell of Classic Creations.

For this wedding Jessica, the bride, had her reception in the upstairs ballroom. Her colors were striking - a rich green and a hot pink.

Upclose photo of groom's boutonniere:

Here's a photo from their ceremony:

The JW Marriott Cherry Creek ballroom:
Jessica selected all elevated centerpieces for her tables. The flowers include dendrobrium orchids, roses, stock, hydrangea and dahlias. We framed the room with lighted ficus trees to add to the ambiance. Jessica loves the *Bling* and where ever possible we tucked in gems and crystals. All the centerpieces had crystals hanging from the branches.

JW Marriott Cherry Creek

We had a lovely wedding with Julie Gambrell of Classic Creations at JW Marriott Cherry Creek. Here are a few of the photos focusing on our Manzanita Branch centerpieces.
The flowers included roses, ranunculus, tulips, cymbidium orchids, hypericum berries, pepperberries and green hanging amaranthus.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

holiday offerings

Who else is in shock that it is already November? I know I am! Could be the warm October we had, it was easy to forget what time of year it is. Today, with the 37 degree and windy morning it is easy to remember what is coming. ;)

Which brings me to my point - it is time to start thinking about the holidays! Yes, the holidays!

We have quite a few offerings for those of you throwing a holiday party. Just drop us a line and we can forward you the holiday brochure.
As for deliveries, we are offering gift baskets this year.

Prices are: $85 - 100 - 125 - 150
The baskets are decorated with festive flowers and ribbon. The baskets are filled with chips, chocolates, candies, teas, cookies, fruits and a candle.

Our other new offering is an adorable Christmas tree that stands about 18-20" tall and is decorated with miniature ornaments & ribbon and placed in a festive holiday container.

Price is: $35

Call us at 303-233-5566 to place your order!


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