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By Sharon McGukin | January 6, 2014

This Season, designers are putting a twist on traditional festive centerpieces by showcasing unexpected honey-apricot roses with a mix of evergreen sprigs. “Here, a blend of bright cozy color, rustic texture and glittery baubles evokes a look that’s fresh and celebratory,” says floral expert Sharon McGukin.  (Read Article >>>)


Seven Tips For Planning An Outdoor Wedding

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 By Sharon McGukin | June 13, 2013

Planning an outdoor event requires more attention to detail than using an indoor site. In addition to people, place, and things, you also have to consider temperature, wind, and rain. Doing your homework in advance is important for planning an enjoyable wedding day.  (Read Article >>>)


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 by Megan Sullivan | February 2013

Head-to-toe creativity expected to dominate 2013 Prom Trends. Prom flowers have evolved from the traditional wristlet corsage and everyday boutonniere to an emphasis on artisitic floral jewelry and creative accessories that not only exude personality but can also be worn on various parts of the body.  

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Capturing the Imagination 

by Megan Sullivan | June 2013


Design Center – On the Edge. A look at innovative designs from AIFD Southern Conference. The Amercian Institute of Floral Designers’ (AIFD) Southern Conference in Peurto Rico in April showcased inspirational design work and encouraged florists to think outside the box.  (Read Article >>>)


Celebrating in Winter

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 By Sharon McGukin AIFD, AAF, PFCI

If you wish to greet guests with a statement of elegance at your wedding this season, consider creating the effect of a winter wonderland.

Incorporate off-white, ivory, and blush tones of fresh flowers in metallic containers such as burnished gold, polished silver, or platinum to achieve a dreamy, romantic ambiance. Faux iced branches, ice crystals, and snow scattered over tables add texture to this pristine look. (Read Article >>>)


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By Diana MathiasEpoch Times Staff

For the one day in your life that you want everything to be perfect, think about adding the element of scent to the setting. As you plan, go beyond the perfume and aftershave you and your groom normally wear to the scents that will be wafting throughout the air during the ceremony and the reception. (Read Article >>>)


3442170v1v1Great Expectations

Katie Hendrick

Here is a familiar tale: A bride brings an inspiration photo to her consultation – blissfully unaware that the bouquet with Vanda orchids, garden roses, ranunculus, lisianthus, cyclamen, callas and stephanotis could cost as much as $500, depending on how the product was sourced. But the story doesn’t have to have an unhappy ending, said Sharon Mcgukin AIFD, AAF, PFCI. The author of “Flowers of the Heart: A Bride’s Guide to Choosing Her Wedding Flowers,” offers tips for exceeding expectations of brides with majestic tastes and modest budgets, using the aforementioned bouquet, featured in the Martha Stewart Weddings Winter 2013 issue, as an example. (Read Article  >>>)


3442170v1v1Made to Honor

Katie Hendrick

With their years of service as chefs, chauffeurs and counselors, mothers deserve really nice flowers. That’s the message florists ardently spread each May, and it’s one that should come up at each and every wedding consultation, said Sharon McGukin AIFD, AAF, PFCI, author of “Flowers of the Heart: A Bride’s Guide to Choosing Flowers for Her Wedding. Though the mothers of the bride and groom are the wedding’s most honored guests, their personal flowers rarely receive proper prestige during brides’ planning, she said, often falling behind ceremony pieces and reception décor. (Read Article >>>)


Panel of Experts – Floral Designs 2013 Florist Review 2013 trends

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Sharon McGukin, AIFD, PFCI, AIFD; chairperson of the national education-publications committee for AIFD and the freelance designer and floral commentator; Carrollton, GA. (Read Article >>>)