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White and Blush Duke University Chapel Wedding

We were so please that Kristi and Doug chose us to design and excute their Duke University Chapel wedding flowers. It’s always an honor to be part of someone’s wedding, and the trust that couples place in our ability to bring to life their floral plans is priceless.

Doug and Katies wedding was the highlight of our season. Katies modern bridal bouquet was a compact but luxurious white and green arrangement. Stock, white roses and hydrangea were off set beautiful by the most amazing succulents the market had for us that week. 
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The grooms garter carried through the modern white theme with simple and elegant spray roses that complimented Dougs navy blue and blush suit. Duke University Wedding, Floral Dimensions Durham NC

Bridesmaids carried smaller bouquets that showed off their blush gowns, and greenery and succulents made the bouquets really pop. Duke University Wedding, Floral Dimensions Durham NC

The Bridal Portrait in the cloisters of Duke Chapel is amazing. The soft color palette accentuated the detail on the brides gown. Combined with her cathedral veil, the look was a soft and elegant but still formal wedding style.

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Can we have a quick word about succulents here? We LOVE them for many reasons, but in a wedding bouquet, the primary reason we love them is their hardiness. In the southern summer weddings, flowers might begin to wilt in the heat. A well chosen succulent loves heat. It doesn’t wilt. So if you’re planning a wedding during warmer months, adding a succulent or two to your bridal florals will help them stand up to the heat AND give your florals that minimal modern vibe that’s so popular right now. You won’t regret that choice. Duke University Wedding, Floral Dimensions Durham NC

Moving on to the reception, the couple opted to for tall statement making center pieces. Lush arrangements of hydrangea, greenery and light pink roses helped carry on the blush and modern theme from the ceremony. Duke University Wedding, Floral Dimensions Durham NC

A striking modern and  minimal tall center piece was the perfect balance to the floral center pieces.

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Finally, the bridesmaids bouquets graced other tables, performing double duty as centerpieces. The light green succulents perfectly complimented the white roses and greenery. 
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Duke University Wedding, Floral Dimensions Durham NC

If you would like to explore wedding florals with FLoral Dimensions, send us a note!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Plants that Enhance Your Life

We’ve blown way past day 100 of this COVID adventure we find ourselves on and our houses are in need of some new scenery. Happily, plants can easily enhance the texture of a room, and thus your life! they can brighten up our quarantine lives, and make our homes a little more beautiful and quarantine a little more bearable.  Here’s a quick list of our favorites.

Peace Lily cleans the air

Many times, Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) is often thought of a sympathy plant. But while it’s simple green leaves and beautiful white flowers bring comfort in times of sadness, the plant also functions as an air purifier. Peace Lily has been known to help reduce mold spores and increase humidity in a dry space. They’re great in open shade, and enjoy some water every so often. We usually have several in the store, and you can explore them on our online store. They sell out fast though, so if you want one, it’s best to order it sooner rather than later (but don’t worry- we get more quickly as well)!

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English Ivy removes toxic Benzene

English Ivy (Hedera Helix) is a beautiful trailing vine. Colorful in the fall outdoors, it can hang out indoors as a plant in a north facing window. A trailing vine, it can grace a wall or door frame with beautiful old world elegance. Additionally, Nasa’s clean air study suggests that in large quantities, English Ivy can remove benzene and other toxic chemicals from the air. If you’re interested in acquiring an English Ivy for your home, call the store today and we can help you locate one or order one for you. Contactless delivery and curbside pick up means you don’t have to wait for quarantine to be over, or come into a store if that’s not your preference.

 

Rosemary for health

3rd on out list of plants that enhance your life is Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)! In the culinary world, its leaves are a  great source of iron, calcium and b-6. In the house, rosemary likes a sunny window and slightly dry soil. Outside, it likes a sunny spot with soil that drains easily. The fragrance is  bright happy scent that lifts spirits and possibly helps with mood enhancement and memory. It roots easily as well- so cut a stem, keep it in water until rooted and then gift it to people you love.

 

Lavendar for natural pest repellant

Lavender (lavendula)  is a perpetually elegant plant that never goes out of style. It’s a natural bug repellant that looks good in a pot or in the ground. It loves sunny, sandy, well drained soil. It has soothing, nerve calming qualities, and helps some people sleep. In it’s culinary form, lavendar has a beautiful soft floral flavor that take takes lemondae from good to amazing. It winters well in doors and makes a beautiful scented addition to any home, especially during our extended at home.

Ferns offer moisture and classic beauty

Last on our list of plants that enhance your life is the ever classic fern. Ferns come in many varieties, but here at the store, we love the birds nest fern. Ferns add slight humidity to dry spaces. In the summer they make a front porch inviting and welcoming. A true jungle plant, a fern likes rich, moist organic soil. They do great here in the south, and they’ll make you smile when ever you walk past them. You don’t want to miss out on this beautiful plant. We have them often at the store, so call and order yours asap!

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Floral Dimensions COVID-19 Update

EDIT: Floral Dimensions has made the difficult decision to close to the public. This has been a hard week of adulting, where we have to look hard at the facts of our current situation, and make difficult choices. Bringing beauty, comfort, hope and happiness to durham is our mission. It’s why we get out of bed in the morning. So when we made the choice to close, it was one of the hardest things we’ve done in recent memory, and we’re 35 years into this floral business. We’re going to miss the faces of our regular customers over the next few weeks, and each other.

One of the very best ways you can support our small businesses like ours is through the purchase of a gift certificate. Gift certificates are available by emailing Bea, our owner at bea@floraldimensionsdurham.com

 

Here at Floral Dimensions we’re settling into the new rhythms of a small business in Durham, NC weathering COVID-19. That means disinfecting, playing catch up on business in the quiet time, and planning for the future. If we’re being completely honest this is kind of worrisome time. It’s made slightly less daunting by realizing that small businesses everywhere are facing the same issue.

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As we move deeper into this season of managing a business in the wake of COVID-19, we’ve made a few adjustments. First we’ve adjusted our hours.
We’ll be open Monday through Friday 9:30-4:30 
We’re open Saturdays 10-1 for deliveries only. 

Through the end of the month, we’re offering 20% off all local delivery orders. You can order online, by phone or email. We highly recommend giving the gift of a plant! We have a beautiful selection of succulents, and birds nest ferns. Make sure to call the shop to order your spring plants. They’ll brighten your quarantine as we all work together to flatten the curve.

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We’re looking forward to welcoming the people Durham back to our store soon.

 

On Small Business and Unsung Heroes

Today we’re thinking about the myriad of unsung heroes among us right now. First responders and medical professionals come to mind, but were also thinking of school custodians disinfecting our classrooms, daycare workers, nursing home caregivers, sanitation workers. Their contributions to this effort go largely unnoticed and unthanked.

If you’re reading this and you’re in the first line of defense, we thank you. You’re helping to flatten the curve. Words dont express well enough our gratitude.

We’re using this time to support each other well and build bonds that will carry us through the next few weeks or months- checking on elderly neighbors, sharing our hand sanitizer and toilet paper, and extending extra kindness and respect to everyone will take us far. We hope that you also find ways to do small things with great impact in this time of intentional slowness. We’re glad that Durham is doing hard things for the benefit of everyone. 

When you have the opportunity, we’d love to invite you to learn more about how you can support small business in Durham and salute those unsung heroes in your life.

WTVD suggests the following ways to support small businesses:

  • Shop online or via phone. While some stores already have online shopping, others will help customers order via phone or FaceTime- gift flowers and other goods to first responders in your life.
  • Buy gift cards to use at a later date to support businesses now, even if you don’t currently need anything-gift them to the people working tirelessly to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Order takeout or delivery and tip the same amount as you would dining in and send it to your exhausted friends in the medical service industry.

We wish everyone the best while we practice social distancing and isolation and we’re excited to welcome you all back to the store soon!

 

Durham Cookery Wedding Flowers

Here in our Durham NC florist shop, we love a good wedding. One of our favorite things to do is to sit down with engaged couples and help them decide how flowers fit into their wedding planning and how to maximize their effect.

As we ramp back towards wedding season, we’re getting in every kind of blooms into the studio. And today, we’re very excited to share a recent wedding from Will Greene at The Cookery- one of our favorite Durham wedding venues.

Our couple created a beautiful and modern white floral palette, with lillies, hydrangea and freesia in the bouquet. It really popped against the brick walls of the Cookery.

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Blue and White hydrangeas in a wedding bouquet create stability and depth for bridal bouquet arrangements.

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Will Greene is a great photographer and we love how this image can bring together a floral design: this wedding bouquet and boutonniere look fantastic together against the blue suit and purple tie.

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The floral arch below was designed and installed by our designer Jose. It looks really great with the green and white palette our couple designed with stephanie.

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Our groomsman and ring bearer boutonniere looked great on everyone. We designed it using white spray roses.

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A neutral champagne gold color we really modern and beautiful, and brought the wedding look together in a simple and elegant way.

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As we move into the wedding reception, our couple chose to keep it simple with beautiful blue and white hydrangea blooms placed on long farmhouse tables.

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We’re so glad that we were able to be part of this beautiful wedding day. We are honored that couples place their trust in us to create and bring to life part of one of the most important day of their lives. Its no small honor and we take the privilege seriously.

If you liked seeing these images, we invite you check out the rest of our website, especially our wedding page.

You can learn more about Will Greene here and the Cookery in Durham, NC here.

Women’s Day 2020

International Women’s Day is one of our favorite holidays here at the store. As a woman’ owned business in Durham, NC, there’s nothing that satisfies us more than a day that celebrates the contributions of women to all areas of society.

At the same time that we’re in a truly celebratory mood, we recognize that both here at home and around the world, there’s many women that lack the options and privileges we have. They lack agency, freedom, and equality. And while we acknowledge the contributions of women in our lives and celebrate the progress we’re making towards equality, Women’s Day is also an opportunity to acknowledge that for many women, their day hasn’t arrived yet and we hope for them and with them that it’s coming soon.

We encourage you to learn more about women’s day here.

Here at our small Durham Florist shop, we’re prepping some orders for the day. Stems of roses and lilies and are coming together in beautiful arrangements and we’re excited to see them head out to the people they’re gifted to. We invite you to honor the contributions of women in your life by visiting our online store, donating a cause that supports women’s issues or simply exploring the day itself.

 

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Click the picture to explore Stylish Arrival in our online store.

 

 

Custom Floral Design vs. Floral Packages

Happy almost spring to you all!

Today we’re back to chat about different types of wedding floral packages for your Durham wedding day. Florists are as many as the day is long, and we all have our own unique spin on things, from how we design to delivery policies, to pricing. At Floral Dimensions we’re always doing our best to assure that each couple digging deeply into planning their Durham wedding has options to choose from as they craft their wedding day.

Custom Floral Design

Custom floral design is what we’re what we’re known for on the Durham wedding scene and it’s the most common way to plan your wedding floral arrangements. Working with Bea and Stephanie, brides choose everything from seasonal blooms to colors, size, and quantity.

Custom floral design is best for couples who want complete control over all their options. Couples choosing a custom design also want a variety of different options from rentals, floral arches, and bigger center pieces.

You might choose custom floral if you’re hoping to take your wedding day to the next level and wow your guests and friends with an amazing floral experience at your wedding.

Most of our brides come into the store for consultations with Pinterest boards filled with ideas, and are ready and excited to get started on the process. Others rely on Stephanie’s design expertise. But at the end of the consultation after they book, they leave knowing that their wedding flowers are in the best and most capable hands around.

 

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One of our custom floral bouquets.

Pre Fixe Packages

Our Pre Fixe floral packages are new to the studio and we’re excited to bring them to life and to Durham brides who need them. We’ve designed our pre fixe floral packages for couples who want to choose a preset package and focus their planning energy on the things that are most important to them.

We’ve created three beautiful floral packages for Durham brides that cover a variety of wedding styles. There’s even room to choose colors and match color style palettes. Our pre fixe floral options allow couples to place orders over email, and check wedding flowers off their list. It’s a win for everyone.

We have three packages that cover a variety of styles and couples get to choose quantities and colors to make the process short and sweet. If you’re interested in browsing our packages, you can download our studio guide here..

 

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A centerpiece from our Classic Elegance Package.

 

If you like what you’ve seen and read, you can also take a moment to reach out to Bea. She’ll be happy to meet you for a consultation at the store in Durham.  Thanks for reading!

 

Durham Hotel Wedding

We were thrilled to design for a beautiful Durham rooftop hotel wedding. Amy and Chris got married in the fall, at the Durham Hotel, and it was a modern and spectacular wedding. Sean True was kind enough to share some of his images of the day with us.

Stephanie created a modern green and white palette to compliment Amy’s minimal modern wedding look, and she knocked it out of the park. Because the wedding was on the rooftop, Amy went with some simple green and white altar pieces, and a green and white bouquet for herself. Several modern blooms like Ranunculus, Silver Dollar Eucalyptus, Dahlias, and Dusty Miller helped set the tone for the wedding style.

Altar Pieces were a beautiful addition, and continued the green and white wedding color palette. Silver Dollar Eucalyptus, Anemones, green hydrangea and Ranunculus created a dramatic and lush effect to the altar pieces. They accented the incredible view from the roof of the Durham Hotel, and set the tone in terms of a formality. In addition, a remembrance bouquet were a quiet and beautiful expression of love for honoring the memories of loved ones no longer with them.

 

Finally, the green and white wedding palette accented the portraits. Big lush bouquets are always showstoppers and provide some texture and depth to portraits,, but there’s something about a bouquet that compliments portraits and doesn’t get in the way of emotions. Amy’s bouquet definitely accomplishes this goal.

 

 

If you’ve liked seeing our work, please explore our wedding work and learn more about what it’s like to work with us here.

Finally, this beautiful Durham Hotel wedding was made possible not just by Amy and Chris, but by all the wonderful vendors they commissioned to help make their day possible. I

Planner: Beauty & the Budget Events

Officiant: Magical Weddings

Cake: Miel Bon Bon

Florist: Floral Dimensions

DJ: Brian McGuire Sound Productions

Entertainment: Arthur Murray Durham

HMUA: Bella Trio

Flower Recycling

You’ve had a big party- maybe a corporate event or wedding or anniversary party. The drinks flowed, the food was good, people were merry, and the floral arrangements were stunning. When it was all over, you had a TON of flowers left over, even after a few guests took some home. Waste isn’t ideal, and throwing them away doesn’t seem like the best option. But there’s a non waste solution!

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Birds Nest Ferns will be back soon!   Order yours today for Spring and Summer

Cue the up and coming floral recycling trend!

Here at the studio, we have a ton of Durham weddings and corporate events all the time, and we happily deliver and set up floral installments all over Durham and Chapel Hill. Many time, for a nominal fee, we’ll come back and bring the arrangements back to the store.

We also love when clients come in and bring back all their vases to the store. This keep glass out of landfills and off the street, and we put credits on clients accounts when they bring them in.

If you’d like your arrangements to go to a great cause, read on for another option for you to consider in endeavor to avoid unnecessary waste.

First is a beautiful local organization- The Flower Shuttle. Like us, The Flower Shuttle believes that everyone should have some beauty in their life, and they focus on creating arrangements for people in poverty, living with terminal illness, or who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford flowers. Based in the Moravian Church in Raleigh, using the service is free, and a donation is always welcome. The Flower Shuttle is a true gem, and they provide an invaluable service to an important part of our community.

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Next, if you’re an avid gardener and you’ve purchased plants from us or other stores, at some point you’ve found yourself awash in plastic gardening containers. While they can sometimes be reused for a season or two, at some point, they start cracking and breaking. When this happens, consider using the Agricultural Plastics Recycling Program. There’s a drop off location at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh and the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market in Greensboro. The best part is that you shake off the plastics and donate. There’s no need to wash, or package in special way.

Finally, if you have plants that are unwanted or grown too big for their space, you can bring well cared for, thriving plants to our store and we’ll take them off you hands and find new homes for them. We love when people bring us plants and don’t let them die.

Happy Recycling Durham!

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Mark Your Calendars and Gather your Friends!

We’re gearing up for a beautiful spring here at Floral Dimensions and we’re being inspired by some many things!

First, we’re working on some beautiful made to order wedding arrangements! We’re best known for our custom floral wedding arrangements. We’ve created some beautiful ones in the past, and we have lots of beautiful 2020 weddings lined up! It’s also long been our dream to offer ready made florals for online order. We’re excited to bring flowers to even more brides in 2020! Email flodimmarketing@gmail.com so we can email a guide out to you

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Second, we’re planning some store events- book an evening your friends to come out to the store for wine and cheese and learn the basics of floral arrangement. Participants will leave with a beautiful arrangement to enjoy. Space is limited, so if you’d like to plan an event, please contact Charity in the marketing department at flodimmarketing@gmail.com and she’ll get you set up with pricing, dates and times.

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We’re also having our first Garden Party! Come out to the store on June 10th to meet the staff, have a mimosa and a bite to eat, listen to some local music, see our plants and flowers. We’ll have lots of stems available for you to make your own bouquet, or Stephanie, Caitlin, or Jose can make one for you! Stay tuned for another special guest or guests well have at the store that day!

Finally, we invite you to sign up for our monthly newsletter. We send out store events, announcements and other info and you’ll be able to see what we’ve been working on.