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The Wedding of the Year!


The Wedding of the Year!

Wow…the wedding of the year?” you may be thinking as you read the title of this post. Well, to us it truly was!

And no, we’re not talking about Prince William and Kate’s wedding either! We’re talking about Sarah’s wedding. “Who’s Sarah?” you ask. Good question! It’s our owner’s daughter—that’s who!

And what a day it was! It is always exciting to work with brides and grooms and help them plan for their special day, but when it’s your own daughter, the excitement rises to a whole new level! Please allow us to share the spectacular details with you.

Once Upon a Time…


Becki Creighton (the proud mom), Sarah (the beautiful bride), and Marco's gorgeous mom!

Sarah dreamed of having her wedding under the great oak at the Philippi Mansion Estate in Sarasota, FL ever since she attended her eighth grade dance there.

And the art deco vintage-inspired wedding and reception was absolutely resplendent as Becki Creighton, our owner and Sarah’s proud mom, assembled the dream team which left no detail of this magnificent event unattended!

And it was a small miracle, too, as the wedding took place 4 days AFTER Christmas!  

The ceremony itself took place outdoors under the large oak tree on the gorgeous property just as Sarah had envisioned.  Affairs in the Air went into overdrive and hung 3 stunning crystals chandeliers to look as though they were hung from the huge oak tree. They had to work guide wires from outside supports as we were not allowed to do the actual suspension from the trees. They made it work and the ceremony was absolutely incredible. chandeliers-from-oak-tree

Affairs in the Air also did a fabulous design with lighting on the back patio of the mansion as well!  The red and amber up-lighting had a leaf pattern in it that stretched across the whole back of the building and it looked magnificent! We have worked with Affairs in the Air for many years and they never cease to amaze us with their ingenuity and attention to detail! 

Since the couple did not want a traditional wedding or reception, they opted for a more relaxed party feel—particularly at the reception—which suited the two of them to a tee! There were no table assignments and lots of hi top tables. Each table featured a different flower arrangement! black-tree-with-pompodour-balls-and-chandeliered-votives

Decorating for the reception was a joy! The tree theme was carried inside for the reception and we used large black trees on some of the larger tables for a dramatic look. The 6’  tall black trees had euphorbia on the branches and we suspended hanging chandeliered votive candles with lots of crystals and prisms.

We also added 3 rose topiary balls in red, yellow and orange.  The topiary balls were a fun pop of color and a nice creative touch! At the base of each tree, we used 12 cylinders with floating candles wrapped in bling and set 3 additional topiary balls on top of 3 more cylinders to pull the color down on to the table.  It was gorgeous and Sarah loved it!  

mantel-cake-and-art-deco-columnsThe mantel in the mansion was a composite design of several rose topiary balls in all sizes and lots of candles…in fact, thousands of roses and flowers were used for this day for both the wedding and reception. composite-w-fl-candles-in-mercury-glass

 Affairs in the Air did an immense amount of draping inside the mansion rooms to create the art deco feel Sarah wanted.  They used black draping in some rooms and white in others. You’ve got to check out the before and after picture of the draping in the mansion in the gallery below…you won’t believe the difference!

They also did 4 spandex art deco columns which featured huge brightly colored floral arrangements we designed that flanked either side of the mantel and doorway. Words truly can not describe the exquisite look of it all!

And to continue the tree-theme, Debbie Bock, our shop manager designed a wishing tree instead of sign-in book and created leaves the guest wrote their wishes on. These leaves with precious messages were attached to the tree set in a cloud of roses and hydrangea. It was one-of-a-kind! 

The food and cake were works of arts in themselves as well! Karl from Old Heidelberg Bakery made the striking black and white wedding cake with art deco touches and Alla from The Cake Zone created the artful desserts on beautiful trays around the cake. And Jamie Barrett from Simply Gourmet outdid himself with the Tapas style food that Sarah and Marco wanted for their special day. It was all delicious and beautiful!cake-with-desserts-and-crystals-risers

And this day will forever be preserved in our memories thanks to the beautiful pictures done by Evelyn England of Sage Art Photography  and the outstanding video by Tibor Imley. Please take a moment and look at all the gorgeous photographs of this phenomenal day in the gallery below!

Bobbi Hicks of Weddings by Bobbi helped get Sarah down the aisle and was assisted by Jen Moore from Notary to Go! They did a fantastic job and made the day go so smoothly.

bridal-bouquet-hydrangea-garden-roses-ranunculus-w-blingSarah’s amazing hair and makeup was done by Tammy and Joe Gamso from Fresh Salon and Spa. The hair and make-up went beautifully with Sarah’s classic look!

Sarah’s classic look was complemented by her classic white rose wedding bouquet which featured touches of bling! Every girl needs bling on her wedding day. 

Her bridesmaids wore dazzling green vintage-inspired dresses and carried bouquets of deep red and coral roses.


We can not thank everyone enough who made this day possible…you are more than business partners to us, you are precious friends! Thank you, thank you, and thank you!

The day truly was a dream come true for us at Flowers by Fudgie! It was an absolute delight to work on this wedding and make Sarah and Marco’s wedding dreams a reality! We had a beaming bride and mother!

And we would LOVE to do the same for you! If you are looking for a florist in Sarasota , Flowers by Fudgie would be honored to work with you. We are here to serve you and make your wedding day dreams come true! Contact us today!


Charming South Florida Museum Wedding

courtyard-south-florida-museum-nighttimeEvery bride desires a magical location for the day of her dreams. This location fits the bill perfectly! It is the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, Florida, and it is such a hidden gem!

The gorgeous wedding and reception were held in the captivating courtyard. The color theme of this special wedding was soft tones of champagne, blush pink and peach! 

The beautiful and glowing bride carried a stunning bridal bouquet designed with cream hydrangea, Sahara, Versailles and Sophie roses. It was so pretty and complemented her dress very well. The grooms’ boutonniere was a double small porcelina spray rose with a touch of seeded eucalyptus…it was just the right touch!pastel-rose-bouquet

lanternSince the reception was at night in the courtyard, lighting was an important part of the décor!  We used black iron lanterns on the guest tables as centerpieces with floral clusters of roses on top. Each lantern contained a LED pillar candle so as to provide light but not damage the flowers.

Some of the lanterns were also used on the wall around the fountain at the ceremony site. The ceremony itself was officiated by Rev. Georgeann Butler of Sarasota Dream Weddings…it was a lovely ceremony. 

The ceremony site also had black iron stands with lovely pastel colors to match the color scheme. The iron stands were then moved to the reception site to frame the bride and grooms’ sweetheart table. The black iron especially suited the look of the old museum courtyard. Affairs in the Air did an exceptional job of providing the magical lighting overhead in the courtyard…you can never go wrong with twinkle lights! 

The cake was magical as well! Fresh flowers completed the cake designed by Alla from The Cake Zone. Their motto is: “If you can dream it, we can make it!” And this cake was a dream…cream hydrangea and blush tone roses cascaded down the layers of the beautiful and delicious cake.cake-by-the-cake-zone

This wedding was an absolute joy and a delight! Be sure to check out all the fabulous pictures done by Kimberly Dyer Photography in the gallery below—they are awesome! We never grow tired of being a part of someone’s dream day!

 If you are looking for a florist in Sarasota , Flowers by Fudgie would be honored to work with you. We are here to serve you and make those wedding day dreams come true! Contact us today!



Destination Wedding at the Ritz Carlton Beach Club

champagne-bridal-bouquet Who doesn’t dream of a destination wedding at the Ritz Carlton? Oh my! It is such a beautiful place…it never disappoints!

The wedding was at the ever glamorous Ritz Carlton Beach Club Resort on sunny Lido Key, Florida.  The ceremony took place under a pretty chuppa which was designed specifically for the lush lawn by the sparkling Gulf of Mexico.

Generous amounts of fresh pink rose petals lined the aisle and a single open pink rose with a green orchid was tied to every other chair end.  At the back of the aisle, guests were greeted with large palm frond arrangements in bamboo vases. It was a picture to behold! pink rose petals and aisle flowers

The stunning bride carried a simple and elegant bouquet of cream roses—understated beauty! It complimented the bride’s natural gorgeousness!

centerpiees-of-green-hydrangea-pink-shades-of-roses-bouganviellaThe reception was in the impeccable Grill Room at the Ritz Member Beach Club. Centerpieces on the tables were made with hydrangea and shades of pink roses with gnarled curly willow and  pieces of bougainvillea—so eye-catching! 

The cake was a statement of elegance and class. It was done by the new top notch pastry chef at the Ritz and we decorated it with hydrangea and roses—it was  a show-stopper! cake-by-the-ritz-flowers-by-fudgie

A true touch of whimsy were the place cards made from sand dollars. They were nested into sand with orchid florets! It was such a fun and novel touch to the day!place-card-table-with-sand-dollars

Tibor Imely of Imely Photography took the outstanding pictures for this fantastic wedding. Please be sure to take some time to look at the gallery below.

This wedding was an absolute knock-out! If you are planning a destination wedding in Florida or are looking for a florist in Sarasota , Flowers by Fudgie would be honored to work with you. We are here to serve you and make those wedding day dreams come true! Contact us today!


Romantic Rose Garden Wedding at the Ritz Carlton Sarasota

Bridal party Ritz Carlton SarasotaIt seems roses are just made for weddings! They are so romantic and when in full bloom, so fragrant.  And gorgeous roses were the perfect backdrop for a very romantic wedding at the Ritz Carlton Sarasota!

A beautiful couple chose the always immaculate Ritz Carlton Sarasota to host the day of their dreams. The stunning ceremony took place on the lawn in the Rose Garden, while the reception was held later on the lush lawn in the Healing Garden.

Photographer, Lauren Pauline, captured the pictures from this day. She did a masterful job capturing the essence of this wedding!  We have to admit though, it might be hard to take a bad picture of this couple because they were absolutely breathtaking!bridal bouquet Ritz Carlton bride

The weather did not disappoint as the couple shared their vows on a clear sunny day under a chuppa with flowing, soft draping and tender floral  clusters on the posts of Mondial garden roses.  The captivating bride carried a bouquet of hydrangea with David Austin Patients garden roses, adorned with touches of silver ivy geranium foliage. The bridesmaids carried hydrangea and the garden rose Vitality…they smelled so good!  

bride  bridesmaids flower girl with wreathAnd  a delightful little flower girl who was adorned with a precious rose wreath added just the right touch to this bridal party!

The bride, who chose to stay in all cream tones with just a hint of blush, wanted an elegant candle light reception under a tented canopy on the  lawn. Her wish was our command! We arranged tables with a composite look of 3 mercury glass containers filled with hydrangea and roses and spray roses with elegant phalaenopsis orchids. Each elegant table also had 3 taller pedal candle holders with additional votives to create the luminous ambiance the couple desired!candles and floral centerpiece-garden like

A fabulous statement piece was also created for the place card table on a lead crystal pedestal topped with hydrangea and roses and trailing phalaenopsis orchids.

This wedding was truly a vision and the couple was thrilled with the results! If you are looking for a florist in Sarasota , Flowers by Fudgie would be honored to work with you. We are here to serve you and make those wedding day dreams come true! Contact us today!

Dazzling Longboat Key Wedding!

Dazzling Longboat Key Club WeddingBrides love bling! And this beautiful bride was no exception. We had a blast as we prepared for this gorgeous wedding at the stellar Longboat Key Club Resort. Gorgeous color and beautiful bling made this wedding a knock-out!

The ceremony took place on the lush Harbourside Lawn under a bamboo canopy. The color scheme was pink and green (& bling!) and we used many pink roses, green hydrangea and small green orchids.

The aisle was lined with Sheppard hooks with small, yet stunning arrangements. The guests were greeted with 2 lovely pink rose and green hydrangea arrangements at the back of the aisle that were later brought inside and used on buffet tables.  It was a perfect day….lots of sunshine and not too hot! You can’t beat Florida for an outside wedding!Dazzling Longboat Key Club Wedding

A fun touch at the end of the ceremony was when the guests showered the happy couple with lush pink rose petals that had been distributed in dainty paper doily cones! 

Dazzling Longboat Key Club WeddingThe reception was where the bling made it’s big appearance! We used our new and absolutely amazing 39” 5 branch bling candelabra as centerpieces with 3 smaller arrangements clustered around the base on the tables…oh my goodness! These were breathtaking and the bride absolutely loved it!  

The cake was a stand-out as well. It was from Pastries by Design and featured the pink and green color scheme and was beautifully decorated with fresh roses—so lovely!Dazzling Longboat Key Club Wedding

A day as memorable as this is never done without a remarkable team of people! Thanks to Lauren Kincaid of the Longboat Key Club for working so well with us, Bobbi Hicks of Weddings by Bobbi who was the wedding coordinator, as well as thanks to Evelyn England of Sage Art Photo for providing such awesome pictures! Be sure to take some time and look at the fabulous shots in the gallery below.

And If you are looking for a florist in Sarasota , Flowers by Fudgie would be honored to work with you. We are here to serve you and make those wedding day dreams come true! Contact us today!


Simple Elegant Ritz Beach Club Wedding-Sarasota

blue-white-flowers-on-arch This destination bride chose the Ritz Members Beach Club for their wedding. Unfortunately,  the weather was not as cooperative as we like, so the ceremony was moved to the Sunset Terrace which still over looks the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. The bamboo arch worked nicely as a back drop with blue hydrangea and blue Bella Donna delphinium floral sprays on the upper corners.  Also blue hydrangea trimmed the aisle being attached to every other chair end. vendella-bridemaids-bqs

The bride chose a simple and elegant bouquet of all Vitality garden  roses with there heavenly scent and the bridesmaids carried blue hydrangea with Vendella cream roses nested between.

blue-hydrangea-with-candles The dinner tables were decorated with glass cubes of blue hydrangea and many candles were  used to add a nice glow to the evening.

Audrey Snow did an amazing job with photography…..she is a master and you won’t want to miss checking out her website where you will see many other weddings that shows her style.   white-rose-bridal-bouquet

Flowers by Fudgie works with many destination brides.  We have a huge portfolio of photos to help them in making their selections from  beach decor, or elegant more elaborate weddings,  as well as personal flowers for the bride and bridesmaids.   If you are interested in a quote on your wedding, ask for a consultation form and we will prepare a no cost preliminary proposal with options, pricing and photos of our work….sort of an over sized menu to get you started in your planning.

Wedding Flowers-Longboat key Club Harbourside Venue

bamboo-canopy-with-pink-and-green Longboat Key Club is a favorite venue for weddings as ceremony and reception flow seamlessly when everything is at the one location. This Bradenton couple chose the club’s Harbourside location to host both their ceremony and the reception.


Flowers by Fudgie provided the bamboo canopy which was set on the lawn and decorated with soft pink roses and green orchids. The aisle was lined with Shepard hooks holding glass cones of green button mums and pink roses.  Guests were welcomed to the ceremony with lovely arrangements of green hydrangea and pink roses on slender white stanchions at the back of the aisle and carpet aisle runners complete the look. pink-roses-and-green-mums-at-back-of-the-aisle


pink-rose-bridesmaids-bouquet The bride carried ivory roses with a scattering of rhinestone sprays tucked throughout the bouquet.  Her attendant wore a pink gown and carried a bouquet of soft pink roses and green dendrobium orchids.  Wedding coordinator, Bobbi Hicks of Weddings by Bobbi, was on hand seeing to every detail and keeping the evening moving along smoothly. candelabra-with-pink-and-green


cake-table-with-pink-roses After the ceremony, guests moved into the ballroom to enjoy dinner and dancing.  Affairs in the Air draped the ceiling beautifully with fabric and white lights, putting a romantic ambiance in the air.  The tables were set with sparkling candelabrum decorated with pink roses.  Around the base of each candelabra we placed three arrangements of green hydrangea and pink roses.


The romance of the day was captured by the experts at Sage Art Photography.  Special thanks to them for providing the photos for our gallery.  And our friends at Pastries by Design provided Jaya and John their first sweet taste of wedding bliss with a scrumptious cake with pink roses cascading from layer to layer.



Dream Destination Wedding at the Longboat Key Club

freedom-roses-flowers-by-fudgieAlthough Costa Rica has its own beautiful beaches, it didn’t stop a couple who lives there from having their dream destination wedding on a beautiful beach here in Sarasota, Florida! And planning their destination wedding was a piece of cake because the bride’s wedding planners and parents are the owners of Affairs in the Air—Lighting and Decor specialists!

To say this wedding was beautiful would truly be an understatement! A striking red and black theme was chosen for this spectacular day.

The wedding took place on the beach at the always dazzling  Longboat Key Club. The mesmerizing bride chose to carry lush red roses and the bridesmaids carried white roses to compliment their red dresses. The contrast was exquisite! sage-art-photography

The ceremony took place under a bamboo canopy with sheer fabric and red roses with the stunning Gulf of Mexico as the backdrop. The aisle was lined with palm fronds and had 2 lovely palm arrangements at the aisle entrance.

bamboo-canopy-and-palm-lined-aisleThe reception was held in the John Ringling Room at the club. Affairs in the Air transformed this room, often used for conference meetings, into a gorgeous ballroom for the happy couple.

They draped every wall with white glowing satin fabric and did tie backs in some areas where a large mirror was used to get a double reflection—stunning!candelabra-with-red-roses-and-black-and-white-table-linen

They also built special chandeliers that had glass balls suspended from them in the center of the room and smaller ones throughout.  The night time effect was astonishing! They also used a wash of lighting on the draped walls to give the room a soft warm glow.

bling-candelabraFlowers by Fudgie added to that glow by using 39” tall “Bling” Candelabra with 5 votive holders on top…these were amazing! Red roses where at the base of each candelabra which were on black and white table linens provided by Affairs in the Air.  Red roses cascaded down the cake as well which was designed by Pastries by Design.

And all these fabulous memories were captured by the creative and professional Sage Art Photography. Their work never disappoints! Please be sure to check out all the remarkable photos in the gallery below!

And the bride’s stepfather, native to Hawaii, presented the couple with traditional Tuberose leis, a beautiful touch to a beautiful day. It is always a delight to work with Carolyn and Phil from Affairs in the Air, but even more so to make their daughter’s wedding a dream come true!

If you are planning a destination wedding in Florida, please don’t  hesitate to give us a call. We thrive on providing you with the utmost service and the most amazing flowers you will ever see!



Siesta Beach Destination Wedding

Bridal BouquetThe rains may come, but they couldn’t stop this wedding on Siesta Beach at Palm Bay Club Condominiums! Although it rained right before the ceremony, all the vendors worked together quickly to get things ready for the ceremony. The bride walked down the aisle only 30 minutes later than planned! It’s a pleasure to work with vendors who go the extra mile to make things run smoothly, even when there are problems like weather. The vendors’ great teamwork made this day even more special for the bride and groom!

As the stunning bride walked down the white, sandy aisle, she carried a pretty and elegant bouquet of blush pink roses and stephanotis with eye-catching sparkling crystals in the center of each…it was a statement!

bouquet with crystals

Beautiful crystals in the center of the flowers make a stunning statement!

The ceremony itself took place on the beach under a bamboo arch which framed the couple with pretty hot pink roses to give a pop of color. The aisle was lined with hot pink rose petals as well, which looked beautiful against the silky white sand. The rains couldn’t stop the beauty of this ceremony!

The wedding reception at Spanish Point Marina continued in elegance. Single cubes with single roses and cylinders with floating candles and starfish were used to decorate the tables…simple & fresh! And the wedding cake, prepared by the Cake Zone, had a cascade of blush pink roses down the side, something the bride especially wanted! It was gorgeous!fresh-flowers-on-the-cake

beach-themed-centepiece-with-candlesThis day was truly beautiful in every way and it couldn’t have been possible without the teamwork of the following people: Officiant was Jennifer Moore of Notary to go. The beautiful memories were captured by Evelyn England of Sage Photo Art. And Anna Pohl of Day Planners helped make the day run smoothly! Please check out the gallery below to see all the stunning memories of the day!

And If you are looking for a florist in Sarasota , Flowers by Fudgie would be honored to work with you. Rain or shine, we’ll make your day unforgettable!  Contact us today






Neither rain nor wind nor Tropical Storm Debby…

bride-and-groom-with-beach-umbrellas Tropical storms are a part of life in Florida. Enter Tropical Storm Debby, predicted to dump several inches of rain on the beach ceremony of this Missouri couple. Many couples just do not want to face the fact that it may just rain on their special day and a “Plan B” is a must. Flowers by Fudgie to the rescue! Owner Becki Creighton always has a watchful eye on the radar which prompted her to call this bride with Plan B all ready for her approval. The couple was thrilled and relieved that Becki had taken the initiative to prepare for the worst. white-peony-bq

If the rain insisted on falling, the back up location of the John Ringling room at the Longboat Key Club would have to be transformed with help from our friends at Affairs in the Air. Soft draping along the wall provided a perfect backdrop for a bamboo arch with soft, romantic floral pieces on the top corners. The original plan called for a four post bamboo canopy on the beach but as space became an issue inside, creating an arch provided the same effect using less space. Chairs for 150 guest were adorned with hand tied clusters of fragrant white stock just as planned. bride-and-groom-with-bridal-party

The bride was stunning as she walked the aisle carrying a perfect bouquet of all white peonies. Her attendants were dressed in strapless turquoise sundresses and carried hand tied bouquets of white hydrangea, ivory roses and white dendrobium orchids. White orchids also served as boutonnieres for the men.

Phalaenopsis  orchid wedding arrangement A break in the wind and rain after the ceremony allowed the wedding party to don flip flops and head to the beach for some quick photos before joining guests at Longboat Key Club’s Harbourside ballroom for dinner and dancing. K & K Photography captured all the beauty…storm and all as evidenced by the photo gallery below. Thanks to Jeff and his team for providing such gorgeous shots!

orchids-in-the-hair-for-bride Breathtaking is the only way to describe the beautiful arrangement on the foyer table. White phalaenopsis orchids sprayed from a ball of white hydrangea perched on a pilsner vase. Crystal chains hung from the arrangement and sparkled in the light. Inside the ballroom, an intimate lounge area was an inviting place to mingle and laugh over cocktails while the storm raged outside. Guest tables were a composite of 3 vases filled with creamy hydrangea and open ivory roses. Votive candles added a soft and cozy glow. Being a Sarasota florist, we truly appreciate couples who are flexible and can “go with the flow” when Mother Nature has other ideas. Holly and Jason, the rain may have been falling but the sun was shining from within the two of you. Congratulations!! table-centerpiece

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