Western Lakes Wedding

Nancy + Jeff = Love!

A Gorgeous June Wedding

Nancy and Jeff's wedding was a picture perfect day!

For Nancy's bridal bouquet, she chose a handheld with stems and texture wrapped with burlap and lace. It included blush and ivory peonies, blush spray roses, and ivory hydrangeas accented with some greens. The bridesmaids had similar bouquets but smaller and wrapped in burlap and twine. For Jeff, his boutonniere included two ivory spray roses with lots of greens wrapped in twine. All the groomsmen had boutonnieres that had two blush spray roses with lots of greens wrapped in twine. For their reception the couple had blush alstromeria, white hydrangeas, and greens in mason jars on each table. It was simply stunning!

The couple's ceremony took place at the Holy Cross Church in Menomonee Falls. They were surrounded by many friends and family as they tied the knot. The couple's day continued on to their reception at Western Lakes in Pewaukee. There, they celebrated being Mr and Mrs with much music, dancing, and love flowing throughout the night. All of this was captured beatifully by Holen Photography.

We were so happy to have been part of this couple's special day! Congratulations to Nancy and Jeff, here's to many years of love and memories!

Melissa B. Maas
Bank of Flowers

DIY Pumpkin Centerpiece

We enjoyed making these centerpieces so much for a recent bride!  I can't wait to design my very own and use it for Halloween or Thanksgiving!  To help create your design, I took pictures along the way. I hope this inspires you!

The first step is to pick out a small to medium-sized pumpkin that sits level on a table.  Find a short, but fairly wide vase that will fill the opening you've carved out.  Pre-soak a square of Oasis wet floral foam and place it inside of the vase.  Scoop out the pumpkin guts with a large spoon.  If the vase doesn't fit inside of your pumpkin just right, you can use pieces of styro-foam to prop up your vase so it fits snug.  Top off the wet foam-filled vase with water.

Now comes the fun part!  I started by inserting various greens into the wet foam to cover it up and give a nice base.  Next, I placed the focal flowers to establish the overall shape and size of the arrangement.  After placing the focals, I filled the spaces between with flowers like assorted fall mums and alstromeria.

As a finishing touch, I added preserved fall leaves around the base of the arrangement and in the middle.  This step creates more interest and made the arrangement pop!  To keep your pumpkin arrangement fresh longer, store it in the refrigerator or a cool garage or basement when you are not enjoying it, and don't forget to water it!
Good luck and Enjoy!!

Krista Roskopf
~Menomonee Falls Manager
Bank of Flowers

Learning to Design

Recently, our Menomonee Falls location of Bank of Memories & Flowers hosted a few hands-on events.  These design classes are held in the shops new upper space nicknamed "The Studio".  This newly renovated space is located on the top level of the store and gives us a place to host larger classes and events, and more room to design large wedding and event flowers.

I assisted Melissa, our shop owner, in the most recent design event.  Participants learned about the history of the shop, a bit about fresh cut flowers, and step-by-step floral design.  It was an amazing evening and so much fun!

Each of the ladies who attended got to make their own fresh flower arrangement, which they took home with them.  Some planned to enjoy their creations, while others had plans to give them as gifts.
The evening started with a tour of the shop, originally a bank in the early 1900's.  Everyone learned a bit of history about the building, as well as fun facts about fresh cut flowers including where they come from and how they are handled.

Melissa started the design portion by explaining the basics of flower design including greening and flower prep.  Next, the focal flowers, and then accents and filler flowers.  Although everyone had the same flowers and container to work with, each arrangement looked different and unique.

Everyone had a great time and many gals asked when the next class was going to be...so I think its safe to say that there will be more fun with florals to be had in the future.  Keep an eye out on Facebook and in the shop for more information on future design classes!

Wendy Walker
Floral Designer
Bank of Memories & Flowers