Cuvee Wedding

Kari + Sean - Meant to Be!
A Gorgeous August Wedding

Photographer: DeGroot Film Co.
Florist: Bank of Flowers
Ceremony/Reception: Cuvee
Cake: Eat Cake!
Wedding Dress: Morilee
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff
Stationary: Wedding Paper Divas
Rental Company: Canopies

This beautiful Milwaukee wedding was one for the books!

You could tell that Kari and Sean's souls were connected - we couldn't help but swoon! The couple chose a stunning arrangement of garden roses, hydrangeas, dahlia, astible, succulents, and broad leaf dusty miller in ivory, blush, and gray! 

The couple's special day took place at Cuvee, where both their ceremony and reception was held surrounded by many friends and family. Between, the couple stopped at the Milwaukee Art Museum as well as the historic Third Ward to snap a few (jaw dropping) pictures, which were beautifully captured by DeGroot Film Co.

We were so thrilled to have been part of this couple's wedding day! Congrats to Kari and Sean, here's to many years of love and happiness to come!

Melissa B Maas
~Owner
Bank of Flowers



























Mitchell Park Domes Wedding

Nikki + Chris = A Perfect Couple
A Stunning Fall Wedding

Month: October
Florist: Bank of Flowers
Photographer: Nakasato Photography
Ceremony/Reception: Mitchell Park Domes

We love fall weddings, and Nikki and Chris's special day was no exception!

The couple wanted a bold and beautiful wedding back in October, and got just that! The gorgeous color scheme of grays and oranges was unique and unforgettable! They chose a bright arrangement of flowers which included numerous roses in different colors and sizes as well as succulents and greenery. Who could say no to that?

Nikki and Chris had a wedding filled to the brim with love, laughter, and many memories to remember for years to come. The Mitchell Park Domes were full of friends and family who came from all around to spread the love and joy for Nikki and Chris. Pictures speak a thousand words, and the photos snapped by Nakasato Photography are speaking so much more.

We are so happy for Nikki and Chris and wish them years of love and happiness. This gorgeous wedding is one for the books!

Melissa B Maas
~Owner
Bank of Flowers

























Rustic Manor Photoshoot

Rustic = Romance
Can You Say Dreamy?

Month: January
Photographer: Studio 29 Photography
Flowers: Bank of Flowers
Tux: NL Suits
Ringbox: The Mrs Box

Back in January, we, as well as many other talented wedding vendors, came together to create the Rustic Manor Photoshoot. The results? Jaw dropping!

Rustic Manor 1848 was perfect for the romantic, rustic feel we wanted for the shoot (hence rustic in their name). Weddings With a Twist brought in only the best businesses to make this photo shoot come to life. All the vendors brought their specialties to the table to make this photo shoot from a dream to reality. All of the hard work and effort was seamlessly captured by Studio 29 Photography.

The white and green color pallet of the flowers played nicely with the blue and golds of the table setting and cake. They all tied in nicely to produce the centerpieces and bouquet that was more than we were hoping for!

We are so proud to have been part of this shoot. With the collaboration of all the successful vendors who we had the privilege to work with, the Rustic Manor Photoshoot was a huge success! 
















































Amazing Benefits of Houseplants

House Plants….here at Bank of Flowers we love them. Why do we love them you ask??? Well, not only are they a longer lasting gift option than a fresh arrangement, they also beautify the home.  But most importantly, they provide many benefits to our health and wellness.  

What are the Health and Wellness Benefit of Plants?  Research has shown that plants remove toxins from the air.  NASA (yes NASA!) has come up with a list of plants that are best at removing toxic substances such as formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene from our environment.  The 3 top air cleaners you ask??? They are the florist chrysanthemum, the peace lily, and the red-edge dracena, all available at Bank of Flowers!

Another benefit to having house plants is that they provide us with an oxygen rich environment. Through photosynthesis, plants take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen.  A few of these plants not only do this during the day but also in the evening.  The bromeliad, the succulent, and my personal favorite, the orchid plant are wonderful for increasing oxygen in the house during day and evening hours.

Plants increase humidity in the air by releasing moisture vapor.  As a result, having indoor plants actually helps prevent certain illnesses.  Increased humidity levels in the air helps to lower health problems like dry cough, colds, sore throats, and dry skin.  They are the perfect cure for our long Wisconsin winters (Buurrr!!!!)

How many plants do I need?  How do you create this refreshing, calming, purifying, humidity enriched-environment at home? The recommendation is slightly different based on your goal.  If your goal is to improve your health and decrease stress then one 8” diameter pot every 130 square feet is recommended.  If your goal is to purify the air around your home then it is recommended that there be a larger plant ( 6-8” pot size) or 2 smaller (4-5" pots) every 100 square feet.

What if you don’t have a "Green Thumb"?  It's OK, not all of us at Bank of Flowers have green thumbs either.  Most of us figure out what plants work best in our homes simply through trial and error.  The point is to just try one and see.  We can help you to find a plant that fits the space in your home, your level of sun exposure, and what level of care you can provide; or if there is a particular plant you’re looking for we can help with that too.  Just because you don’t see it in the shop doesn’t mean we can’t get it for you.  Please ask as we are here to help!!


Here are some of the plants that we care for and love in our own homes!!





Milford Hills Wedding

Jessica and Sean

Month: June
Florist: Bank of Flowers
Photographer: Defining 78 
Ceremony and Reception:  Milford Hills Hunt Club, Johnson Creek

It may take a little time to get to Milford Hills Hunt Club, but it is worth the drive.  This sanctuary with breathtaking views was the perfect spot for Jessica and Sean to say their "I Do's".

Jessica and Sean have such a sweet story of their relationship, these two were made for each other.  Being in the real estate business together, it is not surprising that they found their dream home before they were even married.  Sean literally proposed right on one knee in front of the "For Sale" sign. 

For their decorations, Jessica played off the natural elements of Milford Hills and brought birch branches into her ceremony arch and reception centerpieces. Her bridal bouquet was created with an abundance of textures and greens.  Pops of succulents complimented the blush and nude tones of the roses, and matched their dresses perfectly.

This fun and loving couple made so many memories this day, and we are so honored that we were a part of it.  Congratulations to Jessica and Sean!


Melissa Maas
~Owner
Bank of Flowers


 







 















 






Silver Spring, Love is in the Air!




Paul and Debbie = LOVE


Month: October
Florist: Bank of Flowers
Ceremony: St. James Church, Menomonee Falls
Reception: Silver Spring Country Club, Menomonee Falls
Photographer: Stephanie Leigh Photography 

The words "Simply Charming" come to mind when I look back at Paul and Debbie's wedding.  From the soft pallet to the choice of flowers and greenery, and even the use of miniature succulent plants wrapped in burlap as their wedding favors for the guests.  Everything came together to make an enchanted day for the bride and groom.

Debbie chose roses and spray roses in soft pinks and peaches, with airy tufts of cream astilbe and succulents nestled in a loose mix of lush greenery like seeded eucalyptus and bay leaf.  This soft mix coordinated perfectly with her delicate lace dress and long, sheer veil.  Her maids held smaller versions of Debbie's bouquet, and the men were dressed to match with spray rose boutonnieres accented with the same lush greenery.

The centerpieces included a mix of vintage bottles filled with the same soft flowers used in the bouquets, were placed on birch slices, and accented with small succulent plants wrapped in burlap for each guest to take home.

It was so wonderful to be a part of Paul and Debbie's special day. Congratulations!

Melissa Maas
~Owner
Bank of Flowers



 

 


















 










Wonderful World of Weddings 2017

After all of the holiday engagements, January marks the start of wedding planning for many. Brides-to-be are busy gathering ideas about their upcoming nuptials, and what better place to be inspired than the Wonderful World of Weddings show at State Fair Park in West Allis. Here, vendors from every corner of the wedding world gather to show off their wares and services, hoping to attract the attention of brides.
We look forward to this show every year, and always put our best foot forward.  Everyone here at Bank of Flowers had a part in the show, from the concept design for the booth, gathering of items to display, the flower designs, and even the set-up and take-down of the booth.  It's all hands on deck for events like this.
Shop owner Melissa Maas and director of operations Ceci Scheuber talked to so many wonderful ladies and their families, it was an amazing weekend!

Wendy Kaye Walker
Bank of Flowers













Camp Wedding Photo Shoot

It's always fun getting flowers together for photo shoots, and even more fun to see how the pictures turn out in the end.  This fall, many vendors came together to create this a beautiful rustic styled wedding shoot at Camp Dewan in Burlington, WI.  These two lovebirds just made the shoot!  What a fun and unique wedding setting.  

A HUGE thank you to all of the incredible vendors involved:

Photography + Video - Katie Guth Photography
Venue - Camp Dewan
Planner - Weddings With a Twist, LLC
Florist - Bank of  Flowers
HMA - Dana Welch
Dress - Bucci's Bridal
Dress Designer - Ti Adoro Bridal
Rentals - Relics Vintage Rentals
Stationery - Coqui Paperie & Gifts
Tuxedo - DuBois Formalwear
S'Mores Bar - Cover It With Class
Linens - Windy City Linen

Link to the Video:  https://vimeo.com/185871012

Melissa Maas
~Owner
Bank of Flowers













































































Love is Sweet as Pineapple

Who would have thought a bride and groom could experience a full-on tropical wedding right here in the streets of Milwaukee, Wisconsin?  Well, we did it!  And this is why we love this state so much!  You and your guests don't have to travel far to fulfill a tropical themed wedding of your dreams.  The location at Sangria Bar / The Point is one of the perfect venues to fool your guests into thinking they are on the Island of  Maui.  Be inspired by this wedding shoot for your own island paradise wedding!!

This is by far on of my favorite shoots to date, and all thanks to these amazing vendors who pulled together to make this Pineapple-themed wedding shoot. 

Photography & Cake:  HMS Photography
Dress: Bucci's Bridal
Dress Designer: Lis Simon Bridal
Tux: DuBois Formal-wear
Flowers: Bank of Flowers
Stationery: Coqui Paperie & Gifts
Hair: Dana Welch
Makeup: Blot by Mary
Macarons: Miss Molly's Pastries
Venue: Sangria Bar / The Point
Coordinating: Weddings with a Twist

-Melissa Maas
Owner
Bank of Flowers

















Finding Your Perfect House Plant



At Bank of Memories & Flowers, we help people and house plants live happily ever after.
How do we do it?  After answering a series of questions about you and your indoor space our savvy staff will connect you with your perfect plant.  We will have you answer questions like: "What is your sun situation?"  "How often are you willing to water your plant?"  "What kind of container are you looking for to put your plant in?" The key is to find a house plant to fit your lifestyle, space and budget.


We want to bridge the gap between plants and people.  There are so many pros for house plants.  Plants will make your home easier for you to breathe.  Plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen.  Indoor plants will release moisture in the air and even purify the air in you home.  But most important, plants can improve your health and make you happy!



Come on in to our shops and meet your potential plant mates.  We have succulents, English ivys, peace lilies, air plants, palms and pothos, along with many pots and decorative containers in every shape and size.


Melissa Maas
~Owner
Bank of Memories & Flowers

The Club at Strawberry Creek

Lauren & Dan
Ceremony & Reception: The Club at Strawberry Creek, Kenosha, WI
Florist: Bank of Memories & Flowers, Menomonee Falls
Month: April 2016


Lauren and Dan couldn't have asked for a more beautiful sunny day for their wedding in April!  The wedding and reception were held at The Club at Strawberry Creek in Kenosha, Wisconsin.




Lauren's love off all things garden helped set the stage for a springy tulip-inspired wedding.  Her bouquet was very unique; designed to have an upside down cascading look.  Lauren carried a delightful mix of spring blooms including tulips, rice flower, freesia, and lush peach garden roses.  The rich greenery used gave it a fun textural look the bride had in mind.



I couldn't get over how cute and unique the bridesmaids dresses were.  The gals carried tulips bouquets in soft peach and pink that complimented their dresses perfectly, and the burlap handles gave them a gardeny feel.



The reception was adorned with vintage bottles filled with greenery and spring blossoms.  Moss was added to each table-scape to complete the garden look.  Even the fireplace mantle was dressed up with fresh florals designed in antique frames.



We used our long grey wooden trough for the head table decor.  It was filled with a mix of large succulent plants, mosses, rich lush greenery, and long stemmed votives with floating candles, and vases for the bouquets mixed in.  It was just magical!


Best wishes to this sweet pair!

Krista Roskopf
Menomonee Falls Manager
Bank of Memories & Flowers



Sharon & David

Ceremony: St. John's Lutheran Church, Wauwatosa, WI
Reception: Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel
Florist: Bank of Memories & Flowers, Menomonee Falls
Month: March 2016


Flowers add so much to an event.  From the biggest and grandest weddings, to intimate events with friends, it's all about the flowers!  Each event has its own story to tell, which is often reflected in the decorations chosen.


Sharon and David chose a rich, lush wild feel for their wedding flowers.  From the elegant garden roses and mini-green hydrangeas, to the petite spray roses and berries, it's all about the texture.  The greenery really made these pieces pop.


Seeded eucalyptus, guinea eucalyptus, bay leaves, dusty miller, and hints of grevillia all came together with the blossoms to create the amazing textural pieces.


You can even find little succulent plants nestled into the bouquets and the groom's boutonniere.  It's all about the details!


Congratulations Sharon & David!

Wendy Kaye Walker
~Floral Designer
Bank of Memories & Flowers

Washington County Wedding Show


 A big "Thank You" to everyone who came out to the Washington County Fair Park annual wedding show on Sunday, January 31st.  This show is just so much fun for me to participate in because the vendors and attendees are so down-to-earth and friendly.  They gave us wonderful remarks and feedback on our display and wedding designs.


Our booth was filled with gorgeous floral designs and our bridal bouquets were all featured in the fashion show put on by Amelishan Bridal.  It's so much fun to see what colors are trending this season in bridal gowns and attire.



In order to give brides a better way of budgeting for their special day, Bank of Memories & Flowers recommends calling to set up a consultation and meeting with the owner Melissa in our Menomonee Falls location, or at our Pewaukee location, Luan the manager.  You might also want to check out our wonderful website, Pinterest, and Facebook pages for many new ideas that we post everyday!



From the moment you walk down the aisle with a beautiful floral bouquet in hand, to the trendy flower centerpieces on your tables, our flowers will be the finishing touch to your perfect dream wedding!



Krista Roskopf
~Menomonee Falls Manager

Grain Exchange Transformation

Sarah + Ryan =  Wedding Day Bliss!!

Ceremony: St. Peter-Paul Catholic Church
Reception: The Grain Exchange
Photographer:  Front Room
Florist: Bank of Memories & Flowers
Wedding Planner: Parties Etc., Chicago
Linens:  BBJ Linens
Month: January


It is pretty amazing to see a brides vision unfold between your eyes.  As a florist, it's euphoria when you exceed their expectations!!


As I think back on Sarah and Ryan Buck's wedding story, I remember Sarah standing in the front lobby, she was stunning in her lace wedding gown of St. Peter Paul church.  She beaming with excitement to see her groom.  Both were so excited to get their party started.


One of my favorite moments from the day was when Sarah and Ryan entered their reception before any of their guest to see their vision come to life.  


The towering centerpieces were filled with over 3 dozen ivory roses, gray brunia and 45 hydrangeas!  Birch branches extended out the top making each these stunning arrangement over 8 feet tall.  


The other guest tables had a lush arrangement filled with ivory hydrangeas, roses, lisianthus, gray brunia and succulents.  Hundreds of unique mercury votives filled the space with candle light.


The Bucks, carried their last name into all elements of their wedding, 
from the personal lighted logo that illuminated the grand reception area, 
to the deer antlers used in the floral decor in the entryway table. 


Even in the last minutes leading up to midnight, Sarah and Ryan guests filled the dance floor not wanting the night to end.  Thank you to Sarah and Ryan for letting us be a part in their wedding and sharing these beautiful photos with our readers.

~Melissa Maas, Owner







Kristie & Jason, Wedding on the Lake


Ceremony and Reception: Seven Seas-Lakeside Terrace
Florist: Bank of Memories & Flowers
Month: June

Kristie had a clear vision of her wedding theme, rustic and woodsy. She even came supplied with her own burlap containers, wood slices and mason jars.  It was up to the designers at Bank of Memories & Flowers to help her turn her vision to reality.


Kristie's bouquet was a lovely mix of white flowers; hydrangeas, peonies, and mini calla lilies, mini green hydrangeas and hypericum berries as well as blue thistle, blue delphinium and succulents.  Her bouquet was wrapped in burlap and twine, a continuous look for the whole wedding.  Her bridesmaids, dressed in Marine blue, carried smaller matching bouquets with more green flowers added to them.


The gentlemen of the wedding party wore a white mini calla lily with a blue delphinium blossom, the groom's featured an addition of green hypericum berries. All stems, of course, wrapped in twine.


Kristie had seen pomanders as a backdrop for a ceremony and wanted to create this unique feature in baby's breath and greens. It helped to set a stage for the couples ceremony.


Three different centerpieces were chosen for the reception tables. Three mason jars filled with baby's breath were set on top of the wood slice as one setting.  Burlap containers were used for the other two settings, one featuring a lush variegated ivy plant and the other designed with white and mini green hydrangeas and seeded eucalyptus.  



It was a beautiful summer day on the lake and we want to wish Kristie and Jason many many more beautiful days on the lake in their future.

Rain on Your Wedding Day is a Day of Luck


Ceremony & Reception: Silver Spring Golf Club
Month: May

Even with the sky covered in gray and rain drops falling all day, Lindsey and Tom were in perfect spirits. Before the wedding, Lindsey and her bridesmaids grabbed white umbrellas to take some pre-wedding photos. Even in the rain, the girls were all beaming with excitement.


Lindsey and Tom were married on the rooftop of the Silver Spring Golf Club in the venue's new white covered tent. The bride and groom were framed with a soft baby's breath garland.


The bride and bridesmaids carried lush ivory and pink peonies, fragrant ivory garden roses, textures in dusty miller and seeded eucalyptus, and finished off with unique succulents.




The reception carried on into the Tremont Ballroom where the bride and her sister hand-painted each mason jar in aqua to match the theme of the wedding. A mix of fresh greens and baby's breath filled the jars, which were placed on a slab of local Wisconsin wood.


The two tiered cake covered in aqua and adorned with a lush peony complimented the entire room.



We wish Lindsey and Tom all the best and many days of sunshine!

Melissa Maas, ~Owner



A Wedding at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

Ceremony: Schlitz Audubon Pavilion
Reception: Schlitz Audubon Great Hall
Flowers: Bank of Memories & Flowers
Month: May


College in Boston brought together two people from two different hemispheres: Brittany, from Pewaukee, WI, and Michael, from Cape Town, South Africa. Their families came together to celebrate their marriage at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Bayside,WI.

The planning began a year before we met with Brittany and her mother to plan her bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages. With some tweaking along the way we designed bouquets with both families in mind.


Brittany's bouquet was natural and flowing with a mix of herbs such as mint, lavender, and rosemary, hydrangea, lotus pods, succulents, pink peonies, sweet william, green wheat, and green hypericum berries centered on a gorgeous King Protea. The protea is native to the groom's place of birth, South Africa. The hand tied bouquet was finished with lamb's ear, dusty miller, plumosa, and variegated pittosporum, wrapped in burlap and twine.


Her bridesmaids carried a smaller version without the protea. The groomsmen and ring bearer all sported a boutonniere of hypericum berries and rosemary.

A mix of herbs and greens were tied to the chairs on the aisle. A handmade backdrop fluttered behind the couple as they said their vows.


The mother and father of the bride designed the table arrangements themselves. The arrangements were a mixture of wooden boxes filled with succulents, mosses, and insect brooches aside rabbit vases with protea and allium. As rabbits are Brittany's favorite animal, she incorporated them into her design throughout the venue.

The staff at Bank of Memories & Flowers wishes Brittany and Michael all the best for their future travels and wedded life.

Green & White: The Wedding Trend at Pewaukee

Every year the trend changes for wedding flowers. This year was the year of the radiant orchid. Before that it was yellow and grey, and along the way mint also topped the popularity charts.  Not at the Pewaukee Bank of Memories.  This summer, four brides chose to combine white and green  flowers for the bouquets on their wedding day.


The first of the four couples, Stephanie and Jeremy, chose to have an intimate wedding that was rustic, earthy and simple and also included "good food" (Jeremy picked The Butler Inn, Pewaukee).  Stephanie chose to use green hydrangeas and white mini calla lilies for her bouquet, as well as her bridesmaids'.  She brought her own ribbon to us: a beautiful white and champagne brocade.  The gentlemen of the wedding party each sported a single calla lily and the ladies wore wrist corsages to match. 




The second couple was Richanda and Kris who desired an understated classic and vintage feel for their wedding at the Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee.  The bridesmaids wore a light aqua dress and Richanda chose white and green flowers for her bouquets. White hydrangeas, white roses, and babies breath were used in the bridesmaids' bouquets and then green succulents were added to the brides bouquet -- magnificent!  The gentlemen each wore succulents as a bouttoniere and the ladies wore wrist corsages of babies breath and white roses.


The third couple, Maria and James, also held their wedding at the Country Springs Gazebo and the Meadowbrook room.  The white hydrangeas, white freesia, green gladiola blooms and green hypericum berries popped against the bridesmaids' aubergine dresses.  Maria added white peonies to her bouquet.  The color scheme carried through to the white freesia boutonnieres and wrist corsages with white spray roses, freesia and green hypericum berries.


And last but not least, Susan and Seth went for a rustic look with babies breath and burlap.  Their ceremony was held at St. Jacobi Congregational Church, a beautiful church built in Richfield in the 1800's.  Susan carried a full bouquet of white hydrangeas collared by babies breath and greens, while her granddaughter, her only attendant, carried a matching but smaller bouquet. Both bouquets were wrapped in burlap and twine. The men in the bridal party each wore a white rose, accompanied by some babies breath and wrapped in twine. The Susan's daughter wore a wrist corsage to match which also had a twine bow. Susan made her own pew cones out of burlap which then held masses of white babies breath.

Each of these weddings made use of the wonderful white and green color combination, yet each contained a different bridesmaid dress color and variation of flower types used in the bouquets, boutineers and corsages. And each was absolutely beautiful in its own unique way!

We loved working with each of these four couples and we thank them for trusting Bank of Memories in Pewaukee to provide the flowers for such a momentous occasion. Congratulations to all of you -- we wish each of you a long and happy wedded life!

Luan, Pewaukee Shop Manager