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This stunning arrangement was done for a wonderful women named Juli. Her and her husband are huge fans of the Denver Broncos (hence the orange and blue colors). You can also see the cute couple sporting jersey’s of their favorite team in their engagement photo inside the shadowbox she chose. This stunning bouquet will last for generations to come in this stylish rustic pine black shadowbox display case that has been custom designed to the couples themed special occasion. Thank you Juli for allowing us to work with you to create this bright memorabilia display that will decorate your home for years to come.
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Picture yourself walking through a glorious garden with every flower at its peak. Which flowers would you pick for your wedding? The commonplace? The colorful? The rarest? Most fragrant? Unscented? Having trouble deciding from the thousands of varieties available? To help you narrow down your bouquet and centerpiece choices before you meet with your florist, we offer this overview of the top 10 most popular wedding flowers.
1. The Rose
Long considered a symbol of beauty and love, the rose figures into many myths and fairy tales. Romantic writers and poets have used the flower as a metaphor for emotion, beauty, passion, and true love throughout the ages. An all-star in the world of weddings, the rose is far from boring, particularly when it comes to color — the rose is available in solid colors and bicolor varieties, and there are striped roses and tipped roses as well. More than three thousand varieties of roses are grown commercially, many available year-round and that are surprisingly affordable. And though roses are associated with luxurious fragrance, not every rose is scented. Three main types are likely candidates for your wedding flowers: hybrid tea roses (the classic, uniformly-shaped commercial roses generally seen at your local florist), spray roses (a rose with five to 10 small heads on each stem and a “natural, garden-grown” look), and garden roses (expensive, old-fashioned varieties with bushy, open heads and delicious scents).
Learn more about roses — the quintessential wedding flower!
2. The Tulip
Although it’s most often associated with the Netherlands, this flower is actually a native of Persia. Representing “consuming love” and “happy years,” the tulip can be a meaningful wedding choice. The flowers are grown in a wide range of colors, including white and cream; pastels like pink, yellow, and peach; and vibrant hues like magenta, red, and purple. Available during much of the year, the most common tulips are very affordable, though rare varieties can be expensive. The versatile tulip can enhance both elegant wedding settings and more casual venues, and work well in almost any permutation — from bouquets to boutonnieres to table arrangements. Three main varieties are commonly used: Dutch tulips (typically seen at neighborhood florist shops and in gardens), French tulips (expensive and elegant, with extra-long stems and large tapered blooms), and parrot tulips (noted for their ruffled, striped petals in intense colors).
3. Calla Lily
Also known as the arum lily, this elegant, trumpet-shaped blossom originated in Africa and symbolizes “magnificent beauty” in the language of flowers. The calla lily’s distinctive form has been depicted in Art Nouveau and Art Deco works, in addition to twentieth-century photography. Two types are commonly available: a large-headed variety with a long, smooth stem and suitable for tall arrangements or presentation-style bouquets, and a miniature version ideal for nosegays and boutonnieres. Creamy ivory is the most popular color, but calla lilies also come in yellow, orange, mauve-pink, and dark purple.
4. Lily of the Valley
With bell-shape florets dangling from a thin stem, the lily of the valley is sometimes called “the ladder to heaven.” The fresh, perfumed scent from its tiny flowers is unmistakable. In Norse mythology, the flower is linked to Ostara, the goddess of springtime, and while most plentiful during this season, it remains available — and very expensive — most of the year. So while a fistful of lily of the valley might be your dream, a more affordable alternative may be to use just a few stems to infuse a bouquet or centerpiece with its wonderful fragrance. Most people know of the white variety, but lily of the valley also comes in a very rare rosy-pink.
With its big bushy head and intense shades of pink, blue, burgundy, and purple, it’s no wonder that the hydrangea represented “vanity” in the Victorian language of flowers. One of the most popular varieties changes in color as it grows from bubble-gum pink to sky blue, depending on the acid level of the soil. A stem or two of this moderately priced, scentless shrub flower helps fill out arrangements and bouquets, and a few sprigs make a charming boutonniere. You’ll find the hydrangea in white and shades of green, pink, burgundy, and blue.
6. The Peony
The peony has a large, full head, strong perfume, and bright color. But despite this outward showiness, the flower acquired the Victorian meaning “bashfulness.” Cultivated in Asia for more than a thousand years and developed further by the French, the peony is available in two main types, the herbaceous and the tree peony (the latter’s flowers do not last as long when cut). A bouquet made solely of peonies can be gorgeous; the flower can also be used to create beautiful centerpieces and arrangements. Grown in single- and double-flower styles, this expensive bloom is seasonally available from late spring to early summer but can be imported in the fall.
Looking for a cost-effective alternative to roses or peonies? Try the lush, multi-petaled ranunculus, a relative of the buttercup. First seen by Westerners in the Far East around the thirteenth century, this mild-scented flower features several blossoms on a stem with fernlike foliage. To carry ranunculus is to tell your partner, in the Victorian language of flowers, “I am dazzled by your charms.” A natural for the bridal bouquet or bridesmaid nosegays, the ranunculus also makes a whimsical boutonniere and is available in many colors including white, yellow, orange, and pink.
The Victorian meaning for this flower is “marital happiness,” making the dainty white Stephanotis an obvious choice for weddings. The star-shape, waxy florets actually grow on a flowering vine; each must be individually wired or placed onto a special holder before it can be arranged. A bouquet of stephanotis blossoms is one of the most traditional a bride can carry, and a stephanotis boutonniere is a classic choice for a formal wedding. Mildly scented, moderately priced, and available year-round.
9. Sweet Peas
The sweet pea, which signifies “lasting pleasure,” was first brought to England from Sicily in 1699, and the English have had a love affair with this delicate flower ever since. Its candy-like scent and ruffled blossoms make this an old-fashioned favorite in bouquets for the bride and her bridesmaids. The sweet pea’s many colors range from white to intense pinks and purples, and its scent can be strong and sweet.
10. The Gardenia
Surrounded by dark green, waxy leaves, the exquisite gardenia exudes a sultry, heavy scent. It was this intoxicating fragrance that captivated an English sea captain traveling through South Africa in 1754, prompting him to bring home one of the native plants as a souvenir. Gardenias are lovely tucked into a bouquet or floating in a low bowl as a centerpiece, and a single gardenia makes a wonderful scented corsage. But be gentle: the delicate, creamy ivory petals of this expensive flower can bruise easily. Large three- to four-inch blossoms, as well as a miniature variety, are available.
Adapted from The Knot Book of Wedding Flowers (Chronicle Books, 2002).
— The Knot
Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.
The Birth of American Independence
When the initial battles in the Revolutionary War broke out in April 1775, few colonists desired complete independence from Great Britain, and those who did were considered radical. By the middle of the following year, however, many more colonists had come to favor independence, thanks to growing hostility against Britain and the spread of revolutionary sentiments such as those expressed in Thomas Paine’s bestselling pamphlet “Common Sense,” published in early 1776. On June 7, when the Continental Congress met at the Pennsylvania State House (later Independence Hall) in Philadelphia, the Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee introduced a motion calling for the colonies’ independence. Amid heated debate, Congress postponed the vote on Lee’s resolution, but appointed a five-man committee–including Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, John Adams of Massachusetts, Roger Sherman of Connecticut, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Robert R. Livingston of New York–to draft a formal statement justifying the break with Great Britain.
On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of Lee’s resolution for independence in a near-unanimous vote (the New York delegation abstained, but later voted affirmatively). On that day, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail that July 2 “will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival” and that the celebration should include “Pomp and Parade…Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other.” On July 4th, the Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence, which had been written largely by Jefferson. Though the vote for actual independence took place on July 2nd, from then on the 4th became the day that was celebrated as the birth of American independence.
Early Fourth of July Celebrations
In the pre-Revolutionary years, colonists had held annual celebrations of the king’s birthday, which traditionally included the ringing of bells, bonfires, processions and speechmaking. By contrast, during the summer of 1776 some colonists celebrated the birth of independence by holding mock funerals for King George III, as a way of symbolizing the end of the monarchy’s hold on America and the triumph of liberty. Festivities including concerts, bonfires, parades and the firing of cannons and muskets usually accompanied the first public readings of the Declaration of Independence, beginning immediately after its adoption. Philadelphia held the first annual commemoration of independence on July 4, 1777, while Congress was still occupied with the ongoing war. George Washington issued double rations of rum to all his soldiers to mark the anniversary of independence in 1778, and in 1781, several months before the key American victory at Yorktown, Massachusetts became the first state to make July 4th an official state holiday.
After the Revolutionary War, Americans continued to commemorate Independence Day every year, in celebrations that allowed the new nation’s emerging political leaders to address citizens and create a feeling of unity. By the last decade of the 18th century, the two major political parties–Federalists and Democratic-Republicans–that had arisen began holding separate Independence Day celebrations in many large cities.
July 4th Becomes A National Holiday
The tradition of patriotic celebration became even more widespread after the War of 1812, in which the United States again faced Great Britain. In 1870, the U.S. Congress made July 4th a federal holiday; in 1941, the provision was expanded to grant a paid holiday to all federal employees. Over the years, the political importance of the holiday would decline, but Independence Day remained an important national holiday and a symbol of patriotism.
Falling in mid-summer, the Fourth of July has since the late 19th century become a major focus of leisure activities and a common occasion for family get-togethers, often involving fireworks and outdoor barbecues. The most common symbol of the holiday is the American flag, and a common musical accompaniment is “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the national anthem of the United States.
Father’s Day is right around the corner. We at Suspended In Time® love Dad’s and want to thank them for the great men that they are!!
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Are you a stay-at-home mom who is looking for a way to make money at home and still be there to take care of your kids? Have you thought to yourself, “How can I start my own Business?” Well here is a great opportunity for you! Learn about how you can become a Suspended In Time® Dealer and own your own flower preservation business right from the comfort of you home. With our technology and success in this growing industry over the last 14 years we are expanding our business opportunities in your area. There are many people out there who want to seal and protect their keepsakes and don’t know where to go to get it done. You could be the one they come to for that service! Suspended In Time® has developed a revolutionary process of preserving floral arrangements, bridal bouquets, anniversary and funeral flowers and much more. There is even a process for wedding gown preservation and other memorabilia. This
It’s fun and rewarding to provide this service to brides, mothers-of-the-bride, interior designers, florists, birthday parties, wedding anniversaries, decorators and others who simply hate to see their most favorite fresh flowers go to waste.
Benefits with working with Suspended In time:
*Minimal up-front costs
*Flexible Work Schedule
*Large profit potential
*Unique and proprietary products
*Extremely fast turn around time
*Excellent On-Going Support
*Minimal Inventory Requirements
*Profitable non-floral markets can be tapped
*Low energy consumption
Just think, this Home-Based Business will allow you to be creative, make lots of money and still have time to tend to your family.
Still not sure if this is right for you, read this testimonial from one of our current dealers in Utah.
By Tiffany Hacker, Layton, Utah
Owning a Suspended In Time® dealership has been invaluable for my family and me. I wanted something that I could do from home when I began having children, and the business has served its purpose and more. We were so lucky to have the chance to buy our designated area from someone that had already worked in the area for a few years, and therefore had an established customer and vendor base from the start. This was so helpful, since we needed the immediate income. It wasn’t much at first, but through diligence, hard work, and quality products, we have been able to grow our business into what it is today. Our business continues to grow from year to year and it is definitely a blessing in our lives. It allows me to receive income and be a mother to my growing family.
Doing flowers is not something I have always loved or wished I could do, but it has been something that through training and diligence, I have come to enjoy very much. It is very therapeutic to put together a flower arrangement, and it is very satisfying to own my own business, set my own hours, and make my own paycheck.
Suspended In Time®of Layton
MaryLee has worked for Suspended In Time ever since before it began!Â In the Spring of 1996 she had just finished her 28th treatment of radiation for breast cancer, it was her birthday and her sweet husbandÂ brought her a beautiful bouquet of porcelain peach roses.Â She was very pleased.Â She hardly ever bought flowers because they died so quickly.Â After dealing with life and death realities for such a long time, she wanted those flowers to LIVE!!Â She started experimenting with the flowers themselves.Â She wanted to always keep them and feel of the love that had come with them.Â Now, after nearly fifteen years we have a full blown business named Suspended In Time, Inc.
MaryLee is the owner of Suspended In Time, Inc. and what she most likes about working at Suspended In Time, Inc. is the fact that our method of drying is so exceptional.Â The flowers are dry in three to five days, the flowers do not have time to deteriorate!Â When preserved, the flowers look as if they are still standing in water!Â She also loves seeing the happy faces and joy when customers pick up their many special occasion flowers.Â She also feels happy when we have fully trained individuals on how to do this business opportunity in their own homes or store fronts!Â (At the price of an old used car, with four flat tires and all the windows knocked out)
Her favorite flowers are without question roses, daffodils, and lilies.Â They all preserve beautifully with this method.Â She even loves strange flowers she finds and dries from total strangers front yards, with their permission of course!Â In the little free time she does have she loves being with her sweetheart and tending her sweet grandchildren.Â She would also like to mention that coming to work is a sincere joy!Â The people we work with are so good in their labors and have kind thoughtful personalities.Â We also have several pleasant and fun loving Dealer’s across the United States that makes coming to work not even seem like work.
Rachelle- Rachelle has worked at Suspended In Time, Inc. since it started in 1997.Â She helped her mom set the business up.Â Rachelle is the manager/owner and works with the contracts, bills and anything else that needs attention.Â Most of all she loves the flexibility of working at Suspended In Time, Inc.Â “It has fit into my family life, so that when kids are sick or have programs or things that I can still be available”, she says.Â She also loves seeing the finished encasements and how happy these make customers.Â Rachelle’s favorite flowers are tulips in any color.Â In her free time she loves to read and scrapbook.Â But most of all she loves spending time with her family.
Shelley- has worked at Suspended In Time, Inc. for seven years this coming April.Â She is the training coordinator.Â She trains new dealers to understand and apply the concepts of our method of floral preservation, marketing our product, and setting up in home businesses. What she most enjoys about working at Suspended In Time, Inc. is teaching, writing the newsletter, and having the opportunity to exercise our creativity with this medium.Â She loves working with our staff at Suspended In Time, Inc.”Everyone is so accommodating and pleasant.Â Each person has their domain and is very accomplished and helpful.Â The dealers who have trained here have been fun to work with even after they are back home and call us for support once in a while.Â It is great working here at Suspended In Time, Inc.” Â Shelley’s favorite flower is alstormerias.Â Her favorite thing to do in her free time is to actually have free time!Â She loves reading and watching movies (you know, chick flicks)Â Probably the thing she most enjoys besides her son, is family history.
Tiffiny- has worked at Suspended In Time, Inc. for a little over two years.Â She works as the warehouse receiving and shipping specialist.Â She most enjoys working at Suspended In Time, Inc. because of the variety of jobs that she does.Â Sometimes she is on the computer answering e-mails and invoicing orders, and other times she is inspecting frames, shadowboxes, and table domes for quality.Â She can be found packing the dried flower encasement materials for shipping.Â Sometimes she creates the ads for our business.Â She also loves the people that she is able to work with.Â They are all so kind and fun to be with.Â Tiffiny also likes that she can bring her daughter to work with her.Â She can be a mother and help provide for her family!Â It’s perfect!Â Spending time with her husband and daughter are what she most enjoys doing in her free time.Â She also loves watercolor painting and watching movies.Â Tiffiny’s favorite flower is all flowers, especially the bright colored ones!
Irene- has worked at Suspended In Time, Inc. for two and a half years.Â Irene works at home as our information services specialist.Â She loves the people that she works with and the flexibility of working from home.Â “I can get up and walk and take a break and then go back to work”, she says.Â Irene’s favorite flowers are Tiger Lily’s, but she likes the fun bloom and butterfly bush flowers too.Â In her free time she enjoys a good book and working on scrapbook stuff.Â She loves being out in her yard, it’s good therapy for me she said.Â She enjoys the mountains even though she can’t hike anymore.Â She also enjoys doing community service as much as possible.Â Irene is also a ham radio operator for BYU.
Jamie- has worked at Suspended In Time, Inc. for one year.Â She is the technical assistant, and does a little bit of everything.Â Her favorite thing about working at Suspended In Time, Inc.Â are the people!Â She has made great friends working here.Â She also loves the hours she works.Â She loves working with the flowers.Â “It’s a great feeling when a customer has a huge smile on their face when they see their encasement for the first time.”Â It is very rewarding.Â Jamie’s favorite flower is the Sunflower, or Gerber daisies.Â She loves to spend time with her family and they love to travel.Â She also likes to read and have a craft or project of some sort to do.