Chrysanthemums: the autumn flower of longevity

Coming up on November 3rd-5th in the serene and autumnal Lan Su Chinese Gardens will be the Ninth Moon Floral Design Showcase. This will be the fourth year of bringing together 25 talented designers from all over the Pacific Northwest, creating unique and impressive displays for the visitors to the gardens.

All floral designs will be centered around the chrysanthemum, with displays showcasing more than 75 varieties of the flower for visitors to enjoy.

Chrysanthemums are an amazingly long lasting flower. It comes in a huge variety of colors, shapes and sizes. Many people think of them as the fall equivalent of summer dahlias.

Chrysanthemums are significant in Chinese culture, the symbolic flower of autumn and the flower of the ninth moon. In several Asian cultures, the Nineth Moon honors ancestral heritage, longevity, purification and the balance of ying and yang elements.

Annie Chen, owner of Floral Sunshine, participated in 2014 – the showcase’s first year. Due to scheduling conflicts, we haven’t been able to participate the last couple years, so this is an exciting year!

We hope you will join us and all the other participating designers and flower admirers in this upcoming showcase event.

More details on Lan Su Chinese Gardens website. and special thanks also to the Floral Design Institute for putting on such an incredible event!

Petal It Forward Gives Back with Flowers

Floral Sunshine employee Kirstin with 2 bouquets for Petal It Forward

October 11, 2017 was Petal It Forward day, an initiative originated by the Society of American Florists to give back to our communities. This event is founded on the concepts of Pay It Forward or Random Acts of Kindness, but we “pay” it forward with flowers!

Here’s how it goes: participating florists surprise unsuspecting strangers by giving them two bouquets; one for the recipient to keep and the other to give away as a surprise to brighten someone else’s day.

It may surprise you to learn that every state in the nation celebrated this holiday. These events are really fun and make a lot of people smile. And as our name says, we’re all about spreading sunshine with flowers!

We had the pleasure of giving away over 150 single flowers at Miss Knockout beauty bar with the help of their staff, and over 50 mixed bouquets in the NW Alphabet District. We were honored to participate in such a unique event and have the opportunity to give a little happiness to our Portland community.

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Floral Sunshine was featured in an OregonLive article and our owner, Annie Chen, was interviewed on KGW. (See clips below).

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Another clip of Annie Chen interviewed on KGW for Petal It Forward

A special shout out to our wonderful volunteer, Cynthia, who helped us pass out flowers so we could maintain business as usual. Cynthia emailed us later, saying “Thank you for letting me help pass out bouquets! People really loved your bouquets and I know receiving flowers meant a lot to them.”

Aw… schucks!

Featured on Ruffled Blog!

Wow, what an honor to be featured on Ruffled – one of the nation’s top wedding blogs!  Floral Sunshine created all the floral arrangements in this rich hued wedding shoot.  We had the honor of working with some super fabulous Portland wedding professionals.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Lauryn Kay Photography

EVENT DESIGN: Dorsey McLeod

FLORIST: Floral Sunshine

VENUE: Castaway Portland

WEDDING DRESS AND VEIL: Brides for a Cause

HAIR: Portland Makeup & Hair

WEDDING CAKE: Country Cake Shop

RENTALS: Barclay Events, Classic Vintage Rentals

WEDDING INVITATIONS: Nimbi Design

MODEL: Alexus Ayers

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Please follow the link to see the Ruffled blog post, and check out the images and the full album.

Memorial Wreaths

Everyone knows that I love creating wedding flowers but hardly anyone knows that I love creating flowers for funerals and memorials. It’s not something I talk about openly and freely because the topic of death/dying often makes people feel uncomfortable and sad. And I can only imagine if I told everyone that I enjoy making memorial wreaths (and large arrangements for memorials in general) – it may freak people out.

I think memorial wreaths are so beautiful and glorious. Take a look at this patriotic memorial wreath that I created this past weekend for the reunion/gathering of some of the living survivors of the navy ship U.S.S. Bush that sunk in the 40s.

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Another one of my favorites from this past summer, using local seasonal flowers like dahlias and zinnias in a vibrant red, orange, and yellow palette.

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Last but not least, this is a classic memorial wreath of red roses and red carnations.

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Floral Sunshine makes custom wreaths and all types of arrangements for all occasions, please contact us today 503-974-4740 or fill out our contact form.

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New Years Resolutions 2014

Happy New Year, Everyone!  What are your new years resolutions this year?  Here, at Floral Sunshine some of our top goals for 2014 are:

  • Blog more, blog at least 2 times/month.  We try to post pictures on our Facebook Fan page fairly often, but we forget to blog.
  • Book more weekly/monthly reoccurring clients.  These clients could be either corporate accounts that need flowers every week for their lobby, front desk, or restaurant/hotel… or these could be flowers sent to your girlfriend at work or your grandma at her retirement community.  Check out our Flowers By Subscription plans!
  • Continue to add to our floral portfolio, especially with professionally shot photos – not grainy photos taken with an iPhone.
  • And I think it goes without saying — to book more weddings this year!  Last year, we were honored to be part of 29 weddings.  We <3 weddings!!

Wish us luck and feel free to help us out with any of our resolutions listed above!  :)

Indian Wedding Garlands

Did you know that Floral Sunshine makes custom Indian wedding garlands???  We recently collaborated with several other vendors in a styled Indian wedding shoot.  Floral Sunshine had the pleasure of working alongside Studio Varnika, Hayward Decorations, Masala Pop, and Sugar Shapes – at the Holiday Inn Portland Airport.

These particular Indian wedding garlands were made from white, maroon, red, and bi-color (white/cream/maroon/deep red) carnations.  It is a lot of work to put together these dense floral garlands but they are well worth the time and effort!

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If you’re having a traditional Indian (or other ethnic) wedding and would like to order custom floral garlands or other floral arrangements for your BIG day, contact Floral Sunshine!  We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Floral Sunshine’s flowers are in MarryThis Guide 6!

Floral Sunshine’s flowers are featured in MarryThis Guide 6! Get your download this month! All the flowers used in these beach-themed arrangements are locally grown. Beautiful and fragrant Peterkort Roses and fluffy white peonies from a small local grower. We had the pleasure of working with photographer Sara Gray!

Floral Sunshine creates flowers for all occasions and loves traveling to the beautiful Oregon coast for destination weddings! Shoot us an email if you’re planning your big day at the coast!

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