Laura Clare

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Valentine’s Day 2014

February 11, 2014

 

my little flower girl

my little flower girl

Here we are again…another year, another amazing batch of roses, tulips, hydrangea, and so many other great flowers for that holiday we call Valentine’s day. This might sound funny, but January and Early February have brought the typical funerals. I don’t mean any disrespect–it’s true. A lot of people historically pass away early in the year right after the holidays. Today, I learned of yet another young person passing–which is always that much more heartbreaking. It reminds me that we need Valentine’s day.–Not for the over-advertised, capitalistic approach… No, I believe we all need that organized day to focus on telling those we love, that we do in fact love them. Never mind the gifts galore that exist for the day, but flowers, dare I say, “say it best”. What better a gift than a item who’s beauty is anticipated, peaks, and then dies all too soon–a direct reminder that we need to “stop and smell the roses”.

This Valentine’s day, take a moment to appreciate life and show your love…

Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

Valentine's Day flowers

Valentine's Day flowers

my little flower girl

Phaelenopsis orchids

Phaelenopsis orchids

Valentine’s Day flowers

2014 Bernards Inn Boutique Bridal Showcase

January 23, 2014

It’s hard to believe that it’s already a new year! And with the new year comes a new wedding season. For the past several years, I’ve participated in the Bernards Inn Boutique Bridal Showcase, which is great way to become inspired with fresh, new ideas in the beginning of this year’s bridal season.

The best part of the Bernards Bridal Showcase is really the bride’s I meet there. The Bernards Inn has put together some of the best of bridal vendors in the Somerset and Morris County areas, and they really draw out brides who have a high appreciation for style, design, and tasteful wedding ideas.

Co-presented by New Jersey Bride Magazine, I expect no less from this year’s show, which will be held on Thursday, January 30th at 6:30pm (with complementary champagne and hors d’oeurves!!)

If you will be there on Thursday, I would love to see you at my table. I will be presenting some unique centerpiece ideas.

 

Fall Floral Classes

August 4, 2013

Autumnal flowers

Autumnal centerpiece

For all you floral enthusiasts, here is our schedule for our fall classes. Be sure to call no later than a week in advance to reserve your spot:
Bernardsville: (908) 221-0007
Hoboken: (201) 217-9696

Hoboken: from 7:00-9:00 PM

Thursday, 8/22 …basic European floral design style
Thurs. 9/5……….mastering topiaries
Thurs. 9/19……..bridal bouquets and boutonnieres
Thurs. 10/3……..fall wreaths with dried flowers and pods
Thurs. 10/ 17…..bridal bouquets and boutonnieres
Thurs. 11/7……..autumnal centerpieces
Thurs. 11/21……autumnal centerpieces

Bernardsville: from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Wed. 9/4………..basic European floral design style
Wed. 9/18……….bridal bouquets and boutonnieres
Wed. 10/4……….fall wreaths with dried flowers and pods
Wed. 10/16………Autmnal centerpieces
Wed. 11/6………..autumnal centerpieces
Wed/ 11/20………autumnal centerpieces

Visit us on our website: www.lauraclaredesign.com

Sweet Valentine’s Day

February 5, 2013

Love. It’s a word that applies to so many things. We love to show our love and one of the most popular ways is to send flowers. Despite the holiday being over-marketed as a holiday started by (or at least greatly enhanced by) florists, why is it that flowers are so closely associated with Valentine’s day and love? I like to think that it’s because flowers make us stop to appreciate those that we love. Each and every lovely blossom has it’s day –and doesn’t last forever. –And so we need to stop and smell the flowers and tell people we love them while we have the chance.

lovely shades of pink arrangement

lovely shades of pink arrangement

raspberry thistle with purple lisianthus and pink roses

raspberry thistle with purple lisianthus and pink roses

 

Inspired to send your sweetie a lovely bouquet of flowers?

Visit our Bernardsville retail store:

Laura Clare, floral design & event decor

1 Morristown Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924

908-221-0007

 

or call our Hoboken studio: (201) 217-9696

or better yet, order online, anytime: www.lauraclaredesign.com

 

Fall romance at 90 Acres Wedding

February 5, 2013

Last Fall was one of our sweetest little weddings we did all year! It was an intimate gathering of friends and family at 90 Acres Restaurant, Natirar in Peapack, NJ. I remember driving up to set up that morning–a beautifully colorful fall day with the fog all around. It was one of the most romantic days I remember seeing in a while. Once the mist and fog dissipated, the romance of the fall leaves and colors revealed a sweet, romantic setting. Thank you Jac-n-jules photography for capturing the sweet moments!

New collection!

January 22, 2013

I am so excited to reveal our new collection of vases, candle holders, chuppahs, props, and more! Thank you to Floral Designs by Cindy who allowed us to purchase the majority of her collections as she retired out of the business. We wish her well and hope to carry on some of her fabulous designs with her immaculate collections!

etched glass "lace" vases

white etched glass "lace" vases

crystal candelabras

crystal candelabras

 

Tiffany style wedding

July 29, 2012

sign in board

sign in board

It’s always fun finding a bride who has a distinct style. We loved working with Kelly as she and her dream-team event coordinators, Kara and Laura from My Bellisima helped perfect her day! It was a beautiful day in early June as we pulled together every detail to make her linens, napkins, chair covers, and of course her flowers give a feeling of pure elegance at the Westin, Govenor Morris Hotel in Morristown, NJ.

Couture en Fleur

June 25, 2012

The Horticulture Society of New York took fashion to new heights and really “branched” out to inspire creativity in clothing and floral with is “Couture en Fleur” themed show.

During this one day floral and foliage extravaganza, 30 New York based floral designers created breathtaking tablescapes that paid homage to some of fashion’s most iconic designers and eras.

Laura Clare Floral Designs was honored and excited to participate. Playing off of the fashion theme, we decided to create a “catwalk” as our tablescape. Combining all of the elements of true couture fashion – avante gard designs, hand crafted ensembles and a beautiful blend of colors and textures – we festooned two (very lucky) mannequins. Using a mix of flowers and foliage in a muted color palate, we layered, tailored and crafted these extraordinary creations – worthy of any fashion runway!

We would like to thank the amazing staff at Niceuplights.com – their fabulous LED lights really made our creations shine all night, Courtney Torres Photography, Ido Ido bridal Salon in Morristown, NJ,

floral models
HSNY annual dinner/ dance flower show

HSNY annual dinner/ dance flower show

and the excellent furniture pieces from www.luxeeventrentals.com helped set the atmosphere perfectly.

 

Natirar and Nan Romano photoshoot

May 27, 2012

close-up of entryway

entry way arrangement

entryway arrangement to mansion

eperigne

eperigne arrangement

sweet peas and freesia

sweet peas and freesia

campanulas, sweet peas, and spray roses

campanulas, sweet peas, and spray roses

gold mercury glass candles

gold mercury glass candles

gold candelabras

gold candelabras

lady slipper orchid

lady slipper orchid

succulents

succulents

bridal bouquet

bridal bouquet

 

Illuminating the Chandelier Room at the Hoboken W Hotel

February 21, 2012

Great little wedding reception at the Chandelier Room , Hoboken. Love the space and the charm it provides!

illuminated manzanita tree

illuminated manzanita tree

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the view from the bar in the Chandelier Room, W Hotel, Hoboken

Amazing view

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all white tulip centerpiece

white tulips and blue LED submersible lights