A Valley Center, Cliffside Wedding

This Valley center wedding was for the son of my friend from high school. A casual outdoor wedding at my friend’s home that is designed with a natural rustic feel.

The father of the groom built the home and landscape. On our initial walk thru, the bride wanted to use the reception area as the ceremony area but after seeing the majestic view from the pool, we suggested to have the ceremony on the rocks below the pool. So, the father of groom built the platform, that will last a lifetime, for the ceremony.

The mother of the groom works for a tree cutting company and one of the arborists custom built the benches used at the ceremony.

They had 185 guests and not one person left until the music stopped at midnight. They had a Mexican style buffet with custom tacos, quesadillas, and salsa bar. The dessert bar with a candy hutch, next to the cake/cupcake table was a hit with all the guests. A beautiful lounge area was set up to watch the dancing under the palapa.

We were hired in the full event capacity for this wedding and brought in the staff, bartenders, games, photo booth, candy bar, and helped with negotiations of the dinner. Don’t forget that we don’t just do flowers.

Enjoy these amazing photos from France Photographers.

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Wife Appreciation Day

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Everyday should be Wife Appreciation Day, but lucky for all those married women out there, there is a specific day dedicated to wives! On September 18th, it is your job, as a husband, to shower your wife with love, affection, gifts and of course FLOWERS!

Although the original origin and founder of this day is unknown, it is believed that this day was dedicated to wives that did not yet have children, because Mother’s Day is for wives with children. Today, it is encouraged that all wives are appreciated and we think that there can never be too many days dedicated to the person you love so much.

The traditional flower for this day is the rose (red meaning love and romance), but obviously whichever flower your wife likes is perfect! Here are some flower meanings if you are trying to portray a certain message.

  • Pink Carnation- gratitude
  • Daffodil- chivalry
  • Holly- domestic happiness
  • Ivy- fidelity
  • Jasmine- grace and elegance
  • Lilac- first love
  • Pansy- loving thoughts
  • Pink Rose- admiration/appreciation
  • Sunflower- adoration
  • Red Tulip- declaration of love
  • Yellow Tulip- hopelessly in love

Head on over to our website or call us directly at (760) 745-1191 to make sure you have flowers to give your wife on Sunday, September 18! Show her how much she means to you today and everyday.

September Flower of the Month: Aster

Another month and another opportunity to learn about the beautiful world around you! This month’s flower is the Aster. The small daisy-like flower gets its name from the greek work astéri, meaning star because of its star shape.

In the wild, Asters are mostly shades of purple and blue, but when cultivated they can be pink lavender and white as well. While some flowers and their colors have specific meanings, this is not so with the aster. No matter what color you choose, they will always symbolize patience and elegance.

In the US, they are the birth flower for people born in September and also symbolize the 20 year wedding anniversary. In ancient times and even today, the Aster has been thought to be a magical power that ward off evil spirits and can also signify wishing a situation had turned out differently. These flowers have also been used in some cultures for medical remedies and treatments.

Asters are a great flower for arrangements or outside gardens.  They are easy to plant at any time of the year but do best in the Fall months which is why they are a perfect flower for September. (Fall begins Sept. 22nd!) Asters can also keep in a vase for up to two weeks, which make them the ideal flower for arrangements.

Visit us on our website to see all of the wonderful options we have that include this month’s flower! Send them to a friend with a birthday or just because you appreciate someone!

From Middle School to Wedding Bells

This love started when they were in middle school and now, queue the wedding bells.

Marcus and Aubrie celebrated their wedding at the Pacific Views Event Center in San Diego, CA with their closest family and friends.  This place has one of the most beautiful backdrops, so it wasn’t hard to dress up the place with our florals.

Hints of teal and silver were coupled perfectly with the long stemmed calla lilies.  This wedding was refreshingly traditional with the bride’s choice of calla lilies throughout the entire ceremony to the reception.

Thanks to Focused In Photo for the amazing photos and of course to Aubrie and Marcus for letting us in on your special day. Enjoy the photos!!

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Bailey’s Palomar Resort: Mountaintop Wedding

If you haven’t been to Bailey’s Palomar Resort yet, you are MISSING OUT!!  Baileys is among the most unique and wonderful wedding venues in Southern California, right in our backyard.

This wedding screamed rustic, mountaintop through and through. We loved the choice of flowers that the bride wanted to incorporate, to set the tone of her mountainside wedding. Thanks to True Photography Weddings for the photos and of course, to the bride and groom for letting us in on your special day!!

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Flower of the Month- August

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Another month, another flower. This month’s flower is the beautiful gladiolus. With over 250 species that are native worldwide, it’s no wonder these flowers are so popular. Keep reading to learn more about August’s flower.

As mentioned above, there are over 250 different kinds of gladiolus, ranging in color, shape and size. Colors range from pink and purple to orange and red, providing a great variety to add into any floral arrangement. These flowers have tall sword-like stems, that only grow flowers on one side.

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Dating back to ancient times, gladioli stand for strength and integrity. Often referred to as sword lilies, due to the shape of the leaves, gladioli get their name from the latin word, gladius, which means sword. Gladioli also symbolize infatuation and it is thought that if you give someone a bouquet of gladioli you are “piercing their hearts with passion.” This makes them the perfect candidate for a 40th wedding anniversary flower.

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At Rosemary-Duff, we offer a variety of beautiful options that incorporate gladiolus. They make for big, dramatic arrangements that are perfect for special occasions. Visit us in store, on our website or call us at 760-745-1191 to order your flower of the month! 

National Sisters Day

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Sister, Sister! This Sunday, August 7th, is National Sister Day. What better way to celebrate your sister and the great bond you share then by sending her flowers! We know first hand just how special sisters can be, since we have been working together for more years than we can remember!

To celebrate this special day, set a reminder for the first Sunday of August, and call up your favorite sister and let her know how much you appreciate her. Nothing is quite like the bond sisters have and that is why it’s so important to celebrate with a custom flower arrangement. Even if you aren’t physically together, you can still show them how much you care by delivering a colorful arrangement so they know that you are thinking of them on this day!

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Incorporating bright, big flowers makes for a pretty piece. August’s flower of the month is a gladiolus, which could also be a bright addition to your bouquet.

Maybe you don’t have a biological sister, that’s okay! Sending flowers to your best girlfriend, a close relative (aunt or cousin) or even a sorority sister is a special way to tell someone how much you care about them and appreciate them being in your life.

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Whether it be a shoulder to cry on or someone to laugh with, a sister will always be on your side. Flower your sister and head over to our website to check out all the beautiful arrangements we have to offer that your sister is sure to love!