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Favorite Roses for Weddings

Posted by Wed, Jul 22, 2015 @ 02:30 PM



Roses are red, lavender, pale pink, 
peach and even blue; 
which one, do tell, is the perfect 
wedding rose for you?


Indeed, which rose is the perfect rose for your big day? Over 150 species exist in the world and granted far less to choose from at the florist but still! How to narrow down the choices? There is always the option to hop on Pinterest and spend hours upon hours checking out what others have researched...possibly pin over 100 great ideas for your wedding while you're at it. OR perhaps we could save a bit of time, call a local florist and and set up an appointment. If you're searching in in the Indianapolis area; you'll want to dial 317.273.1100 and ask for our (er) their wedding specialist.

What roses are trending for weddings at Gillespie Florists? Which ones are our go-to ones? We're here to fill you in right now and narrow down the choices! Let's start with Tiffany.


tiffany_smaller1. Tiffany

Hailing from Ecuador, we use the barely kissed peach of Tiffany. This rose is very pale peach with the slightest hint of pink.  The color is solid through the bloom although each bloom may vary from pale to alittle brighter peach. The rose shape stays tight and does not open into a wide bloom. Added bonus: the stems have almost no thorns and leaves are simple to remove. 

Tiffany is a prime choice for popular trend of nude-fashion weddings (read more about this trend here!)





2. David Austin Juliet

Indicative a soft blush; the color of soft peach is one of demureness, innocence, and reserve. The David Austin Garden Rose is an excellent example of these attributes.

Grown in Ecuador as well, this rose is the perfect pale peach and blooms into a lovely garden rose shape. Soft, romantic petals give an air of ethereal beauty. 

Please note: Handle with Care! The stems are delicate and outer petals tear easily. The vase life is a bit shorter than Tiffany but still one of our favorite roses for their color and shape.





mondial_small3. Mondial White

Elegant white roses go hand in hand with weddings as they symbolize marriage, new beginnings, and spirituality.

A very popular choice for white roses among florists is the Mondial White. This rose, although labeled "white" has the creamiest color in its numerous petals. The exquisite shape and texture of the petals coupled with long stems and large blooming head make Mondial White a preferred rose for large arrangements and centerpieces.






ohararose4. O'Hara Pink Garden Rose

Soft pink roses symbolize joy, gentleness and grace. This particular garden rose grown in France has 4 hearts in the center is the very definition of grace and gentleness.

The O'Hara Pink is very fragrant and opens to a full bloom of delicate, ruffled petals. It's creamy pink color is a perfect bridal pink.  With a long vase life and intricate texture; these aromatic garden roses will work wonders in a bridal bouquet, centerpiece, and more. 






oceansong_small5. Ocean Song 

Was it love at first sight? Enchantment? Lavender roses symbolize the magic of true love.

Ocean Song from Ecuador emulates the moment with large whimsical blooms. These roses have a moderate opening speed and petals perfectly touched with just the right amount of creamy lavender with an antique flair. Ocean Song blends well with other colors. The soft lavender is striking and consistent throughout the petals. Showcase them as the main color or with white for an extremely eye-catching look.



Congratulations! You made it through our top five choices for roses in weddings! It's difficult to narrow down favorites when there are a plethera of options. However, through experience, time and trends these gorgeous blooms top the charts in our books. Interested in using roses for your wedding? Need help trimming down the vast selection of flowers to fit into your budget? Give us a call and schedule an appointment with our wedding specialist!

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Cosplay Wedding Flowers at Indy Comic Con

Posted by Mon, May 04, 2015 @ 11:00 AM


Knights, Maidens, Ewoks, Batman, Minions, Whovians, Darth Vader, X-Wing Fighter pilots, Guardians of the Galaxy: What do these characters all have in common? A cosplay wedding at Indiana Comic Con!

Put cosplay and wedding together and you have one of the most exciting themes I can think of...besides perhaps a cosplay prom. How geektastic would that be? 

Hi, my name is Kelly, and I'm a fan and Star Wars cosplay novice. In honor of May the Fourth and all pop culture cons coming through Indy, it's my honor to write this article about wedding flowers Gillespie Florists provided for an official Cosplay matrimony at Indiana Comic Con 2015. Special Thanks to Gabe Duval Media, for providing photos from this MARVEL-ous occasion.


What does it take to develop wedding flowers for a Cosplay themed wedding? Especially a super colorful one involving popular characters from top shows, movies and comics from geek culture? After reviewing costume designs and colors for the bride and groom and locking in the the top two themes represented (Dr. Who and Star Wars); our wedding specialist, Sarah, streamlined the flower colors to white, red, and a variety of blues. The end result was gorgeous!

The bride, Kaley carried a Clutch style bridal bouquet which complemented her dress with white hydrangea, red spray roses, Kilimanjaro mini gerbera, silver brunia, white waxflower and dusty miller, hand-tied with charcoal gray ribbon with cornflower blue (tardis) treatment on the handle. The bridesmaids glided down the aisle with Clutch style bouquets with red gerbera with dark eyes, silver brunia, blue hydrangea, white waxflower and dusty miller, hand-tied with eggshell ribbon wrap. The groomsmen wore red mini gerberas, a touch of waxflower, dusty miller and blue wire on the stem while the groom, William, wrapped things up with a White mini gerbera with dark eye, white wax flower, red spray rose bloom, dusty miller backing and and blue wire on the stem.

Exciting costumes, thrilling themes, fantastic flowers: what a way to walk down the aisle and we are beyond delighted to have shared the experience by providing flowers for this event. Do you have an entertaining idea for your wedding? Need to plan long distance? DIY wedding flowers? Whatever your theme, distance, ideas; the super staff at Gillespie Florists are here to help you have the wedding of your dreams. Go ahead, give us a call and schedule a complimentary consultation with our wedding specialist. We'll help make your wedding out of this world.


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Topics: Wedding trends, wedding flowers indianapolis, cosplay wedding,, cosplay wedding flowers indianapolis

Ode to Top Spring Wedding Flowers

Posted by Tue, Mar 10, 2015 @ 12:07 PM


"Sweet spring is your
time is my time is our
time for springtime is lovetime
and viva sweet love...” 
― E.E. Cummings


Oh yes, surely we can discern the topic of discussion today. Springtime isn't just lovetime, it's the beginning of peak wedding season! Which beautiful blooms are the most popular for matrimony and celebration of unending love? I'm so glad you asked; it will be of no surprise you'll spy some of these blooms in a few popular wedding floral trends: Modern Garden, Lapis Luxury, Kaleidoscope, and Majestic.




1. Peony

One of the most popular, they are also a bit difficult to coordinate due to the limited availability in the spring.
Why do we love them? Romanticism is oozing out of these beauties. Elegant, soft, prime choice for palettes; like moths to a flame, we cannot deny the siren call of the peony. 




2. Rose

Roses are red, lavender and blue; think of the wonderful weddings you can have with these hues...and more! Either stand alone for a perfect posey bouquet or incorporated with other popular blooms cascading down; roses have been and will be a springtime favorite due to their timeless classic beauty. 





3. Hydrangea

A full blooming floral in soft and delicate pastels make this another springtime favorite. Standalone stems in a vase; tied together with simple ribbons for bridesmaids and accentuating the bridal bouquet with their overflowing butterfly petals.






4. Ranunculus

Bold and bright or subtle and pale, Ranunculus has been trending high in many wedding themes recently. Soft and delicate, the paper-thin petals have a definitive edge which help them pop in bouquets when paired with peonies and garden roses. Fabulous form and the wide variety of colors available make them ideal for almost any theme.





5. Sweet Pea

This sweet smelling floral lives up to its name for many reasons. Ruffly, fragrant, romantic, and ranging from white to coral pink to purple, and many shades in between. Like many of the flowers on this list, these blooms are simply lovely by themselves  but also look fabulous mixed with other springtime flowers.





6. Gerbera Daisy

Personally I think these are the happiest flowers in the world but don't take my word for it, what do you think? Available in a wide assortment of colors ranging from the palest peach you can imagine to the most vibrant orange and hot pink; so vibrant they'll knock your garters off. Gerberas are making feature appearances in the Kaleidoscope floral wedding trend this year with their bolder, standout colors.





7. Lilac

This delightful, aromatic, delicated-petaled harbinger of spring will have you reminiscing sunny days, fresh breezes and country charm. The lilac is the perfect choice for a Modern Garden occasion or dress them up with violets, lavender roses, and Picasso Callas for a sophisticated Majestic wedding floral trend.  





8. Tulip

Springtime isn't complete without these beauties; brides adore the versatility of these blooms as they are available in hundreds of colors and varieties. From classic and simple clean lines to the varigated, fringed, and feathery; the possibility of themes incorporating tulips are endless! Add extra whimsy and romanticism with petals displayed wide open instead of traditional closed bloom. 



9. Calla Lily

Symbolizing divine nature and genunine dedication; the calla lily name originates from the greek word excellence. White is a popular color choice for weddings however, as our trends extend to bolder colors this year, the callas are right there in deep purple, outstanding oranges, and more!  Picasso Callas are also a favorite with deep purple center blending to creamy white petal ends. Classic, contemporary, subtle, or bold; Calla lilies are a prime choice for your spring nuptials.



10. Orchid

Orchids are another option for springtime weddings; yet which one do you choose? There dozens of types of orchids with prices ranging from below $10 a stem to over $20! The variety of size and shape can have orchids such as Cymbidium featured as the main attraction of the bridal bouquet to including Dendrobiums, which mix well with garden roses, sweet peas, peonies, and parrot tulips for a beautiful springtime floral blend.





Oh the beauty of spring and it's abundance of flowers for weddings. Pale pastels, brilliant bold hues, sensational saturations; the possibilities are endless in color and theme for the beginning of peak wedding season. In the process of planning your nuptials? We are here for all the seasons! For more inspiration, check out our wedding collection online and give us a call to set up a complimentary consultation with our Wedding Specialist!


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Floral Wedding Trends: Majestic

Posted by Sat, Feb 28, 2015 @ 11:40 AM


With great pleasure and utmost esteem do we present to you a most royal, regal, and romantic wedding flower trends: Majestic. 

Why so royally inclined? Only the richest of colors are utilized in this trend comprised of luxurious gold, deep purple, sophisticated lavender, and luscious dark pink. The main attraction of color is purple; which is often associated with nobility, royalty, power, and luxury. It also represents meanings of wealth, extravagance, creativity, grandeur, devotion, mystery, and magic. All of these descriptions and more can attest to the color, design, and mood of the Majestic Wedding Floral trend.weddings_majestic-01-984509-edited

Flowers which are commonly highlighted in this richly saturated color trend are Dendrobium orchids, cymbidium orchids, vanda orchids, purple mini carnations, lisianthus, and orange spray roses. However such as all trends, there are many other flowers available to emulate the look and mood such as garden roses, callas, statice, ranunculus, and ever noble garden roses. While various shades of purple and pink are prime hues in Majestic; accent with gold butter tones and a glimmer of coral strategically placed to add extra grandeur to this royal theme. 

Speaking of gold, let us not forget the application of lustrous metallic gold to add to the extravagance. Imagine a gilded tower overflowing with hydangeas, peonies, and phaleonopsis. Petite found objects brushed to romantic golden shimmer; some of them containing a single calla lily or small composition of spray roses and carnations. Such lavish table pieces call for a sit-down meal with multiple courses; more time for your guests to sit, relax, enjoy fine foods, company, and of course, the elegant decor for their visual appreciation. Unsure the budget will allow for a multiple course thorough-fare? Opt for a cocktail reception with fancy finger foods instead! The best advantage to your wedding plans is the ability to take inspiration from favorite themes and transform them into a unique one of your own design!

These four wedding trends serve as inspiration to make your wedding a dream come true: Romantically rustic Modern Garden, exquisite Lapis Luxury, boldly brilliant Kaleidoscope, and extravagant Majestic. Which one speaks the most to you; or is there a combination of characteristics from each which make your heart skip a beat? Perhaps all the options are beginning to boggle your mind? The fine and friendly staff of Gillespie Florists is here to help you create the perfect floral theme for your wedding. Contact us for a complimentary consultation with our Wedding Specialist and browse our extensive wedding collection online to get started today!



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2015 Wedding Trends: Kaleidoscope

Posted by Fri, Feb 20, 2015 @ 11:21 AM

kellybadgetag-01-3And the award for the most vibrantly colored wedding trend of them all this year goes to: Kaliedoscope!

The name does a good job at tipping you off to what the trend is all about: delicious eye-candy you can almost taste presented in bold and sophisticated modern fashion. Certainly we do adore smooth and rich luxury; there's a place for earthy, rustic texture; however we cannot deny the extreme excitement which ignites with a pop of radical color! 

weddings_kaleidoscope-01 Enjoy a taste of Mother Nature's rainbow with the wedding color trend: Kaleidoscope. Contemporary design is created through the use of simple shapes and dynamic colors such as coral red, bright orange, neon yellow/green, bright turquoise, hot pinks, black, white and emerald green! So many gorgeous colors; how is it possible we have these natural hues available? We do in flowers such as billy ball, fuji mums, joyful gerberas, playful green trick and those ever popular ranunculus which keep appearing in our trends this year. Adding more color and stepping outside the comfort zone of florals we add fruits such as illuminating limes, scintillating oranges, lemons, and other vibrant produce to continue the modern trend. The use of sleek wires, neon sand, and other simple lined items round out the look and tie all our colorful elements with topiaries and geometric shapes of clear glass cubes, cylinders, and bold contrast graphic print containers. 

What time is the right time for this outstanding color statement? The deep chill of winter will gain heat and summer thirst will be quenched with the hot juicy pop of these spectacular colors. Whether your wedding occurs during day or night, this brilliant color delight will set the mood for a festive celebration of your love. 

Modern Garden, Lapis Luxury, Kaleidoscope, Majestic; what 2015 wedding trend speaks to you? We have lovely examples of each and more on our website! Check out our extensive collection online and find even more at our shop when you contact our wedding specialist for a free consultation!








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