If you are a parent of a teen, this is the time of year when you find yourself charging your camera and gearing up for prom night photo opps. It's the biggest night of the year for many high school students and my silk flower walls make exquisite backdrops to catch the perfect pose. Add my "Prom Night" sign to the wall for a final touch to remember this milestone. My silk flower walls bring the beauty of the outdoors inside, so even on a rainy prom night, photos can look fresh with flowers! You can choose silk flowers that match the couples attire or pick something neutral. I have lots of color themes available! For more information on my walls, please visit my website.
Hopefully we are done with all the late winter snow on the east coast and the warmer weather is fast approaching! We need the gray days to morph into blue skies and fluffy, white clouds! To welcome the new season, Jennifer Fuller of Fuller Interiors just ordered one of my pink floral panels for a dressing room project she’s working on. The two-foot square panel will hang adjacent to a window and across from a mirror, giving it light and reflection to show off theRoses, Peonies, and Baby’s Breath accents.
Flowers brighten any room and breathe life into any space. I love fresh flowers, but the thought of adding another weekly chore into the mix can get overwhelming. You can still get the look of fresh flowers with my silk arrangements because I meticulously select the highest quality silks for my pieces. They are so authentic you can even mix them with fresh flowers in a room without anyone being able to tell them apart!
My silk panels are a unique touch to any room, but work especially well in sun rooms, baby’s rooms, little girls’ rooms, dressing rooms, and covered porches.
Below are samples of floral panels in various rooms including sketches of the dressing room design from Fuller Interiors. Once Jennifer’s project is complete, I’ll post pictures of the final design. It’s always fun to blog about my projects for interiors, weddings, and events. Happy occasions and flowers are always easy to write about!
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The 2018 fashion and design trend is faux finishes and silk florals fit the bill! Designers are turning to faux materials for budget-friendly alternatives to authentic materials. In the world of events and weddings, think marble dance floors, faux fur wraps and even faux wedding cakes.
We have always touted using silk floral walls instead of real floral walls as a cost-cutting measure. Although we stress that real flowers are a must for weddings, we consider our silk florals as compliments to the real ones. Their affordability allows event space to be filled to the brim with blooms.
New for 2018: Our Luxury Wall Collection offers the same beautiful silk florals as our standard walls with the addition of beads, crystals and baubles of silver and gold woven into the mix.
Below are some photos of our intricate luxury walls. Just look at the gorgeous details and how they make the walls pop and sparkle!
There is so much to look forward to in 2018 party planning! Expect to see lush bright blooms, baubles and beads in our floral creations this year. We will use today’s trends to create wonderful memories with our floral products. We will not disappoint!
You’re throwing a dinner party and you’ve worked hard for weeks planning and preparing. You’ve created a guest list of compatible people who will spark interesting conversations. You’ve planned the menu…simple but elegant. You’ve even polished the silver, cleaned the crystal and ironed the linens! All of this was done weeks before because the week of the party you have to concentrate on preparing the menu!
With all this hard work planning and prepping…don’t forget flowers! You don’t have to leave flowers for the last minute if you rent one of our silk floral table runners! 72 inches of lush, floral beauty can adorn your dining table for weeks before your big soirée. Rent one for $250 and have it delivered for $50. This is money well spent! Your dinner party table will look spectacular, and it’s one less thing to worry about when you are concentrating on meal prep!
Here are a few photos of our runners below. They come in many colors and can be custom designed. Place your order today and check it off your to-do list!
Photography by Rachel McGinn.
New for 2018, we are offering a Little Walls line. Measuring just 6’ tall by 4’ wide, our Little Walls were initially developed for bridal showers, baby showers and birthday parties, but, no matter what the event is, they are a great way to add a little color and beauty to a party.
We offer walls of exquisite silk flowers in hues of blues, pinks, whites and yellows. We even offer gold and silver signs in script lettering reading, “It’s a boy” or “It’s a girl.”
Sit in front of a silk floral wall as you open your cherished gifts from family, friends and loved ones. Celebrate the new addition to the family, an upcoming nuptial or rent one for your child’s next birthday party. They are great backdrops for photos.
Walls rent for $250 plus $50 delivery fee. Taxes not included.
Photography by Rachel McGinn
Finishing touches are just that. They are the little extras to the details that often go unnoticed but when done right they turn something standard into something extraordinary. My recent wedding experience at the Ritz in Philadelphia is a perfect case study in finishing touches.
Finishing Touch No. 1: The Wedding Planner
At a basic level, wedding planners help you organize your big day, but if you want the day to flow smoothly and the wedding style be nothing short of a fairy tale, then you need more than basic. Lauren Lerner Akman and Jamie Nadeau of Lauren James Events are anything but basic! They are luxury event planners who bring creativity and professionalism to every detail. They engineer a manageable time line for vendors, the understand the family members and their personalities and they offer design services that create a stunning, picture perfect wedding.
Finishing Touch No. 2: The Wedding Cake
Van Earl’s Cakes is not a bakery, they are artists creating cake art that will blow your mind! Other than the bride and groom, the wedding cake was the celebrity of the day. Adorned with cream-colored and bedazzled cascading florals and squared off at the bottom with a tailored layer of silver beads, the cake coordinated flawlessly with the backdrop of my custom-made wall made with similar luxurious jewels and florals.
Finishing Touch No. 3: The Photographer
As you can see from the photos below, MK Photography is more than just a photographer. They capture the story of the moment with a photojournalistic style.
Finish Touch No. 4: The Florist
Silk flowers never replace the real deal, but they can coordinate with each other and Jami Rothstein helps pull it all together. She is a florist artisan, nationally recognized for her designs. It was a pleasure to work with her staff to create a memorable setting for the special day.
With the right vendors who believe in the extra special details of finishing touches, weddings can go from ordinary to extraordinary!
For connections to the vendors listed, please contact Nicol.
Happy Holidays! I’m excited to share an article from the Philadelphia Inquirer where I was featured for my home décor. I have so much fun keeping my home decorated for each season and no season is better for decorating than the December holidays! And, just because the weather is outside is too cold for real budding blooms, there’s no reason why you can’t spread the warmth with silk florals! Whether I host a party or just decorate for every day, I like to create warm spaces throughout my home using silk floral bouquets, table runners and even walls of silk florals. I currently have walls of silk florals in my dining room and my home office. Please take a moment to read the article so you can get ideas on how to decorate your home with silk florals!
Happy New Year!
Photos by Maddie Flanigan
You know the pressure is on when you’re working with a fashion blogger who has close to 18,000 Instagram followers and is a style influencer for the fashion industry. It makes sense that Jacklyn Gerace-Dunn, who runs the blog Three Sisters One Closet, would insist on incredible details for every aspect of her wedding. Despite the pressure, working with this vivacious go-getter with impeccable taste was one of my highlights from 2017. What made it so special was that Jacklyn was nothing but pleasant to work with. As a communicator by trade, she knows the value of open communication. As a stylist, she played an active role in designing her own custom silk floral wall. And, as a savvy businesswoman, she worked well under pressure with me and all her vendors.
Communication is key to coordinating a wedding
Not just in terms of telling vendors what you want, but by being responsive, working with deadlines, and staying connected. From the start when Jacklyn contacted me after she saw one of my silk floral walls on display at a bridal shop in Suburban Square, I knew she would be easy to work with. She clearly described her needs and vision so we could we worked together to customize a wall unique to her own style. She responded quickly to emails and texts, allowing us to stay on target with her wedding date.
The Jackie Wall
That’s what I call the silk floral wall Jacklyn and I created together and is now part of my silk floral wall collection. With the perfect combination and florals in cream whites with a touch of blush, we created a wall precisely in sync with the bride’s neutral color palette and modern-meets-romantic décor.
Jacklyn’s extensive research of the area’s top vendors made turned “work” into “pleasure.” Finley Caterers and the Ellis Preserve create fairytale wedding events. Photographers Grace & Ardor Co. out of Bucks County describe themselves as storytellers. They captured the moment and created breathtaking photo documentation of Jacklyn’s special day. They photographed the wedding party as they shot off confetti cannons when the couple stood in front of The Jackie Wall sharing their first kiss. The moment was spectacular and now Jacklyn can remember it for a life time.
Getting Some Buzz
The "icing on the cake" with this project is that Jacklyn's wedding was highlighted in the Spring/Summer 2018 Philadelphia Wedding Magazine in their "Real Weddings" section. What a great way to start the new year!
On one of the coldest autumn days on record, I was part of the one of the warmest weddings ever!
Last weekend Dawn and Mike braved the cold with their bridal party to capture quintessential Philadelphia photos for their fairytale wedding. Not only did they shoot in front of City Hall, a must with Philadelphia brides, they launched doves to symbolize their new life together! They also arrived at Ballroom at the Ben in a horse and carriage fit for a princess! The couple’s love for each other was felt by everyone and the beautiful surroundings captured their love and sweet personalities.
I knew this wedding was going to be extra special from the moment the bride contacted me. We hit if off right away and I enjoyed working with her directly as we designed a custom silk floral wall and table runner for the sweetheart table. Dawn inspired me to start my new Luxury Collection which includes embellishments like gemstones, crystals and pearls.
And, it was a pleasure to work with so many top-notch professionals in the area. Marcus Hook Florist and Beautiful Blooms made coordinating my silk florals seamless. Dawn’s stunning princess-like gown is from Van Cleve Bridal. Of course, I don’t work directly with them, but they certainly play an important role in turning the special day into a fairytale story. I can’t say enough about the outstanding photography of Ron Soliman. Ron’s use of light captured the beauty of my silk florals, but, more importantly, his photo journalistic talent told the story of two sweet people as they start a magical lifetime of happiness together.
Lastly, I want to give a special shout out to Finley Caterers. I work with them on a regular basis at many of their venues including The Ben and Ellis Preserve. I love working with them because they make my job fun!
All birthdays are special and they deserve to be commemorated. For adults, these are often milestone birthdays; the ones that make you feel like you need to freeze time to honor the moment. They arrive at a time when the guest of honor may be overwhelmed with the thought of entering a new decade of life. That’s why it’s important to surround the birthday person with the people they love in a setting that fits their personality and style.
While decorating for my own birthday party this year (it’s not a milestone but any birthday is a reason to celebrate), I thought it would be fun to share my top three decorating tips that can really make the day special.
Proof is in the Pudding…or Birthday Cake!
The birthday cake completes the party. It acts like an exclamation point, presented at the end of the party and “wows” the guests with its beauty and deliciousness. Often a cake is forgotten about because its decorations are generic and boring, but don’t miss this decorating opportunity! The cake can match the style of the guest of honor using color, shape and embellishments. For my birthday cake, I used a pastel pink that reminds me of springtime pansies and romantic pink roses. It’s elegant, simple and classic which fits the style I strive to keep. The vanilla cake tastes equally delicious as it is beautiful, made exquisitely by Patrick at Aux Petits Delices in Wayne, PA.
Celebrate Happy Moments.
Sometimes the birthday person is not extremely excited about “aging up,” so keep their mood happy by celebrating the past. Ask guests to bring photos of fun and special moments they’ve shared together. Create a decade-based theme party if the guest of honor is entering a new decade. For example, a 40th birthday party could include big band music from the 1940s. You could use the decade they were born and host a party around that time period as well. It's always important to document the party with amazing photography. I always use Maddie Flanigan Photography.
Of Course, Use Silk Florals!
One of the latest trends in party decorating is the use of a silk floral wall and lately, my birthday walls are almost as popular as my wedding walls. My walls come in 14 vibrant color themes to match any party style. They make amazing backdrops for photos of guests. I encourage my clients to get creative with the wall and take photos sitting, standing, and even being silly with props. I set the walls up in no time and work well with other vendors you might be using. I also create floral table runners. They can match the color of the floral wall and run on any size table. Flowers have the power to create an elegant and fun atmosphere and silk florals can be used to create a lush backdrop without the expense of using real flowers. Most of my clients use my silk floral walls in addition to real flowers for other decorations like table centerpieces.
If you are planning a birthday party, or any special event, please call me for a free consultation.
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE working with brides to make their special day perfect, but I don't just do weddings! I recently collaborated with Lohner Plastic Surgery and Porsche of the Main Line for an informative, fun and elegant evening. Dr. Lohner, a highly respected plastic surgeon in the area, sponsored an evening of fun and education, sharing some of the new and innovative trends in plastic surgery. With the help of my red silk floral walls, the showroom at the Main Line dealership popped! Not only did the florals add a superior touch of elegance and beauty, the wall was a perfect backdrop for guest photos. Shutterbug Maddie Flanigan was on hand to snap photos of all the guests of the evening.
Hand crafted with amazing detail, my silk floral walls and visual displays have become immensely popular among Philadelphia retailers. Each wall is carefully created to reflect a business, brand or personality. Place your order today!
I am still reveling in the glory of being in yet another media powerhouse in Philadelphia! My flower walls were one of the topics of the article “Ritzy Business: Fanciful floral walls and custom cakes offer the finest finishing touches at the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia.”
This is the third time my business has hit media news in that last year!
The recently renovated Ritz Carlton has partnered with Nicol Floral Design to create their own exclusive flower walls for brides. The elevated personal touches of this venue are what sets them apart as one of the top wedding reception venues in the city and I’m thrilled to be working with them!
I handcraft my walls with amazing detail, using high quality silk florals. Some of my walls are available as packages throughout the city, such as the Ritz Carlton, but they can also be custom made and rented to be used anywhere. Call me for a free consultation!
I had the opportunity to showcase my blue silk floral wall at the Philly Magazine “Best of Philly” Soiree at Dilworth Park last week. Guests sampled the city’s best bites, danced the night away al fresco to the sounds of DJ Adrian Hardy, and were photographed in front of my blue wall that radiated by the park fountain. The wall was adorned with the Mercedes Benz emblem, the main sponsor for the party. Truly an honor to work with the “best” of the city!
This event is the capstone of a month of curating the best the city has to offer. More than 1,500 guests were treated to exquisite food from past and present “Best of Philly” winners including, Fork, Russet, Tinto, Townsend, Little Baby’s Ice Cream, and Vernick.
Winners were validated and everyone else attending were lucky enough to explore the city of brotherly love all it one convenient location.
It was a privilege to work with the “best” event vendors in the area including Cinemacake, Ritz Carlton, Party Helpers, Carl Alan Floral Designs, Eventine Design, and Maddie Flanigan Photography. Pictured here with me in front of my wall is Vito Russo from Carl Alan and Alicia Vitarelli from 6abc news.
Photo booth technology has changed a lot these days. Gone are the days of curtain-drawn boxes and low quality outputs. TapSnap has taken over the photo booth industry with open-air, digitally-integrated, and fully customizable kiosks. When paired with my silk flower walls as a backdrop, party guests take home beautiful keepsakes and instantly share photos on social media.
In an open-air setting, guests can pose for pictures in front of my wall or a green screen then use a touch screen to drag and drop digital props, write messages, and add filters. It’s like “reality Instagram and Snapchat” because the photos are sent to you instantly for sharing on social media. Guests can add the event hashtag or the bride and groom’s hashtag and share party images all night long. If there is a screen and projector set up at the event, the TapSnap action can be displayed at the event in real time.
I recently worked with TapSnap at a wedding at The Logan in Philadelphia and was amazed. The set up was quiet and quick, guests were easily engaged, and they had a great time creating fun photos to take home.
I try to work with top-notch vendors and TapSnap fits the bill! The team is experienced and the photos are taken with a professional DSLR camera. No grainy photos, just beautiful glossy prints with fun props and digital embellishments to add on, if desired.
Here are some photos from the event. I’ve included images of the dining tables and place settings as well. TapSnap was a step above the traditional photo booth and blended well with the sophisticated style of the décor by Evantine Design.
I am honored to be included in the Best of the Main Line issue of Main Line Today for my flower walls AND my Instagram account!
Flower walls are all the rage at weddings and other celebrations. They create a back drop for photos, and they act as dividers and overall enhancements to any party. Top notch venues such as ELLIS PRESERVE, THE RITZ CARLTON, and PHILADELPHIA CRICKET CLUB have my floral walls available in their wedding and entertainment packages.
I am extremely grateful to be recognized for my Instagram account. My teenaged kids are proud of my social media skills! I'm always sharing photos of my work so if you're stuck inside and need a dose of outdoors, check out my floral design photos at @nicolfloraldesign.
Besides floral walls, I create custom silk floral designs for homes, too. Whether you are a home owner, decorator, home stager, or realtor, consider my arrangements to enhance any room with beautiful florals that last a life time! If you are entertaining guests, decorating dining tables with silk florals is an elegant way to add a natural touch. Use them as centerpieces, place settings, even napkin rings. Because they're silk, you can decorate your table days ahead and have one less task before your party!
Radnor Hunt Race fans and fashionistas turned out in derby finery this past Saturday and I was honored to judge it all as one of the hat contest judges checking out the sea of festive millenery.
Proceeds for the Radnor Hunt Races benefit the open space and clean water programs of the Brandywine Conservancy. The Conservancy has protected over 62,000 acres to date. I was honored to be part of a long-standing tradition in our area and to support the Conservancy. Community events like these are what makes our area so special.
In conjunction with local milliner, Ella Grace of Ella Grace Hats, Nicol Floral Design offers hat rentals with a wide collection of hats from around the globe.
A special shout out to my fellow hat judges: Caroline Mangan O’Halloran from Savvy Main Line, Janet Sidewater, Milliner and owner of Feather In Your Cap, former meteorologist John Bolaris, Caryn Kunkle of ArtJawn, and Miss Pennsylvania Carolina West.
On April 8th I was honored to be featured on the ABC 6 Action News program, FYI Philly. Co-host Karen Rogers and crew met me at my studio to interview me and capture the essence of my work. They saw first hand what a statement my silk walls can make, and they witnessed the beauty of silk flowers in my studio packed with color. Then I had the opportunity to go to the ABC 6 studio to see broadcast live. My blue silk floral wall was used as the backdrop in the shoot. What a thrill! Watch the FYI PhillyHere is a link to the program... http://6abc.com/1855826/
The warm weather lately reminded me that I never shared my experience working with amazing photographers, florists and event planners at the Rodin Museum last spring. The dramatic architecture and the stunning masterpieces made for a perfect venue for one of my flower walls at the wedding of Lyndsay Hoy and Vincent Nguyen. Their wedding was featured in this season's Philadelphia Wedding Magazine. Here are a few pictures from the event. Shout out to some of the vendors: Marie Labbanz, Photographer; Gina Sole, Wedding Planner; Evantine Design, Flowers; Starr Events, Caterer; Cinemacake, Videographer; Two Paper Dolls, Invitation.
I never would have imagined a year and a half ago when I started my business that my work would be displayed on the cover of Philadelphia Wedding Magazine! For one day my floral studio turned into a professional photo studio complete with models, makeup artists, photographers and stylists. My hand crafted silk floral walls were used as backdrops for the most beautiful brides! All my color palettes were featured on 12 pages of the magazine.