All Posts By Carol Caggiano

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Brighten the Darkest Day With Flowers

by Carol Caggiano on November 1, 2015 at 9:17 am

KitchenFlowersFall is my favorite time of year. Bright colored leaves, crisp air and blue skies give me energy and inspire me to get to those projects I have conveniently put aside. A fire in the fireplace, hot tea or a cup of hot chocolate, makes an autumn afternoon something really special. But along with all the beauty of fall comes the shorter days. We all know there is always the same amount of hours in the day no matter what time of year it is, but when it gets dark so early we often feel like our days are shorter. This feeling can be mood dampening, if not just downright depressing. We go to work in the dark and come home in the dark — yuck.

But lets get back to the good stuff.

The colors of fall are anything but depressing, as gorgeous oranges, corals, peaches, reds, burgundy, earthy browns, golds, purples and even touches of chartreuse surround us. What if we bring these attractive hues into our home with flowers? What an easy way to celebrate the vibrancy of the season and keep that energy positive and glorious. Read More

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A Very Special Wedding Tent

by Carol Caggiano on September 3, 2015 at 12:04 pm

As a floral designer, I have been involved with weddings all my life. Not long ago I calculated that I have done the flowers for over 4,000 weddings during my career. Yet no matter how many I have done, the creativity that is often exhibited in the planning of a wedding never ceases to impress me. I have the opportunity to do freelance work for Amaryllis, Inc., a floral and event design studio in the Washington, D.C., area, where I have experienced many “over the top” weddings.


One reception that really impressed me was this past May when they set up a tent in a college basketball arena. Who came up with such an original idea, I don’t know, but it was genius. An exquisite environment was created for the wedding reception without having to worry about the weather. Read More

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We Can’t Celebrate Without Flowers

by Carol Caggiano on August 13, 2015 at 7:16 am

TableforTwoFor me, sitting down to a meal where there are flowers on the table indicates something special is happening. Whenever there is a wedding, birthday party or celebratory event, we expect to see floral centerpieces. It goes along with the importance of the occasion, and I know I look forward to those details when I attend.

It’s not always something elaborate nor does it have to be, but it does have to be there.  Whether it is a bud vase with one lovely bloom, a collection of flowers establishing a theme or color palette, or a stunning elevated design with a lush bouquet, we feel welcome as guests.

Often the flowers are the first thing that draws our attention when entering a room. A small table with a modest arrangement looks stunning and inviting, while a room filled with tables and lush bouquets can be “jaw dropping.” Most of the time we find ourselves somewhere in between. But no matter the size of the event, we enjoy the flowers for their beauty and contribution to the ambiance of the occasion. Read More

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Mood Changer

by Carol Caggiano on August 10, 2015 at 6:59 am

MoodChangerSome days just start off bad. You might have overslept, or maybe what is on your schedule for the day is worrisome or just plain uninteresting. The phone rings three times, and each time it is a solicitation call or a survey. Doesn’t anyone call any more that might really want to talk to you? You are out of coffee and when you looked out the window you discovered that the deer used your lovely garden, in which you spent most of your weekend, for a midnight buffet. Maybe it’s best to just go back to bed and start over?

Many things can affect our mood, some of which we can control and some not.  We might set an additional alarm to make sure we get up on time and maybe a fence around the garden would protect our hard work. Yet when things at work don’t go right, someone close to us is ill or we just feel left out or lonely, it’s difficult to be in a good mood. When I see someone who is sad or cranky, my first inclination is to try and turn that around. Many times a kind word, an offer of help or even simply a smile can make a difference. We don’t like to see the people we care about unhappy. Research has proved that there is something to help and that is flowers. Read More

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Bridal Bouquet Trends

by Carol Caggiano on May 27, 2015 at 8:44 am

Weddings are exciting and filled with oodles of choices and important decisions: the place, the date, attendants, guests, gowns, cakes, flowers, gifts and the honeymoon. Each decision is significant, some easier to make than others. With the numerous options available today, it is almost mind boggling and often difficult to narrow things down and make those very important choices.

Being a florist, I am very tuned in to flowers, of course, and I do think they add so much to any wedding, big or small. There is one selection that is special and so very personal, and that is the bridal bouquet. It’s been many years since I got married but I remember so well that gorgeous bouquet, and when I picked it up and held it for the first time with my beautiful gown I knew this was a day I would never forget. That is the moment I really felt like a bride.

Many factors come in to play when choosing a bridal bouquet: The time of year, time of day, bride’s favorite flowers, colors, size, budget and, most important, her personality. Today we have a global market for flowers and, combined with the talent of your floral designer, almost anything is possible. Flowers follow trends just like everything else, and here are a few bouquets that are great choices for today’s unique bride.

Sometimes it’s the actual floral material that dictates the trend. Succulents have been so popular, a welcomed addition to any floral design, but especially strong in bridal bouquets. They come in a variety of colors and sizes and it’s not difficult to find a pleasing combination. The bouquet pictured incorporates the succulents with purple blooms and a surprise accent of wispy feathers to add color and movement.


Color is also a driver of style and trend. The soft blush tone of the ‘Quicksand’ roses in this cascading bouquet is a favorite with the lime green of the hanging amaranthus setting it off perfectly. The green contrasts nicely with the blush, giving it life and a dramatic quality without losing the softness and romance of the blush color. Making the right color choices is often one of the most important decisions in choosing a bridal bouquet, probably because it is the most visual element. Read More