Monday, December 13, 2010

Destination Wedding on St. Petersburg Beach

Natalie & Graeme
November 7, 2010
Location: The Grand Plaza, St. Petersburg Beach, Florida

This Fabulous Couple came all the way from Scotland to
exchange their vows. The weather was quite blustery and down right cold.
I believe to them it was not much different that a spring day in Scotland.
The Brides and Bridemaids bouquets consisted of Antique Blue Hydrangea, Blue Thistle, and Garden Roses.
The Groom and Groomsmen boutonnieres were of the traditional Blue Thistle.
The beach ceremony was conducted by Lauren Otten Byers of "I Do Weddings".
The Reception was held in the Terrace Ball Room at the Grand Plaza.

All our Best Wishes to Natalie & Graeme.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Tampa Florist Breaks the Barriers

As a Tampa Florist we refuse to conform to the pick and click florist market. This has proved to be a dynamic adventure for us as a Local Tampa Florist. I decided to not conform to the public and the internet, but become a true Tampa Florist. Anyone can paint by number, but we don't. Stepping outside the box is what has made our mark. No matter where you look on the internet for florists you will find the basic website. Our website is something more. We never create the same design twice. Our customers and clients have connected with us and found something more. We do our best to provide just that. Our Tampa Florist brings you creative side and something more than just your average flowers. Growing a business such as this was a decision we made from the time the doors opened in April of 2008. We could have provided clients and customers with the same ole flowers they can get from any Tampa Flower Shop, but we saw a future in being a Unique Tampa Flower Shop. We look forward to a growing trend of Flower Shops and being your Favorite Local Tampa Flower Shop.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Apple Blossoms Wedding Center - Wedding Professional Spotlight at Apple Blossoms Wedding Center

Apple Blossoms Wedding Center - Wedding Professional Spotlight at Apple Blossoms Wedding Center: "- Sent using Google Toolbar"

Tampa Wedding Officiant


Katherine A. DeMarco, Wedding Officiant, Owner

Weddings, celebrations and Katherine DeMarco were Made for Each Other”.

Having been in the hospitality industry for over 20 years, I started out as a Catering and Event Manager in restaurants, then wedding planner/coordinator for hotels and resorts and enjoyed this for many years.

I assisted hundreds of couples as they planned their big day. They worked so hard to have everything beautiful and perfect, but the real celebration of getting married, the ceremony, was sometimes left until last.

I’ve been to weddings where couples stand before their family and friends, listening to a minister talk at them. The minister makes them repeat their words. The couple kiss and off they go to a party. I felt sad that they did not have a ceremony that reflected their personalities, beliefs, and their relationship; the public declaration of their love and their commitment to each other.

I knew what I wanted to do. I was meant to work with couples to create their ceremony; talk about their love, commitment, and their married life together.

We were “Made for Each Other”!!!! I found my true calling.

After the urging of a friend, an ordained minister, I too was able to become ordained eight years ago. I am a non-denominational minister; I perform all types of ceremonies.

I consider myself a celebrant of life! I specialize in weddings, commitment ceremonies, vow renewals as well as house blessings, and baby christenings and memorial services. Every important event in a person’s life is meant to be celebrated and a wedding is my favorite! I love Weddings! – We were “Made for Each Other”

When I create a custom ceremony for a couple I tailor the ceremony’s message about them. . What is meaningful and important. It will speak of your love and commitment to each other. Include your beliefs, your personalities, how you met, people and places that are important to you; your plans for the future. I have wonderful readings, prayers and rituals that can be include in the ceremony.

Call, check for availability schedule a consultation,. I’d love to talk to you and hear about your plans. I will send you a questionnaire to fill out prior. I’ll use it as a tool to present materials that are relevant to the vision of your ceremony.

My fees vary depending on ceremony, date, location, rehearsal and travel, but a thoughtful custom-designed ceremony is guaranteed.

Please visit my web site: for additional information.

I am proud to be a 2009 and 2010 recipient of the

Brides Choice Awards

Rev. Katherine A. DeMarco (727) 434.2370



Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Voted Best South Tampa Florist 2010

What an honor it is to serve South Tampa as the Best South Tampa Florist 2 years in a row. We would like to thank the voters. We do our best to bring South Tampa something different than just a Tampa Flower Shop. We are a Flower Shop and much more. In the past 2 and a half years in business we are becoming the place to find Different and Unusual Flowers that you just can't find anywhere in Tampa. Our shop is one of a kind. It's been interesting since our initial opening of Apple Blossoms Floral Designs & Gifts in 2008. We have made it a dedication to quality and value. We're an Old Fashion Tampa Florist and Tampa Wedding Florist with our customers as our best asset. We have created a place that once you visit. You keep coming back. We opened in one of the worst times in American Financial and Business History. Our commitment to our clients and customers is to provide them with a quality product. We are more than just a Tampa Florist. We recently expanded into the Apple Blossoms Wedding Center. We are a group of Tampa Wedding Professionals that have come together to help Tampa Brides and Brides of the World with all their Tampa Weddings and Tampa Corporate Event needs. Our commitment to Professionalism is one step beyond excellence. Stop by and find out why. Visit us at or

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Apple Blossoms Wedding Center Grand Opening Event

Welcome to Apple Blossoms Wedding Center.
Located at 3625 West Kennedy Blvd., Tampa FL 33609.

We all had a great time getting acquainted and look forward to bringing Tampa Brides the most professional and informative place to find everything they need to complete their Tampa Bay Weddings and taking it one step beyond excellence. Our relaxed contemporary atmosphere will help you easily create your Tampa Dream Wedding. We all have a commitment to our professional values and serving our community with outstanding services. Please visit us and you will see why our vendors are rated some of the top in the Wedding and Event Industry. Whether you are planning a Tampa Wedding, Destination Wedding, or a Wedding anywhere in the world we are here to help you through your Wedding Woes. We are very excited to help you with all your Tampa Wedding needs and many years Creating Wedding Dreams.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Tampa Custom Bridal Gowns and Alterations

We are proud to have a amazing person as part of Apple Blossoms Wedding Center as well as one of Tampa's Best Alteration Specialists. Be and her staff are very professional and right on the money when it comes to alterations of any kind.

The next time you need something altered or you want something made from scratch.
Contact Dorca's Alterations.

Dorca's Alterations and Custom Bridal Gowns
3629 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33609

Visit us at
for all your wedding needs.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Going Green with Local Grown Flowes in Tampa

We love our local growers. As a Tampa Florist I have been doing my best to work with local growers for my orchids and exotic flowers. I can't always be guaranteed the exact color I want for all my Tampa Weddings or Events, but I can be assured of some of the freshest and most beautiful flowers you can come by. As a Tampa Wedding Florist and a Tampa Florist along with a Tampa Gardener myself I enjoy sharing flowers with my customers and clients that are locally grown. Currently Vanda Orchids are just coming in season. These are one of the most amazing flowers you have ever seen, and the color is just breath taking. We take great pride in working with local growers to help build local business and keep the economy growing. These people are of the fabric that keeps our local economies growing and giving back. With our motto of "Designs for a Lifetime...One Seed at a Time." we enjoy building the local economy and building lasting friendships with clients and customers just as Johny Appleseed spread his growing of Apple Trees across the land. Read more about Johny at then you might even understand a little more about me.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Tampa Wedding Winter/Spring 2010 from Apple Blossoms Floral Designs

From January to mid March. Just some of our weddings around the Tampa Bay area. It has been our pleasure to provide Tampa Brides with Wedding Flowers and Services. We look forward to many more.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Tampa open for Tampa Weddings despite the Oil Spill

The oil spill is creating a terrible back lash to the entire Gulf communities. Despite the oil spill Tampa and Surrounding Beaches are still up and going. We all know this situation is going to take a toll on the economy and more so on the ecosystem. None the less travel is very important to the Tampa Bay area. Destination weddings are on the rise. We have done more destination weddings in the past year than ever before. Our city Tampa is a great place to host a destination wedding. From the H. B. Plant Museum to the Florida Aquarium and everything in between. Tampa is a great destination for a wedding.

We have built some amazing relationships with some of the best and most accommodating venues in Tampa Bay. If you are in doubt about visiting Tampa. Don't be. Our city is growing by leaps and bounds. In the past 10 years I have lived in Tampa the city has gone from a stagnant deserted area to a thriving lived in city and is changing daily. I encourage you to visit Tampa. Especially if you are looking for a perfect destination wedding or looking for a great place to relax.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Apple Blossoms Wedding Center Opening June 1

We are proud to announce the opening of Apple Blossoms Wedding Center opening June 1, 2010. At Apple Blossoms Wedding Center you will find everything you need to complete your Wedding or Event. We also have a modern professional conference and meeting area for Wedding Professionals to use on an hourly basis. We are looking forward to providing Tampa Brides with the best Wedding and Event Specialist in the area. Please visit us at for a full list of our in house Wedding Specialists.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Tampa Mothers Day Flowers

Mothers Day 2010 is upon us and you want to send your Mom Flowers. Today we are bombarded by commercials from FTD, Teleflora, 1-800 Flowers,, and more. Yes, it's convenient to just click a button and order from the web. Here are a couple of questions you might ask yourself. The first question I ask is "Am I going to actually get what you see?" Probably not. "Am I going to get 100% value?" There again Probably not.

This is what happens when you place your order with one of these large corporate flower services. First take a percentage just for accepting the order and processing it. Then the order is forwarded to a florist that accepts orders from the service. (Who knows who the florist is or the quality of flowers they carry.) The florist then takes money for delivery out of the the order first. Now what is left is what you are going to get.

Take for instance you spend $50.00. First the wire service is going to take $5.00 or more just for handling the order for you. Now you have a $45.00 order going to a florist. First the florist is going to take a delivery charge out of the amount they have accepted. This could be as high as $15.00. Now they have a $30.00 arrangement to work with. Out of this $30.00 the florist has to figure in labor to make the arrangement. This could be as much as $6.00 on this order. Now you are looking at $24.00 to fill the order which includes a vase, flowers, greenery, and any accessories the arrangement comes with such as ribbon. Now was the $50.00 arrangement you ordered anything like the picture you saw on the internet? Most likely not.

I'm not trying to knock the Big Wire Services which have been around for many years and are entitled to making money as well, but what I am trying to say is if you Google a local florist with zip code of where you want to send your flowers you are going to save money and get more for your dollar (example Google search: florist 33609). Here's the catch. Due to deceptive practices of what we in the industry call Order Gathers you may not be sending flowers to your local florist by just going to their website and ordering over the internet. Even by calling them you may not be getting an actual local florist, but getting a call center in New Jersey when you wanted a Tampa Florist. As a Tampa Florist myself even when I'm personally sending flowers I search for a florist in the area I want to send flowers and believe it or not I pick up the phone and call them directly. I want to speak to a human that can tell me what they have to offer for my specific floral needs. Second I want to know I'm getting what I am paying for and get what I want. Depending on where you are sending flowers the prices can range greatly. For instance ordering Mothers Day Flowers from a Tampa Florist pricing structures are different than a New York City Florist. You will most likely have to spend more money when ordering in a major city than from a Tampa Florist.

Now that you have found a florist call them directly. Ask them if they are running any in house specials. You may be surprised what you will get for $50.00 when you call directly. For instance. We buy from local growers and suppliers in our area when we can and when flowers are in season in our area. Take Cymbidium Orchid stems that can cost as high as as $80.00 per stem. We offer for anywhere from $10.00 - 30.00 per stem, but only during the season and colors are limited to what is supplied by our local grower and not all colors are available. On the other hand we get some great unusual colors and varieties no one else has. What a savings and what a surprise to the person receiving the flowers. Depending on region prices are going to vary greatly.

I guess what I am saying is "Easy isn't always better." Take the time to pick up the phone and call your Local Florist for your Mothers Day Flowers and you will be quite surprised in what you will find. When Sending Flowers in Tampa contact us at Buy Flowers Local!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Tampa Florist Expands to Wedding Center

Apple Blossoms Floral Designs located at 3727 West Kennedy Blvd., Tampa just signed the papers for their expansion. Apple Blossoms Floral Designs opened for business April 28, 2008 and it's been a couple of years of tremendous growth. We have grown out of our space commented owners Scott Darhower and Rahn Stare. We are growing faster than we ever imagined. Looking to provide brides in the Tampa Bay area with a one stop shop is something we are working hard to achieve. The new space located at 3625 West Kennedy Blvd., Tampa will host an array of professionals in the wedding industry. From Tampa Wedding and Event Planners to Photographers, Custom Bridal Gowns, Cakes and much much more. Plans are to open the first week of June 2010. It's going to be a great place for everyone involved. We'll keep Tampa Brides informed about Apple Blossoms Wedding Center. You can also visit us at or for all the latest details.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Tracey's Wedding at Saddlebrook Country Club and Resort

A Beautiful Day at Saddlebrook Golf and Country Club in Tampa for a wedding. Tracey could not have asked for more. The bride carried a cascading bouquet of Tibet Roses, Vendela Roses, Hypericum Berries, Gravilia, and Stephanotis. While here Maid of Honor carried a combination of Amnesia Roses, Trechillium, White Spray Roses, Green Dendrobium Orchids, Bupleurum, and Stephanotis.

The Ceremony was held on the North Patio under a wooden pergola adorned with organza fabric with a back drop of suspended orchid blooms. A combination of tropical foliage and exotic Orchids both imported and locally grown created a bright and vibrant setting fit for a Hawaiian Princess.

She decided to have a wine and cheese gathering just before the ceremony where tables were adorned with hydrangea and fuchsia Dendrobium Orchids were the featured table arrangements. These were moved to to the cocktail hour in combination with low bowls of green Cymbidium Orchid blooms.

After the Cocktail Hour the guests were lead into the reception where tables were graced with hand tied bouquets in Square Vases that rested on the side of the vase. A combination of Yellow Calla Lilies, Green Hydrangea, Fuchsia Dendrobium Orchids, Fuchsia Stock, Trechellium, Amnesia Roses, and Ti Leaves were in place. The alter arrangements were moved behind the head table to create a backdrop while the swags one either side of the pergola were used as the focal centerpiece of the head table. The cake by Alessi Bakery in Tampa was quite elegant crowned with Green Hydrangea, Green Cymbidium Orchids, Fuchsia Dendrobium Orchids and Yellow Calla Lilies.