We’ll be at the UNF Bridal Show — Wedding Florist, North Florida

This week we’ve been busy putting together all kinds of flower bouquets for Valentine’s Day, but next week, A Fantasy in Flowers will be putting our creative juices to work to create a new booth for our wedding show on the 20th at UNF.

Will you be there? If so, check out booth and get more information on how we can make all of your flower ideas a reality.

We always try to do new bouquets and centerpieces at each show to give you tons of ideas and show you some of the things we can create.

Some of our past bridal show booths:

So come see us next Sunday to see what our new booth will look like! We might just have a small special gift for you for coming by!

Jacksonville Bridal Connection
Show Location: University Center at UNF
Show Time: 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Show Address: 12000 Alumni Dr., Jacksonville, FL 32225

The Jacksonville Bridal Connection spring show is the MUST attend show for everyone planning a wedding. All local N FL vendors to assist in making your wedding plans a reality. At the University Center on the UNF Campus at JTB & 9A.

We have a few tickets left to this show if you want to get in FREE!


Jacksonville, FL, 32257

Mon – Fri: 8:30 am 5:30 pm
Sat: 9:00 am 3:00 pm

Best of on Wedding Wire — Wedding Florist in Jacksonville, Fla

Thank you to all of our brides, grooms and their parents for voting for A Fantasy in Flowers and making us a 2011 winner on Wedding Wire for one of the best wedding florists in the area.

Happy New Year!

Just a quick post to wish you and yours a Happy New Year! We hope you had a great holiday season with those you loved. And may this year bring you good health, and a happy home filled with friends, family and of course flowers!

The Nest! — North Florida Wedding Florist

It’s time for another “Inspiration Bouquet.”

At a Fantasy in Flowers, we call this one, “The Nest.”

Floral Designer Amy Dwarika created this bouquet using  soft pink spray roses, peaches and cream Asiatic Lilies, green tea hypericum, eggshell white Hydrangeas and peacock feathers, white washed curly willow and ivory silver dollar springs.

While the peacock feathers add a nice touch of color and whimsy they are also believed to symbolize the “all seeing” church in Christianity, along with the holiness and sanctity associated with it.

Amy was inspired to create the bouquet by the thought of home and unconditional love–thus the nest of flowers!

Light pink roses typically imply sweetness and elegance. This also contributes to the thought of sweet little birds or love birds.

Amy loved how birds each contribute a piece of themselves to the nest or home.This is symbolic of what a marriage is. Each person joins a piece of themselves to make a family unit.

Wedding planners, feel free to share this blog and concept with your brides! Bird themes are really big right now, especially for cake toppers.

This would be an ideal bouquet for a Spring or garden wedding.

Thank you to those who contributed to this shoot!

Models:Maria Idio, Alina Castillo, and Jayda Lynne
Hair: Alina Castillo
Makeup: Paulina Perez
Dress: Black Tie Formal on Beach Blvd.
Photographer: Christy Whitehead,
Jewelry: Local artist, Laura Staley,

A Day at the Beach Bouquet — Jacksonville, Fl Wedding Florist

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted, but I want to make it up to you with a new series we plan to do here at A Fantasy in Flowers–inspiration bouquets! I’m hoping that by creating bouquets that we love and think look beautiful you too will think outside the box and let us make bouquets that speak to your theme, colors and style for your big day.

Our floral artist Amy Dwarika created this stunning blue bouquet and calls it “A Day at the Beach.” She was inspired to create it after spending a day painting on Anastasia Island. She wanted to replicate the cascading waves of the ocean and the rich blues she saw.

The bouquet contains:
Sky blue hybrid Delphinium
Seafoam green Cymbidium Orchids
Sand coloured Kale
Beach green Ameranthus
Ocean blue Veronica

And of course, no ocean inspired bouquet would be complete without seashells.

The flower Ameranthus was believed by the Greeks to have special healing powers and is often associated with everlasting love–a perfect flower for weddings!

The blue Delphinium got its meaning from the Greek word meaning Dolphin. Delphinium symbolizes the essence and feeling of heavenly qualities. Considering this was inspired by the beach, it makes a perfect accent for weddings with a beachy theme.

If you notice, there are leafy looking cabbages in the bouquet, these are Kale. They come in both green or purple and is a fun accent to many bouquets.

While some brides prefer the simple standing posy bouquet with it’s simple round shape filled with flowers, the cascading bouquet style featured is ideal for brides who prefer something a little more dramatic or really want to show off their wedding day flowers.

The cascading style can easily be carried over to the boutonnieres as well.

Living in Florida, we provide flowers for weddings set on the beach as well as beach themed weddings. I’ve seen many wedding cakes that have chocolate seashells or little beach chairs, but the flowers are often forgotten as a way to also carry on that theme. Our floral artists can take that theme and your wedding flower choices and help you create your own custom bouquet.

If you’re in the area this month, pick up a copy of the San Marco Magazine, this bouquet is featured in our newest ad on page 20.

Here’s a couple of more photos featuring this bouquet. We’d like to thank several other wedding vendors for their help with this shoot. If you are getting married please contact them!:

Photography, Christy Whitehead Photography

Hair, ACF Hair Studio, styled by Alina Castillo

Dress by, Park Avenue Bridal, in Mandarin

Makeup: Paulina Perez

A new member of the Fantasy in Flowers team!

Please join us in congratulating our own Christy Whitehead and her handsome husband Andy Soto on their very own “Fantasy Production”. Meet Spencer Amelia born September 22, 2010. Isn’t she gorgeous??!!

The first family portrait.

Of course, we couldn’t let this little one go home without a ton of flowers for momma and baby!

Our very own Amy is in the newspaper!

If you got the Florida Times Union yesterday you may have read about our own floral stylist, Amy Dwarika!

Amy is an aspiring children’s illustrator and does many paintings and murals for our shop–just check out our window displays the next time you drive by– and she also recently painted this bookshelf, which her husband built.

Makeup Artist Paulina Perez is on the left, Amy is on the right.

Amy has donated the bookshelf to help raise money for Paulina’s trip to Africa to build an orphanage for children. You can read the whole news story here.

Amy is quoted in the story saying:

“I would love to be able to volunteer like that, but since I can’t at the moment, I wanted to help by doing what I could,” said Dwarika, a Mandarin resident. “So I donated the bookshelf.”

Here’s a photo of Amy creating a quick painting of a flower in our shop while the bookcase sits behind her.

Amy is working on a fan page and trying to get her illustrator career off the ground. We are so proud of her and to have her work appear in our shop! Below are some images of her and her work:

Aren’t those gorgeous? Very colorful and creative. Just like her floral work!

This one is what Amy envisions for a 2 page spread in a book. She has currently started working with a writer for the book to help pull it together.

Please support Paulina’s cause by donating money or buying a $5 raffle ticket. If you would like to see the awesome work Amy did on the bookshelf, swing by our shop and say “hi”.

Congrats Amy and Paulina on appearing in the Florida Times Union!

The Newest Addition to our Team — Jacksonville, Fl Florist

We are pleased to announce that Christy Whitehead is now working with us to build our public relations, online activities and presence in the wedding and event industries.

Christy owns Christy Whitehead Photography and has worked with us on several occasions, not only by doing photo shoots and head shots but also by helping to design our newest brochures, postcards and business cards.

Many of you may be familiar with Christy’s photos or work, but most people don’t realize that her Bachelor’s degree is actually in Communications/Print Journalism. She does a lot of freelance writing and photography for newspapers and magazines across the country and worked for a time in the public relations field.

Christy will be helping us expand our online presence and bringing us up to date with the newest social networks like Twitter and this new blog. We are pleased to have her join our team and hope you will give her a warm welcome.

(If you need photos or Christy to help you with your own PR, please contact her through her website or by email at

Let’s start this blog off right! — Jacksonville, Fla. Florist

We’ve finally got a formal blog and we want to start it off right. We have had an astounding year and not only have we had the opportunity to design floral creations for all types of events, but we’ve also done some gorgeous weddings and worked with some awesome vendors.

This month we were voted best florist in Jacksonville, by readers of Bride Magazine (part of the prestigious Jacksonville Magazine). We are so honored by all of our fans who voted for us! Thank you!

I’d like to personally congratulate and thank some of the other truly professional and wonderful vendors who also won and we have worked with personally:

Metro Custom Cakes

Southern Charm Events

Makeup by Paulina Perez

Hair by Alina Castillo, ACF Salon

D’Vine Cuisine

Christy Whitehead Photography

And if you haven’t added us online yet, we can be found at:




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