Friday, November 9, 2012

Villa Palazzola

This may be your first time to hear about Villa Palazzola but it won’t be your last.  When I received an email August 2011 about an interview as florist for the Villa I wasn’t very excited because I had never heard of it.  Like most of us I immediately “Googled” it and was surprised by the beautiful and informative website but all that did not prepare me for the beauty of the place and the kindness of the staff.

After that initial visit I was literally hoping that they would choose me and shortly afterwards I received the email that I was hoping for to confirm the request for my design talents at Villa Palazzola. Over the past year I have worked a number of times at the Villa for weddings and other events. The staff really does make you feel welcomed.  They seem to find a way to satisfy the most incredible  requests from their guests.

The church is just the right size.  It looks decorated with just one arrangement or breathtaking with a full array of decorations. The Priest is friendly and listens to the couple as they talk about their dreams for creating a new family.

The reception area is normally outside because the view is so beautiful that I can’t accurately describe it. Just in case it really does rain there is a classic dining room which I personally love since it has Imperial tables. The food is wholesome and delicious and the staff takes good care of you, what more could you ask for on your wedding day?  Ah yes, decorations by me designed specifically for you.

Call them and talk to Joyce Hunter about making your wedding day a very special event at Villa Palazzola.

Looking forward to meet you,


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Thank You!!

Thank you all!
It’s been far too long since I sent in a blog.  You are probably asking, “where has she gone?”. The answer is simple. This wedding season has been very busy for me.  I am so grateful to all of my clients who have sent me new business. 
You may have seen DebraFlower in the Irish version of the VIP Magazine.  Lynn and Nolliag’s wedding at the Borgo di Tragliata was one of my favorites with the vibrant lemon yellow.  DebraFlower was a major part of the team who worked on Cat Deeley and Patrick Kielty’s wedding.  We all signed a promise note not to publish any photos from their wedding so I will respect that promise.

DebraFlower designed 62 weddings during 2012.  Most of these weddings came to us from referrals from previous brides.  This makes us all very proud since it means that we made a lot of couples very happy on their wedding day. I am particularly grateful to my Irish customers who really show such gratitude for my personal efforts and the overall production from DebraFlower.

It’s for this reason that every year DebraFlower is a sponsor at the local Celtic Ball that raffles items and collects funds for an Irish charity.  It’s one way to show our appreciation.

So, now that the season is basically over, I will be writing often to share the photos from this seasons weddings and give ideas to help you plan your upcoming wedding.



Thursday, July 19, 2012

Explosion of Color

Explosion of Color

This weekend saw an explosion of colour in our various events – from blush pink, to lemon yellow, and even deep burgundy. The use of color themes in our wedding designs is something that always inspires us, and allows us to use more varied types of flowers.

The choice of using a colour in your wedding flowers, other than the classic white, allows us to personalise your wedding in a way to reflect your character. Not to mention the use of ribbons and other accessories in the same colour tones!

So if you are willing to dare a little, and want to try something different, we will find the colour theme and flowers that are right for you!

Call or write if you need help in organizing your ideas


Thursday, April 19, 2012

A Brides "Thank you"!

Mark and Roisin wedding 12/04/2012

Hello Debra,

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the flowers you created for our wedding. They were exactly what I had hoped for and more. You totally got the rustic feel I was going for and the choices of flowers were just stunning! On the day of the wedding, I was constantly looking at the center pieces and was in awe of your creation and for the days after the wedding, the flowers remained around villa Palazzola and everyone remarked on their beauty. I wanted so badly to take some home but unfortunately I'll have to settle for my pictures and memories of them.

I was sure to tell Joyce how impressed I was with you. I wish you all the best for the future and once again THANK YOU for making our wedding day look and feel so very special.

All Our Best,

Mark and Roisin   

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Bridal Exit

Many brides do not give much consideration to decorations for her departure from home to the church on the day of her wedding. My guess is that this is mostly due to the economy. If savings have to be made, this is one of the first places where decorations will be sacrificed. But when a woman decides to create a dramatic exit I am there to help her with designs.

Probably one of my personal favorites was the Palm tree decoration that I created recently for a woman of Ethiopian heritage who wanted to create the feel of the exit used in the Ethiopian culture.

Even the groom can get involved. An Albanese groom came to me with a box of feathers and asked that they be incorporated into the exit decorations for the bride. My desire as a designer for weddings is to realize the bride and grooms dreams in the prettiest way possible. So here is the brides exit decorations.

The Italian bride usually goes for something more traditional for her culture. This classic design can be used anywhere and in any culture and still be considered chic.

When a bride lives in a private home, I try to incorporate what is already there to create the exit decorations. In this way the bride has decorations while maintaining the feel of her family home.

Just ten more days and the local wedding season begins. Even though many people are cutting back on their spending I have noticed that many brides are spending money on exit decorations. Maybe leaving home has become more symbolic in some way. I will continue to design bridal exits that reflect the culture and personal style of my clients.

Happy Easter and Passover!!