Moving Forward

As we close up the flower shop for the last time today, we’re feeling a bit misty-eyed over all the fun we’ve had during the past two years in our sun-bathed space on Martin Street. While we’re excited about the next part of our floral journey, this is certainly bittersweet. We can’t thank you enough for everything, and we’ll miss seeing your faces every day! We thought we’d answer a couple of questions y’all might have about why we’re closing our storefront, what our plans are moving forward, and how you can stay in touch.

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Why are you moving?

As Wylde grows, our concept is evolving and we've decided to phase out our retail shop so we can focus more on events, weddings, our garden, and special projects. Moving into a new location gives us a fresh start, and more space to create.

Where is the new location, anyway?

We’ll be in East Raleigh in the Longview neighborhood. 2116-J New Bern Ave., the same shopping center as The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

Can I still purchase single stems?

We’ll do pop-ups around town from time to time where we’ll have single stems and bouquets available for purchase, but we will no longer have a storefront with regular hours. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter below or follow us on Instagram to stay connected.

When will I be able to order flowers again?

We’re taking the month of August to move, and will be back September 5 for online orders and consultations.

Will you still do deliveries?

Absolutely! You can find everything you need to know about ordering arrangements for delivery in September when our online shop is back up.

What if I want to pick up my order in person?

We’ll have set hours from noon to 2, Wednesday through Friday, if you’d prefer to pick up your pre-ordered arrangements in person.

What if I want to order something for an event or commercial account?

Send Nikelle and Hannah an email at info@wylde.co; we’d love to chat about your needs.

I have a gift certificate, what should I do?

Give us a call after September 5 and we’ll be able to transfer it to a discount code that you can apply online toward your next arrangement or workshop.

What if I want to come see your new location?

We’ll be shifting to an appointment-only schedule for wedding and event consultations, so unfortunately the space won’t be open to drop-in visits. Don’t fret, though! We’re looking forward to hosting a proper housewarming once we get settled in, and will still hold our workshops in-house, along with the occasional pop-up and open studio events for holidays like Valentine’s and Mother’s Day. We’ll be sure to keep you posted through our website and social media prior to these events.

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Thank you again for all of all of your support over the past two years, and for trusting us to share your love through flowers. Wylde was just a little sprout when we first opened, and we have each and every one of you to thank for how much we’ve grown.

Suzanne & MC — Raleigh, NC

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Wedding days are always joyous, but the entire process of bringing Suz & MC's wedding vision to life was full of tremendous love- it overflowed from their relationship, their families, and their adoring friends. Beyond the positivity these two brought to the table, they also had clarity of vision and trust in our artistry that energized us throughout the design process. Suzanne is a Store Manager at Anthropologie, and MC is a teacher, which explains a lot about their impeccable style (hello, stunner BHLDN outfits) and their supportive, encouraging way of working together and with us.

Brainstorming with the couple, we came up with a plan that brought a fresh, modern look to the timeless Merrimon-Wynne House with garden-inspired elements like potted plants, thoughtful Ikebana-style arrangements, vining greenery on bars and stairs, a copper arbor brimming with garden roses, and an elegant hanging hoop installation. As we set up for the day, we were struck by the camaraderie of the family and friends that filled the house - you could feel the emotion and excitement building, morning to night. Little heartfelt details like baptismal cloths that MC's father thought to have us tie around each of the brides' bouquets, and the poem written and read by a bridesmaid during the ceremony, are what wedding days are all about. Suz + MC, we wish we could do it all over again!

See more from this lovely day on Inspired By This.

Photos by Radian Photography

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Vendors: Photography - Radian Photography | Planning and Design - Amanda Blair by Design | Venue - Merrimon Wynne | Rentals - Cottage Luxe and Party Reflections | Makeup - Michelle Clark | Hair - Parlor Blow Dry Bar | Dresses - Bhldn | Catering - Donovan's Dish | Dessert - Rise Biscuits and Donuts

Lauren & Evan — Saxapahaw, NC

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How about that beautiful bold red? It's not often we get to play with red for a wedding, but Lauren and Evan's day was the perfect opportunity. We feel so lucky to have met and worked with Lauren and her family, not only because she wasn't afraid to embrace color, but because her strength of character and sense of self truly personified the striking aesthetic she embraced. Haw River Ballroom set the perfect tone for the couple's casual elegance and their goal to plan a really fun, tight-knit, family-style party with great music and food. The floral backdrop we created for the ceremony was the biggest project of our setup, and we were really excited about how it turned out -- how the bold reds and deep purples played with the red stage curtain. And while that backdrop on the stage and the large wreath hanging in the mezzanine were amazing focal points, we loved the sentimental details Lauren dreamed up, like the floral bursts growing out of the drawers of a family heirloom sewing table. Oh, and the best cake topper ever - "Mutual Weirdness Forever."

Thank you L+E, cheers to a lifetime of mutual weirdness and all the good things! 

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Vendors: Photography - Carolyn Scott Photography | Venue - Haw River Ballroom | Ceremony Structure - Groom's Father | Makeup - The Makeup Culture | Bridal Dress - Elizabeth Dye | Bridal Boutique  - Gilded Bridal

Our Flower Shop Turns One

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WE DID IT—WE MADE IT ONE FULL YEAR!

There are so many things to say about this first year as a flower shop. It's not been easy but then nothing worthwhile ever is. We're so proud to be part of Raleigh's unique downtown community and be surrounded by so many other wonderful businesses. A big thank you to all of our friends, family and customers for the love and support you've showed us over the past 12 months as we grow and adjust in this crazy but wonderful business. 

Here are a few photos from our 1 year party back in late October taken by the amazing Morgane of Live View Studios

 Our party backdrop. We love a good excuse to get on a ladder and hang some flowers.

Our party backdrop. We love a good excuse to get on a ladder and hang some flowers.

 This is us! Hannah and Nikelle :)

This is us! Hannah and Nikelle :)

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We love a good flower close up.

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 Courtney Evans of Tactile, the amazing Design Studio that made our storefront furnishings.

Courtney Evans of Tactile, the amazing Design Studio that made our storefront furnishings.

 Jess Todd-Marrone and Claire Craven, who illustrated our lovely Wylde Playing Cards.

Jess Todd-Marrone and Claire Craven, who illustrated our lovely Wylde Playing Cards.

 Our friend and studio mate, Sarah Faucette of Native State Design. 

Our friend and studio mate, Sarah Faucette of Native State Design. 

 Fellow Floral Artist, Deana Nyguen and former Assembly Mate, Riley Houston chat with the one and only, Gino Reyes.

Fellow Floral Artist, Deana Nyguen and former Assembly Mate, Riley Houston chat with the one and only, Gino Reyes.

 Jonathan Bonchak of Sling Shot Coffee brought their amazing new coffee caramels to our event and we almost didn't share them. They are so damn good.

Jonathan Bonchak of Sling Shot Coffee brought their amazing new coffee caramels to our event and we almost didn't share them. They are so damn good.

 Jeff Clarke, Callie Haynes, Laura White and Kari Smith relaxing. Callie and Laura are part of our Dream Team and help us with wedding set ups. 

Jeff Clarke, Callie Haynes, Laura White and Kari Smith relaxing. Callie and Laura are part of our Dream Team and help us with wedding set ups. 

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 Chatting it up with Assembly Mate, Eric Cox. Most likely about Terrace House on Netflix ;)

Chatting it up with Assembly Mate, Eric Cox. Most likely about Terrace House on Netflix ;)

PHOTO BOOTH PICTURES

Thank you, Morgane of Live View Studios for all the wonderful photos!

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Crate and Barrel Registry Event

We had the pleasure of taking part in a private event at Crate & Barrel this Fall with Southern Bride and Groom, organized especially for engaged couples looking to register for gifts and to meet local wedding vendors. We love our wedding work, but it's refreshing and invigorating to mix it up when we can, and this was one of those occasions. The Sunday morning party was coordinated by A Southern Soiree, a fantastic planning company, who invited us to share our work (thanks, Gina!). Creating florals for this event was especially fun because we got to design the entire table from florals to flatware, putting our own stylistic spin on Crate & Barrel product. We're interested in doing more full table styling for weddings, and this was a helpful opportunity to explore that process with creative freedom. And what an all-star team of vendors to work alongside — Mikkel Paige did a stunning job capturing everyones work with her lovely photographs. Other vendors included Rocky Top Catering, Event Espresso Catering, Kendra Scott, Thomas Blake Films, Mason Dixon Designs, and Southern Sugar Bakery. Read more about the event on Crate and Barrel's blog.

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This set-up was done by A Southern Soiree, who co-ordinated the event. Their table was so simple and lovely, and we loved getting to feature our floral arrangements with their elegant design.  

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Our table was so much fun to put together. We loved the color palette that emerged from honey to coral toned local Dahlias, just-starting-to-turn Dogwood branches, periwinkle Caryopteris, copper-black Ninebark, and caramel-green Heuchera.  Little did the folks at Crate & Barrel know we'd request soy sauce bowls and a velvet curtain to help pull our tablescape together—there were just so many fun pieces to choose from!

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Look at these beautiful treats from Rocky Top Catering!

Summer Shoot

Summer feels far behind us now as we spend our days working with evergreens and dried materials, wrapped up in scarves. Our work throughout the growing season is fast-paced and hectic, making it hard to take a moment to appreciate the beauty of what we get to create every day and the gifts each season offers. We do this work because we have a passion for sharing the ephemeral beauty of flowers with others, but sometimes it's hard to take that time for ourselves. Looking back on an incredible season of growth for Wylde, we're thankful we took a moment to arrange this summer shoot with our dear friend Brent of Live View Studios.

Winter brings necessary moments of reflection and in these images we are reminded of all the little victories of our garden space and the endless inspiration it provided. These images also bring us joy as they are artifacts of the beginning of our official business partnership. We approached the design process as an opportunity to share our joint aesthetic with all of you through seasonal materials that spoke to us. We hope you get lost in these images as we do, and find a little warmth looking forward to the zinnias, rudbeckia, and dahlias to come!

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Korie & Chris — Chapel Hill, NC

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Weddings are such special occasions in so many ways—you get to witness two people declare their love for each other and celebrate their future as a couple. But perhaps our favorite thing about weddings is witnessing how families come together to help create a truly memorable day. Korie and Chris were surrounded by so many loved ones who tirelessly worked alongside our fellow vendors to put together a beautiful wedding. We were in awe of their dedication and spirit, which felt contagious, leaving us feeling like we were part of the family ourselves. 

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Vendors: Photography by Katherine Miles Jones | Planning by Hand Stitched Events 

Growing Wylde

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Our garden is a haven of fenced space flanked by woods on the south side and lawn on the north side. We grow mostly annuals, in seven 65' rows and a few wooden raised beds. Our gardening year starts the previous fall, when hardy annuals and biennials like Icelandic poppies, Scabiosa, Foxglove, Snapdragons and Larkspur are seeded and bulbs like Tulips and Daffodils are planted. In Spring, tender annuals like zinnias, cosmos, celosia, amaranth, nicotiana, rudbeckia, and a host of flowering vines and herbs are planted in succession to carry us through summer and into Fall. Dahlia tubers are also planted in Spring for late summer and fall blooms. 

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We are fortunate to have an abundance of neighboring trees; they help keep the summer sun from becoming overpowering, and create a little space for a part-shade perennial garden for favorites like Hellebore, Heuchera, Solomon's Seal, and Japanese Anemone. A 30' long trellis supports tumbling vines from Sweet Pea in Spring to Love in a Puff and Clematis through summer. We have a little hugelkultur experiment just outside the garden gate, where a decomposing fallen tree serves as home for daffodil bulbs, as well as worms, beetles and likely snakes; the sight of the white and yellow papery blooms in early Spring, emerging from moss-covered logs in the dappled light, is a vision out of our dreams. 

We love to tuck vegetables in amongst our flowers, to add textural interest to arrangements and to enjoy ourselves;  tomatoes, garlic, peppers, snap peas, beans, eggplant, herbs and greens are planted in abundance. We love edible flowers too - they capture the best of both worlds - especially Nasturtium and Calendula, along with the Violets that grow wild throughout our space.

We have goals of extending our growing season and streamlining our seed starting process through low tunnels and a small greenhouse. There are some favorite flowers we'd love to add to our repertoire, like anemones, ranunculus, peonies, and heirloom chrysanthemums. We plan to add a full bed of medicinal herbs like Tulsi for teas, and to grow more plants useful for natural dyeing. Dreams of a larger farm are active in our imaginations. However, we believe that starting small, in close proximity to our shop and customers, is a low-input and high-reward strategy for us as beginning growers. Through our little urban flower oasis, we love experimenting with uncommon blooms to share with all of you. We can't wait to see what next season brings.

Designing with garden flowers elevates and inspires our work in unexpected ways. Flowers that come from a wholesaler, shipped to us across the globe in cardboard boxes, can undoubtedly be lovely after a little time in water, but there is something about the unexpected color variations, the wild curves, the windswept resilience of freshly cut garden flowers that inspires our creativity and propels our vision like no straight-stemmed rose ever could. Designing with our garden flowers has its challenges; the shifting of the seasons and unpredictability of nature's whims can both give and take away in a breath. We are forced to adjust and adapt. We are forced to let go. We celebrate the small victories as much as the large. But aren't these lessons gifts, as well as constraints? We aim to see it that way, and it is rewarding to get better at the practical aspects of gardening as well as the mental and emotional ones, season by season. 

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Edible Arrangements

We can get so blinded by the beauty of flowers that we sometimes overlook the amazing garden vegetables and fruits that grow along side them. This month, as the garden grows bountifully, we find we're most inspired by a mix of edible and floral materials. 

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Paige & Chris — Raleigh, NC

These two lovebirds got married this spring at the Bridge Club in Downtown Raleigh and we love everything about their low-key wedding. Often times, brides come to us looking for a few florals to complete their special day—a bouquet, a boutonniere and maybe a few cocktail arrangements. We love being able to work with both large wedding parties and smaller more intimate weddings as part of our Pick-up service. Paige came to us wanting something unique and fun and we jumped at the chance to work with her. She gave us some guidance on color and then left the rest up to us. We love how everything turned out. And we especially love seeing Paige and Chris in these amazing photos by Heather Burris all decked out in our floral creations. Congrats you two!