Editorial

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.

 Photo by  Tyler Northrup

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.

 Photo by  Tyler Northrup

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.

DIY Floral Centerpiece Tutorial

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Last month we had the pleasure of working with WedPics App on a brief DIY wedding centerpiece tutorial. We realize there are lots of brides out there that want to make their own centerpieces for their special day. While we don't always recommend doing all the florals yourself, we can give you a few tips for the smaller, budget-conscience weddings where we think DIY would work perfectly. For the complete tutorial, please head over to Wedpics App Wedding Blog


Step 1: Gather flowers & greenery

We used an array of plants and flowers that were found in our backyards and gardens. We recommend foraging for your greenery. Look to see what you have around your house or around your friend's houses, especially bushes or trees that need to be trimmed, and use that as your base greenery. For flowers, we recommend staying in the season with your blooms so you can clip from your yard or buy from your local farmers market. If you're looking for hard to find flowers (like garden roses or some tropicals), we suggest finding a local florist who can supply you flowers, or purchase plants from your local nursery or Home Depot. 


Step 2: Prepare your vessel

Create a structural base for your stems by taping out a grid onto the top of your vessel. This step is especially important for arrangements that are wider than they are tall to keep your stems upright and in place. Space the pieces of tape out evenly, wider vessels will require more lines of tape than the more narrow vessels. As for the vases—they don't need to be fancy, check dollar/thrift stores for simple glass containers, like the one we're using here.


Step 3: Create a greenery base

Shoot for no more than 3 different types to keep your arrangement from becoming cluttered.  Go for an asymmetrical shape, with one side being higher than the other. If you worried about the longevity of your greenery, create a test vase of your foraged items (leave it out for several days) to assess for wilting and lifespan before using in your final arrangements.


Step 4: Define your shape with taller flowers

Once you have your greenery in place, you can further define your shape with taller flowers. This will help you get that more natural, asymmetrical shape that the pros master. We use Foxglove from our garden here.


Step 5: "Carpeting"

Create a “carpet” of smaller flowers that sit low in the arrangement. This helps to hide any “holes” that may exist and will help create depth in the overall composition once you start to add more of the focal flowers. We're using Phlox from local flower farm, Happy as a Cone Flower as our material.


Step 6: Focal Flowers and Filler

Finish your arrangement with your star-of-the-show flowers and add more height in places that you see need it. We like to cluster like-elements together to mimic nature and cut down on visual clutter. Remember to cut stems long… you can always trim more away but you can’t make them longer once you’ve snipped! We used Allium and Poppies from our garden and Daphne from Happy as a Cone Flower.

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Step 7 – Finishing Spray

Spray your arrangement with finishing spray to help prevent wilting and drying out. We use Crowning Glory spray. Then you're finished!


Caring for your flowers

  • Store flowers in a cool, shady spot – wilting is much more likely to occur in heat and direct sunlight.
  • For summer weddings, create arrangements as close to the big day as possible (the day before or day of, ideally!).  Wait as long as possible before buying or cutting your flowers.
  • Make sure your arrangements have fresh water and plenty of it – the water line should be about an inch below the rim of your vase!
  • You can also mist your flowers with a spray bottle to prevent them from drying out.
  • If you have room in your refrigerator, you can keep finished arrangements in there, be sure the temperature is set to 35 or above to prevent your flowers from getting too cold. Be sure to remove any citrus fruits from the fridge as they tend to shorten the life of fresh flowers.

Big thank you to Christina of WedPics for all the lovely photos and working with us on this feature!

Moody Floral Elopement

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So excited to be featured on Joy Wed today along with the best crew of creatives. This Moody photoshoot was done back in October when local Dahlias and Lisianthus were still available. I remember Amanda and Brent showing me the dress they wanted to use from bhldn and I knew I had to get my hands on some matching Dahlias. Big thank you to one of my favorite local growers, Happy as a Cone Flower Farm, for the lovely blooms. 

Styling: Amanda Blair by Design | Photography Liveview Studios | Furniture: Greenhouse Picker Sisters | Makeup: Michelle Clark | Dress & jewelry: bhldn | Stationary: Silver Fox Calligraphy | Cake: Sugar Euphoria | Models: Taylor & Andrew Lovette

Stylded Shoot — Pneuma

This lovely shoot with Liveview Studios and Amanda Blair By Design is featured today on Boudoir Collective

Photography: Live View Studios | Venue: Mims House | Food & Food Design: Belles Catering |  
Design & Styling: Amanda Blair by Design | Furniture: Greenhouse Picker Sisters | Hair & Makeup: Kristin Rivera  | Lingerie: Gap, Free People  | Ring: Kenda Kist | Film Lab: The FIND Lab  | Model: Jill Knapp