Photo Friday!












Loving these beautiful images we received from Djamal Photography of an intimate wedding reception at the Oxford Exchange! We love the organic design and soft color palette against the rough brick walls. Perfect for any couple or occasion!

Stay tuned for more images from this intimate affair, in the meantime we hope you enjoy this little sneak peek!

Happy Photo Friday!

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{Featured!} on IndianWeddingSite.com

We’re excited to share that Katie and Vish’s wedding is featured on IndianWeddingSite.com! Click HERE to check out the feature.

They were such a sweet couple to work with in addition to their incredible planner, Jackie Ross of Table 6 Productions!  A HUGE thank you to Carrie Wildes of Carrie Wildes Photography for such beautiful images!

For their wedding we used a variety of textures of orange floral varieties to achieve this design. The varieties include, orange mokara orchids, roses, dahlias and pin cushion protea.

Thank you Katie and Vish for allowing us to be a part of such a beautiful day!

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Wedding Film Sneak Peek!

If you’ve heard us say it once, you’ve heard us say it a million times. Hiring a videographer for your wedding will be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made! We could list the reasons, but we’ll just let this wedding highlight film speak for itself from our incredibly talented friends at Voila Cinematic.

Christina and Naveen were such a beautiful couple inside and out! We had so much fun working with Christina and her mom, not to mention their AH-mazing wedding planner, Tracie Domino of Tracie Domino Events!

We received this delightful email from Christina shortly following her wedding:

I just wanted to thank you and Ian, as well as everyone at Botanica, for making my dream come true.  When we met for the first time I was so excited to see our vision come to life.  However, when I walked into each space on my wedding day, I was blown away every time.  You surpassed my expectations and I felt like I was living in a fairy tale that day.  Everyone said they felt like they were in the most beautiful garden in the world and it felt like a dream!  Also, I just have to say that you and Ian are so nice, I just loved getting to work with you guys and all of you will be in my heart forever! I attached a few pics that I just received from the photographer for you guys to see.  :)

Emails and Brides like that are a constant reminder of why we LOVE what we do! Thank you Christina and Naveen for allowing us to be a part of such an incredible day!!

NOW onto the highlight film!! Click HERE to see it!



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Photography by Michael

We’re Nominated for the Best in the Biz – Tampa Bay Business Journal!

Hi friends!

We just received word that we are nominated as Best Florist for the 2014 Best in the Biz Tampa Bay Business Journal awards! Now, we need your help! (and vote!) Please help us spread the word by sharing the link below and of course, voting! We’re category #21 Best Florist.

While you’re at it, many of our favorite vendor friends and local South Tampa Businesses are on it, so share the love and vote for them too!

Click HERE to vote!

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Thanks so much for your vote and spreading the word!!

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One of Our Favorite Things About Fall! {FLOWERS!}

Hosting a party, wedding or event in the Fall means one thing – FALL FLOWERS! It’s the time of the year that allows us to use gorgeous rich, fall colors – golds, bronzes, merlots, burnt oranges, etc. Just saying those words gets us excited! It’s a unique color palette because fall is the only time of the year when colors this rich should be used together. Not to mention there are some unusual varieties only found during this time of the year.

Enjoy the fall, we hope it’s filled with incredible events, scents and family and friends!! Below are a couple of our favorite fall flowers and past events we’ve done using this luscious color palette!

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It’s Fall Ya’ll!

Man, we couldn’t more excited for October and even more so, the FALL!  While we’re still in the 80s/90s here in Florida, Fall for us brings decorations, pumpkin scented anything and everything and one of our favorites, Wedding Season!!


We’re so excited about this upcoming event season! We invite you to follow us on Instagram {BotanicaDesign} and Facebook for pictures and fun updates throughout the end of the year!

What’s your favorite thing about Fall?!


Birthday Party Tips {Happy Birthday Zoë!}

A special happy birthday to our “THIRTY AND THRIVING” Creative Director, Zoë Gallina!


In lieu of Zoë’s birthday, we thought what could be a better blog post than some birthday party tips!? :)

Here’s a few pointers from the pro, Ian Prosser (and me too)…

There is nothing greater than having a celebration with family and friends for a special birthday. Many hosts want to capitalize on the special guest’s interests- we say YES to this! But, what if you could put a twist on this? For example, if you are throwing a party for a horseback rider you can do a derby themed party! This way, you are still honing in on the favorites of your special guest but you are also giving a fun twist to your honor’s favorites!

Drinking from a mint julep cup, using derby hats as a “favor” or a centerpiece, displaying horse objects on a bar, using boxwood covered bars, etc.; These are all subtle additions you can make to enhance your party and keep the theme an attraction, rather than a distraction. Although themed birthday parties are a personal favorite, the Botanica Crew agrees that over-doing a themed party is nothing short of a disaster. Hosts can easily take an appearance from charming to cheap if the theme is pushed too far. In order to refrain from this happening, put your theme in your details! Rather than using a horse covered linen- go for a solid textured linen and use the centerpiece as your themed piece.

We hope we have sparked some interest for you party throwers out there! Get those “thinking caps” on and get to planning already- my birthday is in January… that is plenty of time for you to come up with something fabulous. ;)


XO- Kyela



Wedding Sneak Peek {Erin + David}

This wedding was a full decor and design product of Ian Prosser Productions and we can not be more proud! The families of this bride and groom were absolutely wonderful and more than a pleasure to work with. We were extremely pleased with the outcome of the wedding and design. Ian Prosser designed the entire reception and worked off an inspiration from a hotel in New York.

What inspires you? I think every design has a starting point. Ian Prosser’s was a chandelier. Open your eyes in a different light and see if you find new inspiration! :)

Erin and David’s wedding was detailed in every aspect. From personalized favors, Chapstick, welcome bags, hashtags to every linen, candle, pashmina, wine bar, flower, vase and arrangement- not one detail was missed. The ceremony took place at took place at the First Presbyterian Church in Downtown Tampa and reception at the Tampa Yacht and Country Club.

The overall concept was a sophisticated, upscale New York inspired look. The florals included white roses, garden roses, ranunculus, hydrangea, succulents and seeded eucalyptus. The Tampa Bay Yacht Club had a variety of decor elements. The ballroom was a warmer space filled with taupe drapery and a mix of zinc top tables and gold and silver metallic linen covered tables. The white florals were placed in elongated glass containers and the center of the ballroom was the focal point with over sized arrangements and a collection of different containers. The chairs were an eclectic mix of bergeres, french pillowed and wood crossbacks provided by Ian Prosser Productions.


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Floral & Decor: Ian Prosser Productions | Photographer: Ryan Joseph | Wedding Planner: Alison Stenger, Confetti Events | Reception Venue: Tampa Yacht and Country Club | Cake: Dream Cakes

XO- Kyela


Valentine’s Day Tips from the Expert {Ian Prosser}

Being in the “industry of love and happily ever after” (Disclaimer: I made that quote up)  we are almost designed to enjoy Valentine’s day if not for the sake of ourselves, then for others. There is something completely humbling about seeing a couple fall in love over and over again- and Valentine’s day is usually a go-to day to do so!


We also may see Valentine’s day a bit differently than others. Maybe we are used to googley-eyed bride-to-be’s or maybe our minds are geared to seeing beautiful florals and decor too often. Regardless, we see Valentine’s day as a day to add more “Wow Factor.”

According to Ian Prosser, “Within the floral business, we are not making a delivery of flowers; we are making a delivery of emotions.”

He’s talking about that soothing, warm, mushy, sweet feeling you get when you receive flowers- that is the emotion we love to give you.

How can you deliver this kind of savory feeling? Here’s a ‘Valentine’s Day Tip’ from our expert:

“What men (and women) seem to forget is that roses are very predictable. There are so many beautiful florals to choose from other than roses. To be less predictable- try a mixed arrangement that includes only touches of roses,” says Ian Prosser.

And amateur advice/opinion (from me): “To keep an arrangement more romantic, keep the flowers heavily layered, more tissue-like- such as peonies, ranunculus, garden roses, spray roses, etc. and add different varieties of greenery to keep a lush look. Oh, and if you really want to give roses- great! Just mix up the varieties to give her (or him) that “Wow Factor” we can’t get enough of!”


Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you happy couples out there! :)

XO- Kyela



Wedding Sneak Peek {Casey + Peter}

This November wedding was an intimate celebration at the Ca D’Zan Mansion and Ringling Museum in Sarasota, FL. We love this venue because of the many details in the architecture and elaborate landscaping. We were pleased to work with Nicole Kaney at NK Productions on this beautiful wedding.

Casey had a very clean, soft and romantic look at her reception with floral varieties of creamy whites and ivories with touches of soft apricots that included juliet garden roses, osianna roses, white garden roses, white ranunculus, white hydrangea and jumbo lisianthus.

Many of our brides opt for a romantic bridal bouquet of layered, tissue-like flowers, and Casey was one of them! Peonies, garden roses and ranunculus (which look like baby peonies if you ask me!) with touches of seeded eucalyptus made up her beautiful clutch bouquet.

Check out a few sneak peek photos below, courtesy of Benjamin Eagle.

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Floral & Decor: Botanica Design Studio | Wedding Planner: NK Productions | Venue: Ringling Museum | Photographer: Benjamin Eagle 

XO- Kyela


Wedding Sneak Peek {Emilia + Christian}

Today we are featuring such a fun couple {Emilia + Christian}! Emilia was such a hands on bride which makes our job so much fun here at Botanica! We also were able to work with Nicole Kaney and her team at NK Productions to make this wedding one to remember!

Emilia chose a selection of white dendrobium orchids, white hydrangeas, white lilies, pale peaches roses, coral roses and pale peach spray roses to create the beautiful atmosphere you can see below!

We are likely biased but we cannot help but love watching wedding videos of our clients! We typically don’t get to see our brides enjoying their special day but if a video is sent our way it’s almost as if we were there! ;)  View the video by clicking the link HERE thanks to VH Video!!

Another favorite of ours are the DETAILS! We love being a part of the small things that create the big picture. Thank you for these photos Limelight Photography!

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Floral & Decor: Botanica Design Studio | Wedding Planner: NK Productions | Venue: Ritz Carlton, Sarasota | Photographer: Limelight Photography | Videographer: VH Video 

Thank you to each of the wonderful vendors listed above {And all the others who helped create this event!} for all of your hard work! And of course, Congratulations to you both {Emilia + Christian} We are wishing you a lifetime of happiness and special journeys shared together! :)

XO- Kyela


Wedding Tip: Repurpose!

Okay, so we have an inside tip for all of you event enthusiasts and/or wedding gurus out there…


There is nothing greater than seeing “more bang for your buck” right? We agree. So, why not take the flowers from your ceremony to your reception? After all, you have a whole hour (if you have everyone’s favorite hour…cocktail hour) to get a crew moving along. ;)

Trees, bouquets, arrangements etc. from a wedding ceremony can be easily repurposed into the reception! Trees can be placed behind a cake, bordering doors, in the corners of the room/tent or anywhere else you find fit! Arrangements can be placed anywhere to border anything at all- we typically place arrangements on pedestals and border the cake or stage/DJ but can also get creative and make other “game day decisions” -as we like to call it. :)

Oh! And don’t forget about the bouquets. Some of our brides have up to 8 or 9 bridesmaids. So where do they stash the bouquets once they lose the heels and grab their dancing shoes? Well, we have a few options here… Anywhere!!! Often times, we place empty vases on the head table to add to the decor and make this table the most ornate. OR- we can place the bouquets around the cake. We have also placed bouquets in bathrooms, on side tables, on the bars- truly wherever you find best! Most of the time people don’t even realize they are the bridal party’s bouquets- score!

That reminds me of  a minor detail… We are very similar to our friend James Bond in that we like to move quick and incognito (AKA we try not to be seen when repurposing). We like to keep our movements swift and quiet during the cocktail hour to continuously wow our clients’ guests.

We often have clients request decor be repurposed from the cocktail hour. This is very tricky, and not as slick(y). Guests will see a crew go in and move everything to the next location. A guest book- YES. Favors- YES. Move things to reception that can be continuously used and/or that guests did not receive a chance to participate in yet- but we do not recommend reusing the flowers or decor here.

This leads me to one last/only point of this blog that I want to get out there: You don’t have to “skimp” on your ceremony decor to accomplish an over the top reception. You can simply REPURPOSE! :)


Photo courtesy of Amy Pezzicara | Pezz Photo

I hope this helps all of you savvy savers like me out there! :)

XO- Kyela


Wedding Sneak Peek {Mallory + Grant}

Today we are featuring an Ian Prosser Production’s (IPP) wedding from November that we were thrilled to be a part of! This particular wedding can be described in two words: romantic and elegant.

“The bride’s favorite flower is hydrangeas and therefore we based the reception design around that- which ultimately gave the tent an elegant look and feel,” said Ian Prosser

Ian Prosser Production’s crew continued the look all throughout tent with a consistent use of the floral varieties used above and incorporating a few more interesting choices for a warmer feel throughout the tent.

“We included green hanging amaranthus in the tall arrangements to bring the kiwi green color to the table to complete the composition of the tables that were accented by crystal candlesticks,” said Prosser.

Although IPP did an abundance of floral for this elaborate wedding, there were also numerous design aspects IPP included. Some to mention were draping, lighting, detail-decorated walkways, candle covered altar table, and (a personal favorite) a heavy amount of lounge furniture.

Take a look at these images by Pezz Photo: (Side note: Mallory, you look absolutely flawless- what a beautiful bride!!)

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What was your favorite part of this wedding? (If you were wondering… mine is the feasting table floral boas- there is nothing more romantic and full of floral to me than this!)

We could not be a part of this wedding without the help of the wonderful vendors we worked with. Thank you to all of you listed below and anyone else who had a hand in completing this wedding perfectly !

Floral & Decor: Ian Prosser Productions | Planner: Sarah Fairbairn, One Fine Day Inc. | Photography: Amy Pezzicara, Pezz Photo | Venue: Gasparilla Inn & Club 

XO- Kyela :)


Botanica’s 25 Anniversary Party {#Botanica25}

First of all- WOW! 25 YEARS!

We were beyond grateful to celebrate 25 years with our dearest industry friends this past Wednesday night, January 15, 2014.

We were so glad to share this time with each and every one of you that could attend. We could not be where we are today without each and every one of you standing beside us!


For the decor and design of the party we shot for Ian Prosser’s personal favorite: The ‘WOW factor.”

“People were looking for the surprise element we are known for and we delivered it by starting with our signature look and opening up into a heavy duty club in what you would never know is our warehouse,” said Ian Prosser.

For the cocktail hour, outside, we went with the traditional and romantic look and setting we are most known for with all white florals and greenery. We used all of Botanica’s furniture and Over the Top Linens outdoors.  Inside we had AFR FurnitureSwag Decor and Nuage Design linens. Indoors, we went for at wist- A club feel is what we were shooting for, and it is exactly what we achieved. Fun fact: we had to boot our friends to the door at the end of the night! (You know who you are!)


During the party, Ian was approached with the same questions over and over again:

What’s the secret to 25 years? His answer to you all- “One word: Integrity. Without it, you have nothing.”

What advice can you give to other vendors? Ian suggests, “In order to earn the respect of other vendors you must be on time. Many vendors do not realize or understand this can create high stress (for him especially) for anyone working on a time schedule and can prevent from executing an event flawlessly.”


Now, see the “WOW” for yourself! Enjoy these ravishing photo by the wonderful Amy Pezzicara of Pezz Photo:


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A few heartfelt words from our Creative Director, Zoë Gallina:

“A special thank you to my parents, Ian and Fiona, for starting this amazing company 25 years ago with a dime and a dream. What a journey it has been, I feel honored to have grown up in and with this business and can’t wait to see what the next 25 years has in store. I love you both for so many reasons but today, for all of the blood, sweat and tears you have put into this company. Thank you both for everything!!”

And also from son and Flower Buyer, Jordan Prosser:

“I’m very happy to be celebrating Botanica’s 25th anniversary. My parents have built such an amazing company and I’m proud to be a part of it. Cheers to 25 more!”
A HUGE thank you to the following people who made last night such a memorable evening!

Datz Dazzle - Swag Decor - AFR Furniture Rental - Amy Pezzicara/ Pezz Photo - Dragonfly Custom Design -uDream Events - Nuage Designs, Inc. - Over The Top Rental Linens - Diana Tamayo with Cafe Ala Carte – Curtis with Inpulse Entertainment Flipbook Creations - RSBP Events - US Tent Rental, Styles by Kelly Anne- and Arnoldo and to our musician Paul Duffy!

Words cannot express our gratitude for all that you did! We love you all and thank you for making our party a smashing success!

And we will leave with one last fun quote from our own Fiona Prosser: “It was a whole lot fancier than 25 years ago!”

Cheers to 25 more!! #Botanica25 !

XOXO- The Botanica Team :)


Event Sneak Peek {Pavilion XXVIII Vieux Carre}

Today we are happily posting about a fabulous event in November called Pavilion XXVIII Vieux Carre. Pavilion is a fundraiser for the Tampa Museum of Art.

We are continuously honored to be a part of such a grand event. Below are photos of some of our furniture, decor and unique designs! Thank you to Sarah Fairbairn of One Fine Day Inc. for her coordination, Amy Pezzicara of Pezz Photo for the beautiful images and to all the other vendors who worked collectively to execute this event flawlessly!Pav070Pav001 Pav003 Pav005 Pav007 Pav009 Pav011 Pav017 Pav018 Pav019 Pav020 Pav022 Pav025 Pav028 Pav030 Pav032 Pav034 Pav037 Pav040 Pav044 Pav047 Pav048 Pav049Pav074 Pav075




Lenee & Nick {Featured in The Knot}

We are thrilled to have one of our couples featured in the Knot! The Ringling Museum is such a beautiful setting we absolutely love to team with any vendor to make it even more extravagant and a magical experience for our clients!

Lenee’s bridal bouquet consisted of all white and ivory peonies and ranunculus. Her floral varieties were a sophisticated and romantic style of all ivory and off whites that included roses, garden roses, hydrangea, sock, dahlias and touches of seeded eucalyptus. Take a look at the photos below to see some of the flowers and decor!

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A special thank you to Lisa Stoner of E Events, KT Merry Photography for these beautiful images, Jeffrey Stoner of Stoner Video for Videography and all other vendors that worked with us to make this wedding absolutely beautiful! We are so proud to be featured in the Knot with you!

XO- Kyela and the Botanica Team


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Happy New Year!

Upscale-Design-Happy-New-Year-2014-Image-4-780x520With 2013 coming to an end we are sad to close such a wonderful and successful year yet delighted to ring in the New Year and new beginnings 2014 will bring! We cannot thank all of our friends, clients and vendors we have worked with in 2013 enough for all of their hard work and dedication. We thank each of you for being so loyal to us throughout the year.

We are looking forward to a wonderful 2014 with each of you and hope to meet many new friends too!

Wishing you all A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Cheers- The Botanica Team



Merry Christmas {From Botanica}

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We cannot be more excited about Christmas this year! We want to thank all of our wonderful friends and families for making this year such a great one! We wish you all the merriest of Christmas and hope to see you soon! :)

As a reminder, the office will be closed until Monday, December 30th!

XO- Botanica Family

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A Vendor Must Know {Budget}

Happy Thursday Everyone!

Today we are touching on a sensitive topic. This is just the beginning of the issue. This should not be a sensitive topic at all! We are talking about YOUR BUDGET. For almost all of our clients, we suggest hiring a planner. For us, an event vendor, this alleviates stresses and questions that clients may not feel comfortable speaking about. The number one issue? The budget.

A note from us:

We cannot properly educate a client on what they are asking for, and what they can grasp without a budget in mind. There is no easy way around it. The designers can create the most elaborate design that you can dream of, but when a price is attached to it the client immediately backs off in sticker shock. This is a lose-lose situation. We cannot give clients what they are asking for without a number! We can “guesstimate” where he or she may fall based on the wants and needs talked about but when it comes down to it- we need a number. Without a budget, this is what we look like:


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As a vendor, we want nothing more than to make our clients happy! The easiest and best way for us to do that is to know your budget and accommodate it. We fully understand we are only one facet of your budget and want to make it an enjoyable process for you- because as we see it, we are the fun part (making everything pretty!)

You can also find an amazing article touching on this subject HERE on the Every Last Detail Blog!

Happy Budgeting!

XO- Kyela

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Venue Spotlight {Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club}

Today we can’t help but give a quick shout out to one of our favorite venues: Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club!

We enjoy working with their staff and being a part of any event at the club! One of our favorite holiday traditions is decorating the club for the holiday season! We spend an entire day there and take the whole crew on site to fluff garland, tie bows, hang ornaments and suspend wreaths to spread holiday cheer. :)

Here are a few pictures from our fun filled day of decorating!


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Thank you for always letting us be a part of your holiday and for being a part of ours! :)

HO HO HO- the Botanica elves

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Holiday Decor Tips {From Ian Prosser}

Tis the season to decorate for the Holidays! This is our favorite time of year here at Botanica because all things jingle, sparkle and glow! There is something about the holiday season that brings on hope, cheer and high spirits to any bahhumbug.


There is also something about the holiday that brings on stress, chaos and overwhelming schedules. Because we like to minimize negativity at all costs, here are a few holiday tips to avoid any green grinch you may be hiding this year:

1. Add 4 heaping tablespoons of sugar to warm water for your tree. This will best nourish your tree and keep the aromas from your Christmas tree radiant throughout the house.

2. Go with all neutrals for your ornament decor and change the color ribbon each year! This can be silvers, brass, golds, etc.

3. When decorating your tree add one variety/color at a time. This will keep your tree symmetrical and organized. Hey, who did you pay to decorate? ;)

4. Add personal ornaments/decor last. Many households have  a few traditional or special items to be hung, placed or put out for the holidays- this is great! By adding these items last you will place them in a space that will be recognized and cherished by you and your friends.

5.  Never remove household items. Your decor should add to and enhance the everyday home decor you have. Do not remove things, rather add to them! This will keep your holiday decor warm and inviting for all guests of your home. :)

Happy Decorating! We hope you have a jingle, jolly and dashing December!

XO- Kyela (and Ian)


Thanksgiving Thankful Thoughts!

In lieu of Thanksgiving we can’t help but be thankful for so many things.


At Botanica we are thankful for:

A wonderful staff, flowers galore, beautiful linens, family fun, Botanica Babes, Botanica Mascots {Bob & Jules}, Starbucks, creativity, organized wedding planners, group think, work spouses and thank you cards. :)

BUT MOST OF ALL: We are thankful for our Botanica Family!

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These are just a few of our favorite things! What are you thankful for this year?

XO- Botanica Crew

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Wedding Sneak Peek {Sarah + Jeff}

Today we are posting about Sarah and Jeff, a September wedding at the Sandpearl Resort! The couple was married on the beach and followed with an intimate reception in the private dining room at the resort.

The bride’s vision was an elegant and sophisticated beach approach that included a subtle art deco design that inhibited orange mokara orchids and white dendrobium orchids. These florals were used in many different ways- submerged in water, tucked throughout moss, included in bouquets and used in arrangements!

Enough talking about it- take a look for yourself!

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Thank you to all the vendors working this wedding with us to create such a perfect beginning for the newlyweds! :)

Congratulations Sarah + Jeff!

Floral and Decor: Botanica Design Studio | Photography: Jason Angelini Photography | Venue: Sandpearl Resort

XO- Kyela



Employee of the Week {Jordan Prosser}

This week’s Employee of the Week is our favorite flower buyer, Jordan Prosser!


Jordan Prosser is the Botanica Flower Buyer and Product Manager. Without Jordan we would have absolutely no events and no way of planning for them! Needless to say, Jordan is irreplaceable. In October, he celebrated his two year anniversary at Botanica.

Jordan loves learning about new and creative floral varieties and wholesalers to purchase the products from. Somehow he manages to put up with working around four women everyday. The conversations we have and his humor, keep us laughing all day! We couldn’t imagine Botanica without him here!

Jordan’s favorite quote truly speaks mounds to his ambitious work ethic:

“You can’t cross the ocean, unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” -Christopher Columbus

Side story you should know: Jordan was moved into his own office because of his loud and distinctive voice. We were no longer able to coop him up with our Creative Director, Zoë Gallina. If you ever get the pleasure of meeting or making friends with Jordy, you will know just what we’re talking about and you might even love him just as much as we do! :)

Fun facts:


Birthday: JULY 5TH

If you could meet anyone who would it be? TEDDY ROOSEVELT

Favorite time of year: His reply: “My favorite time of year is the FOURTH OF JULY, for obvious reasons.”

If you could learn anything what would it be? FLY AN AIRPLANE


Most rewarding part of your job: MAKING MY DAD HAPPY

The best part of waking up: IS FOLGERS (or Dunkin Donuts) IN YOUR CUP!

THANK YOU for EVERYTHING you do Jordy! We love you! And as you would say: God Bless America!

XO- Kyela & The Botanica Team


Wedding Sneak Peek {Bianca + Bryan}

Today we are posting about a very special wedding! Bianca and Bryan were married in October at the Powell Crosley Mansion and gorgeous does not even begin to describe the outcome of this wedding. We loved working with Bianca and her mother, JoAnn to create the vision they were going for. Another thank you to Courtney Shaw of Fabulously Chic Weddings for wrapping all the details together! The entire wedding was absolutely romantic- between the candlelight and lush floral varieties, this wedding was beautiful.

Bianca was carrying a beautiful clutch bouquet of white and cream peonies while her bridesmaids carried a clutch bouquet of dahlias, various roses and ranunculus.

The floral varieties used for this wedding included hydrangea, roses, queen anne’s lace, lisianthius, spray roses, anna roses, and ivy. We are in love with this all romantic atmosphere and adore the photos captured by Djamal Photography.





A special thank you to all of our vendors from this wedding and another special thank you to Djamal Photography for capturing these beautiful images. It was a pleasure working with you all!!

Floral & Decor: Botanica | Venue: Powell Crosely Mansion | Photography: Djamal Photography | Wedding Planner: Courtney Shaw, Fabulously Chic Weddings 



New Alternative {Floral Wristlet}

Our clients love to try new and out of the box ideas to make their wedding party and special guests feel extraordinary!

We have one idea in particular that seems to be trending quite a bit lately! Sometimes a bouquet isn’t always appropriate for special guests, a pin on corsage could put a tear in a delicate dress, or the wrist corsage just doesn’t seem right for a younger sister or aunt.

Our solution: The floral wristlet!

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We have used the floral wristlet for readers, guests of honor, honorary bridesmaids, junior bridesmaids, mothers, sisters, aunts and even grandparents! We hope we have sparked your creative caps and have you thinking just who could wear a floral wristlet in your wedding!!

Happy Friday Everyone! We hope you all have a wonderful weekend! :)

XO- Kyela

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November Must Know {Keep Warm}

Keep Warm

November is our first sight of the desired chilly weather! Our suggestion: “Keep Warm!”

There are a couple of ways we like to help our clients “Keep Warm:”

1. Pashminas!

We have a custom “Pashmina Station” that we find particularly suitable for this time of year! Providing a pashmina tells your guests you are thinking of them while they dance the night away in celebration. Speaking of dancing, the station can double duty as a flip flop station for the fancy-footed guests!


2. Color Palette!

If you live in Tampa, FL like we do then you will understand our hardships when it comes to the much awaited “chilly weather.” We never know if it’s going to be 90 degrees, or a sultry 72. Therefore, we can also allude to bringing warmth in with color! To be clear: We do not think you have to comply with the “fall” color wheel of the (gorgeous) autumn leaves. This can be any hues in amber, gold, mahogany, purple, amethyst, brown, burgundy, burnt orange, cranberry, charcoal, maroon, navy etc. or if you wanted something less rich you could pull off greens, peach, coral, champagne, teal, emerald etc.

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3.  Dance!

Okay, we all have those friends that cannot wait to hit the dance floor.(Disclaimer: I am one of them. Jess is too!) November is such a beautiful time for an outdoor wedding and we are seeing them in bounty this year! The weather is breezy with a brisk chill in the wind that can only be tamed one way: DANCE! Dancing gets your body heat to rise and will create an even more fun atmosphere for the special newlyweds to celebrate! Thank you Damon Tucci Photography for this fun dancing shot from Nattie + TJ’s Wedding! :)

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We Witch you a Happy Halloween!

Here at Botanica we play pranks, do spooks, and believe in The Great Pumpkin! We love Halloween because our designers enjoy getting creative with their designs for the spooky and ghoulish parties we are lucky enough to be a part of!

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According to Forbes, we weren’t the only ones spending for the Holiday decor this year! Did you know Halloween is the fourth most popular holiday when it comes to spending? If you love decor as much as we do, we understand where your money is being spent!

This year we built coffins, grave yards, witches, scarecrows, ghosts and more! We hope we didn’t alarm any guests walking through the warehouse as they noticed all of our creepy decor! (I promise it was for a party!!)

Here are a couple of photos we snapped after being tormented in the office:

Below would be our designer Athena scaring the wits out of us in the office!

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This is the walking hand that came creeping by my feet one morning. (I was the only one not laughing.)

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And this is Jess- Trying on baby Juliette’s Halloween pumpkin cap for safety purposes.

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Here is a creepy coffin Jordan built to be used as a bar top!


If you’re in the area, please come in for a bite! Muahaha (Witch laugh).

Happy Haunting! :)

Bugs and Hisses- Kyela

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Wedding Sneak Peek {Mary + Vadin}

We are so excited to post these beautiful pictures from Mary and Vadin’s August wedding at the Tampa Yacht and Country Club.

Thank you for being a pleasure to work with Mary and mother of the groom, Asha! You make our jobs so much fun. We enjoyed every step of the planning process with you both! The design team had a blast creating the organic look for the couple. The mixture of branches, greenery and lush flower choices created an absolute divine atmosphere for the wedding celebration.

The bride’s bouquet is a romantic clutch style bouquet of ivory hydrangeas, garden roses and roses with touches of seeded eucalyptus. The bridesmaids each carried a textured clutch bouquet of all ivory, blush pinks, peach and coral that included cafe au lait dahlias, white scabies, coral pin cushion protea, coral roses and pale peach Juliet garden roses.

The couple had a romantic ceremony and completely transformed the yacht club into an elegant, sophisticated, green-filled space for the reception that we absolutely adored. Okay, enough talking about it. The pictures will say the rest!

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A warm thank you to Moberg Photography for these amazing photos. We are so glad to share them!


Ps. We hope you all are enjoying all of this amazing fall weather! I know we are! :)

XO- Kyela

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Mom’s Wedding Trend {Carry a Bouquet}

Today we are writing about the latest trend in mom’s main accessory at the wedding!


Traditionally, after the officiant walks down the aisle the next in line is the mother of the groom, then the mother of the bride. These two women become the initial focal point that kick off the ceremony. Naturally, these moms are nervous. Their precious daughter or son is getting married; you would be too! That moment every parent dreams of is becoming a reality and all eyes are on the moms!

We are finding that the mothers are preferring to carry a small clutch bouquet. These bouquets are typically a scaled down version of the bridesmaid bouquets.

According to Ian, “When it comes to moms, wrist corsages are a thing of the past (unless for grandmothers.) Women are wearing a more ‘flimsy’ fabric so the pin on corsage will pull the fabric and that just isn’t going to work.  The ‘in thing’ is to carry a clutch bouquet and a handkerchief. The bouquet makes the mothers more relaxed, whereas, when carrying a purse they look more tense and tighten their girp and entire posture. This can alter the bodice of the dress and not look as good.”

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So, to all of our trendy moms out there: we look forward to making you a special bouquet for your daughter or son’s special day!!

Here is a sweet link to Mother-Daughter moments we stumbled upon and had to SHARE! :)



Botanica Floral Designer {Sylvia Bird}

We are so excited to share that we are working with Sylvia Bird throughout the beginning of the wedding season!



Sylvia is a native to across the pond; London, England. Sylvia is an amazing designer that has more than enough qualifications to prove her worth. She is a delightful addition to the team! With her impressive memberships to AIFD, AAF,PFCI, NDSF, we are beyond thrilled to be working with her.

Stay tuned to see all of her {and others} amazing work in the many beautiful weddings to come! :)

Thank you for being with us and we are so happy to have you Sylvia!

XO- The Botanica Crew :)


DIY Project {5 Step Boutonniere}

With wedding season knocking on our door, we thought we would share how to make a boutonniere!

Wedding planners and goers are constantly pinning on boutonnieres, and some are pros, but what happens when they have to MAKE ONE?

Don’t panic. We are here to show you! We are going to list out each step on how to make a simple rose boutonniere.

First, let’s go over some must knows:

  • You do not want a full flower
  • Peel off the layers of guard petals and extra foliage
  • Make sure there are no thorns
  • Wiring is most important part {Pay close attention to this step!}
  • Each leaf should be individually stitched so that it can be shaped

What You Will Need:


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From left to right:

1. Flower Tape

2. Rose with 2-3 inch stem

3. Excess foliage {If you wish!}

4. Wire cutters

5. Flower wire


Step 1: Wire the Flower Stem

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The first step includes the flower and wire. Take the wire and push it through the core of the stem to create a strong base. After you push it through fold the wire onto the stem.

  • Additional option: Create an “X” with two wires for optimal strength.

Step 2: Tape the Wire and Flower Stem

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Now that you have folded the wire you can wrap the stem and wire together with flower tape. It is easiest to simply twist the stem and roll the tape downward.

Step 3: Wire Foliage 

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Once you have completely covered the wire and stem in flower tape it will look similar to above. The next step is to add foliage. The leafs can be wired just the same as the flower stem. Choose each leaf, berry, etc. and individually wire, as seen above.

{Remember: Each leaf should be individually stitched so that it can be shaped.}

Step 4: Tape Foliage to Stem

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After you have wired each piece of foliage it is time to tape! Just as you did with the flower stem, individually tape each piece of foliage to the stem.

{Note: Individually taping each piece of foliage allows for ultimate strength and shaping of the boutonniere.}

Step 5: Trim the Excess and Secure!

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The last step is trimming the wire with your wire cutters to about 1-2 inches and then taping the entire boutonniere stem until completely secure and sturdy!



You just made a boutonniere in 5 simple steps!

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We hope you all find this helpful! Happy Wedding Season!! :)


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Wedding Teaser {Fall Themed Wedding}

Over the past weekend we were able to create a magical fall experience for guests as they entered the Tampa Museum of Art. The Creative Director of Botanica, Zoë Gallina, came up with this flawless design and executed the vision perfectly.

As guests enjoyed the wedding they were peeling back layers of Zoë’s design. The guests were constantly looking for, and finding, more as the color palette transitioned from a soft palette in the cocktail hour, to an intensified bronze palette in the reception and then an all gold invasion in the dancing room.

“The color palette gave the guests a very warm feeling. Fall colors always convey the feeling of nurturing, which makes guests feel comfortable immediately. The textures of the flowers and leaves as well as the color, conveyed falls bounty,” said owner, Ian Prosser.

We were able to snap a few quick photos but we cannot wait to see the amazing photos from Ryan Joseph photography to come!

Here is a very brief Sneak Peek below!

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A special thank you to Stephanie Crona of Table 6 Productions for all of your coordination on this beautiful wedding!

Stay tuned for more fabulous photos to come!! :)

XO- Kyela


Employee of the Week {Jess Stephens}

Jess Stephens is the Account Coordinator here at Botanica!



At Botanica, Jess coordinates and communicates with all clients and works directly with our creative director,Zoë Gallina, owner, Ian Prosser and administrative assistant, Kyela Faett.  She communicates with all of our clients and her best quality is undoubtedly customer service! You won’t catch Jess without a smile on her face. Well, you might once in a blue moon.. but that’s only if she’s hungry. :)

During our creative director, Zoë’ Gallina’s, maternity leave, Jess has stepped up and kept Botanica running smoothly and we can’t thank her enough!

“Jess is such a great friend to have and an amazing employee to work with. She is calm, collected, understanding and never judgmental. I am so lucky to see her across my desk each day!” Says Administrative Assistant, Kyela Faett.

We can’t help but enjoy seeing someone’s favorite quote. It always seems to speak to exactly who they are as a person. Jess’s favorite quote, a golden rule, reads her quite well:

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”- Luke 6:31

And she adds, “I’m a firm believer in loving every single person, no matter who or what they are.”

We asked Jess why she likes working at Botanica and she answered:
“I don’t even know where to begin!! I love that I actually get excited to go in to work. (that’s saying something since I have a 45 minute commute every day!) I also love who I get to work with on a daily business and consider them like family. I think the thing I love more than anything is to make each bride feel special. I love getting that one email from a bride afterwards saying that her wedding was truly the day of her dreams because we made her vision come to life! I just love being able to be a part of such a monumental day for them.  :)”

Fun Facts

Birthday: July 27th

If you could meet anyone who would it be? Kelli Murray Larson, my favorite illustrator/designer

Favorite activities: Reading, and anything outdoors- especially in the fall!

Favorite Flower: Juliet Garden Roses- well, anything romantic!

If you could change your name, what would it be? When I was younger I always loved the name Riley, now I would just settle for people to call me Jess instead of Jessica!

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Ballet, I have ALWAYS wanted to be a professional ballet dancer!

If you could witness anything what would it be? I would love to witness any miracle performed or any event that gives hope to humanity.

What sounds do you love? Fire Cracking; Something about the sound automatically makes me feel cozy and comfortable.

The best part of waking up is? Wake up to my amazing husband! (mushy alert!!)

Another fun fact: Jess has two super cute German Short-haired Pointers! (See picture below)



XO-The Botanica Crew :)


New Year and New Fabulous Things!

We are so excited for the arrival of this year’s wedding season! So excited that we have made some improvements to our warehouse and studio to better prepare us for this year!

One addition we are so excited about is the new chandelier in our Sample room! This will allow for optimal lighting and potentially a quaint dinner spot for select guests. {Keep checking the blog for announcements of this!!}

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The next new {fabulous} addition to the warehouse is an oversized shelving unit some of our handy “Botanica Bros” made for all of our furniture. We had no choice but to make drastic changes as we enter this new year because we have a massive shipment of all new furniture coming in next week! We can’t wait to share them with you all! But in the mean time… Here are a few quick photos of the shelving unit being made and put to use!

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{Say Hi to Byron up there!!}

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Continue checking out the blog for our new furniture arrival!! We can’t wait to share with you all and begin another great year! :)

XO- Kyela

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Wedding Sneak Peak {Oldy but Goody!}

Today’s Wedding Sneak Peek is what we like to call an “oldy but a goody!”

We couldn’t help but post this late “summer time feel” wedding with fall fast approaching! We hope you enjoy the photos as much as we do! :)

From this wedding, we have a very unique display of floral varieties that include hydrangea, green cymbidium orchids, phalaenopsis orchids, garden roses and ranunculus.

Thank you to Limelight Photography for these beautiful images above!

And then we snapped a few too! See below :)

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Venue : Ritz Carlton Beach Club, Sarasota | Photographer: Limelight Photography | Floral and Design: Botanica Design Studio

XO- Kyela

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Welcome Back Zoë {Almost}

We have all missed our Creative Director, Zoë Gallina, more than you know! October 15th will be a happy day for the Botanica crew as she will be joining us back in the office part time and continue working from home {with the cutest baby ever} part time.



Zoë is such a pleasure to work with and we CANNOT WAIT to have her back!!

When we asked Zoë why she liked working at Botanica, she said:

“There are many favorite things about working at Botanica. First and foremost being able to work with my family and Botanica family everyday! I feel like we are so blessed to have such an outstanding group of people (personally and professionally) on our team. They truly feel like an extension of our family. Not to mention, I think I have a pretty incredible Dad, Mom and Brother!

I also LOVE the creativity that comes along with this place! Getting to work with clients, helping them design such a special day is truly priceless. My absolute favorite is when a client gives us complete creative control in their design. I loved being involved in all aspects because I feel like that’s how the client benefits the most. From sketching layouts, designing floral, linens, etc. being involved in all decor aspects makes setting up on the wedding day that much more amazing when you see the finished room with all of the design elements pulled together.”

When Zoë is in the office, everything just seems to run smoothly. She is lighthearted in every sense and more passionate about what she does than anyone we know. Keeping her on maternity leave was almost impossible! Her out of office email lasted about two days. We know it will be a transition, but we can’t wait to be a part of it! Thank you for being you Zoë!!


Birthday: February 25th

If you could meet anyone who would it be? Tough question, it might be a tie between Princess Diana, Kate Middleton and Kate Spade

What song is playing on your iPod: I’m more of a pandora person than an ipod, so my favorite stations are Carrie Underwood, Michael Buble and Justin Timberlake

Favorite Quote: “Everything Happens for a Reason” – I am a firm believer in this quote, one I’ve loved for years. A great quote to live by and remind yourself of, regardless of what challenges life might present. It’s a great way to look at something negative and make it more positive.

Favorite activities: I love being outside. “Fall” in Florida is one of my favorite things! I love doing anything outside, especially when it involves friends and family.

Favorite Flower:  Oooo such a tough question! I love unique flowers that aren’t used everyday, especially when it creates a heavily textured, original design. But if I had to pick just ONE, I’ll give you my top two favorites, lol. Peonies and Garden roses (but what girl doesn’t love those two!)

If you could change your name, what would it be?  I really love my first name, so to be honest, I wouldn’t change a thing!

What is your favorite time of week?  The weekend! I love spending time with my husband and now daughter! The  weekend’s have a whole new meaning with her in it. But of course Saturday is normally wedding day, so I love seeing our events come together!

What is your favorite time of year?  October. I feel like that’s when we start getting that cooler, “fall” weather here in Florida! It’s football season and Halloween, one of my favorite holidays!!

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Cook! I say this, even though I just asked my husband what I should say and that was his suggestion!  {Thanks Joey!} But yes cooking, I’m so impressed by my Mom – she can literally go into a pantry that has only 3 ingredients and create a gourmet meal! I’d love to have that creativity in the kitchen and of course, so would my husband!

What is your favorite noise? Juliette (my daughter) cooing or any silly noise she makes. :)

If you won the lottery, what would you do?  Take my husband and I’s entire family on an incredible vacation.

The best part of waking up? Knowing that I have a husband, daughter, family and career that I absolutely love. I truly feel like I am one lucky girl.
We are SO beyond excited to have you back Zoë and cannot wait to watch our baby Botanica babe grow with us!
XO- Kyela, Jess & the Botanica Crew :)


{Pinterest} Comes to Life!

When it comes to planning weddings, brides today know what they’re doing as they are all over one media outlet that is seemingly taking over. We have one source to thank-PINTEREST.

From a vendor’s standpoint, Pinterest can be the best and worst thing. These imagination boards can be as practical or as far fetched as the “Pinner” wishes them to be. Some brides come in with two or three different boards with conflicting ideas and styles while others have their visions down to a tee on a single detailed board. We recommend pinning styles you lean toward the most. Your style should most reflect you, and what you are most comfortable with.

Well, apparently brides-to-be are no longer the only Pin-savvy wedding lovers!  One boyfriend, 27 year old Ryan Leak, really got the hint when he researched his girlfriend, Amanda Roaman’s, Pinterest page and then planned an entire wedding IN SECRET for a whole year based on her wedding inspiration board on Pinterest! After overhearing a conversation between his girlfriend and her best friend, he decided to propose and get married on the same day!

Check out this video from this morning’s show on ABC News:

Kudos to you Ryan! We love fairytales like this! Anyone else have a story to share? :)

See more details from the story from ABC 15News Channel 5 or Yahoo! Shine articles!

Don’t forget to check out Botanica’s Pinterest Boards! 


Happy Fairytale Friday everyone!!



Botanica Employee of the Week {Larry}

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Larry is one of our in house floral designers. He is a creative genius.

Larry’s favorite quote: “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you anywhere.”- Albert Einstein

We all agree this quote sums up Larry and his ambitions quite well. He is a “floral imaginer” to say the least.

“Larry is an extremely talented designer and his specialty is ultra modern,” says Ian Prosser.

Larry recently attended the Society of American Florist (SAF) 129th Annual Convention in Phoenix, Arizona with Ian Prosser. The two claimed they learned more than they can put into words. It’s funny how you can know so much and be able to learn so much more at the same time. We are always impressed with Larry’s work and his positive attitude!

Before working with Botanica, Larry owned his own retail floral shops for over 18 years!  As he was finishing up one chapter, he began another at Western Kentucky University. At the university, he taught floral design classes and also worked heavily in the floral shop and floral design training center.

Come late last December we were lucky enough to have him join our Botanica crew- where we hope he stays! We are looking forward to celebrating Larry’s one year with us in just a few short months! :)

We asked Larry why he enjoyed working with Botanica and he said, “I like working with this crew; Ian is such a character, he makes hard work fun!”

Fun Facts:

Birthday: OCTOBER 12TH

If you could meet anyone who would it be? JOHNNY CASH


Favorite Flower: ANTHRIUM

If you could change your name, what would it be? JEREMY

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? PLAY THE DRUMS

If you could witness anything what would it be? THE 1960′S

If you won the lottery, what would you do? TRAVEL AND SEE THE WORLD


Thank you for being such a pleasure to work with Larry! We are so happy to have you. :)


XO- Your favorite coworkers!





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Happy October!

Can you believe it’s already October?


We can’t say we’re disappointed though. October brings so many cheerful things! Let me name a few:

1. Orange; A color that brings fall to life!

2. The beginning of a wedding season. (My own personal favorite)

3. Crisp weather (Fingers crossed this holds true to breezy days and chilly nights)

4. HALLOWEEN! A favorite time of year for any spooks and pranksters, but also for all themed event goers and throwers!

5. Pumpkin flavored everything (THANK YOU OCTOBER!!)

Anyways! We just wanted to wish you all a Happy October. :)

We hope you can join in the holiday and fall spirit as we are! Oh, and if you wanted to have us try out your pumpkin recipes, feel free to drop by the office anytime!!


Ps. Stay tuned for amazing October wedding photos!!

XO- Kyela


Botanica Joins the Fun {AFR Networker}

Last week we had the pleasure not only to donate to the 6th annual AFR Networker in Orlando, FL., but also to join in the fun and attend the festivities!

Church Street rising was a perfect, fitting and fun theme. We had a blast at all the different stations, tastings and activities provided! Thank you AFR for hosting this awesome event!

Here are a few fun pictures we captured:



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The last two are little embarrassing, but we figured they were funny enough to share with you all. :)

To see AFR’s full blog and photos of the event click HERE! Thank you to AFR and Sidney Smith of Tears of Joy Photography for providing us the images below!


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Here is a note from AFR and their blog on all of the amazing vendors that helped with their event:

“As with all our networkers, our sponsors were amazing and we are so appreciative of all their hard work and generosity.  Many thanks to Botanica, Lee James Floral, Mayesh Wholesale Florist, Exchange Building, EVO, Puff-n-Stuff Catering, Millenia Catering, John Michaels Events, Tim Webber: The Coordinator, Arthur’s Catering, Espresso Events, Kernel Encore, Brown-Forman, Blue Martini, Breezin’ Entertainment, Fun Planners, Caricature Connection, Spectrum Productions, Edlen Electric, Swag Décor, Wizard Connection, Chalk Talk Events, Connie Duglin, Exulting Images, Perfect Sky Videography, Crash My Event, Urbancoast, Gabriella Tucci Hair Designs, Illuma Minerals, Express Signs, Paula Wyatt Events, eTouches and The Special Event. It is our partners that really contribute to making this evening and the tour, a complete success.”

Thank you to everyone. It was nice to meet so many amazing vendors in our industry! :)



Brides Tell All {Tampa Bay Nace}

Last night, some of the Botanica crew attended the Tampa Bay Nace event where brides had a tell-all in a panel of questionnaires!

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As part of the meetings committee, our very own Jordan Prosser helped create the event as Botanica donated the floral and decor of the event. During our dinner, previous, and current brides told their stories. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Tampa Bay Nace is made up of Tampa wedding and event vendors. This month’s meeting was beneficial to all vendors as they were able to see what clients liked, didn’t like, adored, and loathed.

For Botanica, one of the most important questions was how brides are choosing their vendors. Unanimous answer: CUSTOMER SERVICE.

Now, we are curious! Do you agree? What made you choose your vendors? :)

Here are some amazing photos from Jonathan Fanning Photography:

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Oh, how could I forget to mention Ian and Kyela were two of the lucky raffle winners!

Ian won a certificate for Network Limousine  and Kyela won a chocolate bar from Chocolate’s by Michelle (See photo below, YUM!)

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Floral and Decor | Botanica Design Studio 

Photography | Johnathon Fanning

Chair and table rentals | Signature Event Rentals

Linens | Connie Duglin

DJ  | Cory from Grant Hemond

Venue & Catering | Embassy Suites Downtown Tampa

XO- Botanica Team


Employee of the Week {Fiona}

The sneak peak of the week is Fiona Prosser!




Where would we be without Fiona, our Accounts Payable Department? … Let’s not explore that answer! Fiona runs Botanica internally has been doing so for nearly 25 years. We cannot explain her worth!

Fiona is the wife of our genious, Ian Prosser. The two recently celebrated their 33 years of marriage together and we couldn’t be happier for them!

“She is a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day,” says son and Botanica Flower Buyer and Product Manager, Jordan Prosser.

Not only is she a joy to be around but she is always keeping the office up-to-date on the latest news and royal whereabouts. When she is not in the office, she is typically touring the country. Fiona most recently returned from a two month tour of Scotland and Ireland just in time to become Nini to her beautiful grand baby, Juliette.

We asked Fiona why she loves working at Botanica and she said, “We have the best staff that we’ve ever had and everyone gets along so well and makes it a really fun place to work. We are all like family.”

A quote that describes her work ethic would be:

“It’s nothing personal, it’s purely business.” -Donald Trump

Did we mention that’s also her favorite quote? Well, It is!


A few fun facts:

Nickname: FI FI

Birthday: NOVEMBER 28TH

If you could meet anyone, who would it be: ELTON JOHN

Favorite Flower: PEONY

If you could learn anything: TO FLY A PLANE & TO SPEAK ANOTHER LANGUAGE

If you could witness any event: WEDDING OF PRINCESS DIANA & PRINCE CHARLES



Thank you for all that you do Fiona!! You are a joy to work with and be around. We appreciate you! :)

XO-Kyela & Botanica Team



Stepping on the Big Screen {Nattie + TJ}

We have been so excited to share all of these photos of this beautiful wedding! Keeping a secret like this has been so challenging! Confused about what we’re referring to? We were featured on Total Divas on E!  Needless to say, the team at Botanica are frequent watchers and fan of Total Divas on E!

Nattie and TJ were a pleasure to work with. Nicole Kaney of NK Productions made this experience fun and rewarding for all of us. We are so proud to be a part of this wedding and to share it with you all now!


Here are a couple of behind the scenes shots:


The Botanica team all together for the fun!

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The fabulous wedding planner, Nicole Kaney, of NK Productions worked very closely with us to create an unforgettable wedding for Nattie and TJ. It was surreal to be a part of a reality TV show (no pun intended.) We are grateful to be a part of this event and work with such amazing vendors. Here are some of the photos from the wonderful Damon Tucci of Damon Tucci Photography:




We may be biased but these three pictures are some of our utmost favorites. There is no greater feeling for Ian and our design team to see the reaction of one of our brides. We think Nattie loved her flowers and decor. What do you think? :)

Here are some more beautiful photos by Damon Tucci Photography from this extravagant wedding:



Ian with Nicole Kaney and her fabulous team at NK Productions.



damontucci-0575 A special thank you to Damon Tucci Photography for capturing all of these amazing designs.

To read more from other vendors you can go to NK Productions blog HERE and Cat Pennenga’s blog HERE!

And another special thank you to all of our other vendors working with us to create such a beautiful design:

Floral and Decor: Botanica Design Studio | Wedding Planner: Nicole Kaney of NK Productions| Reception ballroom/catering: Michael’s on East | Chair and Linens: US Tent | Lounge furniture: MMD | Photography: Damon Tucci Photography | Draping: Swag Decor | Photobooth: Cat Pennenga Photography

XO-Kyela and the Botanica Team

We Love Sweet Reviews {Wedding Wire}

We are so thankful to our bride, Mary, for the sweet praise on Wedding Wire she recently posted about her absolutely beautiful wedding day! Seeing and hearing the gratitude from our clients keeps us motivated and loving what we do! Thank you so much Mary (and all other brides) for all of your kind words!


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“Botanica did an amazing job. We had our wedding at the Tampa yacht and country club on 8/31/13. We received so many complements regarding the floral arrangements and decorations. Our reception coordinator specifically told us that she sees a lot of weddings and ours definitely stood out as amazingly beautiful. The quality of floral arrangements and decorations was impeccable. However their quality was not secondary to the amazing service and professionalism that Botanica- Ian and Zoe- provide. They were instrumental in creating deco themes for each event: ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception and tying them all together. Their experience really paid off. The professionalism was second to none. From the first meeting, to the detailed up front pricing and proposal, to the exhibition of table linens and floral arrangements they really walked us through each step and provided us with great advice. During this whole wedding process, I sometimes experienced that after vendors were paid, the quality of service dropped off; however, that was not the case here. The staff was available and accommodating up until the hour of wedding. Zoe and Ian are very familiar with the Tampa wedding industry and were able to offer suggestions on local vendors and overall wedding advise. You definitely get what you pay for here!!! They made the wedding planning fun and easy and helped to provide us with the wedding of our dreams!!!!!!!” -Says client Mary on Wedding Wire Review 


Stay tuned for images on her wedding to come! :)


XO- Kyela :)


Tampa Bay Weddings {Magazine}

We are so excited to be featured in Tampa Bay Weddings Magazine more than a few times!!

Here are just a few of poor quality images I snapped for you to peek at:




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If you want to see the magazine, we have a couple extra to share!

Come by the office anytime and we would be happy to share with you!! :)

A special thank you to all of the amazing vendors we worked with for each of these events. We cannot do it without you!

XO-Kyela & Jess


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Beautiful Bouquets!

Why not celebrate the new week with a couple images of some pretty bouquets! All bouquet images are actual real bouquets provided by Botanica! Do you have any favorites?

Thank you to the following photographers for providing these beautiful images:

Photography by Michael

Carrie Wildes Photography

Limelight Photography

Divine Light Photography

XO- Kyela and Zoë

Divine Light Photography

Botanica Employee of the Week {Athena}

Athena has been working with Botanica for almost 5 years now and to say we LOVE her is an understatement.


Since she was just 18, she has been in and out of floral design. Athena also went to school for nursing but found her passion held in floral design. Her specialty: ORGANIZATION!

“Athena is so focused and one of the most organized people I’ve ever met,” says owner, Ian Prosser.

Athena is the eyes and ears back of house. Throughout our 8,500 square ft. warehouse full of inventory, if you name it, she can take you to it.

When asked about working with Ian she says, “He inspires me. He can come up with something when we have nothing. I want to visualize things the way he does.”

What does she do: ”I do whatever I need to do. I keep IPP in line,” says Athena. (IPP is Ian Prosser, of course)

Her job title is Production Manager and floral designer but it’s safe to say Athena does a little bit of everything! Athena’s passion for what she does makes her a pleasure to work with.


Fun facts:

Botanica Nickname: M&M, because she’s hard on the outside and soft on the inside.

Birthday: NOV. 20TH

If you could meet anyone who would it be? MADONNA

Favorite time of year: CHRISTMAS




The best part of waking up: BEING WITH MY HUSBAND AND MY DAUGHTER.


THANK YOU for EVERYTHING you do Athena! We love you!


XO- Kyela & The Botanica Team