To All of Our Covid Brides:

 

Amidst this heavy rain cloud that lingers over us, we’ve tried to look for every ray of light we can find.

At Strawberry Fields, one bright spot has been creating florals for weddings during Covid-19, on a weekly basis. It’s beautiful to see love win and to see marriages still consistently happening despite the challenges.

 

When you realize your wedding won’t be all that you had envisioned and planned for over the past year, it’s not fun coming to terms with the reality of it… and especially the details to follow. Whether it’s changing a date, planning a mini ceremony and backyard reception, or just deciding to elope, it takes a lot of extra energy. I can speak to this first hand because I too am a Covid bride.

It was mid-March and I was almost done planning my July 25th wedding at The Market at Grelen when I made the decision to postpone. After weighing our options,  my fiancé and I had decided to still get officially married on our planned date. Our goal is to have our original plan come to fruition in April of 2021.

This past weekend we got married down on the James River with a couple of friends, immediate family, a guitarist and our photographer. We hiked down to our special place on the rocks, had our ceremony officiated by my brother then we cooled off & relaxed in the river. Later, we hiked back up and had a small intimate backyard dinner followed by a living room dance party. I had never imagined feeling so fulfilled with our Plan B.

Photo by Ray Photography

Photo by Ray Photography

 

What I wish for every Covid bride that has been forced to change plans, is to understand that there is a unique rawness that comes out of this. It’s a difficult task to postpone or simplify what is supposed to be one of the best days of your life, but it’s about how you go about it that gets you back to the roots of what your love really is between you and your partner. Everyone has a unique situation and is doing what’s best for them. All of us at the shop have had such a special experience watching our couples maneuver through this.

One thing that doesn’t have to change is your bridal bouquet. You can still be adorned with your favorite flowers! We’ve had more diversity and uniqueness in flower choices than we’ve ever had for weddings!

We’ve welcomed bridal bouquets in rainbow colors and whimsical styles…

 

 

…flower crowns bigger & brighter than we’ve ever made before…

 

…and wearables galore!

 

It’s truly been something to look forward to each week and we thank you!

Being a florist and a Covid bride has given me a full view on all of the emotions that encapsulate this unique time for so many couples.

I am not alone in my situation either. Our c0-worker, Robin, is also a Covid bride who is just starting to navigate through a new plan. We’ve shared thoughts, ideas and frustrations. Stay tuned for an update from Robin; she’s handling it like a champ.

We want to help make your day everything you dreamed it would be because you deserve it.  Strawberry Fields will embrace you and your new wedding day plans with all our hearts! Let us know if we can help, and thank you to all of the lovely brides who have trusted us thus far to make their new vision come true. You all have been rock stars! Just remember, love always wins!

 

-Emily and Team Strawberry

 

Shop Update!

 

 

Hi everyone! We are so excited to see some of your faces soon. We’ve truly missed the hustle and bustle at the shop created by our neighbors, Richmond residents, and out of town visitors who have made the effort to stop by here in the past. We appreciate you all!

 

 

With that being said, we are getting used to the new normal and are now offering scheduled in-store shopping time for our customers. Please call the shop, or contact us on social media to set up a time to come in during the hours of 12:00-3:00 on Monday-Friday! (Masks required).

 

 

We are very excited!

 

 

We hope to see you all soon! In the meantime… here is a sneak peak and current pictures of the store  (since we know you haven’t seen it in a while).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for tuning in!

 

Love,

Team Strawberry 🍓

 

 

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Alex’s 3rd Annual Toy Drive

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Alex knows first-hand just how hard it is to spend days in the hospital or having to visit the hospital  or doctor’s office often for  Doctor visits, lab work and other ongoing treatment for his medical conditions.  Watching other children suffer from chronic illnesses is hard for Alex because he knows just how they feel, he wants to give back to the hospital that helps care for him and others.
 “It is my hope to take their mind off being in the hospital and bring some  happiness to them, even if it’s just for a little while. I want them to know that they are loved and they are not alone.” Alex M.
Help us help Alex by donating to Alex’s 3rd Annual Toy Drive! We will be collecting donations at Strawberry Fields until December 13, 2019.
Please consider donating to help bring a smile to Children’s faces during the holiday season and throughout the year! Many children suffer everyday and miss out on just being a kid. Help bring some cheer to the children and families that will be spending the Holiday season at St. Mary’s. Any donation is greatly appreciated!
***Due to allergies and immune compromised children we can only accept new toys/unused donations and they must be unwrapped.
 Below is a list of items to consider.
Ages Newborn to 18 years(new items only)
-toys (girls and boys, all ages)
-board games
-Legos
-books
-fun blankets
-fun pillow cases
-socks
-tablets/iPads
-xbox one games (no violence )
-gloves/mittens
-hats
-arts and crafts
-coloring books
-crayons, markers, -colored pencils
-stocking stuffers
-recordable books
-block books for toddlers
-stuffed animals
-movies
-UNO cards or  regular playing cards
 -Hot wheels cars/trucks
-small Lego projects (in a small box or cellophane bag)
-play-doh sets or individual cups of play-doh
– newer movies (DVD)
-Barbies (all skin tones)
-baby dolls (all skin tones)
-new stuffed animals
-infant rattles and toys
-older infant pop up boxes (jack in the box)
-stacking rings or blocks for infants
-shape sorters
-inflatable beach balls (can be striped or look like soccer balls)
-small bubbles
-fun Band-Aids (non-latex),
-underwear (pre-school sizes and up)
-pajamas or sweat pants or leggings for kids or teens
-homemade cards (to put in the room when a child or teen comes to the room)
-window clings for Autumn/Christmas
-nail polish
-nail files for teens
-lip gloss
-hair ties
-small hair brushes
-travel size lotion
-toothpaste
-toothbrush
-Gift cards for teens  (Sweet Frog, game stop,xbox gift cards,Starbucks, movie theaters etc)
-craft kits arts/crafts items
-stickers for any age
-slinkys
-teen coloring books
-chapstick
-travel size shampoo /conditioner
-travel size shower gel for teen boys and girls
-small notebooks
-journals for teens
-packs of glow sticks
-reusable decorative-water bottles for teens
-neon gel pens
-shop online have the donation sent to St Mary’s Hospital Pediatrics 6-West

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Strawberry Fields Team Spotlight Featuring Deanna

It has been a while since we blogged and thought you might want to know a little more about our team…

We are excited to share our first Strawberry Fields Team Spotlight series featuring Deanna! Deanna is the owner and head designer of the shop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Strawberry Fields at Ellwood Thompson’s!

Strawberry Fields is proud to be a part of our community! Starting in November of 2017, we were given the honor of creating our own floral department at Ellwood Thompson’s. As of December, we were asked to provide a taste of our locally made gifts too. Now, we have an additional terrarium & gift area in the produce department. How did we get so lucky? We are thrilled to be showcased in such an amazing Richmond icon & working with so many great folks. Check us out next time you are shopping at Ellwood Thompson’s! Thank you for your support.

 

 

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Workshop Fever

Over the last few years we have been working hard on our workshop program. It has given us the wonderful opportunity to meet so many new faces and collaborate with other businesses in the Richmond community. We are so grateful for the enormous amount of participation over the last several years and are looking forward to growing our workshop program even more in 2018!

If you are interested in attending one of our workshops- check out the workshop tab right here on our site! To inquire about a private workshop send us a message through our contact form.

Here is a look back at some of our previous workshops!

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Mount a Staghorn Workshop at the shop

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Private Bachelorette Terrarium Workshop at Strawberry Fields

 

Floral Crown Workshop at Blue Bee Cider

Silver Tree Everlasting Wreath at Isley Brewing Company

Floral Crown Workshop at Anthropologie (with an impromtu photoshoot in the store)

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Private Wreath Making Class at Blue Bee Cider for a Corporate Work Event

Private Floral Arranging Workshop at the shop

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Wreath Making Workshop at Blue Bee Cider

Cactus and Crystals Terrarium Workshop at the Veil Brewing Co.

 

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