Holiday Centerpiece Inspiration

Christmas is one of the happiest times of the year! Christmas decorations brighten up your home, making it warm and welcoming to family and friends. We sometimes get swept up in celebrating the holiday and go crazy with decorations. For those of us who need ideas to add some small details to brighten up their home, the upcoming trends for 2018 are all about simplicity.

  1. Metallics

Metallic containers such as silver, gold and rose gold create a beautiful finishing touch to your holiday arrangement.

 

2.  Bringing in the nature

Christmas greens, pine cones, birch sticks, and other accents make for a fun winter arrangement!

 

 

3. Ornaments and Candles

Ornaments add a shimmery touch to holiday centerpieces, and candles create warm illumination to your holiday table.

Love in Philadelphia

Jennifer and Andrew – December 2017

Photo credit to George Street Photography

These two love birds tied the knot on a snowy day in December. The couple invited all of their friends and family to the Queen of Peace Church in Pitman, NJ on a Friday afternoon. They continued on to Tendenza in Philadelphia, PA to dance the night away as husband and wife!

Jennifer’s bouquet was a beautiful winter garden style collection hand tied featuring white and ivory blooms. With a white hydrangea base, white garden roses, tea roses, lisianthus, gray pods, dusty miller, eucalyptus and pine cones, it fit right in with the snowy surroundings.

 

The groom wore a cluster of ivory tea roses, gray pods, cedar draping, and gray foliage finished with a simple knot of ivory ribbon to match his lovely bride.

The bridesmaids carried a light fluffy collection of white hydrangea with pink and white tea roses tucked in and accented with dusty miller and winter green cedar to match the bride. While the groomsmen sported a simple tea rose cluster with greens and a ribbon to match the girls.

  

Craspedia

Craspedia brings a pop of joy to any design! These unique little flower balls are great fun, long lasting and dry beautifully.

Photo Credit to Serena Star Photography

Photo Credit to Serena Star Photography

Photo Credit to Serena Star Photography

 

Maid of Honor Tips

It’s finally happened, he asked, and she said YES!  After all the years of playing dress up and happily ever-after, the time has finally come.  It’s a time to bring all the girls closer together to share in one of the most important days of her life. But how do you help your bestie get ready for her big day? We combed the internet and added in some personal experiences to make your Maid of Honor duties a little easier!

  1. Be Available

Be mindful throughout the planning process that the Bride may change her mind hundreds of times before she decides what she REALLY wants. This is normal and as the Maid of Honor is it your job to remind her to take the planning one step at a time. This helps keep the bride from stressing while planning the big day. Helping her to stay organized is very helpful! Offer to help her in any way you can, even if you just show up with a bottle on wine!

  1. Planning the Shower and Bachelorette Party

You are not the only one in charge here, but you can help get things rolling. If the Bride is not involved in the planning of her shower, maybe sneak in a few questions as to what she might want for her shower. This makes it easier when trying to pass along the information to all others involved in planning. Don’t forget to include the Mother of the Bride as well as the Mother of the Groom in the process, and try to delegate tasks to bridesmaids so no one person gets overwhelmed.

As for the bachelorette party, this should be about having a great time and letting loose with your girls! Make sure your plans for the night are something the bride will be comfortable with.  If she is a low-key person, maybe the bar isn’t a great idea and a spa day would suit her a little better.

  1. Leading the Bride Tribe

Overseeing a group of 5 to 20 people is a dauting task whatever the circumstance but remember that this a happy occasion and you are celebrating. Your bestie is counting on you to rally the girls together, and make her wedding day extra special. Make sure you include everyone and ask for their input. In our experience the Bride is less stressed when she is surround by happy bridesmaids! Remember everyone in the bridal party was chosen for a reason, and want the best for the bride! Don’t forget to be ready to run any interference incase of issues. The Bride should never hear or deal with any issues on her wedding day. Keep everything light and flowy.

  1. Writing your Maid of Honor Speech (the hardest part!)

To write an amazing speech the inspiration must come from your relationship. Think about fun times you had together or how you met.  If you and your bestie like things more on the fun side, go with a comical theme to make everyone laugh.  If she is more of the sentimental type, write a heartfelt speech about what her friendship means to you and how happy you are for her. Don’t forget to add the groom into speech.  Paint a picture of their relationship, a story about how they met could be funny and sentimental! Try to say everything you want to say in 3-4 minutes to keep everyone interested. Plus, you don’t want to take more time away from getting the party started!

Hanging Amaranthus

Hanging Amaranthus, this fuzzy textured flower can be found dangling in a late summer garden.  These blooms add a fancy drape to floral designs.

 

Photo Credit to Ashley Gerrity Photography

 

 

Protea

Meet Protea, the Queen of the dessert, with a tough exterior and a special beauty!

This bouquet features a king protea nestled in with eucalyptus foliage, garden roses and other complimenting blooms. Photo Credit to Anchor & Vail Photography

 

Beautiful Day at Valenzano Winery

Photo Credit: Sean Gallery Photography

This wedding at Valenzano winery featured beautiful floral arrangements that flowed with neutral color blooms and greenery.

Photo Credit: Sean Gallery Photography

The beautiful Cafe Ole dahlia was the focal point of the bouquet followed by loose flowing greenery that added dimension and texture.

 

 

Photo Credit: Sean Gallery Photography

Blooms everywhere! The ring guy with his petite boutonniere and flower girl with her sweet halo and bag full of petals.

 

 

Photo Credit: Sean Gallery Photography

The show stopper of an arch and ceremony barrels made this rustic scene classy and beautiful.

A Cape May Wedding

Jessica and Andrew headed down to Cape May this past fall to join together in marriage. They began with an evening outdoor ceremony at the Willow Creek Winery, with the reception to follow inside the beautiful rustic venue.

 

The ceremony was decorated with a rustic branch arch (provided by Leigh Florist) featuring an elegant lush garden design including green and gray foliage and garland draped down the front. A larger, long floral design in white blooms sat across the front of the arch. White rose petals lined the sides of the aisle completing the elegant design.

Jessica walked down the aisle with a rounded garden style bouquet featuring white hydrangea, white garden roses, white lisianthus, Queen Anne’s lace, white tea roses and touches of red heart garden roses accented with seeded eucalyptus for texture. The Groom wore a white lisianthus cluster finished with eucalyptus and gray ribbon to match the bride.

 

The bridesmaids held a smaller version of Jessica’s bouquet and the Groomsmen a smaller cluster of blooms to match Andrew.

The Cape May Winery Ballroom was decorated with votive candles, eucalyptus garland and garden box style centerpieces. Each table had a beautiful lush arrangement of white blooms including hydrangea, garden roses, garden tea roses, lisianthus, Queen Anne’s lace and a variety of greenery to create a textured look.

Guests arrived to a handmade chalkboard seating chart (created by Leigh Florist) to direct them to their seats for the evening. A cupcake display made from wooden crates and loose blooms to match the wedding décor sat to one side of the room complimenting the overall wedding design.

Engagement Party Themes

      Having an engagement party can be so much fun to celebrate your new status. It’s a also a fantastic way to have the two families meet if they haven’t yet. You get to introduce your bridal party too! Your engagement party can be a fun way to play up a theme you’ve always wanted to try.

 

  1. Back Yard BBQ Party

Having a BBQ is a great non- formal way, of getting everyone together. You can have it catered with ribs, brisket, & BBQ chicken or keep it simple with hot dogs and burgers. Try out a homemade lemonade and sweet ice tea station perhaps with some alcoholic add-on options for the adults attending. Finding a place to throw your party can also be easy, by hosting it in your back yard or a friends with a pool!

 

  1. Wine Tasting Party

Local wineries are a perfect place to hold your engagement party. It will have your guests mingling and getting to know with each other, and of course getting to try excellent wine. Most local wineries can accommodate such parties, and will even recommend caterers for you to use, so no worrying about making any food.

  1. Brunch Theme

Brunch is all the rage these days. Millennial’s are all about sleeping in and still getting their breakfast on in the morning (or afternoon)! Having a party at your favorite breakfast hot spot is a sure way to switch things up. You can have a brunch buffet, or have a pancake and waffle bar. Mimosas and bellini’s are great brunch cocktails to wake up your guests and the party!

  1. Mexican Fiesta Party

Who doesn’t love tacos! Mexican food has become more and more popular as of late. You can host one at your house and have it catered, or go to one of your favorite Mexican restaurants for a stress free event. This theme is definitely a crowd pleaser. Margaritas and mojito’s are great cocktails to entice you and your guests into a fun filled night!

 

  1. Carnival Theme Party

Set up some carnival games, rent a cotton candy machine, and get to celebrating. This is a super fun way to have some fun with all your friends and family. Have some corn dogs and funnel cake and chase it down with some beer and some carnival themed cocktails. This will be an engagement party your guests will never forget!

Soft, Bright & Beautiful

Photo Credit to: Asya Photography Venue: Estate at Eagle Lake

Danica and Jeremiah’s June wedding had a cheerful array of flowers from start to finish. Her bridal bouquet featured soft colors in blush shades, pale blues and white with light blue hydrangea, roses, tea roses, pale blue delphinium and, blue thistle accents for texture. These soft colors were used in the altar arrangements at the church. The bridesmaid’s bouquets featured white hydrangea with colorful pops of coral roses and tea roses and bright blue delphinium.

Photo Credit to: Asya Photography Venue: Estate at Eagle Lake

The wedding reception at the Estate at Eagle Lake in Chesterfield, New Jersey featured colorful table arrangements and centerpieces and like the bouquets of the bridesmaids featured bright pops of coral and blue flowers illuminated by tealight candles.  Greenery and gold foliage ran across the full length of the sweetheart table and long tables, illuminated by votive candles with clusters of small bottles filled with blooms mixed throughout the design. Round tables featured low organic centerpiece arrangements in cylindrical vases with blush, white, blue, coral flowers with gray, green and gold foliage to add texture and dimension, votive candles were also used to illuminate the arrangements.

Photo Credit to: Asya Photography Venue: Estate at Eagle Lake

 

Photo Credit to: Asya Photography Venue: Estate at Eagle Lake

 

Photo Credit to: Asya Photography Venue: Estate at Eagle Lake

 

Photo Credit to: Asya Photography Venue: Estate at Eagle Lake