A ring bearer was first called a pageboy in England, and it is said that he originally carried the bride’s train and a prayer book along with the rings. Today ring bearers sport a tuxedo just like the groom and are easily the cutest members of your bridal party. Traditionally, the ring bearer would carry the rings tied onto a satin pillow, but new trends are on the rise. Couples are putting a new spin on the traditional ring bearer pillow. Also, keep in mind that your ring bearer may take off and run the other way, so try tying fake rings to the pillow just in case! We’ve seen it happen!
The trend of mix metals, and Edison lights have helped shaped this new wedding trend of an industrial wedding. More and more brides are looking for a blank canvas in order to create their own super modern vision. They seek out old industrial warehouses or more modern venues with more raw qualities. The result? An ultra-chic, modern wedding. It’s all about bringing the outdoor feeling of the city, indoors.
Choosing your venue – To achieve the industrial look, you must first start with your venue. Hosting your wedding at a warehouse venue, or even an ultra-modern one, with exposed metal or brick would be an ideal place to tie the knot if this is the look you want to achieve. Some off season farm warehouses will rent out a space for you to use for your reception. Be sure to consider the time of year and weather. If you don’t have a venue such as these around, you can always bring in some outdoor elements, to change the feel of the room.
Wedding Décor – You can achieve an industrial look by thinking outside of the box. When you think centerpiece, your first thought would be some pretty flowers in a vase but to achieve the industrial chic look consider this…place two cinderblocks on your table, with one its side and place votive candles in the open gaps, with moss around them. Then take little groupings of flowers and scatter them on top and in between the blocks. This will definitely be a great conversation piece among your guests and offer that chic look. You can even add bits of mixed metals, copper piping, and geometric shapes to add different textures. Something that is very popular is a DIY copper piping candelabra, which is a little more simple and classic but still adds that industrial look, you can find the inspiration on Pinterest.
Extra lighting – Instead of using traditional or existing lighting you can use Edison lights which have grown in popularity lately. They act as industrial décor as well as soft warm lighting for your reception. A great idea for your ceremony is to make a backdrop full of Edison lights and stand in front of it while saying your vows. It will silhouette you in a brilliance of light.
The most important thing in creating your ideal industrial chic wedding is to include the key elements of mixed metals, soft open lighting, and exposed concrete or brick. This can be a daunting task but there are tons of resources for you to use to help you plan. The industrial modern look is becoming more and more popular with the younger generation, who want to keep some things traditional but with an outdoor modern flare.
Fall weddings can be very romantic with the warm color leaves sprinkling down from the trees in shades of burgundy, orange, yellow and rich red. This makes the perfect backdrop for such an event. There are very beautiful flowers that grow in the Fall.
Here are 5 of our favorite seasonal Fall blooms:
Sunflowers grow locally here in late Summer and Fall making them a budget friendly option. Their bright sunny blooms bring a lovely accent to the deep rich red and orange Fall tones.
These unique blooms are a favorite of many brides. Their blooms range from small and delicate to a large dinner plate size bloom. They come in a wide range of colors to compliment any wedding color.
Mums are a great way to bring Fall into your wedding. Using mum plants as altar arrangements adds a beautiful Fall touch to any wedding. These blooms are available as both plants and fresh cut blooms. They are available in a variety of bold and beautiful colors such as purple, burgundy, orange, copper and yellow.
Celosia comes in a light and airy “feathered” variety or “coxcomb” variety which resembles coral in the ocean. Popular celosia colors are its dark burgundy, red, orange and fuchsia.
- Bi-colored rose
These roses are grown all year round, but really got the spot light during the fall. Popular fall roses are high and magic, or circus rose. Its bright yellow and orange petals make them a true show stopper. They look amazing in all aspects of the wedding from centerpieces, bouquets, cake flowers and other décor.
This was a pretty wedding designed with a simple garden flowers in lavender and blush. Jamie loved succulents, so we added a few into her mix of hydrangea, garden roses, dahlias, eucalyptus, and sweet touches of Queen Anne’s lace. These giant balloons are an awesome photo prop! So fun and lovely!
Photo credit: Asya Photography
We love this couple, they are so sweet! Mellina and Joseph live in Brooklyn, NY but really wanted a relaxed country wedding. Once they found Laurita winery they fell in love with the space and the vineyards. The flowers they choose to use were understated garlands, and simple seasonal blooms. So happy to be a part of this special day. Wishing these two love birds all the best!!
Photo Credit: Lily Szabo
Ha & Robert
Hamilton Manor – Hamilton, NJ
We are in love with this November wedding for so many reasons. At the first meeting with Ha, we had discussed a romantic garden style wedding with vibrant fall flowers with touches of pale blue. So much romance in the air along with the perfect collection of roses in bright red, bronze and gold caramel tones accented with draping eucalyptus foliage. These ethereal organic garden bouquets were finished and detailed with long streamers from the bridesmaids dress fabrics. Love this!
The ceremony began in the early evening at The Hamilton Manor in Hamilton, NJ. The romantic setting was magical with a candlelit aisle and scattered petals. The classic white pipe and drape back drop created a simple, understated intimacy.
The reception room at The Hamilton Manor was gorgeous with hardwood floors and the ambient lighting. The centerpieces varied between low lush with pillar candles and tall designs on gold vases. The cakes were adorable, three miniature wedding cakes in blues and golds created perfectly. These photos are my favorite of the season! To see more amazing photographs visit www.somethingbluenj.com
So happy to be a part of this special day!
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A note from the florist:
As a wedding florist, weddings are my life. Week in and week out, I plan, prep, create and design wedding flowers. When the weekend arrives, I’m delivering, overseeing set up, styling and watching it all come together.
It takes much dedication, it is my passion and I love my job!
There is a lot of work to be done behind the scenes that many are unaware of, which separates flower design as a profession vs. flower design as a hobby. A wedding requires much organization, paperwork and sourcing, along with finding the best flowers and materials for the event. My team meets to discuss the details and requests of the clients. This allows us all to collaborate on the event design.
The week of the wedding flowers are received, processed, hydrated and thorns removed. They go into a cooling period in the fridge for 24 hours to follow. It is important to know the care of each flower variety to ensure success for an event.
An experienced florist who has been designing and preparing flowers for hundreds of weddings before yours is well worth the money. Here’s why:
Quality Product – You need your flowers to be right the first time because there are no “take twos” for your wedding day!
Design Meetings – Our process begins with the client scheduling their first design meeting. At this first meeting you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire to lay out the details of your wedding – the who’s, what’s, when’s and where’s. We will also ask a few design questions about your colors, details and theme.
Then a floral consultation begins, at this point I want to get an overview of your wedding flower ideas and arrangements. I love when the client is an open book expressing favorites and dislikes. The client usually will come with photos and style boards to share ideas of the bridal bouquet, bridesmaids’ bouquets and centerpieces. We use our portfolio of designs to help further clarify the direction of details and designs.
Professional Planning – Once the designs are decided, we will have colors established and style direction for the event. After the style we have to be sure that the budget matches the dream. I begin to break down the various elements, including which flowers and foliage will be needed and the quantity for each. As a professional florist there a lot of moving parts like what type and how many vases to buy, along with the when and where to deliver bouquets and coordinating setup time(s) for the ceremony and and reception. I am required to be organized in my thoughts and creative in spirit at all times.
Detailed Organization – Once your wedding day is getting near, the next step is to start ordering an negotiating with local suppliers and growers. We need to confirm availability, create recipes for each design, contact and communicate with your ceremony venue, reception venue and wedding planner. The planning of delivery involves logistics along with staffing, time schedules and other final details. As the florist, I have many details to juggle and organize – all of which is included in your price.
We are here to make it easy but all of this takes time.
When budgeting for your wedding we find that there are no loop holes or secrets. You will always get what you pay for.
Remember flowers will be in all of your photos so you want them to look good. Hiring an experienced florist will prevent you from falling victim to the broken, wilting bouquets. Be sure to ask your florist how they handle and care for their blooms. An experienced and knowledgeable florist will gladly explain their care and handling process because they are proud of what they do – it is their work of art.
Designing flowers looks easy but there is so much to the art. Many years of experience and expertise go into those blooming arrangements.
Each florist has their own price points. We don’t keep our prices secret. This allows our clients to get an initial idea of how much they can anticipate to spend. Please CLICK HERE to view our general pricing guide.
To most people’s surprise there is a new trend sweeping modern brides. The color black! From the wedding dress to flowers, to bridesmaid dresses to invitations, making it a true black tie affair. Some brides choose to go a chic modern look, or choose to shake it up and go vintage in a 1920’s theme. It’s a great way to incorporate black into your wedding.
A question florists are asked by most of these trendy brides is, “Are there such things as black flowers?” Unfortunately there are no truly black flowers grown in nature. To achieve that true darkness of color, it would have to be dyed, but there is hope! Nature does provide some of the most beautiful dark blooms. For those who would like a black and white affair, there are white anenomes and white gerbera daisies, which have a black center, making the black stand out against their ivory blooms.
As for truly dark flowers, the colors, come in an extremely dark burgundy, and plum black. You can find these colors in such blooms as black magic roses, black plum dahlias, black jack tulips, deep plum mini callas, and many more. Contrary to belief, the famous flowers, the black dahlias, are not actually black, they are a deep rich burgundy. Theses deep colored beauties may not be black, but when placed in a bouquet or centerpiece these blooms give off the dark flower effect brides are looking for. These wonderful flowers may have you wanting to add a touch of the dramatic to your black tie affair.
A new trend for the quirky Bride, on the wedding scene, is Steampunk. Steampunk incorporates aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century style with industrial steam-power. It is more than just Industrial pipes and grandma’s lace doilies. The ideas of classic, Victorian style with dark silhouettes, long sleeves, lace, high collars and hats, but with a twist. Mixture of Science, fantasy, and vintage style can make for one gorgeous and fun event. The amazing thing about steam punk is you can take it as far as your imagination
Steampunk reinvents these elegant stylings and gives them a somewhat futuristic design by envisioning the technology of the time using steam power or mechanics. If you’re a fan of Tim Burton movies, Sherlock Holmes, or Alice in Wonderland, this theme may be for you. You can go as bright or as gothic as you like, further down the rabbit hole. Steampunk colors consist of antique gold, brass, coppers, black and white, with pops or red or dusty mauve..the choice is yours.
Steampunk style centerpieces can be made of many things you find at an antique store, such as clocks, lamps, globes and quirky pieces, such as hourglasses, keys, gears, medicine bottles and magnifying glasses. It might not be a soft and subtle look for a wedding, but it will definitely add a certain edge and get guest’s heads turning.
The use of your imagination, rock, gothic, Victorian, vintage and a mix of futuristic that is steam punk. If you believe this style maybe for you, start going to antique shops and yard sales and collecting odds and ends that inspire your vintage steam punk style!
Christine and Steve were such a sweet couple with great style. They both grew up in bucks county and recently have moved to New Jersey. Missing home, they wanted to return to Doylestown for the wedding. The Doylestown Inn were they stayed is a wonderful and a very hip place to stay or eat. They booked the entire Inn with friends and family. Both the ceremony and reception were held in the Doylestown art district at the Michner art museum. The space is a great mix of rustic and modern art. Jeffrey Miller catered the event with their fabulous gourmet fare. Thank you Jessica Cooper Photography for capturing this beautiful day!!