Dress up your Ceremony

The ceremony is usually your guests first impression of your wedding so lets set the mood!  This is where a lot of photos will be taken of this special moment in your life, so how do you decorate? There are so many way to create the ultimate ceremony space.  It is amazing what flowers and a little imagination can do!

  • Doors

If you can find a set of old barn doors or historical weathered doors, you can drape a sheer fabric to soften and create a backdrop.  Have your florist create a beautiful garland or swag of flowers to accent.

  • Draping curtains

Whether you have a cozy indoor ceremony or a romantic outdoor setting, a simple way to create an altar is to drape fabric over branches of a large tree.  It’s romantic, simple, and with some added floral accents it will bring your garden wedding to life.  If you are working with an indoor space try an arch with draped fabric, florals and lights. Eye-catching and romantic!

  • Hanging a curtain of lights

Hanging lights is such a beautiful and romantic backdrop to your ceremony.  It will illuminate your event with a beautiful glow, and the pictures will be jaw dropping!

  • Flower or garland curtain

Create a backdrop with a curtain of flowers or have a simple, minimalistic look with greenery garlands. The things florists have down with flowers to create those soft and beautiful backdrops is amazing.

 

Stephanie & Jarrett at The Bradford Estate

Photos by Tiffany Atlas Photography

 

Roses Flower Curtain by Leigh Florist Weddings

 

Chic Rusitc Door Decor

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History of Boutonnieres

It’s no secret that most men aren’t really into flowers, especially wearing them. However, did you know a boutonniere is historically the manliest thing you are wearing as you walk down the aisle? If you’re the groom or even a groomsmen, you may be wondering about the flowers you may have to wear on the special day. You may feel silly wearing a flower especially if it’s a girly color like pink, but think about the big picture and how it connects you to your beautiful bride. It ties the two of you together in a special way on your wedding day.

If you read our History of corsages blog then you got a glimpse of where the boutonniere tradition comes from but let’s expand! Some believe that this tradition goes back to ancient Egypt and the Aztecs. They would wear certain colored blossoms to show their support for players who participated in sporting events.

Others believe that the tradition came from the battlefields of the civil wars in England where the bloom or bloom color signified friends or enemies from each other. Boutonnieres didn’t become popular on lapels until the early 19th century when fashions began to change. Bigger coats that folded over revealing the inside of a buttonhole, creating a lapel didn’t become popular until this time.

It is said that boutonnieres became popular for special occasions because flowers provided a perfume effect, warded off evil and disease.

Typically, the boutonniere the groom wears should be a bit different from that of his groomsman. Sometimes they are a fuller design or even a different flower of the same color. The blooms should be pinned to the left lapel of the tux or suit jacket. A good jacket will have a sturdy buttonhole to support the weight of the flower. Some flowers are heavier than others so you will need to make sure it is secured correctly. Most of the time the grooms boutonniere will match the bride’s bouquet and pull them together for a picture perfect look.

Boutonnieres by Leigh Florist

 

Hydrangea

If you have been invited to a wedding in the past couple of years, chances are you have seen the hydrangea flower in either the wedding centerpieces or even in bridal bouquets. If you are big on the meaning of flowers, hydrangea means love and admiration, making it a sought after flower by brides to-be.

Hydrangea was first cultivated in Japan, but they have recently found fossilized hydrangea in North America dating back millions of years. Hydrangea was not seen in Europe until the 18th century when a colonist brought the North American hydrangea plant over to England.

Today, hydrangea mainly grows in the Americas. Big hydrangea heads are many smaller blooms clustered together. The little star-shaped flowers grow along wooden stems and create a big, pompom shape, making them very versatile and very easy to use in arrangements.

The most common color of hydrangea is white, but they also come in a variety of colors; such as blue, red, pink, or purple. In hydrangea varieties, the exact color often depends upon the acidity or alkalinity of the soil. Acidic soils produce blue flowers, neutral soils produce pale cream petals, and alkaline soils result in pink or purple. They can also change color, or be bi-colored. All depending on how acidity is added or removed from the soil. Hydrangea is available all year round, making it great for any occasion you would like to celebrate!

Some brides often worry that if they choose hydrangea for their wedding flowers it will wilt easily.  If your florist sources the hydrangea from top quality sources and hydrates each bloom properly, you will have nothing to worry about.  They are a beautiful flower that will compliment any wedding arrangement.

Take a look at a past wedding we created which included hydrangea in the wedding bouquets and wedding centerpieces.

The Ring Bearer

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!

Beach weddings

Rolling waves, soft sand, and the sun on your skin – an ideal atmosphere for a romantic beach wedding.  The top trending ideas for a beach wedding will have your running to dip your toes in for your beach nuptials.

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  1. Wooden Arch

Having your ceremony arch made out of drift wood or birch gives your wedding a natural and romantic feel.  Instead of draping the arch in tulle, try nautical rope or fishing net.  Even if you simply add flowers and flowing greens, this will lend a hand to the organic beach feel.

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  1. Nautical Items

Having some nautical pieces such as bottles, an anchor, or an antique boat propeller adds a bit of charm to your beach affair.  These wedding items can be placed at the bottom of your arch, around your sweetheart or near your cake table will add that extra little touch.

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  1. Air Plants

Air plants are a unique touch for your wedding.  They look as if they grew from a coral reef.  Adding them into your bouquet will definitely give it that nautical, organic feel.  They also look stunning in your hair, making you feel like a beautiful mermaid! Check out air plant and succulent jewelry here!   You can also enhance your wedding cake by placing air plants on the tiers.

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  1. Message In a Bottle – Driftwood Signs

A fun activity for your guests to do is write you messages, tie them up in string and place it in a bottle.  You can have the instructions painted on a drift wood sign to add that extra beach flair.  You can also use driftwood signs to lead your guests to the ceremony, cocktail and reception areas throughout your event.

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  1. Bare Feet

Just think of the amazing feeling that sand provides as you walk along the beach in your bare feet.  Instead of wearing shoes, beach brides are now slipping into foot jewelry for their walk down the aisle.  These pieces look absolutely stunning!  They come in gold, silver, pearl, and many more varieties.   Some brides even have little starfish on their jewelry. These pieces also make great gifts for bridesmaids; a little token that they can even wear after the wedding.

Swept Away Styled Shoot in Ocean City, NJ

We couldn’t have pictured a more beautiful setting to photograph our swept away wedding. These beach wedding ideas are full of natural elements and the most beautiful details. From the shabby chic furniture to the mussels used for cake decor. Every bit of this inspiration draws upon the beauty of the shore and  Elizabeth Moore Photography captured it all perfectly! Designed by Best Day Ever Event Planning and Leigh Florist

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Photography ::

Elizabeth Moore Photography

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Event Planner ::

Best Day Ever Event Planning

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Florist ::

Leigh Florist

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Bridal Attire ::

Truvelle

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Calligraphy ::

White Cedar Paper Studio

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Bakery ::

Cake Stand Bakery

www.cakestandbakery.com

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Hair & Makeup Artist::

The Pin Up Girl

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Barefoot Sandals ::

Catherine Cole

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Rings ::

http://www.lpriorijewelry.com

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