Halloween Weddings

Halloween is one of the spookiest nights of the year which can lend to a lot of creative wedding ideas.

Here are some favorite ideas from our brides:

  1. Pumpkins

Pumpkins make the perfect container for centerpieces and other arrangements.  You can use traditional Fall colors for your flowers, or you can go bold with purples, greens and other bright Halloween colors.  You can also accent traditional centerpieces with mini pumpkins sprinkled throughout your event.

  1. Halloween Character Inspiration

One fun idea we had seen in a wedding was when the bride and groom printed famous monster names on some of their place cards.  They had a seat for Frankenstein, Dracula and other characters.  This was a fun and humorous touch to their event.

One of our weddings included Beetlejuice inspiration.  Black and white striped ribbon and linens were used throughout the event.  The bride liked very bright colors, so we incorporated, purple, lime green, pinks and yellows to accent the traditional Halloween orange.

 

  1. Halloween Color

You can play around with various color schemes for a Halloween wedding.  If your theme is more spooky and vintage, you could try using antique silver containers with jewel tone flowers in shades of red, burgundy, purple and plum.  If you like the brighter Halloween colors, try mixing purples, greens and oranges.

  1. Dramatic Wedding Cake

You can make your wedding cake into a main focal piece for your event.  Have it decorated in  black lace, with clusters of gorgeous blooms flowing down.  Accent your cake table with a candelabra, or pillar candles to add an extra level of illumination..

 

 

Pinterest is a great source for Halloween inspiration and any other wedding inspiration!

The perfect bouquet for the perfect wedding dress

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We asked our lead wedding designer for advice on how to select the perfect bouquet for your wedding day.

Q: What is the biggest factor when choosing a bridal bouquet?

The wedding dress is a big factor for how a bridal bouquet should be styled.

Is your dress a ballgown style? A classic round bouquet may look the best with that type of gown.

For a mermaid or trumpet dress, a classic round bouquet or a cascade bouquet would look stunning.

The A-line dress has the most versatility.  There are many bouquet styles that would work well with this dress.  A romantic garden style, classic round, or cascade bouquet would perfectly compliment your dress.

A bohemian wedding dress would look beautiful with a romantic garden bouquet or tear drop shaped bouquet.

Fit and flair is a more modern cut.  The best bouquet shape to accentuate that dress would be a classic round or tear drop bouquet.

Q: Does the bride’s height and stature play a role in choosing the bouquet?

The bride’s height and stature plays a big role in the bouquet choice and size of the bouquet.  We want to accentuate your dress.  Our bouquets are customized to each of our brides to best coordinate with their uniqueness.

Q: Does the color of the wedding dress affect the color of the bridal bouquet?

Yes, the color of the bride’s dress does have an influence on the bouquet colors.  For example, if you have a nude or champagne toned dress, we suggest using neutral color blooms in champagne, nude tones, and pops of rich bold tones to bring it all together.  We will guide you through the process of selecting the best complimenting blooms for your bouquet.

Q: If the wedding gown has lace, rhinestones, pearls or metallic threading, how do you incorporate them into the bouquet?

Oftentimes, we will accent the bouquet handle with accents from a bride’s dress.  You can line pearl pins of rhinestones down the bouquet candle.  Adding pearls, or rhinestones accents to flowers are a nice delicate touch.

Q: What types of bouquets do you see trending right now?

Currently we are seeing bohemian garden bouquets, are trending right now.  The gorgeous greenery, arranged with beautiful blooms make a truly romantic bouquet.

Request a consultation with one of our designers to create your perfect bridal bouquet!

Place Card Ideas

We are seeing many interesting place card trends for weddings lately.

The place card table is one of the first wedding elements your guests will see. Why not wow them? This year we have noticed a trend of organic escort cards. Couples are using foliage and plants to help their guest find their seats.

Here are some cool ideas we have seen:

Succulent plants

Leaves used as the place card

Seating Charts trimmed with foliage

Check out or blog on balloon wedding trends!

Edible Flowers

Edible flowers are the new rage in haute cuisine. The culinary use of flowers dates back thousands of years. However, not all flowers are edible, so be sure to do your research before adding any flower to a meal. You also should NEVER use pesticides or other chemicals on any part of any plant that produces blossoms you plan to eat, and never harvest flowers growing by the roadside. It is best to order your edible flowers from a reputable grower who deals specifically in high quality edible flowers. We recommend  Gourmet Sweet Botanicals.

 

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Flowers can be used in teas, salads, or as a garnish to add a bit of whimsy and color to your presentation. There are recipes that call to add spice flower petals in pasta dough, sweet petals in homemade ice cream, or syrups for cocktails.  Here are just some of the flowers you can eat:

1. Bee Balm–  minty flavor                                     2. Marigolds–  spicy, tangy taste

3. Chamomile– sweet taste. Found in teas           4. Hibiscus–  similar flavor to cranberries

5. Rose– more of a bitter taste                               6. Sunflowers– Petals can be eaten, and the bud

                              can be steamed like an artichoke.

7.  Violets- great addition to salads                       8. Tulips–  cucumber like taste

9. Lilacs– great to infuse with ice cream               10. Honey Suckle– Sweet taste

 

 

Edible flowers

Edible flowers are the new rage in haute cuisine

 The culinary use of flowers dates back thousands of years. However, not all flowers are edible, so be sure to do your research before adding any flower to a meal. You also should NEVER use pesticides or other chemicals on any part of any plant that produces blossoms you plan to eat, and never harvest flowers growing by the roadside. It is best to order your edible flowers from a reputable growers who deals specifically in edible flowers such as Gourmet Sweet Botanicals.

 Flowers can be used in teas, salads, or as a garnish to add a bit of whimsy and color to your presentation. There are recipes that call to add spice flower petals in pasta dough, sweet petals in homemade ice cream, or syrups for cocktails.  Here are just some of the flowers you can eat:

1. Bee Balm- Has a minty flavor                                       2. Marigolds- Have a spicy, tangy taste

3. Chamomile- has a sweet taste. Found in teas           4. Hibiscus-  Has a similar flavor to cranberries

5. Rose- has more of a bitter taste                                   6. Sunflowers- Petals can be eaten, and the bud

can be steamed like an artichoke.

7.  Violets- are great tasting in salads                              8. Tulips- Have a cucumber like taste

9. Lilacs- are great to infuse with ice cream                   10. Honey Suckle Petals- Sweet taste

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Stunning Striped Wedding Ideas

Sometimes, a simple pattern can make your wedding decor really pop. Dynamic wedding ideas–in this case, stripes, can take dull table numbers and chairs to an entirely new level.

Bridesmaid Dresses

Stripes are a popular pattern often found in women’s dresses and are perfect for a casual wedding. And don’t let your beau’s groomsmen miss out on the fun; get them matching striped ties.

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PHOTO: TESSA BARTON

Bridesmaid Bouquets

Don’t worry, a striped pattern won’t clash with the vibrant color of your flowers. However, if your bridesmaids are already wearing striped dresses, you’ll want to make sure everything looks flawless once put together.

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PHOTO: TULLE AND GRACE

Colorful Cake

Add a little flair to your cake. Wedding ideas like this one are as easy as buying some fabric or ribbon and adding it around the base of your cake. And instead of picking colors that match your cake exactly, opt for a complimentary color to make your cake pop!

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PHOTO: E AND E PHOTOGRAPHY

Table Decor

Whether it’s the napkins, plates or menus, adding this pattern to the dinner portion of your reception is an easy way to weave stripes into your big day.

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PHOTO: JEREMIAH AND RACHEL PHOTOGRAPHY

Striking Entrance

Strut down the aisle in striped style on your big day. This is the perfect finishing touch to your modern ceremony.

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PHOTO: CASSIE LOPEZ PHOTOGRAPHY

Read the whole article by MyWedding – HERE

A wedding in the woods

An nontraditional woodland glamping wedding, with bright yellow florals. The bridal party set up camp for the weekend in a log cabin in Medford, New Jersey. Enjoying a bon fire the night before, these unique nuptials were set in the clearing in the woods. Private and exclusive of 20 guests, the day was all about nature and a true expression of the couples love.

Loving the gray suits and suspenders on the guys and yellow shoes paired with the short punchy wedding dress on the bride!

The woodland tea party was a table set for a fairy! Complete with a  moss runner, mismatched china and scattered yellow blooms.

Photography credit: Serena Starr Photography

Flowers and decor: Leigh Florist

Don’t forget to change your clocks!

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Daylight savings is Sunday, March 12

You have probably heard of the term Day Light Savings, or at least heard the saying, “Fall back, or spring forward”.  Daylight savings has not always been around. It’s new in terms of the dawn of time.  Daylight Savings just turned 100 years old. It started in Germany in 1916 in the time of WWI.  They introduced daylights savings time and turned clocks ahead, on April 30th, 1916.  The purpose was to reduce the use of artificial light, to save fuel for the war effort.  Many countries in the Northern Hemisphere use Daylight Savings Time, but not all. Actually, the number is less than 40% of the countries in the world use DST.  Daylight savings time starts in March and ends in November, when the country returns to standard time.  This makes better use of natural daylight.

The official term for this phenomenon is “Daylight Saving Time,” and not “Daylight Savings Time,” as searched by many people on Google. Some countries refer to DST as “Summer Time.”

According to research done by Finnish scholars in 2006, DST affects the health of people and disturbs their sleeping patterns by making them more restless at night.

Though several countries have adopted DST, many of them do not observe it on the same day — resulting in confusion for international tourists and business communication.

The American states of Hawaii and most of Arizona do not observe DST. U.S. territories like Puerto Rico, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam also do not observe DST.

One of the United States’ founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, conceived the idea of daylight saving in 1784.

Snow Drops – the first sign of spring

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                In nature one of the first flowers to poke through the snow is called a “Snow Drop”.   They are a tiny bulb flower, that has drooping ivory blooms, almost like little bells.  Snow Drops prefer winter on the colder side, and don’t bloom in regions that have a milder winter.  They grow about 3”-4” tall, and are great for your garden path, or even grow great in pots.  The best time to plant your Snow Drops are in the autumn. The snow drop has the meaning of purity and hope. They get the meaning of rebirth, by being one of the first flowers to break through the snow.  These tiny, beautiful blooms are now becoming endangered.  Their popularity has been growing, and people are digging up bulbs, which is helping lead to their demise.  The Snow Drop needs pollination to create seeds, but because you need bees for that, and there are not may bees in January, if at all. They are having a hard time reproducing in the wild.  Some countries, have made it illegal to dig up Snow Drop bulbs.  We hope these little blooms will always be around to remind us that spring is right around the corner.

Find out more about another delicate white flower, the Paper White, Here

Meet Our Favorite Local Farmers

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Muth Farms

                We pride ourselves in buying as locally as we can, and having the freshest flowers possible for our customers.  Muth Farm is located in Williamstown, NJ and owned by two sisters Mary Ellen and Margaret.  They had a passion for flowers since a young age.  Their flowers are carefully tended, and organically grown using sustainable methods, without chemical fertilizers or pesticides.  They love growing rare variety of flowers, along with the classics.  They grow many flowers such as: Lisianthus, Dahlias, Sunflowers, Zinnias, and many more unique wild flowers.  Their love and care for their blooms, show on each and every flower they grow.  They also grow and sell fresh produce, which is available at their farm stand May  to October.

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Formisano Farms

  Most flowers come from all over the world. Israel, Thailand, Holland, and South America to name a few.  But what people don’t know is some are grown here, locally in New Jersey.  We pride ourselves in the fact we buy local when we can, especially from New Jersey farmers.  Formisano Farms is located in Buena, NJ, the heart of Atlantic County.  Farmisano Farms has been in the Farmisano family for four generations, since 1908.  They grow seasonal flowers like dahlias, and sunflowers, as well as unusual pods and foliages  that add that unique touch to our arrangements. They also grow and sell produce as well.  We see this farm staying around for more generations to come. Read more about the benefits of supporting local farms here!

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Paper Whites

Paper whites, also known as Narcissus, are a petite and delicate flower. Among one of the earliest flowers to bloom in early spring, Paper whites are the symbol of rebirth, or renewal. Its other meanings of happiness and prosperity make it the perfect plant to give to friends for the new year, for a marriage, or for a new baby.

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These little beauties come in a variety of colors – yellow, white, orange, or even a mix of the three colors. They are a bulb plant, and with the right conditions, people can force the bulb to grow in their homes, or greenhouses early in winter. Most like to grow them in pots in their homes, around the New Year as a symbol of health, wealth, and happiness for the new year.

Looking for a planter or fresh arrangement to send to a loved one this season? Visit our webshop