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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The Florist At The White House

The Chief Floral Designer, has a very important role to play at the White House. They are responsible for the arrangement and management of all floral decorations and events for the First Family.

The White House did not introduce flowers into its everyday decor until the 19th Century, When President James Buchanan ordered the construction of a conservatory on the west side of the White House.  The conservatory supplied the White House with flowers up until the end of the 19th century. When Theodore Roosevelt took office, he put the White House through a ton of renovations.  He took out the conservatory, and added what is known as the “West Wing” to the White House.  This added more offices for his cabinet. It was not until the 1960’s, when Jacqueline Kennedy became First Lady, that she established the Official Office of the White House Florist, which was located in the basement of the White House

The current Chief Floral Designer is Hedieh “Roshan” Ghaffarian.  She is an Iranian Imagrant, who achieved the American dream.  She came to America as a small child, and became a citizen.   In her early twenties, Hedieh started her own floral business in her parents garage,  called Flower Affairs. She has over 25 years of experience in the floral industry and has successfully completed over 1,000 events.  With an expansive portfolio and extensive experience in envisioning, planning, and executing large-scale events with great attention to detail, she was the perfect fit for the White House.  The florist not only needs to be up to date with the latest floral design trends, they must also know each flower and and what they or their colors signify in every country, as to not offend any visiting diplomats.  Check out some of her latest floral designs:

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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

 

 

 

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

www.emoorephotography.com

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Event Planner ::

Best Day Ever Event Planning

http://www.bestdayevereventplanning.com

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Florist ::

Leigh Florist

www.leighflorist.com

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Bridal Attire ::

Truvelle

http://truvelle.com

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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

http://www.thepinupgirl.biz

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https://www.instagram.com/thepinupgirlnj/

 

Barefoot Sandals ::

Catherine Cole

https://www.catherinecole.com

https://www.etsy.com/shop/BarefootSandalAmour?ref=search_shop_redirect

https://www.instagram.com/catherinecolestudio/

 

Rings ::

http://www.lpriorijewelry.com

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Pantone Color Report For Fall 2016

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The top 10 fall colors of 2016, give you a feeling of relaxation, deep warmth, and make a vibrant statement.  The cool tones: Riverside, Airey Blue, and Shark Skin; give the feel of relaxation, constancy, and serenity. The earthy tones of Potter’s Clay, Dusty Cedar, and Warm Taupe have a radiating warmth that’s sure to keep you toasty on those chilly, fall days. Lastly, the pops of exotic colors: Aurora Red, Spicy Mustard, Bodacious, and Lush Meadow will have heads turning. We can’t wait to see what color Pantone picks for 2017!

Handmade Seating Charts Now Available!

We are now offering custom seating chart designs !  Choose from an elegant mirror or a rustic chalkboard style! Just send us your creative ideas or simply leave it to our designers, and we will create a gorgeous, handmade seating chart for your wedding.

Pricing starts at $195.00, and are based on your table count.

Give us a call for more information! 856.547.1090, or send us an email at sales@leighflorist.com.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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Mother’s Day Traditions From Around the World!

Here in America, we celebrate Moms by giving her flowers, chocolates or other gifts to say, “Thanks for being awesome!”

We did a little research to see how other countries honored all of their moms, and what we found was pretty interesting…

During Medieval times, the United Kingdom celebrated their “Mothering Sunday” on the fourth Sunday of Lent.  Children would have one day off (which was rare) from their servant/apprentice work to worship the Virgin Mary. Children would pick flowers or bake them a cake.  Nowadays the UK celebrates the day the same way we do with flowers and gifts.

In Brazil, Mother’s Day is one of the most commercialized holidays – up there with Chrstimas.  Typically the second Sunday in May, families get together, have BBQs and there are children performances and church events.

Known as “Muttertag” in Germany, this day also falls on the second Sunday in May.  Cards are the most popular gift for mom here.

Mother’s Day, the second Sunday in May, in Japan is celebrated with carnations.  In Japanese culture the carnations represent the gentle strength of mothers.

Australia’s traditions are similar to Japan’s traditions in that they also celebrate with carnations, and also chrysanthemums.  Many Mother’s Day events are held in order to collect donations towards women’s causes.

France holds similar traditions that we do.  Mom can relax, the kids do the chores and help around the house.  Their Mother’s day falls in late May or early June depending on the Pentecost.  Kids read poems and a big dinner celebration finishes the day!

What do you do on Mother’s Day?  We’d love to hear about your family traditions!

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