Alstromeria

Alstromeria is one of nature’s most exotic looking flowers, also known as Peruvian Lilies. It comes in a variety of shades and colors, making them a perfect choice for any occasion. The Peruvian lily represents friendship and devotion and come in a variety of colors making them an ideal match for any birthday, graduation, or a “just because” arrangement. A few of the most popular colors include shades of yellow, pink, orange, and white.  The Peruvian lily is a very long lasting flower that has multiple blooms on a single stem, making these a popular choice for designers to place in vases or bouquets.

Alstromeria is native to South America, but now grow all over the world.  It was brought to Europe in the 1800’s, by a Swedish Botanist.  Not long after his discovery of the Peruvian Lily, did the flower gain popularity among flower enthusiasts.  With their meaning of devotion and friendship people quickly started giving them as gifts to friends and family.

Tulip Garden arrangement by Leigh Florist featuring Peruvian lilies (Alstromeria). 

 

The Anemone

The Anemone is a beautiful classic flower that has many uses from bridal bouquets to everyday centerpieces. The genus Anemone consists of 120 species of perennial flowering plants, which grow from tubers. Anemones grow wild in many European countries, North America, and Japan. The name Anemone is of Greek descent and roughly means wind flower because it’s the wind that opens them up. They were also once used for medical purposes as well. They have been known to help treat cramps and emotional distress.

The anemone comes several different colors such as red, pink, magenta, purple and blue, but the white anemone has proven most popular.

When it comes to wedding flowers the anemone is mostly used in the bridal bouquet. With its pure white petals and deep black center it creates a classic look on its own. You can also create a more dramatic look depending on what other flowers you pair them with. These flowers are typically available from October to May, only two of the major wedding months. If this is a flower you love and would like to incorporate into your wedding be sure to consider your time frame. Check with your local florist to inquire about their availability, and color options.

The Rose

Roses are the national flower of England, and represented two important families in the 15th century. The Lancasters (red roses) and the Yorks (white roses) competed against each other for rule of England in The War of The Roses.

Williams Shakespeare, one of England’s greatest writers was inspired by the rose. Romeo and Juliet has one of the most well-known quotes on roses, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Juliet is reminding Romeo it doesn’t matter that they come from feuding houses because their love is real.

The Rose is one on the most popular and easily recognized flower out there. Many people see them as a gift of love and affection. Well, they are correct, but did you know that different colors and groupings of roses symbolize different things?

A rose’s symbolism changes based on the color and the number of them given. Below is a list of the most popular colors and what they represent.

  • Red roses symbolize love and romance.
  • Pink roses symbolize gratitude, grace, admiration, and joy.
  • Orange roses symbolize enthusiasm and passion.
  • Yellow roses symbolize friendship.
  • White roses symbolize innocence and purity.

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        By: Leigh Florist

Did you know you can send a more specific message with the number of roses given?

  • One rose symbolizes love at first sight.
  • Two roses symbolize shared and deep love.
  • Three roses says “I love you”.
  • Six roses says “I want to be yours”.
  • Seven roses says “I’m infatuated with you”.
  • Nine roses symbolize eternal love.
  • Ten roses says “You’re perfect”.

Modern Gem by Leigh Florist

 

Industrial Chic Wedding

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.

This venue is AMAZING. Perfect for that chic modern wedding.

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Fill these with soft pinks and white for a simple and breathtaking centerpiece.

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How cool is this? Rustic and chic at the same time!

Dusty Miller

Dusty Miller is a white plant which looks like it has a dusting of snow on its leaves, hence the name Dusty Miller. Dusty miller is native to the Mediterranean coast.  Some varieties of Dusty Miller, have tiny yellow flowers that bloom from it stems, but the flowers are not considered show worthy.  The real star is the plant itself.  This attractive plant is long lasting and drought resistant.  It will leave your garden bed gorgeous all summer long.  It can handle the heat, but it prefers the shade that the afternoon brings.  There are many varieties of dusty miller. Here are a few of the more well-known varieties.

 

  1. The first is “Silver Dust”. It has silvery white foliage with a finely trimmed edge, as its name implies. It grows 12 to 18 inches tall. Silver Dust is often planted with annuals in containers and flowerbeds, making the color contrast striking.

 

  1. The second, is “Silver Lace”. It has decoratively cut, lace-like leaves. It does not grow as tall as other forms of Dusty Miller. It grows only 6 to 8 inches tall. “Silver Lace” is the most delicate-looking of common dusty millers.

 

3. The third, is Cirrus. Unlike its counterparts, Cirrus has less finely cut leaves.  Its dusty covered                    leaves are a bigger and bolder.  They are used in garden beds as ground coverage.  They only grow between 6 to 8 inches tall.

 

Dusty Miller is a beautiful foliage that is used in wedding bouquets and centerpieces.  It gives the bouquets a very soft, romantic look.

Tips for a stunning tablescape for an elegant brunch or dinner party

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Tablescapes aren’t just for weddings anymore. In this age of Pinterest, every brunch or dinner party is an opportunity to design a gorgeous table for guests to admire. A tablescape is the first thing guests see, and will set the tone for any brunch or dinner party. 

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Get Inspired

Inspiration is all around you, in nature, fashion and home décor. Its all about the details from a single serving dish, a favorite flower, or single pinecone can inspire a whole tablescape design. We recommend to choose 2-3 colors, complimenting color hues are easy to work with but keep an open mind.

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Use Place Cards as Decor

Place Cards are a great opportunity to add another interesting design element to your table. Instead of typical folding cards, consider writing guests’ names on stones, leaves, lemons, a mini pumpkin but the options are endless. 

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Centerpieces are the focal of any dinner party

Think outside of the vase and get creative with elements that can be infused into your design. To create a cluster of potted succulents, terrariums with a collection of air plants. Also if you are serving Italian cuisine, you could feature a lemon tree or lemon inspired design as your centerpiece, and serve Limoncello for desert!

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Keep things above or below eye level.

One of the most common table design mistakes is height and scale. You want to have a centerpiece above or below eye level. We love a long leafy garland with a row of small bud vases. They make a chic statement while still leaving plenty of room at the table. For longer tables, play with scale by interspersing a variety of candleholders and votive candles in varying heights.

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Layers, Layers, Layers

 

If there was one rule of thumb for creating the ultimate tablescape and ensure rave review it is a table design with layers. Similar to a cityscape profile, there are objects of varying heights and proportions that give it a natural feel. So as you choose your elements, from tableware, lighting and centerpiece, add height, depth and a mix of materials in varied shapes and sizes.

Venue – The Mutter Museum, Philadelphia PA 

Photos – Ashley Gerrity Photography 

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

www.emoorephotography.com

www.facebook.com/elizabethmoorephotography

www.instagram.com/emoorephotography

 

Event Planner ::

Best Day Ever Event Planning

http://www.bestdayevereventplanning.com

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https://www.instagram.com/bestdayever_eventsllc/

 

Florist ::

Leigh Florist

www.leighflorist.com

https://www.facebook.com/leigh.florist?fref=ts

https://www.instagram.com/leighflorist/

 

Bridal Attire ::

Truvelle

http://truvelle.com

https://www.facebook.com/Truvelle/?fref=ts

 

Calligraphy ::

White Cedar Paper Studio

https://www.etsy.com/shop/WhiteCedarPaperS

https://www.facebook.com/whitecedarpaperstudio/

 

Bakery ::

Cake Stand Bakery

www.cakestandbakery.com

http://www.cakestandbakery.com

https://www.facebook.com/Cake-Stand-Bakery-629117917111202/

 

Hair & Makeup Artist::

The Pin Up Girl

http://www.thepinupgirl.biz

https://www.facebook.com/thepinupgirlhairandmakeup

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

https://www.facebook.com/L-Priori-Jewelry-850789015020004/?ref=hl

https://www.instagram.com/lpriorijewelry/

Wedding Trends for 2016

Greens add romance, draping greens and vines are being added to bouquets and centerpieces. We especially love all the gray foliage like seeded and Italian eucalyptus. Greenery adds movement, softens and creates natural designs.

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Above photo: Aaren Lee Photography

Retro grooms: I have been noticing colored tuxedos, fitted suits and bow ties. Love this look! Summer wedding groom in cobalt blue tuxedo.

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Photographer: Heather Curley Photography

 

Gold, bronze and champagne: The metallic craze is here to stay. Everything gold is better! We loving the gold dipped vases.

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 Photo on left : Love Me Do Photography – on right: Sue B Photography

 

The Word “LOVE” – We are seeing a sign trend with the word love and anything to go with it.

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Photographer: Ashley Gerrity Photography

 

We are loving anything peach & plum. Cool with rich tones make a great sophisticated blend.

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Above collage of Images- Style Me Pretty (Katherine Salvatori Photography), Very Merry Events (Caroline Winata of  Milou + Olin Photography), 100 Layer Cake (Olivia Leigh Photography), Style Me Pretty (Melissa Kruse Photography), Style Me Pretty (Mr. Haack Photography), Style me Pretty (The Nichols Photography), 100 Layer Cake (3) Alixann Lossle Photography)

 

Lush Harvest Styled Photoshoot

Check out the lush styled shoot we designed and  Ashley Gerrity Photography captured so perfectly! More images available on Every Last Detail!

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Vendors who made it all happen…

Floral & Event Design: Leigh Florist / Photographer: Ashley Gerrity Photography / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Charmed Affairs LLC – Maggie Schwanda / Invitations & Stationery: Little Pearl Designs / Produce & Flowers: Muth Farms CSA  / Cake Baker: Couture Confections / Cider & Donut Bar: Springdale Farms – Cherry Hill NJ / Cookies: With Love, Melissa  / Hair & Makeup: Elyse & Staci with Aleksandra Ambrozy / Bridal Salon: Jay West Bridal