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.

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.

Uptown Roses                     Sweet Love                    Cupid’s Arrow
        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.