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.

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

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Amaryllis

 

Amaryllis are one of the world’s famous flowers.  You will most likely see them around Christmas time. The name Amaryllis means “to sparkle” in Greek – making them a great gift to give to friends and love ones. These plants are native to South America and South Africa.  Nowadays most Amaryllis plants are grown in green houses around the world.  Amaryllis plants can have single or double blooms, with petals that are frilled at the edges.   They come in various

shades of red, white, pink, salmon and orange.

Amaryllis Plants

The plants can grow up to 10 inches wide, with a top stalk being 18 to 36 inches tall.  Amaryllis are most often grown indoors to provide bright colors in a winter home, but they can also be planted in the spring and bloom in the summer.

 

Planting Tips:

Plant bulbs in a nutritious potting soil. Plant the bulb up to its neck in soil, being careful not to damage the roots. Press the soil down firmly to set the bulb securely in place after planting. You can dig up bulbs after the blooms die off and store them for future use.  Amaryllis are a gorgeous flower to brighten up your life, no matter the season.

Orchids

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One of the world’s most gorgeous, modern flowers is the orchid.   Their beauty is one-of-a-kind.  Orchids come in more species and varieties than any other flower. Such as Phalaenopsis Orchids, Dendropbium Orchids and Cymbidium Orchids just to name a few!  Their allure has many brides adding them into their wedding decor.  They are the shining flower in a gorgeous cascading bouquet.   A matching orchid boutonniere shows elegance and class. They can add extravagance to your wedding centerpieces.  Floating them in cylinders or adding them to tall arrangements can give a romantic ambiance, with elegance and grace.  Their meaning of love, beauty, and luxury make them the perfect flowers for a wedding!

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Venus fly trap

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A crop of Venus Fly Traps.

When people hear of a carnivorous plant, their first thought is of the huge man eating plant from the Broadway show “Little Shop of Horrors”.  But the difference between Audrey II and the Venus Fly Trap is that the Venus Fly Trap does not eat humans – it eats small insects and spiders.

 

Venus Fly Traps are small flowering plants, with a mouth-like opening at the bottom of its stem to catch small insects.  Venus Fly Traps are native to select boggy areas in North and South Carolina.  These plants were even endangered at one point because of how popular they were becoming.  They are now mostly grown in green houses.

 

These plants require minimal care – high humidity, moist roots, and lots of sunlight. Their source of plant food is the insects they eat.  They are great little companions who rid your house of a pesky fly, spider, or fruit fly.

 

When an insect crawls into the trap, they walk onto trigger hairs which signal the trap to close.  If the object isn’t food, such as a stone, or a nut, the trap will reopen in about twelve hours and ‘spit’ it out.  These are great plants to give as gifts to children for them to observe and take care of.

Acacia

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Acacia, also known as Mimosa, originated in Australia. It is the country’s national flower. They celebrate this sunny colored flower every year on September 1st. Australians wear mimosa to show their patriotism for their country. In war time people would send Acacia to their loved ones fighting in battle, as a symbol of their support.

 Acacia gets its name from the Greek word “Akais”, meaning sharp point, which refers to the plants prickly leaves. Surprisingly, it is not part of the flower family, but rather the tree or shrub family.

Acacia Flowers can vary in color from cream and pale yellow to gold. The blooms are very fragrant and sweet smelling. The meaning of the acacia flower represents a love that is true and pure. Its beautiful gold blooms stand out in the desert like a beacon of light, a symbol of how true love will always find a way to blossom.

How to make your own Terrarium

Terrariums are a cool way to bring nature inside your home or office.  They are a cute decoration on any table or desk.  Terrariums are easy to take care of and require very minimal watering.

Materials Needed:

  • A clear glass jar, vase, bowl, or glass
  • Rocks, pebbles or recycled crushed glass
  • Activated charcoal (sometimes called activated carbon)
  • Potting soil appropriate for your plants
  • Moss (optional)
  • Figurines, sticks or decorative items (optional)
  • Various small plants

Step 1.  Prepare the container

A great place to get your container is the thrift store.  Just make sure to wash it thoroughly and remove all stickers from the container.

Step 2. Add a drainage layer

Once the container is ready, fill the bottom with rocks or pebbles. This is to create drainage layer so water can settle and keep the plant from flooding.  The depth of the rocks depends on the size of your container, but aim for 1/2″ to 2″.

Step 3.  Add Activated Charcoal

This will help keep the bacteria from growing in your terrarium and keep your plants healthy.

Step 4. Add soil

Place a layer of soil down next.  Be sure to get the appropriate type of soil depending on the variety of plants you are using.  Add enough soil so the plant roots will have plenty of room to grow. Aim for a depth slightly greater than the height of the plant’s pot.

Step 5. Plant Away!

When taking plants out of their original containers, you will want to break off all the old soil clinging to the roots.  Feel free to trim some of the roots back as they will grow back new and healthy.  Continue placing your little plants in the container while trying to avoid placing them near the edges of the container.  Once your plants are inside, pack them down with more soil, so they are sturdy in the dirt.

Step 6.  Accessorize!

Get creative – add decorative twigs, rock or moss to complete the look.

Step 7. Clean and Water

You can clean the dirt off the sides of your terrarium and give it a fresh spritz of H20.  Just a few sprays of water should to the trick – enough so the dirt is damp to the touch.  Watering every other day or when the dirt looks dry should be plenty for the plants.

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Proteas

The Protea stands out among the other tropical flowers. They are native to South Africa and Australia. The meaning of the Protea is “to transform, have courage, and be diverse”. Proteas come in a multitude of colors such as, red, pink, yellow, orange, even lime. There are also many different species of Proteas. Here are just a few:

 Pin cushion Protea:

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Photo Credit: Fifty Flowers

King Protea,

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Photo Credit: Fifty Flowers

Queen Protea:

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Photo Credit: Fifty Flowers

Blushing Bride Protea:

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Photo Credit: Fifty Flowers

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Bee Balm

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Bee Balm is a very unique type of flower in the mint family.  Their unique shaped blooms, will attract not only bees to your garden, but flower admirers all around!

Their magnificent colors range from light pink to a lush purple, red, and even white.  Bee Balm gives off a very sweet, yet spicy aroma. This fragrance comes from the oil on its leaves and stem.  It smells similar to an herb like thyme or oregano.

The plant itself can grow up to six feet.  The height of the plant usually depends on several factors such as variety, growing location and environment. On average, bee balm usually reaches two to four feet tall.  The plant mainly grows in August and September.  It needs moist, well-drained, fertile soil to grow healthily.  It grows particularly strong when it is planted near a lake, stream or pond.  Bee Balm has been known to attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.  This beautiful flower will really to draw attention to your garden.

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Sunflowers

Sunflowers are one of the most recognized flower around the world.  They have been cultivated as a valuable food source for centuries. Artists throughout history loved the sunflower’s unique splendor— Sunflower  centers are a prime example of Fibonacci’s sequence – the seeds create a spiral pattern.  Unknowingly it does this sequence to maximize space for it to grow more seeds..  Sunflowers symbolize admiration, positivity, and strength. Sunflowers come in many different varieties, here are just a few of these cheerful blooms:

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John Glover/Alamy

The Teddy Bear Sunflower can easily top 6 feet, while the big puffy blooms grow up to 8 inches wide.

Burpee Seeds

Burpee Seeds

Multicolored Strawberry Blonde – You’ll do a double take when you see that the petals are rose-pink at the base, while the ends seem to have been dipped in yellow paint.

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Joe Herbert

Moulin Rouge -Do you like dark, bold sunflowers? This one delivers. You can find other red variations, but Moulin Rouge is the most reliable of the bunch. It grows to about 4 feet tall.