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

 

Prom-posals

As we approach prom season, we thought it would be fun to see what the kids are doing to ask their potential dates to prom. Now more than ever, the prom-posers are going all out.

Customers have told us some really creative ways their dates have prom-posed to them.  Here are some of our favorites we found online:

  1. Cookies – Creating a unique batch of cookies is a really fun way to ask your date to prom. (You may need some help from a bakery or grandma?)

(photo from tipjunkie.com)

 

  1. Balloons – Hang photos of you and your significant other from balloons – this is a nice way to reminisce about the times you have had together so far while also asking them if they would like to go to prom with you.

(photo from tipjunkie.com)

 

  1. A firefighter prom-posal – If you work for the local fire company, you can have your fellow fireman escort you to your potential prom date’s house.  Imagine the look on their face as you pull up on a firetruck!

(photo from theberry.com)

 

  1. A candlelit prom-posal – Spell out “PROM?” With candles in the yard of driveway and ask your date to look outside! (We recommend on pavement as to not set the neighborhood on fire)

(photo from theberry.com)

 

  1. Fortune Cookie  Order Chinese food for dinner and create a custom fortune for your potential date, get sneaky and slip that fortune in the cookie bag when they aren’t looking. SURPRISE!

(photo from tipjunkie.com)

Wedding Roses

May of 2017 at the Abbie Holmes Estate in Cape May Court House, NJ.

Photos By: Jessica Cooper Photography

The Abbie Holmes Estate is the perfect setting for weddings with its beautifully manicured gardens and natural surroundings it is sure to make your wedding memorable.

The bride’s bouquet consisted of a gorgeous combination of peach and lavender roses in a small cascade shape. Her bridesmaids carried a small bouquet of similar colors consisting of white hydrangea, peach roses and small purplish blue accents. Having more white in the bridesmaids bouquets allowed the flowers to really pop against their dresses and the opposite effect for the bride in her stunning white gown.

Jessica Cooper Photography

Erin & Kevin

Erin and Kevin said their I Do’s on a beautiful day in Philadelphia, PA. Erin’s crystal beaded gown sparkled in the sunlight and was complimented by her bouquet of soft pink and white blooms. Kevin wore a white bloom with greens to match his bride. The reception took place at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia where the tables were decorated in  soft neutral colors with pinks and greens to accent. Floating candles and tealights were added for a romantic candle lit atmosphere.

Photos by: Juliana Laury Photography
Venue: The Crystal Tea Room – Philadelphia, PA

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

 

A Spring Wedding

In April of 2017, they said I do in Haddonfield, NJ. Their family and friends gathered at Haddon Fortnightly to celebrate this wonderful occasion.

The Haddon Fortnightly is a beautiful, traditional space with honey colored hard wood floors, white decorative pillars and simple yet traditional gold chandeliers throughout. It was a beautiful day, which made the photographers job that much easier! Carley K Photography captured the love these two share perfectly and we couldn’t be happier for them.

The Bride’s bouquet was a beautiful organic collection of white blooms, accented with a variety of greens including silver dollar eucalyptus (one of our favorites). The groom wore a simple white tea rose with greenery to match his beautiful bride.

Carley K Photography

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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Why do we give Red Roses on Valentine’s Day

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                Valentine’s day is known as the romantic day of the year.  As you pick up those beautiful long stem red roses for your loved one, you may wonder where the tradition of red roses came to be.

Red roses have long been the symbol of love.  It all started back in Greek mythology when the Goddess of Love, Venus, chose her favorite flower to be a rose.  From then on, a rose would be the symbol of love.  The color red has always related to the emotion of love and passion.

Fast forward to the Victorian era, when lovers would secretly send messages through flowers, using floriography (the meaning of flowers) to communicate to their love ones.  A dozen roses soon became the arrangement of choice to show how much you love them, making it the official arrangement for Valentine’s Day.

The box of chocolate became a Valentine’s Day staple, all because of a guy name Richard Cadbury.  Back in the Victorian era, people became obsessed with showering their love ones with gifts and flowers, then came the box of chocolates.  Richard Cadbury figured out a new way to get the cocoa from the beans, which gave it a much more palatable taste then what Victorian Brits were used too.  He may not have patented the heart shaped box, but he started selling his Valentine’s day candy in a heart shaped box, claiming that after all the treats were eaten from the box, it could still be used to hold love letters or a lock of hair from an admirer.

Valentine’s Day is the second biggest holiday to send cards, one step behind Christmas.  An estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year.  The earliest Valentine’s Day card on record was from 1400’s, written by the imprisoned duke of Orleans, in the tower of London, who wrote a Valentine to his wife.

When St. Valentine was imprisoned, he fell in love with his jailer’s daughter.  Before he died he wrote her a letter, and signed it “From Your Valentine.”  How he signed his letter is now the ending in most Valentine’s Day cards.  By the 1800’s it became popular to exchange gifts to friends and love ones. The earliest cards were hand painted and edges covered in lace.  By the 1900’s the invention of better printing presses gave way to paper lace and manufactured Valentine’s Day cards.

 

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Why a white rose ?

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For many weddings,  white roses are the flower of choice. Their meaning of true love attracts many brides to incorporate them in their nuptials. These white flowers carry with them a sense of innocence, purity and new beginnings. The history of white roses for weddings starts with Queen Victoria, using them in her wedding arrangements. Since then, would-be suitors would send bouquets of white roses to their beloved, signifying the start of a courtship.

 

The white rose also signify honor and loyalty. Which stem from the historical 15th century dueling English kings fighting for the crown – known as “The War of the Roses.” Those who supported the House of York would grow white roses, or pin them on their attire, to show support for their beloved king.

Order your beloved a white rose bouquet here