These two sweeties tied the night in Cape May at Willow Creek Winery. From the start of planning , the sentiment was simple and sweet from the rose bouquets to the lush white floral arbor in the vineyard.
Bees are an extremely important part of our Eco system. Their pollination process is essential for the growth of flowers, plants and trees all over the world.
The European honeybee is the most common species, and the only species kept in America. They are just 1 species of 20,000 worldwide known species. North America is home to 4,400 bee species including social bumblebee colonies, solitary tunnel nesting bees and solitary ground nesting bees.
Honeybees are the only insect which stores food in excess. The colonizing of bees is called bee keeping. Tending to bee hives requires a lot of time and knowledge. General maintenance requires periodic inspections during the warm months to make sure your queen is laying eggs, your workers are building up honey stores, and your colony has enough space to expand.
Bees are directly influenced by their environment. Their behavior and success varies greatly across climates. Management time and style will depend on your climate, your hive style, and your particular bees. All colonies are unique, and each beekeeper will have a different experience.
There are 3 types of bees in the colony: The Queen, the worker bee, and the drone. The queen is the most important bee in the colony, there is only one. The queen will lay all of the eggs for the colony, “deciding” when to lay drones eggs, or workers eggs. Worker bees are sterile females who do all of the foraging, feeding of young, honey production and storage, wax production, cleaning, and defending the hive against intruders.
The only male bees in the colony are drones. Their only purpose is to mate with virgin queens from other colonies. Once they mate, they die successful bees. Unsuccessful drones return to the hive to eat honey and pollen. Once swarm season is over, drones become a drain on resources inside the hive, and are evicted by workers. Bee keeping is hard work, but rich in reward. There are many bee keeping groups and clubs that you can join to learn more about the bees in your local area.
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!
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
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
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.
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:
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
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.
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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.