Paige & Derek – Sea Isle Yacht Club

Paige had a beautiful garden vision for her day at the beach. We used hydrangea, roses, tea roses and lots of draping eucalyptus! The centerpieces were so fun to make, we had a variety of vases, footed bowls and tall fluted vases. The mixed designs really created a fun garden mix, accented with rustic wood slices. We love this design style that is simple, beautiful and timeless.

Photo credit – Brook Bakken Photography

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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

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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

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Calligraphy ::

White Cedar Paper Studio

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

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Bakery ::

Cake Stand Bakery

www.cakestandbakery.com

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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

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How Much Do Wedding Flowers Cost? Straight from a Wedding Florist

How much do wedding flowers cost?

A note from the florist:

As a wedding florist, weddings are my life.  Week in and week out, I plan, prep, create and design wedding flowers.  When the weekend arrives, I’m delivering, overseeing set up, styling and watching it all come together.

It takes much dedication, it is my passion and I love my job!

There is a lot of work to be done behind the scenes that many are unaware of, which separates flower design as a profession vs. flower design as a hobby.  A wedding requires much organization, paperwork and sourcing,  along with finding the best flowers and materials for the event.  My team meets to discuss the details and requests of the clients.  This allows us all to collaborate on the event design.

The week of the wedding flowers are received, processed, hydrated and thorns removed.  They go into a cooling period in the fridge for 24 hours to follow. It is important to know the care of each flower variety to ensure success for an event.

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Something Blue Wedding Photography (www.somethingbluenj.com)

An experienced florist who has been designing and preparing flowers for hundreds of weddings before yours  is well worth the money.  Here’s why:

Quality Product – You need your flowers to be right the first time because there are no “take twos” for your wedding day!

Design Meetings – Our process begins with the client scheduling their first design meeting.  At this first meeting you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire to lay out the details of your wedding – the who’s, what’s, when’s and where’s.  We will also ask a few design questions about your colors, details and theme.

Then a floral consultation begins, at this point I want to get an overview of your wedding flower ideas and arrangements. I love when the client is an open book expressing favorites and dislikes. The client usually will come with photos and style boards to share ideas of the bridal bouquet, bridesmaids’ bouquets and centerpieces. We use our portfolio of designs to help further clarify the direction of details and designs.

Professional Planning – Once the designs are decided, we will have colors established and style direction for the event. After the style we have to be sure that the budget matches the dream.  I begin to break down the various elements, including which flowers and foliage will be needed and the quantity for each. As a professional florist there a lot of moving parts like what type and how many vases to buy, along with the when and where to deliver bouquets and coordinating setup time(s) for the ceremony and and reception.  I am required to be organized in my thoughts and creative in spirit at all times.

Detailed Organization – Once your wedding day is getting near, the next step is to start ordering an negotiating with local suppliers and growers. We need to confirm availability, create recipes for each design, contact and communicate with your ceremony venue, reception venue and wedding planner. The planning of delivery involves logistics along with staffing, time schedules and other final details.  As the florist, I have many details to juggle and organize – all of which is included in your price.

We are here to make it easy but all of this takes time.

Tiffany Atlas Photography (www.http://atlasweddingphotography.com/)

Tiffany Atlas Photography
(www.atlasweddingphotography.com/)

Budgeting:

When budgeting for your wedding we find that there are no loop holes or secrets. You will always get what you pay for.

Remember flowers will be in all of your photos so you want them to look good. Hiring an experienced florist will prevent you from falling victim to the broken, wilting bouquets.  Be sure to ask your florist how they handle and care for their blooms.  An experienced and knowledgeable florist will gladly explain their care and handling process because they are proud of what they do – it is their work of art.

Designing flowers looks easy but there is so much to the art. Many years of experience and expertise go into those blooming arrangements.

Each florist has their own price points.  We don’t keep our prices secret.  This allows our clients to get an initial idea of how much they can anticipate to spend.  Please CLICK HERE to view our general pricing guide.

A Steampunk Wedding

A new trend for the quirky Bride, on the wedding scene, is Steampunk. Steampunk incorporates aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century style with industrial steam-power. It is more than just Industrial pipes and grandma’s lace doilies. The ideas of classic, Victorian style with dark silhouettes, long sleeves, lace, high collars and hats, but with a twist. Mixture of Science, fantasy, and vintage style can make for one gorgeous and fun event. The amazing thing about steam punk is you can take it as far as your imagination

Steampunk reinvents these elegant stylings and gives them a somewhat futuristic design by envisioning the technology of the time using steam power or mechanics. If you’re a fan of Tim Burton movies, Sherlock Holmes, or Alice in Wonderland, this theme may be for you. You can go as bright or as gothic as you like, further down the rabbit hole. Steampunk colors consist of antique gold, brass, coppers, black and white, with pops or red or dusty mauve..the choice is yours.

Steampunk style centerpieces can be made of many things you find at an antique store, such as clocks, lamps, globes and quirky pieces, such as hourglasses, keys, gears, medicine bottles and magnifying glasses. It might not be a soft and subtle look for a wedding, but it will definitely add a certain edge and get guest’s heads turning.

 

The use of your imagination, rock, gothic, Victorian, vintage and a mix of futuristic that is steam punk. If you believe this style maybe for you, start going to antique shops and yard sales and collecting odds and ends that inspire your vintage steam punk style!

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Who doesn’t want a lemonade stand??!!

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This was a perfect refreshment for a summer wedding at Indian springs golf club in Marlton.

We set up our lemonade stand using our farmhouse rental table with vintage crates, ball jars and seasonal flowers with vines and citrus. The Café Ole dahlias were stunning!

We loved being a part of this sweet couple’s day!  Shifted focus did a great Job capturing the details and flowers.

A traditional Hindu wedding at the Westin in Mt Laurel New Jersey

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We love being a part of  the weddings of different  cultures and traditions. Brian and Reena had a traditional Hindu wedding at the Westin in Mt Laurel New Jersey.

We find different cultures to be very inspiring! The different mix of colors, mixed metals and tradition really makes for a stunning and memorable event. After receiving their photos from Events Capture, we were curious about the Hindu wedding traditions. Here are a few things we found interesting;

Hindu brides have as many as 16 traditional elements of makeup and jewelry, that they choose for their wedding day. Each item is thought to enhance the natural beauty of the bride and bring out her inner goddess.  Here are a few things that represent Hindu wedding tradition ;

Mangtikka This giant jewel is worn in the middle of the forehead, on top of the hair-parting. Mangtika’s are extremely traditional as they hang over the ajna chakra, the home of the body’s mind and intellect.

Bindi There are a variety of reasons why Hindus place these jeweled stickers between their eyes, not least of which is the belief that it represents the woman’s third eye. The bindi traditionally signified the wearer was married.

Karn Phool  Meaning ‘ear flower’ these earrings can err on the side of ginormous.  Often they are so heavy they hook into the bride’s hair for extra support.

Nath The Nath, or nosering,  is considerably bigger than the standard Indian nose piercing today, it is still a wedding staple.  In some regions, the Nath is meant only for married women.

Haar Hindu brides typically wear a range of jewelry which can include any items from the following list: chokers, heavy draping bibs, princess-length jeweled necklaces, long gold chains, or intricate collars. In some traditions, brides will layer these pieces while in others it is more common to only see a single intricate necklace.

Choora No matter where in India you’re from, no Hindu bride is complete without her bangles.  Traditions vary as to what color and how many bangles there should be, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a bride with bare arms on her wedding day.  Bangles can be made of glass, gold, metal or ivory and will traditionally come in red, green, white, and gold. Modern brides usually match them to whatever color their dress is.

The Mehndi event is a colorful and fun celebration held the night before the wedding, which is traditionally celebrated by the women on the bride’s side of the family. Generally, a professional mehndi artist or relative will apply henna in intricate designs to the hands and feet of the bride and other women in the family. These intricate designs symbolize joy, beauty, spiritual awakening and offering. The bride’s mehendi sometimes goes half way to her knees!

 The wedding dress can be a sari, a lehnga, or salwaar kameez, depending on what region of India the bride’s family is from.  It will usually come in a bright, auspicious color like red, maroon, green, or gold and is embroidered head to foot in gold and silver thread.  They’re usually majorly blinged out as well.  There is no simple guide as to what the wedding dress will look like because it depends about 90% (or more) on the personal tastes of the bride. Modern brides deviate often from tradition and will wear dresses in all the colors of the rainbow, dripping in rhinestones or completely modest.

We were so happy to be a part of Brian and Reena’s special day!

For more information visit The Big Fat Indian Wedding Blog

Sarah & Josh – The Inn At Barley Sheaf Farm

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The Inn At Barley Sheaf Farm is a very cute and comfortable bed and breakfast  located in Holicong, PA.  As you drive down a long dirt road, nestled among over 100 acres of preserved farmland and forests, the Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm is a true historic and hidden gem of  Bucks County. Sarah and Josh are a very sweet couple and we wish them lots of love and joy on the road to happily ever after.

Photographer – Emily Wren Photography

Florist – leigh Florist

Venue – The Inn At Barley Sheaf Farm

Caroline & Tom at Brandywine Manor House

We are so happy to have been a part of such a wonderful wedding! Brandywine Manor House is such a fantastic venue and we couldn’t of asked for a happier couple!  Best wishes to Caroline and Tom for a wonderful life together!
Thank you to Aaren Lee Photography for sharing these beautiful photographs with us!
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Happy Spring Weddings!

With Spring only 10 days away, we thought we would share some seasonal wedding inspirations!

 

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White and lavender lilac, white roses, dusty lavender roses and eucalyptus, create a rustic garden style bouquet that smells fabulous!

 

 

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A bold, bright combination of anenomes, ranunculus, dahlias and colorful seasonal accents, make the perfect bouquet to create a “pop” of color against the bride’s dress. Perfect for pictures!

 

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This is a sweet garden bouquet featuring ranunculus, anenomes and fever few, in soft shades of peaches and white.

 

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Succuluents add an interesting texture to any bouquet.  These gray-green succulents create a subtle contrast against the yellow craspedia.  The white ranunclus, fever few and ivory stock, soften the colors with accents of seeded eucalyptus.

 

 

What are some of your favorite spring flowers?

Cascade bouquets- Reborn!

A new spin on an old classic cascade bouquet is making a comeback. Although the round, lush, hand-tied bouquets is still very popular. The new cascade is bringing drama and romance in a big way. With draping orchids, textured amaranthus and vines, these designs offer a certain whimsy spilling with soft trails. Many of our brides want a version in a tear drop shape that is not as long trailing but still offers a graceful drape.

For the love of Nature-  We love the trend of loose gathered garden bouquets. This field grown and just picked feel seems to have more air whipped into its bundles. Unexpected elements of thistles, succulents and herbs, add texture and a bit of treasure to a custom bridal bouquet.

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