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
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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”.

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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.

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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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Lovin’ Eucalyptus

One of our favorite foliage varieties to use in our arrangements is eucalyptus.  The greenery is often the base to a beautiful arrangement.  Greens can change how an arrangement looks or feels.  It can add a bit of whimsy to a design or keep the arrangement more clean and tailored.  Eucalyptus is a beautiful green-gray colored foliage that compliments many flowers.

There are over 900 different species of Eucalyptus.  It is native to Australia, but now grows around the world.  Eucalyptus grows in different ways. All share the same aroma for which their leaves are famous, as well as exfoliating bark.

These are our 3 favorite types of eucalyptus varieties to design with:

  1. Seeded Eucalyptus

You can Identify seeded eucalyptus by its clusters of seed capsules hanging from their stems. They make great accents for wedding bouquets, boutonnieres or garden style arrangements.

 

  1. Silver dollar Eucalyptus

Silver dollar eucalyptus has a flat, rounded shape leaf. They are great for centerpieces, to give the design a more organic look.

 

  1. Baby Blue Eucalyptus

This type of eucalyptus can be identified by its long, straight stems covered in round leaves along the stem.  This can be used to give height to centerpieces, giving them a modern, more ethereal flair.

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The Chinese Lantern Flower

Looking for a flower that will be eye catching and exotic for your arrangement or bridal bouquet?  Look no further than the Chinese Lantern Flower. These unique flowers have an almost papery texture to them and resemble the traditional Chinese lanterns. They come in colors of fiery reds and oranges. Nestled inside of the husk is a small berry.

Once it becomes ripe, the berry is edible. It has a refreshing and mild taste to it. The berries are often turned into sweets, jams and even dipped in chocolate. Chinese Lantern flowers are used in a lot of arts and crafts because they dry out very well. Some are even turned in amazing jewelry pieces.

The Chinese Lantern Flower offers the symbol of protection – the husk protects the tiny delicate berry inside. The colors of red and orange represents passion for life. Add a little flair to arrangements and bouquets these fun, unique blooms.

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Boutonnieres

   Boutonnieres, also known as button holes, can be a single flower or cluster of delicate flowers which accent a gentleman’s lapel for a special event.  Rather than pinning the boutonniere to the lapel as we do today, many people used to place a flower into the button hole of their lapel – hence the name!

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Here at Leigh Florist, our most popular boutonniere is our garden style design which consists of a cluster of petite flowers usually tea roses, lisianthus, or ranunculus with accent greens a ribbon tie (optional).

 

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You can even use a single flower such as a rose, mini gerbera daisy, ranunculus and many other various blooms accented with greens.  Traditionally for weddings, most people match the boutonnieres to the bridal party bouquets.

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But not all weddings are the same.  Some couples have thought of unique ways to make their boutonnieres stand apart from the traditional.  Many like to add little accents to their boutonniere. Here are a couple of ways wedding couples have gotten creative.

  • Keys
  • Hot peppers
  • Shot Gun Shells
  • Gears
  • Pictures
  • Clocks
  • Feathers
  • Bottle Caps
  • Guitar Picks
  • Wine Corks

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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Wedding Centerpieces Including Candles

Candles a are  great way to add ambiance to any event. Here are a few centerpiece ideas we love which feature candles:

1. Floating candles

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                Submerging flowers in varied height cylinder vases are the perfect option for a more modern, simple centerpiece design.  Add floating candles for illumination.

2. Candle Groupings

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                If you have long guest tables, a great idea is to weave a simple green garland through candles.  It adds a bit of whimsy to a clean, elegant design.

3. Layering with a tall centerpiece

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               Another design for a long table is to feature a tall centerpiece with varied pillar candles down either side. A very romantic look.

4. Lanterns

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                 Placing pillar candles inside and votive candles around the lantern create wonderful illumination.  We suggest having little cylinders or small bud vases with simple flower arrangements next to the lantern, it really helps to complete the look. Or have flowers spilling out of the lantern and votives around the base.

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Candles Used in Wedding Centerpieces

                Would you love to add accents to your wedding guest tables in addition to your floral centerpieces?  Adding candles can lend a certain level of romance to your centerpieces.

Here are 5 centerpiece ideas we love which feature candles:

1. Floating candles

                Submerging flowers in varied height cylinder vases are the perfect option for a more modern, simple centerpiece design.  Add floating candles for illumination.  These centerpieces are great for the budget, while leaving your guests in awe.

2. Lined candles

                If you have long guest tables, a great idea is to weave a simple green garland through varied height candles twinkling down the table.  It adds a bit of whimsy to a clean, elegant design.

3. Chandelier

                Taking an antique chandelier is a sure way to put some romance in your event space.  Placing a ring of flowers around the base, or even having a green garland, or vine wrap up the stem of the chandelier adds a more natural element to this style centerpiece.

4.  Glass goblets

                Varied heights of glass goblets with ball candles inside look amazing in the center of a ring of flowers.  If you prefer more of a simple look, rose petals sprinkled around the base adds color and elegance.

5. Lanterns

                Lanterns are another way to put romance into a room.  Placing pillar candles inside and votive candles around the lantern create wonderful illumination.  We suggest having little cylinders or small bud vases with simple flower arrangements next to the lantern, it really helps to complete the look.