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 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.

Carley K Photography

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.

 

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

Wedding Ceremony Traditions

Your ceremony is a big part of your wedding day. Have you pictured what your ceremony will be like? Here is a list of some of our favorite new ceremony trends.

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  • Wine box ceremony

The bride and groom write love letters to each other, place them in a box with a bottle of wine and seal the box. The couple then opens the box on their 5th wedding anniversary to read the lets from one another, drink the wine, and reminisce about their wedding day. The couple then writes 2 new letters, with a new bottle of wine and reopens it on their 10th year anniversary. It is a ceremony tradition for couples to celebrate every 5 years.

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  • Sand Ceremony

The bride and groom each have a glass full of a different color sand. The color of the sand is usually the wedding colors. The couple then places an ornate vase or glass container in the middle of their two vases of sand. During the ceremony they pour sand into the single vase alternating the colors. This symbolizes the two becoming one.

 

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  • Tree Planting Ceremony

A tree planting ceremony is where the bride and groom plant a tree during their ceremony into a pot. They each take turns filling the pot with soil and watering the plant. This ceremony symbolizes the growth of their marriage, and what it will become. When the tree gets bigger they will then plant it, as a symbol that their love will grow forever.

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  • Flower Ceremony

A flower ceremony is one of the most loving ceremonies because it involves both the couple and their families. The bride and groom have a vase between them filled with a little bit of water. The couple exchanges roses with each other as a gift, placing them into the vase. They then pass flowers to their soon to be in-laws. Their family members would then place their flowers in the vase, making it complete. This ceremony symbolizes the family coming together as one. After the wedding you can

preserve the flowers as a keepsake. We offer floral preservation here at Leigh Florist. For more information, visit our website

Bridal Henna

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   The art of henna  has been practiced for over 5000 years in Pakistan, India, Africa and the Middle East.   Henna is traditionally used for special occasions like holidays,birthdays and weddings.  The most popular of the traditions is the Mehndi (henna) Night where the bride, her family, relatives and friends get together to celebrate the wedding to come. The bride gets extensive henna patterns done on her hands and feet that go to her elbows and sometimes, knees.  The night is filled with games, music and dance performances.  The bridal patterns can take many hours and are often done by multiple henna artists. The family and friends will usually receive small designs on the backs of their hands as well. To a bride the darker the henna the better. Tradition holds the darker the stain the better the marriage and the better the mother-in-law will be! Also, as long as the henna stain appears on the bride, she doesn’t have to do any housework.  Now, you can understand why the bride would want the henna to last a long time!

To Toss or Not To Toss: The Bouquet & Garter

The Garter toss tradition has a bit of a barbaric origin.  Back before the dark ages, brides were considered lucky and so was their wedding dress.  After the ceremony, single men would practically trample each other, and the bride, so that they could tear off and keep a piece of her wedding gown. This is how the garter came to be. Bachelors would try to grab the garter as a lucky token. Centuries later the grooms then decided that they would be the one to take off the garter and throw it to the unwed men, saving the bride from being ambushed. Superstitions state that the lucky guy to grab the garter will be the next to wed.

The origin of the bouquet toss is much less barbaric. The bride would carry her bouquet for two reasons. To ward off evil spirits, and for the fragrance. During the middle-ages people did not have the luxury of daily baths. This is where the bouquet toss came in. The single women who also wanted a lucky token from the bride, would stand together in hopes to be the lucky one to catch the bouquet. If caught, they will hopefully be the next bride. The fragrance from the bouquet would make the lucky lady smell more attractive, in hopes to be the next one married. Many of today’s brides opt-out of the bouquet and garter toss, and choose to do an anniversary dance instead.

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Here comes the Bride, all dressed in white

 Have you ever thought about where the tradition of the white wedding gown came from?  Brides wearing white gowns, started after 1840, when Queen Victoria married Prince Albert. She decided to break from tradition, and instead of wearing more metallic silk colors, such as gold, and silver; she decided to wear a white, lace wedding gown. Before white wedding gowns, brides wore whatever dress they had. To complete the blushing bride look, Brides wore a veil to cover their faces. However, this tradition started way before Queen Victoria.  In the dark ages, superstitious brides would wear the veil to ward off evil spirits and bad luck.  Veils were also worn by brides as they walked down the aisle during an arranged marriage. That’s around the same time bridesmaids started. The maid of honor would hold the bride’s dowry and would give it to the groom after the ceremony, so he wouldn’t have the money before she married him.

Most Brides can’t wait to choose which of their friends get the honor of being one of their bridesmaids.  Brides have had bridesmaids since before the dark ages, but their roles were very different then. To the horror of many of today’s brides, during the Renaissance period, brides started the tradition that all bridesmaids would dress like the bride. This was to ward off and confuse evil spirits from getting to the bride. From there it changed to all the bridesmaids would look alike. These are just some of the traditions, that have influenced today’s weddings.

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