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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Congratulations Alex and Mike!

Our lovely couple, Alexandra and Mike, were married at the Woodcrest Country Club in Cherry Hill, NJ.

She loved a very natural look for her flowers and decor.  The florals included whites, touches of blush peach, pale blue and pops of raspberry tones.  Her bouquet featured, hydrangea, dahlias, hypericum berries, spray roses and interesting textures like thistles and scabiosa.

Check out the photographer’s blog for some awesome photos!  Shilliday Photography captures such beautiful photographs!

Here are a few snap shots from the blog:

Photo Credit: Shilliday Photography

Photo Credit: Shilliday Photography

Guest Book Ideas

Wedding couples are becoming more imaginative with the ways their guests can give advice and wish them well on their wedding day.  Here are a few alternative options to a traditional guest book setup.

  1. Photos

If you have a photobooth, guests can take a picture and write a message for you to place in your wedding scrapbook.  They can also sign a photo of the bride and groom which can be framed to preserve the wedding memories for years to come.

  1. Wood Slices

Having your guests sign wood slices for the new Mr.  & Mrs. is a pretty decoration they can display in their home for years to come – perfect for a rustic or garden style wedding!

  1. Thumb Prints

A fun twist on a guest book is a portrait of a tree with branches – the guests place their thumbprint on the branches as “leaves” and write their names on the thumbprint.  The completed tree symbolizes the unity of your friends and family through your marriage.

  1. Advice to the Bride and groom

Messages in a bottle are a cute way for the bride and groom to gather advice from their wedding guests.  The messages typically feature words of encouragement and best wishes.

  1. Letters

Having your guests sign the first letter of your married last name makes a wonderful accent for your home, reminding you of your big day and all who were in attendance!

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.

Photo Credit: Simply Beautiful World on Tumblr – http://simply-beautiful-world.tumblr.com/post/127104402557/chinese-lanterns

Flower Crowns

Many brides including modern, trendy, and traditional are all excited to rock a flower crown down the aisle.  Flower crowns can be dainty with a couple of petite blooms and accent foliage.  It could also be more dramatic with larger blooms and draping greenery.  Wearing a flower crown in addition to your veil is a very sweet and pretty look, all while holding your veil in place.

Bridesmaids and flower girls can also wear halos, usually a more delicate version of the bride or a simple greenery halo.  We have seen flower halos being used for engagement and maternity photo shoots as well.

Check out our flower crowns on our website! 

The perfect bouquet for the perfect wedding dress

Ashley Gerrity Photography

We asked our lead wedding designer for advice on how to select the perfect bouquet for your wedding day.

Q: What is the biggest factor when choosing a bridal bouquet?

The wedding dress is a big factor for how a bridal bouquet should be styled.

Is your dress a ballgown style? A classic round bouquet may look the best with that type of gown.

For a mermaid or trumpet dress, a classic round bouquet or a cascade bouquet would look stunning.

The A-line dress has the most versatility.  There are many bouquet styles that would work well with this dress.  A romantic garden style, classic round, or cascade bouquet would perfectly compliment your dress.

A bohemian wedding dress would look beautiful with a romantic garden bouquet or tear drop shaped bouquet.

Fit and flair is a more modern cut.  The best bouquet shape to accentuate that dress would be a classic round or tear drop bouquet.

Q: Does the bride’s height and stature play a role in choosing the bouquet?

The bride’s height and stature plays a big role in the bouquet choice and size of the bouquet.  We want to accentuate your dress.  Our bouquets are customized to each of our brides to best coordinate with their uniqueness.

Q: Does the color of the wedding dress affect the color of the bridal bouquet?

Yes, the color of the bride’s dress does have an influence on the bouquet colors.  For example, if you have a nude or champagne toned dress, we suggest using neutral color blooms in champagne, nude tones, and pops of rich bold tones to bring it all together.  We will guide you through the process of selecting the best complimenting blooms for your bouquet.

Q: If the wedding gown has lace, rhinestones, pearls or metallic threading, how do you incorporate them into the bouquet?

Oftentimes, we will accent the bouquet handle with accents from a bride’s dress.  You can line pearl pins of rhinestones down the bouquet candle.  Adding pearls, or rhinestones accents to flowers are a nice delicate touch.

Q: What types of bouquets do you see trending right now?

Currently we are seeing bohemian garden bouquets, are trending right now.  The gorgeous greenery, arranged with beautiful blooms make a truly romantic bouquet.

Request a consultation with one of our designers to create your perfect bridal bouquet!

Pets in your wedding ceremony

Thinking of Including Your Pet In Your Wedding Ceremony?

We love the idea of brides and grooms including their four-legged friends in their wedding! They look adorable in wedding photos and guests just love it!

Here is some advice to set you and your furry best friend up for success on the big day.

  1. Make sure your pet is up for that kind of attention. We suggest practicing before the big day, and bring them to the rehearsal so that they’ll know what to do!
  2. If you have a little dog, cat, or bunny, try placing them in a wagon for the flower girl or ring bearer to pull them down the aisle.
  3. Contact the venue, or ceremony site to ask them about their pet policy.
  4. Hire a pet sitter or trusted friend to be responsible for your pet.
  5. Tell your photographer of your plans. They will want to make sure they capture moments with you and your pet together during the big day.
  6. Dressing your pet for the big day can be so much fun. Make sure you book them an appointment at their groomer to make them prim and proper! Pair their new look with a beautiful flower collar for some adorable photos. For the tiny fur babies, you can decorate their wagon with flowers and streamers.
  7. Decide whether you want your pet to have a role in your wedding. Do you want your pet to be your ring bearer, or hound of honor? Having your furry friend walk down the aisle holding the rings will make them so excited! Another idea is to have them wear a sign down the aisle. letting your guests know the bride is on her way. will be ready for the big day!

Vineyard Wedding Ideas

A picturesque winery is an ideal place to host your wedding. Wine cellars and rows of grape vines set the perfect romantic atmosphere.

These are some of our favorite centerpieces ideas:

  • Using wine bottles is a great way to incorporate your wine theme in your centerpieces. As a cost effective option, bring your own wine bottles to your florist, and have them fill the bottles with loose blooms. Clusters of bottles on each table adds a cute accent for your guests to admire. Paint some of the wine bottles gold to add an elegant touch!

  • You can also use wine crates as your floral centerpieces – this looks especially nice if you have long rectangle guest tables. Create a romantic garden style arrangement with lots of flowing foliage and blooms to match your wedding colors.
  • Try filling a tall glass cylinder or pilsner vase with wine corks and place a floral arrangement on top. This is perfect for reception rooms that have tall ceilings if you would like to add a bit of height to your tables.

  • Green garlands with pops of colorful flowers are sure to play off that vineyard feel! 

Place Card Ideas

We are seeing many interesting place card trends for weddings lately.

The place card table is one of the first wedding elements your guests will see. Why not wow them? This year we have noticed a trend of organic escort cards. Couples are using foliage and plants to help their guest find their seats.

Here are some cool ideas we have seen:

Succulent plants

Leaves used as the place card

Seating Charts trimmed with foliage

Check out or blog on balloon wedding trends!

Balloon Wedding Ideas

Balloons are making a comeback. No longer the boring balloons of the past, reminding you of a birthday party. These fresh ideas and newest trends will have you wanting to include balloons in your upcoming nuptials

Balloons look great in photos as props!

Balloons with a garland.

Instead of using a plain string, you can attach a flower garland to the base of the balloon. The look is absolutely stunning and makes the flowers look as though they are floating.

Line giant balloons down the aisle

This idea looks amazing! It really helps to bring your walk down the aisle to a whole new level.