FALL in Love

Fall weddings are extremely popular and are giving spring weddings a run for their money. The changing colors of the trees in the fall offer bright colors that will inspire your wedding décor. You will have beautiful floral color options from rich, deep reds to burgundy’s, and bright yellows to vibrant oranges.  Some of the most timeless flowers grow in the fall.  Here are 5 of our top favorite.

  1. Sunflowers

Sunflowers may be available all year round (at a higher cost in the off season) but they grow locally here in late summer and fall at a more budget friendly price.

  1. Dahlias

These lavish blooms are one of our bride’s favorites.  Their blooms range from a small delicate flower to a dinner plate size bloom.  They come in a multitude of colors, to match any bridesmaid dress, or color scheme.

Ashley Gerrity Photography

 

  1. Mums

Mums are a great wall to really bring fall into your wedding.  Having mums planted in a pot and used as ceremony décor is a great idea. They can then be moved and used to decorate your reception space too!  It’s cost effective, and really adds a lot of fall color.

Daisy mums make the perfect compliment to sunflowers.

 

  1. Celosia

Celosia comes in two types of blooms, feathered or coxcomb. The coxcomb bloom resembles coral. Celosia comes in many fall colors.  Very popular are its dark burgundy shades, for bouquets and centerpieces.

Ashley Gerrity Photography

 

  1. Bi-colored rose

These roses are grown all year round but are more likely used in the fall season. Popular fall roses are high and magic, or circus rose.  Its bright yellow and orange petals make them a true show stopper. They would look amazing in all aspects of your wedding.

Jennifer Carr Photography

Classically Colorful Wedding

This picture perfect wedding at the Knowlton Mansion was a day full of fun and flowers from start to finish. Cheerful colors were floral theme for this wedding as yellow, peach, pink, white and blue blooms were abound.

 

Photo Credit: Love Me Do Photography

 

Photo Credit: Love Me Do Photography

 

 

Draping greenery with free spirit roses, viking mums, sunflowers and hot pink stock adorned the corners of The beautiful walnut Chuppah.

Photo Credit: Love Me Do Photography

Abundant with color the table arrangements varied from tall to short and looked fresh picked from the garden with flowers varying in size and color. These  centerpieces were fun and brought the beautiful reception space to life.

Photo Credit: Love Me Do Photography

 

Photo Credit: Love Me Do Photography

 

Photo Credit: Love Me Do Photography

 

Photo Credit: Love Me Do Photography

 

A Bee and Its Flower

Bees and flowers have a lovely symbiotic relationship.  This means the relationship mutually beneficial for both parties involved.

The bees and flowers begin their bonding in late spring into the summer. This is when the bees are most active and the flowers start to bloom. As the bees travel from flower to flower, they pollinate each one. Their body picks up the pollen from each bloom which is then dropped onto each flower that it lands on after that. The bees do not intend to leave any of pollen behind because they are trying to get as much pollen back to their hives.  Pollen is the bee’s food source.

Bees also collect the nectar from the flowers. The nectar is a mixture of the plant sugar and water. This nectar provides the bee with energy to help them continue on their journey to collect pollen. Pollination of the flowers is very important. When a female flower is pollinated it helps process of making seeds.

Here is a list of ten flowers (according to Fafard: Science behind the art’s blog) that are best for bees.

  • Pale Purple Coneflower (early summer)
  • Common Yarrow (early summer)
  • Sunflower (summer)
  • Blue Giant Hyssop (summer)
  • Horsemint (summer)
  • Purple Coneflower (summer)
  • Black-eyed Susan (summer)
  • Aster (late summer early fall)
  • Joe-Pye Weeds (late summer early fall)
  • Golden Rod (late summer early fall)

Extra fun fact: Bees cannot see the color red, they tend to avoid red colored flowers.

Adriana & Kenneth

Adriana and Kenneth tied the knot last November at the luxurious Union Trust located in the Historic District of Philadelphia. Her garden style bouquet included burgundy, magenta and coral flowers and blush pink accent tea roses and greenery mixed into the colorful bouquet. Her colorful choice of blush and burgundy flowers popped against the bridesmaids lavender dresses and gave a classy vibe to an already exquisite space.

Landon Wise Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Landon Wise Photography

Her colorful floral design choices dotted the space with Ivory, Peaches and burgundy colors and set a romantic tone for their wedding day. The reception featured alternating tall and low centerpiece designs in our gold rental vases. Filled with Ivory hydrangeas, peach and coral Free Spirit roses and burgundy and green-gray foliage. The gold accenting color of the vases and lanterns allowed the flowers to take center stage.

Landon Wise Photography

 

Landon Wise Photography

 

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Elizabeth & Brian

Location: Normandy Farm, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania

Photographer: Tyler Boye Photography

Colors: Pale Blush & Peach, Pops of Lime Green, Hot Pink, Accents of White

With her wedding at Normandy Farm located in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania,  Elizabeth’s love of flowers shown throughout her wedding day. Her organic garden style with flowy blooms and lush greenery stood out from the natural surroundings and touched every aspect of her and Brian’s wedding day.

Photo Credit to Tyler Boye Photography

Photo Credit to Tyler Boye Photography

Her bouquet featured blush and peach garden roses with white freesia dotted throughout.  Her soft color pallet was accented with bright pops of hot pink peonies & lime green hydrangeas  which were used as accents for the stunning outdoor trellis and airy garden centerpieces for the Silos Ballroom.

Photo Credit to Tyler Boye Photography

Photo Credit to Tyler Boye Photography

Her bouquet featured blush and peach garden roses with white freesia dotted throughout.  Her soft color pallet was accented with bright pops of hot pink peonies & lime green hydrangeas  which were used as accents for the ceremony decor as well as the airy garden centerpieces for the Silos Ballroom.

 

Photo Credit to Tyler Boye Photography

Photo Credit to Tyler Boye Photography

Sunflowers

When you think sunshine and flowers most likely your first thought is sunflowers.  They’re large, bright headed blooms make the sunflower one of the most recognized flower around the world.  Sunflowers originated in the Americas and Europe, and were then cultivated as a valuable food source for centuries.

Artists throughout history loved the sunflower’s unique splendor—those of the Impressionist Era were especially fixated on the flower.  You will often see photographs of wild sunflowers with their tall stalks stretched out trying to reach the sun.  The receiving of a sunflower means the feeling of adoration, admiration, and platonic love towards a person, such as a family member or friend.  It will give the feeling of positivity and strength. It would be a sure way to brighten up their day.  Aside from being beautiful and important symbolically, the sunflower is downright useful. Almost all varieties produce edible and good-tasting seeds with plenty of health benefits.

The sunflower was common in American Indian tribes in North America. It is said that the plant was cultivated by the American Indians in present day Arizona and New Mexico around 3000BC. Some experts say the sunflower was domesticated even before corn! Used in many different ways when it came to food, the sunflower was a significant food source to the American Indians. The seeds where ground up and used in flour for cakes, mush and bread. Some mixed them with vegetables and some ate them as a snack but cracking the shell and just eating the seed (like we do today).

Sunflowers were used for more than food purposes too, such as purple dyes, body painting and decorations. Parts of the plant were also used for medical purposes from snakebites to body ointments. Sunflower oil (from the seed) was used in the hair and on skin and the dried stalk of the flower was used as building material. The whole plant including the seeds was very often used in American Indian ceremonies. Who knew so much use could come from a flower?

Sunflowers are heavily used in wedding decor and personal flowers such as bridal bouquets and centerpieces.

Sunflower bridal arrangements by Leigh Florist

BE a BEE Keeper

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.

Stockton Seaview Wedding

This Stockton Seaview wedding was full of personalized touches and late summer flair!

We designed the centerpieces with locally grown flowers included sage hydrangea, sunflowers, dahlias, zinnias with lush eucalyptus.

 

Dress up your Ceremony

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!

  • Doors

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

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