Choosing Your Event Florist

Choosing the right florist can be a difficult task. You want to make sure the florist handling all your wedding flowers understands your vision. It will help to have a good idea of what you want your wedding design to be. Do you want to go tradition, classic, modern, or a specific theme? Once you have this decided, look online for inspiration photos and colors. If you have dress or tux swatches bring them along to your floral design appointments. Don’t forget, you can meet with multiple florists before you decide who to go with.

Keep in mind that not all flower shops participate in the wedding industry. Some shops may strictly do retail arrangements and focus on holidays. Then you have floral designers who are more likely to do weddings and special events. These shops are made up of creative individuals who will work with you to understand your vision and help bring it to life.  You are not just buying flowers, you are receiving floral event design and a set-up/delivery service.

You should decide how important your flowers are to you for your wedding in order to budget correctly. Do some research and ask for suggestions from friends or someone who has recently planned a wedding. Sometimes websites like Wedding Wire and The Knot can point you in the right direction with reviews and prices ranges for certain shops. Know that certain flowers cost more than others, being aware of this will keep you from feeling blindsided by the pricing of small bridal bouquet of roses. Pick a few Florists that you think you might click with and make some appointments! The sooner you book the date the better.

 

Wedding Floral Designs by Leigh Florist

 

When you attend your appointments be sure to bring your colors, and photos of any ideas or things that you like. They will most likely have tons of photos of their own work for you to look through as well. Ask about rental items and what flowers will be in season at the time of your wedding. Be sure to explain your vision for your wedding in detail. Ask questions and give/get as many details as you can. If you feel confident in the designer and like what he or she is saying then you may have found your perfect floral fit! It helps if the florist comes recommended by your venue. Chances are they have worked at your venue before and know the ins and outs. It’s always good to have a vendor that knows your venue and the people working there well. This goes for any vendor – venue relationship.

Fall Engagement Photos

Congratulations, you’re engaged!  It is now time to start planning for the big day.  One of the first things to plan are your engagement photos.  These can be so much fun, especially during the Fall season.  The different colored leaves create an amazing backdrop.  There are endless ideas you can incorporate in your photo shoot.

Here are a few ideas:

Winery

Wandering through the vineyard, or opening a bottle of wine and toasting to a successful marriage and many happy years to come!

Vanessa Joy Photography – Laurita Winery New Egypt, NJ

  • A Park

Collecting leaves, throwing them in the air and letting them fall all around you. The leaves and trees in the background create a colorful vibrant background for your photographer to utilize.

Ashley Gerrity Photography

 

Colleen Jones Photograhpy

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

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

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

http://shabbychicmagazine.com/wedding-decor-ideas/

Hydrangea

If you have been invited to a wedding in the past couple of years, chances are you have seen the hydrangea flower in either the wedding centerpieces or even in bridal bouquets. If you are big on the meaning of flowers, hydrangea means love and admiration, making it a sought after flower by brides to-be.

Hydrangea was first cultivated in Japan, but they have recently found fossilized hydrangea in North America dating back millions of years. Hydrangea was not seen in Europe until the 18th century when a colonist brought the North American hydrangea plant over to England.

Today, hydrangea mainly grows in the Americas. Big hydrangea heads are many smaller blooms clustered together. The little star-shaped flowers grow along wooden stems and create a big, pompom shape, making them very versatile and very easy to use in arrangements.

The most common color of hydrangea is white, but they also come in a variety of colors; such as blue, red, pink, or purple. In hydrangea varieties, the exact color often depends upon the acidity or alkalinity of the soil. Acidic soils produce blue flowers, neutral soils produce pale cream petals, and alkaline soils result in pink or purple. They can also change color, or be bi-colored. All depending on how acidity is added or removed from the soil. Hydrangea is available all year round, making it great for any occasion you would like to celebrate!

Some brides often worry that if they choose hydrangea for their wedding flowers it will wilt easily.  If your florist sources the hydrangea from top quality sources and hydrates each bloom properly, you will have nothing to worry about.  They are a beautiful flower that will compliment any wedding arrangement.

Take a look at a past wedding we created which included hydrangea in the wedding bouquets and wedding centerpieces.

Alstromeria

Alstromeria is one of nature’s most exotic looking flowers, also known as Peruvian Lilies. It comes in a variety of shades and colors, making them a perfect choice for any occasion. The Peruvian lily represents friendship and devotion and come in a variety of colors making them an ideal match for any birthday, graduation, or a “just because” arrangement. A few of the most popular colors include shades of yellow, pink, orange, and white.  The Peruvian lily is a very long lasting flower that has multiple blooms on a single stem, making these a popular choice for designers to place in vases or bouquets.

Alstromeria is native to South America, but now grow all over the world.  It was brought to Europe in the 1800’s, by a Swedish Botanist.  Not long after his discovery of the Peruvian Lily, did the flower gain popularity among flower enthusiasts.  With their meaning of devotion and friendship people quickly started giving them as gifts to friends and family.

Tulip Garden arrangement by Leigh Florist featuring Peruvian lilies (Alstromeria). 

 

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.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/52072939419194066/

Fill these with soft pinks and white for a simple and breathtaking centerpiece.

https://www.rocknrollbride.com/2017/03/post-elopement-industrial-vow-renewal/#more-266786

How cool is this? Rustic and chic at the same time!

Fall Wedding Ideas

If you’re planning a fall wedding, your thoughts and ideas blend with the crisp cool air and the vibrant contrast of colors autumn has to offer. Whether it’s an outdoor ceremony event, or the wedding party are all gathered for a session of pictures, the warm earth tones that reflect the changing leaves make an elegant backdrop display for any fall wedding. Whether your event theme is large and elegant, or intimate and casual, the fall season is a beautiful time of the year for your special day of celebrations.

With autumn in bloom, a fall wedding introduces a season of excitement with a palette of reds, oranges, browns, rusts, yellows, plum, purple, burgundy, greens and tan for an interesting color scheme to any wedding.

Wedding Location Ideas

Early to mid-autumn offers a variety of outdoor ceremony ideas.

Plan your I Do’s at a winery where there’s a lake or an ocean in the background.
A country farm where large maple, ash, popular, oak or birch trees stretching across rolling hills and fields of wheat,  giving the bride and groom, wedding party and guests the purest colors fall has to offer.
Another favorite is the peaceful surrounds of an old time wind mill encapsulated by lush greens of ivy for an intimate and cozy wedding ceremony.
If you have country in your heart, choose your ceremony destiny on a farm for a rustic appeal. Pull out the old horse drawn wagon filled with hay bales and kick up the celebrations country style.
A scenic golf course with colorful trees stretching down the fairways, swans gracefully swimming in the ponds with water sprays dancing to the opening wedding waltz.
An outside gazebo decorated with the magic of fall colors will astound any critic of the autumn season.  Decorate with ivy vines, autumn colored leaves, large vases at the entrance with fall flowers, wrap ribbon around the banister railing and columns, wrap corn stalk leaves together with dark colored ribbon and bows, use a personalized isle runner with fall themed design are a few decorating ideas for the gazebo.

Decoration Ideas

Florals are the most popular decoration used for most weddings at the ceremony and wedding reception. During the fall season, the colors of mother nature has created give way to a plentiful mix of color and accent ideas to incorporate into any wedding style or theme.  The wide variety of fall wedding flowers and large array of berries, foliage and accessories make autumn a wonderful time of year for your special celebration.

Flower choices for the fall wedding season are

mums,
daisies
hydrangeas
sunflowers
calla lilies

Many would think of calla lilies as a spring or summer flower but they also come in the rich and beautiful shades of cream, yellow, burgundy, and bronze for a lovely centerpiece or bouquet spread.

Centerpiece Accents

Opt for your floral accents with the fall theme to compliment table centerpieces blending the season with the beauty of the flowers for each of the decorations. Use natural accents of what fall  has to offer, accent ideas may include

dark foliage
wheat
pheasant feathers
acorns
berries
apples
small pumpkin picks
grapes
ryegrass
bittersweet vines
ivy
seed pods
raffia
Cattails
Mix in metallic foils of gold, copper, bronze or rust for a shimmering twist to the floral décor.

Design your floral in containers like small rustic wagons, woven baskets, cornucopias, colorful pottery, windmills, wrap vases with metallic foils, copper pots, gold vases, vases with leaf designs or natural containers made of wood are some ideas.

Fall Wedding Ideas: How to Plan an Autumn Wedding You’ll Absolutely Fall in Love With

The dog days of summer have passed but Jack Frost isn’t nipping at your nose just yet! The days may be getting shorter, but there’s still plenty of time to plan a fantastic fall wedding!

Autumn colors are bold, vibrant, warm and inviting making fall time a perfect theme for the beginning of your marriage adventure. By scheduling your wedding at this time of year you’ll reap the benefits of off-season planning and no extreme weather.

Here Are 5 Fall Wedding Ideas I Harvested to Help You Plan for Your Special Day:

1. Customize your Fall Wedding with Polaroid Instant Photo Guest Books

Capture every moment of your wedding day with Polaroid instant pictures and hand-written sentiments from your guests! Instant photo guest books, like Adesso’s Polaroid Instant Photo guest book, buck the digital trend.

When they’re combined with notes from all your friends and family, the instant photo guest book becomes a valued keepsake filled with memories that will last forever! Customize your autumn-themed wedding photo guest book by using pens with gold, brown or rust-colored ink, and for added seasonal pizzazz, you can even trim the cover with ribbons in colorful fall shades.

Fall Wedding Idea: Choose a fall-colored instant photo guest book that will accompany your autumn-themed wedding colors!

2. Autumn in New York? Choose Your Fall Wedding Destination

Frank Sinatra and other singers have immortalized the romantic notion of autumn in the Big Apple. And the vivid changing colors of New England always come to mind when thinking about the season.

Many locations hit the spot just right for an autumn wedding: a country inn, an old church, a vineyard, a local park and that’s just to name a few! Is there a friend or family member whose big backyard has lots of trees? Remember, it’s not the setting itself. It’s the spirit you bring to the setting that makes your fall wedding so memorable you’ll want to capture it both in pictures and in word.

Fall Wedding Idea: If traveling out of town isn’t in your budget, you can transform any venue into a fall fantasy. Look in travel or bridal magazines for fall wedding ideas, and visit your local craft store to find faux flowers, foliage and other items to help with inspiration!

3. Set the Stage for Your Autumn Wedding

Autumn’s trademark colors can be incorporated easily into every part of your wedding décor. Instead of bright white, try a gown in raw silk or a subtle cream shade? Bridesmaids and your maid of honor can wear a bouquet of lush fall shades like gold, burgundy, hunter green or chocolate brown. Select complementary ties or vests for the groom, best man and groomsmen.

If the flower girl is going to sprinkle the aisle with rose petals, use dried flowers or autumn leaves instead. Depending on the time of day, you might be able to have the ceremony by candlelight. And don’t forge to decorate the reception tables with seasonally-colored linens, mini pumpkins, dried flowers, acorns and colorful gourds.

Fall Wedding Idea: Assign someone you can count on to take pictures of the festive table settings before the reception to include in your instant wedding photo guest book!

4. Plan Your Menu with Autumn Foods In Mind

Many delicious foods conjure up images of crisp autumn days and nights. For starters, greet guests with a glass of warmed, mulled cider spiked with something festive like Tuaca liquer from Tuscany! Nuts and dried fruits can be available for nibbling before and after the ceremony.

For your main course, there are the staples like a Thanksgiving dinner theme. Serve the turkey with all the trimmings or try roast chicken or Cornish hen with cranberry garnish. For more hearty fare, there’s prime rib. Or be creative and try a game bird like quail or pheasant. And you can even “spice” up the wedding cake by choosing carrot, pumpkin-flavored or spice cake. If it’s got to be chocolate, added seasonings will give it an extra flair.

Fall Wedding Idea: In addition to serving a traditional wedding cake, you can also offer your guests dessert treats like apple, pecan or pumpkin pie.

5. Pick Your Autumn Wedding Favors

Send your guests home with some of the “flavor” of your wedding by favoring them with autumn wedding favors such as sachets and potpourri in seasonal scents. If there’s a farm stand or local specialty shop in the area, give a jar of homemade jam, preserves or chutney. Scented fall-colored candles are sure to be appreciated and enjoyed.

And since your wedding is all about the future, you can give your guests something to look forward to: flower bulbs that will bloom next spring. When it’s time to wrap it all up, package the autumn-themed wedding favors in a fabric bag (muslin, burlap, calico-designed cotton) tied with a raffia bow.

Fall Wedding Idea: How about an autumn wedding favor that’s good enough to eat? Thanks to the Internet, it’s easy to order unique, custom-made sweets, like jelly beans in fall colors or personalized M&Ms.