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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History of Boutonnieres

It’s no secret that most men aren’t really into flowers, especially wearing them. However, did you know a boutonniere is historically the manliest thing you are wearing as you walk down the aisle? If you’re the groom or even a groomsmen, you may be wondering about the flowers you may have to wear on the special day. You may feel silly wearing a flower especially if it’s a girly color like pink, but think about the big picture and how it connects you to your beautiful bride. It ties the two of you together in a special way on your wedding day.

If you read our History of corsages blog then you got a glimpse of where the boutonniere tradition comes from but let’s expand! Some believe that this tradition goes back to ancient Egypt and the Aztecs. They would wear certain colored blossoms to show their support for players who participated in sporting events.

Others believe that the tradition came from the battlefields of the civil wars in England where the bloom or bloom color signified friends or enemies from each other. Boutonnieres didn’t become popular on lapels until the early 19th century when fashions began to change. Bigger coats that folded over revealing the inside of a buttonhole, creating a lapel didn’t become popular until this time.

It is said that boutonnieres became popular for special occasions because flowers provided a perfume effect, warded off evil and disease.

Typically, the boutonniere the groom wears should be a bit different from that of his groomsman. Sometimes they are a fuller design or even a different flower of the same color. The blooms should be pinned to the left lapel of the tux or suit jacket. A good jacket will have a sturdy buttonhole to support the weight of the flower. Some flowers are heavier than others so you will need to make sure it is secured correctly. Most of the time the grooms boutonniere will match the bride’s bouquet and pull them together for a picture perfect look.

Boutonnieres by Leigh Florist

 

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). 

 

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

Nicole and Stephen – June 2013

Congratulations to Nicole and Stephen!

You two had such beautiful weather on your wedding day!

Venue: Congress Hall – Cape May, NJ

Photographer: Artwork Photography

Wedding Planner: Michelle Scanzano – All Things Beautiful

 

The men's boutonnieres included white garden tea roses and silver grey pods to accent.

The men’s boutonnieres included white garden tea roses and silver grey pods to accent.

 

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Nicole's bouquet included garden roses, garden tea roses, hydrangea and peonies.

Nicole’s bouquet included garden roses, garden tea roses, hydrangea and peonies.

 

Sara & Harry – June 2013

A big congratulations to Sara and Harry!  We wish you all the best!

Photographer: M2 Photography – A big thank you to Melissa McManus for providing their beautiful photos!

Venue: Trump National Golf Club – Pine Hill, NJ

Philadelphia Wedding Photography

Nicole requested very pale peach tones, ivory/white and pops of coral shades. Her bouquet included roses, calla lilies, japonica, and small tufts of foliage to accent.

 

Philadelphia Wedding Photography

Philadelphia Wedding Photography

Philadelphia Wedding Photography

Philadelphia Wedding Photography

Harry wore a calla lily boutonniere while his best man and groomsmen wore rose boutonnieres.

 

Philadelphia Wedding Photography

Philadelphia Wedding Photography

Philadelphia Wedding Photography

Philadelphia Wedding Photography

Sara’s petite toss bouquet!

Philadelphia Wedding Photography

Philadelphia Wedding Photography

We created tall centerpieces with pale yellow, lime green, oranges, and pale pink using viburnum, hydrangea, roses, lisianthus and other seasonal blooms. We paired these tall arrangements with low lush arrangements to match.

Philadelphia Wedding Photography

Philadelphia Wedding Photography

For her bridesmaids, Sara chose bright shades of corals and bright greens to accent. The bouquets were made of roses and cymbidium orchids with foliage to finish.

Philadelphia Wedding Photography

Alison & Chris – June 2013

Congratulations to Alison & Chris!  We were delighted to be a part of your special day!  You looked beautiful!

Venue: Belle Voir Manor – Bensalem, PA

Photographer: Laura Leigh Photo

Laura Leigh Photo did such a great job – the photos are gorgeous!!

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Such a lovely couple!

Such a lovely couple!

Alison's bouquet included lush and lovely roses, tea roses, hydrangea and calla lilies.

Alison’s bouquet included lush and lovely roses, tea roses, hydrangea and calla lilies.

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Alison's bridesmaids carried bouquets of white hydrangea, pink roses and pink cymbidium orchids.  They really popped against the black dresses!

Alison’s bridesmaids carried bouquets of white hydrangea, pink roses and pink cymbidium orchids. They really popped against the black dresses!

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Tall centerpieces with hydrangea, peonies, stock, roses and draping ivy accented the tables of the reception hall.

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Diane & Jesse – June 2013

Words cannot express how wonderful it was to work with Diane and Jesse!  We wish you both all the best in your new journey together!!

Venue: The Old Mill – Rose Valley, PA

Photographer: Ron Soliman Photojournalism

Flowers Used: Peonies, Phaleonopsis Orchids, Hydrangea, Succulents, Garden Roses and Tea Roses

Wedding Colors: Hot Pink and Mint

 

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Diane carried a lush bouquet of hot pink peonies with succulents to accent.

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Diane’s ladies carried bouquets of white hydrangea and succulents. Look at how their hot pink shoes pop against the mint dresses! So pretty!

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Jesse was pinned with a hot pink ranunculus boutonniere with eucalyptus accents.

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Below are some of the photos we captured during the wedding setup!

 

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Diane brought these little chicks and green vases to us. Aren’t they super sweet? We filled the vases with blush pink peonies and placed them around the cocktail area.

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Tall, varied height cylinder vases were filled with white phaleonopsis orchids.

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Low, lush arrangements of hydrangea, peonies, tea roses and succulents complimented the mint linens.

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Look at the cute candy table!

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A place card table arrangement with manzanita branches – accented with hydrangea, succulents, and tea roses. Garlands of tea roses and white dendrobium orchids drape from the branches.

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