A Cape May Wedding

Jessica and Andrew headed down to Cape May this past fall to join together in marriage. They began with an evening outdoor ceremony at the Willow Creek Winery, with the reception to follow inside the beautiful rustic venue.

 

The ceremony was decorated with a rustic branch arch (provided by Leigh Florist) featuring an elegant lush garden design including green and gray foliage and garland draped down the front. A larger, long floral design in white blooms sat across the front of the arch. White rose petals lined the sides of the aisle completing the elegant design.

Jessica walked down the aisle with a rounded garden style bouquet featuring white hydrangea, white garden roses, white lisianthus, Queen Anne’s lace, white tea roses and touches of red heart garden roses accented with seeded eucalyptus for texture. The Groom wore a white lisianthus cluster finished with eucalyptus and gray ribbon to match the bride.

 

The bridesmaids held a smaller version of Jessica’s bouquet and the Groomsmen a smaller cluster of blooms to match Andrew.

The Cape May Winery Ballroom was decorated with votive candles, eucalyptus garland and garden box style centerpieces. Each table had a beautiful lush arrangement of white blooms including hydrangea, garden roses, garden tea roses, lisianthus, Queen Anne’s lace and a variety of greenery to create a textured look.

Guests arrived to a handmade chalkboard seating chart (created by Leigh Florist) to direct them to their seats for the evening. A cupcake display made from wooden crates and loose blooms to match the wedding décor sat to one side of the room complimenting the overall wedding design.

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.

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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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

Growing Peonies

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Peonies are one of our favorite flowers. Their attractive and lush blooms come in a multitude of colors. Peonies are one of the best-known and most dearly loved perennials. If a peony is well situated and happy, it may bloom for 100 years or more with little or no attention. But to get to that point, it takes some TLC. Peonies prefer a sunny location with well-drained soil. Good air circulation around the plant is also important. Peonies rarely bloom the first year after planting. It often takes three years before you see an abundant display of flowers. But once the plants do start blooming, you can look forward to a lifetime of beautiful flowers. A yearly application of all-purpose fertilizer and a top-dressing of compost is all a peony requires for good health. These are just a few tips, for you to get your garden blooming with gorgeous peonies. 

Check out our post about peonies for your wedding here

Seasonal availability for spring wedding flowers

 Wedding season is around the corner! Some of the best flowers bloom in the spring, and can really take your bouquets, and arrangements to the next level. These are just some of our favorites!

1. A top choice for brides is the Peony.  Peonies have a short growing time, making these sought-after blooms even more desirable to brides walking down the aisle.  They come in all different colors, but most popular is white and blush.

2. Tulips are a great choice for spring.  Available all season, tulips are a great choice for bouquets, and centerpieces.  Tulips come in a range of colors, so they would be great to match with bridesmaid gowns.

3.  Anemones come in an array of petal colors and sizes and have a dark center. A highly versatile flower. These will add a great pop of color to your bridal bouquet.

4. Garden roses are great bloom to add to your nuptials.  They open so perfectly they will have you in awe.  Garden roses come in a variety of colors, especially coral, or blush would be a great choice for spring.

5. Daffodils are one of the flowers that just define spring.  They are one of the first flowers to pop up out the ground as a sign that winter is almost over.  Daffodil’s come in white, yellow, or a mix of the two.  They would look great in a centerpiece, as their bloom is slightly larger, and will fit in just the right spaces.

6. Sweet Peas are a lovely and unique flower that are sure to draw attention to any arrangement .

Here is a seasonal guide for the top wedding flowers

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See full seasonal floral guide Here

Leah & Kevin’s wedding at Laurel Creek Country Club

Leah and Kevin had a beautiful June day at the Laurel Creek Country Club. Her wedding style was very sweet with ivory and lace. To create the designs we used hydrangea, garden roses, queen annes lace and peonies. Our favorite touch was the hanging vases on the ceremony arch. Thank you to Alison from  Alison Dunn Photography for sharing their photos with us!

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Michelle & Kelly’s Wedding – Wish Upon A Wedding 2014

It was a wonderful experience being a Wish Granter Thanks Wish Upon a Wedding Philadelphia for selecting us to be a part of Kelly and Michelle’s wedding! The flowers for this event were colorful, tropical and fun! We used Birds Of Paradise, Orchids, Peonies, Roses, and elements of Curly Willow. You could tell that this was a very special day for Kelly and Michelle. It was great working with all of the other vendors! Wedding Planning by Angela MALICKI events, Ceremony Venue by the Moshulu, Recpetion Venue  Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, Flowers by us  Leigh Florist, Entertainment by The Super AWESOME BVTLive, Gorgeous attire provided by Beautiful Brides Philly, Lighting accents by Eventions Productions, Fabulous wedding cake by Bredenbeck’s Bakery, Candy buffet courtesy of, Cho- oh-lat, Photo booth by ShutterBooth Philadelphia. A big thank you to BG Productions! Not only do they provide beautiful photos, they always make the event a blast!

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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.

 

Lisa & Joe – May 2013

Congratulations to another wonderful couple, Lisa & Joe!  These two lovebirds tied the knot in front of the coy pond at their home in  Medford, New Jersey!

When we met with Lisa she was so sweet and super excited to choose her flowers!

These lovely photos were provided by Gary Schempp Photography – he does really great work!

http://www.philadelphiaeventphotographer.com/

 

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Lisa chose a delicious blend of oranges, pale yellow and pinks with touches of lime green and succulents to accent.

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Lisa’s bouquet was made of pink peonies, orange roses, pale yellow lisianthus, green viburnum and succulents.

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We wish you two all the best, and please keep in touch!