A ring bearer was first called a pageboy in England, and it is said that he originally carried the bride’s train and a prayer book along with the rings. Today ring bearers sport a tuxedo just like the groom and are easily the cutest members of your bridal party. Traditionally, the ring bearer would carry the rings tied onto a satin pillow, but new trends are on the rise. Couples are putting a new spin on the traditional ring bearer pillow. Also, keep in mind that your ring bearer may take off and run the other way, so try tying fake rings to the pillow just in case! We’ve seen it happen!
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
The Anemone is a beautiful classic flower that has many uses from bridal bouquets to everyday centerpieces. The genus Anemone consists of 120 species of perennial flowering plants, which grow from tubers. Anemones grow wild in many European countries, North America, and Japan. The name Anemone is of Greek descent and roughly means wind flower because it’s the wind that opens them up. They were also once used for medical purposes as well. They have been known to help treat cramps and emotional distress.
The anemone comes several different colors such as red, pink, magenta, purple and blue, but the white anemone has proven most popular.
When it comes to wedding flowers the anemone is mostly used in the bridal bouquet. With its pure white petals and deep black center it creates a classic look on its own. You can also create a more dramatic look depending on what other flowers you pair them with. These flowers are typically available from October to May, only two of the major wedding months. If this is a flower you love and would like to incorporate into your wedding be sure to consider your time frame. Check with your local florist to inquire about their availability, and color options.
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.
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A note from the florist:
As a wedding florist, weddings are my life. Week in and week out, I plan, prep, create and design wedding flowers. When the weekend arrives, I’m delivering, overseeing set up, styling and watching it all come together.
It takes much dedication, it is my passion and I love my job!
There is a lot of work to be done behind the scenes that many are unaware of, which separates flower design as a profession vs. flower design as a hobby. A wedding requires much organization, paperwork and sourcing, along with finding the best flowers and materials for the event. My team meets to discuss the details and requests of the clients. This allows us all to collaborate on the event design.
The week of the wedding flowers are received, processed, hydrated and thorns removed. They go into a cooling period in the fridge for 24 hours to follow. It is important to know the care of each flower variety to ensure success for an event.
An experienced florist who has been designing and preparing flowers for hundreds of weddings before yours is well worth the money. Here’s why:
Quality Product – You need your flowers to be right the first time because there are no “take twos” for your wedding day!
Design Meetings – Our process begins with the client scheduling their first design meeting. At this first meeting you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire to lay out the details of your wedding – the who’s, what’s, when’s and where’s. We will also ask a few design questions about your colors, details and theme.
Then a floral consultation begins, at this point I want to get an overview of your wedding flower ideas and arrangements. I love when the client is an open book expressing favorites and dislikes. The client usually will come with photos and style boards to share ideas of the bridal bouquet, bridesmaids’ bouquets and centerpieces. We use our portfolio of designs to help further clarify the direction of details and designs.
Professional Planning – Once the designs are decided, we will have colors established and style direction for the event. After the style we have to be sure that the budget matches the dream. I begin to break down the various elements, including which flowers and foliage will be needed and the quantity for each. As a professional florist there a lot of moving parts like what type and how many vases to buy, along with the when and where to deliver bouquets and coordinating setup time(s) for the ceremony and and reception. I am required to be organized in my thoughts and creative in spirit at all times.
Detailed Organization – Once your wedding day is getting near, the next step is to start ordering an negotiating with local suppliers and growers. We need to confirm availability, create recipes for each design, contact and communicate with your ceremony venue, reception venue and wedding planner. The planning of delivery involves logistics along with staffing, time schedules and other final details. As the florist, I have many details to juggle and organize – all of which is included in your price.
We are here to make it easy but all of this takes time.
When budgeting for your wedding we find that there are no loop holes or secrets. You will always get what you pay for.
Remember flowers will be in all of your photos so you want them to look good. Hiring an experienced florist will prevent you from falling victim to the broken, wilting bouquets. Be sure to ask your florist how they handle and care for their blooms. An experienced and knowledgeable florist will gladly explain their care and handling process because they are proud of what they do – it is their work of art.
Designing flowers looks easy but there is so much to the art. Many years of experience and expertise go into those blooming arrangements.
Each florist has their own price points. We don’t keep our prices secret. This allows our clients to get an initial idea of how much they can anticipate to spend. Please CLICK HERE to view our general pricing guide.
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!
Vanessa and Balal had a beautiful spring day for their wedding at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. This mosaic garden is an amazing, eclectic venue in the city! Vanessa loves purple! Her bouquet was a cascade style of four different variations of Orchids and Ivory Roses. Thank you Michael Chadwick for sharing these beautiful photos with us!
In a few months, the 2014 wedding season will be in full swing. Now is the time for brides to begin planning the flowers for their big day. Now that we know what colors to expect, it’s time to consider what flowers will look elegant in the colors of the new year. The Knot claims that the best 10 wedding flowers are roses, tulips, calla lilies, lily of the valley, hydrangea, peonies, ranunculus, stephanotis, sweet peas, and gardenias. These are excellent and classic flower choices, but there are so many other options out there that also come in the projected shades of 2014.
Peonies, roses, and hydrangea look lovely in coral. But other flowers such as snap dragons, spider flowers, and dahlias give texture that really make the already bold shade stand out. For more texture, hypericum berries also come in coral.
Another popular color for 2014 is yellow, specifically in happy, sunny shades. The most obvious choices for a bride who wants cheerful yellow flowers are sunflowers and gerbera daisies. But alstromeria, cymbidium orchids, cremon, irises, and dahlias also come in golden shades. And for even more yellow, mimosa and craspedia add lots of fun texture.
Pantone’s color of the year, Radiant Orchid, is a brilliant shade of purple. Hyacinth, irises, dahlias, and crocuses also come in very lovely shades of purple. And of course, orchids are available in shades of purple ranging from warm pinky-fuchsia to cool blue-lavender.
While the selection of bright green flowers is slim, there are options such as cymbidium orchids, hydrangea, and chrysanthemums that will satisfy any bride trying to incorporate non-foliage green into her arrangements. However, there is a plethora of foliage options to lend texture and help create a variety of styles so don’t discount it! Also, if you want to go with a less traditional, bohemian style, limes look great in arrangements or submerged in vases.
For the bride who wants to use the dazzling blue shades of 2014, delphinium, clematis, morning glory, and aster are all great choices especially since these flowers are naturally blue. Many flowers such as blue roses are not found in nature and are therefore produced artificially.
For our brave brides who want to use tangerine as their dominant color choice, proteas, dahlias, orchids, and gerbera daisies all come in the resplendent shade.
Kim Forrest, one of the editors for Wedding Wire, predicts that dahlias will be a very popular flower for 2014. Lucky for us, it is a beautiful and versatile flower with a fun texture that comes in many different shades.
No matter your style or color scheme, we can find a way to incorporate the color and flower trends of 2014 into your wedding flower assemblage!
Leigh Florist is a boutique floral studio in South Jersey. Our team provides full service floral design for everyday arrangements and events. We specialize in wedding and event design and offer custom bouquet preservation.
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