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.

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.

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

 

The Anemone

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.

Flowers for Every Season

One question that many of our brides ask is, “What flowers are available around the time of my wedding?” Favorites such as roses, hydrangea, lilies, stock, and gerbera daisies are available all year long. And lucky for us, many blooms incorporated in wedding decor are becoming available all year long as growers perfect their craft. So chances are, if there’s a flower you want, it’ll be available at the time of your wedding. If needed, flowers can be imported. However, we really discourage importing. By buying locally, brides can get high quality flowers without having to stretch their floral budgets. Also buying locally helps support our farmers and our economy here in South Jersey. We strive to maintain an eco-conscious flower shop!

When asked about buying seasonally, Leigh Florist owner Denise replied, “Trust me when I say seasonal is the way to go!” She has compiled a list of flowers available per season that will help you pick flowers for your big day:

 

Spring March-Maypale yellow amaryllis, anemone, bird of paradise, calla lily, dahlia, delphinium, freesia, gardenia, hyacinth, stargazer lilies, lisianthus, orchid, peony, poppy, protea, pussy willow, ranunculus, phlox, stephanotis, stock, sweet pea, tulip, zinnia
Summer June-AugustMJwed-321-of-928M alstromeria, amaranthus, baby’s breath, birds of paradise, calla lily, campanula, carnations, chrysanthemums, cockscomb, dahlia, delphinium, dianthus, freesia, gardenia, gladiolus, hydrangea, hypericum,, iris, peony, stargazer lily, lisianthus, stephanotis
Fall September-Novemberfall bouquets acashia, allium, alstromeria, amaranthis, baby’s breat, bittersweet, carnation, china berry, chrysanthemum, cockscomb, freesia, gerbera daisy, gladiolus, hypericum, iris, juniper, lily, orchid, protea, queen anne’s lace, roses, star of bethlehem, stephanotis, sunflower, zinnia
Winter December-Februarywinter_birch_branches_two acashia, alstromeria, amaryllis, carnation, chrysanthemums, cyclamen, evergreens, gerbera daisies, helleborus, holly berry, hyacinth, narcissus, orchid, pansy, phlox, protea, queen anne’s lace, ranunculus, roses, star of bethlehem, statice, stephanotis, tulip

 

Many wedding flower favorites are available in more than one season and each season has plenty of options. Note that this list does not include all flowers. One thing I’ve learned from being a flower shop blogger is that there are more flowers than I could possibly imagine! Every day I fall in love with a flower I had never heard of before so I promise you won’t ever feel like your options are limited. If there is a flower you like that is not listed above, ask us and we’ll see if it’s available for you!

 

-Lacey Bouchard

Plan A Spring Wedding – 28 Ways To Tie In The Season

Plan A Spring Wedding – 28 Ways To Tie In The Season

The tulips are blooming, the temperatures are rising – what a perfect time for a wedding! Get started planning your spring themed wedding now with these inspiring ideas for spring weddings…

Spring Theme Weddings – Things to Consider

Daylight saving time – In 2008, daylight saving time begins on Sunday March 9th, after which the sun will set an hour later. Keep this date in mind if you envision a sunset outdoor ceremony.

Prom factor – May and June are prime prom months, so be sure to book your transportation and locations early.

Variable weather
– spring weather can be unpredictable. An unseasonably warm and sunny Friday can give way to a miserably cold and rainy Saturday. Be prepared for both extremes.

All in the Details – Spring Wedding Ideas

Invitations & Stationery

* Add a spring motif – such as a tulip or butterfly – to your stationery suite
* Consider color – use paper or inks in a spring color palette – pastels, greens, etc.
* Get whimsical – find a fun, flirty font to evoke a festive spring feeling
* An added touch – insert a sprinkling of silk flowers into each envelope

Location

* Garden settings abound – take advantage of budding leaves and flowers with botanical gardens, mansions with lush grounds, or another venue with a pristine garden or courtyard.
* Take it indoors – if an outdoor setting isn’t possible – find an indoor venue with panoramic picture windows affording lots of sunlight and a bright airy ambiance.

Décor Elements

* Color palette – 1) green and white – an elegant accompaniment to a garden setting. 2) yellow and green -another fresh, natural color pairing. 3) preppy – combine hot pink with green or mango (think polka dots and gingham). 4) chocolate brown – this trendy hue works well for spring – pair with pale blue or pink.
* Go wild with patterns – create a playful effect – think gingham, polka dots, eyelet lace, swiss dots and stripes.
* Add some greens – grasses and greenery are a natural for outdoor garden settings. Drape over arbors and incorporate in arrangements

Flowers

* Seasonal blooms – classics include tulips, daffodils, lilies (especially calla lilies and easter lilies), magnolias, gardenias, hydrangeas, gerbera daisies, apple or cherry blossoms. View our complete list of spring wedding flowers
* Creative containers – put your arrangements in simple, homespun containers like wicker baskets, watering cans, teapots, or urns.
* Potted plants – potted arrangements create a natural, organic look. Best of all -you can plant them for a timeless reminder of your wedding

Menu

* In Season – serve a main dish featuring ham or lamb
* Fresh produce – round out the meal with a bounty of fresh fruits and young vegetables like baby carrots, baby asparagus and new potatoes
* Elegant sides – serve mini quiches or update traditional deviled eggs by adding salmon or crabmeat
* Bar favorites – a spring menu seems to call for champagne. Mix up a batch of mimosas for a morning wedding, or create a festive champagne cocktail.

Wedding Cake

* Coconut Confection – coconut frosting and fillings make a quintessential spring treat
* Crazy for carrot – carrot cake with cream cheese icing is another springtime fave.
* Light and fluffy – go with angel food cake and fresh strawberries or strawberry cream
* Whimsical adornments – decorate with bright, fanciful details like ribbon, swiss dots or swirl patterns.

Attire

* Loosen up – feel free to relax the dress code a bit, especially if the wedding will take place outside
* Lighten up – lighter fabrics like lace or cotton create a perfect springtime look
* Wedding gown – Add some color with a sash or detailed embroidery
* Bridesmaids dresses – Pastels are a springtime classic. Keep yours fresh by choosing a color and allowing each of your maids to select a different hue. Or go in another direction with a bolder turquoise, fuschia or mango.
* Avoid satin shoes – they don’t hold up well under springtime showers
* The guys – They’ll look seasonably appropriate in tan suits, colored shirts and ties. For a formal evening affair, a basic tux always works.

Favors

* Keep love blooming – with packs of flower seeds
* Plant it – give miniature potted plants or herbs

Getaway

* Horse-drawn carriage – this Cinderella-like getaway make a fitting finale to an ethereal springtime wedding

Get even more ideas for spring weddings in this complete guide to wedding themes.

Choosing Fall Wedding Flowers That Are In Season Can Save Money

Fall is the season for changing colors, from the bright greens and pastels of summer, to beautiful deep reds, golds and greens of fall. Along with changing textures in the foliage of the trees and cool autumn breezes, come many beautiful fall weddings and lives joining. Fall seems to be one of the most popular times of the year for weddings, and can be accentuated by the natural backdrops and flowers that are in season for fall. While flowers of all varieties can be shipped from overseas all year long it can be very expensive.

To help save your budget, educate yourself on what flowers are in season for fall. There are so many options for flowers to decorate your wedding and reception that are available year round and others that are in season for fall, including flowers and plants. It doesn’t matter if you are using a florist or tending to the flower arrangements yourself, knowing what is in season is the key to saving money!

Fall arrangements have abundant of colors and can consist of a varieties of flowers that are in season. A few on my favorites that can save some money are Sunflowers, Gerber Daisies, Mums, Black-eye Susans, Chrysanthemums, Dahlia, and Gladiolas. Several of these flowers have larger stems and blooms, and could be used as a single stemmed bouquet to save money, but not take away from the look.

Sunflowers and Gerber Daisies are two of my favorite flowers to use in fall weddings and can set the stage for a beautiful ceremony, without spending big bucks on flowers. They can be used in single stems or throughout a bouquet. Another beautiful inexpensive option for fall wedding flowers are mums which could be used in bouquets or as potted plants scattered around your reception or throughout your wedding venue. They are available in several deep color tones including red, gold and green.

To save your budget, if you would like to lighten up the look of the deeper fall colors, you can add a few lighter colored flowers throughout your arrangements without forgoing your budget. Depending on the region where you are getting married, your flower choices may vary. Do your research first to help save money but still achieve the look you are going for.

Some of the flowers that are available year round include Roses, Carnations, Eucalyptus, Gardenia, Gladiolus, Heather, Lily of the Valley, Orchids, Portea, Scabiosa, and Delphinium along with the Calla Lily. However, if you are on a tight budget, you may want to choose something other than lilies, because they are more expensive than some other choices.

You have several options for filler flowers and foliage with the changing of the leaves in the fall. Magnolia leaves, maple tree leaves and others are some great ideas for using to fill a natural arrangement or to use as a center piece of a table. I have seen stems of pepper plants used during fall and it seems to be a great addition of color. Don’t forget the pumpkins and gourds in fall. You could use white pumpkins, green ones or the traditional orange pumpkins as accent pieces. I have found that using the colored leaves along with pillar candles in the center of tables, along with some pretty ribbon, makes a real show stopping center piece. You could also mingle in the gourds or pumpkins for some added color and texture on the tables.

The changing of the seasons, from the hot summer months to the cool fall weather, with the beautiful changing colors in the trees and deep colored flowers, is one of my favorite times of the year. It seems to also be a great time to get married. Though many times flowers are one of the biggest expenses of a wedding, they don’t have to be if you take note as to what flowers are in season and plan your color scheme around them. Be creative and save your money!

A Guide To Popular Wedding Flowers For Every Season

Whether you’re planning your wedding in a winter wonderland, the summertime, fall, or spring, you need to choose the right flowers. Some are always available through the year, and others are seasonal. Read on to learn about which wedding flowers are appropriate for each season.

When choosing wedding flowers, you need to take the season into consideration. Some flowers are always in season, while others are season-specific. You have a variety of choices no matter when you’re planning the wedding. However, it’s important to pick flowers that go with the theme of the wedding. They need to match the rest of the décor.

These flowers are available all year:

Roses
Orchids
Lilies
Anthuriums
Tropical Flowers
Carnations

Summer Wedding Flowers

You have plenty of choices available in the summer. The summer months are the most popular months for weddings, so you can easily incorporate beautiful flowers in your ceremony and reception.

Here are some of the choices:

Forget-me-nots
Gerbera Daisy
Iris
Freesia
Chrysanthemum
Iris
Snapdragons
Sunflowers

Winter Flowers

Getting married during the winter months? Worried that there might not be any available flowers? Don’t be! As mentioned above, some are available all year around. There are also some that come into season during this time.

Some popular choices include:

Amaryllis
Bells of Ireland
Casa Blanca Lilies
Tulips
Daffodils
Camellias
Holly
Star Gazer Lily

Fall / Autumn Flowers

Fall flowers tend to be fiery orange, crimson, and beautiful yellows. Fruits are also grown this time of the year, and they look great in wedding arrangements as well. Two fruits you might want to consider are crab apples and Physalis.

Here are some popular flowers for fall months:

Aster
Dahlia
Zinnia
Marigold
Statice

These mixed in with dried leaves and fruits look very beautiful and classy.

Spring Wedding Flowers

In the spring, everything comes to life. Spring months represent new beginnings, as do the flowers themselves. Flowering bulbs are in season and create an enchanting setting for the perfect wedding.

Here are some of your choices:

Delphinium
Boronia
Lilacs
Peonies
Tulips
Waxflowers
Hyacinth
Sweet pea

Now that you know all about wedding flowers, you can create the perfect arrangements!