Vanessa & Balal – April 2014

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!

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Easter Flowers and Tablescapes

Easter falls at the time of year when the cold, harsh winter is finally wiped away by the warm, blossoming days of spring. It is a time when a wide variety of flowers begin to bloom again, but one flower in particular is known as the Easter flower: the Easter Lily.

Originally cultivated in Japan, Americans began to grow lilies during the second world war. The lily has roots in the bible as the flower that sprang from the blood drops of Christ. It is also said that the white flowers bloomed in the tomb of the virgin mother, signifying her purity. In depictions of St. Michael telling Mary that she is to bear the son of God, he is often seen handing her a bouquet of white lilies. They are said to represent love and hope and their sprouting in the spring represents Christ’s resurrection, bringing purity back to the land.

Other popular flowers associated with Easter include daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, and irises. Daffodils represent rebirth and are said to have bloomed during Christ’s resurrection. In Germany, they are called Osterglocken meaning Easter bells and in England, they are called Lent Lilies. Tulips represent great love. They aren’t directly associated with Easter but are often associated with the idea of Christ’s endless love. Hyacinths are perhaps most famous for their fragrance; a light and sweet scent reminiscent of warm, breezy days. Just like the lily and daffodil, the hyacinth represents rebirth. The iris, which comes in an array of colors, symbolizes faith, hope, and wisdom.

On their own or mixed with other blooms, these flowers make beautiful gifts for loved ones and can be used to decorate your home during the Easter season. One of our favorite ways to decorate for the holiday is to make Easter tablescapes. They don’t have to be big or flashy or expensive. Flowers in soft pastel shades reflect the gentleness of the season while bright, happy colors are perfect for adding cheer to your table. This is also a great time to display bulbs as centerpieces. If you do want something grand or dramatic, arrangements with long blooming branches or pussy willow are compelling while also maintaining a soft aesthetic. The season of rebirth is full of fresh foods and flowers and we love decorating our homes with them to chase away any remaining winter blues.

While it is officially spring according to the calendar, it never really feels like spring until Easter rolls around. The bright colors and fragrant blooms that are always incorporated into Easter décor are what really make the season come to life. Here are a few of our favorite Easter floral designs:

Sweet and Pretty

Sweet and Pretty

Spring Waltz

Spring Waltz

Spring Bling

Spring Bling

Country Morning

Spring Awakening

Country Morning

Country Morning

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-Lacey Bouchard

 

http://www.ehow.com/facts_5188760_types-easter-flowers.html

http://www.theholidayspot.com/easter/easter_flowers.htm

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/archives/parsons/publications/lily/lily.html

http://www.proflowers.com/guide/history-and-meaning-of-iris

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Wedding Flowers

Spring Wedding Flowers

Spring wedding season will be here soon!  Thinking of getting married then?  You have a TON of options to choose from.  March, April, and May is a wonderful time to have fresh garden flowers to make your wedding day extra special!

 

Firstly, there is the good old faithful tulip. They pair nicely with hyacinth, grape hyacinth, anenomes, and ranunculus.  The tulips are pretty flexible (no pun intended), when it comes to arrangements.  You can submerge them and illuminate with candles.  Or you can place them into pretty much any other centerpiece of your choice.

 

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Fun Fact:  Tulips actually continue to grow while sitting in floral arrangements!  You may receive a floral arrangement with tulips. When  you wake up the next day, they may be turned in another direction and even a little bit taller.  Weird, huh?

 

Unlike the tulip, which has no scent, the hyacinth has a beautiful, sweet smell to liven any bouquet or centerpiece (if you don’t have allergies!).  They are such cute little bell shaped blooms, we can’t help but say “awww” whenever they enter the shop!

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Oh!  And who could forget the lovely peony!  Such elegance and beauty!

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You can always call us to see what beautiful blooms have entered our front door!  We would love to hear from you!

 

The Benefits and Disadvantages of a Spring Wedding

The Benefits and Disadvantages of a Spring Wedding

The season of renewal is ahead, as Spring hits the UK in a matter of weeks. Already, crocuses are showing their heads, welcoming a new year and new time! A time for birth and change, spring is the perfect time to have your wedding and to celebrate the changes ahead in your relationship.

A spring wedding is not only symbolically beautiful, with the changing and blossoming landscape it acts as a perfect background to your wedding. The trees, no longer subdued, will blossom into life, just like any spring bride. Furthermore, sites of national heritage begin to open their doors during this season, enabling you to book your wedding at a beautiful castle and landscape for a lower price than a summer bride.

With spring weddings, there are some problems that you may come across. One issue is rain. Down pours are more often in spring, giving you a higher chance of rain. However, if you plan ahead by hiring or marquee or organising the service and party mainly inside (with open doors), you can avoid you and your guests getting soaked.

Also consider holidays that might interfere with the wedding. Holidays, such as St. Patrick’s day may interfere with your ability to book venues, especially in Ireland. Check out with your church or venue about dates that might interfere with the wedding before you book. Holidays can also be a savoir, as for many it gives them extra time off for travelling if needs be. It is also good for teachers who may not be able to get the time off. On the other hand, venues and accommodation will need to be booked earlier as many people have this same idea!

If you want to avoid the rain, opting for a wedding in late spring/early summer might be a better choice for you. The hours of sunlight are also longer, enabling you to set your wedding for a later time or organising an evening outdoor party on the grounds. The only real problem is that over a quarter of brides choose this time of year, making it harder to book venues, entertainment, florists etc.

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Marie Coles is a professional writer. She writes informative, yet, dynamic articles on weddings.

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Wedding Favor Ideas For a Spring Wedding  

Wedding Favor Ideas For a Spring Wedding  

Article by Sophia C

Spring is a joyous time of year and the perfect time to plan a wedding. This time of year is traditionally a time of new life, love and fertility so it’s the most popular time to have a wedding. That means its best to plan ahead for your own wedding if you plan to have it during the spring.

A spring wedding uses many classic colors like white or cream and pastel colors like pink, robin’s egg blue, lavender and yellow. Some brides even opt for fresh spring colors like peach, teal and greens. Attire for a spring wedding includes dresses with shorter sleeves, open necklines and shorter length skirts for the bride and her attendants; as well as lighter fabrics for the groom and his party. If the wedding is to be held closer to summer, it’s even ok for ladies to wear more open shoes and men to wear lighter fabrics like linens, khaki colors or crisp white cottons. In order to make the spring wedding very special, couples may want to choose wedding décor and favors that invite the freshness of spring into their ceremony. Here are some ideas:

Love is in bloom. Spring is all about flowers and lots of them! For your wedding day, you may want to bring in as many floral themed wedding items that you can to give your wedding atmosphere a spring like feeling. You can do this with lots of fresh or silk flowers of course. But you may also want to purchase flower shaped candles, votives, dishes and other floral themed wedding favors to delight your guests.

Perfect pair. That’s how everyone describes you and your partner. Your springtime wedding can incorporate this idea by finding matching pairs of hearts, birds, fruit or other symbols of your love. There are many wedding favors that come in this design from cute little pear shaped salt and pepper shakers to candles shaped like two hearts. Just use your imagination and explore the many options available to you in wedding favors.

The birds and the bees. Along with flowers pollinating and spreading forth their lovely blooms, the birds and the bees play an important role in this process of springtime. Give them a place in your wedding décor with bird and bee wedding favors. These can be as simple as candles in the shape of bumblebees or birds placed in votives or at place settings at the reception, or you can find whimsical candle holders and wedding favor tins that use this design.

Lilies are for love. If you are a traditional bride and want an ultra classy look to your wedding décor and wedding favors, you may want to think about using calla lilies. These lovely long blooms are symbols of enduring love and the white simple flowers are reminiscent of purity. Calla lilies can be found in just about all wedding favors, linen and floral designs for the perfect wedding look.

Remember, a spring wedding is fresh and very special. Help your wedding guests enjoy this happy day as you start your new life together with spring themed wedding favors.

About the Author

If you’re getting ready for a spring wedding, http://www.Favors-N-Gifts.com is a great source for spring wedding favors, perfect for any budget.

 

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Spring Wedding Attire For Men  

Spring Wedding Attire For Men  

Article by Bridget Mora







Spring is right around the corner, and it is the perfect time to lighten up! If a spring wedding is in the forecast, now is the time to decide on the attire for the groom and other men in the wedding party. Take a look at these fresh ideas for spring wedding attire for men.

Formal evening weddings call for black tie, even in the spring. The traditional tuxedo does not allow a whole lot of room for personalization, but it is possible to add a little hint of spring to the ensemble. One of the easiest ways to do so is by selecting boutonierres in iconic spring flowers. A small spring of white lilies-of-the-valley would be both formal and springy. Or choose a diminutive spring bulb such as a mini daffodil or grape hyacinth for a bit more whimsy. These flowers are excellent additions to the bridal bouquets, so they are wonderful boutonierre options.

For daytime spring weddings, consider suits in light colors. A navy or black suit is handsome, to be sure, but can look a bit heavy on a beautiful spring day. Get into the spirit of the season with khaki suits for the groom and groomsmen. They look fresh and spring-like, and pair wonderfully with bridesmaid dresses in pastel colors. The neutral khaki color allows for infinite shirt and tie options. It can be very nice to choose a shirt which coordinates with the colors the bridesmaids will wear. Another idea is to use a blue or white shirt and pick up the wedding colors in the tie. Pastel colors like yellow and spring green look fantastic with khaki suits, as well.

Another nice spring wedding look is for the men to wear blazers with trousers rather than an entire suit. It is less stiff and formal, which is ideal for semi-formal weddings. The classic navy blazer is a can’t-miss, and can be worn in a variety of ways. Traditional brass buttons are nautical and conservative. Pair them with a striped tie and a nicely starched shirt. Or let the navy blazers be a little more understated by switching out brass buttons for plain navy ones that match the jacket (this is an incredibly easy alteration). A yellow shirt with a tiny check or a classic blue and white striped button down would be perfect with this outfit. As for the pants, they can be an all-season wool gabardine in a light color like tan or gray. If the wedding is really relaxed, cotton khakis would even work, as long as they are crisp and freshly pressed with a hint of starch.

Accessories make the man, just like they do the woman, so do not overlook their role in the mens’ wedding attire. If you are not using a boutonierre, a pocket square in a spring color will add a dash of color to their jackets. Cufflinks are another great accessory for the men in a wedding, and they make excellent groomsmen gifts. Silver cufflinks with an initial are one of the most popular groomsmen gifts, or select cufflinks which tie in with the theme of your wedding, such as small silver sailboats for a nautical wedding.

So you see, there are some great springtime attire options for the men in a wedding. It is not all the same old stuff that they wear all year long. Whether your wedding is formal, casual, or something in between, choosing wedding attire with a springy feeling will help the groomsmen and groom to look fresh and crisp.



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Bridget Mora writes for Silverland Jewelry about weddings, fashion, and etiquette. The friendly staff at http://silverlandjewelry.com/ is waiting to help you find the perfect groomsmen gifts for your wedding. All jewelry orders over receive complimentary shipping.

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Spring Wedding Attire For Men

Spring Wedding Attire For Men

Spring is right around the corner, and it is the perfect time to lighten up! If a spring wedding is in the forecast, now is the time to decide on the attire for the groom and other men in the wedding party. Take a look at these fresh ideas for spring wedding attire for men.

Formal evening weddings call for black tie, even in the spring. The traditional tuxedo does not allow a whole lot of room for personalization, but it is possible to add a little hint of spring to the ensemble. One of the easiest ways to do so is by selecting boutonierres in iconic spring flowers. A small spring of white lilies-of-the-valley would be both formal and springy. Or choose a diminutive spring bulb such as a mini daffodil or grape hyacinth for a bit more whimsy. These flowers are excellent additions to the bridal bouquets, so they are wonderful boutonierre options.

For daytime spring weddings, consider suits in light colors. A navy or black suit is handsome, to be sure, but can look a bit heavy on a beautiful spring day. Get into the spirit of the season with khaki suits for the groom and groomsmen. They look fresh and spring-like, and pair wonderfully with bridesmaid dresses in pastel colors. The neutral khaki color allows for infinite shirt and tie options. It can be very nice to choose a shirt which coordinates with the colors the bridesmaids will wear. Another idea is to use a blue or white shirt and pick up the wedding colors in the tie. Pastel colors like yellow and spring green look fantastic with khaki suits, as well.

Another nice spring wedding look is for the men to wear blazers with trousers rather than an entire suit. It is less stiff and formal, which is ideal for semi-formal weddings. The classic navy blazer is a can’t-miss, and can be worn in a variety of ways. Traditional brass buttons are nautical and conservative. Pair them with a striped tie and a nicely starched shirt. Or let the navy blazers be a little more understated by switching out brass buttons for plain navy ones that match the jacket (this is an incredibly easy alteration). A yellow shirt with a tiny check or a classic blue and white striped button down would be perfect with this outfit. As for the pants, they can be an all-season wool gabardine in a light color like tan or gray. If the wedding is really relaxed, cotton khakis would even work, as long as they are crisp and freshly pressed with a hint of starch.

Accessories make the man, just like they do the woman, so do not overlook their role in the mens’ wedding attire. If you are not using a boutonierre, a pocket square in a spring color will add a dash of color to their jackets. Cufflinks are another great accessory for the men in a wedding, and they make excellent groomsmen gifts. Silver cufflinks with an initial are one of the most popular groomsmen gifts, or select cufflinks which tie in with the theme of your wedding, such as small silver sailboats for a nautical wedding.

So you see, there are some great springtime attire options for the men in a wedding. It is not all the same old stuff that they wear all year long. Whether your wedding is formal, casual, or something in between, choosing wedding attire with a springy feeling will help the groomsmen and groom to look fresh and crisp.

Springtime Weddings – Ideas For The Perfect Spring Wedding  

Springtime Weddings – Ideas For The Perfect Spring Wedding

Springtime is one of the favorite times of the year where most couples decided to get married. This is the time when the flowers begin to bloom and the trees begin to green; the perfect time to tie the knot and say “I do”.

To make your spring wedding a perfect one, here are some ideas that can help you in your wedding preparations:

The Color SchemeThere are many possible colors you can mix and match to be your wedding colors. You can pair two or more colors together such as ivory, lavender and pastel green or pastel green, pink and lavender. Since spring is associated with airy and vibrant colors, stay away from deep colors that represents autumn season. There are lots of colors you can choose, so make sure that what you pick are well-coordinated colors.

The Wedding InvitationUsually, spring themed wedding invitations have flowers printed on it. Stationary used are colorful and the font styles mirrors the feel of springtime. Don’t be anxious to use colorful papers or prints because spring is all about colors.

The FlowersThere are lots of flowers blooming during springtime so you have several choices to choose from. Flowers with vibrant colors are daffodils, forsythia, peony and ranunculus. Beautiful flowers with the shade of blue are anemone, hyacinth, pansy, wisteria, and violet. If you want pink flowers you can use hydrangea, cherry blossoms and lilac. White spring flowers like lilies, narcissus, snap dragon, stephanotis and sweet pea are great to combine with other colorful spring flowers. Make sure that whatever flower you use in your bouquets and floral decorations, they will complement each other.

The Wedding Dress and AttireFor your wedding gown, choose a light fabric where you can also wear a wrap just in case a cold breeze happens on your wedding day. For a springtime wedding, perfect styles are sleeveless gowns, spaghetti straps; tea length dresses and strapless dresses. You can also incorporate spring colors to your wedding gown; floral embroidery or tie a ribbon that matches your color scheme to your waist to accentuate your gown. Incorporate colors to the attire of men by wearing colored ties.

The Wedding Reception and DecorationsOutdoor weddings are perfect during springtime. You can have a garden wedding full of flowers so you don’t have to decorate it with flowers anymore, just add some props like candelabras, urns, drapes and some fabric like lace and tulle. If you want to use candles to make an elegant and classy ambiance, schedule your wedding in the late afternoon. Be reminded that you should have another plan just in case the weather change; there’s a big possibility of changing weather during spring season.

The Wedding FavorThere are many wedding favors you can choose that suits your spring themed wedding. You can have personalized soap with your names and the date of your wedding written on the box or potted plants or flowers to represent spring or even cardholders with floral designs. For more unique favors you can search the internet or ask your friends.

The Wedding CenterpiecesFor your centerpieces, a vase with a single flower on it is elegantly beautiful; or you can have an urn full of colorful flowers on it, it will depend on other decorations in the reception area. Slices of fresh fruits is also a great idea to have as a centerpiece, your guests will surely love to nibble them after eating a full meal.

The Wedding MenuFor your menu, the best foods that will go with the season are light foods. Serve some spring lamb with vegetables for the main meal and some slices of fruits for dessert. Drinks like lemonade and iced tea are perfect for the weather. As for your wedding cake, carrot cake or strawberry cake will definitely a delicious choice; top it with fresh carrot and strawberry respectively to highlight the finest of the season.

Spring Wedding

Spring Wedding

Spring is one of the four temperate seasons. It is the transition period between winter and summer. Spring and “springtime” refer broadly to ideas of rebirth, renewal and regrowth. Spring signifies the emergence of new life. Spring months are the blossoming months that bring meaningful growth and rejuvenation in its wake. Spring enriches natural beauty and it seems as if nature is dressed in a beautiful green gown. The signs of spring are everywhere. From the budding of the trees to the new birth of every flower blossom, sprig of grass and animal. The temperatures are warming up and the hibernating animals are coming out of their winter dens for the taste and smells of all things new. It’s time to wake up and spring back into action. The world around us is coming to life again and now is the time to renew, recharge and freshen up the world around us. Spotting a hummingbird, watching bees land on flowers, rearing tadpoles into frogs, spring clean those carpets and much more.

It begins with the spring equinox (around March 21st in the Northern hemisphere, and September 23rd in the Southern hemisphere), and ends with the summer solstice (around June 21st in the Northern hemisphere and December 21st in the Southern hemisphere). Frequently, it is instead counted instead as the whole months of March, April, and May in the Northern hemisphere and September, October, and November in the Southern hemisphere, especially by meteorologists, and generally by the public.

Some Spring holidays celebrated are Ash Wednesday, St. David’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Mothers Day, Good Friday, Palm Sunday, Easter, St. George’s Day, May Day, Dawn Chorus Day.

The spring of the year is a favorite season for many people, and it is certainly easy to understand why this is so. The spring is when the earth comes back to life after a long cold winter, and it is in the spring when the first flowers begin to bloom and the green world begins to return after its winter slumber.

The spring is an important season for many hobbies, including of course gardening. For the gardener, the spring is one of the most pleasant times in the garden. The spring is the time when the bulbs that were carefully planted in the fall begin to grow and blossom, and the spring is when the first seedlings are carefully nestled in the garden. There is no doubt that the spring is one of the most beautiful, and most colorful, of all seasons for the gardener.

The spring is also a favorite time for home improvement projects that could not go forward while the weather was too cold. Whether it is a small project like installing new downspouts or a large project like building a new garage or storage shed, the spring is one of the best times to work at improving the value and livability of the home. In the spring, the weather is neither too hot nor too cold, and the homeowner has plenty of daylight in which to work. It is no wonder that the spring season is one of the busiest for home improvement stores and warehouses.

For the outdoor sports enthusiast, there is nothing like the coming of the spring season. For the fisherman, the coming of spring means the first day of trout season. For the avid hiker, spring means that those favorite trails are no longer impassable due to snow, and for the horseback rider spring means being able to take a ride without first bundling up. And of course spring means the opening of baseball season, a joy for spectators and players alike.

The power of spring and its regenerative effects are evidenced by the fact that every major events in life like wedding is held. The season gives rise to all kinds of enthusiasm for a spring wedding. It’s a sure thing your wedding guests will show up in a partying mood. Which means that all you need to do is plan the ceremony — and event — of your dreams, and the rest will follow. Spring wedding favor ideas are the best item in your wedding to emphasize the significance of this event at springtime.

Tips for Hosting a Spring Wedding

Tips for Hosting a Spring Wedding

When one thinks of weddings, one can’t help but think about fresh blooming flowers, smiles and clear skies. The romance in a wedding is largely attributed to the environment and the ambience during the ceremony and the reception. Nothing is worse than having the rain drench your gown and the buffet table at your wedding. If you are planning to have an outdoor wedding but want to stay away from the scorching heat of summer, spring will be your best bet.

With the clear, bright skies, fresh breeze in the air and the colorful flowers around, spring is one of the most popular wedding seasons. There are so many things to love about spring, including the weather, colors, and liveliness of the season. When planning a spring wedding, there are many things you can do to make your spring wedding unique and truly one with the fresh blooms of spring.

– Your wedding venue – It can be best if you will have a garden venue as your reception venue. With the cool breeze, it would not be inconvenient for the guests to stay for hours in the garden. The fresh blooms around can already serve as decorations because the colors of a garden truly come alive during spring.

– Your wedding colors – Choose colors that will blend or complement spring colors. Popular color choices for spring weddings are pastel colors such as peach, pink or mint green. But bright yellow as your primary wedding color is probably the best color you can pick. You can use one color or use two complementing colors so your wedding will look as vibrant as it can be.

– Your wedding invitation – The color of your invitation should be coordinated with your wedding color, and the print should show spring-related items and symbols. Use vines or leaves as borders, or place the invitation in native-made pouches or envelopes. Emboss images of leaves, the sun, or sunflowers in the pages of your invitation.

– Your wedding flowers – With so many beautiful flowers in bloom, use fresh flowers as decoration in your church and reception. Try to stay away from satin flowers because the freshness and the quality of fresh flowers during this season and the cool breeze can prolong the life of freshly-picked flowers.

A spring wedding can also be easy on the budget. If you have a garden that can accommodate the number of guests you will be inviting, you can save thousands on reception venue. Do it yourself favors and invitations are possible too, instead of having a vendor make them for you, especially if you have a destination wedding. Spring can be a symbol of your new life together. The freshness of the season and the meaning behind it – about having everything refreshed and rejuvenated – can say a lot about your love for each other. Prepare months ahead to make sure that come springtime, your wedding will be as bright as the sun and your love will bloom like the flowers around you.