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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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.

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

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.

A Spring Wedding

In April of 2017, they said I do in Haddonfield, NJ. Their family and friends gathered at Haddon Fortnightly to celebrate this wonderful occasion.

The Haddon Fortnightly is a beautiful, traditional space with honey colored hard wood floors, white decorative pillars and simple yet traditional gold chandeliers throughout. It was a beautiful day, which made the photographers job that much easier! Carley K Photography captured the love these two share perfectly and we couldn’t be happier for them.

The Bride’s bouquet was a beautiful organic collection of white blooms, accented with a variety of greens including silver dollar eucalyptus (one of our favorites). The groom wore a simple white tea rose with greenery to match his beautiful bride.

Carley K Photography

Lovin’ Eucalyptus

One of our favorite foliage varieties to use in our arrangements is eucalyptus.  The greenery is often the base to a beautiful arrangement.  Greens can change how an arrangement looks or feels.  It can add a bit of whimsy to a design or keep the arrangement more clean and tailored.  Eucalyptus is a beautiful green-gray colored foliage that compliments many flowers.

There are over 900 different species of Eucalyptus.  It is native to Australia, but now grows around the world.  Eucalyptus grows in different ways. All share the same aroma for which their leaves are famous, as well as exfoliating bark.

These are our 3 favorite types of eucalyptus varieties to design with:

  1. Seeded Eucalyptus

You can Identify seeded eucalyptus by its clusters of seed capsules hanging from their stems. They make great accents for wedding bouquets, boutonnieres or garden style arrangements.

 

  1. Silver dollar Eucalyptus

Silver dollar eucalyptus has a flat, rounded shape leaf. They are great for centerpieces, to give the design a more organic look.

 

  1. Baby Blue Eucalyptus

This type of eucalyptus can be identified by its long, straight stems covered in round leaves along the stem.  This can be used to give height to centerpieces, giving them a modern, more ethereal flair.

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Congratulations Alex and Mike!

Our lovely couple, Alexandra and Mike, were married at the Woodcrest Country Club in Cherry Hill, NJ.

She loved a very natural look for her flowers and decor.  The florals included whites, touches of blush peach, pale blue and pops of raspberry tones.  Her bouquet featured, hydrangea, dahlias, hypericum berries, spray roses and interesting textures like thistles and scabiosa.

Check out the photographer’s blog for some awesome photos!  Shilliday Photography captures such beautiful photographs!

Here are a few snap shots from the blog:

Photo Credit: Shilliday Photography

Photo Credit: Shilliday Photography

The perfect bouquet for the perfect wedding dress

Ashley Gerrity Photography

We asked our lead wedding designer for advice on how to select the perfect bouquet for your wedding day.

Q: What is the biggest factor when choosing a bridal bouquet?

The wedding dress is a big factor for how a bridal bouquet should be styled.

Is your dress a ballgown style? A classic round bouquet may look the best with that type of gown.

For a mermaid or trumpet dress, a classic round bouquet or a cascade bouquet would look stunning.

The A-line dress has the most versatility.  There are many bouquet styles that would work well with this dress.  A romantic garden style, classic round, or cascade bouquet would perfectly compliment your dress.

A bohemian wedding dress would look beautiful with a romantic garden bouquet or tear drop shaped bouquet.

Fit and flair is a more modern cut.  The best bouquet shape to accentuate that dress would be a classic round or tear drop bouquet.

Q: Does the bride’s height and stature play a role in choosing the bouquet?

The bride’s height and stature plays a big role in the bouquet choice and size of the bouquet.  We want to accentuate your dress.  Our bouquets are customized to each of our brides to best coordinate with their uniqueness.

Q: Does the color of the wedding dress affect the color of the bridal bouquet?

Yes, the color of the bride’s dress does have an influence on the bouquet colors.  For example, if you have a nude or champagne toned dress, we suggest using neutral color blooms in champagne, nude tones, and pops of rich bold tones to bring it all together.  We will guide you through the process of selecting the best complimenting blooms for your bouquet.

Q: If the wedding gown has lace, rhinestones, pearls or metallic threading, how do you incorporate them into the bouquet?

Oftentimes, we will accent the bouquet handle with accents from a bride’s dress.  You can line pearl pins of rhinestones down the bouquet candle.  Adding pearls, or rhinestones accents to flowers are a nice delicate touch.

Q: What types of bouquets do you see trending right now?

Currently we are seeing bohemian garden bouquets, are trending right now.  The gorgeous greenery, arranged with beautiful blooms make a truly romantic bouquet.

Request a consultation with one of our designers to create your perfect bridal bouquet!

How to Choose a Wedding Florist

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Yay! You’re engaged and now the fun planning for your wedding begins. First you need to decide what season you will be wed and what your overall event vision will be. Once you have the date and location set you will start adding details and vendors to bring your vision to life. Your florist is going to be one of your key design vendors for your big day. You should feel comfortable and communicate well with them. Here is our advice when starting to look for a florist. The first thing to consider is that not all flower shops are created equal.

Special Event Florist: Event Florists specialize in weddings and events and love and live weddings. They not only have a wide array of rental items, they have skilled wedding designers and staff to seamlessly deliver. The specialty shop is focused on weddings and will prioritize you as an event client over anything including holidays or retail. Floral and event designers are usually made up of a group of creative individuals and planners, and will help you to realize your event vision, and how to bring it to life. You are not just buying flowers, but you are buying floral art customized for you.

Retail Flower shop: This type of flower shop can usually be found on a main street or shopping plaza near you, they usually have a focus as a retail store. They may offer wedding flowers but not specialize in it. Our advice is to be mindful of their team, including staff or designers that will create your designs.

When looking for a local florist. A great planning resource is the knot.com but we also recommend talking to friends and family for referrals. Also ask your other vendors, photographers, venue managers, and your hair stylists have experience with weddings, and will be great resources of information.

– When it’s time to schedule your floral appointment, arrive with a budget in mind.

On average, the total cost of wedding flowers range from 8% to 15% of your overall wedding budget. Read our blog on how much do wedding flowers cost 

– Keep in mind the following factors that will affect your overall cost:

Size of bridal party & the number of guest tables

Variety of flowers, Size of arrangements & Seasonal availability

Things to remember: Delivery & service set up & NJ state tax

– Bring the following items with you to your appointment:

Inspiration photos of your favorite floral designs and wedding decor.

Pictures of your gown, bridesmaid’s dresses, color scheme or color swatches.

Bring someone with you who will help to make style decisions.

When making your decision we recommend you ask yourself:

Do they “get you”? Do they get a sense of your style and budget? Do they offer options, suggestions and solutions? Do you feel comfortable with them? A good rapport is essential.

Choosing flowers should be a fun and easy process. Your florist is there to help you turn your vision into a perfectly styled event that reflects your personality. Happy Planning! If you are in need of a florist in the New Jersey and Greater Philadelphia area, we would love to meet you!