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.

The Ring Bearer

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!

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.

Industrial Chic Wedding

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.

This venue is AMAZING. Perfect for that chic modern wedding.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/52072939419194066/

Fill these with soft pinks and white for a simple and breathtaking centerpiece.

https://www.rocknrollbride.com/2017/03/post-elopement-industrial-vow-renewal/#more-266786

How cool is this? Rustic and chic at the same time!

Copper Decor Ideas for Your Wedding Day

It’s official: copper is having a moment. While this bright metallic hue has been overshadowed in the past (we’re looking at you, gold), it’s all about stealing the scene lately and we couldn’t be more excited.

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Copper Centerpieces: It’s hard to go wrong with sleek, shiny and simple copper vases, especially when you want to balance your wildflower-inspired flowers with something a little more structured. This look feel classic and on-trend all at once.

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Copper Succulent Favors: Speaking of fancy wedding favors, these tiny succulents and their individual copper planters are a beautiful addition to your decor during the wedding and an even better wedding favor to send home with your guests afterward.

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Copper Wedding Cake: Hello, gorgeous. This copper foil-topped cake may be too pretty to eat. We’re not sure that will stop us.

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Hairpiece: This bride’s copper hairpiece is delicate and whimsical and looks absolutely stunning with her loose, classic updo. This whole hair look is kind of amazing.

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Foil Table Numbers: These copper foil table numbers might be our all-time favorite copper detail. They’re simple, they’re interesting and they’re such a unique touch for a wedding. We love how well they stand out against the wood background and the bright orange and green floral centerpiece.

Read the entire article from mywedding – HERE

Halloween Weddings

Halloween is one of the spookiest nights of the year which can lend to a lot of creative wedding ideas.

Here are some favorite ideas from our brides:

  1. Pumpkins

Pumpkins make the perfect container for centerpieces and other arrangements.  You can use traditional Fall colors for your flowers, or you can go bold with purples, greens and other bright Halloween colors.  You can also accent traditional centerpieces with mini pumpkins sprinkled throughout your event.

  1. Halloween Character Inspiration

One fun idea we had seen in a wedding was when the bride and groom printed famous monster names on some of their place cards.  They had a seat for Frankenstein, Dracula and other characters.  This was a fun and humorous touch to their event.

One of our weddings included Beetlejuice inspiration.  Black and white striped ribbon and linens were used throughout the event.  The bride liked very bright colors, so we incorporated, purple, lime green, pinks and yellows to accent the traditional Halloween orange.

 

  1. Halloween Color

You can play around with various color schemes for a Halloween wedding.  If your theme is more spooky and vintage, you could try using antique silver containers with jewel tone flowers in shades of red, burgundy, purple and plum.  If you like the brighter Halloween colors, try mixing purples, greens and oranges.

  1. Dramatic Wedding Cake

You can make your wedding cake into a main focal piece for your event.  Have it decorated in  black lace, with clusters of gorgeous blooms flowing down.  Accent your cake table with a candelabra, or pillar candles to add an extra level of illumination..

 

 

Pinterest is a great source for Halloween inspiration and any other wedding inspiration!

Guest Book Ideas

Wedding couples are becoming more imaginative with the ways their guests can give advice and wish them well on their wedding day.  Here are a few alternative options to a traditional guest book setup.

  1. Photos

If you have a photobooth, guests can take a picture and write a message for you to place in your wedding scrapbook.  They can also sign a photo of the bride and groom which can be framed to preserve the wedding memories for years to come.

  1. Wood Slices

Having your guests sign wood slices for the new Mr.  & Mrs. is a pretty decoration they can display in their home for years to come – perfect for a rustic or garden style wedding!

  1. Thumb Prints

A fun twist on a guest book is a portrait of a tree with branches – the guests place their thumbprint on the branches as “leaves” and write their names on the thumbprint.  The completed tree symbolizes the unity of your friends and family through your marriage.

  1. Advice to the Bride and groom

Messages in a bottle are a cute way for the bride and groom to gather advice from their wedding guests.  The messages typically feature words of encouragement and best wishes.

  1. Letters

Having your guests sign the first letter of your married last name makes a wonderful accent for your home, reminding you of your big day and all who were in attendance!

Flower Crowns

Many brides including modern, trendy, and traditional are all excited to rock a flower crown down the aisle.  Flower crowns can be dainty with a couple of petite blooms and accent foliage.  It could also be more dramatic with larger blooms and draping greenery.  Wearing a flower crown in addition to your veil is a very sweet and pretty look, all while holding your veil in place.

Bridesmaids and flower girls can also wear halos, usually a more delicate version of the bride or a simple greenery halo.  We have seen flower halos being used for engagement and maternity photo shoots as well.

Check out our flower crowns on our website!