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Summer Wedding Centerpiece Ideas & Inspiration

The sun is finally shining, and temperatures will again be soaring as we inch closer to summer wedding season. The summer brings so many options in color and design. For all our couples planning a summertime wedding, we have compiled some of our favorite summer wedding centerpieces that are capable enough to endure the most scorching of temperatures and remain picture perfect throughout your special day.

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Corinna Raznikov Photography

Embrace the vivid colors of the season by designing around all the brilliance that the summer season brings. From bright pinks, energetic oranges and vibrant yellows, the summer colors are so rich and varied.

When the temperatures are soaring, keep your colorful blooms cool by submerging them in water. The colors will stay rich and vivid and create a romantic modern look to your wedding design.

Sometimes going green is the best direction to go in during the summer months. They can beat the heat and stand up to a long day in the sun and create a lush, natural, organic yet lavish look.

Using the color of white helps bring about a feeling of coolness and calm to your wedding day celebration. White creates a peacefulness to the environment, a refreshing feel along with a sophisticated clean design.

This special time of year brings so many more options for native seasonal flowers to be incorporated into your wedding design. From hydrangeas to roses to dahlias, the summer season brings the availability of many couples favorite florals.

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What’s your Boutonniere style?

Lea St. Germain Photography

A sometimes-overlooked detail during the wedding planning process is the boutonniere. The groom’s boutonniere, worn on the left side, above the heart, is a symbol of fidelity and love. The style of his boutonniere and those of the groomsmen should be dictated by the type of wedding, the groom’s personality & attire, and the florals selected along with the color scheme and design of the wedding. The groom’s boutonniere should match in style the rest of the wedding party but should be slightly different to distinguish him from the rest of the groomsmen. It is always a nice touch to match the boutonniere to the style of the bride’s bouquet and the groomsmen’s boutonnieres should complement the bridesmaid’s bouquets.

The following are styles that can help you determine the direction you want to go in for your big day.

Natural elements such as leaves, twigs, feathers, berries, and twine are the perfect touch to complement a rustic, outdoor or woodland inspired wedding. Dried flowers, lace, and succulents are also a nice addition to this style of wedding.

For traditional style weddings, lean toward the simple and elegant calla lily, English spray rose and even the classic rose in clean crisp colors.

Beth Bauer Photography

A charming romantic look is created by using delicate ribbon and lace along with a selection of old-fashioned style flowers which are soft and delicate in nature.

Wire, silk cords, bold shapes and brilliant colors are the direction of a more modern and contemporary style.

Emily Leis Photography

Non-floral elements such as pins & broaches as well as unique greens with a strong shape and color are best to use when creating something unique for the groom and the rest of the wedding party. The use of herbs, mini wreaths as well as pieces such as golf tees are all fun alternatives.

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Our Top 5 Favorite Wedding Trends For 2018

1. Wedding Colors: Navy & Chrome

Though UltraViolet is the color of the year, classic Navy is back. Deep navy blue paired with rich silver chrome elements will rival the classic black & white of past seasons. Here in New England, nothing is more beautiful by the water than elegant navy coordinated with chrome details not just for décor but wedding party attire and invitations which are setting the tone of these elegant weddings.

2. Wedding Flowers: Suspended Florals

Still going strong this wedding season, hanging floral arrangements. Suspended florals bring such a beautiful romantic feeling to any space, decorating it from head to toe while keeping your tablescape less cluttered and allowing each piece to shine.


3. Wedding Décor: Texture

Texture can be brought in almost anywhere-from the wedding dress to the table décor to the wedding cake to a “living bar.” There are so many options for different textures and elements for each aspect of your wedding details. Gorgeous paper for your invitations, textured florals and backdrops these pieces bring the outside in and will show beautifully in your photographs.

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4. Wedding Style: Rustic is Out-Organic and Earthy are In

“Woodsy” boho style is here to stay, especially here in New England. Tables dripping with garland, cascading bouquets with vines, twigs and big blooms, mantels and stairwells wrapped in greenery is what we will be designing this coming wedding season. We love this rich and abundant feel full of natural textures.

5. Keep it Real

Trends and styles will change. We help our couples pull from all these styles and trends the pieces that feel like “them” and create a wedding design that is truly unique and full of elements that create a day that is all their own.

Person + Killian Photography;
Lea St. Germain Photography

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You’re Engaged! Let’s plan a wedding.


Congratulations on your engagement! This is such an exciting time in your lives. But, it can be a stressful one as well if you are not organized in how you take care of all the planning that needs to be done. We hope that we can eliminate some of that stress so that you can enjoy all the special moments that are to come. Read on for our advice on planning for your big day.


Set Your Wedding Date

Though you can start design and décor dreaming, planning really starts when you decide on the date for your wedding. Having your wedding date, or at least a set of possible dates, will help determine the direction for your wedding venue as well as church/ceremony site and other wedding professionals.

Hire a Professional

It can be challenging handling all the details of the wedding planning process. There are so many decisions that need to be made, appointments to be set, and connections needed. Leave all this work to a professional event planner and enjoy being engaged and all the upcoming wedding festivities. Professional wedding planners take the pressure off of you. They will take care of all the details, connect you with the best suppliers and will ensure that you are the picture of wedded bliss.


Announce Your Big News And Wedding Date

Let your family and friends know about your engagement and the wedding date and start to set the tone of your wedding celebration. The save the date and/or engagement announcement is a great way to introduce the style of your upcoming wedding celebration.


Book Your Venue

Booking your venue early on in the process allows for all of the other wedding details to fall much easier into place. Wedding venues, especially popular ones, book up at least 12 months in advance. Receiving wedding proposals from wedding professionals becomes much easier once they know and understand the venue where you will be hosting your big day.

Know Your Design Style

Start pinning, clipping and browsing the internet to help determine the direction of your wedding style. We ask our brides and grooms for images of the following:

  • Centerpieces (ones you like and those you dislike are just as important!)
  • Bride and bridesmaid’s bouquets as well as groom and groomsmen boutonnieres.
  • Descriptions of other flowers you would like to have as a part of the wedding floral experience such as backdrops, ceremony displays, aisle décor, and more.
  • Wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, suits and tuxedos -fabric samples are very helpful.
  • Other wedding design and décor inspiration photos including tabletop design, lighting, candles, etc.


Know Your Budget-Please!

One of the more difficult parts of the wedding planning process is planning your budget. It can be overwhelming. Knowing what actual costs are as they relate to a wedding can be challenging. Determining a total budget figure, however, allows your wedding professional to have a starting point to work from in planning for all the details. Be upfront about your maximum budget-it will save time, energy and help to eliminate some uncomfortable situations.


Be Imaginative & Dream Big

We love big ideas, creative thinking, and imagination. We are excited for any opportunity to be unique. So, go for it-we are ready for the challenge.


Enjoy These Moments

From the engagement parties, showers, bachelor & bachelorette parties to the honeymoon take the time to enjoy each moment of these special celebrations with family and friends.

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Festive Holiday Decor Ideas


The holiday season is now fully upon us. The time of year we want to enjoy with our family and friends and celebrate all the wonderfulness of the season. Creating that warm holiday spirit in our home and some festive cheer to our holiday parties is the part of the season we really enjoy.
Whether your style runs more on the traditional side or you love the streamlined look of modern design, these tips and tricks will add some holiday cheer to your home and help you entertain in style the whole season long.

Trim The Tree

Lea St. Germain Photography


Though we love a traditional New England style trimmed Christmas tree, we have had some fun creating whimsical looks such as hanging trees upside down for a dramatic style that sparked more than a few conversations. We love the simplicity of classic white lights as well as the fun of just using multi-colored lights-no additional décor needed!

Hang Some Garland

From fresh greens mixed in with some artificial ones, you can create a dramatic look for your mantel, staircases, shelves, doorways, or even suspend from your ceiling. Cut fresh from your yard, purchase yards from your local nursery or bunches from your flower shops, there are so many colors and options to choose from. Add some branches and berries to customize your look.

Layer It On

Lea St. Germain Photography

Integrate different types of greens to your garland and even your Christmas tree to add fullness and texture. Include some feathers, pinecones, branches and bunches of berries for interest and color to your arrangements and displays. Ribbons and even beads will weave in more subtle color and a unique style to your décor. Pile on the cozy blankets and pillows for creating that cozy and relaxing feel around your home.

 Stray From The Traditional

Lea St. Germain Photography

We love the look of pairing unique colors with those traditional holiday colors of green, red, white, silver and gold. Mixing in black and blue or some pops of pink or lime green will help you to create a distinctive look.

Display What You Love

flou(-e)r_specialty_floral_events_holiday_decorating_ideas Displaying what you love is what a home is all about. Use your existing décor by adding festive touches-bowls of ornaments, ribbons and festive greens add a little cheer to our everyday pieces.

Cast A Glow

Robert Castagna Photography

Battery operated candles and lights make it easier than ever to light up those long dark days of winter. Window candles on timers, real wax battery operated pillar candles in hurricanes lining halls and stairs will shed that extra light needed during those long winter nights and keep that holiday spirit alive. We love all of the battery-operated string lights-so easy to highlight all the décor!!

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Minimal Madness-How to create a minimalist style wedding without looking sparse.

Janet Moscarello Photography

Wedding style trends come and go but one style that we think is always in fashion is the clean classic look of a minimalistic wedding design. When we discuss this direction with our clients, we are not talking about designing with small sparse arrangements for their big day. Minimalism to us means fine tuning all the details of design; from the use of repetition to the use of strong bold flowers and greens. We create a minimal look without looking sparse by focusing on a few important design elements.

Lush Greens
Heavy, thick, abundant green garlands with infusions of florals

Strong Shapes
Use the shape of florals and foliage to create a dramatic design. Composite arrangements, the use of one like bloom grouped together, will create an impressive design effect.

One Color
Simple and elegant, yet makes an incredibly bold statement.


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Branches And Other Organic Pieces
Bring the outside in. Make your guest feel as though they’re not in a  typical ballroom. Natural elements add interesting shapes, textures, and color as well as adding another dimension to the design. It has a balancing effect and aids in unifying the decor.

Lea St. Germain Photography


Photography by Linda

Interesting Vessels
Let them speak for themselves with simple arrangements. The shape, color, and height become part of the design.

Dawn Norris Photography
Zev Fisher Photography

More Candles
Lighting is a very important element in creating a minimalistic design. Repetition of one style will create a strong modern design element.

Geometric Metal Pieces
Contemporary, modern, and artistic with minimal blooms and candles. Designing with these elements add an unexpected and stylish component to the entire space.

Repetition Of A Design Element
Consistent, clean and impactful.  Repeating a color, shape or style adds visual interest, creates rhythm and unifies a space.

Person + Killian Photography


A minimalist wedding design should not feel empty nor does it need to be all white. Minimalism is a style that uses pared-down design elements. The look, if done well, should feel timeless, elegant and of course be memorable.

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How to use Candles in your Wedding to Cast that Romantic Glow.

Allegro Photography

There are so many ways to use candles to your advantage when planning your wedding design and décor. And, with all the flameless options now available, even those venues and locations that a real flame is not feasible, you can still create that magical glimmer.

Lea St. Germain Photography

Adding candlelight to your wedding décor transforms a room, casts a soft romantic glow and warms a large space. The theme of your wedding will help to dictate the direction of the style of candle and holder, but whatever style your wedding is, candlelight will add a touch of sparkle and a bit of grace to any wedding space.

Today there are many options for candles and holders to choose from. If your looking to define your ceremony space, large-scale candelabras and clusters of candle pillars gracing your aisle will add style and more than a touch of elegance.

Zev Fisher Photography

Highlighting your centerpiece florals with candlelight will cast a soft glow over your entire tablescape especially if using sequins for your linen. The candlelight will create a special kind of glimmer. Using more organic pieces in your tablescape and décor like metal or wood? Candlelight is sure to create a very interesting & alluring brilliance to this look.

Emily Leis Photography

Traditional wax pillar candles are available in various heights and thickness making them a great option to help light and define ceremony and reception areas.

Tapers, votives and floating candles add interest and drama to any of the areas they are placed in.


Bharat Parmar Photography


LED battery operated candles have come a long way. They are available in all different shapes and sizes. They are now made of wax and have the ability to flicker making them a wonderful option for outdoor locations or venues that do not allow open flame.

Allegro Photography

Illuminating your wedding with candlelight will add that bit of elegance, a touch of allure and create a beautiful memorable ambiance.

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Create a Stunning Wedding with Hanging Floral Arrangements

Krista Photography

Tables overflowing with flowers, big beautiful over-sized bouquets, gorgeous floral garlands…and now stunning hanging floral arrangements. A suspended floral installation will absolutely add a unique and beautiful design element to your upcoming wedding.

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Emily Leis Photography

No matter what your wedding style, hanging centerpieces will transform your wedding environment. An outdoor wedding with trees dripping with ribbons, lanterns and flowers to a tented reception with floral chandeliers, hanging wedding décor will help define your space and bring about an important design element to your special day.

This design direction is the perfect way to bring all the beauty of the outdoors in. Using your venues existing structure, whether it be chandeliers, beams or other architectural elements and a little ingenuity, you can create something stunning and unique. We love working with our clients in creating an environment that uses all the available space. Your guests will be treated to views that have been perfectly planned and have an element of surprise. Your space can literally be “dripping in florals”.


Some of our favorite weddings have allowed us to work in wonderful collaboration with venue coordinators, rental companies and lighting design firms to create design installations for above dance floors, backdrops for ceremonies and elements to designate the dining areas.

Emily Leis Photography
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Suspended floral arrangements is one wedding trend that we have absolutely fallen for. This unique and stunning design idea will add an extraordinary design aspect to your big day.

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The Brilliantly Colorful World of the Darling Dahlia and your Wedding

kenny kim photography

Peak dahlia season is June through October with the fall months seeing some of the biggest blooms and most brilliant colors of the season, especially here in New England. Dahlias are an ideal flower option for your upcoming wedding. They are related to the sunflower, daisy, chrysanthemum, and zinnia so color options are quite varied…but the blooms, those are are the real attention grabbers.

You only need a few dahlia blooms to make a huge impact. There are MANY MANY different shapes, forms and color varieties to choose from. They will work perfectly with all wedding and bouquet styles. A romantically classic wedding with a single stem arrangement or the traditional white or blush blooms mixed in with antique floral varieties will feel elegant and sophisticated. If your wedding style is more modern and bold then extra-large blooms will make for a dramatic focal point for your bouquet and table décor. While a rustic and organic wedding style will have dahlias paired with branches and berries for that more woodsy feel.




Deciding to have dahlias as your floral design and décor will not only provide for a beautiful wedding but will also be an eco-friendly decision. Dahlias are locally grown so the cost of transportation and emissions are much lower which literally means a true “farm to table” or “farm to centerpiece” or “farm to bouquet”.

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Another wonderful reason for choosing dahlias as your wedding flower is for what this special bloom symbolizes. The Victorians used the dahlia to signify a long-lasting bond and commitment between two people. Today, the common dahlia symbolizes strength and grace, especially during a big life change. What better flower to have for this special life-changing moment in two people’s lives. (source: http://www.flowermeaning.com/dahlia-flower-meaning/ )


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Wedding Trend: Dramatically Oversized Wedding Bouquets

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A wedding trend that has been a fun and interesting one for us is the oversized wedding bouquet.  From massive bunches of garden flowers to large succulents & air plants, this look is pretty awe inspiring. And, this is a style that can be incorporated all year round depending on the look and feel of your wedding. We have had a major increase in requests for this style of bouquet, especially during this current wedding season. This surge of interest is certainly fueled by the extensive amount of stylized shoots which push the boundaries of style & design as mentioned in this recent Wall Street Journal piece, Brides Are Ditching Bouquets for 13-Pound Clumps of Vegetation.

This extravagant direction of bouquet must be however considered carefully. First, there is the cost of all those blooms. A massive number of stems are needed to create something this dramatic. The time and expertise needed to carefully craft what will soon be a work of art is costly. We like to say bigger is always better, in fact we believe the bridal bouquet is more important than the dress itself…..not everyone believes this though.  We need to ensure that each stem stays in place, is well balanced and somewhat easy for you to carry, which brings us to the next consideration, “Are you physically able to easily and gracefully carry an extra-large bouquet down the aisle?”. These large-scale bouquets are heavy! Even if you can manage to pull this off, can your maid-of-honor handle the piece during the ceremony along with her own bouquet.

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Where will you showcase your blooms during the wedding reception? Your bouquet will need a home while you are enjoying all the fun wedding festivities, so you must consider available space in your wedding venue to showcase this amazing piece. What about the bouquet toss? A smaller sized bouquet will need to be designed if you want to partake in this tradition as there is certainly no “tossing” of anything this large.  Another consideration is will this style of bouquet work with the style of wedding you envision. If your wedding is more on the classically chic side, this style of bouquet may seem out of place and excessive while a garden or forest wedding would be enhanced by a bountiful bouquet. Something very important to think about, your style of dress. Will an overflowing bouquet grab the spotlight away from your wedding gown or will it add to its elegance & grace?

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Large-scale bouquets are a trend that is hanging on tight. Whether you have your heart set on large blooms, cascading greens or a little of both, with a little forethought and through planning this impressive piece will certainly make a dramatic and memorable statement piece to your wedding.

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Boston Voyager Features Flou(-e)r Specialty Floral Events

Have you checked out Boston’s newest publication- Boston Voyager?

We are so flattered to have Flou(-e)r Specialty Floral Events featured in this fun, and very “real” new media that is looking to promote Boston in a very new way. Their mission is “to build a platform that fosters collaboration and support for small businesses, independent artists and entrepreneurs, local institutions and those that make our city interesting.” Stories they share help to “give our big city a little bit of that small town community charm, where people know each other and their stories at a deeper, more personal level.”

We hope that you will take a peek at this piece and learn a bit more about Flou(-e)r and our owner, Gregory Costa-Saint John. We think they did a wonderful job capturing what drives us and what we love about working in the wedding & event industry and with our wonderful clients.

Thank you Boston Voyager and welcome to Boston! We are excited to have you here.

Take a look at some of their other publications for what to do & see, where to eat & drink and so much more in these exciting cities.

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Sultry Summer Wedding Flowers; the best florals that beat the heat.

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The summer heat is now upon us just in time for the height of the wedding season. Choosing your wedding flowers this time of year can be a challenging one. There are however so many beautiful options that can be designed to ensure that your bouquets, boutonnieres & centerpieces will hold up to the heat & humidity of the summer season. With the introduction of locally grown flowers as well as easy access to varietals from other countries, we can assure our clients of creating arrangements that are not only unique but will stay fresh and beautiful no matter what the summer weather brings.

Some of the summer New England classics are the best options for a wilt-proof design as are tropical blooms and foliage, greens and grasses, unique succulents and desert blooms. The following is a list of flowers that with a little care in preparation will stand up to the heat & sun of the coming months.

Aspidistra Leaves
Andromeda Seed
Bear Grass
Birds of Paradise
Calla Lily
Andromeda Seed
Cymbidium Orchid
Garden Spray Rose
Pincushion Protea
Rudbeckia Pod
Scabiosa Pods
Silver Brunia
Viburnum Berry

Here at Flou(-e)r Specialty Floral Events we take great care in preparing each bloom for your wedding and event design, and have thought through all the details of how to ensure that you will have the freshest blooms for your big day. We have invested in the best storage facilities as well as transportation means for our flowers & greens. How we present each piece for your event considers the sun, the temperature, the venue and other outside conditions.

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Once your design and color schemes have been determined, we then begin our search for the flowers and greens that will work best in the environment of your event. We recommend that our clients keep an open mind especially during these summer months and trust that we understand their vision and will create pieces that will work best within their design scheme as well as for the time of year. Having so many options at our fingertips makes it easy to meet and exceed the expectations of our clients.

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