It may be fall, but it seems appropriate to “do the time warp” on this Halloween and share with you some tropical work from the summer.
Kelly and Michaels’ New England Aquarium wedding took place during a beautiful spring day in Boston. The sun was shining and complemented the colorful vision this couple had for their tropical wedding flowers, we were so excited to design a tropical wedding! Fabulous images, as always, taken by Dan Aguirre.
Our team loves working with blooms that we don’t see on a regular basis, so naturally we were excited for tropical requests – and it was such an honor to be invited to design for the Party Rental LTD Open House at their Boston showroom – the theme was perfect – pink, and tropical.
For this event, we wanted to create statement pieces that would draw attention in a crowded room, as well as some low pieces for the tables to allow for conversation, which is really important when designing networking event flowers. We also wanted to stay on brand, Party Rental LTD has a great brand, complete with a signature “Pink Hippo” – so choosing a color palette was easy. Photos by Mark Scardilli.
When it comes to wedding flowers, there is the basic list of personal florals you’ll need: bridal bouquet, florals for mothers and grandmothers, boutonnieres for the groom and groomsmen, and of course, the bridesmaid’s bouquets.
But if you want to make a statement (and an impact) at your wedding, don’t forget to add flowers to these areas as well – not only are these places that are sure to catch your guests’ eyes, but they are also favorite focal areas for the photographers – you’ll want these spaces dressed up in florals to make that wedding wow factor.
Wedding Cake Flowers There’s nothing more elegant than a wedding cake drenched in delicate blooms. Many couples are opting to skip the traditional cake topper and instead select fresh flowers to adorn their cake. If you’d prefer to keep the traditional cake topper, you can have the best of both worlds and still incorporate flowers in the display! Consider flower petals and candles along the table, or center your cake stand in a floral wreath so the cake appears to be floating on a bed of flowers.
Wedding Escort Card Table Flowers One area your guests are sure to see is the escort card table. Whether guests will be taking their escort card from the table, or if you’ll be doing a larger display with all guest names and seating assignments, you’ll want to dress the area up and flowers are the perfect way to do it! From floral walls to elegant arrangements, we can create a dramatic statement piece to serve as the backdrop for your escort card table.
Ceremony Aisle Don’t leave all the work to your flower girl! Adorn the aisle with fresh flower petals or flank the sides with columns with floral arrangements set atop. Or for a more dramatic look, consider a scrolling pattern of flower petals down the aisle. While we’re talking about the ceremony aisle, don’t forget to add statement pieces at both ends of the aisle. Statement arrangements at the start of the aisle make for great photographs of the bride and wedding party as they walk down the aisle. Don’t forget flowers to serve as a backdrop while you and your partner exchange vows: whether it’s a flower wall, arrangements on columns, or an arch or chuppah, we can design the perfect backdrop for your wedding ceremony.
Hair Flowers Move over, tiaras! It’s time for natural hair flowers to make their appearance at weddings. Whether it’s for the bride, the ladies in the wedding party, or maybe even mom/grandmother, hair flowers are a great way to add an unexpected, yet elegant, touch to your wedding day.
Guest Book Table Flowers Don’t let your guest book table look like an afterthought – a bare table with a guest book looks like it is begging for added décor. Consider adding florals and candle light for a soft, romantic area for guests to leave messages for you.
One popular request we get from clients when we meet at an initial consultation is for blue wedding flowers. Blue is a popular wedding color selection and so it makes sense couples will want to work their wedding color into the floral design of their day.
Here are some ideas for blue wedding flowers:
Hydrangeas grow locally in Spring and Summer and are large blooms that are popular options for couples who are planning a nautical or beachside wedding, as hydrangeas are commonly grown along coastal properties. Hydrangeas are a popular option for both centerpieces and bouquets. Even though hydrangeas are local in the Spring and Summer they can be sourced year round from other parts of the world.
Delphinium is a vertical bloom, so it is tall stems full of delicate, star-shaped blooms. It is a great option for couples who want florals that complement a garden style and are available in both light and darker shades of blue.
Berries are a great way to incorporate locally sourced, blue color into your wedding bouquet. Viburnum berries and elderberries are popular blue options. We think berries make a great, unexpected accent piece for your wedding flower arrangements. If you’re working with a deeper blue, such as a navy-blue wedding color, berries are a great option to match your colors.
Blue irises are believed to symbolize hope and faith, so naturally, they are an excellent option for your wedding flowers. Irises have delicate petals that open fully to display a bright yellow color in the center.
Blue thistle is an accent flower that will add some “funk” to your wedding flowers – it is a spiky, snowflake shaped flower that is available in a light to dark blue hue. Blue thistle is not a classic, but it is a fun accent flower to consider for your blue wedding bouquet.
We encourage you not to limit yourself when it comes to dreaming up your wedding flowers – there are many other ways to incorporate your color into your wedding flowers other than limiting yourself to specific colored blooms. Some examples include wrapping your stems in a blue ribbon, fastening the fabric using blue pins, or adding blue accent gems to your bouquets (or even on your hair combs if you are adding florals to your hair).
Let’s talk peony wedding bouquets! Peonies are popular wedding flowers and are in season now for only a short time frame from late spring to early summer, and we love working with them whenever we can. Peony wedding flowers are a classic wedding flower option, available in a variety of colors, and for those who appreciate tradition and history, peonies symbolize good fortune and a happy marriage.
Peonies: Classic Wedding Flowers
Peonies are a popular choice for weddings because of their versatility. They’re gorgeous in a bouquet all on their own, but they also work as great accent blooms in combination with other buds. Because of their versatility, both in use and color, they have become quite popular among couples. They lend to a classic or romantic style because of how lush and delicate they appear to be – however, don’t be fooled: peonies will last well through the evening and even through brunch the next morning!
Peony Colors for your Wedding Bouquet:
Peonies are available in a wide range of colors: from classic white, to blushes and pastels, even bright colors! These large blooms are a great way to incorporate either a touch of color with a pastel or a bold pop. They are great in both bouquets or centerpieces.
Are you in love with the look of peonies, but are planning a wedding outside of peony season, don’t fret! We can still help you build the perfect floral plan for your wedding. There is a variety of wedding flowers that look similar to peonies and are available outside of peony season.
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.
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.
KEEP IT COOL
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.
LUSHNESS OF GREEN
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.
EMBRACE THE SEASON
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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
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
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
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
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
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!!
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.
Heavy, thick, abundant green garlands with infusions of florals
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.
Simple and elegant, yet makes an incredibly bold statement.
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.
Let them speak for themselves with simple arrangements. The shape, color, and height become part of the design.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Illuminating your wedding with candlelight will add that bit of elegance, a touch of allure and create a beautiful memorable ambiance.
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.
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.
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.