There’s nothing more show-stopping than bold and dramatic flowers, don’t you think? Amaranthus adds texture to an arrangement and when used in a bouquet, it’s hanging stems can give it a cascading feel. It comes in both a rich fuchsia and a bright green, and will make even the smallest boutonniere or the largest ceremony arch unique!
Every now and then you may run across a wedding that has a little fuzzy (who remembers koosh balls?) green flower either in the bouquets or centerpieces. If you’ve wondered what that is, today’s Friday Flowers is for you! It’s called dianthus (or green trick carnation) and is most certainly a unique addition to any arrangement. Since it somewhat resembles moss, it can be used in more rustic, woodsy weddings, but looks just as good when mixed with elegant white peonies, callas, or hydrangea! Check them out and let us know what you think!
Another under-appreciated flower in weddings (you know I love an underdog!), this weeks Friday flower gives gorgeous texture, fragrance, and fullness to any arrangement it’s in. While stock doesn’t come in every color, there are some absolutely gorgeous shades out there like lavender, magenta, deep purple, white, and even peach. It’s a thick ruffled flower with not a lot of foliage and looks great as a complement to other flowers or even when bunched all together by itself!
While looking through bouquets of blushing bride protea for our Friday Flowers roundup, there were so many gorgeous bouquets with pincushion protea that it didn’t feel right to not share those as well! Pincushions look exactly like they sound: a little cushion stuck with a bunch of vibrantly colored pins. In yellow, orange or coral, they are all brightly colored and full of texture. It’s a flower with quite a personality!
One of the most under-used and under-appreciated wedding flowers (at least in my opinion of course) are irises. They’re ruffled, dainty, delicate, and come in some very pretty colors! The deep purple is saturated and vibrant, the paler purpley blue ones are perfect if you want just a soft touch of color, and for you brides going all-white out there, why not let the slightest hint of yellow peek out of the center of some white irises! In any color, iris petals give texture, movement, and dimension, while the yellow center adds an unexpected pop of color. Check out these gorgeous bouquets and the variety of ways irises are used!
Oh lilacs. So beautiful and so fragrant. I think that if everyone had a lilac bush in their yard that they could admire daily, the world would be a happier place. Truly a flower that I adore, lilacs come mostly in purples but also in white and even pink! With gorgeous texture and color, it makes for stunning florals!
Did you know that a calla lily is not actually a lily? Yup, although these sleek and sophisticated flowers are just as much a show-stopper as their namesake, they are more closely related to the Jack in the pulpit than the lily! Now that our science lesson is over, let’s look at some pretty flowers! For the most part when I see callas, the trumpet-like blooms are bundled without any greens or other flowers. Very sleek and modern, right? But when I do see them used with other flowers, their unique shape adds a whole new dimension to the arrangement. And when those stunning deep purple callas are used? Oh I swoon every time. Happy Friday everyone, and enjoy these gorgeous calla lily arrangements!
Valerie and Ken’s Tower Hill Botanical Garden wedding was like walking into another time. Every corner was filled with gorgeous flowers and art, every detail simple in its elegance. The greenhouses and gardens at Tower Hill inspired the color and style for their wedding. Julie Lapham Designs created arrangements with succulents and airplants, roses, eucalyptus, and anemone, and many of the succulents are now growing in the couple’s home! Seeded paper escort cards doubled as favors, a Jenga game served as the guest book, and colorful tabletops graced the Orangerie. We’re simply in love with every moment captured by Arielle Doneson Photography!
Coastal whimsy and Southern chic meld perfectly in Martha and Will’s Charleston wedding at Lowndes Grove Plantation. The couple enlisted Sweetgrass Social to bring their Lowcountry inspiration to reality with an oyster-theme soiree. From an oyster roast rehearsal dinner to oyster chandeliers and garlands at the reception, every detail was perfectly thought out by On A Limb Floral Designs and Sweetgrass Social. Martha also shares “My mother always told me she was going to wear coral to my wedding, so the color coral was incorporated throughout to feel the sense of her presence.” The unexpected and chic color palette of blue, gold, white, green, and pops of coral and fuchsia is so fresh and unique! The whole day is absolutely stunning, and the love that Martha and Will share is infectious and beautifully captured by Jennings King Photography!
When you think of Colorado, rustic mountain events are top of mind, but when planning their Denver wedding, Grace and Conor knew that they wanted their contemporary and minimalist aesthetic to shine. Cherry Creek’s new Halcyon Hotel was the perfect fit. Rooftop views gave guests a glimpse of the city to the north and mountains to the west, and the sleek ballroom and modern interior beautifully accentuated the theme. Grace found her dream gown, a sleek Theia Couture design, at A and Bé—it was the first gown she tried on!—while Conor selected an incredible navy Hugo Boss tuxedo. The couple eschewed the traditional bridal party and cake and splurged on a welcome party for their guests at a rooftop bar in downtown Denver and a band for the reception, accomplishing their goal of an incredible dance party! Kimberlee Berman of Sweet Bee Designs created bright, native arrangements, adding a healthy dose of color to the otherwise neutral palette. Completely spellbound by this sophisticated couple and the beautiful images captured by Sara Lynn Photographic!
Only two words can describe today’s amazing Colorado mansion inspiration styled by Sarah of Ever So Chic Events: rich and dreamy! The Highlands Ranch Mansion was the perfect backdrop for this fresh take on elegant floral design. Inspired by the idea of chandeliers resting on a dinner table and armed with stunning crystal pieces from Artistry Events and Design, Sarah set out to create a unique and intriguing setting with a mix of whimsical watercolors and floral patterns. The mansion’s solarium’s mint walls and stately fireplace paired beautifully with supple floral print linens from La Tavola and gilded place settings from Event Rents. Rich hues of pink and red blooms by Flowers Forever Design, leafy greens, and a sea of pillar candles in the fireplace added glimmering lighting and vibrant pops of color. We adore all of the glamorous touches, right down to the two spectacular lounge areas! Prepare to fall in love with the images from Carrie King Photographer!
Magic happens every time I am reunited with my amazingly talented friend Brandi of Alexis June Weddings, so when we both found ourselves in gorgeous Asheville, NC last month, it was the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the stunning weather to create a beautiful bridal editorial! Homewood is nestled within the historic Montford neighborhood, and the English stone manor set the stage. Gossamer gowns from Wildflower Bridal fluttered in the spring breeze, and beribboned bouquets from Flora Asheville accented the graceful designs by Anna Campbell, Ti Adora, Blush by Hayley Paige, and Willowby by Watters. Hughes Hair Design styled the gorgeous Brooke and Hannah with soft, loose locks and rosy lips and dramatic eyes by Dollbox Productions completed the elegant look. Romantic and sweet, these are flawless looks for any spring bride!
It all began with a video, and the raw display of emotion of the dance. The gorgeous abandoned location and organic beauty inspired Claire Duran Weddings & Events to design a shoot evoking the airy and flowing movement of dance, in a location embodying the beauty of the inspiration. The Patapasco Female Institute in Ellicot City, MD was the perfect space to bring the vision to life. This former girl’s school was founded in 1837, and is now maintained as a historical ruin and event space – it is also rumored to be haunted by one of the former students. Elements reminiscent of dance moves, such as the soft tulle dress from Carine’s Bridal, watercolor calligraphy by LittleCat Creative, and lush florals by Della Blooms brought the vision to life. Industrial elements such as the reclaimed wood table from Su Casa and slate placemats from Brooklyn Slate added a modern touch. We adore the divine images from Lissa Ryan Photography!
Every square inch of Caroline and Jack’s spring mountain wedding is vibrant, colorful, and fresh! Held at Snow Basin Ski Resort, the wedding made the most of its surroundings. A ceremony in the warm May sun featured a backdrop of the breathtaking Utah mountains. The chic reception featured vivid florals by Blossom Sweet (how stunning are the fluffy fuchsia peonies?) with rustic details, like the beautiful log vessels, and classic elements like the place cards by Karli Noel Calligraphy. FUSE Weddings and Events made sure the day went off without a hitch, and as Caroline says, the guests “could see our hearts through the simple yet elegant wedding.” We are head over heels for every image from Green Apple Photography!
It’s not often I get to share a party that I was not only lucky enough to style, but also lucky enough to attend! So naturally, I’m especially excited to share today’s dinner party on the beach. The celebration? My lovely friend Jenna of That Wife‘s 30th birthday! The setting? One of the most picturesque places in the Bay Area, the Carmel City Beach. We set out to create a celebration with florals that complemented the natural seaside landscape, a healthy dose of metallics, and a bit of a Middle Eastern flair. We had such fun choosing flowers from the wholesale market and arranging them in a mismatched vessels that we collected from Home Goods and local thrift stores. Gorgeous pale green and copper chargers, rose gold flatware, and Moscow mule mugs set the table, which was completed with wooden bench seating, all from Classic Party Rentals. Sand-colored linens and a patterned runner from Napa Valley Linens echoed the beach setting. Pretty pops of Jenna’s favorite color, kelly green, were peppered throughout, including on the gorgeous calligraphy place cards from JM Paper & Ink and serving trays from Anthropologie. We all had the best time getting glammed up by Dolce Vita Beauty and putting on our pretty frocks for a fabulous party, which concluded with blankets and a bonfire on the beach. It’s so wonderful to relive these wonderful memories in the beautiful images from Majesta Patterson!
The formal gardens and orchard of The Stevens Coolidge Place are the perfect backdrop for this unique greenhouse-inspired shoot styled and captured to perfection by Newbury Photographs. Pairing the exotic with the classic, Nicole centered the shoot around a dreamy black tulle dress with vivid pink flowers from Dream Shoot Rentals. She paired the frothy gown with simple white calligraphy by Hazel and Gray and cakes with figs and berries from Cake That!. The beautiful tablescape was adorned with antique linens, pewter candle sticks, and vintage china for a romantic touch. Learn how to make the gorgeous floral arrangement in this guide full of tips and tricks from Newbury Photographs and see more prettiness from this shoot in the gallery!
We were completely and utterly smitten by Loriann and Wesley’s Texas Hill Country wedding at Camp Lucy the moment we set eyes upon it. The couple mixed relaxed glamour (how fabulous are Loriann’s bejeweled Gianni Bini heels?) and romantic decor to create a sweet, slightly shabby-chic soiree. Bee Lavish designed a garden ceremony under a magnificent arbor by Whim Florals, with illuminated oak trees and elegant, bright florals on each aisle pedestal. Guests then moved inside the timber-framed Great Hall, where they were greeted with farmhouse style tables, lush garland centerpieces, and vintage china. Loriann is the picture of sophistication in an Enzoani gown and her mother’s vintage veil, and her maids are sweet and chic in J.Crew frocks. Each and every image from Michelle Boyd Photography is perfection!
We are completely captivated by Emily and Raymond’s sophisticated Brooklyn wedding at the Prospect Park Boathouse. Although the New York weather may have been a bit uncooperative, the couple didn’t let that phase them! The rain required an indoor ceremony, but thankfully the showers passed and they were able to take several portraits under the gorgeous ertswhile ceremony canopy made by a close friend. Emily worked with Amy of Seaport Flowers, who fashioned stunning florals of charm peonies and garden roses in shades of crimson and pink for their intimate reception. The day’s attire—from the sparkling Aidan Mattox bridesmaids dresses to Emily’s chic Enzoani Dakota gown and Raymond’s classic Hugo Boss tuxedo—is absolute perfection! Visit the gallery to swoon over each and every image from this 2013 favorite captured by Jessica Lorren!
We love the crisp, preppy palette of Jill and Greg’s Texas destination wedding! Inspired by a nautical and tailored choice of colors, the couple thought the bold hues would stand out nicely during their outdoor ceremony at The Westin La Cantera Hill Country Resort in San Antonio, Texas. Bridesmaids carried bold orange and yellow bouquets from Pizzini Designs that popped against their navy dresses, while Jill were a feminine lace Elizabeth Fillmore gown that we adore! Shannon Cunningham Photography captured great details like grass green trellis print table linens at the reception, a floral monogram on the resort’s indoor limestone fireplace, and monogrammed stationery from Love & Wit Paper Co. We’re crushing hard on this sweet soiree—see it all in the gallery!