Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Mixing colors and textures make for a more interesting bouquet. Use natural elements, as well as flowers to create a unique look.
These bouquets are perfect for summer weddings. Whether the beach or a garden, you can create a look that suits your theme.
I love this little flower! Ranunculus is so lush and makes any arrangement pop. It is available from fall through spring and you can find it in yellow, orange, white, red, violet and pink.
Parrot tulips are perfect for a summer beach wedding or a fall harvest wedding. They are vibrant and dramatic. Found in shades of orange, purple, white, red, yellow and pink, they are sure to make a statement at your wedding.
Vanda orchids are only one of many varieties of orchid, but are a wonderful addition to bouquets, perfect for boutonnieres and lovely cascading down the side of a cake. They are available year round in yellow and orange.
Centerpieces and ceremony flowers can be tall or short, simple or extravagant. But, like these, they are so beautiful. There are many ways to achieve the perfect look for your tables. Make sure you discuss linens and lighting with your florist when choosing your centerpieces. Those choices and their costs need to be figured into your total decor budget.
Remember, the more visually you can explain your vision to the florist and the more creative you can be, the more successful your trip to the florist will be.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Hydrangea is available most of the year and comes in pink, blue, green and white.
Mini Callas are so elegant and make a beautiful bouquet. They are available in purple, red, yellow, mauve, pink, green, white and ivory. They are available all year.
Arm bouquetThe look: old-fashioned. Think beauty-pageant winner: Long-stemmed flowers are cradled in the crook of the bride's arm. Best for: retro-themed weddings.
The look: structured. A round bouquet that features concentric rings of flowers that fan out from the center. Best for: hip, cutting-edge events.
The look: free-flowing. Flowers and greenery that spill downward from a base, creating a waterfall effect. Modern cascades have a more compact teardrop shape. Best for: grand, large-scale weddings in a formal setting.
The look: structured. Petals or buds wired or glued together to create one single bloom. Best for: artistic, creative affairs.
The look: loose and casual. The stems of flowers are bound with ribbon or raffia instead of being placed in a foam-filled bouquet holder. Best for: casual affairs.
The look: classic. A tightly-packed, round bouquet. Best for: nearly any type of event.
The look: Victorian. A hand-tied bouquet with stems cut to the same length is placed in a silver, cone-shaped holder. Best for: elegant affairs.
The look: structured and globe-like. A round ball of flowers is attached to a ribbon loop handle. Best for: romantic weddings.
The look: similar to a nosegay but smaller. Best for: corsage alternatives for the bride and groom's mothers and grandmothers.
Less expensive flowers used solely for the traditional bouquet toss
Butterfly Weeds-- are available year round and come in vibrant yellow and orange.
The look: romantic. Flowers are woven into a tall arch that the bride and groom or the officiant stands under during the ceremony. Best for: ceremony venues without altars.
The look: natural. Flowers or greenery woven together into a ropelike structure and draped over railings, doorways, or church pews. Best for: traditional church weddings.
The look: casual. A small vase of flowers that's clipped to the end of a pew. Best for: simple, small church ceremonies.
The look: contemporary. Branches bearing buds, flowers, or berries. Best for: tall, potted arrangements.
The look: casual. A structure of wooden or plastic latticework supports climbing plants and flowers. Best for: outdoor weddings
The look: nontraditional—vases of flowers are clustered together at the center of the reception table. Best for: bohemian events.
The look: classic—a low glass bowl with flowers at the center of the table. Best for: traditional and elegant affairs.
The look: contemporary—a vase of flowers is placed on a surface that rises a few inches from the table. Best for: architectural events.
The look: offbeat—flowers are arranged on two or more different levels. Best for: hip, urban events.
The look: formal and offbeat—flowers or plants trimmed into geometric shapes. Best for: upscale events with an artistic edge.
The look: regal—flowers tower above the ta
ble. Best for: glamorous affairs.
The look: contemporary, offbeat—a vase that's small at the base and flares out at the top. Best for: contemporary, offbeat, and urban affairs.
A single bloom or small cluster of flowers pinned to a man's jacket lapel. Worn by the ring bearers, groom, groomsmen, and fathers and grandfathers of the bride and groom.
A single bloom or small cluster of flowers pinned to a dress or worn around the wrist. Worn by the mothers and grandmothers of the bride and groom.
Flowers, boughs, and leaves woven into a ring shape. Worn by flower girls as headpieces or placed at the base of centerpieces.
An aisle covering that the wedding party walks on during the ceremony.
Tiered candles that are used as altar arrangements and in reception decor.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Metamorphosis combines a gorgeous butterfly motif with this lovely scroll design.
While Love Tree is perfect for a "green" wedding, with it's simple and more rustic flair.
Finally, Sea of Love is a very romantic and, almost antique, invitation with a beautiful gold page.
No matter which of these, or the many others you will find at Heirloom Occasions, your guests will be so excited to get these works of art in the mail. Thanks to Kim for her images and for her incredible talent!
Friday, May 15, 2009
For your guests to stay cool and also to add a splash of color to the day are these silk fans. So pretty and practical too!
And, for you destination brides, this is the cutest idea! These little tins in the shape of a suitcase can be personalized to say whatever you want them to say. Your guests will be happy to take these home from the romantic destination that they visit to share your special day.
If you like a more traditional favor idea with a modern flair, try these personalized Tic Tac boxes. They come in pairs or separately and can be labeled in the theme of your wedding.
For the perfect Asian flair favor, these wine bottle toppers with a Double Happiness symbol are great! Even the packaging will add flair to the tables. And, finally, for those of you who want to combine your favor with your escort cards, how about this little adorable package of sticky notes? Wrapped like a gift, you can put your guests table number and name on the front and then they can take home a cute little memory of the day- with a practical use!
Thanks to Get Married for the great ideas!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
"The studio was created by Jack (my husband and partner) and me on May 17 2004. Jack was always into media - as a DJ, soundtrack producer/designer and videographer for corporate and special events. I was first, a teacher of Creative Writing and literature at the college and hs levels (alternative high schools), before co-authoring a program on stress management and then starting my own personal growth consulting business working with couples and individuals. During that time, I became a licensed non-denominational minister so I could write and perform original wedding ceremonies - which I still do from time to time. Jack and I were honored to be asked to film the first same sex wedding in Boston (Rob and Dave on our site ) and once I had gotten behind the camera at that event, I was hooked on creating wedding films that framed the couple in the historical, emotional and reflective elements of their day. We are mentors to Emerson College and BU film students who intern in our studio, film events with us, and are our junior editors. Every wedding film team has a director, and typically church or temple weddings have a crew of 3-4 - enabling us to be embedded, everywhere at once, but on tripod, in black cocktail attire, and as far as most people have observed, practically invisible. We never use on -camera lights, (they destroy shadows in images) and shine directly in guest's faces; we almost always attend rehearsals to form relationships with the wedding party and to determine ideal camera placement and lighting needs in advance. I love to start the documentary with the engagement (yes, we have been hired to film a few of those as a surprise to the bride!) move on to dress shopping, planning meetings, etc. We often film whole weekends and make 2 DVD sets. I'm most interested in what happens between the expected moments - the intimate gestures and comments that arise spontaneously on a wedding day."
Now, for the best part of this post- the video!
Lindsey and Nate- Old North Church and The State Room--Boston, Mass.
Becca and Henry- Becca's Family Homes in Marblehead Neck
The wedding of amazing, wonderful top planner/designer Chad Michael Peters and Kevin. Ceremony at a friend's home; reception at the Bay Club in Mattapoisett, MA. The Mexican decor is because Kevin was a Spanish teacher, and the couple chose to marry on Cinqo de Mayo.
Thank you to Naomi for her generous spirit and her kindness in letting me share these three weddings with you! PLEASE! It is worth the trip to Generations to see more weddings!! You will want to call Naomi right away for your wedding cinema!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Inspiration boards courtesy of The Perfect Palette