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February 21, 2017

Wedding Garland

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After the main event has happened and everyone is ready to celebrate, an unforgettable tablescape sets the stage for your wedding guests to relax, indulge and get to know each other better. Garlands are an impactful and gorgeous way to reinforce the overall theme of the wedding and give your guests something beautiful to take in while sipping champagne. They also are wonderful visually, as they offer one continuous focal point for the eye to follow. This keeps the table from looking overrun with adornments and translates well in photos. Garlands are also very adaptable and can be used with any color, floral or other inspiration for your wedding.

 

Suzy & Jerry - Wedding Garland - Bourne Mansion - Photo by Ryon Lockhart

Suzy & Jerry – Wedding Garland – Bourne Mansion – Photo by Ryon Lockhart

 

A few things to keep in mind if choosing a garland for your tablescape:

  • Make sure your garland doesn’t overflow into the space needed for your table settings. Check with your florist or event designer to make sure the table dimensions are adequate.
  • This may not be the best choice if you are planning to have a “family-style” dinner. Instead, choose smaller arrangements that can be moved to make room for food.
  • Mixing textures, complementary colors or tonal shades help the garlands from becoming monotonous.

 

 

Trends for 2017

 

Greenery Garlands: The Pantone color of the year, Greenery, is the perfect inspiration to draw from for your wedding and is amazing when used for a garland! So many ways to incorporate this in a garland, from sprigs of fresh herbs to petals that bloom from light jades and lime tones to budding baby kale buds. It also can oscillate from light and ethereal feeling to robust and hearty, depending on the greenery that you choose. For a more earthy and organic feel, try using olive branches and fresh rosemary, or if your wedding is more romantic and garden-inspired, lay eucalyptus and ferns down the center of the table. You could even have a more masculine and wintery garland when incorporating evergreens.

 

 

Full Flower Garlands: Utterly romantic, these opulent centerpieces are the glamour girl of flower garlands. Lavish, lush and sure to make your guests swoon. Plush roses and peonies are the ideal flowers for these but hydrangea and carnations are stunning en masse and come in an array of colors, especially wonderful for an ombre garland effect.

 

 

Candle Light Garland: For the ultimate sensual mood, drench your guests in candlelight. When florals are the expected centerpiece, candles as the visual focal point offer a memorable décor element. Keep sight lines in mind if using tall candelabras and don’t skimp. The more flicker, the better!

 

 

Saturated Color in Garland: Don’t be afraid to go full spectrum color! Be really evocative and bold with your color combinations and create an everlasting impression on your guests. Flowers come in many saturated and dense color options. Choose one flower in variant colors or a few colors in different blooms. Make sure to have focus and repeat throughout the garland so the eye doesn’t become overwhelmed. Go for unexpected combinations and have fun!

 

 

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February 16, 2017

The Sweetheart Table

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Celebrating your big day with family and friends while being close to your newlywed is what makes the day so magical and fires up the romance of it all. As we know, wedding days can get a little hectic amongst the greetings, pictures, dancing and toasts. It can appear to fly by in the blink of an eye! We know how special this day is, how much planning goes into it and, at the end of the day, the bride and groom’s main purpose is to be with one another. At your wedding reception, having a special place for the two of you to catch up and enjoy each other during the excitement is something we find extremely special and essential. Creating a ‘Sweetheart Table’ for two is a great way to find your alone time while still being involved with guests and adored by all. This not only makes the sweetheart table a great concept, but it also adds another decorative feature to your venue. We have a few great tips and tricks on making your sweetheart table one to be admired by all and adding an extra touch of enchantment to your special day.

 

Sweetheart Table - Modern Style - Garden Party via Style Me Pretty

Sweetheart Table – Modern Style – Garden Party via Style Me Pretty

 

The first thing to decipher in the process of building your perfect sweetheart table is its type or shape. This tends to be the focal point of the room, as it is separated from the other guests’ tables. Sometimes, it is positioned across the dance floor, and other times it’s placed at the head of the room. There are many options to choose from and couples mostly lean towards a single round table or a rectangular shape for two. Many couples use their imagination to come up with outside-the-box ideas like a wine barrel or mirrored tables. While this is preference-based, we find that both shapes work well for specific styles and venues. Round silhouette works great in an indoor venue, one that’s romantic, classic and more ornamental. Rectangular tables work beautifully for an outdoor wedding environment due to their symmetry with nature, while also having a rustic or authentic look to them.

After choosing your table structure, the next step is to pick complementary seating. This is where you can really get creative and have some fun! There are many options, whether it’s two single chairs, a bench, a loveseat couch or even floor cushions. Depending on your wedding theme, using a funky seating arrangement can add that innovative feature and be a focal point statement. For example, if you’re having a vintage décor inspired wedding, incorporating two old-fashioned tufted velour chairs is a gorgeous option to play into the style. Yet, for a black tie modern affair, incorporating two straight lined black and white chairs would emphasize the sleekness and the ambiance. It is important to remember that these are your seats for the entire night and even though you want them to stand out as part of the overall design, you need to make sure they are comfortable enough for you and your loved one.

 

 

Since the first steps of choosing the table and chairs are now complete, it’s time to add the décor. The physical table is a design element on its own, yet incorporating details like linens, flowers, signage and candles can really make it pop! Deciding whether you would like to cover the table with linens or simply leave the wood or glass uncovered can create a design detail on its own. Many like to use luscious creams and white linens, while some add glitter, sequins or colorful options to make a statement. Having a wooden table is a beautiful feature for themed weddings and ties in charmingly with an outside setting. While thinking of adding florals to the piece, it is popular to feature one large arrangement at the front of the sweetheart table that sits perfectly between the two place settings. It is also common to use a floral or greenery garland that drapes from one side of the table to the other, often hanging onto the floor for a whimsical touch. If you feel like you would rather keep the table looking a little bit cleaner, adding flower arrangements to the bottom of the table and around the perimeter is another beautiful option. After flowers are all set, candles complete the look! Many don’t realize the vast variety of candles that can be used in wedding design. Including elements such as mercury glass votive, ornate candlesticks, raw candles and crystals always dresses up the table. For most weddings, mood lighting sets the tone, and this is a way to achieve a private romantic ambiance. A few other small touches include signage that reads “Mr. & Mrs.” or possibly a monogram or quotes. It’s a cute touch that makes it fun while adding personal flare.

 

 

Lastly, now that the table and décor have been decided, it is extremely important to choose your sweetheart table’s backdrop. For some venues, this is an easy fix as they have a gorgeous mantle to be decorated behind you or floor-to-ceiling windows with a water view. Sometimes, this is a perfect final touch without taking away from the design of your table. In other cases, if you’re having your wedding in a raw space, there may not be a pretty wall to line up along, so we have a few ideas for creating your own sweetheart table backdrop. One of our favorites here at Bride and Blossom is a flower wall behind the table. You can stick to neutrals or add pops of color for an enchanting scene. If you are looking for a country approach, building a shiplap wood wall with pictures and greenery could be the best route to take. Some more creative ideas include large hanging picture frames, flowered altars and handmade folding doors. Getting creative will ensure a picturesque scene for everyone to remember. Another small trick to finishing your complete look is placing the table on a small lift so that all of your guests can see exactly where you are and you get a better view of your reception.

 

 

Remembering that it is your day and making time for each other is our most important tip! Enjoy the company, laugh together and be swept away with the romantic ambiance of your perfect sweetheart table.

 

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February 15, 2017

Flower Feature – Hydrangea

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One of the most beautiful and well-known species in the flower kingdom, is hydrangea. Hydrangea originated in many regions of the world, including North and South America, Europe and Asia. Now worldwide, they are very famous and a popular flower grown in gardens, while also being used at special occasions and weddings. Offering a variety of species in the kingdom, it is most famous for its hydrangea and Dutch hydrangea variety. The hydrangea species is famous for its large soft clusters and overwhelming beauty in its natural state. The hydrangea flower is grown on a hydrangea bush in single clusters containing multiple little flowers and blooms. Though each individual flower is very small, hydrangea’s florets are known for coming in full round clusters at the top of a single stem.

 

White Hydrangea Bouquet - A Modern Style - via Martha Stewart Weddings

White Hydrangea Bouquet-A Modern Style- via Martha Stewart Weddings

 

Hydrangea are most popular and known for their pure white petals, yet they are also grown in a variety of colors including purple, blue and pink. A small fact that many don’t know about hydrangea is that the color of the hydrangea flowers depends on the acidity of the soil they are grown in. This can determine whether they will produce, for example, blue or white flowers. Offering a complete range of colors, Dutch hydrangea bloom in a little more variety of colors than the average hydrangea, including white, green, and all shades of pink, blue and purple.

 

 

Hydrangea, though grown in many parts of the world,  thrive in moist soil with partial shade and die instantly when exposed to direct sunlight and heat. Another fact about the hydrangea is that they are the ‘camel’ of the flower world,  meaning they require and flourish off a huge amount of water. Hydrangea need to drink excessive amounts of water a day to stay crisp, fresh and silky. They get their name from the Greek word ‘hydro’, which means water, and ‘angeion’ which stands for vessel. This symbolic name is very fitting, since this species requires a lot of water to grow and lasts a long time.

 

Blue Hydrangea - Haute Hydrangea - photo by Hamptons Hostess

Blue Hydrangea – Haute Hydrangea – photo by Hamptons Hostess

 

Representing honesty, gratitude and the thought of giving, hydrangea makes for the perfect package for many occasions. Another aspect of this species is that its unique look can adapt to many wedding styles. From classic, romantic, modern, colorful or even neutral styles, hydrangea can modify and complement their surroundings beautifully. Hydrangea are a staple flower in the summer and spring, but are also used for special occasions during the other seasons. As we mentioned earlier, hydrangea are offered in blooms of white, purple, blue and pink, making them the perfect statement piece that complements both arrangements and brides. These flowers look beautiful and delicate, yet are very strong and have a long vase life with plenty of water. They are a classic choice, and one that complements each and every occasion.

 

 

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February 8, 2017

DIY Wedding Inspiration Boards

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Though we’re past the holiday craze and have already rung in the new year, it is still the season of romance, proposals, and new beginnings. For all of you newly engaged brides and grooms, it is the time to bring your excitement to life and start planning the wedding of your dreams. Many brides have years of ideas stored in the back of their heads; pictures ripped out of magazines or pinned on Pinterest. A wedding is the most beautiful and elegant day of your life, and here at Bride & Blossom we believe that it should be nothing less than perfectly fashioned for you.

For brides looking to pull all their ideas together, we love to suggest a good old fashioned inspiration board.  For those of you who are unfamiliar, inspiration boards are a literal board or digital platform for you to collect images, fabrics, magazine articles, online catalogs and even personal pictures, in one place. This may include ideas for your theme, celebrity inspiration images, possible color schemes, décor that speaks to you, dresses of your dreams and more! Building an inspiration or “vision board” is an important step in the planning process because it helps you organize ideas and ensures your concepts are brought to life by you, your venue and your vendors. Today, we look at some of the most efficient and effective ways of building an inspiration board that will help you hone in on your wedding goals and communicate your ideas to vendors when the time comes.

 

Wedding Inspiration Board via Southbound Bride

Wedding Inspiration Board via Southbound Bride

 

The first thing to remember while putting your board together is it is not a shopping list! Yes, you may pull pictures of items which you will later purchase, but this is ultimately an exercise in gathering ideas freely to later curate into a fresh and organic look that is personalized just for you.

Here are a few of the first steps to get you started:

Step 1. Find a platform to create your board.

Step 2. Decide what the board will consist of.

Step 3. Find images, materials and color schemes that bring your vision to life.

Step 4. Organize, add and remove until the board flows exactly how you would like.

Step 5. Work with vendors, bridal party and your venue to make your hard work and vision a reality!

You might prefer to create one board or break it up into categories such as reception, ceremony, flowers and dresses. This makes it super convenient to relate back to and work directly with the products in question. Adding color swatches, flower types, and sample pictures of weddings at your desired venue makes for a much easier first meeting with your vendors. Photoshop is a great tool to use as you can create, cut, crop and blend clips together to have a full image in front of you. This is also a great tool as you can print them out for physical copies, or send them as documents to your florist, venue and other vendors in order to ensure that everyone has the same mental image and is prepared to work towards the same aesthetic. We find this to be a particularly useful method because you can swap images as your change your mind, save old boards and have fun creating and mixing up themes, styles, colors and ideas!

 

 

For you old fashioned, DIY brides out there, you may prefer to pull images from magazines or catalogs and pin them on a cork board, blank wall, poster, or in a binder. This method is fun in that it allows you to pull from all sorts of sources. Mix and match, tape and pin until you have created the complete collage for you. This can include images from bridal magazines, recipes for cocktails, pieces of fabric, handwritten notes, whatever you want! Some people work better when they can feel the fabric of their bridesmaid dresses or physically hold color swatches next to each other to really envision their wedding reception or ceremony. This is a fun and creative way to design anything from your centerpieces to your invitations, plus it’s something you will always have to remember the beautiful characteristics you first dreamed of and then made a reality.

 

 

If you’re tech-savvy and eager to work fast and furiously, there are several options for online platforms to help facilitate your digital board.

 

Pinterest

Pinterest is a media platform that allows you to search and save – or “pin” – images, videos, DIY ideas, recipes, etc. that link directly back to their original source. When you see an image you like, you simply click “Pin it!” and that image is added to your personal compilation or “pin board.”

One of the biggest advantages of Pinterest is that images are catalogued by keywords and descriptive tags, allowing you to search for highly specific images. A search for “Bohemian wedding flowers,” for example, could be followed by a search for “Bohemian wedding flowers purple bridal bouquet.”

On your own Pinterest profile, you can create a private folder that allows you to mix and match and save images to refer back to later. Pinterest is a great tool for people who need general inspiration or want ideas to add to their existing plans. It’s helpful, creative and fun (and addictive!) to browse past weddings, staged shoots, historical images, and magazine articles under one URL. Compile your favorites and then make those fabulous ideas your own.

 

SampleBoard

SampleBoard is a fantastic tool that is popular in the interior design and wedding industries. It allows you to create, expand, and share vision boards by searching the web or uploading external images, and organizing them into an inspiration board. Its intuitive, drag & drop design makes it a fast, sleek, and user-friendly option for brides and designers alike.

 

Styleboard (by The Dessy Group)

This online tool is part of The Dessy Group. The Dessy Group is primarily a wedding retailer, but they also provide a great vision board builder, Styleboard, on their website. Styleboard provides a blank slate and many add-in features such as an Instagram search within the app, as well as pictures from a variety of categories like food & beverage, décor, cakes and jewelry.

 

 

Whichever method you choose, inspiration boards are a great way to get your creative juices flowing and help you get motivated to plan your big day. We hope that while creating your inspiration boards you not only feel inspired to get down to planning every last detail, but you also have fun, enjoy looking at spectacular weddings and piece by piece, build your dream wedding before your very eyes.

 

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February 6, 2017

Flower Feature: Tulips

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Tulips via Flickr

Tulips via Flickr

 

Popular in home gardens worldwide, the tulip is an essential asset to many floral design recipes. Known for its wide range of colors, bright bulbs and symbolic value, the tulip flower is a fan favorite.  In fact, tulips are the 3rd most popular flower in the world.

There are over 75 species of tulips, such as the Dutch tulip and parrot tulip.  Tulips are available in a variety of shapes, dimensions and colors, making them extremely versatile.

 

 

Tulips were first recorded growing in the Ottoman Empire. The word tulip comes from the Turkish word for turban, due to its tall, round shape. Today, many recognize the tulip as the emblem of Holland. When roaming the streets of the Netherlands, beloved tulips play a significant role in the nation’s cultural traditions and are loved by locals and tourists alike. Tulips were first brought to the Netherlands in the sixteenth century. Flemish botanist Carolus Clusius wrote a book about tulips in 1592 and they suddenly became so popular that his garden was raided and bulbs were stolen regularly! As the years went by, the Dutch became so fanatically obsessed with tulips that bulbs became immensely expensive.  Tulipmania, the name now given for this curious enthusiasm for tulips, peaked in 1637 and is considered the first example of an “economic bubble.”  Buying one tulip bulb at that time would have cost you 10 times the average national income.

 

 

Blossoming in vibrant shades of every color of the rainbow excluding blue, tulips are often thought to symbolize different things based on their color.  Purple correlates with royalty and elegance, red with love, white with forgiveness, and yellow with cheerfulness and joy.

Tulips bloom in the spring and early summer and produce wonderful wedding work. The bulbs bloom in a classic cup shape, with layers of petals curling out from all angles.  Tulips’ dark centers create beautiful contrast with their light outer petals.

 

Tulips via Pinterest

Tulips via Pinterest

 

Being single bloom stalks, tulips look best when grouped as a bunch. Tulips look great paired with greenery, smaller species like baby’s breath and wax flowers, and with other colored tulips. Tulips are great for any time of year, but tend to shine at garden-style weddings in the warmer months.

 

 

Charming, classic, and versatile, it’s easy to see why tulips never go out of style.

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January 31, 2017

Winter Wedding Venues in NYC

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Jamie & John / The Liberty Warehouse / Ben Lau Photography

Jamie & John / The Liberty Warehouse / Ben Lau Photography

 

As the winter months come and go, color changes in the sky, and the smell of pine and fireplaces capture our hearts. It is easy to fall in love with the winter season for its magic, its charm, and its warmth despite the cold. We know this is why so many couples choose to get married in wintertime.

Choosing to get married in the winter opens up many options for venues and vendors.  Since summer is the busiest wedding season, it can be much easier to secure the venue and vendors you want in the winter season. Today we look at a few New York venues that truly shine in the winter months, and  bring out the festivity and wonder of every winter bride’s dreams.  Winter in New York is cherished around the world, and there’s no denying a certain magic in the air when walking through the city in the coldest months of the year. And not only is New York beautiful on the outside, but also on the inside.  These venues welcome you in from the cold and into the perfect space to build your winter wonderland.

 

The Liberty Warehouse

The Liberty Warehouse is a hidden gem on Pier 41 in historic Red Hook, Brooklyn.. The 15,000 square foot space was built in the 1850’s, and was recently renovated to host a variety of stunning events. The Liberty Warehouse features spectacular panoramic views of the New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty, with a waterside promenade perfect for a photo shoot. Inside, the Liberty Warehouse offers three different spaces; The Governors Room, The Harbor Room and The Bridge Room, each with its own charm and color palette. Every room offers sweeping high ceilings, tall windows, and rustic details like exposed brick and wood ceilings. This large-scale venue offers a very cozy feeling due to its warm color scheme, traditional wood accents and hardware.

 

This makes it a great venue for brides leaning towards a rustic, vintage theme, and an excellent choice for a holiday wedding.  Fireplaces, brick mantles, and dramatic pillars make an elegant, natural backdrop for holiday-themed décor. One of the best features this venue offers is the floor to celing windows looking out over the water.  At night, the moonlight reflecting off the waves is simply unforgettable, and brings an intimate, warm ambiance to the Warehouse.

An outdoor balcony allows for amazing photos with the harbor in the background.  At our most recent wedding at the Liberty Warehouse, there was a beautiful snowfall that made for some stuning photos and looked incredible from the reception windows.

 

Brooklyn Winery

This venue offers a very different and distant feel compared to other New York venues. While it’s in the middle of Williamsburg with taxis and tourist walking around right outside, once you step through the front doors, you’re in a whole new world.

The Brooklyn Winery offers a rustic cabin feel in the big city. From the moment you  walk through two big oak doors you feel you’ve been transported to another place. The space is intimate and romantic, immersive and completely unique, with wood paneled walls, resorted shiplap tables, a garden atrium, and of course a functioning winery.

With wooden wall panels, wine barrels, stools and picnic tables, the Brooklyn Wintery almost feels like it could be in the middle of the forest.  This makes it a great candidate for a winter wedding venue if brides are looking for a rustic, woodland feel. With cozy booths and old-fashioned lighting, the Brooklyn Wintery begs for cozy candlelight and holiday décor and is ready to host a one-of-a-kind winter celebration.

 

Gotham Hall

Located in Midtown Manhattan, this former New York Savings Bank is known for its unique space and timeless elegance.  The large ballroom offers towering 70-foot ceilings and a round frame that still houses the old bank teller windows.  A stained glass window lights the impressive 17,500 foot ballroom space, in neutral colors that offer a romantic atmosphere that’s a flexible backdrop for your color scheme and décor style.

That said, Gotham Hall is so striking in its height and size that it requires very little to  create the look of an enchanted castle. The grand ballroom is perfect for accentuating winter whites in flowers, drapery and décor.

 

 

There are so many wonderful options for fulfilling your winter wedding dreams here in New York City.  We hope these venues offer inspiration to brides-to-be looking forward to another beautiful New York winter.

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