March 19, 2017

Unique and Thoughtful Bridesmaids Gift Guide

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Bridesmaids. You chose this group of women to be by your side on your wedding day for many reasons. They are your best friends, the ones you trust and care about most. Some you have known since childhood, others you met later in life and bonded with immediately.

 

Bouquets / Anna & Matt / Pierre Hotel / Brett Matthews Photography

Bouquets / Anna & Matt / Pierre Hotel / Brett Matthews Photography

 

From the bachelorette party and bridal shower to the dress fittings and heart-to-heart talks in between, they have been your support system during an exciting, yet occasionally stressful time. When it comes to a bridesmaid gift, thank them with something that expresses how much you appreciate all their hard work and commitment. Finding a special gift can be difficult though, and the last thing you want to do is resort to a basic, uninspired present. For the bride in need of some ideas, we put together a guide of unique and thoughtful gifts that your bridesmaids are sure to love.

 

Urban Decay Naked Palette and Eye Shadow Brush

Referring to themselves as the Glam Squad, your bridesmaids have been working overtime to make sure you look absolutely gorgeous walking down the aisle. Your get-togethers always lead to discussions about the latest makeup trends and products. The Urban Decay Naked Palette makes a perfect gift for the beauty-obsessed bridal party. With 12 universally flattering bronze-hued shadows, it has everything needed to create a natural look for day or dramatic eye for evening. Good tools are key to flawless makeup, and we love the versatility of Bobbi Brown’s Angle Eye Shadow Brush.

 

 

 

Slip Silk Pillowcase and Eye Mask

Is there anything better than the gift of a good night’s sleep? Your best friends will have only the sweetest dreams with Slip’s pillowcase, which is made of 100% high-grade mulberry silk. They will not only wake up feeling better, but also looking better thanks to the ultra luxurious fabric that protects and hydrates skin while safeguarding hair from split ends and frizz. Guarantee ultimate beauty sleep and pair with the matching silk eye mask.

 

 

 

Cire Trudon Trianon Classic Candle

You are probably thinking, “A candle, seriously?” But, we have a good case for giving a candle as a bridesmaid gift. Cire Trudon’s legacy goes back to 1643 when the Paris-based Maison made candles for the royal court of Louis XIV at Versailles. A tribute to Marie Antoinette, the Trianon Classic Candle exudes a transcendent aroma that blends summer florals with a “warm scent of the musk of torches.”

 

Cire Trudon - Trianon Classic Candle - via Barneys

Cire Trudon – Trianon Classic Candle – via Barneys

 

 

Peter Lindbergh. A Different Vision of Fashion Photography

Here’s the perfect gift for the bridal party who shares a love for the art of fashion. Esteemed photographer Peter Lindbergh captured some of fashion history’s most iconic images and is largely responsible for the rise of the 90s supermodel. Containing more than 400 images culled from Lindbergh’s 40-year career, this book showcases his unique vision of fashion photography, which celebrates women, capturing both their physical beauty and inner spirit.

 

 

 

Beats Solo Wireless On-Ear Headphones

There’s no denying music’s ability to inspire and nourish the soul. With Beats Solo Wireless On-Ear Headphones, your friends can enjoy state-of-the-art, all-day listening comfort of their favorite songs wherever they go. They are available in an array of colors – the gold design is super stylish and looks like a modern piece of jewelry.

 

Beats by Dre - Headphones - via Amazon.com

Beats by Dre – Headphones – via Amazon.com

 

 

Tiffany Blue Box

You consider yourself a classic bride and have dreamed about a Tiffany-themed wedding since you were a little girl. This bridesmaid gift makes the excitement of receiving a blue box from Tiffany last forever. Your girlfriends will love storing their most cherished keepsakes here. Made of the finest porcelain, the box is elegant and timeless, and perfect for display on a dresser or vanity.

 

Tiffany Blue Box - Porcelain - Tiffany & Co

Tiffany Blue Box – Porcelain – Tiffany & Co

 

 

Dollhouse Locket with Personalized Engraving

For a truly special gift, you can’t go wrong with a personalized piece of jewelry. We adore this locket necklace from Catbird, the beloved jewelry boutique in Williamsburg. Have the locket engraved with elegant script for each of your bridesmaids. Delicate and meaningful, it will surely become one of their most treasured charms. The locket is available in sterling silver and gold.

 

Dollhouse Locket, Silver - Catbird Jewelry - Catbird Exclusive - via Catbirdnyc.com

Dollhouse Locket, Silver – Catbird Jewelry – Catbird Exclusive – via Catbirdnyc.com

 

The joy and excitement of becoming a bride wouldn’t be what it is without the support of your best girlfriends. We hope this guide helps you find a unique gift to thank them for their work and friendship.

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March 18, 2017

Destination Inspiration: Ireland

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The Emerald Isle, with its fabled stretches of coastal green landscapes, offers an evocative inspiration for an utterly breathtaking wedding. Ireland conjures visions of vintage Irish lace and Waterford crystal next to the warm brown of a wooden bar. This inspiration is ideally suited to a décor that leans to the nostalgic, especially with elements such as a wedding dress or motifs that have a more retro and old world elegance.

 

Jacob & Brittany - Intimate Cliffs of Moher - Ireland Wedding - via Epic Love Photography

Jacob & Brittany – Intimate Cliffs of Moher – Ireland Wedding – via Epic Love Photography

 

Whether you wish to honor your family’s heritage or because its majestic verdant beauty inspires the romantic in you, adding touches of Ireland to your décor will transform your event into an unforgettable destination wedding. Giving attention to the defining elements of your wedding will help to thread your chosen theme throughout. Focusing on these first, keeping in mind they should all flow together, then sprinkling in the details, makes for a cohesive design aesthetic.

 

 

Here are our favorite show-stopping moments:

ATTIRE: Here’s your chance to channel your inner Celtic princess. Get fancy. Think layers of intricately woven Irish lace or delicate details of sumptuous silks and sheer tulle. If your wedding date falls during a cooler month, flirt with a neckline detail, a lace sleeve or a full lace back. This aesthetic is perfect for playing with vintage looks made modern. If creams and blush aren’t for you – go blue! Pay homage to Irish traditions and wear a blue-hued gown. Irish brides, until the late 1400s, would wear blue as a symbol of purity.

 

 

For the groom, opt for dapper, very tailored suits or suspenders and dress pants. Irish linen or wool, depending on the weather, will keep your men in authentic fabrics.

That is unless you have a gentleman that is brave enough to bare his legs. In that case, a noble Tartan kilt, usually associated with Scotland but also popular in Ireland, is the utmost ensemble for a dashing man who wants to celebrate his lineage.

 

 

VENUE: Unless you happen to have a castle in your backyard, go for something a bit more abstract for your nuptial backdrop. A private estate with a sprawling lush lawn, the green field of a quiet forest, or a mossy knoll in your favorite park, any of these are reminiscent of the evocative scenery of Ireland.

 

 

If your wedding takes place indoors, choose a warm and cozy, wood-rich environment that leans towards the masculine. It will act as a perfect partner to the more feminine elements of your decor.

 

 

FLOWERS: Bells of Ireland immediately come to mind when thinking of florals for an Irish-inspired wedding, but many other blooms pay tribute to this bountiful land. Amaryllis, Easter lilies, roses, chrysanthemums and wild flowers are all beautiful choices for your bridal bouquet or centerpieces. Also, consider bringing touches of the landscape into your design by creating a green path down the aisle for your ceremony or a table runner of moss for the centerpiece at your reception.

 

 

TABLETOP: Antiqued and brushed metals add a vintage yet contemporary design for your tablescape. Add in touches where you want to illuminate intricate details like a golden charger paired with elegant china or a particular motif, like a gilded Celtic knot, that might double as a napkin ring. This is also an excellent opportunity to add in color! Opt for an emerald goblet or dark green taper candles held by candelabras.

 

Joyce & Patrick Wedding - Le Parker Meridien NYC - by Susan Stripling Photography

Joyce & Patrick Wedding – Le Parker Meridien NYC – by Susan Stripling Photography

 

COLOR PALETTES: By choosing Ireland as your inspiration and to our delight, you have been given the gift of using green, nature’s fabulous neutral! What an amazing color to work with, since it comes in so many gorgeous variations. Choose from emerald and teal, which are rich and jeweled, to forest and hunter, which are deep and velvety. Or use doses of all the greens your mind can imagine to give a tonal wave of color and add a modern twist. Layer in hints of limes, chartreuse, moss and of course, Kelly green. If you prefer a more tempered color choice, look to the season and venue for the best green and choose complementary hues.

 

 

FOOD: Beef. Potatoes. Whiskey. You could go with a menu this obvious (and it would be amazing, if a bit cliché), but you wouldn’t be taking advantage of the food renaissance that’s happening now in Ireland.

For the cocktail hour, a raw bar of ocean jewels, oysters, shrimp and clams is a must. And how adorable would tiny bites of shepherd’s pie, corned beef sliders and shots of Irish potato soup be? Take an elevated nod to hearty pub food and keep things compact and bite-sized. Doesn’t everyone love a gorgeous spread of artisanal cheeses? Pair cheeses with an offering of varietal smoked salmon and a display of traditional Irish soda breads. Ireland is ripe for tasty nibbles; showcase any of these for a delicious pre-dinner tease.

Definitely present a delectable cut as the headliner for the main course; there’s no substitute for a melting, juicy morsel of meat, but try a locally farmed lamb instead of the typically served beef. And don’t forget to honor the coastal landscape of Ireland. Highlight the land and sea by offering cod, Atlantic salmon or even lobster as an entrée.

 

 

DRINKS: Yes, you’re having a whiskey bar, even a whiskey tasting if you want, but don’t stop there. Incorporate Ireland’s love of tea as they consume more tea per capita than almost any other place in the world! Have fun creating a signature tea-infused whiskey cocktail like this Irish Whiskey Green Tea Punch.

A well-stocked wedding will be sure to have all the favorites: Guinness Stout, an Irish Whiskey (or two) and a tart and refreshing Irish Apple Cider will round out the bar and leave something for everyone’s tipple and tastes. For a vintage twist, serve any Irish socialite’s drink, a Black Velvet. This champagne + stout cocktail will look much more elegant than a pint in your bridesmaids hands.

 

 

WEDDING FAVORS: Favors are meant to be fun and whimsical, so let the Irish clichés run wild here…

It is an Irish tradition to ring a bell, a “makeup bell” as it were, to signal the end of a tiff. Wedding bells are popular symbols of nuptials, so why not mark each guest’s presence by a mini wedding bell. Horseshoes are famous for bringing the luck of the Irish. Gift your guests with tiny versions to carry home the well wishes and the eternal luck of your special day. For a lovely and unforgettable keepsake, gift all the lovely ladies with Claddagh Friendship rings (a ring with two hands clasping) and the gentlemen with Irish linen handkerchiefs.

 

 

TRADITIONS: Sharing cherished traditions is an intimate way to add an extra special meaning to your day. Some Irish traditions have been integrated into modern cultures and are recognizable around the world. We might say “tying the knot” as a cheeky way to say we’re getting married, but this term actually started with the Irish ritual of hand fasting. Hand fasting, or tying, is an ancient Celtic ceremony in which the couple joins in tying their hands as a symbol of eternal and infinite love. The ribbons are tied around the crossed wrists of the couple, and they are forever bound to one another.

 

 

Music: The Harp is an ethereal and unbelievably romantic instrument that adds a romantic touch to your ceremony with the sound of an angelic song. A national symbol of Ireland, a harp is traditionally played at times of celebration. Anything strummed on a harp sounds magical, so don’t be afraid to ask for your favorite contemporary song to be played as you walk down the aisle. While bagpipes are the more traditional and bold sounding instrument, they can be just as beautiful and graceful as the beloved harp. With his tartan kilt and unmistakable sound, the bagpiper adds a sense of royalty and is an exciting start to the processional as he leads your guests to the reception.

 

 

There are so many details from the Irish culture to draw from and these are just a few. Be sure to choose details and traditions that speak to you and don’t seem contrived. Incorporating authenticity and quality makes the difference between a chic and genuinely inspired event and a sloppy “Kiss Me I’m Irish” party that’s more like a bad hangover.

With such a wealth of romantic traditions and culture to draw from, you’re definitely blessed with luck if choosing Ireland as your wedding inspiration!

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March 14, 2017

Repurposing Floral Arrangements from Your Wedding

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You’ve been waiting your whole life for this moment. You’re getting married, and with great celebration comes great planning. First thoughts in the planning process are often the venue, your dream dress and food to impress the guests. Yet with all this in mind, it’s important to remember that your bridal flowers are something to put great thought and design into. They are a treasure to be seen, and a lot of time, planning and budgeting goes into your florals to bring your wedding and theme to life. However, due to the life span of these gentle blossoms and their fleeting beauty, many tend to shy away from grand floral pieces to avoid the guilt or afterthought that your flowers will only have a life span of a few hours. What happens to these radiant beauties after the reception has ended and guests are walking out after they danced the night away? Though their sole purpose is to bring beauty, romance and charm into your wedding day ceremony, pictures and reception, some couples deem it a waste of money that flowers are used only for one night. They end up scaling down the designs they had dreamed of, so as to not feel bad about having large amounts of “wasted money” sitting around.

 

DIY Wedding - Alisha & Daniel - by Shea Shoemaker - via Something Turquoise.com

DIY Wedding – Alisha & Daniel – by Shea Shoemaker – via Something Turquoise.com

 

What if there was a way to repurpose these gorgeous flowers and have them live on for days after the wedding day? It’s time to “go green” (pardon the pun!) and do even more justice to these living treasures. This is a new trend that is roaring in the floral industry. We love and value the longevity of a flower’s life and would love nothing more than to see flowers bring more pleasure to people’s lives after the big day. There are many awesome new DIY ideas to re-using, re-inventing and re-purposing your arrangements, and we know you will love them as much as we do.

For the Crafter: DIY till your heart’s content

 

For our Pinterest and DIY doers out there reading, we have the perfect relaxing day craft that is easy and simple to create! Turn your flowers into homemade potpourri and have your wedding day live on for years with this scented mixture. A real fun aspect about homemade potpourri is that you can tailor it to your personal liking and fragrance palette. With all of the flowers you take home, you can make different batches full of different recipes and a variety of ingredients, or even create a signature mix that is a classic in your home. Display it in a beautiful jar or divide your new creation into small burlap pouches and gift them as a thank you to your bridal party and guests for a sweet reminder of a good time. One recipe we found that works beautifully:

Ingredients

  • Flowers
  • Sheet pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Scissors
  • Essential oils
  • Spray bottle
  • Citrus fruits (optional/ to your liking)
  • Fresh herbs (optional)
  • Whole spices (optional)

Here’s how to get started:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200˚F.
  2. Cover a sheet tray with parchment paper.
  3. Cut the flowers from the stems right below the heads and place them on the tray, or remove individual petals and place in a single layer on the parchment paper.
  4. Add scent to your potpourri: Citrus fruits, rosemary, lavender, thyme, cinnamon sticks, cloves, or allspice.

For more details on how to make this potpourri, visit Popsugar.com

 

Gifting Your Flowers

 

Lately, brides are selecting smaller and more intimate weddings, which leads to smaller and more intimate décor and florals. Though it may not be obvious, this serves in your favor while re-purposing your wedding day florals. You spent time choosing flowers, designing arrangement ideas with your chosen florist, and envisioning décor that works perfectly for your big day. When all is said and done, why not re-gift the joy you had handpicked and created with love? Your centerpieces can be a lovely way to gift a piece of your special day to those closest to you as a token thank you.

 

The Joy of Sharing

Wild Flowers - Beautiful Mason Jar Centerpieces - via Beautiful-Bridal Blogspot

Wild Flowers – Beautiful Mason Jar Centerpieces – via Beautiful-Bridal Blogspot

 

On your big day, the sheer joy, excitement and love, is a feeling that cannot be described. Not only are you celebrating union with the one you love, you are surrounded by the people that mean the most to you. You heart is as full as ever, and what better way to wrap up your journey than to pass that happiness and love on to others?  One way to share your bliss with others is donating your arrangements to those that may need something to smile about. Several hospitals and nursing homes gratefully accept arrangements for their patients to enjoy and adore. This is a beautiful gesture and a loving way to share pieces of your special day with those who could use a touch of cheering up.

 

Bridal Exchange

 

Lastly, a great way to repurpose your flowers and recycle them back into the floral world is by pay-it-forward floral style. Though it may sound like a foreign concept, it is a new creative way to help those who may not have the budget for flowers on their wedding day, and many generous brides are starting this exciting and selfless trend. It can be easily arranged and can bring a lot of hope to brides and families of those soon to be wedded. Simply ask your venue, planner or florist to help find a bride that may need assistance. Not only does this eliminate the question of what happens to your centerpieces after your reception, but it brings joy and light to someone else’s big day.

Repurposing your flowers, whichever style you ultimately choose, is a thoughtful and respectful way not to let these beautiful pieces go to waste, and it can touch and bring a lot of enjoyment to many people’s lives.

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March 10, 2017

Garden Tea Party Bridal Shower

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There are many reasons to be excited about planning a bridal shower in the spring. Warmer temps and sunshine means the season’s loveliest flowers are in full bloom. Make the most of spring’s splendor by taking the fête outdoors and hosting a garden tea party bridal shower. Delicate teacups, bountiful bouquets, vintage silverware, delicious sandwiches and desserts start a list of party-prepping details. From the décor to the food, the aim is to create a light atmosphere that is romantic and feminine. Now that you have the shower theme picked out, it’s time to get started. Here are ideas to guarantee that your bride has the loveliest afternoon bonding with her dearest friends over tea and shortbread cookies.

 

Spring Floristry - Rose Filled Pink Tea Pot - via Idei Dekoru

Spring Floristry – Rose Filled Pink Tea Pot – via Idei Dekoru

 

Décor and Set Up: When it comes to choosing décor, focus on soft pastels, vintage, florals, lace, and silver and gold accents. The tablescape is a great place to start. Impress the party with centerpiece floral arrangements placed in teapots or a bouquet nestled inside an antique birdcage. Take advantage of being outdoors by hanging lace umbrellas, glass vases filled with flowers, or white lights from a nearby tree. Gilded and whitewashed frames are a stylish way to display special notes to the bride, photos, and food and drink menus.

In addition to the main dining table, set up food and drink bars using shabby chic furniture like a vanity or dresser. Not just a great organizational strategy, these stations can be adorned with lace tablecloths and small flower-filled vases. We suggest reserving separate areas for refreshments, English tea inspired fare, and desserts.

 

 

Tableware and Serveware: To create a delightful atmosphere, set the table with vintage-style plates, bowls, teacups, and silverware. If you don’t have these dishes on hand, ask friends and family, or search your local thrift store and Etsy. See about renting options as a last resort. And don’t worry if the plates and cups are not the same – a mismatched table is unique and full of charm. Accent napkins with delicate lace or ribbon.

Spread savory food on silver and floral adorned platters and large plates. For a truly sweet presentation at the dessert buffet, arrange cookies and other delights on elegant tiered stands. A cake with pastel frosting looks just lovely on a milk glass cake stand. At the refreshments bar, have a teapot of hot water, tea, milk, and sugar so guests can fix their own cup of tea. Serve cold beverages in glass pitchers.

 

 

Food and Drinks: Plan the food menu around delicate, light fare that would have greeted the guests of Downtown Abbey. Offer afternoon tea sandwiches such as the traditional cucumber butter and smoked salmon with dill and crème fraiche. Pair with deviled eggs, tomato basil soup, and a spinach and strawberry salad with balsamic dressing.

Where to even begin with dessert?! Make it a shower your bride will never forget and present her with a cake decorated with romantic flowers. Round out the sweets with classic shortbread, sugar cookies with edible flowers, scones with jam and clotted crème, lemon bars, and an assortment of chocolate covered fruit. Stick with traditional teas and offer black, herbal, and an iced flavor such as lavender-mint. Water with fruit slices and lemonade are perfect springtime beverages. For a cocktail, we can’t think of anything more beautiful and appropriately named than the Blushing Bride Champagne Cocktail made with champagne, grenadine, passion fruit nectar, and seasonal berries.

 

 

Shower Favors: Say goodbye to your guests with a parting gift that they are sure to love. If the teacups are not of sentimental value, let each guest take their cup home along with a small tin of blended tea, or small delicious treats. Even inspire them to plant their own blossoms with a miniature pot of flowers or small planter and bag of seeds.

 

 

While hosting a bridal shower is a lot of work, it is also your chance to be creative, bringing together friends and family to celebrate a special woman as she prepares for her wedding day. Make it a most memorable affair by taking the party out to the garden to enjoy a spot of tea amidst the spring’s fresh blooms.

 

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March 8, 2017

Jenna + Matthew: Enchanting Romance at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

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Jenna & Matthew Rubin were married this past fall in a breathtaking ceremony and fantastical celebration at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Downtown Manhattan.

 

Chuppah / Jenna & Matthew / Jewish Heritage Museum / Cody Raisig Photography

Chuppah / Jenna & Matthew / Jewish Heritage Museum / Cody Raisig Photography

 

After years of disappointment with the New York dating scene and countless attempts to put herself out there and find Mr. Right, Jenna set up an online dating profile.  Her co-worker had encouraged her to try OKCupid after finding her husband there unexpectedly. “You have to weed through some super crazy messages,” she admitted, “but there are some hidden gems if you take the time to really look.”

At first no one stood out to Jenna, but a week in she stumbled on Matthew [aka Gotham360].  She thought he was cute and was delighted by an excerpt from his profile describing his diet.  “I’m a pescatarian,” he wrote,  “which is like a vegetarian but you also eat fish. Now that I’m writing this, I think it might sound a little ridiculous…hope you still like me.” Jenna, also a pescatarian, liked him all the more and sent him a message right away.

 

Jenna & Matthew / Museum of Jewish Heritage / Cody Raisig Photography Jenna & Matthew / Museum of Jewish Heritage / Cody Raisig Photography

 

Jenna and Matthew agreed to meet at Corkbuzz Wine Studio in Union Square, where they’ve returned the past two years on the anniversary of their first meeting.  The two connected immediately and proceeded to go on three dates the first week.

On Jenna’s dad’s 60th birthday, the couple flew down to New Orleans to celebrate. After a festive evening of wonderful food, wine and music with family and friends, the lights dimmed and a cake was carried out. To Jenna’s surprise, it was placed right in front of her and when she looked down, instead of saying “Happy Birthday” the cake said “Jenna, will you marry me?”  She turned to find Matthew on one knee with a ring. Her answer was “Yes!” and the rest is history.

 

Suspended Blooms / Jenna & Matthew / Jewish Heritage Museum / Cody Raisig Photography

Suspended Blooms / Jenna & Matthew / Jewish Heritage Museum / Cody Raisig Photography

 

Jenna and Matthew had discussed having a fall wedding before getting engaged, but it wasn’t until Jenna found her dress that she started to hone in on style and design. “Once I tried on my Mira gown, I knew immediately it was exactly what I was looking for and I used my dress as inspiration for styling the entire wedding,” she explains, “It felt very ethereal, whimsical and unique, and I wanted to evoke the same feeling I had when looking at my dress throughout the entire design of the wedding.”

 

Bridal Bouquet / Jenna & Matthew / Jewish Heritage Museum / Cody Raisig Photography

Bridal Bouquet / Jenna & Matthew / Jewish Heritage Museum / Cody Raisig Photography

 

Jenna carried a magical, modern bouquet of white ranunculus, dahlias, lavender early grey roses, scabiosa, astilbe, purple succulent blooms, and jasmine vines.  White rose petals led up to the altar, where a stunning chuppah of wisteria branches and white delphinium awaited in a glow of hanging votive candles.

 

 

Romantic whites carried into the reception, where guests were greeted by a spray of birch branches adorned with hydrangeas, roses, and cascading Dendrobium orchids. Lavender earl gray roses and purple amnesia roses made the arrangement whimsical with violet hues.

 

Card Table / Jenna & Matthew / Jewish Heritage Museum / Cody Raisig Photography

Card Table / Jenna & Matthew / Jewish Heritage Museum / Cody Raisig Photography

 

A wide range of designs transformed the reception into an enchanting wonderland of lush garlands, suspended branches, hints of moss and intertwining blooms.

 

 

White and purple blooms were suspended over the dance floor, hanging at varied levels to create a magnificent floral ceiling.

 

Suspended Blooms / Jenna & Matthew / Jewish Heritage Museum / Cody Raisig Photography

 

We asked Jenna about her favorite moment of the day to look back on. “The best moment of the day for me was right after we were married and walking off the stage hand in hand. There are some photos of us walking out of the auditorium and they’re our favorites from the day. You can see how truly happy and excited we were to be married in the moment and both of us reflecting back have talked about how it was such a perfect moment.”

 

Jenna & Matthew / Museum of Jewish Heritage / Cody Raisig Photography

Jenna & Matthew / Museum of Jewish Heritage / Cody Raisig Photography

 

Congratulations, Jenna and Matthew!

 

Venue: Museum of Jewish Heritage
Planner: Lindsey M Events
Photography: Cody Raisig Photography
Videography: 15 Minutes of Frame
Caterer + Cake : Above and Beyond
Bride’s Gown: Mira Zwillinger
Groom’s Tuxedo: Zegna
Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Bridesmaids Dresses: Rooey Knots
Beauty: Beauty With Grace + Fox & Jane
Music: Erik Marshall Band of Hank Lane
Invitations: Kleinfeld + Minted

 

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March 6, 2017

Flowers and Frosting

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A wedding wouldn’t be a wedding without a show stopping cake; the first piece cut as a newlywed couple, shared with joy, love and laughter. The cake is displayed for all to admire throughout the night until the treasured cake cutting ceremony where its details, design and individuality are greatly notice and appreciated. The evolution of the traditional wedding cake has progressed from a simple sheet cake to now offering multiple layers, tiers and decadent accents. One of the newest trends in the wedding industry is not only making flowers out of edible pieces such as frosting and sugar, but also featuring real flowers on the cake. This trend is hitting the scene in a great way, and is one that we can’t believe took so long to get here! The idea of incorporating your bridal flowers onto your cake ties the theme together beautifully and is a great way to ensure a one-of-a-kind picturesque confection.

 

Maisie & Steve Wedding - Floral Cake - Photo by HollyDeaconDesign

Maisie & Steve Wedding – Floral Cake – Photo by HollyDeaconDesign – via WhimsicalWonderlandWeddings.com

 

While picking a design or theme for your floral wedding cake there are a few things to keep in mind: the shape of the cake, color and foundation and lastly, the selection of flowers. The most popular and trendy cake shape is a tri-level cake, graduating in size from top to bottom. Yet in today’s industry, cakes are ranging anywhere from three layers to twelve layers of delicious designs. There is an assortment of shapes and silhouettes, varying from the classic round to a modern geometric masterpiece. This design leaves plenty of room on the top tier of the cake to house the flowers of your choice along with other spaces on the lower levels. You can design a cake that is perfectly symmetrical, or a more modern look is to create a proportional design, yet, one that is offset or staggered in its layers.

 

 

The next step before deciding on flowers is the medium your cake is made out of and what coloring matches your flower scheme. Options include traditional buttercream frosting, marzipan, fondant and the new and trendy naked cake. Buttercream and fondant cakes are often found in creams and ivories, but can be incorporated into your theme by dressing the cake up with metallic, rubies and more. These are traditional cakes that are featured in ballroom and classic wedding receptions. The naked cake design features slight frosting with natural cake appearances. This is used in many rustic or country settings, and is a beautiful non-traditional accent.

While these cakes are beautiful on their own in silhouette, frosting and taste, it’s time to dress them up and add a special touch to your reception. Adding big statement flowers to the top tier is a great way to make a bold statement, and keep a clean and classic look. Many also add florals strictly to the bottom of the cake, almost dressing up the pedestal and bottom layer to keep the rest of the cake simple and elegant. Another way to incorporate flowers is by placing them on every layer of cake. This is a more wild and organic approach. Covering each layer in flowers can work really well in a bohemian or garden theme wedding. A modern or contemporary cake is popular in a structured flower design from top to bottom, for example a cascading waterfall of flowers. Many options in design technique include fashioning clusters, creating patterns or displaying single blooms.

 

 

A great aspect of cake design is that it can be specific to your theme, your florals and your style. There are many types of blooms that fit beautifully on the cake of your choice, and a few of our favorites work really well to complement different styles. For a tailored or structured impression, having rhyme and reason in bloom choice can help achieve this feel. Yet, a mismatched group and contrasting varieties together can make for a beautiful, one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

Picking your statement flower or showstopper can be the first step. Garden roses, peonies, and hydrangea are great starter pieces. They are the flowers to place first and work around, next adding in smaller species that complement. Ranunculus, daisies, spray roses and anemones are a great filler if you will. They are whimsical, colorful and can tie the entire cake design together. Lastly, many may think that adding in greenery can take away from the beauty, yet it’s exactly the opposite. Greenery and simple branches add lusciousness, color, and texture and build the cake from quiet and simple to loud and full. Some great greenery options are Italian ruscus, seeded eucalyptus and rosemary. The aforementioned work really well for classic, whimsical and vintage themes, while some other unique cake designs can include orchids, succulents and lilies; this is a more one-of-a-kind look that is specific to a theme or style.

 

 

As you can see, integrating flowers into wedding cake décor brings a sense of enchantment, design and beauty that only Mother Nature can offer. The delightful beauty will be almost too good to eat.

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