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April 21, 2017

Anna + Matt: Romantic Elegance at The Pierre

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Anna and Matt were married last September in a beautiful ceremony and reception at The Pierre in Manhattan.

 

Anna & Matthew Wedding - Bride and Groom - Pierre Hotel NYC - by Brett Matthews

Anna & Matthew Wedding – Bride and Groom – Pierre Hotel NYC – by Brett Matthews

 

For most, a Phish show is not the first place that comes to mind for meeting your future husband. But a Phish show in Saratoga Springs, NY was exactly where Anna met Matt. She recalls, “We stood next to each other on the lawn during the first evening of a three night show. There were around 30,000 fans there!”

Anna and Matt hit it off immediately that first night, kept in touch, and began dating. They soon learned that in addition to Phish, they both share a love of travel. When asked which of their trips together was her favorite, Anna replied, “Our trip to Thailand, because that was where we got engaged!” She remembers, “We were staying at the Four Seasons in Chiang Mai. I had a sense that Matt was going to ask. One evening, he planned a private dinner for just the two of us in a gazebo overlooking a gorgeous lake that’s on the property. There was a musician and bonfire as well. Matt really went the whole nine yards with everything and was so nervous leading up to it. But then he finally proposed. It was perfect!”

Anna had some idea about the kind of wedding she wanted. But her vision really started to take shape during the planning process, specifically once she had chosen a venue. The Pierre is one of the city’s most iconic symbols of refined elegance. Anna said, “I love The Pierre’s classic charm. It’s such a New York staple. I remember walking by the Hotel as a child and admiring Central Park and the classic New York architecture surrounding it.”

 

Anna & Matthew Wedding - Ceremony - Pierre Hotel NYC - by Brett Matthews

Anna & Matthew Wedding – Ceremony – Pierre Hotel NYC – by Brett Matthews

 

The ceremony took place in the stylish Cotillion Room. An entry lit with a beautiful display of candles welcomed guests as they took their seats. Anna and Matt exchanged their vows under a chuppah draped with ivory fabric, adorned with white Phalaenopsis orchids and a mix of ivory, white, and cream roses. A dusting of white and ivory rose petals lined the aisle. The exotic floral design created an atmosphere that was opulent, yet romantic.

 

 

Anna wore a stunning custom dress by designer Ines Di Santo. She recalls, “The dress was the second of around a hundred dresses that I tried on. I should have just pulled the trigger on the spot!” The exquisite lace detailing and fishtail design of the dress captured Anna’s eye. “I just loved how romantic the dress felt with the lace and the flare.” A dramatic veil, also by Ines Di Santo, flowed behind her as she walked down the aisle. Her blooms complemented the bridal ensemble perfectly. Radiating romance, the teardrop-shaped bouquet mixed white, cream, and pale lavender roses with a dramatic cascade of orchids.

The groom and groomsmen looked dapper in handsome tuxedos by ISAIA.

 

 

After the ceremony, guests were led to the reception in the Grand Ballroom, a space famous for its timeless beauty. They were greeted with an enchanting tablescape bedecked with gorgeous centerpieces illuminated by the soft glow of candlelight. Breathtaking floral arrangements of lavender and white and cream tones swelled from tall crystal and gold vessels. Together, the décor and Grand Ballroom’s luxurious design cast an ambiance of grace and style.

 

 

We asked Anna if she had any favorite moments from the day. “My ketubah was really special. We were in a gorgeous, almost hidden room in the basement of The Pierre. It was as ornate as the rest of the Hotel, but intimately small and without any windows. My closest family and friends were there.” She continues, “Another favorite moment was when Matt sang to me. It was a total surprise.”

The couple made sure that celebrations were fun and a true reflection of their love and personality. “Let’s not forget when our band encored with a Phish song,” Anna said, “and all our friends were on the stage!” It just goes to show that you can take the girl out of the Phish show, but you can’t take the Phish show out of the girl.

 

Anna & Matthew Wedding - High Centerpieces - Pierre Hotel NYC - by Brett Matthews

Anna & Matthew Wedding – High Centerpieces – Pierre Hotel NYC – by Brett Matthews

 

Congratulations, Anna and Matt!

 

Venue: The Pierre
Photography: Brett Matthews Photography
Videography: Fred Marcus
Caterer + Cake: Newman & Leventhal
Bride’s Gown: Ines Di Santo
Groom’s Tuxedo: Isaia
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Beauty: Stacie Ford Weddings/Christopher Marrero
Music: Element Music, Radio Underground
Invitations: Gina by Design

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Outdoor Spring Wedding Ideas & Trends

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Spring has sprung and as we move into the new season, we are excited to spend as much time as we can outdoors and embrace Mother Nature for all of her glory! Planning your wedding in the spring months of March, April and May provides you with so many wonderful options in regards to your wedding’s theme, décor and itinerary, from start to finish. Including nature, landscapes and the environment around you to create a beautiful atmosphere can be a great advantage when planning an outside ceremony or reception. Outdoor weddings provide you with many great ideas, options and new trends for the 2017 spring wedding season.

 

Santa Ynez Wedding - Outdoor Wedding - by Jose Villa - via Style Me Pretty

Santa Ynez Wedding – Outdoor Wedding – by Jose Villa – via Style Me Pretty

 

An outdoor ceremony can acquire so many different aspects to bring your vision to life. Whether you’re getting married in the woods, on a beach or in an open field, there are many parts of nature to play up everywhere you look. A new fun trend if you are having a rustic forest wedding is to incorporate a big old oak tree into your space. A beautiful tree standing tall can be a perfect focal point behind the bride and groom. It provides color, texture and a dynamic in the bigger picture. Adding elements to the tree is a great way to play into your theme. This can include hanging lanterns or flowers, string lights and garland to decorate all of its branches. This idea will help present a stage for the couple as they say their vows and create a beautiful organic backdrop.

 

 

The next way to add a lot of ambiance to an open outdoor space is to spice up the reception setting. While the physical landscape is what you’ve always desired, it is also fun to add some new ideas without taking away from the natural beauty.

 

Lighting: A new exciting way to enhance an outdoor reception layout is by adding a ceiling quality, if you will. This can include a tent, hanging lanterns, string lights, floral or greenery garland and hanging accents. Stringing lights from tree to tree is a great way to manage the space without making it feel too crowded. It is often that many appreciate a canopy feature of lights above the guests seating or dance floor. This can create nice light space that resembles a starry night sky.

 

 

Lanterns: Incorporating paper lanterns is a funky way to bring a sense of cheerfulness into the scene. These look beautiful for a daytime wedding and can play off of a garden theme. They are light, airy and can complement many color schemes and wedding styles.

 

White Chinese Paper Lanterns - Outdoor Wedding Decor - via Weddbook.com

White Chinese Paper Lanterns – Outdoor Wedding Decor – via Weddbook.com

 

Suspended Blooms: Lastly, one of the newest trends in the industry is to incorporate hanging floral accents into your scenery. This can include single suspended blooms above the dance floor, a large floral display sitting gently behind the bride and groom, or long vertical garland that is inspired by hanging beads. They are fun and make a large open space feel charming and intimate.

 

 

Now that your reception space is decorated seamlessly to match your theme, the seating arrangement can also play into creating an outdoor space of your dreams. As the wedding industry is advancing each and every day, new trends are arising and we have moved into the world of individuality and unique designs. Breaking from the forever classic round table display, the newest trend is unique tables. This can include long tables, bench seating, square tables and even low tables featuring floor cushions. Mixing and matching a variety of table shapes while adding elements such as greenery and flowers, featuring natural wood and stone elements makes for a very pretty scape. It’s a fun way to add your own sense of personality, style and taste to your reception and a beautiful way to enhance the space even more.

 

 

The best thing about turning a raw and organic space into your own is that you can fully create your personalized fantasy outdoor setting. A space full of trees, a garden retreat or a hilly field can be easily flipped into a beautiful, one-of-a-kind space for a wedding. Have fun, be creative and think outside the box to bring your open-air wedding to life before your eyes! For all of our spring brides, there are so many great options right at your fingertips, and we are as excited as you are to watch them come to life.

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April 20, 2017

Indian Wedding Traditions

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Living and working in one of the most diverse cities in the world, we are fortunate enough to work with couples from all different backgrounds, traditions, religions and cultures. Planning a culturally-inspired wedding is such an exciting task as you are embracing others’ customs and learning the beauties of others’ traditions and beliefs. Though a wedding resembles unity, love and marriage in every culture, the ceremonies and rituals can vary greatly, which makes the practice of marriage that much more special and unique.

 

Indian Ceremony - Mehndi - via Pinterest.com

Indian Ceremony – Mehndi – via Pinterest.com

 

One culture that we have been very fortunate to produce weddings for is the Indian Culture. As India is such a large country with so many states and religions, the wedding traditions vary based on their region of origin. Yet, Indian weddings practice many of the same traditions and are full of bright colors, gorgeous flowers, beautiful Mehndi and more! There is no wedding more beautiful than an Indian wedding, and the beauty doesn’t only lay in the décor, design and brilliant colors they portray.

Unlike many other cultures, Indian weddings are multi-day occasions. There are ceremonies, parties and rituals that complete the couple’s marriage. Pre-wedding rituals are very common in an Indian wedding and start the week-long celebration.

Pithi is a ceremony ritual that is performed to bring the bride and groom good luck. As it takes place in the separate homes of the couple, family and friends receive the Pithi paste made from turmeric, chickpea flour and rose water. Family members, offering well wishes and luck throughout marriage, apply this paste to the skin of the bride and groom. It is also said that the paste is used to brighten the skin so you have a glowing look on the day of your wedding.

The Mehndi ceremony is a very popular ceremony and a colorful event that takes place a few days before the wedding. This is a celebration for the bride and her family. The bride receives her henna from an artist or relative from her fingertips to her forearms, along with her feet. The henna is made of beautiful designs, symbolizing joy, beauty, spiritual awakenings and offerings. The henna settles into the skin, leaving a brownish tint color that complements beautifully in traditional Indian dress. It is a fun night and festive atmosphere that is full of bright colors, singing, dancing and joy.

 

 

One of the next customs in an Indian wedding is the traditional attire and dress. A Sari is a female garment that is made of excessive fine fabrics, wrapped around the waist and draped over one shoulder, while baring the midriff. A Lengha is a two-piece outfit made up of a skirt, a traditional blouse and a scarf. These outfits are extraordinarily intricate and are mainly worn in bright bold colors like pinks, fuchsias, blues and reds. Mainly, the bride wears a beautiful red and gold appliqué Sari to stand out from the crowd. Accenting these dresses with tons of gold and jeweled jewelry makes for a gorgeous ensemble. Traditional jewelry includes Payals (anklets), Nath (nose ring), the Maang Teeka, which is a piece of jewelry for your hair that parts down the middle, Chudis and Kadas, which are the commonly-known bangles, along with matching necklace and earring sets. The bride is covered from head to toe with bright colors and ornate jewels, leaving her as the most beautiful woman in the room. When it comes to the groom’s attire, the most common outfit consists of the traditional Kurta Shalwar, which is a comfortable tunic-like top with pants to match. The Kurta Shalwar is often found in creams and golds to complement his soon to be bride. Now that the bride and groom are fashioned and ready to unify their relationship, let the party begin!

 

 

Among many pre-wedding events, one common Indian tradition is known as the Sangeet. The Sangeet is practiced in many regions in India and is held the night before the wedding ceremony, as a celebration of the wedding to come! Family and friends hold dance performances as a gift to the bride and groom, along with traditional songs and other festivities. Commemorating events for the days to come, this is a night full of music, celebrating and fun!

 

 

Next comes the big day, the long-awaited wedding ceremony! A traditional ceremony often consists of a series of religious rituals that unify the bride and groom and their families. The ceremony begins with the Baraat, which is the groom’s procession. This unique tradition is the groom’s arrival to the ceremony on a horse, as family and friends sing and dance around him. The bride’s family greets the groom as he arrives and congratulates him on what’s to come. The groom’s feet are washed once he arrives, signifying purity. The bride’s arrival and the event of being given away by her parents signifies the beginning of the ceremony.

 

Indian Wedding - Groom - Baraat - Kate Byars Photography - via Maharani Weddings.com

Indian Wedding – Groom – Baraat – Kate Byars Photography – via Maharani Weddings.com

 

The ceremony takes place under what is known as a Mandap. The Mandap is a four post canopy altar that is a stunning space for the bride and groom to exchange their vows. Each of the four pillars of the Mandap symbolizes the parents on both sides, signifying the upbringing of their children and unification of families. The Mandap is a beautiful structure that is cherished for its symbolism, yet offers a gorgeous view for guests of the bride and groom. It is often decorated with god statutes, a variety of flowers, religious offerings, garland and bells. Many flowers can be used for this décor, including traditional marigolds, roses, daisies and more. It creates a beautiful altar and stage for the bride and groom to say I do and looks amazing as it’s dressed up as ornately and decadently as the bride and groom.

 

 

At the beginning of the ceremony, Mala or floral garlands are exchanged between the bride and groom. These beautiful garlands are strung together with a variety of bright and bold blooms. Roses, marigolds, carnations and even orchids are tied together to create a flowered lay that is to be placed on one another. The flowers are an important part of this tradition as they are held together on the same string, representing happiness and excitement of their marital union to come. The exchange of Mala between the bride and groom signifies acceptance of one another and unity. As there are many parts that make up the full ceremony and all vary by region, religion and tradition, one common final part of the ceremony is the seven circles. The couple takes their first seven circles together as husband and wife, with each step representing a vow to one another. This signifies their commitment to love one another, take care of each other and always be best friends. The ceremony is now complete, and they are ready to go and celebrate!

 

Brad & Manjil - Indian Garland - Studio 450 - Photo by Weddings By Two

Brad & Manjil – Indian Garland – Studio 450 – Photo by Weddings By Two

 

The reception can vary depending on your preference and style in Indian culture. It is a big party with tons of food, dancing and fun! The venue space is decorated in vibrant colors, golds and lavish pieces to create a picturesque scene. The reception often features performers, a cake cutting ceremony and a traditional dance between husband and wife where guests throw money at the couple to wish them prosperity. It is a beautiful and exciting time to dance the night away and enjoy all of the hard work and traditional elements that made up the wedding week.

 

 

Indian wedding traditions and customs are like no other. They are lavish, elegant and colorful, creating a gorgeous scene to last a lifetime. From the traditions, flowers, garments and rituals, they represent a long line of beautiful traditions to unify husband and wife, and we hope to participate in making many more beautiful memories with lovely couples to come.

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April 12, 2017

Wedding Technology

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After the life-changing proposal and eagerly waiting for the moment you say I do, the between stretch comes with a lot of decisions, planning, and a timeline of responsibilities to be completed. In a whirlwind of overwhelming emotion, excitement, and anticipation, it may be hard to sit down and focus on the planning aspect. We live in a world where we have access to so many amazing technological resources right at our fingertips, and the wedding industry is jumping in with both feet! With so many amazing planning, inspiring, budgeting and shopping options for your wedding, why not take advantage of all the online resources and help make your preparation easier? We’ve picked some of our favorite and most helpful websites, apps, and tips to ease the process and make your wedding a fun, enjoyable task from start to finish!

 

All Things Wedding

The Knot is the nation’s largest source for wedding news and inspiration. This site is your one-stop shop for all things wedding, providing information on local vendors, wedding websites, registry platforms, guest list manager tools, checklists, budgeting device, inspiration photos, along with general wedding day tips and advice. It is a great resource and can be very helpful for many planning processes.

 

Wedding Wire is the easiest way to find local wedding vendors. It provides locations and suggestions for wedding venues, cakes, dresses, invitations and more. Their venue and vendor database has more than 200,000 local listings and 2.5 million reviews by real brides. Wedding Wire also provides fun and creative tools like hashtag generators, color palette creators, and help with guest rooms for wedding nights. They have many assets that are both fun and useful for brides all over the country.

 

The Wedding Wire - Venue Search Engine

The Wedding Wire – Venue Search Engine

 

Creating Your Wedding Website

Appy Couple is for the tech savvy and innovative couples that want an efficient and elegant platform to display their wedding information. This program not only can assist in creating your site, but you can also design your very own app too! Settings are customizable and allow the couple to filter certain event updates and information for specific groups; this can include guests for the bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner and bridal parties, for example. Sharing photos, shopping the registry, finding travel and hotel details, and RSVPs has never been simpler for you and your guests.

 

Appy Couple - Customized Wedding App and Website - via Snippet and Ink.com

Appy Couple – Customized Wedding App and Website – via Snippet and Ink.com

 

Riley and Grey is the place for style-fanatic, design-minded couples to create their beautiful wedding websites in an efficient manner. Stay organized with tabs of all sorts, including bridal party bios and other options such as tips on where to stay, eat, and drink near your wedding venue. Modern templates are updated every month to keep things fresh and trendy.

 

Riley and Grey -Wedding Websites -via Bridal Musings.com

Riley and Grey -Wedding Websites -via Bridal Musings.com

 

Don’t forget to have fun while creating your wedding website! Share your personality, take care of your guests, and bring a little logic to all the logistics with Riley & Grey’s easy-to-use, easy-to-customize, and easy-to-love websites.

For Style Inspiration (When Pinterest just isn’t enough)

Loverly, along with having a built-in virtual wedding planner, is the perfect site for all things wedding-inspired. Find inspiration for beauty, bouquets, cakes, decor, dresses, engagement shoots, rings, food and drinks. You can also be inspired to add your own personal touch on the classic wedding ceremony by relating to other brides with similar interests and beliefs. This can include the bride and groom’s positions or vow ideas during the ceremony. Maybe finding new ideas for bridesmaids or creative flower girl baskets. Search Loverly by endless categories, including theme, style, and location to find what makes your heart full of joy.

 

Loverly - Wedding Planning & Ideas - Tech Insider - via Business Insider.com

Loverly – Wedding Planning & Ideas – Tech Insider – via Business Insider.com

 

Style Me Pretty is the style savvy wedding resource devoted to the modern bride’s journey down the altar. Style Me Pretty features hundreds of real weddings of all themes, designs, decors and locations. It’s a super exciting way to see what is happening out there in the wedding world, and a helping hand from bride to bride by offering details of personal weddings. Not only does it provide tons of real weddings picture inspiration, but it also offers vendor recommendations and style inspiration. Helpful articles, style tips, DIY projects, seasonal wedding trends and much more are a few of the reasons we love Style Me Pretty!

 

Style Me Pretty - Logo - via The Garter Girl.com

Style Me Pretty – Logo – via The Garter Girl.com

 

Venue Shopping

Wedding Spot is the first online site that allows you to search, price out, and compare wedding venues in your preferred location and venue types of your choice. There are so many components that go into finding the perfect wedding venue. Wedding Spot allows you to sort by location, concise cost breakdowns, style, guest capacity, a full list of amenities, and a detailed description of the type of setting you’ll get. It’s a great tool to use when beginning the venue shopping process and can greatly help you sort out your venue options.

 

Aretsky's Patroon Townhouse Wedding - Venue Search - via Wedding-Spot.com

Aretsky’s Patroon Townhouse Wedding – Venue Search – via Wedding-Spot.com

 

EVENTup is the great choice when it comes to finding the hidden gems of wedding venues. Along with the traditional venue options, you can search and choose from tons of warehouses, lofts, art galleries and any other outside-the-box places that are now frequently used as event spaces for wedding ceremonies and receptions. All venues are broken down by cost, amenities, and location for easy comparison! This is a great tool for our non-traditional brides and it is a fun way to discover more about the city you love.

 

Eventup - Venue Search Engine - via Gigaom.com

Eventup – Venue Search Engine – via Gigaom.com

 

Wedding Invitations

Minted is a unique company that works with independent artists and uses technology to allow consumers to discover great creative talent that they may not find elsewhere. Artists can learn, gain exposure, and build their businesses by offering ready-made invites, save-the-dates, ceremony programs, escort cards, and more. Templates can be customized, down to the card size and paper stock. This is a great resource for one-of-a-kind stationery and can play into your theme and wedding day design.

Basic Invite is a completely customizable and unique technology that provides couples with limitless options to instantly create an invitation. Click a few simple buttons to create an invitation that radiates your personality and see it come to life right in front of you. Basic Invite offers stylish and affordable wedding invitations, along with save the date cards, colored envelopes, envelope liners, wedding programs, and thank you cards.

 

Timeless and Classic Wedding Invitations - Fresh New Invitations - via Basic Invite.com

Timeless and Classic Wedding Invitations – Fresh New Invitations – via Basic Invite.com

 

Budgeting

While in the excitement of planning, it is easy to forget that every little task or purchase can add up quickly. Managing and monitoring your wedding budget is a hard task to follow, but there are a variety of apps and websites that make this process super simple and less tedious to stay inside budget lines. With applications and websites like Wedding Budget Calculator, iWed Planner, CostofWedding.com and OurDreamWedding.com, it is easy to keep your files and budget up to date, and focus on your original guidelines for spending and purchasing in all wedding sectors.

 

Last Minute Help

As useful as all of these applications are, the planning process can still be overwhelming and tasks can often be missed right in front of your eyes. If you ever feel you need and extra set of hands to finish your wedding checklist in time, some great services to help you with last minute to-do’s are Task Rabbit, Service Magic and Red Beacon, making sure you have a seamless walk down the aisle!

Since it’s 2017, it’s time to channel your inner techie to help you every step of the way! The Internet truly offers so many helpful resources and businesses with a purpose to serve you; isn’t that nice! Getting married should be one of the happiest and stress-free times of your life. Don’t let yourself get caught up in the pressure of decision-making and budgeting. Enjoy yourself, do your research and use these helpful tools around you so that the show goes off without a hitch!

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April 11, 2017

DV Flora – Finest in New York City’s Fresh Cut Flowers Industry

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Beginning as a small flower retailer, DV Flora is a growing business, and now a major player in the wholesale floral industry of New York City and its five boroughs.

 

DV Flora - DV Flora Facebook Banner - via Facebook.com

DV Flora – DV Flora Facebook Banner – via Facebook.com

 

Delaware Valley Wholesale began in 1959 as a small floral wholesaler in Southern New Jersey. Bob Wilkins Sr. and his wife, Doris, would sell their cut stems at the Philadelphia Flower show. Little did they know, this was the start of what has now become a massive operation with deep roots in the Northeast as well as branches reaching outposts in California and Bogotá. It is an exciting journey that was started many years ago, and we are excited to hear about this industry icon.

 

 

We were fortunate enough to work with DV Flora on a regular basis and were excited to sit down and meet with Claudine Perez, Event Procurement and Logistics, along with Tony Solina, Procurement Manager, Event Division to learn more about DV Flora.



Bride & Blossom:
“You’ve both been with the company through many changes, not only in the event industry itself but also during the different stages of DV Flora. What are some of the most significant moments that stand out to you?”

Claudine: “We’ve made the change, evolution really, from “wholesaler” to “floral procurement.” Our process is very thoughtful and long reaching. We deal in larger volumes than most wholesalers can and with a high-quality product. Because of our infrastructure and size, we can offer consistently exceptional products at various levels, which allows us to market to a wider range of clients.“

Tony: “Our florals are from all over the world, and we partner directly with farmers, many of whom we have long-running relationships with and visit on a regular basis. This ensures the highest level of practices are being maintained and we continue our close partnership with the farmers.

One event can represent over fifteen different countries. We procure from Holland, of course, but there could also be flowers from various locations, including Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada, Thailand, Japan, Israel, New Zealand, Australia, Guatemala, among others.”

 

DV Flora Colorful Arrangment - Close Up - Anemone - DV Flora

DV Flora Colorful Arrangement – Close Up – Anemone – DV Flora

 

Tony: “One of the most exciting developments has been in procurement; where we source our flowers. I’ve visited Japan three times in the past year to secure our newest partner in floral procurement. Japanese florals are amazing, and they offer a larger variety for some of our most popular flowers than anywhere else in the world. With this addition to our offerings, we are now able to source the most beautiful sweet pea, anemone, and ranunculus, among other flowers, unlike any available elsewhere in the world.

We are also sourcing from here in the U.S. From California we are seeing some gorgeous homegrown favorites and more local flowers, which for us, is in the Northeast, as well as potted plants and tropicals from Florida.”

Claudine: “Another change is the amount of technology at our fingertips now. When the company began, the owners shared a desk and one adding machine. Now we have technology at every step of the process, end to end. There is never a moment when we don’t know where our flowers are along the process.

Our facilities process large quantities of flowers every day, and we have detailed checks at numerous points along the processing and distribution process.”

Tony: “Just to give you some idea of our processing capabilities, our floral warehouse is over 70,000 square feet and holds thousands of flowers. Our fleet includes 100 local refrigerated delivery trucks; we also have a 60,000 square foot hard goods facility with over 5,000 floral supply selections and a greenhouse offering over 500 different varieties of foliage and blooming plants.”

 

 

Bride & Blossom: “What do you see in the future for DV Flora and the event industry?”

Claudine: “Regarding the event industry, I think the future holds no bounds. Anything is possible, each event is like a fingerprint, and each one is unique. There is so much focus on the floral industry now because of the internet; it has really opened the world to what we do with events.”

Tony: “The world is opening to us as well, regarding procurement. We’re very excited to begin this new “Japan Chapter” and bringing the beauty of that world to our clients, and looking for new ones as we travel the globe.”

With so many innovations and care for each client, we can see why this industry staple has been going strong for close to sixty years. We’re excited to see what the world of flowers and events holds for DV Flora in the next chapter!

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April 5, 2017

Flower Feature: Marigold

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The marigold flower is one of the most recognizable flowers around the world, known for its vibrant yellow and shades of gold that resemble the sun. The marigold genus includes 56 species and varies from annuals to perennials. Though marigolds may be known as common garden flowers, they are beautiful, significant and meaningful in the flower kingdom. Grown all over the world, many see them as common weeds, yet when stripped down to their core, their beauteous shades of gold, orange, white and yellow are like no other.

 

Dark Orange Marigold - Marigold Flower - via Pinterest.com

Dark Orange Marigold – Marigold Flower – via Pinterest.com

 

Marigolds often vary in display as many have a pompop-shaped head made up of large amounts of small-layered petals, mirroring the sun. Other marigolds in the kingdom offer a variety of shades from darker petals on the inside to a lighter petal outline in more red-orange and maroon tones.

Symbolizing the warmth of the rising sun, it is obvious why they are open for the world to see when the sun is shining on them. Marigolds are spiritual flowers signified as offerings to the gods in a variety of cultures and often used in many sacred ceremonies in Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism, to name a few. Though there are different types of marigolds, their bright yellow and red-orange tones tie them to the same basic meaning. Originally given a negative denotation due to their cultural use and meaning of grief, jealousy and cruelty, they have been linked back to a positive and optimistic representation of creativity and warmth. This species is said to have a lot of history since its name is derived from offerings to the Virgin Mary, as marigolds replaced gold coins, later inheriting the connotation of Mary’s Gold. They are also famously used in Mexico’s Day of the Dead ceremonies and are a beloved part of their traditions.

 

 

The marigold flower is a great species to have in your personal garden not only because of the color qualities they offer, but also because they act as a natural pest deterrent. They are a carefree grower, meaning they don’t require a lot of love and attention, but rather grow on their own with basic care. They can blossom in almost any soil, yet thrive the most in a well-drained soil base. They bring light, texture and love to a garden and, as an extra treat, are easy to care for.

 

Floating Marigold - Photo by Nathan Michael - via SF Girl By Bay.com

Floating Marigold – Photo by Nathan Michael – via SF Girl By Bay.com

 

Marigolds offer a great pop of color in wedding work and are often featured in outdoor spring and summer weddings. They work really beautifully in flower crowns, wild flower bouquets and hanging floral displays. Pairing and complementing seamlessly with other energetic colors like fuchsia, maroons, bright pinks and greenery, their color palette brings vibrancy and dimension to any wedding décor. Marigolds are often found in many wedding ceremonies of different religions and cultures. Standing alone, or paired with a complementing bloom, the marigold flower will forever bring a smile to your face with its enthusiastic, animated and spirited presentation.

 

Bridal Marigold Bouquet - via Pinterest.com

Bridal Marigold Bouquet – via Pinterest.com

 

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