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March 29, 2017

Interview with Rachel Wolff of Lotte New York Palace

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Welcome to Lotte New York Palace - Grand Staircase - via LotteNYPalace.com

Welcome to Lotte New York Palace – Grand Staircase – via LotteNYPalace.com

 

Lotte New York Palace is considered one of New York City’s most romantic hotels, thanks to its rich history and timeless elegance. It’s no wonder that this landmark luxury hotel is the location of choice for the modern bride who wants her NYC wedding to be a beautifully lavish affair. Breathtaking spaces within the venue available for wedding ceremonies and receptions include the grand Villard Mansion, a stylish ballroom, along with a numerous selection of rooms and suites designed for intimate cocktail receptions and large-scale gatherings. From the first walkthrough to cutting the cake and seeing the newlyweds off as they depart for their honeymoon destination, the hotel’s specialized service teams take care of every detail to make sure a couple’s wedding experience is personal, flawless, and meets all expectations.

 

Tracy and Eric - Lotte New York Palace Hotel - Courtyard Ceremony - photo by Brett Matthews Photography

Tracy and Eric – Lotte New York Palace Hotel – Courtyard Ceremony – photo by Brett Matthews Photography

 

Rachel Wolff is the Senior Catering Sales Manager at Lotte New York Palace. Bride & Blossom has had the privilege of working with Lotte New York Palace Hotel. Watching Rachel and her team set the bar for luxury wedding planning is truly inspiring. Rachel took the time out of her busy schedule to speak with us about her start in the luxury hotel business, the Lotte New York Palace’s exceptional approach to weddings, catering and what she loves most about her job.

 

Rachel Wolff - Lotte New York Palace

Rachel Wolff – Lotte New York Palace

 

1. Can you tell us about your background? How did you get into wedding event catering? I am originally from South Florida. I went to the University of Central Florida to get my BA in Hospitality Management. As part of my coursework, I was required to have an internship, where I was lucky enough to intern at a luxury hotel. While interning I was able to experience every aspect of the hotel and found my love for wedding planning. Wedding planning allows me to see the beginning of an idea and watch it come to life.

2. I can only imagine how much responsibility you have as Senior Catering Sales Manager at Lotte New York Palace. Can you describe your job for us? We sell our event space for social events, corporate events, as well as non-profit events. After the selling process takes place, we plan and execute the events, offering a one-stop-shop for our clients. We are with them from Day One, from the initial inquiry, all the way to the end of their function. At Lotte New York Palace, we have a Catering team of six. It’s a great team, and I’m very proud of them. We also have fantastic Banquet, Culinary and Steward Teams that really “make it happen” and deliver on the day of the event.

3. Lotte New York Palace is a place where grand tradition meets modern sensibility. How do you see this as contributing to the Hotel’s evolution into one of the city’s premier wedding locations? What makes a couple’s wedding experience at Lotte New York Palace different from anywhere else? We are very lucky that we have iconic landmarked space (The Villard Mansion), within a modern and chic hotel venue. We recently went through a $150 million renovation. We make the wedding experience very personal. The catering managers are the ones on the initial contact, the walkthrough, signing the contract and tucking the bride and groom into bed the night of the wedding. We listen to what is truly important to each bride and groom and make their dreams come to reality.

4. Can you describe the event planning process and what goes into ensuring that your clients have the wedding of their dreams? We are happy to assist the couple with walkthroughs with vendors and share our expertise on what works best in the space.

5. The Hotel contains numerous beautifully designed spaces of different shapes and sizes for weddings. Can you tell us about the various event spaces available to couples? How do you help clients decide which space is best for them? We have three wedding venues at the hotel. All of our wedding packages are five hours long. The first wedding venue is the Apartment, which can accommodate 30 guests. The second is the historic Villard Mansion, which can accommodate up to 90 guests. The largest space we have is the Villard Ballroom, Reid Salon and Holmes Room, which can accommodate up to 220 guests.

 

 

6. Establishing the menu is a very important part of wedding catering, and esteemed executive Chef Jacque Sorci heads the team at Lotte New York Palace. How do his expertise and culinary vision translate into creating a menu that reflects the unique tastes and style of your clients? Our innovative and passionate culinary team is led by Executive Chef Jacques Sorci who is a member of Maitre Cuisiner de France – a designation bestowed only upon 19 chefs in New York and 65 chefs nationwide. The elite members of Maitre Cuisiner de France are selected through a strict review process that takes into account the chef’s restaurant experiences, technical expertise, business qualifications and cultural standing in the culinary community. Jacques’ team is extremely talented. If the couple has a favorite dish that is not listed on the menu, he can create it for the guests to enjoy on the night of the wedding. This adds a personal touch.

7. Have you noticed any luxury wedding trends in terms of décor, atmosphere, or cuisine recently? It’s nice to see a couple’s take on a traditional aspect of a wedding and transform it into a modern vision. With innovative technology, you can completely transform a room. With image mapping you can turn the ballroom into anything you dream. You can change the look from the ceremony to the reception to the dinner dance. Cuisine is a top priority for everyone getting married. We are lucky enough to have Jacques Sorci, a master chef, dedicated to our wedding menus that can tailor the menu to the couple’s favorite food. Whether it is adding a food truck in the courtyard or passing late night bites, food is one of the most important factors of the wedding.

8. Wedding catering requires meticulous planning from you and a lot of trust from the client. After all, you are the one making sure that every minute detail is perfectly in place once the big day arrives. Pressure aside, you must develop meaningful relationships with couples over time. What do you love most about your job? There is a trust that you gain after several site visits and appointments with the bride and her family. It’s a very sentimental decision that this family is making. They’re spending their own money and they really create that connection with you. The most rewarding part of my job is when you see the entire wedding through. These are once in a lifetime moments that you help make come to life.

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March 23, 2017

Spring Wedding Venues in New York City

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All winter we wait and wait for the day to hear the longing sounds of birds chirping, to see flowers budding through the soil, and to feel the sun through our windows. Spring is finally here! The grass is green, the trees are blooming and it’s time to put our snow boots away for good. There are so many qualities of spring that we fall in love with. March, April and May are heartwarming months to take advantage of the colorful foliage and natural beauty around us. As a soon-to-be-bride, choosing to get married in the spring is an exciting time that offers you many great options when it comes to your bridal gown, bridesmaids dresses, wedding flowers and your venue. Being from the greatest city in the world, we know that the concrete jungle may not always offer venues that have organic nature roots, but from Bride and Blossom to all of our brides, we have a few hidden gems that are perfect springtime wedding venues in NYC.

 

Springtime - NYC - New York City Feels - via Pinterest.com

Springtime – NYC – New York City Feels – via Pinterest.com

 

When imagining a spring wedding, we picture colorful flowers, garden themes and most importantly, an outdoor-inspired space. Now, as New York’s weather can be temperamental, it is easy to say many may be nervous to plan a fully outdoors event in the spring — as the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.” Well, we have the perfect compromise for you! An outdoor wedding that has indoor features to create a secure space that is weather resistant, but also allows you to bring the outdoors and sunshine inside with you. Three of our favorite spring wedding venues include Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Battery Gardens and the famous Tribeca Rooftop. We are confident that you will love what these venues have to offer and can’t wait to share them with you.

 

BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN

The Palm House - Brooklyn Botanical Gardens - Weddings - via William-Chang.com

The Palm House – Brooklyn Botanical Gardens – Weddings – via William-Chang.com

 

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a popular attraction for those in the tri-state area and visitors alike. Brooklyn Botanic Garden is filled with an array of varying gardens and exhibits, including cherry blossom trees, cape buttercup blooms and a rose garden, while changing throughout the seasons to support a variety of species. The garden grounds are full of intertwining landscapes and flowers galore. What many don’t know while visiting this colorful treat is you can get married at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. With a capacity of 300 guests, it is a beautiful reception space that can accommodate many layouts, having multiple areas to hold different parts of your wedding. It is popular to hold your ceremony directly in the garden space for picturesque backdrops as you say “I Do.” There is a grand fountain near the main garden, which works brilliantly for cocktail hour as sun gets lower in the sky. Next, and one of the best features of this space, is The Palm House. The Palm House is an indoor space made of glass walls that create an atrium feel overlooking the gardens. It’s a beautiful space during a sunset ceremony or a reception underneath the Brooklyn stars. It also offers a terrace with a peaceful lily pad fountain for an extra touch of serenity. This beautiful oasis is a great option for a springtime wedding as it represents spring in all of its glory. Flowers blooming, bees buzzing and birds chirping along with beautiful scenery for a night you will remember forever.

 

 

 

BATTERY GARDENS

Julie & Ryan - Spring Wedding - Battery Gardens - Photo by Sarah Tew Photography

Julie & Ryan – Spring Wedding – Battery Gardens – Photo by Sarah Tew Photography

 

Next on our list is Battery Gardens. Most New Yorkers know Battery Park as a public park at the very tip of downtown Manhattan. It’s a great place for kids’ sports games, running, picnics, and surprisingly, weddings. Battery Gardens is an exclusive on-site restaurant, offering stunning harbor views and an outdoor terrace on the water. This space has the sophistication and elegance of New York’s Battery Park wrapped up into one. The venue, with a maximum capacity of 220 guests, is known for producing both intimate and large-scale weddings, catering to all of the standards of New York.

The first space that often holds wedding ceremonies is the outdoor patio. This is a large backyard if you will, with panoramic views of the Hudson River. Getting married on the Hudson with New York as your backdrop makes for an incredible scene. This outdoor space offers beautiful landscaping and greenery to enhance a springtime wedding. After the ceremony, we move to cocktail hour, which is often held downstairs in an airy, open space. Dinner and dancing then follow in the main upstairs dining room. A dance floor, dinner space and lounge area provide plenty of entertainment options for guests, and the room adds a romantic touch with a working fireplace for a chilly spring night. The entire space has panoramic windows with stunning views of the harbor, and the Statue of Liberty. Battery Gardens is a gorgeous venue for a couple craving more of a classic feel with a touch of the outdoors and ocean tranquility. It offers both indoor and outdoor options that can be easily transformed to host the wedding of your dreams, while being a great location to celebrate a springtime wedding in a more low-key setting.

 

 

 

 TRIBECA ROOFTOP

Nicole & Mark - Colorful Ombre Chuppah - Tribeca Rooftop - Photo by Shlomo Cohen Photography

Nicole & Mark – Colorful Ombre Chuppah – Tribeca Rooftop – Photo by Shlomo Cohen Photography

 

The last springtime venue that embraces more of an industrial design for our more modern brides is Tribeca Rooftop. Located in the heart of Tribeca, the rooftop is an integral part of Downtown Manhattan life. Tribeca Rooftop is a contemporary and industrial-style penthouse that hosts private parties, events and weddings, accommodating a large capacity of 300-380 guests. Operating on a larger scale, Tribeca Rooftop is known for its famous in-house chef, yet can also provide catering of your choice. Though it is called a rooftop by name, it offers both indoor and outdoor space. Inside the penthouse, which is the main reception hall, there is a 65-foot skylight and a magnitude of glass windows creating an open concept loft space. Once you step outside, Tribeca Rooftop is known for its fabulous roof deck that has spectacular 360-degree views of Manhattan. As this venue was originally a 1920s printing press building, it houses exposed brick walls offering a modern yet historical vibe for your wedding style.

Getting married on the roof deck as the sun goes down behind the Manhattan skyline is just one of the many perks of this location. It can be dressed up with greenery, florals and accents to highlight the season’s best qualities. With dinner and dancing to follow inside the penthouse, the guests will never miss the starry night over Manhattan. The roof deck can stay open throughout the night, letting your guests take in the gorgeous feeling of a true Manhattan wedding.

 

 

Choosing a wedding venue can be a difficult task, yet emphasizing the season can provide you with many pleasing options to fulfill all of your hopes and wishes. Make sure to have fun during the process of venue shopping and remember, the spring is a time for dreamers.

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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 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 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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March 1, 2017

Springtime Flowers Feature

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For those of us not fortunate enough to live in eternal warmth, spring often signifies the much-welcomed peeling off restrictive layers, heavy woolen wraps and full length casings that double as winter coats. We’ve traded our cumbersome snow gear for the tailored sophistication of a trench coat and kitten heels. We breathe again and our world is filled with the budding optimism of sunlight.

Spring weddings are much like the light that breaks through the dense, grey haze of winter. They are flirty and fresh, bringing the first pops of bright color after the long departed summer hues have faded. They conjure images of lush rolling hills just beginning to sprout with green carpets and cobblestones wet from a light spring rain. Flowers, just like fashion, change for the season, and springtime flowers are some of the most beloved around the world. They are colorful, fun and bring sunshine into your days. Here at Bride and Blossom, we have a few of our favorite flowers that we love to work with during springtime weddings.

Peony: The bombshell of spring flowers, peonies add instant glamour to any bouquet or arrangement. Full, lush and downy petals with a heady and intoxicating scent, these luxurious blooms are perfect with any color palette and come in a range of tones from white, light pinks and fuchsias, to sunny corals and voluptuous reds. Use en masse for an opulent décor statement.

 

 

Gerbera Daisy: Modern, fun and unexpected, the gerbera daisy is a perfect choice for the adventurous and eclectic couple. A favorite floral for pop art inspirations and installations, it is hearty and comes in a spectrum of saturated hues. This youthful and nostalgic bloom invites a playful pondering of He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not…

 

 

Cherry Blossom: At once structured and wild, cherry blossoms add an ethereal element to any wedding. One of the best reasons to choose a spring nuptial is the chance to wed under a canopy of fairytale-worthy blossoming branches. While its petals are delicate and tissue-like, the branches are sturdy enough to be shaped into structures for arches and chuppahs and also add much needed height to table arrangements for cavernous venues.

 

 

Anemone: Delicate and feminine, yet modern, the anemone offers a soft floral touch for the contemporary wedding. The almost wave-like petals juxtaposed against the black center of the flower pose a striking vision for a sophisticated and dramatic effect. Anemones are a favorite choice for a classic black and white wedding palette.

 

 

Sweet Pea: Innocent and ladylike, these ruffled petals are the ultra feminine bloom. Like the layers of a sheer gauzy dress, these flowers whisper the coming of spring. Best used in clusters, their frilly delicateness leaves one breathless with their beauty. Available in a bounty of watercolor hues, these blossoms are lightly scented with a sweet floral perfume.

 

 

Tulip: Tulips are the ultimate spring flower and are readily available in a full rainbow of colors, from muted pastels to bright intense tones. Reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn’s slender and sleek iconic beauty, the tulip radiates sophistication and elegance. Simultaneously modern and nostalgic, tulips are adaptable to a range of décor inspirations. The tulips’ malleable swan-like stems make them one of the only flowers than can actually be shaped and molded into artistic sculptures. In some cases, they appear to languish as if in a floral state of ennui, adding to their refined allure.

 

 

When choosing the right floral for your wedding, remember to consider a few key factors:

  • Each flower has its own personality
    Make sure you are choosing one that speaks to your own individualism and yours as a couple.
  • Speak the language of your venue
    Make sure your choices echo the design and décor of your chosen space and don’t compete or disappear like a shrinking violet.
  • Don’t fall in love with a bloom that isn’t available in your color palette
    Check with your event planner or florist for the best options.
  • Timing is everything!
    Some blooms, while coveted for spring weddings, are fleeting. Make sure the blooms you choose will be available for your date.
  • Let the flowers shine!
    Make sure you’re choosing the best bloom for the appropriate arrangement. Don’t use delicate flowers for a powerhouse job, like a chuppah. Save the heavy lifting for more sturdy, longer lasting flowers or blooming branches.

 

Some of the most evocative and romantic weddings are in the springtime. After a long and cold winter, we’re all ready to fall in love in the spring!

 

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