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February 16, 2017

The Sweetheart Table

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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February 15, 2017

Flower Feature – Hydrangea

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

Blue Hydrangea - Haute Hydrangea - photo by Hamptons Hostess

Blue Hydrangea – Haute Hydrangea – photo by Hamptons Hostess

 

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

 

 

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February 6, 2017

Flower Feature: Tulips

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Tulips via Flickr

Tulips via Flickr

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

Tulips via Pinterest

Tulips via Pinterest

 

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

 

 

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

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January 27, 2017

Flower Feature: Lavender

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Lavender Flowers via Gardenia

Lavender Flowers via Gardenia

 

Adored for centuries for their unforgettable color and luminous beauty, the Lavender Flower is easy to recognize and easy to love.  Not only is lavender beautiful, its  also used worldwide for its medicinal properties and calming fragrance. Symbolically, lavender has traditionally been used in weddings to represent love, devotion, and tranquility.

The word lavdnder is believed to come from the Latin term lividus, which implies association with the French word lavande meaning “to wash,” as lavender was often used to bathe and wash clothing.

 

The color of lavender is spiritually symbolic, as purple represents the crown chakra ,  the highest vibration in the spiritual body. It is said that by increasing our body’s vibrations, we can relieve pain, and hasten recovery Lavender is commonly used in aromatherapy and has been known to help heal minor injuries, headaches, cuts, and burns. Placing lavender under your pillow at night has been known to help with stress and insomnia.

Lavender was first documented over 2,500 years ago and is believed to have originated in the Mediterranean, Middle East, and India. The Ancient Greeks refer to lavender as nardus after the Syrian city of Nard, and it is referred to in the Bible several times under  the term “spikenard.”  Lavender is believed to have been taken from the Garden of Eden and used to wash the clothing of the baby Jesus. Lavender grows abundantly across Europe, northern Africa, and Southwest Asia, and peeks from the early spring to late summer. Lavender is a hardy plant with a long stem and a cluster of small purple buds. Lavender keeps and dries easily, and its durability makes it an especially good option for floral décor.

 

Lavender Flowers via Better Home & Garden

Lavender Flowers via Better Home & Garden

 

In décor, lavender is often found in bouquets, centerpieces, flower crowns and altar arrangements. It offers a rustic natural look, and adds a touch of color without overpowering other aspects of your décor.  Lavender is a great filler flower and works beautifully when paired with greens, larger flowers, and succulents. Though they stand strong on their own, pairing Lavender with other purple flowers creates a stunning natural color wheel.  Not only does lavender add beautiful color and texture to bouquets and arrangements,  incorporating Lavender into your wedding décoe is great way to ease wedding day nerves and promote a sense of zen.

 

 

Whether its accentuating a bouquet, filling our a centerpiece, or even garnishing a cocktail, lavender’s vibrant color, rich history, and therapeutic properties make it a perfect addition to any wedding day.

 

 

 

 

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December 2, 2016

Interview with Designer Danielle Becker of Lefty’s Right Mind

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Danielle Becker

Danielle Becker

 

Danielle Becker is a mixed media artist and the founder of Lefty’s Right Mind, a design and marketing company that serves to bracket her many talents and services.  Growing up in an artistic household, Danielle Becker was drawn from the very beginning to all types of crafts and traditional mediums.  To this end, her wide array of talents across multiple platforms is rooted in hands-on art making and a commitment to unbound creativity.

From chalk and mirror art, to signage and logo design, to wedding invitations and decor, Danielle’s vast and varied skills allow her to approach events and branding from many angles while always contributing her unique artistic style to any project. We spoke with Danielle about her design process, working with brides & grooms, and the value of the handwritten word in our progressively digital world.

First, I’d love to know how you accumulated so many talents and skills, and how you went about bringing them all together to form Lefty’s Right Mind. 

Since I can remember, the creative world was always such a strong and prominent influence in my life.  From a young age, craft projects were a constant in my house from drawing and painting, to beading and friendship bracelet making.  I don’t remember a single time I didn’t ask my parents for art supplies for my birthday.  I’d set up “art stations” for when babysitters came over, and I’d always play “stationary store” with my friends.  I grew up with my Mom running her own party planning company out of the house, so her ribbon racks and stationary books were always steps away.  For me, being creative was intuitive and something I never had to work at. Believe me, comparing my struggles of standardized testing to ceramics and painting, I knew what a natural ability felt like!

 

Chalk Design / Danielle Becker / Lefty's Right Mind

Chalk Design / Danielle Becker / Lefty’s Right Mind

 

I have to say, I couldn’t have started Lefty’s Right Mind without the support of my parents.  I wouldn’t be a designer if it weren’t for them.  They supported me 100% when my school curriculum was full of art classes and I had their unwavering support when I decided I wanted to go to art school for college.  They exposed me to all kinds of design, and that’s why I believe my skill set and talents are so diverse.  They knew I was born with a natural visual eye, and they let me follow my dreams. That’s how I came up the name of my company, Lefty’s Right Mind.  I’m a lefty, who is in her right mind, the mind she was born into and the one she is following.  It’s also a double entendre because the right side of the brain is where creativity comes from.

I believe in doing what you love and I feel beyond lucky to have the opportunity to live my dream.  I am able to build a life for myself doing what makes me happiest and what I am truly passionate about.  Lefty’s Right Mind developed from the simple fact that I didn’t want to narrow my scope. I wanted to keep the broad range of talents I developed since I was young, and I wanted to build on them.  I wanted to guarantee myself the opportunity to keep learning new skills and to never stop growing.  And above of all, I love sharing my passion and what I love most, with others.  If my artwork brings a special wedding day memory, a smile given with a gift, or becomes a piece of one’s home, well then I think I’ve made my mark.  What else could an artist ask for!

 

Mirror Design / Danielle Becker / Lefty's Right Mind

Mirror Design / Danielle Becker / Lefty’s Right Mind

 

Monogrammed Napkins / Danielle Becker / Lefty's Right Mind

Monogrammed Napkins / Danielle Becker / Lefty’s Right Mind

 

Can you tell me more about the chalk design and calligraphy you do? In such a digital-heavy world, do you think we’re more drawn to and impacted by beautiful handwritten design?

One thing people always say about me is that I am an old soul.  Technically yes, I am considered a millennial, but that mindset is one I can’t seem to grasp.  If I could rid electronics and go back to the days of land lines and snail mail, I’d be there already.

I told myself when I started college that I never wanted to become reliant on the computer.  I think most people can be trained to design electronically, but what you can’t teach is raw talent.  I decided that what was going to set me apart from the pack, was that my hand feel would never be lost.  Don’t get me wrong, I do not take my computer training and electronic skill sets I’ve developed for granted.  They are extremely useful and wonderful tools.  They also help a lot with time efficiency and of course, easier clean up.  Although I am a trained graphic designer, I always take time to get off of the computer and work by hand.  That’s why I love the balance that Lefty’s Right Mind offers.

 

Invitation / Danielle Becker / Lefty's Right Mind

Invitation / Danielle Becker / Lefty’s Right Mind

 

I absolutely believe we are more drawn to handwritten design because it is seemingly disappearing with the growing technological world we live in.  It’s much more common to see a child playing on an iPad then playing with crayons. That’s why I am so proud of my chalk artwork.  It encompasses all the skills that I have learned, but is most loved for the handwork and detailing.

What is your design process like? Do you typically know right away what direction you want to take or is it a lot of trial and error?

One of my strengths and something I take great pride in is my ability to be able to listen and understand what a client is looking for.  When I start a project I first chat with the client about what are they looking for.  I have them send me inspiration of things they like and things they don’t like.  The latter is very important to me personally, because I believe it’s easier for someone to understand what they don’t want, opposed to what they do.  I gain a strength for my designs off of the initial feedback I get from the client.

My creative juices are always flowing, so typically and fortunately, my ideas stream easily.  There are definitely times where I struggle and the direction takes a bit longer to develop, but overall my head is full and raring to go.

 

Photobooth Props / Danielle Becker / Lefty's Right Mind

Photobooth Props / Danielle Becker / Lefty’s Right Mind

 

What are the first questions you ask yourself when you begin the branding process for a new company or product?

The first question I ask myself when I begin a branding project is what is the company trying to portray with this visual branding and how do they want to be represented.  It’s very easy to get carried away once you’re in the design zone, so I continue to check in every few hours with those important bullet points to make sure I don’t stray from the task at hand. I always make sure that my designs depict the client’s initial vision before they review it.

It’s such a special, individualized experience designing for weddings. What is it that speaks to you specifically about working with brides and grooms?

The fact that a couple would instill their trust in me to create artwork for their special day, is in itself such a flattering and beautiful gift. Many dream their whole lives about getting married and of their wedding day, so who wouldn’t want to be a part of someone’s happiest of days. I’m a hopeless romantic and a sucker for fairy tales! It’s an honor for me to be a part of something so magical.

 

Wedding Sign / Danielle Becker / Lefty's Right Mind

Wedding Sign / Danielle Becker / Lefty’s Right Mind

 

Tell me about your latest pursuits or projects? 

My mom and I have started a business together.  dBb Group is 30 years in the making.  Town Crier Paperworks and Lefty’s Right Mind join together to help you realize your dream for Lifestyle, Social, Corporate Events and branding for any occasion.  If you can envision it, we can make it happen.  While I, Lefty’s Right Mind will be heading up the art department, my mom will be reviving her company, Town Crier Paperworks, which was started in 1986.  TCP’s main focus will be on the event planning side of things.  Ultimately, we will be working on all projects as one team, but it was important at the same time for us to keep our own identities. We’ve been an unofficial team since I could remember, and the time has come to make it a true business!

More on Lefty’s Right Mind at:

www.leftysrightmind.com
and on Instagram at @leftysrightmind

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October 10, 2016

Festive Fall Cocktails

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As the changing leaves and brisk winds have us reaching for our favorite sweaters and jackets, we’re also warming up our palette with delicious autumnal flavors.  And if you’re planning a fall wedding, no doubt your cocktails will include some seasonal favorites. Need some inspiration? You’re in the right place.  We rounded up five fall cocktails perfect for an autumn celebration – be that your reception, your bachelorette party, or simply a Friday afternoon with friends.

The Apple Cider Mimosa

What’s not to love about mimosas?  Simple, sparkling, and now – seasonal! Turns out apple cider and champagne most definitely mix.  This recipe from The Cookie Rookie includes an adorable glittering rim and apple slice garnish.

Apple Cider Mimosa The Cookie Rookie

Apple Cider Mimosa via The Cookie Rookie

 

Full recipe can be found here.

 

Spiced Red Wine Sangria

Not quite ready to stop sipping that summer sangria? Fear not – spice it up and slip seamlessly into the next season.  Starting with a spicy fall wine infused with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, stir in brandy, apple cider, and sliced apples for an instant fall favorite.

Spiced Red Wine Sangria via The Nest

Spiced Red Wine Sangria via The Nest

 

Full recipe can be found here.

 

The Southern Lady

A simple and satisfying delight for all you Southerners out there. This cocktail combines classic sweet tea with pecan infused vodka by Jackson Mississippi distillery Cathead, garnished with fresh peach slices.

The Southern Lady via Beth Cakes

The Southern Lady via Beth Cakes

 

Full recipe can be found here.

 

Fall Manhattan

This elegant beauty from Martha Stewart Weddings packs in a whole slew of flavors, beginning with applejack, a beverage made from freeze-distilled cider and used as currency to pay road construction crews in colonial times.  Shake it up with rye, maple syrup, orange bitters, and champagne, garnish with a blood-orange rind, and you’ve got yourself a Manhattan like you’ve never tasted before.

Fall Manhattan : Martha Stewart Weddings

Fall Manhattan via Martha Stewart Weddings

 

Full recipe can be found here.

 

The Apple Cider Margarita

An autumnal margarita might sound like a stretch at first, but this sweet concoction is the perfect drink to carry you over from summer into the new season.  Tequila and Grand Marnier are mixed with apple cider and orange juice, then garnished with generous cinnamon sticks, pumpkin spice, sugar, and fresh oranges and apples for a festive sweet & spicy treat.

The Apple Cider Margarita via The Nest

The Apple Cider Margarita via The Nest

 

Full recipe can be found here.

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