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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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December 30, 2015

Natural Beauty at Liberty Warehouse

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Romantic flowers and rustic touches struck a perfect balance at this Brooklyn waterfront wedding.  You might remember bride Jennifer’s natural, dimensional bouquet from this recent bouquet recipe featuring blush La Perla roses, cream dahlias and cascading jasmine vines.

Vows took place under a stunning, squared archway of curly willow branches, adorned with cascading greenery and studded with clusters of roses and hydrangea. As with the bouquet, the look was natural and rustic with lots of dimension and texture.

Mason jars, accented with burlap and navy-blue satin ribbon, held simple clusters of baby’s breath to decorate chairs. Wooden boxes held lush blooms for low reception-table centerpieces.

Click through to see every lovely detail, captured by one of our favorite photographers, the brilliant Agaton Strom.

Photographer: Agaton Strom
Venue: Liberty Warehouse

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November 4, 2015

White Wedding at The Ritz-Carlton Battery Park

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This elegant white wedding, at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park, is a lesson in the art of the tablescape. Steal a few ideas and enchant your holiday guests.

White flowers will never go out of style for weddings, and they look beautiful for any season. When sticking to a monochromatic color palette, the key is to get creative with texture and shapes. Here, we created arrangements of various sizes, featuring hydrangea, stock blossoms, dahlias, Tibet roses, garden roses, ranunculus and football mums. Using so many types of flowers meant blossoms that range from small and delicate, to large and striking. We used a single flower type in each silver mercury-glass bud vase, then played up the sparkle and shine, by arranging the vases along a mirrored runner, with a series of chic, crystal candelabras and small, clear and mercury glass votives. When lit, the overall effect welcomed guests with an ethereal glow. We love the look of all-white linens with that subtle hint of pale blue from the stem glasses

If you’re inspired to create a similar look for entertaining at home, start with what you already have. Gather vases and candlesticks or holders with some shine and set on mirrored disks from the craft store, or gleaming silver trays. Choose just a few of the types of white flowers we used, based on what is available and freshest at your florist. A few white roses, of any variety, trimmed and set in tiny bud vases, work wonderfully, with larger vases of fluffy hydrangea. Again, all-white floral arrangements are a classic, with any color of table linens. Get creative and use your favorite pieces.

Here are some shots of the individual arrangements that made up the tablescape. Stay tuned for details on the textured, white bridal bouquet!

Photos by Red Shoe Bride at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park

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October 13, 2015

Branches & Blooms: Flower Class at Bride & Blossom

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bride-blossom-team-flower-classFor our latest floral-design workshop, Branches & Blooms, we filled the showroom with vibrant fall flowers and invited the class to get creative with color, shape and texture. We had such a warm, enthusiastic and talented group. We’ve been telling everyone our classes are NYC’s best girls’ night out, but it turns out, they also make a great date night. We were delighted to see more than one gentleman in the showroom this time!

Expert floral stylist, Dawn, charmed the class as she demonstrated technique and shared insider tricks. Here’s one tip that kept coming up: don’t overthink it! (The wine helps with that.) Relax, follow your instincts and experiment. Working with flowers is about using your senses. Get a feel for the way each stem feels in your hand. Notice which colors draw you in, and don’t forget to stop and breathe in the fragrance.

Everyone who attends flower class leaves with their very own creation, plus the skills to make floral decor at home. If you came to class, don’t forget to tag us @brideandblossomnyc when you post your own flower-class photos. Follow us on Instagram to see more shots of finished arrangements.

I joined a flower lesson? That was so nice and had a great experience:)

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September 30, 2015

All Hearts & Flowers at Bryant Park Grill

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Kyna and Peter’s chic Manhattan wedding, at Bryant Park Grill, couldn’t have been any sweeter. Glamorous bride Kyna envisioned an elegant outdoor affair, shot through with pure romance.

Kyna carried a bridal bouquet of fluffy, light-pink garden roses. Bouquets composed of a single type and color of flower are always a classic choice. The groom’s boutonniere was a single, budded garden rose with an accent of greenery.

Lush reception tablescapes cast a rosy glow for the party, with blush and light-pink roses, Candy Bianca roses in the perfect shade of medium pink, and blush hydrangea. These long, low arrangements were surrounded with clusters of small white candles, floating in glass vases.

Click through the gallery for every detail, from the bride’s gasp-worthy Inbal Dror gown, to a sweetheart-table touch that will charm you: chair-backs hung with rustic heart lights. Sometimes love really is all hearts and flowers.

Photographer: Dreamlife Weddings
Venue: Bryant Park Grill
Bride’s Dress: Inbal Dror

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August 20, 2015

Blue & White Bridal Bouquet Recipe

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A simple bouquet recipe today, perfect for a summer wedding. We created this fresh, blue-and-white bridal bouquet for a bride getting married by the sea in Westhampton. Flawless, white Tibet roses, white Gerbera daisies and bluish-white hydrangea were hand-tied with a white-satin ribbon. Simple, sweet and richly-textured, this bridal bouquet looked right at home against white sand and blue sky. Beach weddings make us wish summer in the Hamptons would never, ever end!

Photo by Dear Stacey Wedding Photography, at Westhampton Bath & Tennis.

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