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. Read More
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. Read More
We used to live a block apart from each other. I would always see Manjil walking his dog. We are both obsessed with dogs, and I would stop and pet his dog every time I saw him. Eventually I got up the courage to ask him out on a date. Four years later, I arranged for our families and closest friends to be flown in from all over the country for a surprise proposal at our favorite restaurant in the city, Ilili. The plan involved placing important people from different parts of Manjil’s life at each corner of the 7 blocks between our house and the restaurant. On his walk over to meet me, he ran into those people on each block, leading a procession into a private room at the restaurant, where I got down on my knee and became a very lucky and happy man. And so began the wedding planning… Read More
Last week, we held our monthly flower class at our gorgeous showroom in Midtown Manhattan. Our designer Dawn showed the class how to create stylish contemporary arrangements using flowers that are readily available at the corner deli. We were truly inspired by the amount of creativity and talent our students demonstrated (many of them were first timers!). Each interpretation of the lesson was original and really proved that intuition and personality play an integral role in flower arranging. Trust your instincts!
We are currently brewing a batch of new classes for the next few months and cannot be more excited to get the schedule up next week (stay tuned). We will be hosting classes on creating unique succulent terrariums, stunning flower head wreaths and English garden arrangements, to name a few. Read More
Before SoHo became a shopping mecca, its cast-iron architecture and cobblestone streets were a bohemian playground for stars of the New York’s art scene. Recently we got a peek at one of downtown’s most storied addresses, Andy Warhol’s Wooster Street Loft.
Now housing the newly-minted Soho Arts Club, this loft was once the home and studio of the famed artist. And, for one magical evening, it was the perfect venue for an intimate wedding.
We set the scene for a candlelit Jewish ceremony with an elegant, four-posted chuppah, draped with sheer ivory fabric. Each front post was adorned with a bouquet of hydrangea, garden and spray roses and phalaenopsis orchid blooms. Read More
Let this mood board inspire you next time you set your table to entertain. Flowers in candlelight truly create a sense of magic and romance that makes any evening more beautiful and memorable. We love to create groupings of small floral arrangements in glass vases of varying heights. Setting the vases and candle holders on a glass or mirrored surface adds extra glimmer. Small mirrored disks or highly polished metal trays are the way to get this effect at home.
Wedding cocktail hours should feel warm and romantic. Old friends catch up as new flirtations start up! Guests experiences a moment of shared emotion before celebration and dancing. One bride-to-be asked us to create a glowing space for her guests to enjoy cocktail hour, with candles and flowers on every surface. Instead of the classic red roses in the inspiration image, we presented her with a softer, summer color palette. Big, voluptuous coral peonies, palest blush ranunculus, peach Juliet garden roses and peach parrot tulips, with their unusual, ruffled petals, will all look stunning, set aglow in candle light. Read More