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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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February 5, 2016

Hearts Aglow at Studio 450

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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…

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Being gay, neither of us grew up dreaming of a wedding, so we didn’t have a lot of ideas about flowers going into it. All we knew was that we wanted something modern/chic and outside of the box. B&B was awesome. They sat with us for a good two hours and showed us what flowers could do for a wedding, and we left with some incredible ideas. We created a pinterest board, and B&B took our ideas and elevated them to unimaginable levels. For example, we loved the idea of a flower wall, and the one that B&B produced was a complete work of art. We were stunned when we saw it. The remaining arrangements left us feeling extremely exhilarated. They were bright and unique and somehow managed to capture exactly what we wanted without us even knowing! The pictures speak for themselves. They were perfect, perfect, perfect!

It’s been a few months since the wedding now, and neither of us can believe that we actually still wouldn’t have changed a thing about it — not a thing! The day was beautiful, the venue was ideal and captured the city that we met in beautifully, and everyone looked glamorous.

Part of what made the wedding so incredible is that we spent a lot of time making sure it represented each of us. For example, we chose portions of a traditional Hindu ceremony and incorporated them into our own to celebrate Manjil’s culture. We also had one of my parents co-officiate and held our rehearsal dinner at Dinosaur BBQ as a nod to Brad’s southern roots.

One of the more memorable moments for me was during our vows, which we wrote for each other. It was such an emotional moment that neither of us could get through them without stopping to hug each other. We also did a surprise choreographed dance at the beginning of the reception. It was ridiculously cheesy but so so so fun! It made everyone get up out of their seats and start dancing before the salad had even been served!

Wouldn’t. Change. A. Thing!


Rings: Cartier
Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar
Photographer: Weddings by Two
DJ: Josh Sparber
Venue: Studio 450
Caterer: Real Food Catering

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January 26, 2016

Bodega Chic Floral Class Recap

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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.

We want to thank all of our amazing students who braved the cold last week and attended our Bodega Chic Flower Class. Your beautiful arrangements and enthusiasm helped us channel some warmth! We were also super excited to have one of our upcoming brides and her bridesmaid as well — beautiful job, ladies!

 

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January 4, 2016

Intimate Wedding at Andy Warhol’s Soho Loft

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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.

The lush, rounded bridal bouquet, seen above on a rustic, art-scarred table, was of composed peonies, garden roses and butter-yellow tulips with more white phalaenopsis orchids.

In an open room, lit by red murano-glass chandeliers, reception tablescapes featured romantic high centerpieces with hydrangea, garden roses, spray roses and more butter-yellow French tulips.

We hope you find this unusual venue’s history as inspiring as we did!


Photographer: Shareif Ziyadat
Venue: 76 Wooster

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July 26, 2015

Mood Board: Candlelit Florals for Cocktail Hour

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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.

For more wedding-flower inspiration like this, follow our Mood Boards on Pinterest.

 

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