November 17, 2017

Interview with Linda Sergeant of Far and Away Luxury Destinations

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Linda Sergeant is a prime example that professional success comes from setting goals, hard work, and staying true to your beliefs. After years of working in the travel, Linda realized that people wanted a more hands-on approach to vacation planning, something that the industry was sorely lacking at the time. She saw the opportunity, jumped on it, and in 2005, founded Far and Away Luxury Destinations, which specializes in personally-tailored experiences for clients.

Ask anyone who loves to travel, and they will tell you visiting new and far off places is all about the ‘experience.’ Seeing popular tourist sites and eating favorite local dishes are just scratching at the surface. Using her expertise and global network of contacts, Linda dives deep into a place to pinpoint its unique offerings, and matches them with her clients’ individual interests, tastes, and desires. They come away with an unforgettable experience that is life-changing and full of meaning.

With her passion for helping people see the world in new and meaningful ways, it should come as no surprise that Linda has a particular fondness for planning honeymoons. In fact, Far and Away has a whole branch committed to creating the dream getaway for newlyweds. Every detail is taken care of to ensure the honeymoon experience is romantic, stress-free, and complete with amazing things to do and see.

We couldn’t have been more thrilled when Linda agreed to take part in our Women Paving the Aisle interview series. Here, Linda talks about when she was first bitten by the travel bug, visualizing the perfect honeymoon, keys to making it as an entrepreneur, and the places on her travel bucket list.

 

Linda Sergeant - via farandaway.us

Linda Sergeant – via farandaway.us

 

Can you tell us a little bit about your background? Did you always have a passion for travel? Was there a particular experience during your childhood that made you want to see the world?

My mom recounts a story of me packing a bag when we were in Germany, I was 3 years old and snuck out of the house with a coat and purse filled with an apple and silver ware ready to see the world. Lucky for me, that was a safer time. My guess is that’s when the travel bug started… lol! Looking back at my younger self, I was fortunate to spend many summers in Italy and Switzerland visiting beautiful villages and experiencing the culture. I couldn’t get enough of these experiences and always looked forward to my return.

 

Thailand - The Grotto - via farandaway.us

Thailand – The Grotto – via farandaway.us

 

Before founding Far and Away, you worked for a travel company. How did you know that making the big move to start your own boutique travel firm was the right thing for you?

I loved working for my last travel company, they provided an amazing foundation for the type of leader and travel professional I am today. I wanted to make the switch into Leisure travel. The one big element I noticed missing with most of the “Mega Agencies” was the personalized services leisure travelers craved. I knew early on that gaining a client’s trust and building a relationship would be a foundation to turning their wish list (bucket list) into reality. At the time I was entering this segment of travel, very few focused on the travel “experience”. I kept noticing certain clients would ask for me specifically, and didn’t want to work with anyone else even after I became a supervisor and manager. Those relationships remained strong. I knew I could be successful by listening and following through. Referrals just grew organically from there.

As a luxury travel advisor, you plan bespoke vacations for your clients. Can you explain the planning process? What considerations do you make to ensure your clients have the ultimate vacation experience?

Having an initial meeting to discuss the wants and desires of all parties is a big part of the planning process. It’s a good time to discuss how the process works and I ask lots of questions to get to know my clients travel style, see where they have been, what they have enjoyed or disliked in the past. Once I understand all the perimeters, I can then begin pinpointing the very best options. I know exactly where to start and who the most reputable travel partners are to work with. I like to surprise my clients with some unique touches along the way. In addition to the special amenities provided to all Far and Away clients, there is typically a “wow experience” built into the itinerary. I recently had a family travel to Spain. One of their children is a big soccer fan. We surprised him with a private tour of the stadium that the national team plays in and provided a jersey of his favorite player. I’m working with vetted and trusted partners globally to ensure the best possible travel experience and that provides peace of mind! Taking the stress out of planning is of the utmost importance.

 

Vietnam - Four Seasons Nam Hai - via farandaway.us

Vietnam – Four Seasons Nam Hai – via farandaway.us

 

One service that Far and Away specializes in is the honeymoon. It must be exciting knowing that you are helping a couple celebrate one of the happiest times in their life together! As a luxury travel specialist, what aspects of planning for a couple’s honeymoon are most important to you?

Honeymooners are my absolute favorite. I always feel so honored and privileged to be entrusted with such an important trip of a lifetime for a soon to be newlywed. I make it my mission to ensure that this last piece to the wedding experience is well orchestrated. I identify the perimeters and create an amazing worry free travel itinerary that fits requirements. All the inclusions of private transfers, best possible accommodations with honeymoon amenities, dining reservations in the most romantic places, tours and activities etc..etc … If the option allows, I try to create at least one “special experience” that is unexpected but memorable during their travels. One that I love arranging for clients visiting Thailand is having wedding rings blessed by a local monk. The ceremony is very special and intimate, a real highlight for honeymooners. Prior to departure I’m contacting my reps locally, on the ground to make sure all the final touches are in place for clients’ arrival. Ensuring all aspects of trip run as smoothly as possible from beginning to end takes the stress out of planning for clients. I check in with partners along the way for updates so that I’m aware if anything is a miss so that I can correct timely!

 

Santorini - Honeymoon - via farandaway.us

Santorini – Honeymoon – via farandaway.us

 

In many ways, you are like a writer who is writing the fairytale ending for two people in love. Can you tell us about the creative process involved in creating the perfect finale to this part of their love story?

I love that analogy, though I do like to think of it more as the beginning of their fairytale…my hope is that I establish a relationship to last a lifetime. I’m thinking babymoon, anniversary travel, family travel and beyond. I want them to entrust that this will be the first of many memorable travel experiences. I am constantly looking for the most romantic and best destinations around the globe. I always check with both groom and bride-to-be and for their valuable input on how they envisioned their honeymoon! It’s a question I always ask, so that I can be sure to meet both of their expectations. Having experienced many amazing places around the globe, I know how to combine various experiences to give the right amount of down time and fun activity to balance the honeymoon and give everyone what they need. The biggest part to this is being a good listener. My end goal is to ensure the itinerary is orchestrated perfectly so their dreams are fulfilled!

 

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Honeymooners in Cinque Terre Italy – via farandaway.us

 

How would you describe the dream honeymoon?

That will certainly be different for each couple. So many factors in play like destination, time of year, budget, amount of activities, travel style…etc…etc.. Ideally, if budget and time allows, I love an international combination of experiences. One that provides a little downtime up front to just relax and “be” for a few days. Then I like to add a fun cultural or active destination, then end with a some more down time at a more “wow” destination that offers possibly a little bit of both. SE Asia is a great place for a dream honeymoon. French Polynesia and Europe can also be fantastic choices.

 

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Honeymoon in Thailand – via farandaway.us

 

Experiential travel has been receiving a lot of buzz lately. Has this trend influenced the honeymoon experience? Is there a particularly unique honeymoon you planned for a couple that you would like to share?

Yes, Experiential Travel is in full gear as well as the trend of Wellness Travel Experiences. I try and incorporate a little bit of both in each itinerary I create to keep it somewhat balanced when possible. Honeymooners still enjoying a traditional relaxing experience with light activities, while others are more adventurous. I have seen a spike in requests for far off destinations like Bali, Thailand and Vietnam over the last 5 years. A recent itinerary I thought was pretty aggressive had honeymooners starting off in Bangkok – Chiang Mai – Golden Triangle – Krabi. Balancing out luxury resort stays that offer amazing spas and dining. Planning activities at each destination, visiting key monuments, night markets, elephant sanctuaries (no riding allowed) and visiting hilltribe. The Golden Triangle where Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar connect is pretty spectacular in and of itself! Ending in Krabi, where The Beach starring Leonardo DiCaprio was filmed, for the unforgettable finale. Upon arrival, you are whisked by private boat transfer to your resort. Along the way every piece is meticulously planned so that the newlywed couple can arrive and simply enjoy!

 

St. Lucia - Ladera - View of Pitons - via farandaway.us

St. Lucia – Ladera – View of Pitons – via farandaway.us

 

What are the top destinations for luxury travel right now?            

South America, Africa, SE Asia and Australia and New Zealand seem to be at the top of the list right now. Iceland and Cuba too, but there are not as many “true” Luxury Resorts in those destinations.

 

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Vietnam – Lanterns – Hoi An – via farandaway.us

 

Your job requires you to travel around the world. Are there still any places out there that you haven’t been to and are dreaming about visiting?

Oh Yes! I go somewhere new every time I travel and of course my list is very long and continues to grow. Top of mind is Australia’s northern Territory. Most everyone knows about Queensland and its Great Barrier Reef. Many don’t realize Australia is the size of the US and it offers so much more to explore. There’s a special place called Longitude 131 with these incredible luxury tented accommodations outside of multiple World Heritage Sites offering some of the most beautiful night skies in the world. I had hoped to get out this year to experience The Field of Light, Bruce Munro’s internationally acclaimed art phenomenon, created from 50,000 bud-like stems. The installation blooms and appears to sway as darkness descends over Australia’s outback. I am hoping to see something equally amazing once I am ready to go. Of course, I would want to cap this experience with a trip to Perth on the West where apparently the Quakka lives (tiny Kangaroos) and some of the best beaches are to be found.

Also top of mind is Morocco, I am so in love with the idea of touring the markets and experiencing the culture with visits to lovely Moorish style five star resorts. I know these gems are waiting for me to discover their beautiful secret gardens and amazing spas, Morocco is known for their hammam (steam baths). Most importantly, I must experience the luxury Sahara Dessert Camp. After watching The English Patient many years ago, I can hardly wait to wrap myself in local wears, ride a camel and walk the sand dunes! Hopefully, to be checked off real soon.

 

Morocco Luxury Tent Experience - via farandaway.us

Morocco Luxury Tent Experience – via farandaway.us

 

What do you do to stay creatively inspired?

I am always learning about new products, new destinations that are undiscovered and where the latest or newest resort opening/development is happening. Meeting with vendors and colleagues as often as possible is a must to remain fresh and engaged. Most importantly, travel often. There is no better way to sell a destination then being able to experience it firsthand. I come back from my travel experiences excited to share what I have learned with my clients via social media or e-newsletters.

 

St. Regis Bora Bora - via farandaway.us

St. Regis Bora Bora – via farandaway.us

 

Do you have any advise for our aspiring entrepreneur readers?

As an entrepreneur I want to be the very best in my field and love mentoring and helping other become successful. With so much competition (yes, other travel agents actually exist) I’m constantly looking for ways to distinguish myself and evolve my business. I have 3 pieces of advice that can probably be applied to any business:

  • Do what you love and have a passion for and it will come through in your work.
  • Be true. Deliver on your promises because trust is a big factor in any successful business relationship and especially, in travel!
  • Don’t settle for mediocre in yourself, in your business or personally! Be the best you!

Make certain to take great care of your clients and they will show their appreciation by referring and returning as in my business, for their next trip!

 

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Flowers of Tahiti – via farandaway.us

 

And of course we have to ask, what is your favorite flower?

Gardenia, remind me of my travel to Italy as a little girl. The flowers were potted on balconies everywhere.

Thank you, Linda! To learn more about Far and Away’s luxury travel services and destinations, visit farandaway.us

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November 14, 2017

Christina + Derek: Urban Bliss at The Foundry

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Christina and Derek were married on a lovely day in July at The Foundry in Long Island City.

 

Christina & Derek Wedding - Bride and Groom First Kiss - The Foundry LIC - Kevin Markland Photography

Christina & Derek Wedding – Bride and Groom First Kiss – The Foundry LIC – Kevin Markland Photography

 

You just never know when your soulmate is going to walk into your life. For Christina and Derek, all it took was a chance meeting through a mutual friend. Not long after, the couple realized that they had found what many spend years looking for – true love. Looking back at that moment ten years ago, Christina said, “We hit it off right away and have been together ever since.”

 

Christina & Derek Wedding - Bride & Groom - The Foundry LIC - Kevin Markland Photography

Christina & Derek Wedding – Bride & Groom – The Foundry LIC – Kevin Markland Photography

 

When it came time to start planning for his proposal, Derek chose to pop the question at a place that had already played a significant part in their love story – Jones Beach in Long Island, the very spot where he had asked Christina to be his girlfriend. In order to keep it a surprise, he enlisted the help of Christina’s best friend. Under the guise of just two friends hanging out, she took Christina to the designated location. When they arrived, Derek was waiting with ring in hand just as the sun was setting. The scene could not have been more perfectly romantic. Christina added, “How fitting as my new last name is Jones!”

 

 

The bride, whose surname is Feggoudakis, has a lot family in Greece. The idea of a destination wedding in her family’s homeland sounded wonderful at first. Wedding planning is stressful enough as it is, and making arrangements in another country is incredibly difficult. So Christina and Derek started considering venues in New York City. This was shortly after their engagement and they were living in Astoria at the time. After a walk through of The Foundry, the couple agreed that the space had all the features they were looking for in the place where they would begin their next chapter in life together. Christina recalls, “We spent three special years living nearby the venue, so it already had special meaning to us. And we fell in love with the industrial yet naturally beautiful vibe of the space right away!” Located in Astoria, The Foundry is a beautifully restored building dating back to the 19th century. The interior is marked by its open and raw space with soaring ceilings and natural light. Lush plants and sprawling ivy transform the outdoor courtyard into an enchanted urban oasis.

 

 

Christina had no intention of making the process of finding her dress a big production. But when a family friend of your future mother-in-law works at Kleinfeld Bridal and offers you the ‘Kleinfeld experience,’ it’s a opportunity you don’t pass up. “I agreed and ended up having a fantastic experience overall,” said the bride. She chose a stunning creation by internationally renowned designer Romona Keveza. Classic in style, the gown was strapless featuring a fluted silhouette with all over lace detailing. “I wanted something classic that I would look back at and still love in the future when I saw the photos,” she added.

 

 

While the wedding in Greece wasn’t in the cards, the bride made sure to honor her heritage. “My compromise was to include touches of Greek culture throughout the day in the décor and food. We both agreed we wanted it to be an intimate affair with about 100 people.” The entire event emanated natural romance. Christina’s classic style was sensed through out the floral décor and styling. “The Foundry is filled with greenery, so I wanted the florals to compliment the beauty of the venue,” she said.

 

Christina & Derek Wedding - Bride and Father Walking Down Aisle - The Foundry LIC - Kevin Markland Photography

Christina & Derek Wedding – Bride and Father Walking Down Aisle – The Foundry LIC – Kevin Markland Photography

 

The bride carried a breathtaking bouquet of white and ivory roses, sweet pea, and anemones accented with olive branch greens, dusty miller, and silver dollar eucalyptus down the aisle. Wearing a veil and all-white flower crown, she could have easily been mistaken for a Greek goddess.

 

Christina & Derek Wedding - Bride and Groom Ceremony - The Foundry LIC - Kevin Markland Photography

Christina & Derek Wedding – Bride and Groom Ceremony – The Foundry LIC – Kevin Markland Photography

 

The ceremony was followed by cocktail hour in the Greenhouse where guests enjoyed drinks under an illuminating skylight ceiling and flourishing interior greenery. Soon after, everyone headed to a courtyard reception where they were welcomed by a gorgeous scene. Long tables were decorated with organic arrangements of white blooms and verdant greenery in glass bowls and small mercury vases.

 

Christina & Derek Wedding - Low Centerpiece Tablescape - The Foundry LIC - Kevin Markland Photography

Christina & Derek Wedding – Low Centerpiece Tablescape – The Foundry LIC – Kevin Markland Photography

 

“With its industrial meets secret garden feel, The Foundry is one of the most unique venues we’ve had the pleasure of decorating. We loved how Christina’s vision translated into floral décor that really connected with the space. At the same time, her choice of flowers and arrangement styles were striking and certainly did not go unnoticed. It was a beautifully alluring balance that can be hard to achieve,” said Elianna Phelps, our Director of Operations at Bride & Blossom.

 

Christina & Derek Wedding - Nazar Evil Eye Place Setting - The Foundry LIC - Kevin Markland Photography

Christina & Derek Wedding – Nazar Evil Eye Place Setting – The Foundry LIC – Kevin Markland Photography

 

Family and friends are very important to Christina and Derek and they wanted to make sure that everyone who came out to honor their marriage was also feeling the love. “We both knew we wanted our wedding to be intimate and personal – NOT cookie cutter at all.” The entire day was peppered with fun and surprising moments that really let the couple’s personality shine. Place settings were marked with evil eye favors. The bride explains they were “something that brought a touch of Greece to the décor and a bright pop of color. They are known for protection and I thought, ‘What better way to help our guests feel protected and loved?’” An artisan in Greece that Christina found on Etsy made the evil eye keepsakes.

 

Christina & Derek Wedding - Wedding Cake with Lego Cake Topper by Mini Melanie - The Foundry LIC - Kevin Markland Photography

Christina & Derek Wedding – Wedding Cake with Lego Cake Topper by Mini Melanie – The Foundry LIC – Kevin Markland Photography

 

And let’s talk about the cake! Admittedly, we are used to seeing extravagant 4-tier or more creations. With something very different in mind, the couple opted for a mini, white-to-blue ombre cake by Mini Melanie adorned with bride and groom Lego cake toppers. “Derek loves Legos and we were given the cake topper as a gift from his sister and her fiancé.” The adorable cake made for some memorable photos, but would never have fed the entire crowd. Instead of a slice, guests were treated to an ice cream cart and dessert bar!

 

 

And we had to ask Christina about the puppet that was passed around over the course of the evening. The bride explained, “So the puppet belongs to my family and his name is Jerry. My brother and I bought him at our neighbor’s garage sale when we were young and he has sat on a shelf in our living room ever since.” Once the groom’s best man caught wind of Jerry’s existence, he insisted on inviting him to the bachelor party. The joke then escalated to where Jerry was coming to the wedding. Christina recalls, “I said ‘NO,’ since bringing a puppet to a wedding is a little bit weird… Anyway, Jerry ended up coming and he was a hit with guests after all!”

 

Christina & Derek Wedding - Bride and Groom Vans - The Foundry LIC - Kevin Markland Photography

Christina & Derek Wedding – Bride and Groom Vans – The Foundry LIC – Kevin Markland Photography

 

In a day filled with love, excitement, and laughter, there was one particular moment that stands as Christina’s favorite. “Our first dance. Being surrounded by all of our loved ones while having that intimate moment together.” It should come as no surprise then that this fun loving duo are no strangers to cutting some rug. After slipping on their comfy Vans shoes, they joined guests on the dance floor and celebrated the night away.

 

Christina & Derek Wedding - Groom and Bride Walking Down Aisle - The Foundry LIC - Kevin Markland Photography

Christina & Derek Wedding – Groom and Bride Walking Down Aisle – The Foundry LIC – Kevin Markland Photography

 

Congratulations, Christina and Derek!

Venue: The Foundry
Photographer: Kevin Markland Photography
Planner: José Rolón Events
Bride’s Gown: Romona Kezeva
Bride’s Shoes: Imagine Vince Camuto
Bride’s Floral Crown: Crowns by Christy
Groom’s Tuxedo: Foresto Tuxedo
Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew
Cake: Mini Melanie
Caterer: Creative Foods Catering
Hair + Makeup: Glam Me Up
Music: 74 Events
Invitations: Lucky Penny Paperie
Menus + Table Numbers: Karly K Designs
Rentals: Patina Rentals + Broadway Party Rentals

 

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November 10, 2017

Celebrity Fall Weddings We Love

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With its golden glow and rich colors, fall casts a romantic allure that cannot be denied. Even celebrities succumb to the season’s intoxicating spell and plan their weddings from late September through early December. Just recently, two star weddings caught our eye – Kate Upton and Verlander and Colton Haynes and Jeff Leatham. While these weddings are drastically different in style, they are both heartfelt expressions that celebrate each couple’s love and personality.

 

 

What do you do when your one of the world’s top supermodels and your fiance’s baseball team has just won the World Series? You celebrate by getting married in Italy of course!

Just three days after cheering on the Houston Astros to defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers, Kate Upton and Justin Verlander, the winning team’s star pitcher, jetted to Tuscany where they were joined by friends and family for a blissful wedding weekend. The event took place at the prestigious Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco where the couple exchanged vows at a historic medieval church. Looking nothing short of an old master painting, the breathtaking Tuscan landscape played backdrop to the day’s festivities.

 

 

When asked about wedding blooms, the model/actress told Martha Stewart Weddings, “I want a lot of flowers. I know I want the petals already down by the time my niece who will be my flower girl, walks down the aisle. Justin has terrible allergies. He’ll have to take an allergy pill.”

The groom must have taken a strong dose of allergy medicine because the bride certainly got her wish! She carried a natural bouquet of lush pink, peach, and ivory hued roses and greenery down a petal covered aisle. Ceremonial decor featured verdant olive greens and similar blooms echoing the rustic beauty of the Italian countryside.

Kate stunned in a gorgeous Valentino gown with long sleeves embellished with exquisite floral lace detailing. Her bridesmaids wore lovely blush pink dresses in various styles. Justin looked dapper in a black tux with a white flower boutonniere pinned to the lapel.

From the picture perfect location to the beautiful florals to the bride and groom who could easily pass for a princess and prince, this wedding read just like a romantic fairytale.

 

 

You know the decor is going to be over-the-top when one of the grooms is the artistic director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris. Describing the vision behind his wedding to actor Colton Haynes, Jeff Leatham told People, “If you can imagine Cher meets a Guns ‘N Roses video and that’s theme of the wedding.” Makes perfect sense – Cher played an important role in making Jeff’s proposal to Colton unforgettable.

A star-studded crowd gathered at the Palm Springs Hotel for a night time ceremony officiated by reality personality Kris Jenner. It was a black tie affair – guests which included Sophia Vergera, Joe Manganiello, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Chelsea Clinton, Cheyenne Jackson and more were asked to wear black and white. The handsome grooms coordinated in white tuxedos with black bow ties.

 

As expected, the decor was jaw-dropping. The couple exchanged vows before a floral wall of hanging red roses with glowing candles. A romantic bed of red roses added dramatic flair to the scene. Blooming arrangements of red and white roses decorated the ballroom, creating an atmosphere of opulent magic for guests to dance the night away.

 

 

And let’s not forget about the cake! A decadent rock ‘n roll dream come true, this black beauty by celebrated pastry chef Chris Ford looks like a work of art.

 

 

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November 7, 2017

Light Up Your Reception: Stunning Ways To Use Candles In Wedding Centerpieces

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Nothing sets a romantic mood like candles. As the temperature starts to dip, our weddings move to indoor venues where the atmosphere is warm and lovely, but natural light may be lacking. For this reason, incorporating candles into wedding décor becomes especially important during the fall and winter seasons!

Where to start? One feature that we especially love to see enhanced with a flickering flame or two is the wedding centerpiece. Candles come in a variety of options including pillar, taper, votive, and tea light. There are so many ways to create an illuminating display that radiates style, luxury, and romance for your tablescape. From cozy and intimate to modern chic to grand opulence, here are stunning ideas for using candles in your wedding reception décor.

 

Suzy & Jerry Wedding - Wedding Garland - Bourne Mansion - Photoraphy by Ryon Lockhart

Suzy & Jerry Wedding – Wedding Garland – Bourne Mansion – Photoraphy by Ryon Lockhart

 

A peppering of silver mercury votives, tea lights, and white pillars adorned a seeded eucalyptus and lemon leaf runner accented with blush roses and white peonies at the head table of this Bourne Mansion wedding. The lovely display created a natural and elegant ambiance for guests to enjoy.

 

 

For a wedding at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, tea lights were placed in glass bubbles and hung from towering of centerpieces roses and ranunculus with eucalyptus and lemon leaf. The candles looked like they were floating, transforming the head table into an enchanted secret garden.

 

Marianna and Peter Wedding - Low Centerpiece - Mandarin Oriental New York - by Fred Marcus Studio

Marianna and Peter Wedding – Low Centerpiece – Mandarin Oriental New York – by Fred Marcus Studio

 

This low centerpiece at a wedding at the Mandarin Oriental features a combination of black magic garden roses and burgundy calla lilies, creating a look that is classic with a touch of drama. Floating votives in simple cylinder vases enhance the blooms, showcasing their rich hues and lush texture.

 

Margaret & David Wedding - Low Centerpiece - University Club - Photography by Clark Walker Studio

Margaret & David Wedding – Low Centerpiece – University Club – Photography by Clark Walker Studio

 

Elegant taper candles provide a warm, flickering glow that shows off the richly wood panel decor of the University Club. The candles were placed in glass holders and arranged around a beautiful low centerpiece of cream vendela roses with greenery accents.

Pro tip: Use dripless candles to for a clean, worry-free display.

 

Liya & Ross Wedding - Tall Centerpiece - Gotham Hall - by Jasmine Hsu Photography

Liya & Ross Wedding – Tall Centerpiece – Gotham Hall – by Jasmine Hsu Photography

 

For a wedding at Gotham Hall, the taplescape was decked out with high centerpieces of white hydrangea, orchids, peonies, and cream roses arranged in exquisite crystal candelabras. Floating candles in glass holders illuminated the scene to dazzling effect.

 

Courtney and Quinton Wedding - Tablescape - The Bowery Hotel NYC - Photography by Chad Cruz

Courtney and Quinton Wedding – Tablescape – The Bowery Hotel NYC – Photography by Chad Cruz

 

Taper candles look absolutely wonderful spread over a long table and are a great way to add height to a low floral display. Evoking a feeling of natural romance at the Bowery Hotel, this wedding reception features taper candles placed through out a runner of lush eucalyptus decorated with white, cream, and ivory roses and hydrangea.

 

Lauren & Brett Wedding - Liberty Warehouse Brooklyn - Low Centerpiece Gold Mercury Glass - Quicksand Roses - Seeded Eucalyptus - Ranunculus

Lauren & Brett Wedding – Liberty Warehouse Brooklyn – Low Centerpiece Gold Mercury Glass

 

The tablescape at this Liberty Warehouse wedding showcased a series of low arrangements of white and ivory roses, peonies, and ranunculus in both gold and mercury vases. Votive candles reflected off the gilded surfaces to create an intimate and warm setting.

 

Danielle & Noah Wedding - Cold Spring Country Club NY - Low Centerpieces Roses Hydrangea Mirror Vases Crystal Candleholders -Photography by Brett Matthews

Danielle & Noah Wedding – Cold Spring Country Club NY – Low Centerpieces Roses Hydrangea Mirror Vases Crystal Candleholders -Photography by Brett Matthews

 

Crystal pillar holders with ivory candles illuminated a trio arrangement of white hydrangea, quicksand roses, and amnesia roses in square mirrored vases at this Cold Spring Country Club wedding. The unique combination of mirror and crystal details complemented by flickering light set a scene of timeless elegance with a modern twist.

 

Anna & Matthew Wedding - High Centerpieces - Pierre Hotel NYC - Photography by Brett Matthews

Anna & Matthew Wedding – High Centerpieces – Pierre Hotel NYC – Photography by Brett Matthews

 

Take your high centerpiece to next level by decorating the blooms with glowing taper candles. Here, compact arrangements of white hydrangea orchids, lavender, white and cream roses are arranged on top of a breathtaking crystal candelabra evoking an air of romantic opulence to complement the grand interior of the Pierre Hotel.

You’ve said your vows and exchanged rings. Now its time to celebrate at your reception under the glow of candlelight.

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October 31, 2017

B&B Blooms in Spotlight: Amnesia Rose

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“Love planted a rose, and the world turned sweet.” With so many quotes about the romantic beauty attributed to the rose, the words of poet Katherine Lee Bates rank as our favorite. Not all roses are the same though, and each type has its own singular allure.

To inaugurate B&B Blooms in Spotlight, a blog series devoted to our favorite wedding flowers, we are going to talk about the amnesia rose. In recent years, this bloom has caught the admiring eye of the wedding industry and become very popular with our own brides. What makes the amnesia rose so special is its unique lavender, beige and green tones, which give the flower a lovely ‘antique’ look. For this reason, they are the perfect floral feature to showcase in a vintage style wedding.

 

Amnesia Roses - via theflowermonger.co.uk

Amnesia Roses – via theflowermonger.co.uk

 

In the language of flowers, the rose symbolizes love and passion. The ancient Greeks and Romans connected the flower with Aphrodite and Venus, the goddesses of love and beauty. Through out history, people have given roses as a sign of love and affection. Shakespeare found inspiration in the rose when creating the greatest tragic love story ever written, Romeo and Juliet. In the play, Juliet says, “A rose by any other name would smell so sweet” to remind Romeo that while they come from warring families, their love is all that matters. The bloom grows in just about every color under the rainbow, and each color carries a different meaning. Purple roses represent enchantment and love at first sight. And there is no better way to describe the feelings that arise when gazing at the transfixing lavender hue of the amnesia rose!

Beauty aside, the amnesia rose makes an ideal wedding flower for many reasons. Unfussy and reliable, the amnesia rose has a long vase life and medium sized blossom that is guaranteed to fully open. Year round availability means you are not limited to season or have to pay excessive money to have the flower shipped from a faraway location. The pale lavender hue, often described as having hints of beige and even brown, is so delicate and subtle that it makes brides who cringe at the thought of anything purple in their wedding reconsider their initial stance on the matter.

 

Amnesia Rose Hand-Tied Bouquet - via springwellgardens.blogspot

Amnesia Rose Hand-Tied Bouquet – via springwellgardens.blogspot

 

The amnesia rose’s classic bell-shape gives versatility, offering many styling options for bouquets, arrangements, and decor. Because the flower has such a unique color and texture, it looks lovely displayed on its own in a hand-tied bouquet for an understated, vintage look.

 

Amnesia Rose Bouquet Lisianthus Seeded Eucalyptus - via bouquet-bouquet.com

Amnesia Rose Bouquet Lisianthus Seeded Eucalyptus – via bouquet-bouquet.com

 

To create a bouquet with a “just picked from the garden” feel, pair the blooms with lush accents such lisianthus and seeded eucalyptus.

For our Real BB Weddings, we have combined amnesia roses with flowers in complementing hues such as white, cream, light pinks, blush, and soft lilac.

 

 

Tall centerpieces at Danielle and Noah’s wedding at the Cold Spring Country Club showcased amnesia roses in a dusty rose shade alongside cream hydrangea, ivory garden roses, champagne quicksand roses, blush spray roses, and ivory sweetheart roses on a crystal pedestal with hanging crystal accents. The stunning tablescape also featured a trio of arrangements with the same flower recipe in square, mirrored vases. Candlelight danced off the mirror and crystal decor, casting an atmosphere of timeless romance.

 

 

Floral decor at Jenna and Matt’s Jewish Heritage Museum epitomized natural enchantment. Tables were bedecked with low centerpieces of pale lavender earl grey roses, cream vendela roses, purple amnesia roses, white ranunculus and greenery of eucalyptus and lemon leaf. The bride and groom had a fairytale moment dancing under a flower chandelier of purple amnesia roses and pale lavender earl grey roses with white stock and delphinium.

 

Marianna & Jason Wedding - Tall Centerpiece Rose - Plaza Hotel - by Fred Marcus Photography

Marianna & Jason Wedding – Tall Centerpiece Rose – Plaza Hotel – by Fred Marcus Photography

 

With its dazzling chandeliers, gilded coffered ceilings, and marble floors, the Plaza Hotel represents the history and grand style of classic New York. Marianna and Jason’s wedding shows how to decorate in a way that complements rather than competes with such a magnificent venue. Tall centerpieces featured cream mondial roses, quicksand roses, and amnesia roses in golden candelabra. Each flower type was placed in a group to form a classic, round arrangement as hanging glass bubbles filled with tea lights and ivory pearls finished the opulent, yet sophisticated presentation.

The amnesia rose is a lovely flower celebrated for its vintage and romantic charm. Offering a unique color scheme that looks best paired with similar soft and delicate tones, this bloom is a captivating floral feature to incorporate in wedding decor.

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