June 30, 2017

Popular Wedding Bouquet Styles for Every Bride

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When it comes to choosing your wedding flowers, the most important feature is the bouquet. The blooms a bride carries down the aisle make a statement – they are an expression of her personality, style, and the love she is feeling on her wedding day.

 

Jacqueline & Gary - Bridal Bouquet - Trump Soho - Casey Fatchett Photography

Jacqueline & Gary – Bridal Bouquet – Trump Soho – Casey Fatchett Photography

 

We love working with our clients, helping them to find the bridal blooms that are perfect for them. There are actually various types of wedding bouquets to choose from, each with a unique shape and floral arrangement. There are no rules, but some factors to consider are the style of your gown and type of ceremony you are planning.

To inspire the modern bride, we gathered examples from our #RealBBWeddings to show beautiful interpretations of the most fashionable types of bouquets.

 

Round: The round bouquet is perfect for the bride who considers Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, and Jackie Onassis as her fashion icons. It is the most traditionally classic in style and made with flowers that have been shaped into a perfect sphere and tied together tightly, usually with ribbon. Favored for formal, indoor ceremonies, they are often monochromatic, showcasing one type of flower such as roses. Planning an outdoor ceremony? Complement the roses with calla lilies, peonies, and a few sprigs of greenery for a garden-inspired feel.

 

Hand-Tied: A freer version of the round, the hand-tied bouquet can be fashioned to fit just about any bridal style, from classic to romantic to bohemian. It presents a dense arrangement of flowers and greenery that have been tied together with ribbon or twine. An elegant version brings together blush and ivory roses and ranunculus with just a hint of greenery. Make a stunning impression by complementing roses with anemones, pods, and eucalyptus. A colorful bounty of roses, orchids, and ranunculus with lush greenery evokes boho chic.

 

Cascade: Making a dramatic statement, the cascade bouquet is marked by a “waterfall” of flowers that drape down in front of the arrangement. This style is a real showstopper and pairs best with a simple and elegant gown. A teardrop shaped bouquet of roses set off with cascading Phalaenopsis orchids radiates sophisticated opulence. An arrangement of white roses and rancunculus accented with lush, flowing greenery looks breathtaking with a satin dress.

 

Posy: Essentially a smaller version of the round, the posy bouquet is a great choice if you want to keep things simple. Because of its size, this style is suitable for a petite bride and bridesmaids. A blend of pink and ivory roses radiates sweet romance. A combination of roses, peonies, and sweet peas looks lovely and vibrant. An all-white rose bouquet stuns against a regal blue bridesmaids gown.

 

Nosegay: The nosegay bouquet has been around since medieval times when flowers were used to perfume the air from offensive smells. Very similar to the posy, it is a smaller bouquet featuring a compact cluster of flowers that is usually carried by members of the bridal party. A coral and pink myriad of roses, peonies, ranunculus with verdant greenery is a dazzling spectacle for the eye. Soft pink and peach roses complemented by dusty miller looks like a garden daydream. For a charmingly romantic look, arrange red and pink roses with accents of olive leaf.

 

As you can see, there are no limits to the expressive beauty of the bridal bouquet. We hope you enjoyed looking at some of our favorite bouquets from the Real B&B Weddings archives. With these examples in mind, you’ll surely find the right bouquet for you!

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June 27, 2017

Bride & Blossom’s Favorite Bridal Shops in New York City

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Congratulations on your engagement! Once you’ve enjoyed the moment, it’s time to start planning for the big day. At the top of your to-do list is finding the perfect wedding gown. With so many designers and looks to choose from, the task is met with a mix of joy and anxiety. One thing is for sure though: you want to find a frock that makes you feel beautiful and is a true expression of your style and personality.

We spend a lot of time with our brides. While conversations focus on flowers, we love to hear about a bride’s dress, where she got it, and how she knew it was the one for her. We’ve gleaned a lot of insight over the years and thought it would be fun to put together a guide to Bride & Blossom’s favorite bridal shops in New York City.

Lovely Bride (182 Duane St, Manhattan)

Lovely Bride – Bridal Shop – NYC – via www.notey.com

 

Lovely Bride caters to the woman who wants to keep the experience of finding a wedding dress intimate and relaxed. Decorated in serene hues of blush, white, and gold, this dreamy Tribeca bridal shop offers a selection that is diverse, yet not overwhelming. Designers include Marchesa Notte, Leanne Marshall, Christos, Theia, and Watters.

Shop details: Appointments are 1 hour with 4 persons max; Prices range from $1800-$6000; Shop advises purchasing gown 7-10 months in advance; Holds designer trunk shows offering 10% off when purchase is made that weekend

 

Kleinfeld (110 W 20th St, Manhattan)

Kleinfeld – Bridal Shop – NYC – via www.theknot.com

 

For over the last 60 years, Kleinfeld has set the standard for bridal shops when it comes to service and selection. There’s a reason why the hit TV show “Say Yes to the Dress” takes place in this 30,000 sq. ft. salon where you’ll find gowns by Badgley Mischka, Christian Siriano, Reem Acra, Amsale, Zuhair Murad among others.

Shop details: Appointments are 1.5 hours; Prices range from $2500-$23,000; Shop advises purchasing gown 8-10 months in advance; Holds designer trunk shows

 

Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier (110 E 55th St, 8th Fl, Manhattan)

Amanda and Donald - Bride - Liberty Warehouse - Photography by South Eleventh

Amanda and Donald – Bride – Liberty Warehouse – Photography by South Eleventh

 

This upscale bridal salon offers a wide selection of gorgeous gowns by the world’s leading designers. The setting is intimate and the service is personalized, complete with a bridal consultant who greets you upon arrival. Designers include Inbal Dror (worn above by our bride Amanda), Monique Lhuillier, Jenny Packham, Mira Zwillinger and more.

Shop details: By appointment only; Prices range from $5000 to $20,000 with an average price point of $7000; Holds designer trunk shows

 

Shareen Vintage (13 W 17th St, Fl 2, Manhattan)

Shareen Vintage – Bridal Shop – NYC – by Khaki Bedford Photography – via www.shareen.com

 

Have you always fantasized of a wedding that evokes the beauty and mood of a past era? Shareen Vintage offers unique, elegant bridal gowns by designer & owner Shareen Mitchell that you’ll find nowhere else. Alongside Shareen’s original designs, the shop also offers an expertly curated selection of vintage wedding attire in pristine condition.

Shop details: By appointment only; Prices typically range between $1200-$2400

 

Stone Fox Bride (Williamsburg)

StoneFoxBride – Bridal Shop – NYC – via www.stonefoxbride.com

 

Stone Fox Bride founder and owner Molly Guy understands that not all women are about ball gowns and tiaras. This sensibility forms the bedrock of her alternative bridal shop where you’ll find easygoing, bohemian-inspired gowns and a collection of veils, crowns, and jewelry for the bride who wants to walk down the aisle to her own beat.

Shop Details: By appointment only at monthly Saturday Pop Ups in select Williamsburg locations; Prices typically range from $1000-$11,500

 

Veka Bridal (412 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn)

VekaBridal – Bridal Shop – NYC – via www.vekabridal.com

 

Veka Bridal is for the woman whose style is anything but classic. This charming Brooklyn shop carries an inspired selection of indie designers whose gowns are unique and rethink the traditional bridal look. Owners Ksenia and Jana rotate their designer roster each season, offering collections by Tomomi Okubo, Adele Wechsler, and Rembo Styling, among others.

 Shop Details: By appointment only; Prices range from $1500-$4000

 

Bridal Reflections (437 5th Ave, Manhattan)

Anna & Matthew Wedding - Ceremony - Pierre Hotel NYC - by Brett Matthews

Anna & Matthew Wedding – Ceremony – Pierre Hotel NYC – by Brett Matthews

 

Bridal Reflections boasts a long list of leading designers from around the world. The shop’s vast selection could come across as overwhelming. But thanks to a personalized, expert staff, the experience of choosing the perfect gown is nothing but relaxing and unhurried. Look for names such as Ines Di Santo (worn above by our bride Anna), Enzoani, Galia Lahav, and Victor Harper, among others.

 Shop Details: By appointment only 48 hours in advance; Prices range from $4000-$25,000; Holds designer trunk shows.

 

One of the best things about being in the wedding industry is getting to work with brides and watching their unique wedding visions take shape. Choosing a wedding gown is deeply personal. We hope this guide to Bride & Blossom’s favorite bridal shops helps you find the frock of your dreams!

 

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June 20, 2017

Wedding Inspiration for the Romantic Bride

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Your wedding is the day when you get to live out your very own fairy tale. As the bride, you are the belle of the ball. And bridal details such as the dress, hair and makeup, jewelry, and flowers are very important to making you look and feel your most beautiful.

Bride and Blossom loves nothing more than working with our clients to make their fairy-tale dreams come true. From attire to décor, here are wedding ideas to inspire the romantic bride.

 


 

Wedding arches are a décor focal point where a bride can express her style and personality. Create a mood of pure enchantment by exchanging vows under an arch made of white birch branches embellished with gorgeous purple roses, white peonies, antique hydrangea, and bloom filled hanging terrariums.

Ceremony - Amanda & Donald - The Liberty Warehouse - Photography by South Eleventh

Ceremony – Amanda & Donald – The Liberty Warehouse – Photography by South Eleventh

 

Not all us envision a fairy-tale wedding with ball gowns and tiaras. Evoking a sense of relaxed romanticism, this look highlighted with a low side swept ponytail and elongated hand-tied bouquet speaks to the bride who wants to feel pretty, but also at ease on her wedding day.

Alison and Sean - Bridal Bouquet - Old Field Club - Photo by Paul Francis Photography

Alison and Sean – Bridal Bouquet – Old Field Club – Photo by Paul Francis Photography

 

We always admire a bride who isn’t afraid to put a spin on tradition. How adorable is this photo of a bride sharing a sneak peek of her “Something Blue” shoes with her new husband as he holds the wedding bouquet?

Andrea & John wedding - Bridal Bouquet - Blue Wedding Shoes - The Liberty Warehouse Brooklyn - Photo by Popography

Andrea & John Wedding – Bridal Bouquet – Blue Wedding Shoes – The Liberty Warehouse Brooklyn – Photo by Popography

 

There are so many ways to channel a romantic style when it comes to wedding attire. We adore the soft, feminine impression of this gown with a corseted top and frothy tulle skirt.

Cammie & Peter Wedding - Bridal Bouquet - Brooklyn Botanic Gardens - Photo by Nicki Sebastian Photography

Cammie & Peter Wedding – Bridal Bouquet – Brooklyn Botanic Gardens – Photo by Nicki Sebastian Photography

 

Create an atmosphere of a secret garden for your guests to get lost in during the reception. Blossoming centerpieces made of pink garden roses, lush white flowers, greenery, and branches with hanging terrariums look whimsical, yet elegant.

Christina & Damon - High Centerpiece - Book Themed Centerpiece - Windows on the Water - Stephen Govel Photography

Christina & Damon – High Centerpiece – Book Themed Centerpiece – Windows on the Water – Stephen Govel Photography

 

Candles bestow a romantic air to any tablescape. Illuminate a luxuriant low centerpiece arrangement composed of pink roses, blush peonies, and cream hydrangea with elegant glass votive candles.

Deborah & Geraldo - Low Centerpiece - Floating Stemmed Candles - Pearl River Hilton -by Cole and Kiera Photography

Deborah & Geraldo – Low Centerpiece – Floating Stemmed Candles – Pearl River Hilton – by Cole and Kiera Photography

 

A floral chandelier takes wedding décor to a whole new level. This design made with suspended blooms of white hydrangea, cream vendela roses and cascading dendrobium orchids is breathtaking and completely transforms the room into a breathtaking dreamscape.

Ina & Kevin Wedding - Hanging Floral Chandelier - The Park Hyatt NYC - Christian Oth Studio

Ina & Kevin Wedding – Hanging Floral Chandelier – The Park Hyatt NYC – Christian Oth Studio

 

The flowing hairstyle and exquisite embellishments of this bridal style brings to mind Pre-Raphaelite beauty. The look is completed with a hand-tied bouquet fashioned with a medley of blooms, including white dahlias, cream garden roses, ranunculus, purple amnesia roses, and pale lavender earl grey roses.

Jenna & Matthew - Bridal Bouquet - Jewish Heritage Museum - Cody Raisig Photography

Jenna & Matthew – Bridal Bouquet – Jewish Heritage Museum – Cody Raisig Photography

 

A dash of gold will add romance to just about any décor. We are obsessed with the contrast of this table setting, which showcases low centerpieces of vibrant pink garden roses, white hydrangea, and greenery with tall golden candelabras.

Shelby and Jonathan - Low Centerpieces - Gold Candelabras - Hydrangea Arrangements - Bryant Park Grill - Photography by Craig Warga Photography

Shelby and Jonathan – Low Centerpieces – Gold Candelabras – Hydrangea Arrangements – Bryant Park Grill – Photography by Craig Warga Photography

 

The beach provides the perfect scenery for the bride who wants a wedding with a naturally romantic vibe. Accessories first, and nothing looks more lovely than a delicate floral crown. Standing in front of a breathtaking ocean backdrop, say “I Do” under a wedding arch of white birch trunks adorned with blooms of cream hydrangea, dahlias, white and blush roses, and cascading greenery.

Shelley and Safa - Floral Arch - Ceremony - Gurneys Montauk Resort - Flora and Fauna Photography

Shelley and Safa – Floral Arch – Ceremony – Gurneys Montauk Resort – Flora and Fauna Photography

 

As you can see, there are numerous approaches to designing a wedding that radiates romance and style. We hope these ideas help the romantic bride plan the ceremony and reception she has always dreamed of.

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June 7, 2017

6 Custom Wedding Art Ideas

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The love and excitement you feel on your wedding day is like never before. You are about to start a new life with the person you care about most, surrounded by family and friends. This is a moment you’ll want to cherish and revisit for years to come. Capture the day in a personal way with a one-of-a-kind piece of art. Here are 6 inspiring custom wedding art ideas.

Portrait of a DressArtist Kristina Bailey was asked by a friend to paint his bride’s wedding dress as an anniversary gift. This sparked the idea to make portraits of wedding dresses, capturing the exquisite details and sumptuous fabrics. You absolutely loved your wedding dress. It was pretty enough for a painting! With Portrait of a Dress, you can go back to that day, and evoke the beauty and ease you felt wearing your gown whenever you want!

 

Kristina Bailey - Portrait of a Dress - via Portrait of a Dress.com

Kristina Bailey – Portrait of a Dress – via Portrait of a Dress.com

 

Wedding PortraitYou’ve finally received your wedding photos. Clicking through each image, you are immediately brought back to the happiest day of your life so far. You love them all, but there’s a particular photo of you and the hubs that makes your heart sing every time you look at it. Artist Jessica Marie Peddicord will take your favorite wedding photo and render it as a custom watercolor illustration. Beautifully depicted, Lisa Marie’s wedding portraits are sincere reflections of a couple’s personality and sentiment.

 

Custom Watercolor Wedding Portrait Painting - Wedding Portrait - The Wedding Shop - via Simply Jessica Marie.com

Custom Watercolor Wedding Portrait Painting – Wedding Portrait – The Wedding Shop – via Simply Jessica Marie.com

 

Wedding Bouquet PaintingThe flowers a bride chooses to carry down the aisle are an expression of her individuality and style. Bridal blooms are important and meaningful – we are not just saying this because we are in the business. Just ask Megan Carty, a Boston-based artist who makes bespoke paintings inspired by wedding bouquets. We love Megan’s expressive, fluid style and how her depictions reveal a blossom’s inner essence. Stimulating treasured memories from a special day, these vibrant images are wonderful enhancements to home décor.

 

Custom Wedding Bouquet Paintings by Megan Carty - via Megan Carty Art.com

Custom Wedding Bouquet Paintings by Megan Carty – via Megan Carty Art.com

 

Retro Wedding Art PrintChicago based artist Alexander Doll makes retro-inspired fine art prints commemorating your wedding day. His Mr. & Mrs. Alexander Wedding Collection brings to mind vintage liquor advertisements and movie posters. Couples can pick from an array of custom options like location, hair color, design color, and text to create a work of art that is modern, chic, and looks great anywhere in the home.

 

Retro Wedding Art Paint - Mr. and Mrs. Alexander - Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Catalog - via Custom Alexander.com

Retro Wedding Art Paint – Mr. and Mrs. Alexander – Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Catalog – via Custom Alexander.com

 

Intersection of Love PrintYour love story is still unfolding. But right now, the most important moments are when you first met and your wedding day. Memorialize these special dates in a pop art print by Portland based artist Patricia Carlin. The names of you and your honey intersect on street signs against a vibrant hued background. Printed on canvas, Patricia’s personalized works of art are available in a variety of fun, dazzling colors.

 

Intersection of Love - Pop Color Canvas - Created By Patricia Carlin - via Uncommon Goods.com

Intersection of Love – Pop Color Canvas – Created By Patricia Carlin – via Uncommon Goods.com

 

Map of Our Hearts ArtYou and your sweetie are from very different parts of the world. And to this day, you still can’t believe your paths crossed! Artist Melissa Schwall makes charming personalized map art that proves when it comes to love, distance is no matter. Cutting out half-hearts from vintage and modern maps of the each partner’s place of origin, Melissa constructs a heart-shaped world symbolizing a couple’s union. Just add your names and wedding date to create a touching, one-of-a-kind artwork.

 

Map of Our Hearts - Created by Melissa Schwall - via Uncommon Goods.com

Map of Our Hearts – Created by Melissa Schwall – via Uncommon Goods.com

 

We hope that these ideas inspire you to take what you loved most about your wedding and turn it in to a unique work of art.

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Ideas for Creative New York City Wedding Photos

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When it comes to wedding photos, the bride planning her nuptials in New York City has much to look forward to. From the iconic architecture, breathtaking skyline views, and buzzing street scenes to the lush public parks, the city is a boundless source of visual stimulation. An amazing photo opportunity can be found just about everywhere you look. Here are 6 inspiring ideas for capturing creative and unique New York City wedding photos.

New York City Skyline Backdrop: Towing skyscrapers and monumental bridges mark the city’s famous skyline. There’s no better way to remember your New York City wedding than using a stunning view of Downtown Manhattan or the Brooklyn Bridge as a photo backdrop. Get a shot of you and your husband-to-be taking in the city’s alluring magic, or round up the girls for a dreamy sunset picture.

 

 

Crosswalk Photo: The crosswalk has been a favorite photo op ever since the Beatles were photographed crossing Abbey Road. NYC is peppered with crosswalks, so you shouldn’t have any problem finding the perfect one to use for your wedding photos. This is a way to get a fun, candid shot of your entire wedding party. We also love to see couples using the idea to capture a timeless, tender moment together.

 

 

Just the Two of You on a Rooftop: For an unforgettable picture, grab your love by the hand and head to the nearest rooftop. Granting access to amazing views, the rooftop offers a beautiful and intimate location for a couple to be alone. You’ll be able to look back at that instant when it felt like you had the city all to yourselves.

 

 

Urban Garden Bride: New York City is not a total concrete jungle. In fact, many couples choose to get married at the New York Botanical Garden, Wave Hill, and Brooklyn Botanic Garden, natural sanctuaries scattered though out the city. These grounds are ripe with lush foliage and gorgeous blossoms. And nothing is more lovely than seeing a bride with bouquet in hand reflecting on her special day amidst an enchanted garden setting.

 

 

The Only In New York City Snapshot: New York City is home to a myriad of sights that can’t be found anywhere else. And you don’t have to walk very far before a cool mural or colorful food truck catches your eye. These lively street scenes double as offbeat backdrops that offer the bride and groom a chance to loosen up and be playful during the photo session.

 

 

Central Park: With its rolling fields, meandering paths, and abundant foliage, Central Park has owned the hearts and imaginations of New Yorkers since opening to the public in 1858. Central Park radiates a timeless charm that can’t be found anywhere else in the city. So it comes as no surprise that couples schedule wedding photography sessions there. Don’t worry though. The location is so romantic that you’ll have no problem getting images that are unique and a genuine reflection of your love and excitement. For the most picturesque scenes, head to Gapstow Bridge or the park’s numerous tunnels and ponds.

 

 

Wedding photos are cherished mementos of one of the most important days in a woman’s life. The New York City bride is particularly lucky. With access to one of the most stunning cityscapes in the world, she can look forward to treasuring an album filled with unique and creative photos of her NYC wedding.

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