Here at Bride and Blossom, we love all weddings, but to us, summer weddings are especially magical! The summer foliage is lush and in bloom, creating a gorgeous backdrop for a stunning New York bride. As this season is utterly romantic, summer weddings are full of their own perfume indeed, yet also has inspired the perfumista in us all!
The olfactive sense, which is our ability to recognize scents, is the first sense we develop and acts as a gateway to memories. We often remember the surrounding scents in the air when recalling far-off memories from long ago. The scent of freshly cut grass, warm cookies from the oven, or cobblestones glistening and wet from a spring rain.
Perfume impregnates our memories much the same way. You’ve probably heard of the concept of having a “signature scent,” perfume that heralds your presence, is associated with you, and becomes part of your identity. This is a lovely idea for everyday, but in the same vein that you wouldn’t wear your favorite work outfit to get married, why would you wear the same perfume that you wear every day for your wedding?
Choosing a special scent for your wedding elevates your overall experience and gives you and your soon–to-be spouse a full sensory feast that you can recall with a quick spritz anytime you wish. Immediately, frilly florals come to mind for a blushing bride, but depending on your setting and venue, you may opt for something a bit more like the scented equivalent of a little black dress like this perfume from bridal designer, Reem Acra.
With so many fragrances to choose from and different bridal styles to match them with, we met with a few NY based experts for their suggestions. Luxury fragrance brands Diptyque and Acqua di Parma give us their advice on the best pairings for some of our favorite New York wedding venues.
We spoke to Brian Kurtz, Director of Sales for North America for Acqua di Parma. The venerable Italian niche perfume brand has been a luxury beacon for fragrance lovers across the globe since 1916. We spoke to Mr. Kurtz for his pairing with the iconic venue, The New York Public Library.
Mr. Kurtz: “For the New York Public Library we chose to pair naturally elegant Rosa Nobile from Acqua di Parma. It is a perfect match for the classic beauty of this majestic venue.”
Rosa Nobile pays tribute to the Queen of flowers from noble gardens surrounding Italian palaces. Faithful to its roots, Acqua di Parma chose a strictly Italian version of the Rosa Centifolia that comes from a limited, organic cultivation: a small rose garden in the historic Northern Italian city of Alba. “
B&B: Why is Rose Nobile a perfect scent to wear on your wedding day?
Mr. Kurtz: “Rosa Nobile is an exceedingly romantic and intimately aristocratic fragrance.”
We love the idea of feeling like a Queen on your wedding a day and being surrounded by a cloud of soft roses! And if roses aren’t your favorite bloom, the brand has an entire garden of flowers for you to choose from as well! Here is their Nobile Garden collection, which includes Magnolia, Jasmine, and Peony scents.
The Parisian luxury brand, Diptyque, is the ultimate in sophisticated and unique French niche perfumes. We spoke with the intimate boutique, located at 242 Mott Street in New York’s Nolita neighborhood, to see which of the French brand’s perfumes would be best paired with the romantic New York Botanical Gardens. Mr. Tangi Bourbon-Gallou, Store Manager, gave us more insight on the best scents.
Mr. Bourbon-Gallou: “Ofrésia is a delicate light floral perfume and is reminiscent of morning freshness of a Botanical Garden. It is pristine white Freesia steeped in vibrant black pepper.”
B&B: Many brides have a gown for the ceremony and then something more fun and daring for the reception. Would you suggest a change in fragrances, as well?
Mr. Bourbon-Gallou: “If Ofrésia is the fragrance of your wedding day, Olene would be the one for your wedding night. Olene is a sumptuous bouquet of white flowers such as narcissus, jasmine and honeysuckle.
Olene is for the soft summer night under a pergola where you will spend an hour or two remembering the most beautiful and unique day of your life.”
B&B: Why is Diptyque a perfect brand to wear on your wedding day?
Mr. Bourbon-Gallou: “Diptyque Fragrances are meaningful, are infused with emotions and have a story. Ofrésia, for example, is a stroll in the Normandy garden of two of the Diptyque founders.”
How chic to be scented like a Parisian bouquet while saying your vows amongst the flowering landscape of the Botanical Gardens!
Whichever the venue for your wedding day, be sure to take time to consider your perfume. Scent sears itself into your memory and a special perfume chosen for your wedding, much like the gown you will wear, will be an unforgettable souvenir for you to savor. Unlike your gown, though, you’ll be able to wear it again and again to bring back memories of that moment for years to come!
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