Do you know which flower to give to friends and family born in November? Chrysanthemum, the month’s designated birth flower! Festive, eye-catching, and versatile, it’s also a wonderful bloom to incorporate into fall weddings. From bouquets to wedding cakes, we’ve rounded up pretty floral décor ideas with chrysanthemums, this month’s BB Bloom in Spotlight.
Chrysanthemums (commonly known as “mums”) were first cultivated in China where the flower was documented in writings as early as 15th century BC. Around 400 AD, the bloom was introduced to Japan. So taken by the flower’s beauty, the Japanese adopted it as the emperor’s crest and official seal. After being introduced to Europe in the 17th century, the chrysanthemum received its present day name, which derives from the Greek words “chrysos” meaning gold (its original color) and “anthemon” meaning flower. Cultivation over the years has produced various types and colors including white, red, and purple. In the language of flowers, the chrysanthemum represents longevity, fidelity, joy, and optimism. With attributes like these, it’s no wonder couples want the flower close by on their wedding day! Read More
Claire & James Wedding – Bride Groom – Capitale – by Susan Shek
The scene in Capitale’s Grand Ballroom looked like a luxurious party from the Gilded Age of New York. But the excited mood was very of the moment and the event about to unfold was all about celebrating a modern day love. Here, our featured bride Claire shares the final chapter of her Real BB wedding story.
Part 4: Reception, Décor, and Special Moments
After taking their seats, guests waited for the newlyweds to make their party arrival through the venue’s downstairs doors. But Claire and James had bigger plans. She recalls, “No one expected us to make an entrance from the balcony catwalk! It was perfect. ‘Signed Sealed Delivered’ by Stevie Wonder played as we walked down the spiral staircase and met all of our family and wedding party on the dance floor. We all immediately started dancing!” And with that, the tone was set for the rest of the night. Read More
If we had to make a list of our favorite flower fillers, Queen Anne’s lace would be at the top. What makes this delicate and expressive bloom so special is its versatility. Naturally growing in the wild, Queen Anne’s lace is often used in rustic arrangements. At the same time, it brings texture and lightness to more classic flower displays.
The story behind the flower is as interesting as its rounded, nest-like appearance. Queen Anne, the wife of King James I, was challenged by her friends to create lace as beautiful as flowers. While endeavored in her project, she pierced her finger. The flower’s red-purple center represents droplets of her blood. In the language of flowers, Queen Anne’s lace symbolizes sanctuary and protection. Read More
We can’t believe it’s almost June already! This time of year is particularly exciting for us at Bride & Blossom. Sure, the days are sun-filled and longer. And for whatever reason, a cocktail with lunch seems more acceptable. But, this is also the start of wedding season. After spending months working on designs with our clients, we finally get to see their floral fantasies come to life! Some of our favorite blooms are having their moment right now such as the ranunculus, Gerbera daisy, calla lilly, dendrobium orchid, and Phalaenopsis orchid. From bouquets and boutonnieres to centerpieces and sweetheart tables, here are gorgeous decor ideas for June wedding flowers. Read More
Kate & Chase – Mansion at Natirar – by Sally Pinera
After exchanging hilltop vows at Natirar Mansion, Kate and Chase welcomed guests to a breathtaking reception where décor expressed the couple’s romantic side. The warm and festive atmosphere combined with a fantastic performance from the couple’s wedding band had everyone partying well into the night. In today’s post, we present the final chapter in Kate and Chase’s Real B&B Wedding story.
Part 4: Reception, Centerpieces, Sweetheart Table
Kate and Chase’s picture perfect ceremony was followed by a celebratory cocktail hour. Guests mingled, enjoying delicious hors d’oeuvres and drinks while the Highline Quartet played music, putting a classical twist on modern hits. Afterward, everyone headed to the reception in Natirar Mansion’s Grand Ballroom where they were greeted by an enchanted scene. Read More
Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Wedding Portrait – Photo by Alexi Lubomirski – via vogue.com
From the bride and her dress to the music, decor, and guest list, the royal wedding between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry was full of firsts and delightful surprises. As expected, it was a grand event of poise and pageantry. But at the same time, the couple found ways to make their nuptials feel intimate, personal, and full of sentiment. Watching along with the rest of the world, we still sensed that Meghan and Harry had created a day for themselves, one that they will be able to look back on years from now knowing that they did it out of love and commitment to each other rather than to meet protocol and expectations. And as we learn new details, the idea that this was a royal wedding like never before becomes all the more true. Read More