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July 11, 2017

Venues We Love: The Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club

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Summer is officially here, and we can’t think of a better venue to feature than the Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club. Located just steps away from the water, the club embodies the relaxed sophistication that has come to define the Hamptons lifestyle.

The Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club attracts couples desiring a private beachfront wedding for many reasons. A ceremony on the dunes is intimate, offering stunning views overlooking the ocean. Receptions usually take place in the spacious clubhouse with a bar area, dance floor, and ballroom. Guests have unlimited access to the beach and decks where they can enjoy the fresh ocean breeze and scenery. And couples can rest assured knowing that their wedding will be flawless from start to finish thanks to the venue’s specialized staff and exclusive caterers Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs, with 30 years of experience in the industry.

Bride & Blossom’s experience working on weddings at the Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club has been inspiring and left us with nothing but the fondest memories. A remarkable venue, it is not only luxurious, but also offers versatility in style and atmosphere to meet any bride’s expectations, whether she dreams of a laid-back gathering or a black-tie affair.

 

Becca & Dave - Brideghampton Tennis & Surf Club - Reception - Low Centerpieces - photography by Andre Maier

Becca & Dave – Brideghampton Tennis & Surf Club – Bride – Bridesmaids – Bouquets – photography by Andre Maier

 

Beach Boho Chic

There’s just something about a beach wedding that makes kicking off your shoes seem perfectly acceptable. We envision the bride with her hair down and in a gorgeous, relaxed tulle gown embellished with a shimmering bridal belt. Right by her side are the bridesmaids who wear flowing, flirty patterned dresses and flower crowns in their hair.

 

Becca & Dave - Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club - Bridesmaids - Bouquets - photography by Andre Maier

Becca & Dave – Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club – Bridesmaids – Bouquets – photography by Andre Maier

 

The bridal party carries lush hand-tied bouquets showcasing a myriad of flowers in soft ivory and pink hues. Roses, ranunculus, and nerine are accented with eucalyptus and ruscus to create a very natural, textured look.

 

 

Guests walk into the reception where they are welcomed by a dreamy inviting atmosphere. Table centerpieces feature crystal candelabras surrounded by lovely arrangements of white Tibet roses. Additional centerpieces are composed with cylinder vases of various sizes that are filled with white flowers submerged in water and topped with a floating candle.

 

 

The newly married couple takes their seat at a beautiful sweetheart table. A bountiful spray of white hydrangea, roses, and orchids adorns the front of the table, which is situated against a chiffon draped archway embellished with blossoms and candlelight.

 

Classic White On the Sand

Carly and Andrew - White Bridal Bouquet - Bridgehampton Surf & Tennis Club -Photography by Katie Kett

Carly & Andrew – Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club – Bride – Bouquet – Roses – Tablescape – Photography by Katie Kett

 

Just because you are getting married outdoors with the sand under your feet doesn’t mean a classic white wedding is out of the question. In fact, a crystal beach with sparkling blue waters complements a formal ceremony beautifully. With her hair pulled back into an elegant bun, the bride wears a traditional, strapless gown with a lovely bow-adorned belt and full skirt. The bridal party also wears understated, white gowns, but their hair has been left down, offering a nice contrast that accentuates their bride’s sophisticated look.

 

Carly and Andrew - Bridal Party -Bridgehampton Surf and Tennis club - Photography by Katie Kett

Carly & Andrew – Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club – Bride – Bridesmaids – Bouquets – Photography by Katie Kett

 

The bride carries a round bouquet composed of white David Austin garden roses and ranunculus tied together with an ivory satin ribbon. Her bridesmaids’ bouquets are a fresh display of white hydrangea.

Before a captivating ocean view, the bride and groom exchange vows under a simple wooden chuppah. The structure is adorned with eucalyptus, white Tibet roses and dahlias and ivory spray roses. The natural arrangement of the flowers evokes the impression of a blooming rose bush.

 

 

The reception radiates an ambiance of timeless beauty. Guests sit down to a wonderful all-white tablescape displaying various arrangements of hydrangea, garden roses, frilly tulips, and ranculus. Long ivory taper candles and votive candles in glass holders cast an intimate and pleasant mood to carry everyone though the rest of the night.

 

 

The Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club has all the features for a stunning and unforgettable Hamptons wedding. The magnificent views, private beach, and stylish clubhouse give the feeling that you’ve been whisked off to a remote paradise. It is no wonder that the Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club is a favorite wedding venue, appealing to brides with styles ranging from classic to romantic to bohemian.

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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 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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May 31, 2017

Venues We Love: The Liberty Warehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn

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Bride & Blossom has had the opportunity to work at the most iconic wedding venues in New York City. Out of all the decisions a bride must make, choosing where she will get married is one of the most important. And nothing brings us more joy than collaborating with a bride to transform a space into a beautiful, wedding-perfect setting that expresses her style, personality, and love.

 

Amanda and Donald - Ceremony View - Liberty Warehouse - Photography by South Eleventh

Amanda and Donald – Ceremony View – Liberty Warehouse – Photography by South Eleventh

 

We are excited to announce the Venues We Love series, weekly blog posts profiling the top places for a wedding in the NYC area. First up is The Liberty Warehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

What makes the Liberty Warehouse so special is its history, charm, and versatility. Located on Pier 41, the building dates to the 1850s and offers sweeping views of the New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty. Couples can plan their wedding here around the use of multiple rooms and a waterside promenade. They have the option of having an outdoor ceremony on the promenade or a more intimate ceremony in a room inside. Reserved for receptions, the main, large room has floor-to-ceiling windows, which flood the space with natural light. Raw wooden beams and exposed brick add to the interior’s relaxed and inviting atmosphere.

The Liberty Warehouse strikes the perfect balance between beauty and comfort. The abundance of natural light and wood enhance floral design and styling to stunning effect. Every bride is unique. And we love how the look and feel of this venue can go from classic elegance to vintage romance to urban garden.

Chuppahs and Wedding Arches: A focal point of the ceremony, chuppahs and wedding arches are a statement made by the couple as they enter their new life together. For outdoor ceremonies at The Liberty Warehouse, these symbolic structures are set up at the promenade’s apex where guests look on as the couple exchanges vows against a picturesque backdrop. A lovely chuppah made of white birch branches adorned with yellow and white blooms and lush greenery expresses nature’s splendor. A floral arch of pink and white roses encapsulates a modern day fairy tale. A small, indoor ceremony showcases a chuppah embellished with a romantic palette of red, pink, and white flowers with greenery accents.

 

 

Ambiance: One of the most distinct aspects of The Liberty Warehouse is how the interior’s mood changes, depending on the season and time of day. During a ceremony and reception, it’s remarkable to watch as the dazzling sunlight gives way to evening’s soft, golden glow.

 

 

Table Décor: The venue’s adaptability offers creative room to play. This means table décor can be expressive and full of sentiment. High, round centerpieces exude sophisticated elegance. Medium size arrangements mixing colorful blossoms with fresh greenery radiate an air of natural grace. Low centerpieces of vibrant, seasonal flowers create a garden of enchantment for guests to enjoy.

 

 

Unique Features: The Liberty Warehouse is marked with unique features that can be worked into wedding décor and activities. The ladies can look forward to getting ready in a bridal party suite, which is fully equipped and perfect for memorable “before” photos. For outdoor ceremonies, adorn the white chairs that line the aisle with gorgeous floral accents. During indoor ceremonies, illuminate the aisle with pillar candles.

 

 

The Liberty Warehouse has much to offer a bride and groom on their special day. The history and beauty make it one of New York City’s most beloved wedding venues. And let’s not forget about those views! Just think about how stunning your wedding photos will be!

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May 8, 2017

Flower Feature: Peony

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The peony is a gorgeous flower admired for its impressive bloom, lush petals, and unique texture. Mainly found in white, peonies also grow in an array of hues from light pink and purple to a deeper red.

 

Single Pink Peony - Perfect Peonies - by Kathy Woodard - via The Garden Glove.com

Single Pink Peony – Perfect Peonies – by Kathy Woodard – via The Garden Glove.com

 

Nearly unrecognizable in the early bloom stage, the peony starts out as a tightly condensed flower bud. Once the bud is cut and placed in warm water, the petals begin to open up. It continues to expand until becoming this elaborate, beautiful flower full of color, texture, and dimension. Though it looks delicate, the peony in full bloom is prized for its sturdy foliage and low maintenance care.

 

 

A particularly old genus and highly valued throughout the world, peonies hold significant symbolic and mythological meaning. In wedding practice, the peony represents a happy marriage, wealth, romance, and honor, making it a perfect flower for decor, gifts and offerings.

 

Fully Opened Pink Peony - Perfect Peonies - by Kathy Woodard - via The Garden Glove.com

Fully Opened Pink Peony – Perfect Peonies – by Kathy Woodard – via The Garden Glove.com

 

Peonies are one of the oldest species of flowers, dating back to 1,000 B.C with origins in Asia, specifically China. A traditional floral symbol of China, the bloom is referred to as “the king of flowers.” Representing riches and honor, it is symbolically used in Chinese art. In addition to its beauty, the peony was valued for its medicinal properties. Roots and seeds were said to cure over twenty different illnesses, including teething pain, snake bite wounds, and epilepsy. Once the flower became known in the Americas, it was imported for spring and summer weddings of the wealthy.

 

 

There are two common myths relating the peony to Greek mythology. The first myth states that the peony was named after Paeon, the Greek physician of the gods. Paeon was a student of medicine under Aesculapius, and used the peony root to heal Pluto. Once Aesculapius found out, he became enraged with jealousy and tried to kill Paeon. To save Paeon’s life, Pluto transformed him into a Peony flower. Pluto’s act bestowed the flower with compassionate meaning, elevating it to be respected and praised by all. The second myth ties the peony to a nymph named Paeonia. She was beautiful and attracted the attention of Apollo. Upon learning that Aphrodite was watching, Paeonia became bashful and turned bright red. This angered Apollo. So the God turned Paeonia into a red peony, and the flower became a symbol of bashfulness in the flower kingdom.

Peonies are a beautiful bloom. Working with them in wedding arrangements requires thought and care as you want them to open up the perfect amount on the day of the wedding. To avoid browning, try to use the flowers when they are in season (April through June) and avoid taking them out of water too early. Available in a variety of colors, they look lovely on their own or as a perfect complement to other blooms. As a flower feature for your wedding day, this one-of-a-kind flower looks extraordinary in bridal bouquets and centerpiece arrangements.

 

 

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