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 – Ceremony – Capitale – by Susan Shek
As guests gathered in the grand ballroom for Claire and James’ ceremony, they were greeted by a magnificent atmosphere that signaled this was going to be an incredible evening. A dramatic play of light and shadow filtered through the room marked by a soaring ornate coved ceiling and Corinthian columns. While impressive in size and spectacle, Capitale still offered a sense of intimacy and warmth that the couple envisioned for their wedding.
Part 3: Ceremony
“We knew we wanted everything to be classic, elegant, and romantic,” Claire recalls. When it came to ceremony décor, the bride kept it very simple and understated, choosing elements that would enhance the venue’s brilliant interior. The aisle was composed of a white runner accented with clusters of pillar candles set in stylish cylinder vases. The candlelit walkway led to a gilded wall topped with a Tiffany clock dated to 1895. The elegant backdrop encapsulated the old New York feel that so charmed the couple when they first saw the venue. Read More
Claire & James Wedding – Bride Groom – Capitale – by Susan Shek
“Non-traditional best describes my bridal style. I originally wanted to wear a black or red, but not everyone shared my same enthusiasm,” recalls featured bride Claire. She continues, “That was fine though, because I fell in love with my dress the moment I put it on.” Here, Claire talks about her striking Pnina Tornai gown and personal touches that she incorporate into the big day.
Part 2: Wedding Dress & Personals
Wedding dress shopping is often met with mixed emotions. Searching through rack after rack of gorgeous frocks is fun and exciting… up to a point. Then the pressure and anxiety starts to set in. Claire escaped this scenario. Her “say yes to the dress” story is the kind we all wish for. “After trying on about six dresses at Kleinfeld, I tried on my dress and knew immediately it was the one. Even the sample size fit like a glove. It was the perfect combination of classy and sexy.” The showstopper by Israeli designer Pnina Tornai featured a fitted silhouette with an exquisite lace top, which descended down into a silk, floor-length skirt. A sweeping lace panel train brought elegance and drama to the look. Read More
Emily & Daring Wedding – Battello Jersey City NJ – Dahlia Silver Dollar Seeded Euc Hydrangea Olive Branch Spray Tibet Rose Thistle Garland – Photography by Casey Fatchett
Sophisticated, bold, with a touch of whimsy, dahlias are one of those unique flowers that works well with just about any wedding style. Admired for their large blooms, intricate petals, and beautiful colors, they are a wonderful feature flower to incorporate in bouquets, centerpieces, and arrangements. There are many types of dahlias – 42 species in all and each different from the next. Our brides especially love using café au lait, cactus, and pompon dahlias to celebrate their big day. 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
Kate & Chase Wedding – Wedding Arch – Mansion at Natirar – by Sally Pinera
We love when our brides find ways to incorporate their passions into the wedding day celebration. Music is a very important part of Kate’s life. Her relationship with Chase deepened over their admiration for music. If their wedding were to be an authentic expression of their love for each other, music would have to be involved. This week, we talk with Kate about how combining floral decor with musical elements worked to create a wedding ceremony that exceeded all expectations.