November 10, 2017

Celebrity Fall Weddings We Love

With its golden glow and rich colors, fall casts a romantic allure that cannot be denied. Even celebrities succumb to the season’s intoxicating spell and plan their weddings from late September through early December. Just recently, two star weddings caught our eye – Kate Upton and Verlander and Colton Haynes and Jeff Leatham. While these weddings are drastically different in style, they are both heartfelt expressions that celebrate each couple’s love and personality.



What do you do when your one of the world’s top supermodels and your fiance’s baseball team has just won the World Series? You celebrate by getting married in Italy of course!
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Categories: Blog, Floral Arrangements and Decor Advice, Luxury Wedding Expertise


November 18, 2016

The Power of Flowers to Relieve Stress and Increase Productivity

With winter and the holidays fast approaching,  it’s easy to forget to take a moment to breathe and relieve stress trapped in the body.  If you find yourself looking for a simple way to reduce anxiety, give flowers a chance to brighten your perspective. In 2005, Rutgers University conducted a study on the effects of flowers on our mental hygiene.  Across all ages and genders, flowers were found to improve emotional health by triggering feelings of happiness, satisfaction, and social comfortability.

Peonies via Traditional Home

Peonies via Traditional Home


The easiest way to reap the benefits of flowers is to simply place them in your home. The results of a study conducted by Dr. Nancy Etcoff at Harvard suggest placing flowers by your bedside, so they’re the first thing you see when you wake up and start the day.  Participants reported having a better outlook throughout the morning after placing flowers throughout the house as they went about their morning routines.  Placing flowers in the foyer or dining room welcomes guests into your home with a burst of positivity and inclusivity.
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Categories: Blog, Luxury Wedding Expertise, Wedding Beauty, Your Inspiration Fix


November 14, 2016

A Rose By Any Other Name

With their versatility, deep-rooted symbolism and timeless appeal, roses are the perfect emblem of love to grace any wedding décor.  Our obsession with roses dates back to Ancient Rome, when roses were used to symbolize devotion to Venus, the goddess of love, beauty, and desire.  The rose is the official flower of the United States, the United Kingdom, and even New York.  Fossil evidence teaches us roses are over 35 million years old, with 150 species naturally growing across the Northern Hemisphere.  It wasn’t until the late eighteenth century that we began to breed roses and create thousands of hybrids in a wide range of colors and shapes.
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Categories: Blog, Types of Flowers


February 29, 2016

Bouquet Recipe: Pink and Green Accents

2.29 Bouquet Recipe
The classic combination of pink and green gets a fresh lift in this bouquet. White dahlias and white garden roses create a neutral backdrop that takes this color scheme from ultra-girly to elevated elegance. The subtle hints of green from seeded eucalyptus and monochromatic pinks in spray and light pink roses are the perfect touch.

Venue: Studio 450
Photography: Alicia Swedenborg

Categories: Blog, Floral Arrangements and Decor Advice


January 26, 2016

Bodega Chic Floral Class Recap

Last week, we held our monthly flower class at our gorgeous showroom in Midtown Manhattan. Our designer Dawn showed the class how to create stylish contemporary arrangements using flowers that are readily available at the corner deli. We were truly inspired by the amount of creativity and talent our students demonstrated (many of them were first timers!). Each interpretation of the lesson was original and really proved that intuition and personality play an integral role in flower arranging. Trust your instincts!

We are currently brewing a batch of new classes for the next few months and cannot be more excited to get the schedule up next week (stay tuned). We will be hosting classes on creating unique succulent terrariums, stunning flower head wreaths and English garden arrangements, to name a few.
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Categories: Blog, News & Events


December 28, 2015

Whimsical Winter Vow Renewal

winter vow renewal alexis june ocativa and brown

What could be more romantic than a wedding? This vintage-inspired vow renewal ceremony, designed by Dee Kay Events at Octavia & Brown Studio, will affirm your belief that love lasts long beyond the honeymoon phase. Mary and Eric celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary with a ceremony designed to honor everything they have gone through as a couple, and the strength of their still-deepening love.

Alisa Tongg led the couple in a hand fast, an ancient ritual that has been making a comeback in contemporary weddings.

Long ago, the exchanging of rings was only possible for the very rich. Ordinary people would pledge themselves to each other, often in a field, and symbolically have their hands fasted together with a piece of ribbon, cord or cloth. The phrases ‘tying the knot’ and ‘bond of matrimony’ are thought to stem from this practice. Alissa Tongg via Dee Kay Events

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Categories: Blog, Bride & Blossom Weddings