Articles Tagged 'wedding decor'

February 16, 2017

The Sweetheart Table


Celebrating your big day with family and friends while being close to your newlywed is what makes the day so magical and fires up the romance of it all. As we know, wedding days can get a little hectic amongst the greetings, pictures, dancing and toasts. It can appear to fly by in the blink of an eye! We know how special this day is, how much planning goes into it and, at the end of the day, the bride and groom’s main purpose is to be with one another. At your wedding reception, having a special place for the two of you to catch up and enjoy each other during the excitement is something we find extremely special and essential. Creating a ‘Sweetheart Table’ for two is a great way to find your alone time while still being involved with guests and adored by all. This not only makes the sweetheart table a great concept, but it also adds another decorative feature to your venue. We have a few great tips and tricks on making your sweetheart table one to be admired by all and adding an extra touch of enchantment to your special day.


Sweetheart Table - Modern Style - Garden Party via Style Me Pretty

Sweetheart Table – Modern Style – Garden Party via Style Me Pretty


The first thing to decipher in the process of building your perfect sweetheart table is its type or shape. This tends to be the focal point of the room, as it is separated from the other guests’ tables. Sometimes, it is positioned across the dance floor, and other times it’s placed at the head of the room. There are many options to choose from and couples mostly lean towards a single round table or a rectangular shape for two. Many couples use their imagination to come up with outside-the-box ideas like a wine barrel or mirrored tables. While this is preference-based, we find that both shapes work well for specific styles and venues. Round silhouette works great in an indoor venue, one that’s romantic, classic and more ornamental. Rectangular tables work beautifully for an outdoor wedding environment due to their symmetry with nature, while also having a rustic or authentic look to them.

After choosing your table structure, the next step is to pick complementary seating. This is where you can really get creative and have some fun! There are many options, whether it’s two single chairs, a bench, a loveseat couch or even floor cushions. Depending on your wedding theme, using a funky seating arrangement can add that innovative feature and be a focal point statement. For example, if you’re having a vintage décor inspired wedding, incorporating two old-fashioned tufted velour chairs is a gorgeous option to play into the style. Yet, for a black tie modern affair, incorporating two straight lined black and white chairs would emphasize the sleekness and the ambiance. It is important to remember that these are your seats for the entire night and even though you want them to stand out as part of the overall design, you need to make sure they are comfortable enough for you and your loved one.



Since the first steps of choosing the table and chairs are now complete, it’s time to add the décor. The physical table is a design element on its own, yet incorporating details like linens, flowers, signage and candles can really make it pop! Deciding whether you would like to cover the table with linens or simply leave the wood or glass uncovered can create a design detail on its own. Many like to use luscious creams and white linens, while some add glitter, sequins or colorful options to make a statement. Having a wooden table is a beautiful feature for themed weddings and ties in charmingly with an outside setting. While thinking of adding florals to the piece, it is popular to feature one large arrangement at the front of the sweetheart table that sits perfectly between the two place settings. It is also common to use a floral or greenery garland that drapes from one side of the table to the other, often hanging onto the floor for a whimsical touch. If you feel like you would rather keep the table looking a little bit cleaner, adding flower arrangements to the bottom of the table and around the perimeter is another beautiful option. After flowers are all set, candles complete the look! Many don’t realize the vast variety of candles that can be used in wedding design. Including elements such as mercury glass votive, ornate candlesticks, raw candles and crystals always dresses up the table. For most weddings, mood lighting sets the tone, and this is a way to achieve a private romantic ambiance. A few other small touches include signage that reads “Mr. & Mrs.” or possibly a monogram or quotes. It’s a cute touch that makes it fun while adding personal flare.



Lastly, now that the table and décor have been decided, it is extremely important to choose your sweetheart table’s backdrop. For some venues, this is an easy fix as they have a gorgeous mantle to be decorated behind you or floor-to-ceiling windows with a water view. Sometimes, this is a perfect final touch without taking away from the design of your table. In other cases, if you’re having your wedding in a raw space, there may not be a pretty wall to line up along, so we have a few ideas for creating your own sweetheart table backdrop. One of our favorites here at Bride and Blossom is a flower wall behind the table. You can stick to neutrals or add pops of color for an enchanting scene. If you are looking for a country approach, building a shiplap wood wall with pictures and greenery could be the best route to take. Some more creative ideas include large hanging picture frames, flowered altars and handmade folding doors. Getting creative will ensure a picturesque scene for everyone to remember. Another small trick to finishing your complete look is placing the table on a small lift so that all of your guests can see exactly where you are and you get a better view of your reception.



Remembering that it is your day and making time for each other is our most important tip! Enjoy the company, laugh together and be swept away with the romantic ambiance of your perfect sweetheart table.



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February 15, 2017

Flower Feature – Hydrangea


One of the most beautiful and well-known species in the flower kingdom, is hydrangea. Hydrangea originated in many regions of the world, including North and South America, Europe and Asia. Now worldwide, they are very famous and a popular flower grown in gardens, while also being used at special occasions and weddings. Offering a variety of species in the kingdom, it is most famous for its hydrangea and Dutch hydrangea variety. The hydrangea species is famous for its large soft clusters and overwhelming beauty in its natural state. The hydrangea flower is grown on a hydrangea bush in single clusters containing multiple little flowers and blooms. Though each individual flower is very small, hydrangea’s florets are known for coming in full round clusters at the top of a single stem.


White Hydrangea Bouquet - A Modern Style - via Martha Stewart Weddings

White Hydrangea Bouquet-A Modern Style- via Martha Stewart Weddings


Hydrangea are most popular and known for their pure white petals, yet they are also grown in a variety of colors including purple, blue and pink. A small fact that many don’t know about hydrangea is that the color of the hydrangea flowers depends on the acidity of the soil they are grown in. This can determine whether they will produce, for example, blue or white flowers. Offering a complete range of colors, Dutch hydrangea bloom in a little more variety of colors than the average hydrangea, including white, green, and all shades of pink, blue and purple.



Hydrangea, though grown in many parts of the world,  thrive in moist soil with partial shade and die instantly when exposed to direct sunlight and heat. Another fact about the hydrangea is that they are the ‘camel’ of the flower world,  meaning they require and flourish off a huge amount of water. Hydrangea need to drink excessive amounts of water a day to stay crisp, fresh and silky. They get their name from the Greek word ‘hydro’, which means water, and ‘angeion’ which stands for vessel. This symbolic name is very fitting, since this species requires a lot of water to grow and lasts a long time.


Blue Hydrangea - Haute Hydrangea - photo by Hamptons Hostess

Blue Hydrangea – Haute Hydrangea – photo by Hamptons Hostess


Representing honesty, gratitude and the thought of giving, hydrangea makes for the perfect package for many occasions. Another aspect of this species is that its unique look can adapt to many wedding styles. From classic, romantic, modern, colorful or even neutral styles, hydrangea can modify and complement their surroundings beautifully. Hydrangea are a staple flower in the summer and spring, but are also used for special occasions during the other seasons. As we mentioned earlier, hydrangea are offered in blooms of white, purple, blue and pink, making them the perfect statement piece that complements both arrangements and brides. These flowers look beautiful and delicate, yet are very strong and have a long vase life with plenty of water. They are a classic choice, and one that complements each and every occasion.




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December 2, 2016

Interview with Designer Danielle Becker of Lefty’s Right Mind


Danielle Becker

Danielle Becker


Danielle Becker is a mixed media artist and the founder of Lefty’s Right Mind, a design and marketing company that serves to bracket her many talents and services.  Growing up in an artistic household, Danielle Becker was drawn from the very beginning to all types of crafts and traditional mediums.  To this end, her wide array of talents across multiple platforms is rooted in hands-on art making and a commitment to unbound creativity.

From chalk and mirror art, to signage and logo design, to wedding invitations and decor, Danielle’s vast and varied skills allow her to approach events and branding from many angles while always contributing her unique artistic style to any project. We spoke with Danielle about her design process, working with brides & grooms, and the value of the handwritten word in our progressively digital world.

First, I’d love to know how you accumulated so many talents and skills, and how you went about bringing them all together to form Lefty’s Right Mind. 

Since I can remember, the creative world was always such a strong and prominent influence in my life.  From a young age, craft projects were a constant in my house from drawing and painting, to beading and friendship bracelet making.  I don’t remember a single time I didn’t ask my parents for art supplies for my birthday.  I’d set up “art stations” for when babysitters came over, and I’d always play “stationary store” with my friends.  I grew up with my Mom running her own party planning company out of the house, so her ribbon racks and stationary books were always steps away.  For me, being creative was intuitive and something I never had to work at. Believe me, comparing my struggles of standardized testing to ceramics and painting, I knew what a natural ability felt like!


Chalk Design / Danielle Becker / Lefty's Right Mind

Chalk Design / Danielle Becker / Lefty’s Right Mind


I have to say, I couldn’t have started Lefty’s Right Mind without the support of my parents.  I wouldn’t be a designer if it weren’t for them.  They supported me 100% when my school curriculum was full of art classes and I had their unwavering support when I decided I wanted to go to art school for college.  They exposed me to all kinds of design, and that’s why I believe my skill set and talents are so diverse.  They knew I was born with a natural visual eye, and they let me follow my dreams. That’s how I came up the name of my company, Lefty’s Right Mind.  I’m a lefty, who is in her right mind, the mind she was born into and the one she is following.  It’s also a double entendre because the right side of the brain is where creativity comes from.

I believe in doing what you love and I feel beyond lucky to have the opportunity to live my dream.  I am able to build a life for myself doing what makes me happiest and what I am truly passionate about.  Lefty’s Right Mind developed from the simple fact that I didn’t want to narrow my scope. I wanted to keep the broad range of talents I developed since I was young, and I wanted to build on them.  I wanted to guarantee myself the opportunity to keep learning new skills and to never stop growing.  And above of all, I love sharing my passion and what I love most, with others.  If my artwork brings a special wedding day memory, a smile given with a gift, or becomes a piece of one’s home, well then I think I’ve made my mark.  What else could an artist ask for!


Mirror Design / Danielle Becker / Lefty's Right Mind

Mirror Design / Danielle Becker / Lefty’s Right Mind


Monogrammed Napkins / Danielle Becker / Lefty's Right Mind

Monogrammed Napkins / Danielle Becker / Lefty’s Right Mind


Can you tell me more about the chalk design and calligraphy you do? In such a digital-heavy world, do you think we’re more drawn to and impacted by beautiful handwritten design?

One thing people always say about me is that I am an old soul.  Technically yes, I am considered a millennial, but that mindset is one I can’t seem to grasp.  If I could rid electronics and go back to the days of land lines and snail mail, I’d be there already.

I told myself when I started college that I never wanted to become reliant on the computer.  I think most people can be trained to design electronically, but what you can’t teach is raw talent.  I decided that what was going to set me apart from the pack, was that my hand feel would never be lost.  Don’t get me wrong, I do not take my computer training and electronic skill sets I’ve developed for granted.  They are extremely useful and wonderful tools.  They also help a lot with time efficiency and of course, easier clean up.  Although I am a trained graphic designer, I always take time to get off of the computer and work by hand.  That’s why I love the balance that Lefty’s Right Mind offers.


Invitation / Danielle Becker / Lefty's Right Mind

Invitation / Danielle Becker / Lefty’s Right Mind


I absolutely believe we are more drawn to handwritten design because it is seemingly disappearing with the growing technological world we live in.  It’s much more common to see a child playing on an iPad then playing with crayons. That’s why I am so proud of my chalk artwork.  It encompasses all the skills that I have learned, but is most loved for the handwork and detailing.

What is your design process like? Do you typically know right away what direction you want to take or is it a lot of trial and error?

One of my strengths and something I take great pride in is my ability to be able to listen and understand what a client is looking for.  When I start a project I first chat with the client about what are they looking for.  I have them send me inspiration of things they like and things they don’t like.  The latter is very important to me personally, because I believe it’s easier for someone to understand what they don’t want, opposed to what they do.  I gain a strength for my designs off of the initial feedback I get from the client.

My creative juices are always flowing, so typically and fortunately, my ideas stream easily.  There are definitely times where I struggle and the direction takes a bit longer to develop, but overall my head is full and raring to go.


Photobooth Props / Danielle Becker / Lefty's Right Mind

Photobooth Props / Danielle Becker / Lefty’s Right Mind


What are the first questions you ask yourself when you begin the branding process for a new company or product?

The first question I ask myself when I begin a branding project is what is the company trying to portray with this visual branding and how do they want to be represented.  It’s very easy to get carried away once you’re in the design zone, so I continue to check in every few hours with those important bullet points to make sure I don’t stray from the task at hand. I always make sure that my designs depict the client’s initial vision before they review it.

It’s such a special, individualized experience designing for weddings. What is it that speaks to you specifically about working with brides and grooms?

The fact that a couple would instill their trust in me to create artwork for their special day, is in itself such a flattering and beautiful gift. Many dream their whole lives about getting married and of their wedding day, so who wouldn’t want to be a part of someone’s happiest of days. I’m a hopeless romantic and a sucker for fairy tales! It’s an honor for me to be a part of something so magical.


Wedding Sign / Danielle Becker / Lefty's Right Mind

Wedding Sign / Danielle Becker / Lefty’s Right Mind


Tell me about your latest pursuits or projects? 

My mom and I have started a business together.  dBb Group is 30 years in the making.  Town Crier Paperworks and Lefty’s Right Mind join together to help you realize your dream for Lifestyle, Social, Corporate Events and branding for any occasion.  If you can envision it, we can make it happen.  While I, Lefty’s Right Mind will be heading up the art department, my mom will be reviving her company, Town Crier Paperworks, which was started in 1986.  TCP’s main focus will be on the event planning side of things.  Ultimately, we will be working on all projects as one team, but it was important at the same time for us to keep our own identities. We’ve been an unofficial team since I could remember, and the time has come to make it a true business!

More on Lefty’s Right Mind at:
and on Instagram at @leftysrightmind


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July 1, 2016

Breathtaking Floral Ceilings


Nothing quite takes your breath away like walking beneath a sky of levitated blooms. Ethereal and whimsical, a floral ceiling is the most dramatic way to transform a space and is guaranteed to wow your guests.


Floral Ceiling / Hudson Hotel / Cait J McCarthy Photography


So how are floral ceilings actually constructed?

“The ease of the on-site installation process really depends on the venue and what we have to work with,” explains Creative Director Lindsay Saltz, “Some venues have the perfect ceilings to attach wires and other necessary mechanics to…and others not so much. But once we get going and develop a rhythm, the actual hanging of the flowers becomes fairly easy. We mostly rely on wires and string to create a hanging treatment or chandelier.”



Similar to floral ceilings, suspended floral backdrops are trending as an alternative to archways or flanked arrangements for ceremonies. “Flower walls became popular but require a lot of flowers, so not exactly budget-friendly for everyone,” says Lindsay,  “While the suspended blooms aren’t necessarily cost-effective, depending on what we use and how elaborate it is, it’s more or less the same as an archway – and creates a really creative and unique look that your guests will never forget.”


Floral Ceiling / Jiao + Chuang / Hudson Hotel / Cait J McCarthy Photography

Floral Ceiling / Jiao + Chuang / Hudson Hotel / Cait J McCarthy Photography


The possibilities surrounding suspended blooms are endless – whether it’s a stretch of roses leading to the altar, a floral chandelier at the reception, or simply a full-coverage ceiling of blooms – if you’re going for jaw-dropping flower-drama, levitation is your friend.



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June 29, 2016

On Wednesdays, We Like Pink


According to color psychologists, seeing the color pink triggers feelings of being nurtured and understood. Pink calms the fiery passion of red, creating a more gentle and loving energy.  “Pink really lends itself to weddings and we see a lot of it, especially with pale pink being on trend,” says Creative Director Lindsay Saltz, “What’s so great about it is it’s fun and romantic while still being sophisticated – if done right…We get a lot of grooms who get nervous when their fiancée will take out the pink inspiration board or have an all-pink Pinterest board.”


Pink can be tricky – if you push too much pink against a poorly matched venue or combine too many tones and textures, things can quickly go from charming to childish. “Our goal is to make sure the wedding doesn’t look like Barbie’s birthday party so we’re super careful in what we use it in, how much of it we use and the shades we select when we design the wedding.”

“…Overall, if the client wants a pink wedding, we’ll make sure to incorporate some creams, white and greens into the mix so it’s not so overwhelming, and maybe also use a champagne linen as well. Just because you have a “theme color” doesn’t mean it has to be everywhere and in everything – there should always be a nice balance.”

Whether pink is your statement color or simply an accent in your wedding décor, the options for its inclusion are endless.  Today, many brides and wedding planners are expanding beyond pink bouquets and centerpieces and finding creative ways to incorporate the classic color.  Here, we take a look at some of today’s fun celeb brides who have not been shy with their love of all things PINK.

Portia De Rossi 

Portia De Rossi / Pink Wedding Dress / via

Portia De Rossi / Pink Wedding Dress by Zac Posen / via


With a traditional cream-colored halter top, a blush-tinted tulle skirt was an effective subtle accent in Zac Posen’s designs. Designing both of their bridal looks, adding a touch of pink to Portia’s skirt gave both brides a complementing color and romantic style.

Gwen Stefani 

Gwen Stefani / Pink Wedding Dress / via

Gwen Stefani / Pink Wedding Dress by John Galliano / via


Wanting her dress to stay away from any traditional vibe, Gwen Stefani was able to spray paint her John Galliano white silk gown with a pink hue. The ombre style captured her colorful personality, but did not take away from her special day. Carrying a small bouquet allowed the attention to stay on her unique bridal look.

Anne Hathaway 

Anne Hathaway / Pink Wedding Dress / via

Anne Hathaway / Pink Wedding Dress by Valentino / via


Other than diamonds, tulle may be a girls’ best friend– at least on her wedding day. Showcasing a traditional look, Valentino incorporated a soft pink ombre in Anne Hathaway’s gown. The detail was able to show colorfully against the pure white of her full length veil.

Jessica Biel 

Jessica Biel / Pink Wedding Dress / via

Jessica Biel / Pink Wedding Dress by Giambattista Valli Haute Couture / via


Jessica Biel knew she wanted to stay away from a traditional white color when searching for her bridal gown and choosing a pink floral Giambattista Valli Haute Couture piece. Though the original dress was created in a fuchsia tone, the designer suggested a lighter pink. Biel complimented the dress’ flattering shade with a white and green bouquet.

Reese Witherspoon 

Reese Witherspoon / Pink Wedding Dress / via

Reese Witherspoon / Pink Wedding Dress by Monique Lhuillier / via


Reese Witherspoon’s southern-chic wedding was complimented by her pink look. Though traditional, she did not wear white until the reception. Her custom blush Monique Lhuillier gown was detailed with a Chantilly lace bodice and full A-line skirt. The white veil and cream bouquet brightened the blush coloring.



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May 4, 2016

Bridal Beauty at The Ritz-Carlton Battery Park


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One of the best parts of working with Bride & Blossom is having the opportunity to hear the amazing love stories of our brides. Liza and Jesse’s story is no exception!

“Jesse’s sister Carly introduced me to Jesse at her Hanukkah party several years ago. My close friend from college grew up in the same town as Jesse and is close friends with Carly. It took Jesse almost a year to ask me out, but after our first date, the rest was history. Being married to Jesse makes me feel like the luckiest girl!”


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We think she’s pretty lucky too, especially helping to create a classic ambiance for her traditional wedding at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park. Liza went with a clean, simple color palette in shades of white and ivory with blush accents that popped against the dominant neutrals she chose. With a show-stopping venue like The Ritz-Carlton, she knew better than to overdo it on décor, and let the setting add to the classy, romantic mood.


“My most memorable moments of my wedding day began with my mom buttoning my gown and my dad seeing me for the first time. At the event, the most special moments were seeing Jesse’s smile as I walked down the aisle and being surrounded by our closest friends and family on the dance floor. It was the most magical night of our lives!”


ritz carlton battery park, fred marcus photography, bouquet

We loved working on this stunning and deceptively simple bouquet for Liza to carry down the aisle. 30 cream vendela roses were hand-tied with ribbon that complemented the bride’s dress, and the groom’s boutonniere contained a single cream vendela rose wrapped in ribbon that matched the bride’s bouquet.


low centerpiece - ritz-carlton battery park wedding in NYC - photography by fred marcus


Gorgeous high centerpieces of white hydrangeas and blush-colored roses accented with tall, floating votives decorated some tables, while lower flower arrangements mixed with the same tall floating votives created transparent levels where guests would be seated. Overall, the mood was classic, chic, and 100% New York City bride.


All photos by Fred Marcus Photography


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