Avalon Wedding Florist : Alex & Brendan at Icona Golden Inn

We're at the peak of summer here, meaning we are flooded with seagulls, ocean water and sandy toes everywhere we look.  It's no surprise why brides get married down the shore - it's the ultimate destination for relaxation, daydreams and playful romance.  There's nothing quite like the smell of salty air or the sound of crashing waves to create a retreat from the real world.

Alex and Brendan's wedding at Icona Golden Inn was the epitome of summer lovin'.  We loved Alex's take on styling for her shore wedding - her use of nautical elements were very subtle, and while her color selections matched perfectly with the atmosphere, they were outside of the traditional box typically used for a beach setting. 

We are obsessed with these images from Becka Pillmore Photography.  She captured all the details that went into Alex and Brendan's wedding decor with an air of delicacy and timelessness that makes us excited for future collaborations.

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Alex's bouquet was one for the books.  You already know we go weak in the knees for oversized bouquets, but this beauty had an amazing balance of color.  Soft blue tweedia, lavender sweet pea, blush peonies and white ranunculus were all brought to life with the lush backdrop the greenery created. 

These gowns are everything.  Flowing fabrics and a pretty floral pattern was a lovely combination to go with the bouquets of greenery and peonies. Added bonus?  They even look comfortable!

These dapper dudes sported ranunculus bouts, with Brendan rocking a small air plant for extra special touch.

Rustic Drift provided this amazing driftwood arbor for the couple's ceremony.  We happily added a garland of vines, peonies and dahlias to the top, allowing the natural wood to show through.  Our assorted lanterns and driftwood pedestal brought the whole altar together for a clean and minimalist look. 

What better prop to use as beach wedding placecards than oyster shells??  No need to scatter rose petals when sand is so readily available! 

Scattered candles, driftwood, terrariums and airplants made for a tablescape full of texture and character.  White linens and gold candlesticks coordinated perfectly with the rest of the reception space. 

Congratulations, Alex and Brendan!

Philadelphia Wedding Florist : Ashley & Kyle at Tendenza

Ashley and Kyle's wedding was fun, funky, glamorous and totally over the top in the best way possible.  Bold shades of purple and fuchsia demanded attention and shimmering bridesmaids gowns made this Tendenza wedding an event to remember. 

With all of urban touches and bright colors going on, Hoffer Photography was an easy selection to be the couples' wedding photographer.  Their artistic signature style was the perfect match to catch the bubbly personality of this adorable bride and the catchy details of the reception.

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Holy hair!  Ashley is the owner of Philly Hair, making her an expert in the beauty industry.  We love how she went for thick, luscious locks for her wedding day and matched her style with a loud and proud bouquet of purple roses, stock, anemone and basically every other shade of purple we could get our hands on. 

You can feel the personality jumping out of the screen in this photo - a lot of credit goes to a talented photographer, but at some point it's because of how much fun the people are having.  Mismatched bridesmaids' gowns were filled with different patterns, colors and sequins galore for a especially glam bridal party. 

They did it!  Huge silver vases set the backdrop for Ashley and Kyle's ceremony, dripping with flowers and crystals alike.

Decorating at Tendenza is not for the faint of heart.  Their modern, luxe vibe calls for daring arrangements and each centerpiece must make a statement in order to keep up with the rest of this urban venue.  

We're so happy Ashley's style allowed us to deliver a product that did this space justice.  Having a client that lets us maximize our designs means that all parties walk away thrilled with the result.

If you fell in love with Ashley's fabulous style the way that we did, be sure to catch her "Hair Help" workshop over at A Milkhouse Party on Tuesday, August 15th at 6 pm.

Wedding Planning tips with help from Wedding Wire!

WeddingWire recently got in touch with us about sharing some of our advice with couples on setting a "Vendor Booking Timeline."  With tools such as their WeddingWire app and talking to vendors such as ourselves, they are trying their best to help couples eliminate as much stress as possible from wedding planning.  As florists, we've learned that the couples who have a clear vision about what their "wedding theme" is seem to have the smoothest planning experience.  We've broken down Wedding Wire's timeline to share what we've learned in our 11 years of business and experience.

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Every couple has their own unique tastes, so researching your vendors' style is just as important as researching their pricing.  We've learned that photographers have a different approach in their work - some are light and airy, some are bright and colorful and some could be more dark and moody.  Hair, make-up and venue selections also have distinct characteristics that make them cater to a certain audience, whether the theme is nautical, rustic and woodsy, princess glamour or an elegant bridal. 

As you start to realize what kind of wedding theme fits your personality best, you'll see that decor plays a huge part in your wedding day. Discovering your style will help make booking decisions much easier, from the bridal bouquet to the placecards.  Catering to these styles is our specialty, and we're about to show you how your flowers and decor play into delivering the wedding of your dreams.

We'd agree with the Wedding Wire timeline with much of their booking suggestions - most of our clients book anywhere between 10 months to a year before their wedding.  We offer two consultations with clients - an initial meeting to go over your needs and officially book us as a vendor, and then a final meeting about 6 weeks before your event to make sure we have all the details in check.  If you have a more intensive design plan or are booking a venue we've never been to before, we offer a "site visit" to walk through the venue with you and figure out logistics.

Because we have become more experienced in "Event Design" (meaning our work goes beyond just flowers), booking with us has become a one-stop shop as far as event decor!  Our company handles furniture rentals, linens, ceremony structures and more, meaning that we cover all your bases when it comes to aesthetic of your wedding.  This will save you time from meeting with multiple vendors and scheduling set-up times and details.

 

Designing your event is more than just setting up pretty things.  We specialize in making sure every detail flows together to create an experience that all of your guests will remember.  We like to have a hand in everything going on for your wedding day - from adding flowers to your cake, to coordinating your bouquets with your bridesmaids' gowns, to decorating the stage and backdrop for your band or DJ, so keep us in the loop as you round up your vendor team!

Even your stationary - Save the Dates, invitations and placecards - are tied into your decor.  Many clients choose stationary that matches their flowers, and our custom signage can mimic whatever fonts or writing style you've selected.  

The bottom line is, having a solid idea about what your decor preferences are will make booking vendors a much more pleasant experience, and Event Designers such as ourselves can serve as the glue to tie it all together.  As you go through your timeline, you'll realize how vendors depend on each other and work together to deliver you with our best work possible.

Did you find this helpful?  We hope so!  You can download the complete timeline below, and be sure to check out Wedding Wire's Wedding Check-Lists page to help keep you organized as you plan for the big day.

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South Jersey Wedding Florist : Amanda & Sean at the Smithville Inn

We've missed the Smithville Inn!  This colonial building is a diamond for couples searching for a venue with some rustic character.  Originally built in 1787, it is authentically historic, giving guests a step back in time as they celebrated the love between Amanda and Sean.

The most popular approach for floral design at the Smithville Inn has been chalked full of rustic charm and touches of vintage romance.  With weathered wood and rusty antiques, we try to make the flowers as vibrant and lush as we can to create a balance between the elements.  

Amanda and Sean's wedding was a homerun in our book - their old school glamour made their day one to remember.  It didn't hurt that everyone attending could walk the runways during fashion week - these images from Lurey Photography are sure to show the beauty found in both the decor and the people.

Rich berry tones mixed with dark greens and a few touches of blush made Amanda's bouquet pop and the variety of different blooms made its texture just as interesting as its color.

The non-matching bridesmaids' gown trend is here to stay - I wonder if bouquet trends will follow suit?

Smilax vines covered the Smithville Inn's pergola for the wild and natural look Amanda favored.

Creating a beautiful placecard table is just another way to honor the loved friends and family coming for your wedding day.  It shows the time and effort spent specifically envisioning how they to show that they are welcomed.  This eclectic collection of gold frames made for a beautiful entry - the re-purposing options for this are endless for after the wedding.

Gold and metallic elements gave some extra shine to the reception area.

Our stack of vintage suitcases gave a nod to the existing historic style of the Inn. 

"Less is more" proved to be a successful approach to this gorgeous 4-tiered naked cake.

A huge congratulations to Amanda and Sean - may you continue to walk together in life and in love.

Channel Your Inner Fairy With These Woodland Wedding Details

There's a reason that creatures such as fairies, mermaids and wood nymphs are consistently popular in story-telling.  They're magical, beautiful creatures that have just enough relation to humans to seem real.   Fairy Gardens are always our most popular class at A Milkhouse Party, and fake mermaid tails flood our Instagram feeds every summer.  

What better day to be inspired by the mythical than on your wedding day?  After all, it's a day described by most as a "fairy tale," full of love and romance and yes - magic.  We've rounded up some of our favorite woodland wedding items to bring out the inner fairy in all of us.

 

Outdoor Ceremony

If you're feeling your inner fairy wanting to spring out, obviously a woodsy wedding ceremony is ideal.  However, we have a few ceremony options that can give a natural vibe to even the most modern venue.  Wreaths for trees, arches and canopies can all be customized depending on the season and color scheme for your dreamy woodland vision.

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There's a certain sense of enchantment when we can bring the outdoors in and embrace the beauty of nature in centerpieces and decor.  Our collection of wooden stumps, wood slices and lanterns are a way to maximize the forestry elements of these fairy-inspired events.  

 

Floral Accessories 

Okay, so there may be very few brides out there who are thinking of dancing down the aisle in fairy wings.  (Unfortunately) we think it may be frowned upon given the sincerity of the event.  However, there are some fun floral accessory options that are wedding-day approved to show a touch of your inner sprite. 

Floral crowns are a given, but have you thought about dressing up other features?  The gorgeous shoulder piece (left) would be a stunning statement piece, working your flowers right into your gown, or floral jewelry (center) is sure to never go out of style.  Don't keep all the fun to yourself, either - adorable flower girls love sporting these crowns!

Fairy Lights 

I mean, it's right in the name!  Fairy lights are called just that because of the warm, twinkling glow they add to any event.  Wrapped tightly around branches or loosely displayed in lanterns, it's as if Tinkerbell herself came and sprinkled her pixie dust throughout the scene.  These are such an easy add on - they always look good, and are great substitutes for venues that don't allow the open flames from candles.

Floral Trees 

We love our handmade centerpiece "trees."  We use bark, willow and moss to form a base before adding branches of flowers for a wild display.  These make guests feel as if they're part of their own fairy garden scene and are probably our favorite centerpiece option because of how fully they are drawn from what we see in nature every day.

Feeling our Fairy Inspiration? Be sure to join our next Fairy Garden Workshop at A Milkhouse Party on Wednesday, June 28th at 3pm!

When It Comes to Flowers, Bigger is Better

We live in a world where the growing trend is "less is more."  Minimalist style.  Tiny Houses. Less screen time.  Less sugar (ughhhh).  We've tried the smaller portion diets, cleaning out junk from our houses, and going back to the simple basics when it comes to entertainment with our families.

But darn it, when it comes to flowers, BIGGER IS BETTER!

No matter what your theme, venue location, or season - big, lush bouquets will always win our hearts.  Don't believe us?  Check out some of the gorgeous bunches of floral goodness below and just try to convince us to downsize.  We won't hold our breath. 

 

Spring

We've divided up some of our favorite loud and proud bouquets by season, so you can see how awesome they look all year round!  Spring is usually full of whites, peach, blush and light greens.  Having larger blooms as focal points keeps bouquets looking structured - think huge peonies, roses or anemones.

 

 

 

Summer

The summer wedding season is SO much fun for us because of all the different routes you can go.  Spring is typically geared towards garden arrangements, but in the summer anything is game.  The beach, the garden, the forest - you name it, we will design for it!

While many large bouquets cascade towards the ground, we love the wider look as well! Usually ferns, amaranthus or other types of vines help create a balanced look.  Ribbons are also a great way to add dimension, and can be used for any season or color scheme.

Fall

There isn't too much to we can say about fall bouquets because the pictures truly speak for themselves.  When the flowers match the season and what's happening in nature, it doesn't matter how many times we return to the same venue - it is always a different look.  With the constant change in colors during the fall season, we love mimicking what we see outside each week.

Winter

I mean honestly, what better time of year to go nuts with your florals than winter, when everything else is dead?  This is when they truly pop!  Layers of trailing vines and greenery were spruced up with touches of rose gold to literally make this bouquet shine. 

With such great options, it's too hard for us to pick a favorite time of year for design! However, it's not hard for us to say that we love these huge overgrown bouquets.  It's like when you see the fat rolls babies - it's proof that they are healthy and well-loved.  So while we admit that sometimes the "less is more" approach is an improvement on many aspects of life, we will argue until we're blue in the face that our beautiful bouquets are not one of them! 

South Jersey Wedding Florist : Chrissie & Andy at Duffield's Farm

Typically when we have a DIY bride, it involves our client and her closest girlfriends joining us at A Milkhouse Party to piece together the floral arrangements for her wedding day.  In Chrissie's case, the term "DIY" was taken to heart and most of the details you'll find were the collaborative efforts of her family, working in love to provide the couple with handmade tokens that will last a lifetime.  

Chrissie and Andy's wedding took place her family's farm, Duffield's, and photographed by Demi Brooke Photography.  Farm-raised, how fitting for them to have an "Earth Day" themed wedding.

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Chrissie's bouquet was light and sweet, made of sweet pea, ranunculus, lisianhtus, roses, dusty miller, tulips and stock. 

As agricultural enthusiasts, we love this unique portrait!  What a great use of space and personality by Demi Brooke Photography.

Andy's bout was a combination of textural greens- a natural selection for an Earth Day theme - and complemented his grey jacket perfectly.

This PRECIOUS flowergirl carried a basket of rose petals for her role.  She seemed to approve the bridesmaids bouquets of orange ranunculus, roses and stock - we'll take it!

In honor of Earth Day, the couple opted to use potted plants instead of cut flowers for their ceremony space.  We won't spoil the details- be sure to read Chrissie's "Bride Diaries" to get the full background on these pieces!

They may be simplistic in nature, but Chrissie's DIY centerpieces had a ton of character.  We love that she went the route of naming tables by flowers instead of by numbers.  Since we knew Chrissie was arranging the centerpieces herself, we made sure to provide the most vibrant selection of flowers for her to work with.

We guarantee this peony and eucalyptus combination had the sweetest fragrance!

It's the smallest touches that make the difference between "simple and clean" vs. "boring."  Napkin treatments and copper utensils are all part of what made Chrissie and Andy's tablescapes memorable.

Congratulations, Chrissie and Andy!  What a beautiful day!

 

Chrissie's Bride Diaries

What was your most dreamlike moment?

The doors opening for the ceremony and walking down the aisle.

 Did you include any sentimental items in your decor or details?  

A Garden Party included my grandfather’s hankerchief and a pin with a picture of my grandpop and I. He passed right after we got engaged, so it meant a lot to me to include him in our details.

 

For my wedding decor, my theme was Earth Day with copper, light pastel colors, white, and greenery.  It was on my family’s farm behind the tiny cabin that my dad built, which is also where we got engaged and moved into after the wedding.

In order for the guests to find their tables, they had to find a photo of themselves and their table herb or flower name was on the back. With the earth day wedding, the centerpieces were either an herb in white terra cotta pots or flowers in copper spray-painted bottles that I painted.  

My bridal party was driven down to the ceremony by my dad in his tractor, which was pulling the bridal party in the hay wagon. My dad made a wood wall with 2 old windows and 2 old doors as the entrance. He also built the wood frame behind where we got married, which was then behind the sweetheart table. My husband’s aunt made us a personalized sign from her welding shop in Arizona.

Our cake was on a wooden spool from the farm and made in our bakery at the farm market. We baked our own cookies for desserts. And had delicious ice cream sandwiches.  Our vegetables were grown on the farm and used in the main menu. We froze strawberries to add to each champagne glass.

Because it rained, we had to move the ceremony inside. But it was beautiful and I am so happy the way it turned out!

 

What was your favorite decor detail from your wedding day?

My DIY centerpieces with the herbs or flowers. It was perfect!

We always try to bring your floral dreams to life...did we succeed? In what ways? Is there any room for improvement?

A Garden Party did an amazing job adding succulents, light pastels, greenery, and providing the single flowers for the copper-painted bottles. It was picture perfect!

Who were your vendors?

Catering- JPM Catering out of Ardmore, PA

Bakery- Duffields Farm

Dress- Bridals by Cyndi in Sewell, NJ

Hair-Liz Jeffery

Makeup- Jill Henshall from Lillian James Salon in Sewell, NJ

Entertainment-Steve Kempton from DiNardo Brothers

Any other vendors you would like to credit?

Wedding Planner - Renee Patrone

Tent and rentals- South Jersey Party Rentals

Ice cream sandwiches- Weckerlys in Fishtown, Pa

DIY Wedding Flowers : Emily & Jeremiah at the Monroe Estate

You know we love a hands-on kinda girl, so Emily's DIY wedding was a joy to be a part of!  Emily and her girlfriends came to A Milkhouse Party to design the arrangements for her wedding.  The bride's preference for wildflower, garden-inspired arrangements were right up our alley, and selections of peonies, roses, astilbe and greenery helped bring her vision to life. 

Enjoy Emily and Jeremiah's woodsy wedding at The Monroe Estate by Remark Productions !

When consulting with clients for their DIY weddings, we discuss floral selections, favorite styles and colors.  We equip guests with all the tools they need, and display the flowers in a "buffet-style" setup so that they can pick and choose what they'd like to include.  Our recipes are on hand as a professional guide, but the bride is always free to tinker to make the bouquet of her dreams!  We loved Emily's approach and her cascading style - the collection of greens she selected were a great fit for the woodsy backdrop found at The Monroe Estate.

Emily's bridesmaids carried smaller bouquets of blush and ivory roses to coordinate with their soft pink gowns.  

Jeremiah's bout was a simple spray rose, made sentimental with a small locket.  It's these little joys that make DIY weddings so special.  Having a hand in your wedding decor isn't just a bonding experience with the friends and family who come to help - it means that you had a part in every detail came together on the most special day of your life. 

Yum!  Emily and Jeremiah's wedding cake boasted rose heads, peonies and lisianthus for a more formal look. 

Congratulations, Emily and Jeremiah! 

South Jersey Wedding Florist : Lauren & Jeff at Brigalias

The deep purple and blue color tones of Jeff and Lauren's wedding decor made for a darker, romantic scene.  The couple chose to marry at Brigalias, whose ornate details typically remind us of a castle, so we always strive to make arrangements worthy of royalty.

Lauren may have only ordered personal flowers but we took the "go big or go home" approach to make sure we could create something spectacular for her.  Of course Lauren's easy-going nature made us even more excited to fly free with our inspiration and technique.  We fell in love with the end result and are so happy to share these images by Courtney Kurtz Photography. 

This post wouldn't be complete without a shout out to the couple's wedding coordinator, DiSalvo Events and Design!  Allison even sent us these images after the event was completed, going above and beyond to show how perfect Lauren and Jeff's day was.

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Lauren loved the look of a cascading bouquet, and we indulged her taste with this lush collection of clematis, lilac, anemone, stock, lavender sweet pea, trailing vines and ribbons. We LOVE that her dress showed off her tattoo, paired with a darker lipstick to make her look incredibly poetic. 

Lauren's bridesmaids carried bouquets with the same color scheme as the bride, made from anemones, lilac and roses.  We are usually surrounded by ivory and blush, so their dark gowns made for such a different bridal look. We are obsessed with the great use of colors!

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Congratulations, Lauren and Jeff!  

Chesterfield Wedding Florist : Courtney & Charlie at the Inn at Fernbrook Farms

We truly believe magic resides at the Inn at Fernbrook Farms.  There always seems to be a rockstar combination of vendors, and -not to toot our own horn - but our work in this setting always has us doing a team-wide pat on the back! 

Courtney and Charlie's wedding was incredibly special and exciting for us.  The couple resides in California, so not only were we honored that they trusted us with their vision from a different timezone, but also that they allowed us to have a hand in virtually every aspect of their event decor and detailing.  When these gems of opportunities come along, we make sure to pull out all the stops, and we are so so proud of the end result.

Please enjoy the artistic talents of Pat Furey Photography from this elegant garden wedding in Chesterfield, as seen on Green Wedding Shoes

Courtney and her mom made it very clear to us the importance that the flowers held to them as part of the wedding decor.  We were thrilled to have clients who were so enthused by our philosophy that flowers set the tone for the theme, the ambiance of an event.  Courtney's bouquet was the first step in showcasing our work, and it is the perfect representation of how the day went.  A cascading arrangement of anemones, garden roses, smilax, clematis and protea proved to be the cornerstone for this lovely garden theme.

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Courtney's bridesmaids carried bouquets of dahlias, roses and clematis to coordinate with their beaded blush gowns.

Charlie and his groomsmen looked incredibly dapper in their blue jackets, tan slacks and grey-blue ties.  We complemented the look with bouts of rose heads and touches of seeded eucalyptus.

A match made in heaven - and seriously, come ON with that bouquet!!  Definitely makes the books as one of our faves!

Courtney and Charlie's ceremony space was like stepping into a dream.  Pillars marked the entrance, supporting urns filled with hydrangea, smilax, amaranthus and dahlias.  Rose petals lined the aisle, leading the couple to a magnificent floral wall for what was probably the most romantic altar set up we've seen to date.  

Of course, the ivy-wrapped trees and setting of the Inn at Fernbrook is what took this scene from beautiful to magical.

GUYS.  We can not play this cool.  This was beyond cool - this was amazing!  We are bursting with pride as we re-live how stem by stem we pieced together this statement piece.  Garden roses, O'hara roses, hydrangea, amaranthus, eucalyptus, dahlias, spray roses, astilbe and more looked as though they were climbing up the stone backdrop of this enchanting ceremony space.

Courtney's vision for her wedding was to look like an overgrown garden.  We loved playing into the existing elements of the Inn at Fernbrook, making all the elements fit together.  Small touches, like the above pinecone accents to hold down the wedding programs, all played a part in making sure her vision was brought to life.

The couple's placecard table was just as pretty to look at before and after the cards were taken by their owners.  Custom geometric namecards were strung along ribbon tails, all hanging from our iron rack.  Vines were entwined around the frame to tie in the twin arrangements of dahlias, astilbe, ferns and dahlias.

This pretty lounge area was placed in the gardens for wandering guests to enjoy - our vintage furniture, mixed with our terrarium coffee table was just the right balance of lush garden with elegance.  When orders like this come through, we love picking through our rental collection for little knick knacks that will fit in with the set, adding our flair, our love for the refurbished. 

And the grand finale to the lounge setting?  Trees!  Yes, we really brought in these crepe myrtles, dressed up in whiskey barrels with vines and string lights to set up a natural "room."

And now for the reception space!  Endless details came together to create these romantic tablescapes, geared toward making the guests feel truly honored to be a part of such a special party.  The eclectic mix of gold-beaded chargers, mercury bud vases, compote centerpieces and fern napkin details were all balanced by the clean lines of specialty linens. 

This elevated floral arrangement made the head table look like royalty.  A wild and natural looking garland ran both above and in front of the guests, with pure white candles running down the length of the table. Hanging gold mercury votives brought the romance to the next level. 

A huge congratulations to Courtney and Charlie, and best wishes for their marriage!  Thank you, thank you, thank you for letting us fly free and having us be a part of such a special day!

South Jersey Wedding Florist : Michelle & Mitch at Masso's

Michelle and Mitch's wedding at Catering by Masso's was a bright and sunny affair.  Bold blue and cheery yellow tones made up this colorful palette, made even brighter by Dana Zarin Photography's talented skill set.  The scheme seems to fit our gorgeous weather, so if you weren't already enjoying this sunny day, these sunflower-filled images will be sure to change that! 

Enjoy! 

Sunflowers are such a comforting flower.  Not just for their warm, golden glow, but also because of how recognizable they are as a plant.  Designing with sunflowers is a unique challenge, because the entire arrangement must coordinate with this large, distinct flower - while at the same time making it personalized and special for each client.

For Michelle's bouquet, we used greenery, yellow and white alstroemeria, white gerber dasies and yellow solidago - the beautiful white roses and white lace wrap dressed up this bouquet to make it fit for a bride.

Michell'es bridesmaids carried bouquets similar to her own, with some added blue delphinium to coordinate with their gorgeous royal blue gowns.

Mitch's groomsmen wore small sunflower bouts, with stems of blue nigella to coordinate with the ladies.  Mitch himself wore a bout made with white spray roses and nigella to stand out from his groomsmen.

How lovely is the couple's daughter?? This darling flowergirl carried a basket of blue delphinium petals to toss - a vibrant choice compared to the standard rose petals.

The couple's reception space was simple and sweet.  The decor was mostly made up with scattered mason jars brimming with sunflowers, delphinium, alstro and solidago.

Congratulations, Michelle and Mitch!  Thank you for having us be a part of your special day!

Kennett Square Maternity Florist : Jess and Eric at Longwood Gardens

They say that good things come in small packages.  That phrase couldn't ring any truer than when looking at this Longwood Gardens maternity session for our dear friends Eric and his gorgeous wife, hair and make-up extraordinaire, Jess Spina of Your Day Your Way

Just a few photos, and only one floral piece - but all centered around Jess' pregnancy journey and her new darling daughter!  We are so incredibly honored to have a part in these special moments in our clients' lives, and made sure to deliver a floral crown that would make Jess feel as beautiful as she always makes us feel with her skills as a beautician. 

Tami and Ryan Photography are of course the talent behind these images - their signature style serves as bright, colorful and classic portraits that the Spina family will cherish forever.

Enjoy! 

We are getting some serious goddess glow vibes here.

Jess' floral crown was made with spray roses, stems of eucalyptus, gorgeous ranunculus and touches of purple heather.

Look at the love in the above image!  This not only speaks volumes about Jess and Eric's relationship, but also adds to Tami and Ryan's credibility as photographers who are able to catch these small moments that have such a huge amount of personality. 

Congratulations to Jess and Eric and their new bundle of joy!

If you are looking for flowers for your maternity session, baby shower or to congratulate new parents, be sure to give us a call!

South Jersey Wedding Florist : Morgan & Joe at Running Deer Golf Club

We're back with another gorgeous wedding at Running Deer Golf Club.  Morgan was an absolute DREAM to work with - she was laid back, funny and the all-around perfect client!  We were so excited to bring her vision to life.

Allison McCafferty Photography took these gorgeous detail shots of Morgan and Joe's wedding day.  We love the brightness in her imagery, and her knack for close-ups show all the intricate pieces that come together for a beautiful effect. 

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Morgan's bridal bouquet was on the smaller size, but was filled with textures and colors.  Pale roses, dusty miller, eucalyptus, stock, lisianthus and succulents packed a punch in this special bouquet.

Love the color of these gowns!  Morgan's bridesmaids carried bouquets of hydrangea, roses, ranunculus and lisianthus for a softer look.

Joe's bout was made from a couple pale pink spray roses and the cutest little succulent.

Morgan wanted a little extra flair for the pergola decor, requesting panels of fabric to touch in the center.  We added floral tie-backs to the poles and made it seems as if the vines were growing up the sides.  How dramatic! 

Our gray stakes were filled with these cute arrangements of roses, stock and larkspur.

For the reception, we created centerpieces using a collection of silver trays topped with floating candles, and re-purposed the aisle arrangements for a classic vintage look.

Congratulations, Morgan and Joe!  Thank you for having us be a part of your special day! 

South Jersey Wedding Florist : Mandi & Tom at Scotland Run

Mandi and Tom's wedding at Scotland Run Golf Club was full of bright colors and unique details.  Mandi's fun, nature-loving personality shone through in her wedding decor, and we loved how she and her mom got knee-deep in helping bring her vision to life.  

Scotland Run is known for its gorgeous gardens, making it the perfect venue for a bride who loves the outdoors.  Since there wasn't much need for big ticket decor items in such a pretty setting, we made sure to go all out in the smaller details.  Dana Zarin Photography did another amazing job in capturing all of the personalized touches and bubbly vibe from this special day.

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We are firm believers that you really can use flowers anywhere!  These funky floral sunglasses were such a fun touch to coordinate with Mandi's ensemble.  

Mandi's bouquet was a pretty pastel mix, made with dahlias, roses, lisianthus, zinnias and Queen Anne's lace.  

Our girl went all out with her floral selections, even adding this adorable decorated comb for her veil.

Mandi's bridesmaids carried coordinating bouquets of roses, dahlias, berries and Queen Anne's lace.  

How cute is this?!  A colorful mix of zinnias, ranunculus, and greens brightened up this rustic flowergirl basket.

The guys didn't look too shabby either!  Bouts of spray roses with touches of berries, wax flower and fern once again showed the benefits of concentrating on the smaller details.

The ceremony set up at Scotland Run is simply gorgeous.  Hanging ferns and lush green gardens completely surround the altar, creating a natural, intimate space for the couple. We spruced up the aisle with arrangements of roses and greenery to add the pop of color found in the rest of Mandi's decor.  

Talk about a statement piece!  The mother of the bride was so helpful in all of the planning, and even made these birch teepees to maximize her daughter's taste.  We added arrangements of stock, ferns, roses, lisianthus and greenery. Potted ferns served as living favors for guests to take home.

Touches of loose moss and ferns helped create the woodland style that Mandi loved so much.

We were so obsessed over these adorable teepees.  They fit the bill as the perfect tall centerpiece - they don't block guests from seeing each other, but are definitely show stoppers in terms of style!  They are great pieces for brides with a more rustic taste. Our birch table numbers and fern napkin details finished the look.

Mandi's second centerpiece selection was a trio of wooden stumps with candles, surrounded by a floral ring of hydrangea, lisianthus, roses, dahlias and ferns. 

Of course every couple needs a special touch for their first married meal together!  Mandi and Tom chose to dine with a spray of ferns and lush greenery with roses and stock spilling over their sweetheart table for a romantic, woodland feel.

The final touch for Mandi and Tom's special day was their birch-themed cake, topped with a cluster of roses, ferns, stock and dahlias.

Congratulations, Mandi and Tom!  May you continue to walk hand in hand throughout your marriage! 

Cape May Wedding Florist : Lauren & Adam at the Peter Shields Inn

The picturesque town of Cape May, NJ is full of history and charm.  It is the ideal location for couples who are looking for a venue that is full of personality, with the laid back vibe that comes with a beach town.  Lauren and Adam's wedding at the Peter Shields Inn in downtown Cape May was just that - an intimate affair, on the smaller scale as far as guests, but full of love and character.

Gabriela Urda Photography sent us these images from this event, giving us a great look at the details found in Lauren and Adam's special day.  Enjoy!

Lauren's bouquet had a bit of a vintage feel to it, with ivory roses, ranunculus and pink lisianthus gathered in a rounded style.  White clematis gave it a twist with their unique shape, and touches of greenery added just the right amount of contrast to the more muted tones.

Love the bowtie, Adam!  Adam's bout was made with a white ranunculus, touch of berries and a small stem of seeded eucalyptus

Lauren and Adam's guest list was made up of only about 30 people.  This means they were able to take advantage of the adorable entrance of the Peter Shields Inn for their ceremony, opting to drape a mixed greenery garland around the balcony and railing.  We added white cherry blossoms to help coordinate with the white pillars and chairs, and the blooming garden landscape set up the perfect altar space.

Lauren's flowergirls carried baskets with moss accents for their petals.  They did a great job! 

We continued using some vintage inspired arrangements for the couple's reception decor, with dish arrangements full of white hydrangeas, veronica, garden roses and sweet pea.  Gold candlesticks with elegant white taper candles gave a polished finish to the tablescape, and coordinated perfectly with the gold rimmed chargers and stemware. 

The final touch for Lauren and Adam's reception was this beautiful white and gold wedding cake.  The clean lines with the small flourishes fully encompassed the theme of their day - simply sweet and full of character.

 

Congratulations, Lauren and Adam!

South Jersey Wedding Florist : Stephanie & Tom at Running Deer Golf Club

Weddings at Running Deer Golf Club are always a treat for us.  Located just 15 minutes away, it is one of the most popular venues that comes through our shop, making it somewhat of a comfort zone.  This gives us some confidence in flexing our creativity, and we love how each event that takes place here takes on a whole new twist based on the style and preferences of our client. Stephanie and Tom were a great fit for this wedding filled with beautiful pastel tones and flowing greens. 

Tina Elizabeth Photography sent us these beautiful images capturing the glow found in both the bride and the decor - even though this wedding took place in September, it's giving us amazing spring vibes! 

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Tom joined the ranks for "Grooms Who Make Us Swoon" by ordering a special surprise arrangement for Stephanie - is there anything sweeter than a romantic gesture from your groom on your wedding day? Look at her smile!

Ohhhh my gosh.  Stephanie's bouquet was gorgeous. There was such an eclectic mix of greenery to fit her "Enchanted Forest" theme, creating a flowing, natural shape.  Huge white roses and pink garden roses gave just the right amount of color to make this arrangement truly something special.

Stephanie's bridesmaids carried green and white bouquets made with ferns, waxflower and white roses.  Their soft mint gowns really complemented the color scheme and style for a soft, romantic look.

We kept Tom's bout simple and sweet, with a white ranunculus wrapped in twine.

Stephanie's request for "Enchanted Forest-inspired" decor meant lots and lots (and lots) of vines.  We wove layers and layers of smilax around the pergola at Running Deer's ceremony space, covering the entire front of the structure.  Pink and white roses added hints of color and made the greens look even more lush.  We also threaded more vines around our stakes for aisle pieces, topped with arrangements of hydrangea and blush dahlias to match the color scheme.

We loved the finished look for this ceremony - talk about a wow factor!  

We moved Tom's surprise arrangement to the placecard table as a nice accent piece for guests to admire. Rose heads, moss and fairy lights helped dress up Stephanie's placecard wooden place card holders and give a rustic, natural feel.

Stephanie provided these white lanterns, table numbers and glass jar candle holders for the tables.  We added moss and rose heads to create the effect that they were spilling out of the lanterns, and touches of vines and waxflower helped really fill the space for a pretty centerpiece style.

What a pretty cake table!  Of course we added vines to each tier of the cake, the perfect nod to the forest theme.  A group of blush and white roses served as a cake topper, matching the toss bouquet.  A wooden stump and personalized sign finished the look.

Congratulations, Stephanie and Tom!  

Ridley Creek Wedding Florist : Michele & Matt at the Hunting Hill Mansion

The Hunting Hill Mansion in Ridley Creek State Park is a hidden gem of secluded romance.  High ceilings, stone walls and surrounding forest makes this venue something out of a fairy tale.  We were ecstatic to be working with Michele and Matt as they planned their wedding here, especially since the couple's style truly enhanced the setting they were in.

Love Me Do Photography thrilled us with these images - the amount of detail they are able to capture, along with their artistic style makes it feel like Christmas every time we have some of their files in our inbox.  

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Michele's bouquet was filled to the max with every shade of "fall" color that could fit- yellow roses, blush dahlias, green stems of eucalyptus and mustard amaranth were just a few that made up this floral kaleidescope. 

Michele's bridesmaids stunned in their lace gowns, carrying smaller versions of the bridal bouquet.

With such an eclectic mix of florals going on in Michele's bouquet, it was nice to take a simpler approach for the flower girl crowns.  We threaded together stems of eucalyptus, finished off with long ivory ribbon tails. 

This bout is so much fun!  We love mixing it up for the guys, and this colorful bout for Matt had a great mix of the color scheme seen throughout the day.

We brought the outside in for the couple's ceremony, absolutely stuffing this fireplace with branches of bittersweet.  Bittersweet vines made up a seasonal wreath to hang above the mantle, and layers of candles served as the perfect finishing touch.

Guests were welcomed into the reception space with our pretty card holder.  Our brass candlestick served as a floral stand for this mix of yellow roses, thistle and berries - we love re-purposing items from our rental inventory for a fresh look.

The deep windowsills of the Hunting Hill Mansion serve as a great opportunity to add decor, really emcompassing the entire room with the couple's theme.

Michele settled on two different style centerpieces for the reception space.  Pictured above is a mix of our brass candlesticks topped with floral arrangements, surrounded by gold mercury votives. 

To the right you'll get a better look at the gray textured table linen and deep gold napkin.  These were great color choices for a fall wedding, and really made the centerpieces pop.

The second centerpiece style was a gold acrylic compote filled with a gorgeous arrangement of blush dahlias and spray roses, pink stock, berries, yellow roses and eucalyptus. 

We placed a compote arrangement at Michele and Matt's sweetheart table, along with gold mercury votives and smilax vines to create a romantic atmosphere for their first meal as a married couple.  

Simply stunning!  The decorative frosting on this wedding cake is unbelievable!  It obviously didn't need too much from us, but we added some color with yellow rose heads and pink dahlias.

Congratulations, Michele & Matt!  Thank you for letting us have so much creative fun on your wedding day!

South Jersey Wedding Florist : Stephanie & Rick at Running Deer Golf Club

Stephanie and Rick's wedding at Running Deer Golf Club was a refreshing burst of color, with bold purples and pretty pinks making up their vibrant theme.  We LOVE working with purple flowers - there are so many different varieties and shades that they give us a lot of room to play with.  

Our friends at Tami & Ryan Photography did a great job at documenting this pretty wedding, and we are excited to share with you today! 

Stephanie's bridal bouquet was made to stand out from the rest of the floral arrangements.  Ivory roses and dahlias mixed in with lavender spray roses gave a sweet and pure vibe, a nice contrast to the bolder color scheme found throughout the rest of the decor.

Oh my gosh, we are so ready for our gardens to be blooming again.  These purple dahlias are making us drool! Stephanie's bridesmaids carried bouquets of purple dahlias, lavender and pink roses, Queen Anne's lace and eucalyptus. These were the perfect combinations for a bright summer wedding.

Rick's groomsmen wore these bouts of lavender spray roses while Rick coordinated with his bride by choosing an ivory bout.

The ceremony space at Running Deer is picturesque, especially in the summertime.  The lush green backdrop of trees and sod set up a gorgeous display for couples to recite their vows.  

We made this gorgeous pergola piece to create a beautiful focal point for Stephanie and Rick to be married under.  Layers of purple and fuchsia roses, Queen Anne's lace, purple dahlias and smilax made this arrangement as full of texture as it was of color.

For the reception, the couple requested 3 different style centerpieces to help break up the room.  Tall gold stands with lush arrangements of pink and purple roses and stock were true statement pieces.  Cylinder trios with floating candles and submerged orchids balanced the look, along with gold compotes filled with foxglove, roses, dahlias and hydrangeas

How pretty!  Stephanie and Rick's wedding cake was elegant and beautiful, made complete with delicious-looking sugar flowers that made us proud!

Congratulations, Stephanie and Rick!  

Cape May Wedding Florist : Halley & Evan at the Corinthian Yacht Club of Cape May feat. Bride Diaries

Halley and Evan's wedding at the Corinthian Yacht Club of Cape May was a special kind of "good for the soul" event that can only be found in the salty air along the coast.  The couple's love for the sea was a strong theme for their wedding day, brought to life with navy blue and white linens, driftwood elements, nautical knots and a gorgeous model sail boat.  

As the weather warms and we get ready for a season of sunny days and beach waves, we look back fondly on this special event, captured beautifully by Tina Markoe Photography.  

Dust off your flip flops and take a look at this Cape May wedding, below!

Halley's floral selection included soft blush tones of dahlias, ranunculus, hydrangea and dusty miller.  Touches of blue tweedia catered to the nautical theme. We loved Halley's delicate hair flowers, with a sweet ranunculus and wax flower tucked into her braid. 

Evan is the best!  The groom ordered his bride-to-be a surprise arrangement for her to receive as they anticipated their walk down the aisle.   This sweet gesture is always such a swoon worthy moment to witness - we love the way they start their first moments of marriage so romantically.  

Our favorite growing trend from 2016 was definitely these huge floral chandeliers.  We debuted our first installation in 2015 after much debate as far as structure and technique, and by the time Halley's wedding came, we had perfected the art and had a ton of fun styling this gorgeous statement piece.  

Custom wooden signage welcomed guests with a more rustic approach than the standard chalkboard art, and fit well with the other wood elements.

This gorgeous model ship rested upon a sea of white and blue hydrangea, and served as a decorative prop at the welcome table.

Halley and Evan's ceremony space had a lot of great details.  Not only were guests seated beneath the floral chandelier, but we adorned our birch canopy with layers of smilax and a corner of blue and white hydrangea.  Rose petals lined the aisle along with pretty lanterns, filled with blue sea glass and topped with floral arrangements of dahlias and eucalyptus. 

Hally and Evan's cocktail hour had traditional nautical elements, with bold navy and white striped linens, nautical knots, driftwood and lanterns. 

Two varieties of centerpieces filled the tables for the reception, both using blue and white hydrangea, dahlias and lisianthus.  

We LOVED this dessert table!  A fun patterned linen helped give it a decorative twist, and the cupcake tower (which we are sure was delicious thanks to the Cake Studio of Ocean City!) was made even more appealing with touches of driftwood, eucalyptus, mercury candles, nautical knots and re-purposed lanterns from the ceremony.

Seriously, this clear top tent from Ocean Tents takes this event to a whole new level.  To be able to see the sailboats floating along the water, and dance beneath the twinkling string lights and sunset view makes this venue an outdoor lover's dream come true.   The real benefit is that it also takes away the risk of needing to move inside because of inclement weather.

Congratulations, Halley and Evan!  Thinking of you, and so happy to have had a part in your special day!

Halley's Bride Diaries

What was your most dreamlike moment?
I think my favorite moment was during our first dance during sunset, which was made even more magical by the floral chandelier overhead.

 Did you include any sentimental items in your decor or details? 
We did not include anything sentimental, per se. However, one of my favorite touches was the Coast Guard model ship that was displayed on a bed of hydrangeas. I found something similar on Pinterest and, once I showed it to Mary, I knew that she would be able to create a better version, and she did! 

What was your favorite decor detail from your wedding day?
It's impossible to choose one thing! From the gorgeous floral chandelier, chuppah and the ship on the guestbook table to the beautifully made program and welcome signs - everything was my favorite! Mary took our vision for a simple, nautical wedding and exceeded our expectations ten-fold. 

We always try to bring your floral dreams to life...did we succeed? In what ways? Is there any room for improvement?
I cannot think of one thing that would have made the decor for our wedding better. All of the greenery was perfection! 

Are there any other features or memorable moments you'd like to include?
Some of our other favorite details were the cupcake table and the beautiful tables for cocktail hour. Lastly, the surprise arrangement from Evan was a beautiful touch! It lasted for such a long time after the wedding and was the perfect reminder of a perfect day.

Who were your vendors?
Catering- Harry Gleeson, Corinthian Yacht Club of Cape May
Bakery- The Cake Studio of Ocean City
Dress- Jennifer's Bridal, Hockessin DE (Dress was Jim Hjelm by Hayley Paige)
Hair and Makeup- I Do Hair by Katie Bryan, Makeup by Micaela Vibanco
Entertainment- Chico's Vibe
Any other vendors you would like to credit? Invitation Suite by Carly Reed Designs

Phoenixville Wedding Florist : Lauren & Tom at the Phoenixville Foundry

The downtown area of Phoenixville, PA is a strip of chic restaurants and shops.  There is an urban twist in this suburban area, and the Phoenixville Foundry proves to be the perfect event venue for those on the outskirts of the city with more modern tastes.  This was our first visit to the Foundry, but we're looking forward to drumming up some more work at this fabulous spot!

Our couple, Lauren and Tom were a lot of fun to work with - their modern, elegant style made for some truly beautiful images.  Of course, when Rachel Pearlman is your photographer, you never expect anything less than exquisite, and she always delivers. 

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Lauren's bouquet was sweetly styled, with soft tones of blush and white found in hydrangeas, dahlias and roses.  Some stems of eucalyptus added a darker contrast to the mix.

Pretty girls!  Lauren's bridesmaids wore gold sequin gowns to complement the twinkling lights of the Phoenixville Foundry.   The girls carried bouquets of dahlias, dusty miller and roses to coordinate with the bride. 

We kept Tom's bout very airy, with a small white spray rose, touch of waxflower and greens tied off with a shimmering gold ribbon.

The Foundry is a unique space with an open floor concept that also has an upper level that can be used for cocktail hour.  The high ceilings and windows make for an incredibly dramatic space, warmed up with golden hued drapes and wood flooring.  It is the perfect mix of modern and romantic.  For Lauren and Tom's ceremony, we placed pillar candles down the aisle and set up our pipe and drape at the altar.  Strands of cafe lights made the couple glow, along with our tall gold stands filled with curly willow and cherry branches flanking the couple. 

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Pretty gold mercury bud vases added life to the cocktail hour, with stems of greenery, dusty milller, roses and astilbe.

Most of the guest tables (left) used Lauren's hurricanes which we surrounded with a floral wreath.  The parents' tables (right) were a bit different with our glass cylinders with pillar candles, mercury votives and rose petals as a nod to mark their special place in the couple's life.

How gorgeous is this cake?!  We decorated this beautiful three-tiered dessert with a cluster of roses, eucalyptus and ranunculus to match the rest of the couple's decor.

Congratulations, Lauren & Tom!  May your love continue to shine!