Venues We Love : Congress Hall Styled Shoot

Congress Hall is easily one of our favorite venues to work at.  With events all over the tri-state area, we don't make statements like this lightly.  The clients are always easy-going with great style, the staff is so friendly and helpful, the venue keeps top-rated vendors on their approved list (meaning we know it will always be a #dreamteam) and the views, both inside and out, are beautiful and full of character.  Throw in the location being in the center of charming Cape May, NJ, our staff is always fighting to see who gets to be on the Congress Hall delivery squad.

When Tami & Ryan Photography approached us about a styled shoot, it was a no-brainer to bring our creations to this venue which has been so beneficial to us.  Working together with this husband & wife duo has led to a wonderful friendship, and we love how their bright images can be found all over our website and promotions. 

behind the scenes of Congress Hall photo shoot

Setting up on photo shoot day is a lot of work, but totally worth the potential of finding couples who love the way we style when we're left to our own devices.  It also gives us a chance to use new pieces of our rental inventory in a way that shows our clients how it will look should they decide to use it themselves. 

Congress Hall photo shoot cascading bouquet
close up of crystal and ribbon bouquet wrap

You know we like 'em big!  Our photo shoot bouquet draped almost to the ground, cascasding ribbons to flow with the vines.  We picked lots of different stems of greenery for a textured look, and touches of blush orchids and sweet pea to bring out the gorgeous blush tulle gown from Free Love Bridal shop

your day your way hair and make up photo shoot

Of course, the elegant hair styling and make-up was put together by the talented hands of Your Day Your Way.

floral shoulder piece by A Garden Party florist

We balanced out the heavier look of our bouquet with intricate floral shoulder pieces to tie in all of the different botanical elements and to make it less overwhelming.

Floral Accessory inspiration by A Garden Party florist

We don't discriminate!  We are firm supporters of the idea that all members of the bridal party and honored guests should have special floral accessories to show their place of importance to the bride and groom.

Ceremony details by A Garden Party florist for Congress Hall photo shoot

Rings are obviously a very symbolic part of a wedding ceremony as a representation of "eternity."  What better way to maximize this gesture than to be married underneath a circular arch?!  Our newest ceremony structure is timeless and offers the choice of a simpler approach with vines and hanging flowers a more dramatic flair with bigger floral pieces.  

Hanging flowers for aisle arrangements are the perfect way to tie any theme together and to dress up the white chairs. 

circle arch ceremony piece by A Garden Party florist at Congress Hall

Our wire urns filled with moss are the perfect addition for garden-inspired altar arrangements. 

donut wall for Congress Hall photo shoot

How adorable is this donut wall?!  We were talking with the other vendors about making this happen and it was actually Ryan from Tami & Ryan Photography who built this himself for our shoot!  The blush tone is perfect for this pink-loving photography team, and it ended up being fun, photogenic, and incredibly delicious. 

cocktail hour details by A Garden Party florist for Congress Hall photo shoot

The donut wall set the tone for the rest of the cocktail hour, and we had some fun filling our terrarium with sprinkles and using our vintage teapot collection as vases for arrangements of anemone and eucalyptus. 

blush centerpiece arrangement by A Garden Party florist

Tami really wanted to focus on adding blush elements for this photo shoot, since the iconic teal walls of Congress Hall serve as the perfect backdrop for this color scheme.  We used our pink mercury glassware for blush and green arrangements, and added orchids for an element of blush as napkin treatments.  Gold candleholders broke up the monochromatic look just enough to make it interesting and elegant. 

reception details by A Garden Party florist for Congress Hall photo shoot
Table runner details by A Garden Party florist at Congress Hall
bride and groom portrait at Congress Hall

Good work, everyone!  Special thanks again to Tami and Ryan for inviting us to be a part of this styled shoot! For even more details, check out their own post on the day.


Venue: Congress Hall

Photography : Tami and Ryan Photography

Dress : Free Love Bridal Shop

Hair and Makeup : Your Day Your Way

Stationary : Narola Design and Letterpress

Calligraphy: Charlie Whiskey Design

Cinematography : Be Films