Unique Weddings : A Life Less Ordinary

I’ve seen some incredibly unique real wedding ideas this week and I had to share. Have a wonderful, warm and safe weekend, everyone!

mwd104082_sum09_77_xlFloating butterflies – how brilliant is that? Image via Martha Stewart

wedding-guests_300Wedding rings passed around for guests to pass on well wishes. So sweet! Image via Real Simple

multicultural-diy-pub-wedding-karolina-juanA whimsical and absolutely original backdrop for the dining area. Image via Rock N’ Roll Bride

viewfinderinvitationRemember the Viewmaster? A wedding invitation unlike any other. (Darn, I wish I still had mine)! Image via Bridal Musings

il_fullxfull.337394331Probably the most original engagement ring I’ve seen in a while. Even for a black diamond – look at that chunky setting! From Art Masters

blogIt’s hard to believe this sculpture is edible but it’s a wedding cake! Image via 100 Layer Cake

Wedding Tip: How To Choose a Florist that Works for You

Many of you will want to find a florist that fits your budget. But what factors go beyond that when you’re deciding on how to choose the right florist for you?

Know what you want. First and foremost, talk to your partner about what’s important to you. Will you be using the same florist for all the boutonnieres and corsages? Will there be any extras tossed in like little bud vases at the entry table? Draw up a list of wants and then see where the florist can meet you in terms of expectations within your budget.

succulent boutonniereImage via The Brides Cafe

Is that in season? When I was planning my wedding in June, I didn’t realize that many peonies would have already bloomed or would be a premium that late in the season (they generally bloom in late May or early June but we had a warm spring that had peonies wilting by then). Talk to your florist in advance about not only colors but specific blooms you may have in mind. There are greenhouses that can grow your variety any time of year and your florist should be able to give you a ballpark idea on pricing.

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What’s your style? It’s important to be able to describe what kind of style you’re going for. Even though these are both purple bouquets, there’s a big difference between them. Ask the florist if they can do either and specifically how they’ll go above and beyond for your bouquets and arrangements.

purple-wedding-bouquet-2Image via Wedding Chicks

touchdownImage via Wedding Bee

Rolling out the red carpet. Like any vendor you’re going to work with, the florist should be able to show you samples of their previous work. If they can’t take the time to give you an initial consultation, chances are they’re not going to be very patient throughout the process. It doesn’t matter how highly they come recommended or if they’re the “must-have” florists in town. If they’re not taking care of you now, they won’t be reliable down the line.

Wedding Color Forecast : Tangerine and Violet

Pantone is the company that researches and forecasts the colors for the upcoming year. They announced a while back that Emerald was the it color for 2013. Colors like Linen are timeless and great bases to build a wedding palette around too. But my favorite on the list are African Violet and Tangerine. Can’t you just see a whole day built around those hues?

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VioletTangChiffon tiered dress with flutter sleeves, David’s Bridal  |  Violet and tangerine floral bouquet via Wedding Vibe

Jimmy Choo acrylic glitter clutch via Shopstyle  |  Lavender floral pillow, Tenereze

Marbled cake with purple accents via Pinterest  |  Custom fan program kit, Tenereze

New Year, New Ideas in Floral

Look Upv43v8zFloral chandelier via One Wed gives the room unexpected wow factor.

Look downflowers-under-glass1I love the idea of flower boxes on the ground via Ms. Brooke Peterson

Look all aroundvert_gardenSucculents are a great greenery for a wall garden via Michelle Kaufmann

Glimpse Blake Lively and Ryan Reynold’s Wedding Photos with Glimpse of Marchesa Dress

They got married months ago but we’re just now seeing glimpses of the nuptials between newlyweds Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds. This was my prediction months ago.

blakeryan3This is more what it was really like including a glimpse of her couture Marchesa gown.

blake-lively-ryan-reynolds-wedding-inlineblake-lively-ryan-reynolds-wedding-desserts-inlineQuite down home and delightful, don’t you think? There were definitely lots of rose and gold details so I wasn’t far off the mark about that! I can’t wait to see more.

A Few of My Favorite *Red* Things

I really love this time of year. It’s festive and fun and there’s too much eye candy to handle. While I’m shopping for others, I’m taking in all kinds of inspiration for the upcoming year too. Lately I’ve been curating a lot of red. Enjoy the rich colors and themes! Happy Friday, everyone. 12Graphic and modern cake via Project Wedding

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Toms Vegan Wrap boots

verona_albumVerona memory book with Austrian crystal brooch via Tenereze

ft_wrapping02_xlJust like Julie Andrews sang, “brown paper packages tied up with string…” via Martha Stewart

 

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Red Rose & Anemone BouquetAnemones and roses. I’m in love! Via Fleurology

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Bud vase favors, multiple colors via Tenereze

void(0)-1For the man in your life: Thomas Mason J. Crew slim shirt

Four Great Uses for the Glass Cylinder

Flowers, ornaments, water, candles. What ever you decide to fill it with, a glass cylinder is a simple way to make a big statement on your entryway table or as a centerpiece. I like to keep a few handy under the sink to pull out for all types of occasions. They’re a lifesaver when you need an extra vessel and can serve multiple purposes at a wedding or shower. Here are four of my favorite looks with the inexpensive glass cylinder, in all different sizes too.

Place trimmed floral, slowly add water – voila! Lots of bang for your buck. Image : Martha Stewart

Take advantage of your palette and use multiple cylinders to include all your colors. Image : Added Touch Catering

Skip putting anything in the cylinder. Simply use its height and transparency as a beautiful stalk for arrangements. Image : Wedding Bell Talk

Cover the cylinder with decorative paper and group them together for a totally different effect. Image : Lansdowne Life

What’s Your Shade? Blush Rose Pink

Now that everyone’s seen Jessica Biels’ blush wedding Giambatista Valli wedding dress, I’m sure it will be all the rage for next spring. See all the shades of pink, blush and rose.

BRIDESMAIDS : Peonies Monogram handkerchief, from Tenereze, $27  |  DINNER : Rose wines are making a comeback. Would you serve it at your wedding?

BRIDAL : Manolo Blahniks, BB patent leather pumps, $595  |  FLORAL : Luscious blush peonies from Fifty Flowers, $139-$329

BRIDAL PARTY : Well Dressed, the softest blush pink from MAC Cosmetics, $20  |  BRIDAL BOUDOIR : Bridal nightwear, Ikebana Babydoll from La Perla, $494

What did Anne and Adam’s Wedding Look Like?

I’m enamored with the blurry photos of Anne Hathaway’s nuptials to jewelry designer, Adam Shulman this past Saturday. With around 100 guests they supposedly spent a whopping $100,000 on floral alone. Good for them! Here’s my vision of their day in Big Sur.

Headpiece from Arabia Weddings

There was definitely champagne – that’s a no brainer! Swirl toasting flute set, $28 per pair

Lily and hydrangea arrangement from Blossom, via Chin-Azzaro

Branches from the Bridal Circle

Anne wore a delicate off-shoulder Valentino ballgown