Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Planning your bridal bouquet

Visualizing your perfect bridal bouquet can sometimes be a process. Because the bouquet acts as an accessory to your dress, it’s important for your floral designer to not only see your dress, but to fully understand the style, colors, and scale of the flowers you want to be holding. Ideally, we would love to see an image of you in your dress during a fitting as well as any hair accessories, shoes or jewelry you may be wearing.

Having a visual of these details can play into what type of fabric goes around the bouquet handle and influence the pop of color added to the bouquet. You also may want to consider incorporating a family memento to attach to the bouquet handle, such as your grandmother’s brooch, your father’s heirloom pocket watch or the handkerchief your mother carried on her wedding day. These unique touches not only make your bouquet all your own, but honor the family member who passed them down to you. In addition, they might count as your “something borrowed” or perhaps “something blue.”

One very clear way of communicating the type of bridal bouquet you are looking for is to collect images of flowers that you love. I find that when a bride sends me three to five images of bouquets, there are themes that give me an idea of exactly what she is looking for. If you put several bouquet images on the same page, you will notice the similarities. Maybe they all have a lot of texture, or they are only use two to three types of flowers, or the flowers are all fluffy blooms. These images will help your floral designer understand what your personal combination of flowers may be.

Once we have sorted out which flowers you want in your bouquet, we begin to think about which flowers or colors you want to see the most of. Some brides want all bright colors and some want all soft whites and creams, with touches or pops of color. I have often found the design and colors will change from a little to a lot leading up to the big day. This is perfectly normal and not a problem. It’s common that when a bride is planning her flowers six months or a year in advance, things change! Maybe your bridesmaids dresses started out as a bright pink and now have become a dusty pink. Maybe your shoes were champagne and now they are bright red. These details will change some of the colors in your flower design. Not to worry; just keep your florist aware of these important changes so we can always stay on the same page!

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Pretty in pink summer wedding flowers.

I met this couple just a few weeks before their August 5th wedding in NYC. They were very excited to bring in some local Brooklyn people to collaborate on their wedding. The bride was so sweet and had no shame admitting that pink is her very very favorite color! The style we went for was sort of a mash of shappy chic meets the Hamptons. We used garden roses, jasmine, stephanotis, orchids, hydrangea, calla, tulips, and white and pink gomphrena and more.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Summer hurricane wedding in Brooklyn!

As many of you New Yorkers know, we recently had a very strange series of weather related challenges. A couple weeks ago we had a very serious hurricane closing in on the NY area and it was eminent that it would affect Brooklyn. I had two weddings this weekend. One on Friday and one on Saturday. In the middle of transporting Friday's wedding to the Foundry in L.I.C., I get an email from my brave bride from Saturday asking to see how many of her guests would be able to make the switch a DAY earlier to avoid this crazy hurricane. I instantly had a pang of sadness knowing that if she did switch her wedding date to that day, there was no way I could deliver her flowers, and set up her ceremony decor since I was already working a wedding. I emailed her right away and let her know that if she did switch the date, I would not be able to provide any of her flowers. She emailed me back saying that she completely understood. The whole time I was setting up the Foundry, I couldn't stop thinking about how disappointing it was for all of us that she wouldn't be able to get her flowers, which were all in buckets, sprayed, and hand picked for her. We decided to see what could be done in the nick of time. This is when the FUN began! It was a huge challenge and a huge rush to get this bride at the very least a bridal bouquet and boutonniere in her hands. We rushed home around 5pm. I scarfed a slice or two of pizza and high tailed it to my studio to put together the fastest bridal bouquet I have ever put together in my life. Her ceremony was at 7:30pm. I left my studio at 6:50pm, running to my car with a bouquet in hands and boutonniere in my teeth as I was scrambling for my keys. People literally stopped my in the street and were like "omg! what a pretty bouquet" I of course shared the story with a perfect stranger about the hurricane and date switcher-oo ect. I get behind the wheel and become a typical NYer. Keeping bumper to bumper, inching over every ground I could cover as fast as possible with one hand on the bouquet in the passenger seat. I amazingly get a parking spot right away near reBar, jump out of the car and up to the venue. It's now 7:18pm. I ask around for the bride and they tell my she is back in the bridal suit getting final hair and make up done. I go down the hall checking a bunch of doors and finally come to what I know the the bridal suit. I walk all the way back, peak just my head into the suit so she see's my face (holding the bouquet behind my back) she looks at my totally confused and was like "Rebecca!, what are you doing here?!" I push out my hand with a big, super duper freshly made bridal bouquet and she freaks out! I couldn't believe I made it in time!!! We hugged and both got teary along with her mom who was also very appreciative. Alas.... the bride has her bouquet JUST in time for her ceremony. This was the most rewarding moment I have had in a very long time. I always say... where there is a will... there IS a way..... She made my day just as much as I hope her bouquet helped make her day special in this unfortunate weather related challenge.