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Recent Favorites: Bridal Bouquets

Posted by SarahMar 27, 2015

We’ve seen some incredible bridal bouquets over the years. Here is just a sampling of some of our recent favorites. Hint: one of these belongs to Sarah Pease, can you guess which one? Read on to find out.

Favorite Bridal Bouquets

Left to right and top to bottom: Lianna’s flowing, garden-y bouquet by Blossom & Branch and photo by Lauren Rutten, Sarah Pease’s colorful bouquet by Rountree Flowers and photo by Photo by Aubrey, Alena’s beachy boho bouquet by Planner1 and photo by Elizabeth Medina, Lauren’s art deco bouquet by Heather Lee and Cristina Lozito and photo by Jonathan Young, Britten’s classic bouquet by Rountree Flowers and photo by Craig Warga.

 

A Brilliant Wedding: Alena & Andrew

Posted by SarahNov 17, 2014

Alena & Andrew were such a relaxed couple to work with – they made planning their wedding a breeze! The couple chose the Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Riviera Maya, Mexico for their destination wedding. Picking this resort for their big day was a no-brainer as they had vacationed there with their families many times in the past. The couple was very laid-back and wanted this to be reflected throughout their wedding weekend. Alena picked a bright, coral color for her touchpoint and we went from there with decor. Their guests’ names and table numbers were written on drink flags placed in festive watermelon-habanero margaritas to get the night off to a spicy start! The reception tables were decorated with lanterns and the floral arrangements were meant to look “undone”, again reflecting the relaxed theme. Guests dined on locally-inspired fare all weekend and danced the night away under the stars.

We are super excited to have Alena & Andrew’s wedding featured on Jet Fete, an amazing destination wedding blog.

Check out the post here!

Congratulations Alena & Andrew

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Alena & Andrew

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cocktail hour, lanterns, margarita escort cards, hanging tea lights

lounge seating, beachfront reception, table lanterns, undone floral centerpieces

kissing couple, bride and groom under tea lights

Thanks to Elizabeth Medina for the amazing photographs!

 

A Brilliant Wedding: Radhika & Carter

Posted by Sarah PeaseJul 23, 2013

Working with Radhika & Carter was such a delight, and seeing their bold and beautiful wedding come together was truly magical. Radhika wanted striking floral arrangements for her wedding day and she was not disappointed thanks to the talents of Jessie from Rountree Flowers.  The bride loved the array of gorgeous floral displays that could be seen throughout the ceremony and reception and she was radiant as she walked walked down the aisle with her father to Clark’s Trumpet Voluntary.  The happy couple shared their first dance to “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You” by Elvis and partied the night away.  I’m pleased to share that their wedding was recently featured on  Maharani Weddings.  Congratulations, Radhika & Carter!!

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Wedding Ceremony

Indian Wedding Details

NY Wedding Couple

Thanks to Sofia Negron for the wonderful photos.

A Brilliant Wedding: Judith & Pradeep

Posted by Sarah PeaseJul 15, 2013

I truly applaud Judith and Pradeep for being such a fun and patient couple on their lengthy yet unforgettable wedding day.  Not only did the couple have a full Catholic mass, they also had a vibrant Hindu ceremony.  Judith and Pradeep looked radiant in both their bright, ornately-decorated attire and jewelry at their Hindu ceremony and in their elegant tuxedo and wedding gown.  When Judith stepped out in her blush pink wedding gown everyone was in awe over how amazing she looked in her dress.   Following the couple’s beautiful ceremonies, Judith entered the reception with the biggest smile on her face and was ready to enjoy all of the festivities.  The beaming bride and groom shared their first dance to a mixed version of  Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat’s song “Lucky” that featured Spanish and had a fabulous evening with their family and friends.  Congratulations Judith and Pradeep!

Thanks to Radhika Photography for the gorgeous photos.

Floral Wedding Details

Indian Wedding

Indian Wedding Couple

Wedding Reception

A Brilliant Wedding: Laili and Paul

Posted by Sarah PeaseJun 25, 2013

Even on the most beautiful day a bride can become distressed, so you can imagine how impressed I was by Laili’s upbeat and refreshingly relaxed demeanor on her wedding day, which happened to be the same day Hurricane Irene shut down Manhattan.  Public transportation may not have been working, but this didn’t stop Laili and Paul, who live in Geneva, Switzerland, or their guests from making it to their gorgeous afternoon ceremony at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  The couple and their guests braved the coastal winds and headed to the Prince George Ballroom for the reception.  Laili is an interior designer and her design aesthetic is represented all throughout the sophisticated blue and orange decor.  Laili and Paul were introduced as husband and wife to the sounds of “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” by Stevie Wonder and Laili, who is of Persian heritage, shared a traditional Persian dance with her father.  No amount of rain or wind could have stopped the joyous feeling surrounding Laili and Paul’s wedding day.  Congratulations Laili and Paul!

Thanks to Jeff Tisman for the stunning photos.

Happy Couple NYC

Green Wedding Details

Orange Reception Details

NYC Wedding Kiss

A Brilliant Wedding: Georgia & Chris

Posted by Sarah PeaseOct 17, 2012

Georgia and Chris said their “I do’s” on a lovely Saturday last September. Following a touching ceremony at a local church, their gorgeous reception took place at the Tribeca 360, aptly named for the stunning panoramic views of Manhattan that wedding guests were able to enjoy! In addition to the incredible view, my favorite part of their wedding was the bridesmaids’ bouquets from Blossom & Branch. To celebrate their individuality, Georgia had each bridesmaid carry a bouquet whose floral design was personalized to their taste. I love this idea as  - stay tuned over the next few weeks for a post on this new trend! Later, guests danced to oldies music that was played on records, a retro detail which perfectly suited this fun-loving couple. Congratulations Georgia and Chris!

Beaded Wedding Gown

Happy Bride and Groom Wedding

First Look Wedding

Tribeca 360 Wedding NYC

Photos by Joshua Brown.

A Brilliant Wedding: Gemma & Scott

Posted by Sarah PeaseSep 05, 2012

Gemma and Scott originally hail from England and Australia, but wanted a New York wedding to show their out-of-town family and friends what the Big Apple is all about. They exchanged their vows at Calvary-St. George’s Church before hopping into a vintage taxi that took them to meet their closest friends and family at the Gramercy Park Hotel. Upon entering the terrace, guests stepped into an enchanted garden. Beneath the romantic lights and greenery, pastel blooms were dispersed along the tables. But, even in this dream-like setting, the city was ever present. Traditional table numbers were replaced by pictures of places in NYC that were special to Gemma and Scott and guests soon danced to classic NY songs, as boas and beads were brought to the dance floor. Even the top tier of their cake was elegantly decorated with the city skyline!

Despite all the big city details, Gemma and Scott did not forget where they came from. Their wedding color, violet, was chosen to honor a grandmother who couldn’t make the journey to New York, while the roses in Gemma’s bouquet honored another grandparent. The British and Australian flags on the front of their taxi were yet another cute way to remember their roots.

At the end of the night, guests took home violet boxes of chocolate from Vosges, the couples’ favorite SoHo chocolate shop. Gemma and Scott’s wedding so perfectly used cute details to blend past and present, that we can’t help but love it. Congratulations Gemma and Scott!

Beautiful photos courtesy of Maggie Harkov.

Groomsmen Bouts and Matching Socks

Bouquet Rings and Jimmy Choo Shoes

Elegant Bride & Groom

Church Ceremony New York

 

Wedding Parasol Bride & Groom Kiss

Violet Blush Table Setting

Vintage Taxi New York Wedding

Alternative Centerpieces: Vegetables

Posted by Sarah PeaseAug 29, 2012

Does your vision for your wedding include non-floral centerpieces? Vegetables have been receiving a lot of attention lately as a unique alternative to floral centerpieces.

Stumped about where to start? Artichokes are the most versatile. They work well as candleholders, but when ripe, their deep purple color compliments floral centerpieces beautifully. Longer stemmed vegetables can be used to create unique vases for a fresh spin on bouquets. Even simple baskets of ripe vegetables make eye-catching centerpieces. Check out the photos below for inspiration!

Non Floral Centerpieces

Vegetable Centerpieces

Photo credit: 1. Better Homes and Gardens, 2. Better Homes and Gardens, 3. Weddings by Lilly and 1. Jonathan Kantor via Martha Stewart, 2. Better Homes and Gardens, 3. Martha Stewart.

A Brilliant Wedding: Katie & Jason

Posted by Sarah PeaseAug 01, 2012

Katie and Jason were married on Labor Day weekend of 2011 and were fortunate to have some of the last good weather of the summer! Their First Look was done in and around Central Park, with some of NYC’s most iconic images, like hot dog carts and yellow cabs, drifting in and out of their photographs. Katie and Jason then went on to exchange “I Do’s” in an intimate ceremony at The Harold Pratt House on Park Avenue.

Afterwards, Katie and Jason made their way up the grand spiral staircase, along with their family and closest friends, to the candlelit library for cocktails. The reception took place across the hall in the elegant dining room. There, guests enjoyed delicious creations made by Park Avenue Catering. The pastel pink and white flower centerpieces by Rebecca Shepherd were the perfect compliment to the classic décor.

By the time the first dance began, it was clear that Katie and Jason couldn’t be happier together and Katie was all smiles as Jason twirled her around the dance floor. Later on, guests took a break from dancing to enjoy a decadent cake from Baked. It was a pleasure to be a part of this wonderful couple’s picture perfect day!

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Classic Groomsmen Attire

Romantic New York City Wedding

 Photos courtesy of China Jorrin Photography

Mismatched Bridesmaids Dresses

Posted by Sarah PeaseJun 27, 2012

One of the hottest trends in bridal fashion is mismatched-but-coordinated bridesmaids.  Many brides are foregoing the tradition of having all of their bridesmaids dress exactly alike.  There are many ways to embrace this trend.

Same Dress, Mixed Accessories:  The easiest is to have all of your bridesmaids dress in matching dresses, but to create interested with coordinating accessories or with different bouquets:

Bridesmaids with mixed accessories

Different Dresses, Same Hue. For those that want to dive a little deeper in the mismatching trend, allowing your girls to choose there own dress and just picking a color that you like.  The key is to give some guidance to your bridesmaids.   For example, long or short?  Do you care if the fabrics are different?  The more flexible you are, the greater variety you will have in the dresses your girls choose.

Bridesmaids Different Dresses similar Color

Different Color Dresses. This final option is not for the faint of heart!  Each bridesmaid has a completely different color dress.  The best way to keep the look cohesive is to make one thing consistent, whether it is matching bouquets or accessories.

Different Color Bridesmaid Dresses

Image sources in order: Arrow and Apple, Jolynne Photography, Carl Zoch Photography, Kerry Morgan, Ruth Anne Photography, Ben Blood, HPM Photo, Bayly Moore, Jill Thomas Photography, Stephanie Williams Photography, Art by DNA, Stephanie Williams Photography, Caroline Tran, Dixie Pixel Photo, Emily Photo, Kellie Kano Photography, SohoMode Etsy Shop.

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