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Why Flower Bars Are the New “It” Bridal Shower Detail

Hi SMP Brides! It’s Jess of Dressed by Jess again and today I am so excited to share my garden-inspired bridal shower with you. First, let me start out by saying that I was so completely overwhelmed with love and joy on the day of my shower. The feeling of having all of the special women in your life, in one room, gathered to celebrate your soon-to-be marriage, is indescribable.

I cried many happy tears! My bridal shower was not a surprise, I was aware of the date and location, but my girls kept a lot of secrets from me which made the day extra special. My mom, sister, bridesmaids, and future mother-in-law did such an incredible job planning the day for me. From the flower bar, to the custom flower crown station, to the floral photo booth, my eyes didn’t know where to settle first upon entering the room.

My shower took place at the Madison Hotel in the Conservatory room, which features floor to ceiling windows, opulent chandeliers, and rich greenery. It was truly stunning! The invitations were accentuated with pretty pastels, pops of fuchsia, and a whimsical garden-inspired design by Sugar and Grace Paper. The reverse side of the invitations included the saying “Please join us in the garden for love and laughter before the happily ever after.”

We spent the day sipping on mimosas, enjoying delicious food and all the fun festivities my bridesmaids put together. We laughed over the clever games and cried over the sentimental moments. I really enjoyed the He Said/She Said game. It was fun to listen to all the guests’ responses.

The flower bar represented my love for florals, and it also served as a favor station. Each guest was able to pick their favorite flowers and put them into jars to bring home. Another fun touch? We used the flowers to create flower crowns! This station was a hit. I couldn’t pull my friends away from it if I tried to. It kept them very busy when I opened gifts.

The photo booth was very non-traditional and my sister worked with Angela of Floriography Designs to hang flowers for the backdrop. At the end of the day I really enjoyed looking back at all the photos of my friends and family. It was such a sweet touch.

I opted to keep my ensemble fairly traditional for the shower. I wore a long-sleeved lace white dress from Allen Schwartz and completed the look with a Marchesa clutch from Rent the Runway. I worked with Michelle from Up and Out to create a bohemian-inspired fishtail braid. We styled it with a delicate Violette Garland hair accessory from Hermione Harbutt. I felt the dainty pearl flowers nestled along the gold branches truly fit in with the bridal shower theme.

It was a floral-filled afternoon and I was surrounded by so much love. I’m so thankful for those who helped me celebrate. I hope you enjoyed taking a peek into my bridal shower. Huge thank you to Jessa of Love & Light Photographs for capturing every moment. Stay tuned for more pre-wedding details. xx Jess.

Flower bar tips from Floriography Designs

Find a floral expert that can provide the flowers, tools, and expertise. In the case of DIY, do research about flowers and find a good flower market provider.

Create a concept. Choose your color theme and floral style. You could go from French market, urban chic, to rustic and country style. Try to pick flowers according to your bridal shower theme.

Select the right flowers that will be easy to pick for your guests that can be arranged in small bud vases. Preferably no thorns and clean stems.

Don’t forget to prep! Order your flowers ahead of time. On the day before, unwrap and prepare buckets with clean water and flower food to condition and feed them. Clean the stems removing thorns or any unnecessary leaves. Arrange them by bunches.

Set the stage. Get creative by designing and decorating your flower bar with buckets for your guests to pick the flowers. Prepare the bud vases with water and floral food ahead. Set up some small working tables for your guests to work on with tools to cut and arrange the flowers.

Follow Jess’s Journey:

Meet the Bride | Margarita + ‘Maids | Planning Inspo | The Dress | Mistletoe Moments

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Photography: Love & Light Photographs | Bride's Shoes: Kohl's | Hair + Makeup: Up & Out Beauty Bar | Venue: The Madison Hotel | Bride's Clutch: Rent The Runway | Bride's Dress: Allen B. Schwartz | Floral Design, Flower Bar + Floral Photo Booth: Floriography Designs | Hair Accessory: Hermione Harbutt | Invitation Suite + Sinage: Sugar & Grace Creative | Pre-Bridal Shower Glow: EC Beauty Studio

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Jess Galfo

Morristown, New Jersey Wedding from Vanessa Joy Photography

Sometimes it pays off to be the girl running around with a sheet tucked under her headband, “marrying” your most favorite teddy bear. The minute you find that special someone (who isn’t scared off by your mountain of bridal magazines) you know exactly what to do. And you learn just how wonderful the love part of the wedding can be. This bride and I have that in common, and as you can see from her beautiful wedding, captured by Vanessa Joy Photography, it paid off big time for her. Beautiful bride, handsome groom, stunning soiree… and a love that doesn’t stop.

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From the beautiful bride… “Alison has been planning her wedding since she was 5…” is all I ever heard from my family, and let me tell you: it is SO true. I’m a hopeless romantic, what can I say. When Geoff proposed to me, I had all but applied for a marriage license. He was happy to step back and let me finish planning this day that I had already been planning for so long.

I’m a neutral color girl that doesn’t like a lot of busyness or attention and I spent a lot of time trying to incorporate my own laid back style into a formal event. When it came to the girls’ dresses, I didn’t want them to be the typical bridesmaids dresses- I’m all about functional and practical dresses and I really wanted them to be able to wear them again. For the guys, I knew I wanted a more relaxed feel and wanted them to be able to invest in something they would have a wear for a long time, so we went with custom suits where they all got to pick their own liner which let them add their own flair. I will say that flowers were a tough one for me. How do you create neutral flowers that are still a stunning focal point? What did I know about flowers? Nothing. Luckily I had an amazing florist who took my style and jumbled thoughts and brought them to life in a way I never dreamed of.

Both Geoff and I have strong relationships with our families and we wanted that represented throughout the day. I had my grandmother’s wedding handkerchief wrapped around my bouquet, I wore my aunt’s veil, Geoff’s uncle sang our church music, my cousin played the violin, and my mother’s cousin was our priest. Everyone being so excited to be a part of our day was something that was so special to us.

I was basically raised on a golf course, so when it came time to pick a wedding venue, my parents’ country club was the only choice in my mind. I have so many incredible memories of my whole family there and I couldn’t wait to add more. I felt so incredibly calm and relaxed throughout the whole night because I truly felt like I was at home. Seeing everyone that we love in one room together having a great time was the most incredible experience we have ever had. To top it all off, our photographer captured the entire day flawlessly and having her around added to the fun we had throughout the day.

So, was it everything I ever dreamed of and planned for? Yes! Words can’t describe the amount of fun I had planning and the amount of fun we had on our wedding day and really, that’s what it’s all about.

Photography: Vanessa Joy Photography | Ceremony: Church of Christ the King | Reception Location: Spring Brook Country Club | Entertainment Company and MC: Dreamtime, EBE Entertainment | Hair: Dolce – Depasquale the Spa | Makeup: Ali Tobia Hart, Public Image Ltd. | Florist: Laurelwood Designs | Stationery: The Small Printer | Bridesmaid Dress Designer: J.Crew | Wedding Gown Designer: Vera Wang | Groom and Groomsmen attire: Enzo Custom Clothiers

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Spectacular Formal Wedding In New Jersey From Gulnara Studio

Spectacular seems to be the word of the day! Earlier  we featured a gorgeous wedding from Gulnara Studio that was simply spectacular! But that is also the precise word that came to mind when viewing Dorian and Kevin’s formal yet whimsical New Jersey wedding. The floral designs will knock your socks off!  See the whole wedding gallery here.

We wanted a fun and lively wedding without the stress. That is why we hired Samantha Goldberg as a wedding planer. She, along with A Touch of Elegance florist and Infinity Lighting transformed the Spring Brook Country Club into a magical garden where all our dreams came true. Our guests danced the night away under chandeliers of flowers to a fantastic band called Rhythm Jam of Red Hot Productions. The event was captured by the talents of Gulnara Studio and Stix Productions. Our cake was made by Carlos Bakery. The favors were boxes of the bride’s home made almond brittle dipped in chocolate. The stationery was from Honor of your Presence, with calligraphy done by a family friend. The bridal party was made beautiful by Melissa D’Aloia & Co., and were dressed in varying fashions by After Six while the bride wore a dress from Allure Bridals. The groomsmen’s attire was from Men’s Warehouse. We were swept away to our dream wedding in a 2009 Rolls Royce Phantom from Santos VIP Limo, while the guests were transported in shuttles provided by My Limo, of East Hanover.

Gulnara’s Blog of Dorian & Kevin’s wedding has lots more spectacular photos of this incredible wedding!

Wedding Gown – Allure Bridals / Ceremony: St. Mary’s Church, Dover NJ / Reception: Spring Brook Country Club, Morristown, NJ / Wedding Planner and Designer: Samantha Goldberg & Co. / Florist: A Touch of Elegance / Cake: Carlos Bakery / Band: Rhythm Jam of Red Hot Productions Videographer: Stix Productions / Lighting: Infinity Lighting / Stationery: The Honour Of Your Presence / Hair and Make Up: Melissa D’Aloia & Co.