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Anatomy of a Bridal Bouquet + WIUP

It’s no secret we’re total suckers for a good bridal bouquet. Big, small, we love ‘em all and Marti’s Floral Designs is here to break down the pretty. She’s sharing her recipe for the ultimate bundle of blooms and thanks to Lexi Vornberg Photography you can see the snaps right here. Pssst: winners, reminders and a few fun discounts are just a scroll away. Happy weekend!

BOUQUET RECIPE
Agonis
Stock
Anemones
Ranunculus
Italian Ruscus
Lisianthus
Uhle Curls
Eucalyptus
Garden Roses

Tip: Any flower is beautiful in itself. Putting a stunning white anemone against the dark texture of the burgundy agonis makes it more noticeable. The greens give this bouquet the dramatic look that make it pop. Plenty of times the greenery gets a bad rap. Insert mental photo of leather leaf from the grocery store with red roses and baby’s breath. It is all in the application of the flowers and how they are placed together. A good trick is to start with each individual flower and rotating them in placement until the bouquet is full. 

From Marti’s Floral Designs… Many flowers go into the making of a bridal bouquet. Every flower is chosen for an exact reason. To represent a color, a texture, a style. A flower can be taken and made to look modern, romantic, traditional or rustic. It is all in the look that the Bride is trying to achieve for her wedding. I am a huge advocate to selling brides on the style and not a particular flower. Mother Nature never provides the same product every week and every bride is not the same either! All the flowers apart are striking on their own, but when you see the product pulled together the final piece is just as stunning. I wanted to provide a look behind the making of a bouquet.

Bringing in special talents from all across the nation made this possible with hand dyed and frayed silk ribbon from Froufrou Chic, organic lettering from Signora a Mare, and captured by Lexi Vornberg Photography.

Photography: Lexi Vornberg Photography | Calligraphy: Signora E Mare | Flowers : Marti's Floral Designs | Ribbon : FrouFrou Chic

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$1500 gift card to Ann Taylor Weddings
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For our Midwest brides… Enter to win an evening engagement session from Cristina G Photography.

For our New England brides… A special offer from Hyatt Regency Cambridge.

And WINNERS…

Big Congratulations to Brittany, Krista, and Shannon for winning $250 from Wedding Paper Divas.

Congrats, congrats to Katie who won an engagement session from Julian Ribinik Photography.

Finally, congratulations to the multiple winners of the a free print sample from Whimsical Prints!

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Whimsical English Garden Wedding

The second I opened this wedding my productivity levels plummeted. You see, I found myself lost in a beautiful sea of English Garden inspired blooms from Courtenay Lambert Florals and every little moment captured by BRAUNPhotography sucked me in. Before I knew it, I had been sifting through the gallery for hours. So be forewarned, you will get lost in this beauty!


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Fall
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GardenTent
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Whimsical

From Courtenay Lambert Florals… The brides vision in planning her wedding was the use of natural elements, while keeping an elegant feel of an English Tea Garden. Our inspiration in the design was “Alice and Wonderland meets English Tea Garden meets Hobbit’s Village”. Many of the design elements were a mix of inspiration from her Event Designer as well as personal treasures belonging to her family. Use of organic and natural materials, such as moss, stones, wood slices and succulents, were of utmost importance to the bride and groom. The groom wore a tailor maid custom suit and the bridesmaids wore vintage inspired dresses that helped convey the theme of the wedding.

From the stunning bride… Joe and I always knew we wanted to get married outside, and the abundance of gorgeous outdoor venues is certainly not lacking in Cincinnati. The French House, nestled in Amberly Village, with its sprawling wildflower fields, intimate garden setting and charming red brick house really spoke to us. You see, Joe grew up in the country, a good old farm boy of sorts, and myself, while not exactly a city girl, I come pretty close. The French House was the perfect venue for uniting the best of these two worlds.

I wanted to use soft romantic colors, a tried and true color scheme certainly, used by many brides before me, but I also wanted to capture the laid back earthiness of the outdoors that Joe and I love so much. Juxtaposing more earthy elements like moss, stone and succulents with soft garden roses, ivory lace and blush colored silks was critical in making this balance a reality. It was a casual elegance I was looking for, but something unique, something enchanted. I wanted the style to be textured and spirited. We wanted to strike an intriguing, exciting cord in our style for our guests, and for us! And of course, we wanted to incorporate all kinds of personal touches! The lace overlay for the cake table in particular is a family heirloom, made by my grandmother and great- grandmother for my parent?s wedding forty two years ago. My sister also used this on her cake table and it was finally my turn. This linen demanded something special be placed on it, and I turned to no other than Maureen Thie for this task. Her family owned the original Virginia Bakery and although she no longer was making cakes for private events, my mother’s persistent begging payed off. Mo had also made my sisters cake years ago.

The ladies got ready at my parent’s house. The same place we got ready sixteen years prior when I was the Maid of Honor at my sisters wedding. Now, I could finally honor her as my Matron of Honor, her daughters as Junior Bridesmaids, and her husband as a Groomsman. Really, it was a family affair with my brother and Joe’s cousin also in that mix, not to mention a couple of wonderful friends! It was so much fun choosing the attire for everyone. I used BHLDN for the ladies and outfitted the guys in Joseph Abboud. The stylists at BHLDN were fabulous to work with. I sent my bridesmaid’s measurements along with the dresses I had chosen and they helped match each dress to everyones body type, helping to ensure that everyone looked their best! To play off the highly textured, whimsical feel of the day I selected different dresses for all my bridesmaids in slightly varying shades of blush. Their dresses were definitely one of my favorite things about the wedding! I went with a classic, vintage feel for the guys incorporating suspenders and bow ties to complete their look.

Joe and I decided to do a first look and are so glad we did. Not only did it help to calm some nerves but it was so very special to be able to share that moment and our day with all of our guests via our Same Day Edit video thanks to Studio Z Films. We didn’t even tell our wedding party this video was going down. Talk about a tear jerker! Arriving early at the French House also gave us a chance to get a sneak peak into how Courtenay Lambert and her team had transformed this venue into something spectacular. I had met with more florists than I could count, and from the moment I met Courtenay I knew she was the exact one I had been searching for! I followed my heart when it came to assembling our team of venders and I really feel the approach paid off. Even a few last minute changes, albeit a bit stressful, helped to ensure that everything and everyone felt “right”. So glad I went with printed flower girl dresses!

Our guests were greeted at the French House with a pre ceremony cocktail, paying homage to the time of year with its delicate amber hue of apple cider and champagne, complete with a spiced sugar rim. The Bacon Bar, open during cocktail hour, was also a huge hit, with people feasting on fistfuls of wasabi bacon, chocolate dipped bacon, dijon brown sugar, smoked chili, and cracked pepper bacon. A sign that read “Thank you so much for being here today! We love you more than bacon!!!” adorned the buffet. Renee Schuler of EatWell really hit this one out of the park! Not to mention just about everything else! Luckily, Joe and I had arranged to have a platter of this wonderfully delicious smorgasbord waiting for us upstairs after the ceremony. Best idea ever! In addition to our love of bacon, Joe and I are also craft beer enthusiasts. We served only beers brewed right here in Cincinnati. It was a fun way to share a passion of ours as well as highlight three different local breweries that we love.

A drizzle required us to move the ceremony under the tent. A bit disappointing yes, but as the sun emerged immediately after the ceremony, an impromptu family gathering in the garden became one of our favorite memories from the day. Before heading into the tent, Joe and I headed out to the wildflower field to capture some of our first photos as husband and wife. I absolutely adore these shots!

Dinner was served family style. It proved to be a great way to engage guests with each other and to enhance the intimacy of the evening, as well as a way to play off the time of year again, a celebration of the harvest! After dinner we showed the Same Day Edit video, cut the cake and took to the dance floor. Soul Pocket, with its funky flavor and three lovely ladies can really take a house down! We danced the night away before piling into the party bus, (another highlight of the evening) and headed downtown to Via Vite on Fountain Square for a night cap. An intimate brunch the next morning at The Metropole was the icing on the cake before heading off to Paradise, thanks to my brother! (Our honeymoon was his wedding gift, the location of which he kept a secret until our Rehearsal Dinner the night before!)

October 5th, 2013 was the most wonderful day of my life, complete with one of the biggest rainstorms of the year and a new moon! It was a magical day filled with love, warmth, and passion, family and friendship, and of course, a ton of pretty! 

Photographer: Braun Photography | Videographer: Studio Z Films | Event Design: Courtenay Lambert Florals | Floral Design: Courtenay Lambert Florals | Catering: Eat Well | Hair: Sam Hills - High Five Salon | Lighting: Goodwin Lighting | Band: Soul Pocket | Coordination: Brigid Horne-Nestor | Hotel: 21 C Museum Hotel | Makeup: Brideface | Rentals: All Occasions Event Rental | Tented Ceremony/Reception: French Park

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French Inspired Country Club Wedding

Love at first site isn’t reserved for just soul mates. No, as this wedding from Kortnee Kate Photogrpahy plainly proves, love at first site can most definitely refer to a wedding. It was the macarons which did me in on this one. Then the preppy, french, chic design kept me in the gallery for hours! See you there?


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Summer
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Country Club
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Preppy

From the beautiful bride… I’ve loved Laduree {the Parisian patisserie} and macarons for years. The beautiful Laduree packaging is something I’ve collected in my travels to every Laduree I’ve ever visited – and taken Richard along with me throughout our 5+ years together. His sweet tooth sure never minds! I adore their feminine colors {light pink & mint green} and delicious macarons. This is where our wedding inspiration began. My mom’s friend, graphic designer Kim Jackson of MiTags, designed our wedding logo. We wanted it to be classic and preppy with a twist of French “chic.” We went to France for our honeymoon {and multiple Laduree locations!) so it all came full circle.

We used the laurel logo on all of our wedding paper goods: save the dates, wedding invitations, banner at the ceremony, wedding programs, menu cards, macaron favor boxes, sweets table bags, napkins, thank yous, etc. Our wedding favors were pistachio macarons – the boxes were put together by my sister, mom and I on one of our many DIY evenings. The banner that we used at our ceremony was transported to be used above the mantel on the dance floor – a perfect way to use the homemade banner twice!

Richard and I love cocktail hour so we wanted to make sure everyone had room to relax & enjoy themselves! That is where the white outdoor couches with pink and white striped pillows with “Madame” and “Monsieur” and our wedding date came into play. We are also primarily beer drinkers so instead of a signature drink we made sure there were enough pink monogrammed koozies to go around.

If we aren’t drinking beer then we are most likely drinking Veuve {for special occasions, of course!} We celebrated with our bridal party with Veuve after the ceremony {and after the wedding petal toss!} That being said, we decided to have our guests sign Veuve jackets instead of a guest book. The sign said: “To have and to hold and to keep their Veuve cold. Please sign the Veuve jackets for Ash & Rich”

The sweets table displayed a heirloom silver trophy centerpiece that has been used at every Fehr family wedding. It has been a tradition to use this silver trophy and we were lucky enough to be able to use it at the cocktail hour and on the pink and white sweets table. The sweets take away bags had our logo imprinted with “l’amour est doux” meaning love is sweet in French.

We wanted to incorporate all of the important women in our lives, especially since neither of us have any living grandmothers. We had photos hanging in the girls bathroom {from French pink and white striped wire ribbon} of our mothers and grandmothers on their wedding day. This was one of the most special parts of the planning process, looking through old wedding albums of our grandparents. We know our grandmothers were with us on our wedding day. We know they were the ones who turned the rainy morning into the most gorgeous evening – 75 at the end of July in Cincinnati is not normal. I also wore my grandmothers wedding dress {shortened} at our after party!

We worked with Kevin Ford at Ford Ellington Design who helped create the most magical design. I knew I wanted pink flower balls but only in my dreams could I imagine hanging flower balls intertwined with crystal elements to create this chandelier. Kevin took a simple brass chandelier and transformed it into something out of a fairytale. It was more beautiful than anything I could have ever imagined. Kevin was more than a florist, he helped us in every detail, everything from the gorgeous table cloths to the light pink chair cushions (a small detail that I absolutely loved) to the lighting at HPCC, he covered it all. His flowers were over the top and each time I look back at the photos I am more and more in love! I told him I wish I could just live under that chandelier forever.

The bridesmaids wore Lela Rose mint green dresses and the groomsmen wore white dinner jackets. We wanted the look to feel classic and simple. Richard and I both had grandfathers who wore white dinner jackets at their weddings so we knew it was meant to be when we were deciding their look.

My dress was Justina McCaffrey from Amanda’s Hyde Park Bridal – I loved being in that gown from the moment I put it on! It was actually the very first dress I tried on, EVER… if you can believe it! The Badgley Mischka belt was an addition to the dress – it’s tiny floral, rhinestone, lace and beaded detail made it an absolute must.

The night ended with a send off with tambourines and maracas, we then returned for an after party themed with our college {where we met!} late night food joint, Marvin’s. The food was garlic cheeseburgers, fries and beer – Marvin’s staples. We continued to dance the night away outdoors with a balloon drop and glow necklaces under a tent with a DJ!

From start to finish our wedding was everything we dreamed it would be. It was the best day of our lives and we couldn’t have done it without our amazing vendor team!

Photography: Kortnee Kate Photography | Wedding Planner: Elisa MacKenzie at Elegant Events | Florist: Kevin Ford of Ford-Ellington Wedding Design | Ceremony Venue: Saint Ursula Academy | Reception Venue: Hyde Park Golf and Country Club | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids Dresses: Lela Rose LX117 - found on Wedding Shoppe Inc. website (they are discontinued unfortunately) | Lighting: Goodwin Lighting | Band: Shout | After Party: Hyde Park Golf and Country Club Pool Deck | Assorted Cookies: Inspiring Kind | Assorted Pink Candy: Candy Warehouse | Candy Table Sweets Bags: Glerup Packaging | Circle Top Wood Stir Sticks : Stationary Studio | Cupcakes, Cakepops and White Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sticks: Cupcake Crazy | Event Coordinator at Reception: Angie Neises | Groomsmen Tuxs: Romualdo | Hair : Salon LA | Imprinted Tambourines: For Your Party | Macaron Favor Boxes: Favors and Flowers | Macaron Favors: Taste of Belgium | Makeup : brideface | Monogrammed Koozies: Discount Mugs | Mr and Mrs Cookies: Cake Creations | Napkins, Invitations, Table Cards, Favor Box stickers, Banner, P: Kim Jackson of MiTags (family friend) | Pink and White Ribbon (girls bathroom): Ribbon Bazaar | Tablecloths: All Occasions Event Rental | Wedding Cake and Macaron Towers: The Bonbonerie | Wedding Dress Vendor: Amanda's Hyde Park Bridal