One of the best things about hiring a great florist is that they know all the must-have tips and tricks to ensure your flowers look their absolute best on your big day. Worried that your flowers will lose their vibrancy before you even hit the aisle? Don’t be. Becca from Petal Floral Design shares some secret pro tips for keeping your flowers fresh longer in the video below!
5 Ways to Make Your Flowers Last Longer
Put them in lots of fresh room temperature water, and change the water daily.
Add a tablet of bayer aspirin to a glass of water.
Keep the flowers in a cool space – ideally between 50 and 60 degrees.
Add a tablespoon of mouthwash for every liter of water.
From Tiffany Medrano Photography… Annie and Tom were married on the most perfect day of Spring, in the presence of their friends and family. They planned their wedding from Texas, choosing to have the festivities take place in New England where Annie grew up. The ceremony was held in one of the many gardens of the Blithewold Mansion in Bristol, Rhode Island.
Through my correspondence with Annie I learned that she was very much inspired by the gardens at Blithewold and so on the day of their wedding we made sure to take time to explore the grounds. Rays of sun poured through the trees and the flowers were in full bloom. Annie’s smile for Tom was continuous throughout the day. It perfectly complimented her romantic, lighter than air, blush-Champagne colored wedding gown. The sun was setting as I watched them walk hand in hand towards the reception and I was reminded of a prince and princess stepping out of a fairy tail to live happily ever after.
Would you believe me if I told you this couple found their venue through a vacation rental website? Yeah, with that said I’m going to just come out and say it – Rhode Island is magic. Set on a tiny laid-back island, this oh-so-romantic fete is the ultimate dreamy bohemian bash. Marrying handmade details with sweet moments underneath a Newport Tent, Paige Jones has it all waiting for you here!
From the beautiful Bride… Rhode Island is a very special place to us. It’s where I grew up and is a place that has always represented a sense of pristine peace and natural beauty. Grant and I have spent many weekends exploring the coastline, SUPing to hidden beaches and soaking up the Ocean State sun.
When Grant and I got engaged, we knew we wanted to share this special environment with all of our loved ones and we were determined to find the perfect place in Jamestown. Located directly across from Newport, Jamestown is a tiny laid-back island and beach community with an artsy, bohemian vibe.
We were on the hunt for a rustic property to rent on the water, with a big yard that we could use as a backdrop for our wedding day. After days of searching on VRBO we were fortunate enough to find our dream location that offered us the ideal setting for a ceremony and reception, had a bonfire pit overlooking the ocean and included a dramatic 3 floor artists loft-like studio–too good to be true!
We instantly decided that not only should we host our wedding on the property, but I was excited to create an intimate setting for our rehearsal dinner, where I envisioned transforming the top floor of the loft, which had an extraordinary vantage point of Narragansett Bay from all sides, into a magical eclectic ambiance.
It was important to us that our rehearsal and wedding atmosphere represent “us,” and so we kept it casual but worked hard to add personal, simple touches to just about everything (see below). We took inspiration from our travels and the natural environment we were surrounded by to create the most dreamy outdoor bohemian bash.
While our vision came to life and the entire weekend exceeded our expectations (without a wedding planner!), the most memorable part of it all was standing in front of the people we love most in this world and committing our hand-written vows to one another, all while the sun was beaming in our faces and ocean breeze was blowing in our hair. And to top that off, my husband surprised me with an original song he wrote and played it, in a trio, with my dad and brother. Check out our wedding video to see the performance!
PERSONAL / HANDMADE (REHEARSAL DINNER) • Hand blocked table clothes from India for our rehearsal dinner • Grant and the guys draped vines around the beams (my vision) • I arranged the flowers in mason jars with the girls • I stamped all of the name tags and tied them around the flatware • A friend helped me design the menus (I sketched the image) • My mom and I collected the glass jars and candles
PERSONAL / HANDMADE (WEDDING) • I customized my dress by Stone Fox Bride • Grant’s step-dad is a wood worker and calligrapher. He made every wooden flower box and wooden table number holder for the tables (36 in all!), wooden stumps for the seating area, wooden signs, dinner menu board, aisles markers made of branches and mason jars • I bought and cut all of the burlap for the tables with Grant’s mom • A friend helped me design our invitation and wedding collateral (I sketched the designs) • My dad and I hand stained all of the chalkboards and my MOH showcased her master calligraphy with beautiful lettering • Grant and I made CD’s with our favorite songs. We got a custom stamp made and my dad sketched the 2 trees we walked through during the ceremony that we included on the packaging • We brought in some of our own rugs and pillows we picked up in Istanbul to create a funky seating area and even hung a hammock inspired by our trip to Nicaragua • Grant loves beer and hand-picked assortment of his favorite craft beers for the bar • We chose fish tacos for dinner (our favorite!) • Grant and I love dessert, especially ice cream and cookies. We had an ice cream sandwich bar with handmade cookies (from a family friend / baker) and our favorite local ice cream (Brickley’s Ice Cream) • I worked very closely with the florist to assure the flowers were not perfect, rather a bit messy and hand-picked looking • My dad planted succulents in smaller wooden boxes to use as accents on the cocktail tables and seating area • We ditched the traditional bride / groom wedding gifts and decided to use a piece of wood from the property get a hand-crafted dream catcher created. It hung during our wedding day and now hangs above our bed. • I scored a cool old wooden frame from a local flea market (For $10!), strung it with burlap and clothes pins to use as our seating chart • Our family friends own an art gallery in Rhode Island and lent us all of the easels • My bridesmaid works in a NYC restaurant and lent me the bistro napkins for all of the tables
In the world of drop-dead gorgeous images, Sweet Monday Photography reigns supreme. Think soft, light-filled captures that are as romantic as they are stunning and you are most definitely on the right track. So when it comes to soaking in the pretty, we’re all about devoting a day to Sweet Monday’s latest masterpiece… a shoot that is chock-full of outdoor beauty and spring-filled happy.
Known for their love of nature and ability to capture those special moments you didn’t even realize were happening, Sweet Monday Photography is endlessly inspired by the New England landscape… and it shows in every moment of this gorgeous styled shoot set against the stunning Mount in the Berkshires. Picture classic meets modern details and colorful blooms with a touch of traditional lovely and a splash of bohemian charm. It’s all sorts of seriously stunning, lovelies… and it’s just what we’ve come to expect from Sweet Monday Photography.
Whether you’re looking to capture your love against a golden autumn backdrop, or snuggled up with the snow twinkling in the background, Sweet Monday’s talented team of photogs will most definitely preserve those special moments that you will cherish for always. Contact them now to start your journey to beautiful photography. You can thank us later, loves.
What: Sweet Monday Photography is offering 20% off any of their standard wedding photography Collections for weddings with either the ceremony or reception taking place outdoors in 2016 or 2017!
How: Interested couples just need to mention this post when inquiring about Sweet Monday’s availability on their wedding date via the contact form on their website. Discount is not applicable for custom Collections, but may be applied to any of the standard packages. The discount will be honored a total of 10 times on a first come, first served basis. Click here for more info!
Folks, this is a special one. It’s the kind of wedding that truly overflows with love, from not only the couple (their proposal story is so incredibly sweet) but every single person that surrounded them on their big day. It was a glorious family affair planned by True Event at Bride’s childhood home, and it’s all made even more heart warming by the fact that her father built that beauty with his very own hands. Josh Adam Photography and Long Haul Films were on hand to make sure not a moment of this magical day was missed, and you can see it all unfold here.
From the Bridesmaids… Alexandra and Mark’s love story unfolded while attending Union College together, finding a missing piece of themselves in each other, and holding on to it tightly. Over ten years of playing each other’s better halves, they formed a bond unlike any other. Ups and downs that life presented confirmed their connection to be unbreakable. Through simple challenges that young love presents, to trying times of loss, Mark and Alex proved to be one another’s strongest ally and greatest friend.
Mark proposed romantically upon the steps of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston while taking their beloved pups for a walk. An ecstatic Alexandra was overcome with joy upon spotting both of their families on-looking nearby — including her brother, who had flown in all the way from Aspen just to share in the excitement. Alex had questioned her sanity earlier in the day, when she fell from her bike after being shaken by the possibility that she saw her brother drive by on her way home from school. Thanks to Mark’s careful planning, it was in fact him that she spotted, a coincidental glitch that would make their engagement story that much sweeter.
The setting for their summer wedding was to be the Sparks’ family home, a sprawling, yet remarkably cozy house built by Alex’s father’s own hands, in Little Compton, Rhode Island. With the beach blocks away and a perfectly breezy summer night, it would be the epitome of a romantic backyard wedding. The classic elegance of each carefully selected element would result in a wedding much like the couple themselves – inviting, elegant, warm, and timeless. From the packed, cozy chapel, to the endless energy on the dance floor, the bride and groom were surrounded by an undeniable outpouring of love from friends and family that were so excited to be celebrating the beginning of their journey as Mr. and Mrs.
The majestic tent outside the Sparks’ home set the stage for a night of delicious food (complete with funfetti cake), heartfelt speeches, and bare feet on the dance floor. The special touches that echoed the bride and grooms personalities included a Del’s lemonade cart, S’mores bar around the fire, hand passed Dark n’ Stormys, and a raw bar as long as the eye could see. The beautifully distressed farm tables lent the perfect backdrop to a tablescape dotted with unique blue and white ceramics, gorgeous hydrangeas, roses, and scattered succulents. The candlelight sprinkled throughout illuminated happy faces and added to the warm glow.
The love between this couple was palpable at all moments throughout this celebration – their exuberant personalities and warmth was infectious to all of their guests. It was hard to believe when the band played their final song because time had flown by so quickly dancing the night away beneath the sailcloth tent. There wasn’t a single detail overlooked, or a moment that wasn’t made special – this was a truly magical celebration of an exceptional couple.
From M. Studios…They met at a bar called Snickers. Years later they married at Belle Mer. Along the way Jen and John had many adventures and fell madly in love with each other. Their wedding day invoked the beauty, romance and happiness that these two share. Jaime at Eventfully Planned made sure that no detail was left unattended which made our job that much easier. It also didn’t hurt that the talented makeup artists at Jennie Kay Beauty transformed Jen into the most beautiful Disney Princess. We are sure this isn’t the look Jen went into her makeup trial asking for but take a look at this stunning beauty and tell us that she’s not the fairest of them all! Some people say that all the groom has to do is show up on the wedding day, not THIS groom! John was just as involved as Jen. He knew the timeline by heart and kept us all on track and in stitches. This guy is truly the life of the party and so, so nice.
Before we even arrived at Belle Mer we traveled all around Newport with the talented David Bettencourt shooting video. Beginning at the Mill Street Inn, a former nineteenth century mill that combines historic charm with today’s modern luxuries, we captured the delicate details of Jen’s styling. John was a few suites away and we witnessed a sweet exchange of gifts between the bride and groom. We took a quick walk over to the grounds of Trinity Church for a first look and some formal portraits with the wedding party and then moved on to Ochre Court at Salve Regina. This stunning building serves as the administration building for the university but it’s like no administration building you’ve ever been to. Nestled among the incredible mansions of Newport’s Bellevue Avenue, Ochre Court was once the summer residence of a prominent New York banker. With hushed tones John and Jen stole some quiet moments and a private dance surrounded by details inspired by French Gothic chateaux and churches.
Next was Belle Mere for the ceremony with the sea and the Newport Bridge as the backdrop. Guests are always blown away by this venue. It’s absolutely breathtaking. Blooms by Broadway Florist enhanced the beauty of the cocktail hour and reception while the Boston Common Band had all of the guests dancing and partying into the night. To say we like this couple would be and understatement. We LOVE this couple!!