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How To: Dutch Inspired Floral Arrangements

Oh the Dutch and their still life. They know a thing or two about painting gorgeous arrangements and now Calico Floriculture & Design is bringing those florals to life. Captured by Cambria Grace, this simple how to walks you through the steps of crafting an elegant, bountiful Spring arrangement complete with a list of must have florals. Click here for more.

From Calico Floriculture & Design Dutch floral still life paintings provide much inspiration for arrangements filled with various colors and textures. If you look back to the paintings of Dutch artists during the Golden Age you will find a wild and luscious floral style.

Materials

  • Peach and Yellow Icelandic Poppies
  • Peach, White, and Pink Ranunculus
  • Blue and Red Anemones
  • Purple Hellebores
  • Seeded Eucalyptus
  • Blue Muscari
  • Orange Butterfly Flower
  • White Daffodils
  • Red Tulips

instructions

step-1First begin, filling your vessel with some base green foliage. I like to use greenery that grows around farm such as cedar, eastern hemlock, spruce, and juniper branches.

step-2You will notice that Dutch still life floral paintings tend to be filled with many different kinds of flowers, this is the fun part! Collect many different sizes, shapes and colors to work with. Notice I have chosen a peach Icelandic Poppy to be a main focal point in the arrangement. I like to choose one or two large flowers so either a poppy, garden rose, large ranunculus, or even a dahlia to be the spotlight flower which I will place off center. I generally never want to place a large flower right in the center because it will then draw too much attention.

step-3Once I have my base foliage and large core flowers selected and placed, I begin to build up the arrangement. I start off with shorter stemmed flowers then move out from there. To mimic the Dutch style, I want to make sure to not leave too many empty spaces. I want to create a full and lush arrangement perfect for spring.

Photography: Cambria Grace | Floral Design: Calico Floriculture & Design | Venue: Ceremony | Ceramics: Meghan Flynn

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Elegant Fall Wedding at The Boston Public Library

I’ll never get sick of weddings at the Boston Public Library, every single one makes me downright giddy. There is something about the building that elevates any and every celebration and this elegant fall wedding is a perfect example. With rich jewel tones and a regal air about the whole affair, this soiree makes me love the venue even more. BKB & Co. captured it all and these pics are just pure magic.

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From BKB & CoOne of the most sought-after Boston wedding venues has become the Boston Public Library. And it’s no wonder! The BPL has just about everything a couple would want – stunning spaces, a central location, rich in history, and I have to say, a terrific place to have unbelievable wedding photos! That’s why I was thrilled to be a part of Brett and David’s wedding at the BPL. There’s nothing like a fall wedding in downtown Boston – especially Copley Square!

Brett, a physician, certainly has brains and beauty! She looked absolutely beautiful in her gown by David Tutera. The lace overlay on the bodice was simply gorgeous! The bride carried a bouquet of deep red calla lilies designed by Table & Tulip. That beautiful red color was also carried throughout the event. David looked handsome in a traditional tuxedo and black bow tie from Alabaster & Chess.

Most of the wedding planning was done by Brett’s mother. She did a beautiful job creating an intimate, romantic evening. The reception was held in the beautiful Guastavino Room. There were retro and vintage elements scattered throughout the night, such as the card catalogs, which everyone LOVED! But she also incorporated some modern touches such as up-lighting by Boston Uplights, a candy display, a cigar roller, and cupcakes by I Dream of Jeanne. The best modern touch of all, though, was the bride’s gown change. Yes, you read that right! Brett changed into the most stunning gold reception dress. Not only was it beautiful, but it fit her like a glove. Simply gorgeous!

Catering was provided by the famed Catered Affair, who is the exclusive caterer for BPL. Oh, and did I mention the clever Gray’s Anatomy book placed on the table with Brett’s medical school friends that each guest could sign. How cute is that?

Brett and David are wonderful, down to earth people. In fact, they simply joined with their guests as they entered the reception! I loved the fabulous toasts by the Maid of Honor and Best Man. It was also lovely to hear Brett’s father speak of how proud he was of his daughter. So sweet!

At the end of the day, this wedding was truly about friends and family gathering to support this beautiful couple and enjoy a super-fabulous and elegant dinner party.

Photography: BKB & Co. | Floral Design: Table & Tulip | Wedding Dress: David Tutera | Cupcakes: I Dream Of Jeanne | Invitations: Paper Source | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Waters Creek | Catering: The Catered Affair | Lighting: Boston Uplights | Band: District 21, Nightshift Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Alabaster & Chess | Wedding Venue: Boston Public Library | Cigar Roller : Boston Cigar Factory | Photography Studio Location: Newbury Street, Boston

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Romantic Wequassett Resort Wedding

I may be a bit biased, but a good ol’ nautical New England wedding takes the cake for me any day. The wispy dune grass, the expansive dockside views, the way the sun kisses the deep blue sea… they win me over every time. This one from Kelly Dillon is no exception, especially with those peach bouquets from Lilacs and don’t even get me started on that stunning Bride prettied up by Blush. See it all here!

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From the beautiful Bride… Dave and I met almost 8 years ago when we were next door neighbors in Arlington. Dave proposed at our apartment late on Christmas Eve just over a year ago, and it was very sweet and low key.

When we started looking for venues on the Cape, we fell in love with Wequassett’s amazing views and traditional Cape Cod feel. We wanted our wedding to be a relaxed and informal celebration with close family and friends. Trying to keep the decor soft and simple to complement the beautiful outdoor setting, we went with subtle colors throughout (neutral toned bridesmaids, dresses, amazing blush pink and cream flowers from Lilacs). Can’t say enough good things about our incredible vendors that handled and captured all of of the important details of the day!

Photography: Kelly Dillon Photography | Floral Design: Lilacs Florals | Wedding Dress: J.Crew | Wedding Shoes: Kate Spade | Makeup: Blush | Hair: Kris Pavao | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Wedding Venue: Wequassett Resort And Golf Club

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Elegant Country Club Wedding

Grab a few tissues SMP’ers, because this wedding will certainly bring a few tears to your eyes. For when the Groom’s father was battling cancer, this sweet pair wanted nothing more than to honor him on their Big Day. From the Bride’s vintage veil, to her father ordaining, The McCartneys captured it all right here, while Justin Joslin Wedding Films made sure every moment would live on below!


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From The McCartneys PhotographyLydia & Jon’s is truly the most heartwarming and powerful wedding we have ever had the privilege of photographing.

We’re not sure where to begin as we try to lace together words to match the powerful day that was Lydia & Jon’s wedding. Their wedding day was not only a celebration of an all-consuming love, but also a celebration of life and family! When Lydia & Jon announced their engagement, we have to admit, we did a little bit of a ‘happy dance’ in the hopes they might think of us to document their wedding celebration. When they did, we were over the moon excited! We planned a Skype date to talk about their hopes for their wedding photos and hear what type of Door County, WI wedding they were planning! Shortly before our Skype date, Lydia emailed to let us know they recently decided to have TWO weddings instead of one! As we continued to read, we discovered that Jon’s Dad, Paul, had been battling cancer and, as of recent, things were not going as they would hope. It was Jon’s wish that his Dad would see him marry the woman of his dreams – the woman who he would spend the rest of his life with.

Just a couple months later, we quickly found ourselves in the air to Boston, almost in disbelief that Lydia & Jon’s wedding was just days away. We made the most of our few days in the area before their wedding and, on August 8th, we woke up feeling distinctly honored to capture the incredible day that was ahead of us. Nothing could have prepared us for the emotion we witnessed on this very special day. It was written on everyones faces. Joy. Sadness. Love. Jon brought his dad up the aisle moments before his soon-to-be wife made the same walk with her Dad, and it was as if every emotion was pouring out of his face. Lydia’s Dad, Cory, is a Pastor in Door County and his words & wishes couldn’t have been more perfect a he gave his daughter away to Jon. This was one of the many personal touches that made Lydia & Jon’s wedding so heartfelt and unique to the two of them.

In just a few short months Lydia & Jon planned a day filled with so much thought, you’d think they had been planning for a year! To touch on a few, Lydia’s gorgeous dress was custom-made from the same satin that both her Grandmother and her Mom, Darla, wore on their wedding days. The absolutely stunning veil that wrapped Lydia up belonged to Jon’s Mom, Kathy. We honestly couldn’t get over what a STUNNING bride Lydia was!! Her & Jon’s wedding was also made possible by the talent of many family members like the music played during their ceremony and sweet cookie favors awaiting each guest at their dinner table. :)

After lovely words from Lydia’s Dad, she and Jon were ready to share their hand-written vows. Lydia’s vows were several pages long and, though she wanted to hold Jon’s hand, she also needed one hand to hold the vows and the other to flip through the pages. As if they weren’t a cute enough couple already, Jon made this possible by flipping pages for Lydia so that he could hold her hand too! Though very small, this little detail speaks volumes to the “team” that they are.

After portraits in the most romantic evening light followed by especially emotional first dances, Lydia & Jon had a surprise for Paul & Kathy, Jon’s parents, during the anniversary dance. They played his parents’ wedding song and, as Paul got up to dance with his wife, there were very few dry eyes in the room. This entire day was a beautiful example of the kind of love we all hope for, both from our family members and the person we choose to spend the rest of our lives with. We hope you see as much beauty and love in this day as we do, this is one of the most beautiful families we are lucky to call friends!

As a note, this wedding is especially close to our hearts as, no more than a month after their wedding, the groom’s father, Paul, went to Heaven. The loving impact Paul left on everyone who was blessed to know him will never ever be forgotten!

From the beautiful Bride… When Jon and I were planning our wedding, the most important thing that we wanted to shine through in our celebration was our focus on family, faith, and friends. During each step of the planning process, we would try to pause to reflect on whether or not we were keeping with that focus. Given Mr. Bugli’s illness, we knew that we wanted him to be a big part and focus of the wedding. So, from the personalized “Godfather” and “The Don” chairs for he and my dad, to our toasts, to me wearing Mrs. Bugli’s veil, we tried to incorporate as much of our parents as possible. This included having my father do the ceremony, and our parents sitting next to each other.

As we planned, we also wanted to make our wedding as personalized and detailed as we possibly could. And, in just a few short months, we did! After our wedding, we have no regrets about all the work we put in making this as personalized as we did. We both wanted a classic, elegant wedding but we knew we wanted pieces of that elegance to reflect us, our lives and our personalities. For example, the signature drinks, the Wisconsin cheese and Pennsylvania meats, the table names being named after places with importance to us, our glitter accents, and our cake all reflected our personalities and things we find important.

It was also very important for us to keep our theme throughout all of the pieces of the day. So from our invitations, to our escort cards, to our table decorations, we focused on keeping our “preppy nautical” theme flow.

Our personalities are both very fun, “classic” and focused on our loved ones and we hope that this was evident throughout our wedding day!

There were many DIY elements for our wedding day. I wanted to create as many personalized touches as possible and with the help of my mom, my bridesmaids, and friends, I believe I accomplished this. Our programs were designed by a graphic designer friend, our escort card and gift table signage were created by our good friend, and our signature drink menu was handcrafted as well! My bridesmaids did a ton of work in making DIY projects. From the “hubby” and “wifey” signs, to the table names, to painting glitter on the escort card sand dollars, they worked so hard for us!

Our place cards, escort cards, programs, and tulle chair back decorations were also DIY by my friends and me. I hosted a crafting day at my condo before the wedding where the girls helped me to create a number of fun projects for the wedding!

Our glitter tablecloth was sewn by my mother and so were all of the fabric squares for the tables. She was incredible!

Finally, the bridesmaids’ hangers were designed by our close friend, too and gave our day and pictures an extra personal touch!

For me, walking down the aisle with my dad, seeing all of my friends and family gathered to see me get married stands out in my mind. Wearing my mother and grandmother’s satin in my own custom designed wedding dress and donning my mother-in-law’s veil made the day extra special, too, and comes with that special walk.

Being able to share the day with my father-in-law, too was an incredible special time and the moment that is captured on film where I am leaning down and he is kissing me I cherish completely. It gives me the chills!

Photography: The McCartneys Photography | Videography: Justin Joslin Wedding Films | Floral Design: Flowers On Main (Vivian) | Cake: Eat Cake! | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Zita Bridal Salon | Makeup Artist: Salon Eleven (Jessica) | DJ: Dean Mahoney (personal Friend) | Mens Attire: Joseph A. Bank (Traveler Suit) | Wedding Venue: Black Swan Country Club | Cookie Favors: Maybe A Cupcake Will Help (Ali) | Custom Wedding Rings: Barmakian Jewelers | Flutist: Lois Kurschner | Paper Goods: Jenn Contois (personal Friend) | Pastor: Cory Dahl (Bride's Father) | Violinist: Emily Barfoot

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Raspberry + Gold Wedding at The Villa

I’m really not sure where to start with this stunning couple and their utterly beautiful New England wedding captured by Kelly Dillon and executed perfectly by Mstarr Event Design. Their story made me blush nearly a dozen times, along with those bursting blooms from Petal Floral Design, but the icing on the cake? This unbelievably sweet Groom made his Bride their dream farm table for her wedding gift. It doesn’t get any sweet than that folks.

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From the beautiful Bride…Jared and I met working as neuroscience lab partners at Boston College. Despite our initial first impressions of each other based solely on our geographical locations—I was from New Jersey and assumed everyone in Wisconsin owned at least one cow; Jared’s impression of my home state was limited to MTV’s “The Jersey Shore”—we immediately clicked. By the end of our first week of work, I had already told my roommates that I would be marrying my lab partner, and sharing my future name with a designer. Fast forward to five years later, I was right!

After graduation, Jared and I began to build a life together in Boston, and subsequently developed a love of the New England outdoors. We talked about our future while watching the sunrise in Acadia, Maine and a few months later, Jared proposed during a hike in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It wasn’t a difficult decision for us to ask both of our families to travel to Massachusetts on October 10 so we could get married during the New England autumn that we absolutely adored. Choosing a venue proved more difficult as we both wanted an original space—one that was warm, cozy, and inviting. We wanted something that felt entirely like the setting of our love story. However, we were managing a long distance relationship and graduate school at the time, and my dreams of converting old estates or barns or industrial warehouses into this story’s setting were a bit out of reach. We settled on a country club that didn’t fit our initial vision of off-the-beaten-path originality, but boasted gleaming wood floors, arched ceilings and beams, dual fireplaces, and on-site catering that received rave reviews.

Next we turned the page to photography, which was the highest priority from the very beginning. I had heard other brides lament at how fast the day had gone, and I vowed to find someone very special to capture not only the day, but also the feelings and emotions that were such an integral part of it. I had been studying (aka stalking) Style Me Pretty even prior to getting engaged and found myself completely in love with Kelly Dillon’s work. Her images were so warm and genuine that I could feel the emotions of the day radiating from my computer screen. She has a way with lighting that I can’t begin to describe, and when I found myself tearing up at complete strangers’ wedding days, I knew we had found our dream photographer.

I then realized I had too many ideas and not enough time, and began to research the concept of a wedding planner. That search led eventually to wedding designers, and ended immediately once I found Emily of mStarr event design. Coincidentally, Kelly Dillon had photographed her wedding two Octobers before our very own, and I knew the stars (no pun intended) had aligned in finding the two women who would execute and capture our day. Working with Emily was a dream: she took my jumbled, unorganized notes and my all-over-the-place Pinterest boards and immediately cultivated a theme and more importantly, the feeling I knew Kelly would be able to capture: New England organic, rustic elegance, by bringing our beloved outdoors inside. We envisioned moss covered escort cards, greenery draped chandeliers, and lots of romantic candlelight. Taupe and gold and elegant neutrals set the stage for bold pops of berry, inspiration taken directly from the New England autumn colors and light. Emily’s impressive professional network probably surpasses my entire social one and we were immediately smitten with her recommendations for everything from paper (Gus & Ruby letterpress), to rentals (New England Country Rentals), from naked cake (Mayflour Confections) to luscious blooms (Petal Floral). Without her vision and expertise and endless patience, we couldn’t have pulled off the day of our dreams. Without Kelly, we would be left without the picture perfect proof of the beautiful memories.

In retrospect, our day went flawlessly because we promised ourselves from the very beginning to stay true to who we were as a couple. The Boston College neuroscience professor who introduced us five years ago officiated our ceremony. We wrote our own vows and planted a tree with dirt from our childhood homes as a part of the unity ceremony. Our guitarist specifically learned “Angel” by Jack Johnson, one of our favorite songs, so I could walk down the aisle to it. Our cupcake flavors were custom designed for us, and were named after our five favorite locations—including Boston College, Acadia National Park, and the White Mountains. We aimed to honor and recognize important people from our past who shaped us and guided us and led us to each other. The “A” pin in my bouquet belonged to my grandmother, from whom I received my middle name. My wedding gift to Jared was a hand embroidered handkerchief with his late father’s handwriting on it. It came from a note his dad wrote Jared before he left for Boston College reminding him of all the new and exciting people he would meet. Jared channeled his great-grandfather’s carpentry skills and built me my dream dining room farm table, recording the whole process and gifting me with the video on the morning of our wedding. We conquered long distance wedding planning, and emerged as even better partners and friends. The whole thing was a major success because of all of the people involved, and we remain so grateful to each and every one of them.

Photography: Kelly Dillon Photography | Event Design: Mstarr Event Design | Florist: Petal Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Allure | Cake: Mayflour Confections | Cupcakes: Cupcake Mojo | Invitations: Gus & Ruby Letterpress | Wedding Shoes: Dolce Vita | Bridesmaids: Joanna August | Hair & Makeup: B Boutique | Calligraphy: Charlie Whiskey | Groom's Attire: Joseph Abboud | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Country Club: The Villa | Getting Ready Location: Caleb Beal House | Rentals: New England Country Rentals

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Vintage Chic Chatham Wedding

Already married the year before in Cyprus, this couple wanted to share their joy with all of their loved ones back here in the States so, with the help of The Pink Polka Dot, threw one classic New England bash, complete with clams, lobster and festive treats by Delicious Desserts. Krista Photography captured it all from sweet ceremony to rocking reception; see it all right this way.

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From Krista PhotographyIt’s not often that a bride and groom are both wearing handmade, by the GROOM, attire at their wedding! From the start we knew that Jess and Amir’s wedding would be unlike any other. They were actually married over a year ago in Cyprus (where they met and where Amir is from), so their wedding on Cape Cod was more of a huge party.

To give their families and friends, who came from all over the world, the feel of a wedding, Jess and Amir planned a short ceremony by the water where they re-newed their vows to love one another forever. Guests were invited to gather around, with some seating for those who couldn’t stand. The ceremony was performed by the bride’s godmother/aunt and was full of personal touches. Friends of the couple sang Elvis’ “Love Me Tender.” The bride’s grandmother recited “How Do I Love Thee” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, a poem that has been said by mothers to their daughters for generations in this family. And they concluded by having all of the guests ring tiny bells that they plan to string together and ring when they have disagreements in the future.

Following the ceremony, guests were able to stroll around the property with drinks, appetizers and mini-containers of Chex mix. When it was time to head under the tent, guests checked with the gorgeous seating chart that was created by Ellen O’Toole Calligraphy. After a series of heartfelt toasts from the father of the bride and the sisters of the bride and groom, it was time to dive into lobster and clams! The couple had created custom bibs for their guests to stay clean during the feast.

The dance floor opened up early and was hopping for most of the night. While the couple did not do an official “first dance,” Jess and her dad started a traditional father/daughter dance that quickly morphed into Tubthumpers “Chumbawamba,” complete with taking a “whiskey drink,” a “vodka drink,” a “lager drink,” and a “cider drink”. It was epic! The Sultans of Swing kept the party rocking long into the night.

Photography: Krista Photography | Wedding Planner: The Pink Polka Dot | Floral Design: Seagrass Floral Studio | Catering: Clambakes, Etc | Make-Up: Jessica Lederman | Hair Stylist: Betsy Johnson | Calligraphy: Ellen O'Toole Calligraphy | Band: The Sultans Of Swing | Bar Service: Perfect Pour | Dessert Table: Delicious Desserts | Estate: The Mack House | Shoes And Belt: BHLDN

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