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!
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Living in New England, I’m well aware of how ridiculously beautiful the Cape can be. That doesn’t mean that a gorgeous wedding there goes by my desk unnoticed though. I spent some quality time with this gem from Kelly Dillon right here and I can guarantee you’ll be dreaming of beachside blooms and salt water kisses by the time you get through this gorgeous gallery.
From the Bride… AJ and I met originally in our late teens through a mutual friend that had gone to elementary school with AJ and worked with me in high school. About 10 years later, our same mutual friend threw a Halloween party where we reunited and the rest, as they say, is history. AJ and I spent the next seven years traveling and building a life together and then in late April of 2014, in our home surrounded by flowers, candles and photos of the two of us, AJ got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! As we began planning our wedding, we knew we wanted it to be a bit more than a day, we wanted a weekend away where our family and friends could get to know one another and escape their fast paced lives. Enter Cape Cod. My family has been spending our summer vacations there for the past 50 or so years. It’s a very special spot in the world as it is a place that everyone comes together, no matter how far away someone lives or where they are, everyone comes back to Cape Cod to reunite in the summer.
We wanted the wedding to feel like a fancy party we were throwing in our back yard and for the location to be a spot where many of our friends and family could stay for the weekend. Happening upon the Winslow Estate was a dream come true. The estate is not only beautiful and well loved, but the view from the backyard is unbelievable. When I brought AJ there for the first time, he said, “Well, this is the best view I’ve ever seen on Cape Cod!” We were sold!
The Winslow’s were wonderful to work with and recommended great vendors. AJ and I arranged for a few special activities over the weekend like a whale watching trip for those in town early and instead of a rehearsal dinner, we held a welcome dinner for everyone at a favorite family restaurant. For the actual wedding, I imagined a beautiful tent with soft romantic colors that was pretty but not over the top. A showcase of New England’s seafood was high on the priority list and a raw bar was a must have. Being on the ocean, we included some nautical items throughout the wedding like lanterns, and the navigational coordinates of the location on our cocktail napkins. We also incorporated birch tree items and other wooden elements for balance throughout the wedding. AJ’s last name is Birchler and he’s an arborist so including birch trees into each part of the day was a must! In the months leading up to the wedding, AJ and I worked on DIY projects like the birch arbor and home-brewed beer we made for the occasion. So many family and friends also pitched in, and we couldn’t have pulled this off without them!
Our wedding was filled with wonderful friends and family, amazing food, so much dancing, and laughter and love. We couldn’t have imagined a more perfect day, and still can’t believe that this is our real life!
Photography: Kelly Dillon Photography | Floral Design: Fancy Flowers By Meredith | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Invitations: Daughter Earth | Wedding Shoes: LK Bennett | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: The Casual Gourmet | Hair & Makeup: Blushing Brides | Ties: The Tie Bar | Groom's Attire: Nordstrom | Wedding Venue: Winslow Estate | Groomsmen Attire: Mens Wearhouse | Rentals: New England Country Rentals | Tent: Undercover Tent & Party
Looking for ways to ensure that your Big Day is absolutely, unmistakably one-of-a-kind? Try incorporating sweet antique and vintage-inspired details into your decor, tablescapes, accessories (vintage engagement ring? yes please!) and attire, to exude a special kind of charm that can’t be easily replicated otherwise.
We had a winter to remember here in New England so at the first signs of spring, we flew open our windows and took some much needed big breaths of fresh air. To say we appreciate the beauty of the season is an understatement and this shoot by Emily Delamater captures that joy, with L. Brook Events designing a springtime scene full of bright blooms and sweet treats. See every pretty petal right here!
From Lindsey Norton of L. Brook Events… After a long winter there is no greater reward than the splendor of Spring. Romantic flowering trees and bright blooming buds seemingly emerge overnight in a whimsical way similar to that of a young, love story. The inspiration behind this shoot was to incorporate all of our favorite Spring and early Summer colors, flowers and textures. The Circus Conservatory provided the perfect venue with its high ceilings, white washed brick, polished concrete floors and ample windows. This modern and open interior was the perfect backdrop to highlight the many vibrant colors of Spring we incorporated in the shoot.
To contrast the light and industrial interior, a farm table with classically elegant cross back and tufted chairs was set with soft, ruffle-trimmed linens, white china, crystal glassware and antique gold flatware. Hand-lettered, raw-edge linen ribbons acted as place cards and added to the tablescape design along with tall, white, taper candles with glass votives, but the true focus was the bright, beautiful blooms. The lush centerpiece was crafted of poppies, anemones, ranunculus, narcissus, peonies, parrot tulips, jasmine vine and other local blooms and greenery.
For the understated, ceremony backdrop, an installation was created using ferns and blooming branches. A beautiful naked cake with strawberries and a lemon rosemary pound cake were displayed on a dessert table with petals, lush greenery, framed pressed flowers, and a wall hanging with a favorite quote from famed Maine author Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: “Came the Spring with all its splendor, all its birds and all its blossoms, all its flowers and leaves & grasses.”
Photography: Emily Delamater | Event Design: L. Brook Events | Floral Design: Watershed Floral | Hair & Makeup: Stacia Tetrault | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Venue: Circus Conservatory | Bride's Attire: BHLDN | China And Flatware: Marshall Rental | Desserts: Sarah Carter Hill | Farm Table And Cross Back Chairs: Heartwood Essentials | Paper Goods, Linen Place Cards, Wall Hanging: Dancing Ink Calligraphy | Tufted Chairs And Linens: L. Brook Events