Monday mornings are made for cozying up and swooning over some pretty wedding inspiration, and we’ve got just the perfect wedding to kick things off! Samira and Chad’s intimate fall wedding in Virginia is bursting at the seams with pretty. From the lush floral design to the dreamy garden ceremony setting, I can’t be sure of what my favorite detail of their vintage-inspired day is! Rebekah J. Murray Photography was on hand to capture their traditional Persian ceremony and every sweet moment after! Don’t forget to come back later this morning to see their outdoor reception and fab DIY lighting!
From Samira: Our vision was for our guests to feel like they were at an intimate and elegant party. We also wanted it to be romantic and soft with a touch of vintage. We grew up from very different backgrounds and cultures and have come together as one. It was important to us to incorporate our cultures into the wedding and create our own version of the perfect wedding.
Being an interior designer, planning and picking the style and color scheme of the wedding were the easy part for me. I knew from the beginning exactly what I wanted and how I wanted everything to look like. Succulents are my favorite plant and played an important role in creating my romantic color scheme. The scheme consisted of blush pink, ivory, greens, and a touch of purple.
Our wedding was a beautiful mix of culture and the most magnificent day of my life. Our family and vendors worked tirelessly to make our wedding day the best day of our lives, and we could not possibly think of more talented, inspiring people to have around us on that big day and in our lives.
It was very important to me to infuse some Persian cultural traditions into our wedding. The traditional Persian ceremony took place by the reflecting pool overlooking the beautiful gardens of the mansion. My mother did all the design and execution of the ceremony table. This was the most challenging aspect of planning our wedding, mainly because we had to source all supplies, and of course, make it go with our wedding theme! My mother had spent a lot of time planning it so it meant a lot to me.
Thank you so much Samira and Chad for sharing your wedding ceremony with us! Be sure to come back later this morning to see their reception. The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
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Are you learning a lot from our wedding floral week? I sure did! There was tons of great advice from the best wedding florists in DC, Maryland and Virginia on the blog this week, so make sure you check it out! There are lots of events coming in the future, so I hope you’ll take some time to check our local wedding calendar and attend a wedding event or two! We’ll be at Toasted this Sunday at Eastern Market – hope to see you there! On that note, wishing you and yours a wonderful weekend ahead! We’ll see you back here on Sunday!
Its been a big wedding flower crash course here in DMV this wee! But, before we leave you for the weekend, let’s do one more advice post for wedding floral week here on United With Love. (Rememeber, very shortly we’ll be back with even more wedding floral advice for all of our couples planning a wedding in the Washington DC area. We have so much great advice from the best wedding florists in DC, Maryland and Virginia, that I couldn’t just leave it at one week! So, stay tuned because I’m planning a whole second week.)
For today, let’s talk about specific floral needs, quantities, locations and more. If you know what you need, and what the options are when it comes to flowers, then you can plan and budget a little bit better. There are so many choices of where and who to adorn with flowers on your wedding day, so I asked our expert wedding floral designers in the Washington DC area what they recommend to their clients. Where do they typically see floral arrangements being placed? And, most importantly, where should brides and grooms invest their floral dollars, as in what will have the biggest impact? Here is what they had to say…
“This is a hard question, because weddings are truly unique nowadays.We are seeing a lot of cocktail receptions, which don’t require the usual escort table or reception centerpieces. Not every wedding has a traditional wedding party, so even bridesmaids’ bouquets are not guaranteed. he important piece is to identify what needs decor and go from there.” - Liza, owner of Studio DBI
“You want to invest your money in what will be in all your photos (the bouquets), and where guests spend the most time (the reception). If it’s in your budget, it’s worth it to splurge on a dramatic escort table piece, as this is the first thing your guests see at the reception and can set the tone.” – Gerry and Rebecca, owners of Petal’s Edge Floral Design
“Typically, you start with the bridal party, which usually includes, the bride, bridesmaids, groom, groomsmen, parents, grandparents, ushers, ring bearer and flower girl. We have seen a great deal of ‘grooms women’ and ‘brides men,, which is a female on the grooms side or a male on the brides side. You may want to consider flowers for the hair and other special people, such as readers, the officiant or family members you want to recognize. The ceremony and reception items will of course depend greatly on the location, but you will want arrangements at the altar, on the huppah, or the space you will be designating to say ‘I do,’ flowers down the aisle, petals, a runner, unity candle, presentation bouquets or flowers for Mary in Catholic weddings or for in memory of a family member, wreaths or swags for the front doors. The reception can be as simple as candles on the table up to a garland of flowers down the table and floral chandeliers hanging above. You should always have something on the escort card table, possibly the guest book table, an entry table, buffet stations, fireplace mantels, cake flowers, a toss bouquet, an arrangement for the ladies room, the list can go on and on depending on the space, the budget and your willingness to get creative.” – Shelly, owner of B Floral and Event Design
“Depending on how important flowers are to the couple and their budget, I recommend the following: bridal bouquet, boutonnieres, bridesmaid bouquets, ceremony flowers, centerpieces, escort card table. Additional floral design items might include, personal flowers for family or children, bar arrangements, cocktail table arrangements, bride and groom chair flowers.” – Alicia, owner of Alicia Jayne Florals
“Personal flowers for the entire wedding party, and most importantly inspirational altar pieces and/or backdrops. Your guests are seated waiting to see you, but until that time, use your backdrop or altar pieces to evoke emotion – It’s your day, and your stage-make it great!” – Jennifer, owner of J. Morris Flowers
“These are the main areas we touch on and there are countless more depending on where your venues are: Bridal bouquet (a must!); attendants bouquets; flower girl accoutrements, i.e. pomander, hair wreath; groom’s boutonniere; groomsmen boutonnieres; any other personal florals for mothers, fathers, special people to recognize; nuptials decor to include framing area for couple (This may include draping, arch, chuppah, pedestals with floral, or mandap.); chair/pew decor; entry area; placecard/escort table; cocktail tables; reception; centerpieces; cake/dessert table; and toss bouquet” – Christi, president of Bergerons Flowers
“Here are the basic pieces that we start out with: Bouquets for brides/bridesmaids; corsages for moms/readers/grandmothers and some children; baskets/wreaths/pomanders for flower girls; boutonnieres for fathers/grandfathers/groomsmen/brothers/readers/etc.; ceremony décor; aisle décor; cocktail hour tables; escort card table; mantels; door wreaths; centerpieces; cake flowers; and buffet arrangements. Other special items would be bar and bathroom flowers, stairway railings and florals for pathways/arches.” – Katie, owner of Elegance & Simplicity
“Bouquet, and boutonnieres are the most photographed, noticed and enjoyed. Ceremony flowers are the least important due to the fact that guests are so enthralled with the couple and wedding party, so that this is the first place to cut back. The ceremony is also the shortest period of time during the entire event. The cutbacks can be made unless the clients are having a Jewish ceremony, which would require a chuppah. Chuppahs are a very high end design item. Centerpieces are the next most important design element, as guests will be staring at these for many hours. The centerpieces will greatly impact your photographs. You can skip the place card, cake, mantels and guest book, if budget is of concern.”– Holly, owner of Holly Chapple Flowers
“In addition to the typical requests (bouquet, bridesmaids, ceremony, reception, escort card tables etc,), cake flowers are a popular request. Also, if the budget permits aisle décor for the church are a nice element.” – Lisa, owner of Petals and Promises
Thank you so much for such great advice on the types of flowers needed for a wedding, and ideas about how best to spend your wedding floral budget! Remember, that we’ll be back for another round of wedding floral week very soon, and in the meantime you can catch up on all of that you missed! Please check out each of these talented DC area wedding florists on their websites. And, remember to come back all week long because we have so much more coming at you; I can’t wait!
With a love for romance, elegance and a hint of modern flair, this bride incorporated vibrant colors into her wedding with shades of green! Floral Design: Growing Wild Photo Credit: Sweet Tea Photography
When your wedding is inspired by your Irish heritage and love of all things preppy, you have to have a pop of green like this Virginia couple! Floral Design: Melle Fleur Photo Credit: Laurie Bracewell Photography
We are back with more wedding floral week education! I hope that you are having fun following along! Right now, we are talking with the best wedding florists in the Washington DC area and asking their help with the beginning stages of prepping for flowers at your wedding. So, we are talking that first bit of research (aka Pinterest stalking!) and what to expect out of the first few meetings with a floral designer. As for the meeting, it is always good to go in with a list of questions to ask or things to be thinking about. We asked our panel of expert DMV wedding florists for the questions that they like to hear from clients. What do they want brides and grooms to ask them in meetings?
“Before setting up a consultation, do research on your selected florists. Do their styles match yours? What do their client reviews say? What services do they offer (e.g. full event design or just flowers)? At the meeting itself, are you vibing and is the florist getting your vision? This is what’s really important when collaborating on a creative project. Also ask about delivery, installation, and breakdown, because each florist varies. Ask the florist what their standard procedure is and also let them know what it is that you’d be most comfortable with. For example, we’ve had clients pick up their flowers to save on delivery costs as well as couples that hire us to deliver, install, and then breakdown post event.” - Liza, owner of Studio DBI
“You should ask your wedding florist: Have they been to your venue? Are they available? Can they work within your price range? and Do you have any additional décor items?” – Katie, owner of Elegance & Simplicity
“Ask for their advice and suggestions! Hopefully your floral designer is experienced enough to know what works and what doesn’t. For example, you should ask: What flowers will hold up well in bouquets? What flowers can tolerate the intense heat outdoors in mid July in the DC area? Should you risk an elevated glass vase with flowers on top at an outdoor venue on the water with wind? Every designer has learned from past events what works best and will help to alleviate stress from your wedding day. You may have your heart set on a specific flower, but they know from experience that the flower you want may wilt in the heat or is too delicate for a bouquet. Trust that they are professionals and listen to their advice.”– Alicia, owner of Alicia Jayne Florals
“You should ask: How many years of experience do you have? Do you have a full team of designers and assistants? Do you have refrigeration for the flowers? How do you handle multiple events in one day? How do you source the flowers? Ask for referrals, if they are not already posted online.” - Holly, owner of Holly Chapple Flowers
“There are two important questions that each bride should ask during their initial consultation: First, ‘How many weddings do you have a day?’ It is to be understood that even though it is your day, there are possibly other brides getting married on the same day, but you should feel confident in your designer to know that they are capable of not only handling each occasion, but are also able to make you feel exclusive in the process. Second, ‘Will the flowers that I want be available for my wedding date, and if not what can I use to substitute?’ Let’s say you’ve been pouring over pictures of peony bouquets and you just have to have them, if this is the case you must be sure to ask your designer early and directly if peonies are available at the time of your wedding. With a head start, your designer can help you plan for flowers that are available and just as lovely as you imagined for your day.”– Jennifer, owner of J. Morris Flowers
“The best questions to ask a florist are those that illuminate their knowledge and skill. For example, if you are on a tight budget, tell the florist. Likely she or he will be able to make suggestions for maximizing your flowers and blooms that fit your look that you may not have thought of. Similarly, they can also suggest flowers that will look best at the time of year of your wedding. There is no need for you to try to become an expert!” – Gerry and Rebecca, owners of Petal’s Edge Floral Design
“You should ask: Have I chosen the best floral to fit within my budget I’ve set? Will you be able to deliver and set-up at each venue? Would you work with items that I have and want to include in the wedding?” – Christi, president of Bergerons Flowers
I hope that you are all prepped and ready for your wedding flower meeting! Thank you so much for such great advice! I hope you’ll stick with us for the rest of wedding floral week here on United With Love. Please check out each of these talented DC area wedding florists on their websites. And, remember to come back all week long because we have so much more coming at you; I can’t wait!
Sometimes you just need a burst of sunshine to get your through the workday. Today, we’re sending a little sunshine your way with yellow wedding inspiration! In honor of “wedding floral week,” we’re dishing out all the tip and advice and, of course, pretty pictures to get you thinking! We’ve decided to separate our favorite bridal party bouquets and boutonnieres by color. (Make sure to check out our red wedding flower ideas and orange wedding flower ideas, too!)
For this carnival inspired wedding, bridesmaids carried a pop of yellow down the aisle. How amazing does this look with their red dresses?! Floral Design: Lulu Florist Photo Credit: Red Shoes Photography
Welcome back to wedding flower week! We are just getting started, but hopefully you are learning lots from our wedding floral design experts in the Washington DC area. I know that I am! As I said, we haven’t done much in the way of wedding flower advice, other than wedding flowers in the DC area by season, so I’m personally really excited to go through this wedding floral design process with you. We giving you everything you need to know about having the gorgeous blooms you crave for you wedding! Next up, we are discussing what you should bring to your wedding floral meeting. (Hint, it involves some time on Pinterest, which I doubt will be a problem!) And, not just what should you bring, but who should you bring? Maybe you’ve heard to not bring a lot of people, but why?? We talked to the best wedding florists in DC, MD and VA and got their advice….
“In terms of who you bring, that can be tricky. The one person who should be there is the person who will make the decisions regarding the décor. This can be one member of the couple, both together, maybe even someone else like a mother. One mistake we see people make is to bring more people than they really want the opinions of! A real estate show we saw said it best – people bring their friends and family to support them, but the friends and family see their role as protecting them. This can make for a little contentious of a situation as you may hear criticism you weren’t prepared for!” – Gerry and Rebecca, owners of Petal’s Edge Floral Design
“Share you Pinterest page and bring along a trusted friend or family member.” – Lisa, owner of Petals and Promises
“As a floral and event designer, my desire is to meet with the bride and the person responsible for payment. The ultimate goal is to listen to the couple’s vision of their wedding and together create an entire environment, including flowers and many other elements.” - Janice, owner of Serendipity Bridal & Events
“Bring color swatches, mood boards, Pinterest boards and inspirational images with you to the meeting, so the designer can get a feel for what you want on your wedding day. Having your partner join you is always helpful if they are interested in the floral design aspect of the wedding as well as your event planner. Last, but certainly not least, may be the person footing the bill If parents are involved in covering the cost of the flowers and they would like to know what they are paying for, then it is always a good idea to invite them to the consultation. They can decide to join you or not, but at least you’ve included them.” – Alicia, owner of Alicia Jayne Florals
“To the meeting, bring any inspiration you might have (Pinterest board, fabric swatches, images of other decor pieces, invitations, etc). As with any other vendor meetings, limit the number of people you bring with you. Flowers and decor are not for everyone, so bring someone who is excited about the creative process.” – Liza, owner of Studio DBI
“You should bring any photos or Pinterest boards (We LOVE those!), special items that you want included (i.e. family heirlooms) are perfect for us to see and get a vision of who you are as the special couple! Bringing one or two people with you is fantastic. But, bringing a posse is overwhelming for the couple and is a sure way to get information overload and bring confusion to your decision-making process. Definitely bring those who want to be there though! Someone that isn’t interested in the decor can keep you from enjoying the time where you get to share your excitement with us. We want you to enjoy the consultation, because it’s fun and rewarding and we have set aside that time to help you.” – Christi, president of Bergerons Flowers
“You should bring anyone that is supportive of YOUR ideas! The person should give an honest opinion, but respect the fact that you are the bride and/or groom and you hold the the most important opinion.” – Shelly, owner of B Floral and Event Design
“Typically, the bride and/or groom comes to the consultation alone, but is sometimes accompanied by the partner or mother of the bride/groom that has a particular interest in the overall wedding look. It’s all about who the bride/groom is comfortable with and who they want to allow help make the very important decisions of the day. ” - Holly, owner of Holly Chapple Flowers
“Try not to bring too many people, it only makes the process that much more difficult when there are too many opinions. It is best to just bring yourself and your fiancé’/parent/planner, if that. Too many cooks spoil the pot!” – Jennifer, owner of J. Morris Flowers
“Send the florist your Pinterest page before meeting and bring a layout of your wedding reception space if the florist has not been there before. Don’t bring an entourage of people with a lot of opinions to the meeting. This will not help you make decisions. We normally recommend that you come with the least amount of people – you, your fiance and anyone else who might be part of the funding of the wedding flowers (i.e. Mom or dad).” – Katie, owner of Elegance & Simplicity
So, who are you bringing to your wedding floral meeting!? Thank you so much for such great advice! I hope you’ll stick with us for wedding floral week here on United With Love. Please check out each of these talented DC area wedding florists on their websites. And, remember to come back all week long because we have so much more coming at you; I can’t wait!
It’s day two of “wedding floral week,” and we are back with more inspiration for your floral design. As you may know, I’m all about the color this week and will be picking my favorite bouquets and boutonnières in color category and today, orange is the star! From citrus-inspired palettes to warm autumn hues, orange is a perfect punch of color that sees no seasonal boundaries. (Although we may be a just little biased though since we obviously love orange ‘round these parts – it’s the color of the blog!) And make sure to check out our favorite red wedding flower ideas, for more colorful floral inspiration!
Stephanie and Keith included pops of orange throughout their outdoor farm wedding in Virginia. This darling bridesmaid bouquet is overflowing with summertime pretty! Floral Design: Belles Fleurs the Special Event Florist of Charlottesville Photo Credit: Meredith Hanafi Photography
This Virginia couples embraced the summer riverboat theme for their wedding with pops of orange through their nautical inspired wedding. Floral Design: Coleman Brothers Photo Credit: Beth Hamilton Photography