Graceful Wedding Ideas from Team Flower Workshop

A lot can happen when a group of artistic women gather together and create. The Team Flower Workshop, led by Kelly Perry and photographed by Heather Payne, is the incarnation of synergy and epitome of creative forces combining to imagine and execute something truly amazing.

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Waiting. This word typically brings negative feelings to our mind, but peel back those initial layers and beneath you find that waiting brings forth loveliness in its purest form.

In ancient Hebrew culture when a bride and groom were engaged, there was a time of separation, of waiting. Rather than planning every detail of their wedding day together, the groom needed to leave his bride at her home and go to his father’s house to build a room for he and his bride to live in when they married. She never knew exactly when her groom would return, but she trusted him and waited. This trust brought peace and rest to her mind. In that time she prepared herself for his arrival, fully confident he would return at just the right time.

I began imagining this bride patiently preparing for her groom against the ethereal backdrop of the mountains –
running through the hillsides in her flowy, heirloom gown to see if that was him coming around the bend. She
gracefully gathers freshly cut flowers, the perfume of each one making her sweeter. Every night she keeps her lamp burning — anticipating his return. And while she waits her love and longing for him grows stronger producing a rich charm and elegance in her eye, one that only comes through waiting.”

These images tell that sacred story.

Design, Styling & Florals by Team FlowerAccents Floral DesignAndraya NorthrupAunt Willie’s WildflowersDimauro OriginalsJonica Moore Studio, Kennedy Occasions, Mary Margaret Powitz, Springvine DesignRiverOaks Charleston, Simone Gebsattel DesignStone House Creative , The Day’s Design, Wild Green Yonder | Photography: Heather Payne Photography | Location: White Fence Farm | Model: Ariana Clare  | Hair: Heather Rogers of Haircut 101 & Miah Zimmerman of Haircut 101 | Dress: Gossamer | Stationary & Paper Goods: Brown Linen Ribbon: Silk & Willow |Additional Contributors: Kathryn Godwin & Goldmine Journal

*This project was a part of the spring 2014 Team Flower Workshop hosted by Kelly Perry of Philosophy Flowers

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08.26.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Galia Lahav Haute Couture Wedding Dresses

Galia Lahav is world-renowned for her high-fashion, haute couture wedding gowns, and has become famous for her intricate beading, delicate embroidery, and show-stopping trains. For more than three decades, Galia Lahav has combined her background in art with her enthusiasm for fashion design to create couture gowns for brides and celebrities worldwide. Now she has stores in the United States, Australia, Canada, Italy, Germany, Russia and more.

If you’re looking for a wedding gown that marries old Hollywood glamour, high-fashion, and sophistication, Galia Lahav‘s newest collection, La Dolce Vita, will blow you away. Each breathtaking design is reminiscent of a time when women wore red lipstick on a daily basis, embraced their femininity, and draped themselves in jewels. And every gown is an artfully curated collection of different fabrics and lace that when combined, create unique couture gowns perfect for any bride looking to shine on her wedding day. We simply love how Galia Lahav has designed this collection to pay homage to the past while embracing modern silhouettes at the same time.

We were wowed by the striking and elegant characteristics of each of her gowns, and would love to see brides embrace form-fitting, dramatic designs like this! For your daily dose of high-fashion wedding inspiration, follow Galia Lahav on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube and visit their website to find out where you can discover your dream Galia Lahav couture wedding dress!

08.25.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Top 5 DIY Wedding Flowers

top-5-diy-wedding-flowersLet’s be honest, doing your own flowers for your wedding day is a big undertaking, but it is possible! It’s a fantastic way to save a little money, and if you have the talent, we encourage you to go for it. We’ve rounded up the only 5 tutorials you’ll ever need to create a stunning wedding from ceremony to reception! And keep reading for some pro tips on how to best plan for your DIY wedding flowers.

long-hypertufta-moss-cement-organic-centerpiece-DIY-ferns-maidenhair-lily-of-the-valley-thyme-farm-table1. These awesome DIY hypertufa pot centerpieces were handmade by Rylee Hitchner for her small backyard wedding, and you could easily recreate these and pot the plants ahead of time for your wedding to achieve a gorgeous and organic look!

diy-wedding-wreath-ideas2. A stunning DIY wreath like this one from Rosegolden flowers would be a great addition to any church, and again- this could easily be prepared ahead of your wedding and hung right before your walk down the aisle!

flower-crown-for-wedding-veil3. Now that you have decor taken care of, you can start on your bridal party! Get started with a lovely DIY wax flower halo like this. You can even take this tutorial and create darling crowns for your flower girls!

DIYBoutonniere-134. This DIY boutonniere tutorial from Ashley Beyer is sure to teach you how to outfit your guy with a lovely and easy to create bout!

tree-peony-lavender-wedding-bouquet5. And the Pièce de résistance to your DIY wedding could be this simple DIY peony bouquet! After you create the bouquet of your dreams, take these steps and design smaller versions for your bridesmaids to finish everything off.

Pro tip #1: To create a cohesive aesthetic for your wedding, choose a limited color palette with a lot of variation within the type of species of flowers you use and then you’ll have limitless options for your centerpieces, bouts, and bouquets! Your florals will look richer if you include a bit of diversity in the textures you use.

Pro tip #2: To get your hands on some stunning blooms, contact your local wholesaler or ask around as to where you can locate a large selection of flowers to choose from. Some wholesalers require a tax ID, but you may ask if they’ll let you make a one-off purchase! If you have something specific in mind for your wedding, it’s best to order ahead of time (on your wedding week, the selection at the wholesaler may not be as large as you would like).

Pro tip #3: Take advantage of what nature has given you. In the great outdoors, you can find some stunning greenery, and if the season is right, you may even find some blooms!

Pro tip #4: Flowers will NORMALLY last around 2 days outside of a cooler (this varies depending on the type of flower), so if at all possible, wait until you absolutely can’t wait anymore to put together your florals. Some people may tell you to put your flowers in the refrigerator at home, and that’s fine, but the fridge may also freeze the flowers if it’s too cold. Also make sure to place the flowers in the center of the refrigerator so they don’t touch any of the sides.

Pro tip #5: Have fun. Playing with flowers is very therapeutic, and the most beautiful arrangements come together when you’re just trying to have fun!

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08.22.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Bridal Shoot Inspired by Italian Architecture

We were so thrilled to share a beautiful Italian boudoir shoot  just a few weeks ago from Laura Murray Photography and Fine & Fleurie, and today we’re even more excited to share this absolutely stunning bridal shoot they created during their stay in Italy.

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This shoot took place in the incredible cliff side city of Polignano a Mare, in the South of Italy. Our gowns were all designed and meticulously crafted by Spanish couturier Santos Costura. In following our theme of art & architecture each gown style played on elements of the local landscape: a two-piece ivory gown with lace top and chiffon skirt that plays on the patterns and florals we found around the city; a highly structured and more conservative long-sleeved beaded gown that pays homage to the deep religious roots of Italy; and lastly a classic ivory tulle gown whose true showpiece is a pearl-collared cape that caught the ocean breeze in the most beautiful way. Our gown choices were a mix of classic and modern, but styled naturally and in a way we hope can inspire real destination brides.

Photography: Laura Murray Photography  | Styling & Accessories: Jessica Gallo of Fine & Fleurie  | Local Coordination & Logistics: Anna Calzolaio | Model: Alessia Vaccaro (Indiaarie@hotmail.it) | Film Lab: Mammum | Hair: Marilena Panarelli U | Make-up: Simona D’agrosa (simona.dagrosa@gmail.com) | Felicia Doyle (Felicia.g.doyle@gmail.com) | Wedding Gowns: Santos Costura

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08.21.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog