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Friday, July 14, 2017

Greenery, Color of the Year

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Greenery, the 2017 Pantone color of the year and an absolute favorite here at Bloomin’, also just happens to be a great color foundation for your wedding day. Greenery makes any setting more lush and enhances personals just the same. There are more creative ways to add green into your wedding than the usually runner - all greenery boutonnieres are a sweet touch to add to a handsome suit or tux (by the way, if your looking for a great place to rent a suit or tux check out The Black Tux, you wont be disappointed). Added greenery at a ceremony or reception can make you feel like your outside, without actually having to be. Lastly, adding springs of greenery to each guest place setting or escort cards is a fun and interesting way use greenery on your wedding day. 

shout outs:  alexan events boutonnieres / ruffled  ceremony back drop / tulle & chantilly  escort cards / suit & tux rentals from The Black Tux 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

“The Truth About the Bridal Bouquet & Other Wedding Traditions”

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There is something special about traditions. Knowing your parents, grandparents, and even great grandparents incorporated the same tradition into their weddings years before you makes a your wedding all that more special and personal. While, every bride is unique, there are several traditions we see time and time again, passed down generation to generation.  

  • Brides traditionally stand to left of their groom for a reason that dates back centuries. "Marriage by capture," according to Mr. Specktor from Reader’s Digest, was a common practice. A groom would literally steal his bride from her home. The groom would hold his bride with his left hand leaving his right for a sword fight if necessary. 
  • Bridal Bouquets, our favorite wedding tradition, have changed quite a bit over the years. Back in the day of the Great Plague bridal bouquets traditionally were made of herbs like garlic and dill to fight off disease. Luckily, medicine has improved and brides no longer need to cover themselves in garlic and vinegar to be healthy on their wedding day. Instead, brides opt for much better smelling roses or peony, thank goodness!
  • The classic white wedding dress was first popularized by Queen Victoria. Before the Queen, British nobility was know to wear flashy silver and gold embroidered fabric on their wedding day. Queen Victoria chose to go in a different direction. She wore an extravagant white gown embellished lace with flowers, we like her style, to stand out in the crowd of silver and gold. 
  • Vena amoris, the vein on the fourth finger on the left hand, traditionally know as the ring finger, was believed to connect directly to the heart. Turns out all veins in the human hand connect to the heart but hey, it makes for a beautiful tradition. 

Credit: blog idea - Brandon Specktor / photos: Sowing Clover, Morgan Blake Photography, Rustic White, Caroline Fontenot Photography 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

When To Book Your Vendors

The biggest question a bride asks after she gets engaged is, "What next?" Planning a wedding can be a daunting task, but we have teamed up with WeddingWire to provide our brides with the most helpful planning guide of when to book your vendors! 

Our biggest encouragement as a florist (and actually something we will not work without) is hiring a wedding planner. We cannot stress enough how much pressure this relieves the couple and the family of. It creates space for the bride to enjoy the process and also helps us out as vendors by making things cohesive or not having to come to the bride on her wedding day with questions that she should not have to be answering. This also aids you in the rest of your process as planners have so many connections to different vendors and their styles. If you are seeking a particular style florist, they are going to know which direction to lead you in which is going to save you hours of googling florists around your city. We know everyones time is too precious for that during the wedding planning process!

We also love that WeddingWire has put together an extensive list of venues here in Georgia as well as New York City that can be filtered according to capacity, style and setting. 

If you would love personal recommendations for a great planners or venues, shoot us an email, we would love to share some of our favorites!

We hope this relieves some stress for the happy couple to enjoy the process!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Rich + Mikaela


(Photography by: Laura Stone)

Rich + Mikaela had a sophisticated wedding at Christ The King Cathedral + King Plow. We used lots of pink hues paired with white roses and greenery to create a very simple, yet elegant look. We loved having the smell of lilac and freesia that we used for the bridesmaids bouquets around the studio all week!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Louis + Delta

(Photography by: The Willetts)
(Planning by: Drake Social)

Louis + Delta were our first wedding of the year in January. We loved that they chose lush winter whites and reds, especially those orchids cascading down the wedding cake! We also loved our first opportunity to work at The Mandarin Oriental and what a gorgeous venue it was. They incorporated their sweet girl pup to be included in the wedding ceremony for a little flair and everyone could not stop talking about how cute she was in her little tutu! 

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Art of Love Styled Shoot

(Photography by: Lindsey LaRue)

The morning of a wedding can be the most precious time for the bride to connect with her family and friends. So when Melissa, founder of eMBee Events, came to Bloomin’ with the The Art of Love styled shoot we fell in love with her idea to draw focus to these special moments. The shoot was an intimate look into the brides morning before she takes her vows. The bride’s bouquet consisted of soft ivories, pinks, and greenery with pops of cabernet. Our bridesmaids bouquets were a reflection of their individual necklaces, given to them by the bride, to show her appreciation for their support in the past, that day, and the years to come. Each bridesmaid wore a different element. Basil, symbolizing love; Carrot, health; Chili Pepper, strength; and Olive, peace. While incorporating the elements into the bouquets proved to be a challenge we loved what each element symbolized and were thrilled to be a part of such a special shoot. 

Planning + Styling: eMBee Events // Attire: BHLDN // Jewelry: Delicacies Jewelry & Worthmore Jewelers // Stationary: Olive Juice Press // Venue: Private Home

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Spring Foraging Workshop

I’ve been working in the wedding industry for a grand total of five years now. More specifically, working with flowers for two and I’m sorry to say that I had not attended a workshop until this past month. Terrible, I know. In my defense I’ve been focused on the task at hand rather than committing the extra time to networking and learning ventures such as workshops. Nevertheless, Amanda Jewel’s Spring Foraging Workshop opened my eyes to a whole new facet of the creative industry that I was obviously missing out on.  

Amanda grew up on a farm and is simply inspired by nature. She’s been designing flowers since high school and more recently has opened the most mesmerizing studio in Tucker, where her workshop was held. The friends of Johns Park Homestead and Amanda Jewel Floral Design collaborated to host the forging workshop. I asked Amanda what her vision was for the workshop and this is what she said, “I want people to be confident in creating their own masterpiece. It doesn't take skill but it really just takes a whole lot of confidence. My goal is to teach people confidence and knowledge of what is in their own backyard.” 

After spending the first part of the workshop foraging, gathering and creating, we wrapped up the afternoon back at the studio. We ooh'd and ah'd over what Amanda and her team have done with their studio space, nibbling on cheese and crackers, and chatting with other flower lovers. After I left I couldn't stop thinking about the day. I felt very inspired, I made a beautiful spring arrangement, I learned about new foliage, and met some very cool people. Thank you to Amanda Jewel Floral Design for being a huge inspiration and inviting me to my first flower workshop. It was a wonderful way to spend a Saturday. 

-Jacqueline Foresta