Archive for the ‘Floral’ Category

4 Seasons of Wedding WOW: Tablescapes for Spring, Summer, Winter & Fall

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

When we gathered together a selection of super-talented Houston wedding florists, decorators and stylists at coveted Downtown venue the Corinthian-Houston and asked them to create wedding reception table designs that embody the spirit of each of the four seasons…well…we knew we were in for something special. Fortunately, fabulous photographer Taylor Golden was on hand to capture the seasonal magic, which we’re sharing with you right here in this bountiful blog post! Love what you see? Pin it, Instagram it, share it, love it, let us know!

1.) First up…SPRING!

Spring Wedding Table Design Haute Flowers

Spring Reception Table Detail Haute Flowers Flowers & Design: Haute Flowers & Events

Butterflies & bright bulbs pair up with beaded chargers and simple, refined stemware in Haute Flowers & Events‘ charming take on Spring’s wedding table. And the subtly patterned table linen? Divine!

Spring Wedding by Blooms Design Studio

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For Blooms Design Studio, Spring comes to life with an abundance of foliage, surrounding creamy roses, delicate frilled tulips and sweetly scented hyacinths, with accents of earthy brown and burnt orange.

2.) Next up…SUMMER!

River Oaks Plant House Summer Wedding Table Design

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For a Summer wedding reception table that’s so fresh and cool you can practically feel it, River Oaks Plant House teams up with EB Inc. Event Rentals & Design, setting out roses, lilies, hydrangeas and orchids, atop exuberantly printed table linens. Gold-accented place settings bring a touch of elegance, while fresh whole pears prop up whimsical place cards.

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Brimming with bright orange, hot pink, vibrant yellow and green, set atop an intricately embroidered table linen, AJ’s Urban Petals’ take on the Summer wedding table is both refined…and a little bit wild.

3.) Time for…FALL!

Darryl Co Fall Wedding Table Design

Darryl Co Purple Pink Wedding Table Detail Flowers & Design: Darryl & Co.

As Fall approaches, Darryl & Co. welcomes the crisp change of season with deep purples, crimson, burgundy and blush, accompanied by glowing brass and sparkling crystal…plus a dash of magnificent peacock plumage, for a bit of wedding-worthy drama.

Dream Bouquet Fall Tabletop Design

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For Dream Bouquet, Fall is a time for rustic wood, fragrant eucalyptus and burnished sunflowers–the perfect palette for an elegant autumnal barn wedding, Hill Country destination wedding, or tented backyard bash, as temperatures begin to drop.

4.) Welcome…WINTER!

Plants N Petals Winter Table Wedding

Plants N Petals Winter Wedding Place Setting Flowers & Design: Plants N’ Petals

Frosted branches, snow-white petals and shimmering ivory napkins get warmed up with gold-sequin linens, gilded flatware and glowing candlelight, in this dazzling but understated Winter-wedding tabletop design from Plants N’ Petals.

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Nothing evokes the spirit of the Winter season like sparkle and shine, which is exactly what this wintry blue-and-white Winter wedding tablescape by LBL Event Rentals does–with help from sequins, crystals, bits of shimmering glass and metallic table linens.

Happy wedding planning, loves, in whatever season you choose to wed!

 

E Johnston Designs Knows Southern Weddings Like Nobody’s Business

Monday, October 30th, 2017

E Johnston Designs Houston Wedding Florist Flowers: E Johnston Designs | Styling: Tammy’s Table

In a town where lavish opulence rules and bling is king (ok, queen), we know that some of y’all are wondering just where a sweet Southern gal is supposed to turn for good old fashioned understated wedding elegance. We feel you, darlings. And it’s with you in mind that we’re singing the praises of E Johnston Designs today on the blog. Keep scrolling for more….

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If fresh, sweet Southern pretty is what you’re after for your Houston-area wedding, you need to schedule an appointment with Elaine Johnston, and find out what this skilled and super intuitive Spring-based florist can come up with to flesh out your nascent floral fantasy.

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We’re so delighted to have E Johnston Designs as a new member of the Weddings in Houston family, and we can’t wait to show off more of Elaine’s lovely work in the coming months! In the meantime, get your fill of soft, Southern floral-design favorites–from tulips and hyacinth to pastel cut crystal to baby’s breath bunches that look lighter than air–and then get yourself over to E Johnston Designs for your very own wedding floral consultation!

 

 

A Gorgeous Glimpse of the Oct. 19 I Do! Wedding Soiree

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

It was one for the record books, darlings. Seriously. If you were lucky enough to be with us last Thursday evening for the one-and-only I Do! Wedding Soiree at The Astorian, we want to a) THANK YOU for attending our signature wedding fantasyscape (aka the hottest bride-and-groom cocktail bash in town), and b) take you right back to the magic, with this gorgeous gallery of Soiree photos from our outstanding show photographer Aisha Khan of Ama Photography & Cinema!! If you weren’t able to make it for the Soiree, we invite you to join us for our spring Soiree (details to come…so make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the heads up!), and welcome you to sample a taste of the OMG with these beautiful shots! BIG THANKS to ALL of our amazing show exhibitors, and a special shout-out to our Soiree partners, without whom none of this would be possible: The Astorian, Cordua Catering, EB Inc. Event Rentals & Design, LG Entertainment and pianist Scott Graham. And now…feast your eyes on…FABULOUS!

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Seasonal Weddings Bouquets for Spring, Summer, Winter & Fall

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Having a seasonal wedding bouquet isn’t just about syncing your flower theme with your wedding month. Choosing in-season blooms for your bridal bouquet also helps ensure that the flowers you hold in your hand as you walk down the aisle to “I do” are at peak freshness and fullness. Choosing seasonal flowers for your bouquet can also save you money, since these blooms will be available in abundance, and likely will not need to be flown in from verrrrry far away at a verrrrry high cost. To get started dreaming up your seasonal flower arrangement, think about the month you’ll wed, and the location (you wouldn’t want wildflowers in a lavish ballroom, or cascading tendrils on a blustery beachfront, for example), use this here post for inspiration and advice, and talk to your Houston wedding florist about bringing your own interpretation to your seasonal bridal bouquet.

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Photo: Adam Nyholt Photographer

Quite possibly the single most beloved bridal flower is the delicate, fluttery, ultra-feminine peony. Available in shades ranging from snowy white to vibrant coral to multiple shades of pink, peonies have a notoriously short season, generally reaching peak bloom in April and May, so if spring is your wedding season, take advantage of this fabulous flower!

Other popular spring flowers:

  • Delphinium
  • Pansies
  • Lisianthus
  • Tulips
  • Sweet Peas

Summer Bridal Bouquet
Photo: A to Zinnia

Planning a summer wedding? Bring in a pop of color with bright, bountiful zinnias, which hit peak season during the summer months. Available in red, orange and bright pinks, this lively flower’s fluted petals add texture and depth to any bridal bouquet or bridesmaid nosegay.

Other popular summer flowers:

  • Chrysanthemum
  • Dahlia
  • Stock
  • Sunflower

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Photo: Lisa Mathewson Photography

English roses, yellow coxcomb and purple wax flowers make up this colorful and feminine fall bridal bouquet. But you can choose from a bounty of fall-season flowers for your own autumnal arrangement! If your wedding falls during the months of September, October or November, pay homage to Houston’s shift from REALLY HOT to NOT AS HOT with flowers in shades of burnt orange, deep maroon, yellow and green, with touches of blush and pink.

Other popular fall flowers:

  • Gerbera Daisy
  • Calla Lily
  • Marigold
  • Aster

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Photo: Colin Lyons Wedding Photography

If winter is your wedding season, congratulations! (Well, congratulations no matter WHAT season you’re set to wed in…this is the Houston Wedding Blog, after all : ) What we mean is, considering that this here is Houston, having your wedding during the winter months means treating visiting guests to one of the city’s most delightful times of year, when temps drop, twinkle lights come out, and a sense of fun and festivity fills the air. For winter wedding bouquets, we can’t say enough good things about roses, the eternal flower of love, and the most reliable, and beautiful, year-round bloomer. Want to really go all out with your seasonal style? Accent your rose bouquet with hypericum berries, pine sprigs and/or cones, and holly leaves. For a winter wedding bouquet that’s as snow white as the stuff that falls from the sky further north, opt for slender, elegant paper whites (a type of winter narcissus), or fragrant stephanotis. Happy floral designing, darlings!

Celebrity Floral Designer Ariel Dearie Takes Us Behind Her Designs

Monday, July 17th, 2017

Writer: Natasha Garber

While managing a Brooklyn restaurant in the early 2000’s, Ariel Dearie would put together the occasional flower arrangement for her employer—a hobby she came to adore. Though she had been planning to open her own café for years, her passion for floral design took over, and after arranging flowers for a few friends’ weddings one summer, she found herself on a new, and very successful, career path.  With the launch of Ariel Dearie Flowers in 2011, Dearie began making a major name for herself, attracting fashionable corporate clients including Dior, Prada and Bulgari, and working on photo shoots with notables including Isabella Rossellini, Jessica Chastain and Hillary Clinton. Her own “Vogue”-featured 2015 wedding, set at Brooklyn’s Boathouse at Prospect Park, and decked out with sprigs of fern, sinewy orchids and pomegranates, is emblematic of her design sensibility. And her sensible approach to wedding floral that is as evocative as it is unfussy is a style-minded bride’s dream-come-true. Check out or exclusive Q&A, and then find your own Houston wedding florist, and start growing your one-of-a-kind wedding design!

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Weddings in Houston: What influence does your New Orleans background have on your floral design aesthetic?

Ariel Dearie: Growing up in a lush, verdant city definitely had an impact on my work. I think that going from New Orleans to New York really left me with a longing for more green and more nature. Some of my favorite Southern flowers are camellias, azaleas and smilax foliage.

Ariel-Dearie-Flower-Arrangement Photo: Courtesy of Ariel Dearie

WIH: What changes have you seen in couples’ floral preferences since you launched your business in 2011?

AD: Over the past years, having beautiful flowers at your wedding has become just as important as having a great venue or a great photographer. Our couples have started requesting flowers that are unexpected and out of the ordinary, and they also want to have non-floral elements included in their arrangements, like fruit, feathers and nuts. Instead of just standard roses, they want frilly garden roses blended with textural foliage and berries. Instead of a ball of hydrangeas, they want lace hydrangea as an accent with tree peonies and kumquats. Instead of simple clear glass vessels, our couples usually choose from our inventory of antique silver, brass and ceramic pieces.

WIH: What are some of your favorite bouquet ideas, and how do you collaborate with each bride to make sure she has a bouquet she’ll cherish?

AD: I love loose, flowing bouquets that feel as if you’ve just swept up the blooms from a garden. When coming up with a bouquet design for our clients, I usually ask what they want to carry and how they want to feel while carrying it. We also take their dress and the wedding setting into account. I love when brides want to include a family heirloom or sentimental item in their bouquet. I think it makes the bouquet extra special.

WIH: What floral trends or design “fallbacks” do you dislike most? 

AD: I don’t really like super-tight floral arrangements that cease to look like flowers. I don’t think flowers should be heavily manipulated to look like something they’re not.

Ariel-Dearie Photo: Courtesy of Ariel Dearie

WIH: What design trends are you seeing evolve for your 2018 weddings?

AD: For the past few years and continuing into the 2018 season, couples have been requesting larger-scale installations in addition to bouquets and table centerpieces. These have included hanging floral pieces suspended over the tables and lush arches for the entryways. To create these, we love to use vines such as smilax and pair those with garden roses, peonies and Dutch carnations.

WIH: What is your top wedding tip for couples tying the knot in Houston—where climate is an issue any time of year?

AD: For outdoor weddings, always have a good Plan B, in case the weather isn’t cooperating. And make sure to choose a venue where you’d be happy with either the indoor or outdoor options. It’s just one less (big) thing to stress about!

WIH: What do you love most about working on weddings?

AD: We have been so fortunate with the clients we have gotten to work with. I think there’s something about the natural, loose style of our flowers that just attracts really lovely people to our work!

Ariel-Dearie Photo: Courtesy of Ariel Dearie