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E Johnston Designs Knows Southern Weddings Like Nobody’s Business

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….

E Johnston Designs Tulips Roses Table Centerpiece Flowers: E Johnston Designs | Photo: C. Baron Photography

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

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 amazing video and gorgeous gallery of photos from our outstanding show photographer Aisha Khan of Ama Photography & Cinema!! 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. We invite you to join us at our Spring I Do! Wedding Soiree on 2.8.18 at Corinthian-Houston. Tickets and info are here.

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I Do! Wedding Soiree - AMA Photography - Houston Wedding and Bridal Shows

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I Do! Wedding Soiree - AMA Photography - Houston Wedding and Bridal Shows

I Do! Wedding Soiree - AMA Photography - Houston Wedding and Bridal Shows

I Do! Wedding Soiree - AMA Photography - Houston Wedding and Bridal Shows

I Do! Wedding Soiree - AMA Photography - Houston Wedding and Bridal Shows

I Do! Wedding Soiree - AMA Photography - Houston Wedding and Bridal Shows

I Do! Wedding Soiree - AMA Photography - Houston Wedding and Bridal Shows

I Do! Wedding Soiree - AMA Photography - Houston Wedding and Bridal Shows

I Do! Wedding Soiree - AMA Photography - Houston Wedding and Bridal Shows

I Do! Wedding Soiree - AMA Photography - Houston Wedding and Bridal Shows

I Do! Wedding Soiree - AMA Photography - Houston Wedding and Bridal Shows

I Do! Wedding Soiree - AMA Photography - Houston Wedding and Bridal Shows

I Do! Wedding Soiree - AMA Photography - Houston Wedding and Bridal Shows

I Do! Wedding Soiree - AMA Photography - Houston Wedding and Bridal Shows

I Do! Wedding Soiree - AMA Photography - Houston Wedding and Bridal Shows

I Do! Wedding Soiree - AMA Photography - Houston Wedding and Bridal Shows

I Do! Wedding Soiree - AMA Photography - Houston Wedding and Bridal Shows

I Do! Wedding Soiree - AMA Photography - Houston Wedding and Bridal Shows

I Do! Wedding Soiree - AMA Photography - Houston Wedding and Bridal Shows

I Do! Wedding Soiree - AMA Photography - Houston Wedding and Bridal Shows

I Do! Wedding Soiree - AMA Photography - Houston Wedding and Bridal Shows

I Do! Wedding Soiree - AMA Photography - Houston Wedding and Bridal Shows

I Do! Wedding Soiree - AMA Photography - Houston Wedding and Bridal Shows

I Do! Wedding Soiree - AMA Photography - Houston Wedding and Bridal Shows

I Do! Wedding Soiree - AMA Photography - Houston Wedding and Bridal Shows

I Do! Wedding Soiree - AMA Photography - Houston Wedding and Bridal Shows

I Do! Wedding Soiree - AMA Photography - Houston Wedding and Bridal Shows

I Do! Wedding Soiree - AMA Photography - Houston Wedding and Bridal Shows

I Do! Wedding Soiree - AMA Photography - Houston Wedding and Bridal Shows

I Do! Wedding Soiree - AMA Photography - Houston Wedding and Bridal Shows

I Do! Wedding Soiree - AMA Photography - Houston Wedding and Bridal Shows

I Do! Wedding Soiree - AMA Photography - Houston Wedding and Bridal Shows

All Photos: Ama Photography & Cinema

Seasonal Weddings Bouquets for Spring, Summer, Winter & Fall

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

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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

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!

Ariel-Dearie-Refinery-Hotel Photo: Courtesy of Ariel Dearie

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

Enchanted Forest-Inspired Wedding at Chateau Cocomar by Civic Photos

Jessica met Oscar at the Aerodome ice skating rink when she was 9 years old and he was 15. “Our families introduced us to each other, but he was too cool to hang out with me. Sparks didn’t fly until ten years later,” tells Jessica. Lo and behold Oscar wasn’t too cool for Jessica anymore, they hit it off and he was ready to make her his wife.

When it came time to propose, Oscar found the perfect moment during their trip to Disney World to get down on one knee in front of Cinderella’s castle. Jessica said, “Yes,” to her Prince Charming, and they began planning their enchanted wedding—inspired by their Disney World proposal—at Chateau Cocomar.

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Chateau-Cocomar Forest-Inspired-Wedding-Decor Fairytale-Wedding-Decor Forest-Inspired-Wedding-at-Chateau-Cocomar Forest-Inspired-Wedding-Decor Dessert-Table Dessert-Table Macarons Berry-Blush-and-Wedding-Cake Fairytale-Wedding-Decor “One of my favorite moments was the surprise fog and confetti on the dance floor,” she adds.

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Photos: Civic Photos | Venue: Chateau Cocomar | Catering: Cafe Natalie | Flowers, Decor & Rentals: AJ’s Urban Petals | Dessert Table & Favors: Wink by Erica | Lighting, Music & Entertainment: LG Entertainment