Glamorous Backyard Wedding Decor By Royal Luxury Events

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Design, Flowers + Decor: Royal Luxury Events | Photo: MacAnthony Studios
We are thrilled to welcome Royal Luxury Events back to the blog with a glamorous backyard wedding styled shoot!

With this gorgeous shoot, Royal Luxury Events showcases that intimate backyard weddings can also be luxurious! Whether it’s at an outdoor venue, or in your own backyard, there are so many ways to elevate your micro wedding decor.  Click here to read the rest of this post »

WIH Answers: “Who Are The Best Florists Near Me?”

If, like many brides-to-be, you’re asking yourself, “Who are the best florists near me?” we’ve got your answers! Whether you’re dreaming of big, lavish wedding reception centerpieces, a fabulous floral arch for your ceremony, or a pretty hand-tied bridal bouquet, your Houston wedding florist can make a huge difference in the look and feel of your Houston wedding venue and your entire wedding celebration. If you’re looking for expert floral designs, check out these amazing designs from top Houston wedding florists. Then click through to your faves, and…let the planning begin!

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Photo: J. Cogliandro Photography | Flowers: Todd Events

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9 Beautiful Bridal Bouquets From Houston Florists

While all wedding planning decisions are difficult, the options for bridal bouquets are seemingly…endless. Well, we’re here to help, H-town brides! These 9 bridal bouquets from talented Houston wedding florists are among our top choices. Scroll down to check out these diverse wedding bouquets, which include a magnificent purple orchid cascade bouquet (and another orchid cascade all in creamy white!), a lovely winter wedding bouquet in neutrals and cool greens, a lush but understated ribbon-tied bouquet in shades of lilac, blush and ivory with pops of dramatic black…and many others. Find your bouquet inspiration, consider your wedding palette, then schedule your consultation with your Houston wedding florist and start planning your perfect arrangement!

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Bridal Bouquet: Todd Events | Photo: Adam Nyholt, Photographer

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E Johnston Designs Knows Southern Weddings Like Nobody’s Business

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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!

 

 

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!

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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-ArrangementPhoto: 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-DeariePhoto: 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-DeariePhoto: Courtesy of Ariel Dearie