My love for succulents started a few years ago when I realized, after managing to drown several hundred dollars worth of houseplants, that my mother’s green thumb had skipped a generation. Fortunately, my local nursery turned me on to succulents which are beautiful, interesting, and most importantly, nearly impossible to kill.
Imagine my delight when I started seeing them become the new “it” plant to incorporate into bouquets, arrangements, and DIY-inspired potted plant place cards! Succulents provide the perfect juxtaposition to more delicate and frilly flowers, while still keeping the look feminine and summery. And for grooms looking for a less traditional boutonniere (but not willing to go the skull and crossbones route), succulents are a super cool alternative.
Centerpiece (top left):…
I love these Spring days with warm sun pouring through the windows, birds chirping, thoughts of easy, breezy days, and, of course, wedding season. It’s the beginning of a time so romantic and wistful. That’s precisely why San Francisco-based, Cherries Flowers, had me from the get go with their enchanting and artistic floral designs. At once refined and unaffected, their designs have an elegant yet sweetly approachable quality. One look through their portfolios and you’ll see that they’re not afraid of a little whimsy either. And, that combination is just the ticket for my kind of wedding.
Years ago I worked at a floral design studio. Fun stuff, right? Um, not exactly. It was more like getting up at 3AM to walk through a freezing cold flower market, loading heaps of flowers into a van, and then, while half-asleep, taking out my knife to cut stems (and fingers), strip thorns, and prep said flowers for the cooler. Why am I sharing with you this harrowing tale? Because after that experience I came to understand (most profoundly) just how hard florists have to work to bring their visions to light. If there were a national “Hug Your Florist Day”, I’d be an active participant!
That is why these stunning designs created by Heather at Twig & Twine in Los Angeles send me…
This morning I’ve been, well, swooning over the perfectly pretty pieces from Petal and Print. Offering any number of custom fabric floral creations, Katie will hand-dye, cut, and create bridal bouquets, cake toppers, boutonnieres, corsages, centerpieces, headbands, hair clips, etc. Just imagine all of the possibilities for adding an oh-so-charming touch to your wedding theme!
Take a step outside the box and rock a boutonniere that’s all about your style. From exotic flowers to miniature guitars, pretty much anything can be used to create a one-of-a-kind lapel accent.
Calla lily with miniature fern curl: Sweet Monday Photography
Collage of six hobby / interest inspired boutonnieres: Rosenow Floral Design
Exotic floral pieces: Dellables
Yellow rose with rustic accents: A Bryan Photography
Black calla lily with berry buds and white flower with pewter ribbon wrap: Aria Style
Electric guitar with feathers & bowling inspired: Rockrose Floral Design
I know I can be a tiny bit dramatic (I’m your gal if you have good news to share) but when I walked by the Fritts Rosenow booth at the Fizz and Frills event I literally stopped in my tracks. Because on display was a miniature deer head on a lapel that was…a boutonniere! How clever is that? And then I looked a bit further and, lo and behold, there was C3PO waving hello, parked next to a tiny guitar boutonniere (with picks!) that would have perfect for my husband at our wedding.
After I caught my breath, I chatted with the lovely couple who handmakes all of the designs and fell even more in love with their creations.…
Are you enjoying your summer so far? As we are in the middle of “wedding season” it seems like inspiration is surrounding us all the time. Whether it is from real weddings on the blog or the weddings we attend, so many couples have incorporated really great details into their events. Here are a few boutonnieres that I have seen around lately that I thought you would love. All of them have a summery feel, but could be changed slightly to go with any season.
Credits (clockwise from top left):
Book page boutonniere (this may be my very fave)
Peony with lace ribbon
Simple buds and herbs
Feather and colored ball
Try making your own boutonnières! This one cost around $3 to make and is perfect for a Fall wedding.
3 stems of rosehips (hypericum or blackberries work great too)
3 stems of greens including one large leaf and one small leaf)
1. Take the large leaf- this will be the back of your arrangement. Add a few stems of berries.
2. Add a small green leaf to the front of the boutonnière. This is the traditional florist’s design for a boutonniere and it really does look best with the large leaf against the suit jacket and small leaf in front when it is being worn.
Tom and Lisa’s wedding from Anna Hardy is (I have to say it) absolutely delightful. It’s one of those weddings where the joy leaps off the screen and does a little happy dance. Or in Lisa’s case, a happy twirl.
If there were ever a wedding that illustrated that doing it your own way is the only way, this is it. The dashing fedora, the gorgeous polka-dot dress, the courthouse ceremony and those fabulous, fabulous shoes…Even though I’ve never met Tom and Lisa, somehow I can’t imagine them doing it any other way.
Be sure to check out Lisa’s thoughts below, as well as Anna’s on the whole day. What a lovely pair!