Sailors, Skiers, and Super Heroes – Boutonnieres Galore!

Throughout the wedding process men might find it a little difficult to show their true personality within the décor. Their one (and only) accessory for the night is their boutonniere. The options and possibilities are ENDLESS! When talking with your florist, try incorporating your fiancés favorite hobby, music, or movie to show how much you appreciate his character.

These were some of my personal favorites because they were outside the box!

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If he likes his wine, this is a very simple way to show just that! Get a cork from his favorite bottle and mix it with your favorite accent flower & greenery. Simple yet different!

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This is perfect for that Colorado ski bum! Many different colors could be added onto the skis to match your wedding pallet.

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Musician? This is a classic way of “noting” his musical talents. Another idea might be to add the title of his favorite song onto one of the sheets in front of this flower.

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This would be perfect for the fiancé who is always working on that model car in the garage or is known as the one person who can fix ANYTHING.

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This is becoming more popular! One quick tip if this is what you would like to do for your groom, make sure to clip the barb down on the fly… If they put their jacket on their chair then lean back, you can not only puncture his nice shirt but it will be very difficult to get out as well.

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If he is a master on the putting green this might be a way to show it! The tee can be the main focal point of the boutonniere or it can easily be hidden on the side.

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If you enjoy the outdoors as much as he does, pine cones are a great addition to decor and as you can see here it adds texture to his boutonniere!

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Sailing is an excellent hobby. Getting the knots to look just right may take a bit, but there are so many rope colors you can play with to see how it can match your decor!

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This might be a bit extreme, but if your groom is a cartoon/action figure fanatic you might want to consider this!

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This is so creative! Love every part about this airplane!

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Adding a vintage piece can add tradition and meaning to the grooms boutonniere.

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This cactus is a spin on the original flower boutonniere. It’s different and unique.

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Has your groom found a passion for brewing? Possibly taken a tour around Fort Collins once or twice? This is an awesome representation of his extra curricular activities.

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Star Wars! Another example of how to involve his favorite movie or hero.

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Burlap has become very popular for that rustic look. If you are using wheat in your wedding this is a classic way of including it in his boutonniere as well!

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Is he a hunter? This isn’t as bold as using only a shot gun shell for the boutonniere, it can be spiced up a bit.

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This is one of my ABSOLUTE favorites! Autumn is the best time of year in my opinion and the brown with the fresh white of cotton just says perfection to me.

If you have been looking for a way to stray away from the traditional boutonniere I hope this got your creative juices flowing. Something about having an original piece for your groom to be connected to will tie him into the excitement of accessorizing. Any of these can be used through many different seasons, don’t get so stuck on what will look good or what people will think, remember to have some fun with it too!

LAKER

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Fav “It Girl” Weddings

What’s an “It Girl” you ask?  The term references a women who is extremely fashion forward, confident, and iconic.  She is the ultimate class act and can always keep her cool, especially when the paparazzi arrive in herds to snap pics of her. She knows who she is and what she wants.  There are indeed celebrity “it girls” from Alexa Chung to the Jagger sisters who inspire folks by their keen fashion sense,  mock their style and secretly want to be.

Each “It Girl” below has their own unique style for their weddings.  While they are all beautiful in their own way, each is so different and out of the ordinary that we can’t help but to love these weddings! I’d like to present my fav fashion “it girls”.

Caroline Trentini (Model) and Fabio Bartelt (Photographer)

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More models and and another absolutely beautiful wedding! Below is Coco Rocha’s (Model/Activist) wedding to James Conran (Artist/Philanthropist).

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Kate Moss, that’s all that really needs to be said here.  However, I’ll add a little text with this.  She is hands down one of the most inspiring fashion icons of our time. Her wedding highlights her signature effortless style while looking absolutely stunning.

Kate Moss (Model) and Jamie Hince (Guitarist for The Kills)

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While Keira Knightly is a fashion muse, she kept things simple for her wedding.

Keira Knightley (Actress) and James Righton (Keyboards and vocals in the band Klaxons)

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Uber fashion blogger, Leandra Medine (“Man Repeller” Blogger) weds financier, Abie Cohen in NYC.

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Fashion empire heiress, Margherita Missoni (yes, that Missoni) marries race car driver, Eugenio Amos.  Her decor was pure Missoni and her dress was designed by her!

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Fashion Stylist Molly Fishkin looked to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen to design her one of a kind dress. The twins doubled their wedding duty as brides maids to Molly.

Molly Fishkin (Fashion Stylist) and Asher Levin (Producer/Director)

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Love is in the air! This couldn’t be more accurate for our next “It Girl” Pamela Love.  Bohemian chic to the max.  Pamelas dress was designed by her best friend and designer Mara Hoffman.  The wedding was interactive as many of her friends and family collaborated on the decor of the wedding including a vegan cake, a hand crafted tee pee and a birch chuppah.

My absolute favorite Jewelry Designer Pamela Love and illustrator Matthew Nelson.

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The “It Girl”.  Girls want to be them and guys want to meet them.

xoxo

Autumn

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FRIDAY FLORALS: THE OTHER MUM

You know how they say, “Never judge a book by its cover?” Well in this case, “Don’t judge a flower by its name”. This flower adds that natural elegance into any bouquet or table arrangement but the name… not so much. It’s called Leptospermum. You can find this flower in many shades, however, the most popular are white, pink, and red.

See below for this unique Friday Floral and if you would want to use this peculiar accent flower.

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Add detail to both elaborate and simple bouquets. It allows for flowers such as the peony and anemone to stick out. Gorgeous!

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It can also be used as a filler for many table arrangements! This flower can blend in with natural themes to add sophisticated charm.

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When you have a generous amount of Leptospermum, it can add pizzaz to any pot!

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Although these are two completely different wreaths they are both brought together with these quaint flowers. The one below can even be used for a holiday party!

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Again, you can get this flower in many shades to match your color palette.

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Look at how adorable this little one is! He’s wearing this dainty flower with pride.

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While making flower selections for your special day this one might not be the first on your list, but the fact that it is not your average wedding flower makes it the exclusive spark you have been desperately needing.

This flower is an easy accessory to compliment any arrangement. Try to step outside of the box and use the “other mum” to satisfy the look you want on your wedding day.

LAKER

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Wedding Traditions|Superstitions you can Ignore

Wedding Traditions

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Cake Smashing.  No.  Why would a couple want to begin their union with an aggressive competition? This one you can absolutely skip.  For you history buffs wondering where this tradition originated from…. the wedding cake was originally a cake baked with barley or wheat. The cake would then be smashed over the bride´s head at the reception to symbolize good luck and fertility.
However, it’s 2014 and smashing a cake in your partners face is a sign of disrespect and just a bizarre way to start your life together.  Instead, feed each other with respect and grace to kick off your future.  No need to go overboard here.

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AWKWARD!!! How many times have you been to a wedding where the couple preformed a garter toss?  It’s so incredibly uncomfortable to watch, not to mention it’s pure embarrassment for the bride. Your parents, (Especially the brides Dad), family and friends don’t necessarily want to see your fresh husband get even fresher by going up your dress to remove your garter with his teeth.  No thanks, I’ll be at the bar.

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What we envision when tossing the bouquet (top pic) and then what really happens (bottom pic). CAT FIGHT!  This tradition highlights your love-destitute single friends who my feel a bit embarrassed while they are being “dragged” to the floor to participate. It’s okay to nix this one.

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Throwing rice is a thing of the past.  Pelting newlyweds with rice was an old tradition meant to shower the new couple with prosperity, fertility and, good fortune. Now it’s hurts or little buddies, the birds.  It’s also a total pain to clean up.  Most venues won’t even allow any rice or confetti due to the labor needed to clean it all up in time for their next event. There are alternatives.  Bubbles, ribbon, streamers…etc.

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The first look.  This really depends on your preference, however, this is a new trend that is picking up steam in the world of weddings.  Here’s the idea behind the “First Look”:

To spend some quality time in private before the ceremony. Some couples feel that the “First Look” takes pressure off the wedding and the walk down the aisle for both the bride and groom. Couples feel they can be more relaxed if they see each other for just a few minutes before the ceremony. The added bonus is that you can take your formal pictures pre-ceremony when everyone is freshly done-up. On the flip-side, some people feel that seeing each other before the wedding is bad luck and the magic of the first walk is gone. However,  spending alone time together prior to you wedding can help retain special memories together before you head face first into the wedding day rush!

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Drunk speeches…Yes, they can be hilarious and highly entertaining.  Buuuutttt they can also be a real buzz kill. Drunk speakers can be incoherent,  ramble on and on and sometimes end up sharing highly personal information. These things don’t need to mentioned during a party. Embarrassing…

Keep it simple when passing around that mic.  Only the parents, maid of honer, best man and the newly wed couple should really give a speech.

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Your vows.  Keep it short and simple.

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Oh the dreaded bridesmaids dresses!  No matter how much a bride tries to convince her bridesmaids that their dresses will be “worn again”, they just won’t be.  Food for thought, why not let your gals pick their own bridesmaid dress that will compliment their body and are comfortable in?  Of course, it would be wise to give them a “criteria” when picking said bridesmaid dress, aka, color scheme, length, etc. Letting your bridesmaids pick out their own bridesmaid dress…Totally hot right now.

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Walking down the aisle to “Here Comes the Bride” is an old tradition, go ahead a pick a song that you love and reflects your personality.

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Another old tradition is going on your honeymoon directly after the wedding or the day after.  Here’s the new tradition, relaxing and unwinding after your wedding hustle and bustle which allows you the time to gather all your things without the rush.  Give yourself a week before you jetset off to Bali!

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Following is a poem written in the 1800′s:

“Married in White, you have chosen right
Married in Grey, you will go far away,
Married in Black, you will wish yourself back,
Married in Red, you will wish yourself dead,
Married in Green, ashamed to be seen,
Married in Blue, you will always be true,
Married in Pearl, you will live in a whirl,
Married in Yellow, ashamed of your fellow,
Married in Brown, you will live in the town,
Married in Pink, your spirit will sink.”

A wedding dress should be white! Huh??? Just kidding…If you follow any of the wedding dress trends,  the most popular color of wedding dresses today is ivory. The history of the white dress was traditionally chosen to imitate the color of Queen Victoria’s dress when she wed Albert in 1840.  Many brides still embrace that tradition, however, today brides can choose whatever color they wish, whether they are virgins or not, and whether it is their first marriage, second or third.  The only thing that matters is finding a color that you want to wear.  Simplified, it is your choice.

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Tiered cakes are not a necessity for a wedding anymore, mix it up and add a dessert display! It’s cute and gives your guests options!

Weddings tend to freak people out with what to do and what not to do with those long standing traditions.  Don’t pull your hair out trying to figure out proper etiquette and take back your wedding. Break the rules you rebel!

Basically, as long as you’re not going to offend anyone, you can do whatever you’d like!

xoxo

Autumn

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Balloons Baby

Balloons baby!  Balloons have become a huge trend at weddings lately and we are thrilled!  They are fun and scream party time! Balloons can be used in everything from cool save the dates, to couples using them as sweet photo props. They also add a whimsical and fun environment for any wedding. Here are some of my favorite balloon wedding inspirations that can add a little wow factor to your big day.

But whoa, slow down a minute….as you know, balloons can look really tacky (aka swan arches made out of white and purple balloons) or super classy.  We prefer classy.  Here we go!

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Decor can be so much fun with balloons!  I love the balloons with the streamers draped above the table.

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Adding simple lighting can add another fun element for your reception.

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Balloon table numbers?? Yes please!

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And one has got to “love” the mylar letter balloons… Looks adorable, fun yet chic.

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The balloons ultimate purpose is to be used for celebration.  And we are celebrating!  A huge balloon release with all your family and friends is super fun and always looks cool in photos.

Yes, Balloons are indeed back and they are more stylish than ever! … Vintage, pastel, girly, modern or bold ~ there aren’t really limits here …Basically, Your wedding doesn’t have to look like a sweet sixteen party if you have a fondness for balloons.

xoxo!

Autumn

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