Friday Floral: Hellebore

Hellebore, also known as the “Christmas Rose” is known for its ability to survive freezing temps and to bloom during winter and early spring months. It is a perennial flower that is also a part of the Ranunculus family. When we travel to the mountains anytime past July these are great flowers to last all night in the cool mountain temps. Below are a few examples that show how to incorporate this flower into bouquets and boutonnieres.

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This flower comes in a variety of colors including shades of pink, white, purple, and green.

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As mentioned above this flower is both frost resistant and shade tolerant.

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Five petals surround the ring of small cup like noctaries (which hold the nectar).

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This flower originated in Europe and Asia.

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Although this has the nickname of the “Christmas Rose” it isn’t related to the rose family at all contrary to popular belief.

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Many species of this flower can be poisonous but using them in your bouquet doesn’t cause harm.

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Shades of vibrant purple and green can make for an excellent bouquet!

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This flower is also mistaken for Anemone due to the similar characteristics in the petal shape.

Hellebore is a diamond in the rough. Selecting your bouquet flowers can get nauseating at times due to the amount of selection you have. With September around the corner and cooler temps coming through this is an excellent flower to look into. With the variation in color it can be made for a small accent or majority of your color within a bouquet!

Laker

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Real Weddings: Chris & Momo – New Years Eve

It’s throw back Thursday and I decided to throw it back to one of my favorite weddings that rang in 2015. Watching the ball drop and setting resolutions are pretty exciting, but no celebration compares to Momo and Chris’s New Year’s Eve, Downtown Denver wedding. The pair was inspired by the traditional black and gold color palette of New Year’s décor, which inspired Alexan Events design concept. Jordan Weiland Photography was lucky enough to count down the last seconds of the year with the newlyweds and captured some seriously fun images as the couple shared the perfect kiss to ring in their New Year, and their new life together.

Photography: Jordan Weiland

Wedding Coordinating: Alexan Events

Floral: Alexan Events

Rentals: Alexan Events

Paper Products: Paper Guppy

Ceremony Location: Central Presbyterian

Reception Location: University Club

Entertainment: Spotlight

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Classic and Stylish Boutonnieres

This classic accouterment for men has tended to cycle in and out of popularity, but there are ways to successfully pair a modern suit with a flower. Smaller, sleeker boutonnieres with fewer elements look more contemporary than the traditional rosebud against a leaf and baby’s breath. A compact orchid, coffee berries, or hypericum berries are stylish alternatives for the perfect look. To get a more in depth look at stylish boutonnieres take a look below for some tips you won’t want to miss.

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The boutonniere should share a common element with the bride’s bouquet. As with the bouquet and boutonniere, you want to choose flowers that can hold up without water for the length of the wedding.

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Instead of finishing off the boutonniere with the standard floral tape, incorporate colorful ribbon or add some burlap.

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Think about the scent. Stephanotis simply smells wonderful, rosemary symbolizes remembrance and is stimulant reported to improve memory, and lavender is renowned for its calming properties.

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Pay tribute to your heritage and make the floral accent more personal with bells of Ireland for the Irish, a snippet of tartan ribbon for the Scottish, and a red flower for the Chinese.

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Be creative and give your boutonnieres a personal touch.

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You don’t even have to use flowers! Style them to what fits you!

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The groomsmen boutonnieres should all match, but the groom’s boutonniere is usually distinguished in some way to make him stand out.

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Don’t forget to order boutonnieres for the fathers of the bride and groom, the ushers, and the ring bearer.

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A boutonniere should be worn only on a jacket with a special boutonniere buttonhole on the lapel. Pinning a boutonniere directly onto a satin lapel will leave lasting holes in the fabric.

Adding a personal touch to the boutonnieres is what makes your wedding stand out from the rest. So have fun and be creative!

Stacey B.

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Is the Bouquet and Garter Toss Right For You?

 The traditions of tossing the bouquet and grater date back to the fourteenth century. As different as they seem today, they share the same roots. Any piece of the bride’s attire was considered lucky, so guests were eager to claim their own bit of good fortune. Overeager guests would rush to the bride to grab at her bouquet, so to protect themselves from a mauling, brides started preemptively tossing their bouquets to the crowd.

The garter toss came from the (kind of creepy) “bedding ceremony.” Guests would accompany the newlyweds to their bedchamber, and the groom’s friends would try to remove the bride’s garters. To avoid being groped by a bunch of men, brides began tossing their garters in their direction. The moral of the story? Watch out for all the singletons.

Both the bouquets and garter toss are completely and utterly optional. Some brides love these rituals, some find them appalling, and other’s can’t wait to toss the bouquet, but wouldn’t be caught dead even touching a garter. Take a look below as I have provided you with some of the best pros and cons to deciding if this tradition is right for you.

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Remember, this is your wedding. You can do one and not the other, neither, or both, or devise some creativity variation.

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Through the garter toss is obviously a light moment, it shouldn’t be va-va-voom raunchy. I have seen one too many grooms remove the bride’s garter with his teeth! Please, exercise a little restrain – this isn’t the bachelor party!

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Whoever you have entertaining the guests for the night, have them call the single men up for catching. Don’t toss away that expensive silk garter. An inexpensive “throw garter” is made just for this purpose.

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Wear the garter on your right leg, just above the knee. It’s not the most comfortable thing, so slip it on right before the toss.

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The bouquet toss, though still whimsical, is obviously a much less tongue-in-cheek moment. It’s something I see more often than the garter toss. When the bride tosses the flowers over her shoulder to her single friends, it’s as if she’s casting her last tie to the single life. It’s also a gesture of generosity, sharing her bounty of love and commitment. The one who catches the bouquet, as we know, is supposed to be the next to marry.

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The bouquet toss has gotten some bad press in the recent years. It can be sort of embarrassing for the single women to be – for lack of a better word – singles out like that.

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Think about the number of single women at your reception, and take age into account. If your expect to have only six, and most of them are north of thirty, the bouquet toss could prove an acute source of embarrassment. It might be better to skip. If you’ve got a large group of young, single friends and relatives, however, it could all be in good fun.

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For sentimental reasons, most brides want to hold on to their actual bouquet. If you do, ask you florist for a tossing bouquet.

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In the past, the bouquet toss was done right before the bride and groom departed, but now people extend the party longer and many guests leave before the end, so it makes sense to hold nit while you’ve still got a substantial audience, and photographer.

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If you’ve also doing a grater toss, it’s tradition to hold that first, but there’s no hard rule.

So what do you think? Is a bouquet or garter toss in your wedding future?

Stacey B.

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Illustration Details

One of my favorite trends this season are the illustrated save the dates and invitations. There are other aspects that you can illustrate but I think it can really set the mood for the entire wedding theme when your guests open their save the dates to find a fun illustration! Below are some of my favorite examples that I pulled, I hope you enjoy!

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Prices range depending on the amount printed, typically they are between $75 and $175.

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There is more of a traditional anime style or cartoon style.

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Adding accent flowers creates a basic sketch into a save the date illustration!

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You can also add cute polka dots in the background of a collage greenery, flowers, and animals.

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Another unique twist is to an illustration that I have noticed is popular are lines for eyes instead of the obvious round shape eyes.

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I love the use of fun Easter colors. Both of these have simple designs with pops of color.

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I appreciate the floral details in both examples. One being more fine than the other.

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Adding a background of the location gives the guests a fun perception of what the day will be like.

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Illustrations can also be used in other details such a asking your bridesmaids to be a part of your big day and your cake design!

This was just a fun way to show the many examples of illustrations that couples are selecting. I think it is a quirky twist on the traditional invitation design. If you are looking to represent a relaxed and easy going wedding atmosphere I think this shows your guests what mood the evening will be! All of these artists are extremely talented and to find a custom design you can either use a local designer or a website like Etsy.

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